Apr 23, 2014

Falling lobster settlement index suggests end to Maine lobster boom may come in 2 years


Norwegians see golden age of cod as consumption, landings soar


Starboard has the votes to force a special Darden meeting to vote on Red Losbster spinoff


Fishermen's Finest pays small fine for mistake in taking 11,000 lbs of ling cod in state waters


New film documents how BP spill wiped out parts of Louisiana's historic oyster industry


Mexico and US authorities agree on certificate of origin scheme for Mexican wild and farmed shrimp


John Furlong, former host of The Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, dead at 63


FFAW holds lenghty meeting with NL Premier about inshore northern shrimp allocation


Tank raised Atlantic Salmon heads to Safeway stores in BC and Alberta


Haida claim big pink salmon returns of 2013 helped by controversial iron seeding experiment in 2012


Secretary Kerry hosting international conference on improving the health of oceans


Vietnam freezes debts for 3 years at no interest for pangasius and shrimp farmers


Kodiak herring normal, fleet moving soon to Togiak (Fish Radio)  


3rd generation Pirri family seafood business in RI provides global dock for trendy chefs


Chief Economist of TD bank expects further weakening of CA dollar with boost to exporters


Sea Best showcased at Jacksonville Players Championship 17th hole


EcoFish becomes a national business partner with Monterey Bay Seafood Watch


Murkowski seriously off track with support of bill to gut EPA water protections


Chris Liu to head up Tradex Foods' Asian operations in Qingdao


McDonald's major reset will focus on customer data rather than P&L initiatives


Russian Sea swings to 452 million rubles profit in 2013


Maine's lucrative elver season seen running on a saner system this year


Iceland sets 2014 mackerel TAC on its own


VIMS reports encouraging growth of Chesapeake Bay underwater grass, critical habitat


Apr 22, 2014

Confusion reigns over snow crab prices, as both sides deny any firm price agreements reached  


In huge step towards eco acceptance of farmed shrimp, Monterey Bay endorses GAA's BAP standards  


Second round pollock roe auction ends with lower prices, but big boost in revenue due to volume  


Robin Samuelson, Jr. predicts strong demand, higher price for Bristol Bay sockeye this year


Kroger highlights GAA, WWF and ISSF as partners in promoting sustainable seafood for Earth Day


FDA testing thousands of fish to develop DNA barcodes for enforcement and inspection purposes


Norpac says its seafood tracking system has added value, eliminated IUU fish from its supply chain


California's Hollywood Farmers Market's Sea Fever Seafood vendor accused of selling stolen fish


Gulf oyster harvest one of lowest on record


On Earth Day 2014 Ocean Conservancy says fishing gear is a small part of ocean trash (Fish Radio)


Strong demand for shrimp, swai, tuna and crab keeps US atop Vietnam's seafood exporting market  


Salmar proposes offshore salmon farming platform in deep sea waters to boost production


Fiji's tuna scientists say Western and Central stock data is lacking, needs international help  


Glucosamine, made from shellfish shells, may have exciting new health benefits


McDonald's Q1 profits miss expectations, fall 5.2% as US business continues to wane


Bumble Bee HQ returns to roots in downtown San Diego


Joe's Crab Shack's summer-time "100% Shore" menu features snow crab, lobster and mussels


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 22, 2014


Apr 21, 2014

Senate Magnuson draft represents heavy lobbying by NGOs and recreational interests


Tug of war over Japanese crab prices in Newfoundland close to end as contract talks continue  


CAPMA sees increase in Chinese tilapia output this year, turn to other markets, particularly EU  


Big herring run predicted for Togiak, but market outlook is weak  


Former critics of farmed salmon, like Rick Moonen, modifying their views


Japan's trade agreement with Australia will abolish tariffs on bluefin tuna, toothfish, lobster  


No fish guy to lead Newfoundland; Bill Barry withdraws from Premier race


Louisiana seafood sector still suffering 4 years after BP spill, as higher prices cut consumption  


Fortune Fish sponsors second annual Trash Fish dinner set for May 19 at Big Jones in Chicago


Is a 60% price increase too high a number for Shrimp: We compare Urner Barry and BLS indices  


Russia ties increase in South Korea's pollock quota to IUU crab cooperation  


Local salmon production surging in China


Compensation battle rages four years after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill


Mexico's Pesca Azteca renovating yellowfin tuna purse seine fleet


Guolian Aquatic sees 20% to 30% jump in tilapia seedling sales this spring


Chilean salmon companies say stable production at record level will translate to price increases


Newfoundland all-party group begins lobbying to change shrimp allocations  


Freshwater Institute's tank farmed salmon being market tested in D.C. area  


McDonald's Japan to launch shrimp and avocado burger in May


Russian government considers significant increase of tuna production


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 21, 2014


North Carolina shuts commercial red drum season until at least Sept. 1 as catches exceed TAC


Apr 20, 2014

ASDA drops Scotland's oldest indpendent salmon farm as supplier during controversy over sea lice


Apr 18, 2014

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Apr 17, 2014

Surimi expert predicts 50,000 ton global shortfall this year, due to low inventories, Asian demand


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 17, 2014


Vietnam approves pangasius project to grow export value to $3 billion by 2020


Vietnamese tuna fishermen rejoice over strong catches and favorable prices


Senate MSA draft begins circulating, would add subsistance representation to management councils


Port Lincoln Tuna Processors will double tuna product output to 40 million units a year


AquaChile predicts Q1 Atlantic salmon output to more than double on strong global market


Haikui Seafood details problems in China for reprocessors as it posts 40% decline in revenue


Oregon's commercial king salmon troll fishery forecast to have strong 2014 season coastwide


Is gulf cleanup over or not? BP and Coast Guard differ


NZ King Salmon finally gets approval for three new farming sites in Marlborough Sounds


Alaska Fisheries Dev Foundation has project to build $1 billion mariculture industry (Fish Radio)


Chicken of the Sea picks name for its mermaid after 60 years of anonymity


TUF undertaking study aimed at revolutionizing perception and increasing usage of tuna products


Ottawa cutting red tape for B.C. fish farms


Four Chinese seafood dealers sent to prison when their products contained malachite green


Final part of EU Common Fisheries Policy reform approved by European Parliament


Closely watched Maine elver season marked by slow start, low prices


OSU study suggests ways to reduce injuries on freezer trawlers and longliners


Barry Group's Bill Barry says Newfoundland's shrimp quota cut is 'a terrible decision'


Apr 16, 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 16, 2014


NOAA Alaska Fisheries Center scientist Alan Haynie given top honor at White House


Florida fishery officials may declare open season on abundant lionfish population


Advocacy group cites Joe's Crab Shack use of some transfats despite pledge in effort to get FDA ban


Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS  


FDA issued 31% less seafood Warning Letters in Q1 2014 compared to a year ago


TUF's performance expected to bounce back on better tuna margins, improved shrimp operations


First shrimp themed restaurant chain opens in China with aim to restore traditional shrimp cuisine  


True North Salmon to bring fresh product to Northeast in partnership with online grocer FreshDirect


Poor logistics, reduction in available farming areas holding back tilapia expansion in China


Drakes Bay Oyster Co. still alive, owner taking appeal to Supreme Court


Lower Cook Inlet pink salmon fishery to get boost as Aquaculture Assoc. buys Port Graham hatchery


Bain Capital buys Manischewitz as kosher food goes mainstream


Open Blue signs distribution deal with T&T Asian supermarkets in Canada for its farmed cobia


Values for Alaska's salmon permits and halibut quota shares up across the board in 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Booming klngfish sales continue to sustain Clean Seas Tuna


S&P raises rating of Clearwater Seafoods debt


NRN-Miller Pulse finds restaurants struggled with traffic declines in March despite uptick in comps


Joe's Crab Shack achieving higher repeat sales with revamped seafood menu


Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids


Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining


Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruhua's Hokkaido branch



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Falling lobster settlement index suggests end to Maine lobster boom may come in 2 years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline – possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.

A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations suggests that numbers of young lobsters have declined by more than half their 2007 levels – significant since lobsters typically take about eight years to reach the legal harvesting size.

The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on dinner tables nationwide. Maine lobsters were 85 percent of the nation’s lobster catch in 2012.

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Norwegians see golden age of cod as consumption, landings soar
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

According to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council from 2012 to 2013 Norwegians bought 11 percent more fresh cod fillets and 24 percent more frozen fillets.

 
" The cod is becoming more available in the store and becoming easier to put on the family dinner table the same day. This results are that cod is coming in now, stronger and bigger than before. The cod is facing a golden age in Norway, and it will be very interesting to follow this development",

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Starboard has the votes to force a special Darden meeting on Red Lobster spinoff 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 23, 2014 

Darden Restaurant Inc has 60 days to call a shareholder meeting to vote on activist investor Starboard Value LP's proposal to delay the company's plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain.

The special meeting has to be called as Starboard got consent from 54 percent of the shareholders.

Starboard, which owns 5.5 percent of Darden, has urged Darden to delay its plans to spin-off the chain saying it could destroy as much as $800 million of shareholder value.

 

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New film documents how BP spill wiped out parts of Louisiana's historic oyster industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   April 23, 2014

Whether you live in Seattle, Baltimore, or Schenectady, N.Y., if you’ve had an oyster dish, chances are the shelled delicacies came from the Gulf of Mexico, most likely off the Louisiana coast, which produces a third of the nation’s oysters. Crabs? Hate to break it to you, but those luscious “Baltimore” crab cakes — yep, those are from Louisiana too.

 
This has been a fact for a long time, but it might soon become an artifact. The reason: the BP oil spill disaster of 2010, which dumped over 205 million gallons of oil and another 2 million gallons of possibly toxic dispersants into the Gulf, devastating the area that’s responsible for 40 percent of the seafood sold commercially across the U.S.

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John Furlong, former host of The Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, dead at 63

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 22, 2014

John Furlong, who was the long time host of the Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, and an avid reporter and follower of fishing industry news and politics on the Rock, has died of cancer.  His passing was announced last Wednesday. He left the broadcast about a year ago, but while he was host, we did many interviews, with his question almost always being some variant of 'John, tell me about the market'. 
 
He had a firm belief that the more fishermen knew of the broader seafood market, the better they could understand their own situation, and he recognized where fishermen and processors had common interests, and where they did not.  That's why the 5:30 pm afternoon 'broadcast' was listened to by most people in the seafood industry in the province. 

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Tank raised Atlantic Salmon heads to Safeway stores in BC and Alberta

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

Kuterra Atlantic salmon raised by the 'Namgis First Nation in above-ground tanks on northern Vancouver Island are going on sale off-Island in Safeway stores in B.C. and Alberta starting this week.
 
"It is really, really encouraging to get to this day and know that people are wanting to buy our fish through Safeway and Albion Fisheries, our marketing arm," 'Namgis Chief Bill Cranmer said Tuesday.

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Secretary Kerry hosting international conference on improving the health of oceans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

Secretary of State John Kerry has announced a major conference aimed at improving the health of the world’s oceans.

The conference, which will be held June 16-17 at the State Department, will include foreign ministers from around the world to discuss pollution, fishing policies, and the impact that climate change is having on the oceans.

This is a subject that has long been a personal passion for Kerry. He believes the oceans being degraded by pollution, overfishing, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Confusion reigns over snow crab prices, as both sides deny any firm price agreements reached

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 22, 2014

No firm price agreements have been reached with Japanese buyers for Newfoundland snow crab. That much both Newfoundland packers and major Japanese buyers can agree on.
 
There have been some sales made to the Japanese at a 'provisional price' of $4.80.  The Newfoundland packers say that price is not fixed, and it could rise in subsequent negotiations.  The Japanese say this is not a 'minimum price' and that it could go either up or down in future negotiations.

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In huge step towards eco acceptance of farmed shrimp, Monterey Bay endorses GAA's BAP standards

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS - April 22, 2014

Monterey Bay's seafood watch program is widely seen by chefs and some consumers as a highly credible authority on the environmental sustainability of seafood.  In the past that program had been criticized by industry for being less than transparent, and not scientifically based.
 
Now Seafood Watch has identified BAP certiifed farmed shrimp as a 'good alternative', recognizing that a huge portion of the global production of farmed shrimp is truly sustainable.
 

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Chief Economist of TD bank expects further weakening of CA dollar with boost to exporters

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS   April 23, 2014

The decline of the Canadian dollar should continue over the next year, says  Craig Alexander, the Chief Economist and Vice President of Canada's Toronto Dominion bank (TD Bank).  He was speaking at a conference in New Brunswick.
 
The current rate of around $.91 Canadian to the US dollar will fall another 8% or so, to $.85 next summer, said Alexander.
 

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Fishermen's Finest pays small fine for mistake in taking 11,000 lbs of ling cod in state waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

Fishermen's Finest, which operates H&G vessels Intrepid and America No. 1, plead guilty to illegally taking 11,000 pounds of ling cod in Alaska state waters.

In July of 2010 and again in July of 2011, the F/V US Intrepid harvested more than 56,000 pounds of lingcod in the eastern Gulf of Alaska, which is state waters. At the time, the company was operating under federal regulations as a test rockfish fishery, said Sgt. Brent Johnson, the investigating officer on the case. 

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Mexico and US authorities agree on certificate of origin scheme for Mexican wild and farmed shrimp

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 23, 2014

The Government of Mexico is planning to issue certificates of origin for Mexican shrimp produced by aquaculture or caught by the artisanal or coastal fleet for export to the United States.
 
This decision was made together with American authorities. It follows the temporary ban on wild shrimp from Mexico last year, after the US government inspected the use of turtle excluder devices, and found they were not used sufficiently to certify shrimp imports.  

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FFAW holds lenghty meeting with NL Premier about inshore northern shrimp allocation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the province’s fisheries minister met with representatives from the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union Tuesday to discuss the impact of recent cuts to the inshore northern shrimp allocation.

Both the union and the provincial government were quick to criticize the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ 26 per cent reduction to the inshore quota for 2014 when it was first announced earlier this month, taking particular exception to a perceived inequality between allocations for the inshore and offshore sectors.

Speaking with The Telegram after the meeting, FFAW president Earle McCurdy said Premier Tom Marshall confirmed he will relay the province’s concerns to Ottawa.

“He gave us a good chunk of his time and we had a very good discussion on the issue and the importance of it to rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” said McCurdy.

 

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Haida claim big pink salmon returns of 2013 helped by controversial iron seeding experiment in 2012 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM    April 23, 2014 

In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture - in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide ample food for baby salmon.
 
The verdict is now in on this highly controversial experiment: It worked.
 

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Vietnam freezes debts for 3 years at no interest for pangasius and shrimp farmers 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 -      

Vietnam’s government has decided to freeze bad debts for local pangasius and shrimp raisers as many farmers have no money to pay off the debts and invest in their production, state media reported.

The government has asked banks and other financial institutions to freeze farmers’ debts for maximum 36 months. During the period, the lenders will not take any interests.

Debt-laden farmers may also take new loans if they have an effective production plan.

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Kodiak herring normal, fleet moving soon to Togiak (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio]   April 23 2014
 
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. A quick stop for herring in Kodiak as seiners head to Togiak. Hear more on herring after this…
 
Herring fishing around Kodiak kicked off last week and is showing pretty regular signs so far. The 58 hundred ton season is about the same as it has been for the past five years.

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3rd generation Pirri family seafood business in RI provides global dock for trendy chefs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   April 23, 2014

When Cesin and Omar Curi wanted paiche fish from the Amazon River for Los Andes, their Peruvian restaurant in Providence, they called on Mark Pirri at Tony’s Seafood of Warren to deliver. The seafood consultant is third generation co-owner handling wholesale accounts. He made it his quest to find a supplier to bring the fish to Rhode Island.
 
When summer comes, home cooks will find their way to Tony’s Seafood retail store in Seekonk and buy about 100 pounds of swordfish a week 

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