Wed. Mar 4 2015

California Salmon Dodge Drought Bullet for Another Year  

Tue. Mar 3 2015

Red Lobster, Chicken of the Sea Will No Longer Buy Spiny Lobsters from Honduras' Dive Fishery   (1) 

NE Fisheries Summit Asks if Thousands of tons of Fish Left in Water, Where Are They?

Crab Machine Was Not Secret Says Brian Collier in Quinlan's Suit

Strong US Dollar Softens Blow of Weak Shrimp Market for Indonesian, Indian Suppliers  

2015 Seafood Expo North America in Boston Has Record 200,000 SF Booked

Alaska's Snow Crab Quota Now 65% Taken (Fish Radio)  

Auditor Says Louisiana Under-Prices Its Oyster Leases

Denny Morrow Asks Why Ottawa is Flirting with Oil Drilling on Georges Bank

WWF Meeting Hears US Lacks Agents to Investigate IUU Claims

Seatrade Installs New Icelandic IQF Scallop Processing Line in Lakeville

Ecuador's Fisheries Sector Validates a National Action Plan for Green Exports

Shift in Some Port Business to the East Coast Likely Permanent

Fulton's M. Slavin Promoting Frozen Fish in March with Market's Fresh Supply in Winter Slump

Alaska Fish Board Rejects Chum Troll Proposal

PNG, Marshall Islands To Test New Electronic Catch Documentation System

Gov. LePage's Membership in Drilling Group Unlikely to Change Gulf of Maine Status

Indonesia's New Fisheries Conservation Regulations Spark Fishermen's Protest at President's Palace

Herring Industry Advisory Board Backs DFO Decision to Open Vancouver Island Herring Fishery

Delaware Seafood Wholesaler Fined and Sentenced to 26 Months for Illegal Oysters

Vietnam's Shrimp Industry Faces 9th Anti-Dumping Review

Publix Q4 Sales Up Almost 7 Percent

Joe Kelley Out as Stop & Shop New England Division President

U.S. Agriculture Delegation Visits Cuba, Protests Embargo

Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna? News Summary Tuesday March 3, 2015

Mon. Mar 2 2015

New Bedford Fish Auction Volume Off 45% this Year Due to Ice and Storms   (1)

Louisbourg Seafoods To Expand Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Operations With $3 Million Investment  

The Editors View: Alaska Salmon, Who's Brand Is It?  

Atlantic Scallop Season Opens March 1st with Temporary Rules; Projected Landings are 47 Million Lbs  

Tropical Aquaculture's Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer Santa Priscila Gets ASC Certification

Strength in the Beef, Egg Markets Last Week

Ancient Alaskan Cod Bones Show More Mercury in the Food Chain as Sea Levels Rise

Cermaq Canada Testing Liquid Oxygen Diffuser to Control Sea Lice

N.S. Lobster Buyers Worry About Transfer of Green Crab Parasites to Lobster in Crates  

Delayed Skrei Cod Season Pushes Norway's Overall Cod Export Values Down 14% in January  

NOAA Uses Acoustic Tags to Track "Ghost" Fishing Pots Killing Alaskan King Crabs (Fish Radio)

To Be Viable West Coast Groundfish Fishery Needs Customers (Opinion)   (1)

Bainbridge Island NET Systems Expanding into Purse Seines with MARCO Acquisition

Russia Might Lift Import Bans in Exchange for Investment in Processing in Russia

Invasive Blue Catfish the Greatest Environmental Threat Chesapeake Bay Has Ever Faced (Opinion)

Pew Supports Shark Sanctuary Designation in Pacific Waters Off Micronesian State Coasts

Africa: World Bank Boosts Fisheries in South West Indian Ocean African Countries

Malaysian Shrimp Farmers Robbing Fishermen of Their Income

Five Hospitalized After Eating Fugu Fish in Japan

Japanese Trading Firm Buys Croatian Kali Tuna News Summary Monday March 2, 2015

Fri. Feb 27 2015

Maine Lobster Landings Reach 100 Million Pounds for Fourth Straight Year; Catch Most Valuable Ever  

TUF Forecasts 250,000 ton Shrimp Export Volume in 2015 for Thailand  

Like Lobster, Clam Prices Spike in Late February as Winter Weather Cuts Supply  

Thai Union Hits Record $3.75 Billion Sales, Boosted by Lobster Business in North America

Alaska Must Decide on Cook Inlet Water Rights for Salmon or a Coal Mine (Fish Radio)   (1)

Walmart Launches Sustainability Leaders Program to Empower Customers to Reward Seafood Producers  

EU Squashes "Canadian Lobster" Label Approval  

International Mussel Industry Forum Held on P.E.I. Hosted by Aquaculture Alliance

CPF 4th Qtr Hit by Slow Shrimp Recovery, but for Year Profit up 49%  

Restaurant Performance Index Remains Elevated in January

Port Productivity is Not Improving, Maersk CEO Says

TUF to Raise $400 mln in Share Issue for Bumble Bee Buy, Holds to $5 Billion 2015 Sales Target

Thai Labour Ministry Working with Navy to Clamp Down on Trafficking in Fishing Industry

Seafood Cargo Ship Leaves Dutch Harbor After Coast Guard Detainment

Bering Sea King Crab Washes Ashore on English Coast  

Alaska State Waters Pollock Working Group Holds Final Meeting

NFI Salmon Council Partners with Rubbermaid for Tie-In with Heart Month Campaign

Maryland DNR May Increase Minimum Size of Soft Shell Crabs   (1) 

Alaska Board of Fisheries Hears From Commercial Herring Interests vs. Subsistence

Vietnam Firm Setting Up 100,000 Tonne Aqua Feed plant in Andhra Pradesh

"Seasteading" Idea of Floating Cities: Impractical Fantasy or Visionary Idea?

Rappahannock River Oyster Owners Open Second Rocksalt Restaurant

Maryland Rockfish Poacher May face Federal Prison Sentence

China's Positive Role Recognized at Samoa Symposium "China and the Pacific"

NOAA and Gloucester Sector Reach Agreement on Gulf of Maine Codfish Proposal  

Scottish Salmon Heathrow's Single Largest Passenger Plane Cargo Hold Item

Thousands of Pounds of Fish Consumed Weekly in Louisiana's Lenten Fish Fry Season

Sustainable Massachusetts Commercial Fisheries Summit March 2 in Boston

Iran Seeking Tariff Concessions from Russia for Newfound Fish Trade News Summary Friday February 27, 2015

Thu. Feb 26 2015

Editor's View: Restaurant Industry Shifts Away from Worrying About Seafood Prices

Newfoundland's Fishery Minister Confident That Facts Will Compel Feds to Overturn LIFO Shrimp Policy  

Letters: Canadians Strongly Defend Their Halibut Accountability, Say US Should Emulate Them  

Supreme Court Overturns Fisherman's Conviction for Tossing Undersize Grouper

TUF Spent About US$100 Million in Deals to Acquire Meralliance and King Oscar

Cargill Invested $7.8M to Promote Aquaculture in the South of Mexico

Shortage of Shrimp Broodstock Forecast for China in 2015 Despite Surge in Suppliers  

USDA, HHS Face Backlash from Inclusion of Sustainability in Dietary Guidelines

Most of Alaska's Fishermen are Adverse to Catch Privatization (Fish Radio)

Can GMO Technology Promote Sustainable Salmon Farming?

Virginia facing Lower Oyster Harvest from Public Reefs Next Season

Guangxi Sees Surge in Tilapia Exports of 23% Last Year, Values Double News Summary Thursday February 26, 2015

SalMar Q4 EBIT Up Sharply Over Year-Ago

Russian Port Authorities Discuss East-West Fish Shipping Route Via Northern Sea

$16M Newfoundland-Labrador Fund Criticized for Small Number of Harvester Projects

Coast Guard Tells Congress it Needs to Replace Medium Endurance Cutters with Offshore Patrol Cutters

Aker Biomarine Commits $500,000 to Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

NAA, APHIS Propose Aquaculture Health Program

Maine to Start Closing Some Scallop Areas March 2  

Seafish Appoints New Aquaculture Manager

Wal-Mart CEO Talks About Pay Raises, How Customers Shop and What He's Learned from Critics

Target Posts Q4 Earnings Boost in Wake of Canada Exit

Seafood Watch Has Updated Its Mobile App

Wed. Feb 25 2015

Live Lobster Prices Up Sharply in February as Winter Weather Halts Fishing in Canada and Maine  

Aquabounty Gearing Up for Salmon Approval, Reported 2014 Loss of $7.1 million

Thailand Revising Fishing Sector Law to Allow Inspection of Fishing Vessels

Gulf Shrimp Landings in January Post Sixth Straight Monthly Gain Over 2013/14 Season  

'Worst of all Possible Times' to Gut Alaska Fish Commission says Chair News Summary Wednesday February 25, 2015

Red Snapper Reallocation Reform Bill Reintroduced to Congress  

Ten State Plus DC Attorneys General Joined in FTC Injunction Against Sysco-US Foods Merger

Bakkafrost's Profits Up in 2014 as Faroe Island Salmon Flows to Russian Market

Shedd Aquarium Manager Gives Today's Farmed Fish the Respect it Deserves

Australia's Queensland Banning Net Fishing In 3 Areas, Pandering To Sport Fishing Interests

"Ghost" Crab Pots Still Killing Notable Numbers of King Crabs in Kodiak  

Clearwater hits record $445 in sales on higher shellfish prices

How Long Does Fresh Fish Last in the Fridge?

Mid Atlantic Council May Impose Emergency Limits on Blueline Tilefish

Bonefish Grill Opens Ninth Maryland Restaurant in Towson, Raises $5,000 for United Way

Black Cod Tips and Seafood Dog Treats Surprise Winners at Alaska's Symphony of Seafoods (Fish Radio)

Alaska's Eastside Cook Inlet Shore Closed to Razor Clamming

Fall Chinook Run Shaping Up to Be 3rd Largest in Modern Era  

After Exiting Canada, Target Now Prepared to Refocus on Foods

Kona Grill Q4 sales up 29 percent but loss exceeded year-ago

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Red Lobster, Chicken of the Sea Will No Longer Buy Spiny Lobsters from Honduras' Dive Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 3, 2015

Red Lobster, Chicken of the Sea, Harbor Seafood, Netuno USA and Interamerican Trading Product will no longer buy Honduran spiny lobsters harvested by scuba divers. At the same time the country has issued a four-month ban on spiny lobster fishing in the Carribbean Sea.

The companies issued a letter to Honduras' Ministry of Agriculture declaring their intent to no longer purchase any spiny lobsters from the dive fishery. The decision was in response to ...

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NE Fisheries Summit Asks if Thousands of tons of Fish Left in Water, Where Are They?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] By Doug Fraser - March 3, 2015 - 

BOSTON, The big windows at the University of Massachusetts Club, 33 floors up into the Boston skyline, filled like bright blue boxes of a cloudless sky that descended into Boston Harbor. It felt like the world had turned a corner and a long winter was finally drawing to a close.

The fishermen, scientists, fishery regulators and environmentalists who slogged through slushy streets and half-cleared sidewalks below could only wish that the summit they were attending Monday had a similar sunny prospect. But this was not a meeting to announce some dramatic turnaround for the beleaguered New England fishing industry. This was a rallying of the troops in advance of a new fishing year in May that promised deeper gloom than the one just past.

For the 2015 fishing year, for instance, the Gulf of Maine cod quota has been reduced from 1,550 metric tons to just 386 metric tons. In 1991, fishermen caught more than 17,000 metric tons.

“If we are going to advance, then we are all in this together,” U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., told the audience. “The myth we have to break down is that this is an industry that doesn’t appreciate the science. They live it, they see it, and they could be more important partners...

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Crab Machine Was Not Secret Says Brian Collier in Quinlan's Suit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] By Jamie Baker - March 3, 2015 - 

Two of the defendants in a lawsuit filed by Quinlan Brothers Ltd. say they have not misappropriated private company information, and that the plaintiff has itself disclosed some of the information in question in the past.

Quinlan’s, based in Bay de Verde, is suing former employees Brian and Shelley Collier and Cold North Seafoods — owned by the Daley Brothers — for $1 million.

Quinlan’s alleges the defendants have “misappropriated, disclosed and made improper use” of “confidential information and trade secrets.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice George Murphy issued a temporary order against Brian and Shelley Collier and Cold North Seafoods preventing them from carrying out any further development of the automatic crab butchering machine in question...

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2015 Seafood Expo North America in Boston Has Record 200,000 SF Booked

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grocery Headquarters] By Richard Turcsik - March 3, 2015 - 

The 2015 Seafood Expo North America in Boston offers retailers the chance to haul in a boatload of new products and merchandising ideas.

One could spend years sailing the seven seas looking for the latest in seafood products and trends, but an easier option is to simply drop anchor at the 2015 Seafood Expo North America being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from March 15–17.

According to show organizers, this year’s convention is shaping up to be another record-breaking event, exceeding 200,000-square-feet of sold exhibit space housing more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, with more than 20,000 attendees expected.


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Auditor Says Louisiana Under-Prices Its Oyster Leases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Picayune] By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch - March 3, 2015 - 

Louisiana oyster lease rates, the possible impact of proposed sediment diversions on the crop, and the potential for lifting a moratorium on new private leases and opening up additional oyster cultivation areas all were discussed in a report released Monday (March 2) by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

Louisiana has the second-lowest rate for oyster leases and one of the lowest lease application fees among the top six states that produce Eastern oysters, which is the type of oyster that Louisiana produces. The other state oyster lease programs examined in the study conducted by the Legislative Auditor's performance audit section were Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

There are 402,579 acres privately leased in Louisiana, and there are 666,457 acres of additional state-owned water bottoms that would be available and suitable for lease if the state moratorium on issuing new oyster leases were lifted, according to the audit.

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Denny Morrow Asks Why Ottawa is Flirting with Oil Drilling on Georges Bank

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chronicle Herald] (Op-Ed) By Denny Morrow - March 3, 2015 - 

It is time for the government of Canada to partner with the American and Nova Scotian governments in passing legislation to extend the Canadian moratorium through 2022.

To do otherwise will endanger the spirit of co-operation that has developed between the U.S. and Canada in the management of this rich and sensitive marine area. Federal support for the current moratorium on Georges Bank expires in 2015.


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Ecuador's Fisheries Sector Validates a National Action Plan for Green Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 3, 2015 - 

At a recent workshop, stakeholders from Ecuador's fisheries sector discussed a review of the export policy for green products of Ecuador, commissioned by UNCTAD, and a draft National Action Plan for the fisheries sector.

The second workshop on Ecuador's National Green Export Review -- focusing on the issue of sustainability -- was organized by UNCTAD and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Trade in Manta, Ecuador on 23 February.

Participants included representatives from the fisheries private sector, the Ministries of Environment, of Agriculture and of Foreign Trade, international non-governmental organizations, such as the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF, and local fishermen's associations.

Participants discussed and validated the strategic guides and actions required to achieve the goals set in the National Green Exports Review of Ecuador.

The validated Action Plan for the development of sustainable fisheries in Ecuador identifies by who, by when and how different actions need to be performed in order to achieve two specific objectives between 2015 and 2019, namely:


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Fulton's M. Slavin Promoting Frozen Fish in March with Market's Fresh Supply in Winter Slump

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 3, 2015

March is Frozen Food Month and Fulton Market Fish Distributor M. Slavin & Sons is taking advantage of the month's designation and February's brutal winter weather to promote frozen seafood at the market.

For most of February ice, cold temperatures and strong winds racked the fishing industry in the Northeast and in Canada. Up and down the northern coast lobster and other fishing boats were frozen in their harbors, unable to harvest. Those vessels that could get out were unable to catch much in gale force winds.

The overall decline in the fishing effort last month kept lobster, shellfish and fresh supplies sparse. Prices for many of these items shot up in February, some to record monthly highs.

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New Bedford Fish Auction Volume Off 45% this Year Due to Ice and Storms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Katharine Q. Seelye - March 2, 2015 - 

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.,  Mark Abraham, who has fished the New England coast for decades, kept a sharp eye on his catch as the slimy haddock spilled onto a dockside conveyor belt. He had just returned from 10 frigid days at sea, among the most brutal he has spent...

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Louisbourg Seafoods To Expand Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Operations With $3 Million Investment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] March 2, 2015

A local seafood company is investing $3 million this year to modernize and expand its operations, conduct applied research and demonstrate its belief that the industry’s future is bright.

One-third of the funding will go into equipping a new lobster pound in the former National Sea Products building that the company recently purchased.

“Our weather is changing so much,” said Dannie Hansen, a senior team leader with Louisbourg Seafoods. “The water is getting warmer and it’s so uncertain, and the demand for high-quality product in our lobsters, and the Nova Scotia high-quality brand, requires the right type of housing for that species...

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Strong US Dollar Softens Blow of Weak Shrimp Market for Indonesian, Indian Suppliers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 3, 2015

Over the last year the shrimp market in the US has lost about a quarter of its value. In that same time, the overall strength of the US Dollar increased compared to most currencies in the world. This strengthening of the dollar in 2014 helped soften the blow of the year-long decline in shrimp prices for major shrimp suppliers India and Indonesia.

Last month Urner Barry's White Shrimp Index averaged $4.72 per pound. This was the lowest monthly average for the Index since mid-2013. Between January 2014 and February 2015 this was a 25 percent decline in the Index's average monthly price.  

Prices fell for much of 2014 as overseas production returned from EMS declines in recent years. US shrimp imports hit their third highest volume in history at over 1.2 billion pounds...

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Alaska's Snow Crab Quota Now 65% Taken (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 3, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – March means even more fisheries are underway out on the grounds. Lots of updates after this 

Alaska’s biggest fisheries begin in January and March brings even more boats to the fishing grounds. 

Notably, hundreds of boats are geared up for big state waters cod openers this week throughout the Gulf of Alaska. Dock talk pegs the cod price at 35 cents at Kodiak. 

Pollock fishing is ongoing in the Gulf and Bering Sea, along with other groundfish fisheries. Crabbing also continues in the Bering Sea – the snow crab fleet has taken 65% of their 61 million pound catch; and about 5 million pounds remain in the 15 million pound Tanner crab catch...

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WWF Meeting Hears US Lacks Agents to Investigate IUU Claims

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Baltimore Sun]  By Catherine Rentz  -  March 3, 2015

Three recently retired senior federal agents expressed concern last week about the lack of resources to investigate the black market fishing industry in meeting sponsored by WWF.

Their message came weeks before the Obama administration is expected to issue recommendations to better combat seafood fraud and what is known as "IUU," or illegal, unreported and unregulated fish.

"There are more people in this room thinking about IUU than doing IUU [investigations]," Scott Doyle, former assistant special agent in charge of the Northeast region for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said to a group of people gathered at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C.

As of December 2014, NOAA had 93 special investigators nationwide — fewer than the number of officers in the Ocean City Police Department. The number of agents trained to uncover complex seafood fraud has declined by more than a third since 2008.

The United States, one of the largest fish importers in the world, helps to drive illegal fishing across the world, according to Michele Kuruc, the World Wildlife Fund's vice president for marine policy....

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Seatrade Installs New Icelandic IQF Scallop Processing Line in Lakeville

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  March 3, 2015

Seatrade International has completed the purchase and installation of a new IQF scallop processing line.
The amonia system, manufactured by Skaginn in Iceland, has a capacity of 6000 lbs of scallops per hour.
Robert Blais, Director of Seatrade International, said  “We selected Skaginn's IQF processing line because we were looking for an ammonia based system that delivered a high quality product at the best per pound cost.  Skaginn exceeded our expectations.” 
Sigurður “Siggi” Skúlason, Sales and Engineering executive at Skaginn, said  “Seatrade came to us with very specific requirements for production and quality...

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Shift in Some Port Business to the East Coast Likely Permanent 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Pugest Sound Business Journal] by Sarah Aitchison - March 3, 2015

While shippers and businesses using West Coast ports struggled during months of slowdowns, East Coast ports picked up diverted cargo. The bad news for the West Coast is that it's likely some of that cargo will remain in the east.

The biggest East Coast ports had 10.2 percent more growth than the biggest West Coast ports in the fourth quarter of
2014, compared to a 1.6 percent difference from the year before.

In the quarter before the slowdowns began, West Coast ports had more growth than East Coast ports.

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Alaska Fish Board Rejects Chum Troll Proposal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Sitka Sentinel] By Shannon Haugland and Tom Hesse - March 3, 2015 - 

One of the most hotly debated issues at this year's Board of Fisheries meeting was voted down Sunday morning.

Board members unanimously opposed Proposal 176 filed by the Chum Trollers Association that called for changes to the enhanced salmon allocation plan in Southeast.

The Chum Trollers Association said in its proposal that trollers aren't getting their share of hatchery salmon based on a plan put in place in 1994, and that the board should direct the Northern Regional Planning Teams, the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association and Douglas Island Pink and Chum to develop a new management plan.


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PNG, Marshall Islands To Test New Electronic Catch Documentation System

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PACNews] - March 3, 2015 - 

SYDNEY, The Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will initiate full-scale trials of an innovative catch documentation system (eCDS) for on-board fisheries observers.

The new system, which uses near real-time data through Android tablets and satellite transmitters, is expected to 'enhance the quality, reliability, and timeliness of critical fisheries information, and will considerably improve the management of tuna stocks,' the World Wildlife Fund said.

WWF contributed funding to purchase the equipment used for the observer eCDS system.

The system includes electronic forms that can be used to cross reference and validate catch and effort, particularly with respect to the vessel day scheme where vessel owners can purchase and trade days fishing at sea in places subject to Nauru Agreement.


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