Thu. Jul 28 2016

Farmed Salmon Price Volatility Worse Than Shrimp As Prices Soar More than 60%, 3rd Time Since 2010


Russia and China Sign Agreement on Controlling IUU Crab Sales to Chinese Market  


NOAA Reopens Comment on Proposed Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Management Program  


NFI Says USDA Catfish Grading Proposal is Another Example of Why Inspection Program is Unnecessary


Blue Apron's Ingredient, Recipe Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program


NFI's Salmon Council Launches Grilling Challenge to Spur Summer Season Consumption  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 28, 2016


Wed. Jul 27 2016

LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations  


SalmonChile Says Marine Harvest's Exit is Regrettable and Will Hinder Regulatory Progress  


F/V Alaska Juris Sinks Near Kiska Island, All 46 Crew Rescued


Nova Scotia Halibut and Salmon Distributor Binnacle Seafoods Gets MSC Chain of Custody Certification


NFWF Announces $1.19 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries in the U.S.


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Translates Shrimp Courses into Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 27, 2016


Tue. Jul 26 2016

Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits


Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts


Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026


Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016


Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132%


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 26, 2016


Mon. Jul 25 2016

Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public  


Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year


Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is only Market to See Real Growth in May


Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week


Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings


NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 25, 2016


Fri. Jul 22 2016

Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties  


Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast  


Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1  


Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 22, 2016


Thu. Jul 21 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time   (1) 


Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track


MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement


WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion


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Farmed Salmon Price Volatility Worse Than Shrimp As Prices Soar More than 60%, 3rd Time Since 2010

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Angel Rubio and John Sackton  July 28, 2016

The farmed salmon industry is concentrated, highly developed, and major producers are mostly public companies.  The shrimp industry is fragmented, made up of many smaller producers, and has far more global production sites.
 
Yet Farmed Salmon prices are far more volatile than shrimp.  This year, for the third time since 2010, fresh salmon fillet prices have soared by more than 60% in a few short months.  In 2016, prices rose over 60% from last November until July...

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Russia and China Sign Agreement on Controlling IUU Crab Sales to Chinese Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden   July 28, 2016

Russia and China have signed an agreement on the supplies of Russian crab to the Chinese market, according to recent statements of Alexander Dyaplyakov, President of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East.

According to Dyaplyakov, this is a historical agreement, signed between the two countries in the field of crab business, as, to date, exports of Russian crab to China have taken place mostly illegally.

So far, the Russian Rosrybolovstvo has started talks with the Chinese government and has completed a list of companies, that will be able to export crabs to China.

It is planned that signing of an agreement will help to solve a problem of crab poaching

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NOAA Reopens Comment on Proposed Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Management Program 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 28, 2016

NOAA Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council are expanding  the scope of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new bycatch management program for Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fisheries, and want to hear from you.
 
The new bycatch management program would provide participants with incentives to effectively manage and reduce Chinook salmon and Pacific halibut bycatch, and promote increased use of groundfish harvested in the Gulf of Alaska.

At the Council meeting in Kodiak last June, the Council identified an overarching goal and objective for the proposed bycatch management program to minimize economic barriers for new participants and maintain opportunities for entry into the trawl groundfish fisheries by limiting the type and duration of exclusive harvest privileges that may be allocated under the proposed bycatch management program....

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LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 27, 2016

Canada's Federal Fishery Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Newfoundland's inshore harvesters will be allocated Northern cod quota once the fishery is viable.   

He made the assurance during a meeting this week with members of Newfoundland's Fish, Food and Allied Worker's Union.

Those discussions also focused on getting harvesters increased access to halibut, scallop and sea cucumber...

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F/V Alaska Juris Sinks Near Kiska Island, All 46 Crew Rescued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker and John Sackton - July 27, 2016

The F/V Alaska Juris, a 220-foot catcher processor owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, was abandoned yesterday as it began taking on water on Petrel Bank in the Western Aleutians.

All 46 crew members put on survival suits and boarded three life rafts, after the crew could not control flooding in the vessel, which may have started with mechanical problems in the engine room.

The Coast Guard sent helicopters, and called for vessels in the area to steam to assist.  The first to arrive were two cargo ships, the Norwegian-flagged bulk cargo carrier Spar Canis recovered 28 people from two lift rafts, which were secured to the vessel to keep them from drifting.

The third life raft, with 18 occupants, could not secure a line and drifted away. All 18 occupants were picked up by the German-flagged container ship Vienna Express.

The Coast Guard diverted the cutter Midgett and dispatched two C-130 transport planes and two helicopters from Kodiak to the site of the sinking ship.  One C-130 monitored the rescue situation overhead. Photos show the vessel listing to port...

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NFI's Salmon Council Launches Grilling Challenge to Spur Summer Season Consumption

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 28, 2016

The National Fisheries Institute Salmon Council has once again partnered with some well known food bloggers and with major seasoning company McCormick to promote salmon for the summer.

According to the NFI the campaign will challenge bloggers from This Week for Dinner and Julie’s Eats & Treats to use McCormick’s Grill Mates seasonings to create grilled salmon dishes.

“We want to encourage consumers to think outside the box when it comes to salmon preparation, and the expertise of the bloggers paired with delicious salmon and McCormick’s unique seasonings helped us accomplish that goal,” said Judy Dashiell, Senior Vice President with NFI...

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Nova Scotia Halibut and Salmon Distributor Binnacle Seafoods Gets MSC Chain of Custody Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 27, 2016

Halifax-based Binnacle Seafoods has achieved Chain of Custody Certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for its wild Atlantic halibut and other certified species.

Binnacle underwent a rigorous audit by an independent, third-party certifier who checked that the process and procedures the company has put in place meet the requirements of the MSC’s Chain of Custody protocols...

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NFWF Announces $1.19 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries in the U.S.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

Washington D.C. — Last month the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)  announced the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The 11 grants for 2016 total $1.19 million, and will be matched by over $1.3 million in additional support from the grantees, for a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million. Altogether, the grants will support conservation work in 15 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.

In the North Pacific, the Bristol Bay region won $114,450 to expand marketing opportunities for salmon through Fiar Trade Certificaiton. Alaska Marine Conservation Council was granted $105,000 to build the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network. The Alaska Sustainabile Fisheries Trust won $150,000 to remove barriers for younger fishermen to enter the Gulf of Alaska groundifsh fishery.

In the Western Pacific, $82,000 was given to Oceanic Libra/Kula Lawaia to preserve traditional fishing practices in Hawaii.

Along the Pacific Coast, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust won $60,000 to develop a fish hub for Monterey in central California. San Diego's Scripps Institute of Oceanograph won $118,000 to "develop a progressive curriculum of classwork and on-the-water training for students and recruit veteran fishermen...

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Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council finalized an extension on a moratorium from issuing commercial shrimp fishing permits in the Gulf to 2026.

The Amendment17A rule will take effect on August 22 and is an extension to a ten year ban that was originally entered in the region’s commercial Shrimp Fishery Management Plan in October 2006 and was slated to expire this fall.

The rule was passed in an effort reduce the number of participants in the shrimp fishery to increase the profitability of the industry...

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Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/TechnoPress] - July 25, 2016

Chile's salmon producers used the highest amount of antibiotics per kg of salmon produced since 2007 during 2015, according to a report published by Sernapesca responding to a court order, instigated by Oceana. 
 
Sernapesca had published an annual report with the aggregate levels, but in June of this year, they published a detailed breakdown of antibiotic usage by company and growing area.
 
This is what is being objected to by Salmon Chile.  The director of Sernapesca José Miguel Burgos said "There is growing concern from the public regarding the production processes of this industry, and it seems important to respond to this interest with the utmost transparency."
 
Some companies already publicly report their antibiotic usage...

 

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NFI Says USDA Catfish Grading Proposal is Another Example of Why Inspection Program is Unnecessary

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 28, 2016

The USDA is now asking for comments on a plan to set up a voluntary, fee-based grading program for catfish that the National Fisheries Institute says is another example of why of the USDA’s inspection program is unnecessary.

A notice from the USDA on July 14 notified industry stakeholders that they could provide comments on the development of voluntary US Standards for Grade of Catfish and Catfish Products through the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)...

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SalmonChile Says Marine Harvest's Exit is Regrettable and Will Hinder Regulatory Progress

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

This week’s decision by Marine Harvest Chile’s to leave salmon association SalmonChile will damage the entire industry’s ability to improve fish farming regulations the group’s President Felipe Sandoval said.

Sandoval statement was a reaction to Marine Harvest’s announcement that it would pull out of SalmonChile after federal fishery officials permanently cut pen density’s 27 percent this week.

"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile...

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Blue Apron's Ingredient, Recipe Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 28, 2016

Blue Apron has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and will only source seafood that is rated "Best Choice," "Good Alternative" or otherwise recommended by the program.

Blue Apron is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the US. The company sends its customers all the necessary ingredients to prepare unique meals at home.

The partnership with Monterey Bay now means all of the seafood options provided by Blue Apron will be sourced from well managed fisheries...

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Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By John Sackton - July 26, 2016

Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile, announced that Marine Harvest will withdraw its membership from SalmonChile over disagreements on how salmon farming should be regulated.

 
SalmonChile has argued that current government harvest limits are too low, and wants more flexibility to increase density.  They have also opposed a court order to report on antibiotic use by individual companies.
 
"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Gjerde.
 
Gerdje said they had discussed their proposals on several occasions with SalmonChile...
 

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Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Peru’s commercial anchovy landings for the first fishing season of 2016 are at about the halfway point of the allowable quota but the fishery has now entered its reproduction stage, which is likely to force an early closure.

Reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed.

The season started on July 1 after a stock assessment showed the fishery’s biomass at 7.28 million metric tons. That figure was roughly 65 percent higher from the biomass at the beginning of May and 14 percent above the historical average between 1994 and 2015...

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Translates Shrimp Courses into Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF) has released Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish versions of its online course about managing major shrimp diseases at aquaculture farms and hatcheries.

The translated versions of Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Farms, Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Hatcheries, Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Farms and Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Hatcheries are now available at http://edu.responsibleaqua.org...

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Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2016

Guolian Aquatic is expected to post increases in net income and profits for the first half of this year through improved shrimp sales to the US market.

According to a preview of Guolian’s performance through June, the company will post between a 117 and 129 percent increase in the net income of its operation.

The company said its profits should be between 7 and 12 million, which marks a swing in profitability for the operation compared to 2015...

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