Tue. Jul 29 2014

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


SeafoodNews is hiring a Sustainability Editor


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)


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


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)  


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


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


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


Norton Sound Seafood House expands at Anchorage airport


Vancouver chef cycles across Canada hosting dinners to promote sustainable seafood


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 29, 2014


Mon. Jul 28 2014

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


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


Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price  


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


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


IATTC takes two steps forward, one back  


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


Zhangzidao opens live aquatic distribution in China with Ocean Food subsidiary


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


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


Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen


Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish


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


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


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 28, 2014


Fri. Jul 25 2014

Russia may ban McDonald's from producing Filet O' Fish, other items claiming consumer deception


Alaska's governor asks USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned pinks  


Federal judge lifts archaic, 56-year old antitrust gag order on Maine lobstermen  


La. catch pushes Gulf shrimp landings up sharply in June; on par with month's 5 year avg  


Starboard claims Darden won't let it look at its books in complaint filed in Florida court


ADF&G shuts down Kenai River commercial king salmon fishing with escapements to fall short of goal  


Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister proposes lobster marketing levy be raised to five-cents per pound  


Omega Protein's remarkable share price trend reflects its recent focus on human nutrition


Legal's Roger Berkowitz has some personal advice for the feuding Demoulas family


Big drop in Norwegian salmon price expected next week  


Tassal snags $3.85 million grant to build fish meal plant with 20,000 ton annual production capacity


Supervalu Q1 sales relatively flat vs. year-ago


Banned imports of European eel fry alleged to be flooding into Japan via China


Alaska's salmon set netters recant the peaks and valleys of a life on the water (Fish Radio)


Battle with Walmart and Target results in Q2 loss for Loblaw despite better comps


Seafood Harvesters support Sen. Begich's bill that extends fishing vessel discharge exemption


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 25, 2014


Former Dominos exec joins Wendy's as SVP Marketing


Long John Silver’s launches "America's Fish Fry" TV campaign


Southern California fresh swordfish off the menu as driftent ban imposed through August


Thu. Jul 24 2014

Itochu agrees to $1.9 billion food tie-up with CP Pokphand


Lobster license stacking starting next spring in PEI will reduce traps in the water   (3) 


Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year  


Wal-Mart's Asian business chief Greg Foran will replace Bill Simon as CEO of US division


Oregon officials lift coastwide commercial mussel harvesting ban finding PSP risk has dropped  


Newfoundland food fishery death sparks emotional call for Gail Shea to extend season


Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket


Vietnam's surimi exports to China up over 30% while shipments fall about 5% to top market S. Korea  


Foodservice operator survey finds most not concerned about higher prices from Syso/US Foods merger


South Australia's bluefin tuna harvest producing very high quality fish


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 24, 2014


WWF will push for suspension of Pacific bluefin fishing if nations cannot agree on catch limits  


Performance Food Group names former Sysco exec new Executive Vice President Of Operations


Ipswich, MA officials take emergency measures to keep unlicensed clammers off of commercial beds  


Alaskans asked to comment on MSA Re-authorization, sea lions, mines and more (Fish Radio)


Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"


NPD sees restaurant traffic likely to remain flat


Food safety in China still faces big hurdles


Sealord names former McCain Foods MD new CEO


Wed. Jul 23 2014

Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts and LIFO policy  


Marine Harvest says it did not violate EU laws in Morpol acquisition after hit with $26 million fine


New England's live lobster prices set to fall to seasonal lows as new shell product hits the market  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 23, 2014


Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says EU free trade deal will help export market  


Japan to provide Vietnamese tuna fishermen with new boats to spur more fresh imports  


DFO's lobster tagging program providing solid data on Newfoundland's fishery  


Study finds large differences among shark species in ability to survive accidental longline catch


Virginia's marinas hike unloading fees to take advantage of booming oyster harvest  


Alaska's statewide salmon catch tops 71 million fish with Bristol Bay haul nearly 70% above forecast  


Aleutian Islands herring fleet wraps up season, leaving about 160 tons of quota in the water  


IPHC program features halibut to teach students math and science (Fish Radio)


Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming


Blowback mounts against 4 months lobstering ban off Massachusetts coast to protect whales  


Chinese company setting up ambitious Asian carp processing for export operation in Mississippi


Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end  


Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens


Chipotle able to build comps 12.3 percent in Q2 despite price increases


Tue. Jul 22 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014


UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility


British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform


Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture


Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel  


Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham


NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets  


"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets  


Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame


New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market  


Cooke Aqua's organic kelp product continues industry push into sea plant mariculture (Fish Radio)


McDonald's profit misses expectations, U.S. sales off 1.5 percent


GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP


Virginia oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987  


Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation  


Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  


Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop


NE council exec. dir. says Oceana ignores efforts of local fishermen in bycatch report


Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia


Upcoming Events cal

Titter UB Shop Youtube Facebook
Contact

Urner Barry
P.O. Box 389
Toms River, NJ 08754
1-732-240-5330

Seafood.com
8 White Pine Lane
Lexington, MA 08754 02421
1-732-240-5330, 781-861-1441


Advertising

Janice Brown
1-732-240-5330 ext. 280
janice@urnerbarry.com

Terence Wells
1-732-240-5330 ext. 284
twells@urnerbarry.com

Editorial

John Sackton Editor and Publisher
8 White Pine Lane
Lexington, MA 02421
Voice: 781-861-1441
 Fax 781-533-9480
jsackton@seafood.com

Ken Coons Associate Editor
PO Box 5307
Annapolis MD 21403
Voice: 443-482-9420
kencoons@seafood.com

Michael Ramsingh Staff Writer
182 Queens Blvd
Toms River, NJ 08754
Voice: 732-240-5330
michaelramsingh
@seafood.com


Support and Questions
1-800-443-5330
support@seafood.com

Subscription Info
1-800-932-0617
sales@seafood.com

Terms

License Agreement

Email Address is required.
Password is required.
Forgot Password?

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Dow Jones Institutional News] by David Benoit , Julie Jargon  July 29, 2014

Darden Restaurants Inc. shook up its leadership Monday, announcing the departure of its longtime chairman and chief executive and opening the door for activist investors to gain some board seats.
 
But the restaurant chain's shareholder adversaries rejected the steps as overdue and insufficient, ensuring more drama hangs over the company's future.
 
The Orlando, Fla.-based owner of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains has been under fire since late last year from activist investors, who have argued it would be better off broken into three pieces...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] By Keith Doucette July 29, 2014 

Complaints from fisheries groups that they were not consulted about a lobster marketing levy left Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister scrambling on Monday to clarify remarks he made about the proposal last week.

Organizations representing fishermen and processors expressed surprise to hear the government was preparing legislation to be introduced in the fall that would allow it to collect a five-cent-per-pound levy on lobster – three cents more than recommended in a report released last November.
 
A three-member panel that reviewed the lobster industry proposed a two-cent levy to boost marketing efforts, one cent from fishermen and the other from buyers and processors. It was estimated about $2.5-million a year could be collected through the fee to help an industry hit by slumping prices in recent years...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 29, 2014

Sea Pact has initiated their third Request for Grant Proposals to fund projects that advance sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices.

The coalition of seafood companies will accept proposals through August 25 and will announce the recipients in October.

Funds will be awarded to projects that most fit into Sea Pact's mission to promote sustainable practices throughout the seafood industry.  FIPs, habitat restoration efforts, scientific research and other like-minded efforts will all be considered to receive to a grant...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPMA]  Translated by Amy Zhong - July 29, 2014 

Dalian is stepping up its efforts building a cold chain logistic center. There will be another newly built cold storage warehouse with the capacity of 0.1 million tons in the free port of Dayao Bay after the completion of the second phase cold chain project of Yidu Jifa Cold Chain Logistics.

Dalian has spent great efforts on the development of its cold chain logistics for the past few years. To meet the demands of the core area’s restructuring and develop advanced cold chain logistics companies, Dalian brings innovation to the traditional warehousing industry and eliminates a bunch of warehousing companies with unsatisfying service and low added value. 
 
During 2013, Yidu Jifa Cold Chain Logistics and Hengpu International Logistics have put into operation their cold storage warehouses each with the capacity of 0.1 millions tons, which have acquired the certification from the EU. And in the same year Dalian Taifu Food has built its public bonded warehouse with a total area of 3246 sq. meters,  and the warehouse has been inspected and accepted by the local customs. 
 
Zhangzidao has also finished the first phase of its central refrigerated project ...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 29, 2014 

A research team from Australia and Canada studied more than 1,600 records of fuel use worldwide from catch to delivery. They compiled a list based on the amount of fuel it takes to land a ton of fish. Sardines and Icelandic herring ranked lowest at 19 gallons, due to the quick hauls of huge schools of fish. 

Skipjack tuna by purse seiners used 115 gallons per ton. Scallop boats used about 139 gallons of fuel per ton. Salmon fisheries ranked fourth for fuel use at 234 gallons for gillnets and seines, hook and line catchers used more. Trolling for Pacific albacore tuna added up to 426 gallons per ton...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] July 29, 2014

Felipe Sandoval president of SalmonChile, a trade group that represents Chile's salmon industry, has weighed in on the current state of the country's salmon industry.

According to Sandoval, the current downturn in the global salmon market is part of a seasonal cycle with expectations for prices to rise in the latter part of the year.

Meanwhile, Sandoval said salmon exporters are looking at breaking into more emerging markets...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton July 29, 2014

Bonefish Grill launched a new menu today with "20 new innovative items to complement classic favorites."
 
Calling the menu 'culinary forward', they added steaks, bowl dishes, non-seafood sides and desserts to their existing offerings.
 
Of the twenty new items, about half are steak or vegetable based, and the shrimp items are all multi-ingredient, such as Pad Thai and shrimp flatbread.  
 
The new menu highlights several tuna dishes however, including a tuna bowl, and an Ahi tuna steak...

Full Story »

Vancouver chef cycles across Canada hosting dinners to promote sustainable seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canwest News Service] by Laura Robin 

 Top Vancouver chef Ned Bell left St. John's, Newfoundland, on July 1 to cycle across Canada to raise awareness about sustainable seafood. He's cycling 125 to 175 kilometres a day and holding dinners in 20 Canadian cities. He reached Ottawa on Monday, four weeks into his 11-week trip, where he teamed up with recent Top Chef Canada winner Rene Rodriguez to cook a meal at Rodriguez's Murray Street restaurant Navarra. Laura Robin caught up with Bell and Rodriguez to find out more.

 
Q: Why are you doing this?
 
Bell: "My big, hairy audacious goal is to have sustainable seafood available to every Canadian within a decade."
 
Q: How do you hope to achieve this?
 
Bell: "I'm lucky to have such a great network of peers, some of the best chefs across Canada - guys like Rene. These 20 dinners will start spreading awareness, and the chefs will continue to educating the guests. Next year, I hope to hold six bigger events."
 
Q: How did the Navarra dinner come about?
 
Rodriguez: "Ned and I know each other from working together for six years. We started planning this dinner a week ago

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South Jersey Times] By Kelly Roncace July 29, 2014

When people think of New Jersey — the Garden State — they usually think of fresh produce.
 
However, in 2012, New Jersey landed 108.5 million pounds of fin and shell fish, valued at $187.7 million, according to Lynne Richmond, spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture.
 
The Port of Cape May itself is ranked 11th in the nation for value of landings which totaled $72 million in 2012.
 
Not to mention, the commercial fishing industry accounts for more than 50,700 jobs in the state...

Full Story »
Why Should I Subscribe?


SeafoodNews.com
is the most widely read seafood industry news in North America, with subscribers in over 50 countries. We provide a quick daily snapshot of the global seafood industry. Published in partnership with Urner Barry, the leading provider of seafood price, foreign trade and import data, we focus on the business side of the industry, plus everything that affects it. Our largest reader category is seafood buyers, followed by producers, importers and exporters, then distributors. Try us and you will be hooked.

Monthly Subscription: Sign up for our monthly subscription (payable by credit card online or Invoice), and cancel at any time. Click to Subscibe Here.

Daily Email: We also provide a daily email with our News Summary for non-paying subscribers. Click here for the Daily Email at no charge

Video Sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 29, 2014

Higher wholesale prices for mahi this summer appear to be keeping retailers from promoting the item as heavily as they did last season.

Between May and the third week of July this year, buying opportunities for mahi on a special ad price at supermarkets are down 42 percent compared to the same time last year according to Urner Barry.

The decline in mahi features could be tied to higher wholesale prices that have pushed up average retail ad prices this summer...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Aspen Times] by Amanda Rae July 29, 2014

THE CHEFS AND PURVEYORS behind the first-ever Denver “trash fish” dinner are quick to admit that the nickname for underutilized species sounds about as appealing as the concept of Dumpster diving. But therein lies the irony: Lesser-known fish, caught accidentally and discarded from the dock by trawlers because of their uncool or nonexistent reputation, are tasty, sustainable substitutes for popular, endangered varieties that restaurants, and therefore consumers, favor.
 
“There are so many fantastic, fun, and freakin’ weird fish out there that have so much more versatility than just being fried,” says Theo Adley, executive chef of The Squeaky Bean, which hosted the Chefs Collaborative Denver Trash Fish Dinner...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM] July 29, 2014

A new collaborative NOAA arctic research program has published its first paper, on the economic impact of Ocean Accidification on Alaska Communities.  The paper, to be published in Progress in Oceanography, was done by scientists from the University of Alaska, NOAA's Pacific Marine lab in Seattle, and from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
 
Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska's valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life with many of Alaska's nutritionally and economically valuable marine fisheries  located in waters that are already experiencing ocean acidification, and that will see more in the near future. 
 
Communities in southeast and southwest Alaska face the highest risk from ocean acidification...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - July 29, 2014

Canadian government officials have released an environmental assessment which concludes that a proposed mitigation measure for a large open pit mine near the Alaska border would safeguard Alaska's fisheries and human health.
 
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in Vancouver, British Columbia, also announced July 21 a fourth and final comment period on its assessment, through Aug. 20.
 
The Alaska Chapter of Trout Unlimited meanwhile released a statement challenging that assessment, from representatives of Rivers Without Borders, the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and a private sportfishing firm, Hooked on Juneau.
 
The controversy centers around plans of the junior mining company Seabridge Gold, with offices in Toronto and Smithers, British Columbia, which has proposed to build the KSM (Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell) project, a large open pit gold, copper, silver and molybdenum mine in the headwaters of the Unuk and Nass Rivers...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] by Candice Choi, July 29, 2014 

NEW YORK - Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants.
 
The changes mark the latest attempt by the struggling seafood to stop a years-long sales decline as it embarks on a new era. On Monday, Darden Restaurants said it completed its sale of the chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital, despite protests from activist investors...
 

Full Story »

Norton Sound Seafood House expands at Anchorage airport

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Moodie Report] by Colleen Morgan - July 29, 2014

HMSHost has unveiled the newly expanded Norton Sound Seafood House at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. 
 
With primary seating post-security, the restaurant has always served the pre-security area through a connected ‘to-go’ option. The revamp has seen HMSHost expanding the pre-security area with a new dining room and bar, which offers the same menu and full-service dining found in the post-security area. 
 
The new Concourse C dining area, seating approximately 40 guests, was opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives of HMSHost, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), Alaska Native Heritage Center and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. 
 
The restaurant opening was part of the airport’s Alaskan Cultural Experience which included the unveiling of new paintings by native groups of Alaska and a ‘wall of culture’ near the baggage claim area...

Full Story »

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 29, 2014

The Bangkok Post reports that Australia Supermarket chain Woolworths is seriously considering a regional sourcing hub based in Thailand.
 
Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, director general of the Thai Dept of International Trade Promotion, said today that they had arranged meetings between Woolworths and about 60 Thai companies in preparation for the retailer opening a sourcing office.
 
80% of the operators involved in the meetings were in seafood, vegetables and fruit. 
 
Woolworths operates 3000 stores in Australia and New Zealand, and a new sourcing hub based in Thailand would help boost exports to that region...

 

Full Story »