Tue. Jul 7 2015

Forecast for Bristol Bay’s Kvichak River Downgraded; Inseason Timing Charts Plot Bad News


Bad News for Fraser River Salmon Runs with Water Hotter, Flowing Lower to Start July


Alaska's Other Summer Fisheries in Full Swing as Salmon Season Underperforms (Fish Radio)  


La.Congressman: US Should Exempt Returning H-2B Seafood Workers from Annual Quota Cap (Opinion)


Seafood Watch Upgrades Listing for Louisiana-Caught Shrimp with TED Enforcement Ban Lifted  


India's Major Vizag Int'l Airport to Increase Outbound Flights with Shrimp, Seafood Exports Up


Who's Getting BP's $18.7 Billion Settlement?


BC Salmon Prices Set to Skyrocket from Climate Change Says Report


Vietnam's Pangasius Imports to China Soar 40% as Duty Rates Hamper Shipments to US Market


These New Adidas Shoes Are Made Almost Entirely From Ocean Garbage


Fisheries Board Member Cited for Fishing Three Minutes Past Closure


Oceania Tuna Source Could Play Greater Role in Food Supply


Regulators Will Hold Hearing in N.H. on Surging Jonah Crab Fishery


Rare Split-Colored Lobster Caught Off Maine Coast


Paul Allen Unveils Sustainable Seafood Program for Restaurants


GAA Hires Diversified's James Wright as Editorial Manager


Mon. Jul 6 2015

Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Either Late or Over-Estimated: Stay Tuned  


Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape  


PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years


Local Crab Demand Cratering in Louisiana as Prices Spike Over Statewide Shortage  


Thailand's Local Markets Brace for Seafood Shortage With Fishermen Tied-Up Under IUU Rules


East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture  


India Continues to Post Sharp Gains for Exported Shrimp Volumes and Values  


Chinese Tilapia Seedling Sales on the Decline With Tilapia Demand Down  


Heavy Rains Result in Widespread Shrimp Kill Across India's Andhra Pradesh Region  


Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature  


Avanti Feeds Expands Indian Shrimp Feed, Processing Business in Deal with Anvanti Frozen Foods  


UAF Studying Abundance of Juvenile Sablefish in Alaska's St. John's Baptist Bay (Fish Radio)


Indian States Odisha and Kerla Getting Close to Commercial-Scale Black Tiger Production


Pew Wants Global Trade Ban on Pacific Bluefin After IATTC Fails to Agree on Conservation  


Federal Fishery Council Takes Up Snapper and Grouper in Keys Session


Study Finds Nearly a Third of the Black Sea Bass Population that Spawn as Females Become Males


Caribbean Spiny Lobsters Create Safe Havens


Committee Releases Advisory Report for Chesapeake Bay’s Blue Crab Population Management Options


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 6, 2015


Fri. Jul 3 2015

Seafood News and Urner Barry Closed Today for July Fourth


Thu. Jul 2 2015

Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies  


Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms  


India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming  


Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize


Russia Limits Fishery Quota Transfers in Plan to Spur Industry Consolidation


First Drought, Now Floods Cause Problems for Texas Shrimpers


NOAA Predicts 2015-16 Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp Catch to Trend 24% Under Historical Average  


Bobby Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Enforcement of Turtle-Excluder Provisions  


SalmonChile Says Yesterday's Report on Lower Salmon Volumes Exacerbated Decline in Atlantic Harvest  


Pacific Coast Federation's Zeke Grader to Retire After 40 Year Career


Louisiana's Shrimp Task Force Supports Passage of TED Enforcement Repeal  


Survey Suggests Bumper Crop of East Coast Sea Scallops Coming Up


Alaska Shellfish Hatcheries Endangered by Ocean Acidification, Study Says  


Warmer Waters Expected to Alter Global Seafood Consumption Patterns Report Finds


ASMI Updates RFM Certification on Alaska Crab, Halibut and Sablefish  


Investors are Betting on Restaurants


U.S. Foods Needs to Boost Its Valuation Quickly for Private Equity Owners


Northeast Iowa School Converted to Shrimp Farm


Five Fishing Groups Join in Lawsuit to Block Seismic Testing off New Jersey Coast


BP to Pay $18.7 Billion Blowout Settlement, $6.8 Billion Goes to Louisiana


Seafood.com News Summary July 2, 2015



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McDonald's Japan launches Tofu Shinjo McNugget featuring minced whitefish and tofu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] by Yoko Watasuki and Madison Park - July 30, 2014 

If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have an alternative for you -- tofu and fish nuggets.

On Wednesday, McDonald's in Japan rolled out Tofu Shinjo McNuggets, a doppelganger of the Chicken McNugget made from a mishmash of minced white fish, tofu and vegetables including edamame, soy beans and carrots. Deep-fried to a golden-brown and shaped just like the original chicken version, the Tofu Shinjo McNugget is crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside.

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Forecast for Bristol Bay’s Kvichak River Downgraded; Inseason Timing Charts Plot Bad News

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 7, 2015

The pre-season forecast for Bristol Bay’s third largest sockeye salmon run has shifted downward from a predicted harvest of 7.12 million sockeye to 4.7 million.

The Kvichak (pronounced KWEE jak) may be the first of several more to be downgraded this week. A look at the ADF&G Inseason Timing Chart shows that for the most part, the Bristol Bay fishery is winding down.

Only the Ugashik district appears to have reached the level of last year’s fishery. Landings in that area are also significantly down this week.

The 33% drop in projected landings for the Kvichak River was accompanied with a more severe drop in predicted escapement. Prior to the recalibration, Kvichak River escapement was forecasted at 7.69 million fish with a forecasted harvest of 7.12 million fish. The Kvichak escapement now is forecasted to be 2.35 million sockeye.

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Bad News for Fraser River Salmon Runs with Water Hotter, Flowing Lower to Start July

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Globe and Mail] by Mark Hume - July 7, 2015

In the annals of climate change you can record another notable event. The Fraser River is running hotter and lower in the first week of July than it usually does in the dead of August.

The water temperature is currently about 19 C, the level at which salmon start to show physiological stress, and the flow has dropped to extreme lows.

“These flows are definitely lower than anything we've experienced and I'd say the temperatures right now are warmer than anything [on record for July]," said Mike Lapointe, chief biologist for the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC).

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Alaska's Other Summer Fisheries in Full Swing as Salmon Season Underperforms (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 7, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s salmon returns are slow and small; lots of fishing updates after this 

Alaska’s salmon catch is going slow – barely topping 18 million fish by yesterday. And statewide, the early sockeyes and chums are some of the smallest on record. At Copper River, Cook Inlet and Kodiak the red weights are down by as much as a full pound from normal, averaging under 5.5 pounds. 

Biologists speculate the smaller size comes from food competition in the Gulf that’s worsened by water that’s five degrees warmer than average and depleting plankton supplies. At the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery at Bristol Bay the catch of 8.5 million fish is down by more than half from the same time last year. The forecast calls for a whopping catch or nearly 38 million reds at Bristol Bay - the traditional peak is July 4th and landings this week should tell if the run is late, might arrive all at once or was way over estimated...

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La. Congressman: US Should Exempt Returning H-2B Seafood Workers from Annual Quota Cap (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times-Picayune] Opinion by  Charles Boustany - July 7, 2015

Charles Boustany is US Representatives who represents Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District.

The Departments of Labor and Homeland Security are out of touch with what makes the Louisiana economy tick. Traveling across our state and talking to small business owners, I keep hearing that despite what regulations may come down from Washington, in the real world businesses have to work with the hand they're dealt.

Unfortunately, arbitrary, nontransparent and inflexible methods the Department of Homeland Security uses to manage statutory caps on legal seasonal labor supporting Louisiana workers are limiting businesses' options to the breaking point...

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Seafood Watch Upgrades Listing for Louisiana-Caught Shrimp with TED Enforcement Ban Lifted

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times-Picayune] by Benjamin Alexander-Bloch - July 7, 2015

A day after the repeal of a 1987 state law that prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch on Thursday removed Louisiana shrimp from its "avoid" list.

The program popular with environmentally conscious people and retailers had recommended in 2013 that consumers avoid the wild shrimp caught by Louisiana fishers because of the turtle-excluder device inspection prohibition.

Often referred to as TEDs, the devices create an opening in shrimp nets to allow trapped turtles to escape before they drown...

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Who's Getting BP's $18.7 Billion Settlement?
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg] By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins - July 7, 2015 
 
The bulk of the money from BP Plc’s record settlement will go to the five states along the Gulf of Mexico whose shores were blackened in the 2010 oil spill.
 
From Florida to Texas, the deal will help rebuild communities and restore publicly owned natural resources destroyed by the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. In addition to the coastal damage, thousands of water fowl, sea turtles, wild animals and marine life were killed.
 
“You break it, you pay for it -– that’s how this is supposed to work,” David Yarnold, president of the National Audubon Society, said in an e-mail. “It’s time to heal the wounds that BP tore in Gulf Coast ecosystems ...

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Vietnam's Pangasius Imports to China Soar 40% as Duty Rates Hamper Shipments to US Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News] July 7, 2015

Tra fish output in the Mekong Delta increased in the first six months of 2015 but export value of tra fish products experienced a downfall, according to Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of the Vietnam Pangasius Association Vo Hung Dung.

Speaking at a press conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on July 7, the deputy chairman said as of June 30, total tra fish output stood at 516,140 tonnes, up 1.22 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, earnings from the export of tra fish products dropped 9.6 percent year on year to 616.6 million USD...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Either Late or Over-Estimated: Stay Tuned

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 6, 2015

All eyes are on Bristol Bay today as fishermen and processors look for a surge in sockeye landings marking the peak of the run today or at the latest, tomorrow.  That peak did not come on the traditional day of July 4.

Cumulative landings as of yesterday totaled 8.5 million fish, short by more than half for this time in a six-week season with a forecast of 37.6 million reds....

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Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press Herald] by Tom Bell - July 6, 2015

Maine’s lobster industry is gearing up for another big year as the state’s 4,500 commercial fishermen wait for lobsters to migrate to the coast and shed the hard shells they’ve been carrying all winter.

And wait they must.

Fishermen and consumers probably won’t see those “shedders” until the middle of July – one to two weeks behind schedule – because of colder-than-normal water temperatures, according to scientists. The shortage has led to above-average lobster prices over the Fourth of July weekend, just when the state’s summer tourism season is coming into full swing. The Fourth of July weekend is considered the normal start date for the lobster fishery in Maine.

Fishermen who have traps in the water now aren’t catching much except for a few hard-shell lobsters, and those lobsters don’t seem eager to molt any time soon, said Peter McAleney, who runs New Meadows Lobster, a wholesaler in Portland...

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PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Pola Lem - July 6, 2015

One thousand feet over Prince William Sound, the plane tilted sideways, its left wing stretching toward the waves below as pilot Mike Collins circled in for a closer look. The water sparkled.

"There's a school of age one herring," said Scott Pegau, turning in his seat, "right up against the beach."

Against the curve of the shore, a dark cloud formed below the surface of the Sound, where hundreds of juvenile herring clustered. Their school is among 1,227 counted so far this season along the islands and inlets off the Prince William Sound...

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Local Crab Demand Cratering in Louisiana as Prices Spike Over Statewide Shortage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Comet] by Jacob Batte - July 6, 2015

It's just past noon and all is quiet inside Fishing Jim Seafood, a Raceland crab distribution company.

Six years ago, that would not have been the case. Workers would have been hustling inside the facility at 3534 La. 1 to get any number of orders completed.

"We wouldn't be standing here, I can tell you that. There would be so much action going on here," owner Roger Manning said Thursday. "It has definitely changed."

Manning isn't the only one feeling the effects of a crab shortage...

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Thailand's Local Markets Brace for Seafood Shortage With Fishermen Tied-Up Under IUU Rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] by Yukako Ono - July 6, 2015

Thousands of fishing boats are stuck in port in Thailand, after new rules aimed at combating illegal fishing took effect July 1, leading to concerns about tighter seafood supplies and higher prices.

Many seafood markets, including the two largest in the provinces of Samut Songkhram and Samut Sakhon, are set to close temporarily, starting Saturday, as they will have nothing to sell, said Monkol Sukcharoenkana, vice president of the Thailand Fishery Association.

Fish markets mainly sell to domestic processors, restaurants, retailers and consumers...

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East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 6, 2015

Massachusetts-based lobster distributor East Coast Seafood and Texas' Garbo Lobster have entered into a partnership with long-term equity capital provider Seafood Investment Group to expand the companies' value-added processing joint-venture, Maine Fair Trade Lobster.

The deal was led by Antarctica Advisors LLC, a food-industry focused investment banking firm.  Financial details of the partnership were not released.

"This is a highly strategic partnership for our clients, East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster, and a great entry for SIG into the North American Seafood Industry," said Ignacio Kleiman, Managing Partner of Antarctica Advisors .  "The new partnership demonstrates the unique opportunities the Seafood Industry in North America presents to investors, where Antarctica's highly-specialized Seafood Team continues to play a leading role as a trusted advisor."

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GAA Hires Diversified's James Wright as Editorial Manager

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 7, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has hired James Wright its editorial manager.

Wright most recently worked for Diversified Communicationsas senior editor of SeafoodSource.com, part of Diversified’s seafood portfolio, which includes Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Expo North America.

Previously, Wright served as senior editor of SeaFood Business from 2011 to 2014 and assistant editor/associate editor of the monthly magazine from 2005 to 2011. His experience in seafood dates back to 1999, as assistant editor of the Gofish.com seafood news website through 2001. Wright also has experience in marketing and PR, acting as marketing director of Browne Trading Company in Portland, Maine. He is a graduate of the National Fisheries Institute’s Future Leaders program...

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Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 2, 2015

A recovery in shrimp production among producers in South China has domestic inventories well supplied, which has put downward pressure on prices for the country's producers.

On April 28, trucks from Guangzhou have come to the agriculture zone of Heya village, Nantong town to buy shrimp at the price of 80 yuan/kilo. This was the first batch of white shrimps which Guangzhou customers bought from local farmers. However, by late May those prices had decreased to as low as 50 yuan/kilo.

“They are the same 1-kilo white shrimps. But their price has declined by 30 yuan from that of one month ago,” said many farmers in Rudong county of Jiangsu in early June...

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Heavy Rains Result in Widespread Shrimp Kill Across India's Andhra Pradesh Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] by T. Appala Naidu - July 6, 2015

Repeated spells of rainfall recorded across the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh recently have changed the chemical parameters of the water in the fishponds under Vannamei shrimp cultivation, leading to mass death of shrimp. Ironically, harvesting of the shrimp was largely to begin by early July across the coastal belt, particularly in Krishna, East and West Godavari and Nellore districts.

“We are harvesting Vannamei that is alive in the ponds irrespective of its growth. However, delay in harvesting will cause of complete death of shrimps as changed parameters in the water will not suitable for their survival,” aqua farmers based in Nagayalanka told The Hindu . The colour of the Vannamei is also being changed, owing to high level of Ammonium and Hydrogen Sulphide which reported after the rains...

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Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 6, 2015 
 
Rep. Robert Alley of Beals says he will try again next year to safeguard wild-caught scallops for future generations.
 
A Washington County legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest of Maine scallops.
 
The fishing industry this year resisted a bill proposed by Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals, and it later died in committee in April. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them.
 
Maine scallops are favored in culinary circles, typically ...

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India's Major Vizag Int'l Airport to Increase Outbound Flights with Shrimp, Seafood Exports Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Transport Weekly] July 7, 2015

With an increase in international flights at the Visahapatnam (Vizag) International Airport, air cargo operations are expected to take off in the next two months, reports Delhi's Times of India.

Nearly 50 flights operate daily at Vizag Airport which will soon carry pharmaceuticals, machinery, spare part, gems, jewellery and apparel.

Domestic air cargo operations are already underway and international cargo operators are expected to commence after tendering finds the one to win the Airports Authority of India (AAI) contract...

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BC Salmon Prices Set to Skyrocket from Climate Change Says Report
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Vancouver] By  Emma Crawford Hampel - July 7, 2015
 
B.C.'s bounty of salmon might be feeling the effects of an increasingly hotter climate. A new study released by Vancity says there will be a significant decline in the province's salmon stock within the next five decades due to climate change and the drop in fish numbers would result in soaring prices.

The report Out of Stock predicts that by 2050 there could be a 21 per cent decline in sockeye, a 10 per cent decline in chum, and a 15 per cent decline in sablefish.

"This is a really tangible way for people to understand the impact of climate change," says Rashid Sumaila, one of the study's authors who has been working with the UBC's fisheries research unit for over 20 years...

 

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These New Adidas Shoes Are Made Almost Entirely From Ocean Garbage
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Market Business] Robert Nicholls - July 7, 2015 
 
The great shoe making German company Adidas once again surprises all with its new shows made from recycled ocean wastes. Launched at Parley, these shoes came from a collaborative venture. Keeping in mind the issues about the environment these shoes were made, as said by the founder of Parley.
 
The illegal gillnets and fishing nets and recycled ocean wastes are the base materials of these shoes. While tracking the poaching vessels in different expeditions these nets were caught. The manufacturing duration of the shows from these materials is six days only.
 
Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parlay for the Oceans, ...

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Fisheries Board Member Cited for Fishing Three Minutes Past Closure

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News]  By Jeannette Lee Falsey  -  July 7, 2015

A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed.

Frederick "Fritz" Johnson was fishing for salmon using a drift gillnet with Gust McCarr, his fishing partner of six years, when he was cited.

The two men thought fishing closed at 6:30 p.m., when the actual closure happened at 6 p.m., Johnson told Alaska Dispatch News on Monday. They noticed an Alaska Wildlife Troopers plane circling overhead shortly after 6.

"We were attracting a lot of attention and weren't sure why," Johnson said. "It turns out we were three minutes over."

Troopers issued the citation July 2. The men are expected to be in court July 14. Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen did not dispute Johnson's assessment...

 

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Oceania Tuna Source Could Play Greater Role in Food Supply
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] July 7, 2015 
 
Fisheries ministers in the region are concerned about the ability of coastal fisheries to meet regional food security needs in the Pacific as populations grow.
 
That was one of the major points raised at the Forum Fisheries Agency ministerial meeting for Pacific Fisheries in Tuvalu last week.
 
All 17 member nations have endorsed a new Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries which lists strategies aimed at making Pacific fisheries the rising item on the national, regional, and global agenda.
 
The director general of the agency, James Movick ...

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Regulators Will Hold Hearing in N.H. on Surging Jonah Crab Fishery
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 7, 2015 
 
Interstate fishery regulators are holding a hearing in Portsmouth, N.H., about a plan to manage a species of crab that is becoming increasingly popular and valuable.
 
The Jonah crab catch is growing in volume and value as a cheaper alternative to Dungeness and stone crabs. The Jonah crab catch increased sixfold from 2000 to 2013. Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishermen catch the most Jonah crabs. Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut fishermen also catch significant amounts.
 
The public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. It will take place at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.
 
Regulators with the Atlantic States ...

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Rare Split-Colored Lobster Caught Off Maine Coast
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Hearst Seattle Media] July 7, 2015 
 
TA very unusual lobster has turned up in Maine.
 
The Press Herald reports an orange-brown lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op in Scarborough. It is not yet known who caught it.
 
According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chance of finding a split-colored lobster is one in 50 million.
 
The institute reports that only ...

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Paul Allen Unveils Sustainable Seafood Program for Restaurants 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Seattle Times Company] By Bethany Jean Clement - July 7, 2015 
 
Paul Allen has a new cause: the sustainability of fish, in the oceans and on your restaurant plate.
 
To that end, Allen has unveiled Smart Catch, a program certifying restaurants that commit to serving sustainable fish. To earn Smart Catch approval, restaurants will have to serve or be on their way to serving 90 percent sustainable fish. They’ll be listed on the website smartcatch.fish and receive a logo sticker to display in their window. (Establishments attaining 100 percent get a special label.)
 
Two-thirds of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is eaten in restaurants, so it’s a formidable task. But Smart...

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Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 2, 2015

Lobster meat market prices have climbed to all-time record levels this summer as seasonal demand among foodservice operators in the US has been met with a more limited supply of the product compared to past years.

In early week trading, Urner Barry prices for dry Canadian cooked 2 lb claw and knuckle lobster meat, reached $20.20 per pound. This is an all-time record price for the product, topping the previous $19.50 per pound record average set in 2012...

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India Continues to Post Sharp Gains for Exported Shrimp Volumes and Values

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times of India] July 6, 2015

The coastal city has shown robust performance in the export of marine products in 2014-15. Mangaluru has registered a growth of 17.55% in terms of quantity. The value of the catch exported is at Rs 1,363 crore.

According to Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), 1,15,470 tonnes of fish products were exported from Mangaluru port. In the previous year, the export stood at 98,230 tonnes. The difference in value over the previous year is Rs 249 crore.

Frozen shrimp remained the primary export item, accounting for a share of 34.01 % in quantity and 67.19% of the total US$ earnings...

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Chinese Tilapia Seedling Sales on the Decline With Tilapia Demand Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Farmer] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 6, 2015

A decline in tilapia demand both overseas and among China's local markets has inventories well supplied and prices low. This has resulted in a sharp fall in tilapia seedlings so far in 2015.

One Chinese seedline prouducer based in Gaoming, Guangdong only sold around two-million seedlings from the beginning of this year, while the sales volume has reached as high as over five-million during the same period a year earlier. 
 
Gaoming, Guangdong relies on foreign markets for its tilapia sales. And this year there is an excessive supply of tilapias, which cuts the tilapia prices. The demand is also weak for seedlings owing to the low tilapia prices...

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India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OdishaSunTimes] - July 2, 2015 
 
Odisha government, in partnership with Worldfish, a global aquaculture and genetic improvement organisation, has emabarked on an initiative that aims to improve fish production in the state by 20% within a year and double production within five years in the state with the introduction of Tilapia fish farming
 
“A delegation from the Worldfish led by its Director Michael Phillips had made a presentation before the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on May 14 with a proposal to use the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) technology to enhance fish production in the state. The partnership will continue for a minimum period of five ...

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Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNNMoney] July 2, 2015

Whole Foods execs are admitting the chain has been overcharging customers in New York City stores, but promised that if that ever happens again they'll give the food to customers for free.

John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs of Whole Foods (WFM), apologized to customers in a video filmed in the sliced fruit section of one of their grocery stores. The casually dressed execs admitted that some customers had been accidentally overcharged for sliced fruit, fresh squeezed juices and sandwiches by workers who made errors.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes," said Robb, framed by containers of sliced strawberries, kiwis and pineapples. "We want to own that and tell you what we're doing about it."

Mackey said there has been a "very, very small percentage...

 

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