Fri. Jun 22 2018

Early Indications Show Alaska’s Salmon Season Off to a Slow Start


Snow Crab Market Adjusts to Lower Supply; Sellers Now Calling Buyers  


NFI Releases Statement on Trump’s Revocation of the National Ocean Council


LDWF Announces Closures for 2018 Inshore Shrimp Season  


Southern China Basa Prices Contract; Weather Takes a Toll on Prawn Farming  


Sushi Lovers Must See These Photos of the ‘Largest Sushi Roll at Sea’  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 22


Thu. Jun 21 2018

Commerce Department Announces $200 Million Fishery Disaster Funding Allocations  


ASMI Says Seafood Shipped to China for Reprocessing Not Subject to Tariffs; Others Still Unsure


Julianne Curry Joins Icicle Seafood as Public Affairs Manager


Deep-Sea Corals Win Protection in Gulf of Mexico


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 21


Wed. Jun 20 2018

First Port Moeller Analysis for Bristol Bay Run is Flashing Yellow


Bristol Bay Drift Fishermen Ready for First Set Today in Nushagak as Escapement Numbers Look Good


Andy Wink Appointed New Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc.  


New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea


Stavis Seafoods Unveils Prince Edward Frozen Organic Mussels for Retail and Foodservice


Court Confirms Decision Rejecting Catch Limit for California Anchovy Fishery  


VIDEO: Crop Progress; Pizza Hut Chicken Without Antibiotics; Cattle on Feed Predictions


Commerce Department Announces Fishery Disaster Funding Allocations  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 20


Tue. Jun 19 2018

Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies  


Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member


North Pacific Council Looks at Limits for Cod Deliveries to Motherships in the Bering Sea


American Shrimp Processors Assoc Praises Their Friendly Senators for Language in Appropriation Bill  


Sea Pact Brings Funding to Sri Lanka Tuna Fishery Project  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 19


Mon. Jun 18 2018

Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)


China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions  


LISTEN: Seafood News Podcast Welcomes Samuels and Son Seafood’s William Bradford


Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director  


Opinion: NL Harvesters Trotting Out Same Arguments Used Against Cod Moratorium 26 Years Ago


Lobster Council of Canada: Lobster Harvesters Unfairly Blamed for Right Whale Threat  


Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service by 40% Thanks to Virgin America Merger


Oceana Canada Says CFIA’s New Food Regulations Do Not Address Seafood Fraud


Australis Barramundi Receives 4-Star BAP Certification  


Direct Air Routes Between China and Norway to Start in 2019


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 18


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Early Indications Show Alaska’s Salmon Season Off to a Slow Start

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 22, 2018

Excluding chum salmon, the weekly harvest summary put out by the McDowell Group and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute show harvests far below levels from one year ago at this time.

Overall, total harvest of about 2.6 million salmon is 45 percent lower than last year, including adjustments for pinks.

Breaking it down by species, the report notes “Through June 16th, the harvest of about 1.1 million sockeye represents a 68 percent reduction from the same time in 2017 ...

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Snow Crab Market Adjusts to Lower Supply; Sellers Now Calling Buyers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Janice Schreiber – June 22, 2018

The snow crab market has adjusted to lower supplies.

With the season almost over in Newfoundland and the Gulf, Urner Barry is reporting that the crab market is now flat, both for Canadian snow crab, and for Russian snow crab as well.

It appears the market has adjusted to the higher prices, which are up 20% over last year for Gulf crab for example, and 56% higher than their five year average.

At $9.10 to $9.15, both Newfoundland...

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NFI Releases Statement on Trump’s Revocation of the National Ocean Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 22, 2018

Following news that President Donald Trump has abolished the National Ocean Council, National Fisheries Institute president John Connelly has issued the following statement:

“Originally created to help Federal Agencies address key ocean changes by giving communities greater input in government decisions, the National Ocean Council fell short of these goals. Instead, it created another level of Federal bureaucracy that excluded the perspective of the men and women who work the water and imposed costly and legally dubious mandates on local communities ...

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Commerce Department Announces $200 Million Fishery Disaster Funding Allocations 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - June 21, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Wednesday the allocations of $200 million of disaster funding for nine fisheries, including those affected by hurricanes and others on the West Coast and Alaska.

Some of the fishery failures go back to 2014 and 2015.

"Last year, American fishing communities across the Gulf and Caribbean were devastated by some of the most destructive hurricanes in recent memory, while Pacific fisheries have suffered from years of hardship," Secretary Ross said in a press release. "This administration stands shoulder to shoulder with these communities as they prove their strength 

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Southern China Basa Prices Contract; Weather Takes a Toll on Prawn Farming

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - June 22, 2018

Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam’s basa prices have been continually rising due to increases in global demand. The prices even peaked at 31,000 VND to 33,000 VND per kilogram ($1.36-$1.44/kg USD) at one point in May. But June has seen basa prices dropping. As statistics show, the prices have dropped at least 3,000 VND per kg ($0.13/kg USD) to the current 28,000 to ...

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Julianne Curry Joins Icicle Seafood as Public Affairs Manager

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 21, 2018

Icicle Seafood announced yesterday that Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation Alaska fisherman and advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named the company’s Public Affairs Manager. She began at the post on Monday.

“Julianne was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, where Icicle also has deep roots,” said John Woodruff, Chief Operating Officer at Icicle Seafoods. “As a long-term resident of the area and a third generation Icicle fisherman, she is in tune with the state’s fishing sector and with Icicle Seafoods and its impressive history in the region. We are confident...

 

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Deep-Sea Corals Win Protection in Gulf of Mexico

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Pew Charitable Trusts] By Holly Binns - June 21, 2018

Restrictions may help prevent destruction from damaging fishing gear

Gulf of Mexico deep-sea corals won protections on Thursday in a first-of-its-kind plan to safeguard some of the region’s coral hot spots and restrict damaging fishing gear in most of those areas.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, which governs fishing in the Gulf’s federal waters, unanimously approved the measure at its meeting in Key West, Fla.

These safeguards mark a major milestone in protecting...

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Russian Barents Sea Inshore Crab Harvesters Say They are Locked Out by Big Monopolies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gergen - June 19, 2018

Russian small scale crab producers have once again called on the Russian government to lift the existing ban on the catch within the coastal 12-mile zone.  They hope to increase the revenue of their business and to bring additional crab volumes to the domestic market, according to representatives of fisherman

According to the inshore fishermen, in recent years commercial stocks of some crab species in the Russian territorial waters have significantly grown.  They hope to convince the Russian government to lift the existing ban on the coastal zone catch, which was imposed as far back as in 2011.

Fisherman say in the..

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New Kuskokwim Model Corrects Overestimate of Chinook Run, Could Affect Chinook Bycatch in Bering Sea Pollock Fleet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 20, 2018

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council adopted a new more accurate model to estimate the size of the Chinook run in the Kuskokwim River system at their early June meeting in Kodiak.

The model is used to calculate part of the Western Alaska Three River Index, a calculation used in determining the level of Chinook bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery. The old version of the model has been overestimating the size ...

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Seafood Trade War: What’s Next (News Analysis)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] News Analysis by John Sackton – June 18, 2018

What’s next after China has announced a 25% tariff on over 170 different US seafood products, to take effect on July 6th?

First, the disruption is already having immediate consequences.  We have heard of order cancellations over the weekend.  For example, a squid supplier from California had his Chinese buyer immediately cancel his order.

This kind of disruption will continue over the next couple of weeks.  China has a holiday, the dragon boat festival, today, Monday, June 18th.  This is delaying the opening of many offices.

Second, the biggest question facing many Alaskan exporters is whether the tariffs apply to product sent to China for re-export...

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LDWF Announces Closures for 2018 Inshore Shrimp Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 22, 2018

On Thursday the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close for portions of Zone 1 and Zone 2 on Wednesday, June 27.

The closure announcement is part of the state’s efforts to protect developing shrimp. Data collected by LDWF biologists in recent weeks found that there has been an “increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp.” Closing the area will give the shrimp an opportunity to grow to marketable sizes ...

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ASMI Says Seafood Shipped to China for Reprocessing Not Subject to Tariffs; Others Still Unsure

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – June 21, 2018

Although there have been several reports that the 25% Chinese tariffs on Seafood, placed in retaliation for US tariffs, will not apply to products for reprocessing for exports, this is not set in stone.  Most in both the Chinese import community and the US export community are hoping for a positive ruling, but hard information is scarce.

ASMI’s executive director Alexa Tonkovich said “Our information from our office in Chinaand from our trade partners in China is that this new 25 percent tariff will not be applied ...

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Sushi Lovers Must See These Photos of the ‘Largest Sushi Roll at Sea’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 22, 2018

Can’t get enough sushi? Cruise company Holland America Line has created the “largest sushi roll at sea,” with the classic Japanese dish coming in at a whopping 3.3 feet wide rolled.

Holland America Line Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda created the “world mega roll” on June 9 in honor of International Sushi Day, which is celebrated on June 18 every year. While aboard the Koningsdam ship for a special “food and beverage aficionado” cruise in Norway, Matsuda prepared ...

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First Port Moeller Analysis for Bristol Bay Run is Flashing Yellow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 20, 2018

The Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, supported by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, along with ADF&G, conducts a regular test fishery at Port Moeller to gauge the timing and strength of the salmon run in Bristol Bay.

With a series of test fishing sites, they have a historical record of catch and how various seasons progressed which helps answer questions as to timing, and whether the run is over or under projections.

The first analysis of a week’s worth of test fishing was released today, and it is cautionary...

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Bristol Bay Drift Fishermen Ready for First Set Today in Nushagak as Escapement Numbers Look Good

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [KDLG] BY Austin Fast - June 20, 2018

Many drift boats plan to ride Tuesday night’s tide out into the bay for the first commercial drift gillnet opening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
 

In the harbor, 10 people from various boats teamed up to unlash the fishing vessel Emma Lynn from its neighboring boats and guide it into free water. It’s a scene replayed all day long.

"You saw it here – as soon as that announcement...

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Andy Wink Appointed New Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - June 20, 2018

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Associaton announced it has hired Andy Wink, a well known Alaskan fisheries economist and researcher, as its permanent Executive Director.

Wink has nearly 10 years of experience in researching and analyzing Alaska fisheries and has worked extensively with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), especially on Alaska Salmon.

In January, Wink left McDowell Group and formed his own consulting company.  His new position does not preclude continuing non-conflicting consulting jobs, but he told SeafoodNews he will be focused on the needs of Bristol Bay...

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Zach Krokos Joins Cannon Fish as New National Sales Team Member 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 19, 2018 

Kent, Washington – Cannon Fish Company (CFC) announced yesterday that Zach Krokos has joined the company’s National Sales Team. Krokos will be responsible for driving sales in the U.S. East Coast and assisting with purchasing initiatives.

Krokos’ background in sales, branded product management and customer service will be a critical addition to Cannon’s seafood processing and marketing firm. 

Krokos is known throughout the industry for his exceptional customer service skills and his ability to brand and market value-added seafood products ...

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