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


Jul 27 - Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal


Jul 26 - Zhejiang Province Imports White Shrimp Seed from Thailand for the First Time


Jul 25 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 25, 2017


Jul 25 - Louisiana Shrimp Landings Lowest in 10 Years Due to Dead Zone Becoming More of a Problem


Jul 25 - National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes


Jul 25 - Alibaba Joins Argentina's Ocean Family to Bring Fresh Red Shrimp to Chinese E-commerce Consumers


Jul 21 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday, July 21, 2017


Jul 21 - ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector


Jul 20 - Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 20, 2017


Jul 20 - High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


Jul 20 - BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil


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


Jul 18 - Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million


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


Jul 17 - Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains


Jul 17 - Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers


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


Jul 12 - Skretting Scaling up its Shrimp Feed Production in Ecuador


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


Jul 11 - As Texas Brown Shrimp Season About to Open, Industry in Crisis due to Federal Immigration Crackdown


Jul 11 - Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab


Jul 11 - ANALYSIS: Brown Shrimp Season Volume Forecast Below Average


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


Jul 10 - OSU, Weather Service Establish New Oceanographic Buoy at Coos Bay


Jul 10 - Shandong Has Developed into Strong Distribution Hub for China Kuruma Shrimp; 80% Sold in the South


Jul 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 07, 2017


Jul 7 - Like Ecuador, India Seeing Huge Increase in Shrimp Production This Year


Jul 7 - Diseases Seriously Affecting White Shrimp Aquaculture in Guangdong This Year


Jul 7 - Some Think China Shrimp Prices Likely to Rebound in the Second Half of 2017


Jul 6 - May Shrimp Imports on Record Pace Led by India


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


Jul 6 - Fishing Communities Dying in South Louisiana due to Flooding and Rising Waters


Jul 6 - Zhanjiang To Build the Fourth Largest Seafood Expo Worldwide


Jul 5 - Zhanjiang’s Processing Plants of Struggle to Keep Up with Shrimp Industry Changes


Jun 30 - South China Shrimp Aquaculture Ponds at Risk Due to Weather Extremes


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


Jun 29 - Zhangzidao Outpaces Competitors During '618' Festival; Argentine Shrimp Biggest Seller


Jun 28 - ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Reach Monthly Record High


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


Jun 28 - Behind Ecuador’s Surging Shrimp Production:  Better Genetics, Auto Feeders


Jun 27 - Oregon Fishing Industry Uncertain about Future Access to International Terminal in Newport


Jun 26 - ANALYSIS: May and Year-to-Date Gulf Shrimp Landings Surge


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


Jun 26 - Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP is First Aquaculture Standard to Near GSSI Approval


Jun 23 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 23, 2017


Jun 23 - FFAW wins Higher Summer Shrimp Price as Panel Sets $1.25 per Lb. as Benchmark


Jun 23 - China Shrimp Seed Stocking Drops 25% in First Half, Output to Be Stable on higher Quality seed


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 - Oregon Trawl Commission Strongly Disputes Our Criticism of MSC's Approach to West Coast Groundfish


Jun 20 - Peeled Shrimp Margins Squeezed by Two Year Decline


Jun 20 - Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


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


Jun 19 - Flood of Sick and Weak Shrimp Depresses Market Prices in China during first part of June


Jun 19 - New Shrimp Prices to be Set in Newfoundland, With Uncertainty Whether Market Will Accept Increase


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


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


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


Jun 14 - Southwind Foods Buys Galaxy Foods and Equator Seafood; Will Merge Businesses into Carson Operation


Jun 14 - Many Consumers Turn to the Expertise of Restaurants to Get Seafood into Their Diets


Jun 14 - Trade Court Remands More Vietnamese Shrimp Duty Rates Over Forced Labor


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


Jun 13 - Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels


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


Jun 12 - Hilton Hotels Says its On Track to Source 25% of Seafood from MSC or ASC Certified Fisheries


Jun 9 - VIDEO: Seafood Data Summary A Look at Shrimp Imports, FDA Refusals and Snow Crab Quotas


Jun 9 - NFI Launches “Seafood Supper Club” Cook-Along Series


Jun 9 - QDOBA Adds Fire-Roasted Shrimp Items for the Summer


Jun 7 - Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 7, 2017


Jun 6 - Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 6, 2017


Jun 6 - Myanmar Shrimp Association Working to Increase Shrimp Farming Opportunity


Jun 6 - PODCAST: Seafood Podcast Featuring Latest Shrimp Imports and FDA Refusal Figures


Jun 6 - Monterey Bay Recognizes BAP Certified Shrimp, Tilapia, Pangasius and Mussels as Good Alternative


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


Jun 5 - Mississippi's Shrimp Season to Get Going June 7


Jun 5 - FDA Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in 2017 as Rejections for Filth Slide 50%


Jun 5 - Thai Union enters China consumer market with 'King Oscar' Brand Lobsters from North America


Jun 5 - Undercover Reporter Sees Live Seafood Switched For Dead Crabs, Shrimp at Fancy Changsha Restaurant


Jun 2 - Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 2, 2017


Jun 2 - Indian Shrimp Imports to US Continue Blistering Pace Ahead of Peak Production Period


Jun 2 - VIDEO: Louisiana Shrimping Starts; Scallop Prices Crash; Cold Spring Slows Snow Crab Fishing


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


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


May 31 - High Liner Completes $107 Million Purchase of Major Shrimp Importer Rubicon Resources


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


May 30 - PODCAST: Ecuadorian Shrimp Fuels Asia’s Market; Alaska’s Copper River Salmon Season in Full Swing


May 30 - So Far Louisiana's Shrimp Harvest is Made Up of Sizes Already in Good Supply


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


May 26 - Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


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 - Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern


May 24 - WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling


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


May 23 - VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records


May 23 - Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters


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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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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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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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National Fisheries Institute Introduces Unique and Easy Summer Shrimp Recipes 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 25, 2017

Look no further than the National Fisheries Institute’s Eat Shrimp Facebook and YouTube pages for summer recipes. In an effort to promote shrimp as a delicious and easy to make protein, the NFI’s Shrimp Council will be releasing four recipes — including a Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowl from Chungah Rhee, creator of the popular food blog Damn Delicious.

This is the second partnership between the Shrimp Council and Rhee, who previously crafted an Avocado and Shrimp Crostini Bite dish for Cinco De Mayo.

“Chungah’s stylish work supports our goal of showing just how easy it is to ...

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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 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.

Meanwhile, it will be another week or so before ...

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BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2017

Toronto, Ontario - BlueOceanNutraSciences is expanding its market to private labels for its Pure Polar(R) Double Strength shrimp oil.

The company announced yesterday that Pure Polar Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary, received its first private label order for the Pure Polar shrimp oil, to be marketed under the customer's brand.

BlueOcean’s strategy is to partner with a select group of customers who will market their formulas under private brands to markets that do not compete directly with Blue Oceans current...

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Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163] translated by Amy Zhong - July 18, 2017

There is great demand for crayfish in mainland China, which contributes to a business worth tens of billions of dollars and creates jobs for about five million people. It is reported that around 879,3000 tons of crayfish have been consumed in China last year alone. And the number of young consumers is on the rise, which will promote rapid growth of this industry with value as high as 146.6 billion yuan (~ $22 billion U.S.) . The crayfish output is close to 900,000 tons in the mainland during 2016, which has made China ..

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Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish First] translated by Amy Zhong - July 17, 2017

There has been continual rainfall with occasional sunny days in Beihai of Guangxi since June 19. Algae died in large quantities, causing the degradation of water qualities, and shrimp farming is threatened by continuous diseases and serious mortality rates.

The situation is even worse than that of the Yangtze River. Due to extremely heavy rain from July 1-4, many ponds have been flooded in Guangxi or collapsed, which led to shrimp escaping. Farmers have suffered great losses. What’s worse, after the rain comes the outbreak of shrimp diseases, ...

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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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Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafod News] July 11, 2017

 Crabfest®, is back at Red Lobster®! For a limited time Red Lobster is inviting guests to explore the restaurant's largest variety of wild-caught crab it offers all year, including two new types of crab – Dungeness and Southern King.

Red Lobster says diners can dive into its new "NEW! Dueling Crab Legs™" – a pairing of Pacific Northwest Dungeness and sweet Snow crab legs, or they can try the "NEW! Southern King Crab Leg ...

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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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Shandong Has Developed into Strong Distribution Hub for China Kuruma Shrimp; 80% Sold in the South

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] translated by Amy Zhong - July 10, 2017

Large quantities of kuruma shrimp, which have been farmed in northern China, are available during every year in late June. Jimo, in the Shangdong province, is an important distribution center for kuruma shrimp. Every day about 100,000 jin (50,000 kg) are sold from here to other regions. Among them, 80% are sold to southern China, while 20% are to different markets in Qingdao. ...

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Like Ecuador, India Seeing Huge Increase in Shrimp Production This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 7, 2017

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, a..

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Some Think China Shrimp Prices Likely to Rebound in the Second Half of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] translated by Amy Zhong - July 7,2017

The fishing volumes of seafood have been diminishing within the past few years in China's adjacent seas, said Tian Quanhai, the president for China Aquatic Production Chamber of Commerce, mostly due to material shortage and fishing off seasons. Farmed seafood and the imported ones are necessary to fill the gap, which in turn raises the demand for frozen seafood as well as their prices.

Shrimp prices have generally revolved on a 10-year cycle. White shrimps were introduced to China in the 1990s. Their prices dove ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News21.cn] translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2017

An event has been hosted on the T-mall platform of Alibaba on July 13 to promote Argentine food. More than 3,000 gift baskets were sold within 10 minutes. Inside these baskets are red shrimps and briskets. Antonio Martin Rivolta, the Argentine Cousul-General in Shanghai, said he had set an alarm clock to bid for these baskets before they sold out.

Apart from fresh food like red shrimps, consumers can also buy red wine during this event. T-mall of Alibaba has become an important partner for Argentina ...

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ANALYSIS: Shrimp Market an Island of Stability in Shellfish Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Angel Rubio - July 21, 2017

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.

Record imports for peeled shrimp have placed downward pressure on prices for P&D product on some specific count sizes. 16-20 count Asian shrimp has adjusted down 10 cents down since the end of June. Sizes 21-25ct and 26-30ct have...

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High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] July 20, 2017

Construction on the first high-quality breeding shrimp farm began in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on July 18.

Invested by Viet-Uc Corporation (VUC) at a total cost of 120 billion VND (5.21 million USD), the farm will sit on a site of over 23ha in the first stage which will be completed in June 2018, producing around 5 billion breeding shrimps per year and generating jobs to roughly 400 local workers.

The second stage, which will start in late 2018, will extend to more than 60ha.

Luong Thanh Van, Chairman of the VUC Board of Directors and General Director, said VUC has produced about ...

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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 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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Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chinook Observer] by Matt Winters - July 16, 2017

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30 vetoed legislation that would have required the Washington State Department of Ecology to report where it is in the process of issuing a new permit to spray burrowing shrimp, and “to identify the steps it will take to ensure a viable and economically feasible alternative if the pesticide use is not permitted.”

Collectively known as burrowing shrimp, Willapa Bay harbors two native species — ghost shrimp and blue mud shrimp. They churn the bay’s bottom, causing oysters to suffocate. Although ...

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Skretting Scaling up its Shrimp Feed Production in Ecuador

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  July 12, 2017

Skettring, part of Nutreco, has announced construction of a new shrimp feed plant in Ecuador.  The company is putting $65 million into the new facility, which is projected to have an annual capacity of 470,000 tons. 

The first phase of the construction will be completed in the first half of 2018, and the plant will be fully on line in 2019, said the company.

The facility will ensure the company can continue to meet the fast-growing demand in both Ecuador and Peru for premium-quality shrimp ...

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As Texas Brown Shrimp Season About to Open, Industry in Crisis due to Federal Immigration Crackdown

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton July 11, 2017

July 15th marks the opening of the Texas offshore brown shrimp season.  But this year, according to Andrea Hance, Executive Director of 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 to the Gulf, and up to Alaska. Returning workers, who come back year after year to the same job, were given...

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ANALYSIS: Brown Shrimp Volume Season Forecast Below Average

SEAFODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] Jim Kenny - July 11, 2017

Scientists at the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center's Galveston Laboratory have prepared the following information on prospects for the 2017 brown shrimp season (July 2017–June 2018) in the western Gulf of Mexico.

The Galveston Bay Bait Index forecasts a below-average harvest of 22.5 million pounds from production in offshore Texas waters from July 2017 through June 2018. However, sustained high catch rates and size composition in mid-June indicate continued strong recruitment. Moreover, the 2017 Environmental ...

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OSU, Weather Service Establish New Oceanographic Buoy at Coos Bay

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

A new buoy off of Coos Bay, Ore. -- something fishermen have been requesting for a few years -- is now in place.

The National Weather Service had been working with the local commercial and recreational fleets to update the agency's marine weather service products and provide the information in a way that best benefits marine users.

"I can not begin to count how many commercial and recreational fishermen have expressed a desire to have a wind observation outside of the Coos Bar, whether by buoy or ...

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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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Diseases Seriously Affecting White Shrimp Aquaculture in Guangdong This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - July 7, 2017

The weather has been gloomy and rainy in May and June in the Pearl River Delta region, leading to unstable water qualities, low temperatures and then a high incidence of shrimp diseases. Roughly 60 percent of Jiangmen ponds in Guangdong have shrimps with the syndrome of red bodies, while some swim slowly or in droves near water surface, due to unstable weather. The feeding is also abnormal, though farmers used to speed up their feeding ...

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