Thu. Mar 30 2017

Direct Source Seafood and Aqua Star Settle Chef’s Net Trademark Suit with No Damages to Either Party  


Domestic Producers Win Reconsideration of Shrimp Duties in Vietnam by Highlighting Labor Abuse  


Ocean Beauty Moving to Renton, as They Have Outgrown Historic Location Near Ballard Bridge  


Golden King Crab in Icy Strait and Northern Areas Closes Due to Low Catch  


2016 Whale Entanglements Off U.S. West Coast Break Record for Third Year in a Row


Long John Silver's Hires Former Smashburger Exec Angela Sanders as Chief Marketing Officer


Cermaq Names David Kiemele Managing Director for Canada


Regal Springs Meets Goal to Donate 5,000 Lbs of Tilapia to SeaShare  


Russia Admits IUU Fishing Continues to be Huge Problem, Readies More Anti-Poaching Measures


Number of Consumers Sickened from Contaminated BC Oysters Reaches 321


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 30, 2017


Wed. Mar 29 2017

Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd Due to Ice  


2017 Togiak Herring Forecast Made Without Benefit of Spawning Biomass Data from 2016  


AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council


Alaska's Marine Conservation Alliance Launches Website that Explains Federal Fishery Management


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 29, 2017


Tue. Mar 28 2017

Pollock Roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies  


Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin


Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound  


Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon  


Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration  


Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up  


Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review  


Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing  


BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market  


PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap  


Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million


Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics   (0) 


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 28, 2017


Mon. Mar 27 2017

Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s  


US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off With Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices  


Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’  


Sealord Will Sell Caistor to Nissui


Maine Lobstermen Figured Out How to Make More Money Off Their Catches


Florida's Spiny Lobster Season to Close on April 1  


WWF-Canada Supports Parliament's Standing Committee Recommendations on Capelin Stock Assessments  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 27, 2017


Fri. Mar 24 2017

Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production  


VIDEO: Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market  


New Wave's Vegan, Algae-Based Shrimp Ahead of Distribution Schedule as Gets Quick Market Interest  


EU Funding Same DNA Technology That Identified Horsemeat to Properly Label Imported Snapper


Hillborn to Speak on Sustaining Food From the Seas in Prestigious Lecture


Cuba Inaugurates Ocean Acidification Observatory


StarKist Goes Bold With New Tuna Pouch Flavors  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 24, 2017


Thu. Mar 23 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Price Negotiations Canceled This Week  


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Has Now Caught More than Half the Quota  


Proposed Rule Will Allow Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring


Thai Union Expands Work Against Human Trafficking in Supply Chain to Include Global Retailers


Worldwide Industry, NGOs Advocate for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 23, 2017


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Direct Source Seafood and Aqua Star Settle Chef’s Net Trademark Suit with No Damages to Either Party

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 30, 2017

A $2 Million lawsuit filed by Direct Source Seafood against Aqua Star charging violation of the CHEF’S NET trademark has been settled with no payments of damages to either party.

On March 28th, Washington District Court Judge Robert Lasnik accepted the motion by both parties to permanently enjoin Aqua Star from selling products under the CHEF’S NET brand.

Ian Kennaway of Direct Source Seafood said the company is ...

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Domestic Producers Win Reconsideration of Shrimp Duties in Vietnam by Highlighting Labor Abuse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 30, 2017

The US Court of International Trade (CIT) sided with domestic shrimp producers who argued duty rates for Vietnamese shrimp exporters were too low because of publicity about labor abuse.

The Trade Court asked The Department of Commerce to explain its duty rate calculation in a decision that could raise duties on Vietnamese shrimp exporters and subject more companies to dumping...

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Ocean Beauty Moving to Renton, as They Have Outgrown Historic Location Near Ballard Bridge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  March 30, 2017

Ocean Beauty Seafoods will relocate its Seattle production and distribution operations to Renton, just south of Seattle, by the end of 2017. The new facility will provide over 78,000 square feet of space with easier highway access and will help the company continue to grow and improve customer service.

Corporate offices will stay in Seattle, but move out of the current building at the same date.

Explosive growth around their historic location in the South Lake Union area..

 

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Golden King Crab in Icy Strait and Northern Areas Closes Due to Low Catch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 30, 2017

Petersburg -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that the commercial golden king crab fishery in the Icy Strait and Northern Areas will close tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Friday, April 7, 2017.

In Icy Straits, the preseason GHL for golden king crab in Icy Strait was 10,000 pounds. Through March 28, 2017, 5,318 pounds have been harvested by six vessels...

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2016 Whale Entanglements Off U.S. West Coast Break Record for Third Year in a Row

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ SeafoodNews ] - March 30, 2017

NOAA Fisheries reports 71 separate cases of entangled whales last year, the highest annual total for the West Coast since the federal agency started keeping records in 1982.

Of the 71 cases reported, 48 were confirmed by NOAA and 59 cases remain “outcome unknown”. Five entanglements were well-documented cases of full release, two of gear being removed but...

 

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Long John Silver's Hires Former Smashburger Exec Angela Sanders as Chief Marketing Officer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 30, 2017

Long John Silver’s named Angela Sanders as Chief Marketing Officer.  

In this role, Sanders will be responsible for leading the marketing team and developing the strategic voice and direction of the brand.  She will report to James O’Reilly, Chief Executive officer, and will also work closely with the Franchise Advisory Board.

Long John said Sanders’ hire signals a focus on brand innovation and growth following a recently unveiled new brand logo and six consecutive quarters of same store sales growth.

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Regal Springs Meets Goal to Donate 5,000 Lbs of Tilapia to SeaShare

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 30, 2017

Regal Springs Tilapia has reached its goal to donate 5,000 pounds of tilapia to SeaShare.  

The company served 1,000 Tilapia Power Bowls during the Seafood Expo North America last week in Boston, which helped the company meet the 5,000 pound goal. For every Tilapia Power Bowl sampled, Regal Springs pledged to donate five pounds of its responsibly raised tilapia to SeaShare,   

The Tilapia Power Bowls featured fresh pan-seared Regal Springs Tilapia Loins, quinoa, corn salsa and Queso Blanco cheese...
 

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Russia Admits IUU Fishing Continues to be Huge Problem, Readies More Anti-Poaching Measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 30, 2017

The Russian government has designed a new package of measures, aimed at fighting poaching in the domestic fishery industry, according to an official spokesman of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.  

According to estimates of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, despite all the efforts taken by the Russian government in recent years the problem of poaching remains still very pressing for the Russian fishery industry.

Currently the annual illegal fish catch in Russia is estimated at 18 billion rubles (US$300 million)..

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Number of Consumers Sickened from Contaminated BC Oysters Reaches 321 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 30, 2017

Authorities with the Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed an additional 40 more cases of illnesses directly linked to the consumption of eating contaminated oysters from British Columbia.

A total of 321 people have now been sickened from eating farmed oysters from British Columbia.  Illnesses linked to oysters have been reported in three provinces: British Columbia (223), Alberta (42), and Ontario (56). No deaths have been reported. Individuals became sick between December 2016 and March 2017. All individuals who became ill said they ate oysters...

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Two Pacific Andes Subsidiaries Seek Chapter 11 Protections as Liquidation Proceedings Begin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Two subsidiaries of Pacific Andes have filed for their own Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in a New York court this week. The filings follow a court decision in the British Virgin Islands this past February that allowed creditor banks to liquidate one of Pacific's subsidiaries. 

Nouvelle Foods International Limited and Golden Target Pacific Limited filed for Chapter 11. 

Pacific Andes said Golden Target’s directors “believe that it is in the best interests of its shareholders to file for protection under Chapter 11 to ensure the continuation of a transparent and comprehensive restructuring process.”

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Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council Wants Newfoundland to Temper Expectations of Cod Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans released its technical briefing on the status of Canada’s iconic Northern Cod Stock.  Within the last decade, this stock complex has begun to recover from the brink of commercial extinction.  Although it continues to rebuild, there are clear signs that the recovery is not as robust as was projected only a year ago the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) said in a press release this week...

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Oregon Salmon Industry Requests 2016 Fishery Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - March 28, 2017

The 2017 ocean salmon seasons in Oregon and California seem grim due to low Klamath River Chinook forecasts, but the Oregon Salmon Commission already is hoping for disaster assistance for the 2016 season.

In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown earlier in March, the Commission requested she declare the 2016 season a disaster -- the first step in a formal request to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a federal declaration and thus, opening the way to federal funding if Congress approves.

The process may take quite awhile. ...

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Vietnamese Pangasius Duty Rates Unchanged in Final 12th Review 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

The US Department of Commerce finalized anti-dumping duty rates for Vietnamese pangasius exporters in its 12th administration review that covered shipments made between August 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.

According to the Federal Register announcement, Commerce upheld the rates it published in its preliminary findings last September.

The final rates for the corresponding companies are as follows. These rates are unchanged from Commerce’s 11th review period...

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Russia Dangles More Pollock Allocations if Koreans Invest in Russian Processing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 28, 2017

The Russian government will consider increasing pollock quotas for South Korea and Japan for the fishing in the Russian territorial waters this year, according to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Implementation of these plans, however, will depend on certain conditions. 

According to Rosrybolovstvo, the quota of South Korea for catching fish in Russian waters has been reduced twice in recent years, however there is a possibility that it could be increased already this year..

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BluGlacier, Ventisqueros Bring ASC, BAP Certified Silverside Premium Farmed Coho Salmon to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 28, 2017

Chilean salmon producer Ventisqueros is set to bring a certified sustainable, farmed coho salmon with the lowest feed to fish ratio in the industry to the US market this fall.

The Silverside Premium brand of farmed coho salmon will be available in the US market this October for the retail and foodservice sector. The salmon will be sold by BluGlacier, which is the Miami-based sales office for Ventisqueros in the US market....

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Alaska's Marine Conservation Alliance Launches Website that Explains Federal Fishery Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 29, 2017

The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) has launched an interactive website called the ‘Seven Principles of Sustainability,’ that provides a comprehensive overview of federal fisheries management in waters off Alaska. 

The website includes sections on habitat protection, bycatch management, food webs and environmental change.  It also covers community protections and protections against overfishing. Interactive tools allow users to view areas closed to fishing in the North Pacific, explaining how each closure applies and why it was developed...

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Darden Restaurants Acquires Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen For $780 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Darden Restaurants Inc. is expanding its portfolio of differentiated brands.

The company on Monday announced it agreed to acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners. Cheddar's will add to Darden's portfolio, which currently includes Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.

Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and features high-quality, made-from-scratch food at compelling prices in a polished yet warm atmosphere, according to a press release. Today, Cheddar's has 165 locations ...

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Yurok Tribe Warns of ‘Most Catastrophic Fisheries Collapse in Klamath River History’

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2017

California's largest tribe, the Yuroks of the northwestern corner of the state, who have relied on salmon returns to the Klamath River since before the Spaniards arrived in California, are facing a catastrophic fisheries collapse. 

The number of fall Chinook salmon predicted to return to the Klamath in 2017 — approximately 11,000 fish — is the lowest on record. The Tribe’s 2017 allocation, set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, will likely be about 650 fish or one fish for every 10 Tribal members...

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Cermaq Names David Kiemele Managing Director for Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 30, 2017

Cermaq, one of the world's leading companies in farmed salmon and trout, announced that David Kiemele will be the firm's managing director for Canada. 

Kiemele joined Cermaq in May 2016, and has over 17 years of experience in our industry, with time spent in both British Columbia and Tasmania. He started with Marine Harvest Canada, spending five years in marine production, before joining Tassal in 2005. There, he held positions of Regional Manager, General Manager, and the last six years as Head of Farming, reporting to the CEO.

Since May 2016 David has held the title of Regional Production Manager overseeing the marine production and processing operations in Tofino...

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Gulf Snow Crab May Not be Underway Until Week of April 23rd Due to Ice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 29, 2017

After a cold March, ice is thick in the harbor at Caraquet.  The first icebreaker to try and open the harbor to prepare for the start of the crab season encountered ice 4 feet thick, and was unable to do the job, reported some of the people at the crab and lobster meetings held in Shippagan, NB yesterday.

A larger icebreaker will have to be scheduled. Some participants thought...

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2017 Togiak Herring Forecast Made Without Benefit of Spawning Biomass Data from 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 29, 2017

Due to budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists used an average of the last 37-years to estimate 2017 biomass.

“Because that data is no longer available to us, we forecast the 2017 biomass as the average spawning biomass for all years for which we have data (1978-2015) less 10% in order to be conservative,” wrote Tim Sands, Area Management Biologist in Dillingham...

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Pollock Roe Auctions Return High Prices, in Boost to Alaska Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 28, 2017

The American pollock industry got a welcome whiff of stronger markets as the annual first A season pollock roe auction concluded in Seattle.

Trading and demand was strong, and prices were generally higher than last year. Also volumes improved to about 9000 tons. 7744 tons were bid at the auction, and 1254 tons were sold on private contracts.

Overall value rose to $42 million, vs $24 million last year. But this number is still below what was achieved in 2015...

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Some Newfoundland Snow Crab Plants Attempting to Settle with Japanese at $6.95 FOB St. John’s

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  March 27, 2017

There was a lot of discussion of snow crab at the Boston Seafood Show.  The upcoming Canadian season is starting when there is no inventory, but when some customers have also sold back unused Canadian crab to their suppliers.

Crab prices rose substantially last year, well above the price levels discussed at the 2016 Seafood Show.

One reason was the fire that totally destroyed the Quinlan crab plant in Bay de Verde...  

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Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 28, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — More water for more salmon in 2018.

Portland U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled Monday that federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018.

Simon found that current operation of eight federal dams is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased “spill” provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating ...

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US Shrimp Consumption Poised to Take Off with Other Seafood Markets at Record High Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and Angel Rubio - March 27, 2017

Record high prices for many popular seafood items in the US market are likely to support more shrimp consumption in 2017 given the item's relatively stable price and a strong supply outlook.

During last week’s Seafood Expo North America in Boston many traders talked about record or near record high pricing for a variety of seafood items. A look at Urner Barry quotations high market prices for salmon, snow crab, king crab and mahi-mahi... 

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Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 29, 2017

Last Tuesday’s opener for the full fleet of seiners in the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery netted 5,200 mt, bringing the cumulative harvest to 13,543 mt. The opener lasted less than three and a half hours.

That leaves 995 mt left to harvest from the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL), too small of an amount to open to the entire fleet. Permit holders are working on a plan to harvest the remaining GHL in a controlled fishery...

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AquaChile Joins NFI's Salmon Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 29, 2017

AquaChile has joined the NFI Salmon Council as its newest member making it the 13th full-time member of the group.

Aquachile is among Chile's top farmed producers and exporters. The operator produces Atlantic and Pacific salmon, Sea Trout and Tilapia, and distributors its products to more than 30 countries across 5 continents. AquaChile has operations in Chile, Costa Rica and the United States.

Their facilities hold a raft of certifications including BAP, IFS, HACCP and Global G.A.P, employing 5,000 workers company-wide...

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PODCAST: Alaska’s Summer Salmon Forecast; Lots of Scallop News and Back from Boston Recap

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Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding Deals Blow to Peruvian Scallop Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 24, 2017

Weeks of torrential rains and flooding in Peru are impacting scallop production in the Northern part of the country. Expectations are for Peruvian scallops supplies to be limited at least short term.

Flooding has killed at least 78 people in Peru since record levels of rainfall have caused rivers to overflow, which have caused landslides across the country. A report from Euro News says many small towns in Peru’s northern coast are completely cut off from damage to infrastructure...

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Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Issues Recall Notice to USDA for Fish that Contain Antibiotics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 28, 2017

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Inc., a Dundee, Miss. establishment, issued a recall for approximately 1,695 pounds of domestic catfish products that may be adulterated with residues, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

The products were produced on March 14 through 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall...

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