Wed. Jul 23 2014

Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts and LIFO policy  


Marine Harvest says it did not violate EU laws in Morpol acquisition after hit with $26 million fine


New England's live lobster prices set to fall to seasonal lows as new shell product hits the market  


Alaska's statewide salmon catch tops 71 million fish with Bristol Bay haul nearly 70% above forecast  


Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says EU free trade deal will help export market


Blowback mounts against 4 months lobstering ban off Massachusetts coast to protect whales


Virginia's marinas hike unloading fees to take advantage of booming oyster harvest  


Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens


Chinese company setting up ambitious Asian carp processing for export operation in Mississippi


Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end


Aleutian Islands herring fleet wraps up season, leaving about 160 tons of quota in the water  


DFO's lobster tagging program providing solid data on Newfoundland's fishery


Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming


Study finds large differences among shark species in ability to survive accidental longline catch


Japan to provide Vietnamese tuna fishermen with new boats to spur more fresh imports  


IPHC program features halibut to teach students math and science (Fish Radio)


Chipotle able to build comps 12.3 percent in Q2 despite price increases


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 23, 2014


Tue. Jul 22 2014

New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market


Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame


"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets  


Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation  


Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  


Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham


Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop


Virginia oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987  


Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture


NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets  


British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform


GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP


NE council exec. dir. says Oceana ignores efforts of local fishermen in bycatch report


Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia


UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility


Cooke Aqua's organic kelp product continues industry push into sea plant mariculture (Fish Radio)


McDonald's profit misses expectations, U.S. sales off 1.5 percent


Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014


Mon. Jul 21 2014

Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend


Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production  


Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation blocking Obama declaration of vast Pacific closed area


Moderate supply growth, high demand expected to boost Norwegian salmon prices in Q4 say investors  


San Francisco restaurants, Tomales Bay Oyster sue Interior to block closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co


Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking


McDonald's Canada expands summer seafood offerings with limited time Asian style spicy shrimp wrap


New England fishermen and residents back cull of exploding grey seal population


McDonald's and Yum Brands victims of new food safety scare from Chinese meat supplier exposé


Ecuador's canned tuna, shrimp export market expected to benefit from EU free trade deal


New sea lice software helping Atlantic Canada's salmon farmers fight parasite


Cooke Aqua's former Shelburne Harbour salmon farm site still a dead zone say scientists


New clearance procedures have containers backed up at Vietnam's Cat Lai port


Lifelong Maine lobsterman still fishing and winning lobster boat races at 84


North American lobster rolls a hit in Singapore


Ahold moves Mark McGowan to EVP of Operations, Bhavdeep Singh to new formats role


AK chef, owner of La Baleine Café Mandy Dixon to compete at 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off


Cooke Aqua to roll out Canadian certified organic kelp products under True North Salmon brand


Hawaii Oceanic undergoing difficult process of perfecting the rearing of ahi tuna


National Geographic's third season of top rated "Wicked Tuna" debuts August 17


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 21, 2014


Fri. Jul 18 2014

Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal  


Some Bristol Bay harvesters disappointed with lower than expected advanced sockeye price  


US scallop imports soar past 5-year average as high priced domestic product sends buyers to China


Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food subsidiary in Shanghai grows Chinese market for live US lobster, Dungeness


Aleutian Islands herring fishery off to a slow start  


Most of Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close on July 21  


EPA issues proposal to block Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine over salmon risk


Pebble Mine supporters trying through courts and House bill to keep project alive


Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China


Nova Scotia's H&H Fisheries hit with $400,000 fine for illegal halibut deals


Mexico suddenly closes bluefin tuna fishery after filling Baja fattenng pens


AK Fisheries Development Fdn. testing technology to help reduce fishermen's energy cost (Fish Radio)


GMRI's Steve Eayres spells out benefits fuel saving measures could have for NE groundfish fleet


Cermaq Q2 results reflect continuing high costs in Chile


Sysco settles California improper drop site storage claims, Reiterates commitment to food safety


NOAA has agreed to fund the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program


New boat design developed for Acadian Peninsula crab fleet


Obama administration approves sonic cannon exploration for oil and gas from from Florida to Delaware


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 18, 2014


Thu. Jul 17 2014

Colder waters slow Maine lobster catches to more traditional pace with molt still to come  


With Thai shrimp industry operating at 33% of 2010 level, TFFA members say labor issues are resolved  


Alaska General Seafoods posts $1.20 per lb advance price for Bristol Bay sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Domestic shrimp prices fall 30% to 50% in China due to heavy harvesting of ponds


At Landrieu hearing, American shrimp processors push to replace new shipper bonds with cash deposits


Harlon Pearce sees evidence of strong white shrimp season; could offset dismal brown shrimp harvest  


NPFMC hears plan that would set up cooperative fishery management structure in Kodiak


DFO to open far more BC coastline to large scale geoduck farming  


New Executive Director of Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative spells out market opportunity


Norway's Havfisk reports 46% bump in Q2 earnings on improved cod and haddock prices, harvests  


Alaskan cod featured in Long John's summer season fish fry advertising campaign  


Serious disruption possible as Market Basket workers press to reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas


McDonald's franchisee group reports weak comps, predicts poor second half outlook


Point Lookout, NY fish company, executives admit to fraud in fluke purchases


Fishermen divided on advisability of raising West Coast lingcod quota


AFT Holdings dismayed by lack of U.S. commitment to Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries


Walmart unable to build market share in some Neighborhood Store markets


Annual spiny dogfish quota to replace seasonal commercial limits in new Mid-Atlantic, NE regulations


Sodexo's nine months North American sales off 1.4 percent


Luke's Lobster opens its sixth Manhattan restaurant


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 17, 2014


Wed. Jul 16 2014

Legal Sea Foods new Italian cncept Oysteria opens today in Charlestown, MA


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 16, 2014


Researchers call for more conservative herring management in SE Alaska based on historical abundance  


As Newfoundland crab fishing winds down, Japan's supplies of snow crab will be 10% to 20% less  


Seafood New Zealand says 'arbitrary' NGO list of unsustainable fisheries ignores sound science


Vietnam's tuna export returns in decline as shipments to US and Japan slow down  


Eastern Fisheries purchases minority stake in Japanese scallop trading partner Global Marketing  


Norway will attempt to process fish feed commercially using captured carbon dioxide


Toyota backs global market expansion for Kinki Univerisity's farmed bluefin tuna


China moves oil rig out of South China Sea waters Vietnam claims


Washington fishermen look to albacore fishery for dollars as salmon prices plummet  


Starboard demands new leadership at Darden Restaurants in latest shareholder letter


German retailer REWE commits to source Regal Springs' ASC-certified fresh tilapia  


Record sockeye run on lower Columbia river - highest since 1938   (2) 


Restored whaler, Charles W. Morgan, is berthed next to USS Constitution for a week


Zhangzidao's price and sales restrictions in Beijing overturned as monopoly practices by court  


Casual dining Is dying - TGI Friday's on life-support


King Oscar adds Spanish Style Sardines to its skinless-boneless line


Boston Seafood Festival celebrates 100th anniversary of Boston Fish Pier July 27


Norway slowly regaining its share of salmon exports to China following Nobel prize spat  


Crossmark opens Center for Collaboration adjacent to Walmart headquarters


Consumer spending trend in restaurants looks positive for second half


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Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts and LIFO policy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - July 23, 2014 

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea stood her ground Tuesday on controversial quota reductions that will cut most deeply among inshore fishermen, and admonished Newfoundland and Labrador for an unfulfilled promise to rationalize the processing sector.

But provincial counterpart Keith Hutchings said Shea's intransigence will likely lead to trouble in the provincial seafood industry.

Hutchings and others fear that even deeper cuts are yet to come...

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Marine Harvest says it did not violate EU laws in Morpol acquisition after hit with $26 million fine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Marine Harvest plans to challenge a fine levied by the European Commission for violating merger and acquisition laws, claiming it acted in accordance with EU regulations in a deal to take over Morpol.

This week the Commission fined the major Norwegian salmon producer US$26 million (EU20 million) accusing Marine Harvest of violating the EU Merger Regulation when it acquired a 48.5 percent stake in Morpol on December 18, 2012. The Commission said Marine Harvest failed to receive prior authorization and said the company should have been aware of its obligation to notify and await clearance before it proceeded with the acquisition.

According to the Merger Regulation, mergers and acquisitions with an EU dimension (in particular because they meet certain turnover thresholds) must be notified to and authorized by the Commission before they are implemented...

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New England's live lobster prices set to fall to seasonal lows as new shell product hits the market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Live American lobster prices out of New England are poised to fall sharply this summer--albeit a bit little later this year compared to recent seasons--as new shell product out of Maine is hitting the market at a more historical pace.

Average wholesale prices for live, 1 ¼ quarter lobsters in New England are 60 percent higher this July compared to last year according to Urner Barry. The increase has been driven by a lack of soft, or “new shell” inventories this season compared to 2012 and 2013.

Colder than normal Maine waters have delayed the lobster molt and cut...

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Alaska's statewide salmon catch tops 71 million fish with Bristol Bay haul nearly 70% above forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - July 23, 2014

Statewide commercial harvests of wild salmon rose above 71 million fish on July 22, including nearly 29 million salmon in Bristol Bay, but Copper River sockeye prices were holding their own, despite the increasing competition.

The preliminary harvest from the Copper River stood at over 2 million fish, including 1,998,000 sockeye, 42,000 chum, 10,000 kings, 2,000 pink and fewer than 1,000 silver salmon.

In Bristol Bay, also now peaked, the harvest through July 21 was 28,875,000 fish...

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New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons - July 22, 2014 - 

This year’s lobster shedding season in Maine has reverted to a more normal late July timing.  This may be a result of extended cold weather this spring. Some lobstermen and buyers have been reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

The lobster season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. This year, soft, or “new shell” lobsters are just now beginning to appear in the market.   

At J.P. they pack their new-shells in slot-boxes...

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Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says EU free trade deal will help export market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says a recently ratified free trade agreement with the EU will help grow the country's shrimp trade to the overseas market.

Late last week the Ecuador and the EU finalized a free trade deal that will ease tariffs on a majority of Ecuador's exports to the market. Ecuador is a top fish and fruit exporter to the EU.

According to key Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA, the deal will have a positive effect on Ecuador's shrimp shipments to the EU. 

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Blowback mounts against 4 months lobstering ban off Massachusetts coast to protect whales 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Patriot Ledger] By Jessica Trufant - July 23, 2014 -

Lobsterman Michael Duane gets by without a paycheck for two-and-a half months each year, but he says going much longer than that would be difficult.

Duane could face that reality next winter, as new regulations set by the National Marine Fisheries Service ban the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state's coast.

The measure aims to eliminate whale entanglements with lobster gear. "We eliminated all floating rope between traps," Duane said. "All entanglements I've heard of have been offshore with heavy, heavy rope, and we use none of that."

State officials and industry stakeholders plan to challenge the rules, which are part of the National Marine Fisheries Service's new Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

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Virginia's marinas hike unloading fees to take advantage of booming oyster harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Press] by J. Elias O'Neal - July 23, 2014

On a cloudy muggy morning along the shores of Deep Creek in Newport News' Menchville area, third generation marina operator Lonnell Perok-Coffen carries on the business left in her hands nearly five years ago by her father Steven Perok.

Oysters, long a major catch along the shores and tributaries of Chesapeake Bay across Hampton Roads, are finally showing signs of a comeback.

Jim Wesson, who oversees the management of oyster fisheries for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said the Commonwealth's oyster harvest is expected to top more than 500,000 bushels...

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Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - July 23, 2014 - 

A revised draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) reauthorization legislation is now available online for public review and comment, said U.S. Senator Mark Begich, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. 

"This shorter, revised draft incorporates many comments from Alaskans and others around the nation who responded to our initial discussion draft in April," said Begich.  "I hope the public will review these changes and get back to me soon so we can advance to the next step in the process.

The public will still be able to comment as the bill is taken up by Begich's subcommittee, and marked up by the full Commerce Committee before moving to the Senate floor for action.  Any Senate version of MSA must then be reconciled with the House version...

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Chinese company setting up ambitious Asian carp processing for export operation in Mississippi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 23, 2014 -

Baird, Mississipi, Moon River Foods said Tuesday that it would invest $3 million and hire up to 100 people to harvest the fish, which will be filleted and packaged at a plant in Baird, near Indianola. Moon River is a subsidiary of China's Shanghai Shen Ran Trade Co. Ltd.,  said company representative Roger Liu.

Liu said Moon River hopes to process 50 tons of Asian carp, five days a week, for a total of 25 million pounds per year.

Duane Chapman, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Missouri who studies carp, said he's not sure if carp stocks would hold up if fished so heavily, or even if Moon River could find enough fishermen...

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Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end after red lising of japanese eel

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kyodo News] - July 23, 2014 - 

Tokyo, The government plans to impose regulations on eel farmers as the Japanese eel was put on an international list last month of species at risk of extinction, government sources said Wednesday.

As eel farming in Japan relies mostly on catches of wild young eels whose population is declining, the government aims to prevent excessive production and catches in the world's biggest consumer of eels.

The government plans to work out a decree by the end of the year requiring eel farmers to file reports to help it determine actual conditions, such as the number of farmed eels, the sources said.

In the future, the government plans to implement a permit system for eel farmers, they said...

 

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Aleutian Islands herring fleet wraps up season, leaving about 160 tons of quota in the water

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Lauren Rosenthal - July 23, 2014

There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.

The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.

Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a purse seine vessel to participate. Nichols says the processors paid between $300 and $550 per ton for herring -- toward the high end of their usual price range...

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DFO's lobster tagging program providing solid data on Newfoundland's fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by Brandon Anstey - July 23, 2014

As fishermen aim to protect the lobster fishery on the Eastport Peninsula, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) encourages fishermen in the area to submit information on tagged lobsters through a contest.

Blair Thorne is an oceans biologist with DFO. This contest, he said, will help the department get a better understanding of the lobster resource in the area.

The contest includes prizes for anyone who returns information on tagged lobsters, with their names entered for the grand prize draw of a gift certificate from a marine supply business...

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Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Beacon] By Madeleine Simon - July 23, 2014 - 

A new report found that the Chilean salmon farming industry used the highest amount of antibiotics in 2013 of any country.  The report by Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service revealed that the industry used over 993,000 pounds of antibiotics in 2013.

Chile is the second largest producer of salmon after Norway, yet Norway used significantly less antibiotics and had more success than Chile in 2013. Norway used 2,100 pounds of antibiotics for the year, compared to the hundreds of thousands that Chile used.

In 2007, Chile’s salmon farming industry nearly collapsed after an outbreak of a deadly virus killed off half of the country’s salmon stocks. Five years later, after new sanitary measures were taken by salmon companies, the industry has recovered.

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Study finds large differences among shark species in ability to survive accidental longline catch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Water World] - July 23, 2014 - 

Miami, A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable.

Researchers from UM and the National Marine Fisheries Service analyzed over 10 years of shark bycatch data from the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico tuna and swordfish longline fisheries to examine how survival rates of sharks were affected by fishing duration, hook depth, sea temperature, animal size and the target fish.

Some species, such as the tiger shark, exhibited over 95% survival, whereas other species survival was significantly lower, in the 20-40% range, such as night shark and scalloped hammerheads.

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Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Vu Trong Khanh - July 21, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun's total death toll climbed to at least 119 Monday, with its latest casualties reported in northern Vietnam and southern China after fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least 95 lives in the Philippines.

In northern Vietnam, the typhoon made landfall Saturday morning, unleashing floods that killed at least eight people and affected more than 6,000 homes. The typhoon damaged 3,300 hectares of rice and other crops and disrupted traffic in the region, according to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

Lang Son province, about 150 kilometers northeast of Hanoi, suffered the heaviest casualties—with four dead—as well as property damage, according to the committee...

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Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Manila Bulletin] By Melody M. Aguiba - July 21, 2014 - 

The Philippines has failed to seize big market opportunities  in shrimp with flat production since the 1990s at around 50,000 metric tons (MT) while Thailand and Indonesia are producing around 500,000 MT from about the same level as Philippines’ three decades ago.

Failure to supply needed fry, particularly for tiger prawn or sugpo, contributed to a low production in the country in the first quarter of the year.

“The production decline experienced by operators in Zamboanga Peninsula was attributed to limited supply of fry, high mortality rate, and white spot syndrome,” according to Santeh Feeds Corp. President Phillip Ong in an aquaculture update...

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Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation that would block Obama administration's declaration of vast Pacific closed area 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 21, 2014 

Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced legislation requiring congressional approval of any new national monument designation considered by the President.

The bill, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608), would block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters.

President Obama has repeatedly expressed interest in using the Antiquities Act to unilaterally establish...

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Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

The late Gerry Frattollilo, a 50-year employee and former president of the New England Seafood Exchange will be the first inductee into the newly formed Boston Seafood Hall of Fame.

Founded by the Boston Fisheries Foundation created the Hall to honor pioneers and leaders in the New England seafood community and Frattollilo, an industry veteran, was an ideal candidate as the Hall's first inductee.

Frattollilo will be inducted at the Third Annual Boston Seafood Festival, the Boston Fisheries Foundation’s celebration of the local seafood community held July 27th from 11am – 6pm on the historic Boston Fish Pier...

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"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Post and Courier] by Bo Petersen - July 22, 2014

Lowcountry shrimpers fight for their livelihood against cheaper, price-cheat imports - that's the industry line. The reality, though, is that Asian farm-raised competition doesn't have much to do with it.

The catch here is too sparse and too inconsistent to compete with Gulf of Mexico shrimp in the national retail market. That's why shrimping here is a niche industry struggling to hang on.

Its best chance might be in the latest boon thrown the shrimpers' way. Demand is growing...

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Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation, reduce disease risk

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - July 22, 2014 - 

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang will invest $37.6 million in building three irrigation systems to serve local shrimp cultivation from 2015 onward.

The irrigation systems will provide water for 2,000 ha of shrimp cultivation in Tran De district, 1,500 ha in Cu Lao district and 8,000 ha in Vinh Chau district.

In the past three years, large shrimp areas in Soc Trang have been infested with diseases and lack of irrigation systems is partly the cause...

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Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] By Randy Shore - July 22, 2014 

Is it too soon to change B.C.’s iconic fish from the sockeye to the pink?

Probably, but we should be prepared nonetheless as evidence mounts that the phenomenal and persistent abundance of pink salmon is putting real pressure on other Pacific salmon and even sea birds that share the same food resources.

Local observations bring that trend into sharp relief. Pink returns to the Fraser averaged about five million fish through the ’60s and ’70s, but began to take off in the ’80s before settling in at an average of 15 million returns in peak years during the past decade.

Meanwhile, the returns of sockeye to the Fraser River have been nothing short of chaotic...

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Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dutch News] July 22, 2014

Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

Heiploeg, fined €27m last November for its role in a massive European shrimp cartel, went bankrupt at the beginning of this year but relaunched almost immediately as Heiploeg International.

The FNV and CNV unions say the bankruptcy was a sham. ‘At no point was production stopped, the organisational structure is the same and so are the clients,’ the unions said in a statement...

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Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross and Erin Allworth - July 22, 2014 - 

Speaking publicly for the first time since his firing, former Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas on Monday urged the company's new management to reinstate longtime employees who were dismissed for organizing protests on his behalf.

With thousands of employees, customers, and supporters again rallying earlier in the day, Demoulas said it has been particularly painful to see the stores he labored over for years running out of food. The produce, meat, and seafood aisles in some stores are empty.

Since Arthur T.'s firing nearly a month ago, Market Basket has become both a public spectacle and a political cause. The Save Market Basket Facebook page has 40,000 likes. Several online petitions demanding the reinstatement of Arthur T. have attracted more than 16,000 signatures; dozens of Massachusetts lawmakers have pledged to support a boycott of the supermarket. On Monday...

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Virginia's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 22, 2014 -  

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012...

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Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

Icicle Seafoods and its fellow members of the recently formed Coalition of US Seafood Production (CUSP), reported progress with the NOAA and the USDA in a viable aquaculture industry in the US.

Since announcing its formation six months ago at the Aquaculture Americas Conference in Seattle, CUSP has found that there is certainly strength in numbers when advocating as a unified industry. Coalition members have met twice with federal agencies and legislators in Washington, D.C. this spring to support government action to grow domestic aquaculture, and they are optimistic about progress made to date...

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NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Clarion-Ledger] by Joe Rogers - July 22, 2014

Joe Rogers is a staff editor for The New York Times. 

No offense to fish, crabs or oysters, but shrimp is the seafood in my genes. 

Mama always fixed them fried. And that's still the way to go for a po-boy, not to mention the various seafood platters I've consumed over the years. But in my own kitchen I lean toward creole or jambalaya delivery systems, never having mastered gumbo. (I know. So shoot me.) We also use an Emeril Lagasse recipe for some killer shrimp grits with Andouille. Bam!

And at least once a year, just about this time, I fix a mess of boiled shrimp. In the leftover Zatarain's-infused water go the side dishes: corn on the cob and new red potatoes...

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Japan to provide Vietnamese tuna fishermen with new boats to spur more fresh imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] July 23, 2014

Japan’s Yanmar Company is implementing a pilot project to supply 180 composite vessels to Vietnamese fishermen to help them increase tuna yield and quality.

The company’s Director Yukio Kikuchi said the project will benefit fishermen in Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces.

By using composite boats, Vietnamese fishermen can raise their yield, reduce fuel spending and improve their overall stock quality by utilising better preservation technologies, Director Kikuchi said...

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IPHC program features halibut to teach students math and science (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 23, 2014 

Teachers can put math and science skills to the test using Pacific halibut as the subject. The four part curriculum is offered by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which oversees stocks for the west coast, British Columbia and Alaska. Program manager Heather Gilroy says students play various roles that range from the ocean to management offices.

The halibut program, complete with colorful Power Points, integrates math, economics, technology, geography and civics. Lesson plans are geared to fifth through eighth graders, but can be adapted for high school. Gilroy says test trials got good reviews, and she’s hopeful it will be picked up by more teachers, in and beyond Alaska...

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Chipotle able to build comps 12.3 percent in Q2 despite price increases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Lisa Jennings - July 23, 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill boasted a near record same-store sales increase for its second quarter based largely on traffic growth, indicating that price increases that began in April have done little to discourage the burrito habits of guests.

In a call with analysts following the release of second quarter earnings on Monday, Chipotle officials said the 17.3-percent increase in same-store sales was the highest since the company’s very first quarter as a public company in 2006, when same-store sales rose an impressive 19.7 percent.

At the time, however, the chain had fewer than 500 restaurants, which averaged about $1.5 million in sales. Chipotle finished the June 30-ended second quarter this year with 1,681 restaurants, which averaged $2.3 million in annual sales...

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