Fri. Mar 16 2018

EDF Calls on NOAA to Make Sure Rafael’s Permits Are Spread to Multiple Buyers    

VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018  

Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices  

WTO Misses Deadline to Rule on Mexico Appeal of Dolphin-Safe Label Dispute with the US

UK Politicians Wants to Withdraw from EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

Dr. Praeger’s Brand Introduces New MSC Certified Frozen Seafood Products  

ISSF Celebrates Successful 2017 Skippers Workshop Program Summary Friday, March 16

Thu. Mar 15 2018

US Launches WTO Fight Over Indian Export Subsidies; Shrimp Trade Could Become an Issue  

Mixed Bag of West Coast Ocean Salmon Seasons Set for Public Review  

New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler George F. Estudante Sentenced For Tax Evasion

'Get Ugly' Campaign Aims to Get Alaska Crabbers More Money For Scarred or Darker Shells  

Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies  

Kristen Koch Named NOAA’s New Science and Research Director for Southwest Fisheries Science Center

China, Norway Continue Free Trade Negotiations in May; Salmon is Key Norwegian Export Summary Thursday, March 15

Wed. Mar 14 2018

NGOs Challenge MSC’s Claim of Sustainability, Point to Flaws in Certification Standard

Ecuador Launches Sustainable Shrimp Partnership Modeled after the Global Salmon Initiative  

Grieg Holds Raucous Public Information Meeting on Salmon Project for Placentia Bay  

Passamaquoddy Tribe Seeks First Nation Status in Canada, Could Expand Fishing in Bay of Fundy

Guangzhou Customs Seize 14 People in another Vietnam Border Smuggling Gang Arrest  

Thai Union Announces Appointment of Dan Goldstone as Chicken of the Sea SVP of Human Resources

Timestrip: How a Developer of Smart Indicator Technology Entered the Seafood Industry

Middle East Discount Supermarket VIVA Partners With Vinh Hoan

Starkist Samoa Donates $50K for Cyclone Gita Relief Efforts in American Samoa Summary Wednesday, March 14

Tue. Mar 13 2018

High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America  

Paturel Lobster Employees to get Financial Help from East Coast Seafoods  

Very Successful Boston Seafood Show Cut Short By Snow Storm

Mark Foods Names Former Icicle CEO Chris Ruettgers As New President

Norwegian Salmon Prices Shoot Up, Creating Major Headache for Retailers  

James Faro and CFO from Sea Star Seafood Plead Guilty to Bank Fraud over False Receivables

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years

Belfast Maine Residents Express Concerns Prior to Zoning Meeting on Indoor Salmon Project

SeaPak Wants Consumers to Find Their 'Moment of Zen' with Seafood Summary Tuesday, March 13

Mon. Mar 12 2018

Photos From Day 1 of Seafood Expo North America; Major Snow Storm May Scramble Plans

69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA    

West Coast Waters Returning to Normal; Some Fisheries Remain Disrupted  

MSC Launches New “Wild and Sustainable” Website on 20th Anniversary; ASMI Says 'Win-Win'

Stavis Seafoods Earns British Retail Consortium Certification

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Canadian Seafood Exports to China Up 25% As Overall Seafood Exports Grew by 5%

Old Dutch Harbor Nets Sent to Denmark for Recycling

Latest Seafood News Podcast Features January Shrimp Imports, February 2018 Refusals and More Summary Monday, March 12

Lund’s Fisheries Offering Fair Trade Certified Scallops  

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced; Winners to be Revealed in June

China Increased its Seafood Imports in January; Seafood Exports Drop During Same Month

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Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy

Walmart has become the latest retailer to align its seafood procurement policies in support of the Global Seafood Sustainably Initiative (GSSI). “By 2025, based on price, availability, quality, customer demand, and unique regulatory environments across our global retail markets, Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, ASDA, Walmart Canada, Walmart Brazil, Walmart Mexico, and Walmart Central America will require all fresh and frozen, farmed and wild seafood suppliers to source from fisheries who are: Third-party certified as sustainable using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or certified by a program which follows the FAO Guidelines1 and is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as such," Walmart says under the seafood policy section on the retailer’s Policies and Guidelines webpage. Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the second major retailer to back the GSSI policy. “We are very pleased to see Walmart join the ranks of leading companies that committed to GSSI’s non-competitive approach to building confidence in seafood certification," said GSSI Program Director Herman Wisse.

The Marine Stewardship Council has developed a simplified assessment process and is running a pilot program to test the process in the Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna fishery, which failed certification in 2015. The pilot program “aims to simplify the assessment process – reducing complexity and cost whilst improving effectiveness of stakeholder engagement and maintaining credibility,” according to MSC. The process to certify Echebastar IO Skipjack now proceeds through a first round of stakeholder comments on the “review of the desk review report.” The stakeholder comment period is open until 15 March 2017. Then the site visits for the fishery are planned, the first in Bilbao, Spain the week of March 27, 2017 followed by a site visit in the Seychelles the week of April 3, 2017.

In other news, The Scottish Salmon Company reported higher sales in 2016 as globally higher salmon prices helped offset production declines from ongoing sea lice problems. “Industry wide biological challenges and mortalities reported in the previous quarter continued to impact on expected harvest volumes and drove up production and operating costs by 15 percent,“ the company said. “Higher prices did help to mitigate the effect of the volume losses and operating revenues for the full year showed an increase,” the company said.

Meanwhile, commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. The reason for the uncertainty is an executive order from President Trump in January requiring for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.

Finally, the first report of shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico in 2017 was released this week and continued to show harvest levels below the five-year-average for this fishery. January is a historically unproductive time of the year for the Gulf shrimp fishery. Between now and May there is little expectation for production relief. This coupled, with last year’s poor commercial season, means Gulf shrimp inventories will remain tight, which is likely to keep market prices for domestic shrimp higher for the time being.

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