Thu. Nov 21 2019

Central California Season Delayed Again; Whales Spotted in Sanctuary  


Study: Bigger Doesn't Mean Better for Hatchery-released Salmon  


Shrimp Fisheries in Southeast Alaska  


Omega-3 Fish Oil as Effective for Attention as ADHD Drugs for Some Children


United States Takes Leading Role in Global Fisheries Management


Wed. Nov 20 2019

The Winding Glass: Can we stop IUU fishing by thinking outside the box?


St. Lawrence Seaway May Play Bigger Role in North Atlantic Right Whale Deaths


Huffman's Next Stop on Fisheries Listening Tour is Seattle This Friday


US Perceptions Vary on Wild vs Fresh/Salt Water Fish Farms


Russian Government May Ease Tax Pressure on Domestic Fishermen


NOAA: Rebound in Groundfish Leads to New Flexibility for Fishermen, Protection for Deep-Sea Corals  


Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman 10 Miles off Oregon Coast


Western Australia Octopus Now MSC Certified  


Red Lobster, Postmates Announce Delivery Partnership


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, November 20


Tue. Nov 19 2019

ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Extremely Firm Since End of October  


FDA Hits Vietnamese Tuna Company With Import Alert After Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Outbreak  


Lawmakers’ Plea to NOAA: Don’t Lift West Coast Ban on Longlines


FAO: Global Fisheries at a Crossroads, Time for a New Vision


Red Lobster Celebrates the Holidays With New Offerings in Create Your Own Ultimate Feast®   


NOAA, NFWF Provide $30 Million in Grants to Support Coastal Resilience Efforts in 23 States


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, November 19


Mon. Nov 18 2019

City of Adak Asks Court for One-Year Stay to Keep Plant Open for Cod A Season


LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table  


ANALYSIS: Stone Crab Season Off to Promising Start  


ANALYSIS: China Bay Scallops – Prices Up, Imports Down  


Bristol Bay Forecast is Strong for 2020, But Recent Record Runs May Portend Downturn


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, November 18


Collaboration Encourages Responsible Development of Yellow Sea Region


Santa Monica Seafood Spices Up Brand With New Logo


Fri. Nov 15 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, November 15


SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Commit $900,000 To Protect Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale


New Report Looks at Problem of TAC-Setting Above Scientific Levels in Europe


Russian Government Plans to Allocate Additional Support to Domestic Crab Producers This Year  


Captain D’s Reaches the Next Frontier in Utah


CEO of Samherji Steps Aside as Company Launches Investigation Into Corruption Allegations


Pollution Ranked #1 Threat to Seafood by Customers, Strong Support for Ecolabels


Alexa Cole Named NOAA's Director for International Affairs and Seafood Inspection


VIDEO: Chilean Salmon in US; Harbor Seafood Wins Award; Right Whales Act; WC Dungeness Season Delay  


US Investigating Salmon Price-Fixing; Mowi, SalMar Receive Subpoenas  


US Tries to Get Mini-Deal Tariff Relief on Lobsters from EU, but No Dice  


Thu. Nov 14 2019

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, November 14


SAVE Right Whales Act Passes Out of Senate Committee


Pollock Parts Plug Body Holes, Clean Lead From Soil  


CPF Reports Better-Than-Expected Q3 Earnings


Tuna’s Carbon Ratios Indicate Changes in Oceanic Food Web  


Cantwell Language to Improve Legislation Getting Fisheries Disaster Aid to Fleets Passes Committee


Australia Reports on Largest Pacific Illegal Fishing Surveillance Operation


Primary West Coast Dungeness Season Delayed Until Mid-December at the Earliest  


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Central California Season Delayed Again; Whales Spotted in Sanctuary

The bad news: The San Francisco and Bodega Bay Thanksgiving crab feast won't happen this year. Crabbers and processors will have to wait until Dec. 15, at least, before bringing crab to the market. The good news: it appears domoic acid won't create another delay.

Based on updated information and in response to concerns from the commercial Dungeness crab fleet, including written requests from Port Associations to further delay the Central California or "San Francisco" season, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham said Wednesday...

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Study: Bigger Doesn't Mean Better for Hatchery-released Salmon

Fish permeate the culture of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). In particular, the iconic salmon has been an important part of the region for thousands of years, from ancient Native American trade routes and legends to modern fishing and sporting. In the area of the Salish Sea - inland waterways including Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca - the cultures, economies, and technologies there are all impacted and influenced by salmon. It is no wonder, then, that salmon are of high conservation interest and constitute a large...

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Shrimp Fisheries in Southeast Alaska

Four varieties of shrimp are taken at various times throughout the year by those with permits, with recent catches topping a million and a half pounds, worth nearly $3 million at the docks.

“We have 19 different areas around Southeast and each has its own appropriate harvest level for sustainability.”

Dave Harris is area manager with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau.

In fact, shrimp trawling is Southeast’s longest ongoing fishery since 1915.

Beam trawlers target tiny northern, or pink, shrimp and larger sidestripes, mostly near Petersburg and Wrangell...

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The Winding Glass:  Can we stop IUU fishing by thinking outside the box?

Campaigns against IUU fishing by both the industry and environmentalists continually run up against a problem:  government enforcement.

Enforcement is not as much of an issue for rich countries with well-developed fisheries management systems, and strong enforcement histories.

In these cases, when IUU fishing happens, it can be successfully exposed, prosecuted and ended.

For example, in 2012, 3 Scottish fish factories and 27 skippers plead guilty and were fined more than £1 million for illegally harvesting mackerel in excess of EU quotas.

Carlos Rafael, the largest owner of scallop vessels in New Bedford, went to jail in 2017 over falsifying sales records to hide illegal landings. 

Similar enforcement has happened in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Japan, France and elsewhere.

But too often governments are not able to effectively enforce...

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Huffman's Next Stop on Fisheries Listening Tour is Seattle This Friday

San Rafael, CA—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will meet with the public and industry on fisheries management issues in Seattle this Friday. Huffman, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, is hosting a national listening tour to discuss fisheries management and reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

His third stop is Seattle this Friday, November 22, at 1:45p.m. at the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59. The tour is designed to engage diverse perspectives, interests, and needs of individuals who have a ...

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Russian Government May Ease Tax Pressure on Domestic Fishermen 

The Russian government may revise the proposed tax reform for the domestic fish and seafood sector, in a move to reduce tax pressure on domestic fishermen, according to recent statements, made by some senior state officials and industry analysts.

According to initial state plans, the raise of taxes on domestic fish producers (which is scheduled for the beginning of next year) should have resulted in the attraction of additional revenue to the state budget on the sum of RUB 90 billion (USD$1.42 billion)...

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Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman 10 Miles off Oregon Coast

A Coast Guard aircrew medevacked an injured fisherman on Tuesday morning off the commercial fishing vessel Arctic Storm 10 miles southwest of Newport, Oregon.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport rendezvoused with the Arctic Storm at 7:36 a.m. and hoisted a 21-year-old male off the fishing vessel and transported him to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital in Newport for treatment, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

The initial report of injury was received by Watchstanders at Coast...

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Red Lobster, Postmates Announce Delivery Partnership

Red Lobster just jumped into the delivery game thanks to its partnership with Postmates.

Postmates, the only app that enables almost anything to be delivered on-demand, and Red Lobster, the world's largest seafood restaurant company, have partnered to bring a variety of high quality, traceable, sustainable and responsibly-sourced seafood options directly to customers' doors, Postmates said in a press release.

"We are delighted to partner with Red Lobster to offer such an iconic brand to our customers," Dan Mosher, SVP and Merchant Lead, Postmates said...

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FDA Hits Vietnamese Tuna Company With Import Alert After Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Outbreak

The FDA placed Truong Phu Xanh Co, a Vietnamese tuna supplier on Import Alert following an investigation of incidents of scombrotoxin fish poisoning linked to yellowfin tuna.

The Import Alert now allows the FDA to detain any yellowfin tuna products without examination. The product will not be able to enter the US unless Truong Phu Xanh can prove it meets US food safety standards.

The FDA urged the company to initiate a voluntary recall of all its imported yellowfin tuna...

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FAO: Global Fisheries at a Crossroads, Time for a New Vision

Director General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Qu Dongyu opened the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability with a strong message: “Fisheries are facing an important crossroad and the world needs a new vision in the 21st century.”

The Symposium kicked off on Monday and Dongyu explained that by 2050, the human population will be nearing the 10 billion mark, and land alone will not be able to feed everyone. The world will need to rely on seafood more than ever.

Dongyu spoke at the FAO’s Rome...

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Omega-3 Fish Oil as Effective for Attention as ADHD Drugs for Some Children

Researchers from King’s College London and China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, have found omega-3 fish oil supplements improve attention among children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but only among those with low levels of omega-3 in their blood.

The researchers say their results bring a personalised medicine approach to psychiatry by demonstrating that omega-3 only works for some children with ADHD. Previous research by the same group found that children with omega-3 deficiency are more likely to have more severe...

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St. Lawrence Seaway May Play Bigger Role in North Atlantic Right Whale Deaths

In the intense efforts to prevent any further deaths of North Atlantic right whales, Canadian and U.S. governments, industry, and environmental groups have identified three main causes -- ship strikes, gear entanglements, and underwater noise pollution. Media coverage has often focused on fishing gear as the primary culprit, as entanglements are visible long after they occur and often appear in photographs of trapped or dead whales.

The crises pitted the two countries against each other, particularly after Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey sent a letter to Dr. ...

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US Perceptions Vary on Wild vs Fresh/Salt Water Fish Farms

Americans have very different perceptions on wild versus farmed fish. And they vary widely on fish farmed in fresh or salt water.  

report out this week says that while more US adults are replacing red meat with seafood, concerns and misperceptions are slowing the pace of purchases.

In the study called Aquaculture/Mariculture, US Market Insights and Opportunities, food industry trackers Changing Tastes and Datassential surveyed 1,500 consumers and 400 restaurant operators about their wild and farmed preferences for America’s three favorites: salmon, tuna and shrimp...

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NOAA: Rebound in Groundfish Leads to New Flexibility for Fishermen, Protection for Deep-Sea Corals

The changes made in West Coast groundfish fisheries adopted earlier this week are set to reopen access for fishermen to productive fishing grounds, NOAA said.

The groundfish population in the reopened areas have rebounded and the changes made by the fisheries will also protect deep-water habitat and deep-sea corals from bottom fishing.

The adjustments came into fruition in the form of an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for groundfish off the West Coast. The Pacific Fishery Management...

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Western Australia Octopus Now MSC Certified

The Western Australia octopus fishery achieved certification against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard for sustainability.

This is the first octopus fishery in the southern hemisphere to achieve certification, the MSC said in a press release. Across Western Australia, 12 species now have the blue fish tick, representing nearly 90 percent of fisheries by value in the state.

Fishing license-holders involved in the certification celebrated in Fremantle, Western Australia on Wednesday with an event for fishery reps. and stakeholders including the Hon Dave Kelly, Western Australia Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry...

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ANALYSIS: Canadian Snow Crab Market Extremely Firm Since End of October

As we reported back in October, Canadian snow crab market has been firming through late summer and fall on all size. However, over this past week and a half, the market has been extremely firm. Since the end of October 8-ounce and 10-ounce crab has adjusted over $0.30 higher while 5-8s trended $0.15 higher.

Also noted is the continued strength of 8-ounce crab. Historically, 8-ounce crab prior to 2018 tracked much more closely with 5-8-ounce crab...

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Lawmakers’ Plea to NOAA: Don’t Lift West Coast Ban on Longlines

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Jared Huffman (both D-Calif.) and nine members of Congress called on NOAA to reconsider the steps it has taken to authorize the use of longlines off the West Coast of the United States.

The release from Senator Feinstein’s office said, “longlines, which have been banned in California waters since 1989, can unintentionally catch or kill endangered marine species. Instead of advancing sustainable options that yield higher quality catch, the Trump administration is proposing to expand the use of outdated..."

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