Tue. Sep 16 2014

Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%  


Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)  


Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon


Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review  


California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher


South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification


Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns


Wegmans extends Gulf seafood support with endorsement of Audubon's GULF program


GAA to award VASEP's VP Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with Lifetime Achievement at GOAL 2014


Mexico's shrimp fishermen caught up in race to save rare porpoise from totoaba bladder black market


Maine temporarily suspends three-trap limit for Mount Desert lobstermen


Drakes Bay Oyster fought the good fight but it's now forced to remove all operations


In Los Angeles court, fish sauce trademark battle gets personal


Florida restaurateur trying to upgrade the image of mullet


Maine seeing, at least for now, reduced predation of soft shell clams by invasive green crabs


Omega Protein issues inaugural corporate social responsibility report


CP Prima may have antidote for shrimp disease infectious myonecrosis virus


Copeinca bondholders keeping the pressure on China Fishery Group over redemption


IWC members debating controversial South Atlantic whale sanctuary again


British supermarkets joining Sustainable Seafood Coalition standardized labeling system


Kroger donated 50 million pounds of fresh food last year to food banks


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 16, 2014


Mon. Sep 15 2014

Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices  


Fraser sockeye shun U.S. waters, fill B.C. nets  


Hamilton Project focus is on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities


Pacific tuna companies fear IUU and excessive fishing will damage healthy PNA stocks akin to bigeye  


Tons of lobster to be consumed at San Pedro's world's largest lobster festival  


The rise and fall of Maine's offshore groundfish fishing industry


Improved silver and chum runs offset Yukon River's dismal king performance  


Alaskan Senate candidate Dan Sullivan will participate in Kodiak's key fishery debate


Marine Harvest buying bankrupt Chilean fish farmer Acuinova Chile S.A.


Thai Union plans to buy Norwegian sardine canner King Oscar


Norway's biggest bank, DNB, doesn't expect losses from Russian seafood ban


Captain D's adding 20 new units in Charlotte over next five years


Columbia River's salmon season still considered strong though run may fall short of forecast  


Norway may require salmon farmers to pay to recapture escaped fish  


Namibia's rock lobster industry stabilizing, developing frozen exports to China  


Iceland's HB Grandi's share of cod quota is 10.67 percent, slightly below year-ago  


New Bedford to be staging area for proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod


Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands to focus on Bonefish Grill


Darden defends progress but swings to Q1 loss


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 15, 2014


Fri. Sep 12 2014

WPFMC shows how Obama Administration's vast marine monument will harm US fishing in the Pacific  


Haresters say NL's small boats won't be able to take full advantage of 3Ps cod sales   (1) 


Gulf of Alaska catch share program tops NPFMC's fall agenda (Fish Radio)


Arthur T. "happy just being a grocer" again as Market Basket restocks its shelves


Iceland agrees to start exporting chilled trout to Russian market


With oyster harvest from Apalachicola Bay worsening, industry leaders call for complete shutdown  


Chilean salmon producers collectively reduce production costs 8% in 2014 so far  


Russia may ban Japanese drift-netting off Kamchatka after another round of sanctions is levied


In its second year New Hampshire CSF will now sell locally caught seafood to restaurants


Regular seafood consumption tied to reducing hearing loss risk in women


Australia's abalone industry looking to create centralized database that would streamline management


California's specialty grocer Andronico’s adopts FishWise's seafood labeling program


Hog Island Oyster Company's oysters show signs of ocean acidification in Tomales Bay


Some Long Island Sound shellfish farmers say CT's revamped lease terms are unfair


Kroger's annual organic sales are about to top $1 billion


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 12, 2014


Thu. Sep 11 2014

Canadian retailers now selling locally landed canned sockeye labeled with fishermen's name and face   (1) 


Fraser River sockeye estimates revised downward by 10%  


Tilapia prices inch up in China as processing plants increase their purchase price  


2014 Shrimp Imports to US set volume records through July  


Dense formation of deep-sea corals found around Schoodic Ridges in the Gulf of Maine


Pacific Seafoods makes donation of 40,000 lbs of Rockfish to Northwest Harvest food drive in Seattle


Norway headed towards record salmon exports to US  


Norwegian Seafood Council says whole salmon exports are safe to eat; China's export ban is misguided  


Major fishmeal Association IFFO part of ASC's steering committee to develop feed standard


Letters: John Hathaway says new companies were never barred from Maine Lobster MSC Client group


Catalina Sea Ranch's fish farming operation expects to have minimal impact on California's waters


Trade agreement sparks Canadian interest in Grimsby, the UK gateway to seafood retailing


Video: What's in a Name - Why Alaska Pollock should only come from Alaska


Analyst gives High Liner "outperform" rating expecting N. American retail, foodservice sales to grow


38 Fish plants in Murmansk on verge of collapse; cannot get raw material due to sanctions


Whole Foods among first group of retailers to commit to Apple Pay check out service


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 11, 2014


Wed. Sep 10 2014

MSC certification system imposes $100,000 tax on Maine Lobster Industry


Pacific Whiting Industry's Banner Year upended by Russian Embargo and Ensuing Uncertainty  


Chinese packers attempting to raise crab meat prices for US buyers, but facing resistance  


Del Mar works with Local Catch Monterey to process fresh local squid in California  


Thailand petitions Labor Dept. to remove shrimp from list of products linked to labor abuse  


Suit to keep Drakes Bay Oyster Co. open suffers setback


Alaska Marine Council's Tanner crab CSF adds to swell in the buy local seafood movement (Fish Radio)


New CEO comes to Long John Silver's as CEO as Mike Kern leaves


Ocean acidification harms more than mussels' shells with weakened byssal threads found in new tests


Stop & Shop marks 100 years of business in hyper competitive New England retail


Community based commercial harvesters want port protections, sound science in Magnuson renewal


Vietnam plans to address shrimp processing capacity surplus in Mekong delta with new managment rules  


Industry veteran Chris Barry joins Fortune Fish & Gourmet as VP of Strategic Sourcing and Sales


Live cod has not taken off in Norway as expected  


Zhejiang Provincial gov't looking to invest in two aquaculture sites in Western Australia


Great Lakes Fisheries could be revived through Aquaculture, but opponents may sink idea


New seabird rule ready for West Coast Sablefish longliners


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014


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Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] September 16, 2014

The loss of temporary foreign workers could reduce lobster processing in the Maritimes by as much as 25 per cent, say industry leaders from the Maritime seafood processing sector.

The industry group representing lobster processors in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have been meeting with officials from the federal and provincial governments on the impacts of the proposed program changes.

Dennis King, who is with the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association, said Monday eight processing operations, which employ 1,500 Canadians that process 25 per cent of the region’s lobster, may not be able to operate if they are forced to reduce their access to foreign workers to 10 per cent...

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Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 16, 2014

Speaking of premiums – halibut prices are back in the nose bleed range, near to or topping $7/lb at major ports. 85% of Alaska’s catch has been so far with just over two million pounds left to go out of the nearly 16 million limit. The ports of Kodiak and Homer are neck a neck with halibut landings topping two million pounds each. For sablefish, 78% of the 24 million pound quota has been landed. Both of those fisheries end in mid November...

 

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Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PNA] - September 16, 2014 - 

MOSCOW, Russia is returning to the Soviet-style system of marking the quality of domestic goods.

The State Quality Mark of the USSR was the official Soviet mark for the certification of quality established in 1967. It was used to guarantee high commercial standards of consumer products and technical goods and was a stimulus for manufacturers to improve the quality of production. Obtaining the mark allowed Soviet enterprises to increase the state controlled price for their goods by 10 percent.

Russian salmon will be the first to receive the distinctive quality mark. Its producers hope to turn it into a new brand to offset the now-banned Norwegian salmon...

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California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Politico] by Bill Tomson - September 16, 2014

Sushi eaters could face sticker shock the next time they order a California roll or check the box for another round of yellowtail nigiri.

Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish. Production of the rice, which is grown primarily in the Golden State, is expected to drop by 25 percent this year.

California — and the Sacramento Valley in particular — is the nation’s primary source for the high-quality short- and medium-grain rice used in sushi and is a major supplier of the rice for other countries, too. But the state’s 2,500 rice growers this year planted just 420,000 acres, about a quarter fewer than usual, because farmers weren’t allowed to use water for more, according to the California Rice Commission...

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Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post ] By Elahe Izadi - September 16, 2014 - 

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The warming began last year in the Gulf of Alaska and has since been dubbed “The Blob” by Nick Bond, of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean.

But it’s still an open question as to how these warmer waters will affect salmon populations.  Nate Mantua, a NOAA research scientist, isn’t convinced that “The Blob” means loads of dead fish. He points to past warm years that resulted in high salmon returns. “It’s unsettled whether this is bad news” for salmon, he said. “We have to wait until the adults come back, and we’ll have to see.”

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Wegmans extends Gulf seafood support with endorsement of Audubon's GULF program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 16, 2014

Wegmans has taken another step in supporting the Gulf seafood industry, this time issuing a vote of confidence for the Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (GULF) program.

The GULF program was founded in 2012 and says it is "dedicated to promoting and conserving the seafood resources in the Gulf of Mexico, we work to keep our industry relevant in the changing landscape of sustainability."

"We believe that our commitment to Sustainability is successful only if our partners work together with us to continually monitor and improve fishing communities supplying Wegmans," said Carl Salamone, Wegmans' VP of Seafood Sustainability...

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GAA to award VASEP's VP Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with Lifetime Achievement at GOAL 2014

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 16, 2014

The Global Aquaculture Alliance will honor Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung, the current vice president of the Vietnamese Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and seafood industry veteran, with a Lifetime Achievement at next month's GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dzung will accept the award on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, the location of the four-day GOAL 2014 conference.

Dzung’s career in seafood spans more than four decades. He is best known for his work with VASEP...

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Mexico's shrimp fishermen caught up in race to save rare porpoise from totoaba bladder black market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The New York Times] by Elisabeth Malkin - September 16, 2014

It is a rare moment when scientists can point to an animal at the edge of extinction and predict when it might disappear forever. But it is happening here, under the golden waters of the desert-rimmed sea, where a small porpoise has almost vanished.

Nobody imagined that the end would approach so quickly. What changed was the appearance of a new threat to the snub-nosed porpoise known as the vaquita: organized crime.

The vaquita, a shy marine mammal, is simply collateral damage as poachers here sweep up another endangered species, a giant fish called the totoaba, to please consumers in China. The vaquitas become entangled and die in the nets set for totoaba...

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Maine temporarily suspends three-trap limit for Mount Desert lobstermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] September 16, 2014

Maine regulators are implementing an emergency change to fishing rules off of Mount Desert Island to prevent gear conflict between herring fishermen and lobstermen.

The state Department of Marine Resources says the emergency rule creates a temporary exception to the department’s three lobster trap trawl limit. The rule went into effect on Sept. 12. Officials say the exception will apply to an area northeast of Mount Desert Rock where there is a high density of lobster gear.

The lobster trap trawl standard limits the number of traps on a single line, which is called a trawl. Herring fishermen will be following herring migration in the area in the coming weeks. Marine Patrol Colonel Joseph Fessenden says the longer trawls will help minimize the possibility of gear loss...

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Drakes Bay Oyster fought the good fight but it's now forced to remove all operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Courthouse News Service]  By Rebekah Kearn - September 16, 2014 - 

OAKLAND, Calif., A federal judge refused to stop the federal government from shutting down an embattled oyster farm in Marin County's Tomales Bay.

Closing Drakes Bay will also cost several small, local restaurants the patronage of loyal customers and thousands of dollars in profits because locally sourced organic shellfish is the heart of their menus, and many cannot afford the cost of shipping in non-local oysters, according to the complaint.     

Drakes Bay closed its retail operations on July 31, but the government agreed to give the plaintiffs 30 days after the court ruled on its motion for preliminary injunction before it must remove all of its operations.

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Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 16, 2014

The Department of Commerce added two companies that were accidentally omitted in the final results of its eighth antidumping duty review for Indian shrimp exporters.

Under the correction Satya Seafoods and Usha Seafoods were added to Devi Fisherie' group of exporters. This means the companies will be levied a rate of 1.97 percent for shipments between February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

According to Jarrod Goldfeder, an attorney with Trade Pacific Law, the technical correction was merely an error.

In August, Commerce upheld higher duty rates for Thai and Indian shrimp exporters after preliminary raising them in March.

The Department is expected to announce the final rates for Vietnamese shrimp exporters this month. They too were raised in the March report...

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South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 16, 2014

South Georgia's toothfish fishery is once again among the Marine Stewardship Council's most highly rated fisheries according to its third recertification assessment.

During the MSC's five-yearly recertification assessment the South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery earned a 96 out of 100 against the Council's three principles. This makes the fishery one of the world’s highest scoring against MSC standards.

“We are delighted that the toothfish fishery has been recertified and the excellent scores attained reflect the efforts made by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)," said Dr Martin Collins OBE. "Its scientific consultants and fishing industry to ensure the fishery is managed sustainably. South Georgia is a unique environment and the GSGSSI will continue in its efforts to improve all aspects of the fishery...

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Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - September 15, 2014 - 

Louisiana shrimpers were back on the water last week as and most of them returned after three days of what had been planned as a one-week strike for higher prices.

After a meeting Friday September 5, Louisiana Shrimp Association members said they'd keep their boats docked for a week because prices are so low.

But WVUE-TV reports that many were trawling again by Tuesday.

Warren Delacroix says organizers understand that some people have to make a living. He says that some people stuck it out for the whole time...

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Fraser sockeye shun U.S. waters, fill B.C. nets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SURREY NORTH DELTA LEADER] by Jeff Nagle - September 13, 2014

Mike Armstrong, left, and Phil Eidsvik, haul in salmon, during a commercial fisheries opening for gillnetters on the Fraser River in August. - Colleen Flanagan / Black PressA quirk of nature has handed B.C. commercial fishermen a huge catch of sockeye salmon this summer, while leaving their American counterparts almost empty handed.

Commercial fishing is winding down and the tally of the totes so far shows U.S. fishermen out of Washington State have caught barely 440,000 sockeye, a mere five per cent of the total Fraser-bound catch as of Friday...

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Hamilton Project proposes focus on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons – September 15, 2014 –

It was refreshing to attend a fisheries focused meeting last week at the Brookings Institution in D.C.  opened by the eminent former Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin.

Instead of gloom, he stressed the economic value of fisheries to the U.S. economy and recognized the significant progress the U.S. has made in achieving sustainable fishing of the vast  majority of its stocks.

The occasion was  a Hamilton Project proposal by Christopher Costello, UC-Santa Barbara and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The proposal calls for an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act that would  “design and adopt fishery management approaches that significantly improve fishery value, recovery and security for fishing communities as well as ecological outcomes.”

Costello’s proposal calls for evaluating the current systems of fishery management against a new approach that is focused on increasing fisheries value to those ports most dependent on fisheries economic activity...

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Pacific tuna companies fear IUU and excessive fishing will damage healthy PNA stocks akin to bigeye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] by Philippa Tolley - September 15, 2014

The Pacific is world's largest tuna fishery. 2.6 million tonnes of the fish are caught every year and the industry is valued at nearly $7 billion.

In the water's around Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, skipjack tuna are hauled from onto vessels using nets called 'purse seines' by the canning industry.

Research indicates that the population of this fish is relatively healthy...

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Tons of lobster to be consumed at San Pedro's world's largest lobster festival  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - September 15, 2014 - 

Putting heroes first, the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, the World's Largest Lobster Festival, in partnership with San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant presented checks totaling $5,000 to veteran's groups including the Wounded Warrior Project last night, the opening evening for the three day Festival.

The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles and produced by International Lobster Festivals, Inc.. It is the largest event of its kind in the world and has earned Guinness World Records for The Most Seafood Prepared at an Outdoor Event (2009), The Most Lobster Cooked and Served in Eight Hours, The Most Lobster Cooked at Once in a Single Cooker and The Largest Serving of Lobster (2013). The Lobster Festival has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for numerous San Pedro civic organizations...

 

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