Tue. Apr 24 2018

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


Tyre Lanier, Father of American Surimi, Returns to Alaska with New Ideas


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  


Wed. Apr 18 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, April 18


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seafood Companies in Zhejiang Developing New Markets at Home and Abroad  


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


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


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Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy

Walmart has become the latest retailer to align its seafood procurement policies in support of the Global Seafood Sustainably Initiative (GSSI). “By 2025, based on price, availability, quality, customer demand, and unique regulatory environments across our global retail markets, Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, ASDA, Walmart Canada, Walmart Brazil, Walmart Mexico, and Walmart Central America will require all fresh and frozen, farmed and wild seafood suppliers to source from fisheries who are: Third-party certified as sustainable using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or certified by a program which follows the FAO Guidelines1 and is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as such," Walmart says under the seafood policy section on the retailer’s Policies and Guidelines webpage. Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the second major retailer to back the GSSI policy. “We are very pleased to see Walmart join the ranks of leading companies that committed to GSSI’s non-competitive approach to building confidence in seafood certification," said GSSI Program Director Herman Wisse.

The Marine Stewardship Council has developed a simplified assessment process and is running a pilot program to test the process in the Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna fishery, which failed certification in 2015. The pilot program “aims to simplify the assessment process – reducing complexity and cost whilst improving effectiveness of stakeholder engagement and maintaining credibility,” according to MSC. The process to certify Echebastar IO Skipjack now proceeds through a first round of stakeholder comments on the “review of the desk review report.” The stakeholder comment period is open until 15 March 2017. Then the site visits for the fishery are planned, the first in Bilbao, Spain the week of March 27, 2017 followed by a site visit in the Seychelles the week of April 3, 2017.

In other news, The Scottish Salmon Company reported higher sales in 2016 as globally higher salmon prices helped offset production declines from ongoing sea lice problems. “Industry wide biological challenges and mortalities reported in the previous quarter continued to impact on expected harvest volumes and drove up production and operating costs by 15 percent,“ the company said. “Higher prices did help to mitigate the effect of the volume losses and operating revenues for the full year showed an increase,” the company said.

Meanwhile, commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. The reason for the uncertainty is an executive order from President Trump in January requiring for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.

Finally, the first report of shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico in 2017 was released this week and continued to show harvest levels below the five-year-average for this fishery. January is a historically unproductive time of the year for the Gulf shrimp fishery. Between now and May there is little expectation for production relief. This coupled, with last year’s poor commercial season, means Gulf shrimp inventories will remain tight, which is likely to keep market prices for domestic shrimp higher for the time being.

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