Mon. Jan 26 2015

Greenpeace Targets Costco, Albertson's in Orwellian Campaign to 'Bring Balance to the Bering Sea'


Bob Alverson Suggests NOAA Needs to Be More Forthcoming With Data on Halibut Stocks or IPHC May Act  


Judge Temporarily Blocks Pacific Seafood from Completing Ocean Gold Transaction


NY Fulton Fish Market to be Closed Tuesday Due to Storm


Someone's Lying in the West Coast Ports Slowdown


Supermarket Sales of Seafood Rise in Japan for First Time in Ten Years


Opinion: Lobster Management Offers Clear Direction in Gulf of Maine after Failure of Cod Management


No One Can Explain the Steep Decline in Maine's Casco Bay Wild Mussel Population


Delhaize's U.S. Operations Posted 12 Percent Quarterly Sales Gain, Helped by "53rd Week"


Cargill Ramping Up Research on Fish Feed, Does Not Rule Out Operating Own Fish Farms


New Category 'Beyond the Plate' Attracts Entries for Alaska's Annual Symphony of Seafood


Vietnamese Seafood Exports Strong in 2014 but Difficult to Maintain in 2015


Hannaford Again Features Gulf Shrimp for Super Bowl Promotion


Owner of Crab Boat that Sank in Penn Cove in 2010 Gets 75 Days in Jail   (1)


Obama Administration to Propose New Wilderness Protections in Alaska


McDonald's to Launch New Shrimp Burger in Korea


Nireus Aquaculture Sells its Turkish Subsidiaries for 4.15 Mln Euros in Cash


McDonald's Q4 U.S. Consolidated Operating Income Off 15 Percent


Maine's Scallop Divers Feel They Should Get Preference over Draggers


Maine May Require Elver Exporters to Buy a $5,000 License


Young's Seafood Parent Findus Reports 2014 Net Profit Rose 4 Percent


Aqua-Spark Investments Support Aquaculture in Mozambique


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 26, 2015


Fri. Jan 23 2015

Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold


Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market


Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down  


Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December  


Russian Pollock Fishing Underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons  


Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification


Mississippi Wholesalers Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest  


North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea


Strong U.S. Dollar Pulling Clams from New Brunswick Leaving Nova Scotia Short


AK Seafood Reps Impressed With Iceland's Marine Byproduct Industry During Trade Mission (Fish Radio)


Near Cyclical Bottom, Oregon's Dungeness Season will Barely Yield 10 Million Pounds  


Why New McDonald’s Discrimination Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food


NOAA's 2013 Fishery Recap Shows Catches and Revenues Continue to Crumble in Massachusetts


13 Fishermen Charged with Lacey Act Violations Involving 90,0000 Pounds of Striped Bass


Salmon Shelf Life Extended By Ultrahigh-Pressure Processing


McDonald’s Tried to Do It All, But Just Posted Terrible Sales Results


Further Restrictions on Natural Water Flow Threaten Mississippi Seafood Industry


Bi-Lo Holdings Names Turnaround Expert Ian McLeod CEO


Big Data Systems to Catch IUU Fishing Only Effective if Nations Enforce the Rules (Opinion)


Aquaculture License Finally Issued to Oyster Farm in Popponesset Bay Held up by Rich Homeowners


Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Completes Sale of Mitchell’s Restaurants to Landry’s, Inc.


2,700 Pounds of Shrimp Seized from Louisiana Vessel Not Using a TED


Applebees Introduces 600 Calorie 'Pub Diet' Menu


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 23, 2015


Thu. Jan 22 2015

Head of NOAA Fisheries Recommends Higher Halibut Catch Limits in Beleaguered Saint Paul Region  


Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's "Fish First" Policy Focuses on Fish Protection, New Entrants


Nofima Studying Ideal Conditions to Preserve Barents Sea Snow Crabs for Live Market  


SeaPak to Focus on Easy Dinner Ideas to Increase Frozen Shrimp and Seafood Consumption During Lent  


Grim McDonald's Franchisee Survey Results: Comps Off 2.1 Percent in December


Mark JoHahnson Assumes Role as President of Westward Seafoods and Alyeska Seafoods


Meetings to Discuss Two-Cent Lobster Levy to Start in Nova Scotia Jan. 27  


Thailand Backs Off Proposal to Employ Ex-Convicts on Fishing Vessels After Intense Media Backlash


Maruha Nichiro Profits down 20% for First Nine Months of Year


Bipartisan Group Introduce Bills to Ban GE Salmon and Require Product Labeling


Eel Prices Finally Falling in Japan but Possible Trade Restrictions Loom  


Pew Partners with UK Group to Launch Satellite Surveillance to Detect IUU Fishing


Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage


ISSF Calls on NGOs and Regional Fishery Managers to Hold Each Other Accountable on Tuna Management


Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whale Sharks from Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods


Major Bycatch Reduction Essential to Halibut Fishery (Opinion)  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 22, 2015


DNA May Now Hold the Key to Identify Those 'Lost at Sea'


BP Trial's Last Phase Begins - Penalty for Gulf Oil Spill Will Be Determined


Save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Salmon: Smelt Are a Red Herring (Opinion)


Kono NZ Now Owns All of Pure NZ Greenshell Mussels Trading Co.


1,005 Pound Bluefin Caught Out of Beaufort Inlet, NC


Wed. Jan 21 2015

Coldwater Shrimp Prices Up 7.5% Since the Start of January as Traders Brace for Lower Supply in 2015  


Reports Are of Strong Holiday Sales of King Crab and Snow Crab in Japan  


Bering Sea's Pollock Fleet Set to Go With 2015 Quota Up; First Deliveries Expected Next Week  


AK's Fish Board Chairman Karl Johnstone Resigns; Cook Inlet's Roland Maw Elected as Replacement


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 21, 2015


VeroBlue to Boost Land-Based Barramundi Production to 40 Million Lbs Yearly With Recirculating Tanks


Silver Bay's Bid for Sitka Waterfront Gets More Competition


The Thorny Business of Diving for Sea Urchins in Maine


NFI Hires Kedrin Simms Brachman as Director of Government Relations


Is Kroger Looking to Buy Jacksonville-Based Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie? Lots of Talk, Few Answers


Japanese Researchers Test Commercial Use of Salmon Sperm to Extract Rare Earth Elements (Fish Radio)


It's 'End of Story' for Drakes Bay Oyster Co. as Site is Largely Dismantled


Former ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell Named CEO of Norton Sound Development Subsidiary Siu Alaska


Brazen Ships Hauling Fish Near Antarctica Ignore Navy Patrol


Gourmet Ocean Products Buys Another 400,000 lbs of Sea Cucumber With Chinese Sales Strong


Can Tri Marine Make Waves with Sustainable Tuna Strategy?  


Trade Activists Encourage N.L. Fight CETA - Board of Trade Does Not


Vancouver Start-Up Creates Stink-Free Athletic Gear Using Chitin from Crab and Shrimp Shells


CCA Mounts Attack on North Carolina Commercial Gillnet and Shrimp Trawl Fishing


Tyson Foods to Pay $539,000 for Spill in Southwest Missouri Fish Kill


Over 2,500 NYC Subway Cars Have Been Dumped at Sea to Form Artificial Reefs


Captain D's Finding Success with Grilled Items, Learns Guests Like to Linger


Sen. Vitter Introduces "Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act"


Tue. Jan 20 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 20, 2015


Russian Pollock and Salmon Exports Out of Sakhalin Down Sharply to Plug Domestic Supplies  


The Editor's View: Presidential Politics and Fisheries - Should we be Afraid?


Sudden Mass Die-Off of Farmed Bluefin Tuna at Tokyo Aquarium Puzzles Researchers  


SalmonChile: Marine Harvest and AquaChile Will Operate More Efficiently Under Merger  


Northbay Pelagic Plant May Yet Rise From the Ashes


FirstSource's New Owners Set June Dates for Foodservice, Retail Seafood Trade Events in Florida


Assoc. of Seafood Producers Not Pleased With Newfoundland's Decision to Pull Out of CETA Talks


Newfoundland Backs Out of Further CETA Talks In Dispute With Feds Over $400 Million Fisheries Fund


IFFO Corrects Inaccuracies in Science Paper on China's Aquaculture Inputs


Crab and Shellfish Conference in Norway Draws Full House as Snow Crab Booms  


New Weekly Will Track Alaska Legislature's Fish Policy Discussions (Fish Radio)


Conflict Over Leasing of Private Oyster Beds Erupts in Texas


Red Lobster Must Innovate as Mid Range Restaurants Fight to Compete


Myanmar’s Fish Feed Prices Sink, Soggy Chinese Market to Blame  


Philippines Targets Korea, Japan for Exports of Farmed Eels


OCI Lawsuit Costs P.E.I. More than $500,000 in Legal Costs


NMFS May Allow Single Lobster Pots in Massachusetts Waters Instead of June 1 Ban


Thai Fisheries Rushing to Register 10,000 Coastal Fishing Boats to Meet EU Deadline


Mexico to Use Drones to Protect Endangered Vaquita Porpoise from Gillnets


Thai Government Abandons Plan to Employ Prisoners on Fishing Vessels


Supermarket Chain Morrison's Taking Over Kerry Plant in Grimsby, Doubling Fish Processing Capacity


Mon. Jan 19 2015

Public Comments Wanted on Proposed Changes to the National Standards for Federal Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 19, 2015


Pork Prices Up, Beef Values Down as Poultry and Egg Markets Report Mixed Trends in Trading Last Week  


ADF&G Forecasts 2015 Copper River Salmon Run to Be Up 25% Over Last Year  


Newfoundland Tells EU It Will Not Honor CETA Requirements Unless Ottawa Sticks to Agreement


Former Northwest Foodservice Executive Gets 30 Months In Prison For Embezzlement


As Oil Drops, Alaska's Budget Problems Grow


Silver Bay Reveals Details of Starkist Investment at Sitka Meeting


Chicken of the Sea Recalls 2,400 Cans of Tuna Distributed to Publix Stores in FL, GA, the Carolinas


Ideal Seafoods, Sole English Company to Exhibit at Qingdao, Says They Are Inundated with Orders


Alaskan Salmon Roe Exports Finding Lucrative Market Demand Outside of Japan (Fish Radio)  


Russian Crab Catches Were 65,000 Tons in 2014, Plus an Additional 35,000 Tons of Estimated IUU Crab  


Unisea Makes Formal Announcement of Tom Enlow as New President


FTC's Lengthy Review of the Sysco-US Foods Merger Is In Final Stage


Lobbying for Lobster: N.S. Pumps Up Markets


South Australia Rock Lobster Industry Wants Its Advisory Committee Reestablished


California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Pushes Bill to Boost Local Fish Markets


Mark Verdi out at C&S Wholesale as Rick Cohen Takes Back Control


Startup Searches For Better Shellfish Toxin Screen


Canada-U.S. Delegates to Meet to Discuss Halibut 'Wastage'  


ODFW Donates 175 Tons of Salmon to Oregon’s Food Banks


Marine Harvest Buys Majority Stake in Chile's Top Salmon Producer, AquaChile  


Fresh Catch Plant in Peterhead Hit by Major Fire Saturday that Took 10 Hours to Put Out


TEDs Being Introduced to Malaysian Shrimpers and Will Become Mandatory


Blocking IUU Toothfish from Markets More Effective than At-Sea Interdiction (Opinion)  


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Greenpeace Targets Costco, Albertson’s in Orwellian Campaign to 'Bring Balance to the Bering Sea'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Editors View] by John Sackton  January 26, 2015

“War is peace.”   “Freedom is slavery.”  “Ignorance is strength.”  These are the three classic phrases that writer George Orwell used to show how the totalitarians in his novel, 1984, could use language to not just obscure the truth, but to totally eradicate...

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Bob Alverson Suggests NOAA Needs to Be More Forthcoming with Data on Halibut Stocks or IPHC May Act 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - January 26, 2015

In a candid response to the head of NOAA Fisheries, International Pacific Halibut Commissioner Bob Alverson asked to see the scientific justification to support an increase in catch limits for the Bering Sea.

On January 20, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck sent a letter to IPHC Executive Director Bruce Leaman suggesting perspectives for the six commissioners to ...

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Pacific Seafood from Completing Ocean Gold Transaction

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Jeanine Stweart - Jan 26, 2015

A  federal judge placed a restraining order on Pacific Seafood Group’s attempt to acquire Ocean Gold Seafoods on Friday morning, the lawyer on the plaintiff’s side told Undercurrent News a half an hour after the judge’s 10 a.m. decision.  The plaintiffs were arguing that the settlement in a prior anti-trust case against Pacific that had provisions relating to Ocean Gold should preclude the transaction.

“They actually had a hearing this morning by telephone with the federal judge, and he filed a restraining order against that transaction occurring,” Michael Haglund, the attorney representing the fishermen that filed the lawsuit, told ...

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NY Fulton Fish Market to be Closed Tuesday due to storm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM January 26, 2015

Due to the impending blizzard in the Northeast area, the NY Fulton Fish Market announced it will be closed on Tuesday January 27, 2015.  With travel likely to be very disrupted, deliveries and restaurant traffic will be non-existant, if the forecasts bear out for a record snow storm in the New York and New England area.

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Someone's Lying in the West Coast Ports Slowdown

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNBC] By Jane Wells - January 26, 2015 - 

The good news: 2014 was a fantastic year at the nation's largest container port complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Volumes rose 4 percent to the highest level since before the recession, a sure sign of a rebounding economy.

The bad news: There's a lot of cargo stacked up at the docks going nowhere. And the gridlock seems to mirror the lack of progress in contract talks between terminal operators and longshoremen.

Management and labor at the ports are blaming each other for the epic congestion. And it appears impossible for both sides' stories to be true.

Publicly, both sides say they're eager to clear the congestion.

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Supermarket Sales of Seafood Rise in Japan for First Time in Ten Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com]  January 26, 2015

The Japan Chain Store Association reported on January 21st that seafood sales rose on a year over year basis for the first time in ten years.
 
Declining population and declining seafood consumption had led to a long term downward trend in seafood sales.
 
The reversal is not all good news however. Volumes...

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No One Can Explain the Steep Decline in Maine's Casco Bay Wild Mussel Population

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Forecaster] By Peter L. McGuire - January 26, 2015 - 

BRUNSWICK — It used to be common to lift up thick mats of seaweed on the shores of Casco Bay and uncover thousands of dark blue mussels nestled among the rocks.

But over the last few years, people who harvest and work to conserve the mollusk say areas that used to be full of thriving...

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Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Oregonian] By Jeff Manning - January 23, 2015

After a two-year armistice, the legal warfare has resumed between Pacific Seafood Group and a handful of Oregon commercial fishermen who claim the large Clackamas company abuses its market power.

The fishermen sued Pacific Seafood Thursday claiming the company violated terms of the 2012 settlement of an earlier class-action anti-trust lawsuit. The fishermen are seeking a temporary restraining order to block Pacific Seafood's pending acquisition of a Westport, Wash.-based fish processing company, Ocean Gold.

Ocean Gold, which owns a single processing plant, is one of the largest processors of whiting on the Northwest...

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New Category 'Beyond the Plate' Attracts Entries for Alaska's Annual Symphony of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio]  January 26, 2015 -

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.

From deck to dinner plate, it’s a seafood product soiree. More after this…  

Seventeen seafood producers are putting their tasty fish dishes to the test next month at the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundations 22nd annual Symphony of Seafood. Three categories remain the same; Retail, Foodservice, and Smoked, but a new category they are calling Beyond the Plate is showcasing seafood byproducts for the first time ever.  “Our new category beyond the plate we added has five entries. First is a fish broth called Baltic style fish broth...

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Vietnamese Seafood Exports Strong in 2014 but Difficult to Maintain in 2015 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Asia Briefing Ltd.]  January 26, 2015 
 
Vietnamese seafood exports surged in 2014 with an export turnover of US$7.9 billion, the highest levels in three years. This exceeded the target of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) by US$920 million and was an 18.4 percent increase on 2013. The main seafood exports from Vietnam, by value of exports, are frozen shrimp, pangasius catfish, tuna and other fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
 
The production and processing of seafood in Vietnam is generally done by domestic companies. The fish are checked for quality and frozen for export at processing factories. To meet export standards, the factories must be certified that they are in compliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)...

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Owner of Crab Boat that Sank in Penn Cove in 2010 Gets 75 Days in Jail

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South Widby Record] By Jesse Stensland  - January 26, 2015 - 

The owner of the Deep Sea crab boat that caught fire, sank and spilled oil into Penn Cove is going to jail and is being sued for $1.2 million.

Rory Westmoreland, a Renton scrap-metal dealer, was sentenced to 75 days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine in Island County District Court Monday.

The state Attorney General’s Office, representing the Department of Natural Resources, filed a lawsuit against Westmoreland in Island County Superior Court last week. The suit aims to recoup costs incurred in disposing of the vessel.

Penn Cove Shell Fish has yet to see a penny of compensation for the disaster, which forced the closure of shellfish harvest for a month in 2012 and had other longer-range consequences for the business.

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McDonald's to Launch New Shrimp Burger in Korea
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Korea Times] By Park Si-soo January 26, 2015 
 
McDonald's Korea will launch a limited version of a new burger, called the Double Deluxe Shrimp Burger, which will be available from Thursday through Feb. 22. The price is 5,400 won. 
 
Having two shrimp-stuffed patties is the biggest difference from Deluxe Shrimp Burger, which hit the domestic market in ...

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Nireus Aquaculture Sells its Turkish Subsidiaries for 4.15 Mln Euros in Cash

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] - January 26, 2015 -

Nireus Aquaculture SA has decided to exit its aquaculture businesses in Turkey in order to enhance liquidity.

The sale includes Ilknak and Miramar.  The buyer is reported to be a Turkish businessman already involved in aquaculture.

The sale price was  4.1 million euros in cash, which was considered to be a reasonable price according to valuations of ...

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Maine's Scallop Divers Feel They Should Get Preference over Draggers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press-Herald] By Mary Pols - January 26, 2015 -

As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break

Some argue that diving is the most sustainable way of fishing for scallops and that the state should recognize that in its rule-making.

In 2013, 85 people held commercial scallop diving licenses. Only about 33 people are thought to be actively using them. The decline reflects a loss of a Maine way of life. It also has implications for a troubled but rebounding scallop...

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Young's Seafood Parent Findus Reports 2014 Net Profit Rose 4 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Evening Telegraph] - January 26, 2015 - 

Findus Group, the parent company of Young's Seafood, has reported that profits were up 4 per cent for 2014.

James Hill, the chief executive, gave the update to stakeholders.

Mr Hill, who recently appointed Pete Ward as chief executive at Grimsby's biggest private employer, following a nine month stint overseeing the seafood business, said: "Findus Group performance continues to be positive and we are on track with our plan. This is the second consecutive year of positive ...

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Aqua-Spark Investments Support Aquaculture in Mozambique
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Agence France-Presse]  By Glenn Chapman - January 26, 2015
 
An investment fund aimed at prospering while preventing overfishing announced on Thursday it is pumping $4 million into two companies focused on smart farming of seafood.
 
Aqua-Spark said that US-based biotechnology Calysta and Chicoa Fish Farm in Mozambique, Africa, will be the fund's first investments since launching in late 2013.
 
"We've spent the last many months examining technologies, businesses and farms around the world that have the potential to shift the aquaculture landscape,? Aqua-Spark co-founders Mike Velings and...

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Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 23, 2015

Marine Harvest Canada's March Bay Farm in British Columbia is the first aquaculture operation in North America to be certified against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council's standard for responsible fish farming.

The Marsh Bay Farm is Marine Harvest's ninth operation to earn certification against the ASC standard. The Operation was evaluated and fit the ASC criteria according to an independent assessment by SAI Global.

Altogether the ASC has certified 27 salmon farms in Australia, Chile, Norway and now Canada.

According to Marine Harvest Canada's Public Affairs Director Clare Backman the certification "validates [Marine Harvest Canada's] commitment to align our operations with the toughest standards and highest environmental and social principles. We are happy to celebrate this milestone which has been anticipated by the public and our customers."

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North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Joshua Hall - January 23, 2015 - 

Forget macadamias and honey butter chips, South Koreans have it bad for lobsters.

A flurry of establishments serving the crustacean have opened recently, offering platters and lobster rolls in a country where the decapod has long been seen as limited to the realms of fine dining and marbled wedding halls.

Thanks to the FTA, U.S.  lobster exports to Korea have overtaken Canada’s, which are burdened with higher tariffs. Canadian lobsters accounted for 67% of imports in 2002, but last year U.S. lobsters held the majority with ...

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Opinion: Lobster Management Offers Clear Direction in Gulf of Maine after Failure of Cod Management
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [BDN Editorial Board] - January 26, 2015 
 
Colonial America’s first true industry, groundfishing, has followed the path of many others. Technology improved as the industrial revolution took hold — it kept improving afterward — and a growing population of fishermen, both domestic and foreign, became more productive as they pursued cod, haddock and other species found near the ocean floor.
 
Today, that industry faces an uncertain future of depleted stocks, consolidation of the fleet, restrictive regulation and questions about whether species that long sustained some New...

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Delhaize's U.S. Operations Posted 12 Percent Quarterly Sales Gain, Helped by "53rd Week"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Maarten Van Tartwijk - January 26, 2015 - 

Food retailer Delhaize Group reported stronger-than-expected results for its key operations in the U.S. on Monday, helping to offset poor performance at its strike-ridden operations in Belgium.

The Brussels-based retailer said revenue was  $6.5 billion in the last three months of 2014, an 11.4% increase compared with the same period a year earlier.

In the U.S., Delhaize’s most important market, sales rose 12% to $4.7 billion, as its Food Lion and Hannaford chains managed to weather rising food costs.

The biggest revenue driver was a week of extra sales.

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Cargill Ramping Up Research on Fish Feed, Does Not Rule Out Operating Own Fish Farms
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Star Tribune]  by MIKE HUGHLETT January 26, 2015 
 
At Cargill Inc.’s research station in Elk River, rows of fish tanks teem with live shrimp and tilapia, scientists closely monitoring what they eat.
 
Shrimp and tilapia are at the core of the world’s booming aquaculture industry, which is the future of seafood.
 
“The oceans are tapped out and seafood consumption is increasing rapidly, so production will have to come from farmed fish and shrimp,” said Dave Cook, research director for Cargill’s animal feed ...

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Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [jiangsu]  Translated by Amy Zhong - January 23, 2015

China is quickly changing international trading patterns in seafood by using more imported product.  This story from Qingdao highlights some of these changes, with 15% of pollock and salmon now sold domestically.  Consumers have also stepped in and picked up the slack on products like king crab and lobster, after restaurants backed away due to the corruption campaign. The result is now a consumer driven demand for imported seafood that has broken far out of the old model - when most expensive imports went only to high end restaurants and hotels.  Amy Zhong has our report.

470 thousand tons of seafood are imported to Qingdao within one year and 60% of the seafood come from Russia.

The imported seafood have changed from the originally elite member in the market to the common one during the past few years. According to the data from Qingdao Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau yesterday, Qingdao has imported 471.4 thousand tons of seafood in 2014 and the market consists the domestic seafood along with the imported ones in the proportion close to 2:1 for the first time. 
 
The local consumption of these imported seafood has increased greatly and nearly 15% of the imported seafood, about 70 thousand tons, have been bought by the local consumers. The reporter has found that these seafood mainly come from such areas as Russia, Japan and the EU. And they have gone through the thorough examination of the inspection and quarantine bureau as well as the sampling of oceanic and fishery administration upon their arrival at China....

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Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition Partners with Hannaford Again for Super Bowl Shrimp Promotion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - January 26, 2015 - 

Hannaford Supermarkets and the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition have joined forces to feature  wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, along with game day recipes in the Northeast grocery chain's stores through Jan. 25 to mark the upcoming Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

The coalition has previously forged successful partnerships with Demoulas Market Basket, Publix Super Markets, Roche Bros., Schnucks, Wegmans Food Markets and WinCo Foods. When contacted by PG, Zaritsky said that the group was planning a campaign with Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans that was set to kick ...

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Obama Administration to Propose New Wilderness Protections in Alaska
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Washington Post] By Julie Eilperin January 26, 2015 
 
The Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday.
 
The move will spark a fierce battle with the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, Lisa Murkowski, and other Alaska Republicans.
 
"Alaska's National Wildlife refuge is an incredible place — pristine, undisturbed. It supports caribou and polar bears, all manner of marine life, countless species of birds and fish, and for centuries it supported many Alaska native...

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Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] January 23, 2015

Many seafood processing companies in southwestern provinces of Vietnam have gone bankrupt, resulting in the instability of the largest aquaculture area of the country.

Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, Chair of Vinh Hoan Seafood, one of the 10 richest people in the stock market, said that easy credit had hurt the catfish industry in particular and seafood sector in general.

The overheated development of the seafood processing sector and the anticipation of price increases encouraged many firms to borrow bank loans to breed and process fish for export...

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McDonald's Q4 U.S. Consolidated Operating Income Off 15 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 26, 2015 - 

In the U.S., McDonald's fourth quarter operating income declined 15%, reflecting negative guest traffic amid ongoing broad-based challenges, including sustained competitive activity.  We previously reported that Q4 comparable sales decreased 1.7%

APMEA's (Asia-Pacific, Middle east and Africa)  fourth quarter comparable sales decreased 4.8% and operating income declined 44%.

Europe's fourth quarter comparable ...

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Maine May Require Elver Exporters to Buy a $5,000 License

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Kevin Miller - January 26, 2015 - 

Maine fisheries regulators want to begin licensing elver exporters as part of the state’s effort to tighten oversight of a fishery in which a pound of the tiny, squirming eels can fetch hundreds or thousands of dollars.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is preparing legislation that would require individuals who ship the baby eels overseas to purchase a $5,000 exporter’s license. The state already licenses both elver fishermen and dealers, so DMR officials said the exporter license will ensure the state is monitoring every aspect of an industry that has drawn poachers and federal scrutiny in recent years.

“We want to understand more closely what is going...

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Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 23, 2015 

For the fourth consecutive year total shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico were up over 100 million pounds as a late surge in the 2014 fishing effort nearly made up for lost time from a delayed start to the season in May.

Gulf shrimp landings in December hit 8.7 million pounds, a 26 percent increase over last year and the highest total recorded since 2010. Landings were up in all Gulf states for the month...

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Russian Pollock Fishing underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 23, 2015

Moscow- Pollock fishing season has officially started in Russia, according to an official spokesman of the Department of Fisheries of the Russian Primorsky Krai.

According to Primorye government, at present up to 83 vessels operate in the catch sites, of which 33 are heavy-tonnage vessel and 5 mother ships.
 
According to German Zverev, president of the Russian Pollock Association, this year total allowable catch of pollock in the Okhotsk Sea significantly increased, compared to previous years. 
 
In this regard, the majority of companies are ready for a significant increase of their production plans. According to German...

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Mississippi Seafood Markets Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WLOX] by Christina Garcia - January 23, 2015

Many seafood businesses are now offering crawfish and have been doing so since the beginning of January. This year's outlook for the red crustacean is a positive one, according to crawfish farmers. Biloxi seafood industry leaders said right now they are selling a few hundred pounds a day, but as the season continues they expect to sell thousands of pounds daily.

"Mudbugs, crawdads, mini-lobster, if you are from out of town," said Andy Gunkel general manager of Quality Poultry and Seafood in Biloxi.

You can call them what you like, one things for sure many people consider crawfish tasty...

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