Tue. Sep 27 2016

Hawaii Longline Group Progressing with Universal Crew Contract; Plans Rapid Vetting of Conditions


NY's Mt. Kisco Smokehouse Voluntarily Recalls Smoked Salmon Products for Possible Listeria


EU Commission Cuts 2017 Western and Eastern Baltic Cod Quotas 88% and 39% Respectively  


Garden State Seafood Assoc.'s Dir. Greg DiDomenico Part of Seafood Panel at NYTimes Food Conference


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 27, 2016


Mon. Sep 26 2016

GAA's GOAL Conference in Guangzhou was One of the Best in Years


Icelandic Puts Cod Processor Ný-Fiskur Up for Sale as Part of Strategy to Shrink Operations


Xiamen Airlines Rolls Out New Service to the US: Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle


Fresh Tilapia Farmer GeneSeas is Brazil's First Aquaculture Operator to Get BAP Certified


Thai Union Notes Progress Made to Fight Seafood Labor Abuses in Response to AP Follow-Up


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 26, 2016


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


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Hawaii Longline Group Progressing with Universal Crew Contract; Plans Rapid Vetting of Conditions

 SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Sept. 27, 2016

The Hawaii longline fleet says they are making rapid progress implementing reforms following an AP story that uncovered forced labor,  trafficking and poor working conditions on Hawaii longline vessels that use foreign crew.
 
The industry formed a task force to address issues the same day the AP published its documented allegations of forced labor...  
 

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NY's Mt. Kisco Smokehouse Voluntarily Recalls Smoked Salmon Products for Possible Listeria

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 27, 2016

New York-based smoked salmon producer Mt Kisco Smokehouse announced a voluntary recall for two types of its smoked salmon because of a chance the product is contaminated with listeria.

According to Mt. Kisco’s recall submitted to the FDA, the was distributed in New York and Connecticut through retail 
stores and restaurants between 9/6/2016 to 9/16/2016.

The whole product is packed in an unlabeled paper box and delivered to restaurants.  The sliced product is sold in a clear plastic package and labeled on the back with lot and use by date...

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GAA’s GOAL Conference in Guangzhou was One of the Best in Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - September 26, 2016

For anyone who is participating in the Chinese Seafood Market and depends on Asian aquaculture, the recently concluded GOAL conference in Guangzhou was one of the best in years.

Like other standards organizations including MSC and ASC, GAA is riding a gusher of money as companies pay logo licensing fees for third party certification, and it showed.  The quality of the panels and the experts speaking at the conference was excellent.

First, this conference was heavily integrated into the Chinese...

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Icelandic Puts Cod Processor Ný-Fiskur Up for Sale as Part of Strategy to Shrink Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 26, 2016

The Board of Icelandic Group announced its plan to sell its Icelandic subsidiary Ný-Fiskur as part of the company’s plan to streamline its operations.

Ný-Fiskur is one of Icelandic’s four subsidiaries. The operation, which is based in Sandgerði, specializes in the production and sale of fresh seafood products and processing about 6,000 metric tons of raw material annually. The company also owns a commercial fishing vessel, Von GK-113, and 800 metric tons of cod quotas.

Ný-Fiskur distributes a significant portion of its products, with air freight, to customers in Belgium and other European countries. The company is projected to post about EU23 million in revenues this year...

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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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Xiamen Airlines Rolls Out New Service to the US: Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 26, 2016

XIAMEN, SHENZHEN, China and SEATTLE -- Xiamen Airlines launched its Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service today, creating an air bridge connecting two of China's major special economic zones and an economic heavyweight on the U.S. West Coast. This is not only the first long haul route originating in Xiamen with an end point in the United States, but also the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the U.S.

Xiamen Airlines chairman and general manager Che Shanglun said, "The launch of the Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is an important reflection of the results of the meeting between Chinese and American leaders in 2015. On the heels of these events, a Fuzhou-New York and a Xiamen-LA service will also be initiated, making air travel, and, by consequence, exchanges between the two countries much easier."

The Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service is the sixth long haul...

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Thai Union Notes Progress Made to Fight Seafood Labor Abuses in Response to AP Follow-Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 26, 2016

Thai Union Public Group highlighted the progress it and the entire Thai seafood industry has made in the last year since a report found the use of slavery and other labor abuses in the country’s seafood processing industry.

The company released a statement after the Associated Press published a story last week about the progress that’s been made to tackle labor abuse in Thailand’s seafood industry. The story followed-up the AP’s major news story in 2015 that first uncovered modern day slavery in shrimp peeling sheds used by Thai seafood companies that were supplying shrimp to the US market.

Last week’s AP story said Thailand has made notable progress in eliminating rampant labor abuse in the seafood industry. However, shrimp peeling sheds were still being used by some members of the Thai Frozen Food Association, the group that banned its members from using the peeling sheds...

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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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EU Commission Cuts 2017 Western and Eastern Baltic Cod Quotas 88% and 39% Respectively

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 27, 2016

The European Commission published sharp reductions in Baltic Sea cod quotas for the 2017 season.

The quota now proposed for Western cod amounts to 1588 tons, down 88% compared to 2016 levels. The quota proposed for Eastern cod amounts to 24927 tons, i.e. 39% less than in 2016. These figures are based on scientific advice and are in line with the newly-adopted Baltic management plan.

These quotas are based on scientific advice received earlier this year from the Council for the Exploration of the Seas, which recommended severe reductions in fishing to help these stocks recover from very low levels...

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Garden State Seafood Assoc.'s Dir. Greg DiDomenico Part of Seafood Panel at NYTimes Food Conference

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 27, 2016

Garden State Seafood Association (GSSA) Executive Director Greg DiDomenico will discuss sustainable fishing issues at the New York Times’ “Food for Tomorrow” conference, which is going on this week at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.

The conference seeks to “uncover and assess the most important issues and trends affecting the nourishment of our nation and the world.”

DiDomenico is panel member that will discuss marine issues and fisheries management. He will be joined by Sean T. Barrett, Co-Founder of Dock to Dish and Bren Smith, Owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave...

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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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Fresh Tilapia Farmer GeneSeas is Brazil's First Aquaculture Operator to Get BAP Certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 26, 2016

Tropical Aquaculture’s tilapia production farm and processing partner GeneSea has become Brazil’s first aquaculture company to earn certification against the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program.

GeneSeas’ farm and production plant, located along the Paraná River, near the western edge of São Paulo, Brazil, received this certification on September 12th.

“We are honored to be the first company in Brazil to receive such an important certification that assures GeneSeas’ commitment with the best global practices in aquaculture and the development of the region where we are located, the most important tilapia producers in Brazil,” said CEO Breno Davis...

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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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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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