Labeling and Marketing

Seafood Prices Temper Gains: PG Annual Research Study
Category’s healthy halo, sustainably sourced aspects bode well
Progressive Grocer by Bridget Goldschmidt – March 7, 2017
Grocers seem optimistic about future profits in the retail seafood department, according to Progressive Grocer’s 2017 Retail Seafood Review. A substantial 55.8 percent of respondents in this year’s annual retail seafood survey expect seafood sales to increase this year, while just 3.8 percent anticipate a downturn. Some 40.4 percent of the supermarket seafood executives surveyed by PG for its annual state-of-the-category report believe that sales will remain the same. Although these results convey a continuing confidence in seafood’s ability to deliver the goods, they depict a note of uncertainty unheard in last year’s poll, when not a single respondent predicted that sales would drop.
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/industry-news-trends/national-supermarket-chains/seafood-prices-temper-gains-pg-annual-research-study

Federal Register

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/07/2017
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes as regulations the 2017 annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery that have been recommended by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State. This action is intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/07/2017-04407/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2016 Tribal Fishery Allocations for Pacific Whiting; Reapportionment Between Tribal and Non-Tribal Sectors
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/08/2017
This document announces the reapportionment of 34,000 metric tons (mt) of Pacific whiting from the tribal allocation to the non-tribal commercial fishery sectors via automatic action on September 15, 2016, in order to allow full utilization of the Pacific whiting resource.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/08/2017-04567/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

FYI’s

Caught on film for the first time: One of the world’s rarest whales
Washington Post by Sarah Kaplan – March 7, 2017
Natacha Aguilar de Soto has studied beaked whales for 15 years. She has spent dozens of months at sea, floating above the deepest parts of the ocean, straining her eyes and ears to detect whatever might be moving in the fathoms below.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/07/one-of-the-worlds-rarest-whales-has-been-caught-on-film-for-the-first-time/?utm_term=.979e7ee9f172

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March 8, 2017