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Jul 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 27, 2017


Jul 27 - VIDEO: Bristol Bay Barge; Louisiana Dead Zone; AquaBounty Technologies; Walmart & BAP


Jul 27 - Mississippi Seafood Dealer Faces Jail After Selling Recreational Caught Fish


Jul 27 - 3rd New Bedford Seafood Executive Charged with Tax Evasion as Gov’t Attorneys Target Waterfront


Jul 27 - Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal


Jul 27 - Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies


Jul 27 - Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition


Jul 27 - Chinese Tilapia Prices Rise Due to Better Weather Conditions, Better Feed


Jul 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 26, 2017


Jul 26 - Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance


Jul 26 - United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income


Jul 26 - Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA


Jul 26 - Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time


Jul 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Jul 25 - Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


Jul 25 - Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating


Jul 25 - National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Jul 25 - ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


Jul 25 - Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement


Jul 25 - Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor


Jul 25 - Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers


Jul 25 - Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms


Jul 25 - Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017


Jul 25 - MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing


Jul 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Jul 24 - Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Jul 24 - UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Jul 24 - Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex


Jul 24 - Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex


Jul 24 - Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year


Jul 24 - Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade


Jul 24 - Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU


Jul 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Jul 21 - ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production


Jul 21 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector


Jul 21 - Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Jul 21 - New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Jul 21 - Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Jul 21 - Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC


Jul 21 - NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


Jul 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


Jul 20 - ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016


Jul 20 - VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


Jul 20 - Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


Jul 20 - High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Jul 20 - BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil


Jul 20 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value


Jul 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 19, 2017


Jul 19 - Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish


Jul 19 - UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US


Jul 19 - Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members


Jul 19 - Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster


Jul 19 - China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim


Jul 19 - New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem


Jul 19 - Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time


Jul 18 - Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet


Jul 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Jul 18 - Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015


Jul 18 - Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry


Jul 18 - Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million


Jul 18 - Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper


Jul 18 - Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel


Jul 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 17, 2017


Jul 17 - Russian Fishing Tycoon Gurinov to Control 30% of Catch of Sardines and Mackerel in Russia


Jul 17 - Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains


Jul 17 - ASMFC Blasts Secretary Ross Decision on Summer Flounder in Favor of New Jersey’s Recreational Sector


Jul 17 - Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died


Jul 17 - Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers


Jul 16 - Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet


Jul 16 - Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet


Jul 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 14, 2017


Jul 14 - More Swedish Pikeperch is MSC Certified


Jul 14 - Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court


Jul 14 - Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Jul 14 - Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Jul 14 - Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Jul 14 - Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Jul 14 - Kotzebue Commercial Fishers Have Options: Two Buyers in Town This Season


Jul 14 - OSU Inks Largest Research Grant in History for Research Vessel


Jul 14 - California-based Raley’s Reaches Sustainable Seafood Goal Six Months Early


Jul 14 - Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Managment


Jul 13 - Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Managment


Jul 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 13, 2017


Jul 13 - Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week


Jul 13 - NOAA's Bullard to Retire; No Plans to Slow Down Before He Leaves in January


Jul 13 - Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week


Jul 13 - Captain D’s Signs Franchise Agreements to Open 10 New Restaurants


Jul 13 - Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia


Jul 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 12, 2017


Jul 12 - ANALYSIS: Chilean Salmon Fillets Adjust Lower Again; Supply Looks to be Increasing


Jul 12 - Fish-NL Harvesters Slams Barry Group's Redfish Plans with Qalipu First Nation, Wants Undivided Quota


Jul 12 - Skretting Scaling up its Shrimp Feed Production in Ecuador


Jul 12 - AFDF Announces the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood With a New Timeline for 2018


Jul 12 - Mississippi Senator Wicker Authors Bills to Boost Recreational Fishing, Marine Management


Jul 12 - Qingdao is Building the Largest Refrigeration Warehouse Zone in NE Asia


Jul 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 11, 2017


Jul 11 - Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues


Jul 11 - As Texas Brown Shrimp Season About to Open, Industry in Crisis due to Federal Immigration Crackdown


Jul 11 - Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab


Jul 11 - Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1 With Unchanged TAC of 5.5 Mlbs


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News Summary July 27, 2017

Today's Main Story: Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies 

Topping today's headlines is a look at how while celebrating the fantastic run of salmon into Bristol Bay, which saw sockeye harvests exceed forecasts by 35%, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction. SeafoodNews' John Sackton and Peggy Parker write that bad governmental policy decisions crippled the Alaska processing labor force, and meant that some packers in Bristol Bay were operating with 15-20% fewer workers than they had originally planned. In the Bay, where over a thousand permit holders vie for their share of 37 million sockeye salmon, mostly within a one-week time period, a 15-20% shortage in plant workers is big news, an it had a ripple effect throughout the area and the industry. 

In other news, there appears to be a significant fall-out from Carlos Rafael’s case of massive fisheries corruption. One thread seems to be a concerted effort by the Dept. of Justice to look at tax evasion in the seafood industry in both New Bedford and Gloucester. New tax evasion charges were added to the Rafael case in March, 2017. The charges were that Rafael failed to pay taxes in the sum of $108,929. The U.S. attorney also alleges Rafael omitted $267,061 in reportable cash income in 2014. Since then there have been a flurry of tax evasion charges against seafood executives in both New Bedford and Gloucester. 

In Virginia, the blue crab pot season is officially shorter than last year after the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously to reduce bushel limits and end the season 16...

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VIDEO: Bristol Bay Barge; Louisiana Dead Zone; AquaBounty Technologies; Walmart & BAP  

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3rd New Bedford Seafood Executive Charged with Tax Evasion as US Attorney Targets Waterfront

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  July 27, 2017

There appears to be a significant fall-out from Carlos Rafael’s case of massive fisheries corruption.  One thread seems to be a concerted effort by the Dept. of Justice to look at tax evasion in the seafood industry in both New Bedford and Gloucester.

New tax evasion charges were added to the Rafael case in March, 2017.  The charges were that Rafael failed to pay taxes in the sum of $108,929.  The U.S. attorney also alleges Rafael omitted $267,061 in reportable cash income in 2014.

Since then there have been a flurry of tax evasion charges against seafood executives in both New Bedford and Gloucester.

But the New Bedford cases all have come about after the indictment of Carlos Rafael...

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Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton and Peggy Parker – July 27, 2017

While celebrating the fantastic run of salmon into Bristol Bay, which saw sockeye harvests exceed forecasts by 35%, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction.

Bad governmental policy decisions crippled the Alaska processing labor force, and meant that some packers in Bristol Bay were operating with 15-20% fewer workers than they had originally planned.

This meant first, some processors imposed limits on deliveries, which kept fishermen from landing fish even when the period was still ...

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Chinese Tilapia Prices Rise Due to Better Weather Conditions, Better Feed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 27, 2017

Generally speaking, tilapia aquaculture in China is more promising this year than in 2016. Tilapia diseases are in decline, prices are rebounding and farmers are more enthusiastic.

The aquaculture industry has been gloomy within the past few years under the influence of continually low prices and years of market depression. Finally tilapia prices are rebounding this year, though they are not satisfactorily high. The current farm gate price is about 4.3 to 4.4 yuan/jin (~ $0.32-0.33/kg US) for those ...

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Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 26, 2017

Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions.

Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices...

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Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 26, 2017

A Hawaii fishing industry leader made three suggestions to the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans during a hearing last week on “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act." The hearing was designed to continue discussions relevant to MSA reform and consider current draft legislation.

Hawaii Longline Association President Sean Martin, one of four invited witnesses, said overall the MSA is working well, but the Hawaii seafood industry is facing problems related to national monuments created ...

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News Summary July 25, 2017

Today's Main Story: Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement 

Opening the news today is a focus on how a former executive who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pacific Seafood Group was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in federal prison. Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, spent 11 years at the family-owned company Pacific Seafood Group, rising to serve as vice president of employee leadership and development for the company's 2,500-member staff. While receiving a six-figure salary, he spent at least his last four years embezzling money from the company, stealing an estimated $900,000, according to prosecutors. 

In other news, Louisiana shrimp landings in June were the lowest in the past ten years. The total for headless shrimp in June 2017 came in at 4.470 million pounds partly due to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, June 2016 brought in 6.672 million pounds. The dead zone, which is caused by nutrient pollution, is the third-largest dead zone that the area has experienced. The toxins in the zones are released in the waterways and cause the growth of algae. The algae decompose in the water, resulting in low-oxygen, which in turn kills stationary marine life and drives other species out of the area. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that in May the equivalent of “2,800 train cars of fertilizer poured into the Gulf.” 

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Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle July 25, 2017

Having launched in 2010, Pacifico Aquaculture is still a relatively new company. However, in June 2017 they became the first striped bass hatchery, farm and processing plant in the world to offer four-star BAP striped bass.

Four-star BAP striped bass is something that the Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, company has been working on for years. In 2016 they successfully began producing high quality ocean-raised striped bass, a feat considering that other freshwater companies raise hybrid bass in ponds and lakes. That same year Pacifico Aquaculture enrolled their hatchery, farm and processing plant in the iBAP program, which allowed...

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ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has laid out some concerns for the 92nd Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting, which kicked off in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday. In a published position statement, the organization laid out five requests for the IATTC in 2017:

1. Adopt effective and enforceable tuna conservation measures for all fleets to avoid an increase in fishing mortality.

2. Develop harvest strategies for all key tuna species.

3. Strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) measures to support data collection ...

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Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] By Geoff Bartlett - July 25, 2017

Grieg Seafarms considers recent court order 'low risk' to project

A Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruling over a quarter-billion dollar salmon farm project in Placentia Bay is not sitting well with the mayor of Marystown — though the company overseeing the operation doesn't think it will jeopardize the project.

Last week, Justice Gillian Butler overturned a decision made by the province's environment department to release Grieg Seafarms from further environmental assessment.

Butler said the minister "lacked the jurisdiction" to ...

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Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OCN.com] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

Suning, a renowned e-commerce company in China, entertained its staff with many crayfish dishes on the evening of June 20 to celebrate excellent sales of June 18 (618), the online shopping festival. And JD also served its employees who worked overtime for that festival with crayfish in the early morning of June 19.

Red crayfish is more than a symbol of success now. They have become very popular on various e-commerce platforms in the summer of 2017. The crayfish sales of JD ...

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MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 25, 2017

In last week’s hearing on HR200, the latest version of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the flash points between recreational and commercial fisheries management -- one of the most visible in the suite of proposed changes to the MSA -- were made clear.

The last time Magnuson-Stevens was amended, stock conservation efforts were strengthened and the standards to which the regional council system was held, were tightened. This go-around, “flexibility” in allowing conservation methods and goals to be more responsive to needs in the recreational sector is getting some traction in Congress.

HR 200, authored by Alaska’s Representative Don Young, eases requirements for a 10-year rebuilding plan...

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Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews] July 24, 2017

Stavis Seafoods, of Boston, and R.W. Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1st.

R.W. Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US.  The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to R.W. Zant customers. R.W. Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to food service and retail distributors ...

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Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 24, 2017

Oslo, Norway -- Summa Equity, a private equity firm formed last year, today announced the purchase of 75% of Milarex, a value-added processing company in the salmon industry, from the founder, Jerzy Malek. Seafood is one of their focus areas within the "Resource Scarcity" theme.

"With a growing global population amidst global climate issues, the world needs healthy and sustainable food, and these megatrends are driving the growth in seafood consumption," says Reynir Indahl, Managing Partner of Summa Equity. 

"Wild catch of fish is leveling off and we expect fish farming to surpass it by 2019. Salmon farming uses no fresh water, has a high feed conversion ratio...

 

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Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 24, 2017

Aquaculture areas of basa fish have declined in Vietnam during this first quarter. This is expected to take a toll on the supply in September, October and even this fourth quarter. In the meantime, the demand is continuing to rise in China, especially in its coastal regions. Basa prices are predicted to rise further with a widening gap between supply and demand later.

The FOB price peaked at US $2.50 per kg of basa fish transported from Ho Chi Minh city to Europe in March. But the price contracted ...

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Mississippi Seafood Dealer Faces Jail After Selling Recreational Caught Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle July 27, 2017

Mississippi seafood dealer Lonnie M. Ray was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison on Tuesday.

Ray bought fish from recreational fishermen and failed to report seafood purchases to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). Both actions are illegal in the state and violate the Lacey Act.

In January, after a months-long investigation by federal and local authorities, Ray and Shelley H. Ray, owners of Cowart Seafood Inc. in Bay St. Louis, were accused of illegally selling...

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Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] submitted by Heather Mann - July 27, 2017

The following is the Port of Newport's Commercial Fishing Industry Platform Regarding the International Terminal Access, as presented by Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Executive Director Heather Mann at the July 25 Port of Newport Commission meeting. The Port is considering modification of the international terminal to allow lumber shipping, which, under one scenario, would have displaced the fishing fleet's use of the terminal. 

The Port of Newport is home to a diversified commercial fishing industry. Well over 100 commercial fishing vessels are home-ported in Newport and many more transient vessels visit and utilize the Port’s facilities. Newport-based vessels participate in many fisheries ...

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Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2017

Compass UK & Ireland, the largest foodservice company in the UK, has joined the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), committing to using responsibly sourced fish across its business.

“In our Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, we outlined as a business our commitments to avoid the use of endangered species of fish, to buy more certified fish every year and only use line and pole caught tuna in packaged sandwiches,"  said Duncan Gray, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Compass Group UK & Ireland.

"We are signing up to the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to further extend our dedication...

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News Summary July 26, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

Headlining the news today is word that Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing Program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions. Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices. 

In other news, the Bell Aquaculture fish farm has been sold for $14 million to AquaBounty Technologies, based in Maynard, Mass. which is focused on building better fish. At one time, Bell's trout, perch and coho salmon farm, including two dozen indoor tanks containing 70,000 gallons of water each, had been hailed as a model of land-based, containment aquaculture. AquaBounty, in 2015, obtained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food: AquaAdvantage Salmon. It reaches market size more quickly than non-GE, farm-raised Atlantic salmon. 

According to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released last week by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and The Hartman Group, one in four consumers shop at ...

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United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 26, 2017

Alaska’s seafood industry puts more people to work than any other private industry, topping 60,000 workers in 2015. Of that, less than half - 27,600 - were Alaska residents.

And while 71 percent of active fishing permit holders call Alaska home, most of the gross earnings go to the state of Washington. 

Based on numbers from the United Fishermen of Alaska’s annual Fish Facts, resident fishing permit holders made gross dockside earnings of just over $602 million two years ago ...

 

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Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Schuichan News] translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2017

Three million Thailand shrimp seed arrived at Xiaoshan of Zhejiang Province from Shanghai Pudong airport in the early morning hours of July 6. This is the first time that Zhejiang province has imported white shrimp seed. The seed is destined to help improve seed qualities in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Region and promote healthy development of white shrimp aquaculture there. Staff from Xiaoshan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have helped companies build ...

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Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] by Amanda Buckle July 25, 2017

Louisiana shrimp landings in June were the lowest in the past ten years.

The total for headless shrimp in June 2017 came in at 4.470 million pounds partly due to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, June 2016 brought in 6.672 million pounds. The dead zone, which is caused by nutrient pollution, is the third-largest dead zone that the...

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National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

Look no further than the National Fisheries Institute’s Eat Shrimp Facebook and YouTube pages for summer recipes. In an effort to promote shrimp as a delicious and easy to make protein, the NFI’s Shrimp Council will be releasing four recipes — including a Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowl from Chungah Rhee, creator of the popular food blog Damn Delicious.

This is the second partnership between the Shrimp Council and Rhee, who previously crafted an Avocado and Shrimp Crostini Bite dish for Cinco De Mayo.

“Chungah’s stylish work supports our goal of showing just how easy it is to ...

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Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Oregonian] By Maxine Bernstein - July 25, 2017

A former executive who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pacific Seafood Group was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in federal prison.

Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, spent 11 years at the family-owned company Pacific Seafood Group, rising to serve as vice president of employee leadership and development for the company's 2,500-member staff.

While receiving a six-figure salary, he spent at least his last four years embezzling money from the company, stealing an estimated $900,000, according to ...

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Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News21.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

An event has been hosted on the T-mall platform of Alibaba on July 13 to promote Argentine food. More than 3,000 gift baskets were sold within 10 minutes. Inside these baskets are red shrimps and briskets. Antonio Martin Rivolta, the Argentine Cousul-General in Shanghai, said he had set an alarm clock to bid for these baskets before they sold out.

Apart from fresh food like red shrimps, consumers can also buy red wine during this event. T-mall of Alibaba has become an important partner for Argentina ...

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Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SC Stock.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

Aquaculture company Guolian Aquatic's net profit attributable to shareholders is estimated to range between 70 million yuan (~ $10.4 million US) to 73 million yuan (~ $10.8 million US) in the first half of this year, according to its performance review released in mid-July. It skyrockets by around 695.8% to 729.9% compared with the same period of last year, while overall net profit has declined by 34.2% in the aquaculture industry.

There are several factors that contribute to the increase, ...

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News Summary July 24, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant 

Today's lead item reports that Stavis Seafoods of Boston, and RW Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1, 2017. RW Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US. The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to RW Zant customers. RW Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to foodservice and retail distributors throughout the Western United States. This agreement will not only enhance Stavis Seafoods’ supply chain capabilities on the West Coast, it will also greatly expand RW Zant’s product offerings in the seafood category.

Also highlighted today is word that the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), one of Russia’s leading fish producers, is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand. According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic market. A spokesman for RFC said that the company wants to produce fish products that will be processed and frozen on board immediately after the catch. It is reported that future production will be positioned for middle-priced and premium segments of the market. According to RFC, the company currently sells all the products to wholesale buyers and processors.

In other news, Canadian Environment Minister, Eddie Joyce, says a Supreme Court decision ordering an environmental impact statement will be reviewed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday overturned the provincial government's decision to release a quarter-billion dollar salmon farming project in Placentia Bay from further environmental assessment. Justice Gillian Butler ruled on July 20 that Perry Trimper, then the environment and climate change minister, "lacked jurisdiction" to release the project from a full environmental assessment, and that an environmental impact statement had to be completed. Joyce says it's standard practice for the Department of Justice

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UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch July 24, 2017

As state lawmakers mull ways to update permitting laws to protect salmon habitat, a dual sweepstakes is using text messaging and social media as the means to keep more fishermen informed.

“One of the things we’ve learned over the past two years is that most fishermen are getting almost all of their information on their phones,” said Lindsey Bloom, program manager for United Fishermen of Alaska’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP).

“Since the start of this program we have heard from thousands of Alaska fishermen..

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Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 24, 2017

Oslo, Norway -- Summa Equity, a private equity firm formed last year, today announced the purchase of 75% of Milarex, a value-added processing company in the salmon industry, from the founder, Jerzy Malek. Seafood is one of their focus areas within the "Resource Scarcity" theme.

"With a growing global population amidst global climate issues, the world needs healthy and sustainable food, and these megatrends are driving the growth in seafood consumption," says Reynir Indahl, Managing Partner of Summa Equity. 

"Wild catch of fish is leveling off and we expect fish farming to surpass it by 2019. Salmon farming uses no fresh water, has a high feed conversion ratio...

 

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