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Mar 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 28, 2017


Mar 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Mar 27 - US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices


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


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


Mar 24 - New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest


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


Mar 23 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week


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


Mar 21 - SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


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


Mar 21 - Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Mar 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Mar 17 - Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Mar 17 - Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company


Mar 17 - NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott


Mar 17 - Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


Mar 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


Mar 16 - Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease


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


Mar 15 - Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam


Mar 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 14, 2017


Mar 14 - VIDEO: Global Demand Pinches Argentine Red Shrimp Supplies


Mar 14 - Seafood Nutrition Partnership Teams Up With Burger Chain Krystal to Promote Seafood


Mar 14 - Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products


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


Mar 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 10, 2017


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


Mar 10 - High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016


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


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


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


Mar 7 - Shrimp Imports from India and Indonesia Continue Higher in January; Buoy 2.2% YTD Increase


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


Mar 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 6, 2017


Mar 6 - FDA Updates February Refusals; Shows Dip in Rejections from 2016 But Filth Still Targeted


Mar 6 - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Trains 15,000 Shrimp and Tilapia Farmers Asia, South Pacific


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


Mar 6 - Red Lobster Adds Maine Lobster Items to Limited Time Lunch Menu for Lobsterfest


Mar 6 - Newfoundland's Alastair O'Rielly Appointed New Exec. Director for Northern Coalition


Mar 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 2, 2017


Mar 2 - Commerce Issues Mixed Bag of Preliminary Duty Rates for Indian and Thai Shrimp Exporters


Mar 2 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in Curious February Report


Mar 2 - SeaPak Rolls Out New Campaign for 2017


Feb 28 - Marine Harvest's Polish Salmon Processor Morpol Gets BAP Certification


Feb 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 27, 2017


Feb 27 - Stavis Seafoods to Open 40,000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse in Peabody, Mass to Store Frozen Inventories


Feb 27 - Chinese Shrimp Production Decline Expected in 2017


Feb 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Feb 24 - VIDEO: Red Chamber Argentina Agrees to Shrimp Vessel Observers; Iceland’s Fishermen Get Back to Work


Feb 24 - Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Remain Below 5-Year Average in January


Feb 24 - Lemon-Seasoned Crispy Fish and Butterfly Shrimp Headline Church’s Chicken Seasonal Menu


Feb 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 23, 2017


Feb 23 - Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification


Feb 22 - White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent


Feb 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 21, 2017


Feb 21 - Commerce Finalizes Shrimp Duty Rates for Vietnamese Exporters in 11th Review Period


Feb 21 - Arun Dhar Takes Over Shrimp Research Lab from Don Lightner at Univ. of Arizona


Feb 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Feb 20 - PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston


Feb 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


Feb 17 - Red Chamber to Allow Federal Observers Aboard its Red Shrimp Boats in Argentina to Meet FIP Goal


Feb 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 15, 2017


Feb 15 - Samherji-Owned Íslandsbleikja Gets Arctic Char Processing Plant in Iceland BAP Certified


Feb 15 - China's Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Becomes First Crawfish Producer to Earn BAP Certification


Feb 15 - China Update: Tilapia Processors Restart with Stable Prices; Shrimp Production Above Expectations


Feb 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 14, 2017


Feb 14 - Krystal and King & Prince Seafood Partner Up to Bring Back Shrimp Po' Boys for Lent


Feb 10 - VIDEO: Shrimp Imports Set an Annual Record and FDA is Still Targeting Filth


Feb 10 - China Changing from Largest Seafood Exporter to Largest Seafood Importer With Government Support


Feb 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 7, 2017


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


Feb 7 - Surge in Indian Shrimp Shipments Drives US Imports to All-Time Record 1.33 Billion Lbs in 2016


Feb 7 - Guolian Triples its Profitability in 2016 based on increases in both export and domestic Markets


Feb 7 - BMR Group is India's First Vertically Integrated Shrimp Producer to Get Four Star BAP Approval


Feb 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 6, 2017


Feb 6 - El Pollo Local Brings Back Popular Baja Shrimp Item in Four New Menu Offerings


Feb 6 - Red Lobster Brings Back Lobsterfest With Four New Combo Entrees


Feb 6 - FDA's Monthly Seafood Rejections Down 30% from Last January with Filth Still Leading Cause


Feb 3 - Krystal Featuring Shrimp in $9.99 Valentine's Day Meal Combo


Feb 1 - Texas based Sustainable Sea Products Buys Dickie Poh Seafood, Keeping Dickie's Deviled Crab Line


Jan 31 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 31, 2017


Jan 31 - Commerce Upholds Duty Rates on Vietnamese Shrimp Exports in Second 5-Year Review


Jan 31 - Study Says Gulf of Mexico Dead Zones are Responsible for High Priced Brown Shrimp


Jan 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 30, 2017


Jan 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 27, 2017


Jan 27 - Klaas Puul Constructs New Shrimp Processing Factory in the Netherlands


Jan 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 26, 2017


Jan 26 - Two Guangxi Chinese Shrimp Companies Approved for Export by FDA Under the New FSMA


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


Jan 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 24, 2017


Jan 24 - Lowest Gulf Landings in years along with High Prices Undercut Arguments on Maintaining Shrimp Duties


Jan 24 - Shrimp Basket Restaurants Names Bubba Gump Shrimp Founder, Scott Barnett, CEO


Jan 23 - Thai Union Secures $694 Million in Investment Funds in Strong Support of Red Lobster Deal


Jan 19 - FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance


Jan 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Jan 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Jan 17 - PODCAST: US Shrimp Imports Spike in November and On Record Pace in 2016


Jan 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 13, 2017


Jan 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 12, 2017


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Pollock roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle writes John Sackton. Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Given the additional volume, the auction has been a welcome boost at a time when pollock prices for blocks are very low.

Canada's Northern cod stocks continue to rebound in Newfoundland, but the industry is still deep in the critical zone, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). But despite DFO’s warning that fishing should be kept to “the lowest possible levels,” a representative of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FFAW) says it’s time for a significant increase in quota. The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) says that Newfoundland needs to wait before getting commercial cod activity underway. “While the industry is naturally excited about the prospects of an increased harvest, we need to resist the temptation to increase catch prematurely – a view shared by the Standing Committee of Fisheries. We must act responsibly; the world fisheries community is watching, and we must get it right this time," said Dr. Kris Vascotto the Executive Director of the GEAC.

In other news, dozens of angry fishermen in Mexico burned a boat as part of a threat to force out a ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico's Gulf of California. The fishermen are upset with a misguided campaign by a group of conservationists that called for US consumers to boycott Mexican shrimp in order to save the endangered vaquita porpoise. "Just as they are judging us fishermen, we will judge all the environmentalists," said Sunshine Rodriguez, a leader of the local fishing cooperative in San Felipe, Baja California. "We aren't going to just sit around."

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. These filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's other subsidiaries. Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited said they “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

Finally, India's major port city Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh will get a a state of the art seafood processing and cold storage facility. The units will be modeled after operations in Japan and China. They will be outfitted to produce and store seafood exports for major markets including Europe, South America and Central America.

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US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off with Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and Angel Rubio - March 27, 2017

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.

During last week’s Seafood Expo North America in Boston many traders talked about record or near record high pricing for a variety of seafood items. A look at Urner Barry quotations high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi... 

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




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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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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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News Summary March 17, 2017 

Today's Main Story: NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott

Today's news opens reporting that a group of 45 conservation organizations, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp. Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign. The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are ...

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Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - March 17, 2017 

Russian king crab importer Direct Source Seafood has increased its working capital credit facility to $45 million, in an agreement with Everbank, which has operations in Florida, Seattle, and the Northeast.

In an announcement prior to the Boston Seafood Show, Direct Source says it has absorbed the operations of its sister company Marine Treasures (MYI), beginning at the first of this year.   MTI was previously one of the largest importers, processors and wholesalers of king and snow crab. DSS, a major importer and wholesaler of shrimp and crab, saw an opportunity to expand its business...

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Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR] by Natalie Jacewicz - March 16, 2017

 This month, I ventured to ask the man behind the counter at a Whole Foods Market what kind of shrimp he was selling. "I don't know," he replied. "I think they're just normal shrimp." I glanced at the sustainable seafood guide on my phone. There were 80 entries for shrimp, none of them listed "normal."

What about the cod?Was it Atlantic or Pacific? Atlantic. How was it caught?...

 

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Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   [SeafoodNews] March 16, 2017

The Queensland government has put a movement control order in place for Moreton Bay, including wild shellfish harvests of shrimp, crab and lobsters, including Moreton Bay bugs.

“Fishing, crabbing and catching prawns can continue in Moreton Bay and catchments covered by the order, including the Logan and Albert Rivers, but people will not be able to move uncooked crustaceans such as crabs, prawns, yabbies, Moreton Bay bugs or marine worms, which can carry the disease, out of the area.

The actions come after new detection of the whitespot virus in wild stocks.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne...

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Chinese Press Hints at More Crackdown on Lobster and Shrimp Smuggling Through Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [163.com]  Translated by Amy Zhong  March 15, 2017

On March 7, Shenzhen customs seized another load of illegal seafood in a smuggling case. In total, there were around 34 cartons of lobsters weighing 1.07 tons. The smugglers planned to illegally bring in these lobsters through Wenjindu port of Shenzhen respectively at 14:05 and 14:10 that day. And they used two trucks which were documented as empty.

Similar seafood smuggling has been uncovered in China from time to time, despite relevant departments’ criminal take-down operations and documents released to cut tariff rates.

For example, one year after the implementation of the FTA between China and Australia, the tariff rates have declined or even been eliminated for Australian seafood. However, over half of Australian seafood still illegally entered China through Vietnam or Hong Kong in 2016...

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Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Technopress] March 14, 2017

The aquaculture and fishing company Camanchaca has signed a joint venture with the Spanish company Krustagroup, which is the processing and marketing arm of the Amasua Group. The group owns a fleet of fishing vessels in Argentina that are mainly engaged in catching Argentine red shrimp.

The Chilean company will take advantage of the Seafood Expo North America fair, to be held between Sunday 19 and Tuesday 21 of this month in Boston, Massachusetts to launch three new products under its brand "Pier 33 Gourmet ".

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High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016

High demand for Argentine red shrimp in global markets last year pinched available inventories for buyers compared to the previous year and raised the cost to replace product in the US market in 2016. Traders say global interest from the US, EU, Japan and Chinese markets for Argentina’s red shrimp last year wiped out carryover inventories from the previous year. Usually, these frozen inventories are able to fill orders between fishing seasons. Another wrinkle in production was delayed production from the inshore fishing season, which usually starts in October and runs through March. But indications are that Argentina’s inshore fishing in January and February in 2017 was a bit better compared to last year. So while there is ample evidence that 2016 was a banner year for Argentine red shrimp demand and sales in global markets; close attention will be paid to production levels going forward to see if the pace set last year can be repeated in 2017.

The EU is investigating if shrimp from India is being transshipped through Vietnam to avoid high duty rates. German Customs officials are leading the investigation after a surge of unprocessed shrimp to Vietnam from India was reported. If Vietnam is found to use India-sourced shrimp for processing and export to the EU, the bloc will raise import tariff for Vietnamese shrimp. Currently, EU duties on Vietnamese shrimp are far lower compared to duties on Indian shipments to the EU market.

In other news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refocusing its efforts to detect listeria at seafood processing, importing and distribution facilities in the US and is using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) technology to do so. The FDA issued a seafood warning letter to a smoked salmon producer at the end of the February that used the technology to detect listeria at its facility. “WGS is going to be an important tool moving forward in FDAs efforts to isolate and study pathogenic bacteria and consequent outbreaks. WGS refines the process of tying facilities to contaminated products and outbreaks. The FDA has refocused its attention on RTE processors, as listeria has continued to pose a serious public safety concern," said seafood facility auditor Scott Zimmerman, who is also the founder and CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates in Miami.

Meanwhile, Clearwater Seafoods says its clam production is 50 percent since it invested $135 million to build two new clam trawlers. The company’s inventories of clams, which account for about 15 percent of Clearwater's total revenues, grew by about $23.9 million last year, far in excess of the company’s usual level of $15 million worth of this product in inventory. “The Belle Carnell has excellent results on our fishing grounds and resulted in a 50-per-cent increase in our total clams,” Ian Smith, Clearwater Seafoods’ CEO.

Finally, SeaWatch International and some affiliates, filed a lawsuit to end laws that restrict non-New York fishing boats, and those more than 70 feet long, from New York's surf clam fishery. The suit also seeks to nullify the expiration of a 2012 law that allowed surf-clam interests to harvest the quota of more than one permit on a single boat.

Have a great weekend.

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High Global Demand for Argentine Red Shrimp Pinched Supplies, Raised Prices in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 10, 2017

High demand for Argentine red shrimp in global markets last year pinched available inventories for buyers compared to the previous year and raised the cost to replace product in the US market in 2016.

From January to December last year, US import prices for peeled red shrimp imports from Argentina increased about $1.00 per pound. At the same time, US imports for the product more than doubled to nearly 10.5 million pounds...

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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

Major Newfoundland snow crab packer Quinlan Bros. announced their first contract with Japanese buyers. The company has agreed with Maruha Nichiro on a first order for 1000 tons, packed to Japanese specifications, at a price of $6.95 FOB St. John’s. The Quinlan Bros. now have a state-of-the-art plant since rebuilding the Newfoundland facility after a fire razed the plant just before the start to the snow crab season last year. The destruction of the plant created a chaotic situation in the snow crab market last year as Japanese buyers had to scramble to fill orders that they thought were solid. There are several other major plants in Newfoundland that have agreed to sell at this same price, but as of press time, no additional contracts have been publicly announced. There certainly is a strong desire for more orderly Japanese purchasing this year, on the part of both crab producers and their major Japanese partners writes John Sackton.

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.A look at Urner Barry quotations show high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi. Compared to these other seafood species, the shrimp market represents a value and could be used as a replacement item on restaurant menus and among retailers.

In other news, the normalization of trade relations between China and Norway has salmon producers in Norway looking to expand sales to the Chinese market. The industry is looking for new markets and new ways to boost margins. One such example is Marine Harvest cooperation with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s biggest e-commerce company, to sell salmon online. “China is too big to ignore,” Hogne I. Tyssoy, portfolio manager of the Holberg Triton fund, said “Now when it’s opening again, Norwegian seafood has an exciting future in China.”

Meanwhile, Indian shrimp exports are likely to benefit from lower duty rates the US Department of Commerce preliminarily announced in March. The 1.07 percent country-wide rate would result in some refunds for several exporters if finalized. "Because of the duty being lowered, a lot of major exporters will stand to get duty refunds which will be a big boost for the exports," said Rajen Padhy, director general of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a seafood consultant.

Finally, Red Lobster continues to expand to international markets. It has built 21 restaurants internationally since its spun off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company has expanded to Mexico, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia among other markets. Red Lobster hasn't built a new restaurant in the US over two years and doesn't have any immediate plans for new American locations.

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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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New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 24, 2017

A vegan friendly popcorn shrimp item that debuted last summer on Google’s cafeteria menu will now get wider distribution starting this spring.  

San Francisco-based biotechnology startup, New Wave Foods, makes it vegan shrimp from algae and plant-based materials. The company was founded in 2015 by Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf.

This week New Wave Foods’ PopShrimpTM was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas competition. The competition received more than 1,200 entries with PopShrimp the sole seafood finalist...

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 23, 2017

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and 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.

The coldwater pink shrimp price negotiations operate similarly to Dungeness crab price negotiations in Oregon, where the state Department of Agriculture oversees the talks. Those discussions were scheduled for today, but Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate.

The state of Oregon's interpretation of the rules is partly to blame. Fishermen ...

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SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

SeaWeb announced 16 finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards who have demonstrated brilliance and tenacity in working across borders, language barriers and industries to change our relationship with the sea. From fish cops in East Africa to the creator of easily replicated 3-D ocean farms, and from a chef who cycled across Canada promoting sustainable seafood to a company whose solar-powered data collector puts small-scale fishing boats on the map, these Champions show an inspiring level of ingenuity and commitment

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Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM     by John Sackton March 21, 2017

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.  Few people have any significant inventories on high priced product, and it is only a couple of items.. such as small coldwater shrimp and some smaller sizes of lobster tails that seem in ample supply.

On the other hand, many buyers are expecting lower...

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Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels, and China Shows

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  March 17, 2017

Whitecap, the Canadian crab lobster and shrimp producer and marketer that is a part of Sirena Group is celebrating 50 years of their Luxury crab brand.

"During each of the Boston, Brussels, and China seafood shows in 2017 we are celebrating 50 years of the Luxury brand.  The brand was created in 1967 by Atlantic Queen Seafoods (a group of crab processors) to market their snow crab collectively.  The founders of Atlantic Queen saw at an early stage the benefits of consolidated selling.  The Luxury brand has expanded into a global premium shellfish brand selling cold water shrimp, lobster, Rock ...

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NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Editorial] by John Sackton  March 17, 2017

A group of 45 conservation organizations led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp.  Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign.

The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are being made in favor of the one tool in the NGO toolkit: boycotts.

A well-known saying is that when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  The NGO's have targeted 32 seafood companies, including many of the main distributors ...

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NMFS's Budget Spared in Trump Administration's Proposal to Slash Commerce Department Funding 16%

The Trump Administration's proposal to cut the Department of Commerce's budget by 16 percent does not specify the extent of cuts to NOAA's satellite programs but it appears to include only minor reductions to NMFS. It has been reported that the budget proposal would eliminate $250 million in coastal research programs including $73 million for Sea Grant programs.

One of the issues flagged in the dismal assessment of Newfoundland snow crab stocks this year was increased predation on snow crabs. One source of the increased predation is thought to be cod, which are eating more snow crab as capelin, their primary food, has not recovered sufficiently to support current cod populations. Another source of predation is seals. Recently Baie Verde native Danny Dicks harvested a bearded seal that had 181 female and 2 male snow crab in its stomach. The seal weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.

In other news, a Minnesota state lawmaker proposed a bill to provide short-term tax incentives for entrepreneurs who want to jump into the shrimp farming business in the state. The bill proposed by Rep. Chris Swedzinski was positively received by the state's House Agriculture Policy Committee. “We’re looking to build a whole new industry of agriculture in Minnesota, one that uses local commodities and creates very good jobs,” Rep. Swedzinski said.

Meanwhile, about 27 million adult salmon returned to Alaska’s 28 hatcheries last summer dotted throughout Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak. That was less than half of the forecast and the lowest return since 1992. From that, the hatchery catch plummeted to 24 million salmon, or just 22 percent of the statewide harvest, again the lowest since 1992. The dockside value of the hatchery fish at $85 million was the lowest since 2005.

Finally, we publish a video by the National Fisheries Institute that features an interview with attorney Katherine Alveraz, who is the general counsel for Alfa Gamma Seafood Group in Miami and Derek Figueroa, COO of Seattle Fish Company in Denver who discuss the potential impact of the Trump Administration's proposed border tax on the seafood market in the US. The border adjustment tax would tax imports and exempt exports as part of a plan to encourage companies to locate or keep jobs and production in the U.S. Alvarez and Figueroa emphasize that a majority of the wild caught and farmed seafood Americans eat—at least 85 percent—is imported. This means the tax could increase the cost of seafood for consumers in the US market. This could result in a decline in seafood sales and actually in job losses, not job creation, across the country.

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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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Camanchaca Enters Shrimp Market in Joint Venture with Krustagroup to Sell Argentine Shrimp Products

The aquaculture and fishing company Camanchaca has signed a joint venture with the Spanish company Krustagroup, which is the processing and marketing arm of the Amasua Group. The group owns a fleet of fishing vessels in Argentina that are mainly engaged in catching Argentine red shrimp. The deal will have Camanchaca debut three products next week during Seafood Expo North America in Boston under its Pier 33 brand. Among the products will be an Argentine red shrimp product. Demand for Argentina's wild caught red shrimp in the US market has been especially high in the last year both in the retail and foodservice sectors.

Vietnam's pangasius industry is under attack in the EU since Carrefour’s ban on sales in Belgium in late January has since gained quick NGO support. A wave of negative media attention directed at the farmed pangasius industry following the ban has hurt sales across the EU market, despite the fact that pangasius is farmed both to ASC and BAP standards. This media frenzy has caused immediate changes in consumer habits which have already been felt by exporters. However, traders, industry groups, members of the scientific community and even retailers have come to the defense of Vietnamese pangasius.

In other news, Peggy Parker writes of Urchinomics, a company founded by Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda. Takeda's company uses a revolutionary process to farm sea urchins from the barrens, which feeds them a kelp-based food product that triggers production of uni (roe) in weeks rather than months. The company was founded since sea urchin populations have rebounded by clearcutting kelp forests, which means they stop producing roe that sells for $200 per pound. The process is in trial stages in Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, British Columbia, Australia, and Japan.

Meanwhile, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) said the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) seafood certification standards align with all of the Essential Components of the GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool. This makes the MSC the third seafood certification standard to be successfully benchmarked by the GSSI. This process reaffirms our commitment to maintain world-leading science-based standards which are widely applicable and help to drive real change on the water. Anyone committing to purchase MSC certified seafood can be confident that it reflects global best practice in fisheries management,” said Dr David Agnew, Director of Science and Standards at the MSC.

Finally, Marine Harvest is experimenting with farming salmon using an advanced marine egg co

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Seafood Nutrition Partnership Teams Up With Burger Chain Krystal to Promote Seafood 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 14, 2017

Hamburger chain Krystal has partnered with the Seafood Nutritional Partnership (SNP) in a campaign that will urge its guests to choose seafood in addition the chain’s chicken, pork and beef item.

Krystal, along with King & Prince Seafood is supporting the SNP’s public health education campaign by promoting Lenten season seafood items: the Shrimp Po'Boy sandwich and the Double Dozen Shrimp Basket meal.

"We're always looking for new and exciting programs to benefit our guests," said Heather Schlesinger, Director of Calendar and Promotions for The Krystal Company...

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

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