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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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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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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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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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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