Tue. Oct 21 2014

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


Russia will not impose export duties on salmon or pollock


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


Eating fish may help anti-depressants work


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday October 21, 2014


Mon. Oct 20 2014

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


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


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


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


Norway's government sells its Cermaq stake to Mitsubishi


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


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


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


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


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


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


Emergency Pacific Council meeting on whiting held Friday  


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 20, 2014


Fri. Oct 17 2014

WWF report on illegal Russian crab mostly focused on old data; current conditions improving  


India to rush mass production of low cost WSD shrimp disease detection kits  


Sysco considering divesting assets to satisfy FTC concerns


Aleutian king crab harvesters prepare for fishery's largest ever stock survey (Fish Radio)  


Devi Seafood wins prestigious Sysco "Supplier of the Year" award


M. Slavin promotes Florida stone crab as season kicks off to slow start but with good demand


Commerce's correction to Thai shrimp duty review to have no impact on final 1.10% rate  


Nationwide demand returns for NJ oysters as growers note a renaissance for the state's industry  


Virginia adopts tougher policies to deter oyster poaching  


High Liner partners with Chicago schools to promote seafood consumption among students


EDF calls for better monitoring of Gulf of Maine cod catch, recreational and commercial (Opinion)


Walmart investing in e-commerce and small format units


Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation announces 2015 Symphony of Seafood


Supervalu fiscal Q2 sales driven by strong sales and comps gains at Save-A-Lot


Saltonstall-Kennedy grants increased to $18 million for new solicitation


EC proposes lifting trade sanctions on 5 nations that are cooperating in fighting IUU fishng


Grieg Seafood CEO resigns as company reports Q3 operating loss


Tasmania's Huon Aquaculture builds an aquaculture empire on the back of Australian salmon demand


Seafood.com News Summary Friday October 17, 2014


Thu. Oct 16 2014

No surprises in this year's Groundfish Forum Outlook: whitefish sector quite stable  


Pacific whiting fishery suddenly on hold due to chinook and rockfish bycatch  


EU Indian shrimp rejections show there is continued antibiotic overuse in Andhra Pradesh  


Vietnam struggles to upgrade pangasius exports, new law will limit soaking and moisture content   (1) 


Why Vietnam's exported shrimp duty rates were higher than Thailand and India  


Bluefin tuna bite off Gloucester MA called best in ten years


High Pollock H&G prices, impact of Russia trade ban is focus of Groundfish Forum  


Live crab imports surge at Wakkanai as traders rush to beat new IUU regulations  


Alaska's crab fishermen prepare for longer crab season as stocks up across the board  


Florida's stone crab harvesters live and die by the moon and tides, season off to a slow start


Midwest seafood distributor The Fish Guys to move 5 million lb operation to modern facility in 2015


Extensive tagging of bigeye tuna documents need for Pacific-wide management


Major shrimp farming operations in India's Andhra Pradesh region dodge impact from Cyclone Hudhud  


Bering Sea Crabbers help young AK fishermen get into industry with quota access program (Fish Radio)


Oceana faults EU for mismanaging Mediterranean swordfish as ICCAT meeting approaches


Clyde's, DC area operator of 14 restaurants, expects strong finish to the year


South Africa's hake industry calls for government cooperation to assure continued MSC certification


Forum Fisheries says Kirbati's cuts in US fishing days were part of the negotiated deal


After 37 years in the lobster business in Maine, Pete McAleney needs a break


University of Guelph gets CAD3.8 million for farmed salmon disease research


Changing water temps among factors Australia's abalone industry will consider in setting 2015 quotas


SeaFish appoints certifier for Responsible Fishing Scheme on crew welfare for UK seafood imports


Safeway Q3 net profit plummets from one-time charges but sales were up 2.6 percent


Precision Harvesting's fishing net technology honored as NZ top innovator


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 16, 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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Zhangzidao Group forms Capital Seafoods Int'l in Nova Scotia to export lobsters to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 21, 2014

Zoneco Group, the new English name for China's Zhangzidao Group, has founded Capital Seafood International in Nova Scotia. The new seafood processing company will initally focus on processing, packing and exporting live and frozen lobster products to the Asian market, primarily to China.

Capital Seafood represents Zoneco's first investment in Nova Scotia. The company said it will work closely with the region's lobster industry to secure product across the province.  Initial plans will have the company ship 1.25 to 1.5 pounds sized lobster to China...

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Russia will not impose export duties on salmon or pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  Oct 21, 2014

The Russian government has rejected the proposal of some local anaslysts and top officials to introduce duties on exports of fish to abroad. 
 
The initiative was put forward by Vladimir Miklushevsky, the governor of Primorye region to protect the domestic market. 
 
Vladimir Miklushevsky commented:
 
"Russia has imposed duties on the imports of Norwegian salmon. We consider this decision as very useful, as we have enough reserves of our own fish. There is a need to establish more processing capacity on shore, instead of an increase in fish exports. I submitted a proposal for the consideration of Arkady Dvorkovich,  Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, who promised to consider it by October, 20. 
 
According to Miklushevsky, duties should be imposed primarily on the exports of salmon 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 21, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Prices for Alaska salmon products take a downward slide. More after this –

Every four months Alaska processors provide price reports for how much they sold various salmon products at wholesale by region. For the peak of the season from May through August, most prices were lower than at the same time last year. 

Here are some highlights from the state Tax Division: By far most of Alaska’s salmon pack goes out headed and gutted and frozen. H&G Chinook salmon fetched $3.95 a pound, down from $4.51 last summer. Sockeye at $3.14 was a drop of $1.07 per pound. Cohos wholesaled for $2.91 compared to $3.60. The prices for H&G frozen pink salmon increased a quarter to $1.28; chums saw the biggest gain at $1.54 , a 45-cent increase...

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Eating fish may help anti-depressants work

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nature World News] By Brian Stallard - October 21, 2014 - 

Past research has said that up to 42 percent of all treated cases of depression do not respond to antidepressants, although it has remained largely unclear why. Now researcher have found that diet can impact how a patient responds to their medication, where fish consumption can help.

That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology which shows that increasing fatty fish intake appears to increase medication response rate in patients who do not normally respond to antidepressants.

This adds to an already full chorus of health experts shouting for people to make fish a regular part of their diets. 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 21, 2014

The Committee on World Food Security elected to prioritize higher fish consumption among its key dietary recommendations for pregnant women and young children, the latest contribution in a movement to promote seafood as a key part of a healthy diet.    

During its forty-first session, held in Rome this week, the Committee made “Encourage[ing] consumption of fish especially by pregnant and breastfeeding women, children…” a key recommendation in its report.  

This recommendation is in line with the very latest in nutrition science,” said Rima Kleiner MS, RD, Registered Dietitian for the National Fisheries Institute. “And while what the group says is important, where it’s said is also worth noting. It is literally found as part of the very first issue addressed. Encouraging maternal fish consumption should be a top nutrition policy issue for the public health sector and that’s reflected in this document.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dow Jones] by Dominic Chopping - October 21, 2014 - 

Mitsubishi Corp. said today that Cermaq shareholders representing 90.97% of the share capital have accepted Mitsubishi's 8.8 billion Norwegian kroner offer.

If the conditions of the offer are met or waived, Mitsubishi will initiate a compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares of Cermaq and will seek a delisting of the shares from the Oslo Stock Exchange, it said...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Times] - October 21, 2014 - 

The fisheries department has slashed this season's rock lobster catch limit by just under 17 percent in a bid to help the heavily-overfished stocks to recover.

Based on advice from scientists who have assessed the stocks of West Coast rock lobster, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokesman Lionel Adendorf said yesterday the move was an attempt to increase the number of larger male rock lobster.

Estimates are that between 500 and 800 tons of rock lobster are poached every year.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Moscow Times] - October 21, 2014

Standing on tiptoe, Galina Abdullina strained to reach the back of the top shelf to get one of the last tubs of discounted smetana, the sour cream beloved by Russians.

She said she had come to this branch of Pyatyorochka, a budget supermarket chain, after purchasing just a loaf of bread in a nearby upmarket shopping center in northern Moscow where prices have risen rapidly.

"It's terrible," said Abdullina, 77, who spent her working life as an employee in Soviet department stores GUM and Detsky Mir. "We go there to look at things, and here to buy."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ENP] - October 21, 2014 - 

Dan’s Fish Inc. is a small business based in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., that is selling Great lakes fish and caviar directly to wholesale and retail outlets in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden as a direct result of the support provided by the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

‘Ex-Im Bank’s short-term multi-buyer export credit insurance program has benefitted Dan’s Fish, Inc. in several ways,’ said Gretel Sannikas, director of Dan’s Fish. ‘First, Dan’s Fish has been able to sell to a more diversified selection of clientele due to the ability to provide extended credit terms.

Also the program has helped to decrease the exposure to foreign political risks as well as risks associated with the non-payment by the foreign clients. Furthermore, the insured export accounts receivable program has helped Dan’s Fish to obtain and maintain essential financing from the local bank along with the SBA for the production of the export products and financing of the required export inventory.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 21, 2014

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is now taking submissions for its annual Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest with roundtrip tickets from Alaska Airlines on the line as the grandprize

ASMI's yearly photo competition captures the value of Alaska's fisheries through compelling photography from both professional and amateur photographers. 

The contest awards prizes for a number of categories including Best Action Photo, Best Boat Photo and Best Fish Photo among others. There is also the Facebook Fan Favorite Grand Prize winner...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] By Mathew Robinson - October 21, 2014 - 

American intervention and “blind luck” prevented disaster on B.C.’s north coast this week when a disabled cargo ship drifted dangerously close to the shores of Haida Gwaii, opposition critics charged Monday in the House of Commons.

A commercial U.S. tug towed the Russian-flagged Simushir to safety at Prince Rupert after the Canadian Coast Guard struggled to rein in the ship.

The vessel was carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel when it lost power Thursday, sparking concerns it would create an environmental disaster if it ran aground, and prompting concern from New Democrats and Liberals over the prospect of a dramatic increase in supertankers plying the same waters.

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WWF report on illegal Russian crab is mostly focused on older data; says current conditions improving 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Oct 17, 2014

The World Wildlife Fund has released a report (link) charging that there remains a significant problem with illegally harvested king crab in Russia.
 
To make this case, the WWF relies on customs data over the past ten years - during which time there was a well known and highly publicized illegal fishery, which resulted in trials and arrests of some of the principal operators.
 
However, the Russian government has been attempting to crack down on this level of IUU fishing for years, and WWF admits that this has had some success.  WWF's own data show that their estimates of IUU crab harvest in Russia in 2013 was the lowest in 14 years...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Alaska Journal of Commerce] by Molly Dischner - October 20, 2014

Catch shares in the Gulf of Alaska are one step closer after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council asked for analysis of an alternative structure to reduce bycatch and end the race to fish.

After more than a day of staff reports and public testimony on a possible Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management program, the North Pacific council on Oct. 12 unanimously agreed to a motion asking for formal analysis of a program that would allocate pollock and Pacific cod harvest privileges to trawl fishermen participating in voluntary cooperatives.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, who represents the state on the council, made the motion for action; it was amended by other council members before passing unanimously...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Gloucester Daily Times] by Talor Rapalyea - October 21, 2014

Cafeteria lunches, to some, have never looked so good.

The Manchester Essex Regional School District has recently joined Gloucester High School in its efforts to serve fresh seafood regularly, and the students are on board.

The program, orchestrated by Cape Ann Fresh Catch, will receive its first shipment of fresh, locally caught fish this Friday.

“We did a food tasting for the students and the faculty last week and it went over really well,” said Donna Marshall, director of Cape Ann Fresh Catch. “It’s important for morale for everyone, it’s important to support the local economy.”

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Sysco considering divesting assets to satisfy FTC concerns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sun-Times] - October 17, 2014 - 

Sysco Corp. is reported to be trying to craft a package of asset sales sufficient to satisfy FTC concerns of concentration in the pending merger with U.S. U.S. Foods.  

Three big regional players, Reinhart Foodservice, Performance Food Group and Gordon Food Service, have been negotiating with Sysco to buy certain divested assets.  

The proposed tie-up is seen as problematic because Sysco and US Foods are the only companies with the geographic reach to offer nationwide contracts to deliver a wide range of goods to customers ranging from hotel chains to fast food restaurants...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Steve Sharratt - October 20, 2014

A deal is on its way that will see local interests take over the mothballed Ocean Choice fish plant here and open the doors to new tenants, including a fish processing operation, by next year.

The Guardian has learned the Souris Harbour Authority will take over the former fish processing facility in eastern P.E.I. by the end of the month.

The transfer is expected to bring new “tenants”, including a fish processor that could employ up to 50 people by next spring...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [JiJi Press] - October 20, 2014 - 

Tokyo, Imports of bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean off the North American coast are rising in Japan, although many other fishery products from overseas have been hit by the yen's recent sharp depreciation.

In waters off Boston and the Canadian state of Nova Scotia, catches of large tuna weighing 200 kilograms and over have been brisk since August.

Especially in waters off Boston, "Catches have more than doubled from the previous year since September," an importer said.

The number of U.S. and Canadian tuna shipped to Tokyo's Tsukiji market from Oct. 1 to Friday jumped 60 pct from a year earlier to 320, much higher than the level of domestic tuna shipments. 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 21, 2014

Vietnamese farmed shrimp producer Quoc Viet is the first Asian shrimp operation to earn certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council 's (ASC) Shrimp Standard.

With certficaition in hand Quoc will be first to bring ASC certified shrimp product to the market. The company supplied 15,000mt of shrimp in 2013 and is on pace to produce 20,000mt in 2014. The family run business is currently in the process of expanding its plant to scale up production to 25,000mt by 2015. Quoc Viet supplies customers across the US, Japan, EU, Australia, Canada, Korea and other countries.
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In historic meeting Council keeps Pacific whiting sector open, shoreside may suffer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - Oct.20, 2014

In an historic emergency meeting of Pacific Fishery Management Council last Friday, fishery managers found a way to protect chinook salmon, stay under the darkblotched rockfish quota, and allow the Pacific whiting fleet to fish the remaining 21,000 mt of quota.
 
The Council took immediate action to protect chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific whiting trawl fishery by moving the mothership and catcher processor fleets to deeper water, beyond the 150 fathom contour. A “guideline” harvest limit of 11,000 chinook salmon was taken by the Pacific whiting fleet last week. All vessels in the three-sector fishery are impacted by more restrictive management measures...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] October 21, 2014

The co-chair of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has said the salmon industry's challenge over the next ten years will be finding ways to responsibly produce enough salmon to meet global demand that is now accelerating at a much faster rate.

The Initiative's Ricardo Garcia said the global demand for salmon is now on pace to double every eight to ten years compared to every twelve years. He said the GSI's 18 member producers will have to research methods that will allow them to produce enough product to meet this heightened global demand.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden and John Sackton - Oct 20, 2014

Crab production in Russia is gaining momentum, according to Andrew Hornicnyh, head of department of organization of fisheries of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.  At the same time, lobbying by the powerful groups who control the illegal harvest is delaying actions to make this crab part of the legal quota system.
 
According to Hornicnyh,  total king crab catch in Russia  through the first week in October reached 2,500 tonnes, which is equivalent to 52% of the total quota for the current year, which is set at 4762 tonnes. 
 
Much of this crab wll be coming to the US in the next few months...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Stephen Betts - October 20, 2014 - 

SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND, Maine, John Price, the owner of JP's Shellfish, was snared in a federal and state probe that began with an allegation that more than $1 million worth of lobsters were stolen from one of Maine's largest cooperatives is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

Robert Thompson of St. George, the former manager of the Spruce Head Fishermen's Cooperative, was arrested and accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of lobsters from members and selling them to Price's business.

Price's attorney, Daniel Mitchell, said, however, the lobsters purchased by Price were side sales that were managed by Thompson on behalf of cooperative members who did not want to sell through the cooperative.

Price's attorney provided a letter from the cooperative in which it states that its disagreement with J.P. Shellfish had been resolved, and it would be willing to do business with Price's company in the future.

Mitchell said Price never tried to hide the side purchases that were initiated by Thompson for cooperative members. He said Price kept records of those purchases and paid taxes on them.

Price had been buying lobsters from the cooperative for 20 years and made the side purchases in years when the supply of the seafood was low and he wanted to meet the demands of his customers. The attorney said Price also agreed to these side sales to keep his relationship with the cooperative smooth...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 20, 2014

India's shrimp hatcheries and seafood shipments took a hit from last weekend's Cyclone Hudhud that made landfall in the major port city of Visakhapatnam.

The year's most powerful Cyclone hit the major port city known as Vizag last Sunday evening with sustained winds of 115 mph. Damage has been estimated at over $1.6 billion across the Andhra Pradesh region...

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Norway's government sells its Cermaq stake to Mitsubishi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] - October 20, 2014 - 

OSLO, The Norwegian government has accepted Mitsubishi's bid for fish farmer Cermaq and sold its entire 59.17 percent stake, it said in a statement on Monday.

Mitsubishi has offered 96 crowns per Cermaq share and no other investor has made a counteroffer, despite earlier expectations that a bidding war might push the price higher.

Last Friday Norway's pension fund agreed to sell its stake in Cermaq to Mitsubishi and...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Florida Today] by Lyn Dowling - October 21, 2014 -

Bonefish Grill changes and makes additions to its menus with the seasons, and its new "fall crush" menu is well conceived.

Its "fall crush" menu offers a "Vintner's Burger" ($14.30) of Kobe beef with blue cheese and red wine jam; Malbec-marinated steak and shrimp ($18.90); Atlantic salmon with bacon jam ($17.30) and sangria flatbread ($5).

Other items include a hickory-smoked salmon appetizer ($8.99), which is one of the better appetizers we've had in restaurants of BFG's type: a chunk of salmon perfectly smoked, topped with pickled onions and served with thin slices of brioche toast and a lovely lemon-caper sauce. You never think the appetizer will be the highlight of the meal, but this one was, amid a lot of other good food.

Swordfish and pumpkin ravioli ($19.40) also was a good choice.

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India to rush mass production of low cost WSD shrimp disease detection kits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New Indian Express] by M Raghuram - October 17, 2014 - 

Mangalore, Thanks to a new initiative of the College of Fisheries at Mangalore, a new low cost disease detection kit is ready for mass production and would be made available soon.

With the help of this kit the shrimp farmers can ensure their farm broodstock is disease free and their produce is fit for export to the high value European, US, Gulf and Canadian markets.

The College of Fisheries, affiliated to the Bidar-based Karnataka Vetirnary, Animal Sciences and Fisheries University, has passed on the research material on this revolutionary kit under technology transfer for a mass production unit to an MNC...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] by Jonathan Maze - October 20, 2014 - 

McDonald’s Corp. sales have been weakening throughout the summer, and that didn’t change in September, according to Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski’s survey of the burger giant’s franchisees.

In the survey, published Friday, operators said their same-store sales fell 3.6 percent. That would be the worst monthly performance for the venerable quick-service chain since December’s weather-weakened 3.8-percent decline.

In addition to the sales weakness, franchisees are also facing increased costs for labor, thanks to minimum wage hikes and public pressure to raise wages. Food costs are high as well. The prices for beef and cheese are stratospheric, and both of those commodities are heavily used within McDonald’s restaurants.

Add it up and you get mounting franchisee unrest. When asked for their six-month outlook, 28 of the 32 franchisees rated it “fair” or “poor,” with the others split between “very good” and “good.” None of the operators called the outlook “excellent.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chicago Tribune] -  October 21, 2014 - 

McDonald’s profit plunged 30 percent in the third quarter, as visits to its restaurants fell in all of its major markets.

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson was blunt in his assessment of the results, saying that “by all measures our performance fell short of our expectations."

Sales at restaurants open at least a year fell 3.3 percent, an even deeper decline than the 3 percent fall predicted by analysts, according to Consensus Metrix.

Thompson went on to say that the company recognizes it must demonstrate both to customers and to those in the company “that we understand the problems we face and are taking decisive action to fundamentally change the way we approach our business."

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Aleutian king crab harvesters prepare for fishery's largest ever stock survey (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 17, 2014 

Alaska’s golden king crab fleet plans to undertake the biggest survey ever on the entire range of the Aleutian Islands golden crab stock. It covers an 800 mile span from Dutch Harbor to Atka.

"It’s a huge area." 

John Hilsinger is science advisor for the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation, a harvester group. 

Through 2006 state managers tracked a small area of the Aleutians but there’s no budget now to assess the far flung crab stocks. This will be the first time such an extensive survey has been undertaken...

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Devi Seafood wins prestigious Sysco "Supplier of the Year" award

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 17, 2014 -   

Sysco Corporation recently honored its top suppliers as part of the 2014 Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards program. The awards, presented at an industry dinner in Houston, recognize Sysco suppliers' commitment, service and marketplace support by category and area of accomplishment.

Devi Seafood was named Supplier of the Year, Sysco's top supplier recognition, for the highest level of performance in areas such as sales growth, profitability, Sysco Brand sales and overall support of Sysco and its customers.

This marks the first time in the program's 20-year history that a seafood supplier earned top honors.

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