Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


Wed. Mar 22 2017

Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China  


GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile  


SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia  


Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tue. Mar 21 2017

Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours


Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show


Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life


SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mon. Mar 20 2017

SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor  


GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood


Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO  


Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ/NY Warehouse


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops  


Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna


Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


Fri. Mar 17 2017

NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott   (0) 


Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company  


Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues  


Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota  


Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels and China Shows


Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions  


PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show


Commentator Gives up In Confusion Over Sustainable Fish Guides; Just a Personal Choice, She Says


NOAA Wants More At Sea Monitoring of Groundfish in New England


Japanese Fish Sellers Adapt to Changing Market with More Prepared Items, Different Species of Fish


Oregon State Study Says Workplace Injuries Rising in Seafood Processing Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, March 17, 2017


Thu. Mar 16 2017

Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland  


Alaska's Salmon Hatchery Production Fell Far Short of Forecast in 2016 (Fish Radio)   (0) 


VIDEO: Alfa Gamma Seafood and Seattle Fish Company Oppose Proposed Border Tax


Crabmeat Importer Blue Star Implments Cloud-Based Supply Chain Tracking for Indonesian Blue Crab  


Whole Foods' New Canned Tuna Policy: Only Pole-and-Line, Troll, or Handline Caught Tuna By 2018


Stavis Seafoods Names Retail Veteran Chuck Marble President


Australia Quarantines Shellfish in Moreton Bay to Combat Spread of Whitespot Disease  


NMFS Sets 16 Percent Observer Coverage Level for NE Groundfish Sector for 2017  


Plea Hearing for Carlos Rafael Delayed to March 30, 2017


Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 16, 2017


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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 23, 2017

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and likely postponed due to a lack of fishermen available. It would have been the first time in seven years that shrimpers and processors would have met to negotiate and settle on an ex-vessel price.

The coldwater pink shrimp price negotiations operate similarly to Dungeness crab price negotiations in Oregon, where the state Department of Agriculture oversees the talks. Those discussions were scheduled for today, but Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate.

The state of Oregon's interpretation of the rules is partly to blame. Fishermen ...

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Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

After Tuesday's second opener of the season, the Sitka-based herring sac roe seine fleet caught an estimated 4,500 mt, bringing the total to date to approximately 8,000 mt. The total GHL is 14,649 mt.

Tuesday's opener was in northwest Sitka Sound from 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ADT.  The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results...

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Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

Yesterday a proposed rule to integrate electronic monitoring (EM) into the North Pacific Observer Program was published in the Federal Register, triggering a 60-day public comment period.

When NOAA Fisheries restructured the North Pacific Observer Program in 2013, it was the first time fisheries observers were placed on small boats between 40 and 60 feet, and boats harvesting halibut in Alaska. Under NOAA’s proposed rule, EM technology would only...

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Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 23, 2017

Thai Union Group and Issara Institute are now Regional Partners in an effort to improve working conditions in Thai Union's supply chain. 

This is an expansion of Thai Union's agreement with Issara Institute. Thai Union said it will work with global brands and retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Mars, Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, and Walmart in a collaborative approach to address human trafficking in global supply chains.     

“Thai Union considers our work with Issara Institute an imperative to effectively combating the difficult issues migrants often face,” said Darian McBain Ph.D., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development.

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Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 23, 2017

Washington, DC – A diverse, global group of commercial and non-profit organizations has joined the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) call for immediate improvements on tuna management, including developing harvest strategies, strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance tools, and improving the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs).

A March 21 outreach letter to four tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMO) was co-signed by 83 nongovernment organizations, tuna processing companies...

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Sakhalin Officials Arrested For Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 22, 2017 

The Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions, significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia.

Recently  Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues.   Several days ago Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who ...

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SFP Announces Merger of Two Major Squid FIP Monitoring Groups in South America and Asia 


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) combined two squid supply chain roundtables into one global unit and received continued support from the Indonesian government during the Seafood Expo North America, which was held this week in Boston.

Under the merger, two squid Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) in Southeast Asia and South America will combine. In total, 20 squid fisheries will now cooperate. The move will unite sectors; simplify efforts by industry stakeholders to monitor and operate various squid fishery improve projects around the world...

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Western Pacific Council to Tackle Management in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 22, 2017

At this week's Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu, members are developing new fishing rules for the marine national monument that was expanded last year and decided which species will be under federal management as components of the area's ecosystem.

The Presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act that expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument calls for closing offshore commercial fisheries...

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Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue Win Seafood Excellence Awards at Boston Show 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

The 2017 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were announced at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston this week and Fishpeople Seafood won the “Best New Retail” award while Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award

Fishpeople Seafood won for its Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit and Open Blue Won for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet...

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SeaWatch Launches Foodservice Line of Frozen Soups; Expands to Retail in Partnership with Bar Harbor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major Atlantic clam distributer SeaWatch announced a foodservice line of frozen soups and continued to expand its footprint in the retail sector through a partnership with Bar Harbor Foods during the Seafood Expo North America in Boston this week.

Based in Maryland, SeaWatch is the largest Atlantic clam harvester and processor in the world. A majority of SeaWatch’s name brand clam producsts are sold into the foodservice and industrial markets.

During this week’s Seafood Expo the distributor launched a line of frozen soups for foodservice distribution. The line includes New England Clam Chowder; Mediterranean Clam Soup and Clam Chili...

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Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  March 20, 2017

Michael Tourkistas, who together with his wife Heidi built East Coast Seafoods from a two person operation into the largest distributor of live and frozen North American Lobster, is realizing a transition plan that allows him to step back somewhat from the company but propels the $400 million operation on a robust growth path.

For several years Michael has been working on this ...

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OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Ocean Choice international announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project, through the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council, that will aim to bring two more Canadian trawl fisheries up to MSC standards.

For redfish / ocean perch, the FIP will cover the offshore fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Laurentian Channel, between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.  The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership will support the project to move towards certification of these fisheries.  The offshore TAC for these fisheries is around 8000 tons, of which OCI holds 40% of the quota.

OCI also announced their Greysole / Witch Flounder fisheries in NAFO...

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SeaWeb Names 16 Finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

SeaWeb announced 16 finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards who have demonstrated brilliance and tenacity in working across borders, language barriers and industries to change our relationship with the sea. From fish cops in East Africa to the creator of easily replicated 3-D ocean farms, and from a chef who cycled across Canada promoting sustainable seafood to a company whose solar-powered data collector puts small-scale fishing boats on the map, these Champions show an inspiring level of ingenuity and commitment

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Russian Crab Importer Direct Source Raises $45 Million Credit Line, Absorbs Sister Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - March 17, 2017 

Russian king crab importer Direct Source Seafood has increased its working capital credit facility to $45 million, in an agreement with Everbank, which has operations in Florida, Seattle, and the Northeast.

In an announcement prior to the Boston Seafood Show, Direct Source says it has absorbed the operations of its sister company Marine Treasures (MYI), beginning at the first of this year.   MTI was previously one of the largest importers, processors and wholesalers of king and snow crab. DSS, a major importer and wholesaler of shrimp and crab, saw an opportunity to expand its business...

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San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Catalina Offshore Products has launched its own brand of sustainable, locally harvested, premium canned tuna that features domestically harvested hook-and-line Eastern Pacific bigeye and yellowfin.

Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil and Catalina’s Choice Smoked Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil will be distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, retail customers and institutions including schools and hospitals.

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Lerøy Seafood Group Objects to Norwegian Restructuring That Will Cost it 20% of Its Cod Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 17, 2017

The Leroy Group has filed public objections over a Norwegian government plan that they say will mean a loss of 20% of their cod quota.  

"The Government announced today a proposal that would imply in part significant changes to the regulatory framework for the fishing industry. Should they adopt the proposed changes, this will have an impact on operations for Lerøy Seafood Group ASA's (Lerøy) subsidiaries, Havfisk AS and Norway Seafoods Group AS. The proposal is the result of a consultation process in which Lerøy also provided input. To date, the Lerøy Group has not had the ...

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Whitecap Will Celebrate 50 Years of Luxury Brand Canadian Crab at Boston, Brussels, and China Shows

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  March 17, 2017

Whitecap, the Canadian crab lobster and shrimp producer and marketer that is a part of Sirena Group is celebrating 50 years of their Luxury crab brand.

"During each of the Boston, Brussels, and China seafood shows in 2017 we are celebrating 50 years of the Luxury brand.  The brand was created in 1967 by Atlantic Queen Seafoods (a group of crab processors) to market their snow crab collectively.  The founders of Atlantic Queen saw at an early stage the benefits of consolidated selling.  The Luxury brand has expanded into a global premium shellfish brand selling cold water shrimp, lobster, Rock ...

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PODCAST: Pangasius Under Attack in the EU and the Road to the Boston Seafood Show

In this week’s Seafood News Podcast, ...
 

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GAA, MultiExport Foods and Mitsui Sign Initiative to Reduce SRS Salmon Disease in Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 22, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), along with Multiexport Foods SA ("Multiexport"), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui Tokyo") and the Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch program Bay, is spearheading an initiative in Chile aimed at contributing to a reduction in the incidence of Salmonid Rickettsial Septicemia (SRS) in salmon and trout that are grown in the South American country.

The Piscirickettsia salmonis , or SRS, intercellular bacterium endemic allegedly cost the salmon farming industry more than US $ 300 million a year. It is that SRS can spread rapidly, causing high mortalities if not treated promptly.

Announced during the third and final day  of the Seafood Expo..

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Boston Show Upbeat Again this Year as Footprint Expands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM     by John Sackton March 21, 2017

The Boston Seafood Show, now called Seafood Expo North America, has an upbeat feel this year.  The Show owner Diversified says it is the biggest show ever in terms of booth space.  In the past the organizers had co-located the show with a regional New England Foodservice Show.  This year that is not happening and the entire hall is seafood only.

Despite high prices on a number of items, the overall feeling here is one of optimism.  Few people have any significant inventories on high priced product, and it is only a couple of items.. such as small coldwater shrimp and some smaller sizes of lobster tails that seem in ample supply.

On the other hand, many buyers are expecting lower...

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Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Catches 25 Percent of GHL in Three Hours

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 21, 2017

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened March 19 for a three-hour-and-twenty-minute first opener, after being on a two-hour notice since March 17. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 mt of a total GHL of 14,649 mt.

The opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram average weight; Rob Point, 10.9% mature roe...

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Mariner Seafood Prepared for Retail Distribution of GO WILD Brand That Extends Fresh Shelf Life

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 21, 2017

Mariner Seafood launched a line of wild caught seafood items at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston that uses a patented technology that gives retailers an option to feature the items in fresh seafood cases.

The GO WILD seafood brand uses patented, breathable film that allows oxygen to flow through the products. This super chill pack technology extends the shelf life of the portioned out seafood products...

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GAA Signs Agreement for Major Chinese E-Commerce Retailer JD.com to Distribute BAP Certified Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance and major Chinese e-commerce platform JD.fresh signed an agreement for the online retailer to start selling BAP certified seafood directly to consumers in China.

The deal was signed during the Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which is taking place in Boston between March 19-21. The two organizations said the understanding will raise awareness of responsible aquaculture and food safety to Chinese consumers through its perishable foods division, JD Fresh Food...

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Preferred Freezers Will Open Facilities in Texas, Chicago this Year; to Build Ninth NJ Warehouse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017 

During the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) continued to expand its presence in the US market as the company announced plans to open or build new cold storage warehouses in the New Jersey, Chicago and Texas markets.

Based in Elizabeth, NJ Preferred will open another warehouse in the New York / New Jersey market with a facility in Kearny, NJ.

The cold storage warehouse, set to open in the summer of 2018, will add 197,000 sq. ft. of freezer space to support the growing needs of their customers in this area Preferred said...

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NGO’s Stumble at Start of Boston Seafood Show with Call for Mexican Shrimp Boycott

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Editorial] by John Sackton  March 17, 2017

A group of 45 conservation organizations led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, will target seafood distributors and retailers at the Boston Seafood Show to urge them to boycott Mexican shrimp.  Trader Joe's will also be a focal point for this campaign.

The hastily arranged campaign, to save the Vaquita Porpoise, ignores all the efforts that are being made in favor of the one tool in the NGO toolkit: boycotts.

A well-known saying is that when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  The NGO's have targeted 32 seafood companies, including many of the main distributors ...

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Vons Albertsons, Hannaford Retailers Will Carry Bristol Seafood's Fair Trade USA Certified Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Major West Coast and East Coast retailers Vons/Albertons and Hannaford confirmed they will carry Bristol Seafood’s Fair Trade USA certified scallops starting this April.

On the west Coast, Santa Monica Seafood will work with Bristol to distribute the Fair Trade scallops to its Vons/Albertsons stories. Santa Monica named Bristol its Vendor of the Year in 2016.

“We are proud to be the first seafood distributor to offer a Fair Trade Certified™ scallop to our retail customers in the western U.S...

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Raw Seafoods Hires Former "Boston Chef of the Year" Walter Zuromski as Director of R&D

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Raw Seafoods hired Chef Walter Zuromski as Director of Research and Development.

Chef Zuromski was most recently the President and Culinary Director of Chef Services Group. In that role he consulted for a wide variety of seafood companies and other clients. He is a former Executive Committee member and Founding member of the Research Chefs Association, where he was part of the team that spearheaded the development of the "Culinology" profession, the blending of food science with culinary arts...

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Lobsters 2nd Largest Volume Import at Zhengzhou Airport as Expanded Air Cargo Capacity Continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [henandaily] Translated by Amy Zhong  March 17, 2017

Zhengzhou of Henan welcomes its 13th flight of Canadian lobsters this year. More and more high-end seafood is being flown here from the North America.

One reason is the expansion of airfreight capacity to China from seafood shipping locations such as Halifax.  Even after Chinese New Year has ended, there are two flights a week of wide-body cargo jets with service from Nova Scotia to China.

At 3 am of March 15, a cargo plane from Canada landed in Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. On the plane are 71.3 tons of Canadian lobsters worth around 6.5 million yuan. This ...

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Anomalous 2015 Ocean Conditions May Bode Poorly for West Coast Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 20, 2017

NEWPORT, Ore. – Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests it may be worse.

According to researchers from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ocean conditions were historically bad in the spring of 2015, when migrating yearling fish that will comprise the bulk of this spring’s adult Chinook salmon run first went out to sea. In fact, Pacific Decadal Oscillation values, which reflect warm and cold sea surface temperatures, suggest it was one of the warmest ...

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Russian Fishing Industry Faces More Consolidation as Companies Prepare for 10 Year Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugen Gerden  March 17, 2017

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of further consolidation, due to the possible sale of the Russian Fishing Company (former Rysskoe More Dobycha), one of Russia’s largest fish producers, according to some sources close to Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

Among the potential bidders are some well-known Russian fishing producers and the major competitors of the Russian Fishing Company in the domestic market.  In recent years Russian Fishing Company has significantly strengthened...

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