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 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 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 News Summary Tuesday November 18, 2014

Mon. Nov 17 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay area Dungeness crabber says "the crabs are beautiful"  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PEI lobster industry finishes MSC certification  

Tassal achieves full ASC certification for its salmon  

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

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

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

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

Vietnam expects value of shrimp exports to the U.S. will hit $3.8 billion this year News Summary Monday November 17, 2014

Fri. Nov 14 2014

ADF&G issues upbeat Bristol Bay sockeye forecast for 2015 - harvest could be up 34%  

As Alaska Sablefish Season Closes, Prices reach record levels in Japan  

Canadian lobster processors in good position with boat prices falling ahead of SW Nova Scotia season  

George Rose reflects on how New England's cod disaster is eerily similar to Newfoundland's  

Exporter thinks India's vannamei production likely to be limited to about 400,000 tonnes  

Industry Remembers Ocean Gold's founder Dennis Rydman, after memorial services

High prices for cod in Russia hurting domestic consumption, pushing more fish to export market  

NMFS to transition to mail-in surveys to log recreational fishing data

Russia's slightly increases King crab TAC's again in 2015, Snow Crab remains the same  

Election results sway conservation, other fishery regulatory policies in Rhode Island

Fisherman shot, his boat rammed on Nova Scotia fishing grounds during lobster season

As climate changes, spring’s early arrival alters Gulf of Maine ecosystem News Summary Friday November 14, 2014

Massive Susquehanna silt pile behind dam becomes political football in Chesapeake clean-up

UMass researchers get NOAA funding to start surveying Atlantic bluefin with drones

Researcher says shrimp treadmill was low-cost science and not a waste of taxpayer money (Opinion)

California crabbers will fish for second year under tiered Dungeness trap limit system  

USCG issues onboard ballast water treatment regulations to stop invasive species

New Brunswick based sturgeon caviar company seeks legal change to sell in US

Indonesia to establish seafood trade forum

Darden board looks to make more changes

Ahold USA sales up slightly in Q3, boosted by Market Basket

Quick service sector comps up in October but performance gap persists among restaurant sectors

Google Global Fishing Watch system may catch IUU vessels if they don't turn off their trackers

FDA’s Michael Taylor visits China to strengthen food safety ties

252-unit Smart & Final launching brand awareness campaign for its Extra stores

Thu. Nov 13 2014 News Summary Thursday Nov. 13, 2014

Salmon jumps herring as 2nd most popular seafood item in Germany as overall consumption fell in 2013  

What is GSSI and will it impact how you buy seafood?

Begich defeat likely means different Magnuson bill, more friendly to recreational interests

Tides, rain and budget cuts result in a slow start to North Carolina's oyster season so far  

Clock ticking on White House approval of final USDA catfish inspection rule

SeaShare names Coastal Transportation an outstanding donor for shipping seafood donations nationwide

Report projects processed seafood market to grow to $211 billion by 2018, driven by Asian expansion

Canada seen as an appealing market for pangasius exports say Vietnamese officials  

Tilman Fertitta, Landry's Restaurants CEO, disagrees that inflation is "tame"

Thai Union reports near doubling of net profit for 3rd quarter on improvements in tuna, shrimp

Fish farming reps from India's Punjab region head to China to learn about boosting fish production

Wal-Mart's Q3 earnings beat estimates as U.S. comps rise

Bonamar hires Jimmy Phelan to develop its national crab meat distribution business

Washington's Fairweather Fisheries challenges ban on using hired halibut skippers (Fish Radio)

Open Blue Sea Farms' fresh cobia farming operations get GLOBALG.A.P certification

Hydro dams an easy scapegoat in salmon recovery efforts (Opinion)

Minh Phu Q3 profit soars from shrimp exports

New England fishermen facing cod closure point finger at millions of lobster traps   (1)

Pangasius exporters want Vietnam moisture regulation delayed  

Russian PM Medvedev says if and when food import bans are lifted it may be selectively

Two Westward Dutch Harbor employees get jail time for Clean Air Act violation

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Inside US-China Trade] - November 19, 2014 

The FDA may soon decrease port-of-entry inspections of farm-raised seafood from China and increasingly entrust Chinese authorities with verifying that the country's aquaculture exports are free of illegal animal drug residues, according to a senior agency official.

Mike Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a Nov. 12 interview that he expects the agency to act "fairly soon" to lift existing FDA import alerts on Chinese seafood, which require shipments to be physically inspected...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - November 20, 2014

Russia's import ban on fish shipments into the country may result in the massive bankruptcy of fish processors in the Baltics region.

Several days ago Tehnolat, one of Russia’s leading fish processing companies from Kaliningrad initiated bankruptcy procedures. The company manufactures products under the Salmon House brand. 

The company blamed a raw material shortage created by Russia's import ban for proceeding to bankruptcy...

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Bay of Fundy lobster fishery off to a strong start

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - November 19, 2014 - 

Lobster fishing season in the Bay of Fundy is underway and people in the industry say the early returns are encouraging.

"Numbers are up a little bit from last year. Having said that, we've had perfect conditions and we've been able to fish everyday," said Karen McCavour.

Her lobster shop is part of the family-run Whitetail Fisheries, which has two boats setting and hauling traps on the water around Saint John.

Each of the past five lobster fishing seasons has yielded a record catch.

Despite the good catch, no one ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 19, 2014

The Gulf of Mexico's shrimp catch last month proved to be the second highest of the year and was the largest for the month of October in 10 years. This catch data is more evidence that the late start the 2014 fishery delayed the landing pattern historically seen in the Gulf during this time of the season.

Fishermen hauled in 18.2 million pounds of shrimp in October, a 13 percent increase from last month and second largest monthly volume of the year next to the August catch...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by Ashley Fitzpatrick - November 20, 2014

As Keith Sullivan faced a horseshoe of lights, cameras and microphones Monday morning, Earle McCurdy and Richard Cashin shared a private laugh on the other side of the emptying hotel conference room.

Moments before, between 75 and 100 people sat silently at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s after Sullivan was nominated the next president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW)-Unifor.

The call went out in the room for other nominees, after a week in which nominations were also being accepted online. But Sullivan went unopposed and was declared leader...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 19, 2014

Australia's fishery officials were credited for their work in managing the country's toothfish stocks following a decision to raise the allowable catch for Heard Island and McDonald Islands fishery's over 61 percent for the next fishing season.

The catch was raised by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority following a recommendation by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources during a meeting in Tasmania last month.

Under the higher TAC Australian toothfish operators will be permitted to land 4410 tons...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 20, 2014

A survey from the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition found cost still presents a barrier to higher retail seafood consumption as consumers actually increased eating seafood away from home.

The Coalition survey with Big Communications and New South Research measured consumer and industry perception of Gulf seafood four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Among its findings consumers remain interested in preparing and eating Gulf seafood at home and remain keen on the sustainability, origin and health of the seafood they buy.

Cost still represents a major barrier for consumers who would more buy retail seafood the survey found. At the same time, eating seafood at fine dining establishments was up sharply but not isolated to any specific income bracket...

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Chinese shellfish meat extraction machine impresses Maine processors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Bill Trotter - November 20, 2014 - 

BANGOR, Maine, With a loud beep and a whooshing intake of air, a roomful of Maine seafood processor representatives got an up-close look Wednesday at a machine intended to address several problems the industry faces.

The device, about the size of a dormitory room refrigerator, was brought to Maine this week along with representatives from Xifuri, the Chinese firm that developed it, as a possible solution to Maine’s green crab problem. 

But industry officials who gathered Wednesday at the Oriental Jade restaurant for the demonstration seemed more interested in the device’s potential impact on a different species: lobster

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC7] By Alan Wang - November 19, 2014 -

SAN FRANCISCO, If you are hoping to eat crab on Thanksgiving, you'll love this. Crab boats are coming back absolutely loaded to the gills. The only downside is that huge catch is creating a few challenges.

Pier 45 has been dealing with a bottleneck of boats trying to deliver their catch. Several boats are still parked in the bay waiting to deliver their catch and head back out to fish. That means the dock workers will be working past midnight for the fourth day in a row.

Since the beginning of the commercial crab season began on Saturday, an estimated 400 boats have been delivering a steady stream of crab to Pier 45.

Many boats have been parked in the bay waiting to deliver. Crews are pumping in oxygen to keep their catch alive...

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Collaborative plan announced to rebuild 3Ps cod

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Foreign]  November 20, 2014 - 

The Government of Canada and its partners from the fishing industry today announced the development of a rebuilding plan for the southern Newfoundland Atlantic cod stock in NAFO Sub-Division 3Ps.

The rebuilding plan is designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the stock and maximize economic opportunities for harvesters and processors, and it supported a 15 per cent increase in the total allowable catch for this year’s fishery.

The plan was developed in conjunction with and is supported by the inshore and offshore fishing sectors, the processing industry, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and other key stakeholders, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 19, 2014

Earlier this week the World Trade Organization took issue with shrimp anti-dumping duty rates imposed on Vietnamese exporters by the United States in their three most recent dumping reviews.  Several issues with the Department Department of Commerce's (DOC) duty rate methodology were discussed in the panel decision and it remains unclear how these findings will impact the rates against the shrimp exporters.

The WTO found the DOC violated various articles 9.3 of the Anti-Dumping Agreement and Article VI:2 of the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade agreement. According to the WTO's decision, the US's use of "zeroing" in the fourth, fifth and sixth administrative reviews violated these articles...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 19, 2014

Pierce Seafood Inc announced the passing of Harrison J. Harry Pierce on November 10 following a brief illness. He was  99 years of age.

The company said that after joining Wilbuer-Ellis Company in 1954, where he managed the frozen foods division for 10 years, Pierce, along with some Wilbuer-Ellis colleagues, moved on to establish Harrison Pierce & Co., Inc, which would become a leading importer of frozen seafood, emphasizing shrimp and lobster tails from around the world.

Harrison Piece & Co was among the first importers of farm-raised shrimp from Ecuador and China...

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