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  


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


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


U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood  


National Weather Service Seeks Industry Input on Marine Weather Statements


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


Slapfish Announces Expansion Plans For 2018


Captain D’s Opening First Location in Wisconsin


North Carolina Restaurant Adds Green Gill Oysters to Their Menu  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 10


Tue. Jan 9 2018

Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster  


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


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


Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages  


Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by Top Los Angeles Private Investment Firm  


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


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


Guolian Supplies Crayfish to KFC in China  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 9


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


Americold Cold Storage Company Announces IPO


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


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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 tonnes of pollock per year. In theory, these ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [undercurrent news] by Louis Harkell,  January 12, 2018

The projection – outlined in ‘China’s changing tides: Shifting consumption and trade position of Chinese seafood’ – demonstrates how China's massive -- and growing -- appetite for seafood could shake up trade, global M&A and pricing. 

According to OECD-FAO statistics quoted by Rabobank, China already consumes 37% of global production of seafood and aquatic products; in volume terms, almost seven times higher than consumption in the whole of North America. It follows a remarkable increase in Chinese seafood consumption over the past decade -- up 50% to 62 million metric tons, said the bank, contributing to 65% of global seafood consumption growth over the period.

This has been driven by its huge population and high per capita seafood consumption of 44 kilograms per person...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 11, 2018

Fishing has started slowly on Alaska Opilio crab.  Some major packers and ICE (Intercooperative Fisheries Exchange) have agreed on a fishing price of $3.00.  The final price harvesters receive is determined by a formula applied to the wholesale price, which will be higher than the fishing price.

Reports from the grounds are that fishing is slow.  Boats are searching for crab, but preliminary indications are not encouraging ...

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Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign

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

New Year, new look for UK frozen food brand Birds Eye. The company kicked off 2018 with a “new, fresh-faced Captain Birds Eye,” and a “shift in positioning.”

According to a press release, Birds Eye is looking to focus future campaigns on the “simplicity and authenticity” of the brand’s fishing products.

“The new campaign is an exciting change in director for the brand, and aims to reinforce us as a trusted, credible brand providing ...

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Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 11, 2018

Matthew Tourkistas, son of Michael Tourkistas who founded East Coast Seafood, has joined Whitecap International Seafood Exporters.  "Matt brings tremendous experience with a background focusing on the North American Lobster and Scallop sectors," said Whitecap.

Whitecap announced Tourkistas’ appointment as Director of Sales on Monday. Tourkistas, who worked for East Coast Seafood for over six years in sales and new business development, will be working alongside Michael Riley, Whitecap Vice President of US Sales. Together the two will be expanding the company’s US customer base ...

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

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

John Bullard’s successor has been named.

NOAA announced on Thursday that Michael Pentony, former Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries Division, will replace Bullard as Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Region come January 22, 2018.

“I am extremely pleased to announce this appointment,” NOAA Fisheries director Chris Oliver said in a press release. “Michael’s deep experience in every aspect of sustainable fisheries management, both commercial and recreational, positions him perfectly for the job ...

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 11, 2018

scallop vesselsNOAA announced yesterday that they have filed a charging document to revoke all 38 of Carlos Rafael’s fishing permits, the dealer license for Carlos Seafood, and the scallop permits issued to two of Rafael’s scallop vessels.

The charges go beyond the criminal complaint of cheating on landings reporting, for which Rafael is already serving prison time. Out of 35 separate charges, 15 are new charges for violations in the ...

 

 

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

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

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

The Scottish Salmon Company is investing in their operational infrastructure in 2018. The company announced on Friday that Gael Force Group is building them a new state-of-the-art SeaMate feed barge at their Portree site.

The Scottish Salmon Company signed an exclusive contract with Gael Force in 2016. Since then Gael Force has aided the Scottish Salmon Company in developing a new software platform, which has enabled “more efficient and cost-effective ordering of consumables from ...

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