Fri. Mar 222019

Judge Rules Adak Cod Set-Aside Unlawful, Orders NMFS to Rewrite Amendment 113

Lobsters Unharmed by Atlantic Canada Salmon Farm, 8-Year Study Finds

The Winding Glass: John Sackton s Seafood Week 'in Review

Trade War to Continue Indefinitely, Trump Says

VIDEO: MSC Mislabeling Report; Meal Kit Popularity; Hardee's Catfish Sandwich; Saving the Vaquita  

Developers of Belfast Salmon Farm Push Back Against'Significant Misinformation'

Coast Guard Says It Took a Hit From Government Shutdown

Pescanova Introduces New Shrimp Products at Seafood Expo North America  

New Jersey Oyster Documentary Now Available on iTunes and Amazon  

Mexico Launches Plan to Mark Vaquita Porpoise Reserve

India Shrimp Farmers Shy Away from Replenishing Stocks on Pricing Blues  

I Hope We Have Enough Butter: Costco Selling Gigantic Lobster Claws at Some Stores, Shoppers Say

Both Sides on Gillnet Issue Dig In

Ottawa Defends Herring-Roe Fishery Off B.C.'s Coast

Whales are'Right on Schedule'Speed Restrictions in Effect as; Right Whales Return to Cape Waters

Flats For Sale; Wellfleet Officials Consider $3.4M Purchase of More Than 200 Acres of Tidal Flats

Europe 's First Underwater Restaurant Opens in Norway

Angry Crab Shack Chain Looking to Expand into Las Vegas Summary Friday, March 22

Thu. Mar 21 2019

Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark

Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports  

Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving

Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table  

Cold Water Kills Salmon at Cooke Fish Farm 10000 Near Liverpool

Clearwater Surf Clam Proposal'Interesting'to DFO Minister  

Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures  

'Put the Crab Back On the Table Frustrated Fishermen Chant at St. 'John's Rally

Maine Lobster Industry Wants Cap on Aquaculture Licenses  

FMI 's Power of Seafood Study Dives Into Today s Seafood Consumer "

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sees No Reason Now to Extend Pebble Comment Period

Vietnamese Catfish Industry Faces New Rivals  

NOAA Requests Partnership with Fishery Management Due to Declining Southern Resident Orca Population

Artisan Catch Announces Direct to User Restaurant Sales from Small Scale Fisheries to Begin in U.S.

ComFish Alaska Celebrates 40 years

Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Murder on Fishing Vessel Off Marco Island

Dust-Up Between City of Monterey and Fishing Family Grows

Florida FWC Charge with Multiple Felonies for 3 People Exploiting Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishery  

Venture-Backed Plant Protein Startups Tap China s Hungry Market "

FDA Commissioner Releases Statement on New Steps to Strengthen Food Safety Program

Young's Launches School-Approved Salmon Fishcake Summary Thursday, March 21

Wed. Mar 202019

Herring Spotted in Sitka Fleet on Two-Hour Notice  

Scientists Make Surprising Discoveries About Salmon on Gulf of Alaska Expedition

Trident Seafoods Debuts Versatile 10g Protein Noodles at Seafood Expo North America  

March 2019 Alaska Fishing Updates  

Ottawa and B.C. Announce Five-Year Salmon Restoration Fund to Rebuild Wild Stocks

Meet the Sustainable Shopper: Young Transitionals Who Are Tech-Savvy

Hardee 's Partners with Mississippi Catfish Farm to Create New Catfish Sandwich at Select Locations

Crab Poaching Under Cover of Darkness Earns 10-year Commercial Fishing Ban, Vessel Seizure  

Cooke Inc. Acquires California Distributor All Seas Wholesale, Inc.  

INSIGHT: Fishmeal Producers Need to Capitalise on'Point-of-Difference'Factors  

Falklands to Negotiate Own Deal with EU after Brexit to Regulate Fishing - Separate to UK

Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute Seeking Applicants Set to Kick Off Program; in Brussels

Georgia Oyster Mariculture Bill Goes to Gov. Kemp's Desk  

Why Restaurant Demand For Smaller Fish Fillets Is Bad News For Oceans  

Long John Silver's Serves Up Original Album, Audio Coupons for Lent Summary Wednesday, March 20

Tue. Mar 192019

In a Well-Designed Study, MSC Finds Labeling Fraud Rates of Less Than 1%

Pebble Dam Breach Modeled Comments Open to May 31

Seafood Importers Support Measures to Save the Vaquita

Push to Standardize Traceability Efforts Launched by Retailers and International Seafood Companies

Slade Gorton Launches ICYBAY Iceland Retail Bag Line at Boston Seafood Show

Maine 's 2019 Eel Fishing Season Set To Begin As State Cracks Down On Criminal Activity  

Trend Expert: Seafood Has Growth Opportunity On Menus

Indonesian Tuna Takes World's Sushi Counters by Storm  

FishWise Releases RISE, a Labor Rights Roadmap for Seafood Businesses

Fisherman: New Jersey Shark Fin Ban Bill Punishes Wrong People  

Fishermen Identify Projects to Improve Fisheries Development in the U.S. Pacific Islands

Stolt Sea Farm Expands European Production for Turbot and Sole

Global Aquaculture Alliance Launches Aquademia Podcast at Boston Seafood Show

SENA 2019: Corbion Teams Up With Celebrity Chef Sammy Monsour for Short Film on Algae-Fed Salmon  

Whales are Facing a Big, Deadly Threat Along West Coast: Massive Ships   

Salmon Sisters Donating of All Sales to Food 1% Bank of Alaska

Two New Trustees Named Int L Pole and Line Foundation "

Coastal Villages Sets Budget for Community Benefits at 2019 Over $18 Million Summary Tuesday, March 19

Mon. Mar 182019

Legal Seafoods and CP Foods to Introduce Legal Branded Shrimp Products for National Distribution  

Cooke Buys Nicaraguan Shrimp Supplier  

LISTEN: The Boston Seafood Show Podcast Episode!

Low Prices Overshadow China's White Shrimp Industry  

Grand Bank Deputy Mayor, Conne River Chief Both Happy With Arctic Surf Clam Deal  

SENA 2019: Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced at Boston Seafood Show

Crab Industry Looks for Rebound Eastern Shore Companies Seek More; Visas for Pickers  

Change Is in the Air: Western Pacific SSC Suggests New Approaches for Suite of Issues  

Chilean Salmon Marketing Council Introduces'Promise of Patagonia'Campaign for US  

China Overtakes Japan as Alaska's Largest Seafood Importer  

CleanFish Brings' Green First Rated 'Marine-Farmed Atlantic Salmon to Boston Seafood Show  

US-China Tariff Dispute Takes a Toll on Some Alaska Seafood Processors, According to Survey  

Luggage Filled with Thousands of Smuggled Lobsters Worth $1.31M Found at Indonesia Airport Summary Monday, March 18

Tristan International Granted Exploratory Fishing Permits in Ecuador for Patagonian Toothfish  

Public Skeptical of Commissioner s Pebble Past "

New York Fish Farm Gets $1.3M Sand Mining Penalty

OPINION: Farm Bill Protections Aren't Enough to Protect School Children from GMO, Farm-Raised Fish  

Nielsen Study Finds Consumers Care Most About Buying Local

Salmon Restoration Fund Aims to Protect Stock Federal and Provincial Gov't Plans; for Joint Program  

Scottish Food Processing Plant Set to Reopen Creating 120 Jobs

Russian Fish Company Launches Branded Single Frozen Pollock Fillets in Russian Supermarkets  

Fri. Mar 152019 Summary Friday, March 15

Argis Galac sea Changes Name to Argisfood "After Acquisition By Seafoodia Group

Antarctic Salmon Brand Sixty South Building New Hatchery  

The Fish Shoppe Becomes 1st Australian Seafood Retailer With MSC Chain of Custody Certification

Larry Hogan Presses Trump Administration for Visas for Crab Pickers    

BioMar Buys Stake of JV Partner AquaChile in APSA Factory

The Objections to Offshore Drilling are Economic, Environmental and Bipartisan

Taking the Sea Out of Seafood

Congress May Finally Address Ocean Acidification

Activists Report Probable Dead Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico

Climate Bills Aim to Slash Emissions 80% by 2030 or 2050

FFAW-Unifor Pushing Back Against DFO Quota Cut Suggestion for 3K Crab  

Samuels And Son Seafood Announces Multi State Expansion, New Products Ahead of Boston Seafood Show

Wheelhouse Brewing Releases New Great Bear Scallop Stout  

Maine AG s Office: Submerged Lands Bill 'is Unconstitutional  

Vietnamese Shrimp Producers Worry about Loss of Competitiveness in Face of Thailand, India  

Change to Gillnet Policy Stokes Anger  

ISSF 's Scientist Advisors Reflect on a Decade of Discovery

VIDEO: Get Ready for Seafood Expo North America

Man Rescued from Ice Drifting in Bering Sea Describes Hours Jumping from Floe to Floe

GSP Withdrawal by U.S. Will Have No Impact on Indian Seafood Exports: Mpeda  

Thu. Mar 142019 Summary Thursday, March 14

Dolphin Calf Swimming Freely After Rescue Team Steps In

Trident Seafoods Launching 10g Protein Noodles at Boston Seafood Show  

Nueva Pescanova Presents its Work in Namibia With The City Born from the Sea ""

FDA Makes Menu Labeling Resources Available to Consumers During National Nutrition Month

Bakkafrost Releases Second Healthy Living Sustainability Report for 2018  

GAA Combating CBC Expos on Shrimp, Antimicrobial Resistance  

Two New Studies Find No Link Between PRV and Salmon Disease

Herring Survey Finds Predators Gathering

National Seafood Inspection Laboratory Develops Tool to Screen for Mislabeling

Black Sea Bass Gobbling Up Lobsters  

P.E.I. Seafood Processors Receive $365K in Government Funding

U.S. Attorney s Office Sells Shrimp Boat "Seized After Fraud Conviction  

Thai Union Aims to Turn Tuna Heads into Gold  

Aquaculture Wars: The Perils and Promise of Big Fish  

U.S. Perceptions Vary on Wild Vs. Fresh/Salt Water Fish Farms

Coast Guard Rescues from Sinking Vessel Near 2 Crewmembers Fishers Island, New York

E&E Foods to Purchase APICDA s Cannon Fish Company "

Wed. Mar 13 2019 Summary Wednesday, March 13

Niceland Seafood Working to Fight Seafood Fraud and Educate Consumers

DFO Will not Appeal Court Decision on PRV Testing, Still Reviewing Policy

Captain D 's Signs New Franchise Development Agreements in Florida 2

Maritime Center Ice Machine Breaks Leaving Shrimp Fleet in a Panic  

Australia 's Seafood Industry Welcomes Sustainable Seafood Week

Alibaba Group s Shanghai Win-Chain to Aid "Thai Union in Promoting Brand to Chinese Consumers

Eels Released as Europe Tries to Replenish Decimated Fishery  

IKEA Canada Adds Sustainable Salmon Balls to Restaurant Menus  

Weather Challenges Could Tank Fishmeal Production in Peru by 25%

Area 2A Halibut Opener Will Likely Return to One Day This Year  

Seafood Scotland Looking to Expand Opportunities in North America At Boston Seafood Show  

How a Small Change in Scallop Gear Could Make a Big Difference on P.E.I.  

Pacific Halibut Season Opens in Favorable Market: Inventories Down and Quotas Up  

Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru Lifestyle Seafood Brand Ahead of Boston Seafood Expo  

PFMC Approves Salmon Season Alternatives for Public Review; Oregon Opens April 20  

Outlook Better as Massachusetts Tries a 3rd Time to Get Lobster Processing Bill Through Legislature  

Russia Hopes To Set New Record for Pacific Salmon Catch in 2019  

ANALYSIS: Shrimp Imports Set Another Record Driven By Peeled  

Tue. Mar 12 2019 Summary Tuesday, March 12

AK Gov. Dunleavy Backs Cora Campbell and Nicole Kimball as New NPFMC Members

Norton Sound Red King Crab Season Open, Guideline Harvest Limit at Lowest in Decades

Shrimp Boat Seized After Fraud Conviction has Been Sold  

Continued Suspension of Snow Crab Fishery s MSC Certification Seems Excessive "  

Maine Science Center To Study Warming Impact On Cod, Lobster  

Sea Delight Hires New Vice President of Sales for USA

Shrimp Exports to US Rise 15.6% in 2018 India Aquaculture Output May Touch a s Record 700000 Tons  

Illinois Soybean Association Takes Step Towards Sustainable Tuna Production  

Clearwater and 14 First Nations Announce 50 Year Surf Clam Partnership

Trident 's Pollock Protein Noodles Win National Restaurant Award

Rabobank 's Nikolik: Long-term market outlook still rosy for fishmeal producers

Science Study Documents Decline in Fish Populations Due to Warming  

Atlantic Sapphire Reaches Biomass Target in Denmark Facility, Inks Whole Foods Deal

Mekong Pangasius sector faces tough times as farmgate prices drop about 30%  

National Fish and Tampa Bay Settle Court Case with Each Side Paying Their Own Lawyers

Mon. Mar 112019 Summary Monday, March 11

FDA 's Lifting of GMO Salmon Import Ban Strongly Criticized by United Fishermen of Alaska

Russian Seafood Industry Could Bear Huge Losses if Kurils Transferred to Japan  

Moving regulatory goal posts for land based aquaculture is fishy (BDN Editorial)

Bristol Seafood Hires Mark Fratiello and John Riffle as New Regional Managers

U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act Regulations Could Impact Canadian Fishers

FDA Approves AquaBounty GMO Salmon for Sale in US  

Scientists See Improving Ocean Conditions Off West Coast, but We are Not Out of the 'Woods Yet'  

Friction in Pictou: Community Divided on Proposed Changes to Pulp Mill Operations  

Quin-Sea Fisheries Turning Grand Bank Harbour Authority Shed into Lobster Pound  

EU says Ireland has' Severe Weakness in 'Fishery Controls  

Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Assoc criticizes Pebble analysis

New Experiment Raises Possibility of Fresh N.C. Soft-Shell Crabs Year-Round  

B.C. Exporters Feel Chill in Canada-China Freeze  

AquaChile Revenues Rose 13% in 2018 Driven By Sales of Atlantic Salmon  

China Overtakes Japan as Alaska's Largest Seafood Importer  

China Establishes Research Center Targeting Seafood Smuggling  

LISTEN: Coast Guard's Report on the Destination Seafood at Lent and More;

Fri. Mar 82019 Summary Friday, March 8

FISH-NL Takes A Stand Against Snow Crab Management System  

PERSPECTIVES: Microbial Management - Lallemand Animal Nutrition's Approach to the Aquaculture Market

AlgaPrime DHA Improving Omega-3 Content in Farmed Fish  

New Rules on Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Increase Catch Limits

Emeril Lagasse Brings Oysters and BBQ Shrimp to New Restaurant At Sea

STA Seeking Support from City on Herring  

A Global Restaurant Group Sided With Maine Fishermen in Their Battle With a Luxury Resort Developer  

Gorton's Fisherman Has a New Crew  

Video Contest Showcases Women in the Seafood Industry

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Judge Rules Adak Cod Set-Aside Unlawful, Orders NMFS to Rewrite Amendment 113

D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled yesterday that the North Pacific Council s Amendment to the '113 Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements.

The amendment, adopted in 2016, provided 5000 MT of Pacific COD as a set-aside for processing facilities located west of longitude. It named the 170 degrees specific villages of Adak and Atka and the plants located there as the plants that would benefit from this set-aside...

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Lobsters Unharmed by Atlantic Canada Salmon Farm, 8-Year Study Finds

An eight-year study of lobsters living below a salmon farm off New Brunswick's Grand Manan Island found the aquaculture operation had no impact on the crustaceans'abundance, size or growth.

The peer-reviewed, industry-funded study was published this month in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Its authors say it's the most in-depth examination of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

"There isn't anything like this. Any surveys that have been done have been sort of...

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The Winding Glass: John Sackton s Seafood Week in Review "

This column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton is a new trial feature that may continue as John retires from active management of SeafoodNews. His voice is one of the most respected in the industry, and we hope with this column to be able to keep putting forward his perspective on the news.

Boston Seafood Show:

Many of you are back from the seafood show this week. I thought the show was very typical. But there definitely was a feel of less traffic on the floor...

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Trade War to Continue Indefinitely, Trump Says

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I m Laine Welch "

Tariffs on US imports from China will continue the Trump Administration announced Wednesday. The trade war which began, last July, has hit the seafood industry on both sides.

China first imposed a tariff on American seafood 25 percent imports the U.S. countered by hiking; its taxes on incoming Chinese goods by SeafoodSource reports that Trump 10 percent. said he plans to them on for a "leave substantial period of time"

China has been Alaska s biggest export partner for 'seven years...

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VIDEO: MSC Mislabeling Report; Meal Kit Popularity; Hardee's Catfish Sandwich; Saving the Vaquita

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about MSC's fraud labeling study; meal kit popularity; Hardee's new catfish sandwich and the latest efforts to save; the vaquita porpoise.

This video is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, NOW the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28 to April 30, is expanding this year and for the first time the Seafood Import Workshop...

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Developers of Belfast Salmon Farm Push Back Against'Significant Misinformation'

It has been 14 months since Nordic Aquafarms officials announced that the company wanted to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast.

But it has not been smooth sailing for Nordic, which has become a lightning rod for protests and even lawsuits from opponents, who criticize the $500 million project as too big, too untested and generally too ill-suited for the quirky midcoast city.

Despite the opposition, though the, Norwegian-owned company is slowly moving forward with its permit applications and will...

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Pescanova Introduces New Shrimp Products at Seafood Expo North America

Pescanova introduced three new ready-to-cook shrimp products within their Seafood Tapas range while at Seafood Expo North America earlier this week.

Pescanova launched their Seafood Tapas line last year for the U.S. retail channel. The new products launched at this year's Boston Seafood show include raw, extra-large peeled and deveined Argentine Red Shrimp in three flavors: Salted Butter and Garlic; Chipotle Sea Salt; and Citrus Herb. Pescanova boasts that the line is easy to prepare, with consumers simply needing to...

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Mexico Launches Plan to Mark Vaquita Porpoise Reserve

The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining or so vaquita Marina porpoises. 10

The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities in the upper Gulf of California, the only place in the world the vaquita lives.

It said tourism, fish farms and better fishing practices would be encouraged in the area.

The government is faced with the challenge of ending illegal...

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'I Hope We Have Enough Butter'Costco Selling Gigantic Lobster Claws at: Some Stores, Shoppers Say

Giant tubs of macaroni and cheese may have met their match.

There's a new super-size product at Costco - giant lobster claws.

Shoppers have been sharing photos of the massive crustaceans on Instagram, some shown with Costco's Kirkland brand on the label.

According to FoodBeast, the claws reportedly vary in size and weigh around 2 to 7 pounds. The shoppers sharing photos have been mainly from California, FoodBeast reported.

On Monday, Instagram user @julesfood shared a photo of a 3-pound claw, which...

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Ottawa Defends Herring-Roe Fishery Off B.C.'s Coast

The only commercial herring-roe fishery on Canada s West Coast began last "week in the Strait of Georgia, as Seine and gill net fleets set out to scoop up 20000 tons of spawning fish.

Four of the five main stocks of Pacific herring have been closed to commercial fishery because of diminished numbers, and conservationists are warning that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is gambling dangerously with the one remaining healthy stock.

"It is sort of the definition of insanity," Ian McAllister, executive director of Pacific Wild, said in...

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Flats For Sale; Wellfleet Officials Consider $3.4M Purchase of More Than 200 Acres of Tidal Flats

More than 200 acres of tidal flats in South Wellfleet that were part of a legal dispute nearly ago could end up 20 years in the town's hands, depending on the outcome of a discussion today by the Select Board about buying the land and a potential town meeting vote.

"This situation is coming to a head Select Board member Helen," Miranda Wilson said about what she has heard from the town's commercial shellfishing community.

The private land is largely used by...

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Angry Crab Shack Chain Looking to Expand into Las Vegas

Angry Crab Shack is looking to expand into Sin City. The full-service Asian-Cajun seafood restaurant, which currently has eight locations in Arizona, is attending the Multi Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas next week to look for "passionate entrepreneurs" to join their franchise system.

"Angry Crab Shack has become a staple in the southwest by creating a fun-loving environment serving up the highest quality seafood," said Andy Diamond, President of Angry Crab Shack. attendance at the Multi "Our Unit Franchising Conference is a...

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Meal Kit Demand Going Strong, But Evolving

Meal-kits were all the rage in But is the meal kit trend 2018. continuing into 2019 Or are consumers moving onto the? Next dining trend?

Well, based on the latest report from Nielsen, consumer demand for meal kits is going strong in the new year. Nielsen reports that meal kit users have increased 36% over the past year. Panel data collected shows that households purchased meal kits 14.3 million in the last six months of 2018, which is 3.8 million more households from the last six months of 2017...

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Cold Water Kills Salmon at Cooke Fish Farm 10000 Near Liverpool

Kelly Cove Salmon has scooped Atlantic salmon from its 10000 dead fish farm near Liverpool on Nova Scotia's South Shore.

The fish died last week due to cold temperatures in their ocean pens at the company's Coffin Island site in Liverpool Bay.

Joel Richardson, spokesperson for Kelly Cove's parent company, Cooke Aquaculture, said technically the die-off isn't classified as a "superchill" event because the water temperature didn't fall to the required threshold of C. Superchill occurs when - 0.7...

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Clearwater Surf Clam Proposal'Interesting'to DFO Minister

Canada's fisheries minister is expressing interest but making no commitments when it comes to the latest move by Clearwater Seafoods to recapture its multimillion-dollar monopoly on the Arctic surf clam fishery.

Last week, the Halifax-based shellfish giant announced a 50-year revenue-sharing deal with Nations. All but one 14 First are Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq bands. That band is in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The deal is conditional on Clearwater getting back cent of the surf 25 per clam fishery it lost last year in a botched government effort to...

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'Put the Crab Back On the Table Frustrated Fishermen Chant at St. 'John's Rally

Hundreds of fishermen and plant workers filled a downtown St. John's Hotel and then downtown streets of St. John's to rally Wednesday against what they called poor decision-making by federal fisheries managers.

Even before unionized fisheries workers took to the streets for a March, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed its main building as a pre-emptive security measure.

"Seamus, Seamus if, you're able, put the crab back on the table members of the Fish," Food and Allied Workers union chanted during...

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FMI 's Power of Seafood Study Dives Into Today s Seafood Consumer "

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Arlington, Va., unveiled" The Power of Seafood" Report, which explores seafood through the eyes of the shopper.

Seafood consumers shop around

Seafood consumers typically do not purchase all their seafood from one place. In fact, only 34% of seafood consumers purchase all their seafood from their primary store. Aside from their primary seafood store, consumers shop for their seafood at a wide variety of other places such as, seafood markets, but not online. While some consumers buy Seafood when...

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Vietnamese Catfish Industry Faces New Rivals

Vietnam 's catfish farmers have been warned of difficulties ahead as the country is no longer the only big catfish exporter.

Catfish industry

Vietnam 's catfish industry has experienced many ups and downs over the last 20 years of development.

The industry has made big leaps since the early 2000s when large-scale farming areas began arising in the provinces of An Giang, Dong Thap, Can Tho and Vinh Long, according to a report from VASEP (Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers).

In 1997, the dawn of the catfish industry, Vietnam exported...

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Coast Guard Says It Took a Hit From Government Shutdown

The U.S. Coast Guard has yet to fully recover from the effects of the partial government shutdown, top officers said, underscoring the service's vulnerability to political fights in Washington despite its expanding mission.

The Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, the agency at the center of President Trump's demands for more border-wall funding. When funding for the DHS lapsed in late December that temporarily froze Coast Guard spending and prevented guard members from being paid.

The military service hasn't...

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New Jersey Oyster Documentary Now Available on iTunes and Amazon

The Oyster Farmers, a documentary produced by independent distributor Virgil Films, is now available to stream on ITunes And Amazon Video Urner Barry previously highlighted. The documentary, which sheds light on New Jersey's lost oyster culture, in Volume 12, Number 4 Of Urner Barry's Reporter. You can read the story in its entirety below:

An oyster Renaissance is happening in Ocean County, New Jersey, and you probably don t know much about it. "When it comes to the salt water bivalves, most shellfish lovers just focus on...

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India Shrimp Farmers Shy Away from Replenishing Stocks on Pricing Blues

Jolted by low prices of shrimp which had plunged below the production cost last year due to a glut in global production and uncertainty in world trade, the shrimp farmers are shying away from replenishing stocks.

Stocking of shrimps in states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha is down by about cent compared to the 40 per February-March period last year.

"The farmers had sustained a loss in shrimp farming by selling the output at Rs less per kilogram last year. 100 Many ponds are...

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Both Sides on Gillnet Issue Dig In

A crucial vote concerning the Columbia River Reforms regarding gillnets will be taken by the full Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at a meeting on June 6-7 in Salem It will determine whether the alterations suggested by the joint-state task force will be adopted.

The controversy has both sides digging into entrenched positions, and has drawn action from the Washington state legislature. Former Washington commissioners and fisheries scientists have also weighed in with a letter to the legislature, and groups that oppose or endorse the changes have...

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Whales are'Right on Schedule'Speed Restrictions in Effect as; Right Whales Return to Cape Waters

Aerial surveyors expect to spot a North Atlantic right whale mother with a newborn very soon off Cape Cod, as the endangered whales migrate from warmer waters off Florida and Georgia to feed, nurse and socialize in cooler waters in the Northeast.

"We should begin to see the first calves from the South," said Charles "Stormy" Mayo, head of right whale studies at the Center for Coastal Studies. Seven newborns were confirmed off Florida and Georgia, but a few others that...

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Europe 's First Underwater Restaurant Opens in Norway

Under a, restaurant in Lindesnes, Norway is, taking dining to a new level.

Europe 's first underwater restaurant opened Wednesday, and diners will be able to take in the sights of the sea while enjoying dishes made from locally sourced produce and sustainable seafood. In addition, it will be a research center for marine life according to Sn hetta, the design firm behind the project.

Guests will be able to watch marine life from oversize, underwater windows, according to the firm, which is based in Oslo, Norway and, New York City...

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Latest Oceana Seafood Fraud Report Takes Aim at SIMP, But Misses Mark

The recent Oceana report was covered by media as more evidence of widespread seafood fraud. In fact, it was a poorly designed study that deliberately conflated issues with poorly known and barely fished species with more popular and widely consumed species. The following write up by Jack Cheney, part of the group behind the'Sustainable Fisheries: the Science of Seafood'blog at the University of Washington, is a clear and relevent description of Oceana's program. One salient question is if Oceana was focusing on non-SIMP species, why did they not test salmon, tilapia, catfish, Pollock and clams. All these species are in the top ten of species consumed and not in the SIMP program.

-John Sackton, Publisher, SeafoodNews

Jack's commentary is reprinted below:

The intention of Oceana s most recent report was "to call for an expansion of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)...

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Western Pacific Managers, Fishermen Grapple with Closures, Slow Federal Pace of Reports

At a.m. minutes after Kitty 9:40 Wednesday, M. Simonds completed the executive director's report to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, the Hawai'i-based fishery was closed due to the fishery's interaction with a 17th loggerhead turtle this year.

The Hawai'i-based shallow-set longline fishery for swordfish has a federal observer on every vessel for every trip. The North Pacific loggerhead population is growing annually at 2.4 percent but a, court settlement in May 2018 reduced the fishery's...

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Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to Track Fresh Fish from Ocean to Table

SAP SE and Bumble Bee Foods recently announced that Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table. Together, SAP and Bumble Bee continue to innovate and improve upon seafood traceability as more and more consumers demand to know their food is safe and sustainably sourced the, companies said in a press release.

With SAP 's blockchain technology, consumers and customers will be able to easily access...

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Russia Plans Catch Increases to Match Soviet-era Harvest Figures

Russia plans to increase its fish harvests up to Soviet-era figures during the next several years, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

Last year, the total fish catch in Russia exceeded 5 million tonnes and according to, Rosrybolovstvo plans, these figures should reach million tonnes within the next 6 five years.

That will be mainly achieved increasing harvests in the global ocean, as well as further optimization of catches within the Inland waters. The latter...

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Maine Lobster Industry Wants Cap on Aquaculture Licenses

Lobstermen are among the organizers of a citizen petition asking the state to limit where new aquaculture operations are sited in Maine's coastal waters, claiming the surge in new licenses affects where they can drop traps.

A wave of aquaculture operations has swept along the coast in the last few years, sparking concerns from lobstermen and others about waterfront access, aesthetics and interference with commercial fisheries.

A 40-acre oyster farm proposed in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick by Mere Point Oyster Co. is a flashpoint in the debate...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sees No Reason Now to Extend Pebble Comment Period

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that the agency has not received any compelling reason to extend the 90-day comment period on a draft environmental review of a major mine project in Southwest Alaska.

Shane McCoy is project manager for the corps'review of the Pebble Limited Partnership's permit application. The Pebble partnership wants to develop a gold-and-copper mine near a major salmon fishery in Alaska's Bristol Bay region...

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