Thu. May 28 2015

Chilean Customs Workers End Nine Day Labor Strike  


Alaska's Tight Budget Likely to Pinch Salmon Fishery Management This Season (Fish Radio)


Three Openings allowed on Copper River this week as Escapements Are Double Forecast  


13 Seafood Companies Control 40 Percent of Largest, Most Valuable Fish Stocks


Some Processors Set 1000 Lb Limit In PEI as Heavy Landings Strain Capacity   (1) 


GAA Names Former Walmart Buyer Chris Keller to Head Up BAP Expansion in N. America


Tempers Boiling Again Over Disputed Machias Seal Island Lobster Grounds


Northeast Salmon Prices Rise as Chilean Supply Tightens Under Customs Strike  


Alaska Members of Council Appeal Recusals that Could Change Halibut Bycatch Votes  


Federation Calling on Greenland to End Commercial Fishery of Atlantic Salmon


Weather, Environmental Conditions Hurting Central America Shrimp Production This Year


Ak Sen Murkowski Writes NOAA over recusals of Alaskan delegates on halibut bycatch vote


Cooke Aquaculture Fish Plant Delays Frustrate Shelburne, N.S. Residents


California's Shift to Warmer Coastal Waters Signals Fishery Impacts, Possible Drought Relief


Maryland Watermen Win Changes to Oyster Reef Restoration, Welcome Support of New Governor


Seafood Groups Unite to Oppose Queensland ban on Much of Commercial Fishing to Benefit Recreation


Tuna Baron Hagen Stehr Opens China Market for His South Australian Tuna


Maine Considers Sea Urchin Fishery Swipe Cards


Costco Q3 sales and earnings up


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 28, 2015


Wed. May 27 2015

LFAs 33 and 34 Among Major Canadian Lobster Fishing Regions to Get MSC Certification  


Changes to Halibut Sharing in Gulf of St. Lawrence Sparks Outrage  


Newfoundland and Labrador Says Talks at Stalemate with Ottawa over Fish Fund


Chinese Tilapia Shortage Could Raise Prices for US Importers During Busy 3Q Buying Period  


BC Salmon Farmers Assoc. Ready to Host Annual Aquaculture Conference on Vancouver Island


Salmon Importers Losing Confidence in Chile as Customs Strike Enters Eighth Day


Pacific Andes' Revenues, Profits Down Sharply in First Half of Fiscal Year


P.E.I. Makes Formal Request for DFO to Extend Lobster Season


Hormel Buys Organic Meat Distributor Applegate Farms for $775 Million


NE Shoreside Infrastructure Suffering Along with Fishermen


Investment Pouring into Australian Yellowtail Kingfish Producer Clean Seas


South Carolina Fishermen Say Shrimp Are Big as Inshore Season Gets Underway


Fishing Industry Collaboration is Key to New Seafish Vision


India Pushes for White Shrimp Production in Kerala


Chile and China Collaborate on Increasing Chilean Mussel Exports to Chinese Market


President Obama's IUU Task Force Taking Public Input to Determine "At Risk" Species (Fish Radio)


PEI Fishermen Welcome Bigger Share of Higher 2015/16 Atlantic Halibut Catch  


Boston Chefs Taking Interest in Sky8 Farm's Fresh Shrimp Raised Indoors


Ahold Expands U.S. Market Share as Q1 Operating Margin Drops


Minnesota Taking Steps to Stop Spread of Zebra Mussels to Local Waters


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 27, 2015


Tue. May 26 2015

Canada and Alaska Challenge NMFS on Halibut Bycatch  


Canada's Cape Breton Seafood Plant Expands its Live-Storage Capacity  


ASMI Elects Peter Pan CEO Barry Collier as Board Chair


Abundance of Small Sized Shrimp Pushing Gulf Dock Prices Down Sharply to Start Season  


Customs Strike Wrecking Havoc for Chile's Salmon Exporters; Losses Already Estimated at $30 Million  


Newfoundland's Seafood Producers Say Misleading Reports of Unprocessed Fish Exports Complicates CETA


Illegal Hatcheries Blamed for Rampant White Spot Disease in Andhra Pradesh Vannamei  


Meat and Poultry Markets Mixed Following Holiday


Alaska Governor Appoints Board of Fish Member


SW Nova Scotia Buyer Says Lobster Fee Has to Include Fishermen   (1) 


Cannon Fish's Kent, WA Plant Gives APICDA Secondary Fish Processing Capabilities


Sanford's H1 Profit Drops 18 Percent from Fleet and Mussel Plant Write-Downs


Long John's Outsources its Entire Supply Chain Operation to SpenDifference


Union Dockworkers Ratify Labor Contract for U.S. West Coast Ports


Walmart Announces Sweeping Update to Animal Welfare Policy and Antibiotic Use


Pingtan Q1 Results Severely Hurt By Indonesian Fishing Restrictions


Fisherman Blames DFO's Enterprise Combining Policy for Crab Decline in 3Ps (Opinion)  


Shoppers May Get to Know the Backstory of Their Piece of Fish


Marine Harvest, Biomar Partner in Farming Wrasse for Sea Lice Control in Scotland


Washington's Shellfish Produers Adjusting to More Robust Vibrio Testing Protocols


GAA Teams Up with Preferred and UMass Dartmouth to Develop Global Aquaculture Facility Database


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 26, 2015


Fri. May 22 2015

Breakthrough in Lobster Fee Impasse Likely as SW Nova Scotia Buyers Agree to Pay  


Senate "Fast Tracks" International Trade Deals for Presidential Approval


Senator Rubio's Florida Fisheries Improvement Act Criticized for Quota Reallocation Provisions


Gulf PUD Shrimp Prices Continue Sharp Decline with April Landings Up and 2015 Season Underway  


How B.C. Halibut Became More Expensive than Angus Beef Tenderloin  


Queens Product's Pangasius and Shrimp Curry is First in Netherlands to Get ASC Certification


India to Capitalize on Odisha's Record Seafood Export Growth with More Shrimp and Tilapia Production  


Alaska Crabbing No Longer Most Dangerous Job in America (Fish Radio)


Canada's Aquaculture Industry Gets $2.5 Million in Federal Funding to Promote Exports


Unidentified Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella that has Infected 53 Across 9 States  


U.S. Comps Inch Up for Walmart in Q1, Neighborhood Market Stores Performing Well


Fresh Market's Q1 Earnings Met Expectations But Sales Fell Short


Japan Stepping Up Efforts to Woo Pacific Island States Away from China


University of British Columbia Reports on World's Undercounted Catch, Starting With Australia


Japan Wants to Lead International Effort to Conserve Eel and Bluefin Tuna Stocks


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 22, 2015


Thu. May 21 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 21, 2015


Strong US Dollar Slashes Vietnam's Shrimp Export Revenues While Raising Raw Material Costs  


Chinese Tilapia Processors in Guangdong Want to Raise Export Prices  


Customs Strike Threatens Chilean Fresh Salmon Exports to Overseas Markets  


Decision to Extend Lobster Fishing in PEI Won't Come Until End of Season Say Feds


White House Says it Would Veto Don Young's Current MSA Reauthorization Proposal   (1)


Murkowski Dispatches Mediator to Sort Out War Games Dispute Between Navy and PWS's Fishing Industry


NOAA Links Massive Dolphin Die-Offs in Gulf to BP Oil Spill


Indonesia Sinks 41 Foreign Fishing Vessels in Public Display of its Crackdown on IUU Fishing


Cermaq Joins Global Consortium EAT to Improve Global Nutrition and Food Standards


Clearwater Adds State-of-the-Art Factory Vessel to its Argentine Scallop Fleet


Alaska Delays Decision to Issue Water Rights for Salmon or Coal Mines in Cook Inlet (Fish Radio)


Pipe Burst Dumps Estimated 500 Barrels of Oil into Waters Off California's Santa Barbara Coast


North Carolina Sees Higher Landings Commercial Fishing Harvest for 2014  


WorldFish Paper Says Better Understanding Needed of the Impacts of Climate Change on Aquaculture


Northern California Drought Leaves No Water to Combat Salmon-Killing Parasite


Shrimp Production Facility Planned for Hawaii’s Big Island  


Thai Shrimp Assoc. Says Production Could Improve Over Last Year  


Chinese Fleets Illegally Fish in West African Waters, Greenpeace Says


Early Numbers Show Copper River Escapement is Higher and Harvests are Lower Than Predicted  


MSC Fails to Back its Standard in Weak Response to Silver Bay Refusal to Share Salmon Certificate   (2) 


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Chilean Customs Workers End Nine Day Labor Strike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 28, 2015

Chilean Customs workers with the National Association of Customs Officers (ANFACH) and government officials with the Ministry of Finance have finalized a deal to end a nine day labor strike. The work stoppage seriously disrupted international trade to and from Chile, including salmon shipments to the US and other overseas markets.

According to the deal the government will gradually increase the amount of jobs at Customs to 2,300 by 2018. This ends a nine day work stoppage that started on May 20 and caused major trade disruptions for many Chilean businesses and their overseas customers...

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Alaska's Tight Budget Likely to Pinch Salmon Fishery Management This Season (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] May 28, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s fisheries could get corked due to the state budget stall. More after this

Next week more than 20,000 state workers could get 30 day layoff notices due to the Alaska legislature’s inability to pass a state budget. Workers would be off the job by July 1, at the start of the state fiscal year. It’s all happening at the heart of salmon season, and those and other state fisheries could get corked by the lawmakers’ inaction. 

“There is some budget – but how we proceed through the fiscal year from July 1 is still what we’re working on. It’s about 27 or 28 percent of our normal amount. So there is some operating capital for us to work in the field, and do our management jobs and responsibilities.” 

Jeff Regnart is director of Commercial Fisheries at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game...

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Three Openings allowed on Copper River this week as Escapements Are Double Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - May 28, 2015

The Copper River Sockeye fishery is approaching its peak, as escapements have surged to more than double the forecast for this date, and catches are rising also but still below forecast.
 
According to ADF&G, escapements to the upper Copper River are now around 183,869 fish as of May 26th, vs a forecast amount of 79,048 for this date.
 
Harvests to date for sockeye are 248,832 fish.  For the latest opening on Monday May 25th, which was 36 hours, total harvest was 138,000 sockeye, vs a preseason estimate of 177,000 for this period.

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13 Seafood Companies Control 40 Percent of Largest, Most Valuable Fish Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 28, 2015

Swedish researchers have found just 13 transnational seafood companies dominate the global industry, controlling as much as 40 percent of the world's largest and most valuable commercial fishery stocks. The study concluded these major companies have been able to produce higher revenues; influence fishery management policy; and dictate sustainable fishing practices compared to the rest of the industry.

Led by Henrik Österblom of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and published in Plos One, the study indentified 13 "keystone actors," corporations that control 11-16 percent fo the global marine catch and 19-40 percent of the world's biggest and most valuable stocks...

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Processors Set 1000 Lb Limit In PEI as Heavy Lobster Harvest Strains Capacity, Pushes Down Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh and John Sackton  - May 28, 2015

As many predicted this year, the combination of a compressed season and shortage of labor has hit the PEI lobster industry hard.  Earlier this week, some harvesters were bringing in 2000 lbs per day, in an effort to maximize their volume given the short season, and uncertainty about whether DFO will allow an extension.  The 8 week season, ending June 30th, was delayed 11 days by lingering ice this year.

This caused the fishery to miss the Mother's Day traditonal window, and the lack of sales volume has hurt wholesale pricing.

Compoundng the issue is the shortage of labor in processing plants, as the Canadian federal government has made it more difficult for lobster processors to employ foreign workers.  The result is thousands of pounds of lobster with nowhere to go in some ports...

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GAA Names Former Walmart Buyer Chris Keller to Head Up BAP Expansion in N. America

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 28, 2015

Chris Keller, a former senior buyer for Walmart and retail industry veteran, has joined the Global Aquaculture Alliance's North American BAP market development team where he'll head up retail expansion for the program.

Keller has more than 20 years of retail experience, most notably with Walmart Stores. Keller spent 15 years at Walmart where he held numerous positions, eventually acting as senior buyer. He won the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 for leading Walmart’s seafood sustainability team.

“GAA is excited to add Chris to its staff,” said Peter Redmond, BAP’s VP of market development. “Chris brings a wealth of experience in several areas, including retail and supply. Chris was instrumental in driving sustainability in his retail career. It is very rare to find an individual with all three of these qualities, and we feel this will really enhance our outreach in to the North American marketplace while providing excellent care to our supporters.”

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Northeast Salmon Prices Rise as Chilean Supply Tightens Under Customs Strike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 28, 2015

Some salmon prices in the US ticked up earlier this week in response to a sudden supply shortage of Chilean product. Imports from the country have been paralyzed due to a nine-day labor strike among Chile's Customs workers.

Workers represented by the National Association of Chilean Customs Workers (ANFACH), walked off the job on May  20, demanding better pay and working conditions from the government. 

The strike has severely cut into Chile's import and export operations. Salmon industry association SalmonChile reported a $30 million blow to Chilean salmon export sales within the first few days of the work stoppage...

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Federation Calling on Greenland to End Commercial Fishery of Atlantic Salmon
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] May 28, 2015 
 
HALIFAX — Fishermen and conservationists are urging Greenland to end its commercial fishery of wild Atlantic salmon, arguing the stock is at historic lows and won't recover if the harvest continues.
 
The Atlantic Salmon Federation issued new figures Wednesday showing the lowly state of the lucrative and once plentiful stock.
 
It says that even though the population has been steadily declining over the last several years, Greenland has maintained its factory fishery of salmon that migrate north from river systems in Canada, the United States and elsewhere.
 
The federation says data from the ...

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Ak Sen Murkowski Writes NOAA over recusals of Alaskan delegates on halibut bycatch vote

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton May 28, 2015

Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck protesting the decison to recuse two Alaskan Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
 
"The recent Recusal Examination for the June 2015 NPFMC decision is particularly troubling. Of the eleven voting members of the NPFMC and the seven members who have been determined to be affected by the decision on BSAI halibut PSC limits, the only two required to recuse themselves from the vote are Mr. David Long and Mr. Simon Kinneen, two Alaskan members. With such an important final decision on the table, this creates an inequity and lack of representation of Alaskan interests. The Council, by nature, is comprised of many stakeholders in the fishery. The recusal of two Alaskans before such an important vote seems to damage the core structure of the process."...

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California's Shift to Warmer Coastal Waters Signals Fishery Impacts, Possible Drought Relief
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Monterey County Weekly] by Kera Abraham - May 28, 2015
 
More than 3,000 skinny sea lion pups have stranded on California beaches this year – apparently starving, according to experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, because coastal waters are unusually warm.
  
Warmer surface waters mean less productivity at the bottom of the food chain, which hits hard at the top, from salmon to seals.
 
NOAA’s 2015 State of the California Current Report finds warm “blobs” of surface water off Southern California and Alaska have now merged to cover most of the West Coast. Combine that with weak El Niño conditions and a shift in a long-term ...

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Seafood Groups Unite to Oppose Queensland ban on Much of Commercial Fishing to Benefit Recreation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gympie Times]  May 28, 2015 

 THE chief Australia seafood industry associations that represent Queensland’s commercial fishers, processors, marketers and retailers have united to oppose the State Government’s proposed bans to commercial net fishing.

“Excluding commercial fishermen and providing exclusive access for recreational and tourism activity will severely impact on the supply of fresh fish to the community, ” Queensland Seafood Industry Association president Karen Collard.
 
“Seafood industry associations have united to oppose the introduction of commercial net fishing bans...

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Maine Considers Sea Urchin Fishery Swipe Cards
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fosters.com] May 28, 2015 
 
Maine fishery regulators are taking the final comments about a proposal to track the sea urchin fishery with swipe cards.
 
Friday is the final day for fishermen and others to comment on a proposed rule change for the coming fishing year that would create a mandatory swipe card system to record transactions where fishermen sell urchins. Maine regulators say the proposal could help bring added flexibility and better data collection to the fishery.
 
Maine's urchin fishery is valuable, but has tailed off considerably since the boom years of the 1990s. The high year was $35.6 million in 1995. Last year's value was slightly less ...

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LFAs 33 and 34 Among Major Canadian Lobster Fishing Regions to Get MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews] - May 27, 2015 - 

About three-fourths of Canadian caught lobsters have been deemed sustainably fished now that the Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence lobster trap fishery in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has achieved certification against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

Each of the fisheries successfully underwent an independent assessment by SAI Global and can ...

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Newfoundland and Labrador Says Talks at Stalemate with Ottawa over Fish Fund

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] By Sue Bailey - May 27, 2015 - 

ST. JOHN'S, N.L., Newfoundland and Labrador has upped the ante in its ongoing fishery feud with Ottawa, saying it will keep minimum processing rules that could trigger penalties under a free trade deal with Europe.

Premier Paul Davis told the legislature Tuesday that his province won't give up the measures meant to protect fish plant jobs unless the federal government delivers what he says was promised compensation.

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BC Salmon Farmers Assoc. Ready to Host Annual Aquaculture Conference on Vancouver Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 27, 2015

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) will welcome over 300 aquaculturalists to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre May 31st to June 3rd for the Aquaculture Association of Canada’s conference – Blue Revolution 2.0, which will discuss the latest technology, approaches, scientific research and prospects for the sector’s future in Canada. 

This year’s theme “Blue Revolution 2.0” speaks to the evolution of Canada’s aquaculture sector, within the context of the global aquaculture community and the pending future demand for sustainable seafood. For the first time in global history, the consumption of farm-raised seafood has surpassed that of captured wild seafood and demand is continuing to rise at close to 10% per year...

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Pacific Andes' Revenues, Profits Down Sharply in First Half of Fiscal Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 27, 2015

Pacific Andes reported sharp declines in revenues and profits, during the first half of its fiscal year that ended in March. However, the company did report the success of National Fish's rebranding campaign and in meeting the company's goal to reduce its debt.

During Pacific Andes' six-month fiscal year period that ended on March 28, the company posted a 24 percent decline in revenue and 60 percent drop in profits. The company posted these overall declines even though it reported much more favorable operating costs due to a sharp decline in global oil prices.

Revenues from Pacific's processing and distribution division were down over 6.5 percent primarily from lower sales volumes selling prices of frozen fish fillet products. Additionally, revenue declines in Pacific's Fishery and Fish Supply and Frozen Fish Supply Chain Management Divisions were reported at 38 and 26.5 percent respectively. 

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Hormel Buys Organic Meat Distributor Applegate Farms for $775 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The New York Times] by Stephanie Strom - May 27, 2015

Hormel Foods, the company behind brands like Spam and Skippy, announced on Tuesday that it was acquiring Applegate Farms, a maker of natural and organic meats, for about $775 million.

The deal was Hormel’s largest acquisition ever and signaled even more clearly the efforts of Jeffrey M. Ettinger, its chief executive, to diversify the company. It bought Skippy in 2013, and last year it added CytoSport, the maker of the Muscle Milk line of sports drinks, bars and powders, to its portfolio.

With the purchase of Applegate, Hormel is adding meat products, but Mr. Ettinger said there was almost no overlap between the two companies’ businesses. Half of Applegate’s sales are through organic and “natural” foods stores like Gourmet Garage in New York and PCC Natural Markets in the Pacific Northwest, where Hormel has very little presence. Hormel’s only organic products are a version of Wholly Guacamole and versions of some Muscle Milk products.

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NE Shoreside Infrastructure Suffering Along with Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Standard-Times] By Brian J. Lowney - May 27, 2015 - 

When consumers enjoy a seafood dinner caught by local boats, it isn't just the fisherman they need to thank for the pleasure.

Dozens of family-owned allied area businesses play a vital role in the local fishing industry, supplying a wide variety of goods and services that keep fishing afloat, ranging from gear and fuel to food, fresh water and ice.

The number of support services available to local fishermen has been “seriously hurt” during the past 20 years ...

 

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Tempers Boiling Again Over Disputed Machias Seal Island Lobster Grounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By David Abel - May 28, 2015 -

BAY OF FUNDY, There have been death threats on both sides of the watery divide between the United States and Canada, as lobstermen accuse each other of sabotaging lines, stealing gear, and setting traps atop those already in the water.

The two countries have long shared the world's longest border peaceably, but a centuries-old conflict over 277 square miles of disputed, increasingly lucrative waters has sown discord and threatens to shatter the tranquility between Maine and New Brunswick.

Fueling the tension is the rising price of lobster, which has attracted more Canadian fishermen to the lobster-rich waters of the so-called gray zone, the disputed territory fished mainly by Americans until a decade ago. 

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Alaska Members of Council Appeal Recusals that Could Change Halibut Bycatch Votes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE] By DJ Summers - May 28, 2015

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will spend the first four days of its weeklong meeting in Sitka beginning June 3 deciding on a series of deep cuts in the halibut bycatch allocation for the Bering Sea groundfish bottom-trawl fleet, but it may do so without a majority of the votes on the final decision coming from the Alaska delegation.

The council, which has 11 members with six appointed from Alaska, could hold a final vote without two Alaska members, David Long and Simon Kinneen, unless the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, reconsiders its decision to recommend them for recusal.

The council is considering cuts of...

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Weather, Environmental Conditions Hurting Central America Shrimp Production This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  May 28, 2015

Reports from Central America's shrimp producers do show higher mortalities this year, but not necessarily because of EMS.
 
Several environmental conditions - such as hot weather and a delay in the start of rains, have led to poor water quality and lots of vibrio blooms and other diseases.
 
As a result farms that stocked at higher densities have been hit with increased disease and mortality, while better managed farms appear to be on track with their production plans....

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Cooke Aquaculture Fish Plant Delays Frustrate Shelburne, N.S. Residents

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - May 29, 2015 - 

Herschel Specter has lived in Shelburne for about 20 years and says many in town have watched with frustration as Cooke Aquaculture has failed to come through on a promise to build a fish processing plant.

The New Brunswick-based company promised five years ago that a processing plant would be built in the area, creating more than 300 jobs. But nothing has happened.

"Unemployment is a characteristic of Nova Scotia and along comes somebody...

 

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Maryland Watermen Win Changes to Oyster Reef Restoration, Welcome Support of New Governor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Baltimore Sun] By Tim Wheeler - May 29, 2015 

Maryland's ambitious campaign to restore the Chesapeake Bay's once-legendary bivalves opened a new front this spring, continuing the largest shellfish restoration effort of its kind on the East Coast, if not anywhere.

But watermen, still bothered over losing harvestable waters to the restoration effort five years ago, have managed to get a few changes in the construction of new reefs in oyster sanctuaries in the Tred Avon and two other tributaries of the Choptank River.

Those minor changes in construction of the sanctuaries — plus the recent departure of the state Department of Natural Resources official overseeing shellfish programs — could be signs of watermen's growing influence in fisheries management under Gov. Larry Hogan, who has vowed to end what he has called his predecessor's "war on watermen."

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Tuna Baron Hagen Stehr Opens China Market for His South Australian Tuna 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advertiser] By Cristopher Russell - May 29, 2015 -

Quingdao, Port Lincoln tuna baron Hagen Stehr has won his first export deal to China. A pilot shipment of 40 tonnes of tuna, worth about $1 million, will be dispatched in July.

“It’s a start,” Mr Stehr said in Qingdao where he is a delegate on the South Australian trade mission to the Chinese sister province of Shandong.

“We’re trying to break the doors open to the Chinese market.

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Costco Q3 sales and earnings up 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarkte News] - May 29, 2015 - 

Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday sales and earnings increased for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended May 10.

Net income for the 12-week quarter rose 9.1% to $516 million, while sales climbed 1% to $25.5 billion and comparable sales — excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange — rose 6%.

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Changes to Halibut Sharing in Gulf of St. Lawrence Sparks Outrage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CBC News]  -  May 27, 2015

A decision by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to deviate from an established halibut quota sharing arrangement will have a deep impact on fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador, and greatly benefit harvesters in Prince Edward Island, the home province of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, a union leader says.

Keith Sullivan, president of the St. John's-based Fish, Food and Allied Workers' union, described the decision as a "callous, calculated and desperate" move by the federal Conservatives to win votes in the Maritime provinces.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence Atlantic halibut quota is going up by 20 per cent.

"It's like taking bread from the table of hard-working Newfoundlanders...

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Chinese Tilapia Shortage Could Raise Prices for US Importers During Busy 3Q Buying Period

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] Translated by Amy Zhong - May 27, 2015

Predications made during a tilapia forum in China's Guangxi region suggest Chinese tilapia supplies could be down significantly in the third quarter when US buyers typically crank up their purchases.

According to the Baiyang Aquatic Group, China largest tilapia exporter, a 40 percent decline in tilapia seedling stocks has Chinese producers in position to be low on supply by the third quarter of this year. 

”There is likely to be a shortage of tilapias this August and September”, said Sun Zhongyi, the chairman of Baiyang...

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Salmon Importers Losing Confidence in Chile as Customs Strike Enters Eighth Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] May 27, 2015

The ongoing strike among Customs workers in Chile is harming relationships between Chilean salmon exporters and the markets they serve.

According to Alfredo Ovalle, president of salmon importing company SeaCorp Seattle, the strike--now in its eighth day-- has further eroded his confidence in buying salmon from Chile.

Last week Chilean Customs workers walked out of their jobs demanding better pay and working conditions. The workers organized under (ANFACH) want a deal with the government guaranteeing that they will modernize Customs ports and add more staff to the operations.  Workers already rejected a government proposal that would have added 250 jobs to the sector. However, workers want an additional 800 positions...

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P.E.I. Makes Formal Request for DFO to Extend Lobster Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] - May 27, 2015 -

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island's fisheries minister is requesting an extension to the spring lobster fishery.

Alan McIsaac says he made the request in a letter to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.

Ice conditions delayed to opening of the season in two lobster fishing areas off the Island until May 8 and May 11 respectively.

 

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Canada and Alaska Challenge NMFS on Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker and John Sackton  -  May 26, 2015

Letters from high-ranking officials at Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, both addressing issues around the halibut bycatch caps in the Bering Sea, were sent to NMFS last Friday.

The first, from former IPHC Commissioner Michael Pearson, now Deputy Minister for Fisheries Management Operations in DFO, went to Eileen Sobeck, head of NMFS, encouraging her support for significant decreases in halibut bycatch and sharing Canada’s perspective of obligations of both countries as the two signatories of the halibut treaty.

The second letter was from Alaska’s Fish & Game Commissioner Sam Cotten, who called for NOAA General Council to conduct a full review of NMFS/Alaska’s recusal determinations that removed the voting privileges...

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