Tue. Jan 16 2018

European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Mon. Jan 15 2018

South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia  


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Wed. Jan 10 2018

No Price Agreement in Oregon-Supervised Crab Negotiations


NMFS Approves New England Council Habitat Amendments; Will Provide Boost to Scallops up to 60 Millio  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 10


North Carolina Restaurant Adds Green Gill Oysters to Their Menu  


Bankruptcy Closes Homer’s Auction Block, City Objects to Pending Sale


More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam  


National Weather Service Seeks Industry Input on Marine Weather Statements


U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood  


Captain D’s Opening First Location in Wisconsin


Slapfish Announces Expansion Plans For 2018


Poland Takes Lead in Norwegian Salmon Imports for its Growing Processing Industry


Tue. Jan 9 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 9


Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster  


P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year  


Guolian Supplies Crayfish to KFC in China  


Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages  


Americold Cold Storage Company Announces IPO


Chinese-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel Arrested by Liberian Coast Guard and Sea Shepherd


Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies  


GAA's 2018 GOAL Conference to be Held for First Time in Ecuador  


Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by Top Los Angeles Private Investment Firm  


Total Lobster Imports are Lower for 5 Straight Months; Led by Declines of Tails and Meat from Canada  


November Salmon Imports Show Europe Remains Higher, Continues to Dig into Canada's Market Share  


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Hema Expands Fresh Retail/Restaurant Concept in China Merchandising Online Seafood; Plans 50 Stores in Chengdu  SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sichuan] translated by Amy Zhong - August 24, 2017. The Hema store in Shanghai attracted a lot of public attention last month with the arrival of Jack Ma, a renowned businessman in China and founder of Alibaba. After his tour around the store, Ma enjoyed fresh food such as crayfish, king crab and lobsters, which were cooked in the store. According to some sources, Hema is wholly invested by Alibaba and is trying a new retailing mode. It serves as a supermarket that provides various fresh food and also a restaurant where consumers can have their selected ...

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European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 16, 2018

A group of high level European shrimp importers including Klaas Paul, Nordic Seafood and the Seafood Connection, along with the importer associations of the Netherlands, the European Seafood Importers Group, and UK buyers will meet with Indian shrimp officials at the upcoming India International Seafood Show in Goa at the end of this month.

The meeting is being organized by Willem van der Pijl, director of STIP (Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal) and Solidariadad, a European ...

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ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - January 16, 2018

Chilean fillet imports through November are actually now higher than 2016. Fresh Chilean fillet imports are now 1.2 percent higher year-to-date ...

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Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Blue Harvest Fisheries announced on Tuesday that President and CEO Jeff Davis will be retiring from day-to-day operations. Keith Decker, former CEO of High Liner, will take on the position, effective immediately.

Blue Harvest was established in 2015, and Davis played an “integral role” in building the company. Although retiring as President and CEO, he plans on continuing to aid Blue Harvest as the Chairman of the Board of the Managers of the Company ...

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Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

Kodiak's Tanner crab fishery opened Monday, Jan. 15 for the first time in four years and Alaskans can pre-order the tasty crab for pick-up in Anchorage.

"Our plan is to have the crab put up a few days after it opens, ship it to Anchorage and have it available at our office on Jan. 29," said Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

AMCC has offered seafood ...

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Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has entered into a partnership with the Global Fishing Watch to “improve understanding of the activity of fishing vessels in Indonesian waters.”

The two organizations looked at Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data from the Indonesian government and compared it to NOAA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer suite (VIIRS). According to a press release, they hoped to be able to use the data to “identify fishing vessels that are not picked up by ...

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South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 15, 2018

South Korea plans to invest up to USD $500 million in the building of several large-scale factories in Russia that will specialize on the processing of Russian pollock, according to recent statements of a leading Russian fisherman and sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

New factories that will be built in the Russian Far East will have combined capacity of about 1.4 million to 1.5 million tons of pollock per year. In theory, these ...

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Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [365jia] translated by Amy Zhong - January 15, 2018

Five-layer shelves are all filled with frozen seafood such as white shrimp, Argentine red shrimp and tiger shrimp with total weight of 3,000 tons. This is a scene that Beijing customs officials have seen in a Hebei food company at 5 a.m. on December 27. With the cooperation of local officials, Beijing customs has cracked down on its largest smuggling case of frozen seafood worth almost 300 million yuan (~$46.6 million USD).

Beijing customs targeted smuggled frozen products and agricultural products in its ...

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Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab season is finally open in Northern California. Domoic acid and low meat recovery percentages resulted in the season being delayed, but fishermen were able to throw their nets in the water over the weekend. However, now there are concerns over whale entanglement.

On Friday the Center for Biological Diversity issued a warning about the dangers that traps pose to whales, sea turtles and other wildlife.

“Crabbers are creating a minefield of deadly obstacles for migrating whales ...

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New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include One Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton January 12, 2018

The charging document released by NOAA revoking Carlos Rafael’s and Associated entities fishing permits contained a number of new allegations that were not part of the criminal trial.

One count was against sector IX, which applied to the entire sector, including Rafael’s vessels, was filing a false report of the volume of yellowtail flounder landed in the sector in 2011.  Through a special agreement, the statute of limitations on this alleged misreporting was waived by Rafael.  

NOAA is seeking a $140,000 fine from all members of sector IX for this offense.

The other new charges all involve scallops during the 2013 fishing year.  12 of the counts are of falsely reporting the volume of scallops landed.

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Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 12, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in California is finally set to open after several delays. Fishermen will be able to get their gear in the water on Monday, January 15 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be quality crab to catch.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife director is only allowed to delay the opening of the fishery three times due to quality testing ...

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How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Pacific Seafood has become the first company in the world to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters – an interesting feat considering that the certification program looks at feed mills.

Four-star BAP certification is awarded to those that have “BAP-certified seafood processors with associated farms, feed mills and hatcheries.” Since oysters feed on phytoplankton in seawater, they do not require feed from a feed mill. However, BAP determined that Pacific Seafood can offer ...

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Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - January 16, 2018

Carrefour, a retail titan, has adopted a new development strategy and continues to build on its upgrade started in 2015. It has spent much time and effort developing China’s e-commerce market and now its French oysters and Boston lobsters can be delivered to consumers within one hour.

According to Carrefour staff, its e-commerce platform is available to consumers in as many as 18 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha and ...

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Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Protecting salmon habitat is headed to Alaska voters. 

“Yes for Salmon” grassroots advocates today delivered petition booklets with nearly 40,000 signatures to the Division of Elections in Anchorage. It’s enough to qualify as a ballot initiative for Alaska voters in November.

Voters will help determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959.

Ryan Schryzer is director of Stand for Salmon, a primary backer of the initiative ...

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South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 15, 2018

In an effort to “allow for more equitable distribution of harvest and facilitate better coordination between state and federal management of Atlantic cobia” without reducing protection of the stock, members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed Amendment  31.

The Amendment is the result of year-to-year overages in recreational harvests and a currently overly complex management system among state and federal management of the sleek cobia ...

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Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

It's Monday ... which means a new SeafoodNews.com Podcast episode! This week we discuss the new Swiss lobster rule, talk about Netflix's new docu-series, "Rotten," and break down the latest news regarding Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael.

New episodes are out every Monday on SoundCloud and iTunes. Download for free! 

 

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Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

Sysco Corporation announced on Monday that they have acquired UK-based foodservice distributor Kent Frozen Foods.

Sysco, a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, already owns UK businesses Brakes, Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood. The acquisition of Kent Frozen Foods, which must be approved by the Competition and Markets Authority, will allow the UK business to “capitalize on closer working relationships” with Sysco’s other UK ventures.

“Kent Frozen Foods will complement Sysco’s other UK businesses ...

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Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  January 12, 2018

OCI has announced the appointment of Carey Bonnell as Vice President of Sustainability and Engagement. This will be a senior management position, reporting to Martin and Blaine Sullivan. He is replacing Loyola Sullivan, who will be retiring after a long political career, and after having spent the last seven years in a senior management position at Ocean Choice.

Carey will have leadership responsibility for all sustainability and resource management matters, the company’s high-level innovation agenda and for external stakeholder engagement. He will actively participate with all stakeholders in advancing the strategic priorities of the company. He will also be responsible to ensure that our main seafood resources are sustainable for the long term and work towards achieving our corporate objective to have all our fisheries third- party accredited, which is aligned with the priorities of our worldwide customer base.

Carey has held a broad range of senior management positons in the fishing industry

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