Thu. Jun 21 2018

Commerce Department Announces $200 Million Fishery Disaster Funding Allocations  


Deep-Sea Corals Win Protection in Gulf of Mexico


ASMI Says Seafood Shipped to China for Reprocessing Not Subject to Tariffs; Others Still Unsure


Julianne Curry Joins Icicle Seafood as Public Affairs Manager


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 21


Wed. Jun 20 2018

First Port Moeller Analysis for Bristol Bay Run is Flashing Yellow


Bristol Bay Drift Fishermen Ready for First Set Today in Nushagak as Escapement Numbers Look Good


Andy Wink Appointed New Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc.  


New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea


Stavis Seafoods Unveils Prince Edward Frozen Organic Mussels for Retail and Foodservice


Court Confirms Decision Rejecting Catch Limit for California Anchovy Fishery  


VIDEO: Crop Progress; Pizza Hut Chicken Without Antibiotics; Cattle on Feed Predictions


Commerce Department Announces Fishery Disaster Funding Allocations  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 20


Tue. Jun 19 2018

Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies  


Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member


North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea


American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill  


Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 19


Mon. Jun 18 2018

Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)


China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions  


LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford


Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director  


Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago


Lobster Council of Canada: Lobster Harvesters Unfairly Blamed for Right Whale Threat  


Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service by 40% Thanks to Virgin America Merger


Oceana Canada Says CFIA’s New Food Regulations Do Not Address Seafood Fraud


Australis Barramundi Receives 4-Star BAP Certification  


Direct Air Routes Between China and Norway to Start in 2019


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 18


Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


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High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood

High Liner Foods posted a decline in annual sales volumes and values last year because of the continued dip in demand for its traditional line of breaded and battered frozen seafood items in the US market. The major seafood producer and distributor reported a 4.5 percent decrease in its annual sales in US dollars and a 3 percent decline in Canadian dollars in 2016. The operator's sales by volume were down 2.5 percent for the year. High Liner CEO Keith Decker said he expects US demand for breaded and battered seafood to continue to decline in 2017. “We expect the trend of lower demand for frozen breaded and battered seafood products will continue into 2017 and that we will not return to volume growth until our new product sales can offset the decline that the traditional breaded and battered category is experiencing," said Decker.

Canada and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement last week, which included a three-year stop gap measure that will phase out seafood processing requirements in Newfoundland. The province uses the minimum local processing requirements to protect jobs, particularly in more remote fishing communities. But the implementation of the deal requires such restrictions to end. Newfoundland officials will use the three-year phase-out period to come up with a stastrategy protect the economic impacts from the trade deal. "We're going to take the time that's required to have the discussion, take the discussions to the fullest extent to see what's available to us," said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball.

In other news, Alaska's Pacific cod season in state waters will open to pot gear in Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet at noon this Friday. The parallel seasons for jig and longline gear remains open until closed by emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The season follows the closure of the parallel Pacific cod pot season one day before. This coincides with the National Marine Fisheries Service closure of the Pacific cod pot gear sector in the federal Central Gulf of Alaska.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese seafood export officials said a misleading news broadcast in Spain is what triggered panagsius sales bans at Carrefour stores in EU markets. VASEP said a broadcast by Spain’s Cuatro TV on Jan 5 depicted Vietnamese pangasius being raised in unclean cages and fed with non-industrialized feed like dead fish and other food waste. VASEP said such depictions of Vietnam's pangasius industry were demonstrably false and asked federal officals to take action to defend the industry.

Finally, an Alaska Seafood Marking Institute overview, compiled by the McDowell Group, shows that for sockeye salmon, wholesale prices are expected to remain strong based on robust demand in 2016 sales and increasing farmed salmon prices. Japan also has re-emerged as an important buyer of smaller sized sockeye and larger fish are reportedly selling well in Europe’s smoked salmon market. Conversely, canned prices have fallen sharply and the “Brexit” vote has further reduced demand in the U.K., the largest canned red market.

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