Wed. Mar 21 2018

DFO Releases Statement on MSC Certification Suspension of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery    

Annual Allocation of $1.1 Billion for Sportsmen & Conservation Announced

Long John Silver’s Shows Off New Contemporary Look At Kentucky Flagship Opening

MSC Appoints New Science and Standards Director

NOAA Appoints New Science and Research Director for Southeast Fisheries Science Center

IFFO RS Announces Launch of New Improver Programme Application Mechanism Summary Wednesday, March 21

Tue. Mar 20 2018

MSC Suspends Certificate of Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery Due to Right Whale Deaths  

Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program  

Sitka Herring Fleet on Two-hour Notice

Halibut Catch Limits for Alaska Made Official Today

John West Debuts its Products on JD in its Entry to Chinese Market  

Marine Harvest Reports ‘Best Year Ever’ in 2017, But Faced Challenges Due to Sea Lice  

New Study Shows Fish Was An Important Part of Stone Age Diet Summary Tuesday, March 20

Mon. Mar 19 2018

Mitsui & Co. Enter Into Strategic Alliance With Mark Foods  

Kingfish Zeeland CEO Ohad Maiman Talks Bringing Dutch Yellowtail to U.S.  

Latest Seafood News Podcast Recaps Seafood Expo North America

WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision  

Chinese White Shrimp Shortage Pushes Prices Higher, Even for Small Sizes this Winter  

Russia Plans to Make Kara Sea Center of Domestic Fish Production  

Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey Summary Monday, March 19

Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells Summary Thursday, March 15

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

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China Shuts Down Dungeness Crab Exports from US for Second Time 

The Chinese Embassy confirmed to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that they are not accepting any live Dungeness crab from the US portion of fishing waters in area 67, which covers the west coast from Northern California to Alaska. This is the second time China has shut down exports of live Dungeness crab from California this year, but this is the first time the ban includes the entire US West Coast. Some industry observers think the ban was precipitated by Canadian shippers who mixed in some California crab with shipments from other open areas. Whatever the cause, Canadian officials have informed US shippers that it will no longer issue certificates for live crab from the US to be exported to China. Much of this crab is shipped by air through Vancouver, BC.

Indian shrimp producers are reporting some production problems in November and December from a rash of weather induced disease. However, exporters said the disease issues are a seasonal problem and that the production setback is only temporary.

In other news, historically poor weather conditions in Nova Scotia's LFAs 33 and 34 have cut the number of lobster fishing days almost in half since the season started in late November. “Multiple windstorms, rough on the water, a couple of serious snowstorms, a couple of semi-hurricanes. I mean, the weather has just been hellish," said Stewart Lamont, managing director at Tangier Lobster. “The fishing conditions have been the least favorable in the last 35 years." The poor weather has also prevented lobster shipments from getting out of Canada to markets in Asia and Europe.

Meanwhile, Chile's environmental regulator known as the SMA commenced a sanctioning process against salmon producers Australis Seafoods and AquaChile, for their handling of the deadly algal bloom that killed millions of salmon this past February . "In the three cultivating areas, dead fish were kept in a water column for more than 20 consecutive days, which can produce negative effects such as damages to the cultivating framework, dissemination of decomposing organic material and the generation of sulfuric acid," the SMA said.

Finally, several Chinese shrimp broodstock operators plan to expand their production operations to fill a gap in broodstock supplies left in the wake of CP Group's exit from the industry in China. Today's article discusses how operators will focus on building reputable domestic shrimp broodstock brands since demand is strong for high quality larvae among Chinese shrimp farmers.

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