Fri. Feb 24 2017

Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy


MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna


High Salmon Prices Offset Sea Lice Losses as Scottish Salmon Company Posts Sales Increase in 2016  


Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Remain Below 5-Year Average in January  


VIDEO: Red Chamber Argentina Agrees to Shrimp Vessel Observers; Iceland’s Fishermen Get Back to Work


Marine Harvest Canada Gets Approval to Buy Gray Aqua's Salmon Farming Assets in New Brunswick


Lemon-Seasoned Crispy Fish and Butterfly Shrimp Headline Church’s Chicken Seasonal Menu


Driftnet Ban Fails to Save Ireland's Atlantic Wild Salmon


Thai Union Training Workers on Labor Rights and Benefits Under Thai Labor Protection Act


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 24, 2017


Thu. Feb 23 2017

Adak's Seafood Plant Not Processing Bering Sea Cod Because of Damage, Not Over Deliveries Lawsuit  


Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions


Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification  


Crabmeat Importer, Distributor Bonamar Secures $30 Million Credit Line from Santander


Oceana Says 50% of World's Transshipping Activity Occurs in Russian Waters


Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports


Platina Seafood Names Damien Claire President; Starts Crystal Seafood to Focus on Fresh Salmon  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 23, 2017


Wed. Feb 22 2017

High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood


State-Waters Cod Season Opens to Pot Gear as Federal Pot Gear Season Closes in Gulf of Alaska  


White Castle Adds Crab Cake Sandwich to Menu for Lent  


Hello Fresh's Meal Kit Delivery Service Commits to Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Program


EDF Says Smart Reforms are Key to Global Fish Recovery, Even with Climate Change   (1)


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 22, 2017


Tue. Feb 21 2017

Feds Quickly Exempting Fishery Regulations Stalled by Federal Freeze Order   (1)


Commerce Finalizes Shrimp Duty Rates for Vietnamese Exporters in 11th Review Period  


Grieg Posts Record 4Q Earnings on Strong Salmon Prices, Higher Production  


Mariner Seafood's Jack Flynn Joins NFI's Board of Directors


Leroy Seafoods: High Prices Generate Good Earnings  


Arun Dhar Takes Over Shrimp Research Lab from Don Lightner at Univ. of Arizona  


Texas' Perciformes Group Sends First Harvest of Farmed Sablefish To Washington DC Market


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 21, 2017


Mon. Feb 20 2017

Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 20, 2017


PODCAST: India Carries US Shrimp Imports to Record; Snow Crab Prices Smash Records Before Boston  


Russia's Quota Incentive Program Does Not Spur Crab Producers to Place Domestic Shipbuilding Orders  


Handy Seafood Launches Line of Value Added Oysters in Time for Boston Show


Iceland's Commercial Fishermen Resume Fishing as Labor Deal Gets Narrow Approval  


Effective Management Can Navigate Climate Impacts on the Fisheries


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Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 23, 2017

Walmart has become the latest retailer to align its seafood procurement policies in support of the Global Seafood Sustainably Initiative (GSSI).

Walmart said it will now accept certification schemes which have successfully completed the GSSI Benchmark Process.

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the second major retailer to back the GSSI policy...

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MSC Streamlines Assessment in Pilot Program for Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - February 24, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council has developed a simplified assessment process and is running a pilot program to test the process in the Echebastar Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna fishery, which failed certification in 2015.

The pilot program “aims to simplify the assessment process – reducing complexity and cost whilst improving effectiveness of stakeholder engagement and maintaining credibility,” according to MSC.

One of the reasons the Echebaster IO tuna fishery was not afforded the MSC logo two years ago was that the regional management group had not adopted a harvest control rule or reference points for the fishery, which in 2015 included skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye. The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission has since adopted these management tools....

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High Salmon Prices Offset Sea Lice Losses as Scottish Salmon Company Posts Sales Increase in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 24, 2017

The Scottish Salmon Company reported higher sales in 2016 as globally higher salmon prices helped offset production declines from ongoing sea lice problems.

The company’s sales reached US$136 million for the year, about a $12 million bump from 2015 levels.

This performance was achieved despite a 4.7 percent drop in its annual harvest to 24,342 metric tons...

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Adak's Seafood Plant Not Processing Bering Sea Cod Because of Damage, Not Over Deliveries Lawsuit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - February 23, 2017

Yesterday morning National Marine Fisheries Service closed the “A” season for Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI). The TAC had been reached which prompted the closure on the earliest date ever for the “A” season. In 2016, the A season trawl P-cod fishery remained open until March 9.

The early closure is a defining note in a fishery that has historically included deliveries to Adak’s cod processing plant since it opened in 1999...

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VIDEO: Red Chamber Argentina Agrees to Shrimp Vessel Observers; Iceland’s Fishermen Get Back to Work

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Lemon-Seasoned Crispy Fish and Butterfly Shrimp Headline Church’s Chicken Seasonal Menu
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Restaurant News Release] February 24, 2017

The Lenten Season is fast approaching, and Church’s Chickenannounced the return of a variety of Lent-friendly seafood menu options starting on Monday, Feb. 27.
 
Back by popular demand are Church’s Lemon-Seasoned Butterfly Shrimp and Crispy Fish. Guests can choose marinated shrimp or flaky white fish filets, fried up and finished with zesty lemon herb seasoning. Also returning to the menu for a limited time, are Church’s Hush Puppy Biscuit Bites.
 
“In addition to our scratch-made chicken, guests welcome our longstanding tradition of serving seafood during the Lenten season,” said Jennifer Chasteen, Senior Director of Brand & Product Strategy for Church’s Chicken. “We’re excited to bring back our most popular Lemon-Seasoned seafood dishes this Lent...

 

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Crabmeat Importer, Distributor Bonamar Secures $30 Million Credit Line from Santander 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Santander Bank‘s asset-based lending team closed a $30 million senior-secured revolving line of credit with Bonamar Corporation, a major importer, processor and distributor of crabmeat and seafood products based in Medley, Florida.

“Bonamar offers a robust product line and has a solid reputation in the industry, making it an attractive company to work with as it strengthens its position in the marketplace,” said Michael Richard, head of seafood lending at Santander...

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High Liner Posts Annual Sales Decline in 2016 Noting Weak US Demand for Breaded, Battered Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 22, 2017

High Liner Foods posted a decline in annual sales volumes and values last year because of the continued decline in demand for its traditional line of breaded and battered frozen seafood items in the US market.

The major seafood producer and distributor reported a 4.5 percent decrease in its annual sales to US$956 million...

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State-Waters Cod Season Opens to Pot Gear as Federal Pot Gear Season Closes in Gulf of Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - February 22, 2017

The Pacific cod season in state waters will open to pot gear in Prince William Sound (Area E) and Cook Inlet (Area H) at noon on Friday, February 24, 2017. The parallel seasons for jig and longline gear remains open until closed by emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The season follows the closure of the parallel Pacific cod pot season one day before. This coincides with the National Marine Fisheries Service closure of the Pacific cod pot gear sector int he federal Central Gulf of Alaska.

For the state-waters season in Prince William Sound, a guideline harvest level of 4,338,141 lbs. is split between...

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Walton Foundation to Continue $32 Million Investment Plan to Boost Indonesia's Seafood Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

The Walton Family Foundation outlined its five-year strategy for sustainable fisheries across Indonesia during The Economist’s fourth annual World Ocean Summit.

The Foundation's strategy is to invest $32 million through the end of 2020 on initiatives that partner with the government, local partners, NGOs and businesses to advance fishing policies and ...

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Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landings Remain Below 5-Year Average in January

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 24, 2017

The first report of shrimp landings from the Gulf of Mexico in 2017 was released this week and continued to show harvest levels below the five-year-average for this fishery.

Landings in January were 3.4 million pounds. The figure was actually up a bit from last January but the figure was down over 5.6 percent from the five year for this month.

This is no different from how shrimp landings out of the Gulf trended throughout 2016. The shrimp catch from the five major producing states were consistently below the five-year-average for this fishery last year... 

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Russia's Federal Fishing Agency, Director Implicated in Corruption Ring for Upcoming Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - February 23, 2017

The Russian Federal Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) is on the verge of a new massive scandal, caused by the ongoing investigations, conducted by the Russian law enforcement agencies, related to facts of brokerage and corruption in Rosrybolovstvo, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Several days ago the Moscow City Court had arrested Evgeniy Degtyarenko, Rosrybolovstvo’s  private crisis consultant, on the suspicion of involvement in the organization's criminal schemes prior to the forthcoming auction for distribution of fishing quotas in Russia...

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Marine Harvest Canada Gets Approval to Buy Gray Aqua's Salmon Farming Assets in New Brunswick

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 24, 2017

Marine Harvest Canada will complete its purchase of salmon farming assets in New Brunswick in a deal valued at US$ 11.5 million.

The Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick gave Marine Harvest approval to buy all of the assets to Gray Aqua Group. The deal to buy these assets was first reported last December. 

The assets purchased include one hatchery in New Brunswick, two farming licenses in New Brunswick, seven farming licenses in Newfoundland, and one processing plant in Newfoundland. Currently no fish has been stocked in the above mentioned licenses...

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Major Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer, Exporter SONGA Gets Four-Star BAP Certification 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Ecuador’s SONGA (Sociedad Nacional de Galapagos C.A.) was awarded four-star certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices Program for its shrimp production operation.

Four stars is the highest designation available in the BAP’s third-party certification program. It signifies that a product originates from a BAP-certified feed mill, hatchery, farm and processing plant.

“The efforts of SONGA to differentiate itself by achieving the maximum level of third-party certification truly represent its responsible aquaculture practices...

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Driftnet Ban Fails to Save Ireland's Atlantic Wild Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Irish Times] by Lorna Siggins - February 24, 2017

Ten years after Ireland banned driftnetting for salmon at sea, the controversial measure has proved to be a failure.

The Atlantic wild salmon is in a “serious position” and various conservation measures “don’t seem to have worked”, Inland Fisheries Ireland chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne has said.

Speaking at the annual Salmon Watch Ireland conference in Galway, Byrne said marine survival of the species had fallen from 20 per cent of fish returning to rivers in 1980 to five per cent today, before any exploitation.

The non-governmental organisation is dedicated to “restoration of wild Atlantic salmon abundance”.

Angling now accounts for 63 per cent of salmon catches since 2007, the year when the driftnet ban sought by the European Commission...

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Oceana Says 50% of World's Transshipping Activity Occurs in Russian Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 23, 2017

Oceana released a report that exposed the global scale of transshipping at sea. The report was especially critical of transshipping activity in Russian waters in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Barents Sea.

The report was released at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia and used datasets released by Global Fishing Watch and Oceana’s partner SkyTruth to identify likely transshipping hotspots as well as the top countries whose vessels were involved in suspected rendezvous at sea and the ports they most frequently visited...

 

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Thai Union Training Workers on Labor Rights and Benefits Under Thai Labor Protection Act

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 24, 2017

Thai Union Group is collaborating with the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) to teach a training program for Thai Union workers on labor rights and employee benefits under the Thai Labor Protection Act.

The session provided information about wages, working hours and overtime and holiday pay, as well as social insurance benefits.

Thai Union and MWRN jointly developed a bi-lingual Thai/Myanmar labor rights and employee benefits handbook for participants. This handbook will be distributed to all Thai Union workers...

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