Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


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China's White Shrimp Production Down by Over 150,000 tons in 2016 

A survey report of shrimp farming in six Chinese provinces shows that overall vannamei production declined by more than 150,000 tons in 2016. This represents a reduction in output of about 20 percent. As we have been writing all year, the reduction in China's domestic shrimp industry is one of the factors behind the surge in shrimp imports, especially from countries such as Ecuador and India.

We run a historical overview of the Gulf of Alaska's trawl fleet rationalization programs. Last month the NPFMC tabled all options for providing some type of catch shares for the Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet, setting the latest 4-year process back to square one, and leaving the basic issue of how to end the race of fish unresolved.

In other news, monthly shrimp imports from India surged again to the US market in November, which helped push total shrimp shipments for the year past the 1.2 billion pound mark. US shrimp imports are on track to set an all-time record level for imported volumes in 2016. Still, despite India's surge in shrimp sales to the US market in 2016, its overall earnings from seafood exports are down 14.5 percent this year.

Meanwhile, fish and shrimp prices in Chinese markets are up as much as 50 percent in the run-up to the Chinese New Year, which falls on January 28 this year. Fish market operators say prices still have room to go even higher, particularly for fresh seafood items, as the major holiday gets closer.

Finally, Thai Union has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Shanghai. Tai Wan Sheng Aquatic Trading is 100 percent owned by TU and will handle marketing, branding, sales and distribution of seafood and other pre-packaged food in the Chinese market. Faisal Sheikh is Thai Union’s managing director of emerging markets will act as the representative of the subsidiary.

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