Wed. Jul 27 2016

LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations  


SalmonChile Says Marine Harvest's Exit is Regrettable and Will Hinder Regulatory Progress  


F/V Alaska Juris Sinks Near Kiska Island, All 46 Crew Rescued


Nova Scotia Halibut and Salmon Distributor Binnacle Seafoods Gets MSC Chain of Custody Certification


NFWF Announces $1.19 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries in the U.S.


Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Translates Shrimp Courses into Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 27, 2016


Tue. Jul 26 2016

Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits


Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts


Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026


Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016


Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery


Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132%


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 26, 2016


Mon. Jul 25 2016

Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public  


Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year


Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is only Market to See Real Growth in May


Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week


Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings


NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 25, 2016


Fri. Jul 22 2016

Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties  


Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast  


Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1  


Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 22, 2016


Thu. Jul 21 2016

MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement


Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time   (1) 


Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track


WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Wed. Jul 20 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 20, 2016


Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Down Over 3% in 2016  


Preferred Freezer to Open 4th Houston Area Cold Storage Facility Next March


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Takes East Coast Promotional Tour to Washington DC


Seacon America Launches THE CRAB Brand of Pastuerized Mexican Blue Crab Meat  


Long John's Brings Back $1.99 Meal Deal Featuring Alaskan Whitefish


Melanie Siggs Named GAA's Director of Strategic Engagements   (1)


Pacific Seafood Hopes to Ship More Live Crab to China Using Cathay Pacific's Direct Flight from PDX  


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LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 27, 2016

Canada's Federal Fishery Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Newfoundland's inshore harvesters will be allocated Northern cod quota once the fishery is viable.   

He made the assurance during a meeting this week with members of Newfoundland's Fish, Food and Allied Worker's Union.

Those discussions also focused on getting harvesters increased access to halibut, scallop and sea cucumber...

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SalmonChile Says Marine Harvest's Exit is Regrettable and Will Hinder Regulatory Progress

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

This week’s decision by Marine Harvest Chile’s to leave salmon association SalmonChile will damage the entire industry’s ability to improve fish farming regulations the group’s President Felipe Sandoval said.

Sandoval statement was a reaction to Marine Harvest’s announcement that it would pull out of SalmonChile after federal fishery officials permanently cut pen density’s 27 percent this week.

"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile...

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F/V Alaska Juris Sinks Near Kiska Island, All 46 Crew Rescued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker and John Sackton - July 27, 2016

The F/V Alaska Juris, a 220-foot catcher processor owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, was abandoned yesterday as it began taking on water on Petrel Bank in the Western Aleutians.

All 46 crew members put on survival suits and boarded three life rafts, after the crew could not control flooding in the vessel, which may have started with mechanical problems in the engine room.

The Coast Guard sent helicopters, and called for vessels in the area to steam to assist.  The first to arrive were two cargo ships, the Norwegian-flagged bulk cargo carrier Spar Canis recovered 28 people from two lift rafts, which were secured to the vessel to keep them from drifting.

The third life raft, with 18 occupants, could not secure a line and drifted away. All 18 occupants were picked up by the German-flagged container ship Vienna Express.

The Coast Guard diverted the cutter Midgett and dispatched two C-130 transport planes and two helicopters from Kodiak to the site of the sinking ship.  One C-130 monitored the rescue situation overhead. Photos show the vessel listing to port...

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Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By John Sackton - July 26, 2016

Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile, announced that Marine Harvest will withdraw its membership from SalmonChile over disagreements on how salmon farming should be regulated.

 
SalmonChile has argued that current government harvest limits are too low, and wants more flexibility to increase density.  They have also opposed a court order to report on antibiotic use by individual companies.
 
"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Gjerde.
 
Gerdje said they had discussed their proposals on several occasions with SalmonChile...
 

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Nova Scotia Halibut and Salmon Distributor Binnacle Seafoods Gets MSC Chain of Custody Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 27, 2016

Halifax-based Binnacle Seafoods has achieved Chain of Custody Certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for its wild Atlantic halibut and other certified species.

Binnacle underwent a rigorous audit by an independent, third-party certifier who checked that the process and procedures the company has put in place meet the requirements of the MSC’s Chain of Custody protocols...

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Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Peru’s commercial anchovy landings for the first fishing season of 2016 are at about the halfway point of the allowable quota but the fishery has now entered its reproduction stage, which is likely to force an early closure.

Reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed.

The season started on July 1 after a stock assessment showed the fishery’s biomass at 7.28 million metric tons. That figure was roughly 65 percent higher from the biomass at the beginning of May and 14 percent above the historical average between 1994 and 2015...

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Translates Shrimp Courses into Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF) has released Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish versions of its online course about managing major shrimp diseases at aquaculture farms and hatcheries.

The translated versions of Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Farms, Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Hatcheries, Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Farms and Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Hatcheries are now available at http://edu.responsibleaqua.org...

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Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2016

Guolian Aquatic is expected to post increases in net income and profits for the first half of this year through improved shrimp sales to the US market.

According to a preview of Guolian’s performance through June, the company will post between a 117 and 129 percent increase in the net income of its operation.

The company said its profits should be between 7 and 12 million, which marks a swing in profitability for the operation compared to 2015...

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Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery

 

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Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132% 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPPAM] Translated by Amy Zhong with additional content by Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Indonesia’s seafood exports to the Chinese market are up sharply in value this year mostly driven by higher squid shipments.

Through April, Indonesia’s seafood shipments to China are up 46.5 percent by value to US$112.31 million. The figure accounts for about 5 percent of China’s imported seafood value, which makes Indonesia the fifth largest seafood exporter to the market.

Squid shipments are credited for the increase this year. Indonesia’s squid shipments are up over 132 percent compared to the first four months in 2015. Indonesia now accounts for over 47 percent of China’s total squid imports and the largest supplier to the market.

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Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jamie Chadwick - July 25, 2016

This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.

Demand for boxed beef remained suppressed last week. Oppressive heat and humidity across many regions of the U.S. played a role in lackluster retail business. Devalued middle meats forced carcass cutouts lower. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, fell 2.84% last week while Select was down 2.34%...

 

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Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2016

A decline in China’s tilapia supply has most prices in the market are on the rise in July and trending higher compared to levels from the same time a year ago.

As of July 18, China’s tilapia price index for smaller sized fish was up about 4 percent from the week prior and trending just slightly under levels from last year at this time.

Meanwhile, the index for larger sized tilapia is up 3 percent from last week and 2 percent from last July...

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NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - July 25, 2016

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced approximately $10 million available to support fisheries projects through the 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition. 

The solicitation for proposals opened on Grants.gov on July 22, 2016, and will close on December 9, 2016. 

New for this solicitation is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal.

Pre-proposals for the 2017 SK solicitation are due on September 20, 2016, and should be sent via email to NMFS.SK.PreProposals@noaa.gov.

The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities

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MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis and Commentary] By John Sackton  July 21, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council was founded on a simple idea: that global fishery management laws were insufficient for long-term sustainability of stocks, and therefore market pressure by NGOs on large retailers and consumers could create sustainable fisheries, even where governments fail to act.

This approach was largely successful, because governments, the FAO, International organizations and NGO’s all recognized that upgrading fishery laws to require catch limits, science based management, and limited entry was necessary to preserve the health of commercial fishery stocks.

The MSC was swimming with the tide in the 1990's and capitalized on this immensely.  They developed a complex standard, auditing practices, and helped spawn a certification industry in seafood that now extends far beyond the MSC.

Yet now, in major Western Countries, the tools for sustainable fishery management are largely in place, ...

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Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jagdish Kumar - July 22, 2016

A workshop held by India's Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture urged the country's farmed shrimp industry to adopt safety protocols to reduce and control the threat of shrimp EMS and other diseases among operators.  

The national consultation on EMS was held in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu state.

Till today, India has an EMS free status, the workshop was conducted to develop a National Action Plan to prevent the possible introduction of the bacterial pathogen causing EMS to India...

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WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Susan Chambers - July 21, 2016

The marine monument fight is not over. In addition to seafood industry battles on the U.S. East and West Coasts, Hawaii also is fighting to retain access to fishing grounds.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in June proposed expanding the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) fourfold.

In his letter to Pres. Barack Obama, Schatz stated, "Greater marine protection for the [Northwest Hawaiian Islands] and its surrounding waters will protect their unique ecology and their historical and cultural value, but this region also supports a variety of Hawai'i residents and businesses. I will not support an expansion proposal that does not adequately take these interests into account. Recreational and subsistence fishing; cultural practices and ocean sports; and commercial longline fisheries -- these traditional and customary practices all depend on access to and use of waters that currently lie outside the PMNM."

However, repeated requests by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to Schatz and Pres. Obama to discuss the proposal have gone unanswered, according to a Council press release.

"We are dismayed that you did not consult with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council prior to distribution of your letters ...

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Chile Salmon Output Falls 24% to 650,000 tons; May go Lower As New Regulations Implemented 

Chile announced new regulations that will reduce fish densities in salmon pens by 27 percent in a move that is expected to cut Chilean salmon output permanently. Chilean salmon production this year is already projected to fall to its lowest level since 2011 because of a severe algae bloom that ravaged major producing sites in March and April. But the density regulations prompted Marine Harvest to withdraw from Chile's major salmon association SalmonChile. The company said the measures are not enough to make the industry more sustainable. "The industry really needs predictable, sustainable regulations ... the regulation that is coming does not go in the right direction," said Marine Harvest Chile's Managing Director Per-Roar Gjerde. The company said it wants a stricter mandate to cap Chile's overall salmon production at 400,000 metric tons annually.

The Baffin Fisheries Coalition, the largest harvester of shrimp in Canada's North, is leaving the Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) — the organization that represents the territory's offshore fishing industry. Baffin is leaving the Association after the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board said it will take a 30 percent portion of Baffin's Northern Shrimp quota in the Nunavut Settlement Area and give it to a competitor, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, for the next two years. "We were not able to agree because some members of NOAHA are benefiting from our reduction so it was sort of going nowhere," said Methuselah Kunuk, vice-president of the Coalition. "I wish them good luck, but I think we can have more of a voice without them."

In other news, Former Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo completed his treatment for alcohol addiction, his office said in a statement Monday.  “After completing my treatment for alcohol addiction, I wish to invite my constituents to an open house where I will be available to address their concerns as I resume my duties as their member of Parliament," TooToo said in the official statement. Officials in the Prime Minister's Office declined to comment on Tootoo's anticipated return to work.

Meanwhile, reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed. However, data indicates that the fishery has entered its reproductive cycle, which should force a closure as per the fishery's management plan.

Finally, federal prosecutors dismissed conspiracy charges against Debra Messier, the longtime bookkeeper for Carlos Rafael. The motion likely clears Messier of potential penalties — pending a judge's ruling — ahead of Rafael’s federal trial, slated for January 2017 at U.S. District Court in Boston. Prosecutors said Monday’s dismissal motion was filed “in the interests of justice.”

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Newfoundland's Dorset Fisheries Plant in Trinity Bay Burns to the Ground 

A massive fire has destroyed the Dorset Fisheries processing plant located in the Newfoundland town of Trinity Bay. caught fire, which spread throughout the facility within minutes according to the town's fire chief. Plant manager Terry Reid said 70 to 80 people had been working at the fish plant, processing capelin. Nobody was injured in the blaze. At peak production, the plant employs about 240 people. This is the second fish plant in Newfoundland to catch fire this year since the Quinlan Brothers snow crab processing plant was destroyed in April.

Shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico through June are up sharply compared to last year’s figures but buyers and processors indicate that the catch is lacking in several key market sizes and shrimp types. Landings have so far consisted of a lot of larger sized white shrimp while Louisiana's brown shrimp season was mostly a bust. Additionally, the catch has mostly consisted of larger sized shrimp and white shrimp, this has put upwards pricing pressure on many smaller count varieties and for brown PUDS.

In other news, Bristol Bay's total sockeye run has reached the ADF&G's forecasted 46.55 million run projection. Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon.

Meanwhile, Sweden will have a tough time proving to a WTO Panel that imported North American live lobsters pose an environmental threat and should be banned from their market. We run a legal analysis of the case that shows precedents exist where the WTO requires reasonable scientific evidence to support such bans.

Finally, Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the golden king crab season in the Aleutian Islands. The catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds. Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate TAC for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for IFQ holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for CDQ holders. West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).

Have a great weekend.

 

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NFWF Announces $1.19 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries in the U.S.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2016

Washington D.C. — Last month the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)  announced the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The 11 grants for 2016 total $1.19 million, and will be matched by over $1.3 million in additional support from the grantees, for a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million. Altogether, the grants will support conservation work in 15 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.

In the North Pacific, the Bristol Bay region won $114,450 to expand marketing opportunities for salmon through Fiar Trade Certificaiton. Alaska Marine Conservation Council was granted $105,000 to build the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network. The Alaska Sustainabile Fisheries Trust won $150,000 to remove barriers for younger fishermen to enter the Gulf of Alaska groundifsh fishery.

In the Western Pacific, $82,000 was given to Oceanic Libra/Kula Lawaia to preserve traditional fishing practices in Hawaii.

Along the Pacific Coast, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust won $60,000 to develop a fish hub for Monterey in central California. San Diego's Scripps Institute of Oceanograph won $118,000 to "develop a progressive curriculum of classwork and on-the-water training for students and recruit veteran fishermen...

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Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council finalized an extension on a moratorium from issuing commercial shrimp fishing permits in the Gulf to 2026.

The Amendment17A rule will take effect on August 22 and is an extension to a ten year ban that was originally entered in the region’s commercial Shrimp Fishery Management Plan in October 2006 and was slated to expire this fall.

The rule was passed in an effort reduce the number of participants in the shrimp fishery to increase the profitability of the industry...

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Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/TechnoPress] - July 25, 2016

Chile's salmon producers used the highest amount of antibiotics per kg of salmon produced since 2007 during 2015, according to a report published by Sernapesca responding to a court order, instigated by Oceana. 
 
Sernapesca had published an annual report with the aggregate levels, but in June of this year, they published a detailed breakdown of antibiotic usage by company and growing area.
 
This is what is being objected to by Salmon Chile.  The director of Sernapesca José Miguel Burgos said "There is growing concern from the public regarding the production processes of this industry, and it seems important to respond to this interest with the utmost transparency."
 
Some companies already publicly report their antibiotic usage...

 

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Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 25, 2016

Rhode Island seafood distributor Southstream Seafoods was named Captain Ds’ Vendor of the Year last week.

This is the first time Southstream was honored with the distinction by Captain D’s. Southstream has been a supplier to the major seafood chain for over 15 years.  The company supplies over 500 Captain D’s stores with dusted pollock and it is also the chain’s sole flounder provider.

Southstream’s President Mark Soderstrom said the award was unexpected.

Southstream has been in business since 1989 and distributes seafood under the Frostmark, Thorfish and I&J brands...

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Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is Only Market to See Real Growth in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Technopress]  July 25, 2016

China is becoming a more important market for Chile Salmon producers.  An example of this is contained in the latest (May) export report for the region of Los Lagos (region X).  Although China's purchases are still small in total volume, they are up 260%, vs declines for the US, Japan, and Brazil.

The United States accounted for 42.1% of total exports in salmon (US $ 83.7 million), decreasing the value of its shipments by 5.7% in twelve months.  Japan accounted for 10.2% of salmon exports, decreasing 25.8%.   These year on year declines are mainly due to the decrease in export volume both countries.

Brazil, third with 8.7% share, saw shipments decrease 47.6%, ...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 22, 2016

Shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico through June are up sharply compared to last year’s figures but buyers and processors indicate that the catch is lacking in several key market sizes and shrimp types.

Through June, Gulf landings are up 18 percent from last year at 35.2 million pounds. Landings out of key producing states Louisiana and Texas were each higher from monthly figures compared to last year.

However, federal landing statistics do not break down the haul by type or size. This is where reports suggest several issues with the haul that are impacting the markets...

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Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

As of two days ago, the total run (catch and escapement) of Bristol Bay sockeye had reached 45,964,457 salmon, so it’s a safe bet that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s forecasted 46.55 million has been met by now.

Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon. Those escapement totals will have increased by today and could exceed the forecast yet.

The University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute's (FRI) forecast for the run was 50.9 million fish, slightly larger than ADF&G's and the second biggest by FRI. The main difference between the two forecasts was FRI estimates more 2.2 age class sockeye...

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Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the golden king crab season in the Aleutian Islands.  Catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds.

Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for individual quota (IFQ) holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for community development quota (CDQ). West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).

The season opens at noon on August 1 and will close on April 30, 2017.

Catcher-only vessels are required to carry an observer for 50% (by weight) of their harvested golden king crab during each of three trimesters (August 1 to October 31, November 1 to January 31, and February 1 to April 30). Catcher-processor vessels are required to carry an observer for 100% of all fishing activity...

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Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 21, 2016

The New England Fishery Management Council submitted a proposal to NMFS that asks to shift the start to commercial scallop fishing in the Mid-Atlantic fishery one month to April 1.

According to the Council’s plan, moving the start of the fishing season is so federal and third party researchers have more time to submit stock assessment findings so a comprehensive fishery management plan can be agreed upon prior to the season.

It would also reduce the need to for mid-season adjustments, which happens when stock data is submitted past deadline...

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Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - July 21, 2016

Halibut landings in Alaska through July 21 totaled 10.6 million pounds, about 60% of Alaska’s catch limit of 18.2 million pounds.

In British Columbia, year to date halibut landings are 2.9 million pounds out of a total catch limit of 6.1 million, or about 45% of the annual quota.

Homer, AK is so far the port with the most commercial halibut deliveries to date -- 1.65 million pounds were landed there as of yesterday.  Kodiak is not far behind, with 1.59 million pounds, followed by Seward with 1.4 million pounds. Last year, Kodiak bested Homer with 2.8 million pounds delivered, compared to Homer’s 2.6 million. Yakutat and Cordova round out the top five Alaskan ports receiving Pacific halibut deliveries.

Sablefish or black cod landings in Alaska have reached 11.7 million pounds as of July 21, or 57% of the annual catch limit...

 

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LeBlanc Says Newfoundland's Inshore Harvesters Will Be First to Get Northern Cod Allocations 

Canada's Federal Fishery Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Newfoundland's inshore harvesters will be allocated Northern cod quota. The Minister made the cod quota assurance during a meeting this week with members of Newfoundland's Fish, Food and Allied Worker's (FFAW) Union. He said the Liberal Party is committed to ensuring the first 115,000 metric tons of Northern cod is allocated to the inshore fleet. He also stood by the government's commitment to increase strict enforcement of the Owner Operator policy. "We look forward to continuing to work with Minister LeBlanc to ensure the benefits of the resources on the doorstep go back to coastal communities", said FFAW President Kieth Sullivan. "We are optimistic, given his track record since taking on the portfolio, that the Minister will take swift action to address the challenges facing harvesters and plant workers in the province."

SalmonChile President Felipe Sandoval said Marine Harvest Chile's decision to leave the association will damage the entire industry’s ability to improve salmon farming regulations across Chile. "More than ever, the industry needs to be united and committed to the future of the sector. These individual decisions are regrettable and will damage the work in various fields, not only in regulatory but also for social and environmental issues, where we are making an effort to implement new policies of transparency,” Sandoval said. The statement was a reaction to Marine Harvest’s announcement that it would pull out of SalmonChile after federal fishery officials permanently cut pen densities 27 percent this week.

In other news, the F/V Alaska Juris, a 220-foot catcher processor owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, was abandoned yesterday as it began taking on water on Petrel Bank in the Western Aleutians. All 46 crew members were rescued by Good Samaritan vessels after they put on survival suits and boarded three life rafts. The crew could not control flooding in the vessel, which may have started with mechanical problems in the engine room. This is not the first time the 41-year-old vessel has encountered trouble in recent years, nor is it the first sinking for the Fishing Company of Alaska. The incident is being closely monitored by the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation office in Adak.

Meanwhile, the final outcome of China Fishery Group's bankruptcy proceedings will largely depend on what the company is able to get by selling off the assets to its Peruvian fishmeal operations. The group told investors on July 21 that bids for those operations-- its single most valuable asset -- peg the business at about half the $1.7 billion valuation it received last year. “The recovery prospects ultimately hinge on whether China Fishery is able to sell the Peruvian assets,” Yee Man Chin, primary analyst at Fitch Ratings in Hong Kong. “The company has gone into bankruptcy protection and they haven’t been able to provide any update on the sale of the assets, so there is a huge amount of uncertainty as to whether it will ultimately happen.”

Finally, the United Food and Commercial Workers confirmed that The Barry Group will not open its shrimp processing plant in Clarenville, Newfoundland. The facility's closure is being blamed on the recent cuts to the province's Northern shrimp quota. It appears the Barry Group will process all of its shrimp at its other plant in Anchor Point on the Northern Peninsula. The Clarenville plant employs over 100 workers in the region.

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Vietnam Fires Fisheries Officials for Falsifying Certifications for 800 Aquaculture Products 

Vietnam's Director of Aquaculture and five other employees working in the department were fired after an investigation discovered an alleged conspiracy where companies could pay to obtain environmental certification for substandard aquaculture products. Bui Duc Quy, the aquaculture director, along with five co-conspirators were found taking money from companies in exchange for fake, illegally issued certifications for products that could be used in farmed fish operations. According to investigators, the scheme created and issued false certifications to 140 animal feed products and another 668 products used to treat farms between 2013 and 2015. Some of the accused denied they were guilty saying they were just following orders, while others said the corruption was not limited to Vietnam's Aquaculture division.

Groundfish fishermen in the Gulf of Maine are testing an automatic jigging machine that allows them to target pollock in the water column and avoid protected cod stocks. The machine is on loan to the region's fishermen from The Nature Conservancy. "This project is really about helping fishermen target those healthy stocks (of fish) while avoiding the codfish to allow them to rebuild," said Geoff Smith, marine program director at the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "We really feel that these jigging machines, if fished properly, can be selective and have minimal impact on the seafloor. ... And if they work for fishermen, we think they could be a real game-changer."

In other news, Chilean farmed salmon association SalmonChile made a final appeal to prevent the country's producers from having to publicly disclose the amount of antibiotics they use in their operations. In June, fishery officials at Sernapesca published a detailed report on antibiotic usage by company in response to a court order to make the information available. Some companies, including Marine Harvest, already report their antibiotic usage publicly. However, SalmonChile argues companies should be allowed to keep the information secret based on a claim of 'constitutional inapplicability.'

Meanwhile, First Nation fishermen in Southwest Alaska are blaming the Coastal Villages Region Fund for the suspension of all commercial fishing activity in the Kuskokwim area this season. The season was closed for the first time since Alaskan statehood since a buyer was not found for the catch. Coastal Villages said the shutdown was a difficult, but necessary decision in order for it to continue to fund other projects in the region.

Finally, Rhode Island seafood distributor Southstream Seafoods was named Captain Ds’ Vendor of the Year last week. Southstream has supplied Captain D's for over 15 years, distributing dusted pollock and flounder to the chain's 500-plus stores nationwide.

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