Thu. Jul 27 2017

Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies  


3rd New Bedford Seafood Executive Charged with Tax Evasion as Gov’t Attorneys Target Waterfront


Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal  


Chinese Tilapia Prices Rise Due to Better Weather Conditions, Better Feed  


Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition


Mississippi Seafood Dealer Faces Jail After Selling Recreational Caught Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 27, 2017


Wed. Jul 26 2017

Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance


United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income


Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time  


Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 26, 2017


Tue. Jul 25 2017

Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement


MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing


Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor


Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017  


Pacifico First Company to Raise Salt Water Striped Bass, Gets 4 Star BAP Rating  


Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers  


Domestic Red Crayfish is a Big Success for Chinese E-commerce Platforms  


ISSF Seeks to Strengthen Tuna Conservation Efforts at IAATC


National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Mon. Jul 24 2017

Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant


Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU  


Increasing Shortage of Vietnam Basa Could Lead to Higher Prices Later This Year  


Shanghai Crayfish Season at its Peak; Prices Have Skyrocketed Over Last Decade  


UFA Turns to Text Messaging to Build Fisherman Support for Alaska Salmon Habitat Measures


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Summa Equity Acquires 75 Percent of Salmon Smoker Milarex  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 24, 2017


Fri. Jul 21 2017

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector  


ANALYSIS: Imported Mahi Mahi Prices Remain Near Record High Levels Amid Limited Production  


NOAA Locates Crabber F/V Destination Wreckage; Coast Guard Hearing Set for August


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


New President of B.C. Wildlife Federation Aims for Stability


Clean Seas Seafood Rebrands and Launches New Kingfish Campaign


Australian Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery is Recertified Under MSC  


Senators Collins, King Introduce Resolution to Designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day


Thu. Jul 20 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


ANALYSIS: Chilean Market Continues to Weaken to Levels Now Below 2016  


VIDEO: Trident Seafoods Value; Bakkafrost Bacteria Outbreak; UK Seafood Fraud


West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value  


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


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Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton and Peggy Parker – July 27, 2017

While celebrating the fantastic run of salmon into Bristol Bay, which saw sockeye harvests exceed forecasts by 35%, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction.

Bad governmental policy decisions crippled the Alaska processing labor force, and meant that some packers in Bristol Bay were operating with 15-20% fewer workers than they had originally planned.

This meant first, some processors imposed limits on deliveries, which kept fishermen from landing fish even when the period was still ...

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3rd New Bedford Seafood Executive Charged with Tax Evasion as US Attorney Targets Waterfront

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  July 27, 2017

There appears to be a significant fall-out from Carlos Rafael’s case of massive fisheries corruption.  One thread seems to be a concerted effort by the Dept. of Justice to look at tax evasion in the seafood industry in both New Bedford and Gloucester.

New tax evasion charges were added to the Rafael case in March, 2017.  The charges were that Rafael failed to pay taxes in the sum of $108,929.  The U.S. attorney also alleges Rafael omitted $267,061 in reportable cash income in 2014.

Since then there have been a flurry of tax evasion charges against seafood executives in both New Bedford and Gloucester.

But the New Bedford cases all have come about after the indictment of Carlos Rafael...

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Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] submitted by Heather Mann - July 27, 2017

The following is the Port of Newport's Commercial Fishing Industry Platform Regarding the International Terminal Access, as presented by Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Executive Director Heather Mann at the July 25 Port of Newport Commission meeting. The Port is considering modification of the international terminal to allow lumber shipping, which, under one scenario, would have displaced the fishing fleet's use of the terminal. 

The Port of Newport is home to a diversified commercial fishing industry. Well over 100 commercial fishing vessels are home-ported in Newport and many more transient vessels visit and utilize the Port’s facilities. Newport-based vessels participate in many fisheries ...

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Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2017

Compass UK & Ireland, the largest foodservice company in the UK, has joined the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), committing to using responsibly sourced fish across its business.

“In our Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, we outlined as a business our commitments to avoid the use of endangered species of fish, to buy more certified fish every year and only use line and pole caught tuna in packaged sandwiches,"  said Duncan Gray, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Compass Group UK & Ireland.

"We are signing up to the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to further extend our dedication...

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Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 26, 2017

Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions.

Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices...

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United Fishermen of Alaska's Fish Facts Shows Proportion of in-State vs. Out of State Fish Income

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 26, 2017

Alaska’s seafood industry puts more people to work than any other private industry, topping 60,000 workers in 2015. Of that, less than half - 27,600 - were Alaska residents.

And while 71 percent of active fishing permit holders call Alaska home, most of the gross earnings go to the state of Washington. 

Based on numbers from the United Fishermen of Alaska’s annual Fish Facts, resident fishing permit holders made gross dockside earnings of just over $602 million two years ago ...

 

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Hawaii Longline Leader Testifies on Ways to Strengthen the MSA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - July 26, 2017

A Hawaii fishing industry leader made three suggestions to the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans during a hearing last week on “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act." The hearing was designed to continue discussions relevant to MSA reform and consider current draft legislation.

Hawaii Longline Association President Sean Martin, one of four invited witnesses, said overall the MSA is working well, but the Hawaii seafood industry is facing problems related to national monuments created ...

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MSA Reauthorization Fault Lines on Recreation and Stock Target Flexibility Exposed in House Hearing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 25, 2017

In last week’s hearing on HR200, the latest version of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the flash points between recreational and commercial fisheries management -- one of the most visible in the suite of proposed changes to the MSA -- were made clear.

The last time Magnuson-Stevens was amended, stock conservation efforts were strengthened and the standards to which the regional council system was held, were tightened. This go-around, “flexibility” in allowing conservation methods and goals to be more responsive to needs in the recreational sector is getting some traction in Congress.

HR 200, authored by Alaska’s Representative Don Young, eases requirements for a 10-year rebuilding plan...

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Guolian’s Net Profit Expected to Balloon by 700% or More in First Half of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SC Stock.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

Aquaculture company Guolian Aquatic's net profit attributable to shareholders is estimated to range between 70 million yuan (~ $10.4 million US) to 73 million yuan (~ $10.8 million US) in the first half of this year, according to its performance review released in mid-July. It skyrockets by around 695.8% to 729.9% compared with the same period of last year, while overall net profit has declined by 34.2% in the aquaculture industry.

There are several factors that contribute to the increase, ...

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Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews] July 24, 2017

Stavis Seafoods, of Boston, and R.W. Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1st.

R.W. Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US.  The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to R.W. Zant customers. R.W. Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to food service and retail distributors ...

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Chinese Tilapia Prices Rise Due to Better Weather Conditions, Better Feed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 27, 2017

Generally speaking, tilapia aquaculture in China is more promising this year than in 2016. Tilapia diseases are in decline, prices are rebounding and farmers are more enthusiastic.

The aquaculture industry has been gloomy within the past few years under the influence of continually low prices and years of market depression. Finally tilapia prices are rebounding this year, though they are not satisfactorily high. The current farm gate price is about 4.3 to 4.4 yuan/jin (~ $0.32-0.33/kg US) for those ...

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Mississippi Seafood Dealer Faces Jail After Selling Recreational Caught Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle July 27, 2017

Mississippi seafood dealer Lonnie M. Ray was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison on Tuesday.

Ray bought fish from recreational fishermen and failed to report seafood purchases to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). Both actions are illegal in the state and violate the Lacey Act.

In January, after a months-long investigation by federal and local authorities, Ray and Shelley H. Ray, owners of Cowart Seafood Inc. in Bay St. Louis, were accused of illegally selling...

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Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] by Amanda Buckle July 25, 2017

Louisiana shrimp landings in June were the lowest in the past ten years.

The total for headless shrimp in June 2017 came in at 4.470 million pounds partly due to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, June 2016 brought in 6.672 million pounds. The dead zone, which is caused by nutrient pollution, is the third-largest dead zone that the...

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Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Schuichan News] translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2017

Three million Thailand shrimp seed arrived at Xiaoshan of Zhejiang Province from Shanghai Pudong airport in the early morning hours of July 6. This is the first time that Zhejiang province has imported white shrimp seed. The seed is destined to help improve seed qualities in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Region and promote healthy development of white shrimp aquaculture there. Staff from Xiaoshan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have helped companies build ...

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Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Oregonian] By Maxine Bernstein - July 25, 2017

A former executive who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pacific Seafood Group was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in federal prison.

Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, spent 11 years at the family-owned company Pacific Seafood Group, rising to serve as vice president of employee leadership and development for the company's 2,500-member staff.

While receiving a six-figure salary, he spent at least his last four years embezzling money from the company, stealing an estimated $900,000, according to ...

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Court Battle over Placentia Bay Salmon Farm Could Scare Off Future Investors, Says Marystown Mayor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] By Geoff Bartlett - July 25, 2017

Grieg Seafarms considers recent court order 'low risk' to project

A Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruling over a quarter-billion dollar salmon farm project in Placentia Bay is not sitting well with the mayor of Marystown — though the company overseeing the operation doesn't think it will jeopardize the project.

Last week, Justice Gillian Butler overturned a decision made by the province's environment department to release Grieg Seafarms from further environmental assessment.

Butler said the minister "lacked the jurisdiction" to ...

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News Summary July 26, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Walmart Selects BAP as First Seafood-Related 3rd Party Auditor for Social Compliance

Headlining the news today is word that Walmart announced in a June 30th notice to suppliers that it is simplifying its Responsible Sourcing Program to focus its resources on areas that make the greatest difference for workers in its supply chain. The move reemphasizes its commitment to preventing forced and child labor, as well as unsafe working conditions. Specifically, Walmart is requiring that suppliers get annual 3rd Party social compliance audits if they're located in countries that they deem at risk of abusive labor practices. 

In other news, the Bell Aquaculture fish farm has been sold for $14 million to AquaBounty Technologies, based in Maynard, Mass. which is focused on building better fish. At one time, Bell's trout, perch and coho salmon farm, including two dozen indoor tanks containing 70,000 gallons of water each, had been hailed as a model of land-based, containment aquaculture. AquaBounty, in 2015, obtained the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food: AquaAdvantage Salmon. It reaches market size more quickly than non-GE, farm-raised Atlantic salmon. 

According to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released last week by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and The Hartman Group, one in four consumers shop at ...

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