Thu. Aug 25 2016

Thai Union Responds to Greenpeace; Publishes Questionnaire Greenpeace Won't Acknowledge


Lobster Ban Threat in Europe is Real, as Swedish and US Scientists Talk Past Each Other  


Consistent Supply is Key to Develop West Coast Rockfish Market Says Oregon Trawl Commission  


ISSF and Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna in New Collaboration to Promote Sustainability Goals  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 25, 2016


Wed. Aug 24 2016

Greenpeace Only Blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them


Gulf Shrimp Prices Spike in August on Low Volumes; Spread Widens Over Farmed Market  


Mothership and Shoreside Whiting Sectors Struggling This Year as Catches Fall Behind  


Continued Poor Salmon Harvests Forecast in Hokkaido this Autumn, with Less Than 40 Million Fish  


High Price of Salmon Continues in Japan Amid Dwindling Imports of Coho from Chile  


Supreme Crab and Seafood Launches Signature Catch Crab Meat as Flagship Brand  


Settlement Reached in Legal Action Against Sea Shepherd by Japanese Whalers


Poseidon Food Joins NFI's Crab Council as 27th Member, Second International Company


Large Portion of Fishmeal, Fish Oil Still Produced Using Fish from Poorly Managed Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday August 24, 2016


Tue. Aug 23 2016

The Mazzetta Company Suspends Fish Production at Gloucester Seafood Processing to Focus on Lobster


Indian Tilapia Farming Off to Good Start with High Survival Rates in Andhra Pradesh  


Bumble Bee Gets Canned Tuna Non-GMO Project Verified; Will Certify Entire Product Line by Year's End


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Approves Fishery Protections for Over 50 Unmanaged Forage Fish Species


Doug Coffman Named Business Dev. Manager for Trans Ocean's Midwest, Southeast, Southwest Regions


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 23, 2016


Mon. Aug 22 2016

Fraser Sockeye Salmon Run Estimate Lowest Since 1893  


Sea Port Initiates Voluntary Recall with FDA for Philippine Scallops Produced Nov. 23 and 24, 2015


Zhanjiang Guolian to Invest $72 million in Three Closed System Shrimp Farms  


Record Salmon Catches in Russia This Year to be Directed to the Domestic Market  


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Seeks to Host House Parties to Start October Seafood Month


Competing Proteins: Red Meat Markets Slide, Poultry and Eggs Advance Last Week


Seafood.com News Summary Monday August 22, 2016


Fri. Aug 19 2016

Copper River Coho Season Gets Off to Strong Start; Landings Could Exceed Preseason Forecast


Yihe and Alaskan Jack's Brand add to Salmon Line With Dumpling Products This Fall


Gloucester's Sustainable Groundfish Assoc. Gets Acadian redfish, haddock, Pollock MSC Certified


MSC Hires Seafood Industry Veteran Eric Critchlow as US Program Director


JingDong, A Chinese Online Platform, Expands Fresh Fish Business with Global Sourcing Strategy


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 19, 2016


Thu. Aug 18 2016

Regal Springs Names Ex-Nomad Foods Director Achim Eichenlaub CEO to Replace Retiring Lamprecht


NFI Says Greenpeace to Issue Rank and Spank US Foodservice Listings as Early as Monday   (1)


Lasting Damage to Perceptions of Seafood Found in Southern Lousiana from Deep Water Horizon Oil Spil


Seattle Fish Co. Helps MSC Expand Certified Seafood to First Restaurants in Colorado Market


Nova Scotia Distributor Binnacle Seafood Expects Export Bump to US After MSC Chain of Custody


High Salmon Prices, Limited Supplies Help Marine Harvest Post Record Q2 Revenues


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 18, 2016


Phillips Seafood Now Featuring its Own Farmed, Indonesian Barramundi at Baltimore Location


Pollock Conservation Co-Op Now Taking Funding Proposals for Alaskan Fishery Improvement Projects


Monmouth Univ. Gets $1.2 Million in Funding to Develop Online, Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal


Newfoundland Reorganizes Ministries to Reduce Gov't Costs, Fisheries adds Forestry and Agrifoods


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Thai Union Responds to Greenpeace; Publishes Questionnaire Greenpeace Won't Acknowledge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 25 2016

Thai Union published a statement responding to Greenpeace's comments about the company in their report on the US Foodservice Industry (Greenpeace Only Blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them  August 24th).  In addition to describing their global sustainability strategy, Thai Union published their entire response to the corporate questionnaire Greenpeace sent them, and urged customers to read it.  Greenpeace will not acknowledge any steps Thai Union is taking because it would undercut their campaign to paint a black and white picture to their donors,  where Greenpeace is the only organization preventing a collapse of the oceans.
 
Thai Union says they respect Greenpeace's vision for healthy seas, but cannot support the methods of its campaigns.
 
Thai Union Response to Greenpeace:
 
Thai Union and all of its brands around the world are committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner..

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Lobster Ban Threat in Europe is Real, as Swedish and US Scientists Talk Past Each Other

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton August 25, 2016
 
Most US industry and government reaction to the proposed ban of sales of live lobster in Europe has been highly critical of the lack of science and data in the Swedish request to impose a ban under invasive species control laws.  The US and Canadian scientists have argued that the establishment of a population of Homarus Americanus is extremely unlikely.
 
However, the response of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, which is now public, shows that the Swedes believe the precautionary principle trumps the lack of scientific consensus.
 
"There is a major difference between assessing the likelihood that establishment will occur and assessing the risk that establishment may occur. ...

 

 

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Consistent Supply is Key to Develop West Coast Rockfish Market Says Oregon Trawl Commission

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - August 25, 2016

The West Coast shoreside trawl industry came away from a rockfish marketing strategies meeting Wednesday with two critical messages: Commitment and consistency.

The Oregon Trawl Commission’s roundtable discussion was to brainstorm marketing ideas in light of markedly higher annual catch limits (ACLs) for several rockfish species beginning in 2017, many of which have been under tight restrictions since the early 2000s. 

The higher ACLs also will allow access to other key species, such as lingcod...

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Gulf Shrimp Prices Spike in August on Low Volumes; Spread Widens Over Farmed Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 24, 2016

Gulf shrimp prices are up significantly in August because of supply concerns since landings in July fell to their lowest level since 2010.  The summer spike has quickly widened the spread between Gulf shrimp prices and the imported farmed market.

According to NMFS, about 6.6 million pounds of shrimp were landed in July. The figure is down 36 percent from last year—a difference of nearly 4 million pounds...

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Mothership and Shoreside Whiting Sectors Struggling This Year as Catches Fall Behind

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - August 24, 2016

The 3-sector Pacific whiting fishery so far this year seems to be a mixed bag of slow production, concerns about rockfish bycatch and a little bit of worry about small fish.
 
So far, the catcher-processor sector is the only one of the three that has exceeded its 2015 whiting catch, harvesting 47,416.77 mt of whiting this year compared with 27,660.38 last year. Still, that's only 46 percent of its 72,415 mt allocation.
 
The mothership co-operatives and the shoreside sector are still behind, both relative to last year's landings and their percentage of annual allocation.
 
"The only constant about any given whiting season is that we know it will be different than the last one..

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High Price of Salmon Continues in Japan Amid Dwindling Imports of Coho from Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Japan Reports]   August 24, 2016

Tokyo - High prices of salmon show no signs of halt in Japan.
 
Salted coho slices (fillets) from Chile are now traded at Y920 per kilo at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, which is 20-30% higher than a year ago.  
 
The average monthly wholesale price of salted coho (imported and domestic products included) at Tsukiji had exceeded the year-before level for five consecutive months until June this year.
 
In Chile there occurred massive plankton blooms...
 

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The Mazzetta Company Suspends Fish Production at Gloucester Seafood Processing to Focus on Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 23, 2016

The Mazzetta Company’s Massachusetts-based operation Gloucester Seafood Processing announced a temporary suspension to fresh fish processing so the company can focus primarily on lobster production.

According to a statement from Mazzetta’s Joe Chekouras, GSP is reconfiguring the production process at the facility.

“GSP plans to concentrate on lobster production..." said Chekouras...

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Settlement Reached in Legal Action Against Sea Shepherd by Japanese Whalers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  August 24, 2016

The Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and Kyodo Senpaku (KS) today announced that they have reached a settlement in the lawsuits against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and Paul Watson for harassing and endangering research whaling vessels.
 
ICR and KS filed their original complaint in the Washington Federal District Court in Seattle on 8 December 2011, seeking injunctive relief from violent behavior that threatened the safety and lives of their researchers and crews. This followed several years of increasingly dangerous physical attacks on the High Seas in which Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson attempted to sabotage research activity by ramming vessels, dragging ropes to damage propellers and throwing and firing glass projectiles from close quarters. 
 
On 17 December 2012, the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction 

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Poseidon Food Joins NFI's Crab Council as 27th Member, Second International Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -August 24, 2016 

The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council added blue swimming crab importer Poseidon Food as its latest member. 

Netherlands-based Poseidon Food supplies a range of high-quality crabmeat and seafood products to retail and wholesale customers. They join fellow Dutch-company Fisherman’s Choice as the council’s European representatives.

“Poseidon Food starts from the premise that seafood is a premium dining experience,” said Director Erald de Groot...

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Large Portion of Fishmeal, Fish Oil Still Produced Using Fish from Poorly Managed Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 24, 2016

An annual sustainability overview of reduction fisheries conducted by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) found that a majority of the fisheries used to produce fishmeal and fish oil are well managed. However, the report also found significant volumes of these fish continue to originate from fisheries that are not well managed...

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Greenpeace Only blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton - August 24, 2016

Greenpeace released its first report on Foodservice companies use of seafood, saying "Ocean Destruction Comes from Foodservice."
 
The hollowness of the campaign is illustrated by the fact that only 3 out of 14 companies agreed to speak to Greenpeace, and those were the only companies given a "passing" grade. They were Sodexo, Compass, and Aramark.
 
The others -- Sysco, US Foods, Performance Group, Delaware North, Gordon Foodservices, Reinhart, Food Services of America, Shamrock Foods, Maines Paper and Foodservice, AVI Food Systems, Centerplate and Elior North America all refused to talk to Greenpeace.
 
The report is largely focused on tuna, and on attacking the Thai Union Group.  Greenpeace is involved in other campaigns to shut down purse seine and longline tuna fishing, including all tuna caught using FADs.

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ISSF and Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna in New Collaboration to Promote Sustainability Goals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 25, 2016 

Washington, D.C. – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework for mutual cooperation on conservation and sustainability goals.

The agreement creates a mechanism for working closely together on activities to promote the sustainability of tuna fisheries and ecologically healthy marine ecosystems in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).

The activities the two groups will work on include:
·        Improved electronic reporting and electronic monitoring, including for purse seine vessels as well as other fisheries such as longline
·        Binding implementation of improved harvest strategies by the IATTC for EPO tropical tunas
·        Capacity management for the EPO purse seine fisheries; PAST and ISSF will explore mechanisms...

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Continued Poor Salmon Harvests Forecast in Hokkaido this Autumn, with Less Than 40 Million Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - August 24, 2016

The stock size of salmon migrating to Hokkaido this autumn is foreseen to stay below 40 million, a stagnant level that had continued in the last two years.

A Hokkaido prefectural salmon research institute recently estimated that the salmon runs to Hokkaido this season would be 39,015,000 fish, a modest increase of 6% over the previous season.
 
By sea area, salmon runs to the Sea of Okhotsk is forecast to show a 10.8% growth to 17,849,000 fish, accounting for 45% of all the salmon runs to Hokkaido...
 
 

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Supreme Crab and Seafood Launches Signature Catch Crab Meat as Flagship Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 24, 2016

Florida-based Supreme Crab & Seafood announced the launch of its Signature Catch brand of crab meat, which will be the company's flagship label. 

The brand will feature Supreme's frozen and refrigerated Chinese Swimming crab meat.   

“We are very excited to have this additional species available.  Many distributors use both species so this will provide added convenience for our customers,” said Troy Turkin, Chief Operating Officer. 

 

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Indian Tilapia Farming Off to Good Start with High Survival Rates in Andhra Pradesh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jagdish Kumar - August 23, 2016

Fish farmers in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state has reaping benefits from Tilapia fish farming as it is giving good returns to them.

Tilapia fish farming was done in Pedderu reservoir of V Madugula mandal in the district of Vizag with the help of Tata Trust by the state fisheries department.

The department has selected the reservoirs after consultations and had brought over 150,000 small fry from Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aqua Culture, Vijayawada...

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Bumble Bee Gets Canned Tuna Non-GMO Project Verified; Will Certify Entire Product Line by Year's End

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 23, 2016

Bumble Bee Seafoods announced that its branded portfolio of canned Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water and in Oil is now Non-GMO Project Verified. The canned tuna producer also has plans to certify the balance of its canned and pouch tuna products by the end of the year. 

Cans of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water and in Oil will now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified logo...

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Approves Fishery Protections for Over 50 Unmanaged Forage Fish Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 23, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved an amendment to protect more than 50 unmanaged forage fish species in the Mid-Atlantic.

If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment would prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries on a number of unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. The prohibition would continue until the Council has had an opportunity to assess...

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