Thu. Oct 30 2014

Ecuadorian shrimp prices fall a bit as Chinese buying slows ahead of Qingdao show  


New Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment shows stunning improvement in abundance  


Oceana blasts Monterey Bay Aquarium, and shrimp industry, with fictional report of mislabeling  


Seattle B season pollock roe prices fall on largest volume in 10 years  


2013 US Fisheries Report notes higher domestic landings and values; record salmon haul


Lack of freezer capacity in Vladivostok threatens herring fishery, cold stores nearly full  


AK's massive 2013 salmon haul vaults Kodiak into top three among US ports for landings (Fish Radio)


ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again  


Monterey Bay designates BAP approved pangasius as "Good Alternative" under its Seafood Watch program


Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever  


Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030


Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion


Ignite's Q3 Joe's Crab Shack comps down 4.4 percent


Tech company Alkame Holdings to develop indoor shrimp farm after buying CO's High Country Shrimp


Chile confirms ISA outbreak has not spread beyond Cepqulean's Ballena 4 salmon farm


Sanctions may speed up smolt breeding facilty for Russia's Murmansk salmon farms


Several thousand Pakistani fishermen missing after cyclone Nilofar hits


GMA denounces Environmental Working Group "Food Scores" program


DineEquity raises year-end sales forecast for Applebee's


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday October 30, 2014


Wed. Oct 29 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down  


Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014  


AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine


Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings  


Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team


SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)  


Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling  


Growing Atlantic bluefin tuna stock raises possibility of increase in Canada's quota  


Canada's Kuterra gets a "Best Choice" rating from Monterey Bay for its land-raised Atlantic salmon


EWOS earmarks a few million dollars to upgrade newly acquired Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral


Gordon Food Service building $58 million North Carolina DC


Opposition to USDA designation of "Organic" for ocean farmed fish continues


Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner retires after 75 years hauling traps


Emergency ISA harvest underway at one of Chilean salmon producer Cupquelan's farming sites


Cameron Mitchell opens flagship Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills, NYC soon to follow


Northern Lights Seafood in Main Brook producing Newfoundland's first half shell scallops


Sealord signs quota pooling deal with iwi


Down East aquaculture research institute gets $2 million grant


China moving into the premium caviar market with Lake Hangzhou sturgeon


EC proposes reduced quotas, particularly for herring off Scotland and Ireland


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday October 29, 2014


Tue. Oct 28 2014

FDA promises answer to Congress soon on Alaska pollock nomenclature issue as pressure heats up  


Alarming new research suggests much of BP's spilled oil remains on the Gulf ocean floor


Threat to salmon in Southeast Alaska from BC copper and gold mines demands State dept. action


Bahamas cracks down on spiny lobster poachers with 30% production drop blamed on illegal fishing  


Young's sees surge in fresh fish sales, especially in branded items like Funky Fish


James Hook lobster company will use its prime Boston waterfront location to build a high rise


Halloween deadline set for PEI's lobstermen to vote on penny per pound marketing levy program  


Atlantic States MFC cuts Maine elver quota 17% for next year; is 2nd most valuable state fishery  


Plenty of Norwegian salmon is still finding its way into Russia  


Ocean acidification among NOAA's top priorities under agency's newest director (Fish Radio)


C&S Wholesale reported to be successful bidder for Associated Wholesalers (AWI)


NH fishermen make lucky rescue of crew of sinking boat off Gloucester, MA


Popeyes running new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp combo in November seafood promotion


Study: Sleeper sharks may kill Steller sea lions  


U.S., Japan, S. Korea remain largest importers of Vietnam seafood in Jan-Sept


Aquabounty fined $9,500 in Panama due to lack of proper discharge permits


Beaver Street, HJ Baker join GAA's ranks of Governing Members


Port Orford, Oregon, home to a Dungeness fleet, suffers $1 million worth of storm damage


Woolworths commits to sourcing all of its farmed seafood from ASC or equivalent standard by 2020


Jon Hindar not happy with Cermaq's Q3 results, particularly in Chile


Post-takeover, Rubio's is emphasizing grilled fish


Putin "recommends" that Kamchatka governor subsidize rail shipments of fish products


Denny's Q3 profit up 18.7 percent, best comps increase in two and a half years


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday October 28, 2014


Mon. Oct 27 2014

India seafood exporters say rate of EU rejections lowest ever, press reports painted false picture  


Worst congestion in a decade threatens retailer holiday shipments from Long Beach and Los Angeles


Shortage of tilapia seedlings reported in many Chinese provinces; tilapia price expected to rise  


Maine's lobster processors find lack of interested workforce in trying to expand operations  


FDA finds wholesale seafood products are labeled correctly 85% of the time


Thailand launches EU charm offensive to defend its shrimp industry  


Letters: Indian exporter says he was misquoted about rejections, antibiotics  


Russians report no salmon shortage, as third country imports soar; but 25% higher prices  


EMS disease still plaguing Thai shrimp, volume expected to drop to 200,000 tons this year  


Philippines rushes to pass tougher IUU law to avoid ban from EU on exports


India's MPEDA promises support to Vizag fishing industry devastated by cyclone


Japan may press Mexico to control IUU fishing by restricting imports of Mexican bluefin tuna  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 27, 2014


Vietnam upgrading Hon Ro Port with clean water for defrosting tuna for export


Demoulas Market Basket sales up sharply, opening first of five new stores


Arizona State tests show antibiotic levels in shrimp and seafood all in compliance under FDA regs  


South Carolina commercial shrimp fishing off to better start as industry gets past disastrous 2013  


NOAA reduces king crab mortality off Kodiak coast by removing abandoned "ghost pots" (Fish Radio)


Rome Packing recalls some Jonah crab leg meat products for listeria, no illnesses reported


Louisiana shrimp catch reaches pre-Katrina mark; September haul is 7.9 million pounds  


Maryland DNR survey finds healthy level of striped bass reproduction


Century Pacific Food, Philippines largest canner, joins ISSF


Major salmon farmers plan to restrain growth to reduce risk despite growing demand  


Feds approve Postal Service test of grocery delivery


Fri. Oct 24 2014

Proposed lobster levy will not be implemented on Nova Scotia's catch this winter  


Possible Bristol Bay Salmon buyback program to be discussed at Fish Expo next month


CBP to pay crawfish processors $20 million from import duties, says Landrieu  


Generally positive outlook for Chile's aquaculture industry highlighted at opening of AquaSur 2014


Kroger Is Suddenly Whole Foods' Biggest Threat; will be nation's top seller of organic food in 2 yr


New buyer considers using OCI's former Newfoundland plant to process sealskin


US and Canadian fishing groups will discuss BC mines in Trans-boundary meetings (Fish Radio)


Seafood.com News summary Friday October 24, 2014


Dillingham renews efforts to annex Bristol Bay's Nushagak district to impose landings tax


Singapore fish farms turn to direct home delivery to compete with lower cost Malaysian counteparts


Newfoundland to continue with Gulf of St. Lawrence halibut stock tagging program


Norway's Research Council invests $2 million to study possibility of using insects in fish feed


Australia's Torres Strait Rock Lobster fishery still lacks management plan  


With sales booming, Captain D's reboots corporate-store development plan


As Chinese demand drives up spiny lobster values, California moves to to curb poaching  


Maine lobsterman fined $50,000, loses license for 3 years for catching undersized lobster


SW Nova Scotia lobster dock prices now at CA$4.75 per pound after brief spike last week  


Australia's southern bluefin tuna quota raised 10 percent  


Rubio's brings back Langostino Lobster Burrito  


BJ's Q3 profit up almost 78 percent as comps turn positive


Brooklyn, NY man gets jail time and fine for $510,000 worth of illegal fluke


Thu. Oct 23 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 23, 2014


NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study


Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed


West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought  


Days after deploying to Cold Bay for fishing season, Coast Guard medevacs injured crab crewman


Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week


OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut  


Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels


Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight


US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens


Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Welfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest


Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line


Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report  


Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections   (1) 


ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)


McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea


Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA


FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales


Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any


Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells


Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales


Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna


Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch


US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline


Ottawa restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries


Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen


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Ecuadorian shrimp prices fall a bit as Chinese buying slows ahead of Qingdao show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 30, 2014

Anecdotal reports are indicating that Chinese buyers have slowed down their Ecuadorian shrimp purchases ahead of a major seafood expo in the Qingdao province. At the same time, overall demand for Latin American shrimp was reported quiet and weaker prices have been noted in the market for mid to smaller sized product from the region for the first time in weeks.

Earlier this week Urner Barry quotations for 31-35 and smaller sized shrimp up to 51-60s out of Latin America fell between one and two percent, or $0.07 and $0.10 compared to last week’s prices...

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New Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment shows stunning improvement in abundance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - October 30, 2014 - 

When ICCAT convenes its annual meeting in Genoa, Italy on November 10, 2014. The most important item on the meeting's agenda will be a stunning increase in abundance of this iconic fish on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Standing Committee for Research and Statistics (SCRS) reported that west Atlantic bluefin biomass has increased significantly each year since 2009 and stated that present data on the west Atlantic stock validates that it is not "overfished" and "overfishing" is not occurring.

The SCRS report stated that an increase in quota, up to 2,250 mt from its presently level of 1,750 mt, is consistent with ongoing ICCAT management objectives. According to the stock assessment, 3,050 mt is the new estimated maximum sustainable yield for the west Atlantic bluefin stock and it is up from the prior level of 2,582 mt in the 2010 stock assessment...

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Oceana blasts Monterey Bay Aquarium, and shrimp industry, with fictional report of mislabeling

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Oct 30, 2014

Oceana put out with great fanfare a false report today claiming that 30% of the shrimp sold in the US is mislabeled, and also blasting the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list for having shrimp listed in all three categories: best choice, good alternative, and avoid.
 
This is part of an Oceana campaign to scare American consumers about seafood.  They recently put out a similar report on mislabeled fish, not bothering to tell readers that all but one of their samples were of snapper and grouper species, where there is a well known mislabeling issue that has also been flagged by the FDA...

 

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Seattle B season pollock roe prices fall on largest volume in 10 years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Oct 30, 2014

The auction for B season pollock roe was held in Seattle last week, and overall average prices were down about 7% from the B season roe auction of 2013.
 
Volume was nearly 1300 tons, the highest volume offered at this time in about ten years, and it was 20% more than last year.
 
Trident and American Seafoods did not offer roe products in Seattle, as their roe will be sold in the auction in Busan, South Korea.
 
The lower prices were largely due to the overall production of nearly 60,000 tons of pollock roe...

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2013 US Fisheries Report notes higher domestic landings and values; record salmon haul

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - Oct. 30, 2014

The industry’s “state of the State” report, issued by NOAA yesterday, describes an industry driven very much by wild capture fisheries.

In Fisheries of the United States 2013, U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Much of that was due to the massive salmon landings in Alaska -- a state record of pinks in Prince William Sound. Total landings of wild salmon topped one billion pounds, setting a new record, up 68 percent from 2012. Alaska accounted for 95 percent of U.S. landings.

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Lack of freezer capacity in Vladivostok threatens herring fishery, cold stores nearly full

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden Oct 30, 2014

Russia is experiencing a shortage of refrigerated storage capacity for fish which is the result of the activities of market speculators, according to German Zverev, President of Russian Pollock Association.
 
According to him, the current situation remains very complex, due to the start of the herring fishing season in the country and the inability of Vladivostok to provide fish storage capacity, which is currenly estimated at only 4,000 tonnes
 
According to the Russian Federal Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo), total storage capacities of the Primorye seaports are currently estimated at 69,150 tonnes, which are currently filled by about 52,200 tonnes of fish (75.5% of total capacity).
 
According to predictions of Rosrybolovstvo, the total volume of herring catch in Russia this year is expected to reach 450,000 tonnes, of which about 350,000 tonnes will be Pacific herring.
 
According to state plans, this will help to compensate for a lack of herring imports to Russia, which were banned by the Russian government and which had a total volume estimated at about 100,000 tonnes...

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Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - Oct. 28, 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut is gaining market share in New England and points south on the east coast, despite the huge increases in price as the Pacific halibut season winds down.

In late August, we reported on the convergence of prices for fresh halibut at the Fulton Fish Market for Atlantics and FOB Seattle for Pacific halibut. Prices remained closely tied, with prices for...

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Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Oct 29, 2014

According to a statement from VASEP reported in the National Times, Vietnam's shrimp producers have been able to dramatically expand output this year. With a relatively short supply of shirmp due to diseases in Thailand and China, Vietnam has seized an opportunity.  

Vietnam has rapidly increased proactive farming area to take this opportunity, especially in the Mekong Delta provinces....

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AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

AquaBounty has responded to a number of critical news reports about its genetically modified salmon operations after the company was fined by Panamanian officials for violating environmental regulations related to its water use and discharge practices. In its statement AquaBounty said reports of the violation were exaggerated and were not indicative of the regulatory standards the company operates under.

This week Panama's Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (CIAM), the Panamanian National Environmental Authority, fined Aquabounty $9,500 for failure to have secured proper water discharge and water use  permits prior to beginning its operations...

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Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

A surge in larger sized lobster landings out of the Bay of Fundy and ahead of Canada's comparably larger November openings, has contributed to an unusual decline in the live market for Select sized product to start the week.

Yesterday, traders reported to Urner Barry that prices for live, Select-sized lobster in New England fell 10 percent or $0.75 per pound compared to last week’s figures.

This drop in Select prices is quite substantial and has been attributed to landings out of Canada’s Bay of Fundy fishery...

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Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 29, 2014

Sanford Limited today announced its new senior executive team designed to support a customer-focused domestic and international value-add strategy.

The company also announced the retirement of Vaughan Wilkinson, GM Marketing and Development.

CEO, Volker Kuntzsch, who joined Sanford in December 2013 from senior international seafood industry roles. said, "Sanford is among the largest international fishing quota holders...

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Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [163.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - Oct 29, 2014

In Guangzhou around 20% of the salmon have entered the market through smuggling.  This was determined after an investigation into the sales of Norwegian salmon in the region.
    
There are only 15 supplier partners of Norwegian salmon who have been certified by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in Guangzhou. 
 
So where has the large amount of salmon in the market come from? 
 
Earlier in the month Guangzhou Daily has published an article titled “The salmon sales has dropped by half in Guangzhou owing to the online rumor that salmon is related to Ebola virus” and it has drawn the attention of a lot of consumers, who inquired this reporter about the salmon’s place of origin. So with these questions in mind, the reporter has been visiting the markets during the past few days and found that most salmon in Guangzhou have been from Norway, Canada and Chile. But because the local consumers think that Norwegian salmon are better than the others, some sellers have been lying about the source of their salmon.....

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Ignite's Q3 Joe's Crab Shack comps down 4.4 percent 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 30, 2014 - 

Ignite Restaurant Group reported Q3 results today.

Comparable restaurant sales increased 7.5% at Brick House Tavern + Tap, decreased 4.4 at Joe's Crab Shack and decreased 8.5% at Macaroni Grill.

Total revenues were $215.2 million, compared to $227.6 million year-ago and Ignite reported a net loss of $6.5 million, which significantly exceeded the year-ago net loss of $1.9 million.

CEO ray Blanchette said, "Joe's Crab Shack's decrease in comparable store sales was largely focused in the northeast, where the markets are settling in after three years of heavy regional growth."

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Canada's Kuterra gets a "Best Choice" rating from Monterey Bay for its land-raised Atlantic salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Observer] October 28, 2014

Canada's first land-raised Atlantic salmon has achieved the top sustainability ranking issued by the world's leading independent eco-ranking program.

KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon has received the highest ranking issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. It gives KUTERRA salmon a Seafood Watch and SeaChoice green, "Best Choice" recommendation. It also makes the product Ocean Wise...

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EWOS earmarks a few million dollars to upgrade newly acquired Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Diario Financiero] by Juan Manuel Villagran S. - October 28, 2014

Fresh off its $183 acquisition of Pescanova's Chilean subsidiary Nova Austral, Norwegian fish feeding company EWOS said it will invest a couple of million dollars to improve Austral's operations, which includes the installation of a new farming operation in the Tierra del Fuego region.

According to Austral's newly appointed general manager, Nicos Nicolaides, Tierra project will take about two years to complete and will cost about $2 million to build...

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Chile confirms ISA outbreak has not spread beyond Cepqulean's Ballena 4 salmon farm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] October 30, 2014

Chilean fishery authorities have confirmed that ISA has not spread beyond producer Cepqulean's Ballena 4 farming site in the Aysen region after an outbreak of the disease was reported over the weekend.

Under Chile's revamped disease protocols, a 5.5 nautical mile Infected Zone has been set up around the Bellena 4 site, which will be tested every two weeks for ISA. 

Cepqulean, meanwhile, has already started farming the infected pond as per disease protocols...

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Sanctions may speed up smolt breeding facilty for Russia's Murmansk salmon farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Barents Nova] - October 30, 2014 - 

JSC "Russian Salmon" has started the construction of the first-in-Russia plant to produce its own smolt and fish feed. This business has already secured the support of the Murmansk regional government.

The CEO of the fish farming enterprise CSC "Baltiysky Bereg" Mikhail Bobrov says: "We discussed the allocation of land plots in the Murmansk region to build a smolt breeding factory so that we could completely abandon the import of planting material. And we are going to enhance our own production of fish feed.

The need for these facilities wasn't so acute before the recent EU sanctions, but on the other hand we now have the opportunity to create an independent fish farming industry in Russia."

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Several thousand Pakistani fishermen missing after cyclone Nilofar hits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Today's Muslim Peshawar] - October 30, 2014 - 

THATTA, Around 200 vessels carrying an unspecified number of fishermen could not be contacted by the relevant authorities or their community amid a great deal of panic across the Sindh-Balochistan coastal areas caused by the powerful tropical cyclone Nilofar.

Strong winds and torrential rains are feared to hit the coastline over the next three days and the vulnerable areas have been identified as Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin and Tharparkar districts.

Several hundred members of the fishermen community in Thatta and Sujawal districts were seen desperately seeking assistance of the Maritime Security Agency, Coast Guards, fisheries department and non-governmental organisations to know if their family members could be contacted.

It was reported that around 200 vessels carrying several thousand fishermen had left the coastal villages of Thatta for fishing in the deep sea many days before Nilofar developed in the Arabian Sea.

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AK's massive 2013 salmon haul vaults Kodiak into top three among US ports for landings (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 30, 2014

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Dutch Harbor does it again! More on the top US fishing ports after this – 

Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings, nearly all from Alaska – topped one billion pounds – a new record and up nearly 70 percent from 2012. 

That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2013, just released by NOAA Fisheries...

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ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - October 30, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures.

A technical committee that advises ASMFC regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee's report says "long-term trends in environmental conditions'' are unfavorable for the shrimp."

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section had closed this year's shrimp season for the first time in more than 30 years and is set to vote on next year's season on Nov. 5...

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Monterey Bay designates BAP approved pangasius as "Good Alternative" under its Seafood Watch program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 30, 2014

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program has concluded that certain farmed raised pangasius certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard is now equivalent to a yellow or "Good Alternative" rating.

Now, any two-star, three-star and four-star certified pangasius will carry the "Good Alternative" recommendation for consumers, chefs and businesses to consider as a purchasing option.

The GAA said the determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff...

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Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saigon Times Daily] By Ngoc Hung - October 30, 2014 -      

HCMC, The total area for tra fish farming in the Mekong Delta rose by 1,000 hectares in the third quarter this year to 7,000 hectares, which is the largest area for tra fish in the region ever, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

By summing up statistics of each province in the delta, the ministry estimated a total tra fish area of over 7,000 hectares and a combined output of 890,000 tons in the January-October period. The expansion is attributed to the increase in prices of tra fish, which has helped growers earn profits.

The expansion and reduction of tra fish farming area in the Mekong Delta in the past years have depended on fish prices. When the price is lower than the production costs, growers will halt their business and when it is higher, they will quickly expand the farming area...

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Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advertiser] By Nigel Austin - October 30, 2014 - 

The rising popularity of seafood will lead to the need for an estimated 30 to 40 million tonnes of extra seafood globally to meet consumer demand by 2030, according to a new report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

Chinese consumption of seafood is forecast to reach 37.7kg per person this year, up 57 per cent from 2000. “Most Chinese seafood consumption is still based on low-value domestically raised product, but more significant is the expected growth in demand for higher-end seafood products, many of which will need to be imported,” Matt Costello, an animal protein analyst, said.

The report, co-authored by Rabobank’s Gorjan Nikolik, said global growth in seafood consumption was driven by factors such as perceived health and wellbeing benefits and a rise in the popularity of seafood-rich Asian cuisine...

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Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] - October 30, 2014 -

The world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market, Tsukiji, located in central Tokyo, is to move to a new location in two years.

The 431 billion yen ($4 billion) transfer to more current facilities will free up valuable Tokyo seaside real estate and allow a modernization plan for the site ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Yet, it is a controversial move for more reasons than one.

Tsukiji, owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is currently sandwiched between the Sumida River and the expensive Ginza shopping district.

The new space will be nearly twice as big, a more sanitary facility with temperature-controlled buildings, cold chain and processing infrastructure and ample parking for transport vehicles. It will have expressway access...

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SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 29, 2014 

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska hauled in the most salmon of any other region this summer –narrowly edging Prince William Sound by just 404,000 fish. The numbers are preliminary, but state figures show that the Panhandle produced a catch of just over 49 million salmon and just under that at the Sound. Notably, nearly 44 million of the Prince William Sound salmon were pinks.

Bristol Bay ranked third in terms of salmon totals at nearly 31 million fish – all but two million of the fish were sockeyes – the reigning salmon catch in the state! 

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Growing Atlantic bluefin tuna stock raises possibility of increase in Canada's quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - October 29, 2014 - 

Atlantic bluefin tuna numbers are up, according to the latest scientific review of the stocks, and Canada believes an increased catch is possible.

The study was done in preparation for meetings of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna next month, which will set fishing quotas for the next two years.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesman Frank Stanek, in an email to CBC News, said Canada is encouraged by the new report.

“[It] indicates the stock has grown substantially in recent years and could support a moderate quota increase,” wrote Stanek.

Katie Schleit of the Ecology Action Network said she is hoping ICCAT will not repeat the mistakes of the past and increase the quotas.
 

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Tech company Alkame Holdings to develop indoor shrimp farm after buying CO's High Country Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 30, 2014

Health and technology holding company Alkame Holdings has entered into the aquaculture sector with the acquisition of High Country Shrimp Company (HCS), a Colorado-based indoor aquaculture technology developer and operations company.

High Country Shrimp will initially produce and sell high quality fresh Pacific White Shrimp grown using  an indoor recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

"High Country Shrimp's patented technology and business strategy presents an ideal opportunity for Alkame to develop a proof-of-concept for its unique water treatment systems incorporated into an intensive indoor aquaculture farming process," said Robert Eakle, CEO of Alkame. 

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Gordon Food Service building $58 million North Carolina DC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Independent Tribune] By Michael Knox - October 29, 2014 - 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., Gordon Food Service has announced plans to build a $58 million, 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Kannapolis that will lead to 275 jobs with an expected annual salary of more than $12 million, officials said.

Kannapolis City Council unanimously approved an incentive agreement at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night that will allow the company to move forward on locating here.

Gordon Food Service is also opening facilities in Aberdeen, Maryland; Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

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Opposition to USDA designation of "Organic" for ocean farmed fish continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Take Part] By Steve Holt - October 29, 2014 - 

You can find signs of the increasing availability of organic food all across the grocery store—from the organic beef at the butcher counter to the organic apples in the produce section.

Still, the booming sector, which has climbed from around $20 billion in sales in 2008 to an estimated $35 billion this year, has yet to touch every aisle. Consumers looking for certified organic seafood, for example, are perpetually disappointed—because it doesn't exist.

The United States Department of Agriculture has yet to establish the standards for domestic seafood raised organically.

That could change as early as next year, when the USDA’s National Organic Program is expected to finalize an organic standard for seafood. Some organic advocacy groups, however, believe that while an organic label for fish is absolutely necessary, it should not apply to seafood raised in ocean-based farms.

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Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner, retires after 75 years hauling traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Falmouth Forecaster] By David Harry - October 29, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, David MacVane, 81, is a Cliff Island native, one of three owners of Portland’s Widgery Wharf. He recently retired from a life of lobstering that began when he was 5.

MacVane lives in Windham. Until a couple of years ago, he was hauling the maximum 800 traps allowed by law, even after heart surgery, a new knee and cortisone shots in his shoulders.

His wife of 57 years, Patricia MacVane, died Aug. 12. Shortly after, he decided to step off his lobster boat, Empty Pockets, and into life on solid ground.

Tucked between Union and Chandler’s wharfs, Widgery Wharf dates to 1776 and remains a working waterfront, to the pride of MacVane and a co-owner Peter Kelly. The partners resisted sales offers, such as the one that led to the construction of the Chandlers Wharf condominiums.

“We wouldn’t sell. ‘You can’t buy us out, you haven’t got enough money,’ we’d say,” Kelly recalled.

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