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


Earth Day: What's Trashing Our Oceans?


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


Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters Opening April 24 For Shrimp Season  


Norwegian Seafood Council Launches "Seafood From Norway" Quality Logo  


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


South Australian Sardine Fishery Begins Assessment For MSC Certification  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, April 20


Thu. Apr 19 2018

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


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


Ice Still Holding up Crab Fishery Around PEI and New Brunswick  


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  


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


Herring and Smelt Fisheries at Cook Inlet Fetch Nice Prices  


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


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


UK Aldi's Offer Largest Percentage of Sustainable Seafood


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, April 19


Wed. Apr 18 2018

Price Quotations for Alaska 5-8 Snow Crab Restarted by Urner Barry for First Time Since 2016  


CPF Acquires 40% Stake Brazil's Camanor for $17.5 million; Company Leads Shrimp Innovation in Brazil  


Seafood Volume Sales Flat, But Bright Spots for Fresh Shrimp, Scallops and Flounder  


Increase in Ukraine's Fish Imports Likely to Lead to Pollock, Whiting Opportunities for US  


NOAA Tells NE Management Council That Sectors 7 and 9 Plans May Not be Approved Until Mid-Summer


Senator John Kennedy Wants President Trump to Add Chinese Crawfish, Shrimp to Tariff List  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 18


Sustainable Shark Alliance Condemn Fin Ban, Push For Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act  


US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish  


INTERVIEW: Aqua Industry Must Adapt to Deceleration, Says BioMar VP


Seafood Companies in Zhejiang Developing New Markets at Home and Abroad  


Ross Hails NMFS Transfer of Red Snapper Management to States, Ocean Conservancy Not As Thrilled


Memorial Service Remembers Wilburn Hall, Pioneer in Dungeness and King Crab, who Died at 98


Tue. Apr 17 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, April 17


SalMar Acquires MariCulture, Developing Smart Fish Farm  


New England Council to Take up Issue of New Bedford Sectors IX and VII on Wednesday


B.C. Norovirus Outbreak Expands from 40 to 126 Cases  


Japan's Marine Eco Label (MEL) Will Announce Intention to Get Benchmarked by GSSI at Brussels Show


Salmon vs. Goliath in Fight for Habitat Protections  


Japan Culinary Program Gives Foreign Chefs Chance to Promote Japanese Cuisine


Vinh Hoan’s Onigiri Rice Balls Finalist For Seafood Excellence Global Awards  


Applebee’s Adds Shrimp, Salmon to Bigger, Bolder Grill Combos Offer  


Norwegian 'Linchpin' of China's Salmon Business, Partner with SalMar, Detained Over Smuggling


Many Fishermen Believe Coast Wide Halibut Science is Out of Whack  


GSSI Now has 50 Funding Partners, with Addition of Seattle Fish and Glacier Fish


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Major New Brunswick Lobster Processors Warn of Possible Shortage of Tails this Winter 

Canadian lobster processors say that by January, February and March, the pipeline for tails will not be normal at all. The expectation is for significant shortages in the market compared to prior years, which means prices could be volatile. John Sackton writes of the various scenarios that packers say will lead to lobster tail shortages this winter season. First is the expectation that the industry will not get a repeat of the nearly perfect fishing weather the industry operated under in 2015. Second is a shortage of available labor that will cut processing capacity at plants that produce meat and tails. Third is the timing of when this season will open versus last year. According to John Sackton these scenarios put the lobster tail market in position to see higher prices this winter season.

A very quick red king crab fishery has wrapped up last week in Alaska, with 98 percent of the rationalized quota of 7.6 million pounds landed, a 14.6 percent decline to the catch last year. Expectations were for red king crab prices to go higher this year based on the shortages and so far this appears to be the case. Urner Barry began quoting new season Alaska red king crab this week, as there are enough sales in the market to establish a quote. Alaskan 14-17 king crab legs quotations are up 19 percent from last November. Meanwhile, Russian red king crab (which can include blue king crab as well) moved up to $16.50 from $16.10 on a comparable size at the beginning of September.

In other news, Clearwater Seafoods posted a sharp increase in its sales year-to-date primarily because of strong demand for high-priced seafood items. Clearwater's sales are up 30 percent in 2016 according to its third quarter performance report. The company credited the increase to strong demand for higher priced Canadian sea and Argentine scallops, lobster and snow crab. Volume growth was also reported for Argentine scallops, UK King scallops, langoustine and whelk.

Meanwhile, executive chef and restaurateur Andrew Gruel has a plan to make fast casual seafood a scalable, chef-driven reality with his Slapfish concept. So far Slapfish has six locations in California. But Gruel said he has a deal in the works to expand to six states and another major plan to expand the restaurant to two international markets by 2017. “If I could reinvent something that was fun and sexy in a fast casual environment I could create a model that could scale and replicate and get more people to eat more seafood,” Gruel said. Ultimately, Gruel’s franchise plan is to launch 100 locations in the next seven years.

Finally, food industry associations and retailers Wednesday voiced nonpartisan reactions to President-elect Donald Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton and congressional races resulting in Republicans maintaining control of the House and Senate. Today's story runs comments from the Food Marketing Institute, Wal-Mart and the National Grocers Association among others.

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