Wed. Jul 30 2014

CP Hosting Supermarket Giants to Create Global Benchmark on Shrimp Feed, Anti-Slavery Measures

With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season  

Cargill introduces analytic tool to help shrimp farmers fight EMS

New Magnuson draft would allow sustainability label for all well managed US Fisheries

You can't keep a Nagle out of the fish business, even in New York

Big mistake in fisheries fuel use article from yesterday

Explosion at Omega Protein's Moss Point, MS plant kills one worker, injures three others

Shanghai customs finds listeria in Pacific salmon from New Zealand

Gloucester Explores Common Cultural Ties with Japan, as a Fishery Dependent Community

Paul Greenberg tells Boston Globe what he set out to explain about American seafood consumption

Pacific Andes releases updated Sustainability Reportific

AK's Southeast, Southwest fisheries stand to be most impacted from ocean acidifcation (Fish Radio)

Chilean squid export values down 15% in 2013 facing stiff competition from US, other major exporters

Long John's to give out free fried fish dish August 2 to celebrate 45 years in business

McDonald's Japan launches Tofu Shinjo McNugget featuring minced whitefish and tofu

Bon Appetit to stop selling skipjack tuna caught using fish aggregating devices

Vietnam lays out how it will fine tune Mekong pangasius operations to reach $1 million export goal  

BC fish processors scramble operations to prepare for Fraser's expected sockeye surge  

Plankton bloom kills off 40,000 farmed Atlantic salmon at Grieg's Vancouver Island operation News Summary Wednesday July 30, 2014

Tue. Jul 29 2014

SeafoodNews is hiring a Sustainability Editor

Darden CEO Otis to step down, after completing Red lobster sale, activist investors will join board

Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister backtracks on 5 cent lobster levy, now says its a pilot project  

Retailers pull back on summer mahi promotions with wholesale, ad prices well above 2013  

Sea Pact now accepting third round of grant proposals for fishery improvement projects

Seattle Fish and Top Chefs Combine for Denver's First 'Trash Fish Dinner'   (1)

Dalian expands its massive cold storage capacity, aims to handle 1.05 million tons by next year

NOAA says Southeast and Southwest Alaska communities most at risk from Ocean Acidification

Maine's lobster industry uses the most fuel per pound among global fisheries (Fish Radio)   (2) 

Canada's KSM Acidic Open Pit Mine That Threatens SE Alaska Salmon has Sailed Thru Approval Process

SalmonChile's Felipe Sandoval says Chilean exporters will seek more markets, slowly raise production  

Red Lobster to end discounting, keep shrimp and crabfest, focus more on seafood, says Lopdrup

Bonefish Grill rolls out new menu featuring more non-seafood items

Norton Sound Seafood House expands at Anchorage airport

Vancouver chef cycles across Canada hosting dinners to promote sustainable seafood

Australia's Woolworths is looking at setting up sourcing hub in Thailand

New Jersey wants to be recognized for its Seafood - scallops are most valuable product  

Russia lowers export duties on pollock, other seafood items 30%  

Plastic find forces recall for Grimsby-made Young's fish cakes News Summary Tuesday July 29, 2014

Mon. Jul 28 2014

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship   (3)

Online sales with home delivery of lobster in China pushes up price in Boston  

Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price  

Chilean salmon industry expects seasonally low market prices to rebound in second half of 2014  

Thai Union brings analysts, investors to plant to showcase sustainable development policy

IATTC takes two steps forward, one back  

Red Lobster losing out on Customer loyalty, according to customer engagement index

Zhangzidao opens live aquatic distribution in China with Ocean Food subsidiary

Cohen report on Fraser Salmon cost $37 million, $11 million over estimate

Nova Scotia fish packers want specifics behind proposal to hike up lobster levy to $0.05 cents lb  

Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year

MD-VA legislators want domestic blue crab protected from repackaged foreign product  

Hawaii aquaculture company to launch untethered floating undwater fish cages in test

Texas shrimpers credit 8-week fishing moratorium for good to start this season's catches  

Capt. Keith Coburn of Deadliest Catch is a Seafood Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

China is using its immense commercial fishing fleet as a surrogate navy

Prince William Sounds's Eagle Shellfish oyster farm trying to make Alaska's oyster industry viable  

750 lb bluefin first catch and release fish of PEI tuna charter season

Chile's Sernapesca will seek to reduce high antibiotic usage in salmon farms  

Alaskan Leader Seafoods uses DuPont's Multi-Vac package for its ready-to-cook cod item (Fish Radio)

A widow's switch of allegiance set off the falling Demoulas Market Basket dominoes

New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen

Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish

Switzerland's Migros Supermarket adds first ASC trout products to its offerings

Market Basket board considering several buyout offers including one from Arthur T. Demoulas

Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion News Summary Monday July 28, 2014

Fri. Jul 25 2014

Russia may ban McDonald's from producing Filet O' Fish, other items claiming consumer deception News Summary Friday July 25, 2014

Former Dominos exec joins Wendy's as SVP Marketing

ADF&G shuts down Kenai River commercial king salmon fishing with escapements to fall short of goal  

Tassal snags $3.85 million grant to build fish meal plant with 20,000 ton annual production capacity

Omega Protein's remarkable share price trend reflects its recent focus on human nutrition

Seafood Harvesters support Sen. Begich's bill that extends fishing vessel discharge exemption

Long John Silver’s launches "America's Fish Fry" TV campaign

Alaska's salmon set netters recant the peaks and valleys of a life on the water (Fish Radio)

Battle with Walmart and Target results in Q2 loss for Loblaw despite better comps

Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister proposes lobster marketing levy be raised to five-cents per pound  

Federal judge lifts archaic, 56-year old antitrust gag order on Maine lobstermen  

Starboard claims Darden won't let it look at its books in complaint filed in Florida court

Alaska's governor asks USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned pinks  

Big drop in Norwegian salmon price expected next week  

Banned imports of European eel fry alleged to be flooding into Japan via China

Southern California fresh swordfish off the menu as driftent ban imposed through August

La. catch pushes Gulf shrimp landings up sharply in June; on par with month's 5 year avg  

Legal's Roger Berkowitz has some personal advice for the feuding Demoulas family

Supervalu Q1 sales relatively flat vs. year-ago

Thu. Jul 24 2014 News Summary Thursday July 24, 2014

Vietnam's surimi exports to China up over 30% while shipments fall about 5% to top market S. Korea  

WWF will push for suspension of Pacific bluefin fishing if nations cannot agree on catch limits  

Wal-Mart's Asian business chief Greg Foran will replace Bill Simon as CEO of US division

Performance Food Group names former Sysco exec new Executive Vice President Of Operations

Foodservice operator survey finds most not concerned about higher prices from Syso/US Foods merger

Ipswich, MA officials take emergency measures to keep unlicensed clammers off of commercial beds  

South Australia's bluefin tuna harvest producing very high quality fish

Oregon officials lift coastwide commercial mussel harvesting ban finding PSP risk has dropped  

Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year  

Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket

Alaskans asked to comment on MSA Re-authorization, sea lions, mines and more (Fish Radio)

Lobster license stacking starting next spring in PEI will reduce traps in the water   (3) 

Newfoundland food fishery death sparks emotional call for Gail Shea to extend season

Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"

NPD sees restaurant traffic likely to remain flat

Food safety in China still faces big hurdles

Itochu agrees to $1.9 billion food tie-up with CP Pokphand

Sealord names former McCain Foods MD new CEO

Wed. Jul 23 2014 News Summary Wednesday July 23, 2014

Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says EU free trade deal will help export market  

Japan to provide Vietnamese tuna fishermen with new boats to spur more fresh imports  

DFO's lobster tagging program providing solid data on Newfoundland's fishery  

New England's live lobster prices set to fall to seasonal lows as new shell product hits the market  

Study finds large differences among shark species in ability to survive accidental longline catch

Marine Harvest says it did not violate EU laws in Morpol acquisition after hit with $26 million fine

Virginia's marinas hike unloading fees to take advantage of booming oyster harvest  

Alaska's statewide salmon catch tops 71 million fish with Bristol Bay haul nearly 70% above forecast  

Aleutian Islands herring fleet wraps up season, leaving about 160 tons of quota in the water  

IPHC program features halibut to teach students math and science (Fish Radio)

Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming

Blowback mounts against 4 months lobstering ban off Massachusetts coast to protect whales  

Chinese company setting up ambitious Asian carp processing for export operation in Mississippi

Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end  

Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts and LIFO policy  

Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens

Chipotle able to build comps 12.3 percent in Q2 despite price increases

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CP Hosting Supermarket Giants to Create Create Global Benchmark on Shrimp Feed, Anti-Slavery Measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Annie Kelly  July 30, 2014

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Morrisons and Tesco join Birds Eye and others to create a taskforce to tackle slavery and trafficking in the seafood industry
UK and US supermarket groups are meeting in Thailand this week to create a taskforce to tackle trafficking and forced labour in the shrimp feed industry.
The talks follow a Guardian investigation last month that uncovered slavery in the supply chains of Thai seafood sold to major international retail brands.
The three-day meeting will be hosted by Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the world's largest prawn farmer, which the Guardian found buys fishmeal from suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boards manned with slaves...

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With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton July 30, 2014

The global shortage of Coldwater shrimp is creating a boom time on the West Coast. 
With three months left to fish, coast wide landings for Washington, Oregon, and California are already at 41 million pounds.  Many expect landings to hit 70 million pounds or higher.  In 1989 79 million pounds were landed coast wide, and this year may to be second to that.
According to some of the harvesters, most boats in Washington have already landed over 1 million pounds each...

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New Magnuson draft would allow sustainability label for all well managed US Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  - July 30, 2014

Senators Begich and Rubio have released the latest draft of the Magnuson reauthorization bill, and one provision would codify the right of sellers to use the description "sustainable' in marketing fish caught under an approved management plan.
This has been a key contention for some marketers of US fish, who argue that the success of the US scientific management, which has resulted in ending overfishing, and rebuilding US fish stocks, is a legitimate basis to make a valid sustainabiity claim...

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Big mistake in fisheries fuel use article from yesterday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - July 30, 2014

There was a big mistake in the article we ran yesterday from Laine Welch Fish Radio on fuel usage in fisheries. 
The scientific article referred to fuel use in Litres - and the article used gallons.  For example, the authors claimed flatfish fuel consumption was 747 litres - i.e. 197 gallons, not 747 gallons per ton which is an economic impossibility.
As one of our readers wrote in the comments, with a ton of flatfish worth $1300 in Dutch Harbor, that amount of fuel would cost $2700.
However, even the global averages are misleading.  For example, the scientists claim that flatfish trawlers use 197 gallons per ton, but the actual experience in the Bering Sea is that most use far less than even 100 gallons per ton, with some in the 70-80 gallon range.  So the actual fuel cost per ton is more like $300 to $500.
So one way of looking at this is the Bering Sea flatfish fleet is nearly 3 times as fuel efficient as the global average....

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Shanghai customs finds listeria in Pacific salmon from New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CAPMA]  Translated by Amy Zhong  July 30, 2014

There is a batch of substandard frozen Pacific salmon which has been destroyed in Shanghai.
On July 16, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has destroyed a batch of substandard frozen Pacific salmon with the total weight of 264.81 kg and the value of US$ 4104.56.
These salmon have been imported from New Zealand and on-the-spot quarantine has found nothing abnormal about the commodities. But the bureau staff sampled the salmon to test if these goods have any microorganism, parasite, etc. owing to the warning of the sampling system...

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Paul Greenberg tells Boston Globe what he set out to explain about American seafood consumption

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] by Michael Floreak - July 30, 2014

In “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood,” Paul Greenberg examines how a country with an enormous coastline and a majority of its population located within 10 miles of the ocean came to import 90 percent of its seafood, much of it raised on farms. “It’s a conspiracy of a few different things,” Greenberg says, noting the replacement of working waterfronts with private real estate, the damming of waterways, and the spiraling loss of fertile marshland among them.

He tells the story of how Americans stopped eating seafood from its own waters by looking at the consumption of oysters, shrimp, and salmon...

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AK's Southeast, Southwest fisheries stand to be most impacted from ocean acidifcation (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 30, 2014 

In another threat to the Panhandle’s fisheries – British Columbia’s KSM mine has sailed through the permitting process. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse impacts and safeguards will prevent any harm to Alaska’s fisheries and human health. The KSM mine will include three of North America’s largest open pit gold and copper mines at the headwaters of primary salmon rivers just 19 miles from the Alaska border...

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Long John's to give out free fried fish dish August 2 to celebrate 45 years in business 


Long John Silver’s will celebrate its 45 anniversary of its opening up for business by giving customers a free fish fry dish on August 2.

Between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, participating Long John restaurants will give out  one crispy golden fish filet and a serving of natural-cut fries completely free of charge. The offer is limited to one per person, and is available for dine-in or carryout only (drive-thru is excluded) at participating locations...

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Bon Appetit to stop selling skipjack tuna caught using fish aggregating devices


Bon Appétit Management Company will ban the use of skipjack tuna caught using fish aggregating devices in its supply chain starting in 2015.

Currently 233,000 pounds, or 91.5% of all processed tuna the company buys is skipjack. The agreement will compel suppliers to ensure all tuna provided to Bon Appétit will be caught without the use of FADs.   

Suppliers have committed that every tuna shipment destined for Bon Appétit will be accompanied by a signed statement from the boat captain including date caught, location, and a commitment that no fish aggregating device was used...

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Cargill introduces analytic tool to help shrimp farmers fight EMS


Cargill announced today that their animal nutrition business has launched a new EMS Risk Tool to determine the best farm management program to manage the risk of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) on shrimp farms. 

EMS, also known as Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), is caused by certain strains of the bacteria vibrio and has led to devastating production losses in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and most recently in Mexico.

With this tool, Cargill says they can identify the main risk factors for individual farms and provide tailored recommendations to farmers to help reduce the severity of the disease to promote shrimp survival. Outbreaks of EMS have resulted in mortality rates as high as 100 percent...

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You can't keep a Nagle out of the fish business, even in New York

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times]  by Florence Fabricant - July 30, 2014

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is opening in Brooklyn.
Vinny Milburn was determined to stay clear of his family's venerable seafood business in Boston, the John Nagle Co., so he became an entertainment lawyer. 
But seafood lured him back, and he is opening this modest but well-conceived fish market and restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with Adam Geringer-Dunn, whom he met in the music business. 
''There was nowhere to buy decent seafood in this neighborhood,'' ..

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Explosion at Omega Protein's Moss Point, MS plant kills one worker, injures three others

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gulf Live] by April M. Havens -July 30, 2014

One man is dead and three other workers are injured after a morning explosion at Omega Protein in Moss Point, fire Chief Tommy Posey confirmed.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified 25-year-old Jerry Lee Taylor II as the man who was killed in the incident.

Broadus said Taylor's driver's license listed a Mobile address, but Taylor's Facebook profile page shows he is from Helena and currently lives in Big Point in east Jackson County...

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Gloucester Explores Common Cultural Ties with Japan, as a Fishery Dependent Community

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] by Sean Hagen - July 30, 2014

As lunches go, this one had a particularly international flavor, even if it was served at the offices of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, tucked away in a little corner of the Blackburn Industrial Park.

The hostess and chef was Angela Sanfilippo, the president of the Fishermen’s Wives Association, and the honored 
guest was Akifumi Hoshina, a reporter with the Japanese newspaper, Ishinomaki Kahoku.

Hoshina, accompanied by his Boston-based interpreter Yutaka Yatz, has spent much of the past week following Sanfilippo on her daily rounds throughout Gloucester for a story Hoshina is writing on Gloucester and its efforts to rebound from the fishing disaster that has gripped it at the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium...

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Pacific Andes releases updated Sustainability Report


Pacific Andes Group's 2012/13 Sustainability Report has received the highest possible rating from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The report was given an A+ rating finding Pacific Andes fulfilled 139 indicators established by GRI under the headings of Economic, Environmental and Social Performance which include Labour Practices and Decent Work, Human Rights, Society and Product Responsibility. 

In line with this theme, the Report is structured around two core sections, namely a Global section and a Local section outlining each country’s operation. It highlights the Group’s developments in environmental sustainability, social compliance and product responsibility and outlines its sustainability commitments for 2014 / 2015...

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Chilean squid export values down 15% in 2013 facing stiff competition from US, other major exporters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] July 30, 2014

Returns for exports of U.S. $ 70 million generated business-squid cuttlefish extracted on our shores-the end of last year, an amount that showed a drop from previous years. According to Customs data, provided by the National Fisheries Society (Sonapesca), one of the best years for the activity was 2011, with shipments of $ 117 million. In 2012, meanwhile, exports reached U.S. $ 83 million.

The industry agrees that they have low influence in foreign markets, where Argentina and Peru dominate.
"Chile is not the main actor in the United States, instead it is Peru and others. When squid are in high demand and have great abundance, there is a low price, " said Sonapesca CEO  Hector Bacigalupo....

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McDonald's Japan launches Tofu Shinjo McNugget featuring minced whitefish and tofu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] by Yoko Watasuki and Madison Park - July 30, 2014 

If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have an alternative for you -- tofu and fish nuggets.

On Wednesday, McDonald's in Japan rolled out Tofu Shinjo McNuggets, a doppelganger of the Chicken McNugget made from a mishmash of minced white fish, tofu and vegetables including edamame, soy beans and carrots. Deep-fried to a golden-brown and shaped just like the original chicken version, the Tofu Shinjo McNugget is crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside.

The fast food chain is known for adding dishes with local flavor to its menu...

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