Wed. Oct 1 2014

Whole Foods set for Louisiana Sea-to-Table series supplied by Inland Seafood


Weak restaurant traffic is a concern in global markets


In trying to save Darden, Its board sealed its own demise


Plenty of blame to go around for the disastrius drop in Gulf of Maine cod


Fraser Sockeye Run Wraps Up  


Coral Mapped in Bering Sea Canyons  


Tue. Sep 30 2014

The activist-led panic against mercury in fish is harming the American diet (Opinion)


Russian king crab fishing is strong, with about 70% of quotas taken  


Norway running out of options in China, as salmon market share falls from 90% to 30%  


Russian anti-monopoly service has work cut out for it as fish prices rise throughout Russia


NGO's turn to EPA to push mercury standard that would counter FDA advice to eat fish


Dongwon announces retirement of Sam Lee as CEO of Starkist, replaced by Andrew Choe


Webjorn Barstad named new CEO of Havfisk ASA, (formerly Aker Seafood)


DFO funding study of impact of shrimp cuts on Newfoundland communities  


PEI Minister unmoved as PEI fishermen's and processor's groups unite in call for foreign workers  


Small Panulirus lobster species found in abundance in Oman and Yemen


Dongwon riding huge drop in tuna raw material prices to deliver solid earnings  


Indonesian tuna boat captain says he now has to stay over a year in Indian Ocean to hit his target  


Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs


Australia's tuna harvest is largest since 1991 as export values hold steady on weak Japanese yen  


Plenty of fish in the seas - despite prophets of doom say Western England papers


Super trawlers still face hurdles to fish in Australian waters even with restrictions set to expire


New England's Fishery Council expected to vote on proposed GOM cod restrictions by tomorrow  


Tonka Seafoods hopes to bring back pink shrimp to Petersburg, Alaska  


Oil pollution from boats limited spawning of millions of False Creek Herring, say BC researchers


Tilman Fertitta is taking Bubba Gump Seafood to London


Alabama not opening a state-water recreational red snapper season this fall


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014


Mon. Sep 29 2014

Silver Bay and Alaska Pacific & Packing competing for use/purchase of Sitka plant site and new dock  


Judges vindicate John Lees in Mar-Lees debacle: new owners incompetence ran company into the ground  


Dogfish are abundant off Maine but processing infrastructure is gone, markets hard to find  


Louisiana officials say catches of many seafood items down significantly since BP oil spill


First shipment of live king crabs stored in bonded warehouse in Qingdao  


NAFO shuts all cold water shrimp fishing in 3L (Grand Banks) for 2015, as stocks continue to decline  


Maine will need outside workers to grow lobster processing; may follow Canadian model (Opinion)


Rebuilding Gulf of Maine cod will require protection of older spawners (Opinion)  


Vietnam's foreign ministry calls U.S. shrimp dumping charges "unfair and unreasonable"  


Shrimp, barrimundi industries want Australia to adopt Country of Origin labeling law


Iceland Seafood's sales director says sales unaffected by Russian ban, praises Norway's restraint


Climate change blamed as Nova Scotia's valuable inshore sea urchins being wiped out by disease


Kodiak's first annual Salmon Life Social celebrates how industry benefits community (Fish Radio)


Mississippi opens up more waters for commercial shrimping  


Myanmar shrimp farmers, devastated by disease, desperate for financial support  


Vietnam asks Brazil to suspend its seafood import ban as it works on meeting requirements


Good news on sturgeon more than offset by concerns over striped bass in Chesapeake Bay


Mekong pangasius producers plan to cut overall farming areas but increase per hectare production  


Maine based consortium developing soil amendment and pest repellent from lobster shells  


Aldi is successfully disrupting the UK and Ireland grocery business


Seafood.com News Summary Monday Sept. 29, 2014


Fri. Sep 26 2014

China's crab sellers feel pinch from drive to curb corruption  


Opponents mobilizing to defeat EU-Canadian trade deal in Europe with a negative ratification vote


Thai Commerce Ministry finds shrimp industry not prepared for end of EU tariff preference  


Letters: Coverage of Pacific council left out discussion of some major issues


Surveys show Bering Sea's crab and pollock stocks are at healthy levels (Fish Radio)  


Lionfish now the most numerous marine invasive species ever, as Florida tries new control measures


Gulf seafood traceability program attempts to distinguish domestic shrimp from imported product  


Large Kyokuyo full cycle farmed tuna project underway


NPD report suggests poor restaurant traffic growth likely for long time


Mass fishing partnership and High Liner launch New Bedford Fishing Community Fund with United Way


Western Pacific council welcomes reduction in size of Obama's Pacific MPA to accomodate fisheries  


Oceana pushing for reform of gillnet fisheries in New England and Mid-Atlantic


Cermaq Chile further increases production capacity in Region XII


Russia considering 1.3 billion ruble investment in aquaculture next year


Canada bans NZ live mussel exports due to parasite; frozen imports not affected  


C&S Wholesale hires Chris Brown, former Nash Finch COO, as SVP Independent Sales


Deep Sea Conservation Coalition gives NAFO mixed grade on protection of deep sea ecosystems


Even without trade ban, Vietnam's seafood exporters say Russia's import regs are very strict


Gold Star smoked steelhead recalled for possible presence of listeria


Starboard picks up two major allies in bid to replace Darden board with its nominees


Whole Foods in NJ, NY, CT to carry Michelin-star Chef Daniel Boulud's line of farmed smoked salmon  


Chile starts project to try and reduce production costs for Galician mussel seeds  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 26, 2014


Thu. Sep 25 2014

Huge increase in pollock biomass found in 2014 trawl surveys, TAC likely unaffected  


Sealord looks at new hoki options from sending whole fish to China to more NZ local consumption  


Pacific Council Update: Elec Monitoring for whiting, more halibut for rec anglers


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 25, 2014


Major Japan trading houses focus more on seafood operations, Mitsubishi /Cermaq tieup part of trend  


Confederation Cove Mussel owner strongly objects to Minister Kenney's foreign worker stance


UK Seafood Ethics group - which will audit labor practices - has first meeting


Bonefish Grill picks new ad agency for rebranding campaign


Biloxi's century old shrimping business still at the center of Mississippi's seafood industry  


With high prices, shrimp shipments now account for 78% of India's total seafood exports  


Russian Sea may abandon aquaculture business after losses due to sanctions  


After successful season, Copper River coho heads to major culinary events in Anchorage, Seattle  


15 Senators and Representatives urge FDA to act on petition to change market name of Alaska pollock  


Newfoundland's Shell-Ex to build shrimp shell chitin extraction plant with provincial funding


SeaPak's "Shrimptacular" promotion will encourage more retail seafood consumption nationwide in Oct  


China building its first factory fish-farming ship and will deploy it to disputed Spratley Islands


EPA agrees to delay further regulatory action on Pebble until after preliminary court hearings


Aquabounty's salmon still up against staunch opposition on road to FDA approval (Fish Radio)


BC salmon farmers all determined to meet ASC standard


Farmed salmon finally getting some respect from fish snobs  


Sealord downsizing Nelson wetfish plant, focus is on higher value products


Feds updating CCF fishing vessel modernization program rules


'True' Blue Point oysters from Long Island's Great South Bay making a comeback  


Judge rules businesses don't have to return BP payouts


Kroger leads the pack in customer oriented digital products


Obama designates huge expansion of controversial marine reserve in central Pacific


Wed. Sep 24 2014

Contradictory trends in survey data leave Alaska crab quotas very much up in the air  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014


Lack of qualified observers threatens to curtail longline fleet harvest of P cod  


Gulf shrimpers making up for early season delays with stronger landings in Sept.  


Nation's #3 broadliner, Performance, filing IPO, may go public again


AK pollock industry success with salmon by-catch avoidance gear recognized and supported by NGO's  


As B season winds down, surimi prices edge up  


Bangladesh's shrimp exporters say global black tiger shortage is sending prices higher  


Former Maersk exec says West Coast port strike unlikely this fall, negotiations civil


Hyatt Hotels commits to ASC as part of goal to have 50% of its seafood sourced responsibly by 2018


Kodiak gears up for historic candidate fisheries debate next week


Guardian urges P.E.I. mussel growers and oyster growers to work together  


GAA finalizes BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks


Dept. of Labor has a plan to revitalize Alaska's maritime workforce (Fish Radio)


Portland, ME biotech firm alleges patent infringements by Cooke Aquaculture


Rubio's, famous for fish tacos, is redesigning 60 west coast locations


UMass Dartmouth professor gets $205,000 grant for new low-impact trawl that reduces flounder bycatch


Ottawa extends Newfoundland's fall recreational cod fishery


New England council supporting $800K collaborative fisheries research program


Alabama data suggest fed recreational red snapper landings data may be overestimated


Sen Begich assures interviewer MSA reauthorization will keep Alaska stocks strong


Fraser River late run produces ten million sockeye and still going  


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The activist-led panic against mercury in fish is harming the American diet (Opinion) 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] By Gavin Gibbons - September 30, 2014 

(Gavin Gibbons is Vice President of Communications at the National Fisheries Institute.)

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a three-day forum focused on the increasingly politicized topic of mercury contamination in fish. Why should you care? Because of all the scattered skirmishes in the ongoing food wars—from soda sizes to trans fats —the activist-led attack on seafood is unique.

That’s because if you stop eating those other foods, nothing bad is going to happen to you. But if you stop eating seafood, you’re actually putting yourself at risk.

This warning would be easy to dismiss as rhetoric were it simply coming from the seafood industry. But it is based on countless independent, peer-reviewed studies showing that when we don’t eat enough seafood we see cognitive impediments in children, and more preventable cardiovascular deaths in adults. It’s a warning... 

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Russian king crab fishing is strong, with about 70% of quotas taken

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton   Sept. 30, 2014

The North Pacific Development Assoc in Hokkaido reports that Russian king crab catches have been strong, with a total catch of around 12,000 tons through early September.

Approximately 30% of the TAC was harvested in August.
 
Currently, for Blue King crab, 70% of the TAC has been taken in the major fishing area of West Kamchatka.
 
For Golden King crab, nearly 90% of the quota in N. Okhotsk, the primary fishing area, has been taken...

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Norway running out of options in China, as salmon market share falls from 90% to 30%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South China Morning Post]  By Sarah Karacs - Sept 30, 2014

Norway has paid a high price since dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with Beijing continuing to turn the screw
 
China’s relationship with Oslo has remained frosty for far longer than expected since a Norwegian committee awarded dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, and experts say there is little the Scandinavian country can do to appease Beijing.
 
The latest blow to Sino-Norwegian trade came on September 10, when China announced a ban on salmon infected with ILA, a virus that is harmless to humans but prevalent in European waters.
 
While spokesmen at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) – the Chinese body that regulates food safety – claim that the new legislation was in response to its discovery of a batch of contaminated Norwegian salmon this summer, experts suspect the gesture was a punitive one....

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Russian anti-monopoly service has work cut out for it as fish prices rise throughout Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  - Sept. 30, 2014

Moscow-  As fish prices rise at many retail stores throughout Russia, the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has its work cut out for it.  They have started massive checks of fish producers and suppliers because of what they claim are "unfounded price increases."

The  (FAS) has is focusing on the producers and suppliers of fish and seafood to the domestic market, with the  aim to prevent unfounded price increases in the domestic market.  

To date, inspections have already started in Moscow, the Moscow region,  Murmansk, Novosibirsk and other regions of the country.  According to FAS, inspections will target leading players in the Russian  market, among which are Russian Sea, Russian salmon and other companies.  According to retail chains, these companies have significantly increased prices for their  products.  

According to sources close to Magnit, Russia’s largest retail chain, some of its  suppliers have significantly increased fish prices

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NGO's turn to EPA to push mercury standard that would counter FDA advice to eat fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Risk Policy Report] by Maria Hegstad Sept. 30, 2014

EPA is facing calls from observers to consider pursuing a holistic risk-benefit calculus to project the estimated risks to the public from exposure to methylmercury (MeHg), in lieu of the agency's plan to update its 13-year old Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of the substance that the public is exposed to by eating otherwise beneficial seafood.

During a recent EPA National Forum on Contaminants in Fish in Alexandria, VA, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official suggested that a broader "net effects" approach could be more useful to the agency than a traditional reference dose (RfD) -- the maximum amount of a substance that EPA estimates can be ingested daily over a lifetime without associated adverse health effects occurring.
 
"If you use a net effects approach, do you even need" an RfD, asked Tony Lowery, the program coordinator for NOAA's National Seafood Inspection Laboratory, speaking at the EPA forum.
 
Ned Groth, a retired Consumer Reports toxicologist who consults for advocacy groups on mercury and seafood issues, asked, "Is it even practical to set a new RfD? Or [is it better to] take a second approach?"
 
In response to the suggestions, Vincent Cogliano -- acting director of EPA's IRIS program -- said the agency is pushing ahead with its planned update...

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Dongwon announces retirement of Sam Lee as CEO of Starkist, replaced by Andrew Choe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Sept 30, 2014

StarKist Co., a subsidiary of Dongwon Industries, today confirmed that Sam Hwi Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of StarKist, will retire on October 31.  Lee, a StarKist Board of Directors' member since 2008, was named President & CEO on November 1, 2012.  He will continue to serve as a member of the StarKist Board of Directors.

"I want to personally thank Mr. Lee for all of his leadership and contributions over the past two years at StarKist," said Ingu Park, Chairman of Board of Directors for StarKist.  "We appreciate Mr. Lee's commitment to StarKist's success and wish him the very best in future endeavors."
 
As of November 1, Mr. Andrew Choe, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain at StarKist, will be President & CEO at StarKist Co.  According to Dongwon, Mr. Choe has improved performance and contributed to StarKist's ongoing success for the past four years.  Prior to StarKist, Choe held leadership positions at Dongwon Enterprise and Phillip Morris International.  Mr. Choe will continue to be based at StarKist Co. headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
"I have all confidence Mr. Choe's proven leadership will take the StarKist organization to the next level of performance," said Mr. Park.
 
Mr. Namjung Kim, COO, has been promoted to Vice Chairman of StarKist Co. and will continue to lead strategy development for the StarKist organization.

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DFO funding study of impact of shrimp cuts on Newfoundland communities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Advertiser] By Adam Randell - September 30, 2014 - 

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has engaged a consultant to undertake a study that looks at the impact of the reductions in the northern shrimp quota are having on various areas of the province.

The consulting team, led by Peter Noseworthy of Pisces Consulting, includes Eric Dunne (E.B. Dunne Consulting) and Bill Molloy (Atlantic Global Management)

Included in the study are discussions with town councils where shrimp operations reside. The town of St. Anthony wasn’t sure how to respond to it.

Councillor Ralph Hedderson said,  “They (government) have seen the reports and submissions, but it’s their way or no way, it doesn’t matter what we have to say...

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Small Panulirus lobster species found in abundance in Oman and Yemen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Muscat today] By Swapna Tarafdar  Sept. 30, 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has found that a popular spiny lobster variety, Panulirus homarus, known to be found mainly in the Indo-West Pacific region, is found in abundance in Oman and Yemen as well.
 
The findings by MoAF’s Marine Sciences and Fisheries Centre could prove beneficial to the sultanate in the form of increased exports of the variety and for aquaculture.
 
Wahida Nasser Alamry, a specialist in molecular biotechnology at the centre and an investigator of the project said, the species was identified through DNA barcoding – a technique used for characterising species of organisms using a short DNA sequence...

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Silver Bay and Alaska Pacific & Packing competing for use/purchase of Sitka plant site and new dock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KCAW] by Robert Woolsey - Sept. 29, 2014

Silver Bay Seafoods has tendered an offer to buy out the City of Sitka’s industrial park.

The processor began operations in a corner of the former pulp warehouse in Sitka in 2007, and has since grown into one of the state’s largest seafood operations.
 
Park board members heard details of the sale in a special meeting last week, but took no action. Instead, they decided...

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Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs

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

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J., Six thousand baby horseshoe crabs are making their way in the waters near Cape May this weekend, thanks to a Rutgers University center that grows and releases them into the wild.

The New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center released the hatchlings, each tinier than a child's fingernail, into the Cape May Canal on Friday.

The center has released 250,000 of the young crabs over the past two years. t's part of an effort to replenish the population of horseshoe crabs, which is under pressure from habitat loss, commercial fishing that uses them as bait for whelk and eels (New Jersey prohibits harvesting them but neighboring Delaware does not), pollution and poachers.

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Judges vindicate John Lees in Mar-Lees Debacle: new owners incompetence ran company into the ground

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Sept. 29, 2014

In a very harsh summation of the dispute between John Lees - former owner of Mar-Less Seafood in New Bedford, and Julius Numavicius, the Lithuanian businees man who purchased 80% of  the company in 2010 for $22 million, a three judge arbitration panel found for John Lees.
 
The panel said that while the company was profitable in 2010 and had $5 million in net revenue and $70 million in sales, in 2013, the company lost $5 million and its sales revenue has declined by 20%.
 
This has happened at a time when scallop prices have been at record levels.
 
The panel sorted out claims and counter claims by saying that although John Lees did technically violate the terms of an over-broad non-compete clause, he did so in a way that benefitted Mar-Lees and brought them additional business they would not otherwise have had.
 
The panel said Lees was trying to salvage a $6.2 million additional payment for his remaining 20% stake in the company if Mar-Lees met certain performance goals.  But this option now has no value.
 
The theme running through the legal analysis is that Mar-Lees was successful in a highly competitive business because of the personal relationships developed...

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Super trawlers still face hurdles to fish in Australian waters even with restrictions set to expire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Port Lincoln Times] by Harry Fisher - September 30, 2014

Two declarations put in place to keep super trawlers from fishing in Australian waters will expire in the coming months prompting questions about whether they could return in the future.

The declarations were announced after the FV Margiris, later renamed the Abel Tasman, docked in Port Lincoln in 2012.

A federal Environment Department spokesperson said the declarations in place banned super trawlers until April next year...

 

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Dogfish are abundant off Maine but processing infrastructure is gone, markets hard to find

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Herald] By Patrick Whittle - September 29, 2014 - 

The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy and Federal regulators say the fishes are actually growing in abundance, but fishermen have had little success finding a market for them.

Efforts to market dogfish are hindered by a lack of dogfish processors in Maine, said Portland Fish Exchange GM Bert Jongerden, who added there were a half dozen such processors in Portland in the 1990s before strict quotas were imposed.

“The guys can’t justify fishing them and handling them and icing them for the price levels,” Jongerden added.

Maine fishermen caught a little more than 100,000 pounds of dogfish in 2013 at a total value of $17,945 – barely a tenth the price per pound of haddock, and less than 7 percent of the price per pound of cod. The total value of the cod catch was $736,154, while for haddock it was $211,279.

 

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Oil pollution from boats limited spawning of millions of False Creek Herring, say BC researchers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] by Matthew Robinson - September 30, 2014

This year, for the first time in decades, millions of herring spawned in False Creek.

An estimated 10 to 20 million herring - a foundation food for salmon and whales - survived as eggs on a synthetic stand-in for natural eelgrass habitat that Jonn Matsen and the Squamish Streamkeepers developed and wrapped around creosote-soaked pilings in Vancouver's waters.

But an equal number of eggs died before they could hatch, apparently poisoned by the same type of persistent pollutants that a new study out of the University of Calgary found to be a larger threat to the Pacific coast than oil tankers and cargo ships...

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Alabama not opening a state-water recreational red snapper season this fall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Al.com] by Jeff Dute - September 30, 2014

Alabama will not be joining Mississippi in opening a state-water, fall red snapper season.

After hearing of Mississippi's plan to open a weekends-only season, Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said he briefly discussed the prospect of doing the same with Conservation Department Commissioner Gunter Guy Jr.

"We decided not to open a season at this time," Blankenship said...

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First shipment of live king crabs stored in bonded warehouse in Qingdao

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [GYWEB]  Translated yb Amy Zong- Sept. 29, 2014

The first shipment of live king crabs have been placed in Qingdao’s bonded area and these are the  first batch of live seafood waiting for their transfer here. 

Last week a truck that is supervised by the customs has left Qingdao’s bonded area loaded with live king crabs, which is the first successful discharge of live aquatic products from the  bonded warehouse under the supervision of Huangdao Customs House in Qingdao. 

These king crabs have been transported from South Korea and stored in the bonded area temporarily. And  later they have been moved out of the warehouse and delivered to the customs in Qingdao  Liuting Airport. 

Because king crabs are very demanding about their living conditions, the transit  time have to be cut to be as short as possible and the king crabs should be discharged from the  warehouse, transported to the airport customs in the customs supervised vehicle equipped a live tank along with the refrigerated equipment and then delivered to Hong Kong on the same  day. 

 Yesterday morning, the reporter visited the first bonded warehouse of live aquati...

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Maine will need outside workers to grow lobster processing; may follow Canadian model (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Working Waterfront] by Rob Snyder  Sept. 29, 2014
 
I've noticed that in Maine we tend to look backward in order to identify our future economy.
 
We work hard to create new ways to finance the future of the fishing industry—more processing, value-added products, more efficient boats, all atop constantly evolving conservation-oriented management practices. At some level, it just makes sense. We love our fishing communities, we revere fishermen, and we cling to the identity that accompanies having natural resource harvesters as part of our communities. We want everyone to capture more value from his or her catch.
 
Along the coast, waterfront communities are working to attract companies that provide good jobs. One state priority has been to increase manufacturing jobs along the coast through attracting and investing in lobster processing. The last two governors have had this as a priority.
 
Lobster processors offer good seasonal jobs, up to eight months per year...

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Vietnam's foreign ministry calls U.S. shrimp dumping charges "unfair and unreasonable"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - September 29, 2014 - 

Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesman has dismissed American anti-dumping taxes on Vietnamese shrimp as unfair and unreasonable.

Le Hai Binh said in a statement on Saturday that the tariffs violate free market principals, growing trade relationship between the two countries and a comprehensive bilateral partnership.

“We affirm that Vietnamese companies are not dumping shrimp on the US market, not injuring or threatening or damaging to the American shrimp industry,” Binh said.

In March, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) ruled that Minh Phu Seafood Corporation and Soc Trang Seafood JSC in the Mekong Delta had dumped shrimp on the US market between February 2012 and January 2013.

The DOC subsequently imposed anti-dumping tariffs of 4.98 percent on Minh Phu’s products and 9.75 percent on the provincial trading company. Another 30 voluntary defendants received an average tariff of 6.37 percent.

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Webjorn Barstad named new CEO of Havfisk ASA, (formerly Aker Seafood)

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

Webjørn Barstad will take over as CEO of Havfisk on Januray 1, 2015.

For the past four years he has managed the operations in Strand Havfiske, and earlier was Head of Department in The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association.  He began his career in production and sales at the fishing company  L.S. Larsen. Overall, Barstad has served 22 years in the seafood industry.

"I look forward to working with a professional ownership, a competent national organization and talented, dedicated people aboard the boats," Barstad said.

Barstad holds a BA Hons. Business Organization and MSc International Banking and Financial Studies from Heriott Watt University Business School in Edinburgh, Scotland...

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PEI Minister unmoved as PEI fishermen's and processor's groups unite in call for foreign workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - September 30, 2014 -  

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and Seafood Processors Association spent two hours Sunday with Employment Minister Jason Kenney trying to change his mind about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the minister why they couldn’t find local Islanders to staff their operations.

Dennis King with the processors said “We advertise, we work hard we try to recruit. We do everything we can, the workers we have, the majority which are local, are good workers, we're glad to have them we want to continue to keep them, we know they need EI because its a seasonal industry. We're not here advocating to get rid of the EI system."

King says the real problems will occur next spring if plants can't get enough workers to process lobster...

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Dongwon riding huge drop in tuna raw material prices to deliver solid earnings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Maeil Business News]  Sept. 30, 2014

Dongwon  will deliver solid earnings in the third quarter based on profitable canned tuna business, IBK Investment & Securities said Tuesday. 

“Canned tuna will see increased profits on weaker purse seine tuna prices, ” said Park Ae-ran, an analyst at IBK Investment & Securities. Park said that profitability of canned tuna, the company’s cash cow, will remain steady for some time. 

Dongwon F&B purchases 75,000 metric tons worth of purse seine tuna from Thailand every year. However, tuna prices have nosedived since the latter half of the year on weaker demands from Europe. “The price of tuna, which cost $2,303 per metric ton in the second quarter of 2013, fell to $1,362 per metric ton in the second quarter of this year, ” Park said. “The price reportedly has been adjusted at a range of $1,400-1,500 recently in line with an increase in fish catch. ” 

Park also said synergy from the merger between subsidiaries Samjo Celltech and Dongwon Home Food...

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Indonesian tuna boat captain says he now has to stay over a year in Indian Ocean to hit his target

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jakarta Post ] - September 30, 2014 - 

People should not take tuna for granted. Changing weather patterns and declining fish stocks have pushed some tuna fishermen to spend over a year at sea before returning to land.

While docked at Benoa Harbor, Hadi "Banol" Sultoni, captain of the Permata 32 fishing vessel, revealed the changes he had witnessed in recent years.

"As an old-timer, I've always looked to the weather. These months, it would typically be dry, but then there's a lot of rain. It's unpredictable. We used to reach our target income in eight months. Last year, it took us 12," he says.

It takes an average 15 days before they reach the fishing grounds in the Indian Ocean below Indonesia, as far as 30 degrees south of the equator (on the same latitude as South Australia).

Their catch includes yellowfin, bigeye and albacore tuna, as well as swordfish. The catch is frozen and compiled by a collecting boat, which brings fuel, food and other supplies to the crew.

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Australia's tuna harvest is largest since 1991 as export values hold steady on weak Japanese yen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Port Lincoln Times] by Harry Fisher - September 30, 2014

This year's tuna harvest was the largest since tuna farming began in 1991, with 9000 tonnes harvested by the end of August.

The harvest finished a month earlier than normal and most tuna had already been in the farms for five to seven months.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief executive Brian Jeffriess said many factors contributed to the record harvest...

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Plenty of fish in the seas - despite prophets of doom say Western England papers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Western morning News] Opinion  (Editorial) September 29, 2014

Plymouth UK - The prophets of doom would have it that eating fish from the sea is akin to dining on endangered species and visits to the fishmonger are only a step up from driving a gas guzzling 4x4 and running the lawn sprinkler right through the summer months. The warnings on apparently unsustainable varieties of fish seem to get louder by the day. So how refreshing to be able to report today that catches of the most popular species – and those we are therefore warned to steer clear of – are actually on the up.
 
Haddock, cod and whiting landings at the Westcountry’s three main fishing ports were up 10% year on year in 2013, the latest fish landing figures reveal. In Plymouth, Newlyn and Brixham – among the busiest fishing ports in the UK – landings generally are looking healthy and in line with quotas. 
 
As Pete Bromley, harbour master at Sutton harbour and manager of Plymouth Fisheries says: “This report confirms fish stocks in the Western Approaches are fit, healthy and being fished at a sustainable level. ” There is, of course, no room for complacency

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New England's Fishery Council expected to vote on proposed GOM cod restrictions by tomorrow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] September 30, 2014

Federal regulators will consider emergency restrictions to the Gulf of Maine's cod fishery this week.

The New England Fishery Management Council will consider the restrictions at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts this week. The three-day meeting begins on Tuesday and concludes Thursday. Officials say the restrictions will most likely come up for debate on Wednesday.

Of the six options suggested in the Groundfish Comittee's Plan Development Team report, the Committee recommended that the Council consider options 4 and 6.

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Tonka Seafoods hopes to bring back pink shrimp to Petersburg, Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Petersburg Pilot] By Erik LeDuc - September 30, 2014 - 

Petersburg once was host to sound enterprise of commercial shrimp fisheries and processing plants, drawing in hundreds of thousands - even millions of pounds of shrimp, ranging from the tiny pink crustaceans commonly found gracing salads to their larger brethren that are fried, grilled, battered and steamed in cuisine across the world.

Most of that ended in 2005, after Trident Seafoods acquired the local venture, Norquest Seafoods, once Alaskan Glacier Seafoods, and shut down its last shrimp processing line in favor of higher volume, easier to process catches of salmon and other lucrative lines, facing dwindling catches and escalating costs.

In the near decade that has passed, pink shrimp, once touted as the town's saviors through the 1928 depression and later fires at processing plants, became passing mention in conversation as residents recalled shelling catches after high school.

That legacy is something Tonka Seafoods, Inc., wants to bring back to the borough, eyeing a market for the replenished resource in a smaller volume than their corporate neighbors. The idea alone was enough to catch the attention of ...

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Tilman Fertitta is taking Bubba Gump Seafood to London

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houston Chronicle] By Shelby Hodge - September 30, 3014 - 

Even with Tilman Fertitta's track record on restaurant success, it takes a lot of moxie to open a seafood eatery in the homeland of fish and chips. But that's just what the owner and CEO of Landry's Inc. announces today — the opening of a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. franchise in London.

Fertitta said, “Having established Landry’s as one of the leading dining and entertainment companies, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our presence in other countries.”

In addition to locations in Orlando, Santa Monica and New Orleans, among the 41 restaurants located primarily in tourist-oriented locations, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has international locations in Bali, Hong Kong, Tokyo among others.

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Louisiana officials say catches of many seafood items down significantly since BP oil spill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houma Today] by Jordan Gribble - September 29, 2014

Commercial catches for several varieties of seafood have decreased since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials said.

Since the oil spill, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has paid close attention to the possible depletion of natural resources such as fish, crabs and shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico so a restoration plan can be put in place, said spokeswoman Ashley Roth...

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NAFO shuts all cold water shrimp fishing in 3L (Grand Banks) for 2015, as stocks continue to decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Eva Tallaksen Sept. 29, 2014

Further steep reductions in catches of coldwater shrimp (P. borealis), also known as northern shrimp, will come in 2015 in both the Grand Banks and Greenland.

After years of declining catches in the Grand Banks, the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has now decided that all fishing in the Grand Banks be stopped next year.
 
This year’s total allowable catch (TAC) for the area, of 4,300 metric tons, had already been a cut of 50% from last year...

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Rebuilding Gulf of Maine cod will require protection of older spawners (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Herald] By Lisa Kerr and Graham Sherwood - September 29, 2014 - 

Recovering Maine's cod stock from its current all-time low will entail building a stock that is much more resilient to adverse conditions.

There are more old, large cod inside the few regions in the Gulf of Maine that restrict fishing. These closed areas, which were established in the 1990s to reduce groundfish mortality, may be the best tool for protecting older, larger females, and current plans to alter their boundaries should be considered very carefully in light of the current cod situation.

It may be that warming ocean conditions will make it harder and harder for cod - a sub-Arctic species at the southern end of its range - to exist in the Gulf of Maine. Efforts to protect diversity within the stock should help buffer cod against highly variable climate and ocean conditions, which are likely to intensify in the future.

 

 

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