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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Vietnam Lifts Costly Quarantine Procedures on Imported Seafood Bound for Processing and Re-Export 

The Vietnamese government has reversed a policy that required immediate quarantine and inspection of imported seafood items before they could be cleared to the market. Vietnam's seafood exporters lobbied hard against the policy that was set up over the summer since it created a costly and time consuming process for importers to get their shipments into the country. The policy mostly hurt Vietnam's shrimp and seafood processors that were dependent on imported raw materials to process for reexport orders.

Yesterday the ADF&G released their harvest forecast of 43 million pink salmon for Southeast Alaska in 2017. This year, results ranked 6th out of the 20 years of data, indicating a higher abundance of juvenile pink salmon. That result helps to correct what ADF&G called a “forecast error”, and in this case, added 5 million fish to the forecast writes Peggy Parker. “Perhaps the largest potential source of uncertainty regarding the 2017 pink salmon return is the anomalously warm sea surface temperatures that have persisted throughout the Gulf of Alaska since fall 2013,” said Andy Piston and Steve Heinl, co-authors of the forecast and management biologists from ADF&G’s Ketchikan office.

In other news, the $20 million investment from China's e-commerce giant Alibaba into Gfresh's online seafood sales platform is expected to bode well for British Columbia's fresh Dungeness crab, oyster and other seafood exports. Gfresh claims it already owns 70 percent of the market for BC's Dungeness crabs in Shanghai. The portal said it has sold $268 million in seafood — from markets such as Canada and Australia — in the last two years. Gfresh now expects to double its market access in China with its investment funds.

Meanwhile, Russia expects more pollock production and the return of pacific sardine processing to drive growth in its fishing industry over the next several years. Fishery officials expect the pollock industry to double its earnings under the production expansion. As for sardine, this will be the first time in 25 years that Russia will produce the fish since the stocks were depleted during the Soviet era. Russian estimates peg the current sardine stock at around 600,000 metric tons.

Finally, a record two million chum salmon returned to the Fraser River. At the same time, the Johnstone Strait haul reached 1.3 million fish. This is some atypically good news for the Fraser River salmon industry that has been plagued by a record low abundance of sockeye salmon.

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