Fri. Oct 24 2014

Proposed lobster levy will not be implemented on Nova Scotia's catch this winter  


Possible Bristol Bay Salmon buyback program to be discussed at Fish Expo next month


CBP to pay crawfish processors $20 million from import duties, says Landrieu  


Generally positive outlook for Chile's aquaculture industry highlighted at opening of AquaSur 2014


Kroger Is Suddenly Whole Foods' Biggest Threat; will be nation's top seller of organic food in 2 yr


US and Canadian fishing groups will discuss BC mines in Trans-boundary meetings (Fish Radio)


New buyer considers using OCI's former Newfoundland plant to process sealskin


SW Nova Scotia lobster dock prices now at CA$4.75 per pound after brief spike last week


With sales booming, Captain D's reboots corporate-store development plan


As Chinese demand drives up spiny lobster values, California moves to to curb poaching


Dillingham renews efforts to annex Bristol Bay's Nushagak district to impose landings tax


Brooklyn, NY man gets jail time and fine for $510,000 worth of illegal fluke


Australia's southern bluefin tuna quota raised 10 percent


Singapore fish farms turn to direct home delivery to compete with lower cost Malaysian counteparts


Rubio's brings back Langostino Lobster Burrito  


BJ's Q3 profit up almost 78 percent as comps turn positive


Australia's Torres Strait Rock Lobster fishery still lacks management plan  


Maine lobsterman fined $50,000, loses license for 3 years for catching undersized lobster


Norway's Research Council invests $2 million to study possibility of using insects in fish feed


Newfoundland to continue with Gulf of St. Lawrence halibut stock tagging program


Seafood.com News summary Friday October 24, 2014


Thu. Oct 23 2014

OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut  


Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA


US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens


Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line


Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections   (1) 


Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report  


West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought  


Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed


Days after deploying to Cold Bay for fishing season, Coast Guard medevacs injured crab crewman


Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen


Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week


NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study


ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)


FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales


Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Welfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest


Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any


US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline


Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight


Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch


McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea


Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna


Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels


Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales


Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells


Ottawa restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 23, 2014


Wed. Oct 22 2014

Quirch Foods aims to be billion dollar distributor in 2015; one of largest Hispanic owned businesses


Crackdown on smuggling, international market keeps premium seafood prices high in China  


White shrimp return to Gulf as Sept. landings help mitigate losses from season's late start  


Key US senators on anti-trust subcommittee urge close FTC scrutiny of Sysco-US Foods deal


Heroism and tragedy as landing craft support vessel working for Marine Harvest Canada capsizes


Angry jumbo squid attack Greenpeace mini-sub in Bering Sea


Legal Sea Foods CEO Berkowitz: "Not all scallop dishes are created equal"   (1) 


Alaska's The Salmon Project shares the history of West Coast salmon with free book drop (Fish Radio)   (1)


Army Corps approves mussel farm off Nantucket, MA  


$1.4 million bond set for Miami fisherman caught with 246 wrung undersized lobster tails


Atlantic salmon importer SalmonDepot USA acquires SNG UK to expand EU supply network  


Brinker reports 12.1 percent increase in quarterly profit as comps improve at Chili's and Maggiano's


BP again asks judge to delay compensation payments alleging fraud


Marine Harvest Q3 operational EBIT beats forecast, guidance unchanged


From "dead zones" to climate change, restoring Louisiana's fishing industry sees many hurdles


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday October 22, 2014


Three UK oyster farms, first to enter ASC assessment, hope to get product certified by Christmas  


Bonefish Grill running lobster specials on Tuesday nights


Tue. Oct 21 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday October 21, 2014


Vietnamese shrimp producer Quoc Viet is first to gain certification against ASC's Shrimp Standard  


Global Salmon Initiative says responsible salmon production must keep up with accelerating demand  


Alaska's summer salmon prices mostly down this season compared to 2013 (Fish Radio)  


McDonald's Q3 profit plunges 30% as traffic falls in major markets


ASMI now taking submissions for its annual Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest


Russian price inflation stokes "monstrous" rise in fish prices for consumers in October


Gloucester's CSF Cape Ann Fresh Catch begins supplying region's schools with locally caught fish


Russia will not impose export duties on salmon or pollock  


FAO's Food Security group endorses higher seafood consumption among pregnant women, children


Florida reviewer likes Bonefish Grill's new "Fall Crush" menu


Eating fish may help anti-depressants work


Ex-Im Bank helps Dan's Fish Inc. sell Great Lakes fish and caviar in Baltic states


South Africa slashes rock lobster quota in effort to rebuild stock but poaching continues  


B.C. environmental disaster narrowly averted as disabled Russian ship towed away by U.S. tug


Zhangzidao Group forms Capital Seafoods Int'l in Nova Scotia to export lobsters to China  


Mitsubishi says Cermaq shareholders with 90.97 percent of the share capital have accepted bid


Mon. Oct 20 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 20, 2014


Cyclone Hudhud damages Indian shrimp hatcheries in Andhra Pradesh; seafood exports being diverted  


In historic meeting Council keeps Pacific whiting sector open, shoreside may suffer  


Software project aims to modernize Maine's lobster catch reporting with online system  


Fall in pollock and salmon exports highlights 11% drop in overall Russian fish shipments through Aug  


Norway's government sells its Cermaq stake to Mitsubishi


Whole Foods launches $15 million national quality/value ad campaign


Bumble Bee tells BJ's it is voluntarily recalling some of its tuna pouches for defective seals


Some Whole Foods stores selling Boulud's elegant booze infused smoked salmon  


PEI plans to fill Ocean Choice's shuttered plant with another fish processing operation


Crab production gaining momentum in Russia, internal struggle continues over IUU fish  


Port Hardy BC fishing company invests in $9 million transporter vessel for Marine Harvest Canada


PEI wants exemption from foreign worker changes so lobster processors can run at full capacity  


UK's Iceland retail chain will feature whole cooked Canadian lobsters for US$8 this Christmas season  


Dutch family owned SHV offers $3.4 billion buyout of Nutreco


Cuba's federal fishery officials learn about US fish management protocols in New England


Friosur wins bid to acquire Pesca Chile for $45 million


Alaska's Symphony of Seafood adds third venue in Juneau for 2015 new product event (Fish Radio)


NPFMC unanimously votes to develop catch share program for Gulf of Alaska pollock and P. cod  


Chile exported 52,077 tons of mussels in Jan-Aug,  


North American bluefin tuna imports up sharply in Japan despite weak yen  


McDonald's US franchisees say September comps were off 3.6 percent


Owner of JP's Shellfish defends actions in unauthorized purchase of Maine lobsters  


Emergency Pacific Council meeting on whiting held Friday  



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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.

The fast food chain is known for adding dishes with local flavor to its menu...

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Proposed lobster levy will not be implemented on Nova Scotia's catch this winter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] by Bill Power - October 24, 2014

A proposed new levy on lobster will not take effect this winter, Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell said Thursday.

“We want to consult more with the industry on how the levy will be collected and how it will be dispersed,” Colwell said of a proposal that has divided the industry.

“We’re going to continue consultations with the industry ...

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Possible Bristol Bay Salmon buyback program to be discussed at Fish Expo next month

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Oct 24, 2014

Last year the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association surveyed its members and over 80% wanted the organization to do research on a potential buyback program for Bristol Bay salmon permits.
 
The analytical study of possible buyback scenarios has been completed by Northern Economics, and is being distributed to the fleet.  You can download a copy...

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CBP to pay crawfish processors $20 million from import duties, says Landrieu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advocate]  Oct 24, 2014

Washington — Louisiana crawfish processors will collect nearly $20 million from the federal government under an agreement announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that compensates the industry for illegal market “dumping” by Chinese importers.

“When I think of Louisiana, I think of crawfish and seafood,” Landrieu said. She described the efforts to extract the payment...

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Generally positive outlook for Chile's aquaculture industry highlighted at opening of AquaSur 2014

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] October 24, 2014

Chilean salmon producers, along with the country's other fishing industry participants, heard about the generally positive state of the industry during the opening of the 2014 edition of the AquaSur International Conference in Los Lagos.

The event, sponsored by Chilean salmon trade groups SalmonChile, Subpesca and ProChile, opened with generally positive remarks on the current state of the industry.

Attendees first heard from publishing CEO Christian Solis. He opened the event noting positive developments in industry collaboration from both local fishing groups to aquaculture professionals from around the globe...

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Kroger is suddenly Whole Foods' biggest threat; will be nation's top seller of organic food in 2 yr

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Insider] by Ashley Lutz - Oct 24, 2014

Kroger is thriving in a difficult market for grocery stores. 
 
The supermarket chain is expected to surpass Whole Foods Market within two years and become the nation's top seller of organic and natural food, according to a recent report by JPMorgan.
 
Kroger's strategy of offering more specialty and organic food is helping it overtake other chains despite an industry-wide trend away from supermarkets...

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New buyer considers using OCI's former Newfoundland plant to process sealskin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Advertiser] by Kevin Curley - October 24, 2014

A new seal processing plant is in the works and Port Union is in the running to be the community where it sets up shop.

Bernie Halloran, owner of the sealskin retail store Always in Vogue, has been looking at the former Ocean Choice International (OCI) plant in Port Union as one of four or five potential sites for production.

"There's nothing bought yet. The group is in place and we just have to find the right location. We have looked at the old OCI plant twice, as well as several others," Halloran told The Packet...

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With sales booming, Captain D's reboots corporate-store development plan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 24, 2014

Captain D's has opened its first corporate-owned restaurants in years as part of an initiative that will see the company reboot its corporate-store development. The plan hopes to capitalize on Captain Ds' massive financial success that has seen its sales grow exponentially over the last few years.   

The seafood restaurant chain's newest company-owned restaurant is located in Birmingham, Alabama’s Five Points area.

The Five Points location, along with all of Captain D’s new corporate stores, will be built with the coastal theme. The redesign resembles a seaside destination and includes new menu boards, dinnerware and a newly reformulated equipment line. The “Beach Design” has been a hit with long-time customers and has attracted countless new customers...

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Dillingham renews efforts to annex Bristol Bay's Nushagak district to impose landings tax

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman] by Dave Bendinger October 24, 2014 

The city of Dillingham is moving forward with its renewed effort to annex the Nushagak commercial fishing district for the purpose of imposing a 2.5 percent raw fish tax. In early October, a required meeting to hear from the public was held.
 
By a 2-to-1 margin, those who spoke voiced opposition to the annexation and the tax, which was collected in 2012 and 2013. The previous annexation, adopted by a contentious vote in the spring of 2012, was struck down last March by Superior Court Judge Patricia Douglass.
 
 “The idea that the city can tax this public resource is just wrong, ” said Diane Wetter, who said she was born, raised and fishes at Ekuk...

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Australia's southern bluefin tuna quota raised 10 percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advertiser] By Nigel Austin - October 24, 2014 - 

The recovery of the Port Lincoln tuna farming industry has taken a $15 million step forward following another 10 per cent increase in the wild catch quota.

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna this week decided to lift the Australian tuna catch quota by 10pc in 2015 on top of a 30pc rise since 2011.

The increase takes the Australian tuna quota to 5665 tonnes next year, the highest level since 1989 – before the tuna farming industry started in the sea off Port Lincoln.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief executive Brian Jeffriess said, “It’s great news – if you don’t have a sustainable stock you don’t have a fishery,” Mr Jeffriess said, adding the tuna industry would go from farmed production of 8720t this year to 9800 tonnes next year...

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Rubio's brings back Langostino Lobster Burrito

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 24, 2014 - 

Rubio’s Restaurants is bringing back, for a limited time, the Langostino Lobster Burrito.  The company is also introducing Langostino Lobster Enchiladas. 

The Langostino Lobster Burrito is made with langostino drizzled with basil butter served in a flour tortilla. The burrito also includes fresh guacamole, citrus rice flavored with lemongrass and lime juice, black beans, chipotle sauce and salsa fresca.

The new Langostino Lobster Enchilada Plate includes two enchiladas made with langostino, a blend of three melted cheeses, cilantro and onion, topped with verde sauce, fresh avocado slices, salsa fresca and a chipotle sauce. Each plate includes citrus rice and black beans...

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BJ's Q3 profit up almost 78 percent as comps turn positive

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] - October 24, 2014 - 

BJ’s Restaurants Inc.’s efforts to re-ignite sales sparked increases in traffic during the third quarter, the company said Thurdsay.

The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based casual-dining operator reported a nearly 78-percent increase in net income for the Sept. 30-ended quarter. The chain had positive same-store sales for the first time in five quarters, driven in part by a 0.7-percent increase in guest counts that was partially offset by a lower average check.

BJ’s has been working on its menu to improve perceptions of affordability and food quality, as well as improving speed and hospitality with mobile ordering.

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Maine lobsterman fined $50,000, loses license for 3 years for catching undersized lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press Herald] by Scott Dolan - October 24, 2014

A lobster fisherman from Orland has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally harvested undersized lobster, breeding lobster and had 20 traps belonging to another fisherman.

Theodore Gray, 34, entered his plea and was sentenced on Oct. 17 in Ellsworth District Court to serve two days in jail and pay a $50,000 fine.

He is scheduled to begin serving his jail term on Dec. 31 at the Hancock County Jail, according to the Department of Marine Resources, which announced his sentence in a news release...

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Norway's Research Council invests $2 million to study possibility of using insects in fish feed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AllAboutFeed] by Emmy Koeleman - October24, 2014

The Research Council of Norway has allocated NOK 13 million (US$1.97 million) to the AquaFly project. The project will spend the next four years investigating the potential of using insects as safe and healthy ingredients of future fish feeds, as stated on the website of NIFES.

AquaFly will be looking at the use of insect meal as an ingredient of salmon feed, also in an environmental, social and economic perspective. As project leader, NIFES will be responsible for research on fish nutrition and feed safety, while our partners will be looking closely at other aspects giving the project a very broad perspective.

The project is a cooperative effort involving 12 research and industry partners. AquaFly will explore the potential to "tailor" the insect nutrient profile to meet the nutritional needs of farmed salmon.

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US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 23, 2014

Spain has eclipsed the Philippines as the top octopus supplier to the US this year. Buyers say the influx of Spanish octopus to the market has been driven by higher restaurant demand domestically along with the softer demand from the EU.   

For the year the US has imported 40 percent more Spanish octopus compared to 2013. Imports stand at 6.2 million pounds, a record high volume. 

This run up in shipments vaulted Spain past the Philippines as the US's top octopus supplier...

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Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Oct 23, 2014

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has written to the head of the US customs and Border Protection to ask they increase their inspections of Indian and other imported shrimp.  In a letter last week, she said: 

"A recent report indicates that the European Union (EU) has rejected 24 container shipments of shrimp from India due to the presence of excessive antibiotics. I am extremely concerned that this Indian shrimp, as well as many other containers of shrimp rejected from our trading partners...

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West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Marketplace] by Mitchell Hartman - Oct 23, 2014

Along the West Coast, in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, fishermen are hauling in their salmon catches before winter sets in. Wild-caught salmon—the premier varieties of Chinook, Sockeye and Coho—can sell for $15/pound to $25/pound.
 
This year, that wild salmon has been more abundant, and possibly a bit cheaper, than in recent years. And yet, Google "salmon" and ominous headlines also come up: about this year's severe drought, endangered salmon runs across the western U.S, as well as looming long-term threats from climate change.
 
“The abundance of salmon that we have is sort of a conundrum to consumers, because they also hear stories about ESA-listed (Endangered Species Act) runs of fish, and that can make it quite confusing." said Stuart Ellis, fish biologist at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland, Oregon. 
 
CRITFC represents several Native American tribes with treaty rights to catch fish...

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Days after deploying to Cold Bay for winter fishing season, Coast Guard medevacs injured crab crewman

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB/SeafoodNews]  Oct 23, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska -  Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay in advance of winter fisheries Sunday.
 
Coast Guard aircrews transferred equipment and air assets to Cold Bay to reduce the response time to Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
 
Just days after crab season kicked off, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an injured fisherman this weekend.
 
The man was loading gear aboard the F/V Icy Mist on Sunday when he was struck by a crab pot...

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US and Canadian fishing groups will discuss BC mines in Trans-boundary meetings (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 24, 2014 

Meetings all next week throughout Southeast will focus on threats being posed upriver by massive mines being planned in northern British Columbia. 

"We would like to continue to spread the work in Southeast Alaska about this freight train that is coming at us in the form of some of the world’s largest gold and copper mines being proposed at the headwaters of the Stikine, Taku and Unuk Rivers."

Heather Hardcastle is Trans-boundary Rivers Campaign Director for Trout Unlimited, and Co-Owner of Taku River Reds. And we also want to give folks a way to take action... 

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SW Nova Scotia lobster dock prices now at CA$4.75 per pound after brief spike last week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] by Bill Power - October 24, 2014

Lobster prices are hovering at about $4.75 per pound at the wharf in the Digby area after a short-lived upward spike last week, an industry observer said Thursday.

There were some initial reports the crustacean was fetching between $5.25 and $5.50 per pound in the Bay of Fundy area when that lobster district opened last week.

“But that was due to an initial pent-up demand linked to circumstances in the Maine and New England lobster fishery,” Stewart Lamont, managing director at Tangier Lobster Co., said in an interview...

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As Chinese demand drives up spiny lobster values, California moves to to curb poaching

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Breeze] by Sandy Mazza - October 24, 2014

Bucking its tail and shaking its antennae with menacing clicks, a foot-long male California spiny lobster tried to free itself from Paul Romanowski’s tight grip.

The nocturnal animal wanted to be returned to the black nighttime ocean, where it had ventured out of a cave perhaps in search of sea urchins or mussels to eat along the giant, sloping rocks that form the Los Angeles Harbor breakwall. But Romanowski tossed it into the bait-tank of his sportfishing boat with six others that he and a friend hunted Saturday night in unseasonably warm waters in view of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach...

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Brooklyn, NY man gets jail time and fine for $510,000 worth of illegal fluke

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Courthouse News Service] By Nick Divito - October 24, 2014 -

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., A Brooklyn man who schemed with a commercial fisherman to underreport their overtake of summer flounder was sentenced to four months for wire fraud by sidestepping a federal research program.    

Alan Dresner pleaded guilty in April to one count of wire fraud. He defrauded the United States of 246,376 pounds of overharvested and underreported fluke, valued at $510,000.

Dresner personally falsified reports on his Internet submissions for at least 120 fisheries' dealer reports from 2009 to 2012, the Department of Justice said...

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Singapore fish farms turn to direct home delivery to compete with lower cost Malaysian counteparts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Straits Times ] by Cheryl Faith Wee Oct 24, 2014

 Fish farms turn to home delivery to stave off Malaysian rivals

INSTEAD of jostling in a wet market or going to the supermarket, some people are getting the daily catch sent to their homes.
 
Several coastal fish farms here have started or are starting home deliveries of seafood to cash in on demand and keep abreast of rivals from Malaysia.
 
Ah Hua Kelong, off Lorong Halus in the north-east coast, introduced the service in April this year; a group of nine other coastal fish farms plan to launch an online store offering home deliveries by next March...

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OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman  Oct 23, 2014

Ocean Choice International says its new shrimp plant in Nova Scotia has given the company flexibility as Newfoundland quotas have been cut.  Speaking to Tom Seaman of Undercurrent News, Martin Sullivan, CEO, said they plan to get the plant certified to the M &S standard, similar to their Newfoundland plant, as soon as possible.  

OCI and joint venture partner Premium Seafoods Group started processing in the cooked and peeled plant in Q2, which is named Premium Choice Shrimp and is located in Arichat, Nova Scotia. The plant has been designed to be to the M&S standard.
 
“We have engaged their [M&S] technical people from the start. We have the experience from Newfoundland...

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Australia's Torres Strait Rock Lobster fishery still lacks management plan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC News]  Oct 24, by Charlie McKillop

The Torres Strait tropical rock lobster may be the region's most lucrative fishery, but it's no closer to finalising a management plan. Torres Strait is located between Australia and New Guinea.
 
A High Court ruling earlier this year confirmed traditional inhabitants have commercial rights to access fisheries resources.
 
But it's still not clear how the move toward 100 per cent ownership of Torres Strait fisheries will affect non-indigenous commercial operators, who currently work the crayfish industry.
 
The Torres Strait Regional Authority's Kenny Bedford says with the crayfish industry worth $35 million

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Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - October 23, 2014 - 

The collision of fishing interests came Saturday night into Sunday morning, out along Jeffreys Ledge, ground zero for the extraordinarily hard bluefin tuna bite that unfolded in the waters off Cape Ann throughout the middle of October.

As had been the case all week, bluefin tuna fishermen had flocked to the area to get their share of the bounty of blue fin being hauled on a daily basis from the Atlantic Ocean, an autumnal tuna harvest well beyond anything that has been seen in these waters for at least a decade.

But on Saturday, the tuna guys got some company. The mid-water herring trawlers, freed from the restrictions imposed by a state-mandated spawning closure in Area 1A, joined the hunt, looking for their own bite on the huge bait school of herring that had helped lure the tuna in the first place.

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Newfoundland to continue with Gulf of St. Lawrence halibut stock tagging program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Gulf News] October 24, 2014

The provincial government, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union and fisheries scientists working with Memorial University think there is more to be said about the change in halibut stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Specifically, $79,700 will go towards advanced satellite tagging for researching the migration patterns and behaviours of halibut in the Gulf.

Another $27,530 will go towards additional conventional tagging...

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Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 23, 2014 - 

Gorton's Seafood, which claims to be the inventor of the fish stick, has reinvented its iconic product.

Gorton's all new Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks are gaining national distribution.

The product line also includes fish fillets and is made with Alaska pollock and a panko coating for a crunchy texture.  The new fish stick line has half the fat of Gorton's regular fish sticks and has 180 calories per serving. The fillets have 200 calories per serving...

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Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Oct 23, 2014

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) released its first year progress report at the Aquasur meeting in Chile. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.

The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before GSI member CEOs will speak at the AquaSur 2014 Pathways to Sustainability seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.
 
“As we reflect on our successful first year, we are very proud to release this progress report, which shares what we have been working on. We now prepare for tomorrow’s session where we will be taking the stage with major industry players and our partners WWF, FAO and Rabobank to discuss the biggest challenges the industry faces ...

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Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Juneau Empire] by Mary Catharine Martin - Oct 23, 2014

Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell, a British Columbia mine in the transboundary Unuk River watershed that concerns many Southeast Alaska fishermen, Native organizations, tourism and environmental groups, has received early construction permits from the British Columbian government.
 
“I think people are feeling not just a sense of urgency, and being threatened, but anger, too, ” said Heather Hardcastle, commercial fishing outreach coordinator for Trout Unlimited. “To hear that they have these preliminary permits, road construction permits — it seems like such a slap in the face, because the project doesn’t yet have federal approval from the government in Canada. ”
 
KSM has received provincial approval; Seabridge Gold, the company behind the project, expects the federal decision in November.
 
KSM, while a large mine, is just one of a handful Southeast Alaskans are concerned about..

 

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Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg]  By Keiko Ujikane and Aya Takada - Oct 22, 2014

Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that’s pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens.

Food shipments increased every month this year through September as the currency fell 4 percent, putting them on course to exceed the all-time high of 436 billion yen ($4.1 billion) in 2013. That contrasts with total exports from Japan, which haven’t recovered to their 2008 peak, even as data yesterday showed increases for motor vehicles, ships and steel.

Demand in Asia and the Middle East for everything from Japanese scallops to the finest cuts of tuna for sashimi is spurring seafood sales that account for about 40 percent of food exports. While cars, machinery and electronics remain powerhouses for Japan, food shipments mean jobs in rural areas and are vital to the Abe administration’s regional revitalization...

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