Wed. Mar 29 2017

Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice  


Alaska's Marine Conservation Alliance Launches Website that Explains Federal Fishery Management


Tue. Mar 28 2017

Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies  


Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin


Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound  


Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration  


Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon  


Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up  


Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review  


Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing  


BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market  


PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap  


Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million


Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics   (0) 


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 28, 2017


Mon. Mar 27 2017

Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s  


US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices  


Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’  


Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui


Maine Lobstermen Figured Out How to Make More Money Off Their Catches


Florida's Spiny Lobster Season to Close on April 1  


WWF-Canada Supports Parliament's Standing Committee Recommendations on Capelin Stock Assessments  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


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Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 28, 2017

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle.

Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Also volumes improved to about 9000 tons. 7744 tons were bid at the auction, and 1254 tons were sold on private contracts.

Overall value rose to $42 million, vs $24 million last year. But this number is still below what was achieved in 2015...

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Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. The filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's subsidiaries. 

Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited filed for Chapter 11. 

Pacific Andes said Golden Target’s directors “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 27, 2017

There was a lot of discussion of snow crab at the Boston Seafood Show.  The upcoming Canadian season is starting when there is no inventory, but when some customers have also sold back unused Canadian crab to their suppliers.

Crab prices rose substantially last year, well above the price levels discussed at the 2016 Seafood Show.

One reason was the fire that totally destroyed the Quinlan crab plant in Bay de Verde...  

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Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — More water for more salmon in 2018.

Portland U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled Monday that federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018.

Simon found that current operation of eight federal dams is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased “spill” provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating ...

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US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off with Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and Angel Rubio - March 27, 2017

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.

During last week’s Seafood Expo North America in Boston many traders talked about record or near record high pricing for a variety of seafood items. A look at Urner Barry quotations high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi... 

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Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

The US Department of Commerce finalized anti-dumping duty rates for Vietnamese pangasius exporters in its 12th administration review that covered shipments made between August 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.

According to the Federal Register announcement, Commerce upheld the rates it published in its preliminary findings last September.

The final rates for the corresponding companies are as follows. These rates are unchanged from Commerce’s 11th review period...

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Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 28, 2017

The Russian government will consider increasing pollock quotas for South Korea and Japan for the fishing in the Russian territorial waters this year, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Implementation of these plans, however, will depend on certain conditions. 

According to Rosrybolovstvo, the quota of South Korea for catching fish in Russian waters has been reduced twice in recent years, however there is a possibility that it could be increased already this year..

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PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap

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Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Darden Restaurants Inc. is expanding its portfolio of differentiated brands.

The company on Monday announced it agreed to acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners. Cheddar's will add to Darden's portfolio, which currently includes Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.

Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and features high-quality, made-from-scratch food at compelling prices in a polished yet warm atmosphere, according to a press release. Today, Cheddar's has 165 locations ...

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Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

California's largest tribe, the Yuroks of the northwestern corner of the state, who have relied on salmon returns to the Klamath River since before the Spaniards arrived in California, are facing a catastrophic fisheries collapse. 

The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return to the Klamath in 2017 — approximately 11,000 fish — is the lowest on record. The Tribe’s 2017 allocation, set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, will likely be about 650 fish or one fish for every 10 Tribal members...

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Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans released its technical briefing on the status of Canada’s iconic Northern Cod Stock.  Within the last decade, this stock complex has begun to recover from the brink of commercial extinction.  Although it continues to rebuild, there are clear signs that the recovery is not as robust as was projected only a year ago the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) said in a press release this week...

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Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 28, 2017

The 2017 ocean salmon seasons in Oregon and California seem grim due to low Klamath River Chinook forecasts, but the Oregon Salmon Commission already is hoping for disaster assistance for the 2016 season.

In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown earlier in March, the Commission requested she declare the 2016 season a disaster -- the first step in a formal request to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a federal declaration and thus, opening the way to federal funding if Congress approves.

The process may take quite awhile. ...

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Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd due to Ice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 29, 2017

After a cold March, ice is thick in the harbor at Caraquet.  The first icebreaker to try and open the harbor to prepare for the start of the crab season encountered ice 4 feet thick, and was unable to do the job, reported some of the people at the crab and lobster meetings held in Shippagan, NB yesterday.

A larger icebreaker will have to be scheduled. Some participants thought...

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Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 29, 2017

Last Tuesday’s opener for the full fleet of seiners in the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery netted 5,200 mt, bringing the cumulative harvest to 13,543 mt. The opener lasted less than three and a half hours.

That leaves 995 mt left to harvest from the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL), too small of an amount to open to the entire fleet. Permit holders are working on a plan to harvest the remaining GHL in a controlled fishery...

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BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Chilean salmon producer Ventisqueros is set to bring a certified sustainable, farmed coho salmon with the lowest feed to fish ratio in the industry to the US market this fall.

The Silverside Premium brand of farmed coho salmon will be available in the US market this October for the retail and foodservice sector. The salmon will be sold by BluGlacier, which is the Miami-based sales office for Ventisqueros in the US market....

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 24, 2017

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.

Flooding has killed at least 78 people in Peru since record levels of rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, which have caused landslides across the country. A report from Euro News says many small towns in Peru’s northern coast are completely cut off from damage to infrastructure...

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Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Inc., a Dundee, Miss. establishment, issued a recall for approximately 1,695 pounds of domestic catfish products that may be adulterated with residues, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

The products were produced on March 14 through 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall...

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