Fri. Dec 2 2016

Don't Give Up on Snow Crab: 2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back


California Opens 50-mile Stretch to Dungeness Crabbing; Oregon Test Results Trickle In


Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review  


MSC Retreats from Transparency, Makes it More Difficult to See Updates on Fisheries in Assessment


As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low  


Oceana Sues NMFS Over 25,000-mt West Coast Anchovy Limit


Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 2, 2016


Thu. Dec 1 2016

Russian Salmon Catches Exceed 420,000 Tons This Year, 4th Largest Volume Since 2000  


Labor Shortages, High Density and Small Size, Plague Shandong Scallop Harvest  


Processors in China Cutting Prices on Tilapia Purchases as Farmers Clear Ponds Before Cold Weather  


NOAA Pre-season 2017 Harvest Forecast for SE AK Pinks is Up From ADF&G's at 46.2 M  


Sea Pact Awards Four More Seafood Research Projects with Annual Grant Funding


Poland’s Fish Production, Consumption on the Rise with More Herring, Smoked Salmon


Southstream Seafoods Becomes Exclusive Importer of Ocean Fish's Frozen, Farm Raised Cobia


ISSF Calls for Continued Cuts to Bigeye Landings, Reduction in FADs in Pacific


Tropical Aquaculture's Colombian Tilapia Producer Piscícola El Rosario Gets Two-Star BAP Approval


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 1, 2016


Wed. Nov 30 2016

Ecosystem Reports at Council Point to Possible Future Declines in Pollock, Cod after some Good Years  


Sluggish Demand Weighs on Ecuador's US Shrimp Sales  


Maine Diver Scallop Season Opens; Restaurants Take Note  


China Fishery Trustee Agrees to Terms to Keep Peruvian Assets Afloat During Bankruptcy Proceedings


Canada's Bay of Fundy Herring Fishery Gets MSC Certified


Halibut Stock Holding Steady but Some Catches For 2017 Could Decline  


Three More Plead Guilty to Elver Trafficking as Part of DOJ's Multi-State Investigation


Subway Joins International Pole & Line Foundation in Support of Responsibly Harvested Tuna


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday November 30, 2016


Tue. Nov 29 2016

California Crabbers and Processors Settle for $3 Per Pound; Season Opens to Rough Weather  


Tsukiji Wholesalers May Face Y 4 Billion Annual Losses from Botched Move


Nova Scotia Lobster Season Opens with First Haul Back at Midnight Tonight  


Biggest Russian Quota Holder Karat Plans $250 Mln investment in Barents Sea and Distant Water Fleets  


Seafood Sales Reported Excellent Through China's Online Sellers on Singles Day


Seafood Suppliers, Retailers ask WCPFC to Set Interim Harvest Reference Points for Tuna and By-catch


White Shrimp Prices Stable in China; Mostly 50 count (30-35 headless) Available for Domestic Market  


PODCAST: Octopus Imports and Prices; Gulf Shrimp Landings and Seafood News Commodity Newsletters  


Marine Conservation Alliance Releases "Principles of Sustainability" Website


Handy Voluntarily Recalls Mini Crab Cakes Distributed to Whole Foods for Undeclared Allergens   (1)


Cargill Successfully Replaces Fish Oil With Omega-3 Rich Canola in Tests on Chilean Salmon


North Carolina Fisherman Pleads Guilty to Illegal Harvest, Sale of Atlantic Striped Bass


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 29, 2016


Mon. Nov 28 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 28, 2016


Jump in Alaska Pollock Biomass Should Have Little Impact Say Sellers, Because of 2 Mln ton Cap  


SIRF Funds DNA Testing Project for Fast Identification of Fish Species


Uncertainty over Prices As SW Nova Scotia Lobster Season Opens This Week  


China Bigfoots Pangasius Market, Output, Prices Rise, China to be Vietnam's Top Buyer within a Year  


California Opens More Areas to Dungeness Crabbing; Others Remain Closed  


2016 ICCAT Meeting Combats IUU Fishing, but Fails to Protect Young Bigeye or Yellowfin Tuna  


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Don’t Give Up on Snow Crab: 2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton December 2, 2016

There are major changes in snow crab quotas projected for the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017.
 
The preliminary survey data done by the DFO shows significantly higher crab biomass than expected.  The data will be peer reviewed in February, at which time the biomass and exploitation rates...

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California Opens 50-mile Stretch to Dungeness Crabbing; Oregon Test Results Trickle In

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 2, 2016

Crabbers in California were notified Thursday they could set their gear at 6 a.m. today in the area between Point Reyes, 38° 00’ N. lat., and a line near Salt Point, 38° 34.5’N. Lat., an area previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This area includes Bodega Bay, where crabbers have had their pots ready to go for weeks.

The 18-hour pre-soak period will allow fishermen to set their gear and begin harvesting the crab at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

However, the fishery will remain closed north of Salt Point to the ...

 

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Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  December 2, 2016

Russian king crab production is going to be certified to the MSC standard.

The Russian crab producers have started preparations for the certification in accordance with the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), in a move, that should provide an opportunity for more regular supplies of Russian king crab to ship to Western markets.

This year the Russian Association of Crab Producers of Far East has successfully passed a procedure of preliminary assessment of crab fishing, which applied to three crab species on the West Kamchatka, and in particular king crab, blue, and southern tanner crab.  There is the possibility that next year it will apply to other crab species.

According to Alexander Dyplyakov, head of the Association of Crab Producers of Far East, the final assessment of the three above-mentioned species is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.   At that time Russia will begin the process of certification of other crab species, such as Opilio snow crab from the North Okhotsk subzone, as well as some crab species of the eastern coast of Kamchatka.


Dyplyakov has also added that certification of Russian crab production is an acute need that will ensure stable supplies of Russian crab

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MSC Retreats from Transparency, Makes it More Difficult to See Updates on Fisheries in Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 2, 2016

The marketing mavens at the Marine Stewardship Council have either deliberately or accidentally taken a big step backward in transparency.
 
The new Marine Stewardship Council Website has removed the prior lists of all global fisheries certified by the MSC, the list of all global fisheries currently in assessment, and the links to the complete assessment file- ie documents, submissions and letters - that go with each fisheries' application and approval.
 
Instead, the MSC website now features a breezy list of the five or ten most recent updates.. with no ability to go back and look at historic information.
 
It is possible to search, if you know the specific fishery name, and get a list of fisheries in assessment, certified and withdrawn.  And from there you can get to the assessment documents.  But the change makes it much more difficult to get a global view, and unless you know the exact name of the certification unit, it is easy not to find it.  This is why this is a step backward.
 
This is a ridiculous, and presumably, mistaken change on the part of an organization that has in the past championed the transparency of its operations....

 

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As Expected, Hokkaido Scallop Landings fall to 21 year low

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  Dec 2, 2016

As has been expected given the pace of landings this season, total scallop production in Hokkaido has fallen to its lowest level in 21 years.
 
According to the Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, total scallop harvest this year is 183,000 tons, compared with 200,400 tons last year.  This represents the weight of scallops in the shell.
 
In many average years Hokkaido produces around 300,000 tons of scallops in shell.
 
Landings are not expected to recover much in 2017...

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Oceana Sues NMFS Over 25,000-mt West Coast Anchovy Limit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 2, 2016

Continuing its crusade against fishing for forage fish species, the environmental group Oceana filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service challenging the agency's approval of a 25,000-metric ton annual catch limit for anchovy in 2017.

NMFS finalized the rule in October. It established the ACL for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy, a species that stretches along the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

Oceana said in its complaint, filed Nov. 23 in U.S. District Court, the ACL threatens the viability of the northern anchovy population and the predators that depend on them. The group filed the suit less than a week after the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting ended, during which time the Council directed its advisory bodies to develop approaches for an integrated stock assessment and alternative approaches to anchovy management.

The central subpopulation of northern anchovy is an important option for California fishermen when sardine fishing is allowed at only low levels or closed, as in 2015. It's also an important part of California's historic wetfish industry, even though a reduction fishery is no longer the target, California Wetfish Producers Association Executive Director Diane Pleschner-Steele said.

The problem is science: most current state and federal studies are based on sardine characteristics, not anchovy, ...

 

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Ecosystem Reports at Council Point to Possible Future Declines in Pollock, Cod after some Good Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  November 30, 2016

One of the changes made by NOAA scientists monitoring the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska in recent years has been the inclusion of ecosystem monitoring in their stock status reports.  There are now ecosystem chapters in the S.A.F.E (stock assessment and fishery evaluation) reports, required by Magnuson. 
 
This is a significant and beneficial change so that no longer are the reports exclusively focused on single stocks, but now they...

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Sluggish Demand Weighs on Ecuador's US Shrimp Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Nov. 30, 2016

Sluggish demand from buyers continues to weigh on Ecuador headless shell-on shrimp offerings to the US market.
 
Prices for 26-30 count continued lower this week, reflecting a trend that is now established in both the Latin American and Asian white shrimp markets.

The US has imported a lot of shrimp this year, with headless volumes up 2.1% for the year, and 3.3% in Sept. over last year...

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NOAA Pre-season 2017 Harvest Forecast for SE Alaska Pinks is Up From ADF&G's at 46.2 M 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - December 1, 2016

The Southeast Purse Seine Task Force is getting a first look at the federal preseason forecast for pink salmon harvest today in Juneau, and it is slightly more than the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s preseason forecast released November 7.

Both ADF&G and NOAA Fisheries will present the background and modeling techniques used to reach their similar forecasts. ADF&G is calling for a harvest of 43 M pink salmon next year. The NOAA Fisheries management and modeling team from Auke Bay predict a 46.2 M pink salmon harvest in SE Alaska in 2017.

“In 9 of the past 13 years, NOAA’s pre-season pink salmon harvest models have performed well, giving estimates...

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Poland’s Fish Production, Consumption on the Rise with More Herring, Smoked Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jaroslaw Adamowski  December 1, 2016

Poland’s fish production and imports are on the rise, as the country’s consumption and household spending on fish are also increasing, according to the latest data from the state-run Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ). This is accompanied by an increase in export sales by the country's fish and seafood processors.

In the first quarter of 2016, Polish households spent an average of PLN 9.38 (US$2.36) per person monthly on fish and seafood. This represented an increase of 7% compared with the same period a year earlier. The largest increase in consumption was posted by the smoked and dried fish and seafood category, up 16.7%, while frozen fish and seafood reported an increase of 8.3%, as indicated ...

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Maine Diver Scallop Season Opens; Restaurants Take Note

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - November 30, 2016

Ask a waiter or waitress in a high-end New England restaurant 'Where are the scallops from', and mostly the answer you get is Maine, whether true or not.
 
This is because of the successful marketing of Maine diver scallops to chefs, who have adopted them as differentiated from the dragger landed scallops shucked by the New Bedford Fleet.
 
The Maine state waters season opens December 1st, and lasts about 60 days.
 
The Maine production is tiny, around 500,000 lbs of meats total, vs. the 40 to 50 million pounds landed in the primary East Coast scallop fishery from New Bedford to Virginia.
 
However, over the past five years, Maine landings have increased steadily to 175,000 lbs in 2010 to 525,000 pounds in 2014-2015.

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ISSF Calls for Continued Cuts to Bigeye Landings, Reduction in FADs in Pacific

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 1, 2016

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released a position statement ahead of the 13th Regular Session Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that calls for reducing bigeye tuna catches and limiting the use of non-entangling FADs to protect sharks. 

The WCPFC is scheduled to meet in Nadi, Fiji, on December 5-9. The Commission oversees tuna stocks in the WCPO and is one of five tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMOs)...

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California Crabbers and Processors Settle for $3 Per Pound; Season Opens to Rough Weather

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 29, 2016

California Dungeness crab fishermen in District 6, North Jetty Humboldt Bay to Oregon Border, started setting gear Tuesday, but many local fishermen may stay tied up, according to a press release from the Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association.

Rough ocean conditions and a very large northwesterly swell forecast by the National Weather Service is expected to produce unsafe conditions on the ocean and Humboldt Bay Bar.

Meanwhile, boats out of Trinidad and Crescent City also begia setting pots. Dungeness crab in District 6 have tested free of domoic acid and are reported to be of exceptional quality with high meat recovery. District 6 is the only area north of Point Reyes, near San Francisco, open to crab fishing in California. Oregon and Washington could open...

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Nova Scotia Lobster Season Opens with First Haul Back at Midnight Tonight

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton Nov 29, 2016

The largest Canadian lobster season, in Southwest Nova Scotia LFA 33 and 34, is underway.  Crews left to dump pots early this morning.  The first haul backs are allowed at midnight tonight.
 
Dumping Day is considered the most dangerous time of the season as traps are tossed into the water from a moving boat. Fishermen have to be careful not to be caught in ropes attached to the traps or they will be pulled overboard.  Some boats carry as many as 375 pots stacked on the deck.  Others make multiple trips to set their gear...

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Biggest Russian Quota Holder Karat Plans $250 Mln investment in Barents Sea and Distant Water Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden - November 29, 2016

Karat, Russia’s leading fish producer, owned by the local fishing tycoon Vitaly Orlov, plans to expand its producing and processing business during the next several years, according to the company. 
 
This will be achieved through the investment of funds in further development. While the planned volume of investments is currently not disclosed, according to some sources close to the company, they could be in the range of US$250-300 million. 
 
This is the type of investment being encouraged by the Russian government as part of its push to allocate quotas to those companies that invest in modernizing the Russian fleet.
 
Since 2007 Karat has invested US$600 million in its development in the Russian market...

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Halibut Stock Holding Steady but Some Catches For 2017 Could Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - November 30, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … The Pacific halibut stock appears to be holding steady. 

The Pacific halibut stock appears to have stabilized – that’s a take home message from the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting continuing today in Seattle.  Results from this year’s survey showed that overall stock abundance is down a bit, and the bulk of the fish remain small for their ages. But the fact that halibut removals and catch rates have remained relatively stable over three years is encouraging news. 

IPHC biologist Ian Stewart described the Pacific halibut fishery as “fully subscribed” among diverse users. 

“Today, in 2016, across the entire coast, 60 percent of the removals from the halibut stock...

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Seafood Suppliers, Retailers ask WCPFC to Set Interim Harvest Reference Points for Tuna and By-catch Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 29, 2016

A group of 25 leading retailers and seafood suppliers has written to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to ask that interim target and limit reference points be set in the next year to manage tuna and associated by-catch sustainably. The group includes retailers Giant Eagle, Publix Super Markets, Morrisons, Albertsons, Wegmans. Target, ALDI Sout; the Spanish tuna fishers organisation OPAGAC, as well as suppliers such as Frinsa, Chefs Trading, Sea Delight, NORPAC Fisheries Export, Anova Food, Culinary Collaborations, Incredible Fish, Lotus Seafood, Gallant, Orca Bay Seafoods, Raw Seafoods, North Atlantic Seafood, 

The letter is part of the formal public testimony to the annual meeting of the WCPFC which convenes in Fiji next week...

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White Shrimp Prices Stable in China; Mostly 50 count (30-35 headless) Available for Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan News]  Translated by Amy Zhong

White shrimp prices are stable in the short term in the Chinese domestic market, thanks to a balance between supply and demand. 

Most shrimps are at the size of 50 shrimps per jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) in the markets of South China. This equates to a 31-35 headless count.   China’s shrimp price index is reported to be 106.15 points on November 9 declining by 0.45%, i.e. 0.48 points from November 2. 

The average farm gate price is 12.96 yuan/jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) for those at 40 shrimps/jin. (26-30 headless). 

 The overall shrimp prices are stable during this week

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Russian Salmon Catches Exceed 420,000 Tons This Year, 4th Largest Volume Since 2000

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  December 1, 2016

Russia's Pacific salmon catch has exceeded 420,000 tons this season.  That total represents the 4th largest catch in the past 16 years, so this year was in the top quartile for Russia.

According to the  North Pacific Development Association based in Sapporo, the Russian ministry announced that they had exceeded last season's catch by 14%.
 
 By species, pink salmon topped with around 210,000 tons, accounting for 61% of the total catch.
 
It was followed by chum with 25%  (107,000 tons), sockeye...

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Labor Shortages, High Density and Small Size, Plague Shandong Scallop Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [xinhua] Translated by Amy Zhong  December 1, 2016

Too high density has cut the scallop sizes in some areas of Shandong Province.  Wu, one local farmer, cultivates 50 thousand cages of scallops in coastal areas and deep sea sites this year. But the scallop growth is unsatisfactory. The coastal ones reach the size of about 140 scallops per jin (0.5 kilo), while the deep-sea ones are only at around 160 scallops per jin.  

The problems have resulted from stocking too densely.  Last year, scallop growth in the area was good, so farmers expanded, and many relocated cages to this area.  However, the high density resulted in insufficient natural feed, creating a 'scallop desert'.

Other areas in the province where scallops were raised with lower densities have seen better results, with some farmers reporting sizes in the 100 to 120 range per Jin...

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Processors in China Cutting Prices on Tilapia Purchases as Farmers Clear Ponds Before Cold Weather

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong  December 1, 2016

Average tilapia prices in China for purchase by processors declined about 1% in the past two weeks.
 
Prices are stable in the Pearl River Delta, other areas have seen price declines.
 
Processing plants have cut their purchase prices in western Guangdong and Hainan. Local farmers are flooding tilapias into the markets now because they need to settle debts with feed factories and they are not well equipped for winter farming. Currently the available tilapias are at different sizes and smaller than before. So their prices decrease in both retail markets and...

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Sea Pact Awards Four More Seafood Research Projects with Annual Grant Funding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 1, 2016

Sea Pact announced its annual grant recipients this week and awarded funds to three exisiting projects while also adding four new recipients to the roster.

This is the fifth round of grants to be award by Sea Pact. The funds support projects that seek to improve the social, economic, and environmental responsibility of the global seafood supply chain.

All three existing grant recipients will continue, with a six-month extension granted to the University of North Texas (UNT), and full renewed funding granted to the Downeast Institute in Maine, and to Shannon Balfry for research work conducted at the Vancouver Aquarium...

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Southstream Seafoods Becomes Exclusive Importer of Ocean Fish's Frozen, Farm Raised Cobia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 1, 2016

Southstream Seafoods has reached an agreement to be the exclusive importer for Ocean Fish’s frozen cobia.

Ocean Fish produces its cobia in Pacific waters nine miles offshore of Manta, Ecuador. The company processes the fish into  6 and 8 ounce portions.

Southstream said it will market the “Next Great Fish” under the Ocean Fish brand.

“After several years of R&D and substantial infrastructure investments, Ocean Fish production capabilities of  natural Cobia fillets has reached  a capacity that supports expanding a new and exciting  partnership,” Southstream said in a press release...

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China Fishery Trustee Agrees to Terms to Keep Peruvian Assets Afloat During Bankruptcy Proceedings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] November 30, 2016

The court appointed trustee charged with handling Pacific Andes’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing agreed to terms that will keep the company’s Peruvian operations in business during the restructuring process.

According to a release from China Fishery, William Brandt, Jr, who was appointed trustee of the company earlier this month, agreed tp ensure that Pacific Andes’ Peruvian assets will continue to operate until at least April 30, 2017.

This means Brandt will be allowed to secure adequate funding to keep the Peruvian operations afloat through the April deadline. He can also file to extend the April 30 date if necessary as long as all parties agree...

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Tropical Aquaculture's Colombian Tilapia Producer Piscícola El Rosario Gets Two-Star BAP Approval

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] December 1, 2016

Tropical Aquaculture Products’ partner in fresh tilapia production, Piscícola El Rosario, received two-start certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s  Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program.

The two-star approval came Piscícola El Rosario’s latest certification of its processing plant.

Piscícola El Rosario is located in the Central Northwest region of Colombia known as Antioquia. The company first started tilapia production in 2009 and currently employs more than 140 people in its operations.

Tropical partnered with Piscícola El Rosario in 2012 as part of its strategy to expand its cooperative of farmers and processors...

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Tsukiji Wholesalers May Face Y 4 Billion Annual Losses from Botched Move

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  Nov. 29, 2016

Seafood wholesalers at Tsukiji may sustain losses of Y4 billion a year in the wake of Tokyo's decision to postpone Toyosu market opening at least one year.

New Tokyo Governor Ms. Yuriko Koike said at a recent regular press conference that her government will determine by next summer whether or not Tsukiji Fish Market should be moved to a new market, already built in a reclaimed site in Koto ...

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Canada's Bay of Fundy Herring Fishery Gets MSC Certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] November 30, 2016

Canada’s 4VWX purse seine herring fishery in the Bay of Fundy area is the third and largest Canadian herring fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification as sustainable and well managed.  Herring products from the purse seine vessels and processing companies based in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick can now carry the blue MSC label to inform customers the fishery meets a global standard for sustainability.

“We are proud of the work our fishery has undertaken together with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to maintain the health of this important Canadian resource” said Roger Stirling, President of the Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia, the client representative for the 4VWX herring fishery....

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Seafood Sales Reported Excellent Through China's Online Sellers on Singles Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] with Amy Zhong November 29, 2016

 
Alibaba has achieved gross merchandise value of 120.7 billion yuan within the Singles Day (11/11). Though the company has not disclosed its sales of aquatic products yet, below is a review of some aquatic companies’ performance during the festival. 
 
    Fresh Life, a fresh e-commerce company, has chosen to promote its products on the T-mall platform of Alibaba within that day. And the main products include Canadian lobsters, Vietnam’s basa fillets, Irish crabs, Argentine red shrimps, etc. The company’s sales during the Singles Day is ten times of its daily sales. And its best-selling aquatic products are red shrimps and basa fillets. But some products don’t sell well even with discounts on that day, which shows that consumers are becoming more rational now, said Li, the company’s founder. 
 
    Zhangzidao has also worked hard to promote its products like scallop products certified by the MSC, imported shrimps..

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Three More Plead Guilty to Elver Trafficking as Part of DOJ's Multi-State Investigation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] November 30, 2016

Harry Wertan, Jr., Mark Weihe and Jay James each pleaded guilty to selling or transporting elvers in interstate commerce, which they had harvested illegally, or knew had been harvested illegally, in South Carolina.  The offenses in the case are felonies under the Lacey Act, each carrying a maximum penalty of five years’ incarceration, a fine of up to $250,000 or up to twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss, or both.

The pleas were the result of “Operation Broken Glass,” a multi-jurisdiction U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) investigation into the illegal trafficking of American eels.  To date, the investigation has resulted in guilty pleas for ten individuals whose combined conduct resulted in the illegal trafficking of more than $2.6 million worth of elvers...

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Subway Joins International Pole & Line Foundation in Support of Responsibly Harvested Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] November 30, 2016

Sandwich chain Subway is now the 40th member company to join the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).

Subway said its decision to join the IPNLF is a sign that the company supports improved social and environmental responsibility in its supply chains. In particular, Subway said it is concerned by the levels of bycatch associated with purse seine nets and supports efforts to reduce or eliminate use of the gear.

“We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we work with... 

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