Apr 24, 2014

EMS spreads north in China, impacting Ningbo, a new farming area south of Shanghai  


Louisiana shrimpers waiting day by day for brown shrimp season to be opened


Concern is spreading over supply of crab in Japan as anti-poaching treaty takes effect  


Shrimp production in Thailand envisioned to recover 37% thanks to countermeasures against EMS  


Gulf shrimp industry begins to think about the end of the limited entry permit moratorium  


Scientists to study tsunami debris invasive species, 400,000 tons expected to hit AK, OR this summer


Atlantic butterfish not overfished, finding could lead to expansion of directed fishery  


McCurdy blasts DFO shrimp 'facts, says inshore fleet lost 34,000 tons, offshore effectively nothing


NE Fishery Council proposes practical steps to accurately record Atlantic herring catches


Lobster season in PEI, New Brunswick may be delayed by ice, but DFO has set opening dates  


Shucks Maine Lobster processing plant waiting for permits to open in Portland


Forced to give up gillnetting, today many Cedar Key fishermen are thriving as clam farmers


Louisiana to reopen some inshore white shrimping areas on April 29


Taiwanese entrepreneur claims success growing Austalian Yabby lobster (Crayfish) near Qingdao


Aquaculture director defends salmon farming in Newfoundland from critics


Sustainability, traceability dominate retail discussions at Alabama Seafood Summit


Mussel growers looking to expand operations in Cape Breton


Boston University partners with Red's Best for weekly local "Catch of the Day"


Safeway swings to Q1 loss


Supervalu posts Q4 gains in comps, profits in transition year


Apr 23, 2014

Falling lobster settlement index suggests end to Maine lobster boom may come in 2 years


Norwegians see golden age of cod as consumption, landings soar


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


Fishermen's Finest pays small fine for mistake in taking 11,000 lbs of ling cod in state waters


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


Canadian Fishery Minister Gail Shea refusing to talk more about shrimp allocatons


New film documents how BP spill wiped out parts of Louisiana's historic oyster industry


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


FFAW holds lenghty meeting with NL Premier about inshore northern shrimp allocation


Tank raised Atlantic Salmon heads to Safeway stores in BC and Alberta


Haida claim big pink salmon returns of 2013 helped by controversial iron seeding experiment in 2012


Secretary Kerry hosting international conference on improving the health of oceans


Vietnam freezes debts for 3 years at no interest for pangasius and shrimp farmers


Kodiak herring normal, fleet moving soon to Togiak (Fish Radio)  


3rd generation Pirri family seafood business in RI provides global dock for trendy chefs


Chief Economist of TD bank expects further weakening of CA dollar with boost to exporters


Sea Best showcased at Jacksonville Players Championship 17th hole


EcoFish becomes a national business partner with Monterey Bay Seafood Watch


Murkowski seriously off track with support of bill to gut EPA water protections


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


McDonald's major reset will focus on customer data rather than P&L initiatives


Russian Sea swings to 452 million rubles profit in 2013


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


Iceland sets 2014 mackerel TAC on its own


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


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 23, 2014


Apr 22, 2014

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


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  


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 21, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


Russian government considers significant increase of tuna production


Newfoundland all-party group begins lobbying to change shrimp allocations  


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


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


Mexico's Pesca Azteca renovating yellowfin tuna purse seine fleet


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


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


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


Local salmon production surging in China


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

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 17, 2014


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


Vietnamese tuna fishermen rejoice over strong catches and favorable prices


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ottawa cutting red tape for B.C. fish farms


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


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


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


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


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



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EMS spreads north in China, impacting Ningbo, a new farming area south of Shanghai

Shrimp Post Larvae

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - April 24, 2014

    The shrimp farmers in Ningbo have been extremely anxious since the beginning of this March, because a large number of their whiteleg shrimps turned out dead shortly after the seedlings had been stocked in the ponds. 
 
So Huang Jie, a leading expert in the prevention and treatment of shrimp diseases, has been invited for a consultation on this situation by Ningbo Ocean and Fishery Bureau (NOFB). And after the research, Huang comes to the conclusion that this results from the northward movement of the prevalent 'steal dead shrimp disease', a Chinese name for EMS or Early Mortality Syndrome,  that has occurred in the South China a few years ago. 
 

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Louisiana shrimpers waiting day by day for brown shrimp season to be opened

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

South Louisianans may have felt a warm breeze sweeping in off the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week. Call it a godsend or a late arrival, shrimp fisherman are hoping that warm southerly wind is here to stay.

One of the coldest winters on record has dampened the growth of Louisiana's inland brown shrimp. As of Tuesday the shrimp counts were still so low that the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issued no guidance as to when the brown shrimp season may open.

While the stretch of water extending three miles from the shoreline usually opens between mid-and-late April, the department is still monitoring shrimp counts.

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Concern is spreading over supply of crab in Japan as anti-poaching treaty takes effect

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  - April 24, 2014

Battles are now underway among Japan, Russia, Korea and China over plentiful fishery resources in the Far East, with the repercussions keenly felt in Hokkaido, the main seafood supply region in Japan.
 
"It is good for conservation of the resources that crab stock management in the Okhotsk Sea returns to normal," said Ichiro Sasabuchi, 79, chief of a seafood processing firm that deals live snow crab from Russia, at its office in Monbetsu, overlooking the Okhotsk Sea in early March.
 
But, he also expressed a serious concern that local seafood processors cannot foresee what will happen to crab supply volume or to the crab market in the days ahead.

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Gulf shrimp industry begins to think about the end of the limited entry permit moratorium

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014

The Gulf shrimp industry is beginning to look at three proposals before the Gulf Fishery Management council that will address the expiration of the current shrimp limited entry permit moratorium in 2016.  The ten year moratorium was put in place in 2006.

Each of the proposals could impact shrimpers in different ways.  An end to the moratorium would expand the fleet, and possibly lead to higher landings overall; continuation of limits and action on latent permits might lead to more targeting of higher value shrimp by size, and possibly more money for exisitng shrimpers, while the third proposal would look at the issue of latent or unused permits, and possibly lead to more rationalizing or downsizing of the fleet, and consequently higher revenues per exisitng vessel.   

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Atlantic butterfish not overfished, finding could lead to expansion of directed fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014

A new scientific assessment of the Mid-Atlantic butterfish population indicates that the stock is not overfished and that overfishing is not occurring.  Further, since 1989 the fishery biomass has been above its target level.  This new study confirmed Gier Monsen's efforts as an advisor to the Mid-Atlantic Council to take a better look at butterfish.  Monsen, who founded Seafreeze in Rhode Island, passed away last year.  The new assessment will reduce bycatch issues in the squid fishery, and could potentially support a directed fishery.  

The findings were detailed in the 58th Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) Summary Report, which was released by the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center last month after being approved by a panel of external peer reviewers during the Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) process.

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NE Fishery Council proposes practical steps to accurately record Atlantic herring catches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] April 24, 2014

The New England Fishery Management Council took practical steps to more accurately record the New England and Mid-Atlantic herring catch and bycatch without requiring 100% weighing. 

At its regional meeting in Mystic, CT the Council weighed the concerns of fishing vessel operations with resource conservation needs as it approved measures that would further regulate the Atlantic herring fleet operating off the coasts of New England and Mid-Atlantic region.

 

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Shucks Maine Lobster processing plant waiting for permits to open in Portland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014  

It appears only a few logistical hurdles are all that stand in the way of a new lobster processing plant opening up along Portland’s Maine State Pier.

At a workshop Tuesday evening, the city’s planning board heard from the operators of Shucks Maine Lobster who said they’re ready to go, as soon as the proper permits are in place.

Shuck president John Hathaway said “The alternative is another five million pounds goes to Canada, they create jobs, they create the value, they send it back to the us to be sold as a product of Canada not a Maine lobster.” 

 

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Falling lobster settlement index suggests end to Maine lobster boom may come in 2 years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline – possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.

A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations suggests that numbers of young lobsters have declined by more than half their 2007 levels – significant since lobsters typically take about eight years to reach the legal harvesting size.

The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on dinner tables nationwide. Maine lobsters were 85 percent of the nation’s lobster catch in 2012.

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Taiwanese entrepreneur claims success growing Austalian Yabby lobster (Crayfish) near Qingdao

SEAFOODNEWS.COM - April 24, 2014

A Taiwanese businessman has achieved success in the farming of Australian Yabby lobsters (Crayfish) in Qingdao and these lobsters will be available in the market during the second half of this year. 
 
    “The Australian lobsters have gone through the adaptation stage and started their growth here.

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Sustainability and traceability, not price, dominate discussions at Alabama Seafood Summit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014

Dylan Feenker, executive chef at Lulu’s Homeport and Marina, said his priority when screening potential vendors is quality.

“Price isn’t necessarily a big thing for us. For us, it’s about supporting our community, and a big part of it is making sure the product is sustainable. I want to know I’ll be able to buy this product 10 or even 20 years down the road,” Feenker said.

Abbatt Story, Whole Foods Market’s associate seafood coordinator for the southeast, said there’s no question sustainability is a top priority for the high-end retailer.

 

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Shrimp production in Thailand envisioned to recover 37% thanks to countermeasures against EMS

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 24, 2014

Shrimp farming in Thailand, which has been undergoing heavy damage by an expanding disease, is expected to recover from the latter half of this year.
 
The Thai fisheries administration forecasts that production of farmed shrimp in 2014 will increase 37% over the previous year to around 400,000 tons, with exports also improving gradually, according to the Bangkok Post and other local media.

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Scientists to study tsunami debris invasive species, 400,000 tons expected to hit AK, OR this summer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 24, 2014  

The Environment Ministry of Japan plans to study the possible impact of debris from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that has either reached or is floating toward North American shores, as shellfish and seaweed adhering to the debris may negatively affect ecosystems there.
 
The research, which will start in June at the earliest, will be conducted for three years with the cooperation of U.S. and Canadian scientists.
 

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McCurdy blasts DFO shrimp 'facts, says inshore fleet lost 34,000 tons, offshore effectively nothing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014

Earle McCurdy is president of the FFAW, the union representing both shrimp harvesters and plant workers in Newfoundland. 

I am writing in response to a letter in The Telegram dated April 14 and bearing the name of Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

I say bearing her name because the letter was undoubtedly written by a government official.
 
Officials should not put ministers in a bad light by sending out misleading comments in the minister’s name.

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Lobster season in PEI, New Brunswick may be delayed by ice, but DFO has set opening dates

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 24, 2014

Ice conditions in harbors in both PEI and New Brunswick are delaying crab and lobster fisheries. For snow crab, the season officially opened April 14th in some areas, but fishing has not really started.
 
For lobster, DFO has announced that traps can be hauled as early as April 23rd for Lobster fishing areas in the Gulf around PEI and New Brnswick.

 

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Forced to give up gillnetting, today many Cedar Key fishermen are thriving as clam farmers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 23, 2014 - 

Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.

Today, the vast majority of Florida's clams come from Cedar Key. It's a $40 million-a-year industry. Southern Cross co-owner Shawn Stephenson says, 20 years ago, most of those now farming clams were hauling fish from these waters.

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Louisiana to reopen some inshore white shrimping areas on April 29

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014

A small region of Louisiana's white shrimp season near Terrebonne Parish will reopen to shrimping on Tuesday April 29.

Biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the shrimp in this region have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary.

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Aquaculture director defends salmon farming in Newfoundland from critics

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 24, 2014

Miranda Pryor is the executive director Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

To the Editor,  St. John's Telegram:
 
I am writing in response to the April 4 letter submitted by Paul Michael White. Given his stated family connections to the wild Atlantic salmon fishery, he of all people should know that most of the declines in wild Atlantic salmon populations started in the 1970s and 1980s in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Atlantic Canada.
 
In fact, the government bought out commercial Atlantic salmon licences in the early 1990s when a moratorium was imposed due to the poor status of wild populations.

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