Tue. Sep 19 2017

Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down


Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand


IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)


B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch  


US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%  


Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp  


Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive  


SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line


Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, September 19


Mon. Sep 18 2017

US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect  


Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments


Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August


Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, September 18


Fri. Sep 15 2017

Canadian Shrimp Dispute Erupts As DFO Indicates Low Level Shrimp Quotas Will Continue Next Year  


ADFG: 2017 Bristol Bay Salmon Season 2nd Best in Twenty Years  


Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change


Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility  


Samherji Awarded Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain at Icelandic Fisheries Awards


Total Ecuadorean Exports of Shrimp Declined in August after Reaching Record in July


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, September 15


Thu. Sep 14 2017

Three Weeks Later, More Than 100,000 Atlantic Salmon May Still Be in Pacific NW Waters


Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales  


Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative  


Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon  


Seafoodnews.com Summary Thursday, September 14


Alaska Working to Build Blue Economy


Wed. Sep 13 2017

Chilean BioTech Company TerraVia Will Get GAA's Innovation Award for Algae Based Omega-3 Salmon Feed


JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion  


East and West Coast Fisheries Associations Testify Today Before Senate Subcommittee on Magnuson


Climate Change Will Impact SE Alaska Rivers, and Salmon  


With Largest EEZ in World US Won't Grow a Single Lb. of Fish in Federal Waters Say Ocean Stewards


Red Lobster Has a "Secret Menu" During Their Endless Shrimp Promotion  


Embargoed N. Korean Seafood Still Sold in China


California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom Requests Disaster Relief for Sardine, Urchin Fisheries  


Alaska Sea Grant Gears Up for Smoked Fish Training, and Processing Workshop


Australia's National Seafood Body, Seafood Industry Australia, Has its First CEO


Seafoodnews.com Summary Wednesday, September 13


Tue. Sep 12 2017

Seafoodnews.com Summary Tuesday, September 12


East Coast Seafood Hires Greg Staley as VP of Operations


NL's Seafood Innovation and Transition Program Funds Cod Pots, Marketing Projects


Investment Floods into China's Domestic Crawfish Restaurants, Yet Business Model is Suspect


Hokkaido Urges Russia to Improve Crab Enforcement After Finding 844 Illegal Crab Pots


Fish Radio: Alaska Salmon Catch Topped Projections, But it Could Have been Higher  


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Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Peggy Parker - September 19, 2017

Signs point to a snow crab fishery again this year in Alaska.

 Following an extremely poor stock survey in 2016, the ADF&G opened the Alaskan Opilo (Snow Crab) fishery with an allowable catch barely above the legal threshold.

Many in the crab industry, and their customers, feared that a negative survey this year could lead to a complete shutdown. So the results of the latest Eastern Bering Sea crab survey appear to offer some good news.

However, the survey data on red king crab was ...

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Rafael Seeks to Sell Vessels, Pay Small Fine; Opposes Gov't Forfeiture Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrentnews] by Jason Smith  Sept. 19, 2017

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based fishing magnate Carlos 'Codfather' Rafael is opposing a government proposal to seize his vessels as unconstitutional, and is claiming his crime didn't harm fishermen, court documents show.  
 
More recently, it appears that Rafael is trying to sell the vessels outright, and pay the government fine from the proceeds.

Rafael has a buyer lined up for the sale of his stake in 13 groundfish vessels that the US government instead wants forfeited due to their use in criminal activity, court records show.

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IUU Lobster Fishing and Dumping Must be Stopped Immediately in Canada (Editorial)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Editorial Opinion] by John Sackton  Sept. 19, 2017

Lobster dumping has to stop.  Yesterday we published images of piles of dead lobster in the woods near Digby, Nova Scotia.  The lobsters that were dumped appear to include both female lobsters with notched tails, and undersized lobsters.  The fishing of these lobsters in Nova Scotia is strictly illegal.

The protection of egg bearing female lobsters has been the law in Canada since the 1870’s.

This dumping escalates a dispute over native fishing rights involving several Mi’kmaq bands and non-native commercial fishers in Nova Scotia.  Although there is no proven link between the out of season fishing of the Mi’kmaq and the lobster dumping...

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US Lowers Indian Shrimp Duty Rates by 62%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Foreign Trade Data] by Jarrod M. Goldfeder September 19, 2017

The Commerce Department published today its final determination in the eleventh administrative review of the antidumping duty order against Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India.  This reviews cover Indian frozen shrimp entries during the period February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.  The final antidumping rates are as follows ...

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Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 18, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The push to protect salmon habitat is still a go.

A proposed ballot initiative aimed at modernizing salmon habitat protection and permitting laws was denied last week by Lieutenant Governor Mallott. The measure would update the Title 16 laws for the first time in 60 years. 

But because it would appropriate waterways and that can’t be done by ballot initiative, it was ruled unconstitutional ...

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US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton Sept. 18, 2017

Canadian live lobster exporters expect to see the elimination of the 8% EU tariff on live lobsters this month, as a result of the implementation of the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).

The agreement has various provisions lowering tariffs on Canadian seafood exported to the EU over several years, but the 8% tariff on live lobster is scheduled to be eliminated completely the day the pact goes into force.

This has the potential to disrupt live lobster trading patterns during the important Christmas holiday season.

At this time, most of the lobster shipped overseas is Nova Scotia hard shell lobsters, from fishing areas 33 and 34 which represent the largest Canadian lobster production areas.  LFA 34 opens generally the last Sunday in November, until May 30th.  The bulk of the catches are generally in the first month.

Much of the export of live lobster to Europe moves through Boston..

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Zinke Memo Recommends Restoring Commercial Fishing to Northeast Canyon and Other Marine Monuments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Sept. 18, 2017

According to Interior Secretary Zinke’s Review of National Monuments obtained by the Washington Post, the recommendation for all three marine monuments reviewed s to restore fisheries management authority to the respective regional management councils.

The Northeast Canyon’s Monument, which has been vigorously opposed by fishing interests in New England, would be re-opened to commercial fishing under the recommendation, and management would be done under the Magnuson Stevens Act.

This was one of the New England Fishery Management Council’s arguments made during public comments on the proposed monument.  They said removing the area of the monument, about 4900 

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Canadian Shrimp Dispute Erupts As DFO Indicates Low Level Shrimp Quotas Will Continue Next Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Sept 15. 2017

Credit Navigator MagazineAfter a dismal shrimp season that saw harvests slashed for the inshore Newfoundland Fleet, the union FFAW/Unifor has strongly objected to a DFO Draft Rebuilding Plan for Northern Shrimp.

At issue is the rebuilding targets, and whether they should remain the same as the historical targets, or be adjusted due to the increased presence of cod.

If DFO continues business as usual, shrimp quotas for 2018 are likely to be the same as the current year, around 10,000 tons overall in area 6.  This is similar to the levels seen in the mid 1990’s before the development of the inshore shrimp sector.

There is a well known documented oscillation effect between shrimp and cod...

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ADFG: 2017 Bristol Bay Salmon Season 2nd Best in Twenty Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 15, 2017

The Bristol Bay salmon season summary is now out and this year's season ranks second out of the last 20 years and was 62 percent above the 34.9 million average run for the same period. 

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game cautions that the summary is preliminary, but a few things about the season are remarkable.

First, the run to the Nushagak District was the largest in the history of the fishery. 

The Nushagak, Egegik, Togiak and Ugashik districts were higher than the preseason forecast while Naknek-Kvichak District was less than predicted. The 37.7 million sockeye salmon commercial harvest was 37% above the 27.5 million preseason forecast.

Second, this year’s Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run was 42% above ...

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Fish Around the Globe Will Face "Mounting Challenges" Due to Climate Change

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 15, 2017

Can fish survive climate change? That’s the big question posed in a new study from the University of Washington.

Researchers at the University of Washington studied physiological data to predict how nearly 3,000 fish species living in oceans and rivers will respond to warming water temperatures in different regions. The study, which was published on Nature Climate Change, found marine fish in the tropics and freshwater fish in higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere were the most at risk when water temperatures warmed.

“Nowhere on Earth are fish spared from having to cope with climate change ...

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B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

Salmon farms are engulfed in a bit of a controversy following escapement issues, but that hasn’t stopped the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program from recognizing Atlantic farm raised salmon in British Columbia as a sustainable choice.

The program has recommended Atlantic salmon raised in British Columbia as a “good alternative.” The rating means that salmon farms have made improvements to habitat and escapes, and have increased their “independent, transparent, peer-reviewed data on the subject of ...

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Sysco Now Offering Sustainable and Artificial Additive-Free Wild Caught Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

Foodservice distribution company Sysco is launching a new product – Premier Gold Natural Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp.

The shrimp is sourced in the Gulf of Mexico, and then processed and frozen without artifical preservatives, antibiotics, or sulfites. The product is part of Sysco's Cutting Edge Solutions platform, which will bring ...

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SeaPak Expands Their Pub Style Beer Battered Frozen Seafood Line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 19, 2017

SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company is expanding their product line. The retail brand already offers Beer Battered Shrimp, and this October will launch two new additions to the line – Pub Style Beer Battered Cod and Beer Battered Crab Poppers.

“From our research, we know that consumers are looking to duplicate restaurant-style, beer-battered seafood at home, which was ... 

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Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News]  Translated by Amy Zhong Sept. 19, 2017

On September 7, Laos has received  1.2-million tilapia seed from Nanning airport of Guangxi. This is the first time that Guangxi has exported large quantities of such seed to Laos. It is one practice encouraged by the One Belt One Road initiative.  

These boxes were sent to Nanning airport hurriedly, because these seed can only survive for eight hours in the boxes after the processing. Nanning customs has guided the export company in its clearance and hastened relevant procedures, which result in successful seed delivery from Guangxi to Laos. 

By 3 pm they were transported to local facilities and felt energetic again in water..

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Hurricane Harvey dropped Restaurant Sales in Texas 15%, and 1% Nationally for Last Week of August

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

Texas residents are working on rebuilding post Hurricane Harvey, but it’s a process that will take some time. The same goes for restaurants in the area.

Data from Nation’s Restaurant News and Black Box Intelligence, a financial performance benchmarking company, reveals that same-store sales in Texas fell 15% during the last week of August. While the overall numbers for the month weren’t that impressive to begin with, the dip was a result of ...

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Study Reveals Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

A study conducted by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA) has found that, despite knowing the health benefits and importance of omega-3 fatty acids, adults in the United States and Germany may not be getting enough.

GNHA, an organization that educates people on optimal nutrition and promotes a healthy lifestyle, pulled data from a study looking at 200 adults in the U.S. and Germany. The study, which was published in Nutrients, found that there was a discrepancy between the ...

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China-Based Grocery E-Commerce Site Signs MoU with GAA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

Yiguo.com is the latest company to begin working with the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The China-based grocery food e-commerce site, along with GAA, signed a memorandum of understanding...

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