Thu. Sep 21 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible


Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources


Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels   


Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi  


New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent  


Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness


Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern


New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp


Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, September 21


Wed. Sep 20 2017

Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest  


Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage


Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts  


Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels  


Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income


Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, September 20


Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down  


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Mon. Sep 18 2017

US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Fri. Sep 15 2017

Canadian Shrimp Dispute Erupts As DFO Indicates Low Level Shrimp Quotas Will Continue Next Year  


ADFG: 2017 Bristol Bay Salmon Season 2nd Best in Twenty Years  


Total Ecuadorean Exports of Shrimp Declined in August after Reaching Record in July


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 15


Samherji Awarded Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain at Icelandic Fisheries Awards


Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change


Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility  


Thu. Sep 14 2017

Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, September 14


Alaska Working to Build Blue Economy


Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon  


Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative  


Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales  


Three Weeks Later, More Than 100,000 Atlantic Salmon May Still Be in Pacific NW Waters


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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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U.S. Coast Guard Refuses to Document “America’s Finest”; Congressional Action Still Possible

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 21, 2017

In a letter dated August 31 to Dakota Creek Industries (DCI), the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) found that the state-of-the-art catcher processor ‘America’s Finest’ will “not be eligible to be issued a Certificate of Documentation with fishery or coastwise endorsements upon completion of construction” at DCI.

Without this document, the vessel is not eligible to fish in US waters.

This is the latest, but certainly not the last determination on whether the 262-foot ’America’s Finest’, built as the most “environmental and carbon footprint friendly” vessel in the Bering Sea, will be fishing there this coming winter.

The problem rests in the vessel’s highly efficient hull shape which “reduces hull resistance when sailing in ice or at open sea,” according to the ship’s architects. The hull was built using steel plates that were cold formed in the Netherlands. Those foreign-processed plates were about 7 percent of the total weight of the steel hull, surpassing the Jones Act...

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Boston's North Coast Seafood Put up For Sale According to Norway Sources

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman  Sept. 21, 2017

North Coast Seafood, one of the largest seafood distributors in Boston, along with related company Northern Harvest Sea Farms, are being put up for sale, reports Tom Seaman of Undercurrent News.

Norway's DNB Markets Bank is running the sale, which is focused on the farmed salmon value from Northern Harvest, mostly sold through North Coast.

New Brunswick, Canada-based Northern Harvest Sea Farms and North Coast Seafoods, a processor and distributor headquartered in Boston, are being offered for sale as a combined deal, or individually, according to four sources  who spoke to Undercurrent. 

North Coast, is a family company run by Norman Stavis...

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Editor's View: Carlos Rafael Must Go to Prison; Forfeit Vessels 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton (Opinion)  Sept. 21, 2017

The sentencing hearing for Carlos Rafael, who pled guilty to extensive cheating on his New England fishing quotas, is coming up Monday.

We fully support the prosecutions demand that he spend 4 years and 3 months in prison.

Prosecutors are also asking for a fine of $200,000, restitution to the US Treasury of $108,929, and full forfeiture of the 13 vessels involved in his scheme, plus a lifetime ban on  being active in the seafood industry.

In the run up to the sentencing and decisions about forfeiture of vessels, there has been a lot of smoke and disinformation.  For example, Brian Rothschild, a respected New Bedford ...

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New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 21, 2017

The export value of New Brunswick seafood to China has reached as high as $15.66 million CAD (~$12.6 million U.S.) in 2016, which is 23 percent of the Canadian total seafood export. The province’s seafood export has ballooned by 238 percent from 2015 to 2016. And it is still working hard to promote seafood in this huge market.

On Sept. 8, a small-scale meeting was held in the Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou). New Brunswick’s governmental officials, along with representatives for its three leading ...

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Sea Turtle Populations on the Rise, But Conservation Still a Concern

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 21, 2017

A recent study on sea turtle populations delivered some good news. Scientists analyzed nesting site surveys for 17 regions and discovered that “populations have been on the upswing in 12 regions.”  

Out of the seven species of sea turtles, six of them are in danger of extinction. Predators, as well as pollution and fishing, all contributed to the ...

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Yukon and Norton Sound See Record Chum Salmon Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 20, 2017

The 2017 fall chum salmon run size in the Yukon River is over two million fish so far, exceeding the preseason projection by more than double. It is the largest run since 1975.

Landings of summer and fall chum have exceeded 1 million fish as of September 18.

The estimated passage of summer chum salmon was over 3.0 million, which exceeded the upper end of the preseason outlook of 2.5 million fish.

As of September 14, 129,600 coho salmon have been harvested in the commercial fishery, marking it the 3rd largest...

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Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill Releases Statement on Hurricane Irma Damage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 20, 2017

Flanigan’s Enterprises, the owners and operators of Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill, a restaurant chain located in Florida, has released a statement on the damage that Hurricane Irma caused to their locations.

According to the report, the franchises “sustained minimal damage.” Issues caused by the storm included loss of power, some minor roof damage and ...

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Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Peggy Parker - September 19, 2017

Signs point to a snow crab fishery again this year in Alaska.

 Following an extremely poor stock survey in 2016, the ADF&G opened the Alaskan Opilo (Snow Crab) fishery with an allowable catch barely above the legal threshold.

Many in the crab industry, and their customers, feared that a negative survey this year could lead to a complete shutdown. So the results of the latest Eastern Bering Sea crab survey appear to offer some good news.

However, the survey data on red king crab was ...

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Univ of Washington Urges Fishermen to Diversify Permits Across Multiple Species to Preserve Income

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Sept. 20, 2017

A team of scientists at the University of Washington have published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analyzing harvester revenue for the past 30 years in fisheries off Alaska.

The study showed that harvesters who purchased multiple permits across fisheries and diversified their catch saw much less income volatility than those who specialized in fishing a single species.

Their paper is the first to track the effect of fishing practices on individuals, rather than fishing fleets or communities.

"Previous work has shown that individuals who fish commercially have higher income variability than farmers. Our analysis showed that fishers holding single permits expose themselves to exceptional risk of high year-to-year income variability" said lead author Sean Anderson, who conducted this research...

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Researchers Discover Caribbean Queen Conch Populations Are Fragmented

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 20, 2017

Scientists with the Smithsonian’s Marine Conservation Program have made a discovery that could potentially help the declining queen conch populations in the Caribbean.

Queen conch shell populations have been on the decline due to demand for export to the United States. Fisheries have closed and restrictions on international trade have been put in place, but scientists are still struggling to determine how depleted conch populations will recover. What the Smithsonian Marine Conservation researchers discovered is ...

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Whole Foods Offering Vegan Raw Tuna Alternative for Sushi 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 21, 2017

Whole Foods is continuing to expand their offerings. Los Angeles and New York shoppers who visit the grocery market will be able to purchase Ahimi, the “first ever plant-based alternative to raw tuna.”

Ahimi is a product from Ocean Hugger Foods, a company that creates sustainable plant-based alternatives to ...

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Oceana Canada Executive Director Writes Open Letter To Raise Seafood Fraud Awareness

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 21, 2017

Oceana Canada executive director Josh Laughren is taking a stand against seafood fraud. In an open letter published on the Huffington Post, Laughren pleads for chefs, restaurant owners, seafood industry leaders and the Canadian people to call on the government to require seafood to be fully traceable in order to combat seafood fraud and ...

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New Sea Grant Bulletin a Boost for Alaskans Wanting to Farm Kelp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 21, 2017

The global market for seaweed products has grown exponentially in recent years to $10 billion per year. Demand is outstripping supply with major market buyers in China, Japan, and South Korea.

Of the more than 18 million tons produced each year, 96 percent is cultured and 4% gathered from the wild.

In the U.S. farming seaweed is a recent industry, but established farms are operating on both coasts.

Alaska is poised to take off as the state develops a mariculture policy for seaweed and institutions like Alaska Sea Grant, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center and others expand research projects on kelp farming.

The new Sea Grant bulletin Seaweed Farming in Alaska, will help. Author Gary Freitag describes...

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Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] September 21, 2017

The Tasmania lower house of Parliament has passed new laws to police the salmon farming industry. The bill, which was created to ensure that Tasmania’s salmon industry continues to grow and remains “world class,” featured some of the “toughest regulations” that the state has ever seen.

Part of the changes brought on by the bill include the independent Environment Protection Authority taking over day-to-day environmental regulations from the ...

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Cape Cod Oyster Company Purchases 23-Acre Aquaculture Grant in Massachusetts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 20, 2017

Massachusetts’ Waquoit Bay has a rich history when it comes to seafood. The demand for oysters in the area goes back to the Native American tribes and the first European explorers. The location is also where early methods of aquaculture began – and Cape Cod Oyster Company is working to ensure that oysters and their story continue to grow there.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts oyster producer announced that they purchased Atlantic Oyster LLC’s 23-acre aquaculture grant ...

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Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 20, 2017

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has recovered 98% of mussels recalled due to potential amnesic shellfish poisoning. The announcement comes less than a week after the department issued a recall of any mussels harvested near Mount Desert Island between September 10 and the 14. The mussels were believed to be tainted with a neurotoxin produced by ...

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Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrentnews] by Jason Smith  Sept. 19, 2017

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based fishing magnate Carlos 'Codfather' Rafael is opposing a government proposal to seize his vessels as unconstitutional, and is claiming his crime didn't harm fishermen, court documents show.  
 
More recently, it appears that Rafael is trying to sell the vessels outright, and pay the government fine from the proceeds.

Rafael has a buyer lined up for the sale of his stake in 13 groundfish vessels that the US government instead wants forfeited due to their use in criminal activity, court records show.

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