Wed. Apr 25 2018

China’s JD.com Commits to BAP at Seafood Expo Global


Open Blue Cobia Sashimi Fillet Wins Seafood Excellence Award At Seafood Expo Global  


U.S. Coast Guard, Good Samaritans Rescue Crew From F/V Midori After Fire Off California Coast


Scottish Seafood Delegation Casts a Wide Net at Brussels Seafood Expo Global


High Liner Named Most Trusted Frozen Fish Brand By Canadian Shoppers


Togiak Herring Underway; Bait Herring Could Be A Better Fishery  


Turkey’s Luckyfish Co. First to Offer 4-Star BAP Mediterranean Sea Bass and Sea Bream  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 25


Tue. Apr 24 2018

The Global Aquaculture Alliance Moves to Wild Caught Seafood with Its New Partnership with SeaFish


NOAA Confirms Shrimp and Abalone to Be Included in SIMP by December 31    


Mazzetta Latest Company to Join GSSI


Seafood News Podcast: Supreme Crab's Mark Laubner Talks Bobby Flay; Plus 2018 Scallop Plan and More  


ADF&G Gets Small Budget Boost for FY 19  


Daley Bros. Criticized for Failure to Tell Province They Won't Open Trinity Bay Crab Plant


ASC Farmer’s Survey Reveals Benefits of Certification


Sodexo Recommends Students Eat Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Finals Season


AFT Holdings Withdraws Investments From U.S. Tuna Fleet


Two Alaska Commercial Fishermen Charged With Harassing, Killing Steller Sea Lions


Live Atlantic Salmon Available in Yantai of Shandong Thanks to Oriental Ocean's Aquaculture  


Australia’s National Measurement Institute Clarifies Policy on Net Weight of Frozen Seafood


Red Lobster Announces New Dishes For Create Your Own Shrimp Trios Event  


Rhode Island Fishing Industry Releases 'Blueprint for Resilience'


Norwegian Salmon Producer Hofseth Invests in BAADER Production Line


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, April 24


Mon. Apr 23 2018

On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe  


Supreme Crab & Seafood Executive Chef Mark Laubner Tells All About His "Beat Bobby Flay" Episode


Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project to Aid in Understanding of Stock Components  


DFO announces Newfoundland Shrimp Quotas with further cut in Area 6  


Upper Cook Inlet’s Commercial Herring, Smelt Fisheries Pay Big Bucks to Fishermen  


Guangxi Designates Trains to Deliver Seafood from ASEAN Countries to Northern China  


Oregon Sens. Wyden, Merkley Call on Administration to Maintain Funding for Sea Grant Programs


CDFW Opens More Northern Area to Rock Crab Fishing in California  


Another Study Shows How Eating Fish Supports Brain Health, Prevents Parkinson's


Hunchun City Develops Seafood Resources to Become Distribution Hub for NE Asia  


Research Models How Deadly Virus Moves Among Columbia River Salmon, Trout  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, April 23


Fri. Apr 20 2018

Coastal Villages Fund Sponsors New Report to Reopen Question of Fish Allocations Among CDQ Groups


Jackie Ventola Attorneys Claim Jail Sentence Would Lead to Demise of National Fish


A Short History of National Fish and Seafood, as Described by Jack Ventola Attorneys


China, Norway Work On Better Seafood Trade Relations, More Direct Flights  


VIDEO: British Sustainable Seafood; Houston Restaurants Caught; Norovirus Outbreak; Scallop Plan


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 20


Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters Opening April 24 For Shrimp Season  


Florida Keys 'Who Caught It?' Campaign Aims to Stop Seafood Fraud


South Australian Sardine Fishery Begins Assessment For MSC Certification  


Norwegian Government Rejects Marine Harvest's Cargo Ship Fish Farm Concept  


Earth Day: What's Trashing Our Oceans?


Norwegian Seafood Council Launches "Seafood From Norway" Quality Logo  


Thu. Apr 19 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 19


NOAA Gives Final Approval to 2018 Scallop Plan Which Will Result in 60 Million Lb. Harvest  


New ISSF Report Gives Tuna Purse Seine Fleet Recipe For Becoming MSC Certified


Novia Scotia Lobstermen Seeking Response From DFO on Industry-Led By-Catch Monitoring Program  


Hawaiian Businesses Could Lose Billfish Sales to Mainland Under Proposed Federal Bill  


Opinions Far Apart on Upcoming Newfoundland Northern Cod Quota; With Decision Up to Minister  


Herring and Smelt Fisheries at Cook Inlet Fetch Nice Prices  


NFI Red Crab Council Implementing First FIP in China Thanks to New MoU With CAPPMA, O2


Newfoundland Keeps its Lobster Price Formula for Another Year, in Victory for Harvesters  


UK Aldi's Offer Largest Percentage of Sustainable Seafood


Ice Still Holding up Crab Fishery Around PEI and New Brunswick  


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Oregon's Pink Shrimp Landings Outperform Industry Expectations But Prices Sink on Smaller Sizes

Oregon's shrimp season ended in October and landings as of September were 31.9 million pounds. The figure is down 61 percent from year-ago levels, but the decline was not surprising since the West Coast fishery is notorious for lower production in seasons that follow an El Nino year. In fact, the harvest was actually better than expected according to the Oregon Trawl Commission. However, the value of the fishery to date is about half of what it was a year ago. This is because the shrimp are smaller compared to 2015 and demand for 250-350 count product is not strong in the US market.

Major seafood distributor J.J McDonnell completed its move to a new 62,000 square foot facility in Elkridge, Maryland. The facility is more than twice the size of its previous location and features state-of-the-art cold storage technology. The facility supports a change in JJ's distribution offerings from mostly frozen fish to more fresh seafood.

In other news, Thai Union Group posted US$1 billion in third quarter sales, which was the second straight quarterly sales record for the operator. The figure represents a 7.7 percent sales increase compared to the same quarter in 2015. The increase was mostly driven by sales to the US market Thai Union said. However, Thai Union’s net income is actually down marginally in 2016 despite the record quarterly performances. This is because of declines in the company’s profit margins from higher salmon raw material costs and an unexpected increase in tuna prices.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute partnered with the McDowell Group to launch a project that will develop specialty seafood products that can be made from fish already commercially harvested, but which will carry market potential around the world. Staff at McDowell and ASMI will be reaching out to industry members this fall to align the list of products that will be further analyzed for market acceptance, target buyers, and provide data on price points. “ASMI and the McDowell group are working together on a trailblazing project to map out how specialty markets work, who the target consumers are, how to get products to them,” said Andy Wink, projects coordinator for McDowell.

Finally, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) struck a deal with Ocean Gala Marine Resources that will increase the amount of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified seafood exports from China reach the US and other global markets. Ocean Gala, which operates as Chang International in China, is a leading seafood processing and supply company with facilities in Kirkland, Wash. and Qingdao. The company exports wild and farmed seafood products into the European, North American, Japanese and Chinese markets.

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