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Jan 16 - Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years


Jan 15 - Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens


Jan 12 - Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15


Jan 11 - Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year


Jan 11 - Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off


Jan 8 - Compromise May Preserve Some Historic Crab Quota Rights in Russia as 15 year Quotas Auctioned


Jan 5 - Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh


Jan 2 - Surprise Drop in Domoic Acid Levels in N. California Mean Fisheries Are Clear; Oregon to Retest Also


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


Dec 26 - New Direct Channel Opens for Russian King Crab Sales and Delivery to China


Dec 26 - Crabbers Hang Hopes on Oregon, California Domoic Testing for a January Opening


Dec 22 - Dungeness Crab Managers Agree to Open Washington, Part of Oregon on Jan. 15


Dec 21 - Halibut and Sablefish Values Increase While Bering Sea Crab Dips


Dec 18 - Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible


Dec 18 - Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year


Dec 14 - Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth


Dec 12 - Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit


Dec 12 - Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Dec 8 - Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets


Dec 7 - Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed Until Dec. 31


Dec 6 - Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast


Dec 1 - FDA Clarifies Name Rules for Golden King Crab, Will Allow Brown King Crab Labeling until 2020


Nov 27 - Russian Oligarchs Hoping to Buy 15 Year Crab Quotas at Next Auction Without Fishing History


Nov 17 - Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery


Nov 16 - Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent


Nov 15 - On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way


Nov 15 - Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition


Oct 31 - Seafood Industry Losses From Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be Clear Until Late Spring


Oct 25 - California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid


Oct 23 - Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry


Oct 20 - Russia May Double Volume of Deep Sea Crab Fished Below 1000 m to 30% of Total Harvest


Oct 17 - DFO Cracks Down on Peaceful Crab Protest in Port Au Choix


Oct 16 - Alibaba's New Hema Fresh Supermarkets Generating Overwhelming Response in China


Oct 11 - Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas


Oct 11 - Early October Monitoring off Oregon Hints at Return to Normal Conditions, Low Domoic Acid Threat


Oct 10 - Hema Fresh Brings Alaska Golden King Crab to China Market


Oct 4 - Handy Seafood Hits 100th Season Milestone Of Soft Shell Crab Processing


Oct 4 - Oregon Crab Commission Hires Communications Manager


Oct 4 - California NGO Drops Out of Stakeholder Process, Sues State Over Whale Entanglements in Crab Fishery


Oct 3 - Texas Gulf Coast Fishing Industry Struggles After Hurricane Harvey


Sep 26 - Cold Chain Logistics has Promoted Local Seafood Imports in Ningbo City of Zhejiang Province


Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 19 - Snow Crab Fishery Likely in Alaska This Year With Positive News from Survey; King Crab Will Be Down


Sep 14 - Phones Help California Crabbers Retrieve Gear Before it Kills Whales


Sep 13 - JD.com Offers 'Fresh Crab Insurance' as Part of its 'Super Hairy Crab Day' Promotion


Sep 12 - Hokkaido Urges Russia to Improve Crab Enforcement After Finding 844 Illegal Crab Pots


Sep 8 - After a 15-Year Ban, Russian Fishermen Have Resumed Crab Harvest in Primorye Territory


Sep 6 - Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes


Aug 31 - Crocker & Winsor Seafoods to Begin Carrying Fresh Pasteurized Crab Meat


Aug 30 - Seafood America Joins NFI's Crab Council as 29th Member


Aug 24 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Bill Becomes Law


Aug 18 - Russian Crab Producers Say Production is Now at Highest Sustainable Levels, Consolodation is Next


Aug 16 - Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Looking to Fill Staff Position


Aug 11 - Russian Crab Companies Delay Fishing Due to New Processing Rules; Crab Prices Rise


Aug 8 - Weaker US Dollar Roiling Seafood Imports, Putting Pressure on Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Producers


Aug 7 - Russian Leading Crab Producer Dalmoreproduct to Be Sold to Local Rivals


Aug 4 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Bill Heads to President for Signature


Aug 2 - Quebec Private Equity Creates $140 Million Lobster and Crab Group Merging Riverside and Cheticamp


Jul 28 - Crescent City Harbor District Exploring Options in Wake of Tsunami Debt Load


Jul 27 - Newport Fishing Fleet Steadfast in its Access to International Terminal


Jul 20 - West Coast Dungeness Crab Season: Rocky Start, Good Markets, High Value


Jul 19 - Live Canadian Geoducks Arrive at New Airport Clearance Site in Qingdao For First Time


Jul 13 - Crab Poachers Design New Schemes for Illegal Activities in Russia


Jul 11 - Crabfest Back at Red Lobster with More Non-Snow Crab Offerings: Dungeness and Southern Red Crab


Jun 22 - Norway Sees Rise in Export Values in May


Jun 19 - Battle Over Snow Crab by Russian Oligarchs Leads to Record Bidding in Quota Auction


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Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

Kodiak's Tanner crab fishery opened Monday, Jan. 15 for the first time in four years and Alaskans can pre-order the tasty crab for pick-up in Anchorage.

"Our plan is to have the crab put up a few days after it opens, ship it to Anchorage and have it available at our office on Jan. 29," said Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

AMCC has offered seafood ...

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Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab season is finally open in Northern California. Domoic acid and low meat recovery percentages resulted in the season being delayed, but fishermen were able to throw their nets in the water over the weekend. However, now there are concerns over whale entanglement.

On Friday the Center for Biological Diversity issued a warning about the dangers that traps pose to whales, sea turtles and other wildlife.

“Crabbers are creating a minefield of deadly obstacles for migrating whales ...

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Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 11, 2018

Fishing has started slowly on Alaska Opilio crab.  Some major packers and ICE (Intercooperative Fisheries Exchange) have agreed on a fishing price of $3.00.  The final price harvesters receive is determined by a formula applied to the wholesale price, which will be higher than the fishing price.

Reports from the grounds are that fishing is slow.  Boats are searching for crab, but preliminary indications are not encouraging ...

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Compromise May Preserve Some Historic Crab Quota Rights in Russia as 15 Year Quotas Auctioned

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  January 8, 2018

A raid on grabbing crab quota from existing companies with quota in Russia has been ‘disrupted’, say fisheries officials.  A compromise between the Oligarchs seeking to buy quotas and the existing fishing companies who have historic rights appears to be in the making.

At the end of 2017, Putin was asked by a group of oligarchs to abandon the ‘historical principle’ that would give preference in the upcoming 15 year crab quota auctions to those companies that had historically purchased quota in prior auctions, and had fished on that quota for ten years.

For prior auctions, companies have paid a total of around $2 billion for crab quotas, much of which is at risk if the historical principle is overturned.

The plan would be to allow companies with no prior history in the fishery to bid..

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Surprise Drop in Domoic Acid Levels in N. California Mean Fisheries Are Clear; Oregon to Retest Also

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 2, 2018

Late Friday, before New Year's weekend, California state agencies released welcome news: recent testing showed a commercial lobster area could be opened and an advisory lifted for sport crabbing north of the Klamath River in northern California.

State agencies have been testing for domoic acid, a naturally occurring neurotoxin, routinely in the fall and winter in anticipation of opening closed lobster areas and lifting ...

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New Direct Channel Opens for Russian King Crab Sales and Delivery to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Xyhb.net] translated by Amy Zhong - December 26, 2017

With consumption improving, new retailing channels have been developed to satisfy the increasingly great demand of Chinese consumers. Customers can now buy what they want through online and offline channels. These new channels have also influenced China’s seafood market. Live seafood can arrive at the consumers' doorsteps thanks to these new shopping options.

One recent new project in development is about flying king crab directly from Russia to China under the influence of the One Belt One Road Initiative. On December 15, Huasheng Logistic Group, Ou Jian Network, specialized in trans-border e-commerce and ...

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Dungeness Crab Managers Agree to Open Washington, Part of Oregon on Jan. 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 22, 2017

West Coast crabbers got another lump of coal this week, as Tri-State fishery managers agreed to delay the season north of Point Arena, in California, again.

The primary commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open on most of Oregon’s coast on Jan. 15, 2018, according to an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife press release. Dungeness crab will be ready to harvest from Cape Blanco to the Columbia River, and north into Washington.

Crab from Port Orford, Brookings and Astoria in Oregon and Long Beach in Washington recently tested ...

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Washington Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Drops; Further Delay Possible

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 18, 2017

The Dungeness crab fishery on the West Coast continues to surprise.

Round 2 of testing in Washington showed meat recovery rates from Long Beach and Westport at 25 percent and 23.9 percent, respectively. But that all changed Friday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife completed a third round of pre-season testing in the Long Beach test stations only, conducted at the request of members of the coastal crab industry in order to confirm the results of the second round of tests from the same area.

The third round of testing ...

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Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 14, 2017

California Dungeness crab are filling out -- but very slowly.

State fishery managers from all three West Coast states agreed to delay the commercial crab season until Dec. 31 at the earliest, due to low meat recovery rates. Oregon crab results were made available last week. The California numbers from Dec. 5 testing were released this week.

Crescent City, Calif., crab increased from 16.7 percent meat recovery to 21.4 percent -- still 3.6 percent shy of the needed 25 percent. Trinidad crab increased ...

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Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 12, 2017

Larrin Breitsprecher, a 57-year-old commercial crab fisherman from Westport, Washington, has been sentenced to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and fined $5,000 for stealing crab pots.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) launched an investigation into Breitsprecher after a deckhand on his boat told officers that his boss “directed him to steal crab pots while fishing near Westport.” WDFW officers and the ...

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Dungeness Crab Continue to Fill Out in Oregon; Season Delayed until Dec 30th

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 7, 2017

Dungeness crab from Garibaldi, Ore., threw a monkeywrench into a partial opening of the West Coast commercial crab season, prompting a further season delay of two weeks beyond Dec. 16.

Prior to meat quality tests from Garibaldi and an area north of Coos Bay, many in the industry assumed or hoped Tri-State managers would draw a line at roughly Cape Blanco, just north of Port Orford and allow an exception for Astoria crab, at ...

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FDA Clarifies Name Rules for Golden King Crab, Will Allow Brown King Crab Labeling until 2020

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  December 1, 2017

As part of a budget reconciliation bill this summer, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped insert a provision that directed the FDA to use ‘golden king crab’ as the market name for Lithodes aequispinus, which is also known in Alaska as brown king crab.

In a guidance for industry notice published on their website recently the FDA said that they would allow use of both names until January 1, 2020.

FDA said they took this action so that products containing brown king crab meat would not have to be relabeled,...

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Oregon Delays Dungeness Crab Season Due to Low Meat Recovery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - November 17, 2017

As Dungeness crab from Central California trickles to West Coast markets, Oregon plans to delay the commercial season until Dec. 16 or later. California and Washington may follow suit, as testing has shown crab are low in meat yield.

The delayed opening will allow for crabs to fill with more meat, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release. Crab quality testing in early November showed that none of the test areas met the criteria ...

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On the Central California Coast, Dungeness Crab Season Gets Under Way

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Press Democrat] by Mary Callahan - November 15, 2017

The commercial crabbing season will start on time off the Sonoma Coast this fall for the first time in three years, putting fresh Dungeness crab in local markets by week’s end and restoring long-held autumn and holiday traditions.

Commercial crabbers around Bodega Harbor hustled Monday to load boats with gear and bait and leave port in time to start soaking crab pots off the coast by early Tuesday morning.

Their clocks were set for 6:01 a.m., the first moment by law at which they are permitted to put gear in the water. They can start ...

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Seafood Industry Losses From Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be Clear Until Late Spring

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 21, 2017

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists found that Hurricane Harvey, which tore through parts of south central Texas the upper Gulf Coast in late August, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses. However, the damage done to industries tied to commercial and recreational fisheries won’t be clear until late spring, says Dr. Andrew Ropicki, an AgriLife Extension economist.

While crop and livestock loss is already visible for farmers, Ropicki says that it’s harder to see a complete summary of losses for the commercial fishing industry ...

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Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - October 23, 2017

Prior to presidential elections in Russia, scheduled for March 2018, and the ever growing budget deficit, the Russian government has decided to significantly increase tax burden on the domestic fishing industry. The government increased the taxes on catch of the majority of fish species by almost 10 percent, according to the press-service of the Russian Presidential Administration.

The increase of tax rates will mainly result in the introduction of amendments to the Russian tax code. According to the code, ...

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Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 12, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in California is finally set to open after several delays. Fishermen will be able to get their gear in the water on Monday, January 15 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be quality crab to catch.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife director is only allowed to delay the opening of the fishery three times due to quality testing ...

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Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 11, 2018

West Coast ports are busy: Fishermen are loading pots and bait, getting ready to set Dungeness crab gear for the pre-soak period that begins on Jan. 12 and corresponding harvest on Jan. 15.

Almost all ports, that is.

California announced Wednesday the northern California Dungeness crab fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties will open 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period ...

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Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily] by Cheng Yu January 5, 2018

hema fresh king crab[The competition to lure upscale shoppers to stores with social experiences is driving a huge demand for live king crab and lobster in China.  With Alibaba committing to a rapid expansion, it means these stores will be adding to the demand for fresh and live imported seafood - JS]

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced on Wednesday the opening of another 30 Hema Xiansheng fresh food supermarkets throughout Beijing this year, as internet giants focus increasingly on the lucrative fresh-food retail sector.

The announcement came right before JD's first fresh food supermarket 7Fresh started its official operation on Thursday, an indication of the increasingly intense competition and rapid expansion of the two e-commerce giants.

With Hema opening in major commercial districts across Beijing...

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Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 27, 2017

The Russian crab industry may face massive cuts of workers and the decline of production in 2019, due to the planned change of the existing scheme of quota distributions, according to recent statements from the head of the Russian Association of Crab Producers, Alexander Duplyakov.

Duplyakov said almost 3,000 people involved in the Russian crab business in the Far East, may lose their jobs already in 2018.

"Because not all the companies will be able to participate in these auctions, and find ...

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Crabbers Hang Hopes on Oregon, California Domoic Testing for a January Opening

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 26, 2017

Domoic acid levels are dropping in California crab -- and possibly southern Oregon crab as well.

While the West Coast commercial crab season is delayed until Jan. 15 due to meat quality concerns, the industry and fishery managers have been concerned about levels of domoic acid in crab viscera from northern California and southern Oregon that could keep a portion of the coast closed past Jan. 15 or require processed crab be eviscerated.

However, an unexpected test result Friday from Crescent City has forced further domoic testing.

Oregon fishery managers notified industry ...

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Halibut and Sablefish Values Increase While Bering Sea Crab Dips

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - December 21, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Alaska fishermen who hold catch shares of halibut, sablefish and Bering Sea crab pay an annual fee to the federal government to cover management and enforcement costs for those fisheries.  The fee, which is capped at 3 percent, is based on dock prices through September and averaged across the state. 

his month bills went out to 1,894 holders of halibut and sablefish quota shares ...

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Russian Crab Exports May Set New Record This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 18, 2017

Crab exports out of Russia may set a new record this year, mainly due to high landings, according to the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) predictions.

In 2016, 52,000 tons of crab worth USD $580 million were exported from Russia, while experts predict these figures may grow up to 55,000 to 57,000 tons this year. That will be a new record in the modern history of Russian crab industry.

Despite a relatively small share of crab ...

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Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 12, 2017

Walmart is jumping on the delivery meal kit bandwagon thanks to Takeout Kit, the first shelf-stable global meal kit.

Takeout Kit, which has a shelf life of two-months, was founded by “busy professional and perpetual student” Rachael Lake in 2016. Lake came up with the concept after realizing that other meal kits added “an unnecessary level of stress” by requiring consumers to cook the food within 3-5 days ...

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Live King Crab from Alaska Flying to Chinese Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Dec 8, 2017

Live king crab from Alaska has always been seen by harvesters as the highest value crab, but the volumes, logistics and difficulties of a live supply chain have meant that live shipments have been few and far between.  In the early 2000's, one company, Royal Aleutian, used to send hundreds of thousands of live golden king crab to US markets.

Now, a processor in Adak is reviving the live crab trade with air shipments of live golden king crab directly from Adak to Shanghai, where they go into Alibaba's massive Hema fresh seafood markets, among others.

The new crab and groundfish processor in Adak is Golden Harvest Alaska Seafood.  They began direct charter flights with live golden king crab to Shanghai this past September from Adak.

They are working with the fleet to try and add live Opilio in early 2018.

CEO Jason Ogilvie says “When you look at a map, you realize just how close Alaska’s crab fisheries are to Asian markets.....

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Industry, Managers Prepare for Possible Partial Dungeness Crab Opening on the West Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - December 6, 2017

Dungeness crab meat quality is improving in some areas and domoic acid levels are dropping -- that means crab season may open on some parts of the West Coast.

Northern California, Oregon and Washington all previously decided to delay a coastwide opening until at least Dec. 16. Industry advisers and Tri-State managers will discuss the latest results and a potential opening during conference calls later today.

The latest domic acid figures in Oregon show ...

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Russian Oligarchs Hoping to Buy 15 Year Crab Quotas at Next Auction Without Fishing History

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - November 27, 2017

A recent initiative to conduct a large-scale reform in the Russian crab industry was put forward by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and some large local businessman who are working together, according to some sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.

The 10-year quotas’ on crab catch in Russia were approved in 2008. They take into account the history of ...

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Chile Prolongs King Crab Season as Prices in China Rise More than 20 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - November 16, 2017

Rumor has it the output of Chilean king crabs has plummeted by 65 percent, which in turn has raised prices by about 20 percent. The rumor has been confirmed by an exporter of Chilean king crab that the recent weather does have a great influence on local fishing of king crab - but the situation is a little better.

The current output has dropped by 47 percent, said Global Seafood, an exporter of these king crab. The company used to have ...

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Center For Biological Diversity Takes Aim at California Dungeness Fishery With New Petition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - November 15, 2017

The Center for Biological Diversity is attacking the California Dungeness Crab fishery again -- this time under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

A petition, co-signed by the Turtle Island Restoration Network, asks the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate the California crab fishery as a Category 1 fishery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act because of its rising injuries to humpback, blue, killer and gray whales, the Center said in a press release. Moving the fishery into the top category ...

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California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - October 25, 2017

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the commercial spiny lobster fishery immediately around Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands.

State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island, Ventura County and the east end of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the commercial fishery, according to a state press release. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide with a warning ...

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