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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Biosecurity Concerns Deepen as Wild Prawns in the Logan River Test Positive for White Spot Disease 

Eight Australian shrimp farms on the Logan River, south of Brisbane, are on heightened alert as the country is now dealing with its first ever outbreak of white spot in its waters. The virus was detected earlier this week. Biosecurity Queensland officers have destroyed all prawns on one farm, while work continues on the other two where the disease had affected some but not all ponds. Australia's government says it plans to support the affected farmers with funding. "While biosecurity efforts are centered on containing the disease I have told the farmers that the Palaszczuk Government will support them back into disease-free production," said Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne. "We will look at reimbursing the costs they incur in carrying out work under the direction of Biosecurity Queensland."

The European Fish Processors and Traders Association reported a 9 million ton decline in overall fish import volumes in 2015. The EU's pollock imports from China and the US fell by 5% between From 2014 to 2015, while imports from Russia increased by 19%. Clearly, with the MSC approvals, more Russian pollock is being shipped directly to the EU writes John Sackton.

In other news, Vietnam's prices for its shrimp exports are in decline because of competition from other foreign producers and because of a fluctuation in the exchange rates with the US dollar. Vietnam's shrimp processors are now working to improve the quality of their shrimp to raise prices.

Elsewhere, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's challenges to China on trade and Taiwan are rattling American companies who benefited from stable relations between the two countries but now fear retaliation by Beijing if Trump were to act. The total value of U.S. trade with China was $599 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, of which $116 billion was exports to China from U.S. producers, while U.S. companies imported $483 billion in goods from China.

Finally, Alaskan fishermen paid higher fees to cover the management and enforcement costs for halibut and sablefish because of higher prices paid for the fish at the docks this year. At a three percent fee, those fisheries yielded slightly more for coverage costs at $5.9 million.

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