Fri. Sep 19 2014

$400 million for industry transformation gives Newfoundland chance to grow a dominant cod fishery  


California seafood labeling bill could mean mass consumer confusion, say retailers and NFI   (1)


How Norway and Russia's partnership has effectively managed Barent Sea cod stocks  


EPA extends Pebble Mine review period to Feb for more time to look over 155,000 comments recieved


Founders son and an uncle trying to bring back Shells seafood restaurants in Florida


Second vessel runs aground this month in Dutch Harbor, F/V Ocean Ranger missed channel marker


Iceland's fisheries minister tells Grimsby not to expect more fish beyond current 12,000 tonnes


NMFS reports take of short tailed albatross by Bering Sea longliner - limit is 4 birds every 2 yrs


90 scientists ask Obama for quick approval of Aquabounty salmon saying science is clear   (1)


Seafood Harvesters object to Sen. Rubio's plan for five year re-allocations for recreationa species   (1)


PEI's oystermen say they were "blindsided" by clause that allows mussel growers to farm oysters


Roof collapse at Cape Sable lobster tank shop injures 3, one seriously


New Zealand's Ngai Tahu Seafood notes export boom for mussels going to Chinese market  


Vietnam reports producing 317,000 tons of shrimp through mid August, up substantially from last year  


Alaskan tribes petition NPFMC to cut chinook bycatch 66% for Bering Sea's pollock fishery


Scottish Fishermen's Federation head calls for coordinated UK effort on discards ban


Eastern European gangs making £65,000-a-day electro-fishing Scottish shellfish


Fuji's Okami Alaskan salmon bowl stocked by 75 Costco units


HVG plans to build $30 million pangasius plant and warehouse in Russia next year  


Vietnam's state bank will refinance loans for heavily indebted shrimp and pangasius operations  


A&P completes senior debt financing on favorable terms


WA state lawmaker proposes Marine Disease Emergency Act in response to mysterious starfish disease


Seafood.com News Summary Friday Sept. 19, 2014


Thu. Sep 18 2014

John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods


Major Chinese tilapia seed producer suddenly goes dark  


Guyana closes shrimp season from Sept. 8 to Oct 26, prepares quota limits as it nears MSC threshold  


Groundfish ctte asks Council to reinstate cod closures; ban party boat fishing in Gulf of Maine  


Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring  


Unisea agrees to $142,000 settlement with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations


With access to Russian market, Vietnam's major pangasius exporters see 2014 profits spike  


US dollar hits highest level against Yen in 6 years; strong US currency influencing Seafood Trading


Florida Commercial Priorties for Magnuson Introduced in Bill by Sen.Rubio


NAFCO/Congressional break ground for large new seafood facility in Jessup, MD


Icelandic Seachill announces new executive team behind Simon Smith as Managing Director


Haimao Aquatic celebrates first shrimp PL sales to Vietnam; over 10 billion sold in China  


Young's Seafood to be lead sponsor of World Seafood Congress in Grimsby in 2015


Mazzetta Company announces its Norwegian salmon partner - Hofseth - gets BAP salmon certification  


Imports of Norwegian salmon by Belarus, Estonia for re-export to Russia are soaring  


Seafish technical director says North Sea cod recovery may soon qualify for MSC certification


Prof. thinks social media explains apparent surge in catch of odd colored lobsters


Longtime Stonington lobsterman chairs Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative


Lettuce Entertain You's all-you-can-eat deal outshines other casual dining promotions


Japan fends off efforts to outlaw its Antarctic "research" whaling


Stehr debunks idea ecotourism at marine parks off South Australia would offset fishery losses


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 18, 2014


Wed. Sep 17 2014

Late run continues to make DFO's estimates of overall Fraser sockeye returns uncertain


Indian shrimp farmers, eager to protect hatcheries, oppose new port near Kakinada


September is the cruelest month for restaurants


Mississippi Sound oyster season will commence in October despite "pathetic" conditions on the reefs  


Alaska's young seafood professionals tout benefits of Sea Grant's processing workshops (Fish Radio)


New England Fishery Council's Groundfish Committee will recommend cod management changes today


Sanitation improvements in Visakhapatnam, A.P. may help reopen EU market for shrimp


Letters: MSC defends fees, voluntary payment for duplicate certification systems  


Emergency Klamath water releases planned after Ich found in chinook


Hung Vuong notes enormous Russian interest for pangasius and other Vietnamese seafood imports


FL Sen. Rubio's bill tackles Gulf commercial, recreational management issues for MSA reauthorization


New Zealand's hake and ling cod get MSC certified without conditions


Lithuania's Viciunai will keep supplying Russia with surimi from its Kalingrad plant


BP caught trying 'college' tricks In massive oil spill court case


Four Asian nations agree to 20 percent cut in Japanese glass eel grow out


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday September 17, 2014


Carlos Diaz to assume role as CEO of fish feed producer BioMar at year's end


Dollar General ups bid for Family Dollar in light of antitrust concerns


Tue. Sep 16 2014

Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%  


Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)  


Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon


Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review  


California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher


South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification  


Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns  


Wegmans extends Gulf seafood support with endorsement of Audubon's GULF program


GAA to award VASEP's VP Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with Lifetime Achievement at GOAL 2014


Mexico's shrimp fishermen caught up in race to save rare porpoise from totoaba bladder black market


Maine temporarily suspends three-trap limit for Mount Desert lobstermen


Drakes Bay Oyster fought the good fight but it's now forced to remove all operations


In Los Angeles court, fish sauce trademark battle gets personal


Florida restaurateur trying to upgrade the image of mullet


Maine seeing, at least for now, reduced predation of soft shell clams by invasive green crabs  


Omega Protein issues inaugural corporate social responsibility report


CP Prima may have antidote for shrimp disease infectious myonecrosis virus  


Copeinca bondholders keeping the pressure on China Fishery Group over redemption


IWC members debating controversial South Atlantic whale sanctuary again


British supermarkets joining Sustainable Seafood Coalition standardized labeling system


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 16, 2014


Kroger donated 50 million pounds of fresh food last year to food banks


Mon. Sep 15 2014

Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices  


Fraser sockeye shun U.S. waters, fill B.C. nets  


Hamilton Project focus is on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities


Pacific tuna companies fear IUU and excessive fishing will damage healthy PNA stocks akin to bigeye  


Tons of lobster to be consumed at San Pedro's world's largest lobster festival  


The rise and fall of Maine's offshore groundfish fishing industry


Improved silver and chum runs offset Yukon River's dismal king performance  


Alaskan Senate candidate Dan Sullivan will participate in Kodiak's key fishery debate


Marine Harvest buying bankrupt Chilean fish farmer Acuinova Chile S.A.


Thai Union plans to buy Norwegian sardine canner King Oscar


Norway's biggest bank, DNB, doesn't expect losses from Russian seafood ban


Captain D's adding 20 new units in Charlotte over next five years


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 15, 2014


Columbia River's salmon season still considered strong though run may fall short of forecast  


Namibia's rock lobster industry stabilizing, developing frozen exports to China  


Norway may require salmon farmers to pay to recapture escaped fish  


Iceland's HB Grandi's share of cod quota is 10.67 percent, slightly below year-ago  


New Bedford to be staging area for proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod


Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands to focus on Bonefish Grill


Darden defends progress but swings to Q1 loss


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$400 million for industry transformation gives Newfoundland chance to grow a dominant cod fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Sept. 19, 2014

Newfoundland's seafood industry is on the cusp of major changes.  More than 20 years after the historic collapse of Northern Cod, not only is cod returning, but conditions are in place for a radical transformation of the industry over the next five years.
 
But like any major change, the experience will likely be wrenching. 
 
Earlier this week I attended a meeting called Fishery of the Future hosted by The Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation...

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California seafood labeling bill could mean mass consumer confusion, say retailers and NFI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall St. Journal ]  By BEN DIPIETRO  Sept. 19, 2014

A coalition of grocers and retailers and the seafood industry’s main trade association say a proposed law in California that would change the names under which seafood is sold in an effort to combat fraud is misguided and won’t achieve its objective.
 
The bill, which was approved by the California State Legislature and only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law, would mandate all seafood sold in the state be listed by its common name as well as its market name. Seafood in the state currently is sold using its market name.
 
Some examples of how the bill would affect labeling include herring being listed as Ilisha, Chilean seabass being listed as Patagonian toothfish and shrimp having to be called by names such as roshna prawn, jack knife prawn or caramote prawn.
 
Supporters of the measure, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the environmental activist group Oceana, say the change will address the problem of seafood mislabeling, which has been found to be widespread throughout the country. Oceana has conducted DNA tests on seafood purchased around the country between 2010 and 2012, and found 33% of its samples were mislabeled, with the number rising to 38% from stores and restaurants in Northern California and 52% in Southern California....

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How Norway and Russia's partnership has effectively managed Barent Sea cod stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Yale Environment 360] by John Waldman - September 19, 2014

The prime cod fishing grounds of North America have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — northern cod fishery.

What years of dwelling in the cold Atlantic had amassed, an army of knife-wielding, white-suited Norwegian factory workers were taking apart in just minutes...

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EPA extends Pebble Mine review period to Feb for more time to look over 155,000 comments recieved

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] September 19, 2014

Faced with thousands of comments received on a proposed determination to act under the Clean Water Act regarding the Pebble mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency has extended until Feb. 4 the deadline on further action.

The public comment period for EPA's proposed determination under the Clean Water Act ends at midnight tonight, Sept. 19, and over 155,000 comments have already been received on the matter of whether to initiate actions that could stop development of the mine.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is urging all in the industry who support protections for the Bay to make a comment before the deadline.

Here is a link to a comment page.  It takes less than 30 seconds....

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Founders son and an uncle trying to bring back Shells seafood restaurants in Florida

September 18, 2014 - 

Tampa Bay mainstay Shells Seafood Restaurants were thriving for awhile in the late 1980s, at one point numbering 45 restaurants and employing 1,200 people in the U.S. The concept was taken public in 1993, and that's when the trouble started.

"None of them seemed to work except the ones in Florida," remembers John Christen Jr., son of founder John Christen Sr.

The younger Christen, a fresh University of Florida grad, and his uncle David Canady have decided to resurrect the concept. In 2012 Canady opened a location on Fowler in Tampa; this August Christen opened a St. Pete Beach location in what was most recently Jaxson's. The menu is nearly identical to the Shells of yore, the recipes mostly dating back to before the company was taken public.

John Christen Jr. isn't aiming for an empire this time, but he is hoping to recapture the Tampa Bay area, with maybe locations in Brandon and Clearwater...

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Second vessel runs aground this month in Dutch Harbor, F/V Ocean Ranger missed channel marker

SEAFOODNEWS.COM[KUCB]  By Annie Ropeik September 19, 2014

A fishing boat from Homer ran aground outside an Unalaska harbor Tuesday night after going the wrong way around a channel marker.
 
The F/V Ocean Ranger was heading into the Bobby Storrs Boat Harbor around 6 p. m. when it struck a reef. Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin says the boat's crew probably misread their navigational charts.
 
"They obviously didn’t follow the intention of the markers or they would have missed the reef," McLaughlin says.
 
The vessel tore its hull and took on some water during the grounding. But no one was injured, and McLaughlin says the Coast Guard didn't find any environmental damage.
 
The Ocean Ranger was able to get itself to the Resolve-Magone Marine Services salvage yard, where the boat's crew is working on repairing their damaged hull. They're part of the fishing fleet from one of the Russian Old Believer communities near Homer...
 
 

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NMFS reports take of short tailed albatross by Bering Sea longliner - limit is 4 birds every 2 yrs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Sept. 19, 2014

NMFS has reported an incidental take of a  Short-Tailed Albatross in the BSAI Hook-and-Line Groundfish Fishery.   A second unidentified albatross was in the same haul, the identity of which will be evaluated after the observer debriefing. The birds were taken on September 7, 2014 at 58°47” 54’ N and 177°43” 36’ W in NMFS reporting area 521. The confirmed short-tailed albatross had an identifying leg band from its natal breeding colony in Japan and was five years old. The last three documented STAL takes in Alaska were in August 2010, September 2010, and October 2011.
 
The  latest confirmed take on September 7, 2014 is shown by the green star, while the red stars indicate observed locations of incidental takes since 1987.
 
The world population of the endangered short-tailed albatross is currently estimated at almost 4,400 individuals. The short-tailed albatross is protected in Alaska waters by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a result of consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the ESA, USFWS issued an incidental take statement of four birds during each two-year period for the BSAI...

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Seafood Harvesters object to Sen. Rubio's plan for five year re-allocations for recreationa species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 19, 2014

The Seafood Harvesters of America, a group representing commercial harvesters with allocated quotas,  have major concerns about the re-allocation language in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio bill for Magnuson reauthorization.   

A highlight of the legislation--which has been endorsed by the Gulf Seafood Institute who had a hand in crafting the bill--seeks to ensure commercial, charter and recreational fishing interests are represented among the leadership of the councils.  But the Bill also includes a provision sought by recreational groups in the Gulf to force reallocations of fish from commercial to recreational interests through a five to eight year review period. 

The commercial groups have argued that such a review would make loans almost impossible to get, as banks could not trust that quota allocations would be stable....

 

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Roof collapse at Cape Sable lobster tank shop injures 3, one seriously

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] - September 19, 2014 - 

NEWELLTON, N.S., A construction worker in southwestern Nova Scotia was taken to hospital with serious injuries on Thursday after the roof on a partially built warehouse collapsed on him in a tangled heap.

Two other workers received minor injuries as the roof came down around 5:30 p.m.

The building under construction is a so-called tank shop, which shelters large lobster tanks.

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Vietnam reports producing 317,000 tons of shrimp through mid August, up substantially from last year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Sept. 19, 2014

VASEP has reported that total farm shrimp production through Mid August was 317,305 tons, of which 152,035 tons was black tiger shrmp and 165,269 tons was white shrimp.

They also noted that Vietnam has replaced China as the primary shrimp supplier to South Korea.  South Korea is now the fifth biggest export market for Vietnam, after the US, Japan, the EU, and China.  It accounts for 8% of total exports.
 
China's shrimp exports to that country were down 40%  on poor production,  opening the door to Vietnam, where exports have doubled...

 

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Scottish Fishermen's Federation head calls for coordinated UK effort on discards ban following "No" vote

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishupdate.com] - September 19, 2014 - 

Commenting on the result of the referendum today rejecting independence for Scotland, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

‘Whilst the decision has been made for the constitutional status quo, as far as fishing is concerned there will most definitely need to be change in how we work together as an EU member state.

‘There are many challenges facing fishing, most notably the forthcoming discards ban, which has the potential to devastate our fishing fleets. He added, ‘We have had enough arm-wrestling during the independence debate, now is the time to work as a united team to get the best deal possible for fishing.

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Fuji's Okami Alaskan salmon bowl now stocked by 75 Costco units

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - September 19, 2014 - 

Fuji Food Products, Inc., a fresh food manufacturing division of Meruelo Group, has gained distribution of its  Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon Bowl under the Okami brand in more than 75 select Costco locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.

The fresh, fully cooked Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon Bowl contains green beans, miso ginger glaze with rice and wheat berry that is ready to eat in 2-2 1/2 minutes. The heat & serve bowl product comes in a package of 2 and retails at $ 8.99.

In addition to Costco, the Okami brand is also in Ralphs, Kroger, Albertsons, Vons, Stater Bros., Publix, Smart & Final and Fresh & Easy.  Fuji Food Products says it is the largest manufacturer and distributor of packaged sushi. 

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Vietnam's state bank will refinance loans for heavily indebted shrimp and pangasius operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Brief] September 19, 2014

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), the country’s central bank, will refinance banks which conducted debt rescheduling for ailing shrimp and pangasius fish raising householders, farm owners and cooperative alliances.

The free-interest refinanced loans will be made in the dong, according to Circular No. 26 which is set to take effect on November 1.

The refinancing covers debt payments of shrimp and tra fish households, farm owners and cooperative alliances facing difficulties in their production and business operations that were rescheduled on or before Dec 31 of 2013...

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Major Chinese tilapia seed producer suddenly goes dark

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong Sept. 18, 2014

GenoMar, one of the largest tilapia seed producers in China, has stopped production as of this month and it is uncertain what this leader in the industry plans to do. 

GenoMar has been known for its leading role in the tilapia seedling production, especially the seedlings of genetically improved farmed tilapias (GIFT). 

On the afternoon of August 30, the news that GenoMar Supreme Hatchery China (GenoMar) will stop its seedling production from this September stirred both the company’s staff and others in the industry...

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Guyana closes shrimp season from Sept. 8 to Oct 26, prepares quota limits as it nears MSC threshold

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Guyana Times] - September 18, 2014 - 

The Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry said it has implemented a closed season for the Guyana’s shrimp.

This 2014 closure was ratified by Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy in keeping with protocols previously established between the Seabob Industry and the Ministry. The timeframe approved is September 8 to October 26; both dates inclusive, the Ministry said in a statement. The closed session is supported by the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors (GATOSP).

The major industrial stakeholders include Pritipaul Singh Investment, Noble House Seafoods, BEV Processors, Guyana Quality Seafoods and Fisheries Department...

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WA state lawmaker proposes Marine Disease Emergency Act in response to mysterious starfish disease

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 19, 2014

A mysterious disease that is laying waste to West Coast starfish populations has prompted one Washington lawmaker to introduce legislation that would give NOAA the authority to respond immediately to marine disease emergencies that could threaten marine ecosystems in US waters.

To address the sea star wasting syndrome and other major marine disease emergencies, this week Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) and the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus introduced the Marine Disease Emergency Act. The proposed legislation would establish a framework for declaring and responding to a marine disease emergency, and to provide the science community with the resources to proactively protect marine ecosystems from being irreparably damaged by cascading epidemics...

 

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Unisea agrees to $142,000 settlement with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] September 18, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Sept. 17 they have settled with the Alaska seafood processor Unisea Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program.

The EPA said that when UniSea's seafood processing facility at Dutch Harbor was inspected On July 21, 2010 inspectors found that UniSea had greater than the 10,000-pound Clean Air Act threshold of anhydrous ammonia and greater than the 2,500-pound threshold of chlorine. The inspection found several violations of the risk management plan regulations. The settlement included a $142,175 penalty.

The federal Clean Air Act requires that all public and private facilities that manufacture, produce, use, store or otherwise handle flammable gases and toxic chemicals develop risk management plans, which are used by local emergency planners and responders to protect the public from accidental releases of toxic gases like chlorine, propane, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde...

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US dollar hits highest level against Yen in 6 years; strong US currency influencing Seafood Trading 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Sept. 18, 2014

The US dollar hit a six year high against the Japanese Yen this week.  As the US dollar gets stronger against a range of currencies, it is impacting US seafood trading.
 
First, for importers, the US is becoming a more attractive market - whether for shrimp, king crab, snow crab or salmon, as the strong dollar gives an advantage to buyers who pay in US dollars.
 
We have already seen that the US demand for shrimp has reached record levels, and has grown far more than in Europe
 
At the same time, the Euro is weakening against the US currency, as signs point to lower or even negative interest rates in Europe...
 
(chart- USD vs. Japanese Yen - Yahoo Finance)

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Iceland's fisheries minister tells Grimsby not to expect more fish beyond the current 12,000 tonnes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Evening Telegraph] By David Laister - September 19, 2014 - 

New Icelandic Fisheries Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has embraced the "ever stronger" relationship with Grimsby, telling key partners there is plenty of well managed fish to serve the town's vital processors. Mr Johannsson officially opened Humber Seafood Summit alongside Seafish chair Elaine Hayes, with 200 industry and civic representatives listening intently to his every word.

Iceland remains the number one supplier to Grimsby Fish Market, with exports also going direct to the major companies that employ more than 3,000 people in the town.

 He spoke of the ever-closer relationships between the communities, linked by the seafood supply chain, although a warning later came from an Icelandic industry expert for Grimsby not to expect any supply increases on the current 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes...

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90 scientists ask Obama for quick approval of Aquabounty salmon saying science is clear

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Sept. 19, 2014

90 scientists have written to President Obama asking for quick approval of AquaBounty's GMO salmon. 

They say that the FDA found it was safe and used standard technology four years ago, and that the delay due to political interference was causing scientists to take projects outside of the US.
 
"It is not this particular fish that is at stake… it sends the message to the rest of the world that science-based regulatory oversight as embodied in the FDA review process is subject to political intervention.  Furthermore, it signals to the world that the United States may cede its leadership position in the agricultural use of biotechnology. . .I believe it is imperative the United States stay the course it has set in not letting politics interfere with its science-based regulatory system," said the letter quoting Dr. Calestous Juma, professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the former executive secretary of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity.
 
The scientists say "the technology used by AquaBounty to develop the AquAdvantage Salmon has a 20-year track record of safety and efficacy...

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PEI's oystermen say they were "blindsided" by clause that allows mussel growers to farm oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Journal Pioneer] September 19, 2014

Belfast-Murray River MLA and fisherman Charlie McGeoghegan says public oyster fishers feel blindsided.

McGeoghegan is talking about concerns over the fact some mussel growers have been converting their fishing licences in order to grow cultured oysters.

McGeoghegan made the comment to P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley at a Standing Committee on Fisheries, Transportation and Rural Development hearing on Tuesday...

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New Zealand's Ngai Tahu Seafood notes export boom for mussels going to Chinese market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] September 19, 2014

A South Island based Maori seafood company is reporting a boom in the export of mussels this season following a poor spell last year due drought to conditions.

Ngai Tahu Seafood Limited said prices remained strong and significantly ahead of where they were previously.

The company's chair Dr Brian Rhoades said in terms of its exports to China, it had a great season for rock lobster and mussels but not so good for paua, which has been exacerbated by austerity measures imposed by Chinese officials...

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Alaskan tribes petition NPFMC to cut chinook bycatch 66% for Bering Sea's pollock fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KTVF] September 19, 2014

Today, the Tanana Chiefs Conference and Association of Village Council Presidents filed a petition with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to protect the rapidly declining Western Alaska Chinook salmon stocks.

The petition asks for an order to reduce the Chinook Salmon by–catch in the Bering sea–Aleutian Islands Pollock fishery.

It would cut by–catch from 60 thousand down to 20 thousand.

T–C–C officials said the Chinook salmon stocks are crashing, and they need to do everything possible to reverse the trend.

Natasha Singh, T-C-C General Counsel, said "It's easy for us in Fairbanks to sit in our offices and our homes when we have Safeway and Fred Meyer right down the road. But in our rural villages, our residents, our tribal members are fully dependent on the subsistence resources. These are not wealthy people. They're actually going out to hunt and fish to provide for their families."

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Eastern European gangs making £65,000-a-day electro-fishing Scottish shellfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MailOnLine] - By Stephanie Linning - September 19, 2014 - 

Members of some eastern European gangs are making more money from illegally harvesting shellfish than from selling drugs, police said.

Divers working for organised crime gangs are using the banned practice of electro-fishing - where sea creatures are electronically stunned - to bring in hauls of worth up to £65,000 a day.

The gangs are targeting razor clams off the coast of Argyll, west Scotland. The shellfish make up an important part of the fishing industry, contributing £3.1 million to the Scottish economy in 2013.

Detective Chief Inspector Calum Young, responsible for Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire said: 'The money to organised crime and criminals is significant, it makes more than drugs does.'

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HVG plans to build $30 million pangasius plant and warehouse in Russia next year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - September 19, 2014 - 

Hung Vuong Group (HVG), Vietnam’s largest fish exporter by revenue, will build a seafood processing plant and warehouse with total investment of $30 million in Russia in 2015.

The plant will use raw materials from Vietnam as well as purchase unprocessed aquatic materials from Russian areas to produce seafood products for the local market, said HVG’s General Director Duong Ngoc Minh. The specific location of the plant is still unknown.

 

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John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Sept. 18, 2014

John Garner, one of the founding Partners of Norquest, and later a top executive at Trident following Trident's acquisition of Norquest, will be the new Chief Operating Officer for North Pacific Seafoods.

North Pacific operates five plants in Alaska, and has its headquarters in Seattle.  Garner will join the company effective October 6th.  He will oversee all production and sales activities. 

IN making the announcement Masayuki Yano, President & CEO of NPSI, says, “John’s experience and industry knowledge will be great assets to the ongoing success of North Pacific Seafoods. We look forward to strengthening and expanding our seafood operations in Alaska with John’s involvement and leadership.”

He also said Garner had held various leadership roles within Trident, including management of operations and sales functions. "Garner started...

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A&P completes senior debt financing on favorable terms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] - September 19, 2014 - 

A&P, Montvale, N.J., said Thursday it has completed a refinancing of its existing senior debt — a covenant-free arrangement the company said “provides for a significant reduction in interest expense and enhanced liquidity and reflects the debt market’s confidence in [its] ongoing progress and prospects for future growth.”

The company said the enhanced capital structure “is the latest indication of [its] improved business fundamentals.”

According to Paul Hertz, president and CEO of the 300-store chain, the refinancing was done “on attractive terms that reduce our borrowing costs and provide greater operational and financial flexibility [that] puts the company in a much stronger...

 

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Groundfish ctte asks Council to reinstate cod closures; ban party boat fishing in Gulf of Maine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 18, 2014

New England's Groundfish Oversight Committee has proposed a hybrid plan of rolling cod fishing closures and a ban on recreational and charter fishing, among other recommendations as part of a revised management plan for the New England Fishery Council to consider. The proposal is in response to the updated Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment that found inshore cod populations are sharply lower than expectations.

The proposal was adopted yesterday during a Committee meeting in Portland, where several recommendations were chosen from the Groundfish Plan Development Team's (PDT) memo on Framework Adjustment 53.

Of the six options suggested in the PDT report, the Committee recommended that the Council consider options 4 and 6.

Option 4 proposes a "hybrid" plan that "adds additional closures in March and a return to the inshore Gulf of Maine closures...

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Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring

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

The ISSF {International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) has released an updated Status of the Stocks Ratings.

The report compiles the scientific records of the different major tuna stocks done by each of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) into one document, serving as a one-stop, comprehensive resource for tuna stock information.

The most significant changes were in ratings for Pacific bigeye stocks (EPO and WCPO). The abundance rating for those bigeye stocks changed from a green rating (stock is healthy) to orange (the stocks are overfished with regards to MSY levels).

Globally, 52% of the stocks are at a healthy level of abundance and 
when viewed from the point of view of total catch, 86% of the catch comes from healthy stocks...

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With access to Russian market, Vietnam's major pangasius exporters see 2014 profits spike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thai News Service] September 18, 2014

Shares of seafood processors have enjoyed pricey trading as a result of the development of the sector as well as the healthy operations of each of the companies.

Transactions on the shares have so far jumped by 50 per cent overall compared with that of mid-August 2014. The lifting of a ban on the export of pangasius to Russia last January 31 was a vital element in maintaining this rising momentum from earlier this month.

Figures from the customs department showed that Vietnam's seafood exports to Russia...

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