Fri. Oct 20 2017

NOAA Precedents in NE have led to Compete Revocation of All Permits in Major Fisheries Fraud Cases


Forbes Puts Chuck Bundrant on its Billionaires List of 400 Richest Americans


Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop in Miami Sparks Lively Discussions


Hawaii Senator Speaks Out Over Trump’s Administrator of NOAA Nominee


Sheriff’s Deputy That Helped Carlos Rafael Smuggle Money Sentenced To Prison


Netuno USA Partners With Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program


Russia May Double Volume of Deep Sea Crab Fished Below 1000 m to 30% of Total Harvest  


Thai Union Hires Former EDF Specialist As North America Sustainability Director


Selective Breeding of Farm-Raised Tilapia Could Reduce Strep  


ASMFC Passes Final Northern Shrimp Allocation with 80% to Maine; No Decision on Fishery Opening  


Yueyang City's Output of Small Crayfish to Other Chinese Cities is Growing  


VIDEO: Seafood Import Workshop; Codfather Vessels; Strong Salmon Harvest; Restaurant Sales Decline  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 20


Thu. Oct 19 2017

Fisheries Council of Canada Says Government Secrecy on New Fisheries Law Threatens Jobs, Investment


China Jumps on Argentine Red Shrimp, Which Had a Near Record Harvest This Year


In its 22nd year, China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Still Setting Records


Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers  


MSC Responds to Criticisms of PNA MSC Tuna Using Vessels That Target Both FAD and Free Swimming Fish


One-by-One Tuna Conference Pens Global Principles for Stakeholders and Supply Chain  


Indianapolis Based First Choice Seafood Acquired by Cincinnati Distributor Enson Group


Oysters Could Reduce Nutrient Pollution, According to New Study  


Rainforest Tilapia Earns 4th and Final BAP Certification Star  


Canadian Centre For Fisheries Innovation Hosting Cod Fishery Conference  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 19


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram  


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


New Chicken of the Sea Ad Campaign Tackles the Question: Is It Chicken or Is It Fish?  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days  


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


Mon. Oct 16 2017

Newfoundland Snow Crab Survey Likely to Show Further Decline According to DFO Biologists


Royal Greenland Looking to Buy More Snow Crab and Coldwater Shrimp Access, CFO Tells Japanese


Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China  


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


American Fisheries Society Strongly Objects to EPA’s Recent Effort to Reverse its Own Protection of  


Tilapia Prices Drop after National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in China  


Thai Union Forms New Management Structure in Europe Headed by Paul Reenan of John West


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


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AquaBounty to Produce GM Salmon in Indiana with $14 Million Purchase of Bell Fish Company's Assets

AquaBounty Technologies will soon be able to produce its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon in the United States as the firm has struck a $14 million deal to buy some of the assets of Bell Fish Company in Albany Indiana. AquaBounty said the facility's first harvest could come as soon as the third quarter of 2019. Once fully operational, the facility will have an expected annual capacity of 1,200 metric tons. "This acquisition marks an important milestone and provides the Company with its first commercial-scale facility in the United States for growing eco-friendly AquAdvantage Salmon. This site will enable production of healthy Atlantic salmon, which will not require vaccines or antibiotics, in a sustainable and responsible manner close to domestic consumers,” said Ronald Stotish, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has recommended that the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Commission cut the 2018 Barents Sea cod quota 20 percent from last year citing poor recruitment in the fishery. The Council’s recommendation would set the total cod quota at 712,000 metric tons. This represents a 183,000 metric ton reduction from last year’s quota. The Commission will take up ICES advice when it makes its quota determination this fall.

In other news, a price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Chinese Province of Ningbo. Online retailers are offering live North American lobsters at deeply discounted prices in order to compete for sales and market share in both the online retail space and from traditional grocers.

Meanwhile, citing 20 years of success with groups such as Conservation International, the MSC, and others, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) outlined its $37 million, five-year strategy for building sustainable seafood markets. The initiative is part of the foundation’s ocean strategy that takes a systems approach—working on both the supply and demand side—to promote sustainability in five core countries: Indonesia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and the United States. "The Walton Family Foundation has probably had more impact on the seafood sustainability movement than some of the more well-known consumer facing advocates," writes John Sackton in an analysis of the plan. "They have leveraged a market-based strategy in which they paid NGO's to lobby and convince the retail supply chain to adopt seafood sustainability standards."

Finally, the value of Vietnam's seafood exports to global markets is up this year but the increase is not because of more sales to the US market. So far Vietnam's seafood exports are up 7.5 percent worldwide but sales to the US market are down nearly 13 percent. The US is traditionally the top market for Vietnam's seafood exports like pangasius and shrimp. However, higher duty rates and the implementation of the catfish inspection program under the USDA have forced Vietnam's exporters to seek other markets like China.

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