Sun. Apr 26 2015

Law Suit Would Halt New Red Snapper Quotas; La. Charter Captains Would Likely Suffer  


Fri. Apr 24 2015

PEI / New Brunswick Lobster Season Delayed, but Prices Already Making Seasonal Adjustment  


Volcano Calbuco Deals Damage to Chilean Salmon Smolt Stocks, Disrupts Some Shipping


Trident Opens Huge New Fishmeal Plant in Naknek


NL Shrimp Ctte in Ottawa says Last in - First Out worst option, sees some flexibility by Gail Shea  


Spot Prawn Recovery in Prince William Sound Due to Careful Management by ADF&G  


Gulf Shrimp Haul Up 5% in Q1 as PUD Prices Continue to Sink with Supply Ample Ahead of 2015 Season  


Letters: It's About Time FDA Cancels Enforcing Methyl Mercury in Imported Swordfish


Canadian Gov't will Support Extension of Oil Drilling Moratorium on Georges Bank


Southwest Alaska May Hold Key to Understanding Disease Plaguing West Coast Sea Stars


NE Fishery Management Council Votes to Keep Cashes Ledge in Gulf of Maine Mostly Closed   (0)


TUF Plans New Shrimp Plant in India, a JV With Avanti Foods


Chinese Chefs Developing Creative Lobster Dishes as Popularity Soars


Wild Atlantic Prawn Campaign Educated Young Chefs at Seafood Expo


NRA Restaurant Show Features Two Seafood Workshops


Fisheries Minister Says Ghana's Climate Good for Tilapia Cultivation


NZ Pleased as Maersk Adds 8,500 20 ft Reefer Units to Meet Demand


Ahold USA Testing and Developing an Urban Fresh Format


BJ's Q1 Net Income More Than Doubles as Comps Rise 3.2 Percent


ADF&G Hopes Website Will Clear Up Common Misconceptions of Tracking Salmon with Sonar (Fish Radio)


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 24, 2015


Thu. Apr 23 2015

Jeff Davis and Bregal Partners Purchase Peabody, with 8 Scallop Vessels; Davis to be CEO  


Santa Monica Expands West Coast Distribution with Purchase of Prospect Enterprises' Seafood Assets


Volcano Calbuco's Eruption Prompts Evacuation of Several Chilean Salmon Farms


FDA Cancels Enforcement of Import Alert 16-08 for Mercury in Swordfish   (1)


Tropical Aquaculture Partners With Ecuador's Ocean Farm to Bring Fresh, Farmed Cobia to US Market


WTO Rejects Vietnam's Challenge to Shrimp Duty Rates  


U.S. House Panel Advised of Modern-Day Slavery Issues Persisting in Thailand's Seafood Sector


BC's Land-Based Salmon Producer KUTERRA Reports Strong Retail, Fine Dining Sales in First Year  


Hatchery Salmon Helps Fuel One-Third of Alaska's Huge Runs (Fish Radio)  


White Spot in Kochi Area Blamed on Infected Shrimp Seedlings


Publix Makes Earth Day Donation to SFP for Farmed Shrimp Sustainabillity


SFP, ASC Lead Discussion of Aquaculture Industry's Role in Tackling Social Sustainability Issues


Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries Still Blames Imports for Low Prices After Loss at ITC


The Surprising Reason Why Arctic Warming Could be Worse than Previously Thought


European Pangasius Importers Call for Disclosure of Glaze Ratio and Humidity on Packaging


Federal Subsistence Board Keeps State Management in Yukon-Kuskokwim Area For Now  


Fishermen, Boat Owners, Trade Group Doubt Thailand Can Meet EU Deadline


Maine Member of NE Fishery Management Council Barred from Voting on Habitat Amendment


Kona Grill's Latest Menu Includes Rock Shrimp, Albacore and Yellowtail


Spain to Invest 421m Euros to Promote and Develop Aquaculture


Aquaculture Certification Council Certifies 8 Shrimp Farms in Belize


Gear Adrift Near Cooke Aquaculture Site Sparks Probe


Chipotle Q1 Comps Up 10.4 Percent Reflecting Higher Traffic and Menu Price Increases


New Atlantic Sea Scallop Rules Announced by NMFS  


UNH Has Developed New Method to ID Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in Shellfish


Sanford Heavily Invested in Mussel Spat Hatchery to Provide Reliable Spat Supply


Philippine Fishery Officials 'Disturbed' by China Reclamation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 23, 2015


Wed. Apr 22 2015

Copper River to Increase Capacity by 5 Million lbs of Sockeye with Purchase in Bristol Bay   (1) 


Ray Hilborn: Analysis Shows California Sardine Decline Not Caused by Too High Harvest Rate


Seafood Expo Global Turns in Solid Show Despite Transit Strike, Weak Euro


Newfoundland Harvesters Win Arbitration on Shrimp, Nflnd and Greenland Begin Shrimp Market Project


Sysco Files Objection to FTC's Move to Block US Foods Merger; Says Deal Boosts Industry Competition


A Dozen Coastal Alaska Legislators Ask Council for 50% cut in Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch  


MSC Global Meeting Hears Progress; Debate on Social Issues and Whether MSC Should Advocate


Prince William Sound Shrimp Season Underway for First Time in Three Years (Fish Radio)   (1) 


New Zealand Seafood Industry Mourns Loss of Philip Vela, a Bold Innovator


ASC, BAP, GLOBALG.A.P Complete Draft of Streamlined Set of Certification Standards


Thai Union and Charoen Pokphand Each Expect Little Impact from EU Yellow Card on Thai Fisheries


McDonald's USA Problems Continue as Q1 Comps Fall 2.6 Percent


Zoneco's Yesso Scallops are First Chinese Fishery to Earn MSC Certification


Salmon Brands' Salmaraw Sashimi Kit Takes Top Prize at 2015 Prix d'Elite Seafood Awards


Specialty Virginia Seafood Company's Blue Crab and Red Crab Pies Soon in Regional Whole Foods Mkts


Copper River Gillnetters Participate in Study to Find Health Risks Faced by Commercial Fishermen


Thailand Responds Urgently to EU Yellow Card on IUU Fisheries


Yum Brands' Pizza Hut and KFC Novelty fades in China


St. Bernard Parish Opposes Sediment Diversions That Could Undo Oyster Reef Restoration Efforts


Namibia: Lobster Vessels to Be Under Surveillance for Illegal Catches


Encouraging Signs for Australia's Squid Population


Washington’s Salmon Fisheries Set for 2015


Appetite for Gulf Seafood is Back, But the Crabs and Oysters Aren't


Brinker Q3 profit rises 16.3%, Comps Up At Chili's


Nova Scotia May Change Regulation of the Aquaculture Industry


Namibia Joins Canada and Norway in Challenging EU Ban on Seal Products


Tasmanian Government Backs Super Trawler as Fishing Sustainably


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 22, 2015


Tue. Apr 21 2015

Vietnamese Shrimp Having Tough Time Competing in US Market Against Lower-Priced Indian Shipments  


Alaska Budgets Set for ASMI and ADF&G


EU Gives Thailand 6 Months to Clamp Down on IUU Fishing Or Lose Market Access


DFO Announces Slight Increase to Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota   (1) 


WWF Warns about Tuna Commission's Relevance  


Sea Scallop Industry at Odds With NOAA on "Essential Fish Habitat" Closures  


Technomic Sees Opportunity For Seafood In Fast Casual Sector


Ruffner Appointment to Board of Fish Voted Down


Which Food Prices Are Rising Fastest (And Slowest) in Russia


Lobster Levy Enabling Legislation Introduced in Nova Scotia, But No Consensus Yet   (1) 


Steve Voisin Says Louisiana Seafood Industry is Having to Learn New Game Plan to Survive  


ASMI Recruiting Fishermen to be Alaska's Unofficial Seafood Ambassadors (Fish Radio)


Supervalu and Albertsons Reach Agreement on Winding Down Transition Services Agreement (TSA)


Officials Propose $134 Million in Gulf Recovery Projects


25 Salmonella Cases Possibly Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi in California


Leap in Sales Makes Salmon UK’s Leading Food Export  


High Price for Maine Elvers Holding as Fishermen Wait for Thaw


Share the Gulf Gears Up For New Fight Over Red Snapper


California's Drought Blamed for Just One Smelt Found in Sacramento Delta Survey


Firm Set to Build Satellites for Ocean Research


Mass Seal Slaughter as RSPCA Opts to Protect Fish Farms


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 21, 2015


Mon. Apr 20 2015

Birds Eye's Fish Finger Brand Iglo to be Sold to Nomad Foods in US$2.8 Billion Deal


Maine's Vendors Buying Canadian Coldwater Shrimp with Local Fishery Closed, Supplies Dry  


Sanford Closed Christchurch, NZ Mussel Plant Today, As Expected


Alarming Artemia Shortage Crimping Andhra Pradesh Shrimp Hatcheries  


Mass. Lobstermen, West Coast and Alaskan Trawler Groups Join Seafood Harvesters


National Fish Helps Another Indian Shrimp Producer Earn Four-Star BAP Approval


Spare Fleet Readies for Togiak Herring Season  


Red Meat, Poultry and Egg Markets Fairly Flat Last Week


Florida Eases Commercial Lobster Diver Rules


Mississippi Crab and Shrimp Fishermen are Still Reeling from Oil Spill Impacts


Nordic Fisheries' Peter Anthony Supports NE Council's George Bank, GOA Closure Proposals (Opinion)


Spokesman for New Zealand's Mussel Growers Dismisses Current Shortage as "A Blip"  


Boston Globe Sees Better News for New England's Fishermen


BP Really Wants You to Think the Gulf Is OK (Opinion)


NOAA Proposes Lifting Protections for Most Humpback Whales


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 20, 2015


Black Tiger Production Going Smoothly in India's Kerala Region  


Recreational Fishers Organize To Fight Australian Trawler


Irish Fishing Vessel Fined £7,324 for Illegal Take of Langoustine  


Consumer Reports Readers Pick Fondue Chain Melting Pot as Best Casual Restaurant Chain


UK Working Hard to Conserve its Limited Lobster Stock as Demand Soars  


Renowned Pianist-Composer Rzewski Plays Free Recital Upstairs at Wholey's Fish Market in Pittsburgh


Joe's Crab Shack Parent, Ignite, Overhauls Executive Team


Some Louisiana Oystermen Investing BP Checks in Cultch For Their Oyster Leases  


Whelk Shells To Be Used As Cultch in Barnegat Bay, NJ Oyster Restoration Project


Nissui Sees Opportunities for Traditional Japanese Cuisine in North America and Europe


Alaska At-Sea Processors say MSC is at 'Reputational Risk' After Tragic Sinking of Dainiy Vostok   (1)


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PEI / New Brunswick Lobster Season Delayed, but Prices Already Making Seasonal Adjustment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 24, 2015

The Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans announced a delay in opening the lobster season for the fishing areas in the Southern Gulf covering PEI, New Brunswick, and part of  Nova Scotia.  The opening is delayed because of ice in the harbors.
 
The delay affects Lobster Fishing Areas 24 and 26A in P.E.I., LFA 23 in northern and northeastern New Brunswick, 26B in the Pictou and Cheticamp areas of Nova Scotia and LFA 27 off Cape Breton...

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Volcano Calbuco Deals Damage to Chilean Salmon Smolt Stocks, Disrupts Some Shipping

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 24, 2015

Chile's farmed salmon producers are dealing with widespread impacts dealt to the industry's supply chain following this week's sudden eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano. Short-term shipping disruptions are expected, but major damage has been reported to farms closest to the volcano--specifically to Chile's stocks of salmon fry and eggs.

According to salmon association SalmonChile, eight salmon farms operate within the 12 mile danger zone...

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Trident Opens Huge New Fishmeal Plant in Naknek

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bristol Bay Times] by Hannah Colton (with KDLG’s Matt Martin) April 24, 2015

Bristol Bay’s newest processing plant, a multimillion- dollar fishmeal plant owned by Trident Seafoods of Seattle, will begin operations this month with herring serving as a test run. 
 
Last weekend, workers were wrapping up construction on the new fishmeal plant in Naknek. The facility was still enclosed by unfinished drywall and wooden stairs stood in place of a future elevator. Project Manager Bob Bates stood in front of the largest piece of machinery in the plant: a 50-foot, 60,000-pound dryer. 
 
Bates says the dryer, which looks like a giant rolling pin in the center of the warehouse, was brought in when the site was still mud and dirt, and the building was built up around it. 

“The inside of this thing looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, with all the teeth and the blades and everything in it to mix it, and turn it, and churn it through,” said Bates. A quarter mile of tubing will transport all the fish parts left over from filleting or canning – including head, guts, fins, and bones — from Trident’s processing plant to the new $15 million fishmeal plant. 

After it is ground and dried, the salmon byproduct may become animal feed or fish oil ...

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NL Shrimp Committee in Ottawa says Last in - First Out worst option, sees some flexibility by Gail Shea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by James McLeod - April 24, 2015

The all-party shrimp committee was in Ottawa Tuesday to deliver a report to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea which provincial politicians say presents overwhelming evidence that the “last in, first out” policy must end.

The report looks at the economic impact of disproportionately cutting inshore shrimp quotas while protecting the larger offshore harvesters, and concludes that the current federal policy is the worst possible option.

With declining stocks, cuts in recent years have decimated the inshore harvesters, but the federal government says that because they were granted quotas more recently, they must bear the brunt of the cuts...

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Spot Prawn Recovery in Prince William Sound Due to Careful Management by ADF&G

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Peggy Parker   -  April 24, 2015

The spot prawn (Pandalas platyceros) fishery in Prince William Sound is back, largely due to the commitment of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s shellfish managers to a rebuilding plan based on sound research and precautionary principles.

It didn’t start out that way. In 1960, when the first commercial shrimp landings were recorded, the season was open year round with no harvest limit. Pots were dropped throughout the Sound, a 100-mile -square area at the northernmost reach of the Gulf of Alaska.

Landings were low for the first two decades, staying below 25,000 pounds per year. Only nine vessels participated in the fishery in 1978.  But with markets expanding, effort increased and in 1986 the fishery peaked with nearly 90 vessels harvesting more than 290,000 pounds.

The expansion was tempered in 1982 when a guideline harvest range was...

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Gulf Shrimp Haul Up 5% in Q1 as PUD Prices Continue to Sink with Supply Ample Ahead of 2015 Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 24, 2015

Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings were up about 5 percent through the first quarter this year compared to 2014. Catches did slow in March providing some evidence that 2014/15 fishing season has finally reached its conclusion after a late season haul helped keep inventories well-supplied and PUD market prices lower.

In March Gulf shrimpers landed 1.6 million pounds of shrimp, a sharp 45 percent decline from February landings. Still, the season had produced a late surge in landings in December, January and February. By the end of the 1Q the Gulf haul was up about 400,000 pounds compared to last year at 7.9 million pounds...

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Letters: It's About Time FDA Cancels Enforcing Methyl Mercury in Imported Swordfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters] - April 24, 2015

To the Editor:

It's about time. 

I have never understood if FDA was truly concerned about methyl mercury, why domestic swordfish were never monitored or checked. 

During the Grand Banks season you have Canadian boats fishing alongside US boats catching the same fish from the same waters but the Canadian swordfish when shipped to Boston or New York must be tested for methyl mercury while the US boat lands in Gloucester or New Bedford with fish never being tested...

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Canadian Gov't will Support Extension of Oil Drilling Moratorium on Georges Bank

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 24, 2015

Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes got a piece of good news today, says Denny Morrow, head of a coalition opposed to oil drilling on Georges Bank, and also head of the Nova Scoatia Fish Processors Association.  Since the 1990 there has been a prohibition on oil exploration and drilling on both the Canadian and US side of Georges Bank, the richest fishing ground in the Western Atlantic.    The US extended the moratorium, but the despite provincial pleas from Nova Scotia, the Harper government declined to do so.

However, in the Federal budget document released this week, it was announced that the federal government would join Nova Scotia in legislating an extension of the moratorium.

Denny Morrow, speaking for a coalition of fishermen, seafood processors and exporters, environmental groups and aboriginal communities with fishing rights on Georges Bank, says the announcement in Minister Joe Oliver’s budget that the federal government will join with the Nova Scotia government to legislate an extension to the Georges Bank moratorium adds to a recent spate of good news for the province’s fishing and seafood industry.

Strong landings of lobster, haddock and scallops..

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Southwest Alaska May Hold Key to Understanding Disease Plaguing West Coast Sea Stars

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Annie Ropeik - April 24, 2015

A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska -- but it hasn’t made it to Southwest. That’s what a group of researchers found last month in Unalaska and Kodiak.

Now, they hope the islands’ healthy sea stars will give them new clues about how the virus works. KUCB's Annie Ropeik has more...

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NE Fishery Management Council Votes to Keep Cashes Ledge in Gulf of Maine Mostly Closed 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Patrick Whittle - April 24, 2015 - 

Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds.

The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters and other key fishing areas.

The council met Wednesday and Thursday to approve pieces of the long-awaited habitat plan. The changes will affect the way fishermen harvest key food species in federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island.

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Chinese Chefs Developing Creative Lobster Dishes as Popularity Soars

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Global Times] - April 24, 2015 - 

Matching China's growing middle-class in recent years has been a burgeoning appetite for lobsters in the country.

"Lobsters are delicious, and also nice and red, a color that represents prosperity in the Chinese culture," said Chen Shanshan, a food writer, nutritionist and self-confessed lobster fanatic based in Shanghai and the US. "In the past, people thought of lobster as something fancy, but it's become more affordable.

Chen said that her favorite way of eating lobster was sautéed with ginger and scallion, an adaptation of famous Guangzhou dish that uses crab.

She said that the version of the dish using lobster was created by Cantonese migrants to Boston, where lobster is plentiful, several generations ago.

Other popular ways of eating lobster in China, said Chen, were sashimi style, in soups, or as a broth used to flavor rice.
"Western ways of preparing lobster tend to emphasize the natural taste," said Chen. "While Chinese ways of preparing of lobster usually add a lot of ingredients, like ginger and scallion, and sometimes the lobster meat will be pre-fried. The ways in which Chinese people cook lobsters have a greater emphasis on the overall taste, aroma and the color."

 

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NRA Restaurant Show Features Two Educational Seafood Workshops 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 24, 2-15 -

The National Restaurant Association today announced the lineup for the second annual Foodamental Studio at the 2015 National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 16-19, at Chicago's McCormick Place. 

The line-up of Foodamental Studio sessions includes:

The Dish on By-Catch Fish

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

What's the deal with by-catch fish? When fishing with nets, additional types of fish inevitably get snagged in with the rest. Instead of discarding them, prepare them! Get the scoop on ways to use by-catch fish in two tasty ceviche dishes from Chefs Rob Allgood and Jim Gossen.

Rob Allgood, Executive Chef/ Vice President Operations, Louisiana Seafood

Jim Gossen, Chairman, Louisiana Foods

From Ocean to Table: Ecuadorian Shrimp

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

The Ecuadorians have a rich tradition of raising and preparing seafood.&

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NZ Pleased as Maersk Adds 8,500 20 ft Reefer Units to Meet Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New Zealand Herald] - April 24, 2015 - 

International shipping company Maersk Line has taken notice of market demand and invested heavily in a large number of 20ft refrigerated container units

8,500 units, mainly built at Maersk Line’s own manufacturing plant in Qingdao, have been added to the shipping lines global 20ft refrigerated container stock.

When you consider that 20ft reefer containers make up just 10% of its global container traffic it is comforting to know that Maersk has recognised the uniqueness of the New Zealand market and is prepared to commit itself to helping Kiwi exporters be more efficient.

“The decision to invest in these state of the art containers and reefer plug capacity was a sound one,” says Maersk New Zealand’s chief executive, Gerard Morrison.

“There have been a number of challenges with the 40ft containers. Not the least being the fact that whilst our state highways can cope with the heavy loads and lengths of the bigger boxes many regional and secondary roads are not so well equipped.

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BJ's Q1 Net Income More Than Doubles as Comps Rise 3.2 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] - April 24, 2015 - 

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. more than doubled its net income during the first quarter due to a combination of higher sales and cost savings initiatives, the company said Thursday.

Net income in the quarter ended March 31 increased 106 percent, to $9.6 million from $4.7 million.

Same-store sales at the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based chain rose 3.2 percent in the quarter.

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Tropical Aquaculture Partners With Ecuador's Ocean Farm to Bring Fresh, Farmed Cobia to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 23, 2015

Tropical Aquaculture has partnered with Ecuadorian farmed cobia producer Ocean Farm to sell fresh cobia fillets into the US market by the end this year.

The deal will make Tropical the first to source fresh, farmed cobia from Ecuador and sell it in the US market.

Ocean Farm has been working in tandem with the Ecuadorian government over the last seven years to develop the cobia farming operation.  

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U.S. House Panel Advised of Modern-Day Slavery Issues Persisting in Thailand's Seafood Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] by Martha Mendoza - April 23, 2015

Modern-day slavery persists around the world, including the abuse of fishermen in the Thai seafood industry whose catch can end up in U.S. markets, a congressional panel was told Wednesday.

"As has been reported for years, the Thai fishing industry is rife with forced labor, both on the high seas and within seafood processing and packing plants," Mark Lagon, former State Department ambassador for trafficking in persons, told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

Lagon, who now heads Freedom House, a nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights, said it remains to be seen whether the Obama administration will impose sanctions it is authorized to deploy, which would bar Thai seafood from U.S. markets...

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BC's Land-Based Salmon Producer KUTERRA Reports Strong Retail, Fine Dining Sales in First Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 23, 2015

British Columbia's land based Atlantic salmon farming company KUTERRA enjoyed strong retail and fine-dining sales in Canadian and US markets in its first year of operation. This week the company harvested its 397,000th pound of its uniquely raised Atlantic salmon product and is planning to establish a second production facility.

A year ago KUTERRA presented its first fish for sale to its exclusive western Canadian retailer, Safeway. Initially KUTERRA was sold mainly in Safeway's BC and Alberta stores.  A year later, production has increased, Safeway sales have expanded eastward to Manitoba, and KUTERRA's marketing partner Albion Fisheries Ltd. sells KUTERRA salmon to select stores and fine-dining restaurants across Canada and in the US.

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Hatchery Salmon Helps Fuel One-Third of Alaska's Huge Runs (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] April 23, 2015 This is Fish Radio. 

I’m Laine Welch – Alaska salmon hatchery updates – more than a third of the catch. That’s up after this

Each year more than one third of Alaska’s salmon catch are fish that started out in hatcheries.

It’s very different from fish farming, where salmon are crammed into net pens until they’re ready for market. All salmon born in Alaska’s 31 hatchery facilities come from the wild, and are released as fingerlings to the sea. 

Those fish make a huge contribution to the catch – Fish and Game’s annual Enhancement report shows that last year’s hatchery take of 58 million salmon was 34 percent of Alaska’s total harvest...

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Jeff Davis and Bregal Partners Purchase Peabody, with 8 Scallop Vessels; Davis to be CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 23, 2015

Jeff Davis and Bregal Partners closed today on a deal to purchase Peabody Corp., including its shore operation and 8 scallop vessels.
 
Bregal will be releasing an announcement in the near future.  The value of the acquisition was not announced.
 
The new operation will be called Blue Harvest Fisheries...

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Santa Monica Expands West Coast Distribution with Purchase of Prospect Enterprises' Seafood Assets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 22, 2015

Santa Monica Seafood has signed a definitive Purchase Agreement to acquire most of the seafood division assets of Prospect Enterprises, Inc,  which includes American Fish & Seafood, Chesapeake Fish, LA Fish Company and Cactus Cove.  The agreement will form one of the largest seafood distribution companies that will serve restaurant, hotel, country club and grocery store chains across the California, Arizona and Nevada markets.   

According to Santa Monica's CEO Roger...

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Volcano Calbuco's Eruption Prompts Evacuation of Several Chilean Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] April 23, 2015

Several salmon farms across Chile have been evacuated as part of a Red Alert issued after the country's Calbuco volcano erupted late last night for the first time in over four decades.

The volcano is located in southern Chile in the Los Lagos region near Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Puerto Octay.  Calbuco first erupted late Wednesday night in an explosion that spewed a giant plume of ash and smoke. A second eruption occurred later that night that produced hot rocks and volcanic lightning. 

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency and issued evacuations for some 4,000 residents within 12 miles of the blast...

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FDA Cancels Enforcement of Import Alert 16-08 for Mercury in Swordfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 23, 2015

The FDA has removed Import Alert (IA) number 16-08, which applies to the action level of mercury in swordfish, from its enforcement list.

Import Alert 16-08 was for the "Detention Without Physical Examination (Automatic Detention) of Swordfish For Methyl Mercury" gave the the authority to automatically hold all imported shipments of swordfish and processed swordfish products from any foreign country unless they were from shippers on the FDA Green List.

An email from the FDA confirmed 16-08 enforcement is hold...

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TUF Plans New Shrimp Plant in India, a JV With Avanti Foods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] By Pichaya Changsorn - April 24, 2015 - 

Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), a global seafood company, is looking at building a new shrimp-processing plant in India through a joint venture formed with Avanti Feeds, a publicly listed Indian firm in which TUF has a 25.1-per-cent stake.

Rittirong Boonmechote, president for the global shrimp business of TUF, said yesterday that the company was looking to expand in India via the new JV, in which it would hold a higher stake.

The new shrimp plant will have a production capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year, compared with 8,000 tonnes per year at the existing plant running under Avanti Feeds. It will require....

 

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Wild Atlantic Prawn Campaign Educated Young Chefs at Seafood Expo

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 24, 2015 - 

Royal Greenland Teamed up with the Association of Seafood Producers supported by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to help educate young chefs about wild Atlantic prawns (Pandalus borealis) at Seafood Expo in Brussels

The program included modules on how the species is caught and processed, how best to cook and serve them and the nutritional benefits, provenance and sustainability credentials of wild Atlantic prawns, a.k.a. northern shrimp.<

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Fisheries Minister Says Ghana’s Climate Good for Tilapia Cultivation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Spy Ghana Limited Initiative] April 24, 2015 

Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, says although Ghana’s climate is ideal for tilapia farming, the lack of readily available fingerlings and affordable fish feed is preventing the attainment of the aquaculture potential.
 
“The water quantity and quality is outstanding, the labour force is abundant. But these two things that are lacking today do not make such an aquaculture potential a reality in the country,” she said.
 
She said aquaculture is an important component for Ghanaian fisheries as it contributes to national food security, income and employment generation as well as foreign exchange ...

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Ahold USA Testing and Developing an Urban Fresh Format

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] - April 24, 2015 - 

Ahold USA, which quietly opened an urban fresh format recently in Philadelphia, is doing the same in Boston, SN has learned.

A division of Ahold known as Fresh Formats LLC is advertising for employees for a new small-format fresh food store to be located in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. Want ads appearing online describe the venture as “a new Fresh Food market that is small in size but BIG on fresh, organic & value.”

Ahold used similar language when it sought staff for Everything Fresh, the 3,000-square-foot organic specialty store that opened in December in Philadelphia.

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ADF&G Hopes Website Will Clear Up Common Misconceptions of Tracking Salmon with Sonar (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] April 24, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Take a tour of Alaska’s 15 sonar sites on 13 rivers. More after this 

Most people don’t know that Alaska fishery managers operate 15 sonar sites on 13 rivers from Southeast to the Yukon – or that Alaska pioneered the use of sonars to track salmon. 

“We write these wonderful reports and we communicate with other scientists but if your user groups don’t know what you’re doing, really what good is it.” 

Debby Burwen is a research biologist with Fish and Game’s sport fish division. For more than 40 years managers have used sonar as a tool to track salmon run strength in silty rivers where the salmon can’t be seen. But sometimes conditions are so harsh, the equipment can’t operate properly, such as on the Yukon...

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WTO Rejects Vietnam's Challenge to Shrimp Duty Rates 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 23, 2015

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has ruled against Vietnamese shrimp exporters in their challenge to the Department of Commerce's use of "zeroing" to calculate anti-dumping duty rates on shrimp shipments sent to the US market.

Vietnamese exporters took issue with how Commerce settled on final duty determinations in the fourth, fifth and sixth administrative reviews conducted under the shrimp anti-dumping.

Namely Vietnam challenged: the USDOC's "simple zeroing methodology" as applied in administrative reviews and  Commerce's practice with respect to the rate that is assigned to certain producers/exporters that operate in non-market economies...

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Copper River to Increase Capacity by 5 Million lbs of Sockeye with Purchase in Bristol Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  April 22, 2015

Copper River Seafoods’ announced the acquisition of a new salmon processing facility and associated assets in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The deal has officially been signed. The facility, previously known as Extreme Salmon, is located in Naknek, Alaska.
 
“The timing couldn’t be better, we’re increasing processing capacity and supporting fishermen of the region during a projected banner year,” said Scott Blake, President and CEO of Copper River Seafoods.  This is the first time Copper River has operated directly on the Bay...

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Ray Hilborn: Analysis Shows California Sardine Decline Not Caused by Too High Harvest Rate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  (Commentary) by  Ray Hilborn April 22, 2015

Two items in the last weeks fisheries news have again caused a lot of media and NGO interest forage fish. First was publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of a paper entitled “Fishing amplifies forage fish population collapses” and the second was the closure of the fishery for California sardine.  Oceana in particular argued that overfishing is part of the cause of the sardine decline and the take home message from the PNAS paper seems to support this because it showed that in the years preceding a “collapse” fishing pressure was unusually high.
 
However what the PNAS paper failed to highlight was the real cause of forage fish declines.  Forage fish abundance is driven primarily by the birth and survival of juvenile fish producing what is called “recruitment”.  Forage fish declines are almost always caused by declines in recruitment,  declines that often happen when stocks are large and fishing pressure low.  The typical scenario for a stock collapse is (1) recruitment declines at a time of high abundance, ....

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