Fri. Aug 1 2014

Yum brands terminates global relationship with meat supplier OSI as Chinese meat scandal hits sales


Beaver Street eyes exports, increased branding to grow half-billion dollar business


China poised to push shrimp prices higher  


Profits likely to surge for Gorton's, King and Prince, say Nissui projections  


NFI says existing crabmeat labeling laws just need enforcement as lawmakers push for stricter regs  


Seafood Harvesters making sure F/V discharge exemption bill gets through Congress (Fish Radio)


Ex-Congressman calls for US consumers to boycott Russian pollock


Whole Foods reports strong sales on discounted farmed salmon  


Wegmans has ten new stores in the works


Chesapeake Oyster restoration great example of successful public-private environmental partnership


Video: Don't bash seafood imports when supporting American fish


Alaska Sen Begich picks up another re-election endorsement, this time from Bering Sea Crabbers


DFO's Aquaculture Director says don't focus on Fraser sockeye salmon number but on the uncertainty


PEI lobstermen in LFA 24 expected to vote down license stacking


NZ parliment passes reflagging law on final day; all foreign charter crews subject to NZ laws


2014 Maine lobster festival is underway, with theme focused on fishing families


Mass. Lobstermen's Assoc. join with state reps to protest coastwide lobster trap, pot gear ban


Slower consumer traffic sends restaurant performance down in June but outlook still favorable


Seafood.com News Summary Friday Aug. 1, 2014


Thu. Jul 31 2014

Alaska's pollock fleet taps into squid bycatch reserves after filling TAC way ahead of schedule


Shrimp prices to rise in South China following typhoon destruction in Zhanjiang  


Trident to market pollock roe with Japanese company Takamasa in bid to help rebuild after tsunami


Shortages have Gulf oyster suppliers heading to the East Coast to fill inventories  


Alaska's Southeast Dungeness fishery having best season ever with prices near $3 lb (Fish Radio)  


Norway's king crab season starts this week  


Japan, Korea expel each other's fishing boats from EEZ as bilateral fisheries talks come to deadlock


Russia may set record for catch of pacific salmon this year


Water filtration technology lets India's commercial shrimp farmers take operations inland  


Whole Foods to defend its position in organic food with national marketing campaign


Yukon River chinook reach escapement goal to Canada; run exceeds forecast, management measures work  


Vietnam investigating Rich Beauty seafood company for exporting tainted capelin products to Japan


China's porous food safety regs hinder fast food industry's expansion plans


Clam bed closures in Maine see soft shell supplies drop, prices surge in Boston  


South Pacific's bigeye tuna stock is at dangerously low levels warn scientists  


Baltimore scientists pioneer N. America's first closed containment farmed bluefin project


Cape Cod fishermen say recovered seal population is gobbling up their catch


Market Basket's workers told they have until Monday to return to their positions without penalty


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 31, 2014


Wed. Jul 30 2014

With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season  


CP Hosting Supermarket Giants to Create Global Benchmark on Shrimp Feed, Anti-Slavery Measures


Big mistake in fisheries fuel use article from yesterday   (1) 


Cargill introduces analytic tool to help shrimp farmers fight EMS


New Magnuson draft would allow sustainability label for all well managed US Fisheries


You can't keep a Nagle out of the fish business, even in New York


Explosion at Omega Protein's Moss Point, MS plant kills one worker, injures three others


Shanghai customs finds listeria in Pacific salmon from New Zealand


Gloucester Explores Common Cultural Ties with Japan, as a Fishery Dependent Community


Paul Greenberg tells Boston Globe what he set out to explain about American seafood consumption


Pacific Andes releases updated Sustainability Report


AK's Southeast, Southwest fisheries stand to be most impacted from ocean acidifcation (Fish Radio)


Chilean squid export values down 15% in 2013 facing stiff competition from US, other major exporters


Long John's to give out free fried fish dish August 2 to celebrate 45 years in business


McDonald's Japan launches Tofu Shinjo McNugget featuring minced whitefish and tofu


Bon Appetit to stop selling skipjack tuna caught using fish aggregating devices  


Vietnam lays out how it will fine tune Mekong pangasius operations to reach $1 million export goal  


BC fish processors scramble operations to prepare for Fraser's expected sockeye surge  


Plankton bloom kills off 40,000 farmed Atlantic salmon at Grieg's Vancouver Island operation


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 30, 2014


Tue. Jul 29 2014

SeafoodNews is hiring a Sustainability Editor


Darden CEO Otis to step down, after completing Red lobster sale, activist investors will join board


Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister backtracks on 5 cent lobster levy, now says its a pilot project  


Retailers pull back on summer mahi promotions with wholesale, ad prices well above 2013  


Sea Pact now accepting third round of grant proposals for fishery improvement projects


Seattle Fish and Top Chefs Combine for Denver's First 'Trash Fish Dinner'   (1)


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 29, 2014


Dalian expands its massive cold storage capacity, aims to handle 1.05 million tons by next year


Canada's KSM Acidic Open Pit Mine That Threatens SE Alaska Salmon has Sailed Thru Approval Process


Plastic find forces recall for Grimsby-made Young's fish cakes


Vancouver chef cycles across Canada hosting dinners to promote sustainable seafood


Norton Sound Seafood House expands at Anchorage airport


Russia lowers export duties on pollock, other seafood items 30%  


Australia's Woolworths is looking at setting up sourcing hub in Thailand


SalmonChile's Felipe Sandoval says Chilean exporters will seek more markets, slowly raise production  


New Jersey wants to be recognized for its Seafood - scallops are most valuable product  


Red Lobster to end discounting, keep shrimp and crabfest, focus more on seafood, says Lopdrup


Bonefish Grill rolls out new menu featuring more non-seafood items


NOAA says Southeast and Southwest Alaska communities most at risk from Ocean Acidification


Maine's lobster industry uses the most fuel per pound among global fisheries (Fish Radio)   (2) 


Mon. Jul 28 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 28, 2014


Hawaii aquaculture company to launch untethered floating undwater fish cages in test


Chile's Sernapesca will seek to reduce high antibiotic usage in salmon farms  


Cohen report on Fraser Salmon cost $37 million, $11 million over estimate


Red Lobster losing out on Customer loyalty, according to customer engagement index


Chilean salmon industry expects seasonally low market prices to rebound in second half of 2014  


750 lb bluefin first catch and release fish of PEI tuna charter season


Zhangzidao opens live aquatic distribution in China with Ocean Food subsidiary


Nova Scotia fish packers want specifics behind proposal to hike up lobster levy to $0.05 cents lb  


Texas shrimpers credit 8-week fishing moratorium for good to start this season's catches  


Alaskan Leader Seafoods uses DuPont's Multi-Vac package for its ready-to-cook cod item (Fish Radio)


Prince William Sounds's Eagle Shellfish oyster farm trying to make Alaska's oyster industry viable  


Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year


Online sales with home delivery of lobster in China pushes up price in Boston  


Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price  


Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship   (3)


MD-VA legislators want domestic blue crab protected from repackaged foreign product  


China is using its immense commercial fishing fleet as a surrogate navy


A widow's switch of allegiance set off the falling Demoulas Market Basket dominoes


Thai Union brings analysts, investors to plant to showcase sustainable development policy


IATTC takes two steps forward, one back  


Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish


New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen


Switzerland's Migros Supermarket adds first ASC trout products to its offerings


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion


Market Basket board considering several buyout offers including one from Arthur T. Demoulas


Capt. Keith Coburn of Deadliest Catch is a Seafood Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership


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Yum brands terminates global relationship with meat supplier OSI as Chinese meat scandal hits sales 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] by Ron Ruggless August 1, 2014

Yum! Brands Inc. warned late Wednesday that the sales impact of the recent Chinese meat-vendor scandal could deepen.
 
“The result has been a significant, negative impact to same-store sales at both KFC and Pizza Hut in China over the past 10 days,” said David E. Russell, Yum’s vice president of finance, in a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange commission.
 
Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands, as well as McDonald’s Corp. and several other restaurant brands, have been dealing with negative publicity from the scandal...

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Beaver Street eyes exports, increased branding to grow half-billion dollar business

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jacksonville Business Journal] Timothy Gibbons - August 1, 2014

The table glinted in the cold air, an occasional frozen shrimp from Vietnam clanking as it hit the surface before being swept into a package bound for Wal-Mart.

A few steps away, other employees work to fill shrimp with just-made stuffing. These are heading to a restaurant.

Across the room, engineers huddled around a new machine, one that will save Beaver Street Fisheries thousands of dollars in packaging costs once the kinks are worked out...

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China poised to push shrimp prices higher

There are some indications that disappointing production, plus the damages caused by the recent strong typhoon, are pushing shrimp prices higher in China again this year, which could have a global impact.

 
Amy Zhong reports, via Shuichan News, that the whiteleg shrimp price is certain to increase in Weihai, Shandong during this autumn and the coming spring because of Typhoon Rammasun.  
 
The aquaculture industry in such areas as Zhanjiang and Hainan has suffered great losses with a large number of equipment and ponds inundated in the flood owing to the fierce Typhoon Rammasun. And this will take a toll on the markets of aquatic products in the ...

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Profits likely to surge for Gorton's, King and Prince, say Nissui projections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman - Aug 1, 2014

Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) is bullish on profit growth for its North American businesses for the year ending March 31, 2015, with its processing arm forecast to drive this and its marine products business to return to the black writes Tom Seaman, of Undercurrent News.
 
The Japanese group owns frozen food processor Gorton’s and the foodservice-focused King and Prince Seafood in the US, and is projecting growth of 650% year-on-year in operating profit from these two, which it classes as its US “food products” companies, to JPY 1.5 billion ($14.57 million).
 
Turnover for Gloucester, Massachusetts-based Gorton’s and King and Prince, which is based in Brunswick, Georgia but also operates two processing plants in Washington state, one for smoked salmon and another for surimi and breaded and battered fish, is forecast to increase 5% y-o-y, to JPY 58.8bn ($571.53m).
 
Last year, Gorton’s, which also includes the Bluewater Seafoods, a Canadian frozen brand, had a tough year....

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NFI says existing crabmeat labeling laws just need enforcement as lawmakers push for stricter regs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Ben DiPietro - August 1, 2014

Members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia want the Obama administration to make sure its work to fight seafood fraud includes language to combat what they say is the mislabeling of crab meat. But the main seafood industry trade association is against the idea, saying existing laws are strong enough to deal with the problems fish fraud poses.

Supporters of stronger crab labeling rules say lump crab imported from foreign countries is repacked at facilities in the United States and then labeled as a “product of the United States.

But the National Fisheries Institute, the leading trade association of the U.S. seafood industry, and its Crab Council, whose members comprise 85% of the U.S. crab market, say existing laws are more than stringent enough...

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Seafood Harvesters making sure F/V discharge exemption bill gets through Congress (Fish Radio)

Fishermen won’t need special permits to hose off their decks thanks to a bill moving through the US Senate. 

"Essentially, this Vessel Incidental Discharge Act extends a moratorium that was already grant to commercial fishing industry from 2008 and it’s been up every couple of years. It would extend this moratorium indefinitely so commercial fishing vessels don’t have to apply for a ridiculous discharge permit every time rain falls onto your deck and flows overboard. That’s incidental discharge to the normal operation of a vessel. So it just cuts the red tape that fishermen would have to incur."

Brett Veerhusen is director of Seafood Harvesters of America who has been watch dogging the discharge bill. It still has to get final approval from Congress, but with strong bipartisan support, he is confident it will make it through...

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Whole Foods reports strong sales on discounted farmed salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg Businessweek] by Venessa Wong - August 1, 2014

To shake its “whole paycheck” reputation, Whole Foods (WFM) has been pushing to lower the cost of packaged goods, particularly in its budget 365 line. In a related experiment earlier this year, the supermarket started lowering seafood prices: Farm-raised salmon in its seafood cases sold for roughly $10.99 per pound.

That’s certainly not cheapest salmon around, but it was a hit with Whole Foods shoppers. “We saw a huge lift in the amount of pounds of salmon we sold when we reduced our price,” said the chief operating officer, A.C. Gallo, said on an earnings call this week. “We’re really happy with that experiment and plan to expand on that some more this coming year...”

 

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Chesapeake Oyster restoration great example of successful public-private environmental partnership

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Geographic Blog] By Bob Vanasse Aug 1, 2014

Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefitting from one such partnership. Regional fishermen, government agencies and environmental groups are cooperating to restore the Bay’s iconic oyster fishery. It’s one of the best examples of how an effective public-private partnership works toward building a sustainable fishery and a better environment.
 
“Restoring oyster reefs in Chesapeake Bay is essential because they play so many critical roles,” said Mark Bryer, Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which helped bring private funds to restoration efforts in Maryland, particularly to examine their effectiveness. “We know from experiences here and around the world that success requires large-scale action and everyone playing a part, including the oyster industry, private citizens, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.”
 
Virginia has long supported oyster bed restoration. Last year alone, the state spent $2 million building and maintaining artificial, state-owned beds built on old oyster shells. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) works with...
 

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Alaska Sen Begich picks up another re-election endorsement, this time from Bering Sea Crabbers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM]  Aug 1, 2014

Senator Begich (D-AK), up for reelection this fall and currently chair of the Oceans subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee, has picked up another fisheries endorsement.

He was endorsed by the United Fishermen of Alaska in June, and now the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers representing more than 70% of the participants in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands king, snow, and tanner crab fishery have issued a formal endorsement as well. 

"Our fishermen and fishing families are proud to stand behind Senator Mark Begich in his campaign for re-­‐election to the United States Senate representing Alaska. Since election to the Senate in 2008, Senator Begich has rapidly gained in seniority and distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for Alaska’s commercial fishing industry...

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PEI lobstermen in LFA 24 expected to vote down license stacking

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] August 1, 2014

The president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association has no expectations that his membership will reopen discussion on stacking of lobster licences now that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has given the green light for stacking in LFA 26A at the eastern end of the province and in the western portion of Lobster Fishing Area 24.

DFO is permitting spring fishermen to buy out a second licence, or two fishermen to buy out a third as long as some traps from the bought out licence are retired.

Although they voted down a stacking proposal during a policy meeting last spring, Lee Knox noted PCFA members did vote in favour of a proposal to allow fall fishermen from LFA 25 in P.E.I. to also possess a spring lobster licence in either LFA 24 or 26A...

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2014 Maine lobster festival is underway, with theme focused on fishing families

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Christina Lemieux (opinion)  August 1, 2014

The 2014 Maine Lobster Festival is under way and culminating this weekend, and folks from all over the world are descending on Rockland to celebrate America’s favorite crustacean.  This year, the organizers of the festival decided to recognize the families behind the industry with their “Lobster Livin’ ” theme.  It made me reflect on the familial aspects of lobster fishing and inspired my August article for Landings Newsletter which I have published below.  Enjoy!
 
I was so pleased to see that the organizers of this year’s Maine Lobster Festival chose to honor Maine’s hard-working lobstering families with their festival theme, Lobster living—Celebrating the families behind the industry. Lobster fishing is, and always has been, a family affair. For every lobster fisherman out on the water, there is usually a wife back home who packed his lunch, painted his buoys and after whom his lobster boat is named. There is also often a son or daughter who spends his or her summers working with him as a sternman.
 
This was the case in my family. My father was always the captain—of the business and the vessels—but my mother, my brother and myself each played crucial roles ...

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Mass. Lobstermen's Assoc. join with state reps to protest coastwide lobster trap, pot gear ban

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Patriot-Ledger] by Jessica Trufant - August 1, 2014

State legislators and members of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association gathered at the State House on Wednesday to voice concerns about new regulations banning the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast.

Part of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s new Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the new rules aim to eliminate endangered right, humpback and fin whale entanglements with lobster gear as required by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Along with restrictions on where and when lobster gear can be set, the regulations order changes to equipment, such as buoy markings and trap minimums. State officials and industry plan to challenge the plan...

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Shrimp prices to rise in South China following typhoon destruction in Zhanjiang

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Life]  translated by Amy Zhong July 31, 2014

Officials of the Administration of Ocean and Fisheries of Guangdong Province and the Guangdong Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association both said yesterday that there will be a decrease in the output of both shrimp and tilapia in Guangdong followng Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit South China in 40 years.  
 
As a result shrimp prices are likely to increase. There was a drop in the shrimp prices of Guangzhou a few days ago...

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Shortages have Gulf oyster suppliers heading to the East Coast to fill inventories

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houma Today] by Kameryn Rome - July 31, 2014

Oysters in some local restaurants may not be from Louisiana because of historically low production this year.

Some oyster suppliers have even been buying oysters from other Gulf and East Coast states to keep up with demand.

For the first time in the 43 years, Motivatit Seafoods, the leading oyster harvesting and production company in Houma, is bringing in some of its oysters from Chesapeake Bay, said Greg Voisin, Motivatit’s marketing and sales vice president...

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Norway's king crab season starts this week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  July 31, 2014

The Norwegian king crab season begins this week.  
 
The total inshore quota is 1100 tons, with some additonal quota allowance for female crab and damaged male crabs. 
 
This year, the minimum vessel size will be six meters, and most vessels will get a per vessel quota of 1.2 tons, although some will fish combined licenses.
 
There will be a closure between August 24 and September 4th.
 
Buyers held receptions and meetings with fishermen over the past weekend...

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Russia may set record for catch of pacific salmon this year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  July 31, 2014

Moscow- The production of pacific salmon in Russia is booming this year, according to the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo).
 
According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, to date, the volume of salmon catch in domestic territorial waters increased by 20.2%, compared to 2012 (even-numbered year). In case of Far East basin, the volume of production amounted to 94,000 tonnes, which is by 19,000 tonnes more, compared to the same period of 2012.
 
At the same time in case of Kamchatka, the volume of catch amounted to 61,000 tonnes, which is by 20,000 tonnes more than in 2012,  while in the Khabarovsk  Territory it reached 22,000 tonnes, which is by 7,000 tonnes more than in 2012.
 
Due to good results, it is planned that recommended catch of salmon..

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Whole Foods to defend its position in organic food with national marketing campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] by Candice Choi - July 31, 2014

Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.

The company, based in Austin, Texas, said the marketing campaign this fall will explain to customers what makes it different and why it's better than other supermarkets.

In addition, he said the company will partner with third parties to offer home delivery in 12 to 15 major markets, with plans for a wider rollout over time...
 

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Yukon River chinook reach escapement goal to Canada; run exceeds forecast, management measures work

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Yukon News] by Myles Dolphin - July 31, 2014

This year’s Yukon River chinook salmon escapement goal has been met.

As of last week, the number of salmon counted by sonar near the border village of Eagle stood at roughly 49,000, which surpasses the minimum goal of 42,500 called for in the Pacific Salmon Treaty between Canada and the United States.

Under the treaty, Americans have to allow that number of chinook salmon to pass into Canadian waters...

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Ex-Congressman calls for US consumers to boycott Russian pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hill] by George Hochbrueckner  (opinion)

Ex Congressman George Hochbrueckner, who represented New York’s 1st Congressional District from 1987 to 1995, has been tapped as the spokesperson for a campaign to get Americans to boycott Russian pollock as a way to express their anger of Russian actions in Ukraine.  His opinion piece, and links to a website justsaynyet.org, were published in the Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper this week.

 Russia’s outrages, from its unflinching support for the murderous regime of Bashar Assad in Syria to its violent and illegal annexation of parts of Ukraine to its apparent complicity in shooting down a civilian airliner over Ukrainian airspace last week, killing more than 290 innocent people, are affronts to the civilized world.

President Obama, joined by many allies, has levied an escalating series of targeted economic sanctions against Russia, which are beginning to put serious strain on its fragile economy. According to several new public opinion polls, anti-Russian sentiment is growing among ordinary Americans, and Obama is no doubt considering a further turning of the screws to signal America’s indignation at Russia’s behavior and to attempt to change it.
 
 Families across America don’t have to wait; they can stand up to Vladimir Putin, and they need look no further than their grocer’s shelves and local restaurants to do it. Boycott Russian fish....

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Wegman's has ten new stores in the works

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Rochester Democrat Chronicle] by Tom Tobin Aug 1, 2014

Sometimes it's hard to remember that Gates-based Wegmans Food Markets is a supermarket chain and not a celebrity of sorts.

When people want a celebrity to come to their town, they hit social media in search of kindred spirits.
 
The same goes for Wegmans.
 
In Wilmington, Delaware, a Facebook page with the name "We Want Wegmans in Wilmington" has attracted, as of Monday, 200 members.
 
The chat room was abuzz with word that Wegmans, though not in Delaware, is building a store in Concordville, Pennsylvania, which is close enough to the northern part of the state to attract customers and appease fans.
 
Linda Horton Bacon wrote on the page that she started the website because she and her husband were tired of driving long distances to get to the Wegmans ...

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Video: Don't bash seafood imports when supporting American fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM 

We have seen several examples lately of attacks on imported fish, from individuals and groups, including author Paul Greenberg, who suggest that eating so much imported seafood is a bad thing.
 
We disagree.
 
Of course it is great to get locally caught fish, or fish from Alaska in the lower 48.  But only a minority of Americans can pay the premium for Alaska sockeye, or Wild Gulf Shrimp.  Bashing imports is effectively condemning most Americans to eat less seafood - and that is a bad outcome for the seafood industry, public health, and local fisheries.   Instead, we should promote local sourcing, US fish, and quality imports - all as part of our seafood supply.
 

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DFO's Aquaculture Director says don't focus on Fraser sockeye salmon number but on the uncertainty

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Vancouver Sun] Opinion by Donald Noakes - August 1, 2014

Donald Noakes is former director of the Pacific Biological Station and head of aquaculture for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, current chair of the mathematics and statistics department and incoming dean, faculty of science and technology at Vancouver Island University.

The return of the salmon to river mouths along B.C.'s coast is a summer tradition in British Columbia that dates back centuries. Every year we witness the return of Fraser River sockeye, whose parents fought their way back upstream four years previously, the highlight in October being the world renowned Adams River run.

Each spring, well before migrating salmon reach the top end of Vancouver Island on their way back to their natal streams...

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NZ parliment passes reflagging law on final day; all foreign charter crews subject to NZ laws

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Aug 1, 2014

On the final day of the New Zealand Parliment, the reflagging bill - called the Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters - passed with a unanimous vote.
 
The bill will require that all fishing in New Zealand waters be done by New Zealand flagged vessels, and companies such as Sealord say they are well on the way to reflagging some of the vessels they have used for many years.
 
The passage was unexpected because until recently the Maori party had demanded an exemption for Maori quotas, but that demand was dropped.  Tuna vessels are also included under the legislation.
 
The impetus for the bill was exposure of labor abuses by foreign charter agents of crew on board vessels chartered to fish in New Zealand waters..

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Alaska's pollock fleets taps into squid bycatch reserves after filling TAC way ahead of schedule

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Lauren Rosenthal - July 31, 2014

While salmon is still the main species that pollock fishermen are trying to avoid taking as bycatch this summer, there’s another creature that’s been causing problems in the Bering Sea.

Along with their pollock, fishermen have pulled up about 1,100 metric tons of slimy, pink squid this summer. That’s more than four times their catch limit, according to Krista Milani. She’s a biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Milani says there’s still some wiggle room before fishery managers get worried. A few hundred tons of squid are sitting in reserve, and they can be taken as bycatch...

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Slower consumer traffic sends restaurant performance down in June but outlook still favorable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] August 1, 2014

Due in large part to softer customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate decline in June. The RPI stood at 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months. Despite the drop, the RPI remained above 100 for the 16th consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

Although overall same-store sales remained positive in June, the RPI dipped as a result of softer customer traffic levels. Looking forward, operators are generally optimistic about sales growth in the months ahead, and their outlook for capital spending remains near post-recession highs...

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Trident to market pollock roe with Japanese company Takamasa in bid to help rebuild after tsunami

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 31, 2014

Trident Japan has announced that it will enter into a joint venture to market high-quality pollock roe gift packs with Takamasa Co., with production beginning this October.
 
Takamasa has a long history with Trident as a purchaser of surimi.  However, the area where it is located, Sanriku, was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and few businesses have been fully restored. 
 
After the disaster, Chuck Bundrandt, then president of Trident, took the lead in collecting relief supplies and donations for the area.  Takamasa's President, Mr. Masanori Takahashi, became chairman of the Onagawa restoration committee, and Trident helped provided funds to open a new Kamaboko store in 2012.  This store has become a tourist destination.
 
Both Chuck and Joe Bundrant participated in the opening ceremony.
 
Trident also provided employment to Mr. Toshihiro Takashiro..

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Alaska's Southeast Dungeness fishery having best season ever with prices near $3 lb (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 31, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Lots of fishing going on from one end of Alaska to the other. 

With a few exception, most of Alaska’s salmon fisheries are rather lackluster. Statewide the salmon catch has topped 87 million and more than 47 million of those fish are sockeye salmon.

Perhaps the biggest fish story this week is the Dungeness crab fishery in Southeast, which is seeing its best season ever. The total catch this year is pegged at nearly 6.5 million pounds for 150 crabbers who are getting about $3/pound, up 50 cents from last year...

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Japan, Korea expel each other's fishing boats from EEZ as bilateral fisheries talks come to deadlock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [JAPAN REPORTS]  Tokyo July 31, 2014

   Japan and Korea are in an abnormal plight of expelling each other's fishing vessels from respective exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as the bilateral fisheries negotiations come to a dead end.
 
   In the annual talks, Japan urged Korea to improve the present situation of Korean fishing boats in its EEZ, pointing out that Koreans are engaged in illegal activities in hairtail catch.
 
   Negotiations came to a halt as Korea refused to cater to this request.
 
   The two countries were unable to strike an agreement by June 30, the limit date, thus ending up in shutting the other country’s fishing vessels from their EEZs effective from July 1.
 
   This was the first case where the two countries' fishermen were rendered unable to operate in each other's EEZ ever since 1999...

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Water filtration technology lets India's commercial shrimp farmers take operations inland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Business Standard] by Vijay C Roy - July 31, 2014

Shrimp and prawn farming in Punjab and Haryana may get an impetus with the new technology developed by the Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai.

Prawn farming is restricted to coastal areas but the new technology allows use of the saline wastelands in Punjab and Haryana, where productivity is poor, for the farming.

Started in 2008 by CIFE at its Rohtak centre (Haryana), the experimental trials on tiger shrimps or prawns were continued until 2012 to study the feasibility and financial viability of the technology...

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With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton July 30, 2014

The global shortage of Coldwater shrimp is creating a boom time on the West Coast. 
 
With three months left to fish, coast wide landings for Washington, Oregon, and California are already at 41 million pounds.  Many expect landings to hit 70 million pounds or higher.  In 1989 79 million pounds were landed coast wide, and this year may to be second to that.
 
According to some of the harvesters, most boats in Washington have already landed over 1 million pounds each...

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