Thu. Dec 8 2016

Vice President of Sales at Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy


Fresh Mahi Sets 4Q High Price; Frozen Market Nears Record with L. American Landings Low  


As Global Production Surges, China Loses Market Share, Pricing Power on Tilapia  


ISSF and 20 NGO Partners, Including WWF and MSC, Appeal to Pacific Tuna Comm. to Adopt Harvest Rules


House Democrats Hold Forum on Combating Slavery At Sea; Focused on Hawaii


Peruvian Anchovy Fishing Put on Temporary Hold With 20% of Quota Landed  


Premium Brands Buys Assets to Toronto-Based Distributor Diana's Seafood


New Zealand Orange Roughy Certified by MSC  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 8, 2016


Wed. Dec 7 2016

Christian Brun, Head of Maritime Fishermen's Union, Dies in Car Accident in New Brunswick


FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace  


In Blistering Critique, WWF Says MSC Financial Goals Weakened Its Standards for Indian Ocean Tuna


WWF and FFAW Update FIP for Northern Cod Recovery in Newfoundland


Norwegian Seafood Exports On Pace to Set Record High Values in 2016 from Strong Salmon, Cod Prices  


ODFW Commission Extends Columbia River Reform Fisheries Transition Period


Smaller Fisheries Like Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak (Fish Radio)


"In Their Own Words" RQE: A Way For Charter Halibut Operators to Own a Pool of Commercial Quota  


Chinese Companies to invest $200 Million for Scallop Growing in Russia


Cooke Aquaculture Wins Bid to Buy Marine Harvest Chile's Plant in Los Lagos


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 7, 2016


Tue. Dec 6 2016

Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016  


EU and the Cook Islands: New Fisheries Partnership Starts  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday December 6, 2016


Mon. Dec 5 2016

Hawaii Crew Rights Defender Slams AP News For Failing to Follow Up on Hawaii Industry Initiatives


China Temporarily Halts Live Dungeness Crab From California in Response to Domoic Acid Reports   (1) 


Record Prices and Global Demand for Chilean Sea Bass Lead Importers to Worry Market Share  


Southern Oregon Dungeness Crab Test Safe Prior to Discussion on Opening Dates  


PODCAST: Oregon and Washington's Dungeness Season Delayed and Alaska's Pollock Biomass Reported


Murray, Cantwell Push to Declare Six Fisheries Disasters in Washington State  


China's CAPMA Establishes Catfish Institute to Support Expansion, Including in Domestic Market  


Competing Proteins: Modest Gains for Red Meat Markets Last Week


Buyback Completed in Alaska Golden King Crab Fishery; NMFS to No Longer Collect Buyback Fee  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday December 5, 2016


Fri. Dec 2 2016

Don't Give Up on Snow Crab: 2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back  


California Opens 50-mile Stretch to Dungeness Crabbing; Oregon Test Results Trickle In  


Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review   (1) 


MSC Retreats from Transparency, Makes it More Difficult to See Updates on Fisheries in Assessment


As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low  


Oceana Sues NMFS Over 25,000-mt West Coast Anchovy Limit


Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 2, 2016


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Vice President of Sales at Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Canned Tuna Price Fixing Conspiracy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 8, 2016

A senior vice president of sales at Bumble Bee Seafood pleaded guilty in federal court this week for participating in a conspiracy to fix canned tuna prices in the US market.

According to the US Department of Justice Bumble Bee’s Walter Scott Cameron entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.  Cameron said he and unnamed co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of packaged seafood from as early as 2011 until about 2013.  In addition to his guilty plea, which is subject to court approval, Cameron has agreed to pay a criminal fine and cooperate with the division’s ongoing investigation...

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Fresh Mahi Sets 4Q High Price; Frozen Market Nears Record with Latin American Production Delayed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry]  by Angel Rubio -December 8, 2016

Fresh mahi prices in the US market are trending at an all-time record high level for the fourth quarter. Supplies are more limited than normal since production from major Latin American suppliers started late this year. Both of these factors could also push frozen mahi prices to higher levels into 2017

Mahi prices remain firm because landings are down from Peruvian and Ecuadorian producers. A look at the following chart shows Urner Barry quotations for fresh fish at a historical high for this time of the year. Prices for 10-15 lb fresh whole mahi from Central America are  up about 37 percent from last year, roughly a $1.50 per pound higher from 2015 at this time.  

Wholesale prices for frozen fillets/portions are up both for limited  hangover inventories from last season and for new season production. Traders are reporting premiums because of higher prices paid to fishermen at the beach...

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As Global Production Surges, China Loses Market Share, Pricing Power on Tilapia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan news] Translated by Amy Zhong  December 8, 2016

China's tilapia production will be flat in 2016, at around 1.65 million tons, while global output will rise to 5.5 million tons.  China's tilapia industry has become too dependent on exports, especially to the US and Mexico, and would like to stimulate the internal market.  But strong competition from pangasius and also the ubiquitous grass carp, is making domestic sales difficult.  In this review of the tilapia industry, the authors point to more high quality, certifications, and breeding programs as necessary to move forward.
 
There have been many uncertainties in China’s tilapia industry development since 2015. The global economy is sluggish and China’s economic growth has slowed down. So it is key for the industry to improve its structure and have supply-side reform to deal with different challenges.
 
China’s tilapia production
 
Over the past 20 years, China’s tilapia output has skyrocketed by over four times....

 

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House Democrats Hold Forum on Combating Slavery At Sea; Focused on Hawaii

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 8, 2016

Congressional democrats would like to see legislation that would address some of the issues that have allowed crew abuses to occur on Hawaiian fishing boats.
 
Earlier this year, the AP reported on foreign crews not allowed ashore due to their lack of visas, who also worked for low pay and in some cases poor working conditions.  Activists compared this to slavery at sea which has been documented...

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Peruvian Anchovy Fishing Put on Temporary Hold With 20% of Quota Landed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 8, 2016

About 20 percent of Peru’s anchovy quoted has been landed so far and fishing has been temporarily suspended to give more time for the fish to mature.

According to a notice from Peru’s Ministry of Production, the commercial anchovy fleet has landed 416,000 metric tons since the season started on November 15.

The fishery is operating under a 2 million metric ton quota based on a recommendation from Peru’s fishery science center IMARPE...

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In Blistering Critique, WWF Says MSC Financial Goals Weakened Its Standards for Indian Ocean Tuna

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - December 7, 2016

In a blistering paper written at the highest levels of WWF, by Alfred Schumm, Fisheries Director for WWF International, WWF claims that MSC’s conflict of interest over gaining logo revenue from tuna caused it to interfere and weaken its standard.  (link)

As a result, the WWF questions whether it should continue to participate as a stakeholder in MSC certifications, especially on tuna, because the application of the MSC standard has been compromised.

While the WWF initially felt that holding tuna fisheries to MSC standards, including conditions required for those fisheries that are certified, would provide long-term management benefit, the organization no longer believes this.  The reason is that the MSC has compromised its standards on harvest control rules for tuna fisheries, in a manner that allows it to get revenue and certify fisheries, with no assurance ever that a management body will put a real harvest control rule in place. 

As a result, the WWF says MSC tuna certifications actually hinder long-term management success ..

 

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Norwegian Seafood Exports On Pace to Set Record High Values in 2016 from Strong Salmon, Cod Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 7, 2016

Norway’s seafood export volumes are trending down in 2016, but higher salmon and cod values are expected to offset these declines with year-end earnings projections now at record levels.

In November, Norway exported 219,000 metric tons of seafood valued at NOK 9 billion (US$1 billion). This is a decrease by volume of 16 percent. However, by value figures are up 22 percent compared to November 2015.

So far this year Norway has exported 2.3 million metric tons of seafood. This is a decrease of 7 percent from the same period in 2015.

However, higher prices for salmon and cod in international markets are offsetting declines in exports by volume...

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New Zealand Orange Roughy Certified by MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 8, 2016

Most of New Zealand's Orange Roughy Fishery, a frequent target of conservationists who claimed the age structure and slow growth of orange roughy made the fishery unsustainable, has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.  About 60% of the total catch in New Zealand is in the certification units.

Certification of New Zealand orange roughy - the first orange roughy fisheries globally to be assessed to the MSC Standard - is recognition of over 20 years of management improvements and scientific innovation.

“This certification signals to the world that collaboration among industry, Māori iwi leaders, government, scientists and other interest groups has the power to improve the health of fish stocks and ensure their sustainability. We believe that rewarding positive change through our certification program and ecolabel is essential if we are to ensure healthy oceans,..

 

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ODFW Commission Extends Columbia River Reform Fisheries Transition Period

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 7, 2016

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to extend the Columbia River Fisheries Reform Policy transition period for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2017. The policy was implemented four years ago to force a sport fishing priority for salmon on the main stem of the Columbia River and move commercial gillnet fisheries to off-channel areas. The full policy was supposed to go into effect in 2017.

However, the full policy implementation would not have met all the goals, which included off-channel and hatchery enhancements for commercial fishermen; use of alternative gears, such as purse seines and conservation of ESA-listed species.

The extension will allow for more consideration by Commission members and consultation with management partners, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release.

Department staff said in their presentation ...

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"In Their Own Words"  RQE: A Way For Charter Halibut Operators to Own a Pool of Commercial Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - December 7, 2016

To understand what an RQE -- Recreational Quota Entity -- is and why the North Pacific Council is taking final action on it this week, one must look back ten years to the efforts of charter boat skippers and longline halibut fishermen to resolve the age-old problem of sharing the resource. 

The need was triggered by an unexpected rejection of an original plan to put charter operators under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program. When the Council started over, a Halibut Charter Subcommittee was appointed to come up with new ideas. By then the charter industry in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska had grown to many times its size of five years earlier, and the halibut resource was...

 

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ISSF and 20 NGO Partners, Including WWF and MSC, Appeal to Pacific Tuna Comm. to Adopt Harvest Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Dec 8, 2016

There is no issue so important in tuna management as adopting harvest control rules and strategies.  ISSF has identified science-based harvest limits and control rules as the single most important measure to ensure health of the tuna stocks.  WWF has fully endorsed this, as has the MSC in its standards.
 
However, the governments that make up the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) have not committed to timely implementation of a work plan to bring about these rules.  There are steps on the table that would lead to beginning to implement these rules in 2017.
 
The ISSF and 20 other organizations and companies have urged the WCPFC...

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Christian Brun, Head of Maritime Fishermen's Union, Dies in Car Accident in New Brunswick

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Acadie Nouvelle] by Jean-Marc Doiron -   December 7, 2016

We at SeafoodNews are deeply saddened by the death of Christian Brun.  Our sympathies go out to his family, and also to all members of the Maritime Fishermen's Union.  Christian was a good friend, and I had worked with him for years on lobster and snow crab issues in New Brunswick.  He was always engaging, organized, and passionate about the fishery.  Now, I miss him a lot, as I learned from our story below from Acadie Nouvelle that he had a great many interests outside of fisheries, including time in Africa and as a writer and poet and painter. We will never get to discuss these things.  Monday, the day of the accident, was a sad day in Atlantic Canada, and for all of us involved in Canadian fisheries.
 
The Director General of the Maritime Fishermen's Union, Christian Brun, died in a car accident on Highway 11 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Monday morning.
 
An employee of the UPM confirmed the news to the Acadie Nouvelle Monday afternoon.
 
The Miramichi Police Department issued a statement confirming that a man aged 46 of Cormier Village died in a two-vehicle accident in Lower Newcastle, on the road between Miramichi and Neguac.
 
A man aged 69 from Miscou was also killed in the collision. He was involved in the second car, a Kia Sportage. Both men died on the scene.
 
The news of the death of Mr. Brun has shaken all UPM staff...
 
 

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FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 7, 2016

Filth continues to account for the bulk of the FDA’s seafood rejections in 2016 while refusal rates remain far ahead of last year’s levels.

The FDA rejected 86 line items of seafood shipments in the month of November. The figure actually marked a rare decline in monthly rejections compared to year ago figures.

Still, total seafood rejections in 2016 are well above last year’s levels at this time, up 16 percent. This year’s overall increase continues to be driven by high rates of inspection by the FDA in 2016...

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WWF and FFAW Update FIP for Northern Cod Recovery in Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 7, 2016

WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan today for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador. The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating  inshore. 
 
The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown to levels that support a full commercial fishery.
 
There are currently two fishery improvement projects on Northern Cod aiming to get the fishery to the MSC approval level, to provide market access.  One is run by the WWF and FFAW and focuses on the inshore fishery.  The second one, run by some of the major processors and buyers, along with the Association of Seafood Producers, focuses on the offshore fishery.
 
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which is supportive but not involved for both FIPs, commented
 
 " Many stakeholders prefer a single FIP approach, as it would increase efficiency, but the varying groups could not come to an agreement ...
 

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Premium Brands Buys Assets to Toronto-Based Distributor Diana's Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 8, 2016

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation has acquired all of the assets to Toronto-based seafood distributorDiana's Seafood.

Premium Brands is a producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products with several operations in the Canadian and US market.

According to details of the transaction, Premium will own 100 percent of Diana's operations. Diana’s reported annual sales of approximately $18.0 million. The operator is a leading supplier of a variety of fresh and frozen seafood products to retail and foodservice customers in the Greater Toronto Area...

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Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 6, 2016

Sharp increases in shrimp imports from India and Ecuador to the US market drove shipments in October up 4 percent for the month. Shipments for the year remain at an all-time record pace with year-to-date figures up 3 percent from 2015.

The US imported about 130 million pounds of shrimp in October, a 6.5 million pound increase in the volume from last ...

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Smaller Fisheries Like  Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak  (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] December 7, 2016 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Think Alaska fishing is all done in December? Think again! More after this –

Kodiak docks are bustling with boats getting geared up for fisheries that kick off at the start of the New Year. Meanwhile, lots of boats are still out on the water across Alaska – 

In Southeast Alaska, the winter king salmon troll fishery is underway and will remain open through April or until a total of 45,000 treaty kings are taken. Trollers were averaging $8.80 a pound for their kings, according to fish tickets...

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