Wed. Apr 1 2015

Corps Sending Two Dredges to Reopen Clogged Oregon Inlet


Largest Fish Trawler Geelong Star Arrives in Australian Waters


Lionfish Festival Benefits Heights Foundation


Label With Environmental Impact Information for Aquaculture Produce


Eel Group Hopes to Develop U.S. Eel Aquaculture As Stocks Improve


Vietnam's Q1 Pangasius Production Off 10 Percent From Year-Ago


A&P Officials Mum on N.Y. Pathmark-Waldbaum's Ad Flyer Combo


ASMFC Menhaden Board Considering Quota Changes Based on New Stock Data


Norway Licenses Two RAS Land Based Salmon Farms


New York Extends Bay Scallop Season Through April


Alliance Select Shareholders Approve Stock Rights Offering


As Maryland Blue Crab Season Opens Oceana Reports Widespread Mislabeling is Likely


Tue. Mar 31 2015

Alaska's Sockeye Run Projected at 59 Million Fish, Highest Since 1995 (Fish Radio)  


Despite Status Quo on Inshore Northern Shrimp Quotas, FFAW heads to Ottawa to Argue for Adjacency   (1) 


P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Vote to Market Own Product


Amendment 80 Captain Gives His Take on Halibut Bycatch issues in 2 part Op-Ed  


Bumble Bee to Promote Dietary Committee's Higher Seafood Consumption Recommendation with Partnership


Just Concluded Surimi Price Negotiations Show Increases for 4 Seasons in a Row  


LA and Long Beach Ports Plan to Optimize Supply Chain and Operational Efficiency


Russia Considering Setting Up State-Owned Atlantic Salmon Hatcheries  


SE Alaska's Commercial King Salmon Trollers Wrap Up Quickest Season in a Decade with Strong Catches   (2) 


Softer Restaurant Sales Offset By Stronger Optimism in February's RPI


Sea Shepherd Calls for Military Vessels to Apprehend Pirate Toothfish Vessel


North Carolina to Consider Bycatch Reduction Strategies, Gear Changes for Shrimp Trawlers  


Sakhalin Salmon Forecast to be Lower than in 2013, with Pinks at 144,000 tons  


Peru's AquaPesca to Supply US Market with World's First ASC Certified Scallops


Government Retrieves Thai Fishermen Stranded on Ambon Island


GAA Says Fair Labor Practices is Key Component of the BAP Certification Program


Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Caused Lasting Damage


Chatham, MA Fights US Fish & Wildlife Service over Access to Traditional Town Fishing Grounds


Clam Shack Built from Containers, Planned for Developing Area of Portland, Maine


Eastern Shore MD Tilapia/Barramundi Fish Plant Being Auctioned


Ivar's Will Try $15 Wage With No-Tipping Policy


Gefilte Fish Ingredients in Short Supply This Year


Nireus Aquaculture Significantly Reduced its Loss Last Year


For First Time in 30 Years Two Japanese Whalers Return from Antarctic Empty


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 31, 2015


Mon. Mar 30 2015

Rising Surimi Prices a Bright Spot for Pollock Producers as A season Fillet Production Falls  


Frozen Canadian Lobster Sales Booming to China, as Category Takes Off  


Lack of Crawfish Peelers Due to H-2B Breakdown May Cost Half the Season's Revenue  


Far East Fishery in Turmoil as Sakhalin Ex-Governor Arrested for Resisting Mafia Whitefish Interest


As Concern Grows Over Sustainability of Halibut Stocks, a Bycatch Compromise Remains Elusive  


Catfish Continues to Swim to the Top of U.S. Aquaculture and Mississippi Agriculture


Florida's 2014-15 Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Ending with Lower Catch But Record Prices Overall  


Newfoundland's 3Ps Fishermen Jockeying for Inshore Take of Cod, with Halibut Bycatch  


Louisiana Shrimpers Told to Expect More Black Spot and More Price Competition from Imports This Year   (1) 


Maine's $7.46 Million Scallop Harvest is Second Most Valuable Haul in Three Decades  


Meat and Poultry Markets Mixed Last Week, Seasonal Patterns in Play


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Takes Quota in Seven Days  


Ethnic Dried Fish Distributor LA Star Seafood Shut Down by Court Order


Four Seasons Shrimp Company Continues Land-Based Shrimp Farming Movement in Minnesota   (1) 


Despite Fourth Quarter Slump, Aquachile Posts 6% Gain in 2014 Sales


Senate Approves Funding for NE Fisheries Observers in Fisheries Subject to Disaster Declaration


NE Lawmakers Mold Multistate Ocean Acidification Reduction Plan Around Maine's Model


ASMI Petitions USDA to Include Alaskan Salmon in Women, Infants and Children Program (Fish Radio)  


Emile Breaux Named President/CEO of Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge


Salmon Farmer Tassal Defends Environmental Record


New Dietary Guidelines Recognize Value and Importance of Farmed Fish


Heiltsuk Take Over DFO Office to Stop Herring Fishery  


Future of New England's Shrimp Fishery to Be Debated at Public Hearing  


India's Seafood Exporters Want Ban on Shark Fin Exports Lifted


Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 30, 2015


Fri. Mar 27 2015

Feds Urged to Consider Alaska's Crab Fishery in Their Plan to Combat IUU Fishing  


Alaska's House Fisheries Committee Votes to Merge Costly Commercial Fishing Commission with ADF&G


Federal and Provincial Governments Support 7 New Brunswick Oyster Producers with $1.4 Million  


Higher Shrimp Sales Help Mexico Post Higher Than Expected Trade Surplus in February  


Mexico's Baja California State Aquaculture Charter Seeks to Ensure Operations Fit FDA Standards


B.C. Herring Battle Escalates as Heiltsuk Nation Mobilizes Boats to Defend Herring Fishery  


Japan Says South Korea's Radiation Concerns are Unfounded, Asks Again to Lift Seafood Import Ban


B.C. Government Issues New Comprensive Fish and Seafood Act


Sen. Cantwell Urges Funding for Acidification Research Important to Shellfish Industry


Thailand Promises Swift Legal Action Against Any Fishing Companies Using Illegal Labor


EWOS Develops Fish Feed that Naturally Increases Sea Lice Resistance in Farmed Salmon   (1)


Coast Guard Getting AK's Older Fishing Vessels Up-to-Date on Modern Safety Regs (Fish Radio)


Nireus Aquaculture Restructuring Gives Creditor Banks 75 Percent of Equity


4,000 Foreign Migrant Fishermen Said to be Stranded on Remote Indonesian Islands


Former Bubba Gump Shrimp CEO Named Interim CEO of Ruby Restaurant Group


NRA Finds Sustainability is Among Top 2015 Restaurant Trends Among Consumers and Chefs Alike


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 27, 2015


Thu. Mar 26 2015

PEI Opens $50,000 Fund to Help Lobster Industry Increase Live Holding Capacity  


Rep. Don Young's MSA Reauthorization Bill Focused on Flexibility and Science   (1)


Maine Legislator Wants to Restrict Scallop Harvest Despite Dramatic Recovery  


AP News Investigation Renews US Pressure on Thai Government to End Labor Abuses in Seafood Sector


P.E.I. Counting New Lobster Marketing Board Votes on Monday


BBRSDA Founding Board Member, President Robert Heyano Resigns


Anchovy Season Underway in Peru's Southern Region with TAC Up 60%; Northern Fleet to Start April 10


Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting


Leaner Kraft-Heinz Operation Could Reduce Broker and Sale Support for Retailers


Vietnam's Tuna Industry Learning Better Handling Techniques to Improve Exports  


Climate Change Slowing Down Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Escalator


Bonefish Grill Earns MenuMasters Award from Nation's Restaurant News


Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Aleutians Marine Sanctuary


China's Pingtan Fleet Operating in Indonesian Waters Cooperating with Government's IUU Crackdown


Nauru Agreement Chief Rebuts New Zealand MP's Criticisms


Defense Contractor Lockheed Sets its Sights on Fish Farming


Canada's Lake Erie Commercial Fishery Needs Some Recognition


Why Chipotle Doesn't Serve Seafood


Illegal Pakistani Fishing Nets Depleting Marine Turtle Population


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 26, 2015


Wed. Mar 25 2015

VIDEO: Ray Hillborn Comments on What Makes a Sustainable Fishery


TUF Drops Supplier Named in AP News Slavery Allegations


Preferred Continues US Expansion with First Pacific Northwest Facility in Lynden, WA


Kraft to Merge with Heinz Creating Food Colossus


Copper River - Prince William Sound Marketing Association Gets a Green Light  


Epic Chase of Toothfish Poacher Thunder From Anarctica to West Africa Continues  


Disturbing AP Investigative Report Asks, Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?


Maine Baseball Team Says PETA Overstated its Role in Lobster Switch from Bean  


Overturned Salmon Truck Reveals Seattle's Serious Transportation Challenges  


Kodiak’s ComFish 2015 in 36th Year


Norwegian Seafood Industry Braces for Total Ban on Salmon Imports into China  


Giant Eagle Voluntarily Recalls Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy Allergen


Louisiana's Sediment Diversion Tests During Critical Brown Shrimp Grow-Out Period Puzzles Some


West Alaska Mariculture Initiative Hopes to Capitalize on Growing Overseas Kelp Markets (Fish Radio)


Rhode Island Researchers Testing Probiotics to Protect Young Oysters from Vibrio tubiashii


Tasmania's Thriving Salmon Farms Undergoing Senate Scrutiny  


Agencies Weighing Next Steps in Columbia River Gillnet-Replacement Fisheries


Thai Government Assisting Thai Fishermen in Indonesia


Loss of All But One Bluefin Tuna at Tokyo Aquarium Shows How Tricky Breeding Technology Is


Two Enviro Groups Claim EU Continues to Overfish its Stocks


Scotland's Scrabster Seafood Expanding into Crab Processing  


James Beard Foundation Names 2015 Award Nominees


P.E.I. Premier Stresses Need for Temporary Foreign Workers in Seafood Plants to Ottawa


Classification Society Develops Mandatory Rules to Make Newly Built Fishing Vessels Safer


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 25, 2015


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Alaska's Sockeye Run Projected at 59 Million Fish, Highest Since 1995 (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 31, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The forecasts are out for Alaska’s 2015 salmon season. That’s up after this 

Alaska is expecting another bumper run of salmon this summer, with reds and pinks driving the numbers. State fish managers on Friday announced early projections for an Alaska harvest of 221 million salmon, for all species but Chinook. Those catches are still being computed. That compares to a 2014 salmon harvest of 158 million fish. 

Alaska’s regional catch projections for this summer are up across the board. A quick breakdown by the McDowell Group shows...

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Despite Status Quo on Inshore Northern Shrimp Quotas, FFAW Delegation head to Ottawa to Argue for Adjacency

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - March 31, 2015

The DFO announced Northern Shrimp Quotas, and as previously reported the quota in Area 6 will stay the same, at 48,196 tons.  The allocation between inshore and offshore will also remain the same as last year.
 
In the Far north, Area 0 will remain the same at 500 tons, area 4 will get 14,971 tons of Pandalus borealis, plus another 4,033 tons of P. montagui which is often mixed in with catches in this area.  Area 5 will see a slight increase to 23,300 tons, the same ...

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P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Vote to Market Own Product

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - March 31, 2015 - 

Lobster fishermen across Prince Edward Island have voted to take the marketing of their product into their own hands.

They want to create a lobster commodity board and voted 76 per cent in favour of it. About 650 fishermen were registered to vote.

Ian MacPherson, the executive director of the Prince Edward Island's Fishermen Association, said having their own board would allow them to have more input and be a part of the solution against low prices...

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Amendment 80 Captain Gives His Take on Halibut Bycatch issues in 2 part Op-Ed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  March 31, 2015  [Opinion] by Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes is captain on the Vaerdal, a 124-foot catcher processor owned by United States Seafoods, one of the larger companies in the Amendment 80 Coop.  As the Council begins working on draft documents about halibut by catch, a number of Amendment 80 Captains have been publicly testifying about their need for halibut and their view of the history of their halibut bycatch allocations.  The Opinion piece below, which we will run in two parts, is based on Bill Hayes' testimony before the council in January. 

I have participated in the groundfish fisheries from the very beginning. After starting my career crabbing, I moved to a Joint Venture catcher boat in 1983 before being hired on to captain the Vaerdal, a 124 foot trawl catcher/processor in 1986.  I have worked there ever since (closing in on 30 years).  I’ve been part of the agony and ecstasy of an industry that has gone through extraordinary changes.  Extra ordinary has been our response to changing regulatory requirements. 

In 1988, when halibut bycatch quotas were initiated for the trawl fleet, we lobbied for a cap that would float based on the biomass of the halibut stock.  That was summarily dismissed and a fixed, hard cap was instituted.   It was anathema to the halibut interests that our fleet might benefit from a potential increase in the stock.  It was much easier to pick a number and call it good. 
 
Of course, now that stocks are falling, we’re hearing a very different story.  While a fixed cap might insulate the halibut fishery from trawlers in a rising biomass, it also insulates trawlers from any effect they have on the biomass.  That’s not good for anyone, especially trawlers.  

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Bumble Bee to Promote Dietary Committee's Higher Seafood Consumption Recommendation with Partnership

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 31, 2015

Bumble Bee is taking a proactive role in promoting the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recommendation that pregnant women should a minimum of 2 to 3 servings of fish each week through a partnership with C&J Nutrition.

Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee revised their nutritional advice for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding to suggest they eat at least 8 to 12 ounces – 2 to 3 servings – of fish each week. The Committee's advice is expected to be adopted and included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

Bumble Bee will promote this shift towards more seafood consumption through a partnership with nutrition consultants Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh of C&J Nutrition...

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Just Concluded Surimi Price Negotiations Show Increases for 4 Seasons in a Row

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - March 31, 2015

The higher production of surimi by the US pollock producers that we highlighted yesterday is being driven by a series of favorable changes in market conditions, from the Alaskan point of view.
 
Prices for standard A grade surimi were set at 380-400 Yen / kg, according to sources, which is about 50 yen higher than the B season price.
 
This is the largest increase for the seasonal negotiations in the past two years.
 
Several factors are driving the price up....

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Rising Surimi Prices a Bright Spot for Pollock Producers as A season Fillet Production Falls

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - March 30, 2015

Japan is proving to be the best market for pollock producers these days, and they are taking advantage of this by increasing surimi production and dropping block and fillet production.
 
With about 86% of the A season pollock quota taken through March 21st,  total surimi producction is up 6.3% through March 22nd, compared to production on March 21st last year.
 
Meanwhile, deepskin production is off 13.6%, and PBO block production is down 9.3%.  Overall, total harvests are down about 2% from the prior year at this time.
 
With strong price resistance in Europe due to the weakened Euro, Japan has emerged as a bright spot....

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Frozen Canadian Lobster Sales Booming to China, as Category Takes Off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 30, 2015

China is becoming a key market for frozen whole cook Canadian lobster.  
Everyone knows the story of the rapid development of the live north American lobster market in China.
 
Last year, China imported more North American Homarus lobster than spiny or rock lobster for the first time ever, according to official Chinese customs data.
 
However, this data underplayed the importance of frozen lobster...

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Lack of Crawfish Peelers Due to H-2B Breakdown May Cost Half the Season's Revenue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advocate] By Mark Ballard - March 30, 2015

Going into what is supposed to be the biggest sales week of the crawfish season, processor Dexter Guillory, of Eunice, says he is nothing but worried.

One month into the peak season, during which the crawfish industry makes most of its money, an immigration kerfuffle has kept Guillory and most of the owners of the state’s dozen or so processors from hiring enough peelers.

Most of the workers come from Mexico and Central America. Without the peelers, the processors will stop buying as much crawfish from the fishermen.

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Sea Shepherd Calls for Military Vessels to Apprehend Pirate Toothfish Vessel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South China Morning Post] By Julian Ryall - March 31, 2015 -

Environmental campaigners Sea Shepherd have called on governments to use their warships to intercept a vessel wanted for poaching prized Patagonian toothfish in Antarctic waters, after the activists’ three-month pursuit of the rogue fishing boat.

The chase at the bottom of the world has taken on a desperate edge, with the captain of the stateless and unregistered fishing boat, the Thunder, reportedly claiming that one of its crew had attempted suicide.

Sea Shepherd said it believed the Thunder’s crewmen were being held against their will, and as slaves, they should be rescued by foreign navies. Sea Shepherd ships have been shadowing the formerly Nigerian-registered Thunder since it was first found using illegal gillnets to land toothfish on the Banzare Bank in Antarctica on December 17 .

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North Carolina to Consider Bycatch Reduction Strategies, Gear Changes for Shrimp Trawlers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [JD News] by Jannette Pippin - March 31, 2015

A meeting being held this week in New Bern will kick off an effort to study new methods and potential gear for reducing the bycatch of finfish in shrimp trawls.

A work group established by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, a day-long workshop that will include presentations by experts from North Carolina and other coastal states on the latest technology in bycatch reduction gear and experiences.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the History Center at Tryon Palace, 5295 Front St...

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Sakhalin Salmon Forecast to be Lower than in 2013, with Pinks at 144,000 tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews]  March 31, 2015

The Hokkaido North Pacific Development Association, which monitors Russian salmon projections, announced that according to Sakhalin fisheries authorities, the total salmon catch in the region in 2015, an odd numbered year, will be about 20% below the levels reached in 2013 which was  a record year.

The overall catch is estimated at 180,000 tons.  Pink salmon will be around 145,000 tons....

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Government Retrieves Thai Fishermen Stranded on Ambon Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thai News Service] - March 31, 2015 -

The government has successfully brought home 21 Thai fishery workers who were abused by human traffickers on Ambon Island of Indonesia while assuring that help is underway for other groups of victims.

After having been lured to work on fishing boats and fallen prey to human traffickers on Ambon Island, the 21 fishermen of Thai nationality safely arrived at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok Friday night. Among those giving a warm welcome to the group at the airport were officials from various agencies involved in the rescue, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, as well as families and friends.

 

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Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Caused Lasting Damage 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Bureau] by William E. Gibson - March 31, 2015 
 
Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining.
 
Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are still suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday.
 
The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the long-term damage affects spawning waters for many fish that migrate to South Florida, the Caribbean and along...

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Clam Shack Built from Containers, Planned for Developing Area of Portland, Maine 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Meredith Goad - March 31, 2015 -    

Chef Jason Loring and two business partners are opening a new clam shack at Thompson's Point in Portland that will be made out of renovated shipping containers.

"It's going to be a lot of really, really high-quality fresh seafood right from the water," Loring said, describing the menu at the new clam shack. "I've got a friend who owns a lobster boat who can literally pull right up to the point because they're going to build a dock.

He said,  "The sunset over there is beautiful....

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Ivar's Will Try $15 Wage With No-Tipping Policy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seattle Times] By Janet I. Tu - March 31, 2015 - 

There's been plenty of back and forth about how Seattle's minimum-wage law, which kicks in Wednesday, will affect restaurants.

Now an iconic Seattle restaurant is trying its own experiment, raising the pay of its lowest workers directly to $15 an hour, getting rid of tips, and raising the prices on its menu.

On Wednesday, Ivar's will raise the wages of about 100 employees who make less than $15 at its sit-down restaurant Ivar's Salmon House, at the north end of Lake Union.

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Nireus Aquaculture Significantly Reduced its Loss Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 31, 2015 -

Greek Sea bass and sea bream farmer Nireus Aquaculture reported that it has significantly reduced its 2014 loss from prior year.

The FY 2014 EBITDA loss was trimmed to 13.5 mln euros compared with 198.6 euros in the prior year.

FY 2014 turnover was below year ago at 195.2 million euros vs. 198.6 million euros in the prior year.

The 2014 net loss was 15.2 million euros compared with 75.5 million euros in the prior year and net cash on December 31, 2014 was 5.4 million euros up from 3.6 million euros in the prior year.

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Catfish Continues to Swim to the Top of U.S. Aquaculture and Mississippi Agriculture
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [National Agricultural Statistics Service] by Esmerelda Dickson, Mississippi State Statistician - March 30, 2015 
 
The Census of Agriculture is the most complete account of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Every Thursday USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will highlight new Census data and the power of the information to shape the future of American agriculture.
 
Mississippi, commonly called the “Magnolia State”, has long been one of the most rural states in the United States. However,...

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LA and Long Beach Ports Plan to Optimize Supply Chain and Operational Efficiency

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 31, 2015

Long Beach and Los Angeles port executives have met to discuss a comprehensive plan to improve the supply chain speed and operational efficiency of West coast hubs.

Executives held a kickoff meeting last week where they started to work together on cargo conveyance strategies that according to a City of Los Angeles statement. The plan calls for innovative approaches to improving the efficiency of marine terminal, trucking, rail and vessel operations. Discussions also revolved around legislative advocacy, security enhancements, infrastructure, technology and environmental improvements related to supply chain optimization.

"Our shared goal is to optimize the performance of the trans-Pacific supply chain," said Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup. "The San Pedro Bay has always been the fastest route between Asia and the U.S. and I’m confident we will find ways to significantly increase the velocity of goods movement and overall efficiency of our end-to-end system, thereby reinforcing our gateway as the No. 1 choice for shipments to and from Asia."

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Russia Considering Setting Up State-Owned Atlantic Salmon Hatcheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AK&M] - March 31, 2015 - 

Government-financed Atlantic salmon hatcheries may be created in Russia. According to a statement of Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery, Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, instructed fishery research institutions to prepare and present proposals on the possible creation of fish hatcheries at the subordinated scientific research institutions or fish breeding companies.

Such hatcheries are meant for the formation, maintenance and breeding of Atlantic salmon to provide commercial fish rearing companies with fish seed.

 

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SE Alaska's Commercial King Salmon Trollers Wrap Up Quickest Season in a Decade with Strong Catches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Public Radio] by Joe Viechnicki -  March  31, 2015

Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port now that the winter season has closed. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka.

The season was closed at midnight on Wednesday, March 25th. That’s the earliest closure on record by just over two weeks. 

“And the previous record for closing early was set 10 years ago, April 9th 2005,” Pattie Skannes, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s troll management biologist for Southeast...

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Softer Restaurant Sales Offset By Stronger Optimism in February's RPI
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM National Restaurant Association - March 31, 2015
 
Despite dampened sales and customer traffic levels as a result of extreme weather in parts of the country, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) held relatively steady in February.  The RPI stood at 102.6 in February, down slightly from a level of 102.7 in January.
 
In addition, February marked the 24th consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
 
“With same-store sales and customer traffic levels...

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Far East Fishery in Turmoil as Sakhalin Ex-Governor Arrested for Resisting Mafia Whitefish Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden  March 230, 2015

Moscow - Nothing in Russia is as its seems with the criminal justice system.  Now a popular ex-governor of Sakhalin has been arrested for bribery, in a charge that is believed to have been orchestrated by Mafia interests whom he refused to allow into the lucrative whitefish business in Sakhalin.  In short, after refusing their bribes, he has been accused of bribery.  Our correspondent in Russia reports.

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of a serious turmoil,  due to a recent arrest of Alexander Khoroshavin, a former Head of Sakhalin Oblast. He was accused of taking bribes, equivalent to $5.6 million USD. 
 
According to some officials in the government of ...

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As Concern Grows Over Sustainability of Halibut Stocks, a Bycatch Compromise Remains Elusive

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bristol Bay Times] by John Messick - March 30, 2015 

A lot has changed in Alaska since commercial vessels began fishing for halibut off the coastline in 1888, but in almost 130 years, halibut has remained a staple of the state’s fishing economy and culture. Along with salmon and crab, no species of fish captures the Alaska imagination and fills Alaska pocketbooks more than halibut. 
 
So it comes as little surprise that the Bering Sea fishery’s estimated 4.5 million pounds of halibut bycatch in 2014 has lot of people concerned. But figuring out how to lower that number without undermining profits in other ground fisheries is a ...

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Peru's AquaPesca to Supply US Market with World's First ASC Certified Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 31, 2015

AcuaPesca Group is the first bivalve farm in the world to get ASC certification for its five scallop farming operations based in Peru.

The scallop producer's farms entered into assessment in May 2014, tested against the ASC's Bivalve standards by independent, third party certifier Control Union. AquaPesca's operations were evaluated to determine if they met the criteria set out by the ASC, which included quantifying the farms' impacts on the benthic environment and defining limits to the ecosystem's carrying capacity. In addition, a social impact assessment was carried out to ensure the ASC's social requirements are met.

AquaPesca met the ASC's standards and now aims to supply  2000mt of ASC certified scallop to customers across France, Italy, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and other markets.

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GAA Says Fair Labor Practices is Key Component of the BAP Certification Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 31, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) reiterated its commitment to social justice as one of the key goals of its BAP certification program following another round of allegations of rampant labor abuse practices in Thailand's seafood supply chain.

According to the GAA it is fully committed to work with its clients to ensure the seafood sourced from overseas suppliers meets "standards for adequate wages, a safe and healthy working environment and the prevention of child labor and forced labor."

"For example, GAA is working collectively with IFFO, Lyons Seafoods Co., Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Tesco, Waitrose, M&J Seafood/Brakes Group and Direct Seafood to address the social concerns related to aquafeed production, agreeing to a position statement last year," the GAA said in a statement...

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Chatham, MA Fights US Fish & Wildlife Service over Access to Traditional Town Fishing Grounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] by Doug Fraser - March 31, 2015

With about two months to go before the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues its final management plan for the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, town and state officials are headed to Washington to meet with the state’s Congressional and Senate delegations to enlist their support.

“They (the Massachusetts delegation) are well aware that we are having a disagreement, but it’s important to put a punctuation mark on things we feel very strongly about,” Chatham Selectmen Chairman Sean Summers said.

The Monomoy refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan is intended to manage the thousands of acres spread out over several islands just south of Chatham, as well as a part of Morris Island, for the next 15 years. The refuge was originally created in the 1940s to protect migratory shorebirds, which stop over on their way to and from summer nesting grounds, as well as those that nest on the islands.

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Eastern Shore MD Tilapia/Barramundi Fish Plant Being Auctioned

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Star Democrat] - March 31, 2015 -

HURLOCK,  Waterland Fisheries, an indoor aquaculture facility in Hurlock, will be sold at auction on Wednesday, April 15. The auction will be held online by Tranzon Fox, a national auction company.

At its peak, Waterland produced more than one million pounds of live tilapia and barramundi annually and was the largest seafood producer in Maryland. Waterland ceased operation in July 2014 and the principal owner is retiring from the business, according to a ...

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Gefilte Fish Ingredients in Short Supply This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Newsday] By Erica Marcus - March 31, 2015 - 

One unexpected victim of February’s record cold is gefilte fish, the Passover appetizer traditionally made from ground whitefish, carp and yellow pike.

All three are freshwater fish from the Upper Midwest, and all three are in short supply this spring because the Great Lakes are still covered with ice, said Glenn Kaggen of Jericho, a third-generation fish wholesaler and owner of Classic Bay Seafood Inc. .

Passover starts at sundown on Friday April 3, and home cooks who are embarking on the laborious process of making their own gefilte fish should add “calling the fishmonger” to the list of tasks.

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For First Time in 30 Years Two Japanese Whalers Return from Antarctic Empty

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Maritime Executive] - March 31, 2015 -

For the first time in 30 years, two Japanese whale ships have returned from the Antarctic with nothing but whale skin samples. The 724-ton Yushinmaru and the 747-ton Daini (No 2) Yushinmaru returned to the western-Japan port in Shimonoseki, which is considered one of the leading whaling bases in the country.

This is the first time Japanese whale ships have returned empty handed since the country began its annual whale hunt in 1987.

This comes after the International Court of Justice ruled on March 31, 2014 that Japan was in violation of the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) with their ongoing whaling activities.

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