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  

Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia

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

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

Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014

Mon. Jul 21 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North American lobster rolls a hit in Singapore

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

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

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

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

Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 21, 2014

Fri. Jul 18 2014

Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal  

Some Bristol Bay harvesters disappointed with lower than expected advanced sockeye price  

US scallop imports soar past 5-year average as high priced domestic product sends buyers to China

Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food subsidiary in Shanghai grows Chinese market for live US lobster, Dungeness

Aleutian Islands herring fishery off to a slow start  

Most of Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close on July 21  

EPA issues proposal to block Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine over salmon risk

Pebble Mine supporters trying through courts and House bill to keep project alive

Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China

Nova Scotia's H&H Fisheries hit with $400,000 fine for illegal halibut deals

Mexico suddenly closes bluefin tuna fishery after filling Baja fattenng pens

AK Fisheries Development Fdn. testing technology to help reduce fishermen's energy cost (Fish Radio)

GMRI's Steve Eayres spells out benefits fuel saving measures could have for NE groundfish fleet

Cermaq Q2 results reflect continuing high costs in Chile

Sysco settles California improper drop site storage claims, Reiterates commitment to food safety

NOAA has agreed to fund the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program

New boat design developed for Acadian Peninsula crab fleet

Obama administration approves sonic cannon exploration for oil and gas from from Florida to Delaware

Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 18, 2014

Thu. Jul 17 2014

Colder waters slow Maine lobster catches to more traditional pace with molt still to come  

With Thai shrimp industry operating at 33% of 2010 level, TFFA members say labor issues are resolved  

Alaska General Seafoods posts $1.20 per lb advance price for Bristol Bay sockeye (Fish Radio)  

Domestic shrimp prices fall 30% to 50% in China due to heavy harvesting of ponds

At Landrieu hearing, American shrimp processors push to replace new shipper bonds with cash deposits

Harlon Pearce sees evidence of strong white shrimp season; could offset dismal brown shrimp harvest  

NPFMC hears plan that would set up cooperative fishery management structure in Kodiak

DFO to open far more BC coastline to large scale geoduck farming  

New Executive Director of Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative spells out market opportunity

Norway's Havfisk reports 46% bump in Q2 earnings on improved cod and haddock prices, harvests  

Alaskan cod featured in Long John's summer season fish fry advertising campaign  

Serious disruption possible as Market Basket workers press to reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas

McDonald's franchisee group reports weak comps, predicts poor second half outlook

Point Lookout, NY fish company, executives admit to fraud in fluke purchases

Fishermen divided on advisability of raising West Coast lingcod quota

AFT Holdings dismayed by lack of U.S. commitment to Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries

Walmart unable to build market share in some Neighborhood Store markets

Annual spiny dogfish quota to replace seasonal commercial limits in new Mid-Atlantic, NE regulations

Sodexo's nine months North American sales off 1.4 percent

Luke's Lobster opens its sixth Manhattan restaurant

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 17, 2014

Wed. Jul 16 2014

Eastern Fisheries purchases minority stake in Japanese scallop trading partner Global Marketing  

Zhangzidao's price and sales restrictions in Beijing overturned as monopoly practices by court  

Washington fishermen look to albacore fishery for dollars as salmon prices plummet  

As Newfoundland crab fishing winds down, Japan's supplies of snow crab will be 10% to 20% less  

Seafood New Zealand says 'arbitrary' NGO list of unsustainable fisheries ignores sound science

Casual dining Is dying - TGI Friday's on life-support

Norway will attempt to process fish feed commercially using captured carbon dioxide

Legal Sea Foods new Italian cncept Oysteria opens today in Charlestown, MA

Record sockeye run on lower Columbia river - highest since 1938  

Boston Seafood Festival celebrates 100th anniversary of Boston Fish Pier July 27

Researchers call for more conservative herring management in SE Alaska based on historical abundance  

Consumer spending trend in restaurants looks positive for second half

Restored whaler, Charles W. Morgan, is berthed next to USS Constitution for a week

Norway slowly regaining its share of salmon exports to China following Nobel prize spat  

Vietnam's tuna export returns in decline as shipments to US and Japan slow down  

Toyota backs global market expansion for Kinki Univerisity's farmed bluefin tuna

Starboard demands new leadership at Darden Restaurants in latest shareholder letter

King Oscar adds Spanish Style Sardines to its skinless-boneless line

Crossmark opens Center for Collaboration adjacent to Walmart headquarters

German retailer REWE commits to source Regal Springs' ASC-certified fresh tilapia  

China moves oil rig out of South China Sea waters Vietnam claims

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 16, 2014

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New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons - July 22, 2014 - 

This year’s lobster shedding season in Maine has reverted to a more normal late July timing.  This may be a result of extended cold weather this spring. Some lobstermen and buyers have been reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

The lobster season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. This year, soft, or “new shell” lobsters are just now beginning to appear in the market.   

At J.P. they pack their new-shells in slot-boxes...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Post and Courier] by Bo Petersen - July 22, 2014

Lowcountry shrimpers fight for their livelihood against cheaper, price-cheat imports - that's the industry line. The reality, though, is that Asian farm-raised competition doesn't have much to do with it.

The catch here is too sparse and too inconsistent to compete with Gulf of Mexico shrimp in the national retail market. That's why shrimping here is a niche industry struggling to hang on.

Its best chance might be in the latest boon thrown the shrimpers' way. Demand is growing...

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Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] By Randy Shore - July 22, 2014 

Is it too soon to change B.C.’s iconic fish from the sockeye to the pink?

Probably, but we should be prepared nonetheless as evidence mounts that the phenomenal and persistent abundance of pink salmon is putting real pressure on other Pacific salmon and even sea birds that share the same food resources.

Local observations bring that trend into sharp relief. Pink returns to the Fraser averaged about five million fish through the ’60s and ’70s, but began to take off in the ’80s before settling in at an average of 15 million returns in peak years during the past decade.

Meanwhile, the returns of sockeye to the Fraser River have been nothing short of chaotic...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bay City News] - July 21, 2014 - 

TOMALES BAY, Calif. -- A Tomales Bay oyster business and several Marin County restaurants have sued the U.S. Interior Department in federal court in San Francisco in a bid to block the July 31 closure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

The lawsuit claims that under the National Aquaculture Act and federal Coastal Zone Management Act, Salazar should have considered the impact of the oyster farm's shutdown on local aquaculture.

If the closure occurs as scheduled, the Tomales Bay Oyster Co. and the restaurants "will either completely lose access to locally harvested oysters or lose access to a substantial and critical component of their locally harvested oyster supply," the lawsuit claims...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Vu Trong Khanh - July 21, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun's total death toll climbed to at least 119 Monday, with its latest casualties reported in northern Vietnam and southern China after fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least 95 lives in the Philippines.

In northern Vietnam, the typhoon made landfall Saturday morning, unleashing floods that killed at least eight people and affected more than 6,000 homes. The typhoon damaged 3,300 hectares of rice and other crops and disrupted traffic in the region, according to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

Lang Son province, about 150 kilometers northeast of Hanoi, suffered the heaviest casualties—with four dead—as well as property damage, according to the committee...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Manila Bulletin] By Melody M. Aguiba - July 21, 2014 - 

The Philippines has failed to seize big market opportunities  in shrimp with flat production since the 1990s at around 50,000 metric tons (MT) while Thailand and Indonesia are producing around 500,000 MT from about the same level as Philippines’ three decades ago.

Failure to supply needed fry, particularly for tiger prawn or sugpo, contributed to a low production in the country in the first quarter of the year.

“The production decline experienced by operators in Zamboanga Peninsula was attributed to limited supply of fry, high mortality rate, and white spot syndrome,” according to Santeh Feeds Corp. President Phillip Ong in an aquaculture update...

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Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation that would block Obama administration's declaration of vast Pacific closed area 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 21, 2014 

Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced legislation requiring congressional approval of any new national monument designation considered by the President.

The bill, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608), would block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters.

President Obama has repeatedly expressed interest in using the Antiquities Act to unilaterally establish...

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Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross and Erin Allworth - July 22, 2014 - 

Speaking publicly for the first time since his firing, former Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas on Monday urged the company's new management to reinstate longtime employees who were dismissed for organizing protests on his behalf.

With thousands of employees, customers, and supporters again rallying earlier in the day, Demoulas said it has been particularly painful to see the stores he labored over for years running out of food. The produce, meat, and seafood aisles in some stores are empty.

Since Arthur T.'s firing nearly a month ago, Market Basket has become both a public spectacle and a political cause. The Save Market Basket Facebook page has 40,000 likes. Several online petitions demanding the reinstatement of Arthur T. have attracted more than 16,000 signatures; dozens of Massachusetts lawmakers have pledged to support a boycott of the supermarket. On Monday...

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Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] by Yuphin Hongthong - July 17, 2014

Spain has begun to impose an import ban on all frozen shrimp and seafood products from Charoen Pokphand Foods and a Spanish industry group has called for the removal of Thai canned tuna from the European Union's proposed free-trade agreement with the Kingdom after allegations of slave labour in the Thai fishing industry.

Tritaporn Khomapat, director of the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday notified Niwat Sutemechaikul, director-general of the Thai Fisheries Department, that many supermarkets in Europe as well as the United States had stopped stocking CPF's frozen shrimp and other seafood products...(more)

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Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 21, 2014 - 

Thailand's labour law is now being revised by several concerned government agencies and upon completion it could guarantee customers overseas that there is neither child labour, forced labour nor human trafficking in Thailand, said Ms Puntarik Smiti, deputy permanent secretary for labour.

Most of the human trafficking problem, as accused by the US, lies in the fishing industry sector and concerned agencies such as the Labour Ministry, the Fisheries and Marine departments are currently amending laws related to trawler registration and foreign employees registration, said Ms Puntarik.

All the seven fishing labour coordination offices in seven provinces will play a major role to prevent any abuse in the fishery sector from occurring to ensure that good labour practices are implemented. "It could be proof to show...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 22, 2014 -  

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Clarion-Ledger] by Joe Rogers - July 22, 2014

Joe Rogers is a staff editor for The New York Times. 

No offense to fish, crabs or oysters, but shrimp is the seafood in my genes. 

Mama always fixed them fried. And that's still the way to go for a po-boy, not to mention the various seafood platters I've consumed over the years. But in my own kitchen I lean toward creole or jambalaya delivery systems, never having mastered gumbo. (I know. So shoot me.) We also use an Emeril Lagasse recipe for some killer shrimp grits with Andouille. Bam!

And at least once a year, just about this time, I fix a mess of boiled shrimp. In the leftover Zatarain's-infused water go the side dishes: corn on the cob and new red potatoes...

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


The late Gerry Frattollilo, a 50-year employee and former president of the New England Seafood Exchange will be the first inductee into the newly formed Boston Seafood Hall of Fame.

Founded by the Boston Fisheries Foundation created the Hall to honor pioneers and leaders in the New England seafood community and Frattollilo, an industry veteran, was an ideal candidate as the Hall's first inductee.

Frattollilo will be inducted at the Third Annual Boston Seafood Festival, the Boston Fisheries Foundation’s celebration of the local seafood community held July 27th from 11am – 6pm on the historic Boston Fish Pier...

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Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation, reduce disease risk

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - July 22, 2014 - 

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang will invest $37.6 million in building three irrigation systems to serve local shrimp cultivation from 2015 onward.

The irrigation systems will provide water for 2,000 ha of shrimp cultivation in Tran De district, 1,500 ha in Cu Lao district and 8,000 ha in Vinh Chau district.

In the past three years, large shrimp areas in Soc Trang have been infested with diseases and lack of irrigation systems is partly the cause...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dutch News] July 22, 2014

Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

Heiploeg, fined €27m last November for its role in a massive European shrimp cartel, went bankrupt at the beginning of this year but relaunched almost immediately as Heiploeg International.

The FNV and CNV unions say the bankruptcy was a sham. ‘At no point was production stopped, the organisational structure is the same and so are the clients,’ the unions said in a statement...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Financial Services Monitor] July 21, 2014

Investment bank Nordea believes Norwegian salmon supply will tighten again after a short-lived price dip, with a tight market for the next two years.

Norwegian salmon firms are beginning to release their second quarter 2014 results, for a period in which spot prices fell NOK 7 from the first quarter levels - 26% lower.

During July, prices bounced back to the low NOK 40s. The bank expects prices will remain at this level up to mid-August, after which they are expected to dip again temporarily owing to seasonally higher supply pressure, before long-term high prices set in...

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


Icicle Seafoods and its fellow members of the recently formed Coalition of US Seafood Production (CUSP), reported progress with the NOAA and the USDA in a viable aquaculture industry in the US.

Since announcing its formation six months ago at the Aquaculture Americas Conference in Seattle, CUSP has found that there is certainly strength in numbers when advocating as a unified industry. Coalition members have met twice with federal agencies and legislators in Washington, D.C. this spring to support government action to grow domestic aquaculture, and they are optimistic about progress made to date...

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