Tue. Jan 16 2018

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  


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


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


Board of Fisheries Weighs Proposals Protecting Chinook Stocks in Southeast  


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


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

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


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


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


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


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

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


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


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


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


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Wed. Jan 10 2018

No Price Agreement in Oregon-Supervised Crab Negotiations


NMFS Approves New England Council Habitat Amendments; Will Provide Boost to Scallops up to 60 Millio  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 10


North Carolina Restaurant Adds Green Gill Oysters to Their Menu  


Bankruptcy Closes Homer’s Auction Block, City Objects to Pending Sale


More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam  


National Weather Service Seeks Industry Input on Marine Weather Statements


U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood  


Captain D’s Opening First Location in Wisconsin


Slapfish Announces Expansion Plans For 2018


Poland Takes Lead in Norwegian Salmon Imports for its Growing Processing Industry


Tue. Jan 9 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 9


Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster  


P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year  


Guolian Supplies Crayfish to KFC in China  


Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages  


Americold Cold Storage Company Announces IPO


Chinese-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel Arrested by Liberian Coast Guard and Sea Shepherd


Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies  


GAA's 2018 GOAL Conference to be Held for First Time in Ecuador  


Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by Top Los Angeles Private Investment Firm  


Total Lobster Imports are Lower for 5 Straight Months; Led by Declines of Tails and Meat from Canada  


November Salmon Imports Show Europe Remains Higher, Continues to Dig into Canada's Market Share  


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High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016

High demand for Argentine red shrimp in global markets last year pinched available inventories for buyers compared to the previous year and raised the cost to replace product in the US market in 2016. Traders say global interest from the US, EU, Japan and Chinese markets for Argentina’s red shrimp last year wiped out carryover inventories from the previous year. Usually, these frozen inventories are able to fill orders between fishing seasons. Another wrinkle in production was delayed production from the inshore fishing season, which usually starts in October and runs through March. But indications are that Argentina’s inshore fishing in January and February in 2017 was a bit better compared to last year. So while there is ample evidence that 2016 was a banner year for Argentine red shrimp demand and sales in global markets; close attention will be paid to production levels going forward to see if the pace set last year can be repeated in 2017.

The EU is investigating if shrimp from India is being transshipped through Vietnam to avoid high duty rates. German Customs officials are leading the investigation after a surge of unprocessed shrimp to Vietnam from India was reported. If Vietnam is found to use India-sourced shrimp for processing and export to the EU, the bloc will raise import tariff for Vietnamese shrimp. Currently, EU duties on Vietnamese shrimp are far lower compared to duties on Indian shipments to the EU market.

In other news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refocusing its efforts to detect listeria at seafood processing, importing and distribution facilities in the US and is using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) technology to do so. The FDA issued a seafood warning letter to a smoked salmon producer at the end of the February that used the technology to detect listeria at its facility. “WGS is going to be an important tool moving forward in FDAs efforts to isolate and study pathogenic bacteria and consequent outbreaks. WGS refines the process of tying facilities to contaminated products and outbreaks. The FDA has refocused its attention on RTE processors, as listeria has continued to pose a serious public safety concern," said seafood facility auditor Scott Zimmerman, who is also the founder and CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates in Miami.

Meanwhile, Clearwater Seafoods says its clam production is 50 percent since it invested $135 million to build two new clam trawlers. The company’s inventories of clams, which account for about 15 percent of Clearwater's total revenues, grew by about $23.9 million last year, far in excess of the company’s usual level of $15 million worth of this product in inventory. “The Belle Carnell has excellent results on our fishing grounds and resulted in a 50-per-cent increase in our total clams,” Ian Smith, Clearwater Seafoods’ CEO.

Finally, SeaWatch International and some affiliates, filed a lawsuit to end laws that restrict non-New York fishing boats, and those more than 70 feet long, from New York's surf clam fishery. The suit also seeks to nullify the expiration of a 2012 law that allowed surf-clam interests to harvest the quota of more than one permit on a single boat.

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