Apr 24, 2014

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


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


Sustainability, traceability dominate retail discussions at Alabama Seafood Summit


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


PEI mussel company looking to expand operations in Cape Breton


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


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


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


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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Safeway swings to Q1 loss 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014 - 

For the quarter ended March 22, Safeway reported a loss of $76.5 million, or 34 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $118.9 million, or 50 cents a share. Excluding foreign currency impacts, merger-related expenses, and other items, adjusted profit from continuing operations fell to six cents from 16 cents a share.

Revenue rose 1% to $8.26 billion. Identical-store sales were up 1.8% excluding fuel, but the overall top line was somewhat tempered by falling fuel sales.

Cerberus Capital Management LP last month agreed to buy the supermarket operator for just over $40 a share, valuing the Pleasanton, Calif. company at about $9.  An FTC request for more data has delayed the merger.

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

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 23, 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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Canadian Fishery Minister Gail Shea refusing to talk more about shrimp allocatons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is declining interviews on a controversial cut to inshore shrimp quotas.
 
Newfoundland and Labrador`s representative in the federal cabinet, ACOA Minister and Nova Scotia MP Rob Moore is doing the same.
 
Earlier this month, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced a 9,000-tonne cut from the inshore fishery for northern shrimp quotas, while only 1,000 was cut from the offshore trawl fleet.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   April 23, 2014

Whether you live in Seattle, Baltimore, or Schenectady, N.Y., if you’ve had an oyster dish, chances are the shelled delicacies came from the Gulf of Mexico, most likely off the Louisiana coast, which produces a third of the nation’s oysters. Crabs? Hate to break it to you, but those luscious “Baltimore” crab cakes — yep, those are from Louisiana too.

 
This has been a fact for a long time, but it might soon become an artifact. The reason: the BP oil spill disaster of 2010, which dumped over 205 million gallons of oil and another 2 million gallons of possibly toxic dispersants into the Gulf, devastating the area that’s responsible for 40 percent of the seafood sold commercially across the U.S.

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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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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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PEI mussel company looking to expand operations in Cape Breton

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014 - 

Increasing demand for Maritime mussels in the northeastern United States is behind proposed expansions of four Cape Breton aquaculture operations.

One proposal comes from local operator Paul Lewis, while the other three sites have links to Prince Edward Island.

PEI Mussel Farms Inc. and Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc., both owned by the Dockendorff family of Morell, P.E.I., are seeking to amend by varying amounts the sizes of their three existing shellfish leases in Lennox Passage, Richmond County.

 

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014 - 

Dining in New England doesn’t get more local than eating fish served by the fisherman. And that’s going to be possible tonight at Boston University's Marciano Commons, Warren Towers, and West Campus from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Dining Services Meet Your Local Fishermen Night.

Many of the people who caught the seafood in the Catch of the Day meal will be on hand to talk about their livelihood. The event is one product of a new partnership between the University and local seafood supplier Red’s Best, which buys only from fishermen operating small day boats from Maine to Rhode Island.

Sabrina Pashtan, Dining Services sustainability coordinator, toured Red’s Best a couple of years ago, and reached out to CEO Jared “Red” Auerbach to explore a partnership. Their first idea was a weekly Catch of the Day meal, which yields fresh fish for the University and a competitive price for local fishermen. Another selling point was each fish’s traceable QR code, which contains information such as where the fish were caught, who caught them, and the captain’s home port. Dining Services will display the QR code of the fish at each Catch of the Day dining hall station across campus on Thursdays.

(BU Dining Services buys most of its fish through Sysco for everyday use.)

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Norwegians see golden age of cod as consumption, landings soar
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

According to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council from 2012 to 2013 Norwegians bought 11 percent more fresh cod fillets and 24 percent more frozen fillets.

 
" The cod is becoming more available in the store and becoming easier to put on the family dinner table the same day. This results are that cod is coming in now, stronger and bigger than before. The cod is facing a golden age in Norway, and it will be very interesting to follow this development",

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  April 23, 2014

Fishermen's Finest, which operates H&G vessels Intrepid and America No. 1, plead guilty to illegally taking 11,000 pounds of ling cod in Alaska state waters.

In July of 2010 and again in July of 2011, the F/V US Intrepid harvested more than 56,000 pounds of lingcod in the eastern Gulf of Alaska, which is state waters. At the time, the company was operating under federal regulations as a test rockfish fishery, said Sgt. Brent Johnson, the investigating officer on the case. 

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Supervalu posts Q4 gains in comps, profits in transition year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM April 24, 2014  

Supervalu fourth-quarter identical-store sales were up 2.1% at Save-A-Lot and 0.2% at its more traditional supermarkets, helping drive net income of $26 million for the period.

Sales in the quarter, which ended Feb. 22, were up 1.4%, to $3.95 million. Net income from continuing operations totaled $40 million, after $8 million in one-time charges, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $174 million — including $149 million in one-time charges — in the year-ago fourth quarter. The reported loss in the year-ago period was $1.4 billion, which included more than $1.2 billion in losses from discontinued operations.

"Fiscal 2014 was an important transition year for Supervalu as we stabilized the organization and set the foundation for our future,” said president and CEO Sam Duncan.

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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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