Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


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EU Inspecting Mekong Shrimp Exporters for Possible Transshipment of Indian Shrimp Through Vietnam

Vietnam's Ministry of Trade confirmed that EU inspectors examined several shrimp exporters in the Mekong Delta under the suspicion that Indian shrimp is being transshipped to the EU market through Vietnam. Currently, EU import tariffs for Vietnam's shrimp are much lower than those for India. Particularly, the tariff for unprocessed shrimp imports from Vietnam is 4.2 percent, compared to 12 percent for India. For semi-processed shrimp, Vietnam's tariff is about 7 percent while India's is 20 percent. Officials with the EU said they will raise Vietnam's tariff rates for its shrimp shipments if transshipping is detected.

Fortune International has acquired the assets to online seafood distributor Lobster Gram in a deal that expands Fortune's market reach to consumers across the country. “I have always admired Lobster Gram and how [Lobster Gram founder Dan Zawacki] successfully started a live Maine lobster home delivery company from his parents’ garage, now that is entrepreneurship,” said Sean J. O’Scannlain, Fortune International’s President and CEO. “We have always considered entering the e-commerce business given the growth potential and what better way than with an icon like Lobster Gram that shares our commitment to quality service and products.” This is Fortune’s first acquisition of 2017 but just the latest deal that the Bensenville, Illinois-based seafood distributor has made since 2012. Fortune purchased JDY Gourmet in 2012, Chef Martin Old World Butcher Shop Sausage in 2014 and Coastal Seafoods of MN in July of 2016.

The retail market for Bristol Bay sockeye is looking good again this year because of a large push to chill majority of the fish and sell it as a premium product. Last year harvesters set a record volume for the amount of raw material they chilled. "This is huge for the retail potential of Bristol Bay," said Rebecca Martello, the association's executive director. "The fleet is making great strides to ensure Bristol Bay is a quality product and this definitely ties into all aspects of marketing and making Bristol Bay the premium brand we know it to be."

In other news, Chinese tilapia production was flat and the value of its exports fell last year. The industry says its needs to do a better job of developing more international markets to boost sales. In order to do this, producers and processors are being encouraged to increase overseas marketing efforts, develop more competitive brands and increase the quality of the fish.

Finally, the eight percent tariff on Canadian live lobster shipped to Europe will immediately disappear when the free trade deal known as CETA is signed, which could happen as soon as May 1. This coincides with the spring lobster season opener in P.E.I. "For the lobster sector it will mean tariff free access to 27 countries in Europe over the next number of years," said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada. "[That] will give us, hopefully, an advantage in that market as we compete against other seafood products and other proteins in a market that has 500 million people."

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