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The fourth annual SIRF Soirée, the Seafood Industry Research Fund’s annual fundraiser took place in San Francisco, California in conjunction with the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference on Wednesday, 18 January.

More than 100 seafood industry representatives gathered for an evening of fine dining at the California Academy of Sciences to raise funds for seafood-focused studies, with many donating to the newly created Mark D. Leslie Living Tribute Fund.


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Demand for oysters continues to trend upward heading into 2017, with production capacity expanding to satiate consumer demand.

According to a panel of bivalve and oyster experts speaking at the National Fisheries Institute’s 2017 Global Seafood Market Conference in San Francisco, California, “the number of oyster growers [is] increasing just to keep up with demand.”

The rate of oyster consumption particularly at restaurants, remains strong, with the popular shellfish serving to elevate...

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Some United States seafood organizations see the inclusion of American seafood at the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump today as a positive sign for the Trump administration’s still-to-be-formed domestic seafood policy.

The inaugural festivities will feature a luncheon where the president and his entourage will dine one a meal where American seafood, including lobster from Maine and shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, will take center stage. Virginia beef and California wines are also...

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China scored a three percent increase in its seafood output in 2016, the country’s Agricultural Ministry has announced, confirming a higher figure than had been speculated in earlier reports but nonetheless a slower rate of growth than the previous year.

Output last year totaled 69 million tons, up 3.8 percent year-on-year from China’s seafood output in 2015, which totaled 66.9 million tons, according to figures published at a National Fisheries gathering hosted by the ministry, which closed...

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The United States Secretary of Commerce declared nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington as fisheries disasters on Wednesday, 18 January, opening federal coffers for relief assistance.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced each of the fisheries covered by the decision had “experienced sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions.”

The newly designated fisheries disasters are:

In Alaska:
• Gulf of...

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