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Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent


Feb 21 - Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters


Feb 20 - Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery


Feb 19 - California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.


Feb 19 - Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels


Feb 16 - NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members


Feb 16 - Russian Security Service Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Business


Feb 14 - Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member


Feb 14 - The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day


Feb 13 - Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days


Feb 8 - West Coast Fisheries Disaster Funding Included in Senate Appropriations Bill


Feb 2 - Study Finds Little Genetic Difference Among Dungeness Crab from California to Washington


Feb 2 - Last Closed Area on West Coast to Open for Dungeness Crab Season


Feb 1 - Tanner Crab Fishery Tests the Waters in Prince William Sound


Jan 30 - Russians Say King Crab Population Hit Record in Barents Sea in 2017


Jan 26 - Domoic Acid Levels Drop; California Lobster Fishery Open Coastwide


Jan 25 - Representatives of the New Brunswick Snow Crab Industry Generally Pleased with Changes


Jan 24 - Strong Management Safeguards Oregon's Valuable Dungeness Crab Fishery


Jan 23 - West Coast Dungeness Crabbers Set Gear on $2.75 Price as New Storms Move In


Jan 22 - With Red King Populations Rebounding in Kamchatka, Pressure Grows to Increase Nearshore Harvest


Jan 18 - Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017


Jan 17 - CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop


Jan 16 - Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years


Jan 15 - Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens


Jan 12 - Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15


Jan 11 - Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year


Jan 11 - Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off


Jan 8 - Compromise May Preserve Some Historic Crab Quota Rights in Russia as 15 year Quotas Auctioned


Jan 5 - Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh


Jan 2 - Surprise Drop in Domoic Acid Levels in N. California Mean Fisheries Are Clear; Oregon to Retest Also


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


Dec 26 - New Direct Channel Opens for Russian King Crab Sales and Delivery to China


Dec 26 - Crabbers Hang Hopes on Oregon, California Domoic Testing for a January Opening


Dec 22 - Dungeness Crab Managers Agree to Open Washington, Part of Oregon on Jan. 15


Dec 21 - Halibut and Sablefish Values Increase While Bering Sea Crab Dips


Dec 18 - Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible


Dec 18 - Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year


Dec 14 - Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth


Dec 12 - Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit


Dec 12 - Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Dec 8 - Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets


Dec 7 - Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31


Dec 6 - Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast


Dec 1 - FDA Clarifies Name Rules for Golden King Crab, Will Allow Brown King Crab Labeling until 2020


Nov 27 - Russian Oligarchs Hoping to Buy 15 Year Crab Quotas at Next Auction Without Fishing History


Nov 17 - Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery


Nov 16 - Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent


Nov 15 - On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way


Nov 15 - Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition


Oct 31 - Seafood Industry Losses From Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be Clear Until Late Spring


Oct 25 - California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid


Oct 23 - Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry


Oct 20 - Russia May Double Volume of Deep Sea Crab Fished Below 1000 m to 30% of Total Harvest


Oct 17 - DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix


Oct 16 - Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China


Oct 11 - Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas


Oct 11 - Early October Monitoring off Oregon Hints at Return to Normal Conditions, Low Domoic Acid Threat


Oct 10 - Hema Fresh Brings Alaska Golden King Crab to China Market


Oct 4 - Handy Seafood Hits 100th Season Milestone Of Soft Shell Crab Processing


Oct 4 - Oregon Crab Commission Hires Communications Manager


Oct 4 - California NGO Drops Out of Stakeholder Process, Sues State Over Whale Entanglements in Crab Fishery


Oct 3 - Texas Gulf Coast Fishing Industry Struggles After Hurricane Harvey


Sep 26 - Cold Chain Logistics has Promoted Local Seafood Imports in Ningbo City of Zhejiang Province


Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 19 - Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down


Sep 14 - Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales


Sep 13 - JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion


Sep 12 - Hokkaido Urges Russia to Improve Crab Enforcement After Finding 844 Illegal Crab Pots


Sep 8 - After a 15-Year Ban, Russian Fishermen Have Resumed Crab Harvest in Primorye Territory


Sep 6 - Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes


Aug 31 - Crocker & Winsor Seafoods to Begin Carrying Fresh Pasteurized Crab Meat


Aug 30 - Seafood America Joins NFI's Crab Council as 29th Member


Aug 24 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Bill Becomes Law


Aug 18 - Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next


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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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Russia Concerned About Chinese Poaching Activities in Territorial Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - February 21, 2017

The Russian government is increasingly concerned about the growth of poaching activities of Chinese fishermen in the domestic territorial waters.

According to some experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo and representatives of local special services, one of the reasons for more poaching activity may be a shortage of fish in the Chinese territorial and inland waters. And those shortages could be due to the increase of harvests by Chinese fishermen, which has been observed over the last few years. This shortage currently forces Chinese ...

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California Crabbers Slow Landings, Say Won't Deliver at $2.50 per lb.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 19, 2018

According to crabbers in California, prices for dungeness have dropped to $2.50, down 25 cents from the opening prices received on February 5th.

As a result, some of the Del Norte Fishermen’s Marketing Association members are talking about a slow down.

Buyers have said they were plugged at the end of last week, and didn’t want more crab until Tuesday. Northern California ports such as ...

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NFI's Crab Council Grows to 33 Members 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 16, 2018

The National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council launched in 2009 with just seven companies. Now, nine years later, the Council has grown to 33 members. The group is certainly bigger – but their objective has stayed the same.

The Crab Council was created to fund blue swimming crab sustainability projects. And according to Gavin Gibbons, the National Fisheries Institute’s vice president of communications, the council currently makes up 90% of the total blue swimming crab imported into the U.S. ...

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Fresco Fisheries Joins NFI Crab Council as 32nd Member

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 14, 2018

Fresco Fisheries, a UK-based seafood company, has become the 32nd member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council.

The NFI Crab Council, which was founded in 2009, focuses on crab sustainability. Members represent approximately 85% of the total blue swimming crab that’s imported into the United States. The addition of Fresco Fisheries marks the council’s fourth international member.

“Fresco Fisheries has always equated sustainability with authenticity,” says product and sales manager Ed Gravestock. “As we venture into ...

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Hema Fresh Opens Second Store in Shenzhen; Imported Seafood Can Arrive in Two Days

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bosidata] translated by Amy Zhong - February 13, 2018

E-commerce companies have upped their game dramatically, concentrating on new retailing models within the past few years.

Alibaba is the forerunner in this field with its Hema Fresh stores bringing dramatic changes to the traditional models. Recently the group has opened its second Hema store in Shenzhen, also the 30th store in China. This new store can hold nearly 300 thousand consumers shopping inside.

Variety is also key to this store. It has various seafood items such as imported Boston lobsters, box ...

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Study Finds Little Genetic Difference Among Dungeness Crab from California to Washington

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 2, 2018

NEWPORT, Ore. – A new study of Dungeness crab along the West Coast found strong genetic diversity throughout various sampling sites, with little genetic “differentiation” between them, meaning that crab found off the California coast are similar to those found off Oregon and Washington.

The researchers say the lack of significant differentiation means there likely are not multiple genetic sub-populations of Dungeness crab along the coast, which could have necessitated new management strategies.

The study, supported by an Oregon Sea Grant award to ...

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Tanner Crab Fishery Tests the Waters in Prince William Sound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - February 1, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Crabbers will help test the waters for Tanners at Prince William Sound next month.

It will be the first time since 1988 that commercial pots are dropped in western and eastern portions of outside waters. The fishery will open under a Commissioners Permit, issued in special circumstances.

“Basically, it’s a fact finding mission. We don’t know what is there and we want to know what is there and ...

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Domoic Acid Levels Drop; California Lobster Fishery Open Coastwide

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 26, 2018

Lower domoic acid levels in lobsters prompted California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham to lift the spiny lobster closure in some areas Thursday. 

After consultation with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Bonham lifted the closure in state waters around the northeast side of Santa Cruz Island and the south side of Anacapa Island as recommended by state health agencies. 

Sampling of spiny lobster and analysis of samples by  ...

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Strong Management Safeguards Oregon's Valuable Dungeness Crab Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 24, 2018

Oregon’s most valuable commercial fishery for the state’s official crustacean, Dungeness crab, got underway north of Cape Blanco this week. While storms and price negotiations kept fishermen docked for awhile after the official opening, processors are expecting large deliveries soon.

A major reason Dungeness crab deliveries are large and that it's the state's official crustacean is due to successful management.

Dungeness crab have been harvested commercially along the Pacific Coast since the late 1800s. Current regulations ...

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With Red King Populations Rebounding in Kamchatka, Pressure Grows to Increase Nearshore Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden -- January 22, 2018

Population of Kamchatka crab in the Barents Sea has reached an historical record in 2017, which may result in an increase of its total allowable catch by the Russian government this year and the abolishment of the existing ban on coastal crab production in Russia. Local crab producers have lobbied for the abolishment of the ban for quite some time.

In addition to Kamchatka crab, the opilio population also has grown, according to scientists of Russian Rybolovstvo. Due to this, the total ...

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CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 17, 2018

Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from 38° 34′ N. Lat. (Salt Point, Sonoma County) south to the California/Mexico border.

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County on Nov. 8, 2016. On Jan.1, 2017, new authority established in ,,,

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Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab season is finally open in Northern California. Domoic acid and low meat recovery percentages resulted in the season being delayed, but fishermen were able to throw their nets in the water over the weekend. However, now there are concerns over whale entanglement.

On Friday the Center for Biological Diversity issued a warning about the dangers that traps pose to whales, sea turtles and other wildlife.

“Crabbers are creating a minefield of deadly obstacles for migrating whales ...

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Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 11, 2018

Fishing has started slowly on Alaska Opilio crab.  Some major packers and ICE (Intercooperative Fisheries Exchange) have agreed on a fishing price of $3.00.  The final price harvesters receive is determined by a formula applied to the wholesale price, which will be higher than the fishing price.

Reports from the grounds are that fishing is slow.  Boats are searching for crab, but preliminary indications are not encouraging ...

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Compromise May Preserve Some Historic Crab Quota Rights in Russia as 15 Year Quotas Auctioned

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  January 8, 2018

A raid on grabbing crab quota from existing companies with quota in Russia has been ‘disrupted’, say fisheries officials.  A compromise between the Oligarchs seeking to buy quotas and the existing fishing companies who have historic rights appears to be in the making.

At the end of 2017, Putin was asked by a group of oligarchs to abandon the ‘historical principle’ that would give preference in the upcoming 15 year crab quota auctions to those companies that had historically purchased quota in prior auctions, and had fished on that quota for ten years.

For prior auctions, companies have paid a total of around $2 billion for crab quotas, much of which is at risk if the historical principle is overturned.

The plan would be to allow companies with no prior history in the fishery to bid..

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Surprise Drop in Domoic Acid Levels in N. California Mean Fisheries Are Clear; Oregon to Retest Also

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 2, 2018

Late Friday, before New Year's weekend, California state agencies released welcome news: recent testing showed a commercial lobster area could be opened and an advisory lifted for sport crabbing north of the Klamath River in northern California.

State agencies have been testing for domoic acid, a naturally occurring neurotoxin, routinely in the fall and winter in anticipation of opening closed lobster areas and lifting ...

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Industry Responds to Erroneous Reports about Dungeness Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 20, 2018

The fact that many boats stopped fishing dungeness crab over the weekend spurred confusion in the market place, as some buyers heard that the fishery was halted due to a price dispute.

Our story yesterday focused on one report of a sale below the $2.75 price that has been standard along the coast since the season opened.

Buyers were quick to correct the mistaken impression about prices.

Many processors were plugged with crab, and needed the long holiday weekend to catch up and the crabbers took a ...

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Processors Must Eviscerate Dungeness Crab from Southern Oregon Due to Domoic Acid Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - February 19, 2018

The Oregon Department of Agriculture on Friday afternoon sent out email and text alerts that domoic acid levels had risen in Dungeness crab from the South Coast and measures must be taken to protect the public. The notice included evisceration and recall orders.

The notice was similar to last year when, shortly after the South Coast crab season opened, state management agencies had to close an area due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Some companies issued voluntary recalls of Dungeness crab and there was a brief media ...

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Russian Security Service Again Challenging Crab Quota Holders as Illegal Foreign Controlled Businesses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - February 16, 2018

The Russian government, together with special services, plan to start a massive investigation of some recent reports published by Russian media about illegal re-sales of crab quotas to Chinese and South Korean dealers.

This is not the first time that the security services faction has gone after quota holders by accusing them of foreign business ties. They led a major campaign against pollock quota holders a few years ago, upending many companies associated with Pacific Andes.

Several months ago, the Russian government finally refused to provide quotas on crab catch in its territorial waters to Asian fishermen, despite their numerous calls and business offers. Instead of allowing it, Russia tightened domestic legislation and the government started to annul quotas of ...

 

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The Most Popular Seafood Options for Valentine's Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - February 14, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch….It’s Valentine’s Day and Seafood helps share the love!

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone.

Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as ‘romantic meals’ on one of the busiest dining out days for U.S. restaurants. 

In a national survey by Harris Interactive, chefs called lobster an ‘exotic delicacy’  that results in an intimate moment because it is hand-held and ...

 

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West Coast Fisheries Disaster Funding Included in Senate Appropriations Bill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - February 8, 2018

As news of a Wednesday night Senate agreement on the federal budget bill that included millions for disaster aid filtered out, many fishermen and processors on the West Coast wondered whether fisheries aid was included.

The short answer: Yes, according to Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations Executive Director Noah Oppenheim.

"We called on Congress to step up and provide fishery disaster assistance, and today they delivered. West Coast fishermen express their heartfelt gratitude to key senators and members of congress who ...

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Last Closed Area on West Coast to Open for Dungeness Crab Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - February 2, 2018

Finally, the whole Oregon coast, the whole West Coast, will be open to Dungeness crabbing. Soon.

Domoic acid results from the area south of Cape Blanco, near Port Orford, to the California border came back clean Thursday. It was the second clean test in a row, allowing the state to open the fishery.

"All crab viscera tested below the threshold and so we are canceling the tentative (industry) advisory call ...

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Russians Say King Crab Population Hit Record in Barents Sea in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  January 30, 2018

The population of Kamchatka crab in the Barents Sea reached a historical record in 2017 said Rybolovstvo.  This may result in an increase of the total allowable catch by the Russian government in 2018,  and the abolishment of the existing ban on coastal crab production in Russia, that has long been lobbied by some leading local crab producers.

In addition to Kamchatka crab, the population of Opilio, according to scientists of Russian Rybolovstvo, has also grown. Due to this, total catch of both species in the Barents sea may reach 18,000 tons this year.

The population of the Kamchatka crab reached its prior maximum in 2004, says Konstantin Sokolov, head of the Coastal Research Laboratory of the Polar Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO).  

He also added since 2004 its population however, has started to decline, but it has grown in the last two years.

In the meantime, the ever growing crab stocks in Russia has already led Russian crab producers ..

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Representatives of the New Brunswick Snow Crab Industry Generally Pleased with Changes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] by Kate Letterick - January 25, 2018

Representatives of the New Brunswick snow crab industry say they're pleased with new measures for their industry announced by the federal Fisheries and Oceans minister. Dominic LeBlanc introduced changes to the fishery for the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in Moncton Tuesday.

They're aimed at helping protect North Atlantic right whales.

The new measures include reducing the amount of rope floating on the water and using colour coded rope specific to each fishing area. Identifying buoys must be marked with ...

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West Coast Dungeness Crabbers Set Gear on $2.75 Price as New Storms Move In

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 23, 2018

Dungeness crabbers took advantage of a weather window Monday and set gear while another storm lurks off the West Coast.

Fishermen said Newport crabbers settled with processors for $2.75 a pound. Oregon state-supervised price talks failed in early January this year, unlike years past. Many in the industry were concerned about the quality of crab coming from areas that, as of Jan. 15, were not up to the usual standards of 25 percent or 23 percent meat recovery. ...

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Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina] translated by Amy Zhong - January 18, 2018

According to Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai imported 52,900 batches of live seafood worth as much as USD $810 million in 2017. The two numbers are an increase of 9 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2016. The 2017 import value is close to seven times of that in 2010. These seafood imports mainly came from 42 countries and regions such as the United States, Philippines, New Zealand, England and Madagascar. There are 84 different species ...

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Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

Kodiak's Tanner crab fishery opened Monday, Jan. 15 for the first time in four years and Alaskans can pre-order the tasty crab for pick-up in Anchorage.

"Our plan is to have the crab put up a few days after it opens, ship it to Anchorage and have it available at our office on Jan. 29," said Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

AMCC has offered seafood ...

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Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 12, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in California is finally set to open after several delays. Fishermen will be able to get their gear in the water on Monday, January 15 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be quality crab to catch.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife director is only allowed to delay the opening of the fishery three times due to quality testing ...

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Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 11, 2018

West Coast ports are busy: Fishermen are loading pots and bait, getting ready to set Dungeness crab gear for the pre-soak period that begins on Jan. 12 and corresponding harvest on Jan. 15.

Almost all ports, that is.

California announced Wednesday the northern California Dungeness crab fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties will open 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period ...

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Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily] by Cheng Yu January 5, 2018

hema fresh king crab[The competition to lure upscale shoppers to stores with social experiences is driving a huge demand for live king crab and lobster in China.  With Alibaba committing to a rapid expansion, it means these stores will be adding to the demand for fresh and live imported seafood - JS]

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced on Wednesday the opening of another 30 Hema Xiansheng fresh food supermarkets throughout Beijing this year, as internet giants focus increasingly on the lucrative fresh-food retail sector.

The announcement came right before JD's first fresh food supermarket 7Fresh started its official operation on Thursday, an indication of the increasingly intense competition and rapid expansion of the two e-commerce giants.

With Hema opening in major commercial districts across Beijing...

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