Mon. Mar 27 2017

Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s  


Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


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

Seafood.com News Summary Monday, March 20, 2017


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


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


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


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  


OCI Announces Project to Move Canadian Redfish towards MSC Requirements  


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


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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 27, 2017

There was a lot of discussion of snow crab at the Boston Seafood Show.  The upcoming Canadian season is starting when there is no inventory, but when some customers have also sold back unused Canadian crab to their suppliers.

Crab prices rose substantially last year, well above the price levels discussed at the 2016 Seafood Show.

One reason was the fire that totally destroyed the Quinlan crab plant in Bay de Verde.  The loss of a major plant, just days prior to the season opening, created a chaotic situation as Japanese buyers had to scramble to fill orders that they thought were solid.

A second reason was the strong momentum US crab sales...

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 24, 2017

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.

Flooding has killed at least 78 people in Peru since record levels of rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, which have caused landslides across the country. A report from Euro News says many small towns in Peru’s northern coast are completely cut off from damage to infrastructure...

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VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market 




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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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New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 24, 2017

A vegan friendly popcorn shrimp item that debuted last summer on Google’s cafeteria menu will now get wider distribution starting this spring.  

San Francisco-based biotechnology startup, New Wave Foods, makes it vegan shrimp from algae and plant-based materials. The company was founded in 2015 by Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf.

This week New Wave Foods’ PopShrimpTM was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas competition. The competition received more than 1,200 entries with PopShrimp the sole seafood finalist...

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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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EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 24, 2017

The EU is funding a project that is using DNA samples to identify snapper species that are imported to the market in an effort to reduce mislabeling. This is the same technology used a few years ago that identified horse meat in the EU supply chain. 

The SNAPTRACE project is being created at the University of Salford in the UK and is lead by Dr Donna Cawthorn.

The project is collecting DNA samples of snappers from around the world and analyzing them against EU customs data... 

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StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 24, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- StarKist Co., recently announced the launch of three new BOLD product innovations that add to the company's growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, making it easy to enjoy tuna or salmon straight from the pouch or in a simple meal. The gluten-free varieties of BOLD flavor pouches are available now: Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style; Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño; and Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style.

"More than ever, consumers are craving bolder flavors and everyday convenience," Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation

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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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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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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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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.According to European seafood analysts at Seafood Intelligence Portal (SIP), the flooding is hurting Peruvian scallop production. Van Herwijnen said many scallops farms in Sechura Bay are closed indefinitely, particularly those that use bottom farming systems. He said operators that use hanging rope systems have relocated production farther out to sea. The expectation is for Peruvian supplies to be tight. Meanwhile, long term damage to Peru’s production and exports remains murky.

In Newfoundland, the return of cod may be signaling a shift in the food cycle that could hurt coldwater shrimp stocks. For the last decade the northern cod stock has been increasing at a rate of about 30 per cent per year. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s 2016 stock assessment estimated its total biomass at around 300,000 metric tons. Biologists say a shift is occurring back to the traditional order of a capelin-cod dominated food chain.

In other news, booming squid catches and high prices have some squid fishermen in Point Judith concerned. At issue is how the port's economy has become heavily reliant on the squid fishery. Fishermen live in a constant worry about losing their fishing grounds; they worry over changing policy and the uncertainty of finances from one year to the next. A vessel used to be able to jump from one fishery to the next, from cod to fluke to squid to herring. That no longer occurs. This is a similar problem Maine is experiencing with fishermen almost solsolelypendant on lobster.

Meanwhile, Alaska's Board of Fisheries is meeting in Anchorage this week and commissioners are looking into the possibility of opening the fishery even in low abundance years.The Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.

Finally, in this week's Seafood News Roundup show we recap some of the major stories that we reported from this week's Seafood Expo North America in Boston. It was a busy and upbeat show with lots of traffic at Urner Barry's booth and around the show floor. We appreciate those in the industry who took time out of their schedules to meet with us.

Have a great weekend and get some rest.

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News Summary March 21, 2017

Today's Main Story: ADF&G Forecasts Alaska's Salmon Catch to Top 200 Million Fish this Summer

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016. The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977. This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.

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.

In other news, food safety authorities have seized shrimps injected with gelatin from a wet market in southern China. Gelatin was found in three batches of frozen shrimps in a wet market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in recent days, according to Guangdong Satellite TV. The shrimps’ bodies and head were glued together by edible gelatin, which is often used to make jellies and other desserts. Experts were quoted in the report as saying the suppliers injected the gelatin to make the shrimps appear healthier or to cover up rotten meat.

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 a

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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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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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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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Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 25, 2017

The lecture acknowledges that the world’s oceans provide an important source of nutrition for more than one billion people...

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Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 25, 2017

An observatory for the study of ocean acidification was inaugurated yesterday in Cienfuegos, Cuba, as part of the Centre for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC), located in the Faro Luna Diving Centre.

Attending the celebration was Dazhu Yang, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Department of Technical Cooperation.

The IAEA has a history of working with Cuba and supporting projects related to...

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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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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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Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week

State-supervised price negotiations between shrimp fishermen and processors have been canceled this week and are 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. Oregon Trawl Commission Director Brad Pettinger said fishermen's associations didn't have enough members to participate. Pettinger said that a little more advance notice of the negotiations cancellation could have helped fishermen's associations to recruit more members to participate in the price talks. Industry participants on both sides indicated they want to start the season on April 1.

The Northern Gulf of Maine area is now closed to scallop fishing, two months ahead of last season. Jennifer Goebel, a spokeswoman for NOAA’s Great Atlantic Region Fisheries Office in Gloucester, said Wednesday that the area is being closed down because vessels permitted specifically to drag for scallops in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit. The season in the northern Gulf of Maine opens each year on March 1.

In other news, a widespread outbreak of norovirus in British Columbia has forced the closure of seven coastal oyster farms in the province. The outbreak has sickened hundreds of consumers in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. The cause of the norovirus has yet to be determined and government officials and scientists are examining a range of possibilities, including a sewage leak or perhaps an unusually cold winter that also meant less sunlight, which affected the oysters' ability to filter toxins.

Meanwhile, rising sea temperatures in the Bay of Fundy are blamed for an increasing number of sea lice outbreaks according to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association. In late July 2016, sea lice killed 252,000 Atlantic salmon at two Gray's Aqua group farms in Passamaquoddy Bay. Another 284,000 fish were pre-emptively killed to contain the sea lice outbreak.

Finally, Alaska's herring sac roe seine fleet in Sitka has landed about half the fishery's quota during second opener of the season this past Tuesday. ""Fishery participants should expect another fishery on Friday, March 24, depending on results of roe sampling, vessel and aerial surveys," and ADF&G herring biologists said.

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News Summary March 22, 2017

Today's Main Story: Sakhalin Officials Arrested for Allowing IUU Russian Crab to Flow to China

Headlining the news today is a focus on how the Russian Sakhalin Island continues to be a battlefield between local officials and the Russian crab mafia, which is trying to restore its positions that have been significantly affected by the recently tightened fight with crab poaching in Russia. Alexander Khoroshavin, the former governor of the Sakhalin Island was arrested and the investigation of his case continues. Additionally, Alexander Taratenko, head of Rosrybolovstvo of Sakhalin, together with Mikhail Kuzmenko, the Minister of Agriculture of Sakhalin (and a person, who oversees the development of regional fish industry, and in particular its crab segment) were arrested on the suspicions of power abuse.

In other news, catches of Alaska halibut are starting to pick up after wild weather got the fishery off to a slow start after the March 11 opener. Less than half a million pounds have been landed through Tuesday by 82 deliveries, with Sitka leading all ports, followed by Seward and Kodiak. Just seven boats had delivered about 36-thousand pounds of halibut at Kodiak through Tuesday; 52-thousand pounds crossed the docks at Seward from eight landings, and nearly 65-thousand pounds at Sitka from 15 boats. Landings at other Alaska ports weren’t available because they were too few yet to record. The prized fish are getting big prices, up 30 cents a pound compared to the start of the season last year.

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News Summary March 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Mike Tourkistas Steps Down from CEO Role as East Coast Seafoods Hires New CEO

Leading the headlines today is word that 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.

In other news, a new trade deal looming between Canada and the European Union is setting off alarm bells in the Maine lobster industry. The deal between Canada and the EU – the largest seafood consumer market in the world – would eliminate tariffs on Canadian lobster exports into Europe and give the Maritimes a competitive advantage over their American counterparts, who would be stuck selling lobsters with tariffs ranging from 8 percent for a live lobster to 20 percent on processed or cooked lobster.

Meanwhile, the expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014. Chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of U.S. lobsters last year, which was also a record. The 

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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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