Fri. Apr 29 2016

MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse


Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks


One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols  


Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season  


China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand


Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 29, 2016


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


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MKG Provisions Processed But Did Not Supply Salmon to St. James Smokehouse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 29, 2016

A story we published on Friday April 29 from the BBC News by Douglas Fraser about UpRiver Aquaculture admitting to a Lacey Act Violation for false labeling said that the company supplied salmon to St. James Smokehouse. 

However, according to a press release issued by UpRiver’s General Manager Cheryl Lipson, the company does not supply salmon to St. James Smokehouse.  Rather the company, which also does business as MKG Provisions, said it processed the salmon that it received from St. James. The packaging MKG used was also provided by St. James. In other words, MKG was acting as a private label processor for St. James.  

“MKG’s customer [St. James Smokehouse] provided MKG with both the salmon as well as the pre-printed packaging, and the salmon was marketed and sold under the customer’s label, not MKG’s or UpRiver’s,” MKG said in a press release...

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Evaluating the Report Card: What's Behind NOAA Fisheries Annual Status of the Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The just-released annual report about the status of the nation’s fish stocks gives Congress a sustainability report card on 546 species of commercial importance within the U.S.’s exclusive economic zone.

NOAA Fisheries’ intensely summarized report comes from thousands of management reports, stock assessments, fisheries management plans, and rebuilding initiatives and other programs used to manage the nation’s seafood resources. It gives lawmakers who determine budget levels for NOAA Fisheries a high-level assessment of how sustainably managed U.S. stocks are in the U.S.

The report’s best news is that for the most part, the principles of the Magnuson-Stevens Act which guide fish management, are being applied successfully. We know what constitutes a sustainably managed fishery. We know how to rebuild stocks that have been overfished...

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One North Coast "Hot Crab" Pushes California's Fishery Officials to Reconsider Opening Protocols

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 29, 2016

If anyone has a right to be crabby about the Dungeness crab season in California, it's the fishermen and processors in Northern California.

Persistent levels of domoic acid in the crab in California delayed the Dungeness and rock crab along the whole coast and have allowed limited, incremental openings of sport and commercial fisheries in certain areas...

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Togiak Herring Landings At 50% of Quota Twelve Days into the Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com]  By Peggy Parker - April 29, 2016

The Togiak herring season started April 17, the earliest opening in history, and as of yesterday landed a cumulative total of 10,480 mt. That is just over 50 percent of the total purse seine allocation of 20,148 mt in 12 days.

The Dillingham office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, operating under a minimal-to-zero budget for the herring season, reports no gillnet harvest to date. Last year’s herring fishery in Togiak landed 20,374 tons in a season that started April 27 and ended May 10, 2015.

Landings this year began on April 17 but were not reported until at least three processors began buying and reporting deliveries. By April 22, a cumulative harvest of 3,815 tons had been landed. Roe percentages were 11.8% and the reported average fish size was 404 grams.

The purse seine harvest for April 25 was 252 tons, for a cumulative of 7,741 tons. The average size of the fish was 379 grams with...

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China's Seafood Imports and Exports Struggle From High Input Costs, Overproduction, Weak Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 29, 2016

In 2015, China has been faced with the toughest situation in its aquatic import and export within the past twenty years. There is decline in both the country’s export volume and value of aquatic products.

Under the influence of such factors as slow recovery of global economy and decrease of seafood consumption, there has been decline in the foreign trading of aquatic products worldwide including that of China during 2015. The past year has witnessed China’s encountering the most difficult situation in its import and export within the past 20 years...

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Public Comments Sought on Federal Program to Expedite Seafood Imports to US from Trusted Suppliers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 29, 2016

NMFS is now taking public comments on a program that seeks to streamline seafood imports to the US market from verified suppliers. 

The Trusted Trader Program was formed as part of the White House's Presidential Task Force to Combat IUU fishing. The National Ocean Council (NOC Committee) Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud, is charged with implementing the Task Force's plans.

Under the program, seafood imports will be expedited into the US market...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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