Tue. Jul 26 2016

Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits


Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts


Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026


Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016


Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery


Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132%


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 26, 2016


Mon. Jul 25 2016

Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public  


Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year


Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is only Market to See Real Growth in May


Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week


Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings


NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 25, 2016


Fri. Jul 22 2016

Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties  


Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast  


Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1  


Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 22, 2016


Thu. Jul 21 2016

MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement


Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time   (1) 


Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track


WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 21, 2016


Wed. Jul 20 2016

Pacific Seafood Hopes to Ship More Live Crab to China Using Cathay Pacific's Direct Flight from PDX  


Seacon America Launches THE CRAB Brand of Pastuerized Mexican Blue Crab Meat  


Long John's Brings Back $1.99 Meal Deal Featuring Alaskan Whitefish


Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Down Over 3% in 2016  


Preferred Freezer to Open 4th Houston Area Cold Storage Facility Next March


Melanie Siggs Named GAA's Director of Strategic Engagements   (1)


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Takes East Coast Promotional Tour to Washington DC


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 20, 2016


Tue. Jul 19 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 19, 2016


Fortune Fish Completes Deal to Buy All Assets to Minneapolis' Coastal Seafoods


Japan's Live Russian Crab Imports Down Sharply Since Anti-IUU Fishing Pact


CP Foods Sets Up Corn Processor for Indian Shrimp Feed Producers, Also Planning Shrimp Plant


India Expects to Improve Shrimp Broodstock Production Through Foreign Investments


Pew Wants Two-Year Fishing Ban on Pacific Bluefin Tuna With International Management Adrift


Alaska Senate Adjourns With no Budget Fix and 36 Months Left in Savings


Orca Bay Announces Five Internal Promotions in Executive Management Shuffle


Minh Phu Gets Zero Duty Margin After US and Vietnam Settle Shrimp Dumping Disputes


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Marine Harvest to Leave SalmonChile Over Disagreements on Regulations, Harvest Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By John Sackton - July 26, 2016

Per-Roar Gjerde, General Manager of Marine Harvest Chile, announced that Marine Harvest will withdraw its membership from SalmonChile over disagreements on how salmon farming should be regulated.

 
SalmonChile has argued that current government harvest limits are too low, and wants more flexibility to increase density.  They have also opposed a court order to report on antibiotic use by individual companies.
 
"Marine Harvest and SalmonChile disagree on how this important sector of the Chilean industry must move forward and improve in the future. Therefore, it is better for both sides to finish our membership," said Gjerde.
 
Gerdje said they had discussed their proposals on several occasions with SalmonChile...
 

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Peru Likely to Close Anchovy Fishing, Leave Half the Quota in the Water as Reproduction Cycle Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Peru’s commercial anchovy landings for the first fishing season of 2016 are at about the halfway point of the allowable quota but the fishery has now entered its reproduction stage, which is likely to force an early closure.

Reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed.

The season started on July 1 after a stock assessment showed the fishery’s biomass at 7.28 million metric tons. That figure was roughly 65 percent higher from the biomass at the beginning of May and 14 percent above the historical average between 1994 and 2015...

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Gulf of Mexico Council Extends Ban on Issuing Commercial Shrimp Fishing Permits to 2026

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council finalized an extension on a moratorium from issuing commercial shrimp fishing permits in the Gulf to 2026.

The Amendment17A rule will take effect on August 22 and is an extension to a ten year ban that was originally entered in the region’s commercial Shrimp Fishery Management Plan in October 2006 and was slated to expire this fall.

The rule was passed in an effort reduce the number of participants in the shrimp fishery to increase the profitability of the industry...

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Guolian Credits Better Shrimp Sales to US and Chinese Markets for Swing to Profitability in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Translated by Amy Zhong - July 26, 2016

Guolian Aquatic is expected to post increases in net income and profits for the first half of this year through improved shrimp sales to the US market.

According to a preview of Guolian’s performance through June, the company will post between a 117 and 129 percent increase in the net income of its operation.

The company said its profits should be between 7 and 12 million, which marks a swing in profitability for the operation compared to 2015...

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Salmon Chile Makes Final Appeal to Try and Keep Chile Antibiotic Usage by Company Not Public
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews/TechnoPress] - July 25, 2016

Chile's salmon producers used the highest amount of antibiotics per kg of salmon produced since 2007 during 2015, according to a report published by Sernapesca responding to a court order, instigated by Oceana. 
 
Sernapesca had published an annual report with the aggregate levels, but in June of this year, they published a detailed breakdown of antibiotic usage by company and growing area.
 
This is what is being objected to by Salmon Chile.  The director of Sernapesca José Miguel Burgos said "There is growing concern from the public regarding the production processes of this industry, and it seems important to respond to this interest with the utmost transparency."
 
Some companies already publicly report their antibiotic usage...

 

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Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery

 

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Indonesia's Squid Shipments to China Up 132% 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPPAM] Translated by Amy Zhong with additional content by Michael Ramsingh - July 26, 2016

Indonesia’s seafood exports to the Chinese market are up sharply in value this year mostly driven by higher squid shipments.

Through April, Indonesia’s seafood shipments to China are up 46.5 percent by value to US$112.31 million. The figure accounts for about 5 percent of China’s imported seafood value, which makes Indonesia the fifth largest seafood exporter to the market.

Squid shipments are credited for the increase this year. Indonesia’s squid shipments are up over 132 percent compared to the first four months in 2015. Indonesia now accounts for over 47 percent of China’s total squid imports and the largest supplier to the market.

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Competing Proteins: Beef, Pork and Egg Markets Slide Last Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jamie Chadwick - July 25, 2016

This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.

Demand for boxed beef remained suppressed last week. Oppressive heat and humidity across many regions of the U.S. played a role in lackluster retail business. Devalued middle meats forced carcass cutouts lower. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, fell 2.84% last week while Select was down 2.34%...

 

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Chinese Tilapia Prices on the Rise in July as Wet Weather Slows Growth, Stalls Plantings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 25, 2016

A decline in China’s tilapia supply has most prices in the market are on the rise in July and trending higher compared to levels from the same time a year ago.

As of July 18, China’s tilapia price index for smaller sized fish was up about 4 percent from the week prior and trending just slightly under levels from last year at this time.

Meanwhile, the index for larger sized tilapia is up 3 percent from last week and 2 percent from last July...

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NOAA Asks for Fisheries Proposals, Has $10 Million in S-K Funding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - July 25, 2016

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced approximately $10 million available to support fisheries projects through the 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition. 

The solicitation for proposals opened on Grants.gov on July 22, 2016, and will close on December 9, 2016. 

New for this solicitation is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal.

Pre-proposals for the 2017 SK solicitation are due on September 20, 2016, and should be sent via email to NMFS.SK.PreProposals@noaa.gov.

The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities

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MSC Moves to Certify Supplier Labor Practices as Part of Chain of Custody, Certification Requirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis and Commentary] By John Sackton  July 21, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council was founded on a simple idea: that global fishery management laws were insufficient for long-term sustainability of stocks, and therefore market pressure by NGOs on large retailers and consumers could create sustainable fisheries, even where governments fail to act.

This approach was largely successful, because governments, the FAO, International organizations and NGO’s all recognized that upgrading fishery laws to require catch limits, science based management, and limited entry was necessary to preserve the health of commercial fishery stocks.

The MSC was swimming with the tide in the 1990's and capitalized on this immensely.  They developed a complex standard, auditing practices, and helped spawn a certification industry in seafood that now extends far beyond the MSC.

Yet now, in major Western Countries, the tools for sustainable fishery management are largely in place, ...

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Workshop Urges India's Shrimp Farmers to Modernize Operations to Defend Against EMS, Other Diseases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jagdish Kumar - July 22, 2016

A workshop held by India's Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture urged the country's farmed shrimp industry to adopt safety protocols to reduce and control the threat of shrimp EMS and other diseases among operators.  

The national consultation on EMS was held in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu state.

Till today, India has an EMS free status, the workshop was conducted to develop a National Action Plan to prevent the possible introduction of the bacterial pathogen causing EMS to India...

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Pacific Seafood Hopes to Ship More Live Crab to China Using Cathay Pacific's Direct Flight from PDX

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS By Susan Chambers - July 20, 2016 

Cathay Pacific Airways and the Port of Portland are expanding their freight services to Hong Kong in November - and that could open new markets for West Coast seafood. Two flights per week from Portland, OR are currently scheduled pending government approval.

The new Portland service would operate as part of a Hong Kong - Anchorage - Los Angeles - Portland - Anchorage - Hong Kong route every Thursday and Saturday...

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Seacon America Launches THE CRAB Brand of Pastuerized Mexican Blue Crab Meat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2016

Maruha North America Group's subsidiary Seacon America added a line of pasteurized, all-natural blue crab meat from Mexico. 

Seacon will sell the product sourced from the Sea of Cortez under THE CRAB brand. The crab is a Callinectes species, which is usually sourced from the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 

The company is selling the crab packed in 6-pound cans. It is available for wholesale purchase in all the major crab meat grades including Jumbo, lump, special and claw meat...

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Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Down Over 3% in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 20, 2016

Alaskan pollock surimi production from this year's "A" and "B" seasons topped 100,000 tons at the start of July, which is down over 3 percent from this time last year according to figures from NMFS.

Production reached 10,000 tons in a single between the last week of June and start of July. Still, combined surimi production out of Alaska is down from last year. 

Surimi production has trended lower all season according to NMFS figures. June totals were down 35 percent last month...

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Preferred Freezer to Open 4th Houston Area Cold Storage Facility Next March

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2016

Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) announced its plan to open a fourth location in the Houston area that will take advantage of the higher volumes of goods entering the US market through Houston's ports. 

The Houston Gulf Coast facility will be located in Pasadena, Texas and is scheduled to open in March of next year. The completed freezer will boast 9.6 million cubic feet of space and 25,760 pallet positions. Additionally, the facility will feature multi-temperature capability as well as blast freezing capabilities; 18 dock doors; a 90-foot deep dock, and an oversized truck and container drop lot for easy truck loading and unloading. 

The facility, which is Preferred's 37th warehouse in the US, will offer full USDA import and export capability and include a multi-purpose room for additional value-added services. Consistency and product integrity will be maintained by a full on-site generator backup...

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Takes East Coast Promotional Tour to Washington DC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 20, 2016

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) continued with its East Coast promotional tour this week as it met with some of Washington DC's notable chefs to market Maine lobster.

On July 18th the Collaborative partnered with celebrity Chef Kwame Onwuachi of the soon-to-open The Shaw Bijou to host a number of DC's most prominent chefs and media members. Together the Collaborative and Chef Onwunchi promoted the versatility of Maine lobster in the foodservice industry...

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Newfoundland's Dorset Fisheries Plant in Trinity Bay Burns to the Ground 

A massive fire has destroyed the Dorset Fisheries processing plant located in the Newfoundland town of Trinity Bay. caught fire, which spread throughout the facility within minutes according to the town's fire chief. Plant manager Terry Reid said 70 to 80 people had been working at the fish plant, processing capelin. Nobody was injured in the blaze. At peak production, the plant employs about 240 people. This is the second fish plant in Newfoundland to catch fire this year since the Quinlan Brothers snow crab processing plant was destroyed in April.

Shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico through June are up sharply compared to last year’s figures but buyers and processors indicate that the catch is lacking in several key market sizes and shrimp types. Landings have so far consisted of a lot of larger sized white shrimp while Louisiana's brown shrimp season was mostly a bust. Additionally, the catch has mostly consisted of larger sized shrimp and white shrimp, this has put upwards pricing pressure on many smaller count varieties and for brown PUDS.

In other news, Bristol Bay's total sockeye run has reached the ADF&G's forecasted 46.55 million run projection. Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon.

Meanwhile, Sweden will have a tough time proving to a WTO Panel that imported North American live lobsters pose an environmental threat and should be banned from their market. We run a legal analysis of the case that shows precedents exist where the WTO requires reasonable scientific evidence to support such bans.

Finally, Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the golden king crab season in the Aleutian Islands. The catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds. Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate TAC for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for IFQ holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for CDQ holders. West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).

Have a great weekend.

 

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Captain D's Names Longtime Pollock, Flounder Supplier Southstream Seafoods Vendor of the Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - July 25, 2016

Rhode Island seafood distributor Southstream Seafoods was named Captain Ds’ Vendor of the Year last week.

This is the first time Southstream was honored with the distinction by Captain D’s. Southstream has been a supplier to the major seafood chain for over 15 years.  The company supplies over 500 Captain D’s stores with dusted pollock and it is also the chain’s sole flounder provider.

Southstream’s President Mark Soderstrom said the award was unexpected.

Southstream has been in business since 1989 and distributes seafood under the Frostmark, Thorfish and I&J brands...

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Chile's Los Lagos Salmon Producers Say China is Only Market to See Real Growth in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Technopress]  July 25, 2016

China is becoming a more important market for Chile Salmon producers.  An example of this is contained in the latest (May) export report for the region of Los Lagos (region X).  Although China's purchases are still small in total volume, they are up 260%, vs declines for the US, Japan, and Brazil.

The United States accounted for 42.1% of total exports in salmon (US $ 83.7 million), decreasing the value of its shipments by 5.7% in twelve months.  Japan accounted for 10.2% of salmon exports, decreasing 25.8%.   These year on year declines are mainly due to the decrease in export volume both countries.

Brazil, third with 8.7% share, saw shipments decrease 47.6%, ...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Up Sharply YTD But is Short On Brown and Smaller Sized Varieties

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 22, 2016

Shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico through June are up sharply compared to last year’s figures but buyers and processors indicate that the catch is lacking in several key market sizes and shrimp types.

Through June, Gulf landings are up 18 percent from last year at 35.2 million pounds. Landings out of key producing states Louisiana and Texas were each higher from monthly figures compared to last year.

However, federal landing statistics do not break down the haul by type or size. This is where reports suggest several issues with the haul that are impacting the markets...

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Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

As of two days ago, the total run (catch and escapement) of Bristol Bay sockeye had reached 45,964,457 salmon, so it’s a safe bet that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s forecasted 46.55 million has been met by now.

Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon. Those escapement totals will have increased by today and could exceed the forecast yet.

The University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute's (FRI) forecast for the run was 50.9 million fish, slightly larger than ADF&G's and the second biggest by FRI. The main difference between the two forecasts was FRI estimates more 2.2 age class sockeye...

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Aleutian Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 1

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Peggy Parker - July 22, 2016

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the golden king crab season in the Aleutian Islands.  Catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds.

Aleutian Islands golden king crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for individual quota (IFQ) holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for community development quota (CDQ). West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).

The season opens at noon on August 1 and will close on April 30, 2017.

Catcher-only vessels are required to carry an observer for 50% (by weight) of their harvested golden king crab during each of three trimesters (August 1 to October 31, November 1 to January 31, and February 1 to April 30). Catcher-processor vessels are required to carry an observer for 100% of all fishing activity...

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Plan Wants to Shift Mid-Atlantic Scallop Season Start Date to April 1 to Get Stock Data in Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 21, 2016

The New England Fishery Management Council submitted a proposal to NMFS that asks to shift the start to commercial scallop fishing in the Mid-Atlantic fishery one month to April 1.

According to the Council’s plan, moving the start of the fishing season is so federal and third party researchers have more time to submit stock assessment findings so a comprehensive fishery management plan can be agreed upon prior to the season.

It would also reduce the need to for mid-season adjustments, which happens when stock data is submitted past deadline...

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Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - July 21, 2016

Halibut landings in Alaska through July 21 totaled 10.6 million pounds, about 60% of Alaska’s catch limit of 18.2 million pounds.

In British Columbia, year to date halibut landings are 2.9 million pounds out of a total catch limit of 6.1 million, or about 45% of the annual quota.

Homer, AK is so far the port with the most commercial halibut deliveries to date -- 1.65 million pounds were landed there as of yesterday.  Kodiak is not far behind, with 1.59 million pounds, followed by Seward with 1.4 million pounds. Last year, Kodiak bested Homer with 2.8 million pounds delivered, compared to Homer’s 2.6 million. Yakutat and Cordova round out the top five Alaskan ports receiving Pacific halibut deliveries.

Sablefish or black cod landings in Alaska have reached 11.7 million pounds as of July 21, or 57% of the annual catch limit...

 

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WesPac Defensive About Proposed Monument Expansion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Susan Chambers - July 21, 2016

The marine monument fight is not over. In addition to seafood industry battles on the U.S. East and West Coasts, Hawaii also is fighting to retain access to fishing grounds.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in June proposed expanding the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) fourfold.

In his letter to Pres. Barack Obama, Schatz stated, "Greater marine protection for the [Northwest Hawaiian Islands] and its surrounding waters will protect their unique ecology and their historical and cultural value, but this region also supports a variety of Hawai'i residents and businesses. I will not support an expansion proposal that does not adequately take these interests into account. Recreational and subsistence fishing; cultural practices and ocean sports; and commercial longline fisheries -- these traditional and customary practices all depend on access to and use of waters that currently lie outside the PMNM."

However, repeated requests by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to Schatz and Pres. Obama to discuss the proposal have gone unanswered, according to a Council press release.

"We are dismayed that you did not consult with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council prior to distribution of your letters ...

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Long John's Brings Back $1.99 Meal Deal Featuring Alaskan Whitefish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 20, 2016

Long John Silver’s will bring back its $1.99 Fish and Fries Meal Deal for a limited time from July 25 through September 25 at participating locations. 

The meal includes a piece of wild-caught Alaskan whitefish hand-dipped in signature batter and lightly fried to golden perfection with a side of natural-cut fries.

“For almost five decades our customers have told us they can’t resist that crunchy, cravable signature battered fish.” said Marilyn Nicholson, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions. “At this price, you can buy a full meal with the change you shake out of your beach towel.”

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Chile Salmon Output Falls 24% to 650,000 tons; May go Lower As New Regulations Implemented 

Chile announced new regulations that will reduce fish densities in salmon pens by 27 percent in a move that is expected to cut Chilean salmon output permanently. Chilean salmon production this year is already projected to fall to its lowest level since 2011 because of a severe algae bloom that ravaged major producing sites in March and April. But the density regulations prompted Marine Harvest to withdraw from Chile's major salmon association SalmonChile. The company said the measures are not enough to make the industry more sustainable. "The industry really needs predictable, sustainable regulations ... the regulation that is coming does not go in the right direction," said Marine Harvest Chile's Managing Director Per-Roar Gjerde. The company said it wants a stricter mandate to cap Chile's overall salmon production at 400,000 metric tons annually.

The Baffin Fisheries Coalition, the largest harvester of shrimp in Canada's North, is leaving the Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) — the organization that represents the territory's offshore fishing industry. Baffin is leaving the Association after the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board said it will take a 30 percent portion of Baffin's Northern Shrimp quota in the Nunavut Settlement Area and give it to a competitor, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, for the next two years. "We were not able to agree because some members of NOAHA are benefiting from our reduction so it was sort of going nowhere," said Methuselah Kunuk, vice-president of the Coalition. "I wish them good luck, but I think we can have more of a voice without them."

In other news, Former Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo completed his treatment for alcohol addiction, his office said in a statement Monday.  “After completing my treatment for alcohol addiction, I wish to invite my constituents to an open house where I will be available to address their concerns as I resume my duties as their member of Parliament," TooToo said in the official statement. Officials in the Prime Minister's Office declined to comment on Tootoo's anticipated return to work.

Meanwhile, reports from Peru’s Ministry of Production (IMARPE) say 850,000 metric tons of Peru’s commercial 1.8 million metric allowable anchovy catch have been landed. However, data indicates that the fishery has entered its reproductive cycle, which should force a closure as per the fishery's management plan.

Finally, federal prosecutors dismissed conspiracy charges against Debra Messier, the longtime bookkeeper for Carlos Rafael. The motion likely clears Messier of potential penalties — pending a judge's ruling — ahead of Rafael’s federal trial, slated for January 2017 at U.S. District Court in Boston. Prosecutors said Monday’s dismissal motion was filed “in the interests of justice.”

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Melanie Siggs Named GAA's Director of Strategic Engagements

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 20, 2016

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) named Melanie Siggs to a new position within the organization as the Director of Strategic Engagements.

Siggs role will be to create products and services that meet the GAA’s goal of adding value, and values, to the organization’s proposition while advocating, educating and demonstrating best practices. 

She will look at the development of non-core activities, identify opportunities to work with new partners and help lead teams to develop proof-of-concept work, prototypes and pilots...

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Vietnam Fires Fisheries Officials for Falsifying Certifications for 800 Aquaculture Products 

Vietnam's Director of Aquaculture and five other employees working in the department were fired after an investigation discovered an alleged conspiracy where companies could pay to obtain environmental certification for substandard aquaculture products. Bui Duc Quy, the aquaculture director, along with five co-conspirators were found taking money from companies in exchange for fake, illegally issued certifications for products that could be used in farmed fish operations. According to investigators, the scheme created and issued false certifications to 140 animal feed products and another 668 products used to treat farms between 2013 and 2015. Some of the accused denied they were guilty saying they were just following orders, while others said the corruption was not limited to Vietnam's Aquaculture division.

Groundfish fishermen in the Gulf of Maine are testing an automatic jigging machine that allows them to target pollock in the water column and avoid protected cod stocks. The machine is on loan to the region's fishermen from The Nature Conservancy. "This project is really about helping fishermen target those healthy stocks (of fish) while avoiding the codfish to allow them to rebuild," said Geoff Smith, marine program director at the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "We really feel that these jigging machines, if fished properly, can be selective and have minimal impact on the seafloor. ... And if they work for fishermen, we think they could be a real game-changer."

In other news, Chilean farmed salmon association SalmonChile made a final appeal to prevent the country's producers from having to publicly disclose the amount of antibiotics they use in their operations. In June, fishery officials at Sernapesca published a detailed report on antibiotic usage by company in response to a court order to make the information available. Some companies, including Marine Harvest, already report their antibiotic usage publicly. However, SalmonChile argues companies should be allowed to keep the information secret based on a claim of 'constitutional inapplicability.'

Meanwhile, First Nation fishermen in Southwest Alaska are blaming the Coastal Villages Region Fund for the suspension of all commercial fishing activity in the Kuskokwim area this season. The season was closed for the first time since Alaskan statehood since a buyer was not found for the catch. Coastal Villages said the shutdown was a difficult, but necessary decision in order for it to continue to fund other projects in the region.

Finally, Rhode Island seafood distributor Southstream Seafoods was named Captain Ds’ Vendor of the Year last week. Southstream has supplied Captain D's for over 15 years, distributing dusted pollock and flounder to the chain's 500-plus stores nationwide.

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