Tue. May 3 2016

California to Finally Open Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing in Most Northern Waters  


The Fishin' Company Begins Retail Distribution of Four-Star BAP Tilapia to US Market


Gulf Shareholders Say Red Snapper Reallocation Punishes Commercial Sector Despite Following Limits  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 3, 2016


Mon. May 2 2016

MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse


European Commission Adopts Directive to Improve Working Conditions for Fishing Sector


South Pacific Tuna Treaty Negotiations with US Slow Going


Fishing Monitors to Accompany Fewer New England Trips


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 2, 2016


Fri. Apr 29 2016

Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks


One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols  


Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season  


China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand


Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 29, 2016


Thu. Apr 28 2016

Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales


Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued  


Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand  


Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America


Sherrill International Joins NFI's Crab Council


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 28, 2016


Wed. Apr 27 2016

Tilapia Prices Expected to Rebound with Pond Stocking Rates in South China Down 30% in 2016  


Santa Monica Seafood Gets BAP Certification at Expanded Rancho Dominguez Facility


Canada's Fishery Minister Tootoo Discussing EU Lobster Ban, IUU Fishing and CETA at Brussels Show


Pressure Shelled Raw King Crab, Microwaveable Shrimp Dumplings Win Top Seafood Prizes in Brussels   (1)


Turkey to Double Fish, Seafood Production to 500,000 Tons by 2023


ASC to Develop More Finfish Certification Standards Based on Upcoming Seriola and Cobia Schemes


Tropical Aquaculture Partners with GeneSeas and Netuno to Expand Tilapia Network


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 27, 2016


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California to Finally Open Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing in Most Northern Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - May 3, 2016

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Finally Open on California's North Coast on May 12

California Fish and Game Commission, working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health on Monday recommended opening the areas but that consumers should not eat the crab ...

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The Fishin' Company Begins Retail Distribution of Four-Star BAP Tilapia to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 3, 2016

The Fishin’ Company confirmed that its first shipment of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia has arrived to the US market and will soon be available at retail outlets across the country.  

This is the first four-star certified tilapia to be sold in the US market. Four-star certification means the product originates from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in BAP. 

“This is a groundbreaking day for tilapia. We are ecstatic to be able to deliver this totally comprehensive benchmark of food safety, traceability and sustainability to the retail arena, and applaud our supply chain for their partnership in this endeavor,” said Manish Kumar, CEO of The Fishin’ Company...

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Gulf Shareholders Say Red Snapper Reallocation Punishes Commercial Sector Despite Following Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 3, 2016

The Gulf Reef Shareholders Alliance condemned last week's final federal decision to reallocate Gulf red snapper quotas between the commercial and recreational sectors. The response follows NMFS' decision to finalize a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen. Under Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper quotas were reallocated for the commercial and recreational sectors from 51:49 percent to 48.5:51.5 percent, respectively.

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MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 2, 2016

A story we published on Friday April 29 from the BBC News by Douglas Fraser about UpRiver Aquaculture admitting to a Lacey Act Violation for false labeling said that the company supplied salmon to St. James Smokehouse. 

However, according to a press release issued by UpRiver’s General Manager Cheryl Lipson, the company does not supply salmon to St. James Smokehouse.  Rather the company, which also does business as MKG Provisions, said it processed the salmon that it received from St. James. The packaging MKG used was also provided by St. James. In other words, MKG was acting as a private label processor for St. James.  

“MKG’s customer [St. James Smokehouse] provided MKG with both the salmon as well as the pre-printed packaging, and the salmon was marketed and sold under the customer’s label, not MKG’s or UpRiver’s,” MKG said in a press release...

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European Commission Adopts Directive to Improve Working Conditions for Fishing Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 2, 2016

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions for workers in the fishing sector.

The proposed Directive intends to improve the living and working conditions of fishermen by setting several minimum requirements for the sector.

urthermore, the implementation of the social partner agreement in EU legislation is expected to set an example for third countries to ratify the 2007 ILO Working in Fishing Convention. This is particularly relevant in the context of the fight against illegal fishing....

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South Pacific Tuna Treaty Negotiations with US Slow Going

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 2, 2016

The South Pacific Tuna Corporation and The Global Companies, which includes Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global, LLC say progress in negotatiing a new South Pacific Tuna Treat with the US is slow going.

The Corporation adn The Global Companies are with other tuna industry leaders and delegates representing American Samoa this week for negations between the Governments of the United States and the Pacific Island Nations regarding the 27-year- Treaty, a cornerstone of commercial support to the Pacific Island Nations.

However, after a week of intense dialogue between all affected parties, the delegation was dismissed without coming to any formal agreement. The following is a statement from J Douglas Hines, executive director of South Pacific Tuna Corporation, and partner in The Global Companies...

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One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 29, 2016

If anyone has a right to be crabby about the Dungeness crab season in California, it's the fishermen and processors in Northern California.

Persistent levels of domoic acid in the crab in California delayed the Dungeness and rock crab along the whole coast and have allowed limited, incremental openings of sport and commercial fisheries in certain areas...

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China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 29, 2016

In 2015, China has been faced with the toughest situation in its aquatic import and export within the past twenty years. There is decline in both the country’s export volume and value of aquatic products.

Under the influence of such factors as slow recovery of global economy and decrease of seafood consumption, there has been decline in the foreign trading of aquatic products worldwide including that of China during 2015. The past year has witnessed China’s encountering the most difficult situation in its import and export within the past 20 years...

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Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 29, 2016

NMFS is now taking public comments on a program that seeks to streamline seafood imports to the US market from verified suppliers. 

The Trusted Trader Program was formed as part of the White House's Presidential Task Force to Combat IUU fishing. The National Ocean Council (NOC Committee) Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud, is charged with implementing the Task Force's plans.

Under the program, seafood imports will be expedited into the US market...

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Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2016

NMFS finalized a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen. 

Today the Federal Register will list the approval of Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The effective date for the rule change is May 31 of this year. 

The amendment reallocates the red snapper stock's annual...

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Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Fortune Fish & Gourmet has added a line of Pacific oysters grown in Puget Sound waters that will be distributed under the Hangtown Oysters brand. 

The oysters are sourced from the Harding Creek Estuary off the coast of the Kitsap Peninsula

Fortune Fish owns the exclusive distribution rights to the oysters.  

“We had the idea to create Hangtown Oyster a couple of years ago,” explains Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO, Fortune Fish & Gourmet...

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Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Brett Veerhusen will step down as the executive director of the Seafood Harvesters of America on April 30 after serving two years at the position. 

"It's been a great two years and I've enjoyed very much working with you," Veerhusen said in an email. "The organization will continue to be very active on alternative safety compliance, vessel incidental discharge, Magnuson-Stevens and other issues that affect commercial fishermen coast-to-coast."

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Canada's Fishery Minister Tootoo Discussing EU Lobster Ban, IUU Fishing and CETA at Brussels Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Canada's Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo is in Brussels this week for the Seafood Expo Global. Tootoo is taking various meetings with top European officials to maintain and expand the country's fish and seafood markets in Europe.

Minister Tootoo plans to meet with EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, to discuss how Canada and the EU can cooperate to ...

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Turkey to Double Fish, Seafood Production to 500,000 Tons by 2023

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jaroslaw Adamowski - April 27, 2016

Turkey’s fish and seafood industry is poised to double the country’s production from 250,000 tons in 2015 to as much as 500,000 tons by 2023, according to data released by the country’s General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (TARIM).

Özerdem Maltas, a coordinator at the general directorate, told local business daily Dünya that this is related to the rising fish consumption in Turkey's export markets.

“Our country managed...

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Tropical Aquaculture Partners with GeneSeas and Netuno to Expand Tilapia Network

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Major fresh tilapia producer and supplier Tropical Aquaculture expanded its farming operations by partnering with Brazil's GeneSeas Aquaculture and US-based supplier Netuno.

GeneSeas was founded in Brazil  in 2001 and specializes in producing and exporting fresh tilapia to US and other overseas markets. GeneSeas has farms located in the Alha Solteira reservoir, which borders the states of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Today, Geneseas has over 800 cages spread...

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Today's Main Story: Coalition of Thai Seafood Companies Agree to Use Electronic Catch Reporting System 

The Thai Fishery Producers Coalition (TFPC) and several of Thailand's regulatory agencies and NGOs signed a letter of cooperation to require fishermen to use an electronic marine catch documentation system. The system will also control the trade of aquatic products and aquaculture development including sanitation. The system is intended to help accurately trace the sources of Thailand's seafood according to the Fisheries Act. The TFPC includes the Thai Frozen Food Association and Thai Shrimp Association along with several other of the country's major commercial fishing and fishmeal groups. The commitment is a direct response from Thailand's fishing industry and regulatory officials to combat IUU issues in their sector.

California officials are testing Dungeness crabs from North Coast waters for domoic acid levels with hopes to open commercial fishing in the region by the first week of May. If the crabs don’t show high levels of the neurotoxin, the season could start as soon as May 5, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist Pete Kalvass.

In other news, the rift between Washington state and tribal fishery officials in Puget Sound continues and now threatens all salmon fishing activity in the region. A third attempt to set the salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound failed, which means a complete fishery closure is possible starting May 1. Both the state and tribes will now pursue federal permits through NMFS, which are needed to conduct any salt- and fresh-water fisheries in Puget Sound.

Finally, Alaska's state fishery managers put the Copper River salmon fleet on notice that the season is likely going to open on May 16. The harvest this year calls for 1.6 million sockeyes, 21,000 kings and 201,000 coho. The Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association is also coordinating the season's first fish deliveries to Seattle with Alaska Airlines. The tradition sees the first Copper River salmon delivered straight to chefs waiting at the Seattle-Tacoma airport.

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News Summary May 2, 2016

Today's Main Story: NOAA to Cut Monitoring for New England’s Struggling Groundfish

In a victory for groundfishermen, NOAA will significantly reduce at-sea monitoring coverage for northeast multispecies groundfish vessels in the season that begins Sunday. NOAA, according to the final rule filed Friday in the Federal Register, will cut monitoring to 14 percent of all vessel trips in 2016, down from about 24 percent in 2015.

In other news, the unprecedented impasse on salmon fishing seasons has now lead to upcoming fishing closures in all Puget Sound marine areas, and some popular lakes and lower river areas, announced by state Fish and Wildlife on Friday. There are five lakes and many lower river sections that feed into Puget Sound that will close to all fishing on Sunday (May 1) when salmon and steelhead fishing 

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Today's Main Story: Newfoundland Northern Cod Will Need more than a FIP, It will Need the Unity of All Stakeholders  

Newfoundland's Northern cod stock is coming back and there is a scramble to set up a certification scheme for the once iconic fishery. John Sackton writes of the emergence of two separate groups--the Groundfish Industry Development Council and the Northern Cod Fishery Improvement Project -- that are already working on separate schemes. However, in Sackton's view, it is crucial for these two groups, in addition to all industry stakeholders in the province, to come together to manage the return of the Northern Cod fishery.  "The future success of Northern Cod depends on social and government policies in Newfoundland, which have to be supported and developed by all industry stakeholders," Sackton writes. "Northern cod could become a marker for a new system of Canadian fisheries management that would make a definitive break with the past."

Squid fishing in Argentina appears to be a bust just days into the new season. Landings are down about 60 percent compared to this time last year. Limited landings have caused prices to more than double over 2015 figures.

In other news, scientists believe warmer Pacific waters are impacting Alaska's salmon run forecasting models but aren't quite sure how. “It’s really hard to talk about salmon runs all across the coast in any one single focus because they all kind of do different things,”  said Brian Beckman, a research fishery biologist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. “The Blob does not have one specific effect across all salmon stocks.”

The Seafood Expo Global trade show opened today in Brussels. Early reports from the show floor suggest activity has been quiet. About 5 percent of this year's exhibitors canceled attending the show following the March 22 terrorist attacks at the city's airport and metro station.

Finally, US shrimp buyers say a record-setting heat wave in India is forcing their suppliers to harvest shrimp early out of fear that high temperatures in the ponds will cause disease issues.  These early harvests are producing more smaller-sized shrimp. However, buyers say the heat wave's impact, if any, to Indian shrimp output won't be fully realized for about another month when the region’s prime production period normally starts.

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Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The just-released annual report about the status of the nation’s fish stocks gives Congress a sustainability report card on 546 species of commercial importance within the U.S.’s exclusive economic zone.

NOAA Fisheries’ intensely summarized report comes from thousands of management reports, stock assessments, fisheries management plans, and rebuilding initiatives and other programs used to manage the nation’s seafood resources. It gives lawmakers who determine budget levels for NOAA Fisheries a high-level assessment of how sustainably managed U.S. stocks are in the U.S.

The report’s best news is that for the most part, the principles of the Magnuson-Stevens Act which guide fish management, are being applied successfully. We know what constitutes a sustainably managed fishery. We know how to rebuild stocks that have been overfished...

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Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The Togiak herring season started April 17, the earliest opening in history, and as of yesterday landed a cumulative total of 10,480 mt. That is just over 50 percent of the total purse seine allocation of 20,148 mt in 12 days.

The Dillingham office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, operating under a minimal-to-zero budget for the herring season, reports no gillnet harvest to date. Last year’s herring fishery in Togiak landed 20,374 tons in a season that started April 27 and ended May 10, 2015.

Landings this year began on April 17 but were not reported until at least three processors began buying and reporting deliveries. By April 22, a cumulative harvest of 3,815 tons had been landed. Roe percentages were 11.8% and the reported average fish size was 404 grams.

The purse seine harvest for April 25 was 252 tons, for a cumulative of 7,741 tons. The average size of the fish was 379 grams with...

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Fishing Monitors to Accompany Fewer New England Trips

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By David Abel - May 2, 2016

After protesting for months about having to pay for the government observers who monitor their catch, the region’s fishermen are catching a break.

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Friday approved a measure that will ease the financial burden on fishermen by reducing the number of times observers must accompany them to sea.

They will now have to take monitors on only 14 percent of their fishing trips, down from nearly a quarter of all trips.

The decision has raised concerns among environmental advocates, who argue that the government should be doing more to monitor the catch of vulnerable species such as Atlantic cod.

“With the experience and data from five years of monitoring, we have determined that the lower coverage levels in this rule will allow us to effectively estimate discards,” said Jennifer Goebel, a spokeswoman for the Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

Fishermen are required to bring in all the fish they catch...

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Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [REUTERS] BY HO BINH MINH - April 28, 2016 
 
Vietnam on Thursday banned the sale and distribution of non-living aquatic products in its central region, following inconclusive efforts to explain why huge numbers of dead fish washed ashore.
 
The ban tackles fears of a health threat along 200 km (124 miles) of the coast, after the government said the fish could have been killed by toxic discharge caused by humans or "red tide", when algae blooming at an abnormal rate produce toxins.
 
On Wednesday, the government said there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant, a unit of Formosa Plastics, was to blame for the fish ...

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Tilapia Prices Expected to Rebound with Pond Stocking Rates in South China Down 30% in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 27, 2016

The year of 2015 was disastrous for China’s tilapia industry which suffered from a great price decrease in the market. The price has even dropped below the cost of 3.2 yuan/jin (1 jin = 0.5 kilo) in Hainan, one main production area.

Several factors contributed to last year's price declines. The outbreak of the streptococcus disease peaked; illegal drug residues ...

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Santa Monica Seafood Gets BAP Certification at Expanded Rancho Dominguez Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Santa Monica Seafood has received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its recently renovated seafood processing facility in Rancho Dominguez, California.

“Our recently refurbished and expanded 120,000 square foot Rancho Dominguez main processing facility is now a BAP certified processing plant for repacking salmon and tilapia products.  We are proud to be 1 of only 14 seafood plants in the U.S. that are BAP certified as a repacking plant," said Santa Monica's CEO Roger O’Brien...

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

The National Fisheries Insitute's Crab Council membership is up to 23 companies after Virginia-based importer Sherrill International announced its commitment to the group. 

Sherrill has been in business for over 25 years and imports blue swimming crab from Indonesia. The company offers its customers a full suite of pasteurized crab grades.

“Sherrill International has a long history in the crab industry,” said Owner Mark Sherrill. “As a company, we have moved with the market adapting...

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Pressure Shelled Raw King Crab, Microwaveable Shrimp Dumplings Win Top Seafood Prizes in Brussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Microwavable shrimp dumplings from Germany and high pressured shelled raw king crab meat produced in France took home the top prizes at this year's Seafood Excellence Global awards during this week's Seafood Expo Global tradeshow in Brussels. The competition, formerly known as the Seafood Prix d’Elite, recognizes the best products exhibited at Seafood Expo Global.

Freshpack of San Martin les Boulogne, France won the grand prize for best

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ASC to Develop More Finfish Certification Standards Based on Upcoming Seriola and Cobia Schemes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) plans to develop new marine finfish standards for farmed species that will be based on its soon-to-be-released standards for seriola and cobia.  

This is the first time the ASC has issued a so-called Terms of Reference (ToR) that will develop a standard from a pre-existing certification scheme. 

“The increasing demand for healthy protein has lead to a steep rise in aquaculture production around the world,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC...

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Today's Main Story: St. James Smokehouse's Salmon Supplier MKG Provisions Fined and Put on Probation for False Labeling 

A story we published on Friday, April 29 from the BBC News by Douglas Fraser about UpRiver Aquaculture admitting to a Lacey Act Violation for false labeling said that the company supplied salmon to St. James Smokehouse. However, according to a press release issued by UpRiver’s General Manager Cheryl Lipson, the company does not supply salmon to St. James Smokehouse.  Rather the company, which also does business as MKG Provisions, said it processed the salmon that it received from St. James. The packaging MKG used was also provided by St. James. “MKG’s customer [St. James Smokehouse] provided MKG with both the salmon as well as the pre-printed packaging, and the salmon was marketed and sold under the customer’s label, not MKG’s or UpRiver’s,” MKG said in a press release.

NMFS's annual Status of the Stocks fishery report continued to show the positive effects of US Fishery Management under Magnuson. However, Peggy Parker writes of one glaring error in this year's report about the overfishing status of Eastern Pacific Swordfish.  There appears to be confusion on whether that fishery should be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. at all, even though references are in documents of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

In other news, Chinese seafood export and import figures posted their worst declines in 20 years in 2015. According to our story, high inputs costs and over production combined with a decline in global and domestic seafood demand to hurt the sector's revenues and volumes.

Meanwhile, one Dungeness crab from California's North Coast tested positive for high levels of domoic acid, further delaying the start to commercial fishing activity in the region. The single positive "hot crab" now has the state's fishery managers questioning if anything can be done to expedite opening the fishery, rather than having to wait weeks for another round of tests.

Finally, the Togiak herring season that started April 17, the earliest opening in history, landed a cumulative total of 10,480 metric tons as of yesterday. That is just over 50 percent of the total purse seine allocation of 20,148 metric tons in 12 days.

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News Summary May 3, 2016 

Today's Main Story: Dr. Ray Hilborn Launches Global Collaborative to Address Shortcomings in Forage Fish Science

Today's news opens reporting that Dr. Ray Hilborn, a marine biologist and fisheries scientist at the University of Washington, launched a new initiative aimed at addressing key issues surrounding forage fish science and the impacts of forage fishing on predator species. Dr. Hilborn's Forage Fish Project is one of several scientific efforts occurring in the next few months to expand the existing body of scientific research on forage fish.

In other news, commercial Dungeness crab season will finally open on California's North Coast on May 12. California Fish and Game Commission, working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health on Monday recommended opening the areas but that consumers should not eat the crab viscera.

The Fishin' Company confirmed that its first shipment of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices 

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Today's Main Story: PEI Doesn't Expect Big Spread Between Canner and Market Sized Lobster Prices this Season 

The PEI Fishermen's Association says prices between canner and market-sized lobsters will not be very wide this season given this year's demand for more smaller-sized live lobsters. "There really shouldn't be any difference, much difference anymore in the price of canners and markets," said the Association's president Craig Avery. Fishing in the province is expected to get going sometime next week. Boat prices are higher over last year at this time with lobster demand quite high this year.  

Longtime NPFMC member Duncan Fields filed paperwork this week that will allow him to start campaigning for the Kodiak seat on Alaska's state legislator. Fields will run as an independent and challenge Kodiak's current, first-term Rep. Louise Stutes.  Fields is an attorney and fishermen and has been involved in Alaskan fisheries and fish politics for years. Fields will wrap up his ninth and final year as a member of the NPFMC in August. 

In other news, a decline in tilapia stocking among producers in South China is expected to help raise prices. According to reports, the combination of hot temperatures early in 2015, a cold front to end the year and far lower market prices throughout last year forced Chinese farmers to reduce pond stocking. The expectation is for Chinese tilapia prices to rebound this year from more limited tilapia supplies.

Finally, Santa Monica Seafood received BAP certification for its recently renovated seafood processing headquarters in California. “Our recently refurbished and expanded 120,000 square foot Rancho Dominguez main processing facility is now a BAP certified processing plant for repacking salmon and tilapia products.  We are proud to be 1 of only 14 seafood plants in the U.S. that are BAP certified as a repacking plant," said Santa Monica's CEO Roger O’Brien.

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