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


Fri. May 18 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 18


Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle  


Pescanova 5th Largest High Consumption Brand With Greatest Penetration in Spain


WDFW Denies Permit for Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Through Puget Sound


Captain D's Triples Loyalty Program Registration with "Text-To-Join" Enrollment Feature


High Crawfish Prices in China Have Consumers Complaining About Costs, Restaurants About Margin


Coastal Villages Delivers Record-Breaking 100,000 Gallons of Heating Oil in 2018


ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push  


SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology


VIDEO: Right Whale Sighting; Canned Tuna Price Fixing; Royal Wedding Salmon and More


Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices  


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Spike in Indian Shrimp Refusals No Cause for Alarm 

The Southern Shrimp Alliance and the NGO's that want to restrict imported shrimp have jumped on FDA import refusal data that appear to show a big jump in refusals of shrimp from India due to unapproved antibiotics or animal drugs. This caused some concern that there was an overall problem with increased use of banned antibiotics in shrimp imports. But FDA data shows refusals of shrimp for banned antibiotics have fallen so far in 2016 and are likely to end the year lower than in 2015. This suggests that the targeted FDA program is working, in that it is causing bad actors to either clean up their processes or stop exporting to the US writes John Sackton.

Analysts reported a positive sales forecast for Charoen Pokphand Foods based in part on the recovery of Thailand's shrimp output. The company reported a 35 percent increase in its second-quarter profits. "CPF's Thai shrimp unit is expected to reverse to growth again in [the third quarter of 2016], largely due to the high season and greater segment-wide shrimp output," said Bualuang Securities.

In other news, Trident Seafoods Japan is again participating in the Tokyo Seafood Show as a single company, instead of through its local distributors. Trident said it will try and expand its sales directly to Japanese consumers with a focus on single frozen pollock and ocean perch fillet sales. "Our company is probably the first to propose pollock slice products," said Koichi Suzuki.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 1998 anchovies are no longer the world’s top ranked species in terms of catch. That distinction now goes to Alaska pollock from the Bering Sea according to the FAO's biennial State of the World Fisheries Report. The FAO report also said that Alaskan fishermen produce 18 percent of the total world cod harvest and that the Northwest Pacific remained the most productive area for capture fisheries, and is credited with providing 27 percent of the global catch.

Finally, Canada's federal Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation lost its exclusive purchasing monopoly over fish from the Manitoba province. The Corporation had controlled the sale of fish in Manitoba since 1969. "Our government will be pursuing consultation with all affected partners including the federal government, the commercial fishing industry as well Indigenous and Métis fishers from all regions of the province," said Manitoba's Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox. "This collaborative approach will ensure that Manitoba fishers have a seat at the table as we make progress on delivering marketing choice."

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