Thu. Jul 24 2014

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


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


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


Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year  


Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket


Sealord names former McCain Foods MD new CEO


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


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


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


Officials lift coastwide commercial mussel harvesting ban finding PSP risk has dropped


Wed. Jul 23 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sen. Begich releases revised draft of Magnuson-Stevens


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


Japan planning to closely regulate eel farmers by year-end


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


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


Oceana claims excessive antibiotic use in Chilean salmon farming


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 23, 2014


Tue. Jul 22 2014

New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market


Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame


"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets  


Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation  


Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  


Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham


Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop


Virginia oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987  


Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture


NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets  


British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform


GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP


NE council exec. dir. says Oceana ignores efforts of local fishermen in bycatch report


Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia


UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility


Cooke Aqua's organic kelp product continues industry push into sea plant mariculture (Fish Radio)


McDonald's profit misses expectations, U.S. sales off 1.5 percent


Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014


Mon. Jul 21 2014

Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend


Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production  


Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation blocking Obama declaration of vast Pacific closed area


Moderate supply growth, high demand expected to boost Norwegian salmon prices in Q4 say investors  


San Francisco restaurants, Tomales Bay Oyster sue Interior to block closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co


Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking


McDonald's Canada expands summer seafood offerings with limited time Asian style spicy shrimp wrap


New England fishermen and residents back cull of exploding grey seal population


McDonald's and Yum Brands victims of new food safety scare from Chinese meat supplier exposé


Ecuador's canned tuna, shrimp export market expected to benefit from EU free trade deal


New sea lice software helping Atlantic Canada's salmon farmers fight parasite


Cooke Aqua's former Shelburne Harbour salmon farm site still a dead zone say scientists


New clearance procedures have containers backed up at Vietnam's Cat Lai port


Lifelong Maine lobsterman still fishing and winning lobster boat races at 84


North American lobster rolls a hit in Singapore


Ahold moves Mark McGowan to EVP of Operations, Bhavdeep Singh to new formats role


AK chef, owner of La Baleine Café Mandy Dixon to compete at 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off


Cooke Aqua to roll out Canadian certified organic kelp products under True North Salmon brand


Hawaii Oceanic undergoing difficult process of perfecting the rearing of ahi tuna


National Geographic's third season of top rated "Wicked Tuna" debuts August 17


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 21, 2014


Fri. Jul 18 2014

Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal  


Some Bristol Bay harvesters disappointed with lower than expected advanced sockeye price  


US scallop imports soar past 5-year average as high priced domestic product sends buyers to China


Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food subsidiary in Shanghai grows Chinese market for live US lobster, Dungeness


Aleutian Islands herring fishery off to a slow start  


Most of Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close on July 21  


EPA issues proposal to block Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine over salmon risk


Pebble Mine supporters trying through courts and House bill to keep project alive


Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China


Nova Scotia's H&H Fisheries hit with $400,000 fine for illegal halibut deals


Mexico suddenly closes bluefin tuna fishery after filling Baja fattenng pens


AK Fisheries Development Fdn. testing technology to help reduce fishermen's energy cost (Fish Radio)


GMRI's Steve Eayres spells out benefits fuel saving measures could have for NE groundfish fleet


Cermaq Q2 results reflect continuing high costs in Chile


Sysco settles California improper drop site storage claims, Reiterates commitment to food safety


NOAA has agreed to fund the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program


New boat design developed for Acadian Peninsula crab fleet


Obama administration approves sonic cannon exploration for oil and gas from from Florida to Delaware


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 18, 2014


Thu. Jul 17 2014

Colder waters slow Maine lobster catches to more traditional pace with molt still to come  


With Thai shrimp industry operating at 33% of 2010 level, TFFA members say labor issues are resolved  


Alaska General Seafoods posts $1.20 per lb advance price for Bristol Bay sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Domestic shrimp prices fall 30% to 50% in China due to heavy harvesting of ponds


At Landrieu hearing, American shrimp processors push to replace new shipper bonds with cash deposits


Harlon Pearce sees evidence of strong white shrimp season; could offset dismal brown shrimp harvest  


NPFMC hears plan that would set up cooperative fishery management structure in Kodiak


DFO to open far more BC coastline to large scale geoduck farming  


New Executive Director of Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative spells out market opportunity


Norway's Havfisk reports 46% bump in Q2 earnings on improved cod and haddock prices, harvests  


Alaskan cod featured in Long John's summer season fish fry advertising campaign  


Serious disruption possible as Market Basket workers press to reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas


McDonald's franchisee group reports weak comps, predicts poor second half outlook


Point Lookout, NY fish company, executives admit to fraud in fluke purchases


Fishermen divided on advisability of raising West Coast lingcod quota


AFT Holdings dismayed by lack of U.S. commitment to Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries


Walmart unable to build market share in some Neighborhood Store markets


Annual spiny dogfish quota to replace seasonal commercial limits in new Mid-Atlantic, NE regulations


Sodexo's nine months North American sales off 1.4 percent


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 17, 2014


Luke's Lobster opens its sixth Manhattan restaurant



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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] By Yuriy Humber and Anuchit Nguyen - July 24, 2014 -

Itochu Corp. (8001), Japan’s third-largest trading company, agreed to a business tie-up with Thai agriculture group Charoen Pokphand as the two companies seek to expand food supply in the world’s most populous region.

Itochu will buy an HK$6.6 billion stake ($852 million) in Hong Kong-based unit CP Pokphand Co. and the Thai company will take 102.4 billion yen ($1 billion) of Itochu’s stock, the two companies said in separate statements. Itochu will also spend as much as 110 billion yen on a share buy back over the next year, the company said in its filing.

The cross shareholdings will help the two boost sales and cut the cost of buying raw materials as well as reducing asset running costs, Tokyo-based Itochu said today...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] July 24, 2014

A new plan to allow P.E.I. fishermen to hold more than one lobster licence will reduce the number of traps in the water.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea made the announcement in a news release overnight Wednesday.

The new rules will allow Island fishermen on the North Shore and in the southeast to buy another lobster fishermen's licence out.  The one boat would be allowed to fish two licences, which is known as stacking. Some of the traps from the second licence, up to 50 per cent the news release said, would have to be retired...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - July 24, 2014 - 

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says she is open to looking at extending the season of the recreational fishery or reverting to a tagging system, but warns that the sustainability of cod stocks remain paramount.

While speaking with reporters in St. John's on Wednesday, Shea was asked whether the food fishery could be extended beyond a few weeks in the summer.

The current food fishery opened last Saturday and will close August 10. On the opening day, Gordon Reid, 72, died off Bell Island when a small boat capsized.

While RCMP confirmed that Reid and two others were not wearing life-jackets, there have been calls to extend the length of the food fishery so that participants will not feel rushed.

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Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross  July 24, 2014 - 

Arthur T. Demoulas on Wednesday said he will make an offer to buy the Market Basket supermarket chain, seeking to regain control of the fractured company and end the decades-long family feud that has exploded into an extraordinary public spectacle this month.

Demoulas said in a statement that he and his side of the family will try to buy the 50.5 percent of Market Basket now controlled by opposing relatives who supported his firing last month as president of the company.

It was not immediately clear whether the offer was being seriously entertained by family shareholders who have battled with Demoulas for control of the company since the early 1990s.

(The Boston Globe also reported on the impact the unrest has had on its seafood suppliers...

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Sealord names former McCain Foods regional MD new CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 24, 2014 - 

Sealord Group Ltd’s Board of Directors has appointed experienced food industry leader Steve Yung as the company’s next CEO.

Canadian born Yung has most recently been Managing Director of McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand and will take up his new role, based in Auckland on the 25th August 2014.

He was a member of the global Senior Leadership Team at McCain. Sealord Group Chairman Matanuku Mahuika said Yung has a strong set of skills that will help the company’s growth and development, particularly in the Australian market...

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Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times - Editorial] - July 24, 2014 - 

There’s a revolution going on at the shopping cart corrals, at the entrances to almost every one of Market Basket’s 71 stores, and in their increasingly empty aisles, from Gloucester to Lawrence and New Hampshire.

At Market Basket stores across the region, store employees have been stationing themselves at the entrances, holding signs and petitions, urging shoppers to stay out.

It’s a phenomenon unheard of in corporate America.

The Demoulas family’s supermarket chain is coming undone, link by link.

Market Basket truck drivers aren’t making deliveries, stock clerks carry clipboards, urging consumers to sign a petition asking the board of directors to reinstate ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Pictures of Arthur T. are taped to empty seafood and produce displays. Fliers explaining why there are no more Cheerios or sweet potatoes now hang from the shelves.

A crowd of employees 3,000 to 4,000 strong rallied in Tewksbury Monday, among them the eight who were fired via courier Sunday.

(Normally the company bought about $6 million worth of seafood a week, according to the Boston Globe - KWC)

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NPD sees restaurant traffic likely to remain flat 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Mark Brandau July 24, 2014 - 

Consumer traffic to restaurants in the United States has flattened, with few signs of an imminent rebound, according to new data from The NPD Group.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm found that American consumers made about 61 billion visits to restaurants during the 12 months ended in May 2014, roughly the same number of visits recorded in the 12-month period a year earlier. That amount of traffic is nearly 1..3 billion annual dining-out occasions below pre-recession levels, NPD found.

The firm’s long-range traffic forecast shows annual growth of less than 1 percent expected for the next several years.

“There are some fundamental shifts...

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New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons - July 22, 2014 - 

This year’s lobster shedding season in Maine has reverted to a more normal late July timing.  This may be a result of extended cold weather this spring. Some lobstermen and buyers have been reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

The lobster season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. This year, soft, or “new shell” lobsters are just now beginning to appear in the market.   

At J.P. they pack their new-shells in slot-boxes...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA says a recently ratified free trade agreement with the EU will help grow the country's shrimp trade to the overseas market.

Late last week Ecuador and the EU finalized a free trade deal that will ease tariffs on a majority of Ecuador's exports to the market. Ecuador is a top fish and fruit exporter to the EU.

According to key Ecuadorian shrimp producer OMARSA, the deal will have a positive effect on Ecuador's shrimp shipments to the EU. 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 24, 2014 

The public is encouraged to comment on issues affecting Alaska fisheries on several fronts. First off - a draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act is now available for public review and comment. The MSA is the primary federal law that governs fisheries management in U.S. waters and is undergoing reauthorization.

It’s the last chance to comment on another massive mine that has Southeast Alaskans worried. Seabridge Gold plans to build the KSM mine at headwaters of two salmon rivers in Canada, just 19 miles from the Alaska border. One river flows into Misty Fjords National Park. KSM would include three open pits, an underground mine and huge tailings and rock dumps that must be watched and treated forever...

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Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News] July 24, 2014

The Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta provinces expect US$1.3 billion from exports of shrimp in the second half of 2014, bringing earnings to $2.6 billion for this year.

The Steering Board for the Southeast Region, said that to increase export targets, the provinces planned to produce 214,000 tonnes of prawn in the second half for processing export products and 430,000 tonnes of prawn for the whole year, which is 4.6 per cent higher than last year.

Meanwhile, the region expected to produce 54,000 tonnes of white-leg shrimp and 16,000 tonnes of blue-leg prawn for export processing in the second half...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - July 23, 2014 

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea stood her ground Tuesday on controversial quota reductions that will cut most deeply among inshore fishermen, and admonished Newfoundland and Labrador for an unfulfilled promise to rationalize the processing sector.

But provincial counterpart Keith Hutchings said Shea's intransigence will likely lead to trouble in the provincial seafood industry.

Hutchings and others fear that even deeper cuts are yet to come...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Marine Harvest plans to challenge a fine levied by the European Commission for violating merger and acquisition laws, claiming it acted in accordance with EU regulations in a deal to take over Morpol.

This week the Commission fined the major Norwegian salmon producer US$26 million (EU20 million) accusing Marine Harvest of violating the EU Merger Regulation when it acquired a 48.5 percent stake in Morpol on December 18, 2012. The Commission said Marine Harvest failed to receive prior authorization and said the company should have been aware of its obligation to notify and await clearance before it proceeded with the acquisition.

According to the Merger Regulation, mergers and acquisitions with an EU dimension (in particular because they meet certain turnover thresholds) must be notified to and authorized by the Commission before they are implemented...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 23, 2014

Live American lobster prices out of New England are poised to fall sharply this summer--albeit a bit little later this year compared to recent seasons--as new shell product out of Maine is hitting the market at a more historical pace.

Average wholesale prices for live, 1 ¼ quarter lobsters in New England are 60 percent higher this July compared to last year according to Urner Barry. The increase has been driven by a lack of soft, or “new shell” inventories this season compared to 2012 and 2013.

Colder than normal Maine waters have delayed the lobster molt and cut...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - July 23, 2014

Statewide commercial harvests of wild salmon rose above 71 million fish on July 22, including nearly 29 million salmon in Bristol Bay, but Copper River sockeye prices were holding their own, despite the increasing competition.

The preliminary harvest from the Copper River stood at over 2 million fish, including 1,998,000 sockeye, 42,000 chum, 10,000 kings, 2,000 pink and fewer than 1,000 silver salmon.

In Bristol Bay, also now peaked, the harvest through July 21 was 28,875,000 fish...

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Food safety in China still faces big hurdles

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Michael Moss and Neil Gough - July 24, 2014 -

China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an industrial chemical.

But as the latest scandal involving spoiled meat in fast-food shows, the attempted transformation over the last six years has run up against the country's centuries-old and sprawling food supply chain.

From factory inspections to product recalls, laboratory testing to prosecutions, China's emergent food-quality apparatus has turned into reform on the fly, with ever-changing threats and setbacks. Now, the growing presence of big American brands means that the country's oversight efforts -- and its most glaring lapses -- are playing out on a global stage.

Earlier this year,...

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Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

The late Gerry Frattollilo, a 50-year employee and former president of the New England Seafood Exchange will be the first inductee into the newly formed Boston Seafood Hall of Fame.

Founded by the Boston Fisheries Foundation created the Hall to honor pioneers and leaders in the New England seafood community and Frattollilo, an industry veteran, was an ideal candidate as the Hall's first inductee.

Frattollilo will be inducted at the Third Annual Boston Seafood Festival, the Boston Fisheries Foundation’s celebration of the local seafood community held July 27th from 11am – 6pm on the historic Boston Fish Pier...

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