Fri. Jan 30 2015

IPHC Approves 16% Increase in Halibut TACs, Matches Last Year's Bering Sea Quota  

IPHC Meeting Concludes Today with Vote on Halibut Catch Limits  

NOAA's Stand-Pat Cod Stance Draws Fire

Independent Food Safety Agency Bill Drafted

Restaurant Performance Index Finished the Year on a Positive Note

Zhangzidao Officer Resigns, Company Reports Wider Loss for 2014 of Around $1 billion Yuan

NFI's Global Seafood Market Conference Predicts Higher Prices for Halibut, Pacific Cod (Fish Radio)

Tomato Sushi Seen as Tuna Substitute for Those Who Want 'Vegetarian' Seafood

West Coast Port Congestion Creates American Samoa Food Shortage, Delays Tuna Plant Completion

Chefs Gearing Up for Lent with Old and New Seafood Ideas

Oregon and Washington set Columbia Spring Chinook Rules, Smelt Season

Minimal Commercial Impact Expected From Proposed Deep Sea Trawl Ban Around UK Fishing Grounds

Orca Bay to Launch Retail Line of Single Serve Vac-Pack Chum Salmon and Cod Portions

White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers  

Tampa Maid Foods Announces Director, Food Safety & Quality

Requests For Commercial Licenses For Green Crabs Piling Up In Newfoundland, Waiting On DFO

Large Proportion of Universities Committing to Serving MSC Sustainable Seafood

Cape Breton Fisherman in 'Murder for Lobster' Case Gets 14-year Prison Sentence

Backup Intensifies at Port of Portland Oregon As Longshoremen Walk Off the Job

Taylor Shellfish's Annual Evening Totten Island Feasts Offer Oysters at Their Wintertime Best

Audubon Extends Contract to Operate Sustainable Seafood Program

Q4 Economic Growth in U.S. Was Below Forecast News Summary Friday January 30, 2015

Thu. Jan 29 2015

Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal

Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference  

Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas

Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao

Minh Phu Offering 50 Percent Stake in Company to Fund Global Shrimp Expansion  

Walmart featuring Trident's New The Alaskan Brand Products in Alaska and Washington

McDonald's Replaces CEO with Chief Branding Officer Following Dropping Sales and Earnings

Peru's Makro Supermayorista Becomes First Latin American Wholesaler to Support BAP Program

NMFS Will Continue Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Restrictions, Haddock Quota Raised

Whole Foods Market Launches New Responsibly Farmed Standards for Mollusks

Eimskip Sets Goal of Weekly Service from Europe to Portland, Maine

Walmart Foundation Partners With SFP to Fund Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture Improvement Projects

B.C. Geoduck Industry Threatened by Hong Kong Ban

Researchers Map Climate Change Hot Spots in World's Oceans to Aid Fisheries Management

Strait Lobstermen Have High Hopes after Downturn

Fish Oils from GM Crop Fed to Atlantic Salmon

Chili’s Outperforms Competitors Amid Improving Economy with Q2 Comps up 4.2 Percent

Walmart Already Exploring Expansion of The Alaskan Brand Beyond WA and AK (Fish Radio)

Campbell River Council Supports Grieg Seafood's Proposed Two New Fish Farm

Seafood Watch Program, Kampachi Farms Among Members of NMFS's Recently Formed Aquaculture Task Force

Dutch Harbor Faces Difficulty Shifting Grant Funds Around for Watershed Restoration Projects News Summary Thursday January 29, 2015

Wed. Jan 28 2015

Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch  

Pacific Seafoods Calls off Ocean Gold Acquisition Rather than Face Litigation

VASEP Warns Pangasius Exports to US May Be Hurt By Higher Dumping Duties

NPFMC To Consider Reducing Salmon Bycatch Caps for Bering Sea Pollock Trawlers  

Maine Likely to Shorten Scallop Season  

Trident Seafoods Donates 37,000 lbs of Pollock to Vegas Food Bank During NFI's Marketing Conference

The Supper Bowl - A Comparison of Boston and Seattle Food Traditions

Rubio’s Changes Name, Highlights Seafood with Revamp

GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP partnering For Greater Uniformity and Transparency for Feed Industry

Annual Innovation Summit Will Strategize Ways to Grow Juneau's Mariculture Industry (Fish Radio)

FTC OKs Albertsons-Safeway Merger

President Obama Proposes Controversial Plan to Allow Drilling Off Atlantic Coast

King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe – Inspired By Arby’s Team Member Now Available Nationwide

Incredible is Bonefish Grill's Brand Refresh and First Ever Bar Bites Menu

Applebee's Franchisee Completes Acquisition of 29-Unit Roy's

Lanka Mulls Pioneering Mariculture Joint Venture with Maldives

Lobster Industry Byproducts Make Tasty Treats

Taiwan JV Nambawan Seafoods Tuna Cannery to Open This Fall in PNG

Students Get Schooled by Schools of Fish

Climate Change Redistributes Fish Species at High Latitudes

EC Clamps Emergency Closure on Sea Bass Directed Fishery

Performance Food Group Names New President of Broadline Segment News Summary Wednesday January 28, 2015

Tue. Jan 27 2015

White Cap / Sirena Buy 50% of Shrimp Processor in Quebec in Partnership with Lyons Seafoods

NPFMC Will Be Streamed Live From Seattle Starting Next Week (Fish Radio)

Marel's Seattle Operation to Focus on On-Board Developments for Fish Industry

Younger Generation Face Costly Uphill Battle Cracking into Kodiak's Commercial Fish Business

Vietnam Shrimp Leader Minh Phu Made Pretax Profit of Almost $50 Million Last Year  

Popeye's Repeats Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box Promotion  

Sea Watch International Announces 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge

American Shrimp Processors Support La. Senator's Bill That Cracks Down On Imported Shrimp Standards  

American Seafoods’ Advisory Board Accepting Applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program

Super Bowl Weekend Demand Pushes Up Chicken Prices With Activity Quiet In Beef, Pork, Egg Trading  

Regional Seafood Restaurant Chain, Weathervane, Closing Three Locations in Maine

Lack of Local Support Squashes Proposed Marine Sanctuary Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands

Oystermen Battle Over the Future of Texas Oyster Reefs

China Online Food Delivery Co. Raises $350 Million from CITIC PE, Tencent,, Others

Tri-Marine CEO Emphasizes Importance of American Samoa Being Included in FTA with EU

Upper Columbia Tribes Seek to Restore River's Salmon Runs Above Grand Coulee Dam

Shellfish, Edible Seaweed to Be Farmed in Jervis Bay

The American Eel’s ‘Endangered’ Designation Isn’t Backed up by the Science (Opinion)

First for Rosyth Salmon Processing Plant

Ahi Run Has Fishermen Seeing Green

Deadline to Register for P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board Plebiscite

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Deal

FMI Introducing CBX 20-Minute One-on-One Supplier Meetings at This Year's Chicago Show

Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms News Summary Tuesday January 27, 2015

Mon. Jan 26 2015

Greenpeace Targets Costco, Albertson's in Orwellian Campaign to 'Bring Balance to the Bering Sea'   (2)

Bob Alverson Suggests NOAA Needs to Be More Forthcoming With Data on Halibut Stocks or IPHC May Act  

Judge Temporarily Blocks Pacific Seafood from Completing Ocean Gold Transaction

NY Fulton Fish Market to be Closed Tuesday Due to Storm

Someone's Lying in the West Coast Ports Slowdown

Supermarket Sales of Seafood Rise in Japan for First Time in Ten Years

Opinion: Lobster Management Offers Clear Direction in Gulf of Maine after Failure of Cod Management

No One Can Explain the Steep Decline in Maine's Casco Bay Wild Mussel Population  

Delhaize's U.S. Operations Posted 12 Percent Quarterly Sales Gain, Helped by "53rd Week"

Cargill Ramping Up Research on Fish Feed, Does Not Rule Out Operating Own Fish Farms

New Category 'Beyond the Plate' Attracts Entries for Alaska's Annual Symphony of Seafood

Vietnamese Seafood Exports Strong in 2014 but Difficult to Maintain in 2015

Hannaford Again Features Gulf Shrimp for Super Bowl Promotion

Owner of Crab Boat that Sank in Penn Cove in 2010 Gets 75 Days in Jail   (1)

Obama Administration to Propose New Wilderness Protections in Alaska

McDonald's to Launch New Shrimp Burger in Korea

Nireus Aquaculture Sells its Turkish Subsidiaries for 4.15 Mln Euros in Cash

McDonald's Q4 U.S. Consolidated Operating Income Off 15 Percent

Maine's Scallop Divers Feel They Should Get Preference over Draggers

Maine May Require Elver Exporters to Buy a $5,000 License

Young's Seafood Parent Findus Reports 2014 Net Profit Rose 4 Percent

Aqua-Spark Investments Support Aquaculture in Mozambique News Summary Monday January 26, 2015

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IPHC Approves 16% Increase in Halibut TACs, Matches Last Year's Bering Sea Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  - January 30, 2015

The U.S./Canadian halibut commission agreed this morning to increase catch limits in Area 4CDE from half a million pounds to 1.285 million pounds, saving the Bering Sea communities of Saint Paul, Saint George, Gambell, Savoonga, Nome, and dozens others from foregoing a halibut season altogether.

The six member panel justified their decision on the same points brought up during discussions with the advisory bodies: uncertainty in survey and catch data provided room to consider an increase, the severe socio-economic need in such a remote area where options for making a living are limited, and...

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IPHC Meeting Concludes Today with Vote on Halibut Catch Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 30, 2015

UPDATE:  The IPHC voted for a 16% increase in quota, and left the Bering Sea quota the same as last year.  Peggy Parker has our story here.

The five day 2015 annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission concludes today in Vancouver.  
The commission vote will be after our press time, but we will update the catch recommendations when they become available.
Industry observers expect that the recommendation for the Bering Sea will be above the 'blue line'...

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NOAA's Stand-Pat Cod Stance Draws Fire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - January 30, 2015 
Fishing stakeholders have not surrendered in their campaign to get NOAA Fisheries to modify the emergency interim actions that have shuttered the Gulf of Maine to cod fishing and severely restricted fishing for other species.
The stakeholders, including the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition and the Maine-based Sustainable Harvest Sector, are widely displeased at what they consider NOAA’s casual rejection Wednesday of an industry plan that would eliminate the 200-pound cod bycatch trip limit and open up some closed broad stock areas in return for the sectors surrendering up to 60 metric tons of allocated cod quota.
“I’m flabbergasted,” Maggie Raymond of the Associated Fisheries of Maine said Thursday in advance of the New...

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Restaurant Performance Index Finished the Year on a Positive Note 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Restaurant Association] January 30, 2015
Driven by positive sales and traffic and an uptick in capital expenditures, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) finished 2014 with a solid gain.  
The RPI stood at 102.9 in December, up 0.8 percent from its November level of 102.1. In addition, December marked the 22nd consecutive month in which the RPI stood ...

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NFI's Global Seafood Market Conference Predicts Higher Prices for Halibut, Pacific Cod (Fish Radio)

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Farmed sablefish, good cod markets and giant squid – news from a global seafood summit after this 

The Global Seafood Market Conference has wrapped up its annual summit, held in Las Vegas this year. The event is hosted by the National Fisheries Institute with a focus on seafood eating trends in the US and market outlooks. Undercurrent News covered the summit events in its on-site blog. Here are some highlights -- 

For halibut, strong demand and high prices for fresh fish is set to continue, with halibut almost exclusively seen ...

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West Coast Port Congestion Creates American Samoa Food Shortage, Delays Tuna Plant Completion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [BBC] - January 30, 2015 - 

A dispute between port workers and their employers is behind the slowdown at ports along the west coast of the US, which has led to chaos in the shipping industry.

For residents in American Samoa, about 4,800 miles away, it means supplies of essential foodstuffs are running low, as there hasn't been a delivery for four weeks.

Production at a new tuna cannery expected to employ 2,000 people, has also been delayed because essential parts needed to operate the factory haven't arrived.


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Oregon and Washington set Columbia Spring Chinook Rules, Smelt Season
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Longview Daily News] by Tom Paulu - January 30, 2015 
Smelt dipping will be allowed at least two days on the Cowlitz River this year, with more days possible, depending on when the oily fish arrive.
During a meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday, Washington and Oregon fishery managers set a smelt season that was more conservative than last year’s.
Managers also set a Lower Columbia River spring chinook season that will run through April 10, similar to those of ...

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Orca Bay to Launch Retail Line of Single Serve Vac-Pack Chum Salmon and Cod Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 30, 2015

Orca Bay Seafoods will launch a line of 5 oz. salmon and cod portions that will be offered to retailers in a more environmentally friendly single serve vaccuum pack.

The new 5 oz. retail line will feature both Keta salmon and Pacific cod seasoned with a variety of dry spice rubs and crusts.  The Keta salmon portions will include Mediterranean Spice, Maple Bourbon, Lemon Pepper with Dill, Lemon Herb Thyme, and Spicy Barbecue flavors.  The Cod line will have ...

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Tampa Maid Foods Announces Director, Food Safety & Quality

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tampa Maid Foods] January 30, 2015 
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Rod Stokes as Director, Food Safety & Quality. Rod will be responsible for food product quality and safety at Tampa Maid Foods. 
Rod brings over 15 years of experience in the seafood industry, with a background and masters degree in marine biology.  He formerly worked with Tampa Bay Fisheries establishing and enforcing quality and reliability standards, and he also worked at the University of South Florida in marine microbiology. Rod’s experience in quality assurance and regulatory roles ...

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Large Proportion of Universities Committing to Serving MSC Sustainable Seafood
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cost Sector Catering] January 30, 2015 
A large proportion of universities have made commitments to serve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood according to the People and Planet University league table 2015.
The People and Planet University league table ranks universities by environmental and ethical performance. Of the 151 universities in this year’s league table, 22 of them have made full commitments to sourcing MSC seafood.
Seven of the 22 have achieved first class awards and City University was ranked the highest achieving 5th place in this year’s league and scoring 90% in the sustainable food category. Salford, Bedfordshire, Greenwich and Brighton University ...

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Independent Food Safety Agency Bill Drafted 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] January 30, 2015 
Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have drafted the Safe Food Act of 2015, which, if passed, would create an independent food safety agency, according to published reports. Food safety authority is currently divided among 15 agencies. Despite passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010, which gives the FDA more authority to deal with emerging food-safety risks, the lawmakers said more needs to be done. 
"Without major structural reforms and funding increases, our fragmented, uncoordinated food safety system ...

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Zhangzidao Officer Resigns,  Company Reports Wider Loss for 2014 of Around $1 billion Yuan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - January 30, 2015

Zhangzidao reported that its annual results will show a wider than anticipated loss yesterday.  Previously the company estimated its annual loss this year in the range of 770 - 860 million Yuan, but now say the losses will reach 950 million to 1.05 billion Yuan. 
Earlier this month, the companies chief strategy officer, Feng Yuming, resigned.   Feng is said to resign for personal reason and he will not hold any position in the company after the resignation.     
This is the first resigination of the company’s executives after Zhangzidao suffered from zero harvest of yesso scallops which has cost it 0.8 billion yuan in the end of 2014.     
The incident has influenced the company for quite a long time...

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Tomato Sushi Seen As Tuna Substitute for Those Who Want 'Vegetarian' Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR] by Alastair Bland - January 30, 2015

It's a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi. It cuts into glistening slivers that are firm and juicy. And it's got a savory bite.

But this flesh-like food is not fish. It's made of tomato, and it's what San Francisco chef James Corwell hopes could be one small step toward saving imperiled species of fish, like bluefin tuna.

"What I want is to create a great sushi experience without the tuna," Corwell tells The Salt.

To make this Tomato Sushi, he skins and removes the seeds from fresh Roma tomatoes. Then he vacuum seals them in sturdy plastic bags and cooks them in hot...

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Chefs Gearing Up for Lent with Old and New Seafood Ideas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Fern Glazer - January 30, 2015 - 

For the millions of people who abstain from eating meat during Lent each year, the 40-day Christian holiday that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter, eating out can be a challenge.

This year, a number of chefs and restaurant chains plan to make it easier on customers by reviving popular seafood dishes and creating fresh options.

At Molyvos in New York City, chef Diane Kochilas and executive chef Carlos Carreto have long offered a special Greek Lenten menu, featuring an evolving list of seafood dishes.

“Lent brings even greater attention...

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Minimal Commercial Impact Expected From Proposed Deep Sea Trawl Ban Around UK Fishing Grounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 30, 2015

A plan in the UK that will ban bottom trawling in waters around the Inner and North Seas will not have a notable impact on commercial fishing in the area.

The proposal is part of an EU plan to replace existing protection regulations in favor of a more stringent plan that will target deep sea ecosytems in waters around the Inner and North Seas that surround UK and Irish waters.  It is believed the selected areas are under threat of permanent environmental damage from French and Spanish deep-sea trawlers.

According to the plan bottom trawling below 600 meters in the designated waters would be banned. There would be a phase-out period to the deep-sea bottom trawling below 600 meters. The plan requires selective, sustainable and low impact deep-sea fisheries as opposed to closing select areas only, which is likely to leave the majority of key vulnerable habitats in UK and Irish waters unprotected according to The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition...

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White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  January 30, 2015
White Castle has brought back its limited time seafood offerings for Lent.  For the second year, they will feature shrimp nibblers.
 The fried, bite-sized crustaceans join fish sandwiches, Fish Nibblers and Clam Strips on the chain's seafood menu...


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Requests For Commercial Licenses For Green Crabs Piling Up In Newfoundland, Waiting On DFO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Herald News] by Tom Ayers - January 30, 2015

A Cape Breton fisherman says he can make money catching and selling the invasive European green crab, if only Fisheries and Oceans Canada would allow a commercial fishery for the crustacean.

Department officials say they have received many requests for green crab licences and are sorting through them before giving the fishery the green light.

Derrick Wadden, a multi-species fisherman from Main-a-Dieu, said he is eager to start building traps for green crab, but he is stuck waiting for federal approval of the fishery...

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