Thu. Dec 18 2014

RaboBank issues optimistic shrimp report for clients, sees 10% global growth in 2014   (1) 


World Bank's IFC division makes $10 million loan to expand Regal Springs' Chiapas tilapia project  


Louisiana's "Crawfish King" Al Scramuzza predicts plenty of lower priced mudbugs for the holidays


Group of New Bedford workers protesting wages at NORPEL fired


Russian crab captains call for quota increase; analyst says 30% of Russian crab was IUU in 2013   (1) 


Alaska's Robin Samuelson applauds President Obama for protecting Bristol Bay (Fish Radio)


Thailand's shrimp output seen recovering to 250,000 - 300,000 tons in 2015


Relocation of Tsukiji fish market moved up in preparation for Olympics


Technomic tracking data shows continued improvement in Casual Dining amid strong competition


Bonamar promotes Luis Vera to VP of Operations, names Hector Medellin to head up QA Dept.


Bangladesh producers face price downturn on black tiger shrimp, customers renegotiate orders


Beaver Street Fisheries names Casey Marion Director of Sustainability Initiatives


Chile gets first western free trade deal with China; plans expansion of salmon, mussel sales


Casual dining restaurant chains simplifying menus to focus on their strengths


Vietnam to clamp down on seafood quality under threat of EU import ban


AKCRRAB readies next batch of egg-bearing blue and red king crabs for Kodiak restoration project


Rudong County, near Shanghai, wins 'No. 1 country for white shrimp' by CAPMA  


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative picks marketing communications agency


19 NYC restaurants promoting Louisiana shrimp during "Louisiana Shrimp Week"


Sea Shepherd ship conducts citizen's arrest on Nigerian-flagged toothfish vessel in Southern Ocean


Oceana loses latest challenge to NMFS Bi-op for sea scallop fishery


Washington, Oregon fish managers rearing eggs in barrels to rebuild Columbia River's chum population


NOAA gives $1.4 million to OSU's ocean acidification project aimed to help West Coast shellfish


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 18, 2014


Wed. Dec 17 2014

Norwegians increase prices on larger cod, smaller cod priced similar to Newfoundland  


President Obama blocks oil and natural gas drilling in Bristol Bay


Recommendations of federal task force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud released


Act reducing West Coast groundfish buyout rate payments from 5% to 3% passes Congress


Chile's 14 major salmon producers sign landmark labor agreement with nearly 900,000 workers


Holiday trading patterns impact this week's wholesale beef, egg and seafood markets  


Moratorium delays Cooke Aquaculture's $150M expansion plan for Nova Scotia by years


Darden quarterly sales up 4.9 percent, Olive Garden comps up 0.5 percent


EU raises 2015 cod and haddock quotas despite scientific recommendation to slash catches  


Louisiana announces Dec. 22 closing date for most inshore, some offshore fall shrimping waters  


Rep Don Young (AK to lead on Magnuson Reauthorization in restructuring of House committees next year


Malerie Gunderson's "Fish Eye" takes Grand Prize in ASMI's Alaska Fishing Photo Contest (Fish Radio)


OSU team thinks Tums hold the key to reversing acidification's threat to shellfish


Newfoundland-Labrador sets policy for sustainable development of aquaculture


ASC will streamline its eight separate fish farming certifications into one core standard


CSX delivers last trainload of oyster shells from Florida to Chesapeake Bay for reef sanctuaries


TUF expected to hit $5 billion sales target for next year - Analyst


Newfoundland-Labrador premier amps up the rhetoric against Stephen Harper


Enviros fret EU ministers set quotas too high as CFP reforms begin


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 17, 2014


Tue. Dec 16 2014

Frozen tilapia market continues to weaken on smaller sizes amid lackluster buying interest  


Canadian lobsters making massive inroads in China; consumers told not to discard the claws  


Hokkaido traders panicked over soaring crab prices as Russia and Japan treaty takes effect  


Minnesota Attorney General questions if divestiture can save competition in Sysco-US Foods merger


Newfoundland and Labrador premier says he'll keep fish processing rules to force CETA compensation


McDonalds Menu Cuts involve Quarter Pounder, Chicken and Snacks so far


Some NGO's cry foul over change to Calif. sardine management when it contradicts their view  


GAA and Vietnam plan to complete country-wide VietGap / BAP fish farming standard in early 2015


China security report clears Zhangzidao of any fraud regarding missing scallops


Rising ocean acidity sends BC oyster and scallop production into a tailspin


Norway lifts seafood consumption limit warning for pregnant women


ADF&G may have discovered how to accurately find a crab's age (Fish Radio)


New EU seafood labeling regulations come into force this week


TED mandate for Gulf shrimpers is working with sea turtle populations on the rise


Review of Nova Scotia salmon aquaculture finds no need for province-wide ban on fish farming


Jellyfish invasion killed 300,000 salmon at Loch Duart farm


Chinese demand driving up Tasmanian rock lobster price  


ASC certified fish farms tops 100 as approved operations doubled in 2014


After devastating France's Pacific oyster industry, herpes now threatens Australia  


Study finds North Carolina's shrimpers would land larger, higher priced shrimp with a later season  


South Korea now testing Japanese seafood for radiation to see if import ban can be lifted


"Gentlemen's agreement" coming unraveled as Denmark claims waters past North Pole


Marathon EU fisheries negotiations begin with discard ban on pelagics to be imposed


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday December 16, 2014


Mon. Dec 15 2014

Final North Pacific Council Motion provides for 3.4% pollock increase of 43,000 tons  


Gulf of Maine waters warming more rapidly than anywhere else on earth


Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative votes unanimously to revise its benchmark tool


High Liner Foods moves U.S. headquarters to Pease International Tradeport in NH


BMR Group, operating 8 hatcheries and 2 plants in India, joins GAA as sustaining member  


Maine 2014 lobster catch value expected to be slightly higher on lower catch  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday December 15, 2014


Lamitech to rebrand its smoked salmon fish boards as Sammy Board


Sysco promotes Greg Keller to president of Sygma


Nippon Suisan sees major opportunities in farmed salmon; expands production 66%, seeks acquisitions  


BC Salmon Farmers Assn. commits $1.5 million to study interaction with wild fish


CETA meeting did not go well in Ottawa, says NL Premier Davis; $400 million fund in jeopardy


1 dead, 18 missing, 32 rescued from capsized Nicaraguan lobster boat


India's Coastal Aquaculture Authority shuts two unapproved shrimp hatcheries


Russian government to fully subsidize seafood rail tariffs from Far East to Moscow  


Arthur T. Demoulas completes Market Basket deal


Fishermen happy for reopening of some Louisiana waters affected by oil spill  


Sanford's CEO leading company to "customer focused operation around fresh, not frozen"


North America's Scandinavians keep lutefisk tradition alive


Preferred's new third Miami-Dade warehouse already nearly full


Gulf Red Snapper Conservation Act of 2014: Overreach in the name of states rights (Opinion)  


Fri. Dec 12 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 12, 2014


'The Nobu Way' on display as global restaurant chain opens in Manila


First New England groundfisheries enter MSC assessment with Cape Ann Seafood Exchange


Bali fishermen turn to crab farming as conservation measure


Owner sues Vladivostok airport after cat eats his fish shop display


Sysco divestment to Performance rises to $5 billion to close US Foods deal


Following steep decline new protections for sea turtles showing dramatic recovery is possible


Climate change is pushing major Oregon fish species north, says NOAA scientist  


Heavy rain causes large temporary shellfish closure on P.E.I.


The tangled saga of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. comes to an end as the Lunny family leaves Drake's Estero


Bad weather, strong demand, pushes up live lobster prices at double their average rate this month  


Bumble Bee sale may be announced by end of year, Thai Union, Mitsubishi leading contenders


Trident's expanded operations in Kodiak will boost its tender salmon processing (Fish Radio)


Market turmoil hits Norwegian salmon, as spot prices make biggest fall in decade  


Spruce Head Co-Op manager pleads guilty to tax evasion, Lacey Act violation in stolen lobster case


Obama administration drafting recommendations on IUU fishing


Norway scraps controversial seal hunting subsidy


Jim Talbot's huge legacy includes Bellingham Cold Storage and US-USSR Marine Resources Co.


Sealord's return to profit puts Aotearoa Fisheries back in black in FY 2014


Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen will become chairman January 1


Sen. Begich introduces Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization before leaving the Senate


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RaboBank issues optimistic shrimp report for clients, sees 10% global growth in 2014

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Dec 18, 2014

Rabobank has issued an optimistic report on shrimp in 2015 for clients.
 
The bank says that although risks remain, recovery from EMS is underway in all the countries hit hardest, and that expanding global demand will help maintiain price levels as global production increases 10% in 2014.
 
They do not rule out price volatility or risk in 2015...

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World Bank's IFC division makes $10 million loan to expand Regal Springs' Chiapas tilapia project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Dec 18, 2014

The World bank's IFC (International Finance Corporation) announced it is making a $10 million loan to Regal Springs tilapia project in Chiapas, Mexico.
 
The $10 million will go to Acuagranjas Dos Lagos to fund the expansion of its fish farming and processing operations in the Mexican state of Chiapas. 
 
Acuagranjas Dos Lagos, a subsidiary of Regal Springs, plans to invest USD $24 million to eventually bring its production and processing capacity in Mexico to 70,000 metric tons of fish. The project will help address increasing demand for tilapia in Mexico and in global markets, and help efforts to reduce pressure on wild fish stocks amid three decades of steadily growing global fish consumption. 
 
The investment will support employment in one of Mexico’s poorest states, by increasing jobs in the company to over 2,500 employees...

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Louisiana's "Crawfish King" Al Scramuzza predicts plenty of lower priced mudbugs for the holidays

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WDSU] by Camille Whitworth - December 18, 2014

The man best known as the Crawfish King, Al Scramuzza, is at it again.

In the 1950s, he popularized eating mudbugs, another name for crawfish, and has boiled his first batch of them just as the new season begins. He invited us over and we asked him his prediction on what we can expect this crawfish season.

Scramuzza was lively and full of energy as he carefully boiled his first pot of mudbugs. With more than six decades of experience, he gave us his opinion...

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Group of New Bedford workers fired after protesting wages at NORPEL 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Standard-Times] By Simón Rios - December 18, 2014 - 

NEW BEDFORD, At least five workers at a city fish company were fired Tuesday morning after conducting a work stoppage and giving management a list of demands that includes a $15 minimum hourly wage, according to advocates.

On a blistering cold Monday night, some 25 workers and "allies" gathered at Northern Pelagic Group's Fish Island facility with candles in hand, waving placards and chanting slogans in Spanish and English.

"This is based on a history of complaints that the workers have had with the company about working conditions," said Lisa Maya Knauer, an activist with Centro Comunitario Trabajadores and UMass Dartmouth professor.

Lucio Avila, division manager at EDA's New Bedford office, said  "If it's your company and you want to pay a packer $15 an hour, I don't think you're going to be in business too long with competition the way it is in New Bedford."

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Russian crab captains call for quota increase; analyst says 30% of Russian crab was IUU in 2013

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugen Gerden Dec 18, 2014

Moscow - Russian leading crab producers have called on the country’s President Vladimir Putin to increase the existing crab quotas in the country, due to the ever growing volume of illegal catch and declining profitability of the industry.
 
In an official letter to Putin, producers call on Putin to lift the existing restrictions on the crab catch in the West Kamchatka shelf.
 
Commercial fishing of red king crab in the West Kamchatka and the Kuril-Kamchatka subzones was permitted in November 2013 after lifting of the existed ban. According to the results of studies, conducted in summer of 2014, scientists had proposed to increase the total allowable catch (TAC) of king crab in these subzones for the current year to 2790 tonnes and 1988 tonnes respectively (in 2013 the TAC was 5,700 tonnes).
 
However, despite this, Russian Rosrybolovstvo decided not to increase total allowable catch...

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Alaska's Robin Samuelson applauds President Obama for protecting Bristol Bay (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] December 18, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. A big break for the nation’s fish basket. I’ll tell you more after this 

Lifelong fisherman and tribal leader Robin Samuelson’s family has been against the leases for decades. 

"Well, I had to watch the president’s video on the internet about five times. I’m elated. Bristol Bay needs protection - we have a phenomenal world class salmon fishery here."

In fact, President Obama said the action honors anti-drilling activist Harvey Samuelson who passed away 10 years ago. Son Robin - 

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Relocation of Tsukiji fish market moved up in preparation for Olympics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Asahi Shimbun] - December 18, 2014 - 

The long-anticipated relocation of Tokyo's Tsukiji market is being fast-forwarded to November 2016 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

However, operators in the market are apprehensive about the move, which will require them to reopen their businesses just before the busiest season of the year.

Officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government and business representatives of the Tsukiji wholesale market formally agreed to move the facility to Tokyo's Toyosu district during a meeting Dec. 17 to discuss the new site.

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Bonamar promotes Luis Vera to VP of Operations, names Hector Medellin to head up QA Dept.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] December 18, 2014 

Major crab meat vendor Bonamar Corporation has re-tooled its leadership with the promotion of a new Vice President of Operations along with the creation of on a new executive position at the company.

Bonamar's CEO and President Argenis Contreras has promoted Luis Vera from Director to Vice President of Operations. Vera had served as Director since 2009. 

Meanwhile, the Florida-based seafood distributor has brought on Hector Medellin to serve as Vice President its Quality Assurance department, a brand new position for company. Medellin has served in the seafood industry at an Executive level for Houston Seafood, Handy International and Phillips Foods...

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Beaver Street Fisheries names Casey Marion Director  of Sustainability Initiatives

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - December 18, 2014 -  

Beaver Street Fisheries is expanding its commitment to safe and sustainable seafood sourcing by establishing a Director of Sustainability Initiatives role.  Casey Marion has been appointed to this newly created position.

Marion, who currently manages BSF’s quality management system and maintains its Global Food Safety Initiatives certifications, will transition to lead BSF’s sustainability efforts and ensure its supply chain – wild caught to farm raised – adheres to best practices and standards for responsibly sourcing and supplying seafood. 

In his new role, Marion will lead the company’s efforts to further embrace organizations such as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, which sets internationally recognized standards for using Best Aquaculture Practices and in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

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Chile gets first western free trade deal with China; plans expansion of salmon, mussel sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Banyetan news] Translated by Amy Zhong Dec 18, 2014

Chile targeting Qingdao for big expansion into China's seafood market with zero tariff in 2015

With the coming of zero tariff rate, Qingdao acts as the distribution center for over 60% of the imported seafood from Chile.
 
At the recent China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao there were a large amount of Chilean aquatic products, whose tariff rate will become zero in 2015.
 
M. George, Chile’s newly appointed ambassador to China was at the expo and played a leading role in the debut of Chilean seafood in Qingdao. This event has not only attracted 21 Chilean aquatic companies such as the largest exporter of mussels but also some famous Chilean seafood suppliers of salmon and scallops. The relevant parties have further discussed the economic cooperation between Qingdao and Chile regarding the marine aquaculture, wine and export of Chinese products.
 
Qingdao is of great significance for the seafood promotion.

 

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Vietnam to clamp down on seafood quality under threat of EU import ban

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News] December 18, 2014

The National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance (Nafiqad) under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will set up a number of working teams to inspect seafood processors in a bid to tighten its control over seafood quality.

The move will be taken after EU’s authorities warned Vietnam of possible banning of its seafood import after a number of Vietnamese seafood products were found unsafe for consumption.

The processors complained by foreign importers will be subjects for inspection, said the Nafiqad...

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AKCRRAB readies next batch of egg-bearing blue and red king crabs for Kodiak restoration project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] December 18, 2014

The Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB) has again coordinated with local Alaskan fishermen and others with a stake in the crab industry to collect and house egg bearing blue and red king crabs. The effort is part of an ongoing study that is researching the feasibility of rebuilding the stock in Kodiak.   

According to the AKCRRAB both blue and red king crabs were collected in November and December for the project. Thirty egg-bearing red king crabs were captured in Alitak Bay in early November. Mitch Simeonoff from Ahkiok, and Rick Metzger, a fisherman and resident of Deadman's Bay, collected the crabs. 

"Interest and support from the crab industry and fishermen is advancing king crab research in Alaska. Broodstock collection is expensive and time-consuming, and AKCRRAB could not continue without this partner support," the AKCRRAB said...

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative picks marketing communications agency

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - December 18, 2014 - 

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) has picked Weber Shandwick, a member of the Interpublic Group, for PR, creative, digital and social media work to promote Maine lobster.

"Weber Shandwick demonstrated deep experience and success in a broad range of capabilities, from strategy and traditional and digital media planning, to brand development and public and media relations,” said Matt Jacobson, executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. "They built a strong foundation of trust and compatibility with us early on, and we are eager to move forward with them to showcase Maine Lobster.

Based in Portland, Maine, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is an industry-funded marketing board founded in 2013. 

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Sea Shepherd ship conducts citizen's arrest on Nigerian-flagged toothfish vessel in Southern Ocean

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC] -  December 18, 2014 - 

Sea Shepherd activists claim they have conducted a citizen's arrest in the Southern Ocean on a Nigerian-flagged fishing boat known for poaching Patagonian toothfish and other rare species.

Crew members from the environmental activist group's ship, the Bob Barker, said they intercepted the Thunder in a fishing area regulated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) without a permit to fish.

The Thunder is on a list of boats deemed to have engaged in illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing activities by CCAMLR.

Bob Barker captain Peter Hammarstedt said he made radio contact with the captain of the Thunder on Wednesday afternoon, between Heard Island and Davis Station, just outside Australia's territorial waters.

"They then told me by radio they were not fishing, they were just passing through these waters," he said.

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Washington, Oregon fish managers rearing eggs in barrels to rebuild Columbia River's chum population

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Astorian] by Katie Wilson - December 18, 2014

The female chum salmon doesn't look good. It's ragged, heavy with eggs, flopping its way up Stewart Creek in Clatskanie on an early December day, searching for somewhere to spawn before it dies.

Then a large coho noses aggressively past it. The chum spins a little and hangs behind while the coho continues splashing up the creek.

Valuable but still lower-priced than other salmon species when it's in the ocean, a chum is pretty much despised when it's back in freshwater. Its lean, white — not “salmon-colored” — flesh quickly turning soft, chum are the “don't get no respect” Rodney Dangerfields of the salmon world. They are literally underdogs, claiming “dog salmon” as one of their nicknames...

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Recommendations of federal task force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud released

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - December 17, 2014 -
 
Yesterday the U. S. Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of State and Commerce, released its recommendations to the President for a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud.
 
The recommendations include input from various stakeholders and aim to level the playing field for legitimate fishermen, increase consumer confidence in the sustainability of seafood sold in the U. S., and ensure the vitality of marine fish stocks. The public will have an opportunity to comment on implementation of these recommendations.
 
According to NOAA, in 2013, U. S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish worth $5.5 billion. Globally, IUU fishing causes estimated losses of $10-$23 billion annually....

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Chile's 14 major salmon producers sign landmark labor agreement with nearly 900,000 workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] December 17, 2014

A majority of Chile's salmon producers signed a major labor agreement with their workers that will allow the two sides to cooperate in improving working conditions across the industry.

During a meeting in Los Lagos, 14 of the country's major salmon producers, representing about 80 percent of Chilean production, agreed to a Social Dialogue initiative with about 900,000 workers who were represented by the National Confederation of Salmon Workers (Contrasal) and SalmonChile.

"Today (Tuesday 16 December) is a very special day. In the morning, along with the Minister of Labor, Javiera Blanco, signed an agreement between employers and major trade unions in the sector to regulate the work on Sunday. A social dialogue process that lasted about two months and will allow better regulation for nearly 900,000 workers," said Chile's Labor Secretary Javier Diaz...

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Moratorium on new sites delays Cooke Aquaculture's $150M expansion plan for Nova Scotia by years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - December 14, 2014 - 

Atlantic Canada's largest aquaculture company — Cooke Aquaculture — says it has been forced to delay key elements in a $150-million expansion planned for Nova Scotia by several years.

New Brunswick-based Cooke blames a moratorium on new aquaculture sites imposed by the previous New Democratic government in 2013, when it ordered a study of aquaculture. 

Cooke's applications for new aquaculture sites have also been on a shelf for two years.

"That part of our business plan has stalled. That's not our doing.

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Thailand's shrimp output seen recovering to 250,000 - 300,000 tons in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters]  By Khettiya Jittapong and Manunphattr Dhanananphorn - December 18, 2014 - 

BANGKOK,  Thailand's shrimp output is expected to recover to between 250,000 tonnes and 300,000 tonnes in 2015, four years after the sector was hit by the disease of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS), industry bodies said on Thursday.

Thailand, once the world's top shrimp exporter, has seen its share of the world market drop to 10 percent against 30 percent to 40 percent in 2012.

"2014 should be the lowest in the industry," Suraphol Pratuangtum, president of the Thai Marine Shrimp Farmers Association told reporters on Thursday.

"The situation will improve in 2015, as shrimp farmers adopt several strategies to cope with the disease...

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Technomic tracking data shows continued improvement in Casual Dining amid strong competition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM]  Dec 18, 2014

Tracking data from more than 100 national public and private chains that generate more than $40 billion in quarterly sales, the latest from Technomic’s Financial Dashboard,  finds that the Fast Casual Restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same store sales during Q3 2014. Same store sales within Casual Dining and Quick Service Restaurants increased by 1.9 percent and 1.2 percent during the same period, respectively. 
 
This shows an acceleration of restaurant performance across all types of chains.  In Q2, Fast Casual grew at a 5.8%  pace, Quick Service at 1.5%, and Casual Dining at 0.4%.
 
“Our quarterly Technomic sales tracker continues to report low restaurant growth across all segments but fast casual.  Growth rates around 2 percent continue to signal heated competition for share of stomach and strong trends in consumer frugality” said Darren Tristano, Executive Vice President at Technomic...

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Bangladesh producers face price downturn on black tiger shrimp, customers renegotiate orders

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Star] by Sohel Parvez - December 18, 2014

Shrimp farmers and processors have sunk into hard times after a slump in demand and depreciation of major importers' currencies.

Industry operators said many buyers have pushed back the shipment of their orders, while some of them are even seeking discounts. As a result, the stockpiles are rising at the processors' end.

“It is a very bad situation. Prices are falling fast, while sales are down. The business has been dormant for the past two months,” said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, one of the main shrimp processors.

The ample production of vannamei in India and Vietnam has been blamed for the most part for the slump in demand for the locally-grown black tiger shrimps...

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Norwegians increase prices on larger cod, smaller cod priced similar to Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM]  Dec 17, 2014

The Norwegian fishermens association, Norges Rafisklag, could not come to an agreement with processors regarding prices for cod, and went to mediation early this week.
 
 
Prices in Newfoundland are set for the year with a negotiation in the spring between the FFAW and cod buyers. 
 
The price for premium quality cod, delivered to the plant...

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Casual dining restaurant chains simplifying menus  to focus on their strengths

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] - December 18, 2014 -

Chicago, Casual dining restaurants, long known for boasting tome-like menus to appeal to a broad range of customers, are narrowing their offerings to focus on the cuisines they do best.

Red Lobster recently axed tortilla soup, while Chili's got rid of pizzas. Olive Garden, meanwhile, stopped selling hummus. The changes are geared towards winning back customers from fast-casual eateries such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc and Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

In addition to keeping prices low, those chains have found that offering fewer items speeds up service, which increases sales.

"What we'll see in the next five years is a lot of menu simplification," said Keith Melker, a partner at Boston Consulting Group in Dallas who co-wrote a November report on the US casual-dining industry.

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President Obama blocks oil and natural gas drilling in Bristol Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Amy Harder - December 17, 2014 - 

WASHINGTON, President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he is indefinitely blocking oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, a move that drew cheers from wildlife groups and muted reaction from oil and gas proponents.

In a video message posted online, Mr. Obama cited the environmental and economic benefits of Bristol...

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Rudong County, near Shanghai, wins 'No. 1 country for white shrimp' by CAPMA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong  Dec 18, 2014

Rudong county in Jiangsu Province, located near the mouth of the Yangtze river just north of Shanghai, has been lauded as the “No. 1 county of whiteleg shrimps”.
 
On November 30, Rudong was honored with the title of “No. 1 county of whiteleg shrimps in China” by China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPMA).
 
The county has built a complete industry supply chain including the whiteleg shrimps’ seedling cultivation, aquaculture, selling, processing and storing. There are altogether 33 facilities for the cultivation of high-quality whiteleg shrimp seedlings and they have raised over 10 billion seedlings every year. The aquaculture area reaches as high as 120 thousand Mu (1 Mu ≈ 666.7 m2) and the annual output is 80 thousand tons of whiteleg shrimps, which in turn brings the annual revenue of 4 billion yuan.
 
In the county, more than 32 thousand people are working in the industry of whitleg shrimps. The shrimp products are sold not only in Jiangsu province but also to the other over 40 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Chengdu and Wuhan..

 

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19 NYC restaurants promoting Louisiana shrimp during "Louisiana Shrimp Week"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Metro New York] By Rebecca Finkel - December 18, 2014 - 

Louisiana shrimp has a sweetness that holds up to the most aggressive seasonings, from Old Bay to nam pla, and a firm texture that withstands the rigors of the grill without losing its tenderness.

This sweetness and resilience also describes the culture of Louisiana, which is still struggling to recover from the recent blows to its habitat.

Starting today, 19 New York restaurants are stepping up to help, by participating in the first Louisiana Shrimp Week. 'We're trying to keep our culture and heritage alive and well,' says Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Marketing Board.

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Oceana loses latest challenge to NMFS Bi-op for sea scallop fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - December 18, 2014 - 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a decision today in Oceana's long-running challenge to National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion for the scallop fishery, in which the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) participated as a Defendant-Intervenor.  

This was the seventh challenge by Oceana under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to NMFS' assessment of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery in which FSF has intervened.

As previously, in the present lawsuit, captioned OCEANA, INC. v. PRITZKER et al, NMFS and FSF prevailed on every major challenge.

The only issues on which the court found for Oceana relate to inadequate explanations provided by NMFS for how takes of sea turtles in the dredge and trawl sectors were monitored.

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NOAA gives $1.4 million to OSU's ocean acidification project aimed to help West Coast shellfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Oregonian] by Kelly House - December 18, 2014

That National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is ponying up $1.4 million to help West Coast shellfish growers and scientists address ocean acidification.

The new three-year grant will help commercial shellfish growers find ways to adapt their oyster and mussel-rearing businesses to keep the animals from dying when waves of carbon dioxide-saturated water come through.

High levels of carbon dioxide throw the water's chemistry out of balance, making it difficult for bivalves to form their shells. The phenomenon has contributed to massive shellfish die-offs throughout the Northwest...

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Act reducing West Coast groundfish buyout rate payments from 5% to 3% passes Congress

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chinook Observer] - December 17, 2014 - 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A piece of federal legislation, long in the works, passed this month and will give tightly regulated Pacific Coast groundfish fishermen some extra breathing room.

The Revitalizing the Economy of Fisheries in the Pacific Act, or the REFI Pacific Act, received strong bipartisan and bicameral support and passed last week.

 It is now on its way for President Obama’s signature.

The REFI Act will affect about 120 active vessels and will reduce the percentage remaining fishermen in the Pacific Coast groundfish fleet will have to pay on a federal buyout. Currently, they pay 5% of what they make on a harvest. Once the REFI Pacific Act is signed and implemented, they will pay 3% or even less..

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Holiday trading patterns impact this week's wholesale beef, egg and seafood markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Jamie Chadwick - December 17, 2014

Following is a weekly recap of some of the major market developments from around the beef, pork, poultry, seafood and egg industries from Urner Barry Newswires. The commentary is based on reports from Urner Barry's market reporters.   

In the beef complex, the cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, was under pressure last week as high retail prices lead to weak consumer demand as other lower cost protein options compete with beef cuts.  The Choice cutout fell $6.49/ per hundred weight (cwt), or -2.56%, from the previous week.  Holiday buying seems to be complete, and packers were clearing excess product at a discount...

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