Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


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  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


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


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2018

Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO of Fortune International, the parent company of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Lobster Gram, Fortune Imports, Coastal Seafoods and Chef Martin’s, announced the promotions of several senior level employees.

Mark Palicki, who joined Fortune Fish & Gourmet in 2006 as the Vice President of Marketing, has been promoted to the President of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, where he will oversee the distribution/ processing companies in Bensenville, IL and Minneapolis, MN. Jon Novak, former Director of New Markets, has been promoted to President of ...

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DDP Entries (Delivered, Duty Paid) Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 19, 2018

NOAA has needlessly engendered confusion in the seafood import community by not clarifying more broadly in its SIMP regulations that ‘Importer of Record” for SIMP does not have the same legal definition as “Importer of Record” for Customs.

Customs allows foreign companies to clear their own goods for sale in the US so long as they employ a resident agent with power of attorney on their behalf. A customs broker can serve this role ...

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VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2018

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$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 19, 2018

The 890 lb. bluefin tuna sold for $323,195 at the final New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market has made its way to New York City.

The fish was bought by the Onodera Group, which has 11 restaurants in seven cities around the world, including London, Paris, Shanghai and Los Angeles. Sushi Ginza Onodera, located on 5th Avenue in New York City, is the lucky restaurant ...

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Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 19, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Southeast calls for changes to combat sea otters.

 

Otters and their impacts on Southeast Alaska shellfish was a hot topic  at this week’s Board of Fish meeting in Sitka.

Crabbers and dive fishermen again asked for changes to regulations to protect their livelihoods from the voracious appetites of growing numbers of otters throughout the region.

“Sea otters are really causing havoc. They are moving in and moving north and just wiping out ...

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UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 18, 2018

Should tuna fisheries be allowed to be partially certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)? Some retailers in the UK are fighting the controversial practice. Tesco, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have written to the MSC Board to express their belief that the practice of compartmentalizing tuna fisheries for certification is “not in the best interests of responsible fishing policies.”

“I am pleased that Tesco, Waitrose and M&S have written to the MSC Board to raise their concerns about ...

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Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 18, 2018

Approximately 6,000 pounds of shrimp was confiscated late last week when the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered a vessel illegally fishing inside a national marine sanctuary.

According to a report, the Coast Guard and NOAA boarded a 68-foot fishing vessel called the Ronald E. near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation. The team seized 6,000 pounds of shrimp worth an estimated $60,000 ...

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Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina] translated by Amy Zhong - January 18, 2018

According to Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai imported 52,900 batches of live seafood worth as much as USD $810 million in 2017. The two numbers are an increase of 9 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2016. The 2017 import value is close to seven times of that in 2010. These seafood imports mainly came from 42 countries and regions such as the United States, Philippines, New Zealand, England and Madagascar. There are 84 different species ...

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Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 17, 2018

Richard Stavis is stepping down as CEO of Stavis Seafoods, as the company takes on IMV BV, of the Netherlands as a major investor.

IMV BV is a holding company headed by Joaquin Javier Guerrero Riveiro, an Argentinian born fishing entrepreneur who also has extensive ties to Galicia.  Numerous subsidiary companies, some set up to own vessels, are listed under his name in Dutch corporate registration records. Michael Lynch, a spokesperson for Stavis, said the IMV BV person they are dealing with is Robert Wagschal in Amsterdam.  His Linked in profile describes him as an 'Independent International Affairs Professional'.

Chuck Marble, currently President, will take over as CEO of Stavis. “This is an exciting time for Stavis Seafoods ...

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Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Seven people are vying for one seat on the fisheries entry commission. 

Seven people have applied for a seat on the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

“There are just some extremely qualified experienced folks, from background either with CFEC, Department of Fish and Game, or with fisheries. You know, it’s just been very impressive.”

Shirley Marquardt  is Director of state  Boards and Commission.

The CFEC was created by ...

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Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Blue Harvest Fisheries announced on Tuesday that President and CEO Jeff Davis will be retiring from day-to-day operations. Keith Decker, former CEO of High Liner, will take on the position, effective immediately.

Blue Harvest was established in 2015, and Davis played an “integral role” in building the company. Although retiring as President and CEO, he plans on continuing to aid Blue Harvest as the Chairman of the Board of the Managers of the Company ...

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North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling for tough measures on illegal shrimp importers.

Jones sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last week, urging him to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a new measure that was put in place on January 1 for Atlantic cod, blue crab, mahi mahi, grouper, king crab, Pacific cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks, swordfish and ...

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ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 17, 2018

The Alaska Board of Fish is meeting in Sitka this month, and is hearing a lot about concerns over Chinook Salmon.

KTOO, reporting on the meeting, quoted Federal Fisheries Biologist Jim Murphy, from Auke Bay Lab, saying “There’s a lot of concern over ‘The Blob’ but in reality the marine survival of chinook salmon has been declining for several years, even before the blob showed up,”

ADF&G is proposing to list Southeastern Chinook as a species of concern ...

 

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NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Kevin Wheeler, former executive director at Seafood Harvesters of America, has signed on as the new Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“My time with the Harvesters was very rewarding, personally and professionally,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I had the chance to work closely and become friends with many of our nation’s most forward-focused fishermen, and I’ll definitely take what I’ve learned from them to my new role as ...

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How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Imagine a bioingredient that could change food safety? Fumoir Grizzly, a Canadian fish smokehouse, has done just that. The company has developed Bac M35, a “breakthrough” food additive that is not only natural, but can “protect fish from growing Listeria monocytogenes.”

Bac M35 has been 15 years in the making and can be used for the “biopreservation of smoked salmon and trout products.” According to the company, it “counters Listeria monocytogenes and replaces chemical additives ...

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ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - January 16, 2018

Chilean fillet imports through November are actually now higher than 2016. Fresh Chilean fillet imports are now 1.2 percent higher year-to-date ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

Kodiak's Tanner crab fishery opened Monday, Jan. 15 for the first time in four years and Alaskans can pre-order the tasty crab for pick-up in Anchorage.

"Our plan is to have the crab put up a few days after it opens, ship it to Anchorage and have it available at our office on Jan. 29," said Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

AMCC has offered seafood ...

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Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has entered into a partnership with the Global Fishing Watch to “improve understanding of the activity of fishing vessels in Indonesian waters.”

The two organizations looked at Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data from the Indonesian government and compared it to NOAA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer suite (VIIRS). According to a press release, they hoped to be able to use the data to “identify fishing vessels that are not picked up by ...

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Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 18, 2018

Frequent claims that the NOAA action against Sector IX for failure to comply with its operational permits have cost New Bedford 300 jobs are simply not true.  The figure being bandied about is based on an economic model, and it inflates the impact of this short term action.

Economist Dan Georgianna created the 300 lost jobs number by looking at the volume and value of what sector IX vessels delivered to the ...

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Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 18, 2018

Leading Russian pollock producers plan to significantly reduce the volumes of processing of their catch at Chinese factories this year despite the existing lack of capacities in the domestic market.

According to Andrew Teterkin, CEO of the Russian Fishery Company -- until recently one of Russia’s leading producers of whitefish -- China had cheap labor, which allowed RFC to supply the majority of pollock to Chinese factories, where it was further processed by manual labor to fillets and ...

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ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 18, 2018

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) wants to show young chefs that frozen Alaska seafood is just as good as fresh.

Michael Kohan, technical director at ASMI, spoke to students In Long Beach, California, at the Careers Through Culinary Arts Programs, explaining how flash freezing is an important step for preserving the quality of seafood. 

“Freezing fish directly after harvest essentially pauses the natural process of spoilage,” Kohan told Foodable TV. “The quality of fresh seafood is ...

 

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Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 18, 2018

In a step towards balancing sustainable scallop fishing and environment protection, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has approved the majority of Omnibus Fish Habitat Amendment 2 (OHA2).

The New England Fishery Management Council initiated OHA2 in 2004, and it was implemented in 2017 to update essential fish habitat designations, as well as designate new Habitat Areas of Particular Concern for Atlantic salmon and Atlantic cod. Now the council has received approval for ...

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Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 18, 2018

Tampa Maid Foods announced on Wednesday that Rod Van Wyngarden has signed on as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining Tampa Maid Foods, Wyngarden was the President at Wells Food Processing, a startup company specializing in fully cooked, multi-protein. Prior to that, Wyngarden worked at Cargill in numerous roles over a span of 12 years, including Vice President of Segment Sales at Cargill Foodservice North America and ...

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High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Jeff O’Neill, the President and COO of High Liner Foods’ Canadian Operations, is leaving the company. Chairman and CEO Henry Demone confirmed O’Neill’s exit in a press release.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jeff for his contribution to High Liner Foods and wish him all the best with his future endeavors,” said Demone.

Following O’Neill’s departure, the North American frozen seafood company is going through a bit of a shakeup ...

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Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

Florida Keys commercial fishing captain Ricardo Hernandez was arrested last week after a two-years-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Hernandez, 53, is being accused of illegally dumping over 30 lobster traps along the reef.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hernandez was booked on January 11 for 31 felony counts for commercial dumping and an additional 33 felony counts for tampering with evidence ...

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CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 17, 2018

Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from 38° 34′ N. Lat. (Salt Point, Sonoma County) south to the California/Mexico border.

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County on Nov. 8, 2016. On Jan.1, 2017, new authority established in ,,,

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Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association isn’t supposed to hold their annual general meeting until February, but that hasn’t stopped one fisherman from sharing some exciting new stats about lobster in the area.

Francis Morrissey, the president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association (WGFA), revealed during the group’s annual meeting earlier this week that the settlement survey conducted last summer found that lobster recruitment in the area was high.

“It was the highest recruitment that was ever recorded any place in ...

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European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 16, 2018

A group of high level European shrimp importers including Klaas Paul, Nordic Seafood and the Seafood Connection, along with the importer associations of the Netherlands, the European Seafood Importers Group, and UK buyers will meet with Indian shrimp officials at the upcoming India International Seafood Show in Goa at the end of this month.

The meeting is being organized by Willem van der Pijl, director of STIP (Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal) and Solidariadad, a European ...

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How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Pacific Seafood has become the first company in the world to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters – an interesting feat considering that the certification program looks at feed mills.

Four-star BAP certification is awarded to those that have “BAP-certified seafood processors with associated farms, feed mills and hatcheries.” Since oysters feed on phytoplankton in seawater, they do not require feed from a feed mill. However, BAP determined that Pacific Seafood can offer ...

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Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - January 16, 2018

Carrefour, a retail titan, has adopted a new development strategy and continues to build on its upgrade started in 2015. It has spent much time and effort developing China’s e-commerce market and now its French oysters and Boston lobsters can be delivered to consumers within one hour.

According to Carrefour staff, its e-commerce platform is available to consumers in as many as 18 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha and ...

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