Tue. Nov 21 2017

Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions


Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising  


Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market  


Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event  


UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity


New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO  


International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 21


Mon. Nov 20 2017

NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately


Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks  


Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59


ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week


Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster  


Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill  


Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service  


Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 20


Fri. Nov 17 2017

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries


Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower  


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned


ANALYSIS: Argentinian Pink Shrimp Will Stay in the US Market For the Long Term    


Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery  


Global Aquaculture Alliance CFO Jeff Fort Takes On COO Position


JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day  


VIDEO: EU Importers & Indian Shrimp; Maine Lobstermen; Alternative Tuna; Canadian Trade Benefits


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 17


Thu. Nov 16 2017

How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry  


Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North


Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent  


California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens With Dock Prices Around $3 A Pound  


China’s Fresh Food Ecommerce Changing the Equation for Air Cargo


France First Country to Put Legal Teeth Behind Claims of Supply Chain Dilligence


Moody’s Affirms Red Lobster Debt Rating, but Downgrades Outlook to Negative


Study Finds ‘Tipping Point’ That Could Change Oyster Restoration Efforts  


Young’s Seafood Launches New Shellfish Line in the UK  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 16


Wed. Nov 15 2017

EU Importers Already Shifting Away from Indian Shrimp Prior to EU Inspection Visit  


Latest Stock Assessment Shows 80% drop in GOA Pacific Cod ABC for 2018  


Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition  


ADF&G Releases Bristol Bay Forecast for 2018; Harvest Predicted at 39 Million Sockeye


On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 15


Bristol Seafood Accepts Portland, Maine’s Business of The Year Award


Captain D’s Data Sheds Light on Customer Base


Cermaq Announces Improvement in Fish Survival Rate for Atlantic Salmon  


Euromonitor Says Fresh Fish Consumption Falling in Europe


Sanford Releases Annual Financial Results As They Look to the Future  


Maine Opens Eel License Lottery for 2018 Season  


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Russian Government to Consider a Return to Crab Industry Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - November 21, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the national government to think about changing the rules for the distribution of quotas for crab catch in Russia during the next decade, preparing a move that could lead to a repartition of the market with an annual value of 120 billion rubles (US $2 billion).

Putin’s latest order is the result of a recent petition, sent to him by some unknown Russian crab producers, which proposed a change from the currently used historical principle of quotas’ distribution.

According to the producers, ...

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Norway’s Salmon Biomass up 10% This Year, and Rising

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Nov 21, 2017

Norwegian salmon prices recently hit a two-year low, and more salmon is in the pipeline.

A report in Salmon Business by Aslak Berge says that Kontali has updated their estimates of the biomass currently being farmed in Norway, meaning significantly higher processed volumes for ...

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Royal Greenland Strengthens Export Success in Chinese Market

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

During the 22nd China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, a dinner party celebrated the long-time seafood trading between China and Greenland. Kim Kielsen, the prime minister of Greenland, thanked Chinese consumers for their support of seafood from Greenland. Seafood has been the dominant industry of Greenland and it accounts for 95 percent of its total export.

Royal Greenland, the country's largest seafood company, attended this exposition. It entered Chinese market more than 20 years ago. Since then the company has spent much effort ...

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UK Portrait Calendar Raises Money For Fishermen's Mission Charity

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 21, 2017

UK fishermen are getting their time in the limelight thanks to a new calendar.

J Sheekey, a London-based seafood restaurant, partnered with The Fishermen’s Mission charity to create a 2018 calendar featuring shots of fishermen from all over the UK. Titled “Seas the Day,” the calendar aims to shed light on the “danger, difficulty and poverty” that fishermen face as a “result of the industry they work in.”

The calendar, which features 12 different fishermen photographed by ...

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International "Tools of the Trade" Tech Conference Slated for February in Alaska 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 21, 2017

The 69th annual Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference (PFT) will be held at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, February 5-7, 2018. Technology professions from around the Pacific Rim, as well as government officials, will meet to bring each other up to date on advances in seafood technology and research.

"This year our keynote speakers will address our theme of “Tools of the Trade” and we are planning an exciting line up of papers and presentations which focus on cutting edge equipment, diagnostics and technologies which aid today’s seafood technologist," said Chris Sannito of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the president of PFT.

"We will also discuss how the regulatory environment adapts with the...

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Massive Recruitment Event Shows Up in Alaska Sablefish Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - November 20, 2017

The 2017 surveys and the age data from 2016 of Alaska sablefish resulted in a very large estimate of the 2014 year-class of sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, triggering a recommendation for a 14% increase in allowable biological catch (ABC) for 2018.

This recruitment year class is higher than scientists have ever seen.  Further, the 2017 data shows a potential for two or more year classes being exceptionally strong now. Scientists described the recruitment as “ten times higher than average.” 

The 14% increase would put the ABC at 14,957mt for 2018, up from this year’s ABC 13,0 83 mt.  This year’s total allowable catch (TAC) was set at 13,0 83 mt. Catch as of November 15 has reached 12,195 mt.

The unexpected data would have indicated an 87% increase in ABC, but...

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ANALYSIS: Norwegian Wholefish Market Drops Leading Into Thanksgiving Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - November 20, 2017

The Norwegian wholefish market continues to roller coaster with a fairly significant increase this past week of $0.15 to $0.20, to now offering $0.35-$ 0.45 lower today than the previous week...

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Most of West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Dec 16th to Allow for Better Meat Fill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - November 20, 2017

Washington and northern California also will delay their commercial crab seasons until at least Dec. 16 and let the Dungeness crab populations fill out with meat a bit more.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials decided last week [link] to delay the state season until Dec. 16 at the earliest and, after a Tri-State conference call, all three states agreed to delay the season until the same date.

In California, the delay applies only to the area from Point Arena to the Oregon/California border. The central California fishery has been open since Nov. 15.

"This decision was based on crab condition tests conducted by WDFW..

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Japan's YO! Sushi Acquires North America Brand Bento Sushi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 20, 2017

Japanese restaurant group YO! Sushi has acquired Bento Sushi, North America’s second largest sushi brand. The acquisition is part of YO! Sushi’s goal of “creating a global multi-channel and multi brand sushi platform.”

YO! Sushi already has a wide platform, with networks spread across Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Combined they’re “one of the largest sushi companies ...

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Giant Canadian Pension Firm Enters Seafood Industry with Purchase of Largest PEI Mussel Grower

pei mussel harvestSEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  November 17, 2017

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan announced the acquisition of Atlantic Aqua Farms, the largest grower of mussels in PEI.  The company was sold by its private investor, Encore Capital.

The purchase of Atlantic Aqua Farms marks Ontario Teachers' first venture into the realm of aquaculture, and falls under its natural resources mandate to invest in the global food basket, with an eye on sustainable sources of food production.

"Demand for protein is increasing, and in the context of land constraints and environmental considerations, aquaculture is among the most sustainable sources to meet this demand," said Andrew Claerhout, Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources. "Atlantic Aqua Farms has built a significant aquaculture platform, underscoring the significant opportunities for long-term growth in this space."

PEI-based Atlantic Aqua Farms has been supplying North American consumers with its Canadian Cove brand mussels for over 25 years. Headquartered in Orwell Cove, Prince Edward Island, the company is the largest grower and processor of the widely-recognized,...

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Red Lobster Adds Nephrops to Their Menu For ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf’ Event

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 21, 2017

Red Lobster is changing their menu for the holiday season and adding Nephrops norvegicus, also known as Norway lobster, into the mix.

The fast-casual chain restaurant announced their limited time “Ultimate Surf & Turf” event in a press release on Monday. The event features five “craveable pairings of seafood and steak,” which allows diners to ...

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New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 21, 2017

David Whyte, formerly of Huon Aquaculture, is joining New Zealand King Salmon as their new Chief Operating Officer, effective January 2018.

“I am delighted to be joining New Zealand King Salmon and look forward to working with the team to further improve and develop the world-class farming and processing streams that deliver an extraordinary King salmon to our consumers and customers,” Whyte said in a statement ...

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NMFS Shuts Down Carlos Rafael’s Sector IX, Orders Vessels at Sea to Return to Port Immediately

fishing boats new bedfordSEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - November 20, 2017

John Bullard, Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Fisheries office of NMFS, has withdrawn the operating authority for Sector IX.  Sector IX was dominated by Carlos Rafael, and has currently 22 Active Vessels, of which approximately 20 are owned by Carlos Rafael in some fashion.  It is one of the sectors set up under the New England groundfish management plan.  Vessels must be in a sector to use their individual quota allocations, otherwise they simply fish in the common pool. 

The order means that any of these vessels at sea must cease fishing immediately, and that they cannot use or transfer any of their remaining groundfish quotas.  It is not clear how many of the 22 vessels are now at sea.

The sector IX board held several meetings with NMFS to try and retain its operations.  But Bullard says in his letter, “To date, there appears to be persistent non-compliance...

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Mark Leslie, VP at High Liner,  Passed Away on Saturday at Age 59

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton November 20, 2017

Mark Leslie, who started in the shrimp business in Ecuador and who became one of the managing executives at High Liner for more than 26 years died on Saturday, November 18th after an illness.

At High Liner, Mark was in charge of Business Development, and managed the rapid integration of the Fishery Products plant in Danvers, and the numerous other seafood companies purchased by High Liner. 

He was also active in the National Fisheries Institute, an avid golfer, a friend to many, and above all known for his many charitable works. 

John Connelly, President of NFI, said "Mark Leslie was devoted to his family, his faith and the seafood community. Whether in business development for High Liner or in the early days of shrimp production in Ecuador he was a consummate professional known throughout the industry for his optimism and integrity."

"Mark played a fundamental role in the implementation of the Better Seafood Board and served for 6 years as one of its managers. His Seafood Industry Research Fund Living Tribute Fund..

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Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News.163] translated by Amy Zhong - November 20, 2017

Nova Scotia is a place very familiar to people working in China’s aquatic industry since it accounts for 95 percent of the live lobsters exported from Canada to China. Now there is a plan to open direct flights from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to China within a few months. It used to take nearly fourteen hours to fly from Shanghai to Toronto and then another three hours to Halifax.

Recently the premier, Stephen McNeil, and other officials have met with the Chinese ambassador to Canada. McNeil expressed ...

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Maryland's Blue Pointe Seafood Opens Direct to Consumer Overnight Delivery Service

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 20, 2017

Maryland-based wholesale supplier Blue Pointe Seafood has started delivering their products directly to consumers both locally and nationwide through UPS. 

Although initially restricted to the Washington DC and Baltimore area for sales, the company has been able to expand using “modern packaging and ...

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Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - November 17, 2017

APICDA and Trident Seafoods announced today an agreement in principle where Trident will make an investment in APICDA’s subsidiaries Bering Pacific Seafoods and the fuel operation in False Pass, and in Cannon Fish Company, located in Kent, Washington. 

Larry Cotter, CEO for the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and Joe Bundrant, CEO of Trident Seafoods, announced the agreement which will give Trident joint ownership in all three of the operations. 

“We are excited to partner with Trident in these operations,” said Larry Cotter. “Trident has a long history of adding value to Alaska’s fishery resources, which has benefited the state’s fishermen and its fishing‐dependent communities. Trident’s investment offers APICDA the opportunity to focus greater resources to develop needed fishing industry infrastructure in our other Community Development Quota (CDQ) communities of Nelson Lagoon, Atka and St. George as we did in False Pass.” 

APICDA has operated  Bering Pacific Seafoods in False Pass since 2009..

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