Mon. Dec 18 2017

ANALYSIS: HLSO Shrimp Wholesale Prices Decreasing, Replacement Costs Increasing  


Nantucket Squid Restrictions Not Approved by Mid Atlantic Council  


White Shrimp Prices Rise in China; Seasonal Shrimp Shortage May Lead to Further Increases  


Captain D’s Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners, Will Continue to Grow into New Regions


Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year  


NOAA Study Finds Vessel Traffic Could Reduce Communication Amongst Atlantic Cod, Haddock  


Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible  


Turkish Aquaculture Player to Launch New Sea Bream, Sea Bass Fish Farm  


Squid fishery Proposed for Southeast Alaska as Waters Warm


Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 18


Fri. Dec 15 2017

Pacific Whiting Season Closes on a Good Season; 2018 Outlook is Mixed  


Pat Quinlan, Legendary Newfoundland Fish Magnate, Dies at 88


85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018  


Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush  


VIDEO: FDA Red List; New Bedford Struggling; Walmart Meal Kits; Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Rebuilt


Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring    


WTO Ministerial Conference Ends with Mixed Feelings After Failing to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies


Trump NOAA Nominee Cleared By Senate Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 15


Thu. Dec 14 2017

Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth  


China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports  


Analysis: Seasonal Upswing Fully Underway for Farmed Fresh Salmon  


North Sea Brown Shrimp Fishery Achieves MSC Certificate for Sustainability  


Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much


FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination  


DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen


WTO Releases Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 14


Wed. Dec 13 2017

Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price    


ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported  


FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish  


Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?  


EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 13


Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations


Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices


Tue. Dec 12 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


Mon. Dec 11 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


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Carlos Rafael to Plead Guilty to Federal Charges of Fishery Fraud and Cash Smuggling

Carlos Rafael will plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling profits to Portugal as part of a settlement he reached with the government, the U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts said Wednesday. Rafael faced one count of conspiracy, 25 counts of lying to federal fishing regulators and one count of bulk cash smuggling. The U.S. Attorney's office provided no further details regarding the plea deal. Rafael is well known in New England as the owner of the largest commercial fishing business in the region, which includes 40 commercial vessels. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity have backed the US government in a lawsuit filed by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) against the Obama Administration's Seafood Traceability Rule. The groups argue that the rule is vital to help curb illegal and unreported fishing and that it should be upheld even if the Trump administration wants to scrap it. The NFI's lawsuit says there are enough regulations are on the books to ensure that the US seafood supply is safe. “We are specifically suing the government because it improperly and illegally crafted a costly and duplicative rule. In inserting themselves in this lawsuit, it would appear that these outside groups are suggesting they were somehow involved in crafting that rule, a dynamic that raises a whole different set of questions,” said Gavin Gibbons, vice president of communications for the NFI.

In other news, the ADF&G recently completed a multi-year study taking genetic samples from sockeye harvested in the Kodiak Management Area seine fishery. The three-year study found that a significant percentage of the sockeye harvested in that fishery were of Cook Inlet origin in two years. The data, first presented at the Kodiak Board of Fisheries meeting in January, is the first time a mixed-stock analysis was conducted on Kodiak sockeye fisheries and was originally requested by the board as part of a longtime project to study stock composition in the Kodiak Management Area to further develop the management plans.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has offered to compromise with the Washington commission over their differences regarding the Columbia River salmon reforms. The compromise is a response to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's order to renege on the Oregon Commission's decision to allow some commercial gillnet fishing on the river.

Finally, the directors of the marine resources divisions of the five Gulf states visited with senators, representatives and congressional staffers in Washington D.C. this week to discuss a variety of issues that affect fisheries, especially the red snapper fishery. “The meetings in Washington were to discuss the issues that are facing us with the Gulf fisheries. Primarily, that deals with red snapper and federal fisheries management. Rep. Bradley Byrne has reintroduced legislation that would take away some of the strict quotas. That would give us some flexibility, which is what we need to get away from these short seasons and find some other management strategies," said Chris Blankenship, director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division.

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