Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


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Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 27, 2017

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on the exports of fish and seafood out of the country, due to ongoing growth of prices for fish and seafood in the domestic market.

According to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), despite the recent strengthening of the domestic currency – ruble, prices for fish in Russia continue to grow, while a the majority of Russian fish catch is imported to abroad, mostly to the Asia-Pacific region...

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NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Boston Globe] by David Abel - April 27, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday will issue a sweeping executive order to review as many as 40 national monument designations made by his three predecessors, an unprecedented move that could curtail or rescind their protected status.

It was unclear which areas would come under review, but the list could include monuments designated last year by President Barack Obama, including thousands of acres of pristine woods in northern Maine and sensitive marine habitats in the submerged canyons and mountains off Cape...

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 27, 2017

Three new online courses from the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation provide education and training in seafood safety - a topic of fundamental importance to the aquaculture supply chain.

The first course, "Seafood Safety for Aquaculture Products," introduces the topic by identifying potential food safety problems at aquaculture farms and processing facilities, and the layers of management required to control them.

The second course, "Good Manufacturing Practices at Aquaculture Processing Plants," describes ...

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Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 26, 2017

Cozy Harbor Seafood of Portland, Maine, which has spent years developing an export program to Europe, saw some of its efforts pay off this year wth two Seafood Excellence awards.

Cozy Harbor won the top prize for Best Retail Product.

Cozy Harbor entered three lobster products, a split tail, a whole tail, and lobster meat, which are flash frozen with nitrogen..

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WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

An arbiter for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US.

This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws.  Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market...

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Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Elizabeth Earl - April 26, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2017 commercial salmon fishery outlook predicts a total run of about 4 million salmon in Upper Cook Inlet, which includes the Kenai, Kasilof and Susitna rivers as well as a number of smaller streams. Commercial fishermen are projected to harvest about 1.7 million of that, the lowest projected harvest in the last 15 years.

It’s largely the Kenai River not living up the recent 10-year average. The river is projected to see a return of 2.2 million sockeye, about 39 percent below the recent 10-year average...

 

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Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 25, 2017

The Province of Newfoundland Price Setting Panel announced that the minimum cold-water shrimp price for spring 2017 will be $0.95 CA.

This is a significant change from the $CA 1.40 per lb awarded by the price panel last year. 

The panel is required to pick only one of two offers put forward by the FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers...

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Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) reported another year of growth for their sustainable seafood schemes in the European, Asian, New Zealand and Australian markets at their annual forum that was held during the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels this week.

More than 350 delegates from across the industry attended this year’s Seafood Futures Forum, hosted annually to provide an update on developments in the MSC and ASC and invite discussion in addressing the challenges of responsible and sustainable seafood production...

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Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Beth Brogan - April 26, 2017

Harpswell, Maine — A Portland real estate developer outbid the owners of Cook’s Lobster & Ale House on Tuesday to purchase the Bailey Island wharf adjacent to the restaurant for $510,000.

Arthur Girard, who in 2015 donated Ram Island in Saco Bay to the University of New England, said he’s not sure what he’ll do with the property, which for decades has operated as a commercial fishing wharf for local lobstermen.

“I have no plans for it,” he said. “That’s how I get...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 25, 2017

Shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico through the first quarter of the year were about the same compared to the first three months of 2016. Wholesale prices continue to hold at higher levels as the industry waits for new season production to reach the market.

The domestic harvest totaled 3.4 million pounds in March, which was up slightly from February and down marginally from the catch last March...

Landings for the quarter were 10.1 million pounds, slightly below last year’s total through three months...

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Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 24, 2017 

Cautious optimism about the status of Canada’s Northern Cod fishery was noted during the second annual consultation meeting among the Association of Seafood Producers, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which was held in Brussels this week.

Representatives from France, the UK, and Canada were in attendance. Overall, the meeting reported progress towards rebuilding Northern cod stocks through a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP).

The meeting reviewed stock status and population projections, and updated the FIP Action Plan...

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About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed the Salmon Man Salmon.

The Salmon Man Salmon Portions are flash-frozen and available in three tasting options—Original, Salmon with Garlic & Herb Crust, Salmon with Cajun Crust.

“These pre-portioned salmon fillets offer a convenient solution for getting dinner on the table during the busy week.  From grilling to oven roasting, salmon is incredibly versatile, quick cooking and compliments a wide-range of flavors,” the

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NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations.

Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper ...

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Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2017

Campbell River, B.C. -- Vancouver Island and Danish companies have been awarded a three-year deal to build new pen systems for British Columbia’s largest salmon aquaculture company.

The construction of high-density polyethylene circular fish pens, almost 400 feet in diameter, was awarded by Marine Harvest Canada to Poseidon Ocean Systems dealing on behalf of manufacturer Hvalpsund Net. The net pen's design name is branded HD 500 Extreme, according to a press release.

“The HD 500 Extreme pens are a wider and ...

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Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Viet Nam News] - April 24, 2017

Consumption of fish is a traditional and vital component of the Egyptian diet, and a primary source of inexpensive animal protein for the growing population, said Vietnam Trade Counsellor Pham The Cuong recently.

Fish and fisheries in Egypt are expected to produce 1.4 million metric tons of product in 2017, principally seabass, tilapia and catfish, said Mr Cuong, adding that 40% of it is allocated for domestic consumption and 60% for export to EU countries and Gulf states.

Mr Cuong noted fish and fishery imports of Egypt for the year...

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Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] - April 21, 2017

St John's, N.L. — A Newfoundland fisherman is continuing his hunger strike over what he says is Ottawa's dire mismanagement of stocks, despite getting a phone call from federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, his mother says.

Linda Gillett said Friday that her son Richard Gillett spoke with LeBlanc on Thursday, but isn't ready yet to give up his protest.

"He's not accepting that, he wants it in writing that he (LeBlanc) will meet with him," said Gillett.

She said her son is entering the ninth day...

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Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

During the Seafood Global Expo show in Brussels this week, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative announced the addition of a couple more partners and received support from a major US retailer.

Japanese conglomerate Nissui and its subsidiary, Alaskan seafood processor Unisea, joined the GSSI as partners. Nissui is the first Japanese seafood company to become a GSSI partner.

Nissui is a major Japanese corporation that owns seafood operations across the world. In addition to Unisea, Nissui's also owns North American operators Nippon Suisan USA, Unisea, Gorton’s, BlueWater Seafoods, F.W Bryce, King & Prince Seafood and Glacier Fish Company...

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New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 25, 2017

The New Brunswick snow crab fishery is opening today at 02:00 hours, according to a notice from the Canadian Dept. of Marine Resources.

The ice that has been clogging harbors in Shippagan and Caraquet is now broken up and has been moved out enough to allow for the fishery to begin. This is a couple of days earlier than expected last week. 

Carter Hutt, president of the P.E.I. Snow Crab...

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Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2017

Major Icelandic seafood producer and distributor Samherji and Norwegian operator Norsk Sjømat each increased their controlling interest in Northern Norwegian fish producer Nergård.

According to the deal, Samherji now owns roughly 40 percent of Nergård, which is Northern Norway’s second-largest fishing group. Norsk also increased its stake in Nergård’s operations and now owns a controlling interest of about 60 percent.

The two companies want to increase Nergård’s ability to produced more value-added fish products...

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Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam Economic News] by Lan Phuong - April 26, 2017

(VEN) - The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia and other Vietnamese agencies are pushing efforts to have Australia’s ban on raw prawn imports from Vietnam lifted. The six-month import suspension went into effect on January 6, after white spot disease was detected last December in five aquaculture sites, as well as in live shrimp in the river.  

Shrimp farm owners suspected viruses entering Australia from imported products from infected areas abroad, but the cause of the outbreak has not been verified. Vietnam is Australia’s largest source...

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Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

WWF Chile and major Chilean salmon producer Salmones Blumar S.A completed the evaluation and work plan needed to enter all of their production sites into aquaculture improvement projects so that the company can ultimately earn certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council scheme.  

“This important work reinforces our company’s commitment to achieving the ASC standard at all of our sites as well as engaging other industry members, government and stakeholders like WWF to work together and make progress on some of the key sustainability challenges for salmon farming in Chile,” Said Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar...

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Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 25, 2017

Late last Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the appearance of several positive indicators that could have heralded herring moving into Togiak this week. 

A spotter pilot who flew the Togiak herring district last Thursday and again on Friday, "reported no herring in the area but ice was breaking up and dispersing on the tide," the agency reported.

"Sea bird activity is also increasing," the agency noted. "Additional reports indicate schools...

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Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Newfoundland's Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources Steve Crocker said he supports a federal commitment to fund $14 million over the next five years to conduct full northern cod stock assessments starting in 2017-18.   

“I have been requesting increased fisheries science into the species around our waters since becoming minister and I am pleased the Federal Government has listened to these requests and will invest $14 million into full annual scientific assessments for northern cod. Having greater scientific activity is critical especially as we prepare for the transition to groundfish.... 

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MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced a series of goals its plans to meet by the year 2030 in celebration of the 20th year since the organization was founded.

According to the MSC’s strategic framework, the group wants to certify or engage a third of global marine catch in its program by 2030. The MSC’s will target the Global South, Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), priority markets and species, and will work with consumers while continuing to deliver value to currently fisheries that are MSC certified...

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Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 21, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has initiated a sales process for its UK operations, Seachill. This is the latest operation that Icelandic Group has decided to sell off.

 Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market since it was founded in 1998. The business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK, with well-invested facilities and an established supply chain Icelandic Group said.

Seachill owns The Saucy Fish Co. brand which has a fast growing reputation globally. The brand recently expanded to the North American market.  In 2017, The Saucy Fish Co. entered the frozen retail category with a line of ready to cook frozen products.

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Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 21, 2017

Russian pollock producers plans to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

That will be achieved through the increase of the volume of domestic fish processing and the reduction of fish exports to abroad, more than 87% of which account for frozen, whole fish...

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Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught using one-by-one methods.

“At Southeastern Grocers, we know how important it is to support sustainable fisheries and we are very pleased to be the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation,” Ian McLeod, President ...

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