Fri. Sep 23 2016

Target On Track to Achieve 100% Sustainability Certification for its Entire Seafood Supply Chain


New Zealand King Salmon Moves Forward with IPO; Market Capitalization Valued at $154 Million


Chefs & Media Attend ASMI Summer Culinary Retreat


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 23, 2016


Thu. Sep 22 2016

United Cook Inlet Drift Association Wins Lawsuit Against NMFS on Appeal  


Gulf Shrimp Landings Continued Well Below 5-Year-Avg in August; Wholesale Prices Keep Climbing  


PODCAST: Urner Barry and Seafood News Launch Podcast Network; GOAL 2016 News Recap Featured


FDA Suspends New York's SM Fish Corp From Selling Seafood for Repeated Listeria Violations


Most Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues  


Maine Lobster Industry to Celebrate Second Annual National Lobster Day on September 25


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday September 22, 2016


Wed. Sep 21 2016

Russia to Boost Pollock Exports to EU, Domestic Demand low due to Poor Quality in Soviet Times


Jeff Sedacca and his Shrimp Team Moving from National Fish to Sunnyvale Sfd US Subsidiary of Guolian


Fresh Domestic Catfish Prices at Near-Record Highs With Supplies Tight From Poor Spring Production  


Barents Sea Cod, Haddock and Saithe Fisheries Recertified by MSC


Gorton's Redesigns Retail Packaging to Market Three Distinct Product Lines


NaturalShrimp Announces Agreement With A Fortune 500 Company And F&T Water Solutions  


SFP Celebrates Ten Years in its First Annual Report


SalmonChile Wants Federal Authorities to Appoint an Aquaculture Undersecretary


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday September 21, 2016


Tue. Sep 20 2016

GAA Survey Expects Global Shrimp Production to Rise 4% or more in 2017  


Hawaii Longliners, Auction Move to Regain Buyers' Confidence with Labor Audit


Robins McIntosh Says the Thai Shrimp Industry Has Learned to Live with EMS and Prosper  


Alaska Halibut Season Approaches Quota: 2.3 Million Pounds Left to Catch  


GAA Signs Deal to Get More Chinese Farmed Seafood BAP and HACCP Certified


Letters: MPA Proposal Off California Is Yet Another End-Around US Commercial Fishery Management


19th Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL Conference Opens in Guangzhou


Central Seaway Issues Precautionary Recall for Raw Black Tiger Shrimp Over Salmonella Concerns


South Atlantic Fishery Council Changes Recreational Cobia Regs to Extend Commercial Fishing


Alaska Sablefish Landings at 15 Million Pounds, Canada Landings at 2 Million  


Long John's Brings Back $5 Seafood Meal Deal for Fall Season


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 20, 2016


Mon. Sep 19 2016

Japan's Salmon Catch in Hokkaido Nearly Cut in Half Because of Heavy Rain and Flooding  


Calysta and Cargill to Build UK Facility to Produce Fishmeal Replacing Protein in Salmon Feed


Seafood Nutrition Partnership to Co-Host Webinar Explaining Benefits of Seafood Consumption


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 19, 2016


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Target On Track to Achieve 100% Sustainability Certification for its Entire Seafood Supply Chain

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 23, 2016

Target says it has nearly met its goal to source all of its fresh and frozen seafood from fisheries that are either certified sustainable or on their way toward achieving sustainability certification.

The retailer set a goal in 2011 to source all of its seafood from fisheries that were sustainably managed or in the process of achieving certification. Target’s senior seafood buyer Nic Berkeland and its brand buyer Gry Engen teamed up to achieve the goal by partnering with Fish Wise.

FishWise helped Target develop a comprehensive sustainable seafood program with strict guidelines that every fresh or frozen seafood product dol met specific sustainability guidelines...

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United Cook Inlet Drift Association Wins Lawsuit Against NMFS on Appeal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 22, 2016

“We won!” wrote Audrey Salmon, manager of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA) to her members when an Anchorage federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision against the fishermen.

The suit found fault with the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 12 to the Fisheries Management Plan for Salmon. The council adopted Amendment 12 in 2012, to make official something many people already assumed: that Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and the Alaska Peninsula were exempted from the federal fisheries management plan for salmon because the State of Alaska was managing those fisheries adequately.

But UCIDA and the Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund urged the Council to reject the amendment...

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New Zealand King Salmon Moves Forward with IPO; Market Capitalization Valued at $154 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 23, 2016

New Zealand King Salmon officials submitted the paperwork needed for an initial public offering. The farmed king salmon producer is seeking a market capilitzation worth $154.5 million if fully subscribed.

The company will list its share price at $1.12 and is seeking $30.0 million in new capital to repay debt, to fund future investment and for working capital.

As part of the IPO, existing investor Direct Capital is selling up to $45.0 million of shares in the Offer...

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PODCAST: Urner Barry and Seafood News Launch Podcast Network; GOAL 2016 News Recap Featured

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 22, 2016

Urner Barry and Seafood News have launched a podcast network that will provide market and industry news in a convenient audio format that is accessible on mobile devices.

The Urner Barry Market Digest and the Seafood News podcast are available for download and to stream through your iPhone or Andriod devices using iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud.  Search “Urner Barry” or “Seafood News” to find the podcast stations. Subscribe to each channel to receive notifications for when new content is available...

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FDA Suspends New York's SM Fish Corp From Selling Seafood for Repeated Listeria Violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 22, 2016

The FDA has temporarily suspended the sales and distribution of seafood  products from New York-based operator SM Fish Corp for repeated violations of food safety protocols.

A Suspension of Food Facility Registration Order was filed against SM Fish Corp since the company has not properly addressed listeria contamination issues at its facility.

SM Fish Corp was forced to recall its OSSIE’s Brand of ready-to-eat seafood dips last week over concerns the products were contaminated with bacteria that can cause listeria...

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Jeff Sedacca and his Shrimp Team Moving from National Fish to Sunnyvale Sfd US Subsidiary of Guolian

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Sept. 21, 2016

Jeff Sedacca and his shrimp team, based in Florida, will be moving from National Fish to Guolian's US Subsidiary, Sunnyvale Seafoods.
 
Both Sedacca and Pacific Andes, Parent Company of National Fish, have acknowledged the move, but neither has specified a firm timetable.   Undercurrent News reported that Geoff Walsh, a spokesperson for Pacific Andes, said "There are discussions taking place about a senior executive in National Fish and Seafood's shrimp procurement area and certain support personnel transitioning to work for Guolian along with one major account, which would be mutually beneficial for all parties.” 
 
There are still details to be worked out, but both National Fish and Guolian agree ...

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Most Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 22, 2016

Washington, DC – The global commercial catch of tuna reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report just published by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Tuna accounts for about 6% of the world’s 81.5m ton marine catch.
 
The report, which is updated as recently as this month for species that have current landings or survey data available, lists the make up of the world’s tuna catch and measures each of the world's stocks against three management metrics: abundance, mortality, and bycatch.

Skipjack tuna species accounted for 57% of the tuna catch, followed by yellowfin...

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GAA Survey Expects Global Shrimp Production to Rise 4% or more in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Sept. 20, 2016

Jim Anderson presented the results of GAA’s annual survey of shrimp producers to forecast Global production. The result was much lower than last year.
 
In 2015, the survey predicted an average annual growth rate of 7.2% from 2013 to 2017. Actual production was nearly flat from 2015 to 2016, as falling production in China and lack of growth in India and Indonesia meant global supplies were stable, despite the increase in Ecuador and Thai production.
 
For 2014-2018, the survey is now predicting 4.2% annual growth...

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Robins McIntosh Says the Thai Shrimp Industry Has Learned to Live with EMS and Prosper
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Sept. 20, 2016
 
Robins McIntosh, Senior Vice President of CP Foods, who is responsible for their shrimp breeding program, spoke on what has been learned from EMS.
 
The biggest takeaway, says Robins, is that in the real world all of the major shrimp diseases interact and affect each other, so EMS, Whitespot, EHP all impact each other and cannot be addressed in isolation.
 
With EMS, clean ponds and biosecurity to limit vibrio keeps the disease from occurring, even though EMS is still in ponds at a low level. At the same time, some of these diseases offer protection from others.. so that areas with white spot may have EMS, but it is suppressed.
 
The solution in Thailand has been to focus on using a smaller percentage of the ponds for growing shrimp..
 

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Alaska Halibut Season Approaches Quota: 2.3 Million Pounds Left to Catch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - September 20, 2016

With seven weeks left in the season, halibut landings in Alaska have reached nearly 15 milion pounds, or about 87 percent of the quota to date.

In Canada (regulatory area 2B), landings are 4,129,345 pounds to date, about 72 percent of the 5.74 million pound quota. The quota for Washington, Oregon, and California, was set at 1.140, and caught by July 20, 2016. Halibut season is closed in that area, known as 2A.

Southeast Alaska (area 2C) has another 421,000 pounds to catch before the season closes November 7, 2016. The eastern Gulf of Alaska, area 3A) including ports of Yakutat, Cordova, Seward, and most of the Kenai Peninsula, has 854,000 pounds remaining...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Continued Well Below 5-Year-Avg in August; Wholesale Prices Keep Climbing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 22, 2016

The latest round of monthly shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico provided more confirmation that the spring seasons in Louisiana and Texas were a bust. Landings continue to trend well below the five-year-average for the fishery, which has kept inventories tight and wholesale prices high into September.

Monthly landings were reported at 14.2 million pounds for the month. The figure was down 28 percent from the same month last year, a difference of over 5 million pounds. The volume is down 22 percent from the five-year average and is the lowest August total since the BP stricken season in 2010...

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Chefs & Media Attend ASMI Summer Culinary Retreat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 23, 2016

For four days in mid-August ASMI hosted their fifth annual hands-on, Alaska Seafood Culinary Retreat for international chefs from Brazil, China, Germany and Spain, top-tier domestic media, and registered dietitians.

The tour started in Ketchikan with a sustainability presentation by fisheries biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and a processing plant tour of E.C. Phillips, where the visitors got an overview of the Alaska seafood industry.

The group took a float plane to Steamboat Bay Lodge on Noyes Island and spent the next few days seeing first hand how commercial fishing is done, learning about and tasting different species of Alaska salmon, whitefish and crab.

To the delight of the entire group, the international chefs hosted cooking demonstrations...

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Russia to Boost Pollock Exports to EU, Domestic Demand low due to Poor Quality in Soviet Times

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden Sept. 21, 2016

Russian fisherman plan to significantly increase the volume pollock exports to the EU market during the next several years, according to recent statements from an official spokesman of the Russian Pollock Association. 
 
This year pollock production in Russia is expected to reach 1.75 million tonnes, the majority of which will be exported to abroad. The local demand for pollock remains small, and the domestic market will not exceed 245,000 tonnes in volume terms. 
 
According to RPA, this is almost comparable with the cod market, despite the fact that the volume of production of the latter is significantly lower than pollock...

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Fresh Domestic Catfish Prices at Near-Record Highs With Supplies Tight From Poor Spring Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 21, 2016

The fresh domestic, farmed catfish market is trending at record or near-record highs because of tight supplies driven by an extended period of poor production in 2016.

Average wholesale prices for fresh 3-5 oz Domestic catfish fillets have climbed to $4.67 per pound in September, the highest price in this market since 2012 according to Urner Barry. The market for whole dressed H&G catfish and nuggets has also increased to annual or all-time record highs this month...

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Maine Lobster Industry to Celebrate Second Annual National Lobster Day on September 25

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 22, 2016

The Maine Lobster industry will celebrate its positive economic and cultural impact both in Maine and in the U.S. during National Lobster Day on September 25, 2016.

This is just the second National Lobster Day since the designation was made through a resolution by Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine.

The day is meant to reinforce the hard work, sustainable practices and passion of Maine's 5,600 independent lobstermen and women the politicians said...

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Hawaii Longliners, Auction Move to Regain Buyers' Confidence with Labor Audit

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Seafood News] September 20, 2016 -

The Hawaiian seafood industry is taking swift action to assess problems and implement solutions in the wake of a September Associated Press article that alleged forced labor, human trafficking and poor working conditions on longliners that use foreign contracted crewmen.

“The industry takes the AP report seriously,” Hawaii fishing industry member and advocate Jim Cook said in a press release, and “is actively assessing the situation and is committed to making certain that if found, forced labor and labor abuse is eliminated from the fishing industry.”

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Barents Sea Cod, Haddock and Saithe Fisheries Recertified by MSC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 21, 2016

The Barents Sea fishery of cod, haddock and saithe has been recertified by the Marine Stewardship Council for environmentally sustainable fishing.

“The re-certification of our fishery to MSC standard for sustainable fisheries is a proof that our strategy aimed at development of sustainable fishery is effective. We’ve played a leading role in promoting sustainable fishery values among other actors in fishery sector in Russia and worldwide. In five years of MSC certification we have managed to implement actions to close all six conditions set under initial MSC certification” says Sergey Sennikov, Chief Sustainability Officer of Ocean Trawlers, the client company to MSC.

The MSC website notes that cod and haddock have completed the once-every-five year reassessment and that saithe is undergoing assessment.

The three fisheries are in the waters of Norway and Russia...

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