Fri. Jan 30 2015

IPHC Approves 16% Increase in Halibut TACs, Matches Last Year's Bering Sea Quota  


IPHC Meeting Concludes Today with Vote on Halibut Catch Limits  


NOAA's Stand-Pat Cod Stance Draws Fire


Independent Food Safety Agency Bill Drafted


Restaurant Performance Index Finished the Year on a Positive Note


Zhangzidao Officer Resigns, Company Reports Wider Loss for 2014 of Around $1 billion Yuan


NFI's Global Seafood Market Conference Predicts Higher Prices for Halibut, Pacific Cod (Fish Radio)


Tomato Sushi Seen as Tuna Substitute for Those Who Want 'Vegetarian' Seafood


West Coast Port Congestion Creates American Samoa Food Shortage, Delays Tuna Plant Completion


Chefs Gearing Up for Lent with Old and New Seafood Ideas


Oregon and Washington set Columbia Spring Chinook Rules, Smelt Season


Minimal Commercial Impact Expected From Proposed Deep Sea Trawl Ban Around UK Fishing Grounds


Orca Bay to Launch Retail Line of Single Serve Vac-Pack Chum Salmon and Cod Portions


White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers  


Tampa Maid Foods Announces Director, Food Safety & Quality


Requests For Commercial Licenses For Green Crabs Piling Up In Newfoundland, Waiting On DFO


Large Proportion of Universities Committing to Serving MSC Sustainable Seafood


Cape Breton Fisherman in 'Murder for Lobster' Case Gets 14-year Prison Sentence


Backup Intensifies at Port of Portland Oregon As Longshoremen Walk Off the Job


Taylor Shellfish's Annual Evening Totten Island Feasts Offer Oysters at Their Wintertime Best


Audubon Extends Contract to Operate Sustainable Seafood Program


Q4 Economic Growth in U.S. Was Below Forecast


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 30, 2015


Thu. Jan 29 2015

Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal


Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference  


Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas


Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao


Minh Phu Offering 50 Percent Stake in Company to Fund Global Shrimp Expansion  


Walmart featuring Trident's New The Alaskan Brand Products in Alaska and Washington


McDonald's Replaces CEO with Chief Branding Officer Following Dropping Sales and Earnings


Peru's Makro Supermayorista Becomes First Latin American Wholesaler to Support BAP Program


NMFS Will Continue Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Restrictions, Haddock Quota Raised


Whole Foods Market Launches New Responsibly Farmed Standards for Mollusks


Eimskip Sets Goal of Weekly Service from Europe to Portland, Maine


Walmart Foundation Partners With SFP to Fund Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture Improvement Projects


B.C. Geoduck Industry Threatened by Hong Kong Ban


Researchers Map Climate Change Hot Spots in World's Oceans to Aid Fisheries Management


Strait Lobstermen Have High Hopes after Downturn


Fish Oils from GM Crop Fed to Atlantic Salmon


Chili’s Outperforms Competitors Amid Improving Economy with Q2 Comps up 4.2 Percent


Walmart Already Exploring Expansion of The Alaskan Brand Beyond WA and AK (Fish Radio)


Campbell River Council Supports Grieg Seafood's Proposed Two New Fish Farm


Seafood Watch Program, Kampachi Farms Among Members of NMFS's Recently Formed Aquaculture Task Force


Dutch Harbor Faces Difficulty Shifting Grant Funds Around for Watershed Restoration Projects


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 29, 2015


Wed. Jan 28 2015

Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch  


Pacific Seafoods Calls off Ocean Gold Acquisition Rather than Face Litigation


VASEP Warns Pangasius Exports to US May Be Hurt By Higher Dumping Duties


NPFMC To Consider Reducing Salmon Bycatch Caps for Bering Sea Pollock Trawlers  


Maine Likely to Shorten Scallop Season  


Trident Seafoods Donates 37,000 lbs of Pollock to Vegas Food Bank During NFI's Marketing Conference


The Supper Bowl - A Comparison of Boston and Seattle Food Traditions


Rubio’s Changes Name, Highlights Seafood with Revamp


GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP partnering For Greater Uniformity and Transparency for Feed Industry


Annual Innovation Summit Will Strategize Ways to Grow Juneau's Mariculture Industry (Fish Radio)


FTC OKs Albertsons-Safeway Merger


President Obama Proposes Controversial Plan to Allow Drilling Off Atlantic Coast


King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe – Inspired By Arby’s Team Member Now Available Nationwide


Incredible is Bonefish Grill's Brand Refresh and First Ever Bar Bites Menu


Applebee's Franchisee Completes Acquisition of 29-Unit Roy's


Lanka Mulls Pioneering Mariculture Joint Venture with Maldives


Lobster Industry Byproducts Make Tasty Treats


Taiwan JV Nambawan Seafoods Tuna Cannery to Open This Fall in PNG


Students Get Schooled by Schools of Fish


Climate Change Redistributes Fish Species at High Latitudes


EC Clamps Emergency Closure on Sea Bass Directed Fishery


Performance Food Group Names New President of Broadline Segment


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 28, 2015


Tue. Jan 27 2015

White Cap / Sirena Buy 50% of Shrimp Processor in Quebec in Partnership with Lyons Seafoods


NPFMC Will Be Streamed Live From Seattle Starting Next Week (Fish Radio)


Marel's Seattle Operation to Focus on On-Board Developments for Fish Industry


Younger Generation Face Costly Uphill Battle Cracking into Kodiak's Commercial Fish Business


Vietnam Shrimp Leader Minh Phu Made Pretax Profit of Almost $50 Million Last Year  


Popeye's Repeats Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box Promotion  


Sea Watch International Announces 8th Annual Creative Clam Challenge


American Shrimp Processors Support La. Senator's Bill That Cracks Down On Imported Shrimp Standards  


American Seafoods’ Advisory Board Accepting Applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program


Super Bowl Weekend Demand Pushes Up Chicken Prices With Activity Quiet In Beef, Pork, Egg Trading  


Regional Seafood Restaurant Chain, Weathervane, Closing Three Locations in Maine


Lack of Local Support Squashes Proposed Marine Sanctuary Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands


Oystermen Battle Over the Future of Texas Oyster Reefs


China Online Food Delivery Co. Raises $350 Million from CITIC PE, Tencent, JD.com, Others


Tri-Marine CEO Emphasizes Importance of American Samoa Being Included in FTA with EU


Upper Columbia Tribes Seek to Restore River's Salmon Runs Above Grand Coulee Dam


Shellfish, Edible Seaweed to Be Farmed in Jervis Bay


The American Eel’s ‘Endangered’ Designation Isn’t Backed up by the Science (Opinion)


First for Rosyth Salmon Processing Plant


Ahi Run Has Fishermen Seeing Green


Deadline to Register for P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board Plebiscite


Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Deal


FMI Introducing CBX 20-Minute One-on-One Supplier Meetings at This Year's Chicago Show


Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 27, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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IPHC Approves 16% Increase in Halibut TACs, Matches Last Year's Bering Sea Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  - January 30, 2015

The U.S./Canadian halibut commission agreed this morning to increase catch limits in Area 4CDE from half a million pounds to 1.285 million pounds, saving the Bering Sea communities of Saint Paul, Saint George, Gambell, Savoonga, Nome, and dozens others from foregoing a halibut season altogether.

The six member panel justified their decision on the same points brought up during discussions with the advisory bodies: uncertainty in survey and catch data provided room to consider an increase, the severe socio-economic need in such a remote area where options for making a living are limited, and...

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IPHC Meeting Concludes Today with Vote on Halibut Catch Limits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 30, 2015

UPDATE:  The IPHC voted for a 16% increase in quota, and left the Bering Sea quota the same as last year.  Peggy Parker has our story here.

The five day 2015 annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission concludes today in Vancouver.  
 
The commission vote will be after our press time, but we will update the catch recommendations when they become available.
 
Industry observers expect that the recommendation for the Bering Sea will be above the 'blue line'...

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NOAA's Stand-Pat Cod Stance Draws Fire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - January 30, 2015 
 
Fishing stakeholders have not surrendered in their campaign to get NOAA Fisheries to modify the emergency interim actions that have shuttered the Gulf of Maine to cod fishing and severely restricted fishing for other species.
 
The stakeholders, including the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition and the Maine-based Sustainable Harvest Sector, are widely displeased at what they consider NOAA’s casual rejection Wednesday of an industry plan that would eliminate the 200-pound cod bycatch trip limit and open up some closed broad stock areas in return for the sectors surrendering up to 60 metric tons of allocated cod quota.
 
“I’m flabbergasted,” Maggie Raymond of the Associated Fisheries of Maine said Thursday in advance of the New...

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Independent Food Safety Agency Bill Drafted 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] January 30, 2015 
 
Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have drafted the Safe Food Act of 2015, which, if passed, would create an independent food safety agency, according to published reports. Food safety authority is currently divided among 15 agencies. Despite passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010, which gives the FDA more authority to deal with emerging food-safety risks, the lawmakers said more needs to be done. 
 
"Without major structural reforms and funding increases, our fragmented, uncoordinated food safety system ...

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Restaurant Performance Index Finished the Year on a Positive Note 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Restaurant Association] January 30, 2015
 
Driven by positive sales and traffic and an uptick in capital expenditures, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) finished 2014 with a solid gain.  
 
The RPI stood at 102.9 in December, up 0.8 percent from its November level of 102.1. In addition, December marked the 22nd consecutive month in which the RPI stood ...

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NFI's Global Seafood Market Conference Predicts Higher Prices for Halibut, Pacific Cod (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] January 30, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Farmed sablefish, good cod markets and giant squid – news from a global seafood summit after this 

The Global Seafood Market Conference has wrapped up its annual summit, held in Las Vegas this year. The event is hosted by the National Fisheries Institute with a focus on seafood eating trends in the US and market outlooks. Undercurrent News covered the summit events in its on-site blog. Here are some highlights -- 

For halibut, strong demand and high prices for fresh fish is set to continue, with halibut almost exclusively seen ...

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West Coast Port Congestion Creates American Samoa Food Shortage, Delays Tuna Plant Completion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [BBC] - January 30, 2015 - 

A dispute between port workers and their employers is behind the slowdown at ports along the west coast of the US, which has led to chaos in the shipping industry.

For residents in American Samoa, about 4,800 miles away, it means supplies of essential foodstuffs are running low, as there hasn't been a delivery for four weeks.

Production at a new tuna cannery expected to employ 2,000 people, has also been delayed because essential parts needed to operate the factory haven't arrived.

 

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Oregon and Washington set Columbia Spring Chinook Rules, Smelt Season
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Longview Daily News] by Tom Paulu - January 30, 2015 
 
Smelt dipping will be allowed at least two days on the Cowlitz River this year, with more days possible, depending on when the oily fish arrive.
 
During a meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday, Washington and Oregon fishery managers set a smelt season that was more conservative than last year’s.
 
Managers also set a Lower Columbia River spring chinook season that will run through April 10, similar to those of ...

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Orca Bay to Launch Retail Line of Single Serve Vac-Pack Chum Salmon and Cod Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 30, 2015

Orca Bay Seafoods will launch a line of 5 oz. salmon and cod portions that will be offered to retailers in a more environmentally friendly single serve vaccuum pack.

The new 5 oz. retail line will feature both Keta salmon and Pacific cod seasoned with a variety of dry spice rubs and crusts.  The Keta salmon portions will include Mediterranean Spice, Maple Bourbon, Lemon Pepper with Dill, Lemon Herb Thyme, and Spicy Barbecue flavors.  The Cod line will have ...

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Tampa Maid Foods Announces Director, Food Safety & Quality

 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tampa Maid Foods] January 30, 2015 
 
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Rod Stokes as Director, Food Safety & Quality. Rod will be responsible for food product quality and safety at Tampa Maid Foods. 
 
Rod brings over 15 years of experience in the seafood industry, with a background and masters degree in marine biology.  He formerly worked with Tampa Bay Fisheries establishing and enforcing quality and reliability standards, and he also worked at the University of South Florida in marine microbiology. Rod’s experience in quality assurance and regulatory roles ...

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Large Proportion of Universities Committing to Serving MSC Sustainable Seafood
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cost Sector Catering] January 30, 2015 
 
A large proportion of universities have made commitments to serve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood according to the People and Planet University league table 2015.
 
The People and Planet University league table ranks universities by environmental and ethical performance. Of the 151 universities in this year’s league table, 22 of them have made full commitments to sourcing MSC seafood.
 
Seven of the 22 have achieved first class awards and City University was ranked the highest achieving 5th place in this year’s league and scoring 90% in the sustainable food category. Salford, Bedfordshire, Greenwich and Brighton University ...

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Regulators May Delay Approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods Deal
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY  Post] By Josh Kosman  - January 29, 2015 
 
Sysco looks as though it will have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion US Foods merger to be approved by regulators, if it is at all.
 
The Federal Trade Commission this week sent a subpoena to a third-party food distributor asking for more information, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
 
Blackstone Group-owned Performance Food Group agreed in early December to buy assets from Sysco with roughly $5 billion in revenue, a source said, noting PFG did not ...

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Taylor Shellfish's Annual Evening Totten Island Feasts Offer Oysters at Their Wintertime Best

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seattle Times] By By Tan Vinh - January 30, 2015 - 

TOTTEN INLET, As far as I can see, oyster hunters with their headlamps look like specks of fireflies in the dead of winter.

It’s pitch dark off Totten Inlet, between Olympia and Shelton; rainy and gusty, too. I’ve brought along extra rain gear and socks, but more importantly, I’ve brought along a shucking knife.

The goal is to hunt for Virginica oysters.

This is prime oyster season, now through April, when bivalves fatten up before spawning. You’ve not tasted great oysters until you have picked one off the tidal flats, shucked it and then chewed on the cold, briny morsel.

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Audubon Extends Contract to Operate Sustainable Seafood Program
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NOLA Media Group] January 30, 2015 
 
The Audubon Nature Institute will continue operating Gulf United for Sustainable Fisheries program, a sustainable fishing program, in 2015.
 
The Audubon Commission, the governmental arm of the Institute, on Thursday agreed to sign a $272,000 contract with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to continue the program through the end of the year. 
 
The contract will pay for three of the program's five employees and associated overhead. The other two employees are funded through a separate...

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Chicken of the Sea Releases 2013 Sustainability Report, Sets Measurable Goals in Key Areas
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015 
 
Chicken of the Sea has released its corporate sustainability report to further demonstrate its commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. The report, which documents 2013 efforts, focuses on four pillars of sustainability and sets measurable goals to be met by 2020.
 
The four pillars of sustainability include employees, facilities, products and suppliers, and goals were set in key areas: energy, waste, water, health and safety, and supply chain. The report marks the third year Chicken of the Sea has collected comprehensive data on practices throughout the organization and its supply chain.
 
“Past reports and research have been critical to our understanding of the current and potential global and industry...

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Minh Phu Offering 50 Percent Stake in Company to Fund Global Shrimp Expansion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] By Chau Mai - January 29, 2015 - 

Minh Phu Seafood Corp., which sells black tiger shrimp to Costco Wholesale Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will seek to sell half of itself to foreign strategic investors to help fund overseas expansion.

“If we stay on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, we can’t raise enough target capital,” said CEO Quang, who plans to raise the company’s registered capital 20 percent to 840 billion dong.

A dozen foreign investors from the U.S, Japan and Canada have expressed interest in the stake sales, Quang said...

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McDonald's Replaces CEO with Chief Branding Officer Following Dropping Sales and Earnings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Hiroko Tabuchijan - January 29, 2015 -

McDonald’s announced yesterday that its chief executive would step down, just days after the fast-food restaurant chain posted one of its worst financial performances in years.

Don Thompson, 51, will retire as president and chief executive, effective March 1, McDonald’s said in a statement. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the chain’s chief branding officer, who will also replace Mr. Thompson on the McDonald’s board, the statement said.

Last week, McDonald’s reported a sharp decline in sales and earnings as stiff competition and evolving consumer tastes continued to take a toll on the firm, one of America’s biggest restaurant brands. It has lost a lot of ground with consumers, including having difficulty attracting millennial consumers who gravitate more toward what are called fast-casual restaurants, like Chipotle.

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Zhangzidao Officer Resigns,  Company Reports Wider Loss for 2014 of Around $1 billion Yuan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - January 30, 2015

Zhangzidao reported that its annual results will show a wider than anticipated loss yesterday.  Previously the company estimated its annual loss this year in the range of 770 - 860 million Yuan, but now say the losses will reach 950 million to 1.05 billion Yuan. 
 
Earlier this month, the companies chief strategy officer, Feng Yuming, resigned.   Feng is said to resign for personal reason and he will not hold any position in the company after the resignation.     
 
This is the first resigination of the company’s executives after Zhangzidao suffered from zero harvest of yesso scallops which has cost it 0.8 billion yuan in the end of 2014.     
 
The incident has influenced the company for quite a long time...

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Tomato Sushi Seen As Tuna Substitute for Those Who Want 'Vegetarian' Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR] by Alastair Bland - January 30, 2015

It's a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi. It cuts into glistening slivers that are firm and juicy. And it's got a savory bite.

But this flesh-like food is not fish. It's made of tomato, and it's what San Francisco chef James Corwell hopes could be one small step toward saving imperiled species of fish, like bluefin tuna.

"What I want is to create a great sushi experience without the tuna," Corwell tells The Salt.

To make this Tomato Sushi, he skins and removes the seeds from fresh Roma tomatoes. Then he vacuum seals them in sturdy plastic bags and cooks them in hot...

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Chefs Gearing Up for Lent with Old and New Seafood Ideas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Fern Glazer - January 30, 2015 - 

For the millions of people who abstain from eating meat during Lent each year, the 40-day Christian holiday that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter, eating out can be a challenge.

This year, a number of chefs and restaurant chains plan to make it easier on customers by reviving popular seafood dishes and creating fresh options.

At Molyvos in New York City, chef Diane Kochilas and executive chef Carlos Carreto have long offered a special Greek Lenten menu, featuring an evolving list of seafood dishes.

“Lent brings even greater attention...

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Minimal Commercial Impact Expected From Proposed Deep Sea Trawl Ban Around UK Fishing Grounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 30, 2015

A plan in the UK that will ban bottom trawling in waters around the Inner and North Seas will not have a notable impact on commercial fishing in the area.

The proposal is part of an EU plan to replace existing protection regulations in favor of a more stringent plan that will target deep sea ecosytems in waters around the Inner and North Seas that surround UK and Irish waters.  It is believed the selected areas are under threat of permanent environmental damage from French and Spanish deep-sea trawlers.

According to the plan bottom trawling below 600 meters in the designated waters would be banned. There would be a phase-out period to the deep-sea bottom trawling below 600 meters. The plan requires selective, sustainable and low impact deep-sea fisheries as opposed to closing select areas only, which is likely to leave the majority of key vulnerable habitats in UK and Irish waters unprotected according to The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition...

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White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  January 30, 2015
 
White Castle has brought back its limited time seafood offerings for Lent.  For the second year, they will feature shrimp nibblers.
 
 The fried, bite-sized crustaceans join fish sandwiches, Fish Nibblers and Clam Strips on the chain's seafood menu...

 

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Requests For Commercial Licenses For Green Crabs Piling Up In Newfoundland, Waiting On DFO


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Herald News] by Tom Ayers - January 30, 2015

A Cape Breton fisherman says he can make money catching and selling the invasive European green crab, if only Fisheries and Oceans Canada would allow a commercial fishery for the crustacean.

Department officials say they have received many requests for green crab licences and are sorting through them before giving the fishery the green light.

Derrick Wadden, a multi-species fisherman from Main-a-Dieu, said he is eager to start building traps for green crab, but he is stuck waiting for federal approval of the fishery...

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Cape Breton Fisherman in 'Murder for Lobster' Case Gets 14-year Prison Sentence

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Post] - January 30, 2015 - 

A Cape Breton fisherman was given a 14-year prison sentence Thursday for killing a man he said enraged him by cutting his lobster traps, threatening to burn his home and taunting him for years.

But Joseph James Landry was granted about 2 1/2years credit for time served in custody awaiting trial, meaning he would serve about 11 1/2 years, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled.

Landry, 67, was convicted by a jury in November of manslaughter in Phillip Boudreau's death.

The 43-year-old man vanished on June 1, 2013. His body has never been found.

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Backup Intensifies at Port of Portland Oregon As Longshoremen Walk Off the Job

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Business Journal] by Andy Giegerich - January 30, 2015

A Portland terminal operator says a union is increasing efforts to slow shipments.

ICTSI Oregon Inc. said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union "escalated" efforts "far beyond what other West Coast ports are experiencing." The accusations were made in a statement issued Wednesday by Michael Garone of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC, who's ICTSI's attorney.

"During the busy 2014 holiday season, ILWU engaged in approximately 36 work stoppages and slowdowns of various types and for varying durations," ICTSI's attorneys wrote. "Similar efforts, along with intentional labor shortages, have continued into the first month of 2015."

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Video: 3 key takeaways from NFI Global Seafood Market Conference

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton January 29, 2015

Here are three key takeaways from the NFI Global Seafood Market conference that concludes in Las Vegas today.  Shrimp will be plentiful, the Russians will buy less salmon, meaning more salmon going to other markets, and the biggest risk factors facing the US industry this year are not economic or supply based, but are political and regulatory ...

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Q4 Economic Growth in U.S. Was Below Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg News] By by Victoria Stilwell - January 30, 2015 - 

The economy in the U.S. expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government outlays and a widening trade gap took some of the luster off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years.

Swept up by the cheapest gasoline in years and the biggest employment increase since 1999, households are gaining the confidence to spend more freely, which will bolster the odds the world’s biggest economy can escape a global slowdown unscathed.

 

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Canadian Lobster Sales Booming in China, Including on Taobao

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily Canada] By Xiao Lixin - January 29, 2015 - 

The demand for Canadian lobsters from Chinese consumers has witnessed a rapid surge in recent years and especially now as the Chinese New Year approaches less than a month away.

Exports of Canadian lobster to China are now second only to exports to the U.S.

During the first 11 months of 2014, the amount reached $73 million, a year-on-year growth of 136 percent.

The booming e-commerce market in China has also helped boost sales of imported lobsters. In 2013, as many as 20,000 Canadian lobsters were sold on Taobao, China's leading online shopping platform, according to its founder Jack Ma...

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Walmart featuring Trident's New The Alaskan Brand Products in Alaska and Washington

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 29, 2015 -

Walmart is adding more wild caught Alaska seafood at select stores in Alaska and Washington.

The expanded assortment includes The Alaskan, a new 100% Alaska seafood brand created by Trident Seafood and launched exclusively at Walmart.

The nation’s largest grocer is also adding Alaskan cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its broad seafood offering. Each of the new items is harvested in Alaska and processed locally in Alaska or in the Pacific Northwest.

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Peru's Makro Supermayorista Becomes First Latin American Wholesaler to Support BAP Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 29, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance 's(GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices fish farming certifiation standard has picked up its first endorsement from a Latin American wholesaler after Makro Supermayorista S.A.said it would commit to adopt the program.

Makro said the BAP certification will be part of a company-wide sustainability initiative, and will work with its suppliers to ensure that its farmed seafood, when available, is sourced from a BAP-certified facility.

Based in Lima, Peru, Makro Supermayorista S.A. is a cash-and-carry wholesaler, selling food and non-food products to registered professional buyers, including small- and medium-sized retailers, caterers and the institutional foodservice. Makro is part of the Dutch SHV Group and has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Makro offers a number of farmed seafood species, including tilapia, Pangasius, trout, salmon and shrimp. The BAP logo will first appear on packaging for tilapia fillets...

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