Thu. Jan 29 2015

Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference


Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal


Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao


Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas


Minh Phu Offering 50 Percent Stake in Company to Fund Global Shrimp Expansion  


Walmart featuring Trident's New The Alaskan Brand Products in Alaska and Washington


McDonald's Replaces CEO with Chief Branding Officer Following Dropping Sales and Earnings


Peru's Makro Supermayorista Becomes First Latin American Wholesaler to Support BAP Program


NMFS Will Continue Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Restrictions, Haddock Quota Raised


Whole Foods Market Launches New Responsibly Farmed Standards for Mollusks


Eimskip Sets Goal of Weekly Service from Europe to Portland, Maine


Walmart Foundation Partners With SFP to Fund Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture Improvement Projects


B.C. Geoduck Industry Threatened by Hong Kong Ban


Researchers Map Climate Change Hot Spots in World's Oceans to Aid Fisheries Management


Strait Lobstermen Have High Hopes after Downturn


Fish Oils from GM Crop Fed to Atlantic Salmon


Chili’s Outperforms Competitors Amid Improving Economy with Q2 Comps up 4.2 Percent


Walmart Already Exploring Expansion of The Alaskan Brand Beyond WA and AK (Fish Radio)


Campbell River Council Supports Grieg Seafood's Proposed Two New Fish Farm


Seafood Watch Program, Kampachi Farms Among Members of NMFS's Recently Formed Aquaculture Task Force


Dutch Harbor Faces Difficulty Shifting Grant Funds Around for Watershed Restoration Projects


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 29, 2015


Wed. Jan 28 2015

Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch


Pacific Seafoods Calls off Ocean Gold Acquisition Rather than Face Litigation


VASEP Warns Pangasius Exports to US May Be Hurt By Higher Dumping Duties


NPFMC To Consider Reducing Salmon Bycatch Caps for Bering Sea Pollock Trawlers


Maine Likely to Shorten Scallop Season  


Trident Seafoods Donates 37,000 lbs of Pollock to Vegas Food Bank During NFI's Marketing Conference


The Supper Bowl - A Comparison of Boston and Seattle Food Traditions


Rubio’s Changes Name, Highlights Seafood with Revamp


GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP partnering For Greater Uniformity and Transparency for Feed Industry


Annual Innovation Summit Will Strategize Ways to Grow Juneau's Mariculture Industry (Fish Radio)


FTC OKs Albertsons-Safeway Merger


President Obama Proposes Controversial Plan to Allow Drilling Off Atlantic Coast


King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe – Inspired By Arby’s Team Member Now Available Nationwide


Incredible is Bonefish Grill's Brand Refresh and First Ever Bar Bites Menu


Applebee's Franchisee Completes Acquisition of 29-Unit Roy's


Lanka Mulls Pioneering Mariculture Joint Venture with Maldives


Lobster Industry Byproducts Make Tasty Treats


Taiwan JV Nambawan Seafoods Tuna Cannery to Open This Fall in PNG


Students Get Schooled by Schools of Fish


Climate Change Redistributes Fish Species at High Latitudes


EC Clamps Emergency Closure on Sea Bass Directed Fishery


Performance Food Group Names New President of Broadline Segment


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 28, 2015


Tue. Jan 27 2015

White Cap / Sirena Buy 50% of Shrimp Processor in Quebec in Partnership with Lyons Seafoods


NPFMC Will Be Streamed Live From Seattle Starting Next Week (Fish Radio)


Marel's Seattle Operation to Focus on On-Board Developments for Fish Industry


Younger Generation Face Costly Uphill Battle Cracking into Kodiak's Commercial Fish Business


Vietnam Shrimp Leader Minh Phu Made Pretax Profit of Almost $50 Million Last Year


Popeye's Repeats Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box Promotion


Sea Watch International Announces 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge


American Shrimp Processors Support La. Senator's Bill That Cracks Down On Imported Shrimp Standards


American Seafoods’ Advisory Board Accepting Applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program


Super Bowl Weekend Demand Pushes Up Chicken Prices With Activity Quiet In Beef, Pork, Egg Trading  


Regional Seafood Restaurant Chain, Weathervane, Closing Three Locations in Maine


Lack of Local Support Squashes Proposed Marine Sanctuary Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands


Oystermen Battle Over the Future of Texas Oyster Reefs


China Online Food Delivery Co. Raises $350 Million from CITIC PE, Tencent, JD.com, Others


Tri-Marine CEO Emphasizes Importance of American Samoa Being Included in FTA with EU


Upper Columbia Tribes Seek to Restore River's Salmon Runs Above Grand Coulee Dam


Shellfish, Edible Seaweed to Be Farmed in Jervis Bay


The American Eel’s ‘Endangered’ Designation Isn’t Backed up by the Science (Opinion)


First for Rosyth Salmon Processing Plant


Ahi Run Has Fishermen Seeing Green


Deadline to Register for P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board Plebiscite


Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Deal


FMI Introducing CBX 20-Minute One-on-One Supplier Meetings at This Year's Chicago Show


Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 27, 2015


Mon. Jan 26 2015

Greenpeace Targets Costco, Albertson's in Orwellian Campaign to 'Bring Balance to the Bering Sea'   (2)


Bob Alverson Suggests NOAA Needs to Be More Forthcoming With Data on Halibut Stocks or IPHC May Act  


Judge Temporarily Blocks Pacific Seafood from Completing Ocean Gold Transaction


NY Fulton Fish Market to be Closed Tuesday Due to Storm


Someone's Lying in the West Coast Ports Slowdown


Supermarket Sales of Seafood Rise in Japan for First Time in Ten Years


Opinion: Lobster Management Offers Clear Direction in Gulf of Maine after Failure of Cod Management


No One Can Explain the Steep Decline in Maine's Casco Bay Wild Mussel Population


Delhaize's U.S. Operations Posted 12 Percent Quarterly Sales Gain, Helped by "53rd Week"


Cargill Ramping Up Research on Fish Feed, Does Not Rule Out Operating Own Fish Farms


New Category 'Beyond the Plate' Attracts Entries for Alaska's Annual Symphony of Seafood


Vietnamese Seafood Exports Strong in 2014 but Difficult to Maintain in 2015


Hannaford Again Features Gulf Shrimp for Super Bowl Promotion


Owner of Crab Boat that Sank in Penn Cove in 2010 Gets 75 Days in Jail   (1)


Obama Administration to Propose New Wilderness Protections in Alaska


McDonald's to Launch New Shrimp Burger in Korea


Nireus Aquaculture Sells its Turkish Subsidiaries for 4.15 Mln Euros in Cash


McDonald's Q4 U.S. Consolidated Operating Income Off 15 Percent


Maine's Scallop Divers Feel They Should Get Preference over Draggers


Maine May Require Elver Exporters to Buy a $5,000 License


Young's Seafood Parent Findus Reports 2014 Net Profit Rose 4 Percent


Aqua-Spark Investments Support Aquaculture in Mozambique


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 26, 2015


Fri. Jan 23 2015

Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold


Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market


Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down  


Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December  


Russian Pollock Fishing Underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons  


Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification


Mississippi Wholesalers Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest  


North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea


Strong U.S. Dollar Pulling Clams from New Brunswick Leaving Nova Scotia Short


AK Seafood Reps Impressed With Iceland's Marine Byproduct Industry During Trade Mission (Fish Radio)


Near Cyclical Bottom, Oregon's Dungeness Season will Barely Yield 10 Million Pounds  


Why New McDonald’s Discrimination Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food   (1)


NOAA's 2013 Fishery Recap Shows Catches and Revenues Continue to Crumble in Massachusetts


13 Fishermen Charged with Lacey Act Violations Involving 90,0000 Pounds of Striped Bass


Salmon Shelf Life Extended By Ultrahigh-Pressure Processing


McDonald’s Tried to Do It All, But Just Posted Terrible Sales Results


Further Restrictions on Natural Water Flow Threaten Mississippi Seafood Industry


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 23, 2015


Aquaculture License Finally Issued to Oyster Farm in Popponesset Bay Held up by Rich Homeowners


Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Completes Sale of Mitchell’s Restaurants to Landry’s, Inc.


Applebees Introduces 600 Calorie 'Pub Diet' Menu


2,700 Pounds of Shrimp Seized from Louisiana Vessel Not Using a TED


Big Data Systems to Catch IUU Fishing Only Effective if Nations Enforce the Rules (Opinion)


Bi-Lo Holdings Names Turnaround Expert Ian McLeod CEO


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Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton January 29, 2015

Here are three key takeaways from the NFI Global Seafood Market conference that concludes in Las Vegas today.  Shrimp will be plentiful, the Russians will buy less salmon, meaning more salmon going to other markets, and the biggest risk factors facing the US industry this year are not economic or supply based, but are political and regulatory ...

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Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY  Post] By Josh Kosman  - January 29, 2015 
 
Sysco looks as though it will have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion US Foods merger to be approved by regulators, if it is at all.
 
The Federal Trade Commission this week sent a subpoena to a third-party food distributor asking for more information, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
 
Blackstone Group-owned Performance Food Group agreed in early December to buy assets from Sysco with roughly $5 billion in revenue, a source said, noting PFG did not ...

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Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily Canada] By Xiao Lixin - january 29, 2015 - 

The demand for Canadian lobsters from Chinese consumers has witnessed a rapid surge in recent years and especially now as the Chinese New Year approaches less than a month away.

Exports of Canadian lobster to China are now second only to exports to the U.S.

During the first 11 months of 2014, the amount reached $73 million, a year-on-year growth of 136 percent.

The booming e-commerce market in China has also helped boost sales of imported lobsters. In 2013, as many as 20,000 Canadian lobsters were sold on Taobao, China's leading online shopping platform, according to its founder Jack Ma.

 

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Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015 
 
Chicken of the Sea has released its corporate sustainability report to further demonstrate its commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. The report, which documents 2013 efforts, focuses on four pillars of sustainability and sets measurable goals to be met by 2020.
 
The four pillars of sustainability include employees, facilities, products and suppliers, and goals were set in key areas: energy, waste, water, health and safety, and supply chain. The report marks the third year Chicken of the Sea has collected comprehensive data on practices throughout the organization and its supply chain.
 
“Past reports and research have been critical to our understanding of the current and potential global and industry...

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Minh Phu Offering 50 Percent Stake in Company to Fund Global Shrimp Expansion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] By Chau Mai - January 29, 2015 - 

Minh Phu Seafood Corp., which sells black tiger shrimp to Costco Wholesale Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will seek to sell half of itself to foreign strategic investors to help fund overseas expansion.

“If we stay on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, we can’t raise enough target capital,” said CEO Quang, who plans to raise the company’s registered capital 20 percent to 840 billion dong.

A dozen foreign investors from the U.S, Japan and Canada have expressed interest in the stake sales, Quang said...

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Walmart featuring Trident's New The Alaskan Brand Products in Alaska and Washington

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 29, 2015 -

Walmart is adding more wild caught Alaska seafood at select stores in Alaska and Washington.

The expanded assortment includes The Alaskan, a new 100% Alaska seafood brand created by Trident Seafood and launched exclusively at Walmart.

The nation’s largest grocer is also adding Alaskan cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its broad seafood offering. Each of the new items is harvested in Alaska and processed locally in Alaska or in the Pacific Northwest.

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Peru's Makro Supermayorista Becomes First Latin American Wholesaler to Support BAP Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance 's(GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices fish farming certifiation standard has picked up its first endorsement from a Latin American wholesaler after Makro Supermayorista S.A.said it would commit to adopt the program.

Makro said the BAP certification will be part of a company-wide sustainability initiative, and will work with its suppliers to ensure that its farmed seafood, when available, is sourced from a BAP-certified facility.

Based in Lima, Peru, Makro Supermayorista S.A. is a cash-and-carry wholesaler, selling food and non-food products to registered professional buyers, including small- and medium-sized retailers, caterers and the institutional foodservice. Makro is part of the Dutch SHV Group and has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Makro offers a number of farmed seafood species, including tilapia, Pangasius, trout, salmon and shrimp. The BAP logo will first appear on packaging for tilapia fillets.

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Whole Foods Market Launches New Responsibly Farmed Standards for Mollusks
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Whole Foods] January 29, 2015 
 
Whole Foods Market is launching new comprehensive standards for farmed bivalve mollusks, which include oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, all of which will now be recognized by the retailer’s Responsibly Farmed logo for easy shopping.
 
The seal signifies that each mollusk farm has been audited by a third party to ensure the industry-leading standards are being met, including prohibiting pesticides, monitoring water quality, protection of the coastal environment, evaluation of sediments on the seafloor and traceability from farm to ...

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Eimskip Sets Goal of Weekly Service from Europe to Portland, Maine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Tom Bell - January 29, 2015 - Eimskip moves to bring
 more cargo ships to Portland

Icelandic steamship line Eimskip has changed its routes to allow for more frequent container shipments between Europe and Portland, and to provide direct service across the Atlantic without having to transfer containers in Iceland – important steps for boosting its business in North America.

Eimskip is a niche shipping line that specializes in moving products that need refrigeration. Products coming into the United States are primarily frozen fish.

Exports from Portland include frozen and processed food, such as lobsters, blueberries and potatoes.

 

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B.C. Geoduck Industry Threatened by Hong Kong Ban
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] by Joanne Lee-Young - January 29, 2015 
 
VANCOUVER — The B.C. geoduck industry, one of the province’s most lucrative fisheries at almost $50 million a year, is usually gearing up for its busiest time of year right now.
 
Instead, it is running at half-speed.
 
Just before Christmas, Hong Kong, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of exports, imposed a sudden ban on geoduck shipments from Canada, citing unacceptable levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), a toxin that can cause severe illness or death. Exporters halted what had been daily shipments flown from ...

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Researchers Map Climate Change Hot Spots in World's Oceans to Aid Fisheries Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC] - January 29, 2015 - 

Researchers have mapped climate change hotspots in the world's oceans to allow better fisheries management and commercial fishing decisions.

Australian scientists led by Dr Gretta Pecl at the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have developed software that they believe can help fishery managers and the fishing industry adapt.

Hotspots where ocean temperatures are increasing much faster than the global average have been identified in all oceans.

Dr Pecl said the database and assesment method had been picked up and applied in Canada and the US.

 

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Strait Lobstermen Have High Hopes after Downturn
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chronicle Herald] by AARON BESWICK TRURO BUREAU - January 29, 2015 
 
1906, 1932, 1959 and 1987.
 
“Those were the really good years for lobster fishing in the central Northumberland Strait,” Eben Elliott said Wednesday.
 
“There’s lots of different theories about what’s caused the highs and the lows for lobster landings, but in the end, it’s what’s going on in nature that is responsible.”
 
The fortunes of Elliott’s family have been tied lobster stocks in the central Northumberland Strait since his great-grandfather set his first traps in Port Howe around the beginning of the 20th ...

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Fish Oils from GM Crop Fed to Atlantic Salmon
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reed Business Information Limited] January 29, 2015 
 
British scientists have genetically engineered camelina plants to produce high levels of omega-3 oils in their seeds which were successfully fed to Atlantic salmon.
 
The breakthrough could eventually provide a more sustainable source of omega-3-producing crops to substitute fish oil in fish feeds.
 
The scientists at Rothamsted Research say oil derived from camelina plants that have been genetically modified to produce 20% EPA in their seeds is entirely suitable for feeding Atlantic salmon.
 
In a joint research project between the ...

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Chili’s Outperforms Competitors Amid Improving Economy with Q2 Comps up 4.2 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Jonathan Maze - January 29, 2015 - 

Chili’s Grill & Bar’s domestic same-store sales rose 4.2 percent during its second quarter on increased traffic, its best quarterly performance in nearly three years, parent Brinker International Inc. reported Wednesday.

Parent Brinker beat expectations for net income, revenue and same-store sales. Net income rose 3.9 percent, to $41.3 million, from $39.7 million the previous year. Revenue rose 5.3 percent, to $742.9 million, from $705.7 million. Unit-level margin also increased, by 35 basis points, to 16.4 percent.

Chili’s sister brand Maggiano’s Little Italy reported its 20th straight quarter of same-store sales growth. Same-store sales at the 49-unit chain rose 2.3 percent during the quarter, partly due to 1.6-percent traffic growth.

Brinker is also generating sales by selling branded items at retail locations such as Walmart. 

 

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Walmart Already Exploring Expansion of The Alaskan Brand Beyond WA and AK (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] January 29, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Wal-Mart expands its Alaska seafood line in a big way.   More after this —

Starting this week, freezer displays at Wal-Mart superstores in Alaska and Washington will launch a new line up of 14 Alaska seafood items.

"And we’re really proud to bring these to our customers and we also know how important it is to local fishermen and folks across the state."

John Forrest Ales is Wal-Mart’s Director of Corporate Communications. Wal-Mart already carries Alaska halibut and sockeye salmon. Added to that isAlaska cod loins and fillets, coho, keta and king salmon, rockfish, sole, and Alaska king and snow crab...

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Campbell River Council Supports Grieg Seafood BC's Proposed Two New Fish Farms

EAFOODNEWS.COM [Courier Islander] - January 29, 2015 - 

Campbell River city council is sending a letter of support for Grieg Seafood's plan to open two new fish farm sites in Clio Channel by West Cracroft Island.

Council was responding to a request from Marilyn Hutchinson, Director of Human Resources, Sustainability and Growth for Grieg Seafood BC Ltd., whose head office is located in Campbell River.

The letter saidCampbell River supports the head office presence of BC's three largest salmon farming companies "whose total direct employment is around 890 persons."

Other items pointed out in the letter were: Excluding payroll and feed costs, in 2013 Grieg spent $71 million for service providers and contractors, primarily located in the North Vancouver Island region.

 

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Seafood Watch Program, Kampachi Farms Among Members of NMFS's Recently Formed Aquaculture Task Force

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

Kampachi Farms and the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program are among the 11 members named to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries aquaculture task force.

The Aquaculture Task Force was one of two major groups formed; the other was the the Climate and Marine Resources Task Force.   

NOAA said interest was high for both new task forces with 11 for the Aquaculture Task Force and 12 for the Climate group.

"Applications were received from a strong pool of highly qualified individuals who represented a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, skill sets, gender, and regional perspectives," NOAA said...

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Dutch Harbor Faces Difficulty Shifting Grant Funds Around for Watershed Restoration Projects

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Annie Ropeik - January 29, 2015

City council and neighbors from around Unalaska Lake got a reality check Tuesday night about just how far they can stretch $1 million in grant money for watershed restoration projects.

Consultants from PND Engineers spent much of Tuesday's council meeting presenting their recommendations for how to use the grants at the lake and Iliuliuk River.

Engineer Paul Kendall says some of the river grant was based on conditions that seem to have changed in the past several years, since the city first received the money. Requirements like light-penetrating stairs on the riverbank and revegetation at the lower river didn’t get much public support...

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McDonald's Replaces CEO with Chief Branding Officer Following Dropping Sales and Earnings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Hiroko Tabuchijan - January 29, 2015 -

McDonald’s announced yesterday that its chief executive would step down, just days after the fast-food restaurant chain posted one of its worst financial performances in years.

Don Thompson, 51, will retire as president and chief executive, effective March 1, McDonald’s said in a statement. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the chain’s chief branding officer, who will also replace Mr. Thompson on the McDonald’s board, the statement said.

Last week, McDonald’s reported a sharp decline in sales and earnings as stiff competition and evolving consumer tastes continued to take a toll on the firm, one of America’s biggest restaurant brands. It has lost a lot of ground with consumers, including having difficulty attracting millennial consumers who gravitate more toward what are called fast-casual restaurants, like Chipotle.

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NMFS Will Keep Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Restrictions in Place, Haddock Quota Raised

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - January 29, 2015 - 

NOAA fisheries will not modify or remove any of the restrictive emergency interim actions governing Gulf of Maine cod it instituted last November, NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard said Wednesday.

He said the 200-pound trip limit for cod bycatch in the Gulf of Maine will remain in force despite a variety of requests by fishing stakeholders for it to be increased or eliminated.

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Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  (Opinion) by Chris Woodley January 28, 2015

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has  been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes.

As fishermen, the flatfish trawl catcher-processor fleet (aka Amendment 80 fleet) and the halibut fleet have a lot in common. We each provide healthy, sustainably harvested fish ...

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Walmart Foundation Partners With SFP to Fund Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture Improvement Projects

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

The Walmart Foundation has partnered with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) in order to develop Aquaculture Improvement Projects for shrimp and tilapia farming operations in Indonesia, China, and Thailand.

According to the SFP the projects will provide shrimp farmers in Indonesia and Thailand and tilapia farmers in China with training and knowledge to help them improve their livelihoods and increase collaboration to manage and improve water quality and reduce incidences of disease outbreaks. The Aquaculture Improvement Projects will create a zonal approach to form local management groups for greater sustainability in the fish-farming environment.

“We are proud to support SFP on this project, which combines environmental sustainability with preserving and sustaining important food sources,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation. “We look for opportunities to bring together projects that improve livelihoods and protect the environment; this grant helps us support the great work of SFP in achieving winning outcomes for the people in the aquaculture industry and the environment.”

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Pacific Seafoods Calls off Ocean Gold Acquisition Rather than Face Litigation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Jeanine Stewart - January 28, 2015

 Pacific Seafood Group has called off its planned acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, citing the need to avoid getting bogged down in litigation as the major reason.

On Friday, a federal judge temporarily blocked the company's acquisition of Westport, Washington-based fish processor Ocean Gold. The decision grew out of a hearing on a case filed by Jeff Boardman -- the same plaintiff in the anti-trust case against Pacific that was dismissed with prejudice in 2012 -- and backed by fishermen.
 
Pacific filed a motion to dismiss that case on Tuesday, stating in the filing "The proposed stock purchase agreement between a Pacific Seafood affiliate and other shareholders of Ocean Gold Seafoods, Inc. is dead and gone—it is no more...

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VASEP Warns Pangasius Exports to US May Be Hurt By Higher Dumping Duties

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VietnamNet] - January 28, 2015 -

Vietnamese tra fish fillets' exports to the United States might be hurt this year due to a high anti-dumping tax rate imposed by the latter, an official said.

Truong Dinh Hoe, the general secretary of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), revealed that according to the final results of the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duty administrative review (POR 10) issued on January 16, the United States has nearly doubled the anti-dumping tax rate levied on Vietnamese tra fish fillets imported between August 2012 and July 2013.

The number of exporters to the U.S. market may plunge to three from as many as 30 companies four years ago...

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NPFMC To Consider Reducing Salmon Bycatch Caps for Bering Sea Pollock Trawlers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by David Bendinger - January 28, 2015

After several years of poor salmon returns along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, federal managers are considering new ways to cut back on salmon bycatch in the commercial pollock fishery.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold a statewide teleconference on Wednesday to discuss their options for reducing bycatch in the Bering Sea.

"We’re hosting this teleconference to allow people the opportunity to hear about the alternatives that are being considered,” says NPFMC staff member Steve MacLean. “To learn something about the council process and how they can become involved in that council process, and then to voice questions and concerns they might have about the action currently being evaluated.”

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Maine Likely to Shorten Scallop Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - January 28, 2015 - 

ELLSWORTH, Maine, When Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher took the advice of his Scallop Advisory Council last year and set a 70-day fishing season for this winter (just 50 days in Cobscook Bay) he warned fishermen that DMR was likely to cut the season short.

At an SAC meeting in Ellsworth last Thursday, the chickens came home to roost, or at least they were visible from the coop.

About six weeks after the 20-week season opened on Dec. 1, DMR Resource Management Coordinator Trisha Cheney told some two dozen scallop fishermen that the seasons in both Cobscook Bay and in Zone 2, an area stretching from Penobscot Bay to the Lubec Narrows, were likely to close soon...

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Trident Seafoods Donates 37,000 lbs of Pollock to Vegas Food Bank During NFI's Marketing Conference

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 28, 2015

At the Global Seafood Marketing Conference in Las Vegas, the National Fisheries Institute's Future Leaders Class of 2014 announced that they had raised over $27,000 and 134,000 lbs of seafood for hunger relief.  

As in other years the class kicked off the Conference by donating their time to a local food bank, this time the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.

SeaShare's Director Jim Harmon took the class members to for a tour of the Three Square's facilities where the class did some volunteer work sorting food. The Class prepared approximately 500 produce bags, packed 6,640 lbs of food, bagged 2,750 lbs of apples and 3,000 lbs of oranges. 

Trident Seafoods also donated a truckload of pollock portions to the food bank totaling 37,000 pounds.

Three Square Food Bank serves four counties in southern Nevada or about 315,000 food insecure individuals. Three Square currently provides more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 28 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada...

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The Supper Bowl - A Comparison of Boston and Seattle Food Traditions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seattle Times] By Paige Collins - January 28, 2015 - 

With the big game right around the corner, we invited Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian to tell us how the food scene in Boston reflects the local culture there. Our food writer, Bethany Jean Clement, gave her take on the same subject for Seattle, which will run in the Globe...

 

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Rubio’s Changes Name, Highlights Seafood with Revamp
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nations Restaurant News] BY Lisa Jennings  - January 28, 2015 
 
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill is changing its name and renewing its focus on seafood as part of a brand revamp.
 
The fast-casual chain is slowly evolving into “Rubio’s Coastal Grill,” as the Carlsbad, Calif.-based concept works through a remodeling program that will eventually reach all 193 restaurants. The new ocean-themed décor will also be the design going forward for the six or seven new units scheduled to open this year.
 
Ralph Rubio, who founded the concept in ...

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GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP partnering For Greater Uniformity and Transparency for Feed Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishupdate.com] By Tim Siddons - January 28, 2015 - 

GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP+ International have entered into a worldwide strategic partnership that they hope will strengthen their operations as certification scheme providers.

Both organisations, while keeping their independence, are looking to harmonise governance and system rules in order to provide greater uniformity and transparency for the feed industry, which is also in the best interests of downstream livestock and aquaculture farmers.

The companies will operate according to the same principles in governance, certification and integrity...

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