Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


Fri. May 19 2017

First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today  


VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades  


New England Fisheries Council to Consider Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 19, 2017


Thu. May 18 2017

NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees


USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections  


Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil  


Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections  


Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take  


No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today  


Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market


Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods


The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia


Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director


Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 18, 2017


Wed. May 17 2017

Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'  


Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10


Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director  


CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid  


Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse  


WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them


SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay  


2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 17, 2017


Tue. May 16 2017

Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints   (0) 


North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal   (0)


Bob O’Bryant to Take Over as President of Cannon Fish Company


Investment Community Recognizes Thai Union Among Best Managed Companies in Asia


VIDEO: Atlantic Scallop Prices in a Tailspin  


Tiny Island in the Middle of the Pacific Littered with Highest Density of Trash in World


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 16, 2017


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Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Levels in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2017

Ecuadorian farmed shrimp production in 2017 is at record high levels and the country’s sales to the Asian market account for more than half of its output. This continues to cut into the US and EU market share for Ecuadorian shrimp.

According to an Urner Barry analysis of Ecuadorian shrimp exports, the country exported 282.6 million pounds to all major markets through April 2017. This is a record high figure, up 15 percent from the year prior, an increase of about 37 million pounds. It’s about a 140 million pound increase from just four years ago...

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F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver to Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - May 22, 2017

Fishermen's Finest Inc. and the Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA, have run into a Jones Act issue with the construction of F/V America's Finest, which is the largest catcher processor to be constructed in the US in nearly 30 years.

Fishermen's Finest operates F/V Amerca No. 1 and the F/V Interprid.  These two catcher-processors are part of the Amendment 80 fleet, focusing on flatfish in the Bering Sea.  Fishermen's Finest recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and with the America No. 1 they were the pioneer American company producing H&G flatfish from the Bering Sea.

The flatfish fleet, along with the cod longlining fleet, has seen a series of new vessel investments...

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First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 22, 2017

With nearly half the total chinook pre-season harvest taken in the Copper River's first 12-hour opener, the pressure is building for in-season management to ensure the harvest won't exceed 4,000 Chinook, as prescribed in the management plan.

This year's Chinook return to the Copper River is the lowest since 1985. The total run is estimated at 29,000 Chinook and minimum escapement is set at 24,000 chinook salmon.

The problem for the in-season Alaska managers...

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PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades

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First 22,000 Lbs of Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle; 77,000 More Lbs. Expected Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2017

The first 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon was delivered to the Seattle-Tacoma airport on Friday morning as part of the industry’s annual start to the summer fishing season.

The fish was delivered by Alaska Airlines on a Boeing 737 dubbed the “Salmon 30 Salmon.” It was just the first delivery with more four flights scheduled today that will bring an estimated 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon from Anchorage to Sea-Tac.

Every year Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state of Alaska's three largest seafood processors, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods..

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VIDEO: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes as the Era of High Chinese Shrimp Output Fades

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NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids...

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Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - May 18, 2017

Russia plans to significantly exports of white fish (cod and pollock) to far-abroad countries in the coming years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries.    

Shestakov said that currently the demand for white fish in the domestic market remains still relatively low, however it has significantly increased in such countries as Brazil, Argentina and other Latin America states, which may provide significant export opportunities to Russian producers.

Such a decision will be mainly due to the current inability of Russian fisherman to successfully export...

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Alaska's Sablefish Population Bigger Than Thought Due to Better Understanding of Whale Take

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2017

Finally, whales are being recognized as a "user group" for the highly-prized sablefish resource in Alaska.

The sablefish fleets in Southeast, Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea have long known that killer whales and sperm whales are taking an increasing share of their sabelfish quota -- directly from the longline hooks -- but it has been a difficult problem to quantify.

It's made even trickier because while killer whales typically...

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Lidl to Sell MSC, ASC and BAP Certified Seafood as Discount Retailer Expands to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

Lidl announced a commitment to sell seafood certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

“We are pleased to announce that our entire every day fresh and frozen seafood assortment will be certified sustainable,” said Boudewijn Tiktak, the Chief Commercial Officer at Lidl US. “We are proud to work closely with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in this step to ensure suppliers meet our high-quality standards...

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The Fishin' Company is Ready to Support Aquaculture Expansion Across Southeast Asia 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

Major tilapia importer the Fishin’ Company said it is ready to support the expansion of aquaculture production across Southeast Asia.

This was confirmed during a tour of the region sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The workshops were held across Southeast Asia in early May in an effort to increase the production of sustainable marine fish aquaculture species.

The workshop series was titled Development of a Sustainable, High--‐Volume, Export--‐focused Marine Fish Aquaculture Sector in Southeast Asia and was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Manila, Philippines...

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Oregon State Partners with NIOSH to Focus on Maritime Safety

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 18, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safety improvements are coming to commercial fishing and seafood processing industries.

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies are teaming up to improve safety and health conditions in the maritime industry in the U.S.

College researchers will work with NIOSH to study and address occupational and safety issues in the maritime industry; ...

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Spike in Mortalities Prompts Voluntary Suspension of MSC Certification for NL's 3Ps Cod Stock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 17, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the 3Ps cod fishery in Newfoundland has been voluntarily suspended by the certificate holders. A recent spike in mortalities prompted the suspension and efforts are underway to identify the cause so the fishery can get the certification reinstated.

Newfoundland’s 3Ps cod fishery completed its MSC assessment in February 2016. At the time certification was recommended for the major fishery gear types for both inshore and offshore cod...

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First Ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo to Be Held June 9-10

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton  May 17, 2017

The first ever Bristol Bay Fish Expo will be held this year on June 9th and 10th, just prior to the opening of the salmon season.

The event is modeled on Comfish in Kodiak, and on the Seattle Fish Expo. 

It is an opportunity for local businesses, fishermen, associations and government agencies to come together with those from outside coming to fish in the Bay.  The theme of the expo is “Bridging the Bay:  Connecting the Community and Industry.”

Although the population of Naknek goes from around 400 to 12,000 during the salmon season, there is often little contact between local fishermen and residents and those who come to work in the Bay...

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Congressional Seafood Names Matthew Berrie as Food Safety Director

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

Alexandria, Va. — Congressional Seafood Company has named Matthew Berrie as director of food safety at the company’s new state-of-the-art plant in Jessup, Md.

In his new role, Berrie will be responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Safe Quality Food (SQF) guidelines, and other safety and quality standards. Berrie oversees all of the company’s safety and quality control efforts, which include monthly audits of its warehouse and processing facility, including its ...

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Salmon Season Threatened by Budget Impasse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] by Laine Welch - May 17, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – No budget from Alaska lawmakers could cut into salmon season. More after this –

Today is the deadline for Alaska lawmakers to agree on a budget or go into a second, possibly month long, extension. That means in two weeks pink slips could go out to all state workers in advance of job layoffs...

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Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 16, 2017

The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.

In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge.  Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.

In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.

However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,

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Bob O’Bryant to Take Over as President of Cannon Fish Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 16, 2017

Bob O’Bryant has been hired to lead all operational and marketing efforts at Cannon Fish Company (CFC) as the company’s next president.

The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) picked O’Bryant to succeed Pat Rogan in the position. Rogan will continue his work into June to help ensure a smooth and successful transition APICDA said in a press release.

O’Bryant is a seasoned professional known throughout the industry for his management and ability to produce, brand and market value‐added seafood products. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bellingham, Washington‐based Bornstein Seafood...

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New England Fisheries Council Propose Deep Sea Coral-Protection Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 19, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council wants to hear from the public about proposed rules for new management areas to protect deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and in the slope/canyon region south of Georges Bank.

At issue are several alternatives under consideration in the Draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Council wants feedback from the public on which alternatives...

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USDA Adopts FDA Definition of Processing for Domestic Catfish Operators and Limits Inspections 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed to change the inspection coverage for domestic catfish producers from all hours of operation to once per production shift. The decision was based on the FSIS finding that catfish processing operations are more similar to meat and poultry processing-only operations and not meat slaughter operations.

According to the Federal Register notice when Congress shifted catfish inspection responsibilities from the FDA to the USDA, the intent was so the FSIS could inspect fish establishments consistent with how FSIS inspects meat and poultry processing establishments, which is at least once per production shift...

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Ecology Action Centre Says Suspension of Offshore MSC Certificate for 3Ps Cod Confirms Objections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 18, 2017

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) said the suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council certificate for the Newfoundland cod fishery in the 3Ps region confirmed its initial concern and objection to the designation.

This week the MSC certificate for offshore cod producers Icewater Seafoods and Ocean Choice International was suspended because of exceptionally high mortalities rates for the 3Ps cod fishery.

The fishery was originally completed its MSC assessment in February 2016. At the time certification was recommended for the major fishery gear types for both inshore and offshore cod...

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No Relief Funds for 2016 Pink Fishery, Salmon Season Opens Today

 

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Brad Bodenman Announces Retirement as CFO of American Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

Effective this September, Brad Bodenman will retire as the Chief Financial Officer of American Seafoods Group the company announced this week.

“American Seafoods has been extremely fortunate to have someone of Brad’s caliber through a period of significant change within the company, including its successful recapitalization and refinancing in August of 2015,” said CEO Mikel Durham. “He will be missed both professionally and personally by everyone at American Seafoods.”

“Working with the dedicated professionals at American Seafoods over the past 15 years has been of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Bodenman. “I will forever value the friendships I have made both within and outside the company.”  

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Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

The Board of Directors of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) announced that Paul Anderson will join the nonprofit in September and become the group’s executive director on January 1, 2018.

Anderson will succeed founding Executive Director Robin Alden, who is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of MCCF, formerly known as Penobscot East Resource Center.

Anderson is currently the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine where he has been for the last 16 years...

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Era of High Shrimp Output in China is 'Gone Forever'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong May 17, 2017

The era of high shrimp output in China may be gone forever.  This fact corresponds with predictions that China will become the largest global shrimp importer this year.  The following is a roundup of the current situation in most Chinese Shrimp Farming Provinces.

April is usually a very busy month for white shrimp aquaculture. Farmers are occupied with...

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2017 Copper River Season Starts Tomorrow: Expect Fresh Sockeye But Few Chinook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2017

The Copper River salmon season starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Alaska time, signaling the first large run of fresh sockeye in the world. The 2017 commercial harvest projections for sockeye salmon are 889,000 fish, low compared to

This is usually the best time to target chinook or king salmon, as their run peaks at the early part of the sockeye run.

But this year, biologists are forecasting a total run of only 29,000 chinook...

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CDFW Director Extends Rock Crab Closure Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 17, 2017

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham, under new authority granted this year, has extended the emergency commercial rock crab fishery closure that was due to expire on May 16.

State health agencies determined last fall that rock crab north of Pigeon Point, 37° 11’ N. lat., to the Oregon border had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended a commercial fishery closure. Subsequently, Director Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point...

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WWF Says Vaquitas Could Go Extinct by 2018 But Ignores Efforts Underway to Try and Save Them

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 17, 2017

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a report this week that says the endangered vaquita porpoise will go extinct by 2018 and ignored all of the efforts currently underway to protect the species.

The WWF report calls on the Mexican government to immediately implement and enforce a permanent ban on all gillnets and remove all ghost nets to prevent any bycatch of vaquita.

The report also calls on the US and Chinese governments to collaborate with Mexico to halt the illegal transport and sale of totoaba products...

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SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay

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

Seattle, Wash. -- Seashare, a non-profit dedicated to bringing seafood to food banks, announced it has partnered with the Bristol Bay Native Association to deliver more than 7,000 pounds of pollock to Bristol Bay for hunger relief in Dillingham, Alaska, and surrounding communities.

The pollock will be stored in a freezer container that SeaShare installed in partnership with the Port of Dillingham in 2016. This is the third time the container has been filled, with more than 20,000 pounds of seafood donated by SeaShare in Bristol Bay over the past year.

“Seafood has dietary and ...

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North Atlantic Inc: First U.S. Company Commits to Lofty U.N. Oceans Sustainability Goal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - May 16, 2017

During 2015-2016, the United Nations Economic and Social Council worked on 17 global goals that would drive the body’s sustainability development initiatives in the coming 15 years.

The goals ranged from (Goal 1) “End poverty in all its forms everywhere” to (Goal 11) “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and (Goal 14) “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development...

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