Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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Canadian Exporters Chartering Planes to Expedite Live Lobster Shipments to China 
Some Canadian seafood exporters are opting to charter direct flights from Halifax to China in order to expedite their live lobster shipments to the market ahead of the Chinese New Year. Meanwhile, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport has reported a boom in lobster shipments. The airport says lobster shipments are up because of a multi million dollar investment to add another pad for aircraft near the Gateway Facility; growing lobster demand from China's middle class and the low Canadian dollar fueling exports. Airport officials say cargo flights were more than triple in December, up to 15 flights from the usual five. “This has been the busiest season by far (and) the real benefit is to the Nova Scotia economy,” said Peter Spurway, the airport authority’s vice-president of corporate communications.

Crabbers from San Francisco to Washington remain tied up over a price dispute with processors, according to several news sources. The Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association confirmed this week that fishermen remain tied up and plan to have a coastwide conference call to discuss the re-establishment of $3 a pound ex-vessel price for Dungeness crab. As of Tuesday, no agreement has been reached.

In other news, India's Marine Products Export Development Authority wants to sell more seafood to Latin American markets, specifically to Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Authorities at MPEDA are now planning to take a trade delegation to Latin America this year to start discussions about increasing seafood sales and exports.

Meanwhile, the West Coast trawl industry is anxious to rebuild its lost rockfish market and a new exempted fishing permit (EFP) could make that happen in February writes Susan Chambers. The EFP would eliminate the selective flatfish trawl gear requirement and provide fishermen with more flexibility to design their gear for catching pelagic rockfish, a highly marketable and favored seafood on the West Coast. The EFP also could allow fishermen to use different kinds of bycatch excluders, the notice said. Fishermen also could experiment with different mesh sizes. "I think the industry -- fishermen, processors, EDF -- need look at innovative ways to get our fish back in the marketplace," Okonoiewski said, Pacific Seafood's Mike Okoniewski "and this EFP is actually a work-around on our part."

Finally, Red Lobster will feature its recently launched wild caught red shrimp from Argentina in a limited time shrimp promotion that the chain announced this week. The promotion allows guests to choose from among the chain's six new and classic shrimp dishes for $15.99. Red Lobster added wild caught red shrimp to its menu this past November. It was the first time in many years Red Lobster has featured wild shrimp. US import data shows peeled shrimp shipments from Argentina to the market have more than doubled in 2016 compared to year-ago levels.

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