Wed. Aug 27 2014

United Alaska Congressional Delegation urges Obama to ban Russian seafood imports


Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product  


Cooke returns to salmon processing in Maine, sees uptick in consumer demand for Maine salmon


FDA still reviewing changes made in Linda Bean's lobster processing operations after warning letter


Australia's Ferguson using China's lobster appetite for other trading options as tariffs come down


Marine Harvest says it will rise to challenges of Russian sanctions, sees higher prices by year end


High food prices lead to trade-offs even in upper-income households


Friends of Putin profit from Russia's food import ban


GAA calls on shrimp farmers to complete on-line EMS survey available in 7 languages


Outback re-running Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special, from August 20th


After freshwater walleye gets MSC nod Canadian fishermen frustrated with export barriers


Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" particularly bad this August affecting fish and crabs


Proposal to limit or close Cook Inlet razor clam fishing included in Fish Board's 2014-15 agenda


Salmar puts plans for Chilean salmon venture on hold citing production cost and output concerns  


Dalian shipping fresh seafood in special high-speed refrigerated rail cars to other parts of China


Russia's poor salmon catch this year hampering efforts to find replacement for banned fish


Bristol Bay River Academy gets Western Alaskans jobs as river guides (Fish radio)


Cape Breton Bivalve expanding its mussel farming operation and adding processing line


Japan will try to reinstate Antarctic "research" whaling at upcoming IWC meeting


DFO prepares to tamp down gear conflicts as more PEI fishermen turn to eel harvesting


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Aug 27, 2014


Tue. Aug 26 2014

S&P Downgrades American Seafood Group, says 'will have difficulty complying with financial covenants


Fraser sockeye run still coming on strong   (1) 


Wegmans to launch own brand of Gulf shrimp as part of promotional campaign with Marketing Coalition


Crab poaching by Russians in Japanese EEZ rises rapidly, reflecting more enforcement in Russia


Apalachicola oyster recovery getting over $6 million in federal disaster funds


ISSF says Big-eye tuna is experiencing correctable overfishing, not a spiral to disaster  


India sets ambitious seafood export target: doubling value in three years to $10 billion


Proposals now being sought to gauge economic potential of Alaskan mariculture (Fish Radio)


Popeyes ramping up seafood choices as part of successful strategy to differentiate


New Ahold USA chief McCann outlines his ambitious "Project Thunder" plans


Newfoundland invests in online sea lice monitoring system


Russia calls New Zealand's effort to create Ross Sea MPA "territorial games"


Terrebone fishermen upset over disruptive seismic survey during shrimp season


Fiji developing snapper fishery as domestic tuna industry struggles


Western Pacific Fishery Council calls on President Obama to abandon vast marine monument


With battle for Market Basket apparently nearly over, can it thrive again? (Opinion)


Captain D's strikes two more franchise deals that will open stores in Georgia and Florida


Japan preparing to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch in Western and Central Pacific  


Burger King will buy Tim Hortons in $11 billion deal


Ocean acidication poses latest threat to Long Island Sound's shellfish industry


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Aug 26, 2014


Mon. Aug 25 2014

Final details of Canadian free trade agreement with EU provide big boost to lobster, seafood exports


Thai shrimp exporters get final 1.1% duty rate decision from Commerce  


Cooked and peeled coldwater shrimp prices hit record highs, based on Icelandic sales data   (1) 


Tilapia seedlings in short supply, Hainan hatcheries expanding production by 20%  


Despite some bright spots and exeeding projections, Alaska's salmon numbers far below last year   (1) 


Kotzebue - far above Arctic Circle - sees record chum fishery this year  


Short supply raising shrimp prices in Japan  


Market Basket board calls off crucial Sunday evening meeting


Methane is seeping from seafloor Off East Coast, scientists say


Globalpesca's Eduardo Infante says Chile's toothfish management is a disaster  


Vietnam's tuna industry learning to get top dollar in Japan  


Letters: Consumer reports did not suggest pregnant women eat less fish


Long lines and surging interest in imported seafood lead to bare shelves at Shanghai free trade zone


We are choking the oceans with plastic (Opinion)


McDonald's faces 'Millennial' challenge customers in their 20s and 30s are defecting to fast-casual


Russia to tighten domestic controls on fish prices


Seafood Expo in Barcelona, now Seafood Expo Southern Europe grows, but no match for Brussels


Camanchaca posts $9.3 million in 1H revenue on improved salmon sales, prices and production costs  


Faith, grit and resourcefulness keep last boat homeported in Nantucket going


American Heartland Fish Products abandons exporting Asian carp, making meal and oil instead


Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons and form new company based in Canada


Japan's Fisheries Agency unveils warning system to curb overfishing of bluefin tuna  


Cool clean water will be released into lower Klamath to save salmon


Seafood.com News Summary Monday Aug 25, 2014


Fri. Aug 22 2014

Major seafood companies call for US ban on imports of Russian king crab, pollock, salmon   (2)


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 22, 2014


Robust Asian demand for limited live lobster supplies see market prices creep up  


McDonald's USA president to retire, new president named


Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers wholeheartedly endorse call for ban on Russian seafood imports


Fresh Foods Solutions seeks patent for fuel cell based refrigeration system for fresh seafood


Reporters take on role of food watchdogs in China, uncover deceptions with scallops and oysters


As weather gets drier in the Mekong rice farmers increasingly switch to shrimp harvesting  


Louisiana shrimpers and Gulf oilmen butt heads over seismic blasting operations


Global Shrimp production declined at least 12% in 2013, say experts at Aquaculture Roundtable


Gulf of Maine's dire cod stock data will undergo independent review next week in New Hampshire


WCPFC member nations' failure to provide essential tuna catch data equated to IUU fishing  


Cook Inlet's commercial setnetters manage respectable 2014 harvest amid number of restrictions  


Impact from BC mining accident on Fraser sockeye murky as prices retreat on strong run (Fish Radio)  


Final Market Basket bid by Arthur T. Demoulas expected today


Norway will allow fish farmers to delay harvest to reduce effects of Russian ban


Ahold US stores Q2 comps off 1.8 percent, Peapod sales growing rapdly


Fresh Market Q2 sales gains driven by new store openings, comps gain


Innovative squid net reduces bycatch dramatically in tests off Massachusetts


Commerce finalizes higher duty rates for Indian shrimp exporters in 8th review  


Thu. Aug 21 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 21, 2014


Baader unveils new generation snow crab processing machine in Newfoundland with yield, labor savings


Gulf shrimp catches down 17% in July as weather distorts landings in La. and TX  


Famed Delaware chef and restaurateur Matt Haley dies in motorcycle crash in India


Bejing high court upholds anti-monopoly ruling against Zhangzidao's scallop sales practices


Norway is now shipping salmon fry direct to two Murmansk salmon farms


NFI says Consumer Reports is way off base telling pregnant women to avoid canned tuna


Alarmed by seafood demand in Brazil, China, Japan trading houses investing abroad to assure sourcing


Peggy Parker hired as sustainability editor for SeafoodNews   (2)


Tai Foong USA's Northern Chef brand is first ASC tilapia to be distributed to domestic retailers  


Seafood Source makes huge mistake with false story about American Seafoods   (1)


LFA 32 rumored to be site of Nova Scotia fish minister's $0.5 per pound lobster levy pilot project  


China Fishery Group accepting anchovies in lieu of cash for Copeinca obligations


Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries threatened by BC mines, Sec'y Kerry could use treaty as leverage


Russian food safety officials clamp down on McDonald's; close four stores, start random inspections


Bi-Lo Holdings, parent of Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, pulls IPO


Striped bass still on New England menus and in stores, as new Massachusetts harvest rules pay off


Daily Astorian: Proposed tarriff on port's seafood processors a bad idea


Russian seafood processors complain as EU processed fish escapes ban


Austevoll Seafood Q2 net profit up, future effect of Russian ban seen as temporary


Consumer Reports ignores FDA advice and urges pregnant women not to eat any tuna in new report


ASMFC proposing cuts in striped bass harvest as precautionary measure


Russia lifts embargo on imported salmon smolt  


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United Alaska Congressional Delegation urges Obama to ban Russian seafood imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Aug 27, 2014

The entire Alaska congressional delegation, including Senators Murkowski and Begich, and Congressman Don Young, have written President Obama asking to implement a retaliatory ban on Russian seafood imports. 
 
In the letter to the White House, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young suggest America increase the intensity of its negotiations with Russia, and if needed, that the nation respond with a ban on Russian seafood imports  They write:
 
Second, if Russia fails to comply, we ask that a ban be imposed on Russian seafood imports to the United States...

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Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 27, 2014

Even though US crabmeat imports are above 2013 totals, these shipments have not offset the lack of imported blue crabmeat from Indonesia and the imported market has advanced to record levels this summer. The imported situation has benefited the domestic blue crabmeat industry where healthy demand for product at favorable prices is being reported.

A quick glance at US crabmeat imports through June this year shows shipments are up over 7 percent YTD from 2013. This has happened despite production problems in Indonesia and Thailand...

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Cooke returns to salmon processing in Maine, sees uptick in consumer demand for Maine salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 27, 2014

Cooke Aquaculture's US subsidiary True North Salmon has once again started processing salmon at its Machiasport, Maine facility after last winter's rough weather forced the company to suspend operations temporarily.  

The company said forty workers are once again processing salmon at the facility. Additionally, Cooke's CEO Glenn Cooke said the goal now is to increase its farming operations in Maine citing an uptick in consumer interest for farmed salmon out of the region...

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FDA still reviewing changes made in Linda Bean's lobster processing operations after warning letter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle Aug 27, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration.
 
The FDA says it has not yet cleared Rockland-based Linda Bean of violations. The FDA in February sent a letter citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. Company owner and namesake Linda Bean says she has "addressed everything" and the FDA's letter of violations was "reasonable."
 
Bean says the company also improved its record keeping ...

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Australia's Ferguson using China's lobster appetite for other trading options as tariffs come down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Stock Journal] By Andrew Marshall - August 27, 2014 - 

When Andrew Ferguson began work on his father’s fishing boat at 16, rock lobster exports from South Australia’s coastal waters were limited to tails packed off to the United States.

Almost 40 years later the Chinese want the whole swimming, breathing crustacean – fresh and big.

Despite hefty import tariffs, China can’t get enough of them – even though they land in southern China, Hong Kong or Shanghai with a wholesale price tag of around $100 a kilogram and sell in restaurants for about $250 each.

The dragon-red coloured southern rock lobster (jasus edwardsii) from SA’s Antarctic-chilled waters is reputed to be the world’s most expensive lobster, thanks to the appetite and increasing spending power of Chinese consumers.

“Lobster is a good door opener into China – it’s a gourmet product that leads to follow up orders for other lines,” said Mr Ferguson, who is now weighing up diversification prospects if tariff walls between Australia and China start being dismantled later this year.

 

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Marine Harvest says it will rise to challenges of Russian sanctions, sees higher prices by year end

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Gwladys Fouche - August 27, 2014 - 

Marine Harvest, the world's largest fish farmer, is confident it can cope with short-term challenges created by Russian sanctions that are hurting the fish-farming sector, it said today.

The company expects salmon prices to start to pick up at the end of this year as it expects Russian sanctions to have a short-term effect, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

"It's definitely a short-term effect, but we think we will see a redistribution (of the salmon that should have been exported to Russia), and demand in other regions will take the rest," Alf-Helge Aarskog said after presenting the firm's quarterly results.
 
"We expect salmon prices to start to pick up at the end this year."
 
Prices for fresh salmon have fallen around 23% since the sanctions went into effect...

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Friends of Putin profit from Russia's food import ban

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [BBC/Moscow Times]  August 27, 2014

A group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the tit-for-tat sanctions in the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine.
 
Earlier this month, Russia banned all US and EU meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine. That has sent some local food prices soaring in Russia and opened a gap in many markets.
 
A fish company co-owned by the son-in-law of a friend of President Vladimir Putin, a meat company with a well-connected founder, and another private meat producer enjoying state support are all seeing a spike in demand...

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Outback re-running Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special, from August 20th

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM] August 27, 2014

Outback Steakhouse announced the return of thier annual Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special.  The special includes a meat entre with the choice of a shrimp preparation on the side - either a sauteed garlic shrimp or a fried shrimp dish. 

The price is $15.99 - although that may vary in some locations. 

The Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special runs from August 20th for a limited time, and is pared with back to school marketing...
 

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Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" particularly bad this August affecting fish and crabs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WTOP] - August 27, 2014  - 

WASHINGTON, It's called the dead zone and while it happens every year in the Chesapeake Bay, this August it's particularly bad, affecting fish and shellfish that make their way to dinner tables.

Bruce Michael, with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, monitors oxygen levels in the bay year-round; he says this summer's annual dead zone has grown to the eighth-largest size ever recorded.

It starts each year with a spring algae bloom.

It sucks the oxygen out of the deepest parts of the bay, making it difficult for fish and shellfish to survive.

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Proposal to limit or close Cook Inlet razor clam fishing included in Fish Board's 2014-15 agenda

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Molly Dischner - August 27, 2014

Cook Inlet razor clams are among the items on the Board of Fisheries menu this year.

Fishermen and other stakeholders are asking the board to consider 162 proposals to change subsistence, commercial, personal-use and sport regulations in fisheries throughout the state during the 2014-2015 meeting cycle. The majority of the proposals this year will address Southeast Alaska fisheries, including both finfish and shellfish there, but a handful address Cook Inlet issues.

Cook Inlet razor clams will be up for discussion at the statewide Dungeness crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish and supplemental issues meeting. So far, there are 34 proposals for discussion at that meeting, which will be held in Anchorage March 17-20, 2015. Southeast Alaska crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish will be discussed in a separate meeting, Jan. 21-27, 2015 in Wrangell...

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Dalian shipping fresh seafood in special high-speed refrigerated rail cars to other parts of China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News]  Translated by Amy Zhong   August 27, 2014

There are trains specific for the seafood transportation in Dalian. 

On August 7, the first Freight Express of Convenience as well as Freight Express of Freshness left Dalian and consumers in faraway places could enjoy the freshness of Dalian’s seafood which had traveled for a long distance thanks to these trains. 
 
Shenyang Railway Bureau is reported to be in charge of the operation of these two train lines, which run 953 kilometers and cover the three provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Helongjiang. The trains of Freight Express of Convenience are made up of four compartments and leave from the two ends of the route, Dalian and Harbin (Xiangfang train station), on a daily basis. 
 
 The cargo can be unloaded at the following train stations, which are Dalian, Jinzhou, Pulandian, Wawudian...

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Fraser sockeye run still coming on strong

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Aug 26, 2014

The Fraser River Panel of the International Pacific Salmon Commission held their weekly assessment meeting Friday, August 22nd.  They continue to revise upward the sizes of this years sockeye runs.

Japanese sources say the pace of the catch now exceeds that in 2010 which was the strongest year in 100 years. In 2010, priority was given to the upstream runs and large harvests took place as a result of increased catch in rivers in September. This year, it is reported that actual commercial catch is being planned for a greater extent earlier, and allocations have been expanded following the openings. Allocations of at least 5 million fish were achieved by mid-August, which is five times the pace of  four years ago. 

Local sources suggest the possibility that, depending on the pace of the late runs, the final catch might match that of four years ago or even exceed it.

The stocks being estimated  by the panel include an early summer run, a summer run, and a late summer run.  The late summer run is the largest and is expected to account for the greatest number of fish. 

The panel left unchanged their upward revised estimate of the early summer run, at 2.2 million fish. 

They boosted their in-season estimate of the summer run to 7.0 million ..

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Cape Breton Bivalve expanding its mussel farming operation and adding processing line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ForeignAffairs.co.nz] - August 27, 2014 - 

Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. will upgrade and expand its mussel farming operation and establish a mussel processing line with assistance from the Government of Canada.

Cape Breton Bivalve plans to produce a cooked in-shell, vacuum packed and frozen product. Cooked and frozen meat will be prepared, mostly for the food service industry. A portion of the product will be sold live.

Cape Breton Bivalve’s majority shareholder is Louisbourg Seafoods.

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Japan will try to reinstate Antarctic "research" whaling at upcoming IWC meeting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SBS] By Anthony Fensom - August 27, 2014 - 

Japan’s Antarctic whaling program was ruled illegal in March by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), yet Tokyo is pushing for a return. With another showdown looming at September’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) meet, is it déjà vu all over again for Japanese whaling watchers?

Japan’s Fisheries Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, said in April that the government would submit a new Antarctic research program to the IWC in line with the court’s decision, with “hunting plans” for 2015-16.

Meanwhile, Japan’s research program in the north-western Pacific would continue “by reducing its scale…in view of the verdict,” he said.

“In line with international law and scientific principles, our nation will carry out research whaling to get the scientific information essential to manage whales as a resource…We will stick to a basic plan that aims at a resumption of commercial whaling,” Hayashi was quoted saying by Reuters.

The announcement followed a Diet resolution demanding the Abe government continue to support Japanese whaling.

 

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Crab poaching by Russians in Japanese EEZ rises rapidly, reflecting more enforcement in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [JAPAN REPORTS]  Hokkaido - Aug 26, 2014

The Hokkaido Fisheries Adjustment Office of the Fisheries Agency said it has collected during this summer 291 crab baskets that appeared have been set by Russian fishing boats in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Monbetsu, northeastern Hokkaido, as well as 2,482.9 kilograms of snow crab (corresponding to 6,439 crab) caught in those baskets.
 
The number of baskets collected show a sharp increase of 5.5-fold from a year ago, with the volume of poached crab swelling 4.8-fold.
 
The office suspected that the Russian boats are engaging in illegal fishing activities, shifting the fishing grounds into the Japanese EEZ as regulation by the Russian authorities have been tightened within its own domestic waters.
 
The Fisheries Agency's four enforcement vessels conducted this year’s basket collection activities twice in July 7-22 and July 26-August 4 in the area near the Russian border.
 
The vessels sank special equipment to the sea bottom...

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ISSF says Big-eye tuna is experiencing correctable overfishing, not a spiral to disaster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 26, 2014

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation says some recent rhetoric from regional news agencies that has suggested the bigeye tuna stock in the Western Pacific is on the verge of collapse. In their view, this is simply not true.  While the Foundation does agree that the region's bigeye stock is on the decline and is being overfished, the group said there is still time to the right the ship.

According to the ISSF's Victor Restrepo data from the Scientific Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission shows the bigeye tuna stock is declining but not on the brink of extinction as some participants in WCPFC meetings have suggested this summer. In 2014 the stock assessment for the fishery showed a depletion level of 16 percent. Restrepo points out that this is actually smaller than 2011's 21 percent depletion, and the current WCPFC target is 20%...

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Proposals now being sought to gauge economic potential of Alaskan mariculture (Fish Radio)

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska retaliates against Russia’s seafood boycott reactions and help wanted to get Alaska mariculture moving. 

Department of Commerce director Penny Pritzker, who was in Alaska, said a priority is to put an Office of Export Assistance in Alaska -- in part, to help more than 600 companies that export goods internationally. 

Switching to Alaska mariculture – a Request for Proposals is out for an Economic Analysis of Alaska’s Mariculture potential. The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation believes it can be a billion dollar industry in 30 years. The analysis will serve as a road map for a statewide strategic plan. Deadline is September 19...

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Popeyes ramping up seafood choices as part of successful strategy to differentiate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Food Business News]  by Monica Watrous Aug 26, 2014

ATLANTA — Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is going fishin’. The fast-food chain may be better known for its bone-in chicken, but building a stronger seafood platform has become a strategic priority for the company.

“With the launch of our digital menu boards across our system, we freshened our menu with the same strategic intent that we have had for the last few years of building our boneless chicken and seafood products, ” said Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, during an Aug. 21 call with analysts to discuss third-quarter earnings. “That platform has been an important driver of our growth, and we expect it will continue to be. We are the only brand with, we believe, the credibility to sell fabulous seafood in addition to our well-known famous advantage for chicken. ”
 
The chain this year added Cajun fish to the core menu and last quarter launched for a limited time cracked pepper shrimp with blackened tartar dipping sauce. Popcorn shrimp, butterfly shrimp, and seafood po’boy sandwiches also are on the menu...

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High food prices lead to trade-offs even in upper-income households

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall St. Journal]  by Ellen Byron  - Aug 27, 2014

This fall is expected to bring a new jumps in grocery prices, and a new level of sticker shock to shoppers. WSJ's Ellen Byron joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to discuss how shoppers can handle their budgets. Photo: Mike Bradley for the Wall Street Journal Leanne Powers-Mattioli with her husband, Chris Mattioli, are hosting their annual end-of-summer beach barbecue next month at their shore-front home on Lake Erie for about 200 friends and family members. This year, they won't be serving shrimp cocktail.
 
Stubbornly high prices for shrimp prompted Ms. Powers to instruct the caterer to substitute locally sourced heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil. And she is opting to serve barbecued chicken, along with potatoes and lots of salads, instead of the usual hamburgers.
 
"We've always done burgers in the past. They used to cost around $2 per person, but now it's up to $3.75," says Ms. Powers-Mattioli, a clothing-store and dog-spa owner who lives in Hamburg, N.Y. The couple spends a lot on drinks and music, and this year they want to keep the food budget under control, she says. "I thought hamburgers were just an everyday staple, but I'm not going to pay nearly double for them."
 
After a few years of steadily upward-creeping prices, experts say this fall many more families will start to feel the sting of higher food bills...

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GAA calls on shrimp farmers to complete on-line EMS survey available in 7 languages

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM staff]  Aug 27, 2014

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is calling on shrimp farms in Asia and Latin America to participate in an online survey on early mortality syndrome (EMS) that will lead to recommendations for better global shrimp-farming practices. The deadline for responses is September 15th.  The results will be presented during the GAA GOAL meeting in Vietnam, in early October.
 
All shrimp farms in countries affected or threatened by EMS are encouraged to take the survey at http://www.gaalliance.org/survey/ by the Sept. 15 deadline.
 
For convenience, the online survey forms are available in English, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay, Spanish and Tamil. PDF-format copies of the survey are also available to download and print in those languages, as well as Telugu. 

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After freshwater walleye gets MSC nod Canadian fishermen frustrated with export barriers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Winnipeg Free Press] By Bartley Kives - August 27, 2014 - 

Fishers who catch walleye in North America's first certified-sustainable lake are frustrated they can't yet sell their new, premium product on the U.S. market.

Earlier this summer, the Marine Stewardship Council declared the walleye and northern pike fishery on Manitoba's Waterhen Lake the first sustainable freshwater fishery in the western hemisphere.

FFMC is developing a chain-of-custody process that would ensure sustainably caught Waterhen walleye is kept separate from other fish handled by the Crown corporation, said Bill Galbraith, fisheries manager for Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

The Waterhen fishers, however, want to sell their product directly to the U.S. market. They claim sustainable walleye is a new product and thus should not be required to be sold through the Crown corporation.

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S&P Downgrades American Seafood Group, says 'ASG will have difficulty complying with financial covenants'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - August 26, 2014

Standard and Poors has lowered its corporate credit rating on American Seafood Group to CCC+ from B-, and they say "the outlook is negative."  According to S&P the CCC rating means it considers a company currently vulnerable, and dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet its financial commitments.
 
S&P also lowered their issue-level rating on the company's senior secured debt  to B from B+.
 
They also say the recovery rating is very high, meaning...

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Salmar puts plans for Chilean salmon venture on hold citing production cost and output concerns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] August 27, 2014

Norwegian salmon producer Salmar will hold off on its plans to set up production operations in Chile. The company said higher production costs from disease in recent years along with estimations that Chilean production is now on a slower upward expansion compared to Norway were responsible for the decision.

Salmar's CEO Leif Inge said Salmar is still interested in setting up shop in Chile --particulary now that the country's salmon export market see more business in the Russian market-- but will delay any possible merger or alternative venture until production costs related to new disease protocols level off...

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Russia's poor salmon catch this year hampering efforts to find replacement for banned fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden   Aug 27, 2014

Russia has posted poor results for salmon catches this year.

Amid a threat of a shortage of fish in the Russian market due to the ban on imports from many Western countries, the government is continuing significant efforts to increase supplies of domestically-produced fish to the local market.  Most of the catch, so far, has been exported abroad.
 
According to recent statements of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, in recent weeks the volume of supplies of Russian fish sold overseas has significantly decreased. 
 
According to Rosrybolovstvo, until now, the Far Eastern fishermen prefer to export the majority of their production to Japan and China...

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Bristol Bay River Academy gets Western Alaskans jobs as river guides (fish radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 27, 2014

Thirteen new graduates are ready to guide visitors along Bristol Bay’s rivers and streams, and show them how to work a mean fly rod for salmon and trout. The students mastered the place-based curriculum at the Bristol Bay River Academy.

"They learn the basic skills of fly fishing, casting and knots and fly tying, also learn the basics of customer service, and what it is like in the guiding and hospitality business out in the Bay. They take tours of local lodges and we have guest speakers come in and explain what their businesses are like and what it’s like to be a guide. And the third strand of the curriculum is river ecology and we talk about what keeps trout and salmon healthy, biology – they give the whole picture." 

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Wegmans to launch own brand of Gulf shrimp as part of promotional campaign with Marketing Coalition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - August 26, 2014

Wegmans and the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition (GSMC) will feature fresh Gulf seafood in stores from now until the first week of September. The promotion will also feature the launch of Wegmans' own brand of wild-caught, peeled and deveined shrimp product straight from the Gulf of Mexico.

The promotion arrives in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend and will take advantage of the last major grilling holiday and the return of consumers' back-to-school routines.

"Wegmans is dedicated to providing the freshest ingredients to our customers, helping to make great meals easy and affordable. The savory Gulf of Mexico seafood flavors fit into this plan, and the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition is a great partner to us," said Dave Wagner, Vice President of Seafood Merchandising. "We are confident that once customers taste our new Wegmans brand wild-caught Gulf of Mexico shrimp and learn easy preparation techniques, it will soon become a favorite."

On Friday, Aug. 29,  the Rochester, NY-based grocery store chain will also feature Gulf Coast seafood cooking demonstrations, freshly-prepared wild-caught Gulf shrimp dish samples and educational grilling techniques....

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DFO prepares to tamp down gear conflicts as more PEI fishermen turn to eel harvesting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - August 27, 2014 - 

The eel fishing season has started on Prince Edward Island and representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada have met with fishermen to help prevent any trouble.

Higher eel prices and decline in other fishing industries have encouraged people to harvest eels.

To prevent gear conflicts, Fisheries and Oceans had a meeting with the Eel Advisory Committee before the season started last week. At the meeting, fishermen were advised on how the government would handle gear conflicts if they did happen. Fisheries Officer Kent MacRae says before the season starts, ground rules were in place.

"Because more people are exercising their licences now we wanted to make sure that people didn't have problems with setting their nets too close,” he says.

 

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Apalachicola oyster recovery getting over $6 million in federal disaster funds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - August 26, 2014 - 

NOAA will disburse $6,310,216 of new disaster assistance funding to help restore the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay Florida.

On August 12, 2013, a federal fisheries disaster was declared for the oyster fishery along the northwest coast of Florida due to excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle that have caused the regional economy to suffer significantly. Historically, the Apalachicola Bay region has produced 90 percent of Florida's oysters and 10 percent of the oysters supplied to the entire country.

Senator Rubio who announced the award along with Senator Nelson said he remains committed to restoring water flows to Apalachicola Bay...

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India sets ambitious seafood export target: doubling value in three years to $10 billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By Rajulapudi Srinivas - August 26, 2014 - 

VIJAYAWADA,ANDHRA PRADESH,  The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) will raise seafood exports from $5 billion to $10 billion in the next three years.

As part of the initiative, officials will meet stakeholders and take up issues such improving production, development of harbours, maintenance of quality and popularising of seafood, which is in good demand in coastal districts.

Besides, MPEDA officials are holding training sessions for aqua farmers to give them tips on cultivating high-quality yields. Incidentally, the officials explained the problems facing aqua farmers to Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman during her recent visit to Andhra Pradesh.

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Final details of Canadian free trade agreement with EU provide big boost to lobster, seafood exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Aug 25, 2014

The Canadian - European free trade deal will be signed in Ottawa on Sept. 25th.  The full technical text, a 1500 page document, was leaked in a German publication a few weeks ago, and appears to conform with the public summary that has been published. 
 
Speaking in PEI, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said the lobster industry could be helped by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe.
 
She says CETA may open up many new markets for P.E.I. companies...

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