Fri. May 18 2018

Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices  


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


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


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


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


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


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


ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push  


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


SmartCatch Wins Rabobank FoodBytes! Award for Sustainable Technology


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, May 18


Thu. May 17 2018

Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, 4th Individual Indicted for Price Fixing in Tuna Industry


Russia Says Volume of King Crab in Barents Sea May Equal Far East in a Few Years; Cod Catches Drop  


Copper River Fleet and Processors Partner with ADF&G to Buy ARIS Sonar Counter


Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Trending Upward on Quality and Value


NOAA's Says 91% of Stocks Not Subject to Overfishing, Did Record Number of Assessments in 2017


Cousins Maine Lobster Opening First Brick and Mortar Franchise Location in Tennessee  


NOAA Warns Fishermen Not to Shoot Seals or Sea Lions


Pacific Marine Expo Gets Sidelined by Seattle Seahawks Football Game


NOAA Announcing Findings From 2017 Status of U.S. Fisheries Report Thursday Afternoon


EU's Ocean Plastics Lab Coming to Washington National Mall


Leigh Habegger Joins Seafood Harvesters of America as Their New Executive Director


Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, May 17


Wed. May 16 2018

Oregon District Court Judge Throws Out Last Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Pacific Seafoods


China Submerges First Salmon Cage Off Qingdao; Industry Hopes it Will Help with Salmon Shortage  


ADF&G Budget Increase of $1 Million Survives Legislative Process


ANALYSIS: Surge of Canadian Halibut Pushing Prices Down to Five Year Low  


Negotiations Underway for Renewal of Pacific Salmon Treaty Amidst Pressure of Declining Stocks


Bristol Bay Salmon Fishermen Set Record for Chilling Their Fish  


Red Lobster Expands Sustainability Efforts with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program Partners


Companies and Chains Cash in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding  


Amazon Opening 2 More ‘Amazon Go’ Convenience Stores


Sysco Highlights Their Return to National Restaurant Association Show


Save the Date: Pacific Marine Expo Will Be November 18- 20, 2018 in Seattle


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, May 16


Tue. May 15 2018

ANALYSIS: US Shrimp Market Weakening to Lowest Prices of the Post EMS Era  


U.S. Seafood Industry Urges USTR to Avoid Trade War With China


Pacific Whiting Fishery Opens Today to Same Harvest Levels as in 2017  


New Bedford Fishing Vessel Collides With Loaded Tankship; Coast Guard Investigating


Legal Sea Foods Bringing Sauces, Marinades Nationwide Thanks to Agreement with Stonewall Kitchen


Industry Veteran Kenneth Loud Joins Northern Wind as VP of New Product Development


Alaska Fishing Families are Affected by Management Changes


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, May 15


Mon. May 14 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, May 14


Listen to the Latest Seafood News Podcast Episode: Groundfish Market, FDA Menu Labeling and More  


Fisheries Council of Canada Says Arctic Surf Clam Controversy Shows need For Shift in Quota Strategy  


Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year  


NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office Celebrating Endangered Species Day


Devi Seafoods Gets Okay for Public Offering Thought to be Worth $130 Million


Hawaii Longline Swordfish Fishery Closed for Rest of Year; Industry Helped Negotiate Closure  


U.S. Salmon Importer North Landing Acquired By Bakkafrost  


Gulf Crab Harvesters Sound Alarm Over Poorly Designed Whale Closures, Fear Landing Shortfall  


Disease and Bad Weather cut Shrimp Stocking in Some Areas of China by 20% or More  


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Barents Sea Cod Quota Virtually Unchanged 

The Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission announced that the cod quota will be 890,000 tons, reduced just 4,000 tons from 2016. This contradicts the official recommendation of ICES which called for a 10% cut in the quota. This marks the second year in a row that the joint Barents sea commission has ignored ICES advice. The implication of the meeting is that cod stocks are still at a high level. 

US Foods finalized a deal to acquire Florida-based seafood processor and distributor Save on Seafood. The company is based in St. Petersburg and provides fresh and frozen seafood to restaurants and grocery stores across the Southeast market. Save on Seafood reported $80 million in annual sales. US Foods will retain all of Save on Seafood’s 170 employees. Save On’s Owner Gib Migliano will stay on board as president of the company. Save On will continue to operate out of its current headquarters as a subsidiary of US Foods under its Stock Yards organization. “Seafood sales continue to rise throughout the Southeast, and with Save On Seafood we are able to expand our fresh and frozen seafood offerings to our customers in these markets,” said David Norton, president, Stock Yards, US Foods.

In other news, Chinese shrimp distributor Guolian Aquatic said it has increased its profits 20-fold through the first three-quarters of 2016 compared to year ago levels. Guolian said its sharply higher profits is the result of diverse sales to chain restaurant and because of improved sales to the US market through its Sunnyvale Seafoods subsidiary. Guolian's board also said that the stronger dollar has helped its profitability and that the ending of the FDA automatic detention for some of its shrimp products has also cut costs.

Meanwhile, Tri-Marine's Cheif Operation Officer Joe Hamby told the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that American Samoa's tuna processing industry is struggling to compete with US suppliers because of ongoing fish shortages. Hamby said American Samoan canneries are no longer able to take advantage of selling tuna to the US market duty-free since they have limited fish supplies to process. “American Samoa’s only advantage besides duty-free access to the US market is fish supply. That advantage has been reduced and may be considered lost due to closure or reduced access to of some of American Samoa’s traditional fishing grounds,” Hamby said.

Finally, Patrice McCarron, the Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association said the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission should reverse its decision on Atlantic menhaden quotas since there is overwhelming scientific evidence that shows the stocks can support higher catch limits. "When the issue of raising the menhaden quota is again brought to a vote, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has the opportunity to reverse its flawed decision to cut the menhaden harvest," said McCarron.

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