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Mar 28 - PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap


Mar 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Mar 24 - Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production


Mar 24 - VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market


Mar 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Mar 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Mar 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mar 21 - Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


Mar 20 - Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops


Mar 20 - Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO


Mar 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 15, 2017


Mar 15 - Bristol Seafood's Sea Scallops are First US Harvested Seafood Item to Get Fair Trade Certification


Mar 13 - PODCAST: Maine Lobster Reaches Record Values and Mahi Comes Off US Restaurant Menus


Mar 10 - VIDEO: Maine’s Lobster Fishery Reaches Record Values; High Priced Mahi Starts to Come off Menus


Mar 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 8, 2017


Mar 8 - Zhangzidao Greatly Improves its Performance over the Past Year


Mar 8 - Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017


Mar 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 7, 2017


Mar 7 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind


Mar 6 - Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston


Mar 1 - Executive Order on Regulations Will to Have Less Fisheries Impact than Feared


Feb 27 - Mariner Seafood Becomes Funding Partner for GSSI; Backs Global Benchmark Tool


Feb 22 - High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood


Feb 13 - Santa Monica Names Bristol Seafood Vendor of the Year; Ted McDermott to Run West Coast Office


Feb 7 - Strong Demand and Cultural Preferences for Seafood Driving Up Prices in China for New Year Sales


Jan 27 - NPFMC Director Chris Oliver Receives Massive Industry-Wide Support to be NOAA's Next Fisheries Admin


Jan 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 25, 2017


Jan 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Jan 12 - Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year


Jan 11 - National Scallop Research Alliance set up by Zhangzidao to Improve Scallop Genetics


Dec 30 - Bristol Seafood's President and CEO Peter Handy Joins NFI's Board of Directors


Dec 27 - N. Pacific Council Threatens New England Style Fisheries Management Collapse in Gulf of Alaska


Dec 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 23, 2016


Dec 19 - Zhangzidao and Sojitz Build Second Factory in Dalian to Expand Super Frozen Tuna, Salmon Business


Dec 7 - Chinese Companies to invest $200 Million for Scallop Growing in Russia


Dec 2 - As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low


Dec 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 1, 2016


Dec 1 - Labor Shortages, High Density and Small Size, Plague Shandong Scallop Harvest


Nov 30 - Maine Diver Scallop Season Opens; Restaurants Take Note


Nov 29 - Seafood Sales Reported Excellent Through China's Online Sellers on Singles Day


Nov 22 - Van Cleve Seafood Co. Expands Into Mid-Atlantic Safeway Stores with Premium Seafood and Sauce Line


Nov 21 - PODCAST: 26-30 Ct. Price Spreads Between Asian, Latin American Shrimp; Dungeness Season Starts


Nov 21 - JD and Alibaba Battle Over Fresh Seafood on Singles Day in China; JD Inks Deal with Canada


Nov 18 - Cooke Aquaculture Expands South America Footprint with Purchase of Uruguay's Fripur S.A.


Nov 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 17, 2016


Nov 17 - US Scallop Catches Likely Stable for 2017 after NE Council Approves Plan


Nov 17 - Bob Simon Winds Down Nova Fisheries, Pioneer in Weathervane Scallops and Argentine King Crab


Nov 14 - Major Japanese Companies Maruha and Nissui See Differing Results, with Nissui Dragged Down by Chile


Nov 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 10, 2016


Nov 10 - Clearwater Notes Good Global Demand for Premium Priced Seafood With Sales Up 30% in 2016


Nov 9 - Urner Barry Launches New Seafood Price Current With Additional Quotations, Interactive Features


Nov 3 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 3, 2016


Nov 3 - Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season to Start One Month Later on April 1 Beginning in 2018


Oct 26 - Wellhead Disaster Averted by 12 Meters in Shell Offshore Drilling Incident on Scotian Shelf


Oct 26 - ASMI Annual Meeting Reviews Difficult 2016 and Looks at Challenges and Opportunities in 2017


Oct 24 - Critics: Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program Has No Enforcement


Oct 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday October 21, 2016


Oct 21 - Nantucket Sound Shellfish Harvesting Closed Until at Least Nov. 1 Because of Domoic Acid


Oct 13 - Marine Stewardship Council Annual Report Shows Near Record Revenue; Jump in Revenue per SKU


Oct 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, October 10, 2016


Oct 10 - Atlantic Capes Begins Joint Venture with Zhangzidao on Oysters Bringing Triploid Production to China


Sep 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 23, 2016


Sep 15 - Are the Big NGO's Winning the Marine Monument Battle, But Losing the War


Sep 14 - Sushi Outlets Linked to Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Cleared to Reopen


Sep 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday, September 12, 2016


Sep 12 - Blue Harvest Fisheries Closes Deal to Buy High Liner Foods' Scallop Business


Sep 8 - Sysco Commits to Sourcing Farmed Seafood Certified by the ASC


Sep 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 1, 2016


Sep 1 - Japan's Scallop Exports Are Sluggish as Production Falls, and Buyers Wait for Lower Prices


Aug 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday August 22, 2016


Aug 22 - Sea Port Initiates Voluntary Recall with FDA for Philippine Scallops Produced Nov. 23 and 24, 2015


Aug 18 - NFI Says Greenpeace to Issue Rank and Spank US Foodservice Listings as Early as Monday


Aug 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 16, 2016


Aug 16 - High Liner Reports Increased 2nd Qtr Earnings on Flat Sales


Aug 16 - Jeff Davis, Blue Harvest Come Full Circle with Purchase of High Liner Scallop Plant in New Bedford


Aug 10 - CEO Ian Smith Can Take a Bow as Clearwater is Riding Success on its 40th Anniversary


Aug 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 2, 2016


Aug 2 - Blue Harvest Completes Scallop Deal for Hygrade Ocean Products, Brings Scallop Fleet to 15 Vessels


Jul 27 - LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations


Jul 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Jul 21 - Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time


Jul 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 15, 2016


Jul 6 - Hokkaido's Scallop Exports Down 60% and Expected to Worsen in 2016 as Yen Strengthens


Jul 1 - Scallop Fishing to Close July 4 for Mid-Atlantic Limited Access General Category IFQ Vessels


Jun 28 - 2016 Council Appointments Announced by Secretary of Commerce


Jun 24 - Yesso Scallop Production up 4.9% in China's Changhai Province; Prices Hit Record Highs


Jun 24 - British Vote Sets Off Bomb in Global Economy; US and Canadian Seafood Industry to Suffer


Jun 22 - Fall River's Raw Seafoods Adds Three Industry Veterans to Senior Management Positions


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 21, 2016


May 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 27, 2016


May 26 - Bristol Seafood Hires Food Industry Veteran Jimmy Davolio as VP of Sales


May 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 25, 2016


May 20 - Maine Economic Development Agency Makes Grants to GMRI and to Start Maine Scallop Aquaculture


May 19 - US Seafood Imports from Malaysia at Virtual Stand Still After FDA Warnings


May 17 - Clearwater Posts Record Q1 Sales from Improved Canadian Scallop Harvest and Macduff Acquisition


May 17 - Chinese Inspectors Clear First Shipment of Scallop Broodstock to Canadian Producers


May 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 11, 2016


May 11 - Hokkaido Scallop Landings Down over 30% this Past Year, with Further Decline Expected in 2016


May 10 - GAA Finalizes BAP Standards for Farmed Mollusks


May 10 - Cooke to Buy Icicle; Transaction to Close in 30 Days, Will Give Cooke $1.8 Billion in Annual Sales


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PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 24, 2017

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.

Flooding has killed at least 78 people in Peru since record levels of rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, which have caused landslides across the country. A report from Euro News says many small towns in Peru’s northern coast are completely cut off from damage to infrastructure...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and are likely postponed due to a lack of fishermen available. It would have been the first time in seven years that shrimpers and processors would have met to negotiate and settle on an ex-vessel price. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate. Pettinger said that a little more advance notice of the negotiations cancellation could have helped fishermen's associations to recruit more members to participate in the price talks. Industry participants on both sides indicated they want to start the season on April 1.

The Northern Gulf of Maine area is now closed to scallop fishing, two months ahead of last season. Jennifer Goebel, a spokeswoman for NOAA’s Great Atlantic Region Fisheries Office in Gloucester, said Wednesday that the area is being closed down because vessels permitted specifically to drag for scallops in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit. The season in the northern Gulf of Maine opens each year on March 1.

In other news, a widespread outbreak of norovirus in British Columbia has forced the closure of seven coastal oyster farms in the province. The outbreak has sickened hundreds of consumers in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. The cause of the norovirus has yet to be determined and government officials and scientists are examining a range of possibilities, including a sewage leak or perhaps an unusually cold winter that also meant less sunlight, which affected the oysters' ability to filter toxins.

Meanwhile, rising sea temperatures in the Bay of Fundy are blamed for an increasing number of sea lice outbreaks according to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association. In late July 2016, sea lice killed 252,000 Atlantic salmon at two Gray's Aqua group farms in Passamaquoddy Bay. Another 284,000 fish were pre-emptively killed to contain the sea lice outbreak.

Finally, Alaska's herring sac roe seine fleet in Sitka has landed about half the fishery's quota during second opener of the season this past Tuesday. ""Fishery participants should expect another fishery on Friday, March 24, depending on results of roe sampling, vessel and aerial surveys," and ADF&G herring biologists said.

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News Summary March 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: ADF&G Forecasts Alaska's Salmon Catch to Top 200 Million Fish this Summer

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016. The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977. This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.

The Boston Seafood Show, now called Seafood Expo North America, has an upbeat feel this year. The Show owner, Diversified, says it is the biggest show ever in terms of booth space. In the past, the organizers had co-located the show with a regional New England Foodservice Show. This year that is not happening and the entire hall is seafood only. Despite high prices on a number of items, the overall feeling here is one of optimism.

In other news, food safety authorities have seized shrimps injected with gelatin from a wet market in southern China. Gelatin was found in three batches of frozen shrimps in a wet market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in recent days, according to Guangdong Satellite TV. The shrimps’ bodies and head were glued together by edible gelatin, which is often used to make jellies and other desserts. Experts were quoted in the report as saying the suppliers injected the gelatin to make the shrimps appear healthier or to cover up rotten meat.

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened March 19 for a three-hour-and-twenty-minute first opener, after being on a two-hour notice since March 17. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 mt of a total GHL of 14,649 mt. The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram a

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Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major West Coast and East Coast retailers Vons/Albertons and Hannaford confirmed they will carry Bristol Seafood’s Fair Trade USA certified scallops starting this April.

On the west Coast, Santa Monica Seafood will work with Bristol to distribute the Fair Trade scallops to its Vons/Albertsons stories. Santa Monica named Bristol its Vendor of the Year in 2016.

“We are proud to be the first seafood distributor to offer a Fair Trade Certified™ scallop to our retail customers in the western U.S...

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Russia Plans to Seize Fishing Quotas from Producers Who Build Trawlers With Foreign Capital

Russia's federal fisheries agency plans to start more active seizures of fishing quotas from harvesters who rely on foreign capital to build vessels. The seizures are part of a plan is to encourage fishermen to build fishing trawlers at local shipyards, according to a spokesman at Rosrybolovstvo. Initially, the goal will be to distribute about 20% of the total volume of fishing quotas to local producers that use domestic shipyards. Ultimately, Russia wants as much as 35 percent of quotas distributed to producers that use domestic shipbuilders. In more Russian fishery news, Japan's Hokkaido Federation of Fishermen say Russia's catch of pollock with roe from the Sea of Okhotsk is down about 7 percent during the A season. The federation says that the pace of production slowed from last year around late February, and showed no signs of recovery in the first week of March.

Reports in China suggest customs officials are cracking down on illegal shrimp and lobster shipments imported through Vietnam. Reports suggest buyers in China are pushing for illegal seafood smuggling to avoid high tariffs. It is beleived that the illegal trade will continue for a couple more years until a free trade agreement between China and Australia goes into effect in 2019. That agreement will eliminate rates on Australian seafood shipped to the Chinese market over the course of four years.

In other news, Maine seafood distributor Bristol Seafood has earned Fair Trade Certification for its line of North Atlantic Sea Scallops. This is the first domestically harvested seafood item in the US market to earn recognition from the Fair Trade program. “We are very proud to be the first to introduce Fair Trade Certified seafood harvested in the United States,” said Peter Handy, Presi­dent and CEO of Bristol Seafood. “All of our products are based on integrity and sustainable practices, and Fair Trade certification gives our customers third-party valida­tion that we operate in a socially responsible manner as well.”

Meanwhile, commercial salmon fishermen in Oregon and California are once again looking at no significant summer season this year -- a repeat of similar conditions in the late 2000s. The Pacific Fishery Management Council this week announced sport and commercial salmon fishing seasons that would go out for public review between now and its April 6-11 meeting. The Council will choose the final fishing seasons in April for submittal to the National Marine Fisheries Service's approval and implementation by May 1.

Finally, a new bill is being proposed by Alaska lawmakers that would require captains collect an as yet undefined amount of each crew’s wages and remit it to the state Department of Revenue. The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) opposes the proposal. “We don’t want to be tax collectors, we just want to be able to send a 1099 to the state and then they collect from the crews. We have no idea what their taxes are and I think they are going to make more work for themselves," said UFA's president Jerry McCune.

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PODCAST: Maine Lobster Reaches Record Values and Mahi Comes Off US Restaurant Menus

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Mahi Coming Off Menus With 2016/17 Season a Bust, US Inventories Limited and Market at Record Highs

Mahi is starting to come off of restaurant menus in the US this year since the 2016/17 fishing season in Central and South America was a bust, which has limited inventories in the US market, pushed frozen wholesale markets to record levels and sent fresh prices to abnormally high prices for this time of the year. Fresh and frozen mahi supplies are down from a combination of water temperature-induced production problems from major Central and South American suppliers and a hike in FDA inspections and rejections of mahi in 2016. Frozen mahi prices are now at record highs, while fresh prices are trending well above averages for this time of the year.

Major Chinese scallop producer and exporter Zhangzidao posted improved revenues in 2016. The company took several steps to turn around its business last year including improving its scallop production and sales to domestic markets. The company also to streamlined the management of its operations and slimmed down its business goals to focus more on production rather than distribution logistics.

Meanwhile, Clearwater Seafoods' sales grew 21 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year. Clearwater said its sales and earnings were positively impacted by strong prices for scallops and higher sales volumes for clams, lobster, langoustine, whelks and crab. However, Clearwater said this growth was mostly from its acquisition of Macduff Shellfish's operations in late 2015. Otherwise, the company's sales fell short of its target. "Excluding Macduff, Clearwater's core business financial performance was below expectations as the company felt the combined effects of shortages of supply in northern shrimp and sea scallops," said Ian Smith, Chief Executive Officer.

In other news, Japan's inventory of salted kazunoko (herring roe) carried over from 2016 is up 10 percent from a year before according to the Fisheries Agency's cold-store seafood distribution statistics. The agency said this was the highest increase rate on record.

Finally, the New England Fishery Management Council’s scallop committee will meet to discuss how catch reports might be compiled more quickly and how to collect better scientific data to estimate the number of scallops in the northern gulf. The committee first will work to identify issues that need to be addressed before the council considers making changes to fishing restrictions for each class of vessel. Some of Maine's small boat scallopers say current regulations favor unlimited quotas for the big boat sector and that they are getting squeezed out of the fishery.

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Clearwater Reports 2016 Results and Positive Outlook for 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 8, 2017 

HALIFAX -- Today Clearwater Seafoods reported its full year results for 2016, including sales growth of 21 percent over 2015. Sales for the full year were listed at $611.6 million, compared to 504.9 million from 2015.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $120.9 million for 2016, compared to $109.7 million for 2015. This marks Clearwater's seventh consecutive year of top and bottom line growth. 

Sales and adjusted EBITDA were positively impacted by strong sales prices for scallops...

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Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 7, 2017

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind.

According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops.

Northern Wind is one of the largest Atlantic scallop producers in the US with contracted vessels harvesting an estimated 20 percent of the allowable catch along the eastern seaboard...

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Executive Order on Regulations Will to Have Less Fisheries Impact than Feared

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - March 1, 2017

When President Trump first announced an executive order calling for two regulations to be repealed for everyone enacted, many in the commercial seafood industry feared chaos, since every regulated fishery in the US and all US IFQ quota licenses are managed with new regulations each year.
 
The issue was further confused by the sixty-day regulatory freeze, which meant the publications of some final rules in the Federal Register, for example starting the Alaskan halibut season, could be delayed.
 
In a letter to the White House in early February, the ranking democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva, said the 2 for 1 rule could jeopardize NOAA's ability to adjust fishing seasons, to change quotas and issue IFQs, or to adopt new management plans...

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High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 22, 2017

High Liner Foods posted a decline in annual sales volumes and values last year because of the continued decline in demand for its traditional line of breaded and battered frozen seafood items in the US market.

The major seafood producer and distributor reported a 4.5 percent decrease in its annual sales to US$956 million...

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Strong Demand and Cultural Preferences for Seafood Driving Up Prices in China for New Year Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [FishFirst] with material from and John Sackton Amy Zhong  - February 7, 2017

A roundup of Chinese seafood markets just prior to the new year shows strong prices and good consumer demand.  Also there is evidence of an increased cultural preference for seafood over more traditional chicken dishes.
 
Our article focuses on specific city reports, and makes some general observations.
 
Shanghai:  overall seafood prices have risen 30% to 40% over the past year in the wet markets.  
 
Dalian:  Although seafood prices are high, they are comparable to their peak ..

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Federal Rule Freeze Could Stall Alaska's Halibut Season; Use of Pot Gear for Sablefish

A memo issued by President Donald Trump that freezes all new or pending regulations at executive departments and agencies could delay the start to Alaska's halibut fishery and the use of pot gear for sablefish. The memo delays regulations for 60 days with potential for even longer notices and reviews. That would push the soonest fishery start date to March 27. The halibut fishery traditionally opens in early March. Also potentially stalled due to Trump’s regulation freeze is the use of pots to catch sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska. That gear was approved by federal advisors to start this March as a way to prevent sperm whales from snatching the fish from longlines. NOAA Fisheries in Alaska is aware of the potential impacts posed by the Trump freeze said Tom Gemmell, director of the Halibut Coalition. He said fishery managers are working to ensure that the 2017 halibut and sablefish regulations are published in the rule books on time.

The ISSF has released a report showing that one of the critical elements in the Marine Stewardship Council’s 2.0 standard, the presence of harvest control rules, is almost entirely missing in the tuna sector. According to an analysis by John Sackton, out of 19 distinct tuna stocks in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, North and South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean, only 3 have harvest control rules that meet the minimum MSC passing score of 80. All the others cannot yet meet that standard. "In effect, the ISSF is saying that 16 out of 19 global tuna fisheries are not up to the MSC standard in this area," Sackton writes. "This includes 15 of 17 MSC tuna fisheries that are already certified or currently in assessment."

In other news, Alaska seafood exporters are disappointed by President Trump's executive order to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal would have cut tariffs on Alaska's seafood exports. For instance, the deal would have helped Alaska's pollock industry by cutting import taxes of 4.2 percent to zero in Japan, the largest consumer of pollock surimi and roe. "We're disappointed that the reduction in tariffs did not take place," said Ron Rogness, a spokesperson for American Seafoods, an Alaska pollock processor based in Seattle.

Meanwhile, Costco Wholesale Corp won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it didn’t disclose to customers that it was selling farmed shrimp from Thailand that might have been fed with fishmeal produced by abused workers. A San Francisco federal judge threw out the case Tuesday, finding that the consumers who filed it failed to allege the company had a duty to disclose the information about labor abuses in its supply chain.

Finally, fishermen in Maine want to develop a distinct brand for the state's small, day boat scallop fishery and market them as a "super premium" item. By differentiating Maine’s scallops from the rest of the catch, the fishermen hope to build a market that can sustain Maine’s fishery. “I think that if you want to get the most out of the Maine fishery, you’ve got to separate it from the rest of the fisheries out there. You’ve got to market it from a standpoint of what it is: a dayboat fishery that is traceability to the source,” said Dana Temple, who owns Crescent Bay, a wholesale seafood company.

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Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Finance East]  Translated by Amy Zhong with Additional Material from John Sackton    January 12, 2016

Sales of High end imported seafood including items such as lobster, king crab, salmon, Dungeness crabs and Argentinean shrimp appear to be surging in China prior to the Chinese New Year on January 28th.
 
For lobsters, unlike 2016 when New Year's sales were barely over the prior year, all indications are that sales are up substantially, if the supply has materialized.
 
Chinese consumers have started their holiday shopping in preparation for the coming Chinese New Year. High-end seafood has surged as a popular choice with the improvement of household incomes. Such high-end seafood as king crabs and lobsters are becoming widely received among consumers. 
 
It is about half a month before the Chinese New Year. But Chen has decided to skip her lunch break and select seafood in an aquatic market..

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.According to European seafood analysts at Seafood Intelligence Portal (SIP), the flooding is hurting Peruvian scallop production. Van Herwijnen said many scallops farms in Sechura Bay are closed indefinitely, particularly those that use bottom farming systems. He said operators that use hanging rope systems have relocated production farther out to sea. The expectation is for Peruvian supplies to be tight. Meanwhile, long term damage to Peru’s production and exports remains murky.

In Newfoundland, the return of cod may be signaling a shift in the food cycle that could hurt coldwater shrimp stocks. For the last decade the northern cod stock has been increasing at a rate of about 30 per cent per year. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s 2016 stock assessment estimated its total biomass at around 300,000 metric tons. Biologists say a shift is occurring back to the traditional order of a capelin-cod dominated food chain.

In other news, booming squid catches and high prices have some squid fishermen in Point Judith concerned. At issue is how the port's economy has become heavily reliant on the squid fishery. Fishermen live in a constant worry about losing their fishing grounds; they worry over changing policy and the uncertainty of finances from one year to the next. A vessel used to be able to jump from one fishery to the next, from cod to fluke to squid to herring. That no longer occurs. This is a similar problem Maine is experiencing with fishermen almost solsolelypendant on lobster.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fisheries is meeting in Anchorage this week and commissioners are looking into the possibility of opening the fishery even in low abundance years.The Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.

Finally, in this week's Seafood News Roundup show we recap some of the major stories that we reported from this week's Seafood Expo North America in Boston. It was a busy and upbeat show with lots of traffic at Urner Barry's booth and around the show floor. We appreciate those in the industry who took time out of their schedules to meet with us.

Have a great weekend and get some rest.

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VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market 




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News Summary March 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Sakhalin Officials Arrested for Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

Headlining the news today is a focus on how the Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions that have been significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia. Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues. Additionally, Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who oversees the development of regional fish industry, and in particular its crab segment) were arrested on the suspicions of power abuse.

In other news, catches of Alaska halibut are starting to pick up after wild weather got the fishery off to a slow start after the March 11 opener. Less than half a million pounds have been landed through Tuesday by 82 deliveries, with Sitka leading all ports, followed by Seward and Kodiak. Just seven boats had delivered about 36-thousand pounds of halibut at Kodiak through Tuesday; 52-thousand pounds crossed the docks at Seward from eight landings, and nearly 65-thousand pounds at Sitka from 15 boats. Landings at other Alaska ports weren’t available because they were too few yet to record. The prized fish are getting big prices, up 30 cents a pound compared to the start of the season last year.

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Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

Mariner Seafood launched a line of wild caught seafood items at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston that uses a patented technology that gives retailers an option to feature the items in fresh seafood cases.

The GO WILD seafood brand uses patented, breathable film that allows oxygen to flow through the products. This super chill pack technology extends the shelf life of the portioned out seafood products...

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Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  March 20, 2017

Michael Tourkistas, who together with his wife Heidi built East Coast Seafoods from a two person operation into the largest distributor of live and frozen North American Lobster, is realizing a transition plan that allows him to step back somewhat from the company but propels the $400 million operation on a robust growth path.

For several years Michael has been working on this ...

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Bristol Seafood's Sea Scallops are First US Harvested Seafood Item to Get Fair Trade Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 15, 2017

Maine-based seafood producer and distributor Bristol Seafood has earned Fair Trade Certification for its line of North Atlantic Sea Scallops. This is the first domestically harvested seafood item in the US market to earn recognition from the Fair Trade program.

According to Bristol the Fair Trade certified scallops will debut on retail shelves in East and West coast stores beginning in April.

The company worked with Fair Trade USA to bring its seafood program to the US market...

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VIDEO: Maine’s Lobster Fishery Reaches Record Values; High Priced Mahi Starts to Come off Menus

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Zhangzidao Greatly Improves its Performance over the Past Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Finance.sina]  Translated by Amy Zhong  March 8, 2017

Zhangzidao has recently released some new financial information, which although audited internally, has not been audited by outside firms yet.  The company is recovering from a problem of misstating its finances several years ago.

As the statistics show, Zhangzidao’s revenue is 3.052 billion yuan during 2016. It rises by 11.92% from that of the previous year. And the net profit attributable to shareholders balloons by 132.76% to reach 79.5934 million yuan. It has reversed the situation and begun to earn money again. And its equity attributable to shareholders raises by 21.14% to reach 1.073 billion yuan on December 31, 2016...

 

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Chicken of the Frozen Foods Enters Scallop Business in Marketing Deal with Northern Wind

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods (COSFF) will enter the scallop business after the major distributor announced a marketing agreement with Massachusetts-based Northern Wind. According to the agreement the companies will work together to provide customers with high quality, responsibly sourced frozen scallops. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine Northern Wind’s expertise and sustainability footprint with our distribution network. The two companies are well positioned to further develop this important category,” said Bryan Rosenberg, CEO of Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods.

The first round of monthly shrimp imports figures of 2017 showed continued strength in shipments from India and Indonesia. As of January, total US shrimp imports were up 2.2 percent compared to last January. Indian shrimp imports continue to fuel the US market and were higher from historical monthly averages. Indonesian production, meanwhile, is generally stronger this time of the year compared to other major US suppliers and shipments were up 12 percent. Imports from many key US suppliers were down in January.

Meanwhile, Alaskan red king crab from Bristol Bay has fetched the highest price ever for fishermen according to reports. Meanwhile, Bering Sea snow crab prices are also at unprecedented levels.

In other news, the Russian Fishery Company, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, is considering acquiring the assets to major Russian pollock producer Dalmore in a deal valued at $150 million. Negotiations between the sides are currently underway. If finalized, the deal will allow Russian Fishery Company to increase its pollock catch by more than 20 percent.

Finally, India's shrimp feed and shrimp producer Avanti has entered into a joint venture with Thai Union. Avanti's Chairman and Managing Director, Alluri Indra Kumar has plans to increase the company's revenue share of shrimp exports to about 40 percent of the business by 2020. Currently, the revenue breakdown between Avanti's shrimp export and shrimp feed is 15 percent and 85 percent respectively.

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Mariner Seafood to Debut GO WILD Brand of Vacum Packed Line of Wild Caught Seafood at Boston

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 6, 2017

Massachusetts-based seafood distributor Mariner Seafood will debut its GO WILD™ brand of super chilled, grab-and-go seafood at the upcoming Seafood Expo North America.

The ready-to-prepare line of wild-caught seafood utilizes vacuum skin packaging (VSP) technology adapted to meet seafood’s special requirements.

"We believe our GO WILD™ brand of wild-caught fish, shrimp and scallops will transform the way super chilled or frozen wild-caught seafood is brought to market," said Jack Flynn, President of Mariner Seafood...

 

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Mariner Seafood Becomes Funding Partner for GSSI; Backs Global Benchmark Tool

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 27, 2017

Massachusetts-based seafood processor and distributor Mariner Seafood has joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as a Funding Partner.

According to an announcement from Mariner’s founder and CEO Jack Flynn, the company will collaborate with approximately 40 GSSI partners across the seafood industry to shape the direction of leading topics that impact the seafood sector worldwide.

"Becoming a GSSI Funding Partner was a natural choice for Mariner Seafood," says Flynn. "We are excited to join with other leaders from across the seafood industry to work on critical knowledge-exchange initiatives and collaborate on topics that are vital to shaping our future."

 

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Santa Monica Names Bristol Seafood Vendor of the Year; Ted McDermott to Run West Coast Office

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 13, 2017

Bristol Seafood was named the "2016 Vendor of the Year" by major West Coast seafood distributor Santa Monica Seafood.

Santa Monica is a leading supplier of quality fish to retailer Albertsons/Vons and is among the major seafood distributors to the entire West Coast market. 

“We chose Bristol Seafood as our Vendor of the Year because they epitomize a great vendor partner.  They have a very high fulfillment rate, little to no quality issues, and they are great at not only providing us market data, but also presenting us several options before we make a strategic purchase," said Roger O’Brien, CEO of Santa Monica Seafood...

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NPFMC Director Chris Oliver Receives Massive Industry-Wide Support to be NOAA's Next Fisheries Admin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 27, 2017

In a nearly unprecedented display of unanimity, members of the fishing industry representing New England, Pacific, North Pacific, MidAtlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaiian and Southeastern fisheries, as well as the National Fisheries Institute based in Washington, D.C. have rallied to support the appointment of North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Director Chris Oliver as the next Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The push comes at a time when more 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from overseas, resulting in an astonishing $13 billion seafood trade deficit...

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News Summary January 16, 2017

Today's Main Story: Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

Today's news opens with a piece by John Sackton who writes that the situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky. For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast. During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for air shipment to China through Vancouver. But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban on ...

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National Scallop Research Alliance set up by Zhangzidao to Improve Scallop Genetics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Finance Sina] Translated by Amy Zhong  Jan 11, 2016

A national innovation alliance of yesso scallops has been established in Dalian. 
 
China’s national technical and innovation alliance of yesso scallop industry was founded in Dalian on December 22. 

Zhangzidao is the initiator, while key research institutes, universities and companies have also provided support to its establishment. The goal is to improve the industry’s development in basic research, genetic technologies, ..

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