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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Ocean Beauty Will Not Can Alaskan Salmon This Summer at Petersburg Facility

Ocean Beauty Seafoods will not be canning fish at the company’s plant in Petersburg this summer. Tom Sunderland, vice president of marketing, says current market conditions favor selling frozen salmon over canned. “We’re gonna make a lot more money selling frozen salmon than canned salmon this year and the Petersburg plant is essentially a cannery,” Sunderland explained. We reported how wholesale prices for imported frozen salmon from Chile reached an all-time record high at the end of January. 

Alaska's State Senate Finance Committee asked Alex Tonkovich, the executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, if the group could tap into its reserve funding rather than take $2 million in state funding. Tonkovich said she would bring the state's request back to the ASMI board, but noted that ASMI’s reserves were earmarked to deal with unexpected events in the global seafood industry. “We need flexibility to react to changing market conditions,” she said “We have had to react very quickly in the past,” she said. 

In other news, Japanese squid processors in Hokkaido are struggling for survival by diversifying their product lineups in face of a serious raw material supply shortage. For some processors, squid accounts for as much as 70 percent of their processing capacity. Operators are now seeking alternative items in and out of seafood including octopus, salmon and even potatoes.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fish is meeting this month and will consider 174 fishery management proposals for the Upper Cook Inlet commercial, sport, person use and subsistence fisheries. “What we do is we’ll walk a group through the Board of Fish process – go through the term s, the meeting lay out, how it moves from staff reports to public testimony, to committee and deliberations and just tell them where they want to fit in and get their input in and how to provide more effective testimony, how to speak to board members and make a strong impact ,and just make them more familiar with it," said Board director, Glenn Haight. The Board will meet February 23 through March 8 in Anchorage.

Finally, Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral said toxic algae killed 149,000 smolts as they were being shipped to grow out centers in the Magallanes region from Los Lagos. The toxic algae strain Karenia mikomotoi was detected in the smolt when they arrived dead. Nova Austral has suspended all salmon planting at its centers until they can confirm the algae is not spreading. So far there is no indication where the algae originated from.

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