Fri. Jan 20 2017

Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand  


Final Rule for Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Now Available


New England Plaice (Dab)s Gain Sustainability Nod from GMRI  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, January 20, 2017


Thu. Jan 19 2017

FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance   (1)


US Foods Announces New Chief Merchandising Officer


Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species  


Conservation Groups Sue to Protect Salmon and Defend Clean Water from Coal Industry Attacks


2017 Benchley Winners Announced for Excellence in Ocean Conservation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday, January 19, 2017


Wed. Jan 18 2017

Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers


ADF&G Says Following FDA's Food Safety Regs When Preparing Alaskan Salmon Will Prevent Illness  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Tue. Jan 17 2017

Russia's Future Barents Sea Snow Crab Harvest Could Reach 27,000 tons  


AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood


PODCAST: US Shrimp Imports Spike in November and On Record Pace in 2016


Alaska Sablefish Is Re-Certified Under RFM for Sustainability


Fernando Villarroel Leaves Cermaq Canada to Head Marine Harvest's Chile Operation


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Mon. Jan 16 2017

Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians  


SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year  


Halibut Catch Limits, Harvest Policy on Docket for Next Weeks IPHC Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC  


Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday


Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Fri. Jan 13 2017

Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company


Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof


Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways


Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 13, 2017


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Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Japan Reports]  January 20, 2017

North American pollock surimi prices record their first drop in 3 years and 9 months in Japan thanks to robust landings in Alaska.

Prices of pollock surimi--which serves as materials for fish paste products such as kamaboko and chikuwa in Japan--is turning lower for the first time in three years and nine months.
 
The downturn was triggered by a drastic increase in pollock...

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Final Rule for Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Now Available

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 20, 2017

The final rule on standardizing and reporting the methodology for assessing bycatch, was published today in the Federal Register. The rule interprets and provides guidance on the requirement of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) that all fishery management plans (FMPs), with respect to any fishery, establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery. 

The final rule establishes requirements and provides guidance to regional fishery management councils and the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development, documentation, and review of such methodologies...

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New England Plaice (Dabs) Gain Sustainability Nod from GMRI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] Jan 20, 2017   

A Maine marine research institute says it has added a species of New England flounder to its list of sustainably harvested fish species.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it is adding the American plaice to its list of species that can carry the "Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested" brand.

The American plaice, also called the dab, is landed in Gloucester and New Bedford...

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FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 19, 2017

The FDA issued final guidance for fish consumption for pregnant women, which said 90 percent of the seafood items consumed in the US are safe to eat for expecting mothers.

According to a reference chart published alongside the final guidance, 62 types of fish are sorted into three categories: “Best choices” (eat two to three servings a week); “Good choices” (eat one serving a week) and “Fish to avoid.”

Fish in the “best choices” category make up nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the US market the FDA said...

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US Foods Announces New Chief Merchandising Officer 
  
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Wire] January 19, 2017 
 
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Andrew Iacobucci will join the company as Chief Merchandising Officer, effective January 23. Iacobucci will oversee category management, procurement, product innovation and food safety, as well as marketing efforts on behalf of the company. 
 
“Andrew is a proven leader and merchandising executive who will play a key role in helping us continue to drive food leadership and product innovation for our customers,” said US Foods President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “His merchandising expertise and food industry experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow our market share with independent restaurants and other target ...

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Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 18, 2017

The Mazzetta Company said it will find jobs for full time staff that were laid off and will eventually bring back its temporary workforce that were also let go from its Gloucester Seafood Processing (GSP) subsidiary.

The Illinois-based seafood importer and distributor issued the statement in response to a local news article that confirmed ...

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ADF&G Says Following FDA's Food Safety Regs When Preparing Alaskan Salmon Will Prevent Illness 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 18, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish Game issued a reminder that current FDA food safety regulations prevent consumers from getting sick as long as they prepare fresh and frozen salmon properly regardless if it's cooked or eaten raw. 
 
Recent news reports have mentioned parasites in Alaska salmon; however, Alaska salmon is among the highest quality seafood and safe for consumer consumption. All commercially harvested Alaska seafood, which accounts for more than 60 percent of all the seafood harvested in the United States, is processed in accordance with strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, including parasite controls the ADF&G said...

 

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2017 Benchley Winners Announced for Excellence in Ocean Conservation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 19, 2017

Ten recipients were announced for the Tenth Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards this week, including an Indonesian minister fighting poachers, two U.S. senators supporting marine monuments, and a young brother and sister duo concerned about turtles. The awards are unique in acknowledging outstanding achievement across many sectors of society leading to the protection of our ocean, coasts and the communities that depend on them.

Co-founded by Wendy Benchley and David Helvarg, and named in honor of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, this Award celebrates the life and legacy of a man who spent more than 40 years educating the public...

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Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 13, 2017

The situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky.  For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast.
 
During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for airshipment to China through Vancouver.
 
But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban..

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SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.com [SeafoodNews] January 16, 2017

The 2016/2017 season for golden king crab in Southeast Alaska will open Friday, February 17, to a guideline harvest limit (GHL) that is 30 percent less than last season’s.

The Petersburg office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a GHL of 105,000 pounds within seven management areas in Alaska’s panhandle, from approximately Wrangell north to Haines.

Last year’s GHL for golden king crab was 155,000 pounds. The areas where significant catch limit cuts were made was in East Central and Mid-Chatham Strait, where GHLs went from 30,000 lbs to 15,000 lbs and from 40,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs respectively...

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PODCAST: US Shrimp Imports Spike in November and On Record Pace in 2016

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Fernando Villarroel Leaves Cermaq Canada to Head Marine Harvest's Chile Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

Fernando Villarroel, COO Canada for Cermaq, will join Marine Harvest as its new general manager for its Chilean subsidiary this May. Villarroel, a native of Chile, has worked for Cermaq for 19 years, ten of them abroad.

"It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation from Fernando Villarroel," said CEO Geir Molvik. "Fernando has been with Cermaq for 19 years and has been very important for the company, not only in Canada but also for the global operations."

Fernando will remain COO in Canada until the end of April.

He has been Chief Operating Officer Canada at Cermaq ASA since November 20, 2013. Villarroel joined Cermaq in 1998 and held different financial positions in Mainstream Chile before he transferred to Mainstream Scotland where he worked as a financial controller...

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Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna

PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS), an Indonesian tuna catch and processing company, wholly owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd - has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can now display the official seal of approval on its products.

All tuna species are fished using the pole and line method, ...

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Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 13, 2017

Another study was published this week that once again suggests intentional fish fraud in the US's seafood supply chain but without any clear evidence to back up the claim.

Researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University are behind the latest study that was published this week in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

This study used DNA sampling to test the fish at 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2015. Sure enough, the results showed that of the samples tested, 47 percent of the fish were mislabeled...

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Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 13, 2017

Managing fisheries means more than managing fish. To keep fisheries sustainable, managers need to make sure the ecosystems that support fish production stay healthy. An important part of Alaska’s marine ecosystems is the corals that create habitat for fish and their prey.

Coral gardens provide refuge for fish, but may be vulnerable to fishing gear and warmer temperatures. How long it takes for coral habitat to recover from injury depends on how fast corals grow and reproduce.

A new study led by Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center reveals just how slowly some corals grow, and provides insight on how they might respond to seafloor disturbance and...

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News Summary January 19, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Alaska's Board of Fish Cancels Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Fishery in Split Vote

Opening the news today is a focus on how last week the Bering Sea crabbers received bad news when the last hope for a bairdi Tanner fishery was dashed. The Board of Fisheries in a split vote decided against opening the fishery which produced 20 million pounds last year. Crab harvests are based on results of summer surveys and for Tanners, the numbers are driven by the abundance of female crab. Those numbers were not sufficient enough to open even a reduced fishery.

In other news, the FDA issued final guidance for fish consumption for pregnant women, which said 90 percent of the seafood items consumed in the US are safe to eat for expecting mothers. But the National Fisheries Institute said the advice lacks a science-based message and will confuse consumers

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News Summary January 17, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Russia's Barents Sea Snow Crab Production Could Reach 27,000 Metric Tons Say Fishery Officials

Today’s top headline reports that Russia plans to increase the volume of catch of snow crab in the Barents Sea in the coming years, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Rosrybolovstvo. According to Konstantin Sokolov, Head of the Laboratory of Coastal Research of the Russian Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, in recent years the demand for snow crab in Russia has significantly ...

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Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company 

Fortune International, the parent company to Fortune Fish & Gourmet, has made five members of its executive management team partners and co-owners of the company. Fortune’s Danielle Charette, Dominick Gattuso, Wally Lezniak, Mark Palicki and Suad Tanovic are now partners and co-owners of the Illinois-based seafood distributor. “These new partnerships recognize the company’s most senior management team and acknowledge their hard-work and commitment,” said Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortune Fish. “Each of these individuals brings unique talents to our business and I look forward to their sustained strong leadership as we continue to grow in the years ahead”.

Lobster fishermen in Prince Edward Island want to slow down the scheduled increases to minimum carapace sizes and have those increases applied to the spring fishery. The Prince County Fishermen's Association proposed a motion that if LFA 25 is required to go up in carapace length, then the spring districts 24 and 26A should have to follow suit. The PCFA is also working with a group of fishermen in New Brunswick who want to slow down the increases in LFA 25.

In other news, a Newfoundland crab fishermen withdrew an appeal challenging a decision by Canada's federal fishery managers to take away his commercial fishing license. The fisherman, Kirby Elson, had refused to obey a DFO requirement that he exit a so-called "controlling agreement" with two Newfoundland and Labrador fish processors. Federal fishery authorities said the agreement violated the owner-operator policy that prevents individuals or corporations other than the license holder to control the use of the license.

Meanwhile, Australian investigators believe imported bait shrimp from China is behind the first ever white spot outbreak to reach the country. The bait shrimp were tied to Chinese supplier Sino. AUstrlaian officials suspended the import license for Sino last week. Additionally, some seafood importers were found guilty of deliberately tampering with what are supposed to be random samples of imported shrimp. The guilty parties could be forced to pay $3 million to clean up the outbreak at the southeast Queensland farm sites where the white spot was detected.

Finally, researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University published a study that found mislabeled seafood at sushi restaurants in Los Angeles. The study suggests that the mislabeling was intentional even though the investigation didn't turn up a shred of hard evidence to support the claim. "It’s irresponsible to publicly opine about fraud happening at the supplier level when this particular research provides no evidence to demonstrate that,” said the National Fisheries Insitute's Lynsee Fowler in response to the study's claims.

Urner Barry and Seafood News will be traveling to San Francisco for the NFI's Global Seafood Market Conference. We look forward to catching up with all of those in attendance throughout the week. Safe travels to everybody and have a great weekend.

 

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Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 19, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced yesterday that the Department of Commerce has determined commercial fishery failures occurred for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.

Each of the affected fisheries experienced sudden, unexpected, and large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. The Secretary's decision enables fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.

In Alaska, the Gulf of Alaska 2016 pink salmon fishery was declared a disaster. Those pinks were returning to streams in Kodiak, Cook Inlet, and Prince William Sound.

In California, disasters were declared for the Dungeness and rock crab...

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Conservation Groups Sue to Protect Salmon and Defend Clean Water from Coal Industry Attacks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2017

Washington, D.C.  – A coalition of local and national community and conservation groups filed a motion Wednesday to be allowed to help defend the national Stream Protection Rule against two lawsuits. The rule, issued Dec. 2, 2016 by the Department of the Interior, updates the minimum standards to protect clean water and other natural resources threatened by coal mining operations across the nation.  Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement spent years working on the new rule.

“Alaska has some of the last wild salmon runs left on earth. Alaska’s wild salmon, and the rivers that they depend on define who we are as Alaskans," Cook Inletkeeper's Bob Shavelson said in a statement. "Salmon fill our freezers and support our local economies. The Stream Protection Rule provides Alaskans with basic, common-sense protections for our wild salmon from the risks posed by coal strip mining.”

The rule has far-reaching implications. Conservation groups advocated for stronger standards...

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Russia's Future Barents Sea Snow Crab Harvest Could Reach 27,000 tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 17, 2017

Russia plans to increase the volume of catch of snow crab in the Barents sea in the coming years, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

According to Konstantin Sokolov, Head of the Laboratory of Coastal Research of the Russian  Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, in recent years the demand ...

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AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

WRANGELL, AK — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announces the entries for the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2017. This year, products entered are grouped into four categories.

“In the 24th year of this annual competition, we are still seeing high quality and innovative new products made out of Alaska seafood,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “This year, the competition will be high in the Retail category, with seven new products competing for the winner in that category. We also have some exciting new Beyond the Plate products made with chitosan, oil, and leather, as well as Beyond the Egg products made with pollock and salmon roe. I wish the best of luck to all of the entrants.”...

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Halibut Catch Limits, Harvest Policy on Docket for Next Weeks IPHC Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 16, 2017

Halibut stakeholders from Alaska, British Columbia, and the U.S. West Coast will convene in Victoria, BC next week to set catch limits, season dates, and wrestle with significant harvest policy questions at the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Comments on potential catch limits were released earlier this year and focus on regulatory area 2C, Southeast Alaska. Six of the eight catch limit comments want changes to Area 2C’s potential catch limit, one of which recommends a single harvest rate be used in all of Area 2, comprised of 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California), 2B (British Columbia) and 2C (Southeast Alaska.)

A dozen regulatory proposals were submitted last fall addressing issues not related to catch limits...

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Alaska Sablefish Is Re-Certified Under RFM for Sustainability

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced today that the Alaska sablefish (black cod) fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.

The Alaska sablefish fishery was first certified to the Alaska RFM Certification Program in October 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of re-assessment The reassessment was conducted using Alaska RFM Standard Version 1.3. Details of the assessment can be found in the Final Assessment Report.

"The Alaska sablefish fishery achieved full conformity to each of the conformance criteria evaluated," the authors...

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Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The News-Review] by Al Thomas - January 16, 2017

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed Saturday to implement in 2017 the most sweeping lower Columbia River salmon fishing reforms in decades, including the elimination of gillnets in the main stem of the river during spring and summer.

By a 7-2 vote, the commission decided to go ahead with implementation this year of reforms first adopted in early 2013 and phased in during a four-year transition period.

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will address the issue Friday, and there are indications it might not agree with Washington’s position.

“Sometimes, you have to ...

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Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 13, 2017

Fortune International, the recently formed parent company to Fortune Fish & Gourmet, has added five partners who are now owners of the company.

As of January 1, Fortune’s Danielle Charette, Vice President of Sales; Dominick Gattuso, Chief Financial Officer; Wally Lezniak, Vice President of Production; Mark Palicki, Vice President of Marketing; and Suad Tanovic, Vice President of Logistics and Inventory Control have become partners in the company....

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Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways

The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast’s marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways some expected, new research shows.

Dungeness crab, for example, will likely suffer as their food sources decline, according to a press release from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dungeness crab fisheries valued at about $220 million annually may face a strong downturn ...

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News Summary January 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand

North American pollock surimi prices record their first drop in 3 years and 9 months in Japan thanks to robust landings in Alaska. Prices of pollock surimi--which serves as materials for fish paste products such as kamaboko and chikuwa in Japan--are turning lower. The downturn was triggered by a drastic increase in pollock catch in North America, which diluted the sense of short supply around the globe. Another cause was the decrease in the consumption of pollock fillets in Europe. While surimi product makers can expect the effects of cost reduction, it is uncertain whether the raw material price fall directly leads to retail price cuts as producers had suffered deteriorating profit due to high prices during the preceding years.

In other news, Northern Dynasty Minerals has more than tripled since the U.S. election to approach a four-year high this week amid speculation the incoming administration will allow the explorer’s long-stalled Pebble project in Alaska to move ahead. Last week, the Vancouver-based company drummed up C$43 million ($32.4 million) in a secondary share offering to investors eager for a stake in 

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News Summary January 18, 2017

Today's Main Story: Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers

As a follow-up to one of Tuesday's top stories, today we report that The Mazzetta Company said it will find jobs for full-time staff that were laid off and will eventually bring back its temporary workforce that were also let go from its Gloucester Seafood Processing (GSP) subsidiary. The Illinois-based seafood importer and distributor issued the statement in response to a local news article that confirmed Mazzetta had laid off 175 of its employees since August. This is the first statement from the Mazzetta Company about the matter.

In other news, the Alaska Department of Fish Game issued a reminder that current FDA food safety regulations prevent consumers from getting sick as long as they prepare fresh and frozen salmon properly regardless if it's cooked or eaten raw. Recent news reports have mentioned parasites in Alaska salmon; however, Alaska salmon is among the highest quality seafood and safe for consumer consumption.

India's WestCoast Group, the country's only fully-integrated seafood company that sells black tiger shrimp and other se

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News Summary January 16, 2017

Today's Main Story: Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

Today's news opens with a piece by John Sackton who writes that the situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky. For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast. During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for air shipment to China through Vancouver. But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban on ...

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