Thu. Apr 28 2016

Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales


Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued  


Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand  


Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America


Sherrill International Joins NFI's Crab Council


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 28, 2016


Wed. Apr 27 2016

Tilapia Prices Expected to Rebound with Pond Stocking Rates in South China Down 30% in 2016  


Santa Monica Seafood Gets BAP Certification at Expanded Rancho Dominguez Facility


Canada's Fishery Minister Tootoo Discussing EU Lobster Ban, IUU Fishing and CETA at Brussels Show


Pressure Shelled Raw King Crab, Microwaveable Shrimp Dumplings Win Top Seafood Prizes in Brussels   (1)


Turkey to Double Fish, Seafood Production to 500,000 Tons by 2023


ASC to Develop More Finfish Certification Standards Based on Upcoming Seriola and Cobia Schemes


Tropical Aquaculture Partners with GeneSeas and Netuno to Expand Tilapia Network


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 27, 2016


Tue. Apr 26 2016

Newfoundland Northern Cod Will Need more than a FIP, It will Need the Unity of All Stakeholders  


'Disastrous' Argentine Squid Opening Drives Prices Up Further  


Brussels Show Organizers Remain Upbeat on Slow First Day


Record Heat in India Forcing Early Harvest of Smaller Size Shrimp  


31 Vietnamese Companies Approved to Ship Live Tiger Shrimp to China  


Camanchaca Expects 2017 Salmon Output to Be Unchanged Despite Chilean Algae Bloom  


Marks & Spencer First Retailer to Ask All Suppliers to Sign on to SeaFish Responsible Fishing Scheme


Marine Harvest Forms Marketing Partnership to Push ASC Standard at Retail


Captain D's Announces Franchise Deals to Open At Least Six More Stores This Year


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 26, 2016


Mon. Apr 25 2016

Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Added to Chinese Cross-Border Ecommerce Tax Reductions


Vinh Hoan to Debut Line of Untreated Premium Pangasius Fillets at Brussels Show  


Competing Proteins: Beef Market Falls While Pork, Chicken Advance Last Week


Rosrybolovstvo Under Fire for Failure to Meet Goals, as Companies Refuse Distant Water Fishing


Decline of Alaska Revenue Sharing Leaves Communities Vulnerable


Guolian Revises Financial Statements to Reflect Lower Shareholder Income


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 25, 2016


Fri. Apr 22 2016

Pacific Council Green Lights Electronic Monitoring Aboard West Coast Trawl Fleets Starting in 2017


Gulf Shrimp Landings Spike in March But Market Unchanged With New Season Production Still Weeks Away  


EU Accepts Sri Lanka's IUU Fishing Reforms; Lifts Ban on Seafood Exports


Michigan's Commercial Lake Whitefish Values Dip for First Time in Years


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 22, 2016


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Vietnam, Grappling with Mass Fish Deaths, Clamps Down on Seafood Sales
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [REUTERS] BY HO BINH MINH - April 28, 2016 
 
Vietnam on Thursday banned the sale and distribution of non-living aquatic products in its central region, following inconclusive efforts to explain why huge numbers of dead fish washed ashore.
 
The ban tackles fears of a health threat along 200 km (124 miles) of the coast, after the government said the fish could have been killed by toxic discharge caused by humans or "red tide", when algae blooming at an abnormal rate produce toxins.
 
On Wednesday, the government said there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant, a unit of Formosa Plastics, was to blame for the fish ...

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Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2016

NMFS finalized a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen. 

Today the Federal Register will list the approval of Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The effective date for the rule change is May 31 of this year. 

The amendment reallocates the red snapper stock's annual...

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Tilapia Prices Expected to Rebound with Pond Stocking Rates in South China Down 30% in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 27, 2016

The year of 2015 was disastrous for China’s tilapia industry which suffered from a great price decrease in the market. The price has even dropped below the cost of 3.2 yuan/jin (1 jin = 0.5 kilo) in Hainan, one main production area.

Several factors contributed to last year's price declines. The outbreak of the streptococcus disease peaked; illegal drug residues ...

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Fortune Fish Distributing Pacific Oysters Under the Hangtown Oysters Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Fortune Fish & Gourmet has added a line of Pacific oysters grown in Puget Sound waters that will be distributed under the Hangtown Oysters brand. 

The oysters are sourced from the Harding Creek Estuary off the coast of the Kitsap Peninsula

Fortune Fish owns the exclusive distribution rights to the oysters.  

“We had the idea to create Hangtown Oyster a couple of years ago,” explains Sean J. O’Scannlain, President and CEO, Fortune Fish & Gourmet...

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Santa Monica Seafood Gets BAP Certification at Expanded Rancho Dominguez Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Santa Monica Seafood has received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its recently renovated seafood processing facility in Rancho Dominguez, California.

“Our recently refurbished and expanded 120,000 square foot Rancho Dominguez main processing facility is now a BAP certified processing plant for repacking salmon and tilapia products.  We are proud to be 1 of only 14 seafood plants in the U.S. that are BAP certified as a repacking plant," said Santa Monica's CEO Roger O’Brien...

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Brett Veerhusen Steps Down as Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

Brett Veerhusen will step down as the executive director of the Seafood Harvesters of America on April 30 after serving two years at the position. 

"It's been a great two years and I've enjoyed very much working with you," Veerhusen said in an email. "The organization will continue to be very active on alternative safety compliance, vessel incidental discharge, Magnuson-Stevens and other issues that affect commercial fishermen coast-to-coast."

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Canada's Fishery Minister Tootoo Discussing EU Lobster Ban, IUU Fishing and CETA at Brussels Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Canada's Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo is in Brussels this week for the Seafood Expo Global. Tootoo is taking various meetings with top European officials to maintain and expand the country's fish and seafood markets in Europe.

Minister Tootoo plans to meet with EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, to discuss how Canada and the EU can cooperate to ...

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Pressure Shelled Raw King Crab, Microwaveable Shrimp Dumplings Win Top Seafood Prizes in Brussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Microwavable shrimp dumplings from Germany and high pressured shelled raw king crab meat produced in France took home the top prizes at this year's Seafood Excellence Global awards during this week's Seafood Expo Global tradeshow in Brussels. The competition, formerly known as the Seafood Prix d’Elite, recognizes the best products exhibited at Seafood Expo Global.

Freshpack of San Martin les Boulogne, France won the grand prize for best

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Turkey to Double Fish, Seafood Production to 500,000 Tons by 2023

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jaroslaw Adamowski - April 27, 2016

Turkey’s fish and seafood industry is poised to double the country’s production from 250,000 tons in 2015 to as much as 500,000 tons by 2023, according to data released by the country’s General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (TARIM).

Özerdem Maltas, a coordinator at the general directorate, told local business daily Dünya that this is related to the rising fish consumption in Turkey's export markets.

“Our country managed...

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Record Heat in India Forcing Early Harvest of Smaller Size Shrimp

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Kelly Hill and Michael Ramsingh   April 26, 2016

A record heat wave and dry conditions across Southern and Eastern parts of India this month are forcing some of the regions’ shrimp producers to harvest shrimp early.

Hot weather is a seasonal occurrence in India around this time of the year but temperatures in 2016 are at unprecedented levels. Daily temperatures in Andhra Pradesh...

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Tropical Aquaculture Partners with GeneSeas and Netuno to Expand Tilapia Network

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

Major fresh tilapia producer and supplier Tropical Aquaculture expanded its farming operations by partnering with Brazil's GeneSeas Aquaculture and US-based supplier Netuno.

GeneSeas was founded in Brazil  in 2001 and specializes in producing and exporting fresh tilapia to US and other overseas markets. GeneSeas has farms located in the Alha Solteira reservoir, which borders the states of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Today, Geneseas has over 800 cages spread...

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31 Vietnamese Companies Approved to Ship Live Tiger Shrimp to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong April 26, 2016

Thirty-one Vietnam’s shrimp companies have been authorized to export giant tiger prawns to China.

China has banned the live prawns from Vietnam since February 5, 2015, owing to bacteria found in some shipments.

According to Vietnam Embassy in China..

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Camanchaca Expects 2017 Salmon Output to Be Unchanged Despite Chilean Algae Bloom

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] April 26, 2016

Chilean salmon producer Camanchaca said it will rehire the processing workers it laid off after it lost 1.5 million salmon to a toxic algae bloom in February. 

According to Camanchaca its production forecast for next year is now unchanged. Initially, the company predicted its harvest to decline 10 percent into 2017 because of the toxic algae bloom that wiped out millions of salmon across southern Chile earlier this year...

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Marks & Spencer First Retailer to Ask All Suppliers to Sign on to SeaFish Responsible Fishing Scheme

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  April 27, 2016

Marks & Spencer said today it was the first UK retailer to ask all of its suppliers to sign up to the SeaFish Authority's Responsible Fishing Scheme.  M&S says it will apply to fishing vessels world wide, with vessels required to be certified or actively engaged in a plan for certification by 2021.  For British vessels, the requirement is to comply by 2017.

Waitrose has also announced a requirement that all its British vessels must be certified.

The Responsible Fishing Scheme is meant to combat the types of abuse publicized in Thailand.  The scheme requires documentation that standards are met on crew welfare, fair pay, health and safety and human rights.

M&S director of food Andy Adcock said: “We’re passionate about being a responsible retailer. We only buy fish from the most sustainable sources, a commitment we’ve worked tirelessly on for almost 20 years, and this pledge means our customers can shop with us knowing we’ve done everything possible to protect the marine environment and those working in our fish supply chain.”

Seafish technical director Tom Pickerell ...

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Captain D's Announces Franchise Deals to Open At Least Six More Stores This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2016

Captain D’s announced franchise development agreements to open at least six new restaurants in Georgia, Kentucky and Florida markets. 

The franchisees include Amin Gulamali, a successful entrepreneur and business owner with more than 25 years in the convenience store, hotel and hospitality industry. Gulamali has plans to develop three restaurants in the greater Orlando area, which will be the brand’s first new restaurants in the market in nearly two decades...

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Rosrybolovstvo Under Fire for Failure to Meet Goals, as Companies Refuse Distant Water Fishing 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  April 25, 2016

The Russian government is criticizing the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) in 2015, due to a failure to meet the majority of goals set for the industry last year.

One goal announced with much fanfare was to increase Russian distant water fisheries harvests to more closely match Soviet times.  However, the major producers said this was unprofitable without a massive state subsidy.

According to state data, the volume of catch in 2015 was only 58% of the initially planned figures, while in the case of aquaculture these figures were even less than 24%.

The Russian government believes that the industry does not implement its potential in full, while the biggest displeasure of the government is related with the refusal of the majority of producers from fishing in certain areas of the World Ocean, some of which are outside the Russian territorial waters.

In the meantime, according to Alexander Fomin, President of the Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters,  the latest claims of the state are groundless, while fishing in the majority of areas of the World Ocean outside Russian inland waters is currently unprofitable

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Decline of Alaska Revenue Sharing Leaves Communities Vulnerable
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News] Devin Kelly - April 25, 2016
 
In the tiny Iliamna Lake community of Newhalen, the village’s only health clinic has closed.
 
North of the Bering Strait, officials in Shishmaref held a vote to raise the local sales tax and also boosted rates for water use and equipment rentals.
 
And in Huslia, the Interior village of about 320 people, cutbacks in fuel, road maintenance and basic services have worsened, along with a gnawing dread of ...

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Guolian Revises Financial Statements to Reflect Lower Shareholder Income

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CFI Net]  Translated by Amy Zhong April 25, 2016

 Guolian, one of the major Chinese shrimp producers in Zhangjiang Province, has revised its financial statements.      

This revision report is the initial auditing result by Guolian’s hired accounting firm of the company’s performance report in 2015. There may be some difference between this auditing report and the company’s final performance report. Investors need to be cautious about investment risks.

    Following are some of the data which need to be revised in the original report.

On February 26, 2016, Guolian has published its performance review for 2015 on relevant websites in accordance with requirements of China Securities Regulatory Commission. In that report, the company’s gross revenue is said to be 2,061,267,833.61 yuan, declining by 3.20% from that of the same period last year. The total profit is reported to be 19,577,719.11 yuan, dropping by 92.71%, while the net income attributable to shareholders decreases by 94.52% to reach 12,319,917.71 yuan.

However, the accounting firm’s auditing has revealed that its gross revenue..

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2016

The National Fisheries Insitute's Crab Council membership is up to 23 companies after Virginia-based importer Sherrill International announced its commitment to the group. 

Sherrill has been in business for over 25 years and imports blue swimming crab from Indonesia. The company offers its customers a full suite of pasteurized crab grades.

“Sherrill International has a long history in the crab industry,” said Owner Mark Sherrill. “As a company, we have moved with the market adapting...

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Newfoundland Northern Cod Will Need more than a FIP, It will Need the Unity of All Stakeholders 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [News Analysis] by John Sackton - April 26, 2016

July 2, 2017 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the cod moratorium in Newfoundland, which halted fishing on what used to be the largest single cod stock in the world.

The collapse of Newfoundland’s Northern Cod, which at one time provided harvests of over 800,000 tons per year, has been the poster child for the seafood sustainability movement.

The moratorium was a dramatic shutdown of a major industry that had defined Newfoundland for over 500 years.  The cod...

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'Disastrous' Argentine Squid Opening Drives Prices Up Further

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [UndercurrentNews.com] by Alicia Villegas  April 26, 2016

Argentine authorities had to bring forward the opening of the squid fishing in the north, but the measure has not helped catchers to land more volumes.
 
"Squid fishing is disastrous; a few days after the opening of the fishery, there were catches from 20 metric tons to 30t, but we have seen catches decrease to about 5t per day recently," said Juan Redini, president of the Argentine's chamber of squid shipowners (CAPA, in Spanish).
 
"So far this year, catches have gone down by, at least, 60% to about 20,000t. In 2015, we managed to catch about 130,000t, but it is more than likely we won't see these volumes this year," Redini, who is also chairman of Pesquera Buenavista, told Undercurrent News.
 
"The fishery of the north area was opened earlier than usual, but the season might finish soon due to the low catches," he said....

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Brussels Show Organizers Remain Upbeat on Slow First Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishUpdate]  by Jenny Hjul April 26, 2016

THE organisers of Seafood Expo Global in Brussels said the cancellation rate among exhibitors to the show remained at five per cent, although it was too early to gauge the drop in the number of visitors this year, reports FishUpdate.

Many regulars to the Brussels event have noticed how quiet the aisles are compared to previous years, and several companies have brought smaller contingents, with concerns about security still high, following the terrorist attacks of March 22....

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ASC to Develop More Finfish Certification Standards Based on Upcoming Seriola and Cobia Schemes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 27, 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) plans to develop new marine finfish standards for farmed species that will be based on its soon-to-be-released standards for seriola and cobia.  

This is the first time the ASC has issued a so-called Terms of Reference (ToR) that will develop a standard from a pre-existing certification scheme. 

“The increasing demand for healthy protein has lead to a steep rise in aquaculture production around the world,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC...

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Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Added to Chinese Cross-Border Ecommerce Tax Reductions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [gxnews] Translated by Amy Zhong, with Material from John Sackton  April 25, 2016

Lobster, Crab and Coldwater Shrimp, three popular e-commerce seafood items, have been added to the official Chinese Government Cross Border e-commerce list.

This list was published in two parts in April, 2016.  It is an effort by China to reduce the cross-border tax paid by consumers, and to close a loophole that allowed parcel shipments to avoid taxes when resold, i.e. when imported by wholesalers.

The second list, published on April 16, includes lobster, crab, and coldwater shrimp...

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Vinh Hoan to Debut Line of Untreated Premium Pangasius Fillets at Brussels Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 25, 2016

Major Vietnamese pangasius producer and exporter Vinh Hoan will debut its line of untreated, premium pangasius fillets to the global market during this week's Seafood Expo Global in Brussels. 

Vinh Hoan produces the untreated fillets using a flash freezing process that the company says "preserves a moist, delectably firm, flaky texture, and an absolutely delicious taste without treatment."  

The company said it developed the fillets in order to cater to a hike in market demand for seafood free of additives...

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Competing Proteins: Beef Market Falls While Pork, Chicken Advance Last Week
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COm [Urner Barry Newswires] Jamie Chadwick- April 25, 2016 
 
This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.
 
In contrast to the week prior where the beef market posted hefty gains, last week's market sentiment was the complete opposite. Packers were in discounting mode as gains felt the week prior proved to be too much for buyers. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, fell 1.8%.  Select was also ...

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Marine Harvest Forms Marketing Partnership to Push ASC Standard at Retail

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 26, 2016

Marine Harvest is the first farmed fish producer to form a retail marketing partnership with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. 

Under the partnership, Marine Harvest will be the industry's first operator to use the ASC's Marketing Toolkit. The toolkit consists of original artwork, icons, approved copy, examples of posters and pamphlet designs to be used at retail locations to market the benefits of the ASC certification...

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Pacific Council Green Lights Electronic Monitoring Aboard West Coast Trawl Fleets Starting in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 22, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted earlier this month to allow three West Coast commercial fishing fleets to employ camera-based electronic monitoring systems. Beginning in 2017, commercial fishing vessels can substitute cameras for human observers. This move is designed to simplify logistics, reduce costs and increase profits for fishermen.

As of 2017, the fixed-gear, shore-based whiting trawl and mothership catcher vessel fleets will no longer be required to carry human observers...

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Today's Main Story: Coalition of Thai Seafood Companies Agree to Use Electronic Catch Reporting System 

The Thai Fishery Producers Coalition (TFPC) and several of Thailand's regulatory agencies and NGOs signed a letter of cooperation to require fishermen to use an electronic marine catch documentation system. The system will also control the trade of aquatic products and aquaculture development including sanitation. The system is intended to help accurately trace the sources of Thailand's seafood according to the Fisheries Act. The TFPC includes the Thai Frozen Food Association and Thai Shrimp Association along with several other of the country's major commercial fishing and fishmeal groups. The commitment is a direct response from Thailand's fishing industry and regulatory officials to combat IUU issues in their sector.

California officials are testing Dungeness crabs from North Coast waters for domoic acid levels with hopes to open commercial fishing in the region by the first week of May. If the crabs don’t show high levels of the neurotoxin, the season could start as soon as May 5, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist Pete Kalvass.

In other news, the rift between Washington state and tribal fishery officials in Puget Sound continues and now threatens all salmon fishing activity in the region. A third attempt to set the salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound failed, which means a complete fishery closure is possible starting May 1. Both the state and tribes will now pursue federal permits through NMFS, which are needed to conduct any salt- and fresh-water fisheries in Puget Sound.

Finally, Alaska's state fishery managers put the Copper River salmon fleet on notice that the season is likely going to open on May 16. The harvest this year calls for 1.6 million sockeyes, 21,000 kings and 201,000 coho. The Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association is also coordinating the season's first fish deliveries to Seattle with Alaska Airlines. The tradition sees the first Copper River salmon delivered straight to chefs waiting at the Seattle-Tacoma airport.

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Spike in March But Market Unchanged With New Season Production Still Weeks Away

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 22, 2016

Gulf shrimp landings in March spiked compared to last year’s levels and are now well above the five-year-average with still two months to go before the official start to the commercial fishing season.

Landings totaled 3.5 million pounds for the month, more than double the total catch compared to March 2015. Gulf production through the first three months of the year is up 32 percent to 10.4 million pounds....

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