Thu. Jul 20 2017

Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB


High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta


BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil  


Wed. Jul 19 2017

Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish


UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US   (0)


New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem  


Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members  


China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim


Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster  


Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 19, 2017


Tue. Jul 18 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper  


Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015  


Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel  


Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 18, 2017


Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry  


Mon. Jul 17 2017

ASMFC Blasts Secretary Ross Decision on Summer Flounder in Favor of New Jersey’s Recreational Sector


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 17, 2017


Russian Fishing Tycoon Gurinov to Control 30% of Catch of Sardines and Mackerel in Russia  


Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains  


Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers  


Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died


Sun. Jul 16 2017

Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet  


Fri. Jul 14 2017

Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 14, 2017


Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Call for Nominations to U.S. Advisory Panel on Pacific Whiting Treaty


Kotzebue Commercial Fishers Have Options: Two Buyers in Town This Season


Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Managment  


More Swedish Pikeperch is MSC Certified


California-based Raley’s Reaches Sustainable Seafood Goal Six Months Early


Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court


OSU Inks Largest Research Grant in History for Research Vessel


Thu. Jul 13 2017

Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week  


Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Managment  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 13, 2017


Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week  


Captain D’s Signs Franchise Agreements to Open 10 New Restaurants


NOAA's Bullard to Retire; No Plans to Slow Down Before He Leaves in January


Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia  


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Canadian Fisheries Puts $8.9 Million in Upgrade, Expansion of St. Andrews Biological Station in NB

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] July 20, 2017

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard today announced that the Government of Canada continues to implement investments of $8.9 million at the St. Andrews Biological Station, Atlantic Canada's oldest marine research facility.

Minister LeBlanc also announced that 15 new scientists, biologists, hydrographers and other science professionals will be located at the Station. These new employees will support healthy fish stocks and ecosystems, and sustainable aquaculture...

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Bakkafrost Shuts Down Salmon Harvesting Due to Listeria; Market to be Short Large Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton July 19, 2017

Bakkafrost, the major salmon producer in the Faroe Islands, discovered listeria bacteria in its production last week.

This was confirmed by the CEO Regin Jacobsen, to the ilaks newsletter.

“It is true that we have found listeria bacteria in production last week. Therefore, the entire production line was washed.”

The company is not certain how much of the fish was shipped before the listeria was discovered, but Jacobsen says the testing showed small amounts, less than 10 parts per million per gram. Under 100 parts per million listeria is destroyed by ...

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High Quality Shrimp Breeding Farm Set Up in Mekong Delta

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] July 20, 2017

Construction on the first high-quality breeding shrimp farm began in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on July 18.

Invested by Viet-Uc Corporation (VUC) at a total cost of 120 billion VND (5.21 million USD), the farm will sit on a site of over 23ha in the first stage which will be completed in June 2018, producing around 5 billion breeding shrimps per year and generating jobs to roughly 400 local workers.

The second stage, which will start in late 2018, will extend to more than 60ha.

Luong Thanh Van, Chairman of the VUC Board of Directors and General Director, said VUC has produced about ...

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UK Sushi Bars Accused of Mislabeling Some Seafood, but Not as Much as US

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Times] by  July 19, 2017

Sushi bars are committing "seafood fraud" by serving customers the wrong fish, a study has found.

Researchers examined labelling practices in restaurants and found that in many cases fish was being mislabelled, or not labelled at all. Stefano Mariani, a conservation geneticist at Salford University, who presented his work to the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, said: "This is about transparency. People don't know what they are buying. There is now a huge trade in lesser-known species that have not been assessed. Imagine how impossible it is for a ...

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New Study Quantifies Impact of Different Types of Bottom Trawls on Seabed Ecosystem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 19, 2017

In a new study, an international group of scientists found that comparing four types of fishing gear that touches the seafloor, otter trawls are the most benign and usually result in the best recovery times for animal life at the bottom.

“We found that otter trawls penetrated the seabed 2.4 cm on average and caused the least amount of depletion of marine organisms, removing 6% of biota per trawl pass on the seabed," said lead author Professor Jan Hiddink from Bangor University (UK).

"In contrast, we found that hydraulic dredges penetrated the seabed 16.1 cm on average and caused the greatest depletion, removing 41% of the biota per fishing pass.”

Depending on the type of fishing gear, penetration depth, and environmental variables....

 

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Global Salmon Initiative Strengthens Global Presence with Acceptance of Four New Members

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - July 19, 2017

London, United Kingdom – The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) announce the acceptance of four new members: Australis Seafoods S.A., Bjørøya, Midt-Norsk Ha vbruk AS and Nova Sea AS, bringing the GSI membership to 16 salmon farming companies and eight Associate Members.

“We are delighted to welcome four new members into the GSI,” Gerardo Balbontin, GSI Co-Chair and CEO of Blumar Seafoods, said in a press release. “It is a sign that what we ...

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Chicago Tastemakers Meet Maine's Most Iconic Seafood: Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - July 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) headed to the Midwest this week and brought a taste of Maine to chefs and culinary influencers in Chicago during a Maine Lobster-inspired industry night event. The MLMC hosted the event to educate and inspire local chefs and industry leaders in one of the largest and most influential food hubs in the country.

In partnership with prominent Chef Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster, the MLMC hosted a "Maine After Midnight" celebration ...

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Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - July 19, 2017

A batch of Canadian live geoducks weighing 374 kg arrived at Qingdao on July 3 for the first time. They are from the North Pacific of Canada with a value of $20,000 U.S.

The new route between Qingdao and Vancouver not only makes traveling and business trips more convenient but also helps the import of fresh food. Imported food will be delivered to different markets in China from here. For example, after clearance, these geoducks will be transported to markets in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Qingdao airport has cooperated with relevant agencies ...

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Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  July 18, 2017

Reports from the Hokkaido North Pacific Development Association are that Russia's salmon season is off to a strong start, and the TINRO survey results point to a big run of pink salmon this year.

Russia’s salmon landings in the Far East aggregated about 15,600 tons as of July 3, kicking off a favorable start of the season with a 32% increase over the like period of 2015, the most recent odd-numbered year, according to Sapporo-based North Pacific Development Association.

By species, sockeye totaled about 12,300 tons, centering on Kamchatka, with 1,860 tons of chum, 1,000 tons of pink salmon, and 290 tons of king salmon.

The association also said that the Russian scientific institute made public the results...

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Japan Claims China Exceeded International Management Measures for Mackerel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan reports] - July 18, 2017

The Japan Fisheries and Education Agency (JFREA) based in Yokohama unveiled on July 10 its estimate that Chinese fishing boats had caught 300,000 to 400,000 tons of mackerel on the North Pacific high seas off eastern Hokkaido and Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture in 2016.

This amount corresponds to more than double 143,000 tons China reported to the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC), an international organization governing management of mackerel in the North Pacific.

The Japanese government's Fisheries Agency expressed concern that the Chinese take could impact the mackerel stock in the Pacific as a whole and ... 

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Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - July 13, 2017

With a total run as of July 11 at 40.38 million sockeye and fishing still going strong today, it looks likely that the ADF&G forecast of 41.47 million will be exceeded by the end of this week.

It's also likely the final numbers will exceed the predictions of the University of Washington salmon team, which forecasted a total run of 43.1 million. Maybe not by the end of the week, but the strength of the Nushagak and Egigik Districts...

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News Summary July 19, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bloomberg: Trident Valued at $2.1 Billion, with Chuck Bundrant on Bloomberg Billionaires Index 

Headlining the news today is a look at Chuck Bundrant’s Trident Seafoods which is valued at $2.1 billion. Trident was formed in 1973 with two partners and one boat. Chuck Bundrant was a college freshman with $80 in his pocket when he drove halfway across the country to Seattle to earn a few bucks fishing. The year was 1961. He hasn’t stopped fishing since. And today, Bundrant, the founder and majority owner of Trident, is worth at least $1.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His wealth is due to a fair measure of pluck. Back in the early 1980s, he persuaded Americans to eat pollock, then considered a trash fish, at fast-food restaurants and, to this day, Trident ships it + along with salmon and cod + to chains including Costco and Safeway. 

In other news, Bakkafrost, the major salmon producer in the Faroe Islands, discovered listeria bacteria in its production last week. This was confirmed by its CEO Regin Jacobsen. The company is not certain how much of the fish was shipped before the listeria was discovered, but Jacobsen says the testing showed small amounts, less than 10 parts per million per gram. Listeria is destroyed by cooking in any amount under 100 parts per. This salmon, however, is not suitable for sushi. 

In the UK, sushi bars are committing "seafood fraud" by serving customers the wrong fish, a study has found. Researchers examined labeling practices in restaurants and found that in many cases fish was being mislabeled, or not labeled at all. Substitution levels in the UK were significantly lower, however, than those observed in North America. Research indicated that the average British fish-eater could only distinguish two out of six common fish. About half could tell a salmon from a mackerel, but only a third could identify cod. 

In a new study, an international group of scientists found that in comparing four types of fishing gear that touches the seafloor, otter trawls were found to be

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Fish Oil Group Launches Improved Standard in Marine Ingredient Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 18, 2017

Important changes to the certification standard used in feed and nutraceuticals have been made to the International Fishmeal and Fish oil Organisation's IFFO Global Standard for the Responsible Supply of Marine Ingredients – IFFO RS for short.

The launch of version 2 of our IFFO Responsible Supply of Marine Ingredients marks a major new milestone in development of the standard. The new version revises the fisheries assessment methodology to cover multispecies fisheries, a new Good Manufacturing Practice section for the factory and altered clauses covering social welfare and pollution management.

The original standard, launched in 2009, became an independent standard in 2015 and by 2016, was the standard used by over 40% of the worlds marine ingredients....

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Russian Fishing Tycoon Gurinov to Control 30% of Catch of Sardines and Mackerel in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - July 17, 2017

Vadim Gurinov, a Russian fishing tycoon and a former co-owner of Russian Fishing Company (formerly Russkoe More), plans to become one of the largest producers of mackerel and sardines in the country during the next several years, thanks to the recent acquisition of 30% of quotas of the catch.
It is planned that production will be officially started this year.

To date, Gurinov has already purchased several fishing trawlers in the total sum of US $50 million. The deal was completed by the businessman through its Far East Fishery Company.

According to plans of Gurinov, up to 35,000 tonnes of sardines and mackerel will be caught by the end of the current year. That would be a significantly higher total volume of catch of both fish species than in 2016.

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Ron Jensen, Long Time Seafood Industry Leader, Has Died

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - July 14, 2017

Ronald R. Jensen, a giant in the seafood industry who shaped fisheries, international trade, and marketing during a 30-year career in seafood, died June 25, surrounded by his family.

The former CEO of Arctic Alaska was known for his casual air and strict professional standards. He brought an elegance to the rough-and-tumble world of Alaskan fishermen, and a razor-sharp mind that could calculate break-even points before others had their first cup of coffee.

Jensen was born in Seattle in 1937. He was an alumnus of the University of Washignton and graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP).

From the age of 14, Jensen fished in Alaska...

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Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KDLG.org] by Dave Bendinger - July 17, 2017

The Bristol Bay sockeye run sailed past 50 million sometime Sunday, July 16, with a cumulative catch of 33 million sockeye. This exceeds both the ADF&G preseason forecast of 27.5 million fish and the University of Washington's 30.5 million sockeye estimate.

The 800,000-fish daily catch on Saturday was under a million fish for the first time since July 2. With escapement still strong, and another two million sockeye expected in the Naknek-Kvichal District, the 2017 season could be among the top three largest since 1995.

Trident, Icicle, and at least one buyer in Togiak confirmed Sunday that they are posting a $1 per pound base price for Bristol Bay's catch this year. That's up a quarter from last season...

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News Summary July 14, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Stronger King and Chum Return in Yukon Result of Precautionary Management 

We open today's news reporting that for the first time since 2003, and before that 1997, the Yukon River king salmon run has exceeded 253,000 fish. On July 12, the 253,250th chinook was counted at Pilot Station. ADF&G has revised the run outlook to be as high as 287,000 Chinook for this year and relaxed subsistence fishing restrictions. There will be no commercial season for Chinook this year. The higher numbers mean the Canadian-bound kings, which the U.S. is treaty-bound to protect so they can reach their spawning grounds in Canada, will be above the upper end of pre-season estimates. It also means that subsistence take of these highly-nutritional fish will now be open for residents of Alaska's largest river system. 

In other news, thus far, the Trump administration has pursued an agenda that has basically alarmed scientists and environmentalists. The administration has also been slow to appoint scientific leadership, both in the White House and across federal agencies. But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris ...

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Hampton Fisherman Takes Case to US Supreme Court

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seacoast Online] By Max Sullivan - July 14, 2017

HAMPTON — After losing a lawsuit alleging a federal agency has imposed unfair regulations, Hampton fisherman David Goethel is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cause of Action Institute, which is representing Goethel and a group of other fishermen pro bono, filed a petition to be taken up by the Supreme Court Tuesday. The suit was originally filed in U.S. District Court against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce in 2015. It alleges NOAA unfairly requires commercial groundfishermen to fund at-sea monitors to join them on fishing trips and observe their compliance with regulations. Groundfish include popular New England fishing ...

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China Research Vessel Leaves Tomorrow for First Circumnavigation of Arctic Rim

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 19

In a first ever attempt to circumnavigate the top of the world, Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, will leave its home port in Shanghai tomorrow to head for the Northeast Passage and return via the Northwest Passage to attempt its first circumnavigation of the Arctic rim.

Since 2009, the Northeast Passage, across the northern shore of Russia, has been used by shipping companies from Asian regions with cargo to Russia and Europe. The first commercial transit of the Northeast Passage was made by two German cargo ships that sailed from South Korea for Europe via Vladivastok and the Russian Northeast Passage. At that time, Russian permission was...

 

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Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KDLG.org] by Dave Bendinger - July 17, 2017

The Bristol Bay sockeye run sailed past 50 million sometime Sunday, July 16, with a cumulative catch of 33 million sockeye. This exceeds both the ADF&G preseason forecast of 27.5 million fish and the University of Washington's 30.5 million sockeye estimate.

The 800,000-fish daily catch on Saturday was under a million fish for the first time since July 2. With escapement still strong, and another two million sockeye expected in the Naknek-Kvichal District, the 2017 season could be among the top three largest since 1995.

Trident, Icicle, and at least one buyer in Togiak confirmed Sunday that they are posting a $1 per pound base price for Bristol Bay's catch this year. That's up a quarter from last season...

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Gulf Reef Fishermen Support Conservationists Lawsuit Against NOAA Fisheries on Red Snapper

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 18, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today announced their support of the lawsuit brought against the Department of Commerce's decision to re-open the federal recreational red snapper season. The lawsuit was filed yesterday by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Ocean Conservancy.

"We share the concerns raised in this lawsuit," the Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance wrote, "and believe the recent action by the Commerce Department could have a major, negative impact on red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We have long believed that decisions related to fisheries management must be founded on sound science and broad stakeholder input.

"Commercial fishermen rely upon sustainable fisheries for our livelihoods, and American businesses and consumers depend on our efforts for reliable supplies of seafood. That is why we support a long-term solution to this situation that improves access to red snapper...

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ASMFC Blasts Secretary Ross Decision on Summer Flounder in Favor of New Jersey’s Recreational Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - July 17, 2017

Decision overturns a 75 year precident on collective state management of fishery resources.

In a stunning decision to grant New Jersey’s recreational summer flounder fishery a waiver from new regulations to conserve the stock, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has shattered a 75-year practice of honoring the scientific process of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The letter was written to Executive Director Robert Beal and signed by Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator NOAA Fisheries on July 11, 2017.

Oliver notes that the Atlantic Coastal Act's compliance process rests on two criteria -- whether or not New Jersey has failed to carry out its responsibility under the management plan and if so, whether the measures the state failed to implement are needed for conservation purposes of summer ...

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Chinese Mainland Demand for Crayfish is High; Industry Employs 5 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163] translated by Amy Zhong - July 18, 2017

There is great demand for crayfish in mainland China, which contributes to a business worth tens of billions of dollars and creates jobs for about five million people. It is reported that around 879,3000 tons of crayfish have been consumed in China last year alone. And the number of young consumers is on the rise, which will promote rapid growth of this industry with value as high as 146.6 billion yuan (~ $22 billion U.S.) . The crayfish output is close to 900,000 tons in the mainland during 2016, which has made China ..

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BlueOcean Expanding Market for Pure Polar Shrimp Oil

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2017

Toronto, Ontario - BlueOceanNutraSciences is expanding its market to private labels for its Pure Polar(R) Double Strength shrimp oil.

The company announced yesterday that Pure Polar Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary, received its first private label order for the Pure Polar shrimp oil, to be marketed under the customer's brand.

BlueOcean’s strategy is to partner with a select group of customers who will market their formulas under private brands to markets that do not compete directly with Blue Oceans current markets. 

The wholesale price for private label will be the same as the price to distributors of the Company's current brands.

"One of our strategic initiatives is to broaden the target markets for our shrimp oil products,” said BlueOcean CEO, Dr. Marvin Heuer...

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News Summary July 18, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet 

Opening the news today is a look at the Bristol Bay sockeye run which sailed past 50 million sometime Sunday, July 16, with a cumulative catch of 33 million sockeye. This exceeds both the ADF&G preseason forecast of 27.5 million fish and the University of Washington's 30.5 million sockeye estimate. The 800,000-fish daily catch on Saturday was under a million fish for the first time since July 2. With escapement still strong, and another two million sockeye expected in the Naknek-Kvichal District, the 2017 season could be among the top three largest since 1995. Last year's harvest was 37.3 million sockeye out of a 54 million total run. In 2015, the sockeye harvest was 35.7 million out of a 58 million total run. 

In other news, the United States' Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump's "Hire American" rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland Security officials in a call with reporters. The visas are for workers taking temporary jobs in the seafood, tourism, landscaping, construction and other seasonal industries — but not farm laborers. 

Meanwhile, the cold saltwater along Maine’s coast harbors a growing oyster industry that is riding the bivalves’ blossoming popularity and the state’s reputation for quality seafood. Experts predict that the industry, which had a record year in 2016, could triple in size within the next dozen years. “It is actually quite simple, the Maine oyster is viewed as the preeminent oyster in the marketplace because of water quality and low water temperature,” said Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. 

Finally today, the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance announced their support of the lawsuit brought against the Department of Commerce's decision to re-open the federal recreational red snapper season. The lawsuit was filed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Ocean Conservancy. The suit was filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Commerce's decision to "increasing ...

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News Summary July 17, 2017

Today's Main Story: 20% of Texas Shrimp Fleet Stuck in Port Due to Congressional Bad Immigration Decisions

Texas shrimp will be harder to find and cost more because of an immigration decision designed to appease conservative voters misinformed about our economy's reliance on foreign labor. This will create a windfall for foreign shrimpers, who will gladly take market share from local boats and damage the Texas economy. The Gulf Coast brown shrimp season opened Saturday, but 20% of the Brownsville-Port Isabel fleet was not expected to leave port because of a crew shortage, and reports indicate that almost every boat along the coast was short-staffed because Congress did not renew the H-2B Returning Worker Program.

In other news, in a stunning decision to grant New Jersey’s recreational summer flounder fishery a waiver from new regulations to conserve the stock, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has shattered a 75-year practice of honoring the scientific process of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The letter was written to Executive Director Robert Beal and signed by Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator NOAA Fisheries on July 11, 2017. Oliver notes that the Atlantic Coastal Act's compliance process rests on two criteria + whether or not New Jersey has failed to carry out its responsibility under the management plan and if so, whether the measures the state failed to implement are needed for conservation purposes of summer flounder. Oliver further notes that if the Secretary determines that New Jersey has not been in compliance, the Act mandates that Ross declare a moratorium on that fishery.

Elsewhere, when Pacific Coast Seafood reopens its plant in Warrenton, Oregon, crab will be on the roster of seafood it processes. The Warrenton Planning Commission on Thursday night approved, with conditions, a request to modify a previously approved site design for the facility. Representatives of the ...

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Guangxi Shrimp Farmers Worried About Shrimp Survival After Heavy Rains

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish First] translated by Amy Zhong - July 17, 2017

There has been continual rainfall with occasional sunny days in Beihai of Guangxi since June 19. Algae died in large quantities, causing the degradation of water qualities, and shrimp farming is threatened by continuous diseases and serious mortality rates.

The situation is even worse than that of the Yangtze River. Due to extremely heavy rain from July 1-4, many ponds have been flooded in Guangxi or collapsed, which led to shrimp escaping. Farmers have suffered great losses. What’s worse, after the rain comes the outbreak of shrimp diseases, ...

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Inslee Vetoes Anti-Shrimp Legislation That Would Have Helped Washington Oyster Growers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chinook Observer] by Matt Winters - July 16, 2017

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30 vetoed legislation that would have required the Washington State Department of Ecology to report where it is in the process of issuing a new permit to spray burrowing shrimp, and “to identify the steps it will take to ensure a viable and economically feasible alternative if the pesticide use is not permitted.”

Collectively known as burrowing shrimp, Willapa Bay harbors two native species — ghost shrimp and blue mud shrimp. They churn the bay’s bottom, causing oysters to suffocate. Although ...

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Bristol Bay Run Exceeds 50M, Catch Over 33M, Season Not Over Yet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KDLG.org] by Dave Bendinger - July 17, 2017

The Bristol Bay sockeye run sailed past 50 million sometime Sunday, July 16, with a cumulative catch of 33 million sockeye. This exceeds both the ADF&G preseason forecast of 27.5 million fish and the University of Washington's 30.5 million sockeye estimate.

The 800,000-fish daily catch on Saturday was under a million fish for the first time since July 2. With escapement still strong, and another two million sockeye expected in the Naknek-Kvichal District, the 2017 season could be among the top three largest since 1995.

Trident, Icicle, and at least one buyer in Togiak confirmed Sunday that they are posting a $1 per pound base price for Bristol Bay's catch this year. That's up a quarter from last season...

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More Swedish Pikeperch is MSC Certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Marine Stewardship Council] July 14, 2017

Pikeperch, also known as zander, caught in the Swedish lakes of Mälaren and Vänern can now be sold with the blue MSC label. Independent assessors found that the Mälaren and Vänern pikeperch fishery meets the MSC's standard for well-managed and sustainable fishing. It joins the Swedish pikeperch fishery in Lake Hjälmaren, which became the first ever inland MSC certified fishery in August 2006.

“The MSC assessment process demonstrated that these big inland fisheries are sustainably managed. It’s great to see fishers working together to ...

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