Fri. Oct 20 2017

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


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


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


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


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


Netuno USA Partners With Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program


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


Thai Union Hires Former EDF Specialist As North America Sustainability Director


Selective Breeding of Farm-Raised Tilapia Could Reduce Strep  


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


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


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 20


Thu. Oct 19 2017

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


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


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


Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers  


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


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


Indianapolis Based First Choice Seafood Acquired by Cincinnati Distributor Enson Group


Oysters Could Reduce Nutrient Pollution, According to New Study  


Rainforest Tilapia Earns 4th and Final BAP Certification Star  


Canadian Centre For Fisheries Innovation Hosting Cod Fishery Conference  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 19


Wed. Oct 18 2017

Lawsuit Documents Show Pattern of Collusion Between Commerce and Rec Fishery  


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


Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009  


StarKist Expands BOLD Line of Tuna Pouches with New Sriracha Flavor  


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 18


Tue. Oct 17 2017

DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix  


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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 17


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


Canadian Oyster Companies Recalling Some Products  


Mon. Oct 16 2017

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


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


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


Kodiak May See a Small Tanner Crab Fishery This Year


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 16


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


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


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


Blue Revolution Promoting Seaweed Mariculture in Alaska


ANALYSIS: Traders Outlook Positive Amid New Seasonal Mahi Production  


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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  October 20, 2017

What happens next with Carlos Rafael’s fishing permits for all 13 vessels, including those that were not forfeited under the courts order, will be determined in a civil proceeding by NOAA with an administrative law judge.

The criminal proceeding led to forfeit of 34 permits.  NOAA will have to address what will be done with these.  But the remaining nine vessels owned by Rafael have dozens, perhaps over 100 individual fishing permits.  If NOAA revokes these permits in an administrative proceeding, the value of the vessels themselves will fall substantially.

Prior precedent, and a full review of NOAA enforcement actions in 2012 by a Special Master, Charles Swartwood, suggests that NOAA is fully entitled to permanently revoke all fishing permits associated with the 13 vessels where Carlos Rafael has pled guilty to deliberately falsifying catch records.

Prior to Rafael, the largest fisheries fraud case in New England involved James and Peter Spalt....

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton  Oct 20, 2017

Following a story on Trident this summer from Bloomberg, which put Chuck Bundrant on its billionaire’s index with an estimated worth of $1.1 billion, Forbes has upped the ante and listed Chuck Bundrant at 264 on Forbe’s list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimate of $3 billion net worth.

Some think these numbers are highly suspect.  Following the Bloomberg story, which claimed Trident had $2.4 billion in revenue in 2016, some within the company pushed back strongly, telling reporters these numbers were garbage.

Bloomberg itself only said it calculated the value from trade groups, and estimates of what it called similar publicly traded companies like Clearwater and the Oceana Group of South ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Urner Barry hosted their 2017 Seafood Import Workshop in Miami on Tuesday, welcoming close to 40 seafood industry members and government agencies to the Courtyard by Marriott at Miami International Airport.

The workshop was created with the goal of helping attendees keep their seafood business compliant. And guest speakers Scott Zimmerman (CEO and founder of Safe Quality Seafoods), Corey Norton ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Antonio Freitas, a Bristol County Sheriff’s Deputy and Task Force Officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to smuggle illegal fishing profits abroad. Freitas had worked alongside Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael, who was sentenced to 46 months in prison last month for illegally misreporting fish to ...

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

angulatus crabSEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  Oct 20, 2017

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of catch of deep-sea crabs during the next several years, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo).

As part of these plans, a particular attention will be paid for the increased crab production at the depth below 1000 meters. Currently the production of deep-sea crab already accounts 15% of the total crab catch in the Russian Far Eastern basin, however, according to state plans, the increase of these figures up to 25-30% during the next several years.  

The first plan talks about the prospects for deep-sea crab fishing began as far back in the late 1990's, when the Russian government introduced a ban on the production of traditional crabs in the domestic territorial waters.

Analysts of the Pacific Research Fishing Center (TINRO-center)..

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Selective Breeding of Farm-Raised Tilapia Could Reduce Strep

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Farm-raised tilapia can be susceptible to streptococcosis due to bacteria. But scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) may have found a way to reduce strep, which causes farmers to lose about $1 billion worth of tilapia annually.

A study conducted by ARS molecular biologists Benjamin LaFrentz and Craig Shoemaker shows that selective breeding is a “promising alternative” to combatting the disease. Previously, farmers were forced to use vaccines and antibiotics to ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] October 19, 2017

The 102 year old Fisheries Council of Canada just finished their annual meeting in Ottawa this week and many members expressed concern about the Canadian government's lack of responsiveness to the seafood industry.  

A new fisheries law is being proposed in Parliment, and under the Canadian system, once the party with the parlimentary majority introduces legislation, it is generally passed exactly as written.  But the industry has gotten very little response from the goverment regarding what significant changes might be in thebill, other than a statement that it will likely be the most significant fisheries legislation in Canada in two generations...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - October 20, 2017

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] - October 19, 2017

More overseas companies eager to tap into China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for imported seafood has resulted in Asia’s largest seafood show setting yet another record for square meters of exhibit space. 

The 22nd annual edition of the show will be held at the Qingdao International Expo Center from November 1-3.  The total exhibit space will be more than 36,000 square meters. More than 1,400 companies from some 40 countries will display their products to 25,000 visitors from 100 countries.

“Once again this year, most of the growth in the show is due to an increase in the amount of exhibit space in the overseas halls,” says Peter Redmayne, president of Seattle-based Sea Fare Expositions, Inc...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - October 19, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council is responding to the criticisms the On the Hook Campaign has made about PNA Tuna .(SeafoodNews October 16th)       

When the PNA purse seine tuna fishery was first certified more than five years ago, it was the first purse seine tuna certification by the MSC.  The certification was only for free swimming tuna, but vessels were allowed to target both free swimming schools and FAD tuna in the same trip, so long as the catches were segregated.

In an widely distributed opinion piece, also published in Seafood News on October 16th, Dr. Megan Bailey laid out the criticism, which was that it was misleading to tell consumers that their tuna was sustainable if the same vessel that caught their MSC tuna also caught tuna that the MSC would not certify...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Barry Myers is a business executive from Pennsylvania. He’s the CEO of AccuWeather, a private weather and data service … and also President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA is a government agency that has many roles, but one of them is overseeing the National Weather Service, which helps predict dangerous storms and weather patterns. As the CEO of AccuWeather, Myers’ nomination isn’t too much out of left field. However, the role of Administrator of NOAA is a position that has typically been held by ...

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Netuno USA Partners With Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Netuno USA announced Friday that they have partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, pledging to supply only seafood rated a Best Choice, Good Alternative or participating in a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP).

“As stated by former US Secretary of State John Kerry at Our Ocean Conference in Malta earlier this month, companies, NGO’s and government have to join efforts to ...

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Thai Union Hires Former EDF Specialist As North America Sustainability Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 20, 2017

Roxanne Nanninga, a former seafood markets specialist for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), has joined Thai Union as their new North America sustainability director. The global seafood leader made the announcement of Nanninga’s new position on Thursday.

“With the challenges and opportunities that sustainable seafood brings, Thai Union has a leadership role to play through the delivery of our SeaChange program,” said Dr. Darian McBain ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton October 20, 2017

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopted a final rule regarding Northern Shrimp, although there is no decision yet on whether to open the 2018 fishery and the fishery remains under a moratorium.

The new rule allocates 80% of the TAC to Maine, and 10% each to NH and Massachusetts, and it provides for up to 13% of the harvest to be in trap fisheres.

This rule was adopted rather than a limited entry program..

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 20, 2017

Crayfish is well received in Yueyang city of Hunan province and the industry is growing. It has been learned the local government is promoting various ways of aquaculture this year. With total farming areas of 452,300 Mu (~ 74,511 acres), it is expected to produce 43,000 tons of crayfish. About 20 percent of the crayfish are consumed by local consumers, while the remaining ones are by consumers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Changsha. The output value is to be more than ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 19, 2017

argentina red shrimpThis year has seen a great harvest of Argentine red shrimp. With the fishing season coming to an end, the harvest volume has reached as much as 171,138 tons of shrimp on Sept. 27. The number is close to the record of 178,454 tons in 2016. About 90 percent of the shrimp are L1 and L2 sizes. These shrimp are widely received in markets where there is increasing demand.

The holiday consumption has just ended in China...

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Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

Nova Scotia-based lobster processing plant, Riverside Lobster, is struggling to find workers.

Frank Anderson, a corporate affairs officer for the processor, spoke to the Sheldon MacLeod Show on NEWS 95.7, where he explained that the location of their plant in rural Nova Scotia is making it difficult for them to maintain their staff. And Anderson says that the problem could potentially grow if statistics showing that they could “lose up to 30% of their local work force in the next ...

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