Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach  


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa  


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


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Alaska Native Corporation Sealaska Buys Majority Stake in Seattle’s Odyssey Enterprises

Sealaska, an Alaska native corporation, has acquired a majority interest in Odyssey Enterprises, a Seattle-based seafood processing company that employs some 250 people. The purchase, which closed Monday, is part of Sealaska’s corporate strategy to expand its presence in the seafood industry. Terry Downes, the chief operating officer for Sealaska said they are interested in even more investments in the seafood industry.

Indian shrimp imports are offsetting notable declines in shipments from other major US suppliers early on in 2017. According to monthly shrimp import volumes US shipments in February dropped over 7 percent, which pushed imports for the year down about 2 percent. Most major shrimp suppliers posted declines in shipments to the US market. However, imports from India and Indonesia are at least partially offsetting import declines. India is the major factor for US supplies right now since its import volumes through the first two months of the year are far higher from historical averages.

In other news, PacRim Coal is suspending all permitting efforts for its proposed Chuitna Coal Project planned for development on the west side of Cook Inlet in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources was told about the company's decision late last week. "Following several months of internal review and discussions, the partners in PacRim Coal, LP have decided to suspend pursuit of permitting efforts on the Chuitna Coal Project," PacRim Coal said in a statement.

Meanwhile, politicians in Newfoundland said they will try to work with seafood industry participants that are expected to take an economic blow because of major cuts to the region's shrimp and snow crab quotas for the upcoming seasons. “This is devastating news for the industry — both the harvesting and processing sectors,” NDP Leader Earle Mccurdy said. “The issue of that magnitude should be above partisan squabbling and we should be trying to work together to make the best of a real tough situation.”

Finally, native tribes along the Columbia River are benefitting from high salmon demand market prices from around the world. Over the past 10 years, prices for Columbia River salmon have roughly quadrupled, and the fish has found more market penetration to white tablecloth restaurants across the country. The higher prices paid for the Native catch have rippling economic benefits for indigenous communities.

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