Fri. Apr 28 2017

Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC  


West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval  


VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates


Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection


Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals


West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project  


Seafood.com News Summary April 28, 2017


Thu. Apr 27 2017

Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market


NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses  


Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 27, 2017


Wed. Apr 26 2017

Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products  


WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute  


Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year  


PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts  


Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand


Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market


Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf


Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 26, 2017


Tue. Apr 25 2017

Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers


Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95  


New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today  


Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production  


Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet


VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 25, 2017


Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


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Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 28, 2017

The Russian pollock Association signed a five-year review for recertification of the pollock fishery under the MSC at the recent Seafood Expo in Brussels. The signing was attended by the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov and MSC head Rupert Howes. 

Shestakov said that in addition to the MSC certification, which he felt confirmed the soundness of Russian Fisheries management, he noted the importance of creating and implementing national environmental certification, which could guarantee the safety of products, maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems, as well as provide an alternative tool independently, confirming the quality of products in domestic and foreign markets. 

Earlier, the Pollock association joined...

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West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Pending NMFS' Approval

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 28, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has recommended regulations governing the use of electronic equipment to monitor at-sea discards of target, non-target and prohibited fish for certain West Coast groundfish fisheries. If approved by National Marine Fisheries Service, this will mark the culmination of a four-year process to develop and implement regulations for electronic monitoring system use in West Coast groundfish fisheries.

“For many fishing operations, electronic monitoring will provide a more cost-effective way to meet 100 percent monitoring requirements," Council Member Dorothy Lowman said ...

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VIDEO: Nissui Backs GSSI; Snow Crab Fishing Starts; India, Gulf, Newfoundland Shrimp Updates

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Zhonggang Fisheries is Latest Pacific Andes Subsidiary to Seek Chapter 11 Protection

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2017

A fourth subsidiary of Pacific Andes has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York court.

The directors of Zhonggang Fisheries Limited filed the petition on April 17.

“The directors of Zhonggang believe that it is in the best interests of Zhonggang’s shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process,” Pacific Andes said in a press release...

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Russia May Increase Duties on Fish Exports to Slow Shipments Out of Its Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 27, 2017

The Russian government is considering increasing duties on the exports of fish and seafood out of the country, due to ongoing growth of prices for fish and seafood in the domestic market.

According to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), despite the recent strengthening of the domestic currency – ruble, prices for fish in Russia continue to grow, while a the majority of Russian fish catch is imported to abroad, mostly to the Asia-Pacific region...

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Cetacean Ban at Vancouver Aquarium Called Threat to Marine Mammals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Victoria Times Colonist] by Nick Eagland and Gordon McIntyre - April 28, 2017

The Vancouver Aquarium is trying to rally public support with an argument that a proposed Vancouver park-board ban on captive cetaceans puts marine mammals in peril.

The park board on May 15 will consider a bylaw that would ban the import and display of live cetaceans — whales, dolphins and porpoises — in city parks, including Stanley Park, where the aquarium logged a record 1.2 million visitors last year.

At a news conference Thursday, Randy Pratt, incoming chairman of the board at the...

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West African Pelagic Fisheries Start Fishery Improvement Project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2017

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) announced the beginning of a fishery improvement project (FIP) for small pelagic fisheries in the West African nation of Mauritania.

International fishing sector stakeholders, fishmeal and fish oil buyers, exporters, and processors, together with the Mauritanian fishery authority, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seafood Expo in Brussels, marking the FIP’s official beginning. The organizations share a common commitment to sustainable fisheries and collaborating to publicly evaluate and improve the fishery the SFP said...

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Cozy Harbor Wins Two Seafood Excellence Awards at European Seafood Expo for Retail Lobster Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 26, 2017

Cozy Harbor Seafood of Portland, Maine, which has spent years developing an export program to Europe, saw some of its efforts pay off this year wth two Seafood Excellence awards.

Cozy Harbor won the top prize for Best Retail Product.

Cozy Harbor entered three lobster products, a split tail, a whole tail, and lobster meat, which are flash frozen with nitrogen..

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Weak Sockeye Forecast for Cook Inlet This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Elizabeth Earl - April 26, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2017 commercial salmon fishery outlook predicts a total run of about 4 million salmon in Upper Cook Inlet, which includes the Kenai, Kasilof and Susitna rivers as well as a number of smaller streams. Commercial fishermen are projected to harvest about 1.7 million of that, the lowest projected harvest in the last 15 years.

It’s largely the Kenai River not living up the recent 10-year average. The river is projected to see a return of 2.2 million sockeye, about 39 percent below the recent 10-year average...

 

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Newfoundland Price Panel Sets Cold-Water Shrimp Minimum Price at $0.95

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 25, 2017

The Province of Newfoundland Price Setting Panel announced that the minimum cold-water shrimp price for spring 2017 will be $0.95 CA.

This is a significant change from the $CA 1.40 per lb awarded by the price panel last year. 

The panel is required to pick only one of two offers put forward by the FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers...

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PODCAST: Gulf Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectation; Whole Salmon Floods US Market; Brussels Show Starts

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Sales of MSC, ASC Labeled Seafood Trended Higher in Germany, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) reported another year of growth for their sustainable seafood schemes in the European, Asian, New Zealand and Australian markets at their annual forum that was held during the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels this week.

More than 350 delegates from across the industry attended this year’s Seafood Futures Forum, hosted annually to provide an update on developments in the MSC and ASC and invite discussion in addressing the challenges of responsible and sustainable seafood production...

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Developer Outbids Cook’s Lobster Owner to Buy Historic Maine Island Wharf

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Beth Brogan - April 26, 2017

Harpswell, Maine — A Portland real estate developer outbid the owners of Cook’s Lobster & Ale House on Tuesday to purchase the Bailey Island wharf adjacent to the restaurant for $510,000.

Arthur Girard, who in 2015 donated Ram Island in Saco Bay to the University of New England, said he’s not sure what he’ll do with the property, which for decades has operated as a commercial fishing wharf for local lobstermen.

“I have no plans for it,” he said. “That’s how I get...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings in Q1 About Even with Last Year; Market Waits for New Season Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 25, 2017

Shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico through the first quarter of the year were about the same compared to the first three months of 2016. Wholesale prices continue to hold at higher levels as the industry waits for new season production to reach the market.

The domestic harvest totaled 3.4 million pounds in March, which was up slightly from February and down marginally from the catch last March...

Landings for the quarter were 10.1 million pounds, slightly below last year’s total through three months...

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Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 24, 2017 

Cautious optimism about the status of Canada’s Northern Cod fishery was noted during the second annual consultation meeting among the Association of Seafood Producers, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which was held in Brussels this week.

Representatives from France, the UK, and Canada were in attendance. Overall, the meeting reported progress towards rebuilding Northern cod stocks through a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP).

The meeting reviewed stock status and population projections, and updated the FIP Action Plan...

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VIDEO: Seats Still Open for Urner Barry's Seafood Import Workshop on May 23 in Miami


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About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed the Salmon Man Salmon.

The Salmon Man Salmon Portions are flash-frozen and available in three tasting options—Original, Salmon with Garlic & Herb Crust, Salmon with Cajun Crust.

“These pre-portioned salmon fillets offer a convenient solution for getting dinner on the table during the busy week.  From grilling to oven roasting, salmon is incredibly versatile, quick cooking and compliments a wide-range of flavors,” the

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NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations.

Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper ...

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NGOs Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Executive Order that WIll Review MPA Designations 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Boston Globe] by David Abel - April 27, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday will issue a sweeping executive order to review as many as 40 national monument designations made by his three predecessors, an unprecedented move that could curtail or rescind their protected status.

It was unclear which areas would come under review, but the list could include monuments designated last year by President Barack Obama, including thousands of acres of pristine woods in northern Maine and sensitive marine habitats in the submerged canyons and mountains off Cape...

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 27, 2017

Three new online courses from the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation provide education and training in seafood safety - a topic of fundamental importance to the aquaculture supply chain.

The first course, "Seafood Safety for Aquaculture Products," introduces the topic by identifying potential food safety problems at aquaculture farms and processing facilities, and the layers of management required to control them.

The second course, "Good Manufacturing Practices at Aquaculture Processing Plants," describes ...

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WTO Says Mexico Can Levy $163 Million in Annual Sanctions Against US Over Dolphin Safe Tuna Dispute

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

An arbiter for the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Mexico over its dispute of the US’s dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws. The decision allows Mexico to impose $163 million in annual sanctions against the US.

This decision ends a seven-year battle between Mexico and the US over dolphin-safe tuna labeling laws.  Mexico said the US law created an unfair trade barrier on Mexican-caught canned tuna shipments sent to the US market...

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Nippon Suisan and its Gortons and Unisea Subsidiaries Partner with GSSI, Along with More Retailers  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

During the Seafood Global Expo show in Brussels this week, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative announced the addition of a couple more partners and received support from a major US retailer.

Japanese conglomerate Nissui and its subsidiary, Alaskan seafood processor Unisea, joined the GSSI as partners. Nissui is the first Japanese seafood company to become a GSSI partner.

Nissui is a major Japanese corporation that owns seafood operations across the world. In addition to Unisea, Nissui's also owns North American operators Nippon Suisan USA, Unisea, Gorton’s, BlueWater Seafoods, F.W Bryce, King & Prince Seafood and Glacier Fish Company...

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New Brunswick Snow Crab Fishery Opening Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  April 25, 2017

The New Brunswick snow crab fishery is opening today at 02:00 hours, according to a notice from the Canadian Dept. of Marine Resources.

The ice that has been clogging harbors in Shippagan and Caraquet is now broken up and has been moved out enough to allow for the fishery to begin. This is a couple of days earlier than expected last week. 

Carter Hutt, president of the P.E.I. Snow Crab...

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Iceland's Samherji Boosts Stake in Major Norwegian Fish Producer Nergård

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2017

Major Icelandic seafood producer and distributor Samherji and Norwegian operator Norsk Sjømat each increased their controlling interest in Northern Norwegian fish producer Nergård.

According to the deal, Samherji now owns roughly 40 percent of Nergård, which is Northern Norway’s second-largest fishing group. Norsk also increased its stake in Nergård’s operations and now owns a controlling interest of about 60 percent.

The two companies want to increase Nergård’s ability to produced more value-added fish products...

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Vietnam Attempts to Restore Prawns in Australian Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam Economic News] by Lan Phuong - April 26, 2017

(VEN) - The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia and other Vietnamese agencies are pushing efforts to have Australia’s ban on raw prawn imports from Vietnam lifted. The six-month import suspension went into effect on January 6, after white spot disease was detected last December in five aquaculture sites, as well as in live shrimp in the river.  

Shrimp farm owners suspected viruses entering Australia from imported products from infected areas abroad, but the cause of the outbreak has not been verified. Vietnam is Australia’s largest source...

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Blumar Completes First Step Towards Achieving ASC Certification at Chilean Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2017

WWF Chile and major Chilean salmon producer Salmones Blumar S.A completed the evaluation and work plan needed to enter all of their production sites into aquaculture improvement projects so that the company can ultimately earn certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council scheme.  

“This important work reinforces our company’s commitment to achieving the ASC standard at all of our sites as well as engaging other industry members, government and stakeholders like WWF to work together and make progress on some of the key sustainability challenges for salmon farming in Chile,” Said Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar...

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Togiak Update: Aerial Surveys Are Underway, No Sign of Herring Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 25, 2017

Late last Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the appearance of several positive indicators that could have heralded herring moving into Togiak this week. 

A spotter pilot who flew the Togiak herring district last Thursday and again on Friday, "reported no herring in the area but ice was breaking up and dispersing on the tide," the agency reported.

"Sea bird activity is also increasing," the agency noted. "Additional reports indicate schools...

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Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Newfoundland's Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources Steve Crocker said he supports a federal commitment to fund $14 million over the next five years to conduct full northern cod stock assessments starting in 2017-18.   

“I have been requesting increased fisheries science into the species around our waters since becoming minister and I am pleased the Federal Government has listened to these requests and will invest $14 million into full annual scientific assessments for northern cod. Having greater scientific activity is critical especially as we prepare for the transition to groundfish.... 

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MSC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Goal to Certify or Engage 1/3 Global Marine Catch by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced a series of goals its plans to meet by the year 2030 in celebration of the 20th year since the organization was founded.

According to the MSC’s strategic framework, the group wants to certify or engage a third of global marine catch in its program by 2030. The MSC’s will target the Global South, Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), priority markets and species, and will work with consumers while continuing to deliver value to currently fisheries that are MSC certified...

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Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 21, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has initiated a sales process for its UK operations, Seachill. This is the latest operation that Icelandic Group has decided to sell off.

 Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market since it was founded in 1998. The business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK, with well-invested facilities and an established supply chain Icelandic Group said.

Seachill owns The Saucy Fish Co. brand which has a fast growing reputation globally. The brand recently expanded to the North American market.  In 2017, The Saucy Fish Co. entered the frozen retail category with a line of ready to cook frozen products.

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