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Feb 23 - Consumers Eating Shellfish Throughout the Year, Fish Consumption Increases During Lent


Feb 23 - VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price


Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent


Feb 20 - Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years


Feb 19 - Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017


Feb 19 - China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year


Feb 14 - Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production


Feb 14 - China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory


Feb 14 - Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem


Feb 13 - Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017


Feb 12 - US on Track for Record Shrimp Consumption in 2017, Above 4.4 lbs Per Person


Feb 9 - Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger Stepping Aside; Plans to Take on Other Projects


Feb 8 - Dongxing’s Seafood Border Trade with Vietnam Exceeds 7 Billion Yuan (~$1 Billion USD)


Feb 8 - US Shrimp Imports set Record in 2017, up 10% Over Prior Year


Feb 6 - El Pollo Loco Reintroduces Baja Shrimp Menu Options Ahead of Lent


Feb 6 - China Blocks Zhangzidao Brunei Shrimp, Thai Union Lobster, and Some Flounder Imports in December


Feb 5 - White Shrimp Shortages in China Force Skyrocketing Price Increases


Jan 29 - Devi Fisheries Gets Recognized as India's Largest Seafood Exporter


Jan 29 - Further Cuts Likely for Quebec Shrimp Processors as Gulf of St. Lawrence Stocks Continue to Decline


Jan 29 - Gulf Shrimp Landings Hit 100 Million lbs. in 2017, an Improvement, but Still 2nd Lowest Since 2010


Jan 26 - SeaPak First Frozen Retail Brand to Feature Buzzfeed Tasty Logo on Packaging


Jan 24 - China's White Shrimp Prices Increase at Surprising Rate; Likely to Continue into Chinese New Year


Jan 18 - Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel


Jan 17 - North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP


Jan 16 - European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa


Jan 15 - Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions


Jan 10 - More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam


Jan 9 - Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster


Jan 9 - Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies


Jan 9 - Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages


Jan 8 - China's Shrimp Seed Industry Working Through Obstacles in 2018


Jan 5 - Nationwide Smuggling Crackdown in China Hits Seafood Importers in 11 cities


Jan 5 - New Year Border Crackdown Means Uncertainty in Vietnamese Seafood Shipments to China


Jan 5 - China Demand For Vietnam Shrimp up 60% in 2017, China Now largest Importer of Pangasius


Jan 3 - trū Shrimp Lab Renovation Creates More Optimal Environment For Shrimp to Thrive


Dec 27 - Georgia Extends Shrimp Season Until January 15th


Dec 22 - Zhanjiang’s White Shrimp Frozen Exports Increase This Year


Dec 20 - Yiguo Signs Cooperation Agreement with Guolian to Supply High-end Seafood on T-mall


Dec 18 - White Shrimp Prices Rise in China; Seasonal Shrimp Shortage May Lead to Further Increases


Dec 14 - China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports


Dec 8 - Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


Dec 7 - Coldwater Shrimp Market May be Tight in Early 2018


Dec 5 - Shrimp Imports Continue to Accelerate, Driven by Retail Demand


Dec 4 - Vietnam Overcomes Challenges to Grow Shrimp Export Volume to South Korea


Dec 1 - West Coast Pink Shrimp Season Ends at 32 Mln Pounds, a Disappointment as Volume and Value Cut 50%


Nov 15 - EU Importers Already Shifting Away from Indian Shrimp Prior to EU Inspection Visit


Nov 10 - CAPMA Says 1.6 Million Tons of Seafood Imported Illegally Into China at China Fisheries Show Seminar


Nov 8 - Goulian’s Sales Rise in Both Chinese and Foreign Markets, Fueled by E-commerce Business


Nov 7 - Ecuador's Songa Investing Further for China Shrimp Market, Says Shortages of Large Shrimp Over


Nov 6 - Thai Union 3rd Qtr Highlights Shift from US Market, Lobster Sales to China, and High Skipjack Prices


Nov 3 - September 2017 Shrimp Imports Increase, YTD Imports Higher Through Q3


Nov 3 - August Sees Increase in Shrimp Exports from Vietnam


Nov 1 - Trū Shrimp Building Hatchery in Luverne, Minnesota, After Engineering Breakthrough


Oct 27 - Mexico Reportedly Suspends Honduran Shrimp Exports Due to Yellow Head Disease


Oct 26 - Weihai City In Shandong Provice Exports First White Shrimp to Canada; Prices Elsewhere Fluctuate


Oct 25 - EU Increases Vietnam Shrimp Imports After Standstill in June and July


Oct 23 - Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry


Oct 18 - White Shrimp Prices Drop in Some China Regions Due to Market, Environmental Factors


Oct 17 - Captain D’s Franchisee Opens Second Restaurant In Less Than 60 Days


Oct 12 - Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp as Part of Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise From Extinction


Oct 12 - Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters


Oct 6 - Legend Holdings Attracts Much Attention While Making Inroads in Chinese Seafood Industry


Oct 3 - Texas Gulf Coast Fishing Industry Struggles After Hurricane Harvey


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Consumers Eating Shellfish Throughout the Year, Fish Consumption Increases During Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

Fish consumption increases during Lent, but people are eating shellfish year-round, according to a new report from the NPD Group, a leading global information company.

Lent begins on a different day every year, but for 40 days those who participate in the religious observance refrain from eating meat on Fridays. NPD has found that it’s during this six-week time period that more seafood is consumed than any other time of the year ...

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VIDEO: New Bedford Fishing; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Ropeless Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 23, 2018

The latest SeafoodNews.com Weekly Recap Video features: New Bedford Fishing Update; Russian King Crab Price Gap; Need for Ropeless Lobster Traps; Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry's Foreign Trade Data. Visit the Urner Barry booth (#364) at Boston's Seafood Expo North America for your free demo.

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Ecuador Shrimp Prices to China Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton (with material from Angel Rubio, Urner Barry Analytics)

January shrimp exports from Ecuador show the continued dominance of shipments to Asia, primarily China and  Vietnam. 

However export prices have now come down to their lowest level in five years.  The $US export price posted by CNA in January was $2.87, and the last time prices were lower was in January 2013, when the average export price was $2.72.

Chart:  Urner Barry Analytics and CNA

On January 1st, China cracked down on the grey cross-border trade through Vietnam, and simultaneously reduced tariffs on imported shrimp, so that now it no longer makes economic sense to transship through Vietnam....

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China's Tariff Reduction Coincides with Imported Seafood Price Drops Around Chinese New Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Country.crn] translated by Amy Zhong - February 19, 2018

With the increase of Chinese household incomes, imported seafood is no longer solely for the elites in China, as it has become more affordable to more consumers. During this Chinese New Year, seafood prices should drop at the same time there is an increase in the country’s domestic seafood.

Several factors account for the price increase of China's domestic seafood. First, there are fewer fishing vessels working, as many fishermen returned home to celebrate the holiday. Second, portions of the sea ...

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China Shrimp Importers Anxious About Fall in Prices After New Year, Leaving High Cost Inventory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - February 14, 2018

Shrimp is common in China’s aquatic market and their consumption has been on the rise. Now should have been time for consumers to stock large quantities of shrimp in preparation for the coming holiday. 

But market performance has been disappointing for both imported shrimp and the domestic ones. This is very likely to hit shrimp importers and sellers hard.  Those who have bought these shrimp at high prices are worried they will be stuck with high cost inventory after the holiday.

According to an anonymous insider, many buyers have placed ...

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Chinese Market Helps Argentine Seafood Exports Exceed U.S. $2 billion in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Two-Meals] translated by Amy Zhong - February 13, 2018

Argentina has exported seafood worth more than US$2 billion in 2017, while Patagonia red shrimp contribute to 65 percent of the country's exports.

As the statistics show, the country has caught 220,000 tons of red shrimp in total. Its export value of red shrimps has already been more than U.S. $1 billion in 2016, which grew by 31 percent compared with the year before.

This dramatic ...

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Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger Stepping Aside; Plans to Take on Other Projects

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - February 9, 2018

For longtime Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger, leaving the Commission is not so much about leaving the industry, but returning to what he loves: fishing.

Or in this case, managing. And still being involved in the various boards and seafood industry entities, just at a lesser degree.

Pettinger said he and his brother, Dave, each own a trawl vessel, but Dave has been doing most of the vessel and quota management for both since ...

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US Shrimp Imports set Record in 2017, up 10% Over Prior Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Paul Brown, Jr. - February 8, 2018

December shrimp imports were just released and were 10.6% higher for the month, leaving year end imports for 2017 10% higher than a year ago.

Imports were led by India with 32% of the market share. Indian imports were up 32% in December leaving year end imports up 39%.

Indonesian imports were 17.8% higher for December and almost even for the year with 2016. Thailand imports were down for both December and EOY. Ecuador imports were up in December and slightly lower for the year end. Vietnamese imports were lower while ...

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China Blocks Zhangzidao Brunei Shrimp, Thai Union Lobster, and Some Flounder Imports in December

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MP.Weixn] translated by Amy Zhong - February 6, 2018

On January 30, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released a list of foreign food it prevened from entering China in December 2017.

As many as 780 batches of food were kept out of China for reasons such as unsatisfactory quality, non-compliance with food safety laws, a lack of certificates and problems with labeling.

On this blacklist are Zhangzidao’s frozen blue shrimp from Brunei ...

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Devi Fisheries Gets Recognized as India's Largest Seafood Exporter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 29, 2018

Devi Fisheries Limited was honored with two awards by the Marine Products Export Development Authority of India (MPEDA) at the India International Seafood Show in Goa this week.

Union Commerce Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu presented Mr. Yarlagadda Surya Rao, the founder and managing director of Devi Fisheries Limited, with the award for India’s Highest overall Seafood Exporter by Value, as well as the award for Largest Shrimp Exporter by Volume for the year 2016-2017 ...

 

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Hit 100 Million lbs. in 2017, an Improvement, but Still 2nd Lowest Since 2010

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafood News] - January 29, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service reported their final Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings report for 2017. In December, landings (all species, headless) totaled 6.644 million lbs. compared to 5.848 million in December 2016. This brings the cumulative total to 100.08 million lbs.; 6.25 million pounds or 6.67 percent above the Jan-Dec 2016 total of 93.82 million lbs.

While improved year-over-year, the two most recent efforts are the lowest since 2010; the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In that year, the effort May to August was limited by ...

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China's White Shrimp Prices Increase at Surprising Rate; Likely to Continue into Chinese New Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - January 24, 2018

China’s shrimp price index was reported to be 147.74 points on January 17, which is an increase by 4.21 percent (5.99 points) from January 10. Its farm gate price is 30.56 yuan/jin (~$9.60/kg USD) on average for those about 40 shrimp/jin (1 jin=0.5 kg), which rose by 1.15 yuan/jin ($0.36/kg USD).

With Chinese New Year arriving in less than one month, it's expected white shrimp prices will continue to rise. The prices rose to ...

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North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling for tough measures on illegal shrimp importers.

Jones sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last week, urging him to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a new measure that was put in place on January 1 for Atlantic cod, blue crab, mahi mahi, grouper, king crab, Pacific cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks, swordfish and ...

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Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [365jia] translated by Amy Zhong - January 15, 2018

Five-layer shelves are all filled with frozen seafood such as white shrimp, Argentine red shrimp and tiger shrimp with total weight of 3,000 tons. This is a scene that Beijing customs officials have seen in a Hebei food company at 5 a.m. on December 27. With the cooperation of local officials, Beijing customs has cracked down on its largest smuggling case of frozen seafood worth almost 300 million yuan (~$46.6 million USD).

Beijing customs targeted smuggled frozen products and agricultural products in its ...

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Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton - January 9, 2018

Given the recklessness with which some in Congress and the current administration are approaching trade issues, shrimp importers are fearful they could see a disaster that would have impacts across the entire US restaurant sector and retail sector.

There is a rider in the Senate Budget Bill, S.B. 1662, that if passed, would give the U.S. shrimp industry 30 days to meet new reporting requirements of the seafood import monitoring program.  Currently Shrimp is exempted for the foreseeable future.

Shrimp is the country’s most popular seafood, with Americans eating on average over 4 lbs. of shrimp per person per year.  Almost all of this shrimp, around 90%, is imported.  This year Gulf landings are the second lowest in five years, around 93.4 million pounds through the end of November.  Meanwhile, imports are at a record level of 1.3 billion pounds, with December’s imports not counted yet.

So the Gulf is producing about 7% of the total US shrimp supply.

In this environment, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran has introduced a rider in the Senate budget bill 

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Chinese Seasonal Shrimp Price Rise Stronger This Year Due to Shortages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - January 9, 2018

Chinese shrimp prices peak around this time every year, but a serious shortage this year has shown a spike in prices and difficulty sourcing large white shrimp. China's shrimp price index is reported to be 137.93 points on January 3, which rises by 6.06 percent (7.88 points) from that of December 20, 2017. Its farm gate shrimp price is 28.53 yuan/jin (~$8.74 USD/kg) for those at 40 shrimps/jin with an increase ...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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Vietnam’s Seafood Export Value Rises to U.S. $560 Million in January; Exports to China Grew in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Mp.Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - February 19, 2018

Statistics show Vietnam has exported seafood worth about $560 million USD in January, which is an increase of 15.6 percent compared with the same month last year. Last year, its four main markets -- the U.S., Japan, China and South Korea -- contributed to 55 percent of its seafood export value. The export values have skyrocketed by 59.4 percent to China, 48.8 percent to the Netherlands and 37.7 percent to England.

The country plans to raise its ...

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Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  February 14, 2018

Myanmar has potentially 120,000 hectares that could be suitable for shrimp farming, if the right types of assistance in developing infrastructure were put in place. 

A Japanese funded report analyzing exports found that currently there is a shortage of shrimp for export due to the erosion of natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding technologies.  Japan is the principal export market for Myanmar shrimp.

Furthermore, there is a lack of refrigeration capacity, and viruses have hit local shrimp production very hard.

Currently, around 65 percent of Myanmar’s fishery production is wild caught. Preliminary data from a 2013 survey conducted with support from Norway suggested that fish abundance in some Myanmar coastal areas could be as low as 10 percent of what it was 40 years ago. 

Meanwhile, contributions from fish farms have also stagnated since Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s coast in 2008, destroying up to 75 percent of Myanmar livestock, and also due to virus outbreaks in fish and shrimp farms. ...

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Oregon, Washington Pink Shrimp Fishery Re-Certified as MSC as Certifiers Laud Management, Ecosystem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - February 14, 2018

The Marine Stewardship Council has again blessed one of the West Coast's favorite fisheries, Oregon and Washington pink shrimp or Pandalus jordani, with re-certification.

Clients Oregon Trawl Commission and Pacific Seafood contracted with MRAG Americas in 2017 to re-certify the two state fisheries that were originally certified in December 2007 (Oregon) and October 2015 (Washington). Upon recertification site visits, neither stakeholders or ENGOs requested additional meetings.

"The 15 working day period during which previously involved stakeholders could ...

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US on Track for Record Shrimp Consumption in 2017, Above 4.4 lbs Per Person

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  February 12, 2018

With the surge in shrimp imports in 2017 and an increase in domestic production, the US is likely to see record shrimp consumption for the past year, once official NMFS figures are released later this year.

Total imports set a record of  1.466 billion pounds, up from 1.334 billion pounds in 2016.

Meanwhile, Gulf domestic production increased from 93.8 million pounds in 2016 to 100.01 million pounds in 2017.

Exports of warm water shrimp fell slightly to 7 million pounds from 7.5 million pounds the year before.

This suggests a nominal increase in supply of 139.2 million pounds, which is certainly enough to move the per capita numbers.

Last year, NMFS and the NFI reported total US shrimp consumption, converted to edible weight, equaled 4.1 lbs per capita.

The raw lbs increase in 2017 would equate to an additional .4 lbs product weight per capita...

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Dongxing’s Seafood Border Trade with Vietnam Exceeds 7 Billion Yuan (~$1 Billion USD)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [GXnews] translated by Amy Zhong - February 8, 2018

The seafood industry has developed well in Dongxing city of Guangxi. Last year its seafood trading value with Vietnam was more than 7 billion yuan (~$1 billion USD), which made up about one half of local border trade value. The bustling seafood market not only promotes border trade but also creates more jobs for local people. More than 8,000 local people currently are working in the seafood industry.

Dongxing of Guangxi is connected with Mong Cai of Vietnam by ...

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El Pollo Loco Reintroduces Baja Shrimp Menu Options Ahead of Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 6, 2018

El Pollo Loco is bringing Baja Shrimp back to their menu – just in time for Lent!

The California-based fire-grilled chicken chain is reintroducing the seafood option for a limited time. Customers who visit participating locations can indulge in a couple of different options.

“Our fan favorite Baja Shrimp is adored by guests, and we’re thrilled for its return to our menu,” El Pollo Loco Chief Marketing Officer Ed Valle said in a press release ...

 

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White Shrimp Shortages in China Force Skyrocketing Price Increases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - February 5, 2018

China’s farm gate prices of white shrimp continued to grown in late January and some regions have no shrimp available. This serious shortage has brought about a drastic price increase. Overall prices rose slightly in the fourth week of January, while the prices jumped to about 40 to 42 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) ($12/kg-$13.35/kg USD) for those at 40 shrimps/jin in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. The price ...

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Further Cuts Likely for Quebec Shrimp Processors as Gulf of St. Lawrence Stocks Continue to Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafood News] - January 29, 2018

During the recent meeting of processors in Quebec, at the 40th Congress of industrial Fisheries (AQIP), there appeared to be pessimism about shrimp production in 2018.

The actual scientific advice on shrimp stocks will come at a meeting scheduled for February 6 and 7th, but Pascal Noël, President and CEO of Pêcheries Marinard, said the decline could be greater than the 30% cut seen in 2017.

"We are talking about a decrease between ...

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SeaPak First Frozen Retail Brand to Feature Buzzfeed Tasty Logo on Packaging

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 26, 2018

Tasty things are happening at SeaPak. The Georgia-based seafood company is the first frozen retail brand to feature the Buzzfeed Tasty logo on its packaging.

For the next six months SeaPak’s Shrimp Scampi will include an “As Seen on Tasty” image on its packaging. The packaging move is the latest in SeaPak’s partnership with Tasty, Buzzfeed’s Facebook channel dedicated to food. Since partnering with Tasty on recipe ideas, SeaPak has raked in over ...

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Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 18, 2018

Approximately 6,000 pounds of shrimp was confiscated late last week when the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered a vessel illegally fishing inside a national marine sanctuary.

According to a report, the Coast Guard and NOAA boarded a 68-foot fishing vessel called the Ronald E. near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation. The team seized 6,000 pounds of shrimp worth an estimated $60,000 ...

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European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 16, 2018

A group of high level European shrimp importers including Klaas Paul, Nordic Seafood and the Seafood Connection, along with the importer associations of the Netherlands, the European Seafood Importers Group, and UK buyers will meet with Indian shrimp officials at the upcoming India International Seafood Show in Goa at the end of this month.

The meeting is being organized by Willem van der Pijl, director of STIP (Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal) and Solidariadad, a European ...

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More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Xunjk and ePaper] translated by Amy Zhong - January 10, 2018

Seafood smuggling has long been an open secret in China’s seafood industry. In recent years, the government has taken several measures against these illegal activities. It has signed free trade agreements with foreign countries to reduce tariffs and has also taken action against smugglers. Recently the customs departments have uncovered two large-scale smuggling cases.

On January 2, Nanjing customs cooperated with departments in other regions to seize a seafood smuggling gang that had worked in frozen markets of Wuxi and Kunshan of Jiangsu province. Customs found four suspects and made three arrests. Initial research shows his gang smuggled 8,000 tons of frozen seafood worth 200 million yuan (~$30.1 million USD).

The gang started this business in July of 2013. It worked with a Guangxi team...

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Rubicon Cleared by California Judge in Trafficking Case Involving Thai Shrimp Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 9, 2018

Central California Federal Judge John F. Walter, dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by seven Cambodian nationals seeking compensation for their treatment as workers in two Thai seafood processing plants in December.

Recently released court documents show in three separate orders, Walter dismissed the plaintiffs claims against a Thai seafood processing plant S.S. Frozen Food Co., Ltd. (SSF), another Thai seafood processing plant, Phatthana Seafood Co., Ltd. (Phatthana), a Thai company registered to do business in ...

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