Fri. May 25 2018

New Study Projects Habitat Shifts for 686 Fish Species in the Warming 21st Century


Large Quantities of Sick Shrimp Flood Chinese Markets; Prices Drop in South, East China  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Margin Contracts Due to Oversupply and Low Prices in U.S. Wholesale Market  


ANALYSIS: NL Live Lobster Prices 14% Lower Than Last Year  


U.S., Canada Begin Columbia River Treaty Negotiations  


Russian Fishery Company Plans New Fish Processor 'Russian Pollock' in the Far East  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 25


Thu. May 24 2018

ANALYSIS: Tight Year for Snow Crab Supply; Exports Out Strip Imports in March 2018  


Qingdao Tariff Reduction on Russian King Crab Has Resulted in Higher Demand in China  


New Stock Assessment for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Still Dire


Treaty Politics Fuel Criticism at Sitka Salmon Meeting


New England Council Holds Hearings on Herring Rule Changes, Plenty of Input Offered


118 Organizations Call for More Stringent Tuna RFMO Rules


Nearly 200 NC Fishermen Travel to Raleigh for Second Annual Seafood Lobby Day


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 24


Wed. May 23 2018

Thai Union Gets Good Marks from Greenpeace, Both Call for More Companies to 'Step Up'


ENGO Study: ESA-listed Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Are Recovering


Alaska Sea Grant Helps Southern Catfish Processors Improve Efficiency


New Zealand's Sanford Limited Reports Strong First Half Result, International Markets a Highlight  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 23


Tue. May 22 2018

Chicken Of The Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit With Walmart


Long John Silver’s Acquires 76 Franchised Restaurants


Seafood News Podcast: Tilapia Market Update; Sea Lion Warning; Alaska Salmon Season; and More


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 22


Mon. May 21 2018

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India    


Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 21


Copper River Sockeye Harvest Below Forecast For Opener, But Kings Look Good


IFFO RS Paves Way for Certification Standard Improvements with MEL Report


Basa Industry Growth Forces Vietnam to Work Through Market, Environmental Challenges  


ANALYSIS: Shrimp Replacement Cost From Indonesia Lower Than India


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NOAA Temporarily Eases Entry Rules to Prevent Seafood Trade Disruption on January 1st  SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton December 20, 2017 John Henderschedt, director, NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, spoke with us today on NOAA’s implementation of the Seafood Inspection Monitoring Program, and about the potential for Congress to add shrimp and abalone to the required species under the budget bill. SIMP, as it is known, will become effective January 1st, after which all seafood imports of the affected products will require extensive new documentation designed to deter IUU fishing. The species subject to the new rule are Atlantic and Pacific Cod, Blue crab, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, King Crab, Sea cucumbers, Red Snapper, Sharks, Swordfish and all Tunas.  Since October, NOAA has had a pilot program under which customs brokers using the ACE (Automated Customs Entry) system could test their computer systems with the ten additional data fields required by SIMP.  However, Henderschedt says only about 100 test entries have been made on this pilot system. After January 1st, there will literally be hundreds of entries per day...

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New Study Projects Habitat Shifts for 686 Fish Species in the Warming 21st Century

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 25, 2018

In a sweeping look at how nearly 700 marine species, many of which have already shifted distribution off the North American continental shelf, would react to future changes in ocean temperatures, a coalition of scientists have provided an important tool for fisheries management in a changing ocean climate.

Using long-term ecological data for 686 marine species from the North American continental shelves, the scientists coupled that with 16 general ocean circulation models ...

 

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Margin Contracts Due to Oversupply and Low Prices in U.S. Wholesale Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Angel Rubio – May 25, 2018

This week, we will look at another indicator that gives us some perspective of how the market is behaving. We call this indicator the “margin”, or the difference in price between two segments. The first margin we will look at is the difference between replacement cost, which is calculated using weighted average import price per pound by shrimp commodity type, and the average wholesale price, represented by the Urner Barry shrimp price index ...

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Large Quantities of Sick Shrimp Flood Chinese Markets; Prices Drop in South, East China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163] translated by Amy Zhong - May 25, 2018

China’s shrimp price index is reported to be 140.05 points on May 16, which is a contraction by 6.9 percent, about 10.36 points, from that of May 6. The farm gate price of Chinese white shrimp is 28.97 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo; ~$9.07/kg USD) on average for those at the size of about 40 shrimps/jin, which dropped about 2.15 yuan/jin ($0.67/kg USD).

Recently the market has suffered from ...

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U.S., Canada Begin Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - May 25, 2018

United States and Canadian representatives will meet May 29-30 in Washington, D.C., to start negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime.

The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border, according to a press release from the State Department. The Treaty, a worldwide model for transboundary water cooperation, has also facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation ...

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ANALYSIS: Tight Year for Snow Crab Supply; Exports Out Strip Imports in March 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Janice Schreiber– May 24, 2018

 

Exports of snow crab during the month of March typically exceed imports; which is exactly what happened in March of this year.

March 2018 saw 2,232,643 pounds of snow crab imported and saw 2,656,856 pounds exported. The Alaskan snow crab season really gets into full swing during January and February, and therefore makes sense that a lot of Alaskan product is exported. Japan is the most likely destination; and many reports indicate...

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New Stock Assessment for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Still Dire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - May 23, 2018

A new stock assessment for Pacific bluefin tuna shows the 2016 population, the most recent year of which data are available, at just 3.3 percent of its unfished level. Although slightly up from the last assessment, this extremely low level has triggered concern among conservation groups, scientists, and some stakeholders.

A brief history of Pacific bluefin tuna harvests underscores the importance of this iconic fish to global trade. High catches were recorded from 1929 to 1940, with a peak catch of ...

 

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New England Council Holds Hearings on Herring Rule Changes, Plenty of Input Offered

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 24, 2018

The series of hearings started on Tuesday in Narragansett, RI and will continue in Rockport, ME tonight. If Tuesday's meeting is any indication, the New England Fisheries Management Council can expect more industry opposition to changes in the Atlantic herring fishery management plan tonight in Rockport.

The issue is about using “acceptable biological catch” or ABC, for setting the sustainable catch limit for herring, a standard used in most other management plans around the country. But using ABC in the control rule ...

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Nearly 200 NC Fishermen Travel to Raleigh for Second Annual Seafood Lobby Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 24, 2018

On Wednesday commercial fishermen were to forego a day working on the water and instead work the halls of the Legislative Building for the 2nd Annual Seafood Lobby Day.

The event, coordinated by North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), provides an opportunity for legislators to meet the individuals that provide fresh, NC-caught seafood to their communities across the state and to hear directly from commercial fishermen about the challenges they face. Nearly 200 fishermen from up and down the coast traveled to Raleigh for the event.

Glenn Skinner, a commercial fisherman from Carteret County and NCFA's Executive Director, said, "Last year's ...

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Long John Silver’s Acquires 76 Franchised Restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 22, 2018

Louisville, KY -- Long John Silver’s, the nation’s largest quick service seafood company, yesterday announced the acquisition of 76 LJS restaurants owned by ServUS, growing the LJS’ company-owned system to 200 restaurants.

The newly acquired units, located primarily in Indiana, were owned by veteran franchisee Bob Ruckriegel who opened the 3rd Long John Silver’s restaurant in 1969. Financial terms were not released.

Long John Silver’s recently began the process of revitalizing its brand, swapping the nostalgic Cape Cod building elements for clean, nautical-themed lines of ...

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ENGO Study: ESA-listed Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Are Recovering

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - May 23, 2018

Most marine mammals and sea turtles in the U.S. protected by the Endangered Species Act are recovering, according to a new study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The best available population data for 23 marine mammals and nine sea turtles shows that 78 percent of them — including most large whales, Florida manatees, California sea otters, and green sea turtles — experienced substantial population increases after being protected by the ESA.

“The Endangered Species Act works. This is great news at a time when our oceans face growing threats ...

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ANALYSIS: NL Live Lobster Prices 14% Lower Than Last Year 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Liz Cuozzo - May 25, 2018

Live lobster prices have been on the decline, falling below year ago levels as the Canadian season progresses.

The minimum shore price in Newfoundland and Labrador, as reported by Fish, Food & Allied Workers, has fallen to $5.78 for the week ending May 19. That’s 29 percent lower than the season open and 14 percent lower than last year.

According to the Prince Edward Island May 12 report, PEI lobsters were trading between $6.00 and $6.50 ...

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Russian Fishery Company Plans New Fish Processor 'Russian Pollock' in the Far East

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 25, 2018

Russian Pollock LLC and the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) signed an agreement recently that will result in the investment and construction of a new seafood processor in the Far East this year.

The agreement will provide the company with a share of quota of procurement (catch) of aquatic biological resources provided for investment purposes in the field of fishing, according to a press release. Ivan Osadchy, CEO for Strategic Planning and Business Development of RFC, and  ...

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Qingdao Tariff Reduction on Russian King Crab Has Resulted in Higher Demand in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bandao] translated by Amy Zhong - May 24, 2018

Qingdao recently received a batch of Russian king crab with a total weight of 2.3 tons, and these king crab are distributed to seafood markets all over China shortly after customs clearance.

Qingdao’s tariff rate of live king crab dropped from the previous 14 percent to the current 7 percent at the end of 2017. This new regulation is beneficial to seafood importers, said Shao, the deputy general manager for Shangdong ...

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Treaty Politics Fuel Criticism at Sitka Salmon Meeting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 24, 2018

An informational meeting on Alaska’s strategy for renegotiating the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada met loud protests before it even got started on Monday.

Local radio station KCAW reported on the protest held outside Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall before the meeting started. There were some 50 commercial salmon trollers who objected to cuts in the king salmon allocation to conserve king salmon runs in Puget Sound which are listed as endangered. 

In the KCAW report, Deb Lyons, a former member of Alaska’s Board Fisheries ...

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118 Organizations Call for More Stringent Tuna RFMO Rules

 

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Chicken Of The Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit With Walmart

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 22, 2018

Chicken of the Sea International, owned by Thai Union, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Walmart Inc. resolving antitrust claims brought by the retailer.

Under the terms of the multi-pronged agreement, Chicken of the Sea International will pay a cash settlement and the two companies will launch a series of joint programs and new product promotions in Walmart stores. These activities will include the debut of innovative products across Walmart stores.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with ...

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Thai Union Gets Good Marks from Greenpeace, Both Call for More Companies to 'Step Up'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -- May 23, 2018

BANGKOK — In July 2017 Thai Union Group and Greenpeace inked a landmark agreement to commit to implement measures that tackle illegal fishing and overfishing, as well as improve the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout its supply chains.

Now both parties agree that Thai Union "has made substantial, positive progress" and more seafood companies should follow their example.

“Thai Union is working hard to drive strong, positive change throughout many parts of the seafood...

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