Thu. Feb 23 2017

Adak's Seafood Plant Not Processing Bering Sea Cod Because of Damage, Not Over Deliveries Lawsuit  


Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy


Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions


Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification  


Crabmeat Importer, Distributor Bonamar Secures $30 Million Credit Line from Santander


Oceana Says 50% of World's Transshipping Activity Occurs in Russian Waters


Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports


Platina Seafood Names Damien Claire President; Starts Crystal Seafood to Focus on Fresh Salmon  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 23, 2017


Wed. Feb 22 2017

High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood


State-Waters Cod Season Opens to Pot Gear as Federal Pot Gear Season Closes in Gulf of Alaska  


White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent  


Hello Fresh's Meal Kit Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program


EDF Says Smart Reforms are Key to Global Fish Recovery, Even with Climate Change   (1)


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 22, 2017


Tue. Feb 21 2017

Feds Quickly Exempting Fishery Regulations Stalled by Federal Freeze Order


Commerce Finalizes Shrimp Duty Rates for Vietnamese Exporters in 11th Review Period  


Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production  


Mariner Seafood's Jack Flynn Joins NFI's Board of Directors


Leroy Seafoods: High Prices Generate Good Earnings  


Arun Dhar Takes Over Shrimp Research Lab from Don Lightner at Univ. of Arizona  


Texas' Perciformes Group Sends First Harvest of Farmed Sablefish To Washington DC Market


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 21, 2017


Mon. Feb 20 2017

Iceland's Commercial Fishermen Resume Fishing as Labor Deal Gets Narrow Approval  


Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders  


PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston  


Handy Seafood Launches Line of Value Added Oysters in Time for Boston Show


Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


Fri. Feb 17 2017

Red Chamber to Allow Federal Observers Aboard its Red Shrimp Boats in Argentina to Meet FIP Goal  


Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for Bigeye and Tuna  


Scientists Find Extreme Forage Fish Populations are Natural, Likely Unavoidable


Sharp Increase in Iceland's Capelin Quota Could End Fishermen's Strike


Bumble Bee Adds Flavors and Launches Snack Kit Packaging to Tuna Pouch Lineup


Bojangles' Features Alaska Pollock Fish Sandwich for Lent


Great Eastern Seafood Celebrates 35 Years in Business With First Boston Show Exhibit Since 1992


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 17, 2017


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Adak's Seafood Plant Not Processing Bering Sea Cod Because of Damage, Not Over Deliveries Lawsuit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - February 23, 2017

Yesterday morning National Marine Fisheries Service closed the “A” season for Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI). The TAC had been reached which prompted the closure on the earliest date ever for the “A” season. In 2016, the A season trawl P-cod fishery remained open until March 9.

The early closure is a defining note in a fishery that has historically included deliveries to Adak’s cod processing plant since it opened in 1999...

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Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 23, 2017

Walmart has become the latest retailer to align its seafood procurement policies in support of the Global Seafood Sustainably Initiative (GSSI).

Walmart said it will now accept certification schemes which have successfully completed the GSSI Benchmark Process.

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the second major retailer to back the GSSI policy...

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Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - February 23, 2017

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) is on the verge of a new massive scandal, caused by the ongoing investigations, conducted by the Russian law enforcement agencies, related to facts of brokerage and corruption in Rosrybolovstvo, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Several days ago the Moscow City Court had arrested Evgeniy Degtyarenko, Rosrybolovstvo’s  private crisis consultant, on the suspicion of involvement in the organization's criminal schemes prior to the forthcoming auction for distribution of fishing quotas in Russia...

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Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Ecuador’s SONGA (Sociedad Nacional de Galapagos C.A.) was awarded four-star certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices Program for its shrimp production operation.

Four stars is the highest designation available in the BAP’s third-party certification program. It signifies that a product originates from a BAP-certified feed mill, hatchery, farm and processing plant.

“The efforts of SONGA to differentiate itself by achieving the maximum level of third-party certification truly represent its responsible aquaculture practices...

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High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 22, 2017

High Liner Foods posted a decline in annual sales volumes and values last year because of the continued decline in demand for its traditional line of breaded and battered frozen seafood items in the US market.

The major seafood producer and distributor reported a 4.5 percent decrease in its annual sales to US$956 million...

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Crabmeat Importer, Distributor Bonamar Secures $30 Million Credit Line from Santander 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Santander Bank‘s asset-based lending team closed a $30 million senior-secured revolving line of credit with Bonamar Corporation, a major importer, processor and distributor of crabmeat and seafood products based in Medley, Florida.

“Bonamar offers a robust product line and has a solid reputation in the industry, making it an attractive company to work with as it strengthens its position in the marketplace,” said Michael Richard, head of seafood lending at Santander...

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State-Waters Cod Season Opens to Pot Gear as Federal Pot Gear Season Closes in Gulf of Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 22, 2017

The Pacific cod season in state waters will open to pot gear in Prince William Sound (Area E) and Cook Inlet (Area H) at noon on Friday, February 24, 2017. The parallel seasons for jig and longline gear remains open until closed by emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The season follows the closure of the parallel Pacific cod pot season one day before. This coincides with the National Marine Fisheries Service closure of the Pacific cod pot gear sector int he federal Central Gulf of Alaska.

For the state-waters season in Prince William Sound, a guideline harvest level of 4,338,141 lbs. is split between...

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Platina Seafood Names Damien Claire President; Starts Crystal Seafood to Focus on Fresh Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Platina Seafood announced that its president Johan Andreassen has left the company and will be replaced by Damien Claire

Claire’s appointment is part of an executive reshuffle for Platina Seafood, a farmed salmon company headquartered in Stranda, Norway.

Platina also announced the creation of its Crystal Seafood division, which will focus mainly on developing fresh salmon programs from Chile and Norway as well as help develop the land-based Seafood Watch Best Choice Atlantic Sapphire salmon line.

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Feds Quickly Exempting Fishery Regulations Stalled by Federal Freeze Order

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 21, 2017

The federal freeze on approving new regulatory measures issued by the Trump Administration last month has stalled some fishery policies across the country. However, regional management councils and lawmakers have been able to secure quick exemptions from the freeze for some quota allocation changes and other vital fishery management protocols.

Last month, the White House issued a memo that called for a freeze on the implementation new federal regulations for further review.

The notice said regulations that have been sent to the official Federal Register but were not published,  should be withdrawn for review and approval.

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Commerce Finalizes Shrimp Duty Rates for Vietnamese Exporters in 11th Review Period

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 21, 2017

The US Commerce Department finalized the duty rates for Frozen Warmwater Shrimp exports out of Vietnam in its 11th period of review, which covered shrimp shipments made between February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

In this decision, the Commerce Department assigned an antidumping rate of 4.78% to 12 non-individually examined Vietnamese exporters that demonstrated their eligibility for a “separate rate” based on their independence from the Vietnamese Government. 

The final rate was based on the final rate assigned to 32 Vietnamese exporters in the September 2016 final determination of the tenth administrative review...

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Iceland's Commercial Fishermen Resume Fishing as Labor Deal Gets Narrow Approval

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 20, 2017

Commercial fishermen in Iceland commenced fishing on Sunday after an agreement was narrowly passed between the major fishermen’s unions and the boat owners.

The deal ends a three-month work stoppage for Iceland’s commercial fishermen that walked off the job in November. The fishermen demanded better prices of fish sold at auction compared to the fish not sold at auction; guaranteed salaries, bonus incentives; a larger budget for clothing and third party safety assessments...

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Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 21, 2017

Grieg Seafood announced its highest earnings ever in the fourth quarter of 2015, in a market defined by high prices and limited supply.

The Atlantic salmon farming company, with production facilities in Norway, Shetland Islands, and British Columbia, posted operating earnings of US$54.5 million compared to 4Q2015 earnings of $5 million in 2015.

They credit the record earnings from a high harvest volume of nearly 21,000 metric tons in a strong market. This compares to 15,279 metric tons in the same period in 2015, reflecting an increase of 37 percent...

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Leroy Seafoods: High Prices Generate Good Earnings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 21, 2017

Today Lerøy Seafood Group (LSG) reported revenue of $590 million for the last quarter in 2016, compared with $427 million in the same period of 2015.

The operating profit before fair value adjustment of biomass was $121,720 in Q4 2016, compared with $42 million in Q4 2015.

"In 2016, Lerøy Seafood Group achieved a record high result, and can report the highest revenue and highest operating profit before fair value adjustment of biomass in the Group's history," confirmed CEO Henning Beltestad. 

"We are naturally delighted with such a great result," he continued. "We can look back on a quarter with extremely high salmon and trout prices, strong demand but also some biological challenges and relatively high share of contracts...

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Perciformes’s First Harvest of Farmed Sablefish Off To Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 21, 2017

The first harvest of plump sablefish was made on Valentine's Day, appropriate for the aquaculturists at Perciformes Group's grow out facility in Taft, TX. Their labor of love started 160 days earlier when the sablefish fry arrived from a Washington state hatchery to the multi-million dollar research and development facility. Perciformes' research facility uses recirculated water throughout their land-based grow-out tanks.

Three hundred pounds of 1.5-pound sablefish, also known as black cod, were harvested, packed in ice, and shipped to a Maryland distributor catering to chefs at Washington DC white tablecloth restaurants...

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Feds to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Western Pacific Longline Fisheries for  Bigeye and Tuna 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 17, 2017

HONOLULU -- The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Monday that it will prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the U.S. Pacific Island deep-set tuna longline fisheries, which target bigeye tuna.

The PEIS will analyze the environmental impacts of management of deep-set tuna longliners, which operate out of Hawaii, American Samoa, and the U.S. West Coast. The need for the proposed action is to manage deep-set tuna longline fisheries under an adaptive management framework that allows for timely management responses to changing environmental conditions, consistent with domestic and international conservation and management measures.

The PEIS will be developed in coordination with the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council based in Honolulu.

Tuna longline fisheries use two distinct gear types: shallow-set vessels target swordfish near the surface and deep-set vessels target tunas deeper than 100 meters...

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Scientists Find Extreme Forage Fish Populations are Natural, Likely Unavoidable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 17, 2017

ANN ARBOR — California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row." New research, building on previous since the late 1960s, shows in greater detail that such forage fish stocks have undergone boom-bust cycles for centuries, with at least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began.

Natural population fluctuations in Pacific sardine, northern anchovy and Pacific hake off California have been so common that the species were in collapsed condition 29 to 40 percent of the time over the 500-year period from A.D. 1000 to 1500, according to the study published online Feb. 9 in Geophysical Research Letters.

Using a long time series of fish scales deposited in low-oxygen, offshore sedimentary environments off Southern California, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Michigan described such collapses as "an intrinsic property of some forage fish populations that should be expected ...

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Sharp Increase in Iceland's Capelin Quota Could End Fishermen's Strike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 17, 2017

European seafood analysts at Marko Fish said Iceland’s decision to sharply increase its capelin quota this season could spur a quick end to the prolonged fishermen’s strike.

“There are higher probabilities that the strike will be resolved in the next few days than before due to the issue of enlarged quota for capelin of 196 thousand that will be Iceland’s share of the quota. Due to the relatively short catch window for the capelin the pressure to end the strike is increased,” said Marko Fish in its February 16 newsletter...

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Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 20, 2017

BOSTON – Fisheries around the world are likely to come under increasing pressure from climate change. But effective, cooperative management approaches can blunt the projected impacts on both fish stocks and on the billions of people who depend on them – and in some cases even improve the health of key fisheries.

“The future is potentially prosperous, but only if we take action now to adapt to the kinds of changes that we now anticipate,” said Christopher Costello, professor of environmental resource economics...

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Oceana Says 50% of World's Transshipping Activity Occurs in Russian Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Oceana released a report that exposed the global scale of transshipping at sea. The report was especially critical of transshipping activity in Russian waters in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Barents Sea.

The report was released at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia and used datasets released by Global Fishing Watch and Oceana’s partner SkyTruth to identify likely transshipping hotspots as well as the top countries whose vessels were involved in suspected rendezvous at sea and the ports they most frequently visited...

 

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Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

The Walton Family Foundation outlined its five-year strategy for sustainable fisheries across Indonesia during The Economist’s fourth annual World Ocean Summit.

The Foundation's strategy is to invest $32 million through the end of 2020 on initiatives that partner with the government, local partners, NGOs and businesses to advance fishing policies and ...

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White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 22, 2017

White Castle has added a Seafood Crab Cake Slider to its menu in time for the Lenten season.

The item will be offered for a limited time at participating restaurants. The crab cake sliders are topped with a creole sauce and served on White Castle’s signature steamed bun.

"White Castle has been innovating since 1921, when we started the first fast food chain. Today we are proud to continue leading the industry by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle...

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Hello Fresh's Meal Kit Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 22, 2017

Meal kit delivery service Hello Fresh said it will source its seafood from fisheries recognized by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

“By joining forces with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, HelloFresh pledges to only source ocean-friendly seafood rated a Best Choice or Good Alternative in addition to seafood eco-certified by trusted, independent programs,” Hello Fresh said in a blog pos its website.

Hello Fresh is subscription-based meal delivery service that sells its customers with detailed recipes and measured ingredients to prepare dinners at home...

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EDF Says Smart Reforms are Key to Global Fish Recovery, Even with Climate Change

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 22, 2017

BOSTON -- New research finds that climate change will cause dramatic impacts in the world’s fisheries, but effective management in most fisheries could yield more fish and more prosperity, even with a changing climate, according to researchers.

Scientists and economists at the University of California Santa Barbara, Oregon State University and Environmental Defense Fund previewed their preliminary results from this new research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Relative to today, this preliminary research illustrates that effective management reforms can lead, globally, to a nearly 90 percent increase in profits, a third more fish in the water and a more than 10 percent increase in harvest by 2100 in the face of climate change, the authors said in a press release.

The research also shows the effect is even more pronounced ...

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Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - February 20, 2017

Leading Russian crab producers have failed to reach an agreement with the domestic shipbuilders, regarding the placement of orders for new crab vessels, which is required by the recently amended Russian legislation in the field of fish and seafood production, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

The recent decision of the Russian government to include crabs in the "under keel" quota program (which involves placement of orders for the building of fishing trawlers at domestic shipyards in exchange of quotas’ provision) became a big surprise for domestic crab producers, which have been forced to start talks with  domestic shipbuilders, regarding with the building of ships at their capacities, amid the prospects of inevitable tighthening of competition in the sector... 

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Mariner Seafood's Jack Flynn Joins NFI's Board of Directors 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 21, 2017

Jack Flynn, CEO and Founder of Mariner Seafood was recently chosen to represent the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) as a board member and executive committee member.

Flynn brings more than 30 years of experience in all areas of the seafood industry to this directorship appointment.

"The appointment of Jack Flynn is a natural fit for NFI. Under his leadership, Mariner Seafood has long committed to procuring seafood from suppliers that are fully dedicated to sustainable, traceable and responsibly sourced practices. We are delighted to welcome Jack, one of our industry's most qualified and knowledgeable players, to the NFI Board,” said NFI President John Connelly...

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Arun Dhar Takes Over Shrimp Research Lab from Don Lightner at Univ. of Arizona 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Global Aquacutlure Advocate] by James Wright - February 21, 2017

The world-renowned shrimp disease research laboratory at the University of Arizona in January named Arun Dhar, Ph.D., as its new director. Dhar, who joins the school after a three-year stint as a contract researcher at Intrexon Corp., aims to broaden the lab’s role in solving the challenges aquaculture faces in regards to disease.

The lab is regarded for its expertise in diagnostics, treatment and biosecurity against virtually all classes of crustacean pathogens and parasites...

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Red Chamber to Allow Federal Observers Aboard its Red Shrimp Boats in Argentina to Meet FIP Goal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 17, 2017

Major US seafood importer, processor and distributor Red Chamber said it will participate with Argentina’s national fisheries research institute INIDEP in a fishery observer program for the inshore Patagonian pink shrimp fishery.

Argentina’s Patagonian pink shrimp are also known as red shrimp or Pleoticus muelleri. They are a wild-caught coldwater shrimp.

The fishery is harvested in two distinct sectors: inshore and offshore. The inshore fishery is comprised of day boats that catch shrimp for four to five hours at a time. Inshore fishing occurs between November and April. 

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Handy Seafood Launches Line of Value Added Oysters in Time for Boston Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 20, 2017

Handy Seafood will launch two new value-added products—Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Casino. The products will be featured in the New Products Showcase at the Seafood Expo North America in March.

These products will be part of Handy's Oyster Collection. The products offer customers a trendy, high protein product with convenience and quality Handy said. These two products, along with several other delicious Handy products, will be featured on sampling menus at Handy’s restaurant-style booth, number 823...

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Amid Adak Plant Delays and Law Suit Against AM 113, Pacific Cod “A” Season Closes Today

We clarify a story from last week that said Adak's cod and pollock processing plant was not taking cod deliveries because of a lawsuit over the Amendment 113 regulation requiring mandatory cod deliveries to the plant. However, the plant has actually been out of commission since a severe 2015 winter storm-damaged portions of the roof. The city sent a letter to NMFS, according to Amendment 113 protocol, notifying them they would not be buying cod this winter and last fall. The lawsuit, meanwhile, was filed by The Groundfish Forum claiming it violated national standards and other laws. But the lawsuit itself is not responsible for the current lack of cod processing at the Adak plant."There are trawl catcher vessel owners, who have delivered a fair amount of cod to the Adak plant over the years when it was operating, that would be willing to deliver to another renovated shore plant if it was in operation," said Brent Paine, executive director of the United Catcher Boats, a plaintiff in the suit. "They just want an option to deliver their catch to multiple markets, onshore or offshore."

Russian investigators suspect federal fishing authorities at Rosrybolovstvo are involved in a corruption ring to fix a fishery quota auction scheduled to take place next month. The auction will distribute fishing quotas to Russian producers at 700 new sites. Authorities had already arrested a consultant on the suspicion that the person was involved in a criminal scheme to fix the outcome of certain quota auctions. Reports suggest Ilya Shestakov, the current head of Rosrybolovstvo, may be suspended or even fired for his alleged involvement in the scandal that is still under investigation.

The Hawaii Longline Association opposes a bill that would change the rules for how fishing licenses are issued to foreign crew members that make up the majority of the state's commercial fleet. The bill would require anyone seeking a commercial fishing license in Hawaii to appear in person. "It could lead to the use of no foreign crew in the fishery, which would be very devastating," said Jim Cook, a member of the association's board of directors. "It would be similar to having no immigrant people in agriculture in Hawaii or any other part of the United States."

In other news, Thai Union Group reported a 7.3 percent rise in sales last year. Chief executive Thiraphong Chansiri said the US market accounted for 39 percent of its total sales. "Despite challenging costs for raw materials and economic volatility in various markets around the world, we delivered a stable bottom line," said Chansiri.

Finally, Ecuador’s SONGA was awarded four-star certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices Program for its shrimp production operation. SONGA is one of the top four white shrimp producers in Ecuador. In 2015 and 2016, SONGA was the top Ecuadorian exporter to mainland China, South Korea and the United States.

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