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


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


Fri. May 19 2017

First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today  


VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades  


New England Fisheries Council to Consider Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


Thu. May 18 2017

NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections  


Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil  


Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections  


Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take  


No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today  


Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market


Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia


Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director


Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


Wed. May 17 2017

Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'  


Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director  


CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid  


Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse  


WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them


SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


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Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 24, 2017

Coldwater pink shrimp is finally being landed on the West Coast -- but not without controversy.

Oregon processors budged little on their initial price offerings to their vessels, fishermen said, but competition from some Washington boats eventually led to Oregon shrimpers accepting ex-vessel prices lower than they had hoped -- prices more in line with 2004 and 2006 prices, they said.

Oregon shrimper Nick Edwards said fishermen started the 2016 season...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2017

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard opened Newfoundland’s 3Ps Cod fishery only to the inshore/seasonal harvesters. So far federal authorities have not announced if the year-round offshore portion of the fishery will be open.

This announcement has left many harvesters, plant workers and their families in a cloud of uncertainty. 

“At risk, is year-round employment and job stability for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said  Kris Vascotto, Executive Director of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC)...

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Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 24, 2017

Chilean Customs walked off the job Tuesday morning after a meeting between the Association of Customs Officials (Anfach) and members of Chile’s finance ministry broke down in disagreement over the labor contract.

According to Anfach, the two-part labor agreement the union signed with federal officials in May 2015 last November is supposed to provide Customs workers with more personnel at border entry points and airports; reduced hours; and better retirement benefits.

Anfach said the government has not fulfilled the terms of the deal and ordered an indefinite strike...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 24, 2017

A new World Wildlife Fund report finds that farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to their countries of origin through a process known as elemental profiling. With greater refinement, elemental profiling may help importers, customs officials, retailers and others trace globally traded seafood back to its source, which can shed light on production practices with critical environmental and social implications.

The report, conducted by WWF researchers and supported by Auburn University and Ocean University of China, looked at farmed Pacific ...

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ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 24, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation released its 2016 annual report, Best Practices, Better Solutions, this week, which outlines tuna sustainability achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. ISSF participating companies account for about 75 percent of the global canned tuna market.

“Through our many activities and partnerships over the years — made possible by progressive tuna companies and other funders — we have deepened our understanding about what it takes to ‘be’ sustainable, and to advance the cause,” ISSF President Susan Jackson ...

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SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - May 24, 2017

Ocean Springs, Miss. - The Industry Advisory Board of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries has allocated $203,271 in funding for seven fish and shellfish research projects and a continuing involvement with the marine mammal assessment process.

“As participants in the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries, many of its stakeholders have been involved in cooperative research with the goal of reducing uncertainty in the fisheries management plan for many years," SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board Chairman Guy Simmons said in a statement. "Since the formation of SCeMFiS, these efforts have ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2017

It's been five years since the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries were certified as responsibly managed against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.  

Today, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced that stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports for Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 23, 2017

Two examples of chinook salmon research being conducted this year will help state salmon biologists manage king salmon rivers in Western Alaska. One project relies on samples taken from the Nushagak River in Bristol Bay, the other on samples from the Yukon. One is done by University of Washington scientists, the other by a unique partnership between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Yukon River subsistence fishermen.

Research studying otoliths (ear bones) of Chinook salmon from the Nushagak...

 

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Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2017

Santa Monica Seafood has hired Dave Harrison as Vice President of Procurement as part of an ongoing company restructuring plan.  

Santa Monica’s CEO Roger O’Brien said Harrison will lead and manage the Procurement department and his duties will include employee development and training; supplier management; strategic purchasing; supplier negotiations and contracting; development of supply management systems, procedures and analytics; and inventory management and control...

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Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2017

With haddock, turbot, and cod, Canada's Atlantic redfish posts high landings from commercial fisheries on Canada's Atlantic coast. In 2015, more than 10,000 mt were landed.

Now, Canada's first redfish fishery has received sustainability recognition from the Marine Stewardship Council.

The MSC announced today that Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), also known as Atlantic redfish or ocean perch, caught in Northwest Atlantic...

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F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver to Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - May 22, 2017

Fishermen's Finest Inc. and the Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA, have run into a Jones Act issue with the construction of F/V America's Finest, which is the largest catcher processor to be constructed in the US in nearly 30 years.

Fishermen's Finest operates F/V Amerca No. 1 and the F/V Interprid.  These two catcher-processors are part of the Amendment 80 fleet, focusing on flatfish in the Bering Sea.  Fishermen's Finest recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and with the America No. 1 they were the pioneer American company producing H&G flatfish from the Bering Sea.

The flatfish fleet, along with the cod longlining fleet, has seen a series of new vessel investments...

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PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades

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VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades

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NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids...

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Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - May 18, 2017

Russia plans to significantly exports of white fish (cod and pollock) to far-abroad countries in the coming years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries.    

Shestakov said that currently the demand for white fish in the domestic market remains still relatively low, however it has significantly increased in such countries as Brazil, Argentina and other Latin America states, which may provide significant export opportunities to Russian producers.

Such a decision will be mainly due to the current inability of Russian fisherman to successfully export...

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Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2017

Finally, whales are being recognized as a "user group" for the highly-prized sablefish resource in Alaska.

The sablefish fleets in Southeast, Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea have long known that killer whales and sperm whales are taking an increasing share of their sabelfish quota -- directly from the longline hooks -- but it has been a difficult problem to quantify.

It's made even trickier because while killer whales typically...

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Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

Lidl announced a commitment to sell seafood certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

“We are pleased to announce that our entire every day fresh and frozen seafood assortment will be certified sustainable,” said Boudewijn Tiktak, the Chief Commercial Officer at Lidl US. “We are proud to work closely with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in this step to ensure suppliers meet our high-quality standards...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” 

The Omnibus Report is a response to an Executive Order from the Trump Administration that told the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to identify the trading partners with which the U.S. had significant trade deficits with last year...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KDLG] by Dave Bendinger - May 24, 2017
 
Ugashik fleet will fish inside a line a little further south than usual to keep a buffer around newest Pacific walrus haulout in Bristol Bay.

Last year thousands of Pacific walrus unexpectedly showed up at Cape Greig north of Ugashik Bay, delighting sightseers but complicating fishing and shipping in the busy fishing district. When they left in the fall, biologists were not sure if they would be back the following summer or...

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Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

The Department of Commerce rescinded an administrative review on antidumping duty orders for Chinese shrimp after domestic processors withdrew their requests for review of the rates.

The review would have looked at Chinese shrimp exported to the US market between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.

But Commerce posted in the Federal Register this week that it will rescind the review since the petitioner, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee and the American Shrimp Processors Assotion notified the department that they were withdrawing the request... 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2017  

Long John Silver’s has added Buttermilk Cod sourced from Alaska to its menu for the summer season.

The premium cod product is prepared Homestyle with a buttermilk breading. The item will be available from May 29 to August 27 at participating Long John’s across the country. It will sell for $5.99 and is served with French fries and hushpuppies.

“The light flavor of the Cod balances really well with the tangy flavor of the buttermilk,” said Peter Czizek, Vice President of Culinary Innovation and Quality Assurance. “It has a big crunchy bite, and the light, flaky fish smooths it out. It really is delightful.” “Buttermilk is such a great summer flavor and we’ve added convenience, “continued Czizek. “Summer is meant for spending time with family, so we’ve got dinner covered.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Levels in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2017

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. This continues to cut into the US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp.

According to an Urner Barry analysis of Ecuadorian shrimp exports, the country exported 282.6 million pounds to all major markets through April 2017. This is a record high figure, up 15 percent from the year prior, an increase of about 37 million pounds. It’s about a 140 million pound increase from just four years ago...

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First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 22, 2017

With nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan.

This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The total run is estimated at 29,000 Chinook and minimum escapement is set at 24,000 chinook salmon.

The problem for the in-season Alaska managers...

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First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2017

The first 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon was delivered to the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday morning as part of the industry’s annual start to the summer fishing season.

The fish was delivered by Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737 dubbed the “Salmon 30 Salmon.” It was just the first delivery with more four flights scheduled today that will bring an estimated 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon from Anchorage to Sea-Tac.

Every year Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state of Alaska's three largest seafood processors, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods..

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New England Fisheries Council Propose Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 19, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council wants to hear from the public about proposed rules for new management areas to protect deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and in the slope/canyon region south of Georges Bank.

At issue are several alternatives under consideration in the Draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Council wants feedback from the public on which alternatives...

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USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed to change the inspection coverage for domestic catfish producers from all hours of operation to once per production shift. The decision was based on the FSIS finding that catfish processing operations are more similar to meat and poultry processing-only operations and not meat slaughter operations.

According to the Federal Register notice when Congress shifted catfish inspection responsibilities from the FDA to the USDA, the intent was so the FSIS could inspect fish establishments consistent with how FSIS inspects meat and poultry processing establishments, which is at least once per production shift...

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Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate for 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) said the suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council certificate for the Newfoundland cod fishery in the 3Ps region confirmed its initial concern and objection to the designation.

This week the MSC certificate for offshore cod producers Icewater Seafoods and Ocean Choice International was suspended because of exceptionally high mortalities rates for the 3Ps cod fishery.

The fishery was originally completed its MSC assessment in February 2016. At the time certification was recommended for the major fishery gear types for both inshore and offshore cod...

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No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today

 

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