Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp in Florida  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Training Chefs in "Cook it Frozen" Campaign


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Mon. Jan 15 2018

South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia  


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Fri. Jan 12 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


Thu. Jan 11 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


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Pollock Roe Season May be Positive, but Traders Face a Lot of Uncertainty

The A Season pollock roe auction in Seattle has been set for March 14-16th and developments on the fishing grounds and in the market are giving buyers both cause for optimism, and some concern as well. On the market side, cutbacks in roe production last year, especially due to small fish size on the US side, have led to lower supplies in the market, and roe manufacturers are generally low on inventory and eager to buy. Japanese buyers think that the slight increase in TAC for the pollock A season will help increase the supply of roe. They are also encouraged by increased Russian quotas, stable stocks in Russia, and some indications of larger fish size in the Sea of Okhotsk. However, on the US side, fish sizes trended smaller. At the same time, the pollock fleet is constrained by chinook bycatch concerns. Additionally, there does appear to be a very mixed picture among roe processors in Japan, which means some companies could put in strong bids with others holding back at auction.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she plans to reverse a compromise that allowed for the limited use of commercial gillnets on the Columbia River in favor of an outright ban on the use of the gear. In a letter to Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Chair Michael Finley, Brown asked the commission to comply with state policy and with an agreement with Washington, which voted in January to end gillnetting in the main channel in two years and increase recreational fishers' portion of Chinook. This order overrides an alternative plan approved by the commission that opted to split the Columbia River chinook harvest between the recreational and commercial sectors 80/20, respectively,

In other news, China is changing from the largest global seafood exporter to the largest global seafood importer with full government support. This has significant implication for both fishing policy, where the government plans to restrict harvests, and for tariff policy, where the government has already reduced some seafood import tariffs and is likely to take further action in this area.

Meanwhile, a Reuters report confirmed that the toxic algae detected in 140,000 dead salmon smolt earlier this week is not located near salmon farms in Southern Chile where the salmon originated from. Rather, this particular strain has infested portions of shipping lanes used by producers. The salmon were infected during transport since boats recirculate ocean water into the tanks where the fish are stored during transport.

Finally, the Associated Press published a follow-up report to its September investigation that identified labor abuse commercial longliners in Hawaii. This time, the AP report says Hawaii appears to be violating its own rules that require commercial fishermen to obtain a state-issued fishing license. The AP said that the state is using voided landing permits to get workers a commercial fishing permit even though they have not lawfully entered the country.

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