Tue. Jul 26 2016

Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits


Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts


Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026


Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016


Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery


Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132%


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 26, 2016


Mon. Jul 25 2016

Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public  


Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year


Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is only Market to See Real Growth in May


Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week


Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings


NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 25, 2016


Fri. Jul 22 2016

Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties  


Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast  


Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1  


Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 22, 2016


Thu. Jul 21 2016

MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement


Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time   (1) 


Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track


WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Wed. Jul 20 2016

Pacific Seafood Hopes to Ship More Live Crab to China Using Cathay Pacific's Direct Flight from PDX  


Seacon America Launches THE CRAB Brand of Pastuerized Mexican Blue Crab Meat  


Long John's Brings Back $1.99 Meal Deal Featuring Alaskan Whitefish


Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Down Over 3% in 2016  


Preferred Freezer to Open 4th Houston Area Cold Storage Facility Next March


Melanie Siggs Named GAA's Director of Strategic Engagements   (1)


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Takes East Coast Promotional Tour to Washington DC


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 20, 2016


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Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By John Sackton - July 26, 2016

Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile, announced that Marine Harvest will withdraw its membership from SalmonChile over disagreements on how salmon farming should be regulated.

 
SalmonChile has argued that current government harvest limits are too low, and wants more flexibility to increase density.  They have also opposed a court order to report on antibiotic use by individual companies.
 
"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Gjerde.
 
Gerdje said they had discussed their proposals on several occasions with SalmonChile...
 

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Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Peru’s commercial anchovy landings for the first fishing season of 2016 are at about the halfway point of the allowable quota but the fishery has now entered its reproduction stage, which is likely to force an early closure.

Reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed.

The season started on July 1 after a stock assessment showed the fishery’s biomass at 7.28 million metric tons. That figure was roughly 65 percent higher from the biomass at the beginning of May and 14 percent above the historical average between 1994 and 2015...

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Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council finalized an extension on a moratorium from issuing commercial shrimp fishing permits in the Gulf to 2026.

The Amendment17A rule will take effect on August 22 and is an extension to a ten year ban that was originally entered in the region’s commercial Shrimp Fishery Management Plan in October 2006 and was slated to expire this fall.

The rule was passed in an effort reduce the number of participants in the shrimp fishery to increase the profitability of the industry...

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Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/TechnoPress] - July 25, 2016

Chile's salmon producers used the highest amount of antibiotics per kg of salmon produced since 2007 during 2015, according to a report published by Sernapesca responding to a court order, instigated by Oceana. 
 
Sernapesca had published an annual report with the aggregate levels, but in June of this year, they published a detailed breakdown of antibiotic usage by company and growing area.
 
This is what is being objected to by Salmon Chile.  The director of Sernapesca José Miguel Burgos said "There is growing concern from the public regarding the production processes of this industry, and it seems important to respond to this interest with the utmost transparency."
 
Some companies already publicly report their antibiotic usage...

 

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Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 25, 2016

Rhode Island seafood distributor Southstream Seafoods was named Captain Ds’ Vendor of the Year last week.

This is the first time Southstream was honored with the distinction by Captain D’s. Southstream has been a supplier to the major seafood chain for over 15 years.  The company supplies over 500 Captain D’s stores with dusted pollock and it is also the chain’s sole flounder provider.

Southstream’s President Mark Soderstrom said the award was unexpected.

Southstream has been in business since 1989 and distributes seafood under the Frostmark, Thorfish and I&J brands...

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Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is Only Market to See Real Growth in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Technopress]  July 25, 2016

China is becoming a more important market for Chile Salmon producers.  An example of this is contained in the latest (May) export report for the region of Los Lagos (region X).  Although China's purchases are still small in total volume, they are up 260%, vs declines for the US, Japan, and Brazil.

The United States accounted for 42.1% of total exports in salmon (US $ 83.7 million), decreasing the value of its shipments by 5.7% in twelve months.  Japan accounted for 10.2% of salmon exports, decreasing 25.8%.   These year on year declines are mainly due to the decrease in export volume both countries.

Brazil, third with 8.7% share, saw shipments decrease 47.6%, ...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 22, 2016

Shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico through June are up sharply compared to last year’s figures but buyers and processors indicate that the catch is lacking in several key market sizes and shrimp types.

Through June, Gulf landings are up 18 percent from last year at 35.2 million pounds. Landings out of key producing states Louisiana and Texas were each higher from monthly figures compared to last year.

However, federal landing statistics do not break down the haul by type or size. This is where reports suggest several issues with the haul that are impacting the markets...

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Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

As of two days ago, the total run (catch and escapement) of Bristol Bay sockeye had reached 45,964,457 salmon, so it’s a safe bet that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s forecasted 46.55 million has been met by now.

Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon. Those escapement totals will have increased by today and could exceed the forecast yet.

The University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute's (FRI) forecast for the run was 50.9 million fish, slightly larger than ADF&G's and the second biggest by FRI. The main difference between the two forecasts was FRI estimates more 2.2 age class sockeye...

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Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the golden king crab season in the Aleutian Islands.  Catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds.

Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for individual quota (IFQ) holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for community development quota (CDQ). West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).

The season opens at noon on August 1 and will close on April 30, 2017.

Catcher-only vessels are required to carry an observer for 50% (by weight) of their harvested golden king crab during each of three trimesters (August 1 to October 31, November 1 to January 31, and February 1 to April 30). Catcher-processor vessels are required to carry an observer for 100% of all fishing activity...

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Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 21, 2016

The New England Fishery Management Council submitted a proposal to NMFS that asks to shift the start to commercial scallop fishing in the Mid-Atlantic fishery one month to April 1.

According to the Council’s plan, moving the start of the fishing season is so federal and third party researchers have more time to submit stock assessment findings so a comprehensive fishery management plan can be agreed upon prior to the season.

It would also reduce the need to for mid-season adjustments, which happens when stock data is submitted past deadline...

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Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2016

Guolian Aquatic is expected to post increases in net income and profits for the first half of this year through improved shrimp sales to the US market.

According to a preview of Guolian’s performance through June, the company will post between a 117 and 129 percent increase in the net income of its operation.

The company said its profits should be between 7 and 12 million, which marks a swing in profitability for the operation compared to 2015...

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Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery

 

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Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132% 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPPAM] Translated by Amy Zhong with additional content by Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Indonesia’s seafood exports to the Chinese market are up sharply in value this year mostly driven by higher squid shipments.

Through April, Indonesia’s seafood shipments to China are up 46.5 percent by value to US$112.31 million. The figure accounts for about 5 percent of China’s imported seafood value, which makes Indonesia the fifth largest seafood exporter to the market.

Squid shipments are credited for the increase this year. Indonesia’s squid shipments are up over 132 percent compared to the first four months in 2015. Indonesia now accounts for over 47 percent of China’s total squid imports and the largest supplier to the market.

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Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jamie Chadwick - July 25, 2016

This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.

Demand for boxed beef remained suppressed last week. Oppressive heat and humidity across many regions of the U.S. played a role in lackluster retail business. Devalued middle meats forced carcass cutouts lower. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, fell 2.84% last week while Select was down 2.34%...

 

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Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2016

A decline in China’s tilapia supply has most prices in the market are on the rise in July and trending higher compared to levels from the same time a year ago.

As of July 18, China’s tilapia price index for smaller sized fish was up about 4 percent from the week prior and trending just slightly under levels from last year at this time.

Meanwhile, the index for larger sized tilapia is up 3 percent from last week and 2 percent from last July...

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NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - July 25, 2016

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced approximately $10 million available to support fisheries projects through the 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition. 

The solicitation for proposals opened on Grants.gov on July 22, 2016, and will close on December 9, 2016. 

New for this solicitation is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal.

Pre-proposals for the 2017 SK solicitation are due on September 20, 2016, and should be sent via email to NMFS.SK.PreProposals@noaa.gov.

The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities

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MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis and Commentary] By John Sackton  July 21, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council was founded on a simple idea: that global fishery management laws were insufficient for long-term sustainability of stocks, and therefore market pressure by NGOs on large retailers and consumers could create sustainable fisheries, even where governments fail to act.

This approach was largely successful, because governments, the FAO, International organizations and NGO’s all recognized that upgrading fishery laws to require catch limits, science based management, and limited entry was necessary to preserve the health of commercial fishery stocks.

The MSC was swimming with the tide in the 1990's and capitalized on this immensely.  They developed a complex standard, auditing practices, and helped spawn a certification industry in seafood that now extends far beyond the MSC.

Yet now, in major Western Countries, the tools for sustainable fishery management are largely in place, ...

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