Mon. Jul 28 2014

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship

Online sales with home delivery of lobster in China pushes up price in Boston

Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price

Thai Union brings analysts, investors to plant to showcase sustainable development policy

China is using its immense commercial fishing fleet as a surrogate navy

Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year

IATTC takes two steps forward, one back  

MD-VA legislators want domestic blue crab protected from repackaged foreign product

Capt. Keith Coburn of Deadliest Catch is a Seafood Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Prince William Sounds's Eagle Shellfish oyster farm trying to make Alaska's oyster industry viable  

Nova Scotia fish packers want specifics behind proposal to hike up lobster levy to $0.05 cents lb  

Texas shrimpers credit 8-week fishing moratorium for good to start this season's catches  

Alaskan Leader Seafoods uses DuPont's Multi-Vac package for its ready-to-cook cod item (Fish Radio)

A widow's switch of allegiance set off the falling Demoulas Market Basket dominoes

New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen

Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish

Switzerland's Migros Supermarket adds first ASC trout products to its offerings

Market Basket board considering several buyout offers including one from Arthur T. Demoulas

Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion

Fri. Jul 25 2014

Russia may ban McDonald's from producing Filet O' Fish, other items claiming consumer deception

Alaska's governor asks USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned pinks  

Federal judge lifts archaic, 56-year old antitrust gag order on Maine lobstermen  

La. catch pushes Gulf shrimp landings up sharply in June; on par with month's 5 year avg  

Starboard claims Darden won't let it look at its books in complaint filed in Florida court

ADF&G shuts down Kenai River commercial king salmon fishing with escapements to fall short of goal  

Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister proposes lobster marketing levy be raised to five-cents per pound  

Omega Protein's remarkable share price trend reflects its recent focus on human nutrition

Legal's Roger Berkowitz has some personal advice for the feuding Demoulas family

Big drop in Norwegian salmon price expected next week  

Tassal snags $3.85 million grant to build fish meal plant with 20,000 ton annual production capacity

Supervalu Q1 sales relatively flat vs. year-ago

Banned imports of European eel fry alleged to be flooding into Japan via China

Alaska's salmon set netters recant the peaks and valleys of a life on the water (Fish Radio)

Battle with Walmart and Target results in Q2 loss for Loblaw despite better comps

Seafood Harvesters support Sen. Begich's bill that extends fishing vessel discharge exemption

Long John Silver’s launches "America's Fish Fry" TV campaign

Southern California fresh swordfish off the menu as driftent ban imposed through August

Former Dominos exec joins Wendy's as SVP Marketing News Summary Friday July 25, 2014

Thu. Jul 24 2014

Itochu agrees to $1.9 billion food tie-up with CP Pokphand

Lobster license stacking starting next spring in PEI will reduce traps in the water   (3) 

Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year  

Wal-Mart's Asian business chief Greg Foran will replace Bill Simon as CEO of US division

Oregon officials lift coastwide commercial mussel harvesting ban finding PSP risk has dropped  

Newfoundland food fishery death sparks emotional call for Gail Shea to extend season

Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket

Vietnam's surimi exports to China up over 30% while shipments fall about 5% to top market S. Korea  

Foodservice operator survey finds most not concerned about higher prices from Syso/US Foods merger

South Australia's bluefin tuna harvest producing very high quality fish

Alaskans asked to comment on MSA Re-authorization, sea lions, mines and more (Fish Radio)

Ipswich, MA officials take emergency measures to keep unlicensed clammers off of commercial beds  

Sealord names former McCain Foods MD new CEO

Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"

NPD sees restaurant traffic likely to remain flat

Food safety in China still faces big hurdles

WWF will push for suspension of Pacific bluefin fishing if nations cannot agree on catch limits  

Performance Food Group names former Sysco exec new Executive Vice President Of Operations News Summary Thursday July 24, 2014

Wed. Jul 23 2014

Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts and LIFO policy  

Marine Harvest says it did not violate EU laws in Morpol acquisition after hit with $26 million fine

New England's live lobster prices set to fall to seasonal lows as new shell product hits the market  

Alaska's statewide salmon catch tops 71 million fish with Bristol Bay haul nearly 70% above forecast  

Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says EU free trade deal will help export market  

Blowback mounts against 4 months lobstering ban off Massachusetts coast to protect whales  

Virginia's marinas hike unloading fees to take advantage of booming oyster harvest  

Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens

Chinese company setting up ambitious Asian carp processing for export operation in Mississippi

Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end News Summary Wednesday July 23, 2014

Japan to provide Vietnamese tuna fishermen with new boats to spur more fresh imports  

DFO's lobster tagging program providing solid data on Newfoundland's fishery  

Study finds large differences among shark species in ability to survive accidental longline catch

Aleutian Islands herring fleet wraps up season, leaving about 160 tons of quota in the water  

IPHC program features halibut to teach students math and science (Fish Radio)

Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming

Chipotle able to build comps 12.3 percent in Q2 despite price increases

Tue. Jul 22 2014

New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market  

"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets  

Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation  

Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  

Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham

Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014

UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility

British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform

Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture

Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel  

NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets  

Cooke Aqua's organic kelp product continues industry push into sea plant mariculture (Fish Radio)

McDonald's profit misses expectations, U.S. sales off 1.5 percent

GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP

Virginia oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987  

NE council exec. dir. says Oceana ignores efforts of local fishermen in bycatch report

Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia

Mon. Jul 21 2014 News Summary Monday July 21, 2014

Ecuador's canned tuna, shrimp export market expected to benefit from EU free trade deal  

Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation blocking Obama declaration of vast Pacific closed area

Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production  

Moderate supply growth, high demand expected to boost Norwegian salmon prices in Q4 say investors  

New England fishermen and residents back cull of exploding grey seal population

Hawaii Oceanic undergoing difficult process of perfecting the rearing of ahi tuna

McDonald's Canada expands summer seafood offerings with limited time Asian style spicy shrimp wrap  

Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend

AK chef, owner of La Baleine Café Mandy Dixon to compete at 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Cooke Aqua to roll out Canadian certified organic kelp products under True North Salmon brand

Cooke Aqua's former Shelburne Harbour salmon farm site still a dead zone say scientists

San Francisco restaurants, Tomales Bay Oyster sue Interior to block closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co

New sea lice software helping Atlantic Canada's salmon farmers fight parasite

Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking

Lifelong Maine lobsterman still fishing and winning lobster boat races at 84

McDonald's and Yum Brands victims of new food safety scare from Chinese meat supplier exposé

National Geographic's third season of top rated "Wicked Tuna" debuts August 17

New clearance procedures have containers backed up at Vietnam's Cat Lai port

North American lobster rolls a hit in Singapore  

Ahold moves Mark McGowan to EVP of Operations, Bhavdeep Singh to new formats role

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Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  July 28, 2014

Two unrelated decsions on Friday represented bad news for Alaska's fabled commercial fisheries.
First, The Alaska Superior Court on Friday overturned a lower court decision invalidating a fish grab by the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association.
That group put forward a ballot initiative that would eliminate all commercial setnets in the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.  Alaska's attorney general declined to certify the initiative, saying it was a taking of a state economic asset, which cannot be done by initiative, and he was upheld in the lower court...

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Online sales with home delivery of lobster in China pushes up price in Boston

SEAFOODNEWS.COM []  by Amy Zhong and John Sackton - July 28, 2014

Zhangzidao has sold 2800 Boston lobsters in two days through its home delivery of the live aquatic products.  Zhangzidao has started to sell its imported Boston lobsters in Tmall, an online retailer. And consumers can click the mouse and get the live Boston lobsters delivered to their home instead of going to the market for aquatic products.  

A surge in demand from Asia was the reason Urner Barry raised their quotations for chix (1 lb) and quarters (1 1/4 lb) lobsters last week.  While other sizes fell in price due to heavier landings, the smallest sizes rose $.25 to $.35 cents.  This is consistent with the promotional start of live lobster sales direct to consumers in China. 

The lobsters were offered with a promotional price of $10.60 per lb. for the first week.

The group’s lobsters have been widely received and highly praised online...


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Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bristol Bay Times] by Dave Bendinger July 28, 2014 

The boat yards in Bristol Bay are filling up quickly as much of the fleet heads off to wintering grounds in the Lower 48.

The price for pinks, posted at about 28 cents per pound, seems too low to generate much of a post-sockeye fishing effort by many.
“I’ve got the gear on the boat and I’m ready to go,” said Fritz Johnson, who fishes the F/V Jazz out of Dillingham but hadn’t fished since the sockeye run slowed over the weekend. “I haven’t made up my mind yet about pinks, but I’ll tell you, if it was a buck a pound, you bet I’d be out there.”
Another Nushagak drifter returned Monday with 3,300 pounds of humpies, but wasn’t too encouraged by the profit margin...

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China is using its immense commercial fishing fleet as a surrogate navy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters]  By John Ruwitch - July 28, 2014 -

Explanations for China's assertiveness in the South China Sea usually focus on the strategic significance of the waterway, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, or Beijing's goal to increase its offshore oil and gas output.

Rarely mentioned is the importance of seafood to the Chinese diet, several experts said. A 2014 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), for example, said China's per-capita fish consumption was 35.1 kg in 2010, nearly double the global average of 18.9 kg.

"Fish products are just so critical to China's way of life. I think this is something most people haven't factored into the equation when they've looked at these conflicts and disputes," said Alan Dupont, a professor of international security at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

"It's pretty clear that the Chinese fishing fleet is being encouraged to fish in disputed waters. I think that's now become policy as distinct from an opportunistic thing, and that the government is encouraging its fishing fleet to do this for geopolitical as well as economic and commercial reasons."

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IATTC takes two steps forward, one back


Susan Jackson, Victor Restrepo and Pable Guerrero posted the ISSF's reaction to the decisions at the recently concluded meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, the oldest established Regional fishery management assocation for tuna.
Susan Jackson, ISSF President, said "While a number of proposals that ISSF and WWF consider important were not adopted – or were deferred to an Extraordinary Meeting of the Commission that is planned for October – the IATTC did agree on measures in three areas that are significant steps forward."
The adopted proposals represent small incremental, but needed, improvements.  They include:
-Management strategy evaluation for albacore and tropical tuna.  The ISSF has strongly urged the IATTC to adopt harvest control rules

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Capt. Keith Coburn of Deadliest Catch is now a Seafood Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 28, 2014 -
Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel, has become an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). In this role he will help to raise awareness among the public about seafood’s essential nutritional benefits.
“Seafood has meant everything to me, not just in my professional career, but in my own day-to-day life,” says Colburn. “I’ve always been a believer in the power of seafood for heart health and other benefits, and I’m proudto be able to work with Seafood Nutrition Partnership ...

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Nova Scotia fish packers want specifics behind proposal to hike up lobster levy to $0.05 cents lb

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] July 28, 2014

The province's fish packers association says it's surprised by the new provincial government's proposed levy on lobster.

Marilyn Clark, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, says she and others heard about it only when the minister announced the plan to collect five cents-a-pound.

An earlier report recommended two cents a pound for marketing — one cent from fishermen and one from buyers...


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Alaskan Leader Seafoods uses DuPont's Multi-Vac package for its ready-to-cook cod item (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 28, 2014 

Cooking cod has never been so easy. Thanks to Alaskan Leader Seafoods in Seattle and their Alaska fleet of hook and line catcher processors. Their new frozen cod fillet meals are easy, convenient and loaded with flavor. 

“It’s an oven ready product that we are producing, straight out of the raw material that we are getting out of the Bering Sea from our hook and line fishery. 

Keith Singleton is the vice president of marketing for Alaskan Leader Seafoods. He says that their product will take the guess work out of making a meal...

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New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] By Doug Fraser - July 28, 2014 - 

EAST ORLEANS, Outer Cape lobster fishermen say that new federal regulations protecting whales don't just threaten their livelihood, they threaten their lives.

But supporters of the new rules say it's time to cut back on the nearly half-million lobster pot and fishing gear lines that entangle whales at twice the rate allowed under federal laws enacted nearly 20 years ago.

"This is the first (lobster) regulation where you will have wholesale civil disobedience," predicted Orleans lobsterman Steve Smith, while transferring totes of lobsters from his skiff to his pickup truck at Snowshore Landing recently.

"People just aren't going to do it."

State surveys show that at least 30 percent of Massachusetts lobstermen regularly fish alone and many of them set a single lobster pot connected to a single marker buoy.

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Switzerland's Migros Supermarket adds first ASC trout products to its offerings


Migros is the first retailer globally to offer customers ASC certified trout. Migros, Switzerland’s largest retail company, now offers customers two smoked trout fillet products under the Migros M Classic brand produced by the ASC certified Danforel Christiansminde Farm in Denmark.

The ASC certified smoked trout fillets in 75g and 125g supplements its range of ASC certified tilapia and pangasius products.
Sandra Hinni, Project Management Fisheries Sustainability at Migros, said: “We are delighted to be the first to offer ASC certified trout to our customers. We are continually looking for ways to offer our customers sustainable choices.
“ASC is globally recognised and has rigorous criteria. So our customers can be assured that our ASC certified products can be traced back to a responsibly managed farm. Already 94 per cent of fish sold in Migros comes...

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Thai Union brings analysts, investors to plant to showcase sustainable development policy

Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) recently hosted a visit for 36 financial and securities analysts and institutional investors at its Samut Sakhon facilities.  The visit was to give the analysts more understanding of TUF's processing of canned tuna and frozen salmon, and to showcase the companies sustainable development policy and its key initiatives, including social welfare initiatives.

IN the photo, Wai Yat Paco Lee (5 from left) Deputy General Manager, Investor Relations and Corporate Investment and Suthipa Vacharotayangul, (6 from left) Investor Relations Manager, Thai Union Frozen Products PCL., (TUF) extended a warm welcome to 36 financial and securities analysts as well as institutional investors at TUF's plant in Samut Sakhon province....

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Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong  July 28, 2014

There has been a dramatic increase in the export prices of Zhanjiang’s aquatic products thanks to the changes home and abroad since the beginning of this year. 

In the first four months of this year, the export volume of aquatic products have reached 27.4 thousand tons while the value is US$ 1.449 billion, rising by 15.1% compared with the same period last year. And the average export price has been on the rise for four months and reached US$ 5290  per ton with an increase of 20.89%. 

And the shrimp price is US$ $7430 per ton, rising by 33.05% compared with the same period last year, while the tilapia price is US$ 2460 per ton with an increase of 12.47%. 

The following are the main reasons for the continual rise ..

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MD-VA legislators want domestic blue crab protected from repackaged foreign product

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WTOP] By Michelle Murillo - July 28, 2014 - 

WASHINGTON, Crab fraud is a growing trend that can have a major impact on the seafood industry.

Crab fraud occurs when companies catch crab in other parts of the world, repackage it and label it as being from the United States. Not only is the practice lying to the consumer, but also it means some companies are able to undercut prices of companies that source crab locally.

The financial risk to local watermen got politicians from Virginia and Maryland together to send a letter to President Barack Obama asking the administration to add this type of misleading labeling to a list of seafood fraud items to combat.

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Prince William Sounds's Eagle Shellfish oyster farm trying to make Alaska's oyster industry viable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Ben Yeager - July 28, 2014 

Jim Aguiar doesn't like angst. That isn't a judgment of others, rather a conceptual misunderstanding on his part. He just doesn't get it. "If you like angst, move to New York City and meet Woody Allen," he said.

It could be that his life has been dictated by hard work and perseverance, first as a 19-year old with $20 to his name working the slime line at a cannery, then as commercial fisherman and boat owner, and now as the owner and sole operator of the Eagle Shellfish oyster farm in Simpson Bay, Prince William Sound.

The Alaskan oyster industry faces myriad problems, among them high transportation costs, lack of infrastructure, lack of labor and inconsistently available product. Perhaps the biggest problem is acquiring "spat," or baby oysters...

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Texas shrimpers credit 8-week fishing moratorium for good to start this season's catches

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Monitor] by Rod Santa Ana - July 28, 2014

Like hunters anxiously awaiting the start of deer season, shrimp boats from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi recently converged near the mouth of the Rio Grande along the southern Gulf Coast.

They were there to join local shrimpers for the opening of the Texas shrimp harvest season, according to Tony Reisinger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in Cameron County.

The shrimping business is competitive, financially risky and highly dangerous for crew members, Reisinger said, as he boarded vessels to help shrimpers stay compliant with federal rules and regulations...

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A widow's switch of allegiance set off the falling Demoulas Market Basket dominoes 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Lowell Sun] By Grant Walker - July 28, 2014 

It was the apparent change of heart that drastically changed a $4.6 billion, 25,000-employee grocery chain.

A London woman, a widow once married to a Demoulas brother, made a decision in June 2013 that led to a domino effect that has changed, potentially forever, Tewksbury-based Market Basket.

The sequence of events started by Rafaela Evans has led to one major change after another: She switched allegiances from one side of the Demoulas family to the other, leading to a shake-up on the board of directors that oversees key aspects of the company, which led to a controversial $300 million special payout to family shareholders, and, ultimately, the ouster last month of popular CEO and 40-year employee Arthur T. Demoulas.

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Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Beth Brogan - July 28, 2014 - 

FREEPORT, Maine, Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry.

“Since the beginning of last week, they’ve increased considerably,” said Sara Randall of the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, which is conducting six studies on the crustaceans in Freeport. “Compared to exactly this time last year there aren’t as many, but we think that within the next couple of weeks we’ll see a lot more.”

“They’re here,” said Brunswick’s Marine Resource Officer, Dan Devereaux.

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