Thu. Feb 11 2016

Shortage of Lobster Processing Capacity Pushing Meat Prices Through the Roof  


Washington Dungeness Landings 23% Higher than Last Year  


Morpol, Poland's Largest Seafood Company, To Expand Output Capacity, Increase Salmon Sales within EU  


Urner Barry to Revive Compliance Workshops and Update FDA Guides with Safe Quality Seafood Assoc


Seafood Sustainability Jobs Open with the NFI's Crab Council and GAA's BAP Program


Backyard Burger, Shoney's Coastal Grill Featuring Salmon for Lent


Guolian Loses Most of its Profitability in 2015


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 11, 2016


Wed. Feb 10 2016

Indian Shrimp Producers Optimistic on Recovery From Floods, Higher Prices; Add Seed Stock this Qtr  


Northern Economics Says Alaska Economy Will Enter Recession in 2016


Rec Red Snapper Sector Using Congress to Bypass Gulf Stakeholders to Get State-Run Management


IFFO Urges Increase in By-Products Usage in Feeds like Biomar and Whole Foods, For Low FIFO Ratios


AquaStar Joins NFI's Crab Council; Sustainability Director David Martin to Lend Expertise


National Fish to Sponor Four-Star BAP Certification for Vietnam Shrimp Exporter Minh Phu  


Captain D's Leverages Seafood Expertise with Lent Offerings at $4.99


Atlantic States Commission Passes Herring Spawning Monitoring System in Amendment 3 Provision


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 10, 2016


Tue. Feb 9 2016

Intense Opposition from Fleet to GOA Bycatch Management Plan at North Pacific Council   (1) 


Trident Launches First Ecommerce Effort in China under its Own Brand for Chinese New Year


Fishmeal Prices Showing Early Signs of Decline in 2016 with Peruvian Production Up  


Tuna Groups and Managers Embrace Harvest Control Rules for Indian Ocean Skipjack  


Newk's Eatery Expand Ahi Tuna Offerings, Adds Crawfish Items to Menu in Time for Lent


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 9, 2016


Mon. Feb 8 2016

Slowdown in Indonesia Shrimp Production Helping to Firm Prices  


Chinese Buyers Said to be Distorting Market By Injecting Mekong Delta Tiger Shrimp with Water


Flooding in Andhra Pradesh Forced Indian Shrimp Producer to Shut Down for Two Months  


Devi Seafoods Adds Feed Mill to Better Control Shrimp Operations and Improve Integration  


Bristol Seafood Launches Wild Maine Mussels to National Retail, Broadline and Foodservice Markets  


Rosrybolovstvo Moves to End 'Research Quotas' by Selling Rights to Russia's Existing Fish Tycoons


Competing Proteins: Only Modest Gains in Beef, Pork Markets Last Week; Eggs Lower


Gulf Council Tables Proposal to Move Rec Red Snapper Management to the States  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 8, 2016


Fri. Feb 5 2016

Collapse of Pollock Prices in China one Reason for Price Stand-off in Gulf of Alaska  


US Shrimp Imports Reach Second Highest Annual Total at 1.29 Billion Lbs in 2015  


John West Deal for FAD-Free tuna in Australia is largest yet for Pacifical  


Kodiak's Ouzinkie Native Corp Supports Alternative 3 at Council due Experience of Rationalizations


Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Salmon Gets "Good Alternative" Rating from Seafood Watch


National Restaurant Chains Prep Menus with Shrimp, Seafood Promos in Time for Lent Next Week  


Patrick McGuinness Retires as President of Fisheries Council of Canada; Michelle Boudreau Takes Over


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 5, 2016


Thu. Feb 4 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 4, 2016


Cermaq Chile Cuts 1,000 Workers From Los Lagos Processing Plants  


Restaurant Industry Contracted Sharply in December, RPI Falls to Lowest level in 3 years


NMFS Says First Ever Winter Sablefish Spawning Survey Will Deliver Better Stock Data


Whiting Fisheries Had a Rough Year, as Fishing Conditions and Markets Pushed Revenue Down 50%  


Church's Chicken Adds Fried Shrimp and Fish Menu Offerings for Lent


Brazil's Camanor May Have Found the Next Stage of the Shrimp Aquaculture Revolution


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Shortage of Lobster Processing Capacity Pushing Meat Prices Through the Roof

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton February 11, 2016

Any restaurateur attempting to use lobster meat at this time knows that pricing is through the roof.

For many years, prices of lobster meat and tails have generally been close to each other, with the price of lobster meat related to the yield of meat vs. tails.

That trend was sparked initially by a period of low prices that led more foodservice users to menu lobster preparations.  However, for nearly 5 years, lobster meat, traded in the $15-$20 range while 3-4 oz tails were in the $13 to $18 range....

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Washington Dungeness Landings 23% Higher than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - February 11, 2016

The season may have been delayed a month for Washington’s Dungeness crab fleet, but landings to date are 2.3 million pounds more than last year at this time. 

Total commercial and tribal landings have reached 10,307,061 lbs. compared to 7,970,771 lbs. this time last year.  This year, non-tribal landings are about  86 percent of the total. Last year they were about 82 percent.

Dan Ayers, Washington State Coastal Shellfish Manager, says because of the five-week delay opening the season, the crab have filled out completely after their fall molt.

“The late start allowed crab to really fill in well, so the crab are of especially high quality and very heavy — or full of meat” Ayers says. “we’ve heard that from fishers, buyers and even from retail consumers.”

Washington’s season got underway January 4, 2016 rather than December 1, 2015. It will continue through...

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Morpol, Poland's Largest Seafood Company, To Expand Output Capacity, Increase Salmon Sales within EU

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM     By Jaroslaw Adamowski  February 11, 2016

Polish fish processor Morpol S.A. has unveiled an investment of about €10 million (US$11.3 million) at its plant in Duninowo, in northern Poland. Under the plan, the project will allow expansion of the facility’s total surface by some 7,000 square meters, and raise its output capacity to about 100,000 tons of salmon, Emilia Schomburg, the company’s marketing and communications director, told Seafoodnews.com.

Following the project’s completion, the plant in Duninowo will be fitted with a total surface of 80,000 square meters. In addition to the processing facility, Morpol operates a further three plants in Poland.

“The overhaul plan is not only focused on increasing the plant’s surface … but, above all, on relevant improvements and modernizations of the processing facility which will allow to increase its output capacity and enhance logistics,” Schomburg said...

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Indian Shrimp Producers Optimistic on Recovery From Floods, Higher Prices; Add Seed Stock This Qtr

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton and Kelly Hill  February 10, 2016

India shrimp production may outperform expectations during the current growout season.  When producers saw prices peak in December, they added more seed stock to the ponds, anticipating that prices would hold.

Some producers think the lower expectations for the coming shrimp production cycle were colored by the losses from extensive flooding and bad weather.  As these problems have faded, a more optimistic mood is taking hold..

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Urner Barry to Revive Compliance Workshops and Update FDA Guides with Safe Quality SeaFood Assoc

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

Urner Barry will update its line of seafood compliance guides and revive its imported seafood workshop series through a partnership with Safe Quality Seafood Associates (SQSA) the firms announced this week.
 
The guides were originally authored by the late Dick Gutting, Jr and published by Urner Barry. The list of titles includes:  A Practical Guide to FDA RequirementsA Legal Guide to Successful SalesFDA Inspection Manual - A Practical GuideModel Seafood Import Compliance Manual; and the Recall Guide & Model Plan for Reportable Seafood.
 
SQSA’s Founder and CEO Scott E. Zimmerman will take the lead in revising the compliance series. Zimmerman has worked in the food safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, aquaculture, and fisheries management industries for over 15 years...   

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Northern Economics Says Alaska Economy Will Enter Recession in 2016

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - February 9, 2016

At an Alaska World Trade Center luncheon last week Marcus Hartley, President of Northern Economics, said the state's economy would enter recession in 2016.
 
That generally means negative economic output, and a decline in the number of jobs.
 
Last year, their forecast called for an overall reduction of jobs in Alaska by 0.5%. Instead, the number of jobs increased by 0.4% with healthcare, wholesale/retail and transportation and misc services all having solid growth in the 4th quarter.  Together, these sectors account for about 40% of all Alaskan employment.
 
But oil and gas, banking, and all levels of government employment fell sharply in the 4th quarter.  Partly this is driven by the precipitous drop in oil revenues as the price of oil falls  below $30.  But it is also driven by the reductions in government jobs both at the state and federal level.  According to Hartley, every $1.00 cut in staff expenditures leads to a reduction of $1.50 in economic activity.
 
2016 is the year that these cuts are likely to tip the state's economy into recession...

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Backyard Burger, Shoney's Coastal Grill Featuring Salmon for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 11, 2016

Fast casual chains Backyard Burger and Shoney's Coastal Catch will feature salmon items during the Lenten season which runs until March 24 this year. 

Backyard Burger added a grilled salmon burger to its menu offerings. The burger will be offered along with the restuarant's new Salt and Vinegar Waffle Fries and its Key Lime shake. The burger will available for through the Lenten season at its locations nationwide. 

“These exciting limited time offers are perfect for those who need to avoid meat during the season of Lent, but they also provide great new flavors and tastes that will satisfy any appetite,” McDougall said. “Our grilled salmon burger, salt and vinegar fries and key lime shake offer a wide variety of delicious new options that are sure to be hits with our fans.”

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IFFO Urges Increase in By-Products Usage in Feeds like Biomar and Whole Foods, For Low FIFO Ratios

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

The International Fish Meal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) is backing a joint project between multinational feed company BioMar Group and USA-based retailer Whole Foods Market to promote the use of feed for farmed salmon utilising by-products from fish processing.  

In late January Norwegian fish farmers Kvarøy and Selsøyvik partnered with importer Blue Circle Foods, feed company and IFFO member BioMar and Whole Foods Market, to create In the Blue, a farmed fish feed that conserves marine resources and reduces environmental contaminants in farmed salmon.

The project has produced a feed that has led to the first farmed salmon with a fish-in, fish-out ratio below 1-to-1, earning it a “Good Alternative” rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program...

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AquaStar Joins NFI's Crab Council; Sustainability Director David Martin to Lend Expertise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

Seattle crab meat producer and distributor is the 23 company to join the National Fisheries Institute's Crab Council.

AquaStar's Corporate Director of Sustainability David Martin will consult with the Council on several supply chain issues. Martin also works as North Pacific Improvements Director with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to further reinforce the consulting relationship between the council and the seafood focused NGO. 

“With each new member, the Crab Council expands its capabilities,” said Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny. “We are an industry-led effort and need full industry support for success. AquaStar’s commitment strengthens the council and helps bring sustainability to the forefront of the blue swimming crab importing community.” 

AquaStar was founded in 1990 produces, manufactures and sources premium frozen seafood including crab, crab meat and shrimp. The company's crab offerings include products that use multiple species with in-shell cuts, crab meat and value-added preparations...

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Intense Opposition from Fleet to GOA Bycatch Management Plan at North Pacific Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker - February 9, 2016

More than 50 skippers and crew of the Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet stopped fishing and flew to Portland to voice their opposition to an alternative that ran counter to what many in the industry had been working on for years.

Alternative 3 was added to the Council’s discussion paper last fall as part of a proposed management structure intended to reduce bycatch, create better accountability for bycatch, increase at-sea monitoring, and improve safety and efficiency for the GOA trawl fleet.

Testimony against Alt 3 ran for two days at the Advisory Panel and before the Council, much of it from skippers who would have been fishing if prices were higher and, in some cases, bycatch was lower. Nevertheless, the trip to Portland from Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, or King Cove by a majority of the fleet to register their opposition to the new proposal, was a rare event.

Most opposition focused on...

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Fishmeal Prices Showing Early Signs of Decline in 2016 with Peruvian Production Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 9, 2016

Global fishmeal prices could be primed to drop this year given lower prices in January and the rebound of Peru's commercial anchovy fishery in 2015 and 2016.

According to the World Bank, global fishmeal prices sank to $1,476 per metric ton. The price is down 17 percent from January 2015 and has been in decline since September. A look at the chart below shows how fishmeal prices are down from record high levels set in 2015. In that time fishmeal export volumes from top global suppliers Peru and Chile reached five-year-lows...

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Atlantic Fisheries Commission Passes Atlantic Herring Spawning Closures in Amendment 3 Provision

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved changes on how Atlantic Herring spawning will be monitored.
 
In addition to the spawning closures, changes to the Atlantic Herring's Interstate Fishery Management Plan under the Amendment 3 provision included modifications to the fixed gear set‐aside, and an empty fish hold provision contingent on federal adoption. The provision was passed during the ASMFC's winter meetings held last week in Alexandria, Virginia.  

The Amendment also consolidated prior amendments (and associated addenda) and recent management decisions into a single document; it is now the comprehensive document for Atlantic herring management in state waters.

The fishery will now use a modified GSI‐based spawning monitoring system to track reproductive maturity in an effort to better align the timing of spawning area closures with the onset of spawning. The method will be tested and evaluated for effectiveness during the 2016 fishing season. If found to be ineffective the Section has the option to revert back to using the prior monitoring system...

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Chinese Buyers Said to be Distorting Market By Injecting Mekong Delta Tiger Shrimp with Water

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amy Zhong and John Sackton -  February 8, 2016

Most insiders in the seafood industry know that the most valuable commodity they can sell is water.  That is why there is a constant battle between those who sell a legitimate natural product and those who soak or inject products to increase their weight.

This issue of soaking or injection has become an increasing problem with China.  Now, Vietnamese companies are accusing Chinese traders of bidding up Mekong Black Tiger Shrimp prices by telling local processing plants to increase weight with injection.

Amy Zhong reports that according to Nguyen Van Kich, the general manager for Cafatex Corp, some Chinese buyers of black tiger shrimp are asking their suppliers in Vietnam to increase the weights before shipping.

Those companies that can sell water along with shrimp have an incentive to pay the highest prices.. just as in New Bedford, it is the price of soaked scallops that sets the market...

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Flooding in Andhra Pradesh Forced Indian Shrimp Producer to Shut Down for Two Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 8, 2016

A shrimp feed and hatchery operation in Andhra Pradesh, India was forced to close its facilities for over two months in November and December because of major flooding issues in the region.

The Waterbase's plant was shut down between November 19 and January 27 because of massive flooding in the Nellore District.

"The operations at Ananthapuram factory was disrupted from 19th November, 2015 due to unprecedented floods resulting in extensive damage to stock and assets of the company," The Waterbase said.

The company reported a 12 percent drop in its third quarter revenues because of the flooding issues...

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Newk's Eatery Expand Ahi Tuna Offerings, Adds Crawfish Items to Menu in Time for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 9, 2016

Newk’s Eatery added an Ahi Tuna sandwich and rolled out several crawfish offerings in time for the Lenten season.

The Mississippi-based fast casual chain with 100 stores in 13 states said it opted for an Ahi Tuna sandwich given the success of its Ahi Tuna Salad it launched for last year's Lenten season. The eatery also features a shrimp and avocado salad on its menu.

The sandwich features layers of Ahi Tuna steak seared medium rare, served on toasted French bread, topped with baby arugula and finished with a dill sauce. The item will be available through February 15 through May 8. The item will retail for $9.99. 

Newk's also announced a winter season menu featuring several crawfish items. Crawfish Pizza, Crawfish Mac and Cheese and Crawfish Pimiento Mac and Cheese— are all offered on the limited time menu. 

“Like everything else on Newk’s menu, we serve our seafood fresh, not fried. Our sushi-grade Ahi tuna is lightly seared, and our shrimp is expertly seasoned and broiled to order,” said Alan Wright, Newk’s Eatery’s Chief Marketing Officer. “At a time of year when quick and easy meatless options tend toward the uninspired, Newk’s is intentional about delivering creative options that are both healthy and culinary.”

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Bristol Seafood Launches Wild Maine Mussels to National Retail, Broadline and Foodservice Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 8, 2016

Last week Bristol Seafood rolled out its line of Wild Maine Mussels that it plans to distribute to retail, broadline and foodservice markets nationwide.

Bristol officially announced its Wild Maine Mussel offering last week during a launch event in Portland, Maine where the company also celebrated 25 years in business.

The company has sourcing agreements with local blue mussel fishermen operating in Acadia National Park. Bristol cleans and packs the mussels at its facility in Portland.

Maine’s wild blue mussel harvest has averaged around 14 million pounds in commercial landings between 2010 and 2014 according to Maine’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The fishery’s value was around $2 million annually in that time.

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Collapse of Pollock Prices in China one Reason for Price Stand-off in Gulf of Alaska

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton   February 5, 2016

Part of the stand down in the Gulf of Alaska has been due to trawlers being unhappy with pollock delivery prices this year.
 
At the start of the A season, processors were offering 8 cents per lb., compared to 12 to 15 cents which is more typical of the past few years.
 
In fact, Bering Sea pollock catchers are still getting 12 to 14 cents, so we wondered what was different about the Gulf fishery...

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John West Deal for FAD-Free tuna in Australia is largest yet for Pacifical

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - February 5, 2016

The agreement announced yesterday by John West, to source 100 million cans of FAD Free tuna from Pacifical for Australian markets, is the largest deal yet to commercialize the MSC certified skipjack produced by Pacifical.  This amounts to 43% of Australia's canned tuna. The cans will be labeled Pacifical MSC, says Pacifical.  In the past, John West has generally only used "pole and line" labeling on some of its cans, not the usual MSC blue logo.
 
Pacifical is the marketing arm of the PNA countries who control about 50% of the global skipjack supply.  The fishery was certified by the MSC in 2011, on the basis that participating vessels would segregate fish in the holds that were caught on free schools, vs. those caught on FADs - fish aggregating devices.
 
Tuna Fishing on FADs has exploded in recent years

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Seafood Sustainability Jobs Open with the NFI's Crab Council and GAA's BAP Program
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 11, 2016

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance have positions open for professionals interested in an opportunity to work in the seafood sustainability industry. 

The NFI’s Crab Council is in need of an Asia-region Liaison to be the primary in-region contact for the Council’s fishery improvement projects.  This position works collaboratively with numerous trade associations on Crab sustainability projects.  

Meanwhile the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is in need of a Program Integrity Manager for its Best Aquaculture Practices program...

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Rec Red Snapper Sector Using Congress to Bypass Gulf Stakeholders to Get State-Run Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 10, 2016

Recreational red snapper users are going to Congress to bypass industry stakeholders to shift commercial and recreational management to the five Gulf States according to the commercial and charter sectors.

In January the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council tabled the Amendment 39 proposal. That included a move of recreational red snapper management to the five Gulf States. This would undermine the primacy of federal fisheries management in the Magnuson Stevens Act.

Both the Charter Fisherman’s Association (CFA) and Gulf Reef Shareholders Alliance (GRSA) say the Council’s decision to delay Amendment 39 is part of an effort to get state-run management passed at the federal level by Congress...

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Guolian Loses Most of its Profitability in 2015

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [News 10 JKQA]  Translanted by Amy Zhong

Guolian’s profitability is estimated to have dropped between 93% to 99% during 2015.

Guolian’s net incomes attributable to shareholders are between 2 million yuan to 15 million from January to December of 2015, according to the company's January 29th performance report.  This represents a decline of 93 to 99% from income in 2014.  

This bad news results in the drop of the company’s share prices. 

During the reported year, the average net profit growth has decreased by 32.04% in the aquaculture industry, while the company’s net profit declines by 72% to 102%  in 2015. ..

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National Fish to Sponor Four-Star BAP Certification for Vietnam Shrimp Exporter Minh Phu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

Vietnam’s largest shrimp producer and exporter Minh Phu will pursue four-star Best Aquaculture Practices certification through a partnership with National Fish & Seafood.

According to the Global Aquaculture Alliance, approximately 800 Vietnamese shrimp farms will be encouraged to obtain BAP certification. National Fish will assist producers with education, support and funding for farms to enroll in the GAA’s iBAP improvement program...

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Trident Launches First Ecommerce Effort in China under its Own Brand for Chinese New Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton  February 9, 2016

Trident Seafoods is launching its own retail branding and marketing initiative in China. The launch is timed to coincide with the celebration of Chinese New Year beginning February 8.
 
Trident is introducing a chinese version of its website to communicate directly with Chinese consumers.  The website, where the Trident Logo is translated as the "Poseidon Fork Brand", features the Trident Story and a range of Alaskan products called Pure and True, and has a wholesale section as well.  However, the site does not offer direct ecommerce services.
 
Trident is also using the WeChat social media platform to communicate about its products and brands with customers in China. 
 
The major ecommerce initiative is being done with partnerships with two Chinese ecommerce channels:  YiGuo.com and YouPin Food 

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Captain D's Leverages Seafood Expertise with Lent Offerings at $4.99

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 10, 2016

Captain D's will feature three meals for $4.99 from now until the end of the Lenten season on March 27.

The fast-casual seafood chain will promote its Home-Style Flounder; fish and butterfly shrimp; and fish tenders and chicken meals each for $4.99. The meals include hushpuppies and two sides.

Each dish was developed by Captain D's executive chef, Jason Henderson.

"Seafood is our passion, and as the seafood expert for the past 46 years, we love to offer our guests quality seafood at affordable prices," said Chef Henderson. "All of our dishes are created using whole fish fillets, hand breaded or hand batter-dipped fish, and each recipe is developed with our guests' input. We've been perfecting our seafood for over four decades, and this season, we are thrilled to be offering guests their favorite full meal deals for $4.99."

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Slowdown in Indonesia Shrimp Production Helping to Firm Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton and Kelly Hill - February 8, 2016

Indonesia is  the largest producer in the southern hemisphere, and historically, December to February is the peak production period due to weather and growth patterns.
 
Because of this Indonesia is often the largest supplier to the US during the first half of the year, while India, which produces most of its shrimp from March to November, is the primary supplier for the second half of the year.
 
Since mid-September, the Urner Barry white shrimp price index has risen about 16%.  In four out of the five years from 2011 to 2015...

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Tuna Groups and Managers Embrace Harvest Control Rules for Indian Ocean Skipjack

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - February 9, 2016

LONDON -- The Government of the Maldives and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) brought more than 50 fisheries officials and experts to the Maldives last week (3-4 February 2016) to discuss the management of the Indian Ocean’s tuna stocks and to align on an agreed proposal for the implementation of robust harvest control rules (HCR) in the region. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), as well as three IPNLF Members – Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and World Wise Foods, provided additional support and co-sponsorship. 

The workshop’s overarching objective was to ensure the shared tuna resources, which are critical to economies, communities, and cultures throughout the Indian Ocean...

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Shortage of Lobster Processing Capacity Pushing Meat Prices Through the Roof 

It appears that the shortage of meat processing capacity has combined with several other factors to cause historically unprecedented demand for lobster meat and record high prices. According to John Sackton, the industry’s lack of lobster meat processing capacity is the liming factor and will change the industry. “Not only will it give a big boost to processing in the US, especially in Maine and Massachusetts, but it will also spur Canadian companies to rethink their production strategies,” Sackton writes. “If they don't, lobster meat production could move offshore to China, in the same way that Newfoundland snow crab meat production--formerly at millions of pounds per year---disappeared from Canada because the plants could not make the long term adjustments needed to keep producing.”

The NPFMC passed an amended version of its controversial Alternative 3 fishery management for Gulf of Alaska trawlers in a narrow 6-5 vote along state lines. The Amendment passed even though trawl industry representatives blasted Alternative 3 as the short route to crippling the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fleet. Trawl captains voiced their opposition to the Council and ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten during a two-day public comment period. “If the goal of the council is to hamstring the trawl industry, then Alternative 3 it is,” said Bob Krueger, executive director of Alaska Whitefish Trawlers.

Washington State’s Dungeness crab landings are up 23 percent compared to this time last year. Total commercial and tribal landings are up 2.3 million pounds to 10.3 million pounds. “The late start allowed crab to really fill in well, so the crab are of especially high quality and very heavy — or full of meat” said Dan Ayers, Washington State Coastal Shellfish Manager. “We’ve heard that from fishers, buyers and even from retail consumers.”

In other news marketing professionals say Red Lobster missed out on even more sales after the chain was mentioned during Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Red Lobster sales spiked immediately after it was mentioned during the performance. However, social media analysts say the chain’s slow social media response to going viral might have cost the restaurant even more sales.

Finally, Morpol will invest over $11 million at its fish processing plant in northern Poland to expand its operations. The project will allow the company to raise its output capacity to about 100,000 tons of salmon.

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Devi Seafoods Adds Feed Mill to Better Control Shrimp Operations and Improve Integration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jagdish Kumar  February 8, 2016

Mumbai - Devi Seafoods, one of the largest seafood exporters in Andhra Pradesh is setting up new shrimp feed mill plant.
 
Sources in India said the new feed plant will have a capacity of 50,000 tons per year, and will be located in Visakhapatnam.
 
Devi has two reasons to expand into its own feed mill. First, a company source said the Indian government will be investing $450 million in the next five years on promoting aquaculture across coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh as well as other states. This planned expansion is one opportunity Devi believes they can undertake that will benefit from this planned expansion.
 
Secondly, the company wants to maintain three and four star BAP certification levels. Devi Seafoods supplies a major share...

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Rosrybolovstvo Moves to End 'Research Quotas' by Selling Rights to Russia's Existing Fish Tycoons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugen Gerden  February 8, 2016

Rosrybolovstvo will create conditions for further consolidation and monopolization of the Russian fishing market by selling off the quota shares currently allocated to various marine research institutions. 

The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), plans to allocate additional sources to the federal budget, which is expected to take place through the sales of fishing quotas, which are currently owned by the domestic research institutions, to private investors. 
 
Among the quotas, that will become a subject of sale will be quotas for the production of red king crab, blue crab..

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US Shrimp Imports Reach Second Highest Annual Total at 1.29 Billion Lbs in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 5, 2016

Shrimp imports to the US market were the second highest ever on record in 2015 at 1.29 billion pounds. The figure was just 8.9 million pounds short of hitting the all-time high set in 2006.

Imports released this morning indicate an increase in December 2015 of over 14 percent compared to December last year. So for the year, 2015 shipments compared to 2014 were up 3.3 percent.

However, the value of the total imports expressed in dollars per pound dropped 21 percent from $5.34 in 2014 to $4.21 for 2015...

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