Fri. Jun 23 2017

NFI, Importers Dealt Setback by Court in Ruling over Seafood Traceability Rule


FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark  


China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed  


ANALYSIS: Live Lobster Market Following Seasonal Trends  


Tesco Hikes UK Salmon Retail Prices, Following Sainsbury  


Chinese Engineers Finish First Semi-Submersible Aquaculture Pen for SalMar ASA  


Atlantic Capes Promotes Two Executives to Operations and Financial Roles  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Thu. Jun 22 2017

Japan Frozen Salmon Market Weakens Ahead of New Season Production in Russia and Alaska  


ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillet Imports Beginning to Rise  


Brits All At Sea on Old Fish Names


Zhanjiang Aquatic Products Exposition Draws Purchaser and Visitors from Around the World  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 22, 2017


Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May  


Wed. Jun 21 2017

BuyBack Program for Non-Whiting Trawl Fleet Continues to Generate Excessive Costs with no Relief   (0)


ANALYSIS: Scallop Market Prices Retreat from All-Time Highs  


New Bedford Mayor Says Rafael Represented 75% of their Groundfish Landings; Pleads to Keep Permits


Mexican Film on Tilapia Workers Wins First Prize for World Seafood Congress Women in Seafood Videos


Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Tue. Jun 20 2017

Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline  


Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt  


Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Stavis Seafoods to Pack Fresh Fish in 100% Recyclable Material


Americold Announces Appointment of Tim Hinckley as Executive VP & CCO


Editorial Changes at Seafood News Announced With Susan Chambers Named Associate Editor


VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Prices in Seasonal Decline  


Canadian Gov’t Says NL Plant Workers Will get Extra 5 Weeks of Employment Insurance Benefit


California Budget Bill Lowers Landing Fees From State Proposal  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Mon. Jun 19 2017

MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish   (0)


Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June  


Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction  


Port Moller Test Boat Out for Today, Bristol Bay Pre-Season Measurement Program in 50th Year  


New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase  


Antibiotic Usage Among Chilean Fish Farms Down 30% in 2016  


Acme Smoked Fish Adds Sashimi Style Smoked Salmon to Blue Hill Bay Brand  


Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Stocks Showing Resistance to Climate Change  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


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New Agreement to Normalize Relations between Norway and China could Revolutionize Salmon Market 

Norway and China signed a joint statement in Beijing this week to normalize the relations between the two countries. Reports from Norway's salmon industry say the agreement can be a game changer since it should help reverse a years-long disruption in Norway's salmon exports to China. The disruption started in 2010 after Norway awarded a Nobel Prize to a Chinese dissident. China protested by sanctioning some of Norway's exports, including salmon. Marine Harvest's stock jumped on the news, with the valuation of the company now at a record high.

We run a response from John Williams, the Executive Director ofSouthernthern Shrimp Alliance, who takes issue with some of the comments John Sackton published last week in our response to Bloomberg's "Bad Shrimp" cover story in Business Week. The SSA was one of the sources for the article.

In other news, Congress has passed two key pieces of legislation that advance the possibility for Nome, Alaska to get an artic deep draft port. The two laws, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (or WIIN) Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act, both contain provisions for the construction of the port.

Meanwhile, China will construct a massive fish processing center in the Jilin province that is expected to produce more fish with specs specifically for export to the Russian market. The new cluster will be located within the boundaries of the city of Hunchun and will comprise of over 10 plants.

Finally, Prince Edward Island's seafood processing industry supports proposed federal changes to the temporary foreign workers program. The government plans to scrap the limit of how long temporary foreign workers could stay in Canada. The feds also announced that seasonal industries, such as seafood processing, are exempt from a cap on temporary foreign workers for up to 180 days in 2017. "One of the challenges to staff a plant is to find quality employees that are familiar with the industry so when their time limit would run out for a temporary worker we would then have to go through the whole process to retain another one," said Dennis King, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association.

Make sure to check out our latest podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed to iPhone and Andriod mobile devices through iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud. In our latest show, talk about how this year's spike in FDA refusals and a poor fishing season are setting up mahi to disappear from the market in 2017. Plus, Oregon finally gets Dungeness fishing underway; the lobster industry continues to puzzle participants; Iceland's fishermen go back on strike and Thailand issues its shrimp production forecast for 2017. 

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