Mon. Dec 11 2017

Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


Fri. Dec 8 2017

NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod, Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions will Hurt


Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets  


Russian Banks May Cut Funding for Domestic Industry If Crab Auction Overturns Historical Fish Rights  


Urner Barry Hosting Seafood Import Workshop in Los Angeles


Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales  


VIDEO: Fork and Fin Foodtruck; Aldi Trademarks “Love Fish”; WC Crab Season Delayed; Misty Blue Sinks


Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act


Young’s Seafood Launches ‘Proudly Made in Britain’ Campaign


Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries


Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 8


Thu. Dec 7 2017

AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP, and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea


MSC Called to Parliament to Answer Questions About its PNA Tuna Recertification


Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31  


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Introduce Commercial Fishing to 3 Marine Monuments


ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm


Dan Herring Joins Suram Trading Corp as VP of National Accounts  


Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018  


Captain D’s Continues to Grow in Final Weeks of 2017


Bay of Bengal Typhoons Hit Seafood Exports from Kerala, Threaten Andra Pradesh, Shrimp Farm Cap


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 7


Wed. Dec 6 2017

Seafood Importers and Brokers Totally Unprepared for Jan 1st Implementation of Sfd Import Monitoring


Atlantic Capes Puts Out Statement on Sinking of Their Clam Vessel F/V Misty Blue; 2 Crewmen Lost


Eggs Set Up 4 Percent; Chicks Placed Up Slightly


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 6


NFI Launches New Website to Get Food Service Community 'Hooked' on Seafood


University of New Haven Student Sheds Light on Sodexo’s Sustainable Seafood


China’s Antarctic Toothfish Market is Bustling But Smuggling Remains a Problem  


Seafood Sourcing Investing Over £600,000 into Whitefish Processing Facility  


Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast  


New England Fishery Management Council Sends Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 to Public Hearing  


Tue. Dec 5 2017

SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 5


Sector IX Objects to Suspension in Letter to NOAA; Asks to Operate While Investigating Over Fishing


Red Lobster Launches New, Smaller Tasting Plates and Globally-Inspired Entrées  


Shrimp Imports Continue to Accelerate, Driven by Retail Demand  


Lund's Fisheries Announces New Management Team


Florida Fishermen's Group Sues Over 40% Cut in 2018 Golden Tilefish Allocation  


OECD Review of Fisheries 2017 Sees Rise in Aquaculture Sector


Chinese Basa Growth Slows by About 7%; Prices Expected to Remain High  


Hokkaido Scallop Season Ends with Landings Up 16% Over 2016; Another Increase seen for 2018  


SW Nova Scotia Lobster Season More Normal This Year, Quality Varies by Location


Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software  


ISSF Releases Position Statement Calling for Better Management of Stocks  


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Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - December 11, 2017

The North Pacific Fisheries Managment Council dropped the 2018 Pacific Cod total allowable catch in the Gulf of Alaska by 80 percent to 13,096 mt, from last year’s TAC of 64,442 mt. The 2018 TAC is less than half of what has been landed to date, approximately 33,000 mt. 

The stunning drop was at the high end of earlier predicted cuts, and is related ....

 

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Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - December 11, 2017

Larry Cotter, who helped develop the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program and became the first CEO of APICDA (Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Community Development Association), will retire on December 31, 2018.

The APICDA board has formed a transition team and will launch a search for a new CEO in February.

Larry has been a well known and active advocate for the CDQ program throughout the Alaska fishing industry.  APICDA just recently announced a joint venture with Trident to vastly upgrade a processing facility at False Pass ...

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Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 11, 2017

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) was created to aid the industry. However, there is a debate amongst lobstermen about whether the organization is truly an asset.

As we previously reported, the MLMC’s $2.2 million budget is funded by lobster license surcharges. Now that it’s time to renew the license surcharge, some fishermen are arguing that the MLMC has not made them any more money. The group needs the program ...

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NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod, Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions will Hurt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 8, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council increased cod and pollock quotas for 2018 this week, which is good news for the New England fishing industry.

The council passed groundfish framework 57 which sets new quotas and has a number of other groundfish adjustments.

The species with substantial quota increases are Georges Bank Cod, Gulf of Maine Cod, Gulf of Maine Haddock, and pollock. 

Redfish will go up 5%.

The biggest percentage increases all were in the ...

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Changes in the Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  December 11, 2017

   The Japan Coast Guard said on Dec. 6 it confirmed--for the first time in 12 years--that the Kuroshio current has been meandering visibly southward in the eastern area of Japan's exclusive economic zone.

   Kuroshio, also known as the Japan Current, is the largest ocean current in the seas off Japan. It is a warm current, originating in the area east of the Philippines, that flows northward between Taiwan and the island of Ishigakijima into the East China Sea.

   The Sanriku Coast, where the Kuroshio meets the Oyashio (the cold southbound current), is a rich fishing ground.

   The coast guard said that Kuroshio moved about 20 kilometers southward from the observation point as of Nov.3, with the width of the flow expanding...

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Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 8, 2017

Live king crab from Alaska has always been seen by harvesters as the highest value crab, but the volumes, logistics and difficulties of a live supply chain have meant that live shipments have been few and far between.  In the early 2000's, one company, Royal Aleutian, used to send hundreds of thousands of live golden king crab to US markets.

Now, a processor in Adak is reviving the live crab trade with air shipments of live golden king crab directly from Adak to Shanghai, where they go into Alibaba's massive Hema fresh seafood markets, among others.

The new crab and groundfish processor in Adak is Golden Harvest Alaska Seafood.  They began direct charter flights with live golden king crab to Shanghai this past September from Adak.

They are working with the fleet to try and add live Opilio in early 2018.

CEO Jason Ogilvie says “When you look at a map, you realize just how close Alaska’s crab fisheries are to Asian markets.....

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Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 11, 2017

Shell Shack, a Texas-based seafood chain, is looking to branch out of the Lone Star State. The company announced that in 2018 they’ll be “more than doubling” their footprint.

“We have an aggressive 2018 growth plan and we’re ready to share it,” Director of Development Jon Glaser said in a press release. “Not only will we be expanding out DFW operations into two new locations by mid 2018, we have chosen our next four U.S. ...

 

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Urner Barry Hosting Seafood Import Workshop in Los Angeles

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop is heading to the West Coast.

Following a successful event in Miami this past October, Urner Barry will be bringing their Seafood Import Workshop to Los Angeles on Thursday, February 8.

Speakers for the workshop include Safe Quality Seafood Associates CEO and founder Scott Zimmerman, international trade attorney Corey L. Norton, Foa & Son insurance broker Michael Lieberman and Alpha Brokers Corp. president Sergio Lozano. Our experts will address topics like ...

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VIDEO: Fork and Fin Foodtruck; Aldi Trademarks “Love Fish”; WC Crab Season Delayed; Misty Blue Sinks

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Young’s Seafood Launches ‘Proudly Made in Britain’ Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Young’s Seafood is proud of their British heritage and wants their customers to know that. The company joined the Made in Britain organization, and on Friday announced their latest campaign: “Proudly Made in Britain.”

The “Proudly Made in Britain” campaign was inspired by research that Young’s conducted on the importance of buying British-made products. Polling 2,000 adults, Young’s found that 7 in 10 Brits would “choose British made products when given the choice.” Their research ...

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Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Declining stocks related to warming ocean waters has closed Maine’s commercial northern shrimp fishery for a fifth year – and maybe forever.

According to Free Press Online, colder winters, and in return colder water, is needed to help the shrimp stocks recover. However, government data suggests that the cold water that shrimp need to thrive might not return anytime soon. NASA research found that the Gulf of Maine is “warming faster than any other ocean are in the globe ...

 

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MSC Called to Parliament to Answer Questions About its PNA Tuna Recertification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  December 7, 2017

The MSC was called to a parliamentary meeting with the UK Fisheries minister and nine Members of Parliament who are supporting the UK ‘On the Hook’ Campaign which has opened up a significant challenge to the MSC’s certification of sustainable tuna.

The On the Hook Group was started by celebrity British Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who led the hugely popular ‘fish fight’ campaign.  It asks the simple question of how the MSC can assure UK consumers that its label stands for sustainability, when they allow the very same vessels and companies that catch free swimming tuna to also catch FAD tuna, not approved by the MSC, on the same trip.

The group and its parliamentary supporters object to the MSC allowing of 'Compartmentalization' in order to recertify the PNA tuna fishery.  They say it is hypocritical to allow a portion of the fishery to use unsustainable practices,..

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Introduce Commercial Fishing to 3 Marine Monuments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 7, 2017

Commercial fishing may come to three protected areas if President Donald Trump accepts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations.

Zinke is seeking to introduce commercial fishing to three marine monuments: Rose Atoll, Pacific Remote Islands, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments (NCSMNM).

Zinke writes in his memorandum for the President that for the NCSMNM, the Proclamation was created in 2016 to “protect geological features, natural resources and ...

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Seafood Importers and Brokers Totally Unprepared for Jan 1st Implementation of Sfd Import Monitoring

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 6, 2017 

January 2018 has the potential to see an epic disaster for seafood imports.  

January 1st is the date NOAA is scheduled to implement the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, which requires a series of new data in order to allow products to be imported into the US. 

The National Fisheries Institute unsuccessfully sued to halt the program, but lost. 

Now the following species of seafood will all require complicated customs record keeping to be imported:  Atlantic and Pacific Cod, blue crab, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, King Crab, Sea ...

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Atlantic Capes Puts Out Statement on Sinking of Their Clam Vessel F/V Misty Blue; 2 Crewmen Lost

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton December 6, 2017

Two fishermen are lost and presumed drowned after the Coast Guard suspended its search for survivors from the sinking of the Atlantic Capes Fisheries clam vessel Misty Blue.

In a statement yesterday, the company said  it “sends its thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of two crewmembers who remain missing from our affiliated surf clam harvesting vessel, F/V Misty Blue, which was lost at sea while working off Nantucket Monday night.”

The two lost crew members are Michael Roberts, 44, and Jonathan Saraiva, 32, both of New Bedford.

Roberts wife Tammy Roberts has spoken often with the media, and her vigil was the subject of a story in the Boston Globe today.

The F/V Misty Blue, owned by

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Captain D’s Continues to Grow in Final Weeks of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 7, 2017

Fast casual seafood restaurant Captain D’s isn’t slowing down in the final weeks of 2017. On Wednesday the chain restaurant announced its “continued rapid expansion” with its second restaurant opening this week.

Captain D’s newest franchise opened in Bardstown, Kentucky, and will have an official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony in January 2018. The Bardstown location is owned and operated by first-time Captain D’s franchisees Shaun Hill and Kelly Boernsen. Hill is already ...

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News Summary December 11, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018

Today's lead item reports that the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council dropped the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch in the Gulf of Alaska by 80%. Last year’s TAC was 64,442 mt, but 2018 is set for 13,096 mt ...

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News Summary December 7, 2017 

Today's Main Story: AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea

Today's lead item reports that the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will not adopt final catch limits until Friday or Saturday. So far the Advisory Panel has recommended a 19,000 mt increase in the pollock TAC for 2018 to 1,383,841 mt. That total includes the Aleutian Islands and Bogoslof; the recommendation for the Bering Sea alone is 1,364,341. The AP also recommended an increase for sablefish of nearly 15% to 3,452 mt for the upcoming season ...

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England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 11, 2017

Devon, England is set to welcome a £3.4 million shellfish processing plant at Brixham’s Oxen Cove.

The Brixham harbor is the largest fishing port in England. A new processing unit, which was recently approved by the Torbay Council, will boost the local industry and prevent catches from being sent out of the area for processing. Council members say that the facility could create 500 jobs for Torbay residents within the next ...

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Russian Banks May Cut Funding for Domestic Industry If Crab Auction Overturns Historical Fish Rights

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - Dec. 8, 2017

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has supported a controversial proposal of some Russian fish tycoons close to the country’s President Vladimir Putin to start distribution of crab quotas at auctions, where bidders could particpate without regard to any previous history in the fishery.

"The current rules need to be changed" - according to recent statements of the Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev.

Alexander Tkachev comments:

"Over the course of the year, we discussed with the industry community the best mechanism for increasing the economic returns from crab catch, including a review taxes and the introduction of investment quotas. The optimal solution would be to change the rules for allocating quotas for crab catch, beginning with the distributing of quotas at open auctions."

He noted that this is a highly profitable type of fishery, but "because of poaching and serious abuses in the field of crab sales...

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Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Jaroslaw Adamowski - December 8, 2017

Poland-based fish processors are investing to expand their output capacities in response to their increasing export sales.

 

Data from the state-run Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ) indicates that in 2016, Poland’s fish industry exported 476,000 tons, up 8% compared with a year earlier. This translated into €1.8 billion worth of sales, a 13.5% increase year-on-year.

Under an investment worth about PLN 65 million ($18.2 million) ...

 

 

 

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Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Washington state Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced a piece of legislation that could potentially protect fishermen and small vessel owners from unnecessary costs.

The Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act will “extend a current moratorium that exempts fishing vessels and vessels under 79 feet from incidental discharge permitting requirements mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” According to a study from the EPA, small vessels “do not generate a specific threat to ...

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Researchers Find Dam Flow Patterns Could Boost Yields at Freshwater Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Dams could pose a threat to fisheries … and potentially help them. A study conducted on the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia found that “optimizing pulses” from dams may alter fish abundance.

Researchers based their study on the Mekong River basin because it’s home to one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world. Data collected between 1993 and 2012 was analyzed to see how controlled pulses would alter fishery yields. The researchers ...

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AP Recommends Modest Increases in Pollock, POP, and Sablefish TACs in Bering Sea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOODNEWS] by Peggy Parker - December 7, 2017

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will not adopt final catch limits until Friday or Saturday, but so far the Advisory Panel has recommended a 19,000 met increase in the pollock TAC for 2018 to 1,383,841 mt. That total includes the Aleutian Islands and Bogoslof; the recommendation for the Bering Sea alone is 1,364,341. 

The AP also recommended an increase for sablefish of nearly 15% to 3,452 mt for the upcoming season. 

The council sets TACs for over 20 different commercial species in the BSAI, balancing TACs against population stock size and working within a statutory requirement to keep total catch at a ceiling of exactly 2 million metric tons each year...

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Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed until Dec 30th

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 7, 2017

Dungeness crab from Garibaldi, Ore., threw a monkeywrench into a partial opening of the West Coast commercial crab season, prompting a further season delay of two weeks beyond Dec. 16.

Prior to meat quality tests from Garibaldi and an area north of Coos Bay, many in the industry assumed or hoped Tri-State managers would draw a line at roughly Cape Blanco, just north of Port Orford and allow an exception for Astoria crab, at ...

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ASC Adds New Member To Commercial Team in Stockholm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 7, 2017

Inger Melander is the latest addition to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) team.

On Wednesday the ASC announced that Melander would be joining their commercial team in Stockholm, Sweden, as their Commercial Marketing Manager for Northern Europe. According to a press release, Melander will “liaise with seafood suppliers, brands, organizations and producers across the Nordic region.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Inger to our team,” Esther Luiten, Commercial Director of the ASC, said in ...

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Dan Herring Joins Suram Trading Corp as VP of National Accounts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 7, 2017

Dan Herring is back at Suram Trading Corp.

The seafood vet, who has over 30 years in the experience in the seafood industry, began his career in sales at Suram Trading Corp. Now he’s returned to take over as Vice President of National Accounts.

Herring was at Suram Trading for five years before departing in 1998 to join Congara Foods’ sales team. He then moved on to Pescanova-Ladex, where ...

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Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Neil Ramsden - December 7, 2017

With west Atlantic coldwater shrimp catches declining, and supply seemingly growing through China's increased interest in the product, signs point to a tighter market than ever early in 2018.

Sources said that Christmas sales of shrimp at retail seem to be moving more healthily than at this point in 2016; orders are up slightly year-on-year, and retailers have apparently purchased more, and earlier, to ensure they do not sell out ...

 

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Bay of Bengal Typhoons Hit Seafood Exports from Kerala, Threaten Andra Pradesh, Center of Shrimp Farming

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New Indian Express] By Babu K Peter - December 7, 2017

KOCHI: Cyclone Ockhi has spoiled not only the lives and physical assets of people in the affected areas. It has had a major impact on the country’s seafood business, too. With fishermen keeping away from venturing into the sea for fear of adverse weather conditions, seafood processing plants in Kochi have not been functioning for the past four days.

“Supply of seafood is adversely affected with no fishermen going to the sea because of bad weather. Seafood processing plants in Kochi have not been functioning for the past three-four days as there is no stock to process. It is also not sure when...

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News Summary December 8, 2017 

Today's Main Story: NE Council Sets Higher Limits for Cod and Pollock, But SNE Yellowtail Restrictions Will Hurt

Today's lead item from Seafood News publisher John Sackton reports that the New England Fishery Management Council increased cod and pollock quotas for 2018. Cod was increased 156% on Georges Bank and 39% in Gulf of Maine. Pollock doubled to 37,400 in the Gulf of Maine. However, Southern New England Yellowtail was cut 77.5% ...

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