Mon. Feb 20 2017

Iceland's Commercial Fishermen Resume Fishing as Labor Deal Gets Narrow Approval  


Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders  


PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston  


Handy Seafood Launches Line of Value Added Oysters in Time for Boston Show


Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Fri. Feb 17 2017

Red Chamber to Allow Federal Observers Aboard its Red Shrimp Boats in Argentina to Meet FIP Goal  


Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna  


Scientists Find Extreme Forage Fish Populations are Natural, Likely Unavoidable


Sharp Increase in Iceland's Capelin Quota Could End Fishermen's Strike


Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Bojangles' Features Alaska Pollock Fish Sandwich for Lent


Great Eastern Seafood Celebrates 35 Years in Business With First Boston Show Exhibit Since 1992


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Thu. Feb 16 2017

IATTC Makes Progress on Decreasing Effort on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 16, 2017


Wed. Feb 15 2017

How Alaskans Forced Snow Crab Prices Above $8.00; This Price Likely to Carry Through to Boston   (1) 


Marine Harvest Doubles Earnings in 2016; Adding Processing, Farming Sites to Grow N. American Sales  


China Update: Tilapia Processors Restart with Stable Prices; Shrimp Production Above Expectations  


HB Grandi Says Japan's Roe Market Could Benefit as Iceland Raises Capelin Quota to 299,000 MT


Second Alaska Buyback Program for Southeast Seine Permits Not Approved  


Hokkaido Crab Dealer Goes Bankrupt After Russia Tightens Crab Enforcement  


Pacific Andes Confirms Insolvency Proceedings Have Started for One Subsidiary


China's Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification   (2)


Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified


US Foods Acquires Assets to Rhode Island Broadline Distributor All American Foods


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017


Tue. Feb 14 2017

Russian Fishery Co. Plans Major Pollock Expansion with Chinese Backing  


Krystal and King & Prince Seafood Partner Up to Bring Back Shrimp Po' Boys for Lent  


Fishery Tensions Rise Between China and South Korea after Korean Landings Hit Record Lows


Rain Forest Aquaculture Gets Three-Star BAP Certification at Fresh Tilapia Facility in Costa Rica


World Bank Report Says Fisheries Reform with Catch Limits Shows Promising Results


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 14, 2017


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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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