Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


Fri. May 19 2017

First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today  


VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades  


New England Fisheries Council to Consider Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


Thu. May 18 2017

NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections  


Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil  


Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections  


Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take  


No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today  


Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market


Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia


Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director


Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


Wed. May 17 2017

Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'  


Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director  


CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid  


Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse  


WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them


SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


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Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to ChinaSEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 22, 2017 The Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions, significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia. Recently  Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues.   Several days ago Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who ...

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Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

Earlier this month representatives of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) testified before a Congressional Trade Committee regarding the formation of the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits.” 

The Omnibus Report is a response to an Executive Order from the Trump Administration that told the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to identify the trading partners with which the U.S. had significant trade deficits with last year...

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RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2017

It's been five years since the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries were certified as responsibly managed against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.  

Today, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced that stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports for Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab...

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Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 23, 2017

Two examples of chinook salmon research being conducted this year will help state salmon biologists manage king salmon rivers in Western Alaska. One project relies on samples taken from the Nushagak River in Bristol Bay, the other on samples from the Yukon. One is done by University of Washington scientists, the other by a unique partnership between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Yukon River subsistence fishermen.

Research studying otoliths (ear bones) of Chinook salmon from the Nushagak...

 

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Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2017

Santa Monica Seafood has hired Dave Harrison as Vice President of Procurement as part of an ongoing company restructuring plan.  

Santa Monica’s CEO Roger O’Brien said Harrison will lead and manage the Procurement department and his duties will include employee development and training; supplier management; strategic purchasing; supplier negotiations and contracting; development of supply management systems, procedures and analytics; and inventory management and control...

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VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records 




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Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2017

With haddock, turbot, and cod, Canada's Atlantic redfish posts high landings from commercial fisheries on Canada's Atlantic coast. In 2015, more than 10,000 mt were landed.

Now, Canada's first redfish fishery has received sustainability recognition from the Marine Stewardship Council.

The MSC announced today that Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), also known as Atlantic redfish or ocean perch, caught in Northwest Atlantic...

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F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver to Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - May 22, 2017

Fishermen's Finest Inc. and the Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA, have run into a Jones Act issue with the construction of F/V America's Finest, which is the largest catcher processor to be constructed in the US in nearly 30 years.

Fishermen's Finest operates F/V Amerca No. 1 and the F/V Interprid.  These two catcher-processors are part of the Amendment 80 fleet, focusing on flatfish in the Bering Sea.  Fishermen's Finest recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and with the America No. 1 they were the pioneer American company producing H&G flatfish from the Bering Sea.

The flatfish fleet, along with the cod longlining fleet, has seen a series of new vessel investments...

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PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades

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VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades

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NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids...

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Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 23, 2017

The Department of Commerce rescinded an administrative review on antidumping duty orders for Chinese shrimp after domestic processors withdrew their requests for review of the rates.

The review would have looked at Chinese shrimp exported to the US market between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.

But Commerce posted in the Federal Register this week that it will rescind the review since the petitioner, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee and the American Shrimp Processors Assotion notified the department that they were withdrawing the request... 

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Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2017  

Long John Silver’s has added Buttermilk Cod sourced from Alaska to its menu for the summer season.

The premium cod product is prepared Homestyle with a buttermilk breading. The item will be available from May 29 to August 27 at participating Long John’s across the country. It will sell for $5.99 and is served with French fries and hushpuppies.

“The light flavor of the Cod balances really well with the tangy flavor of the buttermilk,” said Peter Czizek, Vice President of Culinary Innovation and Quality Assurance. “It has a big crunchy bite, and the light, flaky fish smooths it out. It really is delightful.” “Buttermilk is such a great summer flavor and we’ve added convenience, “continued Czizek. “Summer is meant for spending time with family, so we’ve got dinner covered.”

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James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Levels in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2017

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. This continues to cut into the US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp.

According to an Urner Barry analysis of Ecuadorian shrimp exports, the country exported 282.6 million pounds to all major markets through April 2017. This is a record high figure, up 15 percent from the year prior, an increase of about 37 million pounds. It’s about a 140 million pound increase from just four years ago...

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First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 22, 2017

With nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan.

This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The total run is estimated at 29,000 Chinook and minimum escapement is set at 24,000 chinook salmon.

The problem for the in-season Alaska managers...

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First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2017

The first 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon was delivered to the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday morning as part of the industry’s annual start to the summer fishing season.

The fish was delivered by Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737 dubbed the “Salmon 30 Salmon.” It was just the first delivery with more four flights scheduled today that will bring an estimated 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon from Anchorage to Sea-Tac.

Every year Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state of Alaska's three largest seafood processors, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods..

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New England Fisheries Council Propose Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 19, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council wants to hear from the public about proposed rules for new management areas to protect deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and in the slope/canyon region south of Georges Bank.

At issue are several alternatives under consideration in the Draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Council wants feedback from the public on which alternatives...

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