Fri. Mar 23 2018

DFO Technical Meeting Hears Bad News About Northern Cod Stocks, with Potential 29% Biomass Decline  

Long, Strange Trip to Tomorrow's Pacific Halibut Opener in Alaska

$1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Measure to Add Shrimp to SIMP  

Oregon Lawmakers Secure Funding for Oregon Ports, Salmon, Communities and Klamath Water Users  

Governor Inslee Signs Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Ban, Cooke Says They'll Respect the Law

ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Increase in 2018  

Analysis: Fresh Fillets of Chilean Salmon Up 20% YTD  

VIDEO: SeaPak Soup, MSC Certificate Suspended, Mexican Shrimp, Long John Silver's New Look

Global Aquaculture Alliance Celebrates 2,000th BAP Certified Facility

Russian Crab Producers Accuse Leading Domestic Fish Producer of Attempts to Destroy Crab Industry  

ASMI Encourages Consumers to ‘Ask for Alaska’ as Halibut, Sablefish Season Start  

UK’s Sea Fish Industry Authority Officially Appoints Brian Young as New Chair

CP Foods Working Towards Sustainability Goals Thanks to Reduced Water Consumption Summary Friday, March 23

Thu. Mar 22 2018

Conservation Groups Seek to Ban Mexican Shrimp, Other Seafood to Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise  

The Fish Guys Expand into Beef, Pork and Chicken with Launch of Market House Meats

H & N Group Acquires NJ-Based Seafood Wholesaler Network Commodities

Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High  

Alaska’s Governor Taps John Jensen for North Pacific Council, Two Incumbents Also Supported

Update on Stand for Salmon Ballot Initiative  

SeaPak Brings New Frozen Seafood Soup to Walmart  

Ocean Hugger Foods Partners with Aramark to Expand Distribution of Vegan Tuna Alternative  

The Fishin’ Company Partners With Trace Register for Seafood Assurance Traceability

Laitram LLC Files Patent Application for Shrimp Deveiner  

New MAFAC Members Shift Majority From New England to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

NOAA Establishes New Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Off Nantucket Summary Thursday, March 22

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 Summary Monday, March 19

Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey  

Russia Plans to Make Kara Sea Center of Domestic Fish Production  

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Oregon Detects One "Hot" Dungeness Crab Near Winchester Bay 

Oregon fishery managers closed part of the state to recreational crabbing Wednesday due to elevated levels of domoic acid, raising concerns about potential changes for the commercial crab fishery. Fishery managers said crab tested from the Newport area were clean and the one "hot" crab off of Winchester Bay might be an anomaly. The recreational closure comes at a time when the commercial fishery off the southern Oregon Coast is booming. A decision about the commercial fishery is expected today.

In other news, Thailand has stepped up prosecutions for human trafficking and hopes its status will be upgraded in the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons report, the foreign minister said on Thursday. In 2016, Thailand said it investigated 333 cases tied to human trafficking. Of those, Thai officials prosecuted 301 people and convicted 268. In last year's TIP report, Thailand reported investigating 317 cases, prosecuting 242 people, and convicting 241. "We believe that any government would have a good feeling about, or even admire, what we have done," Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said in a news conference. "We certainly are hopeful we'll be viewed favorably."

A notorious anti-science climate skeptic, Kenneth Haapala, is no longer part of the “landing” team overseeing hires at NOAA and the Department of Commerce. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was among a group senators that opposed the Trump Administration's decision to include Haapala in the transition team. "Haapala, who does not hold an advanced degree in any of the natural sciences, has made a career out of denying the science behind climate change and advocating against actions necessary to protect Americans from its worst impacts. NOAA is a technical agency that produces world-class science to help businesses, governments and individuals manage risk and understand the environments where they are operating," said Senator Whitehouse in a letter he sent to President Trump.

Meanwhile, Russian fishery officials confirmed quota increases for its snow (opilio) and bairdi crab fisheries in the Far East for the 2017 fishing season. The combined quota from the North Okhotsk and Primorskiy regions will be about 25,700 tons, which is a 16 percent increase. Bairdi will be 5200 tons mostly in the Kamchatka Kurile sub area. The Russian red king crab quota, meanwhile, is set at 21,672 tons, a 25 percent increase to the quota.

Finally, Spain's Supreme Court overturned severe penalties doled out to key figures working for family-owned fishing company Vidal Armadores for their involvement in a large IUU toothfish fishing ring. The Court said that Spanish national law is insufficient to pin a crime on persons when acts are committed in a place where those acts are not a criminal offense, in this case, that means the High Seas. Both legal experts and toothfish industry participants say this decision sets a dangerous precedent that could spark attempts to resume IUU activity.

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