Tue. Jul 28 2015

Gulf Shrimp Landings Now Under 2014 Totals as La.'s Shorter Spring Season Cuts June Catch Sharply  


Thailand Says US Trafficking Report Did Not Consider "Tangible Progress" Made in Combating Slavery


Japan Will be Major Market for Abundance of Bristol Bay's Smaller Sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Half of Columbia River's Sockeye Run Die From Unseasonably Hot Water


U.S. Lawmakers Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report


VIDEO: How ASMI's RFM Program Ensures Alaskan Seafood is a Product of it's Environment


Red Snapper Management Battle Forcing Gulf Lawmakers to Choose Between Rec and Commercial Industries


Patagonia Sea Farms, First Farm With 4 Stars BAP Certification


House Passes Bill to Combat Foreign Illegal Fishing


40 Years of Pacific Seabird Data Now Online


Australia Now Looking for Investors to Build $1.45 Billion Shrimp Farming Operation


Russia Adds Five More Latvian Canneries to its List of Banned Seafood Exporters


Vietnam Posts Decline in Pangasius Export Revenues Despite Growth in US, Chinese Markets  


Sens. King, Collins Want a National Lobster Day


Alaska Gov. Walker Readies Agenda for President Obama's Aug. 31 Trip to Anchorage


LDWF Cites 18 for Alleged Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April


Whale Deaths off Kodiak Island Remain a Mystery


Coast Guard Helps Hundreds of Sea Turtles into Ocean off Boca


Stellar Biotechnologies Signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations


Federal Appeals Court Upholds California's Shark Fin Ban


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 28, 2015


Mon. Jul 27 2015

US Keeps Thailand at Lowest Tier 3 Rank in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report


Bristol Bay Fleet Concerned About Low Price, Statewide Catch Exceeds 105 Million Salmon  


Judge Explains Reasons for Blocking Sysco-US Foods Merger


Thai Union Frozen Products: Bumble Bee Deal Stung by US Inquiry


BluWrap Completes First Ocean Container Shipment of Fresh Salmon From Chile to China


Fishermen Have Until July 28 to Bid for Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Test Fishery


Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey   (1)


NYTimes Documents Plight of "Sea Slaves" in Thai Fishing Industry


Cod Making a Comeback on Restaurant Menus


Ag Firm HJ Baker Brings in Dr. Scott Snyder to Head Up Aquaculture Services Division


Powerful Typhoon Kills 11,000 Farmed Tuna in Japan


Lionfish are Now Eating Other Lionfish Which May Help Control Efforts


Omega Protein and Recreational Charter Captains Trying to Get Along


NOAA to Monitor How Warm Southeast Alaskan Waters Impact Juvenile Salmon (Fish Radio)  


Tignish Small Craft Harbor Getting Major Improvements, One of 23


African, Caribbean and Pacific Ministers Plan to Boost Economies Through Fisheries and Aquaculture


Abundance of Humpback Activity Slows Dutch Harbor Herring Fishery


India's Kerala University of Fisheries Sets First Vannamei Hatchery in Kochi


Missing Slave Fishing Boats Tracked to Papua New Guinea by Satellite


Seafood.com News Summary Monday, July 27, 2015


Weekly Protein Roundup:Pressure Remained for Beef Complex Last Week; Pork and Egg Markets Make Gains


Fri. Jul 24 2015

Clearwater Seafoods' State-of-the-Art F/V Belle Carnell Expected to Boost Clam Production Up to 50%


Louisiana Fall Inshore Shrimp Season Opens August 17


Vietnam Expects Seafood Exports to Fall for Rest of 2015 on Declines in Shrimp, Pangasius Shipments


Peru's Northern Anchovy Quota 97% Landed and Up 25% From 2014


US House Passes Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill that Would Strip Existing State Mandates


Russia Partially Lifts Ban on Japanese Seafood Imports Over Fukushima Radiation Concerns


Industry Veteran Steve Vilnit Returns to JJ McDonnell to Direct Marketing and Business Development


250 Jobs May Be Saved at Young's Seafood's Fraserburgh Plant


NOAA Earmarks $88,000 in Funding to Study Massive West Coast Algal Bloom that Shut Dungeness Fishery


North American Salmon Processing Expected to Be a Drag on Maruha Nichiro Earnings


Texas Gulf Shrimp Industry Confronting Multiple Challenges


Could Maine Make Shoes Out of Ocean Trash?


Costco is Just Latest Retailer to Switch to Antibiotic-Free Farmed Salmon (Fish Radio)


FDA Releases More Direction on FSMA Food Imports Rules


Russia's Far East Salmon Catch up 22 Percent Over Year-Ago


Golub Corp Goes Outside Family in Naming New President, COO of Price Chopper


Ruby Tuesday Swings to Q4 Profit Despite Decline in Comps and Traffic


McDonald's CEO Says There's "No Silver Bullet" to Turn Around the U.S. Business


An Early Look at the New Red Lobster Culinary Development Center


CDC Reports 62 Cases of Salmonella Infection from Raw Tuna in Sushi


Seafish Developing Standards for Fishing Ports and Seafood Auctions


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 24, 2015


Thu. Jul 23 2015

Thai Union Suspends Public Offering Following Subpoena from U.S. Justice Department  


Thai Shrimp Assn. President Predicts This Year's Shrimp Production Will Be About 210,000 Tons  


As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon  


Red Lobster Adds Lower-Priced Alaskan Sockeye to its Summer Crabfest Promotion (Fish Radio)


The Mazzetta Company Opens Gloucester Seafood Processing Subsidiary With State-of-the-Art Facility


Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up  


Costco's Shift to Antibiotic-Free Farmed Salmon Signals Sweeping Change Among Buyers  


Albertons to Expand On Safeway's Existing FishWise Partnership to Improve Seafood Procurement


China's Burgeoning Middle Class Buying Up High Priced Lobster, King Crabs and Other Premium Seafood


UMaritime Officials Back Alliance Between Ports of Seattle and Tacoma


Increasing Jonah Crab Landings in New England May Lead to ASMFC Regulation


The Surprising Importance of How We Label the Fish We Eat


Grieg Seafood Hopes to Expand Production in Scotland by 10,000 Tonnes


Shrimp Production and Exports Soaring Out of India's Odisha State in 2015  


Russia Plans to Lower Domestic Transport Costs to Reduce Pollock Prices


Maine Taps New Lead Biologist for Lobster Monitoring Program


Cruel Shark Fin Trade Supported By EU Loophole Which Permits 'Smuggling'


Maine Brewer Flavors Beer with Live Lobsters


Interior Approves Arctic Drilling off Alaska, But Not in Oil Zone Yet


Shrimping Vessel Sinks Near Tillamook, Crew Rescued by Coast Guard


Regional Growth Leads Kroger to Split Southwest Division into Two Divisions


Walmart Opens New eCommerce Fulfillment Facility in Bethlehem, PA


Ruby Tuesday Names Former Pepsico VP David Skena Chief Marketing Officer


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 23, 2015


Wed. Jul 22 2015

Bristol Bay Sockeye Prices Said to be Low Near 2001 Levels (Fish Radio)  


Scallop Supply Concerns Arise with US Catches Off Sharply from Preseason Estimates; Imports Down  


U.S. Will Issue 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Next Monday


Oceana Petitions Feds to Mandate Use of Species Specific Seafood Labels


Pew EVP Blasts House Version of Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization (Opinion)


Legislative Transfer of Red Snapper Management to Gulf States Gets Mixed Reviews


Osamu Corp Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Tuna from Indo Supplier Following Minn. Salmonella Cases


Biologists Truck Sockeye to Idaho to Get Them Out of Hot Water  


Japan Worried: Putin Supports Driftnet Fishing Ban


Seafood Traceability Scheme Planned for UK Auctions and Ports


Spring Rains Affecting Gulf Coast Shrimp


A&P Identifies Stores It Is Selling to Acme, Stop&Shop and Key Food


"Unusual" Describes This Year's Shrimp Season in Mississippi


Feds to Meet with New England Fishermen as They Assess Health of 20 Species


Oregon Hatchery Salmon Trucked Out as Water Temperatures Rise


What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change


Blue LEDs May Be Able to Control Pathogens Like Listeria in Cold Chain


Furniture Business Admits Smuggling Endangered Abalone and Sea of Cortez Totoaba  


A Year Later, Red Lobster Feels its Independence


El Nino Brewing A Bigger Storm for Asia


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 22, 2015


Tue. Jul 21 2015

ASPA Transfers MSC Alaska Salmon Certificate to PSPA  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 21, 2015


Alaska Dungeness Catch Down From Robust 2014 Season But Still Above Historical Average  


Cargill Partners with Shrimp Producer Naturisa to Build $30 Million Feed Facility in Ecuador  


Washington State Domoic Acid Level Declining But Still Present in Razor Clams


National Weather Service Predicts Another Mild Fall Season for Alaska


Technomic: 64 Percent of QSR and Fast Casual Chain Menus Include Seafood, Most Often Shrimp


Reduction in Coal Burning Showing Up As Much Lower Mercury Levels in Atlantic Bluefish


Peru Announces August 1 Start Date to Southern Region Anchovy Season


Alaska's Trawl Bycatch Reduction Plan Will Include Some Type of Catch Share (Fish Radio)


Tuna Barons Say Upscale Chinese Seafood Tastes Becoming More Like the Japanese


Arctic Sea Ice Recovering Somewhat Following Cool 2013 Summer, Dismissed As Anomaly by Scientists


2,000 Applebees Giving Out Free Apps Today Including Sriracha Shrimp


Captain D’s Achieves 5.2 Percent Increase in Second Quarter


Red Lobster Brings Back Crabfest


Scientists Find Genetic Traits of Fish Key to Whether They Can Survive Climate Change


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to Hold Meeting Signaling Early Opening to 2015 White Shrimp Season  


Japan May Request WTO Panel in August Over Seoul’s Fishery Import Ban


A&P Announces Sale of 120 Stores on Heels of Chapter 11 Filing


Marc Murphy, chef owner of NYC Benchmarc Retaurants Shares His Seafood Sourcing Strategy


Infrastructure Remains a Challenge for Russia's Growing Far East Salmon Fishery


Uncertainty Over Brown Shrimp Abundance Worries Texas Shrimp Boat Owners


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Gulf Shrimp Landings Now Under 2014 Totals as La.'s Shorter Spring Season Cuts June Catch Sharply

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 28, 2015

Louisiana’s shortened spring shrimp fishing season saw its landings plummet in June, which now has overall Gulf landings short of last season’s total and well under the five-year-average.

Gulf shrimp landings in June reached 9.7 million pounds for the month, a 39 percent decline from the same month a year ago.

For the year, Gulf landings are down just over 1 million pounds at 29.8 million pounds...

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Thailand Says US Trafficking Report Did Not Consider "Tangible Progress" Made in Combating Slavery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Oliver Holmes - July 28, 2015

Thailand has hit back after being blacklisted in a US report for the second consecutive year for not combatting modern-day slavery, arguing it has made serious steps to tackle human trafficking.

The ministry of foreign affairs said the US state department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, released on Monday, “does not accurately reflect the significant efforts undertaken by the government”, which had made “tangible progress”.

Bangkok has been lobbying for an upgrade from the lowest tier 3 rank in the report. Under US law, countries on tier 3 could trigger non-trade-related sanctions such as access to the World Bank and bars on US foreign assistance...

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Japan Will be Major Market for Abundance of Bristol Bay's Smaller Sockeye (Fish Radio)

[Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 23, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I ‘m Laine Welch --- Some first market reports for sockeye salmon. That’s up after this 

Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon catch has topped 35 million fish and most fishermen are wrapping up their season. Now that Alaska buyers have an idea of who’s got what and what product forms the fish might take, some market reports are finally starting to trickle in. 

Bristol Bay sockeye is primarily made into frozen, headed and gutted and canned products. Frozen production should reach 20,000 tons and possibly 30,000 tons, according to Japan’s top seafood market watcher, Minato-Tsukiji.com. 

With an average sockeye size of just five pounds across all of Bristol Bay, fully half of the H&G frozen fish will be in the two to four pound range, a size that usually makes up about 32 percent of the frozen pack...

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Half of Columbia River's Sockeye Run Die From Unseasonably Hot Water

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CSMonitor] -By Courtney Sherwood, Reuters- July 28, 2015 
 
Unseasonably hot water has killed nearly half of the sockeye salmon migrating up the Columbia River through Oregon and Washington state, a wildlife official said on Monday.
 
Only 272,000 out of the more than 507,000 sockeye salmon that have swum between two dams along a stretch of the lower Columbia River have survived the journey, said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries manager John North.
 
"We've never had mortalities at this scale," said North...

 

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U.S. Lawmakers Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dow Jones Institutional News]  By Samual Rubenfeld

Two lawmakers want people to know if a company's supply chain includes human trafficking.

Following the release of the U.S. Department of State's annual Trafficking in Persons report, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) and Chris Smith (R., N.J.) proposed legislation requiring public companies with global receipts of more than $100 million to disclose any measures to prevent human trafficking, slavery or child labor in their supply chains as part of their annual reports.

Slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain have become a greater concern for companies, as reports, such as the one on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Monday about human trafficking in the Malaysian palm-oil industry, highlight the risks of using far-flung suppliers. Slavery is reportedly common in the seafood sector, where the Associated Press tracked fish from a slave boat to the supermarket, and more recently used space photography to find an alleged slave boat in Papua New Guinea.

"Some companies may participate knowingly in human trafficking to pad the bottom line...

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VIDEO: How ASMI's RFM Program Ensures Alaskan Seafood is a Product of it's Environment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 28, 2015

The following video profiles the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Responsible Fisheries Management Program, which has helped the state's fishing industry develop and promote its industry-wide reputation for providing consumers with responsibly harvested seafood from Alaska's pristine fisheries... 

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Patagonia Sea Farms, First Farm With 4 Stars BAP Certification 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 28, 2015
 
Patagonia SeaFarms is the first US company with Atlantic Salmon and Trout farms in Chile to get Four-Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).  

Patagonia is the commercial office for Yadran Holding in the United States. This makes Yadran Holding the first and only company from Chile to earn 4 Star BAP Certified Standard for all of its farmed Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Trout operations. Yadran is also the first salmon producer in Latin America and fifth group worldwide to get four star approval...

 

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40 Years of Pacific Seabird Data Now Online

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [USGS]  -  July 28, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database — a massive online resource compiling the results of 40 years of surveys by biologists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia. The database documents the abundance and distribution of 160 seabird and 41 marine mammal species over a 10 million-square-mile region of the North Pacific.

"The database offers a powerful tool for analysis of climate change effects on marine ecosystems of the Arctic and North Pacific, and for monitoring the impact of fisheries, vessel traffic and oil development on marine bird communities over a vast region," said Dr. John Piatt, head of the Seabird and Forage Fish Ecology Research Program at the USGS Alaska Science Center. 

"It also creates an unprecedented opportunity to study the biogeography and marine ecology of dozens of species of seabirds and marine mammals throughout their range in continental shelf waters of the United States."

Hundreds of scientists and observers conducted surveys...

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Russia Adds Five More Latvian Canneries to its List of Banned Seafood Exporters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Esmerk Baltic News] July 28, 2015

Russia's consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has banned five Latvian fish canneries from importing their products to Russia as of 1 August 2015, RBC reported. 

The ban applied to Gamma-A, Sabiedriba IMS, Saldus Galas Kombinats, Unda, and Ventspils Zivju Konservu Kombinats. Rospotrebnadzor said the companies had violated regulations on product labelling, caloric content, and other rules. 

In June 2015, Russia's food and veterinary agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, banned the import of fish products of 44 Latvian and 31 Estonian companies...

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Vietnam Posts Decline in Pangasius Export Revenues Despite Growth in US, Chinese Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Brief] July 28, 2015

Vietnam raked in $750 million from pangasius export in the first half of this year, down 9% from the same period last year, said the General Department of Customs.

In June, the country earned $133.43 million from pangasius shipment, the customs said.

The U.S. remained the biggest importer of Vietnamese pangasius, purchasing $159.05 million worth of the fish from Vietnam and up 4.8% on year...

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Sens. King, Collins Want a National Lobster Day
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] July 28, 2015 
 
They say the crustacean deserves the honor because thousands of families rely on the multimillion-dollar lobster industry to make a living.
 
A group of U.S. senators from New England say the lobster’s role in the region’s heritage and economy are important enough to justify a national day of celebration.
 
The senators are introducing a resolution to designate Sept. 25, 2015, as National Lobster Day. Maine’s Angus King and Susan Collins say the crustacean deserves the honor because thousands of families rely on the multimillion dollar American lobster industry to make a living.
 
Collins and King say the lobster  ...

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Alaska Gov. Walker Readies Agenda for President Obama's Aug. 31 Trip to Anchorage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch] by Erica Martinson - July 28, 2015

Gov. Bill Walker hopes he’ll get to see President Barack Obama in front of one of Alaska’s glaciers next month, he said in an interview Sunday.

Walker met with Obama administration officials here last week to make suggestions for the president’s impending visit to Alaska. The governor’s trip to Washington was part of a swing through the nation’s capital on the way to the National Governor’s Association summer meeting in the West Virginia resort town of White Sulphur Springs.

Last week, Walker met with top Obama advisers Jerry Abramson and Brian Deese. Deese is the president’s main adviser on climate and energy issues, and Abramson focuses on intergovernmental affairs...

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Thai Union Frozen Products: Bumble Bee Deal Stung by US Inquiry 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nikkei Report] YUKAKO ONO - July 27, 2015 
 
BANGKOK -- Shares of Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), the world's largest producer of canned tuna, dropped 10% in two days after U.S. antitrust concerns led to the suspension of a preferential public share offering for up to $400 million to fund a $1.5-billion acquisition of Bumble Bee Seafoods.
 
The abrupt cancelation came two days after the subscription was launched on July 20.
 
According to a filing at the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a subpoena to Tri-Union Seafoods, TUF's local subsidiary, requesting information "in relation to an antitrust investigation of the packaged seafood ...

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BluWrap Completes First Ocean Container Shipment of Fresh Salmon From Chile to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 27, 2015 - 

BluWrap, a the technology company that naturally extends the shelf life of fresh proteins, announced today it has completed the first ever shipment of fresh salmon from Chile into the port of Tianjin, China,   Tianjin is the largest port city in Northern China, and the major maritime gateway to Beijing.

BluWrap provides a ground-breaking approach to shipping seafood that can significantly transform China's dependence on airfreighted fresh and frozen seafood. e.

BluWrap partnered with Tianjin PuWan International and worked closely with the Tianjin port cold chain, as well as Salmones Aysen who supplied the salmon for the shipment.

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Coast Guard Helps Hundreds of Sea Turtles into Ocean off Boca
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sun Sentinel] July 28, 2015 
 
The U.S. Coast Guard has helped some 600 sea turtle hatchlings make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Coast Guard crews from Fort Lauderdale on Monday ferried marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center well offshore to release the hatchlings.
 
The hatchlings come from turtle nests on beaches statewide. Most of the hatchlings are baby loggerhead sea turtles.
 
The group of turtles being released ...

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Clearwater Seafoods' State-of-the-Art F/V Belle Carnell to Boost Clam Production Up to 50%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 24, 2015

Clearwater Seafoods introduced the Belle Carnell into their fleet of clam vessels at an official ceremony on the St. John's Harbour Front. This state-of-the-art vessel is expected to boost Clearwater's shellfish production and help it meet a commitment to delivering the highest quality, frozen-at-sea, wild-caught seafood to customers around the world the company said in a statement.

Named after Clearwater Co-founder and Chairman Colin MacDonald's late mother, a registered nurse and proud Newfoundlander, the Belle Carnell will harvest Arctic Surf Clams, Cockle Clams ...

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NYTimes Documents Plight of "Sea Slaves" in Thai Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The New York Times] by Ian Urbina - July 27, 2015

Lang Long’s ordeal began in the back of a truck. After watching his younger siblings go hungry because their family’s rice patch in Cambodia could not provide for everyone, he accepted a trafficker’s offer to travel across the Thai border for a construction job.

It was his chance to start over. But when he arrived, Mr. Long was kept for days by armed men in a room near the port at Samut Prakan, more than a dozen miles southeast of Bangkok. He was then herded with six other migrants up a gangway onto a shoddy wooden ship. It was the start of three brutal years in captivity at sea.

“I cried,” said Mr. Long, 30, recounting how he was resold twice between fishing boats. After repeated escape attempts, one captain shackled him by the neck whenever other boats neared...

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Louisiana Fall Inshore Shrimp Season Opens August 17

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 24, 2015 -

BATON ROUGE, La. The fall inshore shrimp season in Louisiana will open at 6 a.m. August 17.

The announcement was accompanied by a reminder that, beginning Aug. 1, state wildlife agents will be authorized to conduct inspections aboard shrimp vessels to make sure they are using required turtle excluder devices that allow sea turtles to escape nets.

The opening was announced yesterday...

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Red Snapper Management Battle Forcing Gulf Lawmakers to Choose Between Rec and Commercial Industries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Montgomery Advertiser] by Ledyard King - July 28, 2015

Red snapper has become the focus of the battle between fisherman and environmentalists, and the catalyst for members of Congress, who represent Gulf Coast states, to push legislation that would allow for longer seasons and larger limits.

The fish has become the symbol of recreational fishers' frustration with federal management.

Anglers say they are now seeing an abundance of the early maturing reef fish that can live to the age of 57...

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House Passes Bill to Combat Foreign Illegal Fishing
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tampa Bay Newspapers] July 28, 2015 
 
WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, July 27 to fight the problem of illegal fishing from foreign vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
The Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 774) passed the House by voice vote.
 
“Illegal fishing from foreign vessels is a direct threat to the livelihood of thousands of hardworking Americans along the Gulf coast as well as the quality of life throughout our Bay area communities. This bill will strengthen enforcement mechanisms against those who illegally fish our waters and will protect this important ...

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Australia Now Looking for Investors to Build $1.45 Billion Shrimp Farming Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 28, 2015

A $1.45 billion prawn farm that will create 1,600 direct jobs and produce more than 100,000 tonnes of prawns a year has been awarded Major Project Status by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the granting of Major Project Status recognises the project’s potential to provide significant economic opportunities to the NT and kick-start private investment across the north.

“This is the type of project we want to encourage across northern Australia. It is visionary and comes at the right time to meet surging global demand and takes advantage of northern Australia’s inherent benefits of space, location and opportunity,” Truss said...

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US Keeps Thailand at Lowest Tier 3 Rank in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] by Jason Szep - July 27, 2015

The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in failing to suppress trafficking.

The U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report also upgraded Cuba from its lowest rank for the first time since it was included in the annual report in ...

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Bristol Bay Fleet Concerned About Low Price, Statewide Catch Exceeds 105 Million Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - July 27, 2015

A robust forecast, followed by what first appeared to be a season gone bust in Bristol Bay, culminated with a run of wild sockeyes exceeding 50 million reds, and the price to fishermen sank.

"Everybody's concerned with the price," said Dave Harsila, president of the Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association, and a veteran Bristol Bay harvester. "I don't think anybody expected it to be that low, but that's what it is.

And fishermen were aware of a lot of factors playing into processors' decision to offer a base price of 50 cents a pound, compared to $1.20 base price last year...

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Judge Explains Reasons for Blocking Sysco-US Foods Merger

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Brent Kendalll - July 27, 2015 - 

During nearly two weeks of court proceedings last month, the legal battle between U.S. antitrust enforcers and would-be merger partners Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. appeared to be a close call. Turns out it wasn’t.

On Friday evening, he released a public version of his opinion, revealing he sided decisively with the Federal Trade Commission, which had sued to block the deal.

Judge Mehta’s 128-page ruling said the Sysco-US Foods tie-up, announced in December 2013, was the type of large combination that lawmakers were concerned about long ago when they gave the government the power to halt mergers...

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LDWF Cites 18 for Alleged Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Louisiana Sportsman] July 28, 2015 
 
More than 6,500 pounds of illegally-taken shrimp seized in nine cases
 
Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in St. Mary, Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes have made nine cases and seized more than 6,500 pounds of shrimp since April, according to a press release.
 
On April 1, agents cited Chaz Barrios, 26, of Venice, and Walter Heathcock, 31, of Covington, for allegedly using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 2,228 pounds of shrimp and the ...

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Whale Deaths off Kodiak Island Remain a MysterySEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press]  By Rachel D'Oro  -  July 28, 2015

Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case said Monday.

Samples taken from one of the 10 fin whales were at least a week old, which could throw off test results, said Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program. The carcasses of eight humpback whales also were found.

The carcasses of the marine mammals were discovered between Memorial Day weekend and early July. Most of the animals were too decomposed for sampling.

Both species of whales feed close together, and scientists speculate the animals might have eaten something toxic in waters that were significantly warmer than average at the time. One test came back negative for one toxin that would be present in harmful algal blooms, and another test is still pending, Wynne said.

"That's my leading hypothesis...

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Fishermen Have Until July 28 to Bid for Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Test Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] July 27, 2015

The deadline is July 28 on bids for the Southeast Alaska purse seine test fishery, to be done in pounds of salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in an announcement July 24 that contracts for the aerial survey will be awarded to the bidder who bids the lowest total pounds, once Alaska bidders preference is considered.

The process is an effort to generate $30,000 for the aerial survey...

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Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Deep Sea News] Andrew Liptak - July 27, 2015 
 
Oh July 9th, 2015 a group of lucky divers happened upon something truly remarkable–A 4-meter-wide clear sphere floating off the coast of a small town in Turkey. The sphere was 22 meters below the sea surface, and even up close, it appears almost invisible. But what exactly is it?
 
The divers didn’t know. Lutfu Tanriover, the videographer, told me via Facebook the group felt a mixture of both excitement and fear as they approached the mysterious blob. The blow felt “very soft,” and looked gelatinous.  But only after the video went online did the mysterious blob get a possible ID. Dr. Michael ...

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Stellar Biotechnologies Signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MarketWatch] - July 28, 2015 
 
Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc., a leading provider of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH) protein, announced that the Company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Ostiones Guerrero SA de CV to secure a unique strategic site in Baja California, Mexico for the development of an additional aquaculture locale and expansion of Stellar KLH(TM) production to meet the increasing needs of its customers. 
 
Stellar provides clinical-stage biotechnology companies with KLH, an immune-stimulating protein that is an essential ingredient in a number of human immunotherapies in various stages ...

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Cod Making a Comeback on Restaurant Menus

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Fern Glazer - July 27, 2015 - 

Growing up in Victoria, Texas, Richard Chamberlain used to love to go to Luby’s cafeteria and get cod crusted in corn flakes.

“It was mild, crunchy and you put tartar sauce on it with lemon,” Chamberlain fondly recalls.

Chef Chamberlain still enjoys fried cod now and again, but at his Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill and Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House in Addison, Texas, just outside of Dallas, he prefers to serve lighter preparations that let the mild, white fish shine.

“Our favorite fish to feature in our daily specials is Alaskan cod,” Chamberlain said. “With a naturally mild flavor, Alaskan cod is perfect for marinating.

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