Thu. Jan 29 2015

Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference

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

Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao

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

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

Fri. Jan 23 2015

Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold

Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market

Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down  

Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December  

Russian Pollock Fishing Underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons  

Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification

Mississippi Wholesalers Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest  

North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea

Strong U.S. Dollar Pulling Clams from New Brunswick Leaving Nova Scotia Short

AK Seafood Reps Impressed With Iceland's Marine Byproduct Industry During Trade Mission (Fish Radio)

Near Cyclical Bottom, Oregon's Dungeness Season will Barely Yield 10 Million Pounds  

Why New McDonald’s Discrimination Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food   (1)

NOAA's 2013 Fishery Recap Shows Catches and Revenues Continue to Crumble in Massachusetts

13 Fishermen Charged with Lacey Act Violations Involving 90,0000 Pounds of Striped Bass

Salmon Shelf Life Extended By Ultrahigh-Pressure Processing

McDonald’s Tried to Do It All, But Just Posted Terrible Sales Results

Further Restrictions on Natural Water Flow Threaten Mississippi Seafood Industry News Summary Friday January 23, 2015

Aquaculture License Finally Issued to Oyster Farm in Popponesset Bay Held up by Rich Homeowners

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Completes Sale of Mitchell’s Restaurants to Landry’s, Inc.

Applebees Introduces 600 Calorie 'Pub Diet' Menu

2,700 Pounds of Shrimp Seized from Louisiana Vessel Not Using a TED

Big Data Systems to Catch IUU Fishing Only Effective if Nations Enforce the Rules (Opinion)

Bi-Lo Holdings Names Turnaround Expert Ian McLeod CEO

Thu. Jan 22 2015

Head of NOAA Fisheries Recommends Higher Halibut Catch Limits in Beleaguered Saint Paul Region News Summary Thursday January 22, 2015

SeaPak to Focus on Easy Dinner Ideas to Increase Frozen Shrimp and Seafood Consumption During Lent  

Thailand Backs Off Proposal to Employ Ex-Convicts on Fishing Vessels After Intense Media Backlash

Mark JoHahnson Assumes Role as President of Westward Seafoods and Alyeska Seafoods

ISSF Calls on NGOs and Regional Fishery Managers to Hold Each Other Accountable on Tuna Management

Bipartisan Group Introduce Bills to Ban GE Salmon and Require Product Labeling

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's "Fish First" Policy Focuses on Fish Protection, New Entrants

Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whale Sharks from Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

Nofima Studying Ideal Conditions to Preserve Barents Sea Snow Crabs for Live Market  

Major Bycatch Reduction Essential to Halibut Fishery (Opinion)  

Pew Partners with UK Group to Launch Satellite Surveillance to Detect IUU Fishing

DNA May Now Hold the Key to Identify Those 'Lost at Sea'

Meetings to Discuss Two-Cent Lobster Levy to Start in Nova Scotia Jan. 27  

Eel Prices Finally Falling in Japan but Possible Trade Restrictions Loom  

BP Trial's Last Phase Begins - Penalty for Gulf Oil Spill Will Be Determined

Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage

Grim McDonald's Franchisee Survey Results: Comps Off 2.1 Percent in December

Save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Salmon: Smelt Are a Red Herring (Opinion)

Kono NZ Now Owns All of Pure NZ Greenshell Mussels Trading Co.

Maruha Nichiro Profits down 20% for First Nine Months of Year

1,005 Pound Bluefin Caught Out of Beaufort Inlet, NC

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Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton January 29, 2015

Here are three key takeaways from the NFI Global Seafood Market conference that concludes in Las Vegas today.  Shrimp will be plentiful, the Russians will buy less salmon, meaning more salmon going to other markets, and the biggest risk factors facing the US industry this year are not economic or supply based, but are political and regulatory ...

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Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY  Post] By Josh Kosman  - January 29, 2015 
Sysco looks as though it will have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion US Foods merger to be approved by regulators, if it is at all.
The Federal Trade Commission this week sent a subpoena to a third-party food distributor asking for more information, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
Blackstone Group-owned Performance Food Group agreed in early December to buy assets from Sysco with roughly $5 billion in revenue, a source said, noting PFG did not ...

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Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily Canada] By Xiao Lixin - january 29, 2015 - 

The demand for Canadian lobsters from Chinese consumers has witnessed a rapid surge in recent years and especially now as the Chinese New Year approaches less than a month away.

Exports of Canadian lobster to China are now second only to exports to the U.S.

During the first 11 months of 2014, the amount reached $73 million, a year-on-year growth of 136 percent.

The booming e-commerce market in China has also helped boost sales of imported lobsters. In 2013, as many as 20,000 Canadian lobsters were sold on Taobao, China's leading online shopping platform, according to its founder Jack Ma.


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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] By Chau Mai - January 29, 2015 - 

Minh Phu Seafood Corp., which sells black tiger shrimp to Costco Wholesale Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will seek to sell half of itself to foreign strategic investors to help fund overseas expansion.

“If we stay on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, we can’t raise enough target capital,” said CEO Quang, who plans to raise the company’s registered capital 20 percent to 840 billion dong.

A dozen foreign investors from the U.S, Japan and Canada have expressed interest in the stake sales, Quang said...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Hiroko Tabuchijan - January 29, 2015 -

McDonald’s announced yesterday that its chief executive would step down, just days after the fast-food restaurant chain posted one of its worst financial performances in years.

Don Thompson, 51, will retire as president and chief executive, effective March 1, McDonald’s said in a statement. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the chain’s chief branding officer, who will also replace Mr. Thompson on the McDonald’s board, the statement said.

Last week, McDonald’s reported a sharp decline in sales and earnings as stiff competition and evolving consumer tastes continued to take a toll on the firm, one of America’s biggest restaurant brands. It has lost a lot of ground with consumers, including having difficulty attracting millennial consumers who gravitate more toward what are called fast-casual restaurants, like Chipotle.

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NMFS Will Keep Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Restrictions in Place, Haddock Quota Raised

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - January 29, 2015 - 

NOAA fisheries will not modify or remove any of the restrictive emergency interim actions governing Gulf of Maine cod it instituted last November, NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard said Wednesday.

He said the 200-pound trip limit for cod bycatch in the Gulf of Maine will remain in force despite a variety of requests by fishing stakeholders for it to be increased or eliminated.

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Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  (Opinion) by Chris Woodley January 28, 2015

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has  been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes.

As fishermen, the flatfish trawl catcher-processor fleet (aka Amendment 80 fleet) and the halibut fleet have a lot in common. We each provide healthy, sustainably harvested fish ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

The Walmart Foundation has partnered with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) in order to develop Aquaculture Improvement Projects for shrimp and tilapia farming operations in Indonesia, China, and Thailand.

According to the SFP the projects will provide shrimp farmers in Indonesia and Thailand and tilapia farmers in China with training and knowledge to help them improve their livelihoods and increase collaboration to manage and improve water quality and reduce incidences of disease outbreaks. The Aquaculture Improvement Projects will create a zonal approach to form local management groups for greater sustainability in the fish-farming environment.

“We are proud to support SFP on this project, which combines environmental sustainability with preserving and sustaining important food sources,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation. “We look for opportunities to bring together projects that improve livelihoods and protect the environment; this grant helps us support the great work of SFP in achieving winning outcomes for the people in the aquaculture industry and the environment.”

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Pacific Seafoods Calls off Ocean Gold Acquisition Rather than Face Litigation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Jeanine Stewart - January 28, 2015

 Pacific Seafood Group has called off its planned acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, citing the need to avoid getting bogged down in litigation as the major reason.

On Friday, a federal judge temporarily blocked the company's acquisition of Westport, Washington-based fish processor Ocean Gold. The decision grew out of a hearing on a case filed by Jeff Boardman -- the same plaintiff in the anti-trust case against Pacific that was dismissed with prejudice in 2012 -- and backed by fishermen.
Pacific filed a motion to dismiss that case on Tuesday, stating in the filing "The proposed stock purchase agreement between a Pacific Seafood affiliate and other shareholders of Ocean Gold Seafoods, Inc. is dead and gone—it is no more...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VietnamNet] - January 28, 2015 -

Vietnamese tra fish fillets' exports to the United States might be hurt this year due to a high anti-dumping tax rate imposed by the latter, an official said.

Truong Dinh Hoe, the general secretary of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), revealed that according to the final results of the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duty administrative review (POR 10) issued on January 16, the United States has nearly doubled the anti-dumping tax rate levied on Vietnamese tra fish fillets imported between August 2012 and July 2013.

The number of exporters to the U.S. market may plunge to three from as many as 30 companies four years ago...

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Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015 
Chicken of the Sea has released its corporate sustainability report to further demonstrate its commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. The report, which documents 2013 efforts, focuses on four pillars of sustainability and sets measurable goals to be met by 2020.
The four pillars of sustainability include employees, facilities, products and suppliers, and goals were set in key areas: energy, waste, water, health and safety, and supply chain. The report marks the third year Chicken of the Sea has collected comprehensive data on practices throughout the organization and its supply chain.
“Past reports and research have been critical to our understanding of the current and potential global and industry...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 29, 2015 -

Walmart is adding more wild caught Alaska seafood at select stores in Alaska and Washington.

The expanded assortment includes The Alaskan, a new 100% Alaska seafood brand created by Trident Seafood and launched exclusively at Walmart.

The nation’s largest grocer is also adding Alaskan cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its broad seafood offering. Each of the new items is harvested in Alaska and processed locally in Alaska or in the Pacific Northwest.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance 's(GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices fish farming certifiation standard has picked up its first endorsement from a Latin American wholesaler after Makro Supermayorista S.A.said it would commit to adopt the program.

Makro said the BAP certification will be part of a company-wide sustainability initiative, and will work with its suppliers to ensure that its farmed seafood, when available, is sourced from a BAP-certified facility.

Based in Lima, Peru, Makro Supermayorista S.A. is a cash-and-carry wholesaler, selling food and non-food products to registered professional buyers, including small- and medium-sized retailers, caterers and the institutional foodservice. Makro is part of the Dutch SHV Group and has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Makro offers a number of farmed seafood species, including tilapia, Pangasius, trout, salmon and shrimp. The BAP logo will first appear on packaging for tilapia fillets.

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Whole Foods Market Launches New Responsibly Farmed Standards for Mollusks
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Whole Foods] January 29, 2015 
Whole Foods Market is launching new comprehensive standards for farmed bivalve mollusks, which include oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, all of which will now be recognized by the retailer’s Responsibly Farmed logo for easy shopping.
The seal signifies that each mollusk farm has been audited by a third party to ensure the industry-leading standards are being met, including prohibiting pesticides, monitoring water quality, protection of the coastal environment, evaluation of sediments on the seafloor and traceability from farm to ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Tom Bell - January 29, 2015 - Eimskip moves to bring
 more cargo ships to Portland

Icelandic steamship line Eimskip has changed its routes to allow for more frequent container shipments between Europe and Portland, and to provide direct service across the Atlantic without having to transfer containers in Iceland – important steps for boosting its business in North America.

Eimskip is a niche shipping line that specializes in moving products that need refrigeration. Products coming into the United States are primarily frozen fish.

Exports from Portland include frozen and processed food, such as lobsters, blueberries and potatoes.


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B.C. Geoduck Industry Threatened by Hong Kong Ban
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] by Joanne Lee-Young - January 29, 2015 
VANCOUVER — The B.C. geoduck industry, one of the province’s most lucrative fisheries at almost $50 million a year, is usually gearing up for its busiest time of year right now.
Instead, it is running at half-speed.
Just before Christmas, Hong Kong, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of exports, imposed a sudden ban on geoduck shipments from Canada, citing unacceptable levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), a toxin that can cause severe illness or death. Exporters halted what had been daily shipments flown from ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC] - January 29, 2015 - 

Researchers have mapped climate change hotspots in the world's oceans to allow better fisheries management and commercial fishing decisions.

Australian scientists led by Dr Gretta Pecl at the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have developed software that they believe can help fishery managers and the fishing industry adapt.

Hotspots where ocean temperatures are increasing much faster than the global average have been identified in all oceans.

Dr Pecl said the database and assesment method had been picked up and applied in Canada and the US.


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