Fri. Nov 21 2014

Strengthening Dollar puts US market in ideal position for imported seafood


Southwestern Nova Scotia early lobster fishery may have a lot of soft shells


Maine's second straight shrimp closure leaves NE seafood suppliers short on product for the winter


Nova Scotia cashing in on $5 million investment that saved High Liner during the 1980's cod collapse


Price gap between moisture-added and non-moisture added tilapia splits Urner Barry quotation


Pacific coast shellfish growers and hatcheries now have access to real-time ocean acidification data


NE council expands sea scallop closure areas to protect juvenile scallops


Beaver Street enters the hot dog business with launch of Grillman's Franks brand for retail


Fortune Fish and SeaShare team up for fifth straight holiday season food drive in Chicago


Maritime Association calls latest West Coast dockworker bargaining tactic a deliberate "slowdown"


PEI's Center for Aquaculture wants to use abandoned fish plant in Souris for fish farming research


NOAA clarifies misconceptions about ocean zoning and how it benefits fisheries (Fish Radio)


Environmental groups sue NMFS over higher bigeye quota for U.S. longliners


Japanese researcher using mackerel surrogates to spawn bluefin tuna


Sea Shepherd will chase illegal Patagonian toothfish poachers in Southern Ocean


Australian greenlip abalone farm expanding to produce up to 100 tons annually


InstantID DNA test identifies Atlantic blue crab meat in 2 hours


Fresh Market posts 34.2 percent higher profit in Q3 on 15.1 percent higher sales


Seafood.com News Summary Friday November 21, 2014


Worsening West Coast Port Situation Stands to Impact Holiday Seafood Supplies


Thu. Nov 20 2014

Council votes to exempt NE lobster fishery from cod management measures  


With marketing levy approval, PEI's lobstermen set out to build brand in Chinese, EU markets


Chile cuts 2015 hake quota with biomass down over 6% in a year


Nova Scotia's lobstermen warned of wind delay protocol ahead of LFA 34 season opener on Monday  


FDA clarifies policy on ensuring safety of seafood imports from China


Gulf Coalition finds consumers eating more seafood in restaurants with cost a barrier at retail


Chinese shellfish meat extraction machine impresses Maine processors   (1)


Bankruptcies among fish processors in Russia's Kaliningrad region blamed on raw material shortage


Collaborative plan announced to rebuild 3Ps cod


Keith Sullivan nominated to replace retiring McCurdy as FFAW's third president


AquaChile's sales grow 4% to $555 million for the year supported by strong salmon market prices


Giant Foods recalls Acme Smoked Nova Salmon for possible listeria, no illnesses reported


Seafood Harvesters support quick Congressional action to pass fishing vessel discharge exemption


EDF proposes 100 percent vessel monitoring of NE groundfish boats


Sanford ponders vertical integration or selling off its tuna business after disappointing sales  


Rubio-Murkowski bill would exempt small commercial vessels from incidental discharge regs for 1 year


Target hopes to differentiate its food offerings


Russian ban and sinking ruble leave Estonia with 35,000 tons of surplus fish


EU and South Korea both detecting antibiotic residues in Vietnamese pangasius


Major Vietnamese shrimp exporter Minh Phu Q3 profit up 50 percent over year-ago


FWC bans spiny lobster casitas as too problematic


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 20, 2014


Wed. Nov 19 2014

FDA may rely more on China's inspection of its seafood exports to U.S.


San Francisco can't keep up with bonanza Dungeness crab catch


Bay of Fundy lobster fishery off to a strong start


At over 18 million lbs Gulf shrimp landings post best Oct. in over a decade, second highest of 2014   (0) 


WTO finds problems with US shrimp duty rate assesements for Vietnamese shrimp exporters   (1) 


Pierce Seafood founder, pioneer shrimp and lobster tail importer, Harry Pierce passes away at 99   (1)


Australia raises toothfish TAC over 61% on recommendation from Antarctic Resource meeting  


New England Fishery Management Council adds deeper cod cuts for 2015


Peruvian fish meal price spikes as output falls, El Nino looms


Darden streamlines support staff, adopts more nimble structure


SNP project finds seafood rich diet reduced heart attack risk among 90% of women participants


Sanford posts 10 percent higher FY profit in "challenging year"


SalMar Q3 results buoyed by fixed price salmon contracts


NOAA launches first ever state-wide oil spill risk analysis for Alaska


Monterey Bay approval of Kuterra's indoor farmed salmon could further indoor aquaculture interest


Bristol Bay Togiak herring catch is latest Alaskan stock expected to improve in 2015 (Fish Radio)  


P.E.I. tuna fishermen welcome first increase in bluefin quota in 24 years


C&S Wholesale nails down distribution deal with Associated Food Stores


Alaska's new governor plans urgent transition meeting this weekend


BP fights on to try to oust oil spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau


New UK foodservice company, Fresh Direct, combines M&J Seafood, Pauley's and Wild Harvest


Pacific council recomends first increase in sardine catch in 15 years


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday November 19, 2014


Tue. Nov 18 2014

Alaska Pollock stock now double its ten year average, discrediting Greenpeace's pollock 'redlist'   (1) 


Crabbers haul in Bristol Bay's 9 million pound red king quota in four weeks (Fish Radio)  


To save cod, New England regulators weigh limits on lobstering  


Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor auditing Chilean salmon, seafood facilities with higher imports in mind  


Dungeness crab fishery opens on Central California Coast, hundreds of boats participate  


Two crab captains cited for undersized red king crab in Dutch Harbor; only violations of the season


UC Santa Cruz researchers say densovirus may be responsible for wiping out West Coast starfish


Omega Protein Q3 results hurt by lower menhaden catch and lower fish oil yield


Red Lobster targeting Brazil's growing middle-class as next frontier for its chain-store growth


Two Vietnamese pangasius growers discover GlobalGap qualification doesn't guarantee higher prices  


Univ. of North Texas, WWF Chile receive Sea Pact grants for their seafood sustainability projects


"Fish is the Dish" consumer website now gets a million hits a year according to Seafish


Ocean Source Group becomes NFI Crab Council's second international member company


Bonefish Grill's winter menu includes haddock, shrimp, lobster, king crab, branzino


Kinki University runs two restaurants featuring its hatchery raised bluefin tuna


ROV's prove their utility in Newfoundland's aquaculture industry


Technomic sees 2.3 percent growth this year for top 500 restaurant chains vs. year-ago


Japan cuts whaling target in order to resume Antarctic hunt


Ahold betting on e-commerce for growth


Tilman Fertitita adds Mitchell's Restaurants to his restaurant empire


California's warmer waters and ongoing drought slows down state's fall Chinook hatchery run  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 18, 2014


Mon. Nov 17 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 17, 2014


ICCAT increases bluefin tuna quotas based on stock assessments, but some say increases are too large  


Terry Shaff, President of Unisea, passes away suddenly   (2)


Maine lobstermen credit season's better prices to strong overseas demand for limited live supply  


Activist investor takes stake in McDonald's, may push for major changes


Darden's Malaysia lobster Project hits milestone with closed breeding cycle for spiny lobsters  


Marine Harvest to invest $26 million in Chilean-based value-added salmon processing plant


Planes warned to avoid airspace near Alaskan volcano as ash rises 30,000 ft.


M. Slavin gets Guinness Record as lobster supplier to world's most expensive sandwich


PEI lobster industry finishes MSC certification  


AK's fishing families have until Nov. 30 to submit their best photos to ASMI's contest (Fish Radio)


Seafood Harvesters support NMFS's switch to mail-in surveys to collect recreational fishing data


Gloucester tries to come to grips with its future as a port with little fishing


With 20% growth this year, China Fisheries Show soon to pass Brussels as largest global fish show


New Zealand fishing industry disappointed with Korea trade agreement keeping 22% tariff on squid  


TUF Q3 profit nearly double year-ago, announces stock split


Pacific bluein tuna and American eel added to international Red List of Threatened Species   (1)


Vietnam expects value of shrimp exports to the U.S. will hit $3.8 billion this year  


Maine start-up growing tropical yellowtail in land-based system


Australia's fishing industry eagerly awaits details of China trade deal signed today


New cod restrictions seen as the end for the NH day boat groundfish fleet


Bay area Dungeness crabber says "the crabs are beautiful"  


Tassal achieves full ASC certification for its salmon  


Maine fishermen banking on renovation of the Portland Fish Exchange   (1)



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Strengthening Dollar puts US market in ideal position for imported seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Russell Barton - November 21, 2014

Russell is a Market Reporter for Urner Barry who also specializes in analysis of the international currency markets 

The rally in the U.S. dollar over the course of the past several months has been evident across most dollar based exchange rates. There are numerous factors that have contributed to this move, which has now extended into multi-year highs.

Major seafood exporting nations have not been immune from the dollar’s strength either. However, with the one exception of Brazil, the depreciation may not be as drastic as some believe. Since May, easily the weakest of these currencies has been the Brazilian Real...

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Southwestern Nova Scotia early lobster fishery may have a lot of soft shells 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - November 21, 2014 -

Research biologist Shannon Scott-Tibbits says warmer temperatures have probably pushed back the molt later in the year, resulting in soft shells early in the season.

Nova Scotia's largest lobster fishery is set to open next week, but there's concern the catch could yield soft shelled lobster and scientists blame warm ocean temperatures...

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Maine's second straight shrimp closure leaves NE seafood suppliers short on product for the winter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press Herald] by Chris Chase - 

November 21, 2014

News that the shrimping season in Maine will be closed for a second year in a row has midcoast fishermen and seafood suppliers worried about the future of their industry. And the ban is likely to continue for at least a few years.

On Nov. 5, Maine regulators placed a moratorium on the shrimping season because of another year of nearly record-low numbers of shrimp. The all-time record for fewest shrimp was set last year.

The shrimp boats of local fishermen didn’t get much use last year, and won’t this year now that shrimp harvesting has been curtailed by regulators...

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Price gap between moisture-added and non-moisture added tilapia splits Urner Barry quotation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 21, 2014

Urner Barry is now publishing two separate quotations for Chinese frozen Tilapia fillets as US buyers reported a clear divide in market prices for moisture added and non-moisture added product.

Until recently the Seafood Price Current listed just one quotation for frozen Chinese Tilapia fillets. The quotation did not differentiate between imports that were soaked versus fillets that were not treated prior to export.

Over the last ten years US Tilapia demand has exploded. A look at US imports from China shows frozen Tilapia shipments to the US are up nearly 5,000 percent compared to 2004 at this time...

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NE council expands sea scallop closure areas to protect juvenile scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Standard Times] By Steve Urbon - November 21, 2014 -  

NEWPORT, R.I., The New England Fisheries Management Council voted this morning to expand the closure of two areas in the Northeast Atlantic where there has emerged an abundance of juvenile scallops.

The closure will cost millions of dollars in the short term, but are predicted to have a payoff in years beyond 2017 when the areas can reopen and the grown scallops harvested.

Scallop surveys in Closed Area 2 indicate a very large population of young scallops, spilling outside existing boundaries.

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Council votes to exempt NE lobster fishery from cod management measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Tom Bell - November 20, 2014 -

A sharp decline in cod stocks led regulators to consider restrictions on lobster gear in areas where cod spawn, but those measures were rejected Wednesday by the the New England Fishery Management Council.

While some spawning areas are closed to trawling and gill-netting, lobster traps would still be allowed...

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Maritime Association calls latest West Coast dockworker bargaining tactic a deliberate "slowdown"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - November 21, 2014 - 

LOS ANGELES, Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn Thursday, as the union insisted on "small table" talks while employers decried the "extended break."

The full teams for the longshoreman's union and the association representing trans-ocean shipping lines and operators of port terminals aren't scheduled to meet again until Dec. 2.

The maritime association called the development a "slowdown tactic" - a pointed reference to their complaints that dockworkers are deliberately dragging as they load and unload ships...

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Chile cuts 2015 hake quota with biomass down over 6% in a year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] November 20, 2014

Chilean fishery officials have cut next year's hake quota by 1,000 tons to 18,000 tons on a recommendation by Oceana.

Subpesca announced the cut after an acoustics survey by the Fisheries Development Institute found the hake fishery's biomass had fallen over 6 percent in the past year.

The Chilean hake fishery has also been racked by years of declining catches linked to an excessive take of juveniles. Between 2001 an 2013 catches declined 70 percent. By 2012 90 percent of the catch was comprised of juvenile fish...

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Nova Scotia's lobstermen warned of wind delay protocol ahead of LFA 34 season opener on Monday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Yarmouth County Vanguard] by Tina Comeau - November 20, 2014

With the scheduled opening of the lobster season off southwestern Nova Scotia set for Monday, Nov. 24, fishermen and others are already keeping an eye on what is being forecasted for next week.

According to the LFA 34 opening day protocol, anything above 25 knots of wind on the scheduled start day of the lobster fishery will result in a postponement of the opening of the season.

The opening day protocol was established years ago through consultation between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the fishing industry...

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NOAA clarifies misconceptions about ocean zoning and how it benefits fisheries (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] November 21, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Ocean-use planning: both on and under. NOAA director Sullivan explains after this 

Planning and mapping ocean uses, both on and under, is a goal of the National Oceans Policy set in place in 2010. It is similar to land use planning, but for marine waters. Kathryn Sullivan is Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 

"Think of it like in any community when someone proposes to put more houses in or to set aside a tract of forest as a preserve or establish a new park. When you get a proposal like that, what do you all want to do? You want to come together and say how does that relate to our schools and what impact will it have on our highway system and where do the sewer lines run all those kind of questions come to the foreground."

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Nova Scotia cashing in on $5 million investment that saved High Liner during the 1980's cod collapse

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] November 21, 2014

High Liner Foods Inc. may be in the black now, but the company desperately needed the province’s help to stay afloat in the ’80s.

In 1984, Nova Scotia bought 50,000 preferred shares in the Lunenburg seafood business in an effort to save the firm and the jobs it provided.

“The initial investment going way back to the early ’80s, which was at the time of the groundfish collapse, was a $5-million investment from the province,” Shawn Hirtle of Nova Scotia Business Inc. said in an interview Wednesday.

While the agency didn’t make the initial investment, it was later tasked to handle the file...

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Pacific coast shellfish growers and hatcheries now have access to real-time ocean acidification data

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FARS News Agency] - November 21, 2014 -

Shellfish farms and hatcheries along the Pacific U.S. coast can now get real-time, online ocean acidification data through the Integrated Ocean Observation System (IOOS), a NOAA-led national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment.

The data, ranging from carbon dioxide concentrations to salinity and water temperatures can be found through the IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal which began operations this month.

This new portal provides critical environmental intelligence to researchers, coastal managers, and end users such as shellfish aquaculture farms...

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Beaver Street enters the hot dog business with launch of Grillman's Franks brand for retail

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 21, 2014

Beaver Street Fisheries has entered the hot dog business with the introduction of a line of all-beef franks that will be sold the Grillman's Franks brand.

The 60-year-old Florida-based wholesale and retail seafood and meat distributor, best known as the distributor of the Sea Best brand of retail seafood items, will now distribute three varieties of hot dogs under the Grillman's label. The line features three all-beef franks: all-beef, black Angus and all natural black Angus franks. The hot dogs are made with no fillers or artificial preservatives. 

“As experienced wholesale and retail food suppliers, and as consumers, we identified an opportunity to introduce a new, quality product in the category that meets the incredibly high standards that have been part of our core operations for decades,” said Mark Frisch, executive vice president of Beaver Street Fisheries...

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Fortune Fish and SeaShare team up for fifth straight holiday season food drive in Chicago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 21, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has teamed up with SeaShare for a holiday season food drive for food insecure families in the Chicagoland area.

Throughout the holidays, Fortune Fish will coordinate with SeaShare to donate thousands of pounds of seafood and gourmet foods to Feeding America, the network of more than 200 US food banks that includes the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Food for Greater Elgin, and many others.

"Several times a year, we go through our inventory and make donations through SeaShare to our local food banks like Care For Real. We also help SeaShare with logistics when we can.  It's important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays when there are so many that go hungry. SeaShare is an important partner for us and we are proud of the support we can give them," says Fortune Fish & Gourmet CEO Sean O'Scannlain.

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With marketing levy approval, PEI's lobstermen set out to build brand in Chinese, EU markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] November 20, 2014 

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, especially its lobster fisher members, has achieved a number of positive breakthroughs in recent days. Voting has been completed and ballots tabulated on the lobster marketing levy with an overwhelming two-thirds support. This sets the stage for a major marketing campaign and moves fishermen one step closer to setting up a powerful marketing board lobby.

As north shore fisherman Peter Boertien proudly points out, it was the populous LFA 24 zone between East Point and North Cape which voted solidly in favour of the levy months ago, taking an early, pro-active approach and grabbing the leadership role on the issue among Island fishermen. Delays in holding a vote were actually in LFA zone 26(a) from Souris to Victoria and the fall zone LFA 25 district from Victoria to North Cape. Credit was earlier incorrectly given to the wrong zones...

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PEI's Center for Aquaculture wants to use abandoned fish plant in Souris for fish farming research

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] November 21, 2014

An American company is looking to set up an aquaculture research centre in an abandoned fish plant in Souris.

The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies, which is based in San Diego.

The Canadian operation is made up of former employees of AquaBounty, a genetically-modified salmon producer that also has its base in eastern P.E.I. CATC has its eye on the old fish plant in Souris, which shut down three years ago...

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FDA clarifies policy on ensuring safety of seafood imports from China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  By Ken Coons - November 20, 2014 - 

A story in Inside U.S. Trade which we ran yesterday said FDA may move to terminate existing import alerts affecting imports of Chinese farm-raised seafood.  This could be misinterpreted and FDA has issued a statement clarifying its policy.

An FDA spokesman has subsequently clarified that, "if the agency were to determine that it could rely on inspections by Chinese authorities, it would be more likely that specific companies in China could be removed from the alerts if they demonstrated a clean track record."

"The alerts themselves, however, would likely stay in place while companies violations were still on the list."

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