Thu. Jul 30 2015

Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return  


Temporary Foreign Worker Rules Expected to Leave PEI Seafood Industry Short of Workers


Higher Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Offsets Further Declines in Japanese Supply in May  


Southern China's Tilapia Farmers Predict Lower Q3 Supplies on Big Decline in Pond Seedlings  


Harbor Seafood Names Lars Schwieg and Jon Heinold to Executive Sales Positions


Opening of New Tokyo Fish Market Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016


WWF Formally Objects to MSC Certification of Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery  


Whole Foods Plans to Open Five 365 "Value-Oriented" Stores Next Year


Young's Seafood Frozen Division Manager Wayne Hudson Departs Under Company Restructuring Plan


Gelatin-Injected Shrimp Appear in China’s Fish Markets Again


SeaShare Successfully Completes 21,000 Pound Halibut Donation to Western Alaska Villages


Why Eating Fresh, Just-Caught Fish May Be a Thing of the Past


Oceana Again Sues NOAA over Bycatch Monitoring


Russia, Latvia to Discuss Safety of Fish Product Imports Next Week


Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Forms Position to Give More Voice to Seafood Industry


Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says All Maryland Crabs Are Born in Virginia - Turns Out He's Mostly Right


Momentum is Gathering for International Agreement to Combat IUU Fishing


Juneau Cruise Line to Roll Out Electric Powered Catamaran for Eco-Tours (Fish Radio)


You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?


Supervalu Posts Higher Q1Earnings and Says It May Spin Off Save-A-Lot


Caviar From Lake Superior Cisco (Lake Herring) Exported to Northern Europe is Depleting Stock


Ahold Acquisition Target Delhaize Posts Better-Than-Expected Q2 Sales


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 30, 2015


Wed. Jul 29 2015

Sam's Club Supports Business Relationship with Chilean Salmon Producers but Backs More Vaccine Use  


Maine Collaborative Identifies 2,200 High-End Restaurants to Market Lobster  


Higher Pollock Catch Leads Increase in Russian Fish Landings Through June  


McDonald's Continues to Lose its Market Dominance to Rival Fast-Food Operators


ASC Reports Increased Sales Growth and Logo Recognition Among EU Consumers


A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes  


Pink Salmon's Food Source at Risk from Ocean Acidication (Fish Radio)


Florida's Spiny Lobster Mini Season Officially Underway with Added Bonus for Catching Lionfish


Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Season Ends in Success  


Western NGOs Back Tier 3 TIP Ranking for Thailand


Hot, Dry & Disastrous; Western Canada's Drought has Harvests Rotting, Salmon Dying, Fires Flaring


Twelve Chefs Set to Compete at Louisiana's Annual Great American Seafood Cook-off Set for Aug 8


Russian Agency Heads Support On-Site Destruction of Illegal Food Imports


East Coast Coral Reef Protections Aim to Grow Fish Stocks


Life and Food's Omega 3 Supreme Gains Marine Stewardship Council Certification


Hawaii's Longline Fishermen on Course to Hit Bigeye Limit  


Improving NB's Salmon Aquaculture Infrastructure Part of Canada's $30 Million R&D Investment Package


ISSF Boosts Membership to 26 Companies with Addition of Atunlo and Everwin Industrial


West Coast Problems Lead to Record-Breaking Year at Ga. Ports


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 29, 2015


Tue. Jul 28 2015

Gulf Shrimp Landings Now Under 2014 Totals as La.'s Shorter Spring Season Cuts June Catch Sharply  


Thailand Says US Trafficking Report Did Not Consider "Tangible Progress" Made in Combating Slavery


Japan Will be Major Market for Abundance of Bristol Bay's Smaller Sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Half of Columbia River's Sockeye Run Die From Unseasonably Hot Water  


U.S. Lawmakers Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report


VIDEO: How ASMI's RFM Program Ensures Alaskan Seafood is a Product of it's Environment


Red Snapper Management Battle Forcing Gulf Lawmakers to Choose Between Rec and Commercial Industries


Patagonia Sea Farms, First Farm With 4 Stars BAP Certification  


House Passes Bill to Combat Foreign Illegal Fishing


40 Years of Pacific Seabird Data Now Online


Australia Now Looking for Investors to Build $1.45 Billion Shrimp Farming Operation


Russia Adds Five More Latvian Canneries to its List of Banned Seafood Exporters


Vietnam Posts Decline in Pangasius Export Revenues Despite Growth in US, Chinese Markets  


Sens. King, Collins Want a National Lobster Day


Alaska Gov. Walker Readies Agenda for President Obama's Aug. 31 Trip to Anchorage


LDWF Cites 18 for Alleged Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April


Whale Deaths off Kodiak Island Remain a Mystery


Coast Guard Helps Hundreds of Sea Turtles into Ocean off Boca


Stellar Biotechnologies Signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations


Federal Appeals Court Upholds California's Shark Fin Ban


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 28, 2015


Mon. Jul 27 2015

US Keeps Thailand at Lowest Tier 3 Rank in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report


Bristol Bay Fleet Concerned About Low Price, Statewide Catch Exceeds 105 Million Salmon  


Judge Explains Reasons for Blocking Sysco-US Foods Merger


Thai Union Frozen Products: Bumble Bee Deal Stung by US Inquiry


BluWrap Completes First Ocean Container Shipment of Fresh Salmon From Chile to China  


Fishermen Have Until July 28 to Bid for Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Test Fishery


Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey   (1)


NYTimes Documents Plight of "Sea Slaves" in Thai Fishing Industry


Cod Making a Comeback on Restaurant Menus  


Ag Firm HJ Baker Brings in Dr. Scott Snyder to Head Up Aquaculture Services Division


Powerful Typhoon Kills 11,000 Farmed Tuna in Japan


Lionfish are Now Eating Other Lionfish Which May Help Control Efforts


Omega Protein and Recreational Charter Captains Trying to Get Along


NOAA to Monitor How Warm Southeast Alaskan Waters Impact Juvenile Salmon (Fish Radio)  


Tignish Small Craft Harbor Getting Major Improvements, One of 23


African, Caribbean and Pacific Ministers Plan to Boost Economies Through Fisheries and Aquaculture


Abundance of Humpback Activity Slows Dutch Harbor Herring Fishery


India's Kerala University of Fisheries Sets First Vannamei Hatchery in Kochi


Missing Slave Fishing Boats Tracked to Papua New Guinea by Satellite


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, July 27, 2015


Weekly Protein Roundup:Pressure Remained for Beef Complex Last Week; Pork and Egg Markets Make Gains


Fri. Jul 24 2015

Clearwater Seafoods' State-of-the-Art F/V Belle Carnell Expected to Boost Clam Production Up to 50%


Louisiana Fall Inshore Shrimp Season Opens August 17  


Vietnam Expects Seafood Exports to Fall for Rest of 2015 on Declines in Shrimp, Pangasius Shipments  


Peru's Northern Anchovy Quota 97% Landed and Up 25% From 2014  


US House Passes Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill that Would Strip Existing State Mandates


Russia Partially Lifts Ban on Japanese Seafood Imports Over Fukushima Radiation Concerns


Industry Veteran Steve Vilnit Returns to JJ McDonnell to Direct Marketing and Business Development


250 Jobs May Be Saved at Young's Seafood's Fraserburgh Plant


NOAA Earmarks $88,000 in Funding to Study Massive West Coast Algal Bloom that Shut Dungeness Fishery


North American Salmon Processing Expected to Be a Drag on Maruha Nichiro Earnings  


Texas Gulf Shrimp Industry Confronting Multiple Challenges  


Could Maine Make Shoes Out of Ocean Trash?


Costco is Just Latest Retailer to Switch to Antibiotic-Free Farmed Salmon (Fish Radio)  


FDA Releases More Direction on FSMA Food Imports Rules


Russia's Far East Salmon Catch up 22 Percent Over Year-Ago  


Golub Corp Goes Outside Family in Naming New President, COO of Price Chopper


Ruby Tuesday Swings to Q4 Profit Despite Decline in Comps and Traffic


McDonald's CEO Says There's "No Silver Bullet" to Turn Around the U.S. Business


An Early Look at the New Red Lobster Culinary Development Center


CDC Reports 62 Cases of Salmonella Infection from Raw Tuna in Sushi


Seafish Developing Standards for Fishing Ports and Seafood Auctions


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 24, 2015


Thu. Jul 23 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 23, 2015


The Mazzetta Company Opens Gloucester Seafood Processing Subsidiary With State-of-the-Art Facility


Interior Approves Arctic Drilling off Alaska, But Not in Oil Zone Yet


UMaritime Officials Back Alliance Between Ports of Seattle and Tacoma


Costco's Shift to Antibiotic-Free Farmed Salmon Signals Sweeping Change Among Buyers  


Shrimp Production and Exports Soaring Out of India's Odisha State in 2015  


Albertons to Expand On Safeway's Existing FishWise Partnership to Improve Seafood Procurement


Russia Plans to Lower Domestic Transport Costs to Reduce Pollock Prices  


China's Burgeoning Middle Class Buying Up High Priced Lobster, King Crabs and Other Premium Seafood  


Red Lobster Adds Lower-Priced Alaskan Sockeye to its Summer Crabfest Promotion (Fish Radio)  


The Surprising Importance of How We Label the Fish We Eat


Increasing Jonah Crab Landings in New England May Lead to ASMFC Regulation  


Cruel Shark Fin Trade Supported By EU Loophole Which Permits 'Smuggling'


Maine Taps New Lead Biologist for Lobster Monitoring Program


Shrimping Vessel Sinks Near Tillamook, Crew Rescued by Coast Guard


Thai Shrimp Assn. President Predicts This Year's Shrimp Production Will Be About 210,000 Tons  


Regional Growth Leads Kroger to Split Southwest Division into Two Divisions


Walmart Opens New eCommerce Fulfillment Facility in Bethlehem, PA


Ruby Tuesday Names Former Pepsico VP David Skena Chief Marketing Officer


Maine Brewer Flavors Beer with Live Lobsters


Grieg Seafood Hopes to Expand Production in Scotland by 10,000 Tonnes


Thai Union Suspends Public Offering Following Subpoena from U.S. Justice Department  


As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon  


Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up  


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Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 30, 2015

The latest numbers from ADF&G show Prince William Sound pink harvests have exceeded the 45 million salmon mark and are still rising. In a series of record-breaking days, last Monday’s single-day haul of 2.9 million pink salmon broke records for that day, along with the cumulative totals for that day in the season.  

Single-day harvests last week also broke records for that day in the season, due mostly to the slight lag in the timing of this year's pink return. Still, the all-you-can-catch aspect of the fishery this year indicates a healthy return to Prince William Sound streams and hatcheries...

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Temporary Foreign Worker Rules Expected to Leave PEI Seafood Industry Short of Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - July 30, 2015 - 

The labour supply in rural P.E.I. is not big enough to meet the challenge of supplying new international markets, says the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association.

There are not enough local people to run the seafood plants on the Island, said executive director Dennis King, and new federal rules mean temporary foreign workers can only make up a maximum of 30 per cent of staff from fish plants.

King is concerned that while new trade agreements, such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Community, are opening up markets, the industry does not have the resources it needs...

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Higher Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Offsets Further Declines in Japanese Supply in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 30, 2015

Alaska's combined "A" and "B" season pollock surimi production continues to trend upwards in 2015 as Japanese surimi inventories were able to improve between April and May even though the overall supply is still down compared to 2014 figures.

Latest figures from NMFS report a 6.2 percent increase in combined "A" and "B" season pollock surimi production to 121,405 tons over last year at this time...

The current average fish size at 400 grams is short of the initial forecast that had pegged the 2008 year-class fish to weigh between 600-800 grams...

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Southern China's Tilapia Farmers Predict Lower Q3 Supplies on Big Decline in Pond Seedlings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 30, 2015

Tilapia farmers in Southern China claim that seedling stocking is down between 40 and 50 percent in their ponds through the first half of 2015 due to globally low prices and demand clashing with currently well-supplied inventories.

Broodstock demand is down across Southern China according to producers. Some have attempted to spur higher seedling and broodstock sales through discounts as far back as April. However, the market was still not able to absorb the lower prices, which prompted seedlings to be destroyed from lack of use.

“The market situation is worst in 2015 compared with the past,” said a broodstock facility manager, who has been in the industry for nearly two decades...

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Harbor Seafood Names Lars Schwieg and Jon Heinold to Executive Sales Positions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 30, 2015

Harbor Seafood has shaken up its executive leadership with the hiring of Lars Schweig as its Director of Retail and Club Sales and with the promotion of Jon Heinold to Field Sales Director.

Schweig is a 5th generation seafood industry veteran with more than 22 years experience in the business. Prior to Harbor, spent the majority of his career at major lobster distributor Supreme Lobster; prior to that he worked at his family's Smoked Fish processing facility.

Harbor said Schweig brings a well-rounded view of the industry from his experience in commercial fishing, retail and foodservice sales management, program management, product and packaging development, and marketing execution. He will be responsible for further developing the national and global retail sales team, broker coverage, customer base, and product lines...

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Opening of New Tokyo Fish Market Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Today] July 30, 2015 
 
TOKYO — The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that the city’s famous wholesale Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward will close on Nov 2, 2016, and its replacement will open on Nov 7, 2016 in Toyosu, Koto Ward.
 
The Tsukiji fish market opened in 1935 and has become one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for tourists to observe the tuna auctions early each morning. In all, about ¥1.8 billion worth of fish, seafood and vegetables change hands each day at the market.
 
The new market will occupy 40 hectares. Relocating the Tsukiji market and buildings to a modern facility about 40 percent larger with state-of-the-art refrigeration will cost around ...
 

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Whole Foods Plans to Open Five 365 "Value-Oriented" Stores Next Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - July 30, 2015 - 

Whole Foods Market has pinpointed the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles as the site of its first value-oriented 365 by Whole Foods Market brand while also disclosing lease locations for another four stores set to open in the second half of 2016. It also plans to double the number of 365 by Whole Foods Market store openings in 2017.

Having renegotiated the lease in development for the Silver Lake location, which will be converted from a traditional Whole Foods Market to a 365 format store, the company said the move will enable it to open more quickly in the new neighborhood in L.A...

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Gelatin-Injected Shrimp Appear in China’s Fish Markets Again
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [People's Daily Online] -By Liu Rong - July 30, 2015 
 
To make shrimps bigger and heavier, unethical vendors have been reportedly injecting industrial-grade gelatin in shrimps to sell in many parts of China.
 
Recently, the Gelatin shrimps appeared again in two cities, Kun Ming in the northwest of China’s Yunnan Province and Wenzhou in the eastern China.
 
As an example, by injecting the glue like stuff ...

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Sam's Club Supports Business Relationship with Chilean Salmon Producers but Backs More Vaccine Use

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] July 29, 2015

Major retailer Sam's Club reiterated its commitment to source farmed Atlantic salmon from Chilean suppliers, but wants to work with the producers to mitigate the use of antibiotics.

Robert Fields, the senior director for Meat, Seafood and Gourmet at Sam's Club, spoke at the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) "Made in Chile" Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) on July 28th in support of the Chilean salmon industry...

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Maine Collaborative Identifies 2,200 High-End Restaurants to Market Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCSH6 © 2015 WCSH6-TV] Don Carrigan - July 29, 2015
 
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine lobster is one of the reasons tourists come to the state. The goal of a new marketing and promotion effort is to have those tourists also eat Maine lobster in their home cities.
 
The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is leading the effort and was formed by the state and the industry. It is paid for by increased license fees on fishermen and dealers.
 
The promotional target, at least to start, is out of state restaurants. Collaborative executive director Matt Jacobson said research identified 2,200 "upscale casual restaurants" between Maine and...

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Higher Pollock Catch Leads Increase in Russian Fish Landings Through June

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - July 29, 2015

Russia's fish landings in the first half of the year reached 2.5 million tonnes, up  6.8 percent compared to the same time last year according to latest data of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

The Far East basin still accounts for the majority Russian fish landings with a catch volume of 1.66 million tonnes through the first six months of 2015.

Meanwhile, catches were up for all Russian basins...

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McDonald's Continues to Lose its Market Dominance to Rival Fast-Food Operators

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNBC] by Katie Little - July 29, 2015

In the fast food fight for customer spending, one restaurant giant is struggling while rivals scoop up diners' dollars.

Last week, McDonald's reported its global comparable sales fell again, dropping 0.7 percent in the second quarter. Meanwhile, comps at Burger King rose 6.7 percent in constant currency while Arby's comps rose 7.6 percent during the second quarter. Several other large restaurants are also showing positive growth.

"It seems like the only big player doing negative numbers, period. They're in a healthy market but they're not participating in that market," said David Palmer, analyst at RBC Capital Markets, in a phone interview...

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ASC Reports Increased Sales Growth and Logo Recognition Among EU Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 29, 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) says its certification program is effectively promoting higher farmed seafood consumption in the European market. 

Research carried out by the ASC in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, shoed how retailers embraced the logo for responsibly farmed seafood with a total of 1,174 ASC certified products on sale. Dutch retailers currently offer 425 products, German retailers 415 products, and Swiss retailers 334 products. Globally, there are currently 3,231 ASC certified products available.

“As a young organisation, we are very pleased with these results, as our logo has been on packs for less than three years,” said ASC CEO Chris Ninnes...

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A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY Times]  By Ian Urbina  -  July 29, 2015

ABOARD THE BOB BARKER, in the South Atlantic — As the Thunder, a trawler considered the world’s most notorious fish poacher, began sliding under the sea a couple of hundred miles south of Nigeria, three men scrambled aboard to gather evidence of its crimes.

In bumpy footage from their helmet cameras, they can be seen grabbing everything they can over the next 37 minutes — the captain’s logbooks, a laptop computer, charts and a slippery 200-pound fish. The video shows the fishing hold about a quarter full with catch and the Thunder’s engine room almost submerged in murky water. “There is no way to stop it sinking,” the men radioed back to the Bob Barker, which was waiting nearby. Soon after they climbed off, the Thunder vanished below.

It was an unexpected end to an extraordinary chase. For 110 days and more than 10,000 nautical miles across two seas and three oceans...

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Pink Salmon's Food Source at Risk from Ocean Acidication  (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 29, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon diets take a direct hit. More after this 

Argue all you want about climate change – even a Toys R Us chemistry set will prove that the oceans are more acidic. Recent reports cited dissolving oyster larvae that are devastating west Coast shellfish growers. A new federal study reveals its first findings on how corrosive oceans are affecting sea life – and it points to big trouble for pink salmon. NOAA recently announced the first evidence that the high acid content in the Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming snails called pteropods. 

"You might say, who cares about pteropods? Well, it happens to be a primary food source for juvenile pink salmon. So you take away the pteropods and you take away the pink salmon." 

Mark Green is a marine scientist at St. Joseph's College in Maine. The tiny snails comprise 45% of the diet of pink salmon; they also are a food source for herring and mackerel...

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Florida Lobster Mini Season Officially Underway with Added Bonus This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WPBF-TV] - By Stephanie Berzinski -July 29, 2015 

Spiny lobster mini season is officially underway. The two day sporting event also has a lobster bonus round this year – one extra lobster for divers who remove at least 10 lionfish.
 
Lionfish are an invasive species that can have a potential negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat.
 
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is encouraging divers to pull double-duty and remove some lionfish when they’re in the water looking for lobster. The first 100 to report success...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Season Ends in Success
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gourmet News] July 29, 2015 
 
There was much anticipation going into the 2015 Bristol Bay sockeye season this year, with some 54 million sockeye salmon forecasted to return.  While the final return of sockeye may fall just short of the pre-season forecast, the 2015 sockeye season was a historic one, with a much higher than average return and a surprisingly late, long run.  As of July 26, 51 millon sockeye salmon returned to Bristol Bay with 35 million of those fish harvested. The peak of Bristol Bay’s run came in about 10 days later than usual this year.
 
“The season started slow and there was a lot of nervousness on the water, but, as always, the salmon came swimming home on their own schedule.  And when they finally did show up, they came by the tens of millions!  We had a few rough weather days, but it ...

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Supervalu Posts Higher Q1Earnings and Says It May Spin Off Save-A-Lot 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - July 30, 2015 - 

Supervalu has begun preparations for a possible spin-off of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company.

“Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to continuing to explore ways to maximize value for our shareholders,” said Sam Duncan, Supervalu president and CEO. 

Save-A-Lot currently operates 1,335 stores of which 430 are corporately owned and about 900 are operated by licensee owners.

Supervalu also released its Q1 results for fiscal 2016, posting net sales of $5.4 billion and net earnings from continuing operations of $63 million, up from $48 million in Q1 of last year. All three business segments – Independent, Save-A-Lot and Retail Food – reported increases over the same period last year.

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WWF Formally Objects to MSC Certification of Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [WWF STATEMENT]  By Wetjens Dimmlich, WWF Indian Ocean Tuna Manager  -  July 30, 2015

[Editor's Note: In a June 25, 2015 statement on the World Wildlife Fund's website, Daniel Suddaby, deputy leader of WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative, said the certifier for the Echebastar purse-seine tuna fishery noted that "critical fisheries management and controls are not in place" but that the certifier "still inexplicably recommended certification of the fishery, based on the hope that one day the situation would be improved. Hope is not part of a credible certificate and this simply is not following the requirements of the MSC standard. It is shame we have had to go to Objection to fix what is an misapplication of the MSC standard.“ The author of the following statement said on June 25, “To those of us actually working on tuna in the Indian Ocean, any claim made to sustainable management in the Indian Ocean is an obvious and potentially dangerous misrepresentation of fact, and undermines the integrity of the MSC brand. We are looking forward to the results of the MSC Objection process.”  At issue is by-catch of juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tuna due to increased use of fishing aggregated devices (FADs), and the lack of managment controls. The WWF's most recent statement follows.]

 

In its Vision and Mission statement the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) promises to never compromise on the environmental standards they set...

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Young's Seafood Frozen Division Manager Wayne Hudson Departs Under Company Restructuring Plan


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 30, 2015

Young's Seafood Limited has announced a restructuring of its company management that will see the departure of Wayne Hudson, the company's Managing Director of its frozen business unit effective July 31.

In addition to Hudson's leaving, Young's restructuring plan will see Frank Green take up the role as Sales Director, while Steve Lidgett was named Director of Operations. The changes will be effective as of August 1.

According to Young's CEO Pete Ward, the company's management restructuring is part of its "One Young's" initiative that seeks to facilitate transparency, improve efficiency and drive functional excellence across its "back office." 

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SeaShare Successfully Completes 21,000 Pound Halibut Donation to Western Alaska Villages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 30, 2015

SeaShare has successfully coordinated the delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska.

The effort saw SeaShare work with the US Coast Guard, a number of Alaska seafood companies and regional carriers to deliver the processed halibut.

First, halibut processing was donated by Ocean Beauty Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods in Kodiak...

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Why Eating Fresh, Just-Caught Fish May Be a Thing of the Past
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Yahoo News] Gina Pace - July 30, 2015
 
What would you think if your raw sushi had actually been frozen for 15 hours or more before you ate it? If the Food and Drug Administration has its way, that’s how all uncooked fish in the U.S. will be treated.
 
For several years, the FDA has recommended that any fish that’s served in sushi, crudo, or ceviche be frozen for at least 15 hours or longer in order to kill potential parasites. But since the FDA leaves it to local health departments to enforce the recommendation, few cities actually follow it — until now.
 
Recently, New York City’s Department of Health decided to enforce the policy and other cities may follow suit. Many ...

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Oceana Again Sues NOAA over Bycatch Monitoring 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [GLoucester Times] By Sean Horgan - July 30, 2015 
 
Oceana, the maritime environmental group that successfully sued NOAA Fisheries in 2011 over its bycatch rules, is challenging the federal regulator of the nation's fisheries over its newest bycatch rule for the Northeast region.
  
Oceana again sued NOAA Fisheries on Wednesday, claiming the current bycatch reporting rule finalized last month for the region -- in part, as a response to Oceana's earlier legal victory -- is underfunded, uniformly inadequate for providing accurate information and in violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the ...

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Russia, Latvia to Discuss Safety of Fish Product Imports Next Week
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [2015 Sputnik] - July 30, 2015
 
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said Wednesday it was planning to hold technical consultations with Latvian colleagues on fish imports.
 
Rosselkhoznadzor imposed temporary restrictions on Latvian and Estonian canned and preserved fish imports on June 4 citing high levels of a toxic substance called benzopyrene.
 
"Relevant Latvian bodies, after preliminary consultations, immediately began fixing the discovered violations, and on July 23 submitted to Rosselkhoznadzor commentaries to the preliminary report," the agricultural watchdog said in a ...

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Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Forms Position to Give More Voice to Seafood Industry 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Star Democrat] By JOSH BOLLINGER - July 30, 2015
 
EASTON — Former Queen Anne’s County commissioner and waterman George O’Donnell has been brought onto the Department of Natural Resources’ payroll as a seafood industry and fisheries stakeholders liaison, of sorts.
  
O’Donnell has been in the position since July 8, and according to Maryland Watermen’s Association President Robert T. Brown, he’s already been working with the commercial industry to find solutions to their issues.
 
“We’ve finally got a friend up ...

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says All Maryland Crabs Are Born in Virginia - Turns Out He's Mostly Right

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Richmond Times-Dispatch] By Warren Fiske - July 30, 2015 -

Maryland crabs, Maryland crab cakes, Maryland crab soup...Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it’s all a sham.

"You know, Maryland talks about its crabs," McAuliffe said with a chuckle during a July 21 radio interview. "If anyone from Maryland is listening, I want to make this perfectly clear: All the crabs are born here in Virginia and they end up, because of the current, being taken (to Maryland). So really, they should be Virginia crabs."

We turned to Romuald Lipcius, a professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He told us  the moment of conception and birth -- which Lipcius says are interchangeable terms in the crab world -- almost always occur in Virginia. "The bottom line is that the governor is essentially correct," he said.

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Momentum is Gathering for International Agreement to Combat IUU Fishing 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 30, 2015 - 

Growing numbers of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fueling interest in how best to implement the instrument.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy, and its impacts undermines the way fish stocks are managed to make it a double concern around the world.

The agreement comes into force when 25 countries have deposited their instrument of ratification, known as acceptance of accession; so far, 12 countries have done so, the latest being Iceland in June. Two more states will soon join them.

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Juneau Cruise Line to Roll Out Electric Powered Catamaran for Eco-Tours (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 29, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Electric powered vessels could soon be coming to a harbor near you. More after this –

The nation’s first seagoing electric powered passenger vessel is set to launch next summer in Juneau.

The E/V Tongass Rain is a 50 foot, 47 passenger catamaran designed for eco-tours. It’s primary fuel will be rain -- delivered to the boat via Juneau’s hydroelectric power grid and stored in lithium batteries.

"The battery technology is amazing that the lithium batteries are less than half the weight of a traditional lead acid battery and provide three times the power and charge three times as fast."

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [2015 NPR] Clare Leschin-Hoar - July 30, 2015
 
Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a Vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.
 
This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can also hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.
 
Under current Food and Drug Administration rules, a single fish species can go by multiple names from the time it's caught to the time it ends up on your plate. Conversely, lots of different fish legally can be sold under a single...

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Western NGOs Back Tier 3 TIP  Ranking for Thailand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation]  -  July 29, 2015

Twenty-five Western NGOs have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry, supporting the State Department's decision to maintain Thailand's Tier 3 designation in the 2015 Global Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

They included Human Rights Watch, Green Peace and the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO).

The NGOs said the Tier 3 ranking, as well as the research and recommendations contained in the report, would "be an important tool to continue to press Thai authorities to enact more substantive reforms to end the labour trafficking that can be found in many sectors of Thailand's economy, including seafood".

The letter said the decision comes at a vital time for leveraging change from the Thai government in its anti-trafficking efforts.

"Last year's downgrade to Tier 3 in the 2014 TIP Report, the decision by the European Union to issue Thailand a 'yellow card' for its failure to adequately monitor its fishing industry...

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