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Jul 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 27, 2017


Jul 27 - Compass, UK’s Largest Foodservice Provider joins Sustainable Seafood Coalition


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Jul 19 - UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US


Jul 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Jul 18 - Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry


Jul 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 17, 2017


Jul 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 14, 2017


Jul 14 - Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court


Jul 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 13, 2017


Jul 13 - NOAA's Bullard to Retire; No Plans to Slow Down Before He Leaves in January


Jul 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 12, 2017


Jul 12 - Mississippi Senator Wicker Authors Bills to Boost Recreational Fishing, Marine Management


Jul 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 11, 2017


Jul 11 - Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues


Jul 11 - After Re-entering Chinese Market, Norwegian Salmon Makes Push to Lure Foodies


Jul 10 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 10, 2017


Jul 10 - Young’s Launches a New, Best Tasting ‘Simply Breaded’ Range of Products


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Jul 7 - New England’s Major Groundfish, Except Cod, Enter into MSC Assessment


Jul 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 06, 2017


Jul 6 - Baader and Cermaq Announce Deal for End to End Computer Controlled Salmon Factory


Jul 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 05, 2017


Jun 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 30, 2017


Jun 29 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 29, 2017


Jun 29 - Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point


Jun 28 - Fishery Management Council Appointments Announced, with Continuity in Most Regions


Jun 28 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 28, 2017


Jun 27 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 27, 2017


Jun 27 - China's JD.com Fresh Food Unit Inks Agreement with Norway for Salmon


Jun 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 26, 2017


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Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May


Jun 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 21, 2017


Jun 21 - Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners


Jun 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 20, 2017


Jun 20 - Bocaccio, Darkblotch Rockfish Assessment Updates Show Stocks Rebuilt


Jun 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 19, 2017


Jun 19 - MSC Could be Kiss of Death for West Coast Groundfish


Jun 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 16, 2017


Jun 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 15, 2017


Jun 15 - NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs


Jun 15 - Changes to Halibut Fishery in the Bering Sea Being Considered by North Pacific Council


Jun 14 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 14, 2017


Jun 14 - Slade Gorton Tilapia Recall Expands to Giant Eagle


Jun 13 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 13, 2017


Jun 13 - ICES Recommends 20% Cut to 2018 Barents Sea Cod Quotas Citing Weak Recruitment


Jun 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 12, 2017


Jun 12 - West Coast Senators Cosponsor Young Fishermen’s Development Act


Jun 12 - Slade Gorton Voluntarily Recalls Tilapia Products for Undeclared Milk


Jun 12 - What a State Budget-Triggered Shutdown Will Mean for Alaska's Fisheries


Jun 9 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 9, 2017


Jun 9 - Canada's St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster


Jun 8 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 8, 2017


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Jun 6 - Fisheries Scientists Launch Independent Effort to Expand Sustainable Practices to Africa, Asia


Jun 5 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 5, 2017


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Jun 1 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 1, 2017


Jun 1 - Northern SEAlaska Sablefish Quota Up 10.7% From Last Year


May 31 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 31, 2017


May 31 - Red Lobster Promoting Wild Caught Red Shrimp on Summerfest Menu


May 30 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 30, 2017


May 30 - Pacific Halibut Catch On Track at Nearly 8 Million Pounds To Date


May 26 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


May 26 - VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway


May 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


May 25 - Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


May 25 - DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets


May 24 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


May 24 - DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters


May 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


May 23 - Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer


May 23 - Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification


May 22 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


May 22 - F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


May 19 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


May 19 - VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades


May 18 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


May 18 - Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections


May 18 - NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


May 18 - Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil


May 17 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


May 17 - Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock


May 17 - Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse


May 16 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


May 15 - Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 15, 2017


May 15 - Trident Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Alaskan Cod Retail Products for Containing Plastic


May 15 - Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Backs FIP for Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries in Sri Lanka


May 15 - Letter: John Pappalardo asks Rafael be Permanently Banned from Fishing, Redistribution of Quota


May 12 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 12, 2017


May 12 - Canadian Food, Seafood Sales on JD Platform in China Increase 400%, CA Gov Pledges More Support


May 11 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 11, 2017


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News Summary July 27, 2017

Today's Main Story: Huge Bristol Bay Run Meant $ Millions in Lost Revenue Due to Congress’ Disastrous Labor Policies 

Topping today's headlines is a look at how while celebrating the fantastic run of salmon into Bristol Bay, which saw sockeye harvests exceed forecasts by 35%, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction. SeafoodNews' John Sackton and Peggy Parker write that 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. In the Bay, where over a thousand permit holders vie for their share of 37 million sockeye salmon, mostly within a one-week time period, a 15-20% shortage in plant workers is big news, an it had a ripple effect throughout the area and the industry. 

In other news, 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. 

In Virginia, the blue crab pot season is officially shorter than last year after the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously to reduce bushel limits and end the season 16...

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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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News Summary July 25, 2017

Today's Main Story: Former Pacific Seafood Executive Sentenced for Embezzlement 

Opening the news today is a focus on how 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 prosecutors. 

In other news, 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 area has experienced. The toxins in the zones are released in the waterways and cause the growth of algae. The algae decompose in the water, resulting in low-oxygen, which in turn kills stationary marine life and drives other species out of the area. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that in May the equivalent of “2,800 train cars of fertilizer poured into the Gulf.” 

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News Summary July 21, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Shrimp Market Prices Generally Stable 

Today’s lead story focuses on how although the shrimp market has remained relatively stable throughout the year, we have seen slight price declines in recent weeks for some HSLO sizes as well as value-added products. Urner Barry's Market Reporter, Angel Rubio, provides commentary and analysis on this commodity. 

In other news, on the Eastern Coast of the US some shoreline restaurants are dealing with a low supply of clams. Clam shacks reportedly said they haven't been able to get their normal supply of clams at the peak of the season. The demand is high and the prices are the same. To that end, Atlantic Capes Fisheries announced on Tuesday that the supply will increase this week thanks to the purchase of Mandy Lynn, which is a new two-truckload surf clam vessel which gives them seven ...

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News Summary July 19, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bloomberg: Trident Valued at $2.1 Billion, with Chuck Bundrant on Bloomberg Billionaires Index 

Headlining the news today is a look at Chuck Bundrant’s Trident Seafoods which is valued at $2.1 billion. Trident was formed in 1973 with two partners and one boat. Chuck Bundrant was a college freshman with $80 in his pocket when he drove halfway across the country to Seattle to earn a few bucks fishing. The year was 1961. He hasn’t stopped fishing since. And today, Bundrant, the founder and majority owner of Trident, is worth at least $1.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His wealth is due to a fair measure of pluck. Back in the early 1980s, he persuaded Americans to eat pollock, then considered a trash fish, at fast-food restaurants and, to this day, Trident ships it + along with salmon and cod + to chains including Costco and Safeway. 

In other news, Bakkafrost, the major salmon producer in the Faroe Islands, discovered listeria bacteria in its production last week. This was confirmed by its CEO Regin Jacobsen. The company is not certain how much of the fish was shipped before the listeria was discovered, but Jacobsen says the testing showed small amounts, less than 10 parts per million per gram. Listeria is destroyed by cooking in any amount under 100 parts per. This salmon, however, is not suitable for sushi. 

In the UK, sushi bars are committing "seafood fraud" by serving customers the wrong fish, a study has found. Researchers examined labeling practices in restaurants and found that in many cases fish was being mislabeled, or not labeled at all. Substitution levels in the UK were significantly lower, however, than those observed in North America. Research indicated that the average British fish-eater could only distinguish two out of six common fish. About half could tell a salmon from a mackerel, but only a third could identify cod. 

In a new study, an international group of scientists found that in comparing four types of fishing gear that touches the seafloor, otter trawls were found to be

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News Summary July 18, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet 

Opening the news today is a look at the Bristol Bay sockeye run which sailed past 50 million sometime Sunday, July 16, with a cumulative catch of 33 million sockeye. This exceeds both the ADF&G preseason forecast of 27.5 million fish and the University of Washington's 30.5 million sockeye estimate. The 800,000-fish daily catch on Saturday was under a million fish for the first time since July 2. With escapement still strong, and another two million sockeye expected in the Naknek-Kvichal District, the 2017 season could be among the top three largest since 1995. Last year's harvest was 37.3 million sockeye out of a 54 million total run. In 2015, the sockeye harvest was 35.7 million out of a 58 million total run. 

In other news, the United States' Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump's "Hire American" rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland Security officials in a call with reporters. The visas are for workers taking temporary jobs in the seafood, tourism, landscaping, construction and other seasonal industries — but not farm laborers. 

Meanwhile, the cold saltwater along Maine’s coast harbors a growing oyster industry that is riding the bivalves’ blossoming popularity and the state’s reputation for quality seafood. Experts predict that the industry, which had a record year in 2016, could triple in size within the next dozen years. “It is actually quite simple, the Maine oyster is viewed as the preeminent oyster in the marketplace because of water quality and low water temperature,” said Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. 

Finally today, the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance announced their support of the lawsuit brought against the Department of Commerce's decision to re-open the federal recreational red snapper season. The lawsuit was filed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Ocean Conservancy. The suit was filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Commerce's decision to "increasing ...

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News Summary July 17, 2017

Today's Main Story: 20% of Texas Shrimp Fleet Stuck in Port Due to Congressional Bad Immigration Decisions

Texas shrimp will be harder to find and cost more because of an immigration decision designed to appease conservative voters misinformed about our economy's reliance on foreign labor. This will create a windfall for foreign shrimpers, who will gladly take market share from local boats and damage the Texas economy. The Gulf Coast brown shrimp season opened Saturday, but 20% of the Brownsville-Port Isabel fleet was not expected to leave port because of a crew shortage, and reports indicate that almost every boat along the coast was short-staffed because Congress did not renew the H-2B Returning Worker Program.

In other news, in a stunning decision to grant New Jersey’s recreational summer flounder fishery a waiver from new regulations to conserve the stock, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has shattered a 75-year practice of honoring the scientific process of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The letter was written to Executive Director Robert Beal and signed by Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator NOAA Fisheries on July 11, 2017. Oliver notes that the Atlantic Coastal Act's compliance process rests on two criteria + whether or not New Jersey has failed to carry out its responsibility under the management plan and if so, whether the measures the state failed to implement are needed for conservation purposes of summer flounder. Oliver further notes that if the Secretary determines that New Jersey has not been in compliance, the Act mandates that Ross declare a moratorium on that fishery.

Elsewhere, when Pacific Coast Seafood reopens its plant in Warrenton, Oregon, crab will be on the roster of seafood it processes. The Warrenton Planning Commission on Thursday night approved, with conditions, a request to modify a previously approved site design for the facility. Representatives of the ...

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Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seacoast Online] By Max Sullivan - July 14, 2017

HAMPTON — After losing a lawsuit alleging a federal agency has imposed unfair regulations, Hampton fisherman David Goethel is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cause of Action Institute, which is representing Goethel and a group of other fishermen pro bono, filed a petition to be taken up by the Supreme Court Tuesday. The suit was originally filed in U.S. District Court against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce in 2015. It alleges NOAA unfairly requires commercial groundfishermen to fund at-sea monitors to join them on fishing trips and observe their compliance with regulations. Groundfish include popular New England fishing ...

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NOAA's Bullard to Retire; No Plans to Slow Down Before He Leaves in January

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] By Sean Horgan - July 13, 2017

John Bullard, NOAA Fisheries' Greater Atlantic regional administrator for the past five years, announced Wednesday that he will retire effective Jan. 5, 2018.

Bullard took the top job in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gloucester-based office in 2012. As regional administrator, he has been responsible for leading the agency’s approach to fisheries, habitat, sea turtle, and marine mammal issues from Maine to North Carolina as well as through...

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Mississippi Senator Wicker Authors Bills to Boost Recreational Fishing, Marine Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – A new bill designed to improve data collection and access to ocean fisheries for recreational fishermen was introduced by Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss, a senior member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The panel oversees policies related to marine fisheries and the nation’s oceans.

“For too long, Mississippi’s fishermen have been dealing with government policies based on bad data,” Wicker said. “This legislation would be an important first step to modernize the federal fishing policies on the Gulf Coast and preserve access to Mississippi’s bountiful fishing resources for years to come.”

The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act” calls on regional fishery...

 

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Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Landmark Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 11, 2017

Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace announced today an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the Tuna Industry.

The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation   Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee.  They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major ...

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News Summary July 10, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Looking Likely to Exceed Forecast; Nushagak District May See Highest Harvest 

There were more positive reports out of Bristol Bay over the weekend. Saturday’s total in the Bay was over 2 million fish. Total catch is now over 20.58 million sockeye, and the total run is 31.8 million. The Naknek-Kvichak District and the Ugashik District are still seeing less than half their expected run and the Port Moeller numbers continue to show higher trends than in many prior years. The largest total showing in the test fishery occurred on July 4, and with transit times at 6-9 days, today could be the highest landings and escapement numbers yet in the Bay. If so, it would follow a remarkable week in terms of numbers ...

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News Summary July 7, 2017

Today's Main Story: Like Ecuador, India Seeing Huge Increase in Shrimp Production This Year

Our leading story today looks at how Indian shrimp exports to the US continue to surge, and at the end of May they were up 100% for the month compared to 2016, and 54.8% up year to date as Paul Brown reported yesterday. Behind the surge is a remarkable growth in Indian shrimp production, and the continuing favorability of the US market for Indian exporters. For the Indian fiscal year ending March 30th, 2017, Indian shrimp exports were up 16.2%, to 434,484 metric tons, which is nearly 1 billion pounds. The US only accounted for 29.8% of this volume, as exports were diversified. Southeast Asia including China and Vietnam, took 23.3%, the EU took 17.7% and Japan took 7.2%.

In other news, wholesale prices of ikura (salmon roe) are soaring in Japan reflecting the shrinking domestic inventory due to poor harvests of fall chum in Hokkaido. The wholesale price in Tokyo and Osaka has been on a rise since last fall, jumping 30 to 40 percent over the same period of the previous year. A major dealer at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market notes it is the highest price since Japan's bubble economy period 30 years ago. The price of salted ikura at Tsukiji now stands at 7,500-8,000 yen per kilo ($65 to $70 U.S.), with that of soy-sauced roe being at around 6,500-7,000 yen ($57 to $61 U.S.).

Elsewhere, for one fish plant owner in eastern Newfoundland, the fight to bring sustainable practices to his industry has meant a painful setback that unraveled years of hard work, and the loss of a type of certification that appeals to environmentally conscious consumers. After years of research, and a year of what turned out to be a short-lived victory, this particular fish plant owner was forced to make a difficult decision: he withdrew the Marine Stewardship Council's sustainability certification for the cod fishery off the south coast of Newfoundland. The decision cost him time, money, and a few major customers who were drawn to the vaunted blue MSC label.

In Nova Scotia, fishing groups say the lobster fishery would be better off with an industry-led by-catch monitoring system if the reality is that it’s coming anyway. Three local fisheries organizations say fishermen and industry would be better off to handle it themselves as opposed to having it handed down by DFO. Such is the case with a proposal that could see by-catch monitoring happen in the lobster fishery by the fall of 2018. Three local organizations – Coldwater Lobster Association, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisheries Ass

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News Summary July 6, 2017

Today's Main Story: West Coast Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Assessment Results Shows Dramatic Improvement 

Today's main story focuses on how nobody saw it coming: Pacific ocean perch rockfish (POP), a West Coast species of rockfish listed as overfished and one that has constrained fisheries for decades, is likely rebuilt. Susan Chambers writes that it was probably never overfished to begin with, according to a new stock assessment. The estimated depletion (relative spawning output) is 75 percent, which is above the target of 40 percent. At a 95 percent confidence interval, the estimated depletion has been above 40 percent since at least 2008 and possibly before.

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News Summary July 5, 2017

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Leads State with Strong Sockeye Landings 

Leading the news is a recap of Sockeye landings in Bristol Bay. Another five million fish were landed since the July 4th holiday for a cumulative harvest of 9.83 million sockeye as of July 3. The pre-season forecast of an estimated 27.5 million sockeye remains solid with strong numbers at the Port Moller test fishery as of July 1. At nearly all testing stations, the numbers have increased in the days prior to July 1, especially in larger mesh gear. More recent totals will be available towards the end of the week. With a 5-6 day travel time from Port Moller to the Bristol Bay fleet, test data from July 2 on will help gauge how close the pre-season run forecast is in both timing and size. Cumulative escapement for all five river districts in the Bay is 3.7 million as of July 3, with an in-river estimate of about half a million, just over a third of the estimated goal of 12.46 million.

Meanwhile, at least four commercial fishing vessels partially sank in Bristol Bay after boats heavy with salmon had difficulty navigating poor weather in the region. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the four vessels were all partially submerged Monday in different parts of Nushagak Bay after they were swamped by waves and began taking on water. He said all of the vessels were commercial salmon fishing. Colclough said Good Samaritan vessels assisted in recovering everyone on board and no one was injured. He did not know Monday how many people were rescued. He said an investigation into the incidents was ongoing Monday and that a definitive caus

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News Summary June 29, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Rethinking MSC and West Coast Fisheries: Brad Pettinger Makes an Important Point 

Last week we published an article attacking the role MSC plays in West Coast Groundfish, and many people told us we went too far. SEAFOODNEWS' John Sackton and Susan Chambers agree. When we saw the MSC press release highlighting the strides made in West Coast groundfish conservation, it came at the same time we were wrestling with a story about the problem of low catch rates and the general difficulty of harvesters catching a substantial share of their allocations under current NMFS rules. Unfortunately, I hastily conflated this problem with the MSC, and that was wrong. The MSC has been a very positive factor in West Coast Groundfish. In his rightly angry response, Brad Pettinger, head of the Oregon Trawl Commission, made an important point- which we post.

In other news, herring and pogies

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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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News Summary July 24, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stavis Seafoods to Greatly Expand West Coast Distribution with Partnership with R.W. Zant 

Today's lead item reports that Stavis Seafoods of Boston, and RW Zant, a major west coast broadline distributor, have announced a primary distribution partnership that will begin August 1, 2017. RW Zant is one of the largest redistribution companies in the US. The partnership will include the warehousing and delivery of Stavis Seafoods’ products to RW Zant customers. RW Zant specializes in all aspects of protein and dairy wholesale distribution to foodservice and retail distributors throughout the Western United States. This agreement will not only enhance Stavis Seafoods’ supply chain capabilities on the West Coast, it will also greatly expand RW Zant’s product offerings in the seafood category.

Also highlighted today is word that the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), one of Russia’s leading fish producers, is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand. According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic market. A spokesman for RFC said that the company wants to produce fish products that will be processed and frozen on board immediately after the catch. It is reported that future production will be positioned for middle-priced and premium segments of the market. According to RFC, the company currently sells all the products to wholesale buyers and processors.

In other news, Canadian Environment Minister, Eddie Joyce, says a Supreme Court decision ordering an environmental impact statement will be reviewed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday overturned the provincial government's decision to release a quarter-billion dollar salmon farming project in Placentia Bay from further environmental assessment. Justice Gillian Butler ruled on July 20 that Perry Trimper, then the environment and climate change minister, "lacked jurisdiction" to release the project from a full environmental assessment, and that an environmental impact statement had to be completed. Joyce says it's standard practice for the Department of Justice

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News Summary July 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Booming Demand for Lobster Means Record Catches and High Prices 

Today's lead item reports that the lobster business is booming in Maine. Lobstermen are hauling in record catches, while prices are near all-time highs. That's because the industry is also seeing record demand. U.S. lobstermen have seen their yearly haul quintuple over the last 30 years. They brought in 131 million pounds of the crustacean in 2016, more than 80 percent of that was caught in Maine. The industry made a huge push to increase demand, both domestically and around the globe. And they've had great success, especially in China, where distributors are marketing Maine lobster as a clean source of quality protein. It also helps that the Chinese word for lobster is similar to the word for dragon, it resembles the mythical creature and when cooked, it turns the lucky color red.

In other news, the Bristol Bay Sockeye run is not over yet, with word Monday that the Kvichak River seemed to finally “pop”, but this year’s fishery is shaping up to be one of the largest ever and certainly one of the most valuable in a long time. The total run was predicted to be 41.5 million, allowing for a harvest of 27.5 million sockeye, but through Monday the fleet had hauled in over 34 million and the total run was already past 51 million.

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UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Times] by  July 19, 2017

Sushi bars are committing "seafood fraud" by serving customers the wrong fish, a study has found.

Researchers examined labelling practices in restaurants and found that in many cases fish was being mislabelled, or not labelled at all. Stefano Mariani, a conservation geneticist at Salford University, who presented his work to the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, said: "This is about transparency. People don't know what they are buying. There is now a huge trade in lesser-known species that have not been assessed. Imagine how impossible it is for a ...

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Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 18, 2017

Important changes to the certification standard used in feed and nutraceuticals have been made to the International Fishmeal and Fish oil Organisation's IFFO Global Standard for the Responsible Supply of Marine Ingredients – IFFO RS for short.

The launch of version 2 of our IFFO Responsible Supply of Marine Ingredients marks a major new milestone in development of the standard. The new version revises the fisheries assessment methodology to cover multispecies fisheries, a new Good Manufacturing Practice section for the factory and altered clauses covering social welfare and pollution management.

The original standard, launched in 2009, became an independent standard in 2015 and by 2016, was the standard used by over 40% of the worlds marine ingredients....

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News Summary July 14, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Management 

We open today's news reporting that for the first time since 2003, and before that 1997, the Yukon River king salmon run has exceeded 253,000 fish. On July 12, the 253,250th chinook was counted at Pilot Station. ADF&G has revised the run outlook to be as high as 287,000 Chinook for this year and relaxed subsistence fishing restrictions. There will be no commercial season for Chinook this year. The higher numbers mean the Canadian-bound kings, which the U.S. is treaty-bound to protect so they can reach their spawning grounds in Canada, will be above the upper end of pre-season estimates. It also means that subsistence take of these highly-nutritional fish will now be open for residents of Alaska's largest river system. 

In other news, thus far, the Trump administration has pursued an agenda that has basically alarmed scientists and environmentalists. The administration has also been slow to appoint scientific leadership, both in the White House and across federal agencies. But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris ...

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News Summary July 13, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week

A common headline these last few weeks has focused on the Salmon coming out of Bristol Bay. With a total run as of July 11 at 40.38 million sockeye and fishing still going strong today, it looks likely that the ADF&G forecast of 41.47 million will be exceeded by the end of this week. It's also likely the final numbers will exceed the predictions of the University of Washington salmon team, which forecasted a total run of 43.1 million. Maybe not by the end of the week, but the strength of the Nushagak and Egigik Districts, and an expected surge in the Kvichak, could make this a banner year.

In other news, Coast Seafoods Company’s Southwest Operations Manager Greg Dale said Tuesday that his shellfish company does not intend or plan to leave Humboldt Bay after the California Coastal Commission narrowly rejected its permit applications in June. Coast Seafoods Company’s permits for its nearly 300 acres of existing shellfish farming operations in northern Humboldt Bay are set to expire in August 2017, but Dale said commission staff and North Coast District Commissioner Ryan Sundberg — who is also Humboldt County’s 5th District supervisor — have committed to coming back in August with options to allow their existing farms to continue.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the American agency that responds to marine mammals in distress has halted its efforts to free large whales trapped in fishing gear following the recent death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick. Chris Oliver, assistant administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extended condolences Wednesday to the family of Joe Howlett of Campobello Island after he was killed Monday from freeing a North Atlantic right whale that had been entangled in fishing gear. A close friend of Howlett’s said the 59-year-old veteran fisherman was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and started swimming away.

John Bullard, NOAA Fisheries' Greater Atlantic regional administrator for the past five years, announced Wednesday that he will retire effective Jan. 5, 2018. Bullard took the top job in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gloucester-based office in 2012. As regional administrator, he has been responsible for leading the agency’s approach to fisheries, habitat, sea turtle, and marine mammal issues from Maine to North Carolina...

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News Summary July 12, 2017

Today's Main Story: Chile's Salmon Output May Increase More than Expected, Help Shares

Headlining the news today is a focus on how Chile's farmed salmon production could increase more than expected this year, helping share prices of Chilean producers at a time when salmon from leading global producer Norway is limited, according to a trade association and analysts. As stricter regulations are implemented to tackle environmental problems that have decimated fish populations, local companies had forecast stable output in 2017 after a 20 percent decline a year earlier due to a deadly algae bloom. Production now looks likely to surpass expectations, said Felipe Sandoval, president of the Salmon Chile association, which represents producers.

Meanwhile, the Chilean salmon fillet market continued to trend lower yesterday. Urner Barry's Salmon Market Reporter Janice Schreiber writes that supplies range fully adequate to ample in the spot market coupled with a seasonally lackluster demand period. Downward pricing pressure is being felt not only from other origins of farmed salmon (i.e. Canada and Europe) but also from the growing supply of wild salmon; especially sockeyes. Additionally, market participants report that the volumes available out of Chile will continue to increase throughout the second half of the 

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News Summary July 11, 2017

Today's Main Story: Thai Union and Greenpeace Sign Agreement on Tuna Harvesting and Labor Issues

Leading the headlines today is a focus on Thai Union, owner of international brands Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, and Greenpeace which announced an agreement that will tackle illegal fishing, overfishing, and labor abuse issues in the tuna industry. The agreement marks a major milestone in Greenpeace’s campaign to reform tuna industry practices, and marks a move from confrontation to cooperation. Greenpeace has been highly critical of the big three US tuna brands: Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee. They have led numerous demonstrations and protests, and they have strongly pressured retailers to reduce their reliance on these major brands.

In other news, July 15th marks the opening of the Texas offshore brown shrimp season. But this year, according the Texas Shrimp Association, the industry faces “one of [its] biggest crises in years.” At issue is Congress stripping the returning worker provision from the H2B visa laws, meaning that experienced shrimp crew from Mexico that have worked on boats for years will not be allowed to do so this year. This problem has impacted the seafood industry from Maryland

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After Re-entering Chinese Market, Norwegian Salmon Makes Push to Lure Foodies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163] translated by Amy Zhong - July 11, 2017

Salmon have been popular in China within the past few years thanks to good taste and high nutrition. Their consumption has grown rapidly at an average rate of about 16% in China with the past one to two decades. At present, the global salmon consumption is 2.2 million tons, while it is around 70 to 80 thousand tons in the Chinese mainland, only about 3% of the total consumption.

Salmon’s entry into Japan

Large-scale aquaculture companies increased salmon output to a great extent and Norway started to target the global market ...

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Young’s Launches a New, Best Tasting ‘Simply Breaded’ Range of Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - July 10, 2017

Young’s Seafood Limited, the UK’s number one fish and seafood business, is re-invigorating one of its heartland categories with the launch of their new ‘Simply Breaded’ range. The new and improved range is their tastiest yet, as voted by consumers, according to a press release, and is made with 100 percent responsibly sourced fish, wrapped in delicious crisp breadcrumbs with no artificial ingredients.

“Sometimes the simplest things are the best," Young's Seafood Limited's Marketing Director Yvonne Adam said ...

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New England’s Major Groundfish, Except Cod, Enter into MSC Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton July 7, 2016

New England has often been vilified as having some of the worst overfished species in US waters and has long had a contentious fight over fisheries management.

However, three stocks in New England are fully healthy:  haddock, Pollock and redfish. Together the annual catch limit for these stocks totals more than 70,000 tons.  Such a success in rebuilding fisheries is often lost in the attention paid to the failure of the Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine cod stocks to recover.

Now a client group led by Atlantic Trawlers of Maine, which is owned by Jim Odlin, and Fishermen’s Wharf in Gloucester, led by Vito Giacalone, have completed the MSC pre-assessment 

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Baader and Cermaq Announce Deal for End to End Computer Controlled Salmon Factory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  July 6, 2017

Baader, the German Fish Processing Equipment Company, and Cermaq, one of the largest Norwegian Salmon Companies, have announced an agreement where Baader will be the single contractor on a new 8000 sq meter Cermaq salmon plant, providing automation from end to end.  The plant will be able to operate from stunning to gutting to packing at a rate of 160 fish per minute.

"We are responsible for the entire flow. From live fish entering the plant up to packing with the new high- speed packing grader from Baader. All this happens in a factory with high-tech automation controlled by Baader's own software which integrates CodeIT's unique labeling software system. This provides Cermaq with one single software platform for the entire factory...

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News Summary June 30, 2017

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Update: Run Still Building at Port Moller with Over 5 Million Caught in the Bay

On the cusp of the July 4th holiday, speculation is rife in Bristol Bay about when and how large the 2017 sockeye run will be in the world's most productive wild salmon return. The preseason forecast of a 41.5 million sockeye run total means a 27.5 million estimated catch and a 14 million fish escapement. As of June 28, just over 5 million sockeye have been caught in the Bay, including a precedent-setting more-than-a-million fish in one day on the Nushagak River. That surge hit last Monday. Cumulative escapement in the Nushagak is now 996,000 sockeye with a high-end goal of 2.2 million.

Meanwhile, commercial salmon trollers in Southeast have their first king opening of the summer season starting on Saturday. For the summer season, the fleet has an allocation of 90,000 Chinook managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is seeking to target 70 percent of that, or 63,000. Grant Hagerman is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s troll management biologist for Southeast. He said the department expects the opening to run six or seven days.

In other news, a Portland seafood company has been fined more than $550,000 for violating import laws. ISF Trading Co. was ordered to forfeit nearly $300,000 and was put on probation for a year by federal District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. for violating the Lacey Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland said Thursday. The Lacey Act prohibits trading in wildlife that has been illegally caught, owned, transported or sold. According to federal prosecutors, ISF bought sea urchins from a supplier in Canada that wasn’t allowed, under Canadian law, to export seafood. ISF then brought the urchins into the U.S., using labels from another Canadian supplier that, at times, was allowed to export the urchins, prosecutors said.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Cou

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