Apr 23, 2014

Maine's lucrative elver season seen running on a saner system this year


With young lobsters in decline, concern for Maine fishery rises


Secretary Kerry hosting international conference on improving the health of oceans


Apr 22, 2014

In huge step towards eco acceptance of farmed shrimp, Monterey Bay endorses GAA's BAP standards  


Second round pollock roe auction ends with lower prices, but big boost in revenue due to volume  


Kroger highlights GAA, WWF and ISSF as partners in promoting sustainable seafood for Earth Day


Starboard has the votes to force a special Darden meeting to vote on Red Losbster spinoff


Confusion reigns over snow crab prices, as both sides deny any firm price agreements reached  


Mexico and US authorities agree on certificate of origin scheme for Mexican wild and farmed shrimp


Robin Samuelson, Jr. predicts strong demand, higher price for Bristol Bay sockeye this year


John Furlong, former host of The Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, dead at 63


Norpac says its seafood tracking system has added value, eliminated IUU fish from its supply chain


FDA testing thousands of fish to develop DNA barcodes for enforcement and inspection purposes


California's Hollywood Farmers Market's Sea Fever Seafood vendor accused of selling stolen fish


Iceland sets 2014 mackerel TAC on its own


Gulf oyster harvest one of lowest on record


On Earth Day 2014 Ocean Conservancy says fishing gear is a small part of ocean trash (Fish Radio)


Strong demand for shrimp, swai, tuna and crab keeps US atop Vietnam's seafood exporting market  


Salmar proposes offshore salmon farming platform in deep sea waters to boost production


Fiji's tuna scientists say Western and Central stock data is lacking, needs international help  


Glucosamine, made from shellfish shells, may have exciting new health benefits


McDonald's Q1 profits miss expectations, fall 5.2% as US business continues to wane


Bumble Bee HQ returns to roots in downtown San Diego


Joe's Crab Shack's summer-time "100% Shore" menu features snow crab, lobster and mussels


Chris Liu to head up Tradex Foods' Asian operations in Qingdao


Sea Best showcased at Jacksonville Players Championship legendary 17th hole


VIMS reports encouraging growth of Chesapeake Bay underwater grass, critical habitat


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 22, 2014


Apr 21, 2014

Senate Magnuson draft represents heavy lobbying by NGOs and recreational interests


Tug of war over Japanese crab prices in Newfoundland close to end as contract talks continue  


CAPMA sees increase in Chinese tilapia output this year, turn to other markets, particularly EU  


Big herring run predicted for Togiak, but market outlook is weak  


Former critics of farmed salmon, like Rick Moonen, modifying their views


Japan's trade agreement with Australia will abolish tariffs on bluefin tuna, toothfish, lobster  


No fish guy to lead Newfoundland; Bill Barry withdraws from Premier race


Louisiana seafood sector still suffering 4 years after BP spill, as higher prices cut consumption  


Fortune Fish sponsors second annual Trash Fish dinner set for May 19 at Big Jones in Chicago


Is a 60% price increase too high a number for Shrimp: We compare Urner Barry and BLS indices  


Russia ties increase in South Korea's pollock quota to IUU crab cooperation  


Local salmon production surging in China


Compensation battle rages four years after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill


Mexico's Pesca Azteca renovating yellowfin tuna purse seine fleet


Guolian Aquatic sees 20% to 30% jump in tilapia seedling sales this spring


Chilean salmon companies say stable production at record level will translate to price increases


Newfoundland all-party group begins lobbying to change shrimp allocations  


Freshwater Institute's tank farmed salmon being market tested in D.C. area  


McDonald's Japan to launch shrimp and avocado burger in May


Russian government considers significant increase of tuna production


North Carolina shuts commercial red drum season until at least Sept. 1 as catches exceed TAC


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 21, 2014


Apr 20, 2014

ASDA drops Scotland's oldest indpendent salmon farm as supplier during controversy over sea lice


Apr 18, 2014

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Apr 17, 2014

Surimi expert predicts 50,000 ton global shortfall this year, due to low inventories, Asian demand


Alaska Fisheries Dev Foundation has project to build $1 billion mariculture industry (Fish Radio)


Barry Group's Bill Barry says Newfoundland's shrimp quota cut is 'a terrible decision'


AquaChile predicts Q1 Atlantic salmon output to more than double on strong global market


Vietnam approves pangasius project to grow export value to $3 billion by 2020


Senate MSA draft begins circulating, would add subsistance representation to management councils


Chicken of the Sea picks name for its mermaid after 60 years of anonymity


Port Lincoln Tuna Processors will double tuna product output to 40 million units a year


Four Chinese seafood dealers sent to prison when their products contained malachite green


Haikui Seafood details problems in China for reprocessors as it posts 40% decline in revenue


Vietnamese tuna fishermen rejoice over strong catches and favorable prices


Is gulf cleanup over or not? BP and Coast Guard differ


Final part of EU Common Fisheries Policy reform approved by European Parliament


NZ King Salmon finally gets approval for three new farming sites in Marlborough Sounds


Oregon's commercial king salmon troll fishery forecast to have strong 2014 season coastwide


Ottawa cutting red tape for B.C. fish farms


TUF undertaking study aimed at revolutionizing perception and increasing usage of tuna products


Closely watched Maine elver season marked by slow start, low prices


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 17, 2014


OSU study suggests ways to reduce injuries on freezer trawlers and longliners


Apr 16, 2014

Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS  


Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining


Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 16, 2014


NOAA Alaska Fisheries Center scientist Alan Haynie given top honor at White House


Florida fishery officials may declare open season on abundant lionfish population


Advocacy group cites Joe's Crab Shack use of some transfats despite pledge in effort to get FDA ban


FDA issued 31% less seafood Warning Letters in Q1 2014 compared to a year ago


TUF's performance expected to bounce back on better tuna margins, improved shrimp operations


First shrimp themed restaurant chain opens in China with aim to restore traditional shrimp cuisine  


True North Salmon to bring fresh product to Northeast in partnership with online grocer FreshDirect


Poor logistics, reduction in available farming areas holding back tilapia expansion in China


Drakes Bay Oyster Co. still alive, owner taking appeal to Supreme Court


Lower Cook Inlet pink salmon fishery to get boost as Aquaculture Assoc. buys Port Graham hatchery


Bain Capital buys Manischewitz as kosher food goes mainstream


Open Blue signs distribution deal with T&T Asian supermarkets in Canada for its farmed cobia


Values for Alaska's salmon permits and halibut quota shares up across the board in 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Booming klngfish sales continue to sustain Clean Seas Tuna


S&P raises rating of Clearwater Seafoods debt


NRN-Miller Pulse finds restaurants struggled with traffic declines in March despite uptick in comps


Joe's Crab Shack achieving higher repeat sales with revamped seafood menu


Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruhua's Hokkaido branch



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In huge step towards eco acceptance of farmed shrimp, Monterey Bay endorses GAA's BAP standards

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS - April 22, 2014

Monterey Bay's seafood watch program is widely seen by chefs and some consumers as a highly credible authority on the environmental sustainability of seafood.  In the past that program had been criticized by industry for being less than transparent, and not scientifically based.
 
Now Seafood Watch has identified BAP certiifed farmed shrimp as a 'good alternative', recognizing that a huge portion of the global production of farmed shrimp is truly sustainable.
 

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Second round pollock roe auction ends with lower prices, but big boost in revenue due to volume

SEAFOODNEWS.COM    by John Sackton - April 22, 2014

The second round of the US pollock roe auction has been completed in Seattle at the end of last week, and the results are very favorable for Alaskan producers.

The second round saw total offerings of 6700 tons vs 7300 tons approximately in the first round.
 
Also the second round roe had more ‘mizuko’ roe (watery) and other lower quality roe being over mature or broken.

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Kroger highlights GAA, WWF and ISSF as partners in promoting sustainable seafood for Earth Day

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS   - April 22, 2014

In a series of videos dealing with wild caught and farmed seafood, the Kroger Co. highlights its committment to seafood sustainability by emphasizing its work with responsible partners.
 
For wild seafood, Kroger works with the WWF and says that 76% of its top species are either MSC certified, in assessment, or engaged in a fishery improvement project.  The species they highlight include Mahi Mahi from Ecuador and tuna and snapper from Indonesia - all labeled as 'Kroger sustainable fish.'

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Confusion reigns over snow crab prices, as both sides deny any firm price agreements reached

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 22, 2014

No firm price agreements have been reached with Japanese buyers for Newfoundland snow crab. That much both Newfoundland packers and major Japanese buyers can agree on.
 
There have been some sales made to the Japanese at a 'provisional price' of $4.80.  The Newfoundland packers say that price is not fixed, and it could rise in subsequent negotiations.  The Japanese say this is not a 'minimum price' and that it could go either up or down in future negotiations.

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Robin Samuelson, Jr. predicts strong demand, higher price for Bristol Bay sockeye this year

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014 - 

This year’s sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay was a major topic of discussion Saturday during the first “Business of Fish” workshop of the season.

The workshop was held in Dillingham and was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Robin Samuelsen Junior is the Chairman of the Board. He observed that the price fishermen receive for their sockeye catch has been increasing in recent years.

He said, “Today we are looking at between $1.75 and $2-dollars a pound for sockeye this season.”

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Norpac says its seafood tracking system has added value, eliminated IUU fish from its supply chain

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014

The environmental benefits of seafood traceability are obvious: By tracking a fish through the entire supply chain – from capture to plate – you can ensure the fish wasn’t caught using illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. But many companies, like Norpac Fisheries Export, are discovering that traceability is also good for their bottom lines.

When Norpac set up an electronic tracking system in 2002 to monitor the fish it captures and sells, the company wasn’t trying to certify its seafood as sustainable, Norpac’s Managing Director Thomas Kraft says; the goal aim was to develop a tool to better manage the flow of the 

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California's Hollywood Farmers Market's Sea Fever Seafood vendor accused of selling stolen fish


SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014

The proprietor of Sea Fever Seafood, one of the most popular booths at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers' Market for years, was arrested Sunday by game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Barbara Harbor following a two-month-long investigation. The CDFW charged John Wilson, 53, and his assistant, Kai Griffin, 23, with conspiracy and grand theft.

As one of the few places in Los Angeles where shoppers could buy freshly caught, local (Santa Barbara) seafood and shellfish direct from the fisherman, Sea Fever was always a big market draw.

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Gulf oyster harvest one of lowest on record

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014 - 

From Texas to Florida, the number of oysters harvested in the Gulf is at one of the lowest on record. Three years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, oyster industry experts have no answers on the cause of the steep decline; especially on public grounds relied upon by commercial fishermen.

Scientists are studying the spill’s impact on Gulf oysters. Information is being compiled as part of a restoration plan aimed at bringing the Gulf back to pre-spill conditions; the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Act better know as the Restore Act.

Chris Nelson, a GOIC and GSI board member, said “the lack in supply has pushed prices as high as I have ever seen."

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Strong demand for shrimp, swai, tuna and crab keeps US atop Vietnam's seafood exporting market

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Vietnam News Summary] April 22, 2014

According to the Import and Export Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the US is currently the largest market for Vietnam’s seafood exports, accounting for 22% of total seafood shipments.

Seafood exports to the US returned US$1.5 billion in 2013, a 27.4% rise over 2012, and US$155.6 million in January, an 87.8% year-on-year increase.

The US has been a leading importer of shrimp, pangasius, tuna and crab from Vietnam, which accounted for 95.7% of the country’s total seafood export value to the US market last year, including 54.7% shrimp, 25% pangasius, 12.3% tuna and 3.5% crab.

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Fiji's tuna scientists say Western and Central stock data is lacking, needs international help

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014

At a annual meeting hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, about 20 stock assessment scientists from the Asia-Pacific region discussed concerns over the lack of scientific assessment of tunas in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

SPC Oceanic Fisheries Program head of Stock Assessment and Modelling Dr Shelton Harley remarked that the lack of assessment data was "frustrating".

"The data have been collected and are just sitting on computers in countries and not contributing to the efforts to determine the health and safe harvest levels for the largest tuna resource in the world," Dr Harley said in an SPC statement.

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Starboard has the votes to force a special Darden meeting on Red Lobster spinoff 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014 

Darden Restaurant Inc has 60 days to call a shareholder meeting to vote on activist investor Starboard Value LP's proposal to delay the company's plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain.

The special meeting has to be called as Starboard got consent from 54 percent of the shareholders.

Starboard, which owns 5.5 percent of Darden, has urged Darden to delay its plans to spin-off the chain saying it could destroy as much as $800 million of shareholder value.

 

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Mexico and US authorities agree on certificate of origin scheme for Mexican wild and farmed shrimp

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 23, 2014

The Government of Mexico is planning to issue certificates of origin for Mexican shrimp produced by aquaculture or caught by the artisanal or coastal fleet for export to the United States.
 
This decision was made together with American authorities. It follows the temporary ban on wild shrimp from Mexico last year, after the US government inspected the use of turtle excluder devices, and found they were not used sufficiently to certify shrimp imports.  

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John Furlong, former host of The Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, dead at 63

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 22, 2014

John Furlong, who was the long time host of the Fisheries Broadcast in Newfoundland, and an avid reporter and follower of fishing industry news and politics on the Rock, has died of cancer.  His passing was announced last Wednesday. He left the broadcast about a year ago, but while he was host, we did many interviews, with his question almost always being some variant of 'John, tell me about the market'. 
 
He had a firm belief that the more fishermen knew of the broader seafood market, the better they could understand their own situation, and he recognized where fishermen and processors had common interests, and where they did not.  That's why the 5:30 pm afternoon 'broadcast' was listened to by most people in the seafood industry in the province. 

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FDA developing DNA barcode system that identifies individual commercial fish species

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014

After years of effort to have the FDA take seriously the issues of seafood substitution and seafood fraud, the agency is rapidly moving to incorporate fish identification tecniques into its enforcement and inspection operations.  The FDA has come to agree with industry that deliberate subsitution is often a safety risk, as well as an economic fraud.  So the effort put into integrating the DNA 'barcode of life' into the FDA's fish identification practices is a very positive development.   

What difference does DNA testing make?  Well if you have wondered if that "wild caught" salmon is actually wild, or if the domestic catfish was really grown in the USA, or if that "red snapper" is actually red snapper and worth the premium price, rapid and simple DNA testing can provide an answer. 

 

 

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Iceland sets 2014 mackerel TAC on its own

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [SCOM] - April 22, 2014 -

Today Iceland announced a unilateral mackerel TAC for this year of 147,547 metric tonnes.   

Iceland was not part of last month's quota agreement among the EU, Norway and Faroes. 

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On Earth Day 2014 Ocean Conservancy says fishing gear is a small part of ocean trash (Fish Radio)

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014 

April 22 marks Earth Day around the world – and since Earth Day began in 1970, trash pickup has been a tradition. 

Over the past 25 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Nearly nine million volunteers from 152 countries have cleaned more than 150 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year. 

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Salmar proposes offshore salmon farming platform in deep sea waters to boost production

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 22, 2014

Salmon farmers, swimming in profits, are looking for better ways to raise their fish.

Amid growing global demand for food, aquaculture companies aim to be bigger players by investing in new feeding processes and betting on elaborate new farming techniques. By 2016, for instance, SalMar ASA -- one of the world's largest salmon producers -- will launch a pricey and largely untested offshore fishing platform designed by a longtime oil executive.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, has grown faster than the wild-catch industry in recent decades, and Norway's fish farmers benefited as the nation has become the second-largest exporter of farmed fish behind China. 

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