Thu. Sep 18 2014

Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring


Wed. Sep 17 2014

Late run continues to make DFO's estimates of overall Fraser sockeye returns uncertain


Indian shrimp farmers, eager to protect hatcheries, oppose new port near Kakinada


September is the cruelest month for restaurants


Mississippi Sound oyster season will commence in October despite "pathetic" conditions on the reefs  


Alaska's young seafood professionals tout benefits of Sea Grant's processing workshops (Fish Radio)


New England Fishery Council's Groundfish Committee will recommend cod management changes today


Sanitation improvements in Visakhapatnam, A.P. may help reopen EU market for shrimp


Letters: MSC defends fees, voluntary payment for duplicate certification systems


Emergency Klamath water releases planned after Ich found in chinook


Hung Vuong notes enormous Russian interest for pangasius and other Vietnamese seafood imports


FL Sen. Rubio's bill tackles Gulf commercial, recreational management issues for MSA reauthorization


New Zealand's hake and ling cod get MSC certified without conditions


Lithuania's Viciunai will keep supplying Russia with surimi from its Kalingrad plant


BP caught trying 'college' tricks In massive oil spill court case


Four Asian nations agree to 20 percent cut in Japanese glass eel grow out


Dollar General ups bid for Family Dollar in light of antitrust concerns


Carlos Diaz to assume role as CEO of fish feed producer BioMar at year's end


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday September 17, 2014


Tue. Sep 16 2014

Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%  


Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)  


Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon


Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review  


California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher


South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification


Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns


Wegmans extends Gulf seafood support with endorsement of Audubon's GULF program


GAA to award VASEP's VP Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with Lifetime Achievement at GOAL 2014


Mexico's shrimp fishermen caught up in race to save rare porpoise from totoaba bladder black market


Maine temporarily suspends three-trap limit for Mount Desert lobstermen


Drakes Bay Oyster fought the good fight but it's now forced to remove all operations


In Los Angeles court, fish sauce trademark battle gets personal


Florida restaurateur trying to upgrade the image of mullet


Maine seeing, at least for now, reduced predation of soft shell clams by invasive green crabs


Omega Protein issues inaugural corporate social responsibility report


CP Prima may have antidote for shrimp disease infectious myonecrosis virus


Copeinca bondholders keeping the pressure on China Fishery Group over redemption


IWC members debating controversial South Atlantic whale sanctuary again


British supermarkets joining Sustainable Seafood Coalition standardized labeling system


Kroger donated 50 million pounds of fresh food last year to food banks


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 16, 2014


Mon. Sep 15 2014

Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices  


Fraser sockeye shun U.S. waters, fill B.C. nets  


Hamilton Project focus is on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities


Pacific tuna companies fear IUU and excessive fishing will damage healthy PNA stocks akin to bigeye  


Tons of lobster to be consumed at San Pedro's world's largest lobster festival  


The rise and fall of Maine's offshore groundfish fishing industry


Improved silver and chum runs offset Yukon River's dismal king performance  


Alaskan Senate candidate Dan Sullivan will participate in Kodiak's key fishery debate


Marine Harvest buying bankrupt Chilean fish farmer Acuinova Chile S.A.


Thai Union plans to buy Norwegian sardine canner King Oscar


Norway's biggest bank, DNB, doesn't expect losses from Russian seafood ban


Captain D's adding 20 new units in Charlotte over next five years


Columbia River's salmon season still considered strong though run may fall short of forecast  


Norway may require salmon farmers to pay to recapture escaped fish  


Namibia's rock lobster industry stabilizing, developing frozen exports to China  


Iceland's HB Grandi's share of cod quota is 10.67 percent, slightly below year-ago  


New Bedford to be staging area for proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod


Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands to focus on Bonefish Grill


Darden defends progress but swings to Q1 loss


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 15, 2014


Fri. Sep 12 2014

WPFMC shows how Obama Administration's vast marine monument will harm US fishing in the Pacific  


Haresters say NL's small boats won't be able to take full advantage of 3Ps cod sales   (1) 


Gulf of Alaska catch share program tops NPFMC's fall agenda (Fish Radio)


Arthur T. "happy just being a grocer" again as Market Basket restocks its shelves


Iceland agrees to start exporting chilled trout to Russian market


With oyster harvest from Apalachicola Bay worsening, industry leaders call for complete shutdown  


Chilean salmon producers collectively reduce production costs 8% in 2014 so far  


Russia may ban Japanese drift-netting off Kamchatka after another round of sanctions is levied


In its second year New Hampshire CSF will now sell locally caught seafood to restaurants


Regular seafood consumption tied to reducing hearing loss risk in women


Australia's abalone industry looking to create centralized database that would streamline management


California's specialty grocer Andronico’s adopts FishWise's seafood labeling program


Hog Island Oyster Company's oysters show signs of ocean acidification in Tomales Bay


Some Long Island Sound shellfish farmers say CT's revamped lease terms are unfair


Kroger's annual organic sales are about to top $1 billion


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 12, 2014


Thu. Sep 11 2014

Canadian retailers now selling locally landed canned sockeye labeled with fishermen's name and face   (1) 


Fraser River sockeye estimates revised downward by 10%  


Tilapia prices inch up in China as processing plants increase their purchase price  


2014 Shrimp Imports to US set volume records through July  


Dense formation of deep-sea corals found around Schoodic Ridges in the Gulf of Maine


Pacific Seafoods makes donation of 40,000 lbs of Rockfish to Northwest Harvest food drive in Seattle


Norway headed towards record salmon exports to US  


Norwegian Seafood Council says whole salmon exports are safe to eat; China's export ban is misguided  


Major fishmeal Association IFFO part of ASC's steering committee to develop feed standard


Letters: John Hathaway says new companies were never barred from Maine Lobster MSC Client group


Catalina Sea Ranch's fish farming operation expects to have minimal impact on California's waters


Trade agreement sparks Canadian interest in Grimsby, the UK gateway to seafood retailing


Video: What's in a Name - Why Alaska Pollock should only come from Alaska


Analyst gives High Liner "outperform" rating expecting N. American retail, foodservice sales to grow


38 Fish plants in Murmansk on verge of collapse; cannot get raw material due to sanctions


Whole Foods among first group of retailers to commit to Apple Pay check out service


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 11, 2014


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Late run continues to make DFO's estimates of overall Fraser sockeye returns uncertain 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Globe and Mail] By Mark Hume - September 17, 2014 - 

Late wave of salmon is holding off, making it difficult to confirm numbers, but government says the figures look strong

The Fraser River's sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught...

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Indian shrimp farmers, eager to protect hatcheries, oppose new port near Kakinada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By Ch RS Sarma - September 17, 2014 -

The proposal to set up a new port in the Kakinada Special Economic Zone area in Thondangi mandal of East Godavari district is facing opposition from shrimp farmers.

“The proposed port will spell doom to the shrimp hatcheries catering to the needs of farmers in Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the proposal should be given up,” said L Satyanarayana, President of the All-India Shrimp Hatcheries’ Association.

These hatcheries were functioning for years and they were supplying shrimp seed to farmers in AP, which is the number one State in the country in the export of cultured shrimp.

Therefore, he said, it would be more appropriate declare the area a national hub of shrimp hatcheries and protect it...

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September is the cruelest month for restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg] By Eric Chemi  - September 17, 2014 - 

If you’ve been noticing a lot of restaurant promotional deals recently, you aren’t imagining things—it’s a real phenomenon.

The restaurant business falls off a cliff when Labor Day hits, the summer ends, and kids go back to school. That’s why all those companies have to start offering deals to fill the gap.

Matt Drewes, ‎senior vice president for national restaurant partnerships at Cardlytics, says that with the start of the school year, “families are dining at home more and not going out as much,” in part to save money for new clothes and school supplies. “Restaurants take the hit from everybody else who makes money in back-to-school [time],” he says.

In the past decade, Labor Day has signaled a significant drop in the frequency of visits to restaurants. On the whole, the bigger chains have been able to combat that by offering promotions aimed at luring customers back—even if that means lower average prices...

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Alaska's young seafood professionals tout benefits of Sea Grant's processing workshops (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 17, 2014 

People often talk about the graying of the fleet and the need to build future ranks of fishermen. The same applies to Alaska processors who also need recruits to keep those companies working. That’s been the goal of the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute, begun by Alaska Sea Grant in 2006. 

"Our goal as the university, as the Alaska Sea Grant program in doing this is work on the succession of the seafood industry in our state because it’s such a strong part of our economy."

Paula Cullenberg is Alaska Sea Grant director. Each fall Alaska companies sponsor an employee who wants to advance his or her career in the seafood business. They begin with an eight day crash course of workshops and training at Kodiak’s Seafood and Marine Science Center...

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Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] September 16, 2014

The loss of temporary foreign workers could reduce lobster processing in the Maritimes by as much as 25 per cent, say industry leaders from the Maritime seafood processing sector.

The industry group representing lobster processors in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have been meeting with officials from the federal and provincial governments on the impacts of the proposed program changes.

Dennis King, who is with the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association, said Monday eight processing operations, which employ 1,500 Canadians that process 25 per cent of the region’s lobster, may not be able to operate if they are forced to reduce their access to foreign workers to 10 per cent...

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Sanitation improvements in Visakhapatnam, A.P. may help reopen EU market for shrimp 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By Santosh Patnaik - September 17, 2014 -

VISAKHAPATNAM,ANDHRA PRADESH, The hope of exporting seafood to the European Union has been revived with the decision to launch a joint initiative by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust, the district administration, and the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, to improve sanitation and hygiene at the fishing harbour here.

Following stoppage of exports to the EU, the seafood entrepreneurs had to bank on the U.S. and partly Japan and China to market their ‘catch’. Visakhapatnam accounts for a lion’s share out of exports being made from Andhra Pradesh, which is estimated at Rs.12,000 crore...

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Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 16, 2014

The Department of Commerce added two companies that were accidentally omitted in the final results of its eighth antidumping duty review for Indian shrimp exporters.

Under the correction Satya Seafoods and Usha Seafoods were added to Devi Fisherie' group of exporters. This means the companies will be levied a rate of 1.97 percent for shipments between February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

According to Jarrod Goldfeder, an attorney with Trade Pacific Law, the technical correction was merely an error.

In August, Commerce upheld higher duty rates for Thai and Indian shrimp exporters after preliminary raising them in March.

The Department is expected to announce the final rates for Vietnamese shrimp exporters this month. They too were raised in the March report...

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California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Politico] by Bill Tomson - September 16, 2014

Sushi eaters could face sticker shock the next time they order a California roll or check the box for another round of yellowtail nigiri.

Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish. Production of the rice, which is grown primarily in the Golden State, is expected to drop by 25 percent this year.

California — and the Sacramento Valley in particular — is the nation’s primary source for the high-quality short- and medium-grain rice used in sushi and is a major supplier of the rice for other countries, too. But the state’s 2,500 rice growers this year planted just 420,000 acres, about a quarter fewer than usual, because farmers weren’t allowed to use water for more, according to the California Rice Commission...

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Emergency Klamath water releases planned after Ich found in chinook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Herald and News] By Lacey Jarrell - September 17, 2014 -

Emergency water releases are being prescribed to prevent a potential fish die-off in the Klamath River.

The water releases are in response to the discovery by fish biologists earlier this week of Ich, a parasitic infection, in Klamath River chinook salmon. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) began releasing additional flows from Trinity Reservoir via the Lewiston Dam Tuesday.

Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's California-Nevada Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish from the lower Klamath River mainstem. Of those, nine tested positive for Ich parasites, with six of those nine determined to be severe. Ich primarily affects salmon in stagnant water, and was the primary pathogen responsible for the fish die-off in 2002.

 

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Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - September 15, 2014 - 

Louisiana shrimpers were back on the water last week as and most of them returned after three days of what had been planned as a one-week strike for higher prices.

After a meeting Friday September 5, Louisiana Shrimp Association members said they'd keep their boats docked for a week because prices are so low.

But WVUE-TV reports that many were trawling again by Tuesday.

Warren Delacroix says organizers understand that some people have to make a living. He says that some people stuck it out for the whole time...

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Mississippi Sound oyster season will commence in October despite "pathetic" conditions on the reefs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Sun Herald] by Paul Hampton - September 17, 2014

The Mississippi Sound oyster reefs are either depleted or stressed, according to the latest assessment by the Department of Marine Resources, but there will still be an oyster season this fall that could extend into winter.

The season, which will begin at the discretion of DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller, probably in late October, will be only for the tonging reefs off Pass Christian. Dredging will not be allowed.

"It's pathetic," said George Stores, a Bayou Caddy oysterman and member of the Oyster Task Force who was on board the DMR's The Conservationist as the reefs were surveyed. "It's absolutely pathetic. I've never seen it this bad."...

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New England Fishery Council's Groundfish Committee will recommend cod management changes today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] September 17, 2014

The New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet today to discuss management recommendations in response to the updated Gulf of Maine cod assessment.

NOAA Fisheries says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf is estimated at only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. That estimate represents a decline from 13 to 18 percent three years ago.

The New England Fishery Management Council is working on new management measures for the fish. The full council will consider the ground fish committee's recommendations at its meeting later this month.

Today's committee meeting begins at 9 a.m. in South Portland, Maine

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Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 16, 2014

Speaking of premiums – halibut prices are back in the nose bleed range, near to or topping $7/lb at major ports. 85% of Alaska’s catch has been so far with just over two million pounds left to go out of the nearly 16 million limit. The ports of Kodiak and Homer are neck a neck with halibut landings topping two million pounds each. For sablefish, 78% of the 24 million pound quota has been landed. Both of those fisheries end in mid November...

 

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Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PNA] - September 16, 2014 - 

MOSCOW, Russia is returning to the Soviet-style system of marking the quality of domestic goods.

The State Quality Mark of the USSR was the official Soviet mark for the certification of quality established in 1967. It was used to guarantee high commercial standards of consumer products and technical goods and was a stimulus for manufacturers to improve the quality of production. Obtaining the mark allowed Soviet enterprises to increase the state controlled price for their goods by 10 percent.

Russian salmon will be the first to receive the distinctive quality mark. Its producers hope to turn it into a new brand to offset the now-banned Norwegian salmon...

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Letters:  MSC defends fees, voluntary payment for duplicate certification systems

To the Editor Re: MSC certification system imposes $100,000 tax on Maine Lobster Industry  Sept. 10th

 
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, John Sackton published his opinion that contained several incorrect statements about the Marine Stewardship Council and the Maine lobster fishery. Anyone who might have read the inaccuracies deserves to have accurate information.
 
MSC is a non-profit organisation which sets the world’s leading standard for sustainable seafood. Businesses enter assessment for this standard voluntarily. Assessment fees do not go to the MSC, rather they fund an independent assessment of the fishery’s sustainability. Third-party assessments are transparent consultations open to all relevant stakeholders. This gives consumers confidence that the seafood they purchase has been independently verified as from a fishery which meets strict scientific standards for sustainability.
 
Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of the MSC’s mission. Since 1999, those achieving MSC certification have made hundreds of improvements to their fishing practices. They have reduced bycatch, rebuilt fish populations and adopted new fishing techniques to reduce ecosystem impacts.
 
In the interests of transparency, the MSC publishes an Annual Report..

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South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 16, 2014

South Georgia's toothfish fishery is once again among the Marine Stewardship Council's most highly rated fisheries according to its third recertification assessment.

During the MSC's five-yearly recertification assessment the South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery earned a 96 out of 100 against the Council's three principles. This makes the fishery one of the world’s highest scoring against MSC standards.

“We are delighted that the toothfish fishery has been recertified and the excellent scores attained reflect the efforts made by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI)," said Dr Martin Collins OBE. "Its scientific consultants and fishing industry to ensure the fishery is managed sustainably. South Georgia is a unique environment and the GSGSSI will continue in its efforts to improve all aspects of the fishery...

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Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post ] By Elahe Izadi - September 16, 2014 - 

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The warming began last year in the Gulf of Alaska and has since been dubbed “The Blob” by Nick Bond, of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean.

But it’s still an open question as to how these warmer waters will affect salmon populations.  Nate Mantua, a NOAA research scientist, isn’t convinced that “The Blob” means loads of dead fish. He points to past warm years that resulted in high salmon returns. “It’s unsettled whether this is bad news” for salmon, he said. “We have to wait until the adults come back, and we’ll have to see.”

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