Thu. Oct 30 2014

Ecuadorian shrimp prices fall a bit as Chinese buying slows ahead of Qingdao show  

New Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment shows stunning improvement in abundance  

Seattle B season pollock roe prices fall on largest volume in 10 years  

Lack of freezer capacity in Vladivostok threatens herring fishery, cold stores nearly full  

AK's massive 2013 salmon haul vaults Kodiak into top three among US ports for landings (Fish Radio)

ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again  

Monterey Bay designates BAP approved pangasius as "Good Alternative" under its Seafood Watch program

Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever  

Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030

Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion

Ignite's Q3 Joe's Crab Shack comps down 4.4 percent

Chile confirms ISA outbreak has not spread beyond Cepqulean's Ballena 4 salmon farm

Sanctions may speed up smolt breeding facilty for Russia's Murmansk salmon farms

Several thousand Pakistani fishermen missing after cyclone Nilofar hits

GMA denounces Environmental Working Group "Food Scores" program

DineEquity raises year-end sales forecast for Applebee's

Wed. Oct 29 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down  

Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014  

AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine

Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings  

Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team

SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)  

Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling  

Growing Atlantic bluefin tuna stock raises possibility of increase in Canada's quota  

Canada's Kuterra gets a "Best Choice" rating from Monterey Bay for its land-raised Atlantic salmon

EWOS earmarks a few million dollars to upgrade newly acquired Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral

Gordon Food Service building $58 million North Carolina DC

Opposition to USDA designation of "Organic" for ocean farmed fish continues

Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner retires after 75 years hauling traps

Emergency ISA harvest underway at one of Chilean salmon producer Cupquelan's farming sites

Cameron Mitchell opens flagship Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills, NYC soon to follow

Northern Lights Seafood in Main Brook producing Newfoundland's first half shell scallops

Sealord signs quota pooling deal with iwi

Down East aquaculture research institute gets $2 million grant

China moving into the premium caviar market with Lake Hangzhou sturgeon

EC proposes reduced quotas, particularly for herring off Scotland and Ireland News Summary Wednesday October 29, 2014

Tue. Oct 28 2014

FDA promises answer to Congress soon on Alaska pollock nomenclature issue as pressure heats up  

Alarming new research suggests much of BP's spilled oil remains on the Gulf ocean floor

Threat to salmon in Southeast Alaska from BC copper and gold mines demands State dept. action

Bahamas cracks down on spiny lobster poachers with 30% production drop blamed on illegal fishing  

Young's sees surge in fresh fish sales, especially in branded items like Funky Fish

James Hook lobster company will use its prime Boston waterfront location to build a high rise

Halloween deadline set for PEI's lobstermen to vote on penny per pound marketing levy program  

Atlantic States MFC cuts Maine elver quota 17% for next year; is 2nd most valuable state fishery  

Plenty of Norwegian salmon is still finding its way into Russia  

Ocean acidification among NOAA's top priorities under agency's newest director (Fish Radio)

C&S Wholesale reported to be successful bidder for Associated Wholesalers (AWI)

NH fishermen make lucky rescue of crew of sinking boat off Gloucester, MA

Popeyes running new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp combo in November seafood promotion

Study: Sleeper sharks may kill Steller sea lions  

U.S., Japan, S. Korea remain largest importers of Vietnam seafood in Jan-Sept

Aquabounty fined $9,500 in Panama due to lack of proper discharge permits

Beaver Street, HJ Baker join GAA's ranks of Governing Members

Port Orford, Oregon, home to a Dungeness fleet, suffers $1 million worth of storm damage

Woolworths commits to sourcing all of its farmed seafood from ASC or equivalent standard by 2020

Jon Hindar not happy with Cermaq's Q3 results, particularly in Chile

Post-takeover, Rubio's is emphasizing grilled fish

Putin "recommends" that Kamchatka governor subsidize rail shipments of fish products

Denny's Q3 profit up 18.7 percent, best comps increase in two and a half years News Summary Tuesday October 28, 2014

Mon. Oct 27 2014

India seafood exporters say rate of EU rejections lowest ever, press reports painted false picture  

Worst congestion in a decade threatens retailer holiday shipments from Long Beach and Los Angeles

Shortage of tilapia seedlings reported in many Chinese provinces; tilapia price expected to rise  

Maine's lobster processors find lack of interested workforce in trying to expand operations  

FDA finds wholesale seafood products are labeled correctly 85% of the time

Thailand launches EU charm offensive to defend its shrimp industry  

Letters: Indian exporter says he was misquoted about rejections, antibiotics  

Russians report no salmon shortage, as third country imports soar; but 25% higher prices  

EMS disease still plaguing Thai shrimp, volume expected to drop to 200,000 tons this year  

Philippines rushes to pass tougher IUU law to avoid ban from EU on exports

India's MPEDA promises support to Vizag fishing industry devastated by cyclone

Japan may press Mexico to control IUU fishing by restricting imports of Mexican bluefin tuna News Summary Monday October 27, 2014

Vietnam upgrading Hon Ro Port with clean water for defrosting tuna for export

Demoulas Market Basket sales up sharply, opening first of five new stores

Arizona State tests show antibiotic levels in shrimp and seafood all in compliance under FDA regs  

South Carolina commercial shrimp fishing off to better start as industry gets past disastrous 2013  

NOAA reduces king crab mortality off Kodiak coast by removing abandoned "ghost pots" (Fish Radio)

Rome Packing recalls some Jonah crab leg meat products for listeria, no illnesses reported

Louisiana shrimp catch reaches pre-Katrina mark; September haul is 7.9 million pounds  

Maryland DNR survey finds healthy level of striped bass reproduction

Century Pacific Food, Philippines largest canner, joins ISSF

Major salmon farmers plan to restrain growth to reduce risk despite growing demand  

Feds approve Postal Service test of grocery delivery

Fri. Oct 24 2014

Proposed lobster levy will not be implemented on Nova Scotia's catch this winter  

Possible Bristol Bay Salmon buyback program to be discussed at Fish Expo next month

CBP to pay crawfish processors $20 million from import duties, says Landrieu  

Generally positive outlook for Chile's aquaculture industry highlighted at opening of AquaSur 2014

Kroger Is Suddenly Whole Foods' Biggest Threat; will be nation's top seller of organic food in 2 yr

New buyer considers using OCI's former Newfoundland plant to process sealskin

US and Canadian fishing groups will discuss BC mines in Trans-boundary meetings (Fish Radio) News summary Friday October 24, 2014

Dillingham renews efforts to annex Bristol Bay's Nushagak district to impose landings tax

Singapore fish farms turn to direct home delivery to compete with lower cost Malaysian counteparts

Newfoundland to continue with Gulf of St. Lawrence halibut stock tagging program

Norway's Research Council invests $2 million to study possibility of using insects in fish feed

Australia's Torres Strait Rock Lobster fishery still lacks management plan  

With sales booming, Captain D's reboots corporate-store development plan

As Chinese demand drives up spiny lobster values, California moves to to curb poaching  

Maine lobsterman fined $50,000, loses license for 3 years for catching undersized lobster

SW Nova Scotia lobster dock prices now at CA$4.75 per pound after brief spike last week  

Australia's southern bluefin tuna quota raised 10 percent  

Rubio's brings back Langostino Lobster Burrito  

BJ's Q3 profit up almost 78 percent as comps turn positive

Brooklyn, NY man gets jail time and fine for $510,000 worth of illegal fluke

Thu. Oct 23 2014 News Summary Thursday Oct 23, 2014

NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study

Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed

West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought  

Days after deploying to Cold Bay for fishing season, Coast Guard medevacs injured crab crewman

Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week

OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut  

Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels

Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight

US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens

Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Welfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest

Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line

Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report  

Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections   (1) 

ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)

McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea

Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA

FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales

Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any

Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells

Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales

Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna

Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch

US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline

Ottawa restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries

Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen

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Ecuadorian shrimp prices fall a bit as Chinese buying slows ahead of Qingdao show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 30, 2014

Anecdotal reports are indicating that Chinese buyers have slowed down their Ecuadorian shrimp purchases ahead of a major seafood expo in the Qingdao province. At the same time, overall demand for Latin American shrimp was reported quiet and weaker prices have been noted in the market for mid to smaller sized product from the region for the first time in weeks.

Earlier this week Urner Barry quotations for 31-35 and smaller sized shrimp up to 51-60s out of Latin America fell between one and two percent, or $0.07 and $0.10 compared to last week’s prices.

While the price declines were relatively small, they are the first to occur in this market since at least September, dependent on size.  For 31-35s and 36-40s this week’s price drop is the first for these items since June and July while 51-60 prices recorded price declines in August.

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New Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment shows stunning improvement in abundance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - October 30, 2014 - 

When ICCAT convenes its annual meeting in Genoa, Italy on November 10, 2014. The most important item on the meeting's agenda will be a stunning increase in abundance of this iconic fish on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Standing Committee for Research and Statistics (SCRS) reported that west Atlantic bluefin biomass has increased significantly each year since 2009 and stated that present data on the west Atlantic stock validates that it is not "overfished" and "overfishing" is not occurring.

The SCRS report stated that an increase in quota, up to 2,250 mt from its presently level of 1,750 mt, is consistent with ongoing ICCAT management objectives. According to the stock assessment, 3,050 mt is the new estimated maximum sustainable yield for the west Atlantic bluefin stock and it is up from the prior level of 2,582 mt in the 2010 stock assessment.

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Seattle B season pollock roe prices fall on largest volume in 10 years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Oct 30, 2014

The auction for B season pollock roe was held in Seattle last week, and overall average prices were down about 7% from the B season roe auction of 2013.
Volume was nearly 1300 tons, the highest volume offered at this time in about ten years, and it was 20% more than last year.
Trident and American Seafoods did not offer roe products in Seattle, as their roe will be sold in the auction in Busan, South Korea.
The lower prices were largely due to the overall production of nearly 60,000 tons of pollock roe,

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AK's massive 2013 salmon haul vaults Kodiak into top three among US ports for landings (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 30, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Dutch Harbor does it again! More on the top US fishing ports after this – 

Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings, nearly all from Alaska – topped one billion pounds – a new record and up nearly 70 percent from 2012. 

That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2013, just released by NOAA Fisheries...

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Monterey Bay designates BAP approved pangasius as "Good Alternative" under its Seafood Watch program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 30, 2014

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program has concluded that certain farmed raised pangasius certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard is now equivalent to a yellow or "Good Alternative" rating.

Now, any two-star, three-star and four-star certified pangasius will carry the "Good Alternative" recommendation for consumers, chefs and businesses to consider as a purchasing option.

The GAA said the determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff...

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Rabobank: 30-40 million tonnes more seafood needed to meet global demand by 2030

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advertiser] By Nigel Austin - October 30, 2014 - 

The rising popularity of seafood will lead to the need for an estimated 30 to 40 million tonnes of extra seafood globally to meet consumer demand by 2030, according to a new report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

Chinese consumption of seafood is forecast to reach 37.7kg per person this year, up 57 per cent from 2000. “Most Chinese seafood consumption is still based on low-value domestically raised product, but more significant is the expected growth in demand for higher-end seafood products, many of which will need to be imported,” Matt Costello, an animal protein analyst, said.

The report, co-authored by Rabobank’s Gorjan Nikolik, said global growth in seafood consumption was driven by factors such as perceived health and wellbeing benefits and a rise in the popularity of seafood-rich Asian cuisine.

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Moving mammoth Tskuiji market to take two years and cost $3 billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] - October 30, 2014 - 

The world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market, Tsukiji, located in central Tokyo, is to move to a new location in two years.

The 431 billion yen ($4 billion) transfer to more current facilities will free up valuable Tokyo seaside real estate and allow a modernization plan for the site ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Yet, it is a controversial move for more reasons than one.

Tsukiji, owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is currently sandwiched between the Sumida River and the expensive Ginza shopping district.

The new space will be nearly twice as big, a more sanitary facility with temperature-controlled buildings, cold chain and processing infrastructure and ample parking for transport vehicles. It will have expressway access.

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AquaBounty blasts reports of operating irresponsibly in wake of Panamanian fine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

AquaBounty has responded to a number of critical news reports about its genetically modified salmon operations after the company was fined by Panamanian officials for violating environmental regulations related to its water use and discharge practices. In its statement AquaBounty said reports of the violation were exaggerated and were not indicative of the regulatory standards the company operates under.

This week Panama's Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (CIAM), the Panamanian National Environmental Authority, fined Aquabounty $9,500 for failure to have secured proper water discharge and water use  permits prior to beginning its operations...

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Sanford Ltd. announces changes in senior executive team

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 29, 2014

Sanford Limited today announced its new senior executive team designed to support a customer-focused domestic and international value-add strategy.

The company also announced the retirement of Vaughan Wilkinson, GM Marketing and Development.

CEO, Volker Kuntzsch, who joined Sanford in December 2013 from senior international seafood industry roles. said, "Sanford is among the largest international fishing quota holders...

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SE Alaska's salmon haul edges out PWS this year while state's halibut season wraps up (Fish Radio)

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

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska hauled in the most salmon of any other region this summer –narrowly edging Prince William Sound by just 404,000 fish. The numbers are preliminary, but state figures show that the Panhandle produced a catch of just over 49 million salmon and just under that at the Sound. Notably, nearly 44 million of the Prince William Sound salmon were pinks.

Bristol Bay ranked third in terms of salmon totals at nearly 31 million fish – all but two million of the fish were sockeyes – the reigning salmon catch in the state! 

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Lack of freezer capacity in Vladivostok threatens herring fishery, cold stores nearly full

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden Oct 30, 2014

Russia is experiencing a shortage of refrigerated storage capacity for fish which is the result of the activities of market speculators, according to German Zverev, President of Russian Pollock Association.
According to him, the current situation remains very complex, due to the start of the herring fishing season in the country and the inability of Vladivostok to provide fish storage capacity, which is currenly estimated at only 4,000 tonnes
According to the Russian Federal Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo), total storage capacities of the Primorye seaports are currently estimated at 69,150 tonnes, which are currently filled by about 52,200 tonnes of fish (75.5% of total capacity).
According to predictions of Rosrybolovstvo, the total volume of herring catch in Russia this year is expected to reach 450,000 tonnes, of which about 350,000 tonnes will be Pacific herring.
According to state plans, this will help to compensate for a lack of herring imports to Russia, which were banned by the Russian government and which had a total volume estimated at about 100,000 tonnes...

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ASMFC may shut down Maine shrimp season again 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - October 30, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures.

A technical committee that advises ASMFC regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee's report says "long-term trends in environmental conditions'' are unfavorable for the shrimp."

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section had closed this year's shrimp season for the first time in more than 30 years and is set to vote on next year's season on Nov. 5...

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Mekong Delta pangasius farming area expanded to 7,000 hectares, largest ever

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saigon Times Daily] By Ngoc Hung - October 30, 2014 -      

HCMC, The total area for tra fish farming in the Mekong Delta rose by 1,000 hectares in the third quarter this year to 7,000 hectares, which is the largest area for tra fish in the region ever, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

By summing up statistics of each province in the delta, the ministry estimated a total tra fish area of over 7,000 hectares and a combined output of 890,000 tons in the January-October period. The expansion is attributed to the increase in prices of tra fish, which has helped growers earn profits.

The expansion and reduction of tra fish farming area in the Mekong Delta in the past years have depended on fish prices. When the price is lower than the production costs, growers will halt their business and when it is higher, they will quickly expand the farming area.


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Fresh Atlantic halibut prices soar as Pacific season winds down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - Oct. 28, 2014

Fresh Atlantic halibut is gaining market share in New England and points south on the east coast, despite the huge increases in price as the Pacific halibut season winds down.

In late August, we reported on the convergence of prices for fresh halibut at the Fulton Fish Market for Atlantics and FOB Seattle for Pacific halibut. Prices remained closely tied, with prices for...

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Vietnam expands shrimp hectares 5%, says production reached 395,000 tons through 3 quarters of 2014


According to a statement from VASEP reported in the National Times, Vietnam's shrimp producers have been able to dramatically expand output this year. With a relatively short supply of shirmp due to diseases in Thailand and China, Vietnam has seized an opportunity.  

Vietnam has rapidly increased proactive farming area to take this opportunity, especially in the Mekong Delta provinces....

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Unusual decline in Select-sized live lobster prices credited to supply surge ahead of Nov openings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 29, 2014

A surge in larger sized lobster landings out of the Bay of Fundy and ahead of Canada's comparably larger November openings, has contributed to an unusual decline in the live market for Select sized product to start the week.

Yesterday, traders reported to Urner Barry that prices for live, Select-sized lobster in New England fell 10 percent or $0.75 per pound compared to last week’s figures.

This drop in Select prices is quite substantial and has been attributed to landings out of Canada’s Bay of Fundy fishery...

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Guangzhou salmon: consumer preference for 'Norwegian' leads to widespread falsification, smuggling

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

In Guangzhou around 20% of the salmon have entered the market through smuggling.  This was determined after an investigation into the sales of Norwegian salmon in the region.
There are only 15 supplier partners of Norwegian salmon who have been certified by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in Guangzhou. 
So where has the large amount of salmon in the market come from? 
Earlier in the month Guangzhou Daily has published an article titled “The salmon sales has dropped by half in Guangzhou owing to the online rumor that salmon is related to Ebola virus” and it has drawn the attention of a lot of consumers, who inquired this reporter about the salmon’s place of origin. So with these questions in mind, the reporter has been visiting the markets during the past few days and found that most salmon in Guangzhou have been from Norway, Canada and Chile. But because the local consumers think that Norwegian salmon are better than the others, some sellers have been lying about the source of their salmon.....

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