Tue. Jan 27 2015

White Cap / Sirena Buy 50% of Shrimp Processor in Quebec in Partnership with Lyons Seafoods

NPFMC Will Be Streamed Live From Seattle Starting Next Week (Fish Radio)

Marel's Seattle Operation to Focus on On-Board Developments for Fish Industry

Younger Generation Face Costly Uphill Battle Cracking into Kodiak's Commercial Fish Business

Vietnam Shrimp Leader Minh Phu Made Pretax Profit of Almost $50 Million Last Year

Popeye's Repeats Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box Promotion

Sea Watch International Announces 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge

American Shrimp Processors Support La. Senator's Bill That Cracks Down On Imported Shrimp Standards

American Seafoods’ Advisory Board Accepting Applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program

Super Bowl Weekend Demand Pushes Up Chicken Prices With Activity Quiet In Beef, Pork, Egg Trading  

Regional Seafood Restaurant Chain, Weathervane, Closing Three Locations in Maine

Lack of Local Support Squashes Proposed Marine Sanctuary Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands

Oystermen Battle Over the Future of Texas Oyster Reefs

China Online Food Delivery Co. Raises $350 Million from CITIC PE, Tencent, JD.com, Others

Tri-Marine CEO Emphasizes Importance of American Samoa Being Included in FTA with EU

Upper Columbia Tribes Seek to Restore River's Salmon Runs Above Grand Coulee Dam

Shellfish, Edible Seaweed to Be Farmed in Jervis Bay

The American Eel’s ‘Endangered’ Designation Isn’t Backed up by the Science (Opinion)

First for Rosyth Salmon Processing Plant

Ahi Run Has Fishermen Seeing Green

Deadline to Register for P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board Plebiscite

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Deal

FMI Introducing CBX 20-Minute One-on-One Supplier Meetings at This Year's Chicago Show

Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 27, 2015

Mon. Jan 26 2015

Greenpeace Targets Costco, Albertson's in Orwellian Campaign to 'Bring Balance to the Bering Sea'   (2)

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   (1)

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  

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 22, 2015

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)  

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

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

Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage

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"

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White Cap / Sirena Buy 50% of Shrimp Processor in Quebec in Partnership with Lyons Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 27, 2015

White Cap International and Lyons Seafoods announced today a partnership to purchase the Quebec company Les Pêcheries Marinard Ltée.  The consortium will take a 50% share in Les Pecheries Marinard Ltee, along with existing management.

These leading international seafood companies acquire, in part, a jewel of the Gaspésie fishing industry to consolidate their supply of certified quality shrimp products. The local shareholders, E. Gagnon et Fils Ltée, Mr. Oneil Bond, Mr. Réal Bond, fishermen, Les Pêcheries Réal Bond inc., Fiducie familiale Oneil Bond, 9084-8789 Quebec Inc., Lelièvre Lelièvre et Lemoignan Ltée, Mr. Roch Lelièvre and Benoît Reeves, remain as owners with 50% of ...

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NPFMC Will Be Streamed Live From Seattle Starting Next Week (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] January 27, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Lots of shuffling going on in Alaska’s fish world; fish meetings too.

This week will reveal if Pacific halibut catches ratchet up slightly in some regions, as indicated earlier, or at least remain the same. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is meeting in Vancouver through Friday – that’s when the harvests and season start and end dates will be announced. You can follow the halibut meetings live on the web.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings, set for February 2 – 10 also will be streamed live from Seattle. 

There’s been lots of name shuffling in the fish world. Sam Cotton is now officially Commissioner of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. Charlie Swanton, former Sport Division director was named Deputy Commissioner. Longtime Alaskan Anthony DeGange was appointed as Director of the Habitat Division...

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Marel's Seattle Operation to Focus on On-Board Developments for Fish Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 27, 2015

Marel has ceased its manufacturing operations in Singapore and merged two of its existing US-based facilities in two major steps towards a more streamlined and cost effective future manufacturing footprint in line with its ongoing Simpler, Smarter, Faster refocusing program. Part of Marel's refocusing strategy also includes developing on-board soultions for the fish industry. 

First Marel said it will refocusing its product portfolio to concentrate on areas of competitive advantage and to strengthen its market position.  As a result, Marel is ceasing its production of freezers in Singapore and is entering into partnership to continue to provide freezing solutions for integrated solutions its customers. The wind-down of manufacturing activities in Singapore has begun and is expected to be finished before mid-year 2015.   The costs associated with the closure were booked as one-off costs in Q4 2014. The closure of the manufacturing operation in Singapore will increase operational profit during the second half of 2015 and onwards...

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Vietnam Shrimp Leader Minh Phu Made Pretax Profit of Almost $50 Million Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 27, 2015 - 

Minh Phu Seafood Corporation (MPC), Vietnam’s largest shrimp exporter by revenue, said it made a pretax profit of VND1.06 trillion ($48.94 million) last year, exceeding its full-year target by 117%.

Revenue reached VND16 trillion in 2014, surpassing its whole-year plan by 36%, said MPC’s Chairman cum General Director Le Van Quang.

MPC targets its export revenue to reach $1 billion soon.

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Sea Watch International Announces 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 27, 2015 
Sea Watch International is proud to announce that the 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge will once again bring the two finalists to the 2015 International Seafood Expo in Boston for a head to head competition to decide the champion. The final challenge will take place Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Sea Watch booth, number 423 from 11:00 am until 1:00pm.
Sea Watch says that as a tribute to and celebration of its broker network this year’s finalist will be chosen from recipe entries submitted by its broker network, as who better to demonstrate the Creativity of Clams? 
Entrants for the 2015 Creative Clam Challenge ...

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American Seafoods’ Advisory Board Accepting Applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]- January 27, 2015 
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of American Seafoods Company announced it is now accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline to submit applications is February 17, 2015.
Since its inception in 1997, the American Seafoods CAB has granted over $1,250,000 to organizations and programs in Alaska. The CAB meets three times a year to distribute awards.
“Our goal is to provide assistance and financial support to organizations that are making a real difference in the communities where we operate,” said Inge Andreassen, president of...

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Super Bowl Weekend Demand Pushes Up Chicken Prices With Activity Quiet In Beef, Pork, Egg Trading

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] By Jamie Chadwick - January 27, 2015

The upcoming Super Bowl Weekend drove up prices in the white chicken complex, otherwise trading activity in the beef, egg and pork sectors was rated quiet or even weak depending on the protein reports Urner Barry's Jamie Chadwick.

Some weakness was observed in the beef complex last week, as buyers reportedly remained conservative and looked to satisfy only immediate needs.  The Choice grade cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, moved approximately $4/cwt lower, or -2.07%.  Slaughter was up 5.5% from the week prior.

The pork cutout was nearly unchanged last week, gaining around 1.4% from the week prior.  Lackluster exports, along with higher production figures indicated some downward pressure on the market but overall the complex was fairly steady...

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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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Oystermen Battle Over the Future of Texas Oyster Reefs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houston Press] By Dianna Wray - January 27, 2015 - 

Lisa Halili had to scream into the phone to get her old friend and longtime competitor in the Texas oyster industry, Mihael Ivic, to calm down enough so that she could understand what he was saying.

"The Nelsons are stealing the bay!" Ivic yelled. Lisa's stomach knotted and her hands grew slick with sweat as she handed the phone to her husband, Johnny Halili, to see if he could get Ivic to make sense. The story Ivic told seemed like some kind of sick joke.

Yeah, we've got a lease and now we own your leases, Woody told him.

You really think you're going to kick my fishermen off of our beds and that you're going to control these beds? Johnny asked.

Yeah, I own the beds, Woody said.

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China Online Food Delivery Co. Raises $350 Million from CITIC PE, Tencent, JD.com, Others

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Paul Carsten - January 27, 2015 -

Chinese online food delivery service Ele.me said on Tuesday it has raised $350 million from investors including CITIC Private Equity, Tencent Holdings Ltd, JD.com Inc, Dianping and Sequoia Capital.

The delivery firm, whose name roughly translates as 'Hungry Now?', is part of a trend in China for what is known as online-to-offline (O2O) services. 

E-commerce firm JD.com is also stepping up its investments in services complementary to its business. 

"Ele.me addresses a growing demand among online consumers for quick food delivery, and that makes it a natural partner for JD.com," a JD.com spokesman told Reuters.

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Younger Generation Face Costly Uphill Battle Cracking into Kodiak's Commercial Fish Business

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - January 27, 2015

A University of Alaska Fairbanks study involving residents of Kodiak has identified crew members and the next generation of fishermen as disproportionately affected by the privatization of fishing rights.

"Scholars and fishermen alike view the privatization of fishing rights as a fundamental driver of social change in fishing communities," concluded Courtney Carothers, who conducted the study for UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Her paper, presented on Jan. 20 at the annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, presented results of a mixed-methods ethnographic study in Kodiak that explored how fisheries privatization processes remake fishery systems...

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Popeye's Repeats Butterfly Shrimp tackle Box Promotion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 27, 2015 -

Popeyes is running its Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box for "Seafood mardi Gras" through March 29.

The Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box has 8 butterfly shrimp marinated in Popeyes Louisiana seasonings, breaded and fried and includes Cajun fries, a biscuit and dipping sauce for $4.99.

The Seafood Mardi Gras menu also includes the following seafood options:

- Cajun Surf and Turf – 2 Handcrafted Tenders, 4 Butterfly Shrimp, Cajun fries, biscuit and two signature dipping sauces

- 1/4 Lb. Popcorn Shrimp – Quarter pound serving of Popcorn Shrimp, a Signature Side, biscuit and a dipping sauce

- Cajun Fish – 3 Fish Filets, a Signature Side, biscuit and a dipping sauce (at participating locations)

- Fish and Popcorn Shrimp – 2 Fish Filets combined with Popcorn Shrimp, Cajun fries, biscuit and dipping sauce

Popeyes was founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana and later acquired by AFC Enterprises. The company now has over 2,000 units and most are franchised

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American Shrimp Processors Support La. Senator's Bill That Cracks Down On Imported Shrimp Standards
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -  January 27, 2015  

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) issued support for a new food safety bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate: Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act. According to the ASPA the act will tighten restrictions on foreign seafood that is exported to the US, particulary on imported shrimp.

The bill, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, will make reform testing standards for foreign seafood exported to the U.S., a move the ASPA said will directly and positively impact the American shrimp industry.

The Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act will ensure that all seafood exported into the U.S. will go through the same food safety regulations as mandated for U.S. fisheries...


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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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Regional Seafood Restaurant Chain, Weathervane, Closing Three Locations in Maine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] - January 27, 2015 - 

Weathervane Restaurants, an 11-restaurant chain that specializes in seafood, has closed three of its Maine locations.

The South Portland, Brewer and Waterville locations, as well as a restaurant in Bedford, New Hampshire, closed Monday morning, according to the company.

The chain’s flagship restaurant in Kittery, established in 1969, will continue to operate as the chain’s only year-round restaurant in Maine. A seasonal restaurant operates in Belfast and there are five other restaurants in New Hampshire.

A spokeswoman cited a combination of current economic conditions as reasons for the closures.

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Lack of Local Support Squashes Proposed Marine Sanctuary Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] By Lauren Rosenthal - January 27, 2015

The federal government has turned down a request to create a vast marine reserve around the Aleutian Islands.

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the Aleutians won’t advance in the process to become a national marine sanctuary -- mostly due to a lack of local support.

Adak, King Cove, Akutan, and the Aleutians East Borough all came out against the nomination. Environmentalists and research groups had been seeking permanent limits on oil and gas leasing and commercial fishing in federal waters around the Chain.

At more than 730,000 square miles, it would have been the largest marine sanctuary in the country.

In a letter, a NOAA representative suggested that a smaller swath of the Bering Sea could be eligible -- areas that ”encompass the specific resources you believe to be of the highest value.” But the agency would still need to see proof that other interest groups are on board.

There are 13 national marine sanctuaries around the United States -- each with its own local management panel. Those groups can advise NOAA on new regulations for commercial inside the reserve...

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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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