Mon. Jul 6 2015

Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Either Late or Over-Estimated: Stay Tuned  


Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape  


PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years


Local Crab Demand Cratering in Louisiana as Prices Spike Over Statewide Shortage  


Thailand's Local Markets Brace for Seafood Shortage With Fishermen Tied-Up Under IUU Rules


East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture  


India Continues to Post Sharp Gains for Exported Shrimp Volumes and Values  


Chinese Tilapia Seedling Sales on the Decline With Tilapia Demand Down  


Heavy Rains Result in Widespread Shrimp Kill Across India's Andhra Pradesh Region  


Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature  


Avanti Feeds Expands Indian Shrimp Feed, Processing Business in Deal with Anvanti Frozen Foods  


UAF Studying Abundance of Juvenile Sablefish in Alaska's St. John's Baptist Bay (Fish Radio)


Indian States Odisha and Kerla Getting Close to Commercial-Scale Black Tiger Production


Pew Wants Global Trade Ban on Pacific Bluefin After IATTC Fails to Agree on Conservation  


Federal Fishery Council Takes Up Snapper and Grouper in Keys Session


Study Finds Nearly a Third of the Black Sea Bass Population that Spawn as Females Become Males


Caribbean Spiny Lobsters Create Safe Havens


Committee Releases Advisory Report for Chesapeake Bay’s Blue Crab Population Management Options


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 6, 2015


Fri. Jul 3 2015

Seafood News and Urner Barry Closed Today for July Fourth


Thu. Jul 2 2015

Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies  


Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms  


India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming  


Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize


Russia Limits Fishery Quota Transfers in Plan to Spur Industry Consolidation


First Drought, Now Floods Cause Problems for Texas Shrimpers


NOAA Predicts 2015-16 Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp Catch to Trend 24% Under Historical Average  


Bobby Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Enforcement of Turtle-Excluder Provisions  


SalmonChile Says Yesterday's Report on Lower Salmon Volumes Exacerbated Decline in Atlantic Harvest  


Pacific Coast Federation's Zeke Grader to Retire After 40 Year Career


Louisiana's Shrimp Task Force Supports Passage of TED Enforcement Repeal  


Survey Suggests Bumper Crop of East Coast Sea Scallops Coming Up


Alaska Shellfish Hatcheries Endangered by Ocean Acidification, Study Says  


Warmer Waters Expected to Alter Global Seafood Consumption Patterns Report Finds


ASMI Updates RFM Certification on Alaska Crab, Halibut and Sablefish  


Investors are Betting on Restaurants


U.S. Foods Needs to Boost Its Valuation Quickly for Private Equity Owners


Northeast Iowa School Converted to Shrimp Farm


Five Fishing Groups Join in Lawsuit to Block Seismic Testing off New Jersey Coast


BP to Pay $18.7 Billion Blowout Settlement, $6.8 Billion Goes to Louisiana


Seafood.com News Summary July 2, 2015


Wed. Jul 1 2015

North Pacific Seafoods Buys Two Alaskan Salmon Processing Facilities from Inlet Fish Producers  


Marine Harvest's Fresh Salmon Recall Expanded to Sam's Club and Save Mart Stores Across CA  


Putin Signs Law to Ban Drift-net Fishing in Russia's EEZ  


US Restaurant Performance Remains Historically Strong with Comps Up Again in May


Chile's Atlantic Salmon Harvest Volume Down 34% Over Last Year's Levels  


As Threatened, Many Thai Fishermen Strike Over Government's IUU Clampdown   (1)


Blue North Expands Board with New Members McReynolds and Wells  


UK's Seafish Launches $390,000 Investment Fund for Fishery R&D Projects


Alaska Mariculture Initiative Sets Goal to Build Billion Dollar Farmed Seafood Industry (Fish Radio)


Maryland Launches Campaign against Illegal Crab Fishing  


New Legal Sea Foods Ads Elevate Seafood to a Religious Experience for "Pescatarians"


Kroger's President and COO Mike Ellis Retires Abruptly After 40 Years of Service


Sea Pact Looking to Fund Fishery Projects that Will Help World's Most Consumed Species


De Costi Acquisition Key to Building Tassal's Dominance in Domestic Market


Legislation Would End Pesticide Use In Long Island Sound to Restore the Lobster Industry


Scientists Find Way to Cut Blood Loss by 90% By Spraying Foam Made from Shrimp Shells


Thailand Arrests 2 Alleged Kingpin Brokers Who Sent Slaves to Fishing Boats


B.C. Salmon Farmers Wait for the Regulatory Tide to Turn


Texas Inshore Shrimp Season Devastated by Freshwater Runoff  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 1, 2015


Tue. Jun 30 2015

Across Alaska, Early Salmon Catches Underweight  


Feds Accuse Virginia's Casey Seafood of Mislabeling Foreign Crab Meat Sold to Retailers  


Louisiana to Close Shrimp Fishing in Remaining Inshore Waters on July 2  


Promotional Plans for Maine's Lobster Marketing Collaborative Not Deterred by Higher Priced Lobster  


Toothfish Industry Creates Three Working Groups to Further Improve Management During COLTO Workshop  


Nova Scotia the Big Benefactor from Huge Increase in China's Demand for Live Lobsters  


Oceanographers Puzzled by Latest Warm Water Burst - This Time Off US Atlantic Coast


Ahold, Delhaize Execs Have Clear Vision of Essential First Steps in Pending Merger


Major EU Shrimp Distributor Heiploeg Buys Assests to Dutch-Based Lenger Seafoods' Shrimp Division  


McDonald's to Feature Lobster Rolls at Participating New England Locations  


Sea Pact Elects Albion Fisheries VP Guy Dean to Replace Logan Kock as Advisory Council Chairman


Seajoy Group is First Latin American Shrimp Producer to Earn Four-Star BAP Certification  


UBC Study Finds Pacific Pink Salmon Growth Stunted By Double Dose of Acidification


Popeyes Launches Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp  


NOAA Releases Complete List of S-K Awards


China's Pingtan Adds Six Vessels for Tuna Longlining and Squid Jigging in Central and Western Pacfic


Two Cargill Fish Feed Mills Attain BAP Certification


Iceland Proceeds with Fin and Minke Whale Hunt Despite Protests


US Tuna Treaty Under the Spotlight at Forum Fisheries Meeting


US Foods Launches Bold "Just Taking Off" Campaign


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 30, 2015


Mon. Jun 29 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 29, 2015


Univ. of Alaska Launches Online Classes for Aspiring Fish Technologists (Fish Radio)


Seattle Crab Producer Keyport Hires Karen Reyer as Financial Controller


Bristol Bay Sockeye Season Shifts into High Gear  


NOAA Recommends Record High $25 Million in S-K Grant Funds for 88 Fishing Industry Projects


Seafood Dog Treat Producer Arcitc Paws Enjoys Massive Growth on Strength of Alaska Seafood Brand


Florida Health Officials Try to Put "Flesh Eating Bacteria" Scare Headlines into Perspective


Lower-Priced Alaskan Sockeye Promotions Up Big Across Retail Sector Nationwide  


Poland's Seafood Imports Higher in 2015 Driven by Shrimp Demand  


P.E.I. Tuna Fisherman Getting Atlantic Bluefin Quota Increase  


FDA's SCALE Program Awarded for Use of DNA Testing in Combatting Fish Fraud


Singaporeans divesting from Alliance Food Select Inc.


Growing Demand for High-Priced Seafood in China to Benefit EU's Oyster, Salmon Producers  


Russia Holds Off on Banning Canned Fish and Sprat Imports from EU and US, For Now


Alaska Trollers Say Salmon Commission's 46% Chinook Quota Cut Will Cost Harvesters $12 Million  


Sysco Walks Away From US Foods Merger


Greenland's Atlantic Salmon Quota Worries Maine Conservationists


Jersey Shore Oyster Industry Is Starting to Recover  


Sysco Stock Price Rebounds Despite Merger Ruling - Investors Like Certainty


WWF Calls for Rigorous Recovery Plan for Eastern Pacific Bluefin Tuna


Harvesting Geoducks is Lucrative, But It's Also Brutally Hard Work  


Talley's Trawler to Assess Rebuilding Orange Roughy Stocks Off NZ


Marine Harvest Restructuring Operations in Chile in Response to Weak Prices


MSC’s Rogue Client Agrees to, then Withdraws from Binding Arbitration  


Icicle Seafoods Sold Off to Indonesia's Convergence Holdings and Dominion Catchers


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Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Either Late or Over-Estimated: Stay Tuned

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 6, 2015

All eyes are on Bristol Bay today as fishermen and processors look for a surge in sockeye landings marking the peak of the run today or at the latest, tomorrow.  That peak did not come on the traditional day of July 4.

Cumulative landings as of yesterday totaled 8.5 million fish, short by more than half for this time in a six-week season with a forecast of 37.6 million reds....

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Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press Herald] by Tom Bell - July 6, 2015

Maine’s lobster industry is gearing up for another big year as the state’s 4,500 commercial fishermen wait for lobsters to migrate to the coast and shed the hard shells they’ve been carrying all winter.

And wait they must.

Fishermen and consumers probably won’t see those “shedders” until the middle of July – one to two weeks behind schedule – because of colder-than-normal water temperatures, according to scientists. The shortage has led to above-average lobster prices over the Fourth of July weekend, just when the state’s summer tourism season is coming into full swing. The Fourth of July weekend is considered the normal start date for the lobster fishery in Maine.

Fishermen who have traps in the water now aren’t catching much except for a few hard-shell lobsters, and those lobsters don’t seem eager to molt any time soon, said Peter McAleney, who runs New Meadows Lobster, a wholesaler in Portland...

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PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Pola Lem - July 6, 2015

One thousand feet over Prince William Sound, the plane tilted sideways, its left wing stretching toward the waves below as pilot Mike Collins circled in for a closer look. The water sparkled.

"There's a school of age one herring," said Scott Pegau, turning in his seat, "right up against the beach."

Against the curve of the shore, a dark cloud formed below the surface of the Sound, where hundreds of juvenile herring clustered. Their school is among 1,227 counted so far this season along the islands and inlets off the Prince William Sound...

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Local Crab Demand Cratering in Louisiana as Prices Spike Over Statewide Shortage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Comet] by Jacob Batte - July 6, 2015

It's just past noon and all is quiet inside Fishing Jim Seafood, a Raceland crab distribution company.

Six years ago, that would not have been the case. Workers would have been hustling inside the facility at 3534 La. 1 to get any number of orders completed.

"We wouldn't be standing here, I can tell you that. There would be so much action going on here," owner Roger Manning said Thursday. "It has definitely changed."

Manning isn't the only one feeling the effects of a crab shortage...

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Thailand's Local Markets Brace for Seafood Shortage With Fishermen Tied-Up Under IUU Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] by Yukako Ono - July 6, 2015

Thousands of fishing boats are stuck in port in Thailand, after new rules aimed at combating illegal fishing took effect July 1, leading to concerns about tighter seafood supplies and higher prices.

Many seafood markets, including the two largest in the provinces of Samut Songkhram and Samut Sakhon, are set to close temporarily, starting Saturday, as they will have nothing to sell, said Monkol Sukcharoenkana, vice president of the Thailand Fishery Association.

Fish markets mainly sell to domestic processors, restaurants, retailers and consumers...

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East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 6, 2015

Massachusetts-based lobster distributor East Coast Seafood and Texas' Garbo Lobster have entered into a partnership with long-term equity capital provider Seafood Investment Group to expand the companies' value-added processing joint-venture, Maine Fair Trade Lobster.

The deal was led by Antarctica Advisors LLC, a food-industry focused investment banking firm.  Financial details of the partnership were not released.

"This is a highly strategic partnership for our clients, East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster, and a great entry for SIG into the North American Seafood Industry," said Ignacio Kleiman, Managing Partner of Antarctica Advisors .  "The new partnership demonstrates the unique opportunities the Seafood Industry in North America presents to investors, where Antarctica's highly-specialized Seafood Team continues to play a leading role as a trusted advisor."

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India Continues to Post Sharp Gains for Exported Shrimp Volumes and Values

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times of India] July 6, 2015

The coastal city has shown robust performance in the export of marine products in 2014-15. Mangaluru has registered a growth of 17.55% in terms of quantity. The value of the catch exported is at Rs 1,363 crore.

According to Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), 1,15,470 tonnes of fish products were exported from Mangaluru port. In the previous year, the export stood at 98,230 tonnes. The difference in value over the previous year is Rs 249 crore.

Frozen shrimp remained the primary export item, accounting for a share of 34.01 % in quantity and 67.19% of the total US$ earnings...

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Chinese Tilapia Seedling Sales on the Decline With Tilapia Demand Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Farmer] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 6, 2015

A decline in tilapia demand both overseas and among China's local markets has inventories well supplied and prices low. This has resulted in a sharp fall in tilapia seedlings so far in 2015.

One Chinese seedline prouducer based in Gaoming, Guangdong only sold around two-million seedlings from the beginning of this year, while the sales volume has reached as high as over five-million during the same period a year earlier. 
 
Gaoming, Guangdong relies on foreign markets for its tilapia sales. And this year there is an excessive supply of tilapias, which cuts the tilapia prices. The demand is also weak for seedlings owing to the low tilapia prices...

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India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OdishaSunTimes] - July 2, 2015 
 
Odisha government, in partnership with Worldfish, a global aquaculture and genetic improvement organisation, has emabarked on an initiative that aims to improve fish production in the state by 20% within a year and double production within five years in the state with the introduction of Tilapia fish farming
 
“A delegation from the Worldfish led by its Director Michael Phillips had made a presentation before the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on May 14 with a proposal to use the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) technology to enhance fish production in the state. The partnership will continue for a minimum period of five ...

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Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNNMoney] July 2, 2015

Whole Foods execs are admitting the chain has been overcharging customers in New York City stores, but promised that if that ever happens again they'll give the food to customers for free.

John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs of Whole Foods (WFM), apologized to customers in a video filmed in the sliced fruit section of one of their grocery stores. The casually dressed execs admitted that some customers had been accidentally overcharged for sliced fruit, fresh squeezed juices and sandwiches by workers who made errors.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes," said Robb, framed by containers of sliced strawberries, kiwis and pineapples. "We want to own that and tell you what we're doing about it."

Mackey said there has been a "very, very small percentage...

 

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Russia Limits Fishery Quota Transfers in Plan to Spur Industry Consolidation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - July 2, 2015

The Russian government has approved a new package of amendments to the existing federal law "On Fishing", as part of the reform in the Russian fishing industry, initiated by Alexander Tkachev, the recently appointed  Russia’s Minister of Agriculture.

According to an official spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the new ammendments will limit the transfer of fish quotas to companies that do not operate their own fishing fleet.

According to state plans, this will help withdraw numerous intermediaries from the market, which resell their quotas to other companies.

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Indian States Odisha and Kerla Getting Close to Commercial-Scale Black Tiger Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] by K.A. Martin - July 6, 2015

Indian seafood business is on the verge of a major transformation, like the one ushered in by the exotic vannamei shrimp, with scientists at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, Chennai, closing in on a stock of domesticated, disease-free black tiger shrimp, native to Indian waters.

“We are into the sixth generation of SPF tiger shrimp and trial farming in Odisha and Kerala, using bio-secure enclosures, has produced good results,” said an official of Marine Products Export Development Authority here on Thursday...

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Federal Fishery Council Takes Up Snapper and Grouper in Keys Session
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Keys Info Net] By KEVIN WADLOW - July 6, 2015 
 
Federal fishery managers come to Marathon on July 16 to ask what people want to see in future rules for harvesting snapper and grouper.
 
At the 6 p.m. session at the Marathon Government Center, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff will outline a "draft vision blueprint" for the snapper-grouper fishery, covering nearly 70 fish species, and take public comment.
 
Council staff describes the process as using public comments from fishers and other affected groups "to work cooperatively to create a long-term vision for the snapper-grouper ...

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Caribbean Spiny Lobsters Create Safe Havens
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jamaica Observer] July 6, 2015 
 
MIAMI, Untied States (CMC) – A new study has found that Caribbean spiny lobsters practice “behavioural immunity” to create safe havens that prevent them from contracting a lethal disease in the wild.
 
Associate Professor, Don Behringer, of the University of Florida (UF), worked with Old Dominion University Professor Mark Butler on the study that used data from a massive sponge die-off in the Florida Keys.
 
In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists showed how the Caribbean spiny lobster uses a form of behavioural immunity to prevent the spread of the PaV1 virus, which takes a heavy toll on their populations. 
 
“Increased infection risk has long been deemed ...

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Committee Releases Advisory Report for Chesapeake Bay’s Blue Crab Population Management Options
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cecil Daily] By JOSH BOLLINGER - July 6, 2015 
 
EASTON — Following a winter dredge survey that yielded positive results for the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population, an interagency committee has released an advisory report that contains recommendations to managers of the fishery.
  
Fishery managers considered the female blue crab population depleted in 2014. Last year’s dredge survey placed the spawning-age female population level around 68.5 million, which is just below the threshold of 70 million that managers have adopted as a ...

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Bobby Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Enforcement of Turtle-Excluder Provisions
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times-Picayune] By  Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com- July 02, 2015 
 
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Wednesday (July 1) repealing a 1987 state law that prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.
 
The repeal legislation, which the Louisiana House approved last month 100-0, also was unanimously endorsed by the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force in April after environmental groups have long pushed for better enforcement of the use of such devices in shrimp trawls. Often referred to as TEDs, they create an opening in shrimp nets to allow trapped turtles to escape before they ...

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Pacific Coast Federation's Zeke Grader to Retire After 40 Year Career

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Lee Crockett - July 2, 2015

Crockett is Director of Federal Fisheries Policy for The Pew Charitable Trusts

On one side: fish. On the other side: fishermen. In the middle: Zeke Grader.

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide.

For 40 years, Zeke served as executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), the largest trade group of commercial fishermen on the West Coast.

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Louisiana's Shrimp Task Force Supports Passage of TED Enforcement Repeal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 2, 2015

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force announced support for this week's passage of a bill that will repeal the state's ban on enofrcing federal turtle excluder device and bycatch reduction device regulations.

On Wednesday Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wsigned into law HB 668, which will repeal states that had prevented Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal TED and other bycatch regulations. The law will go into effect on August 1.

“Today is a monumental day for our shrimp industry and will show the world that Louisiana fishermen and processors have always been concerned with the successful management of our shrimp fishery, said Mark Abraham, Shrimp Task Force Chairman. “The Shrimp Task Force applauds Governor Jindal and our state legislators who worked with us to pass this legislation.”

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Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 2, 2015

Lobster meat market prices have climbed to all-time record levels this summer as seasonal demand among foodservice operators in the US has been met with a more limited supply of the product compared to past years.

In early week trading, Urner Barry prices for dry Canadian cooked 2 lb claw and knuckle lobster meat, reached $20.20 per pound. This is an all-time record price for the product, topping the previous $19.50 per pound record average set in 2012...

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Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 2, 2015

A recovery in shrimp production among producers in South China has domestic inventories well supplied, which has put downward pressure on prices for the country's producers.

On April 28, trucks from Guangzhou have come to the agriculture zone of Heya village, Nantong town to buy shrimp at the price of 80 yuan/kilo. This was the first batch of white shrimps which Guangzhou customers bought from local farmers. However, by late May those prices had decreased to as low as 50 yuan/kilo.

“They are the same 1-kilo white shrimps. But their price has declined by 30 yuan from that of one month ago,” said many farmers in Rudong county of Jiangsu in early June...

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Heavy Rains Result in Widespread Shrimp Kill Across India's Andhra Pradesh Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] by T. Appala Naidu - July 6, 2015

Repeated spells of rainfall recorded across the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh recently have changed the chemical parameters of the water in the fishponds under Vannamei shrimp cultivation, leading to mass death of shrimp. Ironically, harvesting of the shrimp was largely to begin by early July across the coastal belt, particularly in Krishna, East and West Godavari and Nellore districts.

“We are harvesting Vannamei that is alive in the ponds irrespective of its growth. However, delay in harvesting will cause of complete death of shrimps as changed parameters in the water will not suitable for their survival,” aqua farmers based in Nagayalanka told The Hindu . The colour of the Vannamei is also being changed, owing to high level of Ammonium and Hydrogen Sulphide which reported after the rains...

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Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 6, 2015 
 
Rep. Robert Alley of Beals says he will try again next year to safeguard wild-caught scallops for future generations.
 
A Washington County legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest of Maine scallops.
 
The fishing industry this year resisted a bill proposed by Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals, and it later died in committee in April. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them.
 
Maine scallops are favored in culinary circles, typically ...

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Avanti Feeds Expands Indian Shrimp Feed, Processing Business in Deal with Anvanti Frozen Foods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 6, 2015

Indian shrimp feed and fishmeal producer Avanti Feeds Limited has agreed to buy controlling interesting in Avanti Frozen Foods' shrimp processing operations located in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

According to the deal Avanti Foods will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Avanti Feeds. This will bring Avanti Frozen Foods' shrimp processing facility located in the Ravulapalem, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, under Avanti Feeds management. 

The deal will also see the expansion of Avanti Feeds shrimp feed production capacity through a new shrimp feed plant in the West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh...

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UAF Studying Abundance of Juvenile Sablefish in Alaska's St. John's Baptist Bay (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 6, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I'm Stephanie Mangini. Young sablefish studied. I'll tell you how after this

“Our overall purpose is to record the fine scale movements and habitat use of juvenile sablefish in order to gain a better understanding of their early life history stage.”

Student Rhea Ehersmann at UAF’s school of fisheries and ocean sciences is conducting this study as part of her masters’ project, with the help of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Sitka.

“This data may provide researchers and management with more information for understanding recruitment into commercial fisheries. It could also give us information about how these juvenile sablefish are utilizing space within the bay, as well as incorporating seasonal prey like herring and salmon into their diets.” 

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Pew Wants Global Trade Ban on Pacific Bluefin After IATTC Fails to Agree on Conservation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 6, 2015

The Pew Charitable Trusts wants global fishery authorities to explore the possibility of banning the international trade for Pacific bluefin tuna after no additional conservation measures for the fishery were agreed to during the 89th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) that took place between June 22 and July 3 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

According to Pew the Pacific bluefin tuna population remains in a severely depleted state: It is overfished, and overfishing continues on a stock that is at 4 percent of its unfished levels. The Group has repeatedly called for IATTC to develop and mandate the use of a cost-effective tool to combat IUU fishing among member the countries. However, no progress was made on gaining consensus during the meeting...

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Study Finds Nearly a Third of the Black Sea Bass Population that Spawn as Females Become Males
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Physicians.ORG] Ken Branson Provided by  Rutgers University- July 6, 2015 
 
Rutgers marine researchers and New Jersey fishermen are piecing together the details of the strange, gender-bending sex lives of black sea bass – a study that could improve understanding of the bass population and help the beleaguered recreational fishing industry.
 
Scientists have long known black sea bass are "protogynous hermaphrodites," a species in which fish that begin life as females can switch gender to male. But the details of how and why that happens are not completely understood.
 
Now, there's thinking the change is triggered when the number of males in a local population ...

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First Drought, Now Floods Cause Problems for Texas Shrimpers
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houston Chronicle] Dylan Baddour, July 2, 2015 
 
In recent years, coastal shrimpers and oystermen in Texas struggled to make their livings during an exceptional drought. Now the years-long dry spell has been washed away by an exceptionally rainy spring, but the Victoria Advocate newspaper reports the storms haven't brightened the prospects of folks who depend on the bays.
 
They've actually made it worse.
 
On Friday, Calhoun County judge Michael Pfeifer issued a disaster declaration for his county, nestled between San Antonio, Lavaca and Matagorda bays, citing an "imminent threat of financial and economic impact affecting the seafood industry; specifically...

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NOAA Predicts 2015-16 Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp Catch to Trend 24% Under Historical Average

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 2, 2015

NOAA expects the Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp harvest between now and June 2016 to trend well under the historical average due to a notably wet spring season.

According to the Agency, the Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp harvest is expected to reach 42.8 million pounds. This is a 24 percent decline from the 54-year average of 56.5 million pounds. 

Heavy bouts of rain across Texas and Louisiana produced record rainfall in the area, notably in May. The result was a large discharge of freshwater into estuaries throughout the Gulf. Rains were so heavy it end ended Texas' four-drough in just a single month...

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SalmonChile Says Yesterday's Report on Lower Salmon Volumes Exacerbated Decline in Atlantic Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 2, 2015

Yesterday in a report from our Latin American affiliate Chilean fishery authorities with Subpesca reported a sharp decline in the country's overall seafood harvest that was driven by a 34 percent decline in Atlantic salmon through May. However, according to Chilean Salmon Industry Association SalmonChile, those figures were off and the decline in the Atlantic salmon harvest is actually down 3.5 percent and is not the driving factor in the overall fall in Chile's harvest volumes.

SalmonChile's report found a 10.3 percent overall decline in Chile's salmon harvest. According to their figures the salmon harvest is down to 292,258 tons from 325,682 tons...

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North Pacific Seafoods Buys Two Alaskan Salmon Processing Facilities from Inlet Fish Producers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 1, 2015

North Pacific Seafoods, Inc. (NPSI) has reached an agreement with Inlet Fish Producers, Inc. to buy their Kenai and Kasilof processing facilities, expanding NPSI’s Alaskan seafood operations throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Talks began earlier this year between Inlet Fish and Marubeni, NPSI’s parent company, for acquisition of the two plants.
According to the Nikkei Report, Marubeni, one of Japan’s largest seafood trading houses, paid an estimated 1 billion yen ($8 million) for the company...

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