Thu. Dec 8 2016

ISSF and 20 NGO Partners, Including WWF and MSC, Appeal to Pacific Tuna Comm. to Adopt Harvest Rules


House Democrats Hold Forum on Combatting Slavery At Sea; Focused on Hawaii


New Zealand Orange Roughy Certified by MSC  


Wed. Dec 7 2016

Christian Brun, Head of Maritime Fishermen's Union, Dies in Car Accident in New Brunswick


FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace  


In Blistering Critique, WWF Says MSC Financial Goals Weakened Its Standards for Indian Ocean Tuna


WWF and FFAW Update FIP for Northern Cod Recovery in Newfoundland


Norwegian Seafood Exports On Pace to Set Record High Values in 2016 from Strong Salmon, Cod Prices  


ODFW Commission Extends Columbia River Reform Fisheries Transition Period


Smaller Fisheries Like Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak (Fish Radio)


"In Their Own Words" RQE: A Way For Charter Halibut Operators to Own a Pool of Commercial Quota  


Chinese Companies to invest $200 Million for Scallop Growing in Russia


Cooke Aquaculture Wins Bid to Buy Marine Harvest Chile's Plant in Los Lagos


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 7, 2016


Tue. Dec 6 2016

Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016  


EU and the Cook Islands: New Fisheries Partnership Starts  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday December 6, 2016


Mon. Dec 5 2016

Hawaii Crew Rights Defender Slams AP News For Failing to Follow Up on Hawaii Industry Initiatives


China Temporarily Halts Live Dungeness Crab From California in Response to Domoic Acid Reports   (1) 


Record Prices and Global Demand for Chilean Sea Bass Lead Importers to Worry Market Share  


Southern Oregon Dungeness Crab Test Safe Prior to Discussion on Opening Dates  


PODCAST: Oregon and Washington's Dungeness Season Delayed and Alaska's Pollock Biomass Reported


Murray, Cantwell Push to Declare Six Fisheries Disasters in Washington State  


China's CAPMA Establishes Catfish Institute to Support Expansion, Including in Domestic Market  


Competing Proteins: Modest Gains for Red Meat Markets Last Week


Buyback Completed in Alaska Golden King Crab Fishery; NMFS to No Longer Collect Buyback Fee  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday December 5, 2016


Fri. Dec 2 2016

Don't Give Up on Snow Crab: 2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back  


California Opens 50-mile Stretch to Dungeness Crabbing; Oregon Test Results Trickle In  


Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review   (1) 


MSC Retreats from Transparency, Makes it More Difficult to See Updates on Fisheries in Assessment


As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low  


Oceana Sues NMFS Over 25,000-mt West Coast Anchovy Limit


Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 2, 2016


Thu. Dec 1 2016

Russian Salmon Catches Exceed 420,000 Tons This Year, 4th Largest Volume Since 2000  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 1, 2016


NOAA Pre-season 2017 Harvest Forecast for SE AK Pinks is Up From ADF&G's at 46.2 M  


Labor Shortages, High Density and Small Size, Plague Shandong Scallop Harvest  


Sea Pact Awards Four More Seafood Research Projects with Annual Grant Funding


Processors in China Cutting Prices on Tilapia Purchases as Farmers Clear Ponds Before Cold Weather  


ISSF Calls for Continued Cuts to Bigeye Landings, Reduction in FADs in Pacific


Tropical Aquaculture's Colombian Tilapia Producer Piscícola El Rosario Gets Two-Star BAP Approval


Southstream Seafoods Becomes Exclusive Importer of Ocean Fish's Frozen, Farm Raised Cobia


Poland’s Fish Production, Consumption on the Rise with More Herring, Smoked Salmon


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Christian Brun, Head of Maritime Fishermen's Union, Dies in Car Accident in New Brunswick

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Acadie Nouvelle] by Jean-Marc Doiron -   December 7, 2016

We at SeafoodNews are deeply saddened by the death of Christian Brun.  Our sympathies go out to his family, and also to all members of the Maritime Fishermen's Union.  Christian was a good friend, and I had worked with him for years on lobster and snow crab issues in New Brunswick.  He was always engaging, organized, and passionate about the fishery.  Now, I miss him a lot, as I learned from our story below from Acadie Nouvelle that he had a great many interests outside of fisheries, including time in Africa and as a writer and poet and painter. We will never get to discuss these things.  Monday, the day of the accident, was a sad day in Atlantic Canada, and for all of us involved in Canadian fisheries.
 
The Director General of the Maritime Fishermen's Union, Christian Brun, died in a car accident on Highway 11 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Monday morning.
 
An employee of the UPM confirmed the news to the Acadie Nouvelle Monday afternoon.
 
The Miramichi Police Department issued a statement confirming that a man aged 46 of Cormier Village died in a two-vehicle accident in Lower Newcastle, on the road between Miramichi and Neguac.
 
A man aged 69 from Miscou was also killed in the collision. He was involved in the second car, a Kia Sportage. Both men died on the scene.
 
The news of the death of Mr. Brun has shaken all UPM staff...
 
 

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FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 7, 2016

Filth continues to account for the bulk of the FDA’s seafood rejections in 2016 while refusal rates remain far ahead of last year’s levels.

The FDA rejected 86 line items of seafood shipments in the month of November. The figure actually marked a rare decline in monthly rejections compared to year ago figures.

Still, total seafood rejections in 2016 are well above last year’s levels at this time, up 16 percent. This year’s overall increase continues to be driven by high rates of inspection by the FDA in 2016...

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In Blistering Critique, WWF Says MSC Financial Goals Weakened Its Standards for Indian Ocean Tuna

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - December 7, 2016

In a blistering paper written at the highest levels of WWF, by Alfred Schumm, Fisheries Director for WWF International, WWF claims that MSC’s conflict of interest over gaining logo revenue from tuna caused it to interfere and weaken its standard.  (link)

As a result, the WWF questions whether it should continue to participate as a stakeholder in MSC certifications, especially on tuna, because the application of the MSC standard has been compromised.

While the WWF initially felt that holding tuna fisheries to MSC standards, including conditions required for those fisheries that are certified, would provide long-term management benefit, the organization no longer believes this.  The reason is that the MSC has compromised its standards on harvest control rules for tuna fisheries, in a manner that allows it to get revenue and certify fisheries, with no assurance ever that a management body will put a real harvest control rule in place. 

As a result, the WWF says MSC tuna certifications actually hinder long-term management success ..

 

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WWF and FFAW Update FIP for Northern Cod Recovery in Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 7, 2016

WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan today for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador. The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating  inshore. 
 
The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown to levels that support a full commercial fishery.
 
There are currently two fishery improvement projects on Northern Cod aiming to get the fishery to the MSC approval level, to provide market access.  One is run by the WWF and FFAW and focuses on the inshore fishery.  The second one, run by some of the major processors and buyers, along with the Association of Seafood Producers, focuses on the offshore fishery.
 
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which is supportive but not involved for both FIPs, commented
 
 " Many stakeholders prefer a single FIP approach, as it would increase efficiency, but the varying groups could not come to an agreement ...
 

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Norwegian Seafood Exports On Pace to Set Record High Values in 2016 from Strong Salmon, Cod Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 7, 2016

Norway’s seafood export volumes are trending down in 2016, but higher salmon and cod values are expected to offset these declines with year-end earnings projections now at record levels.

In November, Norway exported 219,000 metric tons of seafood valued at NOK 9 billion (US$1 billion). This is a decrease by volume of 16 percent. However, by value figures are up 22 percent compared to November 2015.

So far this year Norway has exported 2.3 million metric tons of seafood. This is a decrease of 7 percent from the same period in 2015.

However, higher prices for salmon and cod in international markets are offsetting declines in exports by volume...

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Shrimp Imports from India Highest Ever for Oct, Up 17%; Total US Shipments on Record Pace in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 6, 2016

Sharp increases in shrimp imports from India and Ecuador to the US market drove shipments in October up 4 percent for the month. Shipments for the year remain at an all-time record pace with year-to-date figures up 3 percent from 2015.

The US imported about 130 million pounds of shrimp in October, a 6.5 million pound increase in the volume from last ...

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Smaller Fisheries Like  Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak  (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] December 7, 2016 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Think Alaska fishing is all done in December? Think again! More after this –

Kodiak docks are bustling with boats getting geared up for fisheries that kick off at the start of the New Year. Meanwhile, lots of boats are still out on the water across Alaska – 

In Southeast Alaska, the winter king salmon troll fishery is underway and will remain open through April or until a total of 45,000 treaty kings are taken. Trollers were averaging $8.80 a pound for their kings, according to fish tickets...

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Chinese Companies to invest $200 Million for Scallop Growing in Russia
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [China Aquatic] Translated by Amy Zhong  Dec 7, 2016
 
According to the government of Primorsky Krai, some Chinese companies plan to invest US $200 million to raise scallops, sea cucumbers and mussels there.
 
The deputy secretary-general of China Overseas Development Association is reported to have met and talked with the vice governor of Primorsky Krai. And Chinese companies intend to start the operation of their aquaculture facility there in May, 2017. And this facility will create thousands of new jobs.
 
Chinese investors are attracted by the good conditions around Vladivostok and other advanced development zones, said the deputy secretary-general. Primorsky Krai is attractive for investment,

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Hawaii Crew Rights Defender Slams AP News For Failing to Follow Up on Hawaii Industry Initiatives

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - December 5, 2016

AP created a wave of concern among buyers around the globe when they reported that foreign workers on some Hawaiian longliners were being trafficked and exploited. Some companies temporarily stopped purchasing fish on the Hawaii auction.
 
The auction itself took immediate steps to require full registration and tracking of crew payments on all vessels selling on the auction.
 
At the same time, a number of other steps were taken to verify the status of foreign contract workers on Hawaiian ships, and in particular to uncover potentials for abuse and trafficking.
 
Now, some of the global leaders asking for respect for crew are calling on the AP to update its reporting with the facts about Hawaiian seafood, and the steps taken to combat slavery. Yet so far, the AP organization has not reported on the fleet’s efforts.
 
Katrina Nakamura, a research scientist who runs a company called Sustainability Incubator offering the Labor Safe Screen...
 

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Record Prices and Global Demand for Chilean Sea Bass Lead Importers to Worry Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 5, 2016

With Chilean Sea Bass (Toothfish) wholefish selling for over $15 per lb. this year, importers are growing concerned that the fish may price itself out of its primary markets.  Some have recently begun recommending cuts in portion sizes to high-end chefs to no more than 6 oz. in order to keep it on the menu.

Frozen Chilean Sea Bass prices in the US market are at record high levels this year as demand for the fish is strong while global are supplies tight in 2016.

Average Urner Barry prices for frozen Chilean Sea Bass H&G wholefish were up 21 percent in November. Frozen 6-8 kg wholefish prices averaged $15.12 per pound--a new record high price...

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EU and the Cook Islands: New Fisheries Partnership Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SseafoodNews] - December 6, 2016

The EU and the Cook Islands have agreed on all the elements of their brand-new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, giving the go ahead to fishing operations for EU vessels. 

On 29 November, the first Joint Committee in the framework of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Cook Islands came to a successful end. The parties defined the financial support to be granted by the EU for the development of the Cook Islands’ fisheries sector and discussed fisheries matters to allow for the start of fishing operations. 

The new Agreement will allow up to four Union vessels to fish for up to 7,000 tonnes of tunas per year and other highly migratory species in the Cook Islands’ fishing area. In return, the EU will pay the Cook Islands 2.87 million euros...

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California Opens 50-mile Stretch to Dungeness Crabbing; Oregon Test Results Trickle In

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 2, 2016

Crabbers in California were notified Thursday they could set their gear at 6 a.m. today in the area between Point Reyes, 38° 00’ N. lat., and a line near Salt Point, 38° 34.5’N. Lat., an area previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This area includes Bodega Bay, where crabbers have had their pots ready to go for weeks.

The 18-hour pre-soak period will allow fishermen to set their gear and begin harvesting the crab at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

However, the fishery will remain closed north of Salt Point to the ...

 

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MSC Retreats from Transparency, Makes it More Difficult to See Updates on Fisheries in Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 2, 2016

The marketing mavens at the Marine Stewardship Council have either deliberately or accidentally taken a big step backward in transparency.
 
The new Marine Stewardship Council Website has removed the prior lists of all global fisheries certified by the MSC, the list of all global fisheries currently in assessment, and the links to the complete assessment file- ie documents, submissions and letters - that go with each fisheries' application and approval.
 
Instead, the MSC website now features a breezy list of the five or ten most recent updates.. with no ability to go back and look at historic information.
 
It is possible to search, if you know the specific fishery name, and get a list of fisheries in assessment, certified and withdrawn.  And from there you can get to the assessment documents.  But the change makes it much more difficult to get a global view, and unless you know the exact name of the certification unit, it is easy not to find it.  This is why this is a step backward.
 
This is a ridiculous, and presumably, mistaken change on the part of an organization that has in the past championed the transparency of its operations....

 

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Murray, Cantwell Push to Declare Six Fisheries Disasters in Washington State

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - December 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Last Friday, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker calling for a declaration of commercial fisheries failures for six pending fishery disaster requests.

Fishing communities up and down Washington’s coast have suffered through several years of lower-than-expected catch. A federal fishery disaster declaration would make communities eligible for funding for projects such as fisheries recovery, job training, and infrastructure investments in the communities hardest hit.

Washington’s maritime industry supports almost 60,000 jobs directly and contributes $30 billion in economic activity each year, not including the shipbuilders, hotels, restaurants,...

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Oceana Sues NMFS Over 25,000-mt West Coast Anchovy Limit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 2, 2016

Continuing its crusade against fishing for forage fish species, the environmental group Oceana filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service challenging the agency's approval of a 25,000-metric ton annual catch limit for anchovy in 2017.

NMFS finalized the rule in October. It established the ACL for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy, a species that stretches along the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

Oceana said in its complaint, filed Nov. 23 in U.S. District Court, the ACL threatens the viability of the northern anchovy population and the predators that depend on them. The group filed the suit less than a week after the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting ended, during which time the Council directed its advisory bodies to develop approaches for an integrated stock assessment and alternative approaches to anchovy management.

The central subpopulation of northern anchovy is an important option for California fishermen when sardine fishing is allowed at only low levels or closed, as in 2015. It's also an important part of California's historic wetfish industry, even though a reduction fishery is no longer the target, California Wetfish Producers Association Executive Director Diane Pleschner-Steele said.

The problem is science: most current state and federal studies are based on sardine characteristics, not anchovy, ...

 

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Competing Proteins: Modest Gains for Red Meat Markets Last Week
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] by Jamie Chadwick - December 5, 2016 
 
This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.
 
In the beef complex last week, the boxed beef markets edged higher but the rally seemed to run out of steam as the week progressed. Buyers appeared to take a break after some early activity on concerns for continued large kills. The Choice and Select cutout values, which represent a composite value of the carcass based...

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FDA Seafood Refusals Tick Down in November But Filth Keeps 2016 Rejections at Record Pace 

Filth continues to account for the bulk of the FDA’s seafood rejections in 2016 while refusal rates remain far ahead of last year’s levels. Over 65 percent of this year’s seafood rejections are due to filth. This is a big difference from 2015 when antibiotics in shrimp made up the majority of FDA refusals. Higher rates of inspections are believed to be causing the overall increase in refusals this year.

In a blistering paper written at the highest levels of WWF, by Alfred Schumm, Fisheries Director for WWF International, WWF Claims that MSC’s conflict of interest over gaining logo revenue from tuna caused it to interfere and weaken its standard. As a result, the WWF questions whether it should continue to participate as a stakeholder in MSC certifications, especially on tuna, because the application of the MSC standard has been compromised.

We are deeply saddened to report the death of Christian Brun, the Director General of the Maritime Fishermen's Union. Brun died in a car accident on Highway 11 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Monday morning. Our sympathies go out to his family, and also to all members of the Maritime Fishermen's Union.

In other news, WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador. The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating inshore. The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown to levels that support a full commercial fishery.

Finally, Norway’s seafood export volumes are trending down in 2016, but higher salmon and cod values are expected to offset these declines with year-end earnings projections now at record levels. "Assuming normal performance in December we see that total exports will pass the NOK 90 billion (US$10.7 billion) mark by a wide margin. More and more markets are requesting seafood from Norway and our seafood industry is strengthening its position as a key industry for Norway´s future”, said communications director Geir Håvard Hanssen at the Norwegian Seafood Council.

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Ecosystem Reports at Council Point to Possible Future Declines in Pollock, Cod after some Good Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  November 30, 2016

One of the changes made by NOAA scientists monitoring the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska in recent years has been the inclusion of ecosystem monitoring in their stock status reports.  There are now ecosystem chapters in the S.A.F.E (stock assessment and fishery evaluation) reports, required by Magnuson. 
 
This is a significant and beneficial change so that no longer are the reports exclusively focused on single stocks, but now they...

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ODFW Commission Extends Columbia River Reform Fisheries Transition Period

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 7, 2016

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to extend the Columbia River Fisheries Reform Policy transition period for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2017. The policy was implemented four years ago to force a sport fishing priority for salmon on the main stem of the Columbia River and move commercial gillnet fisheries to off-channel areas. The full policy was supposed to go into effect in 2017.

However, the full policy implementation would not have met all the goals, which included off-channel and hatchery enhancements for commercial fishermen; use of alternative gears, such as purse seines and conservation of ESA-listed species.

The extension will allow for more consideration by Commission members and consultation with management partners, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release.

Department staff said in their presentation ...

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"In Their Own Words"  RQE: A Way For Charter Halibut Operators to Own a Pool of Commercial Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - December 7, 2016

To understand what an RQE -- Recreational Quota Entity -- is and why the North Pacific Council is taking final action on it this week, one must look back ten years to the efforts of charter boat skippers and longline halibut fishermen to resolve the age-old problem of sharing the resource. 

The need was triggered by an unexpected rejection of an original plan to put charter operators under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program. When the Council started over, a Halibut Charter Subcommittee was appointed to come up with new ideas. By then the charter industry in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska had grown to many times its size of five years earlier, and the halibut resource was...

 

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Cooke Aquaculture Wins Bid to Buy Marine Harvest Chile's Plant in Los Lagos

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] December 7, 2016

Cooke Aquaculture won a bid to buy the assets to Marine Harvest Chile’s salmon production plant in the Los Lagos Region.

Chilean Salmon Cupquelan, Cooke’s Chilean subsidiary, won the bid for the plant that is located in Tepual Peurto Montt. The plant sits on 9.26 hectares of property and spans 42,000 cubic feet, which includes office space and a processing plant.

"We have always been interested in integrating our aquaculture operations in Chile and have sought opportunities to develop our own processing capabilities...

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China Temporarily Halts Live Dungeness Crab From California in Response to Domoic Acid Reports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton and Amy Zhong  Dec 5, 2016

China's ASIQS which is responsible for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of goods coming into China, last week suspended all inspections and approvals for live Dungeness Crab from California to enter China.  However, over the weekend they have again begun accepting crab from California, after the USDC assured them the crab ...

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Southern Oregon Dungeness Crab Test Safe Prior to Discussion on Opening Dates

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 5, 2016

Oregon crab fishermen and state fishery managers may opt to open part of the state to Dungeness crabbing today, as domoic acid levels have dropped in the southern part of the state.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday opened the area from Floras Creek, a few miles north of Port Orford, south to the California border to recreational crabbing. Recreational crabbing also is open from Tillamook Head, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, to the Columbia River. The 210-mile area between Tillamook Head and Floras Creek will remain closed to recreational bay and ocean crabbing due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

Some fishermen hope the commercial fishery could ...

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Don’t Give Up on Snow Crab: 2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton December 2, 2016

There are major changes in snow crab quotas projected for the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017.
 
The preliminary survey data done by the DFO shows significantly higher crab biomass than expected.  The data will be peer reviewed in February, at which time the biomass and exploitation rates...

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Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  December 2, 2016

Russian king crab production is going to be certified to the MSC standard.

The Russian crab producers have started preparations for the certification in accordance with the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), in a move, that should provide an opportunity for more regular supplies of Russian king crab to ship to Western markets.

This year the Russian Association of Crab Producers of Far East has successfully passed a procedure of preliminary assessment of crab fishing, which applied to three crab species on the West Kamchatka, and in particular king crab, blue, and southern tanner crab.  There is the possibility that next year it will apply to other crab species.

According to Alexander Dyplyakov, head of the Association of Crab Producers of Far East, the final assessment of the three above-mentioned species is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.   At that time Russia will begin the process of certification of other crab species, such as Opilio snow crab from the North Okhotsk subzone, as well as some crab species of the eastern coast of Kamchatka.


Dyplyakov has also added that certification of Russian crab production is an acute need that will ensure stable supplies of Russian crab

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PODCAST: Oregon and Washington's Dungeness Season Delayed and Alaska's Pollock Biomass Reported

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As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  Dec 2, 2016

As has been expected given the pace of landings this season, total scallop production in Hokkaido has fallen to its lowest level in 21 years.
 
According to the Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, total scallop harvest this year is 183,000 tons, compared with 200,400 tons last year.  This represents the weight of scallops in the shell.
 
In many average years Hokkaido produces around 300,000 tons of scallops in shell.
 
Landings are not expected to recover much in 2017...

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China's CAPMA Establishes Catfish Institute to Support Expansion, Including in Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong

CAPMA, (China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance) has established a China Catfish Institute.
 
The institute is part of the China Ministry of Agriculture.
 
Although Chinese catfish aquaculture has been growing significantly, there were some quality and food safety problems that did great damage to the market.
 
With the industry now worth 50 billion Yuan, the institute will strengthen supervision of catfish industry and communication between companies. It also works hard to put into use scientific research findings..

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Buyback Completed in Alaska Golden King Crab Fishery; NMFS to No Longer Collect Buyback Fee

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton  December 5, 2016

In a period of record high king crab prices, a percentage point or two might go unnoticed, but harvesters who hold Aleutian golden king crab quota will be getting some extra money having completed a industry wide buyout payment.
 
In 2005 the industry agreed to a capacity reduction program that cost $6,380,837, and reduced some of the outstanding fishing licenses.  As in other buyback programs, the loan was paid by an assessment against dockside values. 
 
Since 2005, the industry has paid a total of $10,004,785 to fully repay the loan, interest charges, and fees.  As a result, as of October 31, NMFS will no longer collect buyback fees in the Golden king crab industry, and it will refund any fees paid in excess of what was owed.  The announcement was made in a federal register notice.
 
Since the payments are collected through processors, NMFS will refund the overpayments back to the individual processors, who will be responsible for returning the fees back to the harvesters.
 
The original loan of $97,399,357.11 was allocated among all crab fisheries as follows:
 
1. Bristol Bay red king, $17,129,957.23,...

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Russian Salmon Catches Exceed 420,000 Tons This Year, 4th Largest Volume Since 2000

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  December 1, 2016

Russia's Pacific salmon catch has exceeded 420,000 tons this season.  That total represents the 4th largest catch in the past 16 years, so this year was in the top quartile for Russia.

According to the  North Pacific Development Association based in Sapporo, the Russian ministry announced that they had exceeded last season's catch by 14%.
 
 By species, pink salmon topped with around 210,000 tons, accounting for 61% of the total catch.
 
It was followed by chum with 25%  (107,000 tons), sockeye...

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