Fri. Aug 18 2017

StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages


Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next  


ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike  


Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise  


Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC


Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon  


West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey  


Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands  


Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market


VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit


Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, August 18


Thu. Aug 17 2017

ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure  


Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits  


COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish  


ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp  


Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


GAA and Fishin’ Company Partner to Promote Positive Aspects Of Aquaculture Industry  


Striped Bass Being Caught in Labrador Which is Far Beyond their Normal Range  


Annual Fishing Ban in South China Sea Lifted


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, August 17


Wed. Aug 16 2017

High Liner Will be Looking for New CEO Says Henry Demone


Prices Drop as Sick Shrimp in China Flood the Market Again -- Except in Guangxi  


Southeast Alaska Dungeness Fall Season Reduced to One Month  


NOAA Endorses Eating Small Haddock — But What About Cod?  


Canada Announces Largest Marine Protected Area in High Arctic


Midwest Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee Offering 100% Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood  


Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals


Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position  


Calysta Trial Reveals FeedKind Protein Could Replace Fishmeal in Shrimp Feed  


Washington Governor Appointments Former PFMC Director to Fish and Wildlife Commission  


As right whales move into Gulf of St. Lawrence Protection Creates Dilemma for Canadian Gov’t


Cargill Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers are Willing To Spend Extra for Sustainable Seafood  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, August 16


Tue. Aug 15 2017

Henry Demone Returns as CEO of High Liner Foods, Effective Immediately, As Company Stumbles in 1st Q


Boston Seafood Hall of Fame Inducts GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens


Trū Shrimp Company, Schwan’s Company Enter into Partnership to Provide Safe, Natural Shrimp  


West Coast Groundfish Marketing Group Hires Jana Hennig as Director  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Continue to Soar  


Aquaculture Could Satisfy Global Seafood Demand Using Ocean Space the Size of Lake Michigan


North Atlantic Traders President Seeking Attorney Fees After Being Cleared of NOAA Bluefin Charges  


Cooke Again Faces Local Opposition to Potential Salmon Hatchery in Nova Scotia  


NMFS Institutes More Swordfish Research Off Florida, Praised by EDF  


"Inefficient" Methods of Fishing is Keeping a Cornish Oyster Fishery in Business  


Urner Barry Wraps Up 2017 Intern Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, August 15


Mon. Aug 14 2017

Stronger Canadian Dollar Creating Standoff Over Falling Shore Lobster Prices in New Brunswick   (0) 


Maxfield Seafood Sues Freight Co. Over Theft of $318,00 Load of Frozen Lobster from Boston  


Diana Evans New Deputy Director at North Pacific Fisheries Council


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, August 14


Seattle's Fancy Canned Fish Restaurant Lands RealNetworks CEO as Investor  


Western Pacific Council Wrestling with Cultural, Commercial Fishing Definitions in Monuments  


Dubai Seafex Show Highlights Growth of Seafood Consumption in Middle East


Norwegian Salmon Titan Gustav Witzoe Concerned Over Cost of Sea Lice Control  


Added-value Seafood Products Will be the Rising Star of Guolian  


Guolian Supports E-commerce Companies to Find Solutions to Online Seafood Sales Problems  


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Massive Outbreak of Shrimp Disease Reported in Bangladesh Bagerhat ProvinceSEAFOODNEWS.COM [the New Nation]  by Prof ABM Mosharraf Husain May 1, 2017

Following the situation, panic has been created among shrimp cultivators of the district and they were thrown into an utter distress. Most of the shrimp cultivators cultivated shrimps after borrowing money from the banks or money lenders. If the shrimps die in such a large scale every day and it continue further most of the shrimp cultivators of the district will not be able to pay off their debts and cultivate shrimps for the next time.

Fishery Department of the district could not ascertain so far the cause behind the death of shrimps.

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StarKist Samoa Cannery to Shut Down Due to Fish Shortages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] August 18, 2017

American Samoa's largest private employer, the StarKist Samoa cannery, will shut down operations next week because of fish shortages.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago said it remained unclear when the next vessel would call into the port with more supplies.

In October last year the cannery shut down for just over a week, also because of a shortage of fish.

The US-based StarKist Company said it realised the shutdown was a disruption for workers and ...

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Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - August 18, 2017

Russia has no plans to significantly increase the volume of crab catch in the coming years, as the current volumes are already at historical maximums. Additionally, further increase is substantially limited by the biological component, according to recent statements of Alexander Duplyakov, president of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East.

According to Duplyakov, further increase of catch could damage the entire population of crab in Russia. Duplyakov also added that crab quotas are at almost 100 percent capacity ...

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ANALYSIS: Gulf Oyster Gallon Meat Prices Spike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Nicole West  August 17, 2017

 

Gulf oyster gallon meat prices advanced this week amid limited seasonal production.

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Tally’s New Zealand Gets its Purse Seine Skipjack Certified by MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton August 18, 2017

Another small purse seine skipjack tuna fishery is now MSC certified.  Tally is one of New Zealand’s major fishing companies with both inshore and offshore fisheries, selling New Zealand seafood products.  In addition to Tally’s, they sell their offshore frozen at Sea production under the Amaltal Brand.

The New Zealand fishery averages a bit over 11,000 tons annually, and represents about 0.5% of the Western Central Pacific tuna catch.

As retailers have begun to demand MSC certified tuna, there has been considerable pressure to certify high volume tuna fisheries.  Currently 4 purse seine fisheries are in assessment, and two have been certified.  However, volumes of certified skipjack remain very small..

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Marine Biologist Hopes to Solve Mystery of Blue King Crab Population Flatline in Pribilof Islands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Unalaska Community Broadcasting] by Laura Kraegel August 18, 2017

In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s.

This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years.

His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.

It’s a foggy day on St. Paul Island ...

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Aquamar and LM Foods Create New Platform In Surimi Seafood Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2017

Surimi seafood company Aquamar and surimi manufacturer LM Foods are working together to create a new platform in the surimi market. According to a press release, the two companies will be “producing and selling crab flavored seafood to food service, food manufacturing and retail channels primarily in North America. 
Aquamar is already a leading manufacturer of shred style surimi, a type of fish paste, in North America. LM Foods, on the other hand, focuses on frozen ...

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Liberty Seafoods Names Greer Vest as Director of National Accounts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2017

Liberty Seafood, an importer specializing in natural farm raised and wild caught frozen seafood, has announced that Greer Vest has been retained as Director of National Accounts. Vest, who will be based in the Dallas, Texas, area, has a long history working with national chains.

Liberty Seafood is based Horsham, Pennsylvania. The importer was founded by seafood veterans and aims to deliver seafood products with integrity, transparency, sustainability and ...

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ANALYSIS: Atlantic Salmon Frozen Fillets and Portions also under Downward Pricing Pressure

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Janice Schreiber August 17, 2017

Farmed salmon weakened or barely remained steady through most of the summer, and frozen fillet and portion markets are also under downward pricing pressure...

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COLTO Responds Forcefully to Baseless Amazon Petition Asking to Ban Sale of Toothfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 17, 2017

Richard Ball, chair of the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO), has released a statement in response to a petition that is circulating online requesting that Amazon “ban the sale” of Patagonian toothfish.

“The petition is inaccurate, misleading and untruthful — and we are doing what we can to work with Amazon to ensure it is removed as fast as possible from all websites and public distribution,” Ball wrote ...

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Danish Fish Scandal Hints at illegal Quota Manipulations Going Back Years


SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 17,2017

A fish scandal brewing in Denmark suggests that the administration of fish quotas and licenses by the relevant ministry has been the site of illegal activity, and some referrals to the Danish police have been made.

An external review of fishing quotas by the National Audit Office produced a damaging criticism of the Ministry of Environment and Food, but also specified wrong doing in assigning quotas that went back as far as 2002, under 8 different ministers.

The Danish parliament has for years instructed the ministry not to allow extreme concentration in quota holders.  However, that mandate has been violated, says the report.

The report, according to Danish News reports, says:

-the ministry has failed to investigate compliance with rules

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Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Show Dramatic Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cappma] translated by Amy Zhong - August 18, 2017

Norway’s seafood export to China has reached 91,842 tons during the first seven months this year. It has jumped by 44% from 63,834 tons in the same period last year, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council. The dramatic increase undoubtedly shows great potential of Norwegian seafood in Chinese market, said Sigmund Bjorgo, the NSC director for the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Among all seafood, the pelagic ones like mackerels have enjoyed obvious increase in export volumes. Their export volume is 35,536 tons in ...

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Researchers Discover Reason for Deafness in Farmed Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 18, 2018

Past research has revealed that farmed salmon can suffer from partial deafness and now we know why. Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that half of the world’s farmed salmon are part deaf due to accelerated growth rates in aquaculture.

Inner ear deformity in salmon has been studied since the 1960s, according to Phys.org. However, scientists have been unable to figure out the reason for the deformity. A study published in Scientific Reports in April 2016 found that farmed fish have ...

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West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 18,2017

Each spring and early summer, scientists set out along the West Coast aboard NOAA vessel Reuben Lasker to survey coastal pelagic species, which includes small schooling fish such as northern anchovy, Pacific sardine, and jack and Pacific mackerels.

But this year was different. After discussions with industry, the scientists tested a new approach to extend their reach into nearshore waters to improve the accuracy of the survey results. The collaboration involved the F/V Lisa Marie, of Gig Harbor, Washington, and brought two commercial fishermen ...

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VIDEO: Seafood Plant Fire; Joe’s Crab Shacks Closed; High Liner CEO; Maxfield Sues; Seafood Meal Kit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 18, 2017

Peter Pan Seafoods Plant Devastated by Fire; Multiple Joe’s Crab Shacks Have Closed Down; Henry Demone Named High Liner CEO; Maxfield Seafood Sues over Stolen Lobster; Alaska Seafood Companies Taking a Bite Out of Home Meal Kits 

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Washington Hosts Exhibit On Early Years of Salmon Derbies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily News] August 18, 2017

Derby Days: Chasing the Prize is the title of an exhibit opening at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco.

The exhibition explores the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing and the emergence of the charter boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula.

The rise of recreational fishing as a popular pursuit took on a new dimension in the years after ...

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Northern California Petitions for More Squid Permits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 17, 2017

Northern California fishermen and processors want a piece of the squid action.

Four processors and businesses in Fort Bragg, Calif., fishermen Dan Yoakum and Bill Forkner and the Fort Bragg fishing community petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission in June to allow fishermen in northern California to harvest 5 tons of market squid per day, with a cap of 950 tons total in the waters from Point Arena north to the California/Oregon border. 

The group said ...

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ANALYSIS: Imports of Mexican Shrimp

Let's take a step back to analyze the volumes imported from Mexico in recent years. Total imports in 2016 amounted to 55 million pounds, about six less than in 2015, but slightly...

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