Tue. Jan 23 2018

West Coast Dungeness Crabbers Set Gear on $2.75 Price as New Storms Move In  


Chinese Tilapia Prices Increase; Nearly All Processing Plants Raise Purchase Prices  


JD.com Says Chinese Consumers Embracing More Sustainable Products


Young's Seafood Hires New Group Operations Director


Safe Quality Seafood Associates Partners With SafetyChain Software to Improve FSQA Programs


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 23


Mon. Jan 22 2018

Mahi Recap: A Lot of Uncertainty Heading into the 2017-2018 Season  


How a Longer Government Shut Down May Impact NOAA: Research Halted, Seafood Inspections Continue


King Cove and Feds Sign Deal to Advance Proposed Road from King Cove to Cold Bay


Seafood Trends - The Whole Point of Catching Fish is to Get people to Buy and Eat It


Capital Flooded Into Chinese Crayfish Industry in 2017 as Prices Continue to Rise  


With Red King Populations Rebounding in Kamchatka, Pressure Grows to Increase Nearshore Harvest  


Keyport LLC Announces Headquarters Move to Edmonds, WA


Latest Seafood News Podcast Focuses on Red Lobster, Argentinian Shrimp in the U.S. and More   


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 22


Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

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


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


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


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


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


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


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


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


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


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Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 11, 2018 West Coast ports are busy: Fishermen are loading pots and bait, getting ready to set Dungeness crab gear for the pre-soak period that begins on Jan. 12 and corresponding harvest on Jan. 15. Almost all ports, that is. California announced Wednesday the northern California Dungeness crab fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties will open 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crabbers Set Gear on $2.75 Price as New Storms Move In

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 23, 2018

Dungeness crabbers took advantage of a weather window Monday and set gear while another storm lurks off the West Coast.

Fishermen said Newport crabbers settled with processors for $2.75 a pound. Oregon state-supervised price talks failed in early January this year, unlike years past. Many in the industry were concerned about the quality of crab coming from areas that, as of Jan. 15, were not up to the usual standards of 25 percent or 23 percent meat recovery. ...

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Chinese Tilapia Prices Increase; Nearly All Processing Plants Raise Purchase Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - January 23, 2018

Recently both shrimp and fish prices have risen in China. Tilapia has enjoyed a price increase three times since the beginning of this year. During this statistics week, the price has skyrocketed by as much as 0.5 yuan/jin (~$0.16/kg USD) in some regions. On January 16, China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 101.06 points for those between 0.6 jin to 1 jin (0.3-.5 kg) and 100.29 points for those about 1 jin to 1.6 jin (0.5-0.8 kg). They have risen 2.07 points ...

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JD.com Says Chinese Consumers Embracing More Sustainable Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  January 23, 2018

JD.com has released a report saying Chinese consumers are demanding sustainable products, and are willing to pay for them.

The report documents that sustainable or “green” consumption has become a key focus in China, and that trend is only likely to grow as awareness of environmental protection issues becomes more deeply embedded in Chinese consumers’ consciousness. 

According China’s largest retailer’s Trends in Green Consumption Development report, Chinese consumers are both demanding and buying more green products today than ever before. Green products span a wide range of categories...

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How a Longer Government Shut Down May Impact NOAA: Research Halted, Seafood Inspections Continue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  January 22, 2018

If the current stand-off that has resulted in defunding the federal government continues for more than a few days, a number of operations that affect the seafood industry will be impacted.

[Note it appears later this morning that another continuing resolution may be passed, which would end the shutdown]

According to the Dept. of Commerce Shutdown plan, 54% of NOAA’s 11,000 employees will be placed on furlough.

For the seafood industry, two vital economic functions are the smooth rollout of required federal fisheries quotas and permits, and the smooth functioning of NOAA’s seafood inspection and import monitoring program.

During the last government shutdown in 2013, the Alaska crab fishery was potentially delayed as NOAA could not get permits needed ...

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Safe Quality Seafood Associates Partners With SafetyChain Software to Improve FSQA Programs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Globe Newswire] - January 23, 2018

SafetyChain Software and Safe Quality Seafood Associates, LLC have joined in partnership to provide the seafood industry with a unique solution that includes software and consulting services to help seafood companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their FSQA programs.

SafetyChain Software is a leading cloud-based food quality management system that reduces costs, waste, and risk for food companies with an easy-to-use platform that automates FSQA programs and provides ...

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Seafood Trends - The Whole Point of Catching Fish is to Get people to Buy and Eat It

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 22, 2018

Here are some of the latest trends for 2018, according to a Seafood Keynote report by Datassentials, a national market tracker. It combines the opinions and behaviors of over 1,000 consumers and hundreds of restaurant, retail, and onsite operators.

Salmon remains Americans’ most seafood popular choice by, but diners are interested in branching out to other fish and shellfish. 

Seafood also is becoming increasingly popular for breakfast and brunch, thanks to popular dishes like shrimp and grits, crab Benedict...

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With Red King Populations Rebounding in Kamchatka, Pressure Grows to Increase Nearshore Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden -- January 22, 2018

Population of Kamchatka crab in the Barents Sea has reached an historical record in 2017, which may result in an increase of its total allowable catch by the Russian government this year and the abolishment of the existing ban on coastal crab production in Russia. Local crab producers have lobbied for the abolishment of the ban for quite some time.

In addition to Kamchatka crab, the opilio population also has grown, according to scientists of Russian Rybolovstvo. Due to this, the total ...

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DDP Entries (Delivered, Duty Paid) Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 19, 2018

NOAA has needlessly engendered confusion in the seafood import community by not clarifying more broadly in its SIMP regulations that ‘Importer of Record” for SIMP does not have the same legal definition as “Importer of Record” for Customs.

Customs allows foreign companies to clear their own goods for sale in the US so long as they employ a resident agent with power of attorney on their behalf. A customs broker can serve this role ...

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Latest Seafood News Podcast Focuses on Red Lobster, Argentinian Shrimp in the U.S. and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 22, 2018

It's Monday ... which means a new SeafoodNews.com Podcast episode! This week we discuss how Red Lobster added new menu items; the $300,000 tuna that was sold in a fish market in Tokyo has ended up at a New York City Sushi chain and how Argentinian shrimp are gaining market share in the U.S.

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

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$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 19, 2018

The 890 lb. bluefin tuna sold for $323,195 at the final New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market has made its way to New York City.

The fish was bought by the Onodera Group, which has 11 restaurants in seven cities around the world, including London, Paris, Shanghai and Los Angeles. Sushi Ginza Onodera, located on 5th Avenue in New York City, is the lucky restaurant ...

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Mahi Recap: A Lot of Uncertainty Heading into the 2017-2018 Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Angel Rubio - January 22, 2018

It is that time of the year to talk about Mahi. The fishing season in South America, which starts approximately every year around October, has been characterized in 2017-2018 by its erratic behavior according to many traders and producers overseas. This is relevant since Peru and Ecuador have been historically the largest producers of mahi commodities and exporters to the U.S. market. However, since we already know that last fishing season (2016-2017) proved to be a multi-year low in terms of production—which in turn caused record high prices in the U.S. wholesale market—one would expect some sort of relief albeit uncertain, this year ...

 

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Young's Seafood Hires New Group Operations Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Oman News Agency] - January 23, 2018

Youngs Seafood has announced the appointment of Duncan McIntyre as group operations director, following a "comprehensive and competitive search process".

McIntyre joins to "further strengthen its senior leadership team as it focuses on the delivery of the businesss strategic objectives".

McIntyre comes with extensive experience managing manufacturing sites in the UK, Europe and Asia, having previously been supply chain director at Nomad Foods, said Young`s.

Here he was responsible for the manufacturing process and distribution of finished goods ...

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King Cove and Feds Sign Deal to Advance Proposed Road from King Cove to Cold Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ADN.com] by Nathaniel Herz January 22, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior and Alaska Native village corporation officials Monday signed a deal aimed at advancing construction of the proposed road through a federal wildlife refuge on the Alaska Peninsula, from King Cove to Cold Bay.

The signing ceremony took place in U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's Washington, D.C., office even though the federal government was officially shut down.

Zinke, in a phone interview, said Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and King Cove officials had already traveled to the East Coast.

"It's a long ways from Alaska to Washington, D.C.," he said. "Ultimately, the government should serve the ...

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Capital Flooded Into Chinese Crayfish Industry in 2017 as Prices Continue to Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - January 22, 2018

There are four species of domestic crayfish in China, while the country also imports red swamp crayfish and Australian freshwater crayfish. Crayfish are mostly cultivated in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River. About 95 percent have been from the five main aquaculture regions in 2016: Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan and Jiangxi. Among them, the scale was the largest in Hubei province with areas of 4.87 million Mu (~802,270 acres) and production of 489,000 tons of crayfish. It accounted for nearly 60 percent ...

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Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2018

Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO of Fortune International, the parent company of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Lobster Gram, Fortune Imports, Coastal Seafoods and Chef Martin’s, announced the promotions of several senior level employees.

Mark Palicki, who joined Fortune Fish & Gourmet in 2006 as the Vice President of Marketing, has been promoted to the President of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, where he will oversee the distribution/ processing companies in Bensenville, IL and Minneapolis, MN. Jon Novak, former Director of New Markets, has been promoted to President of ...

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Keyport LLC Announces Headquarters Move to Edmonds, WA 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOOD NEWS] January 22, 2018

Keyport LLC, a privately held seafood producer and value-added food manufacturer, has announced that effective February 1st, 2018 it is relocating its’ corporate headquarters to Edmonds, WA. - a waterfront community to the north of Seattle, WA.

Following the opening of the new sales office in North Carolina in 2015, Keyport has continued to launch new products including its’ popular frozen seafood entrees and has increased sales volumes necessitating more commercial space. The new location will include a commercial demonstration and test kitchen along with additional office space that will give the company flexibility to allow for continued business and personnel...

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VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2018

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