Thu. Oct 30 2014

ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again  


Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever  


Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030


Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion


Several thousand Pakistani fishermen missing after cyclone Nilofar hits


GMA denounces Environmental Working Group "Food Scores" program


DineEquity raises year-end sales forecast for Applebee's


New Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment shows stunning improvement in abundance  


Wed. Oct 29 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down  


Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014  


AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine


Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings  


Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team


SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)  


Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling  


Growing Atlantic bluefin tuna stock raises possibility of increase in Canada's quota  


Canada's Kuterra gets a "Best Choice" rating from Monterey Bay for its land-raised Atlantic salmon


EWOS earmarks a few million dollars to upgrade newly acquired Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral


Gordon Food Service building $58 million North Carolina DC


Opposition to USDA designation of "Organic" for ocean farmed fish continues


Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner retires after 75 years hauling traps


Emergency ISA harvest underway at one of Chilean salmon producer Cupquelan's farming sites


Cameron Mitchell opens flagship Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills, NYC soon to follow


Northern Lights Seafood in Main Brook producing Newfoundland's first half shell scallops


Sealord signs quota pooling deal with iwi


Down East aquaculture research institute gets $2 million grant


China moving into the premium caviar market with Lake Hangzhou sturgeon


EC proposes reduced quotas, particularly for herring off Scotland and Ireland


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday October 29, 2014


Tue. Oct 28 2014

FDA promises answer to Congress soon on Alaska pollock nomenclature issue as pressure heats up  


Alarming new research suggests much of BP's spilled oil remains on the Gulf ocean floor


Threat to salmon in Southeast Alaska from BC copper and gold mines demands State dept. action


Bahamas cracks down on spiny lobster poachers with 30% production drop blamed on illegal fishing  


Young's sees surge in fresh fish sales, especially in branded items like Funky Fish


James Hook lobster company will use its prime Boston waterfront location to build a high rise


Halloween deadline set for PEI's lobstermen to vote on penny per pound marketing levy program  


Atlantic States MFC cuts Maine elver quota 17% for next year; is 2nd most valuable state fishery  


Plenty of Norwegian salmon is still finding its way into Russia  


Ocean acidification among NOAA's top priorities under agency's newest director (Fish Radio)


C&S Wholesale reported to be successful bidder for Associated Wholesalers (AWI)


NH fishermen make lucky rescue of crew of sinking boat off Gloucester, MA


Popeyes running new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp combo in November seafood promotion


Study: Sleeper sharks may kill Steller sea lions  


U.S., Japan, S. Korea remain largest importers of Vietnam seafood in Jan-Sept


Aquabounty fined $9,500 in Panama due to lack of proper discharge permits


Beaver Street, HJ Baker join GAA's ranks of Governing Members


Port Orford, Oregon, home to a Dungeness fleet, suffers $1 million worth of storm damage


Woolworths commits to sourcing all of its farmed seafood from ASC or equivalent standard by 2020


Jon Hindar not happy with Cermaq's Q3 results, particularly in Chile


Post-takeover, Rubio's is emphasizing grilled fish


Putin "recommends" that Kamchatka governor subsidize rail shipments of fish products


Denny's Q3 profit up 18.7 percent, best comps increase in two and a half years


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday October 28, 2014


Mon. Oct 27 2014

India seafood exporters say rate of EU rejections lowest ever, press reports painted false picture  


Worst congestion in a decade threatens retailer holiday shipments from Long Beach and Los Angeles


Shortage of tilapia seedlings reported in many Chinese provinces; tilapia price expected to rise  


Maine's lobster processors find lack of interested workforce in trying to expand operations  


FDA finds wholesale seafood products are labeled correctly 85% of the time


Thailand launches EU charm offensive to defend its shrimp industry  


Letters: Indian exporter says he was misquoted about rejections, antibiotics  


Russians report no salmon shortage, as third country imports soar; but 25% higher prices  


EMS disease still plaguing Thai shrimp, volume expected to drop to 200,000 tons this year  


Philippines rushes to pass tougher IUU law to avoid ban from EU on exports


India's MPEDA promises support to Vizag fishing industry devastated by cyclone


Japan may press Mexico to control IUU fishing by restricting imports of Mexican bluefin tuna  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 27, 2014


Vietnam upgrading Hon Ro Port with clean water for defrosting tuna for export


Demoulas Market Basket sales up sharply, opening first of five new stores


Arizona State tests show antibiotic levels in shrimp and seafood all in compliance under FDA regs  


South Carolina commercial shrimp fishing off to better start as industry gets past disastrous 2013  


NOAA reduces king crab mortality off Kodiak coast by removing abandoned "ghost pots" (Fish Radio)


Rome Packing recalls some Jonah crab leg meat products for listeria, no illnesses reported


Louisiana shrimp catch reaches pre-Katrina mark; September haul is 7.9 million pounds  


Maryland DNR survey finds healthy level of striped bass reproduction


Century Pacific Food, Philippines largest canner, joins ISSF


Major salmon farmers plan to restrain growth to reduce risk despite growing demand  


Feds approve Postal Service test of grocery delivery


Fri. Oct 24 2014

Proposed lobster levy will not be implemented on Nova Scotia's catch this winter  


Possible Bristol Bay Salmon buyback program to be discussed at Fish Expo next month


CBP to pay crawfish processors $20 million from import duties, says Landrieu  


Generally positive outlook for Chile's aquaculture industry highlighted at opening of AquaSur 2014


Kroger Is Suddenly Whole Foods' Biggest Threat; will be nation's top seller of organic food in 2 yr


New buyer considers using OCI's former Newfoundland plant to process sealskin


US and Canadian fishing groups will discuss BC mines in Trans-boundary meetings (Fish Radio)


Seafood.com News summary Friday October 24, 2014


Dillingham renews efforts to annex Bristol Bay's Nushagak district to impose landings tax


Singapore fish farms turn to direct home delivery to compete with lower cost Malaysian counteparts


Newfoundland to continue with Gulf of St. Lawrence halibut stock tagging program


Norway's Research Council invests $2 million to study possibility of using insects in fish feed


Australia's Torres Strait Rock Lobster fishery still lacks management plan  


With sales booming, Captain D's reboots corporate-store development plan


As Chinese demand drives up spiny lobster values, California moves to to curb poaching  


Maine lobsterman fined $50,000, loses license for 3 years for catching undersized lobster


SW Nova Scotia lobster dock prices now at CA$4.75 per pound after brief spike last week  


Australia's southern bluefin tuna quota raised 10 percent  


Rubio's brings back Langostino Lobster Burrito  


BJ's Q3 profit up almost 78 percent as comps turn positive


Brooklyn, NY man gets jail time and fine for $510,000 worth of illegal fluke


Thu. Oct 23 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 23, 2014


NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study


Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed


West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought  


Days after deploying to Cold Bay for fishing season, Coast Guard medevacs injured crab crewman


Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week


OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut  


Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels


Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight


US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens


Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Welfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest


Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line


Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report  


Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections   (1) 


ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)


McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea


Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA


FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales


Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any


Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells


Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales


Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna


Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch


US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline


Ottawa restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries


Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen


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ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - October 30, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures.

A technical committee that advises ASMFC regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee's report says "long-term trends in environmental conditions'' are unfavorable for the shrimp."

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section had closed this year's shrimp season for the first time in more than 30 years and is set to vote on next year's season on Nov. 5...

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Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saigon Times Daily] By Ngoc Hung - October 30, 2014 -      

HCMC, The total area for tra fish farming in the Mekong Delta rose by 1,000 hectares in the third quarter this year to 7,000 hectares, which is the largest area for tra fish in the region ever, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

By summing up statistics of each province in the delta, the ministry estimated a total tra fish area of over 7,000 hectares and a combined output of 890,000 tons in the January-October period. The expansion is attributed to the increase in prices of tra fish, which has helped growers earn profits.

The expansion and reduction of tra fish farming area in the Mekong Delta in the past years have depended on fish prices. When the price is lower than the production costs, growers will halt their business and when it is higher, they will quickly expand the farming area.

 

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Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advertiser] By Nigel Austin - October 30, 2014 - 

The rising popularity of seafood will lead to the need for an estimated 30 to 40 million tonnes of extra seafood globally to meet consumer demand by 2030, according to a new report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

Chinese consumption of seafood is forecast to reach 37.7kg per person this year, up 57 per cent from 2000. “Most Chinese seafood consumption is still based on low-value domestically raised product, but more significant is the expected growth in demand for higher-end seafood products, many of which will need to be imported,” Matt Costello, an animal protein analyst, said.

The report, co-authored by Rabobank’s Gorjan Nikolik, said global growth in seafood consumption was driven by factors such as perceived health and wellbeing benefits and a rise in the popularity of seafood-rich Asian cuisine.

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Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - Oct. 28, 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut is gaining market share in New England and points south on the east coast, despite the huge increases in price as the Pacific halibut season winds down.

In late August, we reported on the convergence of prices for fresh halibut at the Fulton Fish Market for Atlantics and FOB Seattle for Pacific halibut. Prices remained closely tied, with prices for...

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Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] - October 30, 2014 - 

The world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market, Tsukiji, located in central Tokyo, is to move to a new location in two years.

The 431 billion yen ($4 billion) transfer to more current facilities will free up valuable Tokyo seaside real estate and allow a modernization plan for the site ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Yet, it is a controversial move for more reasons than one.

Tsukiji, owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is currently sandwiched between the Sumida River and the expensive Ginza shopping district.

The new space will be nearly twice as big, a more sanitary facility with temperature-controlled buildings, cold chain and processing infrastructure and ample parking for transport vehicles. It will have expressway access.

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Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Oct 29, 2014

According to a statement from VASEP reported in the National Times, Vietnam's shrimp producers have been able to dramatically expand output this year. With a relatively short supply of shirmp due to diseases in Thailand and China, Vietnam has seized an opportunity.  

Vietnam has rapidly increased proactive farming area to take this opportunity, especially in the Mekong Delta provinces....

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Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

A surge in larger sized lobster landings out of the Bay of Fundy and ahead of Canada's comparably larger November openings, has contributed to an unusual decline in the live market for Select sized product to start the week.

Yesterday, traders reported to Urner Barry that prices for live, Select-sized lobster in New England fell 10 percent or $0.75 per pound compared to last week’s figures.

This drop in Select prices is quite substantial and has been attributed to landings out of Canada’s Bay of Fundy fishery...

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Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - Oct 29, 2014

In Guangzhou around 20% of the salmon have entered the market through smuggling.  This was determined after an investigation into the sales of Norwegian salmon in the region.
    
There are only 15 supplier partners of Norwegian salmon who have been certified by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in Guangzhou. 
 
So where has the large amount of salmon in the market come from? 
 
Earlier in the month Guangzhou Daily has published an article titled “The salmon sales has dropped by half in Guangzhou owing to the online rumor that salmon is related to Ebola virus” and it has drawn the attention of a lot of consumers, who inquired this reporter about the salmon’s place of origin. So with these questions in mind, the reporter has been visiting the markets during the past few days and found that most salmon in Guangzhou have been from Norway, Canada and Chile. But because the local consumers think that Norwegian salmon are better than the others, some sellers have been lying about the source of their salmon.....

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Growing Atlantic bluefin tuna stock raises possibility of increase in Canada's quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - October 29, 2014 - 

Atlantic bluefin tuna numbers are up, according to the latest scientific review of the stocks, and Canada believes an increased catch is possible.

The study was done in preparation for meetings of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna next month, which will set fishing quotas for the next two years.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesman Frank Stanek, in an email to CBC News, said Canada is encouraged by the new report.

“[It] indicates the stock has grown substantially in recent years and could support a moderate quota increase,” wrote Stanek.

Katie Schleit of the Ecology Action Network said she is hoping ICCAT will not repeat the mistakes of the past and increase the quotas.
 

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EWOS earmarks a few million dollars to upgrade newly acquired Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Diario Financiero] by Juan Manuel Villagran S. - October 28, 2014

Fresh off its $183 acquisition of Pescanova's Chilean subsidiary Nova Austral, Norwegian fish feeding company EWOS said it will invest a couple of million dollars to improve Austral's operations, which includes the installation of a new farming operation in the Tierra del Fuego region.

According to Austral's newly appointed general manager, Nicos Nicolaides, Tierra project will take about two years to complete and will cost about $2 million to build...

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Opposition to USDA designation of "Organic" for ocean farmed fish continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Take Part] By Steve Holt - October 29, 2014 - 

You can find signs of the increasing availability of organic food all across the grocery store—from the organic beef at the butcher counter to the organic apples in the produce section.

Still, the booming sector, which has climbed from around $20 billion in sales in 2008 to an estimated $35 billion this year, has yet to touch every aisle. Consumers looking for certified organic seafood, for example, are perpetually disappointed—because it doesn't exist.

The United States Department of Agriculture has yet to establish the standards for domestic seafood raised organically.

That could change as early as next year, when the USDA’s National Organic Program is expected to finalize an organic standard for seafood. Some organic advocacy groups, however, believe that while an organic label for fish is absolutely necessary, it should not apply to seafood raised in ocean-based farms.

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Emergency ISA harvest underway at one of Chilean salmon producer Cupquelan's farming sites

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 28, 2014

Chile's national fishing authority Sernapesca has confirmed an outbreak of ISA at a farming operation beloing to Cupquelan, a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture.

Under Chile's stricter disease protocols, Cupquelan started harvesting the fish from the infected ponds in central Ballena 4 over the weekend under strict biosecruity measures. So far, no reports of visible signs of the disease, nor mortalities have been associated with this outbreak.

Cupqulan operates its salmon farms in southern Chile in the Cupquelan Fjord.
 
In addition to the immediate harvest, officials with Sernapesca have begun testing the health status of surrounding farms in the region.

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Northern Lights Seafood in Main Brook producing Newfoundland's first half shell scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by Adam Randell - October 29, 2014 - 

Newfoundland and Labrador now does half-shell scallops. The first samples of the wild-harvested product rolled off the conveyor on Thursday at Northern Lights Seafood in Main Brook.

Plant employees, receiving on-the-job training, were busy preparing 1,600 pounds of scallops as a test product for potential buyers.

Unlike regular scallop processing, which is the white meat only and prepared by the harvester, the plant oversees the processing, which involves halving the shells, leaving all contents within (except the pancreas), cleaning and placing them into 12-pound boxes. The uncooked scallops are then air-blast frozen.

Project consultant Danny Dumaresque said the biomass of the species is quite healthy. “Right now there is a 1,000-tonne quota that has not been harvested in 20 years,” he said.

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Sealord signs quota pooling deal with iwi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Desk] By Paul McBeth - October 29, 2014 - 

Sealord has signed a quota pooling deal with three separate iwi collectives which will see New Zealand's second-largest fishing company share profits obtained from the catching, processing and selling of the fish.

The Nelson-based company has signed five-year arrangements with the Top of the South Collective, which includes Ngati Koata, Ngati Tama and Te Atiawa iwi, The Te Atiawa Taranaki and Te Kupenga o Maniapoto which gives Sealord the annual catch entitlements (ACE) of the iwi in a profit-sharing deal, they said in a joint statement.

The quotas will mean up to 4,800 tonne of hoki, orange roughy, southern blue whiting and alfonsino will be caught on Sealord's vessels, and will also provide iwi members fishing scholarships and employment opportunities.

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Down East aquaculture research institute gets $2 million grant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Bill Trotter - October 29, 2014 - 

BEALS, Maine — The nonprofit Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education has received a $2 million grant that will be used to expand the institute’s facility on Great Wass Island.

The grant, awarded by Blue Hill-based Next Generation Foundation, will be used to construct additional space for research, including more storage for live marine organisms and more square footage for processing samples collected at sea and along the shore and "the grant will allow DEI to expand research opportunities in eastern Maine for marine scientists and their students, to create new opportunities for marine business incubation, and to increase the scope of existing educational programs with K-12 schools,” institute officials indicated.

Dr. Brian Beal, institute director, said, "Few marine scientists venture this far east because they have no facilities from which to conduct their work.”

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China moving into the premium caviar market with Lake Hangzhou sturgeon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [T Magazine] By Elaine Sciolino - October 29, 2014 -

Caviar has lost its national identity.

Over the years, caviar-producing wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea have been poached, smuggled and overfished to the brink of extinction. Sturgeon fishing fell under a series of strict international quotas and in 2008 was subjected to a global ban by CITES.

China, meanwhile, is moving forward rapidly in caviar farming, and eventually could come to dominate it, thanks in part to freshwater Lake Hangzhou. The water of this 221-square-mile lake is pure, its currents strong. Sturgeon are housed in huge cages that can be raised and lowered to a depth of 164 feet to keep them cold. “It’s a great beginning, and it’s approaching what you used to find in the Osetra or the Caspian,” says Raphaël Bouchez, Kaviari’s president.

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EC proposes reduced fishery quotas, particularly for herring off Scotland and Ireland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Julia Fioretti - October 29, 2014 - 

Brussels, The European Commission fishery quota proposal sets the limits on the total amount of fish that can be caught by European Union fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea in 2015 to enable Europe's depleted fish stocks to recover from decades of overfishing.

The Commission, the European Union executive, proposed a cut in the catch limits for 40 stocks, such as cod from the Irish Sea, and an increase for 29 stocks, including lobster from the Norwegian Sea.

"For some stocks in a poor state, the picture remains alarming," the Commission said in a statement.  For some types of herring off the coasts of Ireland and Scotland quotas were cut to zero, meaning that only by-catches will be allowed. "Cod in the west of Scotland is a real problem, with extremely high rates of discarding, and is still at risk of collapse," according to the proposal.

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James Hook lobster company will use its prime Boston waterfront location to build a high rise with large seafood restaurant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross - October 28, 2014 

The family that owns the James Hook & Co. seafood store in Boston wants to build a residential tower and restaurant on the property that would fill in one of the last development sites on the downtown waterfront.

A rendering of the project shows a 22-story glass building on Atlantic Avenue at the entrance to the Seaport district with a 9,000- square-foot Hook seafood restaurant on the ground floor. The new restaurant would offer outdoor dining on a deck perched over Fort Point Channel.

Known for their lobster rolls, the Hooks have operated a seafood store on the property since 1925. Fire destroyed the original building in 2008; a small one-story building currently sits on the site.  (The building also housed a significant lobster wholesale tank room facility. -KWC)

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AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

AquaBounty has responded to a number of critical news reports about its genetically modified salmon operations after the company was fined by Panamanian officials for violating environmental regulations related to its water use and discharge practices. In its statement AquaBounty said reports of the violation were exaggerated and were not indicative of the regulatory standards the company operates under.

This week Panama's Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (CIAM), the Panamanian National Environmental Authority, fined Aquabounty $9,500 for failure to have secured proper water discharge and water use  permits prior to beginning its operations...

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Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 29, 2014

Sanford Limited today announced its new senior executive team designed to support a customer-focused domestic and international value-add strategy.

The company also announced the retirement of Vaughan Wilkinson, GM Marketing and Development.

CEO, Volker Kuntzsch, who joined Sanford in December 2013 from senior international seafood industry roles. said, "Sanford is among the largest international fishing quota holders...

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SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 29, 2014 

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska hauled in the most salmon of any other region this summer –narrowly edging Prince William Sound by just 404,000 fish. The numbers are preliminary, but state figures show that the Panhandle produced a catch of just over 49 million salmon and just under that at the Sound. Notably, nearly 44 million of the Prince William Sound salmon were pinks.

Bristol Bay ranked third in terms of salmon totals at nearly 31 million fish – all but two million of the fish were sockeyes – the reigning salmon catch in the state! 

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Canada's Kuterra gets a "Best Choice" rating from Monterey Bay for its land-raised Atlantic salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Observer] October 28, 2014

Canada's first land-raised Atlantic salmon has achieved the top sustainability ranking issued by the world's leading independent eco-ranking program.

KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon has received the highest ranking issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. It gives KUTERRA salmon a Seafood Watch and SeaChoice green, "Best Choice" recommendation. It also makes the product Ocean Wise...

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Gordon Food Service building $58 million North Carolina DC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Independent Tribune] By Michael Knox - October 29, 2014 - 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., Gordon Food Service has announced plans to build a $58 million, 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Kannapolis that will lead to 275 jobs with an expected annual salary of more than $12 million, officials said.

Kannapolis City Council unanimously approved an incentive agreement at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night that will allow the company to move forward on locating here.

Gordon Food Service is also opening facilities in Aberdeen, Maryland; Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

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Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner, retires after 75 years hauling traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Falmouth Forecaster] By David Harry - October 29, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, David MacVane, 81, is a Cliff Island native, one of three owners of Portland’s Widgery Wharf. He recently retired from a life of lobstering that began when he was 5.

MacVane lives in Windham. Until a couple of years ago, he was hauling the maximum 800 traps allowed by law, even after heart surgery, a new knee and cortisone shots in his shoulders.

His wife of 57 years, Patricia MacVane, died Aug. 12. Shortly after, he decided to step off his lobster boat, Empty Pockets, and into life on solid ground.

Tucked between Union and Chandler’s wharfs, Widgery Wharf dates to 1776 and remains a working waterfront, to the pride of MacVane and a co-owner Peter Kelly. The partners resisted sales offers, such as the one that led to the construction of the Chandlers Wharf condominiums.

“We wouldn’t sell. ‘You can’t buy us out, you haven’t got enough money,’ we’d say,” Kelly recalled.

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Cameron Mitchell opens flagship Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills, NYC soon to follow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Columbus Business ] By Dan Eaton - October 29, 2014 -    

Cameron Mitchell opened the first of a pair of high-profile Ocean Prime restaurants today

With the 11th Ocean Prime restaurant open now in Beverly Hills and a 12th in the works for Manhattan, Ocean Prime is set to attract a lot more eyes and appetites.

Mitchell said future target markets include Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Naples, Florida.

The Beverly Hills site at 9595 Wilshire Blvd. is just off Rodeo Drive and the Manhattan restaurant, opening next year, will be at 123 W. 52nd St. and Avenue of the Americas.

So far the chain has been averaging $7 million in sales per unit.

 

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FDA promises answer to Congress soon on Alaska pollock nomenclature issue as pressure heats up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NJ Daily] by Marina Koren - October 28, 2014

Not all Alaska pollock comes from Alaska.

Some of the fish, a source of deep pride for Alaskans, is harvested in Russian waters. Some is caught off the coast of Japan and Korea. But no matter its origin, federal regulations allow any walleye pollock distributed, sold, and consumed in the United States, whether in the form of fish sticks or a miso-glazed filet, to bear a label that calls Alaska home...

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Alarming new research suggests much of BP's spilled oil remains on the Gulf ocean floor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Examiner] - October 28, 2014 - 

Forty percent of the oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe was not consumed by bacteria and did not stay on the ocean’s surface due to the use of dispersants. The oil sank to the ocean floor and remains there today.

New research conducted by David L. Valentine with the University of California at Santa Barbara and colleagues proved that as much as forty percent of the oil still remains on the ocean floor.

This is the first study that confirms beyond reasonable doubt that a large portion of the oil spilled in the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still resident on the ocean floor. The fact that a marker for biodegradation was used as an indicator of the presence of oil shows that some kind of ocean life has been consuming the oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico...

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Threat to salmon in Southeast Alaska from BC copper and gold mines demands State dept. action

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Fish Factor]by Laine Welch - Oct 28, 2014

 - Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next door neighbors to shoot outs over inter-state grazing rights in the old west. But when land and water rights pit one country against another, that’s when things really gets tricky.

That is the situation in Southeast Alaska, where residents find themselves downstream from several massive open pit gold/copper mines being developed in bordering British Columbia. The mines are located in the headwaters of some of Southeast’s largest and most productive wild salmon rivers: the Taku, Stikine, and Unuk.
 
Canada operates under different permitting and environmental rules than the U.S. and currently, no safeguards are in place to protect Alaska waters and fisheries from chemical and heavy-metal contaminants leaching from the B.C. mines. Recall the Aug. 4 tailings dam breach at the Mt. Polley mine, and it’s easy to understand why Southeast residents are seeing red.
 
“Right now the U.S. and certainly Alaska have no say in how these watersheds we share with Canada are developed...

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Bahamas cracks down on spiny lobster poachers with 30% production drop blamed on illegal fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tribune] by Natario McKenzie - October 28, 2014

Fishermen yesterday said the recent capture of two Dominican fishing vessels was proof the Royal Bahamas Defence Force could be effective in curbing poachers if given the necessary resources, as they revealed crawfish yields were down by up to 30 per cent.

Speaking with Tribune Business, Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance president Adrian Laroda said: “This last arrest is further evidence of the problems that we have been facing. Every week we are seeing more vessels and larger vessels coming into the country...

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Young's sees surge in fresh fish sales, especially in branded items like Funky Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Evening Telegraph] by David Laister Oct 28, 2014 

SEAFOOD bosses at Young's are celebrating a staggering 21 per cent growth in chilled sales in the past year.  This follows strong growth for the company's chilled line in 2013 as well. 
 
The independently-verified figures value the Grimsby-based brand's position in the refrigerated aisles at £50 million, and includes 40 different ranges.
 
Chilled fish sales rocketed in the UK in the middle of the past decade, before the recession hit, slowing the growth dramatically. Today's figures underline how many may feel sales may be back on track, with chilled a vital element of Grimsby's seafood cluster status, as the shelf life limitation demands processing is as close to the customer as possible.
 
Coated fish and the Funky Fish Kitchen range are being credited with driving the march...

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