Mon. Sep 22 2014

Live lobster, tail prices reached 5-year-highs for month of Aug, confirming slowdown in supply  


Mexican shrimp season off to slow start due to weather with less product around  


Maine Bond campaign kicks off, with supporters urging $7 million for lobster industry processing  


How the rumor about Norwegian salmon and Ebola spread through China media  


Mitsubishi to become 2nd largest global salmon producer after Norway okays sale of Cermaq  


Oceana's DNA tests claim 18% of cod sold in Denmark is actually haddock or saithe


Ocean Trust to hold major sustainability forum in New Orleans on certifying management systems


Cordova's Fish Council once again asked to consider implementing 1% municipal raw fish tax


Japan may finally implement two year old agreement with Russia on illegal crab sales  


SNP, Clinton Initiative promote seafood consumption as way to reduce heart disease in women


Possible shut down of Apalachicola's struggling oyster harvest threatens local seafood workforce  


Surging air traffic through Abu Dhabi is allowing live seafood sales such as lobster to expand


In Virginia poachers thriving alongside oyster growers  


China Tuna pulls IPO in the face of environmental concerns over Pacific bigeye tuna


High Liner celebrates closing of American Pride acquisition in New Bedford


Kodiak's crab scientists want more research done on how noise impacts crab behaviors (Fish Radio)


Labrador crab and turbot producer Torngat Fish Co-Op gets provincial funding to grow operation


Pescanova reported to be divesting in the Falklands


Roadmap for structure and leadership following Albertsons-Safeway merger


Ahold's Giant Landover division cutting prices, improving perishables


Whooshh's Salmon Cannon successfully transports initial round of Chinook from Wash's Washougal River


Commerce keeps higher rates for Vietnamese shrimp exporters: Minh Phu gets 4.98%, 30 others at 6.37%  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday Sept. 22, 2014


Fri. Sep 19 2014

$400 million for industry transformation gives Newfoundland chance to grow a dominant cod fishery  


Second vessel runs aground this month in Dutch Harbor, F/V Ocean Ranger missed channel marker


90 scientists ask Obama for quick approval of Aquabounty salmon saying science is clear   (1)


California seafood labeling bill could mean mass consumer confusion, say retailers and NFI   (1)


How Norway and Russia's partnership has effectively managed Barent Sea cod stocks  


EPA extends Pebble Mine review period to Feb for more time to look over 155,000 comments recieved


Founders son and an uncle trying to bring back Shells seafood restaurants in Florida


Iceland's fisheries minister tells Grimsby not to expect more fish beyond current 12,000 tonnes  


NMFS reports take of short tailed albatross by Bering Sea longliner - limit is 4 birds every 2 yrs


Seafood Harvesters object to Sen. Rubio's plan for five year re-allocations for recreationa species   (1)


PEI's oystermen say they were "blindsided" by clause that allows mussel growers to farm oysters  


Roof collapse at Cape Sable lobster tank shop injures 3, one seriously


New Zealand's Ngai Tahu Seafood notes export boom for mussels going to Chinese market  


Vietnam reports producing 317,000 tons of shrimp through mid August, up substantially from last year  


Alaskan tribes petition NPFMC to cut chinook bycatch 66% for Bering Sea's pollock fishery  


Scottish Fishermen's Federation head calls for coordinated UK effort on discards ban


Eastern European gangs making £65,000-a-day electro-fishing Scottish shellfish


Fuji's Okami Alaskan salmon bowl stocked by 75 Costco units


HVG plans to build $30 million pangasius plant and warehouse in Russia next year  


Vietnam's state bank will refinance loans for heavily indebted shrimp and pangasius operations  


A&P completes senior debt financing on favorable terms


WA state lawmaker proposes Marine Disease Emergency Act in response to mysterious starfish disease


Seafood.com News Summary Friday Sept. 19, 2014


Thu. Sep 18 2014

John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods


Major Chinese tilapia seed producer suddenly goes dark  


Guyana closes shrimp season from Sept. 8 to Oct 26, prepares quota limits as it nears MSC threshold  


Groundfish ctte asks Council to reinstate cod closures; ban party boat fishing in Gulf of Maine  


Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring  


Unisea agrees to $142,000 settlement with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations


With access to Russian market, Vietnam's major pangasius exporters see 2014 profits spike  


US dollar hits highest level against Yen in 6 years; strong US currency influencing Seafood Trading


Florida Commercial Priorties for Magnuson Introduced in Bill by Sen.Rubio


NAFCO/Congressional break ground for large new seafood facility in Jessup, MD


Icelandic Seachill announces new executive team behind Simon Smith as Managing Director


Haimao Aquatic celebrates first shrimp PL sales to Vietnam; over 10 billion sold in China  


Young's Seafood to be lead sponsor of World Seafood Congress in Grimsby in 2015


Mazzetta Company announces its Norwegian salmon partner - Hofseth - gets BAP salmon certification  


Imports of Norwegian salmon by Belarus, Estonia for re-export to Russia are soaring  


Seafish technical director says North Sea cod recovery may soon qualify for MSC certification


Prof. thinks social media explains apparent surge in catch of odd colored lobsters


Longtime Stonington lobsterman chairs Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative


Lettuce Entertain You's all-you-can-eat deal outshines other casual dining promotions


Japan fends off efforts to outlaw its Antarctic "research" whaling


Stehr debunks idea ecotourism at marine parks off South Australia would offset fishery losses


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 18, 2014


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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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Live lobster, tail prices reached 5-year-highs for month of Aug, confirming slowdown in supply

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 22, 2014

What appears to be the return of more "normal" seasonal lobster landing behavior in Maine has kept inventories down and sent current live lobster and tail prices to five-year highs so far this year. Anecdotally the total volume of landings is down in Maine, and the molting process is more spread out, which means there was no surge of landings similar to what was seen the past two years.

Actual lobster landing data out of Maine is not available for the current fishing season until January. But so far a number of anecdotal reports from industry sources in Maine indicate the season is trending more in line with historical catch patterns. The massive glut of soft shell supplies fishermen pulled out of the Gulf of Maine over the last two seasons did not happen this year as colder waters this season prevented an early molt...

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Mexican shrimp season off to slow start due to weather with less product around

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Sept. 22, 2014

Although the Mexican wild shrimp season opened on Sept. 5th, two hurricanes, another tropical storm this weekend, and bad weather in between have really slammed catches, with many plants reporting only 40% to 60% of their usual production.
 
Shortly before the season opened, hurricane Norbert passed to the west.  Then two weeks later, Odile, the strongest storm to hit Baja California since 1967, made landfall.
 
And over the weekend, another weaker tropical storm - Polo - is following a similar track.
 
The weather has really cut into shrimp production.  
 
The normal pattern is for a surge of shrimp landings as the season opens, and then a falling back to a lower level pace. For the bigger freezer boats, landings on the first trip are usually double what happens on the second and subsequent trips. 
 
Pangas also see a similar drop off. 
 
This year the surge lasted only a day or two, and then volumes rapidly lessened..

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Maine Bond campaign kicks off, with supporters urging $7 million for lobster industry processing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton - Sept. 22, 2014

It appears that both Maine and Canada are taking steps to boost the competitiveness of their lobster industries. 
 
However, a race to increase processing capacity carries risks if the recent trend of surging landings in both countries does not continue.
 
Currently there are about 15 companies producing lobster meat and tails in Maine, along with some new plants in Massachusetts as well.
 
In Canada, where the plants are larger and more established, there are about 25 plants in the Maritime provinces, excluding Quebec. 
 
Historically, these Canadian plants have relied on buying Maine lobster in the summer because Maine had little capacity for processing itself, and the lobster were primarily sold to summer tourists.  So having a market for excess landings helped support the price on both sides of the border.
 
However, in the past few years this situation has changed.  First, there has been huge growth in Maine landings...

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How the rumor about Norwegian salmon and Ebola spread through China media

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily/Seafood.com] Translated by Amy Zhong  Sept. 22, 2014

The combination of news that the Chinese Government halted imports of whole Norwegian salmon due to concerns about the ISA virus, and the news of the continuing spread of Ebola in three African countries, led to a spate of rumors in China last week that Norwegian salmon had 'Ebola', something that is impossible. 

Salmon eaters in china have been frightened by titles of the popular articles in the social media like Weibo and Wechat as “China has stopped the import of a whole Norwegian salmon”, “People are likely to get Ebola from eating salmon” and “Salmon carry with them the Ebola virus”. 

The reporter has interviewed the relevant importers and the staff from the markets of aquatic products, all of whom have said that salmon has nothing to do with Ebola. 

And Norwegian Department of Marine Resources has also published a statement which reads that the Norwegian salmon are safe for consumers to enjoy. 

It turns out the rumor originated owing to sensational reporters who published an article in an online newspaper...

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Mitsubishi to become 2nd largest global salmon producer after Norway okays sale of Cermaq

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By By Kjetil Malkenes Hovland and Mari Iwata - September 22, 2014 -

OSLO, Norway's government said today it is prepared to sell its majority stake in Oslo-listed salmon farmer Cermaq ASA to Mitsubishi Corp. , in a deal valuing the company at 8.88 billion Norwegian kroner ($1.4 billion) , but that it was also prepared to consider potential competing offers.

Mitsubishi said it would launch a voluntary offer for all of the shares in Cermaq ASA at a price of 96 kroner per share, with an offer period of a minimum of four weeks. Cermaq's board of directors unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept the offer...

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Ocean Trust to hold major Forum in New Orleans on Gulf Seafood, and certifying management systems

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Sept. 22, 2014

Ocean Trust and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists are holding the 4th Science and Sustainability forum focusing on the Gulf of Mexico, with senior FAO personel and fisheries scientists.  The forum will meet in Louisiana to review the status, trends and advancements in seafood sustainability, with particular emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico. 

 The forum lineup features a who’s who list of presenters on fisheries sustainability as well as new initiatives that aim to validate the fishery management systems and the sustainability of seafood managed under those systems.  Speakers include Prof. Ray Hilborn, Dr. Steve Cadrin, Dr. Brian Rothschild, Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson, Dr. Steve Otwell, Dr. Lahsen Ababouch Policy and Economics Director of the FAO Fisheries Program, and Dr. Dick Beamish of DFO and the Pacific Biological Station in BC.

“Sustainability is the result of a well-designed and implemented management system and sustainability assessments should focus on the system, not on a snapshot of individual stock status or fishing level at any given point in time,” said Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust and co-host of the forum....

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Japan may finally implement two year old agreement with Russia on illegal crab sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Itar-Tass] - September 22, 2014 - 

TOKYO, Japan has announced plans to put into effect an agreement signed with Russia two years ago on combating illegal sales of crab, a spokesman for the local fisheries ministry said on Monday.

"We will make every effort to implement the agreement this year," the spokesman said.

The agreement envisages that every batch of crab from Russia should have an official certificate confirming that this seafood was caught and sent abroad legally. These documents should be also issued when crabs are sold through third countries.

Japanese business circles have opposed its speedy implementation...

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Possible shut down of Apalachicola's struggling oyster harvest threatens local seafood workforce

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sun Herald] September 22, 2014

Seafood workers and oyster harvesters say they are worried about the future of Apalachicola Bay.

The Panama City News Herald reported Saturday that dozens of workers from the oyster industry protested during a Friday meeting of an association created to represent them.

The bay, famed for its oysters, is threatened by both over harvesting and a water supply dispute with Georgia...

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In Virginia poachers thriving alongside oyster growers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Richmond Times-Dispatch] By Rex Springston  - September 22, 2014 -     

After nearly succumbing to parasitic diseases, Virginia's oysters have made a huge comeback.

Now another parasite is on the rise - the oyster poacher.

Some watermen are increasingly stealing oysters from beds restored with taxpayer dollars, from beds built up by private companies, from beds set aside as oyster sanctuaries and - perhaps most worrisome - from beds closed by the state because those waters are polluted.

"Poaching is probably too light a term to be using," said Tommy Leggett, who grows oysters in the southern Chesapeake Bay. "It's flat-out stealing. It's no different than somebody going into someone's home and stealing out of their home."

After issuing 45 to 55 poaching summonses, or charges, annually for years, the Virginia Marine Police issued 69 in 2010 and 159 last year. Summonses are on pace to top 300 this year...

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China Tuna pulls IPO in the face of environmental concerns over Pacific bigeye tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Stuff.co.nz] - September 22, 2014 - 

A large Chinese fishing company wanting to vastly increase its Pacific tuna operations has suspended a share float following revelations it under-stated risks.

China Tuna Industry Group, with the help of Frankfurt headquartered Deutsche Bank AG, last month launched a US$100 million to US$200m IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to fund a massive and sophisticated expansion of South Pacific tuna fishing.

China Tuna was accused of significantly understating the risks it faced chasing bigeye tuna and that it was telling investors that international quotas were unlikely to have any affect on its operations.

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Kodiak's crab scientists want more research done on how noise impacts crab behaviors (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 22, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini --- Crabs freak out over certain noises. First ever findings after this 

Creepy soundtracks of noises made by predators had crabs running for shelter and proved, for the first time, that the animals can hear. Marine acoustic experts at Boston’s Northeastern University made the discovery in lab tests on 200 mud crabs during a two year study. When they piped in certain noises, the crabs didn’t dare venture out to eat juicy clams placed in their tanks. Their skittishness lasted for several hours. The scientists said the crabs hear through a small sac at the base of their antennae. Might it be the same for Alaska crab? 

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Pescanova reported to be divesting in the Falklands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Merco Press] - September 22, 2014 - 

The Spanish seafood group Pescanova is reportedly close to selling Falkland Islands Lafonia Seafood, which has operations valued between €15 and €20 million, according to Cinco Días.

Lafonia owns a stake in Polar Limited, which is also in the Falklands, as well as Antarctic Sea Fisheries in Chile.

Polar, the result of a joint venture between Pescanova and Seawood Limited, has two squid vessels, catching some 13,240 tons in 2012 – a big increase from less than 6,000t in 2011.

Antarctic Sea Fisheries belongs entirely to Lafonia. It has a longline with cod fishing licenses near Falkland Islands and owns the krill catcher Betanzos.

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90 scientists ask Obama for quick approval of Aquabounty salmon saying science is clear

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Sept. 19, 2014

90 scientists have written to President Obama asking for quick approval of AquaBounty's GMO salmon. 

They say that the FDA found it was safe and used standard technology four years ago, and that the delay due to political interference was causing scientists to take projects outside of the US.
 
"It is not this particular fish that is at stake… it sends the message to the rest of the world that science-based regulatory oversight as embodied in the FDA review process is subject to political intervention.  Furthermore, it signals to the world that the United States may cede its leadership position in the agricultural use of biotechnology. . .I believe it is imperative the United States stay the course it has set in not letting politics interfere with its science-based regulatory system," said the letter quoting Dr. Calestous Juma, professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the former executive secretary of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity.
 
The scientists say "the technology used by AquaBounty to develop the AquAdvantage Salmon has a 20-year track record of safety and efficacy...

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Ahold's Giant Landover division cutting prices, improving perishables

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - September 22, 2014 - 

Giant Food LLC has rolled out a low-price initiative affecting thousands of items across the store. New "Bonus Buy Savings" signs highlight time-limited promotions, while "Low Everyday Price" signage calls out long-term reductions on many popular everyday products.

Giant Food operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, employing about 20,000 associates.

(Giant and Safeway are the dominant supermarkets in the region but both face price competition from non-traditional competitors including Wal-Mart and Target - KWC)

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California seafood labeling bill could mean mass consumer confusion, say retailers and NFI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall St. Journal ]  By BEN DIPIETRO  Sept. 19, 2014

A coalition of grocers and retailers and the seafood industry’s main trade association say a proposed law in California that would change the names under which seafood is sold in an effort to combat fraud is misguided and won’t achieve its objective.
 
The bill, which was approved by the California State Legislature and only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law, would mandate all seafood sold in the state be listed by its common name as well as its market name. Seafood in the state currently is sold using its market name.
 
Some examples of how the bill would affect labeling include herring being listed as Ilisha, Chilean seabass being listed as Patagonian toothfish and shrimp having to be called by names such as roshna prawn, jack knife prawn or caramote prawn.
 
Supporters of the measure, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the environmental activist group Oceana, say the change will address the problem of seafood mislabeling, which has been found to be widespread throughout the country. Oceana has conducted DNA tests on seafood purchased around the country between 2010 and 2012, and found 33% of its samples were mislabeled, with the number rising to 38% from stores and restaurants in Northern California and 52% in Southern California....

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EPA extends Pebble Mine review period to Feb for more time to look over 155,000 comments recieved

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] September 19, 2014

Faced with thousands of comments received on a proposed determination to act under the Clean Water Act regarding the Pebble mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency has extended until Feb. 4 the deadline on further action.

The public comment period for EPA's proposed determination under the Clean Water Act ends at midnight tonight, Sept. 19, and over 155,000 comments have already been received on the matter of whether to initiate actions that could stop development of the mine.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is urging all in the industry who support protections for the Bay to make a comment before the deadline.

Here is a link to a comment page.  It takes less than 30 seconds....

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Iceland's fisheries minister tells Grimsby not to expect more fish beyond the current 12,000 tonnes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Evening Telegraph] By David Laister - September 19, 2014 - 

New Icelandic Fisheries Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has embraced the "ever stronger" relationship with Grimsby, telling key partners there is plenty of well managed fish to serve the town's vital processors. Mr Johannsson officially opened Humber Seafood Summit alongside Seafish chair Elaine Hayes, with 200 industry and civic representatives listening intently to his every word.

Iceland remains the number one supplier to Grimsby Fish Market, with exports also going direct to the major companies that employ more than 3,000 people in the town.

 He spoke of the ever-closer relationships between the communities, linked by the seafood supply chain, although a warning later came from an Icelandic industry expert for Grimsby not to expect any supply increases on the current 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes...

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Oceana's DNA tests claim 18% of cod sold in Denmark is actually haddock or saithe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Sept. 22, 2014

For many years in New England, the term 'scrod' referred to a juvenile cod, haddock, or pollock.  The name also implied a small fish, i.e. only a couple of pounds. However, the FDA eventually outlawed this custom, not even allowing scod cod or scrod haddock as a market name.
 
Oceana has now taken advantage of this change to claim seafood fraud in Denmark.  In DNA tests, they showed that 18% of their samples of cod actually were saithe or haddock.  These species are all very similar and caught together, especially when small. 
 
The study conducted by Oceana, the Danish newspaper Søndagsavisen, and the TV program “Go’Aften Denmark” found that there is a 'high' level of sea fraud in Danish markets. The study revealed that 18 percent of cod sold in fishmongers is not cod, but actually haddock or saithe. In total, 120 samples from fishmongers, supermarkets, and restaurants in the wider Copenhagen region underwent DNA analysis.
 
“Seafood fraud is an extensive practice throughout Europe due to weaknesses in the current traceability systems for fish

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Cordova's Fish Council once again asked to consider implementing 1% municipal raw fish tax

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Jennifer Gibbins - September 22, 2014

"A lot to digest" was the consensus earlier this week at a meeting of the Cordova Fisheries Advisory Committee. 
Created to advise City Council on issues related to the commercial fishing industry, the committee was taking its first look at a recently proposed 1% municipal raw fish tax.

Approximately twenty members of the public attended the meeting providing comment ranging from concerns about the proposed tax to alternative ideas to help generate revenue for the City.

"It was a great turnout," said City Council member Tim Joyce. "It is excellent that the public was there to comment and listen to the issues."

 

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SNP, Clinton Initiative promote seafood consumption as way to reduce heart disease in women

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 22, 2014

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) has kickstarted another program to further its mission to promote more seafood consumption in the US; this time taking aim at promoting heart health among women through seafood.

At the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, the SNP announced the successful launch of a pilot program called Eating Heart Healthy: A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program for Women. The program is designed to help women understand and mitigate their risk of heart disease through a seafood-rich diet. The program was introduced as part of SNP’s Commitment to Action, a plan for addressing significant global challenges made by CGI members.

The Commitment to Action announced at the CGI Annual Meeting is just the beginning, according to Linda Cornish, executive director of SNP...

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Surging air traffic through Abu Dhabi is allowing live seafood sales such as lobster to expand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] By Shereen El Gazzar - September 22, 2014 - 

Two days ago it was 10,000 kilometres away off the Nova Scotia coast. Now the Canadian lobster is crawling around in a fish tank in Abu Dhabi with a price tag of just Dh160.

Surging aircraft traffic through the UAE is adding thousands of tonnes of extra cargo capacity every day.

"Importing live seafood is a very tight supply chain and if it weren’t for the airlines it wouldn’t be possible," said Jurgen Scharkosi, the general manager of The Big Blu, a live seafood shop in Abu Dhabi. He relies on air freight for 95 per cent of his business. Inside the shop, bubbling tanks accommodate giant crabs from Kenya, oysters from Namibia and crayfish from the UK. "It is a very tight supply chain," says Mr Scharkoski...

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$400 million for industry transformation gives Newfoundland chance to grow a dominant cod fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Sept. 19, 2014

Newfoundland's seafood industry is on the cusp of major changes.  More than 20 years after the historic collapse of Northern Cod, not only is cod returning, but conditions are in place for a radical transformation of the industry over the next five years.
 
But like any major change, the experience will likely be wrenching. 
 
Earlier this week I attended a meeting called Fishery of the Future hosted by The Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation...

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High Liner celebrates closing of American Pride acquisition in New Bedford

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Standard Times] - September 22, 2014  -

NEW BEDFORD — High Liner Foods celebrated its acquisition of seafood processor American Pride in a ribbon cutting on Friday.

“We are delighted that we have a major player joining a major player, which is New Bedford and the seafood industry,” said Rep. Antonio Cabral, D-New Bedford.

“High Liner, thank you for believing in this industry, and believing that New Bedford would be a good fit for you. In October the company acquired American Pride, paying $34.5 million in cash to the previous owner and taking over the Herman Melville Blvd. facility.

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Newfoundland's crab and turbot producer Torngat Fish Co-Op gets provincial funding to grow operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 22, 2014

Newfoundland's provincial government has provided funding  for Torngat Fish Producers Coop in  Makkovik to upgrade its crab and turbot processing. 

According to Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Keith Hutching, his administration will provide $9,332 to help the Torngat Fish Producers Cooperative Society Limited (Torngat Fish Co-op) seek ways to increase efficiency and output at its crab and turbot plant in Makkovik.

The Co-op said it will use the funding to make improvement to its processing operations using new technology to make the plant more competitive.

“The Torngat Fish Co-op greatly appreciates the Provincial Government’s support for our efforts to make our crab and turbot plant as efficient and competitive as possible. This funding will make it possible to avail of the Marine Institute’s expertise as we seek out opportunities to make our operations stronger for the future," said Keith Watts, General Manager at the Co-Op.

The funding is provided through the $4 million Fisheries...

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Second vessel runs aground this month in Dutch Harbor, F/V Ocean Ranger missed channel marker

SEAFOODNEWS.COM[KUCB]  By Annie Ropeik September 19, 2014

A fishing boat from Homer ran aground outside an Unalaska harbor Tuesday night after going the wrong way around a channel marker.
 
The F/V Ocean Ranger was heading into the Bobby Storrs Boat Harbor around 6 p. m. when it struck a reef. Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin says the boat's crew probably misread their navigational charts.
 
"They obviously didn’t follow the intention of the markers or they would have missed the reef," McLaughlin says.
 
The vessel tore its hull and took on some water during the grounding. But no one was injured, and McLaughlin says the Coast Guard didn't find any environmental damage.
 
The Ocean Ranger was able to get itself to the Resolve-Magone Marine Services salvage yard, where the boat's crew is working on repairing their damaged hull. They're part of the fishing fleet from one of the Russian Old Believer communities near Homer...
 
 

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Roadmap for structure and leadership following Albertsons-Safeway merger 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] - September 22, 2014 - 

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will ...

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Whooshh's Salmon Cannon successfully transports initial round of Chinook from Wash's Washougal River

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 22, 2014

Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife is reporting initial success of the Salmon Cannon fish transportation system for wild fall Chinook at the Washougal River.

The cannon is a technology created by Whooshh™ Innovations and has made it possible for WDFW staff to move hatchery and wild fall Chinook salmon from the weir up the riverbank with minimal handling, according to Whooshh Innovations CEO, Vince Bryan III.  Fish travel via the proprietary “Whooshh tube,” a distance of 120 linear feet in approximately five seconds, and then exit into awaiting tanker trucks destined for the hatchery.

WDFW Hatchery Reform Coordinator, Eric Kinne, said the Whooshh fish transport tubes eliminate several steps for hatchery workers when moving fish from the center of the river to the waiting tanker truck, a process that can result in high stress to the fish.

Bryan added that the Washougal installation is “a big step into having fully volitional Whooshh systems installed in the future,” enabling more fish to reach spawning grounds and hatcheries cost effectively.

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How Norway and Russia's partnership has effectively managed Barent Sea cod stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Yale Environment 360] by John Waldman - September 19, 2014

The prime cod fishing grounds of North America have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — northern cod fishery.

What years of dwelling in the cold Atlantic had amassed, an army of knife-wielding, white-suited Norwegian factory workers were taking apart in just minutes...

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Founders son and an uncle trying to bring back Shells seafood restaurants in Florida

September 18, 2014 - 

Tampa Bay mainstay Shells Seafood Restaurants were thriving for awhile in the late 1980s, at one point numbering 45 restaurants and employing 1,200 people in the U.S. The concept was taken public in 1993, and that's when the trouble started.

"None of them seemed to work except the ones in Florida," remembers John Christen Jr., son of founder John Christen Sr.

The younger Christen, a fresh University of Florida grad, and his uncle David Canady have decided to resurrect the concept. In 2012 Canady opened a location on Fowler in Tampa; this August Christen opened a St. Pete Beach location in what was most recently Jaxson's. The menu is nearly identical to the Shells of yore, the recipes mostly dating back to before the company was taken public.

John Christen Jr. isn't aiming for an empire this time, but he is hoping to recapture the Tampa Bay area, with maybe locations in Brandon and Clearwater...

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NMFS reports take of short tailed albatross by Bering Sea longliner - limit is 4 birds every 2 yrs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Sept. 19, 2014

NMFS has reported an incidental take of a  Short-Tailed Albatross in the BSAI Hook-and-Line Groundfish Fishery.   A second unidentified albatross was in the same haul, the identity of which will be evaluated after the observer debriefing. The birds were taken on September 7, 2014 at 58°47” 54’ N and 177°43” 36’ W in NMFS reporting area 521. The confirmed short-tailed albatross had an identifying leg band from its natal breeding colony in Japan and was five years old. The last three documented STAL takes in Alaska were in August 2010, September 2010, and October 2011.
 
The  latest confirmed take on September 7, 2014 is shown by the green star, while the red stars indicate observed locations of incidental takes since 1987.
 
The world population of the endangered short-tailed albatross is currently estimated at almost 4,400 individuals. The short-tailed albatross is protected in Alaska waters by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a result of consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the ESA, USFWS issued an incidental take statement of four birds during each two-year period for the BSAI...

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