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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NOAA Says Seafood Consumption Heading in Right Direction in US, as 2015 Per Capita Number Jumps

NOAA released its annual Fisheries of the US report, which reported a near one pound rise in per capita seafood consumption in 2015. The reported estimated U.S. per capita consumption of fish and shellfish at 15.5 pounds of edible meat last year. NOAA makes clear in their report that they use a disappearance model, in which they assume all seafood produced in a given year is consumed that same year. However, it is a very positive sign for the US seafood industry since it points to rising consumption and value of seafood in general.

Despite Alaska’s fiscal crisis, a disastrous pink salmon season, problems with pollock fillet prices, and a strong dollar that makes exports of Alaska’s seafood painful at best, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) remains positive reports Peggy Parker from ASMI's All Hands Meeting, which is underway this week in Anchorage. The group's Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich acknowledged challenges beyond ASMI’s influence: the Russian import ban, Brexit, climate change, and eNGO pressures, but said they were able to turn the upheaval into marketing opportunities. The meeting will continue through Thursday, when initiatives for the coming year, including an already pared down operations and programs budget, and new committee and board appointments will be announced.

In other news, daily landing rates for Japan's fall chum fishery in Hokkaido are now falling quickly, and fishing sources do not expect a rebound in the next couple of weeks. This means that the final landed volume this season will likely remain below 80,000 tons, and possibly be just over 70,000 tons. If this forecast is correct, it will mean the lowest harvest in the fall chum fishery in 24 years.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Dungeness crab season in California appears to be headed in a good direction but officials are still not sure if the season will start as scheduled on November 15. Domoic acid testing results are producing favorable results so far according to California Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jordan Traverso.

Finally, Chinese e-commerce giant JD Fresh has signed an agreement with Ocean Family, and the government of Zhoushan city, to promote online sales of premium quality, traceable seafood to Chinese consumers. Ocean Family is the top seafood distributor in the prefecture-level city of Zhoushan, which is located in the northeastern Zhejiang province. This partnership represents the latest push by online retailers in China to sell more fresh seafood into the domestic market. Chinese consumers have recently reported spoiled seafood orders from online delivery services. JD Fresh said it plans to work closely with the Zhoushan government and Ocean Family to make sure the cold seafood supply chain is capable of delivering fresh seafood to customers.

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