Mon. Dec 22 2014

Prospect of further shrimp cuts hitting home in Newfoundland


Cook Inlet set net ban deceives voters, would destroy an industry to give guides 757 more fish


PEI to hold unprecedented lobster fleet vote on creation of a marketing board


For 7th year, GAO calls on Congress to repeal wasteful USDA catfish inspection program


Massive gold mine near Alaska border receives Canadian environmental approval


EU warns 19 Vietnamese seafood exporters about antibiotic residue


EPA advisors want agency to add more fish species to "do not eat list" for kids and pregnant women


Beef and pork prices weaken, some seafood prices tick up, says Urner Barry's weekly protein report


Volker Kuntzch reflects on his first year with Sanford - 'you need luck in the commodity business'


Russia-Japan anti-smuggling agreement shuts down Russian crab deliveries to Japan


Parts of the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures exceeding El Nino thresholds


Japanese documentary film aims to capture heart of Tsukiji market before it is moved


Sealord returns to profitability


Mississippi oyster dealers say snafu has unloading times at new Pass Christian harbor up 500%


How a Massachusetts man invented the global ice market


Lion Capital expected to more than quadruple its money with Bumble Bee sale


Newfoundland fishing industry debates how to implement rationalization


Norway Royal Salmon awarded 35 new licenses


DFO minister Shea sees P.E.I.'s lobster industry "on the right track"


Florida company lands $1 million Mozambique longline fishing gear and consulting contract


Divestiture of 168 stores clears 'key hurdle' in Albertsons-Safeway deal


Indonesia's navy set to sink two more IUU fishing boats


Seafood.com News Summary Monday December 22, 2014


Fri. Dec 19 2014

Thai Union Group acquires Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion  


Proposed bill could overturn recent favorable Anti-Dumping and CVD shrimp decisions  


Sitka board approves 2 parcels sale to Silver Bay; dispute with Alaska Pacific Packing remains


Falklands Illex squid season ends with 306,000 tonne catch, a new record  


Louisiana shrimpers report an average season with most inshore waters now closed  


MPEDA: India has huge potential to become a major tilapia producer  


Vanishing sea ice creates whole new Arctic for both people and places


LA Times praises Bristol Bay drilling protections, says same logic must apply to Pebble Mine


West Coast port slowdown forces McDonald's to ration french fries in Japan


Bristol Bay Seafood Dev Assoc. seeks further socio-economic study on buyback (Fish Radio)   (1)


Gulf of Maine water temperature forecasts will provide early warning of lobster migration


Peru's fishmeal producers likely to shut operations with December anchovy season called off  


Louisiana oyster impresario Chris 'Bozo' Vodanovich dies at 86


Moncton airport adding extra C.A.L. rotations to ship lobsters to Belgium  


Venerable shrimp cocktail has colorful history, has been around more than 100 years


Analyst sees Whole Foods primed to make acquisitions


New Hampshire schools bring locally landed fresh fish to cafeterias through CSF project


Wal-Mart appoints senior executives for fresh groceries


Traffic and comps fall at Ruby Tuesday in Q2 as momentum is lost


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership adds fisheries experts Jose Parajua and Geoff Tingley to its ranks


BP claims payments to start soon; notification process begins next week


Seafood.com News Summary Friday December 19, 2014


Thu. Dec 18 2014

RaboBank issues optimistic shrimp report for clients, sees 10% global growth in 2014   (1) 


Group of New Bedford workers protesting wages at NORPEL fired


World Bank's IFC division makes $10 million loan to expand Regal Springs' Chiapas tilapia project  


Louisiana's "Crawfish King" Al Scramuzza predicts plenty of lower priced mudbugs for the holidays  


Russian crab captains call for quota increase; analyst says 30% of Russian crab was IUU in 2013   (1) 


Alaska's Robin Samuelson applauds President Obama for protecting Bristol Bay (Fish Radio)


Thailand's shrimp output seen recovering to 250,000 - 300,000 tons in 2015  


Relocation of Tsukiji fish market moved up in preparation for Olympics


Technomic tracking data shows continued improvement in Casual Dining amid strong competition


Bonamar promotes Luis Vera to VP of Operations, names Hector Medellin to head up QA Dept.


Bangladesh producers face price downturn on black tiger shrimp, customers renegotiate orders  


Beaver Street Fisheries names Casey Marion Director of Sustainability Initiatives


Chile gets first western free trade deal with China; plans expansion of salmon, mussel sales  


Casual dining restaurant chains simplifying menus to focus on their strengths


Vietnam to clamp down on seafood quality under threat of EU import ban


AKCRRAB readies next batch of egg-bearing blue and red king crabs for Kodiak restoration project


Rudong County, near Shanghai, wins 'No. 1 country for white shrimp' by CAPMA  


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative picks marketing communications agency  


19 NYC restaurants promoting Louisiana shrimp during "Louisiana Shrimp Week"  


Sea Shepherd ship conducts citizen's arrest on Nigerian-flagged toothfish vessel in Southern Ocean


Oceana loses latest challenge to NMFS Bi-op for sea scallop fishery  


Washington, Oregon fish managers rearing eggs in barrels to rebuild Columbia River's chum population  


NOAA gives $1.4 million to OSU's ocean acidification project aimed to help West Coast shellfish


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday December 18, 2014


Wed. Dec 17 2014

Norwegians increase prices on larger cod, smaller cod priced similar to Newfoundland  


President Obama blocks oil and natural gas drilling in Bristol Bay


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday December 17, 2014


Louisiana announces Dec. 22 closing date for most inshore, some offshore fall shrimping waters  


Chile's 14 major salmon producers sign landmark labor agreement with nearly 900,000 workers


Holiday trading patterns impact this week's wholesale beef, egg and seafood markets  


Rep Don Young (AK to lead on Magnuson Reauthorization in restructuring of House committees next year


Act reducing West Coast groundfish buyout rate payments from 5% to 3% passes Congress


CSX delivers last trainload of oyster shells from Florida to Chesapeake Bay for reef sanctuaries


Moratorium delays Cooke Aquaculture's $150M expansion plan for Nova Scotia by years


EU raises 2015 cod and haddock quotas despite scientific recommendation to slash catches  


OSU team thinks Tums hold the key to reversing acidification's threat to shellfish


Malerie Gunderson's "Fish Eye" takes Grand Prize in ASMI's Alaska Fishing Photo Contest (Fish Radio)


ASC will streamline its eight separate fish farming certifications into one core standard


TUF expected to hit $5 billion sales target for next year - Analyst


Newfoundland-Labrador sets policy for sustainable development of aquaculture


Newfoundland-Labrador premier amps up the rhetoric against Stephen Harper


Enviros fret EU ministers set quotas too high as CFP reforms begin


Darden quarterly sales up 4.9 percent, Olive Garden comps up 0.5 percent


Recommendations of federal task force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud released



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

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

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

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

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Prospect of further shrimp cuts hitting home in Newfoundland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by Ashley Fitzpatrick December 22, 2014 

It takes sweat and tears, in addition to these shellfish, to keep the boat in the water, steam it as much as 20 hours from Port aux Choix to the fishing grounds, set a trawl and pull the sloppy masses aboard, year after year.

The 65-foot vessel is owned by Dwight Spence. Its crew includes his son, Ashley Spence, who has been fishing for more than 20 years, family friend Wade Rumbolt and Chad Spence — now a poster boy for the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters — who has fished on and off for 15 years with his father and brother.
 
The youngest Spence narrated a “Cold Water Shrimp Fishery” video for the fish harvesters association this spring. A featured face nationally, he cannot say now if he will be fishing in 2015.
 
“They’re trying to cut our quotas. The thing about it is, if they do cut our quotas, there’s going to be devastation throughout the Northern Peninsula, ” he told The Telegram, saying his future would probably lie in construction.
 
Already, reduced quotas have brought his family’s operation to the breaking point..

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Cook Inlet set net ban deceives voters, would destroy an industry to give guides 757 more fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion]  by Andy Hall  [Opinion]

Andy Hall is an East Side Setnetter, a lifelong Alaskan and president of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association.

 As you’re out shopping this holiday season, someone wielding a clipboard might approach you and ask if you want to save king salmon. Don’t be fooled. The petition being peddled by professional signature collectors throughout the state won’t save Alaska’s iconic king salmon. In fact, it will hurt our great salmon runs and result in smaller harvests for everyone except a small group of Kenai River sportfishing guides, lodges and private landowners.

The goal of this petition is to put a misleading initiative in front of Alaska voters that, if passed, would end setnet fishing in Cook Inlet, put hundreds of Alaska families out of work, destroy one of the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest economic drivers and, most important, weaken the salmon runs on which Cook Inlet’s commercial, sport and personal-use fishermen depend.
 
Initiative sponsors claim conservation as their goal but this initiative isn’t about saving fish, it’s about putting more king salmon in the river for the sport fishery to catch.
 
That’s not conservation. It’s greed....

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PEI to hold unprecedented lobster fleet vote on creation of a marketing board

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] Dec 22, 2014

An historic plebiscite will be held this spring to gauge support for the creation of a marketing board for the Island's seafood king — lobster.
 
The chairman of the P. E.I. Marketing Council says a mail-in ballot in March will be held following a series of January public meetings to ensure all eligible voters in the fishery understand the proposal.
 
“The first step in the plebiscite process will be the creation of a Register of Lobster Fishers by Marketing Council, ” says Gordon MacBeath. “The register will identify those fishers who will be eligible to vote on a marketing plan being developed by lobster fishers and the P. E.I. Fishermen’s Association. ”
 
The plebiscite for all lobster licence holders follows on the heels of an Island wide vote this fall that indicated there was enough support among fishermen to endorse a penny a pound marketing levy to promote P. E.I. lobster worldwide. The penny a pound would be paid by fishermen – and is expected to be matched by processors – to create a marketing fund of about $500,000 annually.
 
Never before has the lobster industry - traditionally a sell to the company store business - taken such steps to become involved in the marketing and promotion..

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For 7th year, GAO calls on Congress to repeal wasteful USDA catfish inspection program 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Dec 22, 2014

In its annual year end report on government waste and duplication, the GAO - the auditing arm of Congress- again targeted the USDA catfish inspection program as a leading example of unnecessary government waste and duplication.
 
It was the first example cited in the reports' discussion of duplication in the food safety inspection system: 
 
[An] Example of Fragmentation in Federal Food Safety Oversight [is] Catfish Inspection.
 
 FDA has traditionally overseen the safety of all seafood, including catfish, but as a result of 2008 Farm Bill ..

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Massive gold mine near Alaska border receives Canadian environmental approval 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ADN] by Pat Forgey- Dec 22, 2014 

JUNEAU -- Top Canadian environmental officials have rejected calls from Southeast Alaska for a new, more thorough environmental review of a mine that may threaten jointly targeted salmon stocks.

The massive Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine being developed by Seabridge Gold already won approval from the province of British Columbia, but Alaskans, with fishing, Native and environmental groups leading the way, called for a more stringent "panel review" at the Canadian federal level.
 
But Friday, Canada's environment minister and other officials announced they'd concluded that no further review was necessary.
 
The KSM mine "is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described...

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EPA advisors want agency to add more fish species to "do not eat list" for kids and pregnant women 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Inside EPA] By David Reynolds - December 22, 2014 - 

EPA's children's health advisors are urging the agency to strengthen its draft fish consumption advice for pregnant women and children by adding several species to a "do not eat" list and offering more specific advice on health risks from consuming other species, backing advocates' claims that the draft fails to adequately limit mercury exposures.

In a recent draft letter to the agency, EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) recommends that EPA add two species of fish to its list of fish to avoid eating. CHPAC also fears that by failing to advise pregnant women to limit intake of several other fish species, the advice may lead women to consume unsafe levels of mercury.

"CHPAC is concerned that consumers will assume that other fish species high in mercury that are not specifically named in the advisory are safe for pregnant women to eat 2-3 times per week," according to the draft letter outlining recommendations the panel finalized during a meeting earlier this month in Washington, DC.

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Volker Kuntzch reflects on his first year with Sanford - 'you need luck in the commodity business'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Volker Kuntzch reflects on his first year with Sanford - 'you need luck in the commodity business'

Volker Kuntzsch took over as CEO of Sanford Ltd. in New Zealand last year, and has reflected in a video interview on his first year.
 
He says that he found that the company was very heavily in the commodity business, as is most of New Zealand, and that give you little control over pricing....
 

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Parts of the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures exceeding El Nino thresholds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Colin Packham - December 22, 2014 

SYDNEY, Surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean have exceeded El Nino thresholds for several weeks and there is a greater than 70 percent chance of the weather pattern emerging, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said earlier this month.

The BOM had projected at least a 70 percent chance of El Nino arriving by February 2015. The weather event occurs every four to 12 years and can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others.

Japan has declared an El Nino, marking the first declaration by a major meteorological bureau of the weather phenomenon.

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Sealord returns to profitability

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Stuff.co.nz] By Hamish McNicol - December 22, 2014 - 

Maori co-owned fishing firm Sealord has turned around its first loss in 20 years to hook a $20.6 million profit, less than a month after cutting 111 jobs.

The Nelson- and Auckland-based company's profit was a marked improvement on last year's $36.5 loss, which was the result of a failed fishing venture in Argentina.

This year, Sealord's cost of sales decreased from $382m to $338m, while revenue dipped slightly to $448m.

As a result, profit for the year ended September 30 was up by 156 per cent, companies office documents said today.

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Thai Union Group acquires Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Dec 19, 2014

The Thai Union Group, led by CEO Thiraphong Chansiri, has made the largest acquisition in its history, as it emerged as the winner in the sale of Bumble Bee Seafoods by Lion Capital.  TUF will pay $1.5 billion.
 
Bumble Bee has annual sales of about $1 billion, and an estimated EBITDA $145 million.  The sale represents a value of 8.6 times EBITDA.  
Thiraphong, speaking to reporters in Bangkok, said the acquisition will boost TUF's revenue over $5 billion in 2015, and puts the company on track to reach its goal of $8 billion in sales by 2020.
 
TUF has made a string of acquisitions...

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Lion Capital expected to more than quadruple its money with Bumble Bee sale

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PeHUB] By Luisa Beltran - December 22, 2014 -  

Lion Capital expects to make more than 4.5x its investment with the sale of Bumble Bee Seafoods, according to a memo obtained by peHUB.

The sale of Bumble Bee is anticipated to generate about $440 million in expected proceeds and implies a near 40 percent IRR, the Dec. 18 communication from Kelly Mayer, a Lion partner, to LPs, said. The sale to Thai Union Frozen Products represents a 10.5x multiple, Mayer said.

“With respect to earnings development under our ownership, Bumble Bee maintained and grew gross margins through disciplined pricing actions, leading to adjusted EBITDA climbing to over $150 million this year, the highest level of EBITDA in the company’s history,” Mayer said in the memo.

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Proposed bill could overturn recent favorable Anti-Dumping and CVD shrimp decisions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 19, 2014

A bill proposed before Congress could have wide-ranging affects on antidumping and countervailing trade regulations. This includes the possible reversal of court decisions that favored shrimp and other seafood import tariffs..

The Leveling the Playing Field Act was introduced last week by Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. The legislation was proposed as a way to improve the US's ability to crack down on "unfair foreign competition resulting from violations of trade law...

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DFO minister Shea sees P.E.I.'s lobster industry "on the right track"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Journal Pioneer] By Eric McCarthy - December 22, 2014 - 

TIGNISH -- Prince Edward Island’s lobster fishery has a bright future, predicts Egmont MP and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea.

She bases her optimism on the way the industry has responded to the 2008-09 recession and slumping lobster prices, seeking out markets around the globe. Fall lobster prices in 2014 were a buck a pound higher that the previous year.

Shea also highlighted enhanced funding for small craft harbours. The additional $288 million, recently announced, she said, “is going to allow us to accelerate a lot of projects that have been waiting for funding.”

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Divestiture of 168 stores clears 'key hurdle' in Albertsons-Safeway deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Elliot Zwiebach - December 22, 2014 - 

Albertsons and Safeway said Friday they will divest 168 stores across eight states as a step toward obtaining Federal Trade Commission clearance for their merger, which they said is scheduled to close in January.

Of the total, 111 of the divested stores, or 66%, are Albertsons locations and 57, or 34%, are Safeway locations, including stores with the Safeway, Vons and Tom Thumb banners.

Andrew Wolf, managing director for the Boston office of BB&T Capital Markets, said the announcement of the divestitures “clears a key hurdle to completion of the [Albertsons-Safeway] deal.”

The divested stores will be acquired by four buyers ...

 

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Sitka board approves 2 parcel sale to Silver Bay; dispute with Alaska Pacific Packing remains

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sitka Sentinel] by Shannon Haugland - Dec 19, 2014

Sitka - The Gary Paxton Industrial Park board voted Wednesday night in favor of selling two parcels of land at the park to Silver Bay Seafoods for about $1.14 million, and entering into a “lease to purchase” agreement on the administration building property.

But board members held off on making the more controversial decisions about sale of other property at the park to Silver Bay or another prospective buyer, saying they needed more information before going forward. They also wanted guidance from the Assembly, and to give the two companies a chance to work out an agreement.
 
The Assembly will have the final say on all sale of property at the city-owned industrial park.
 
Silver Bay Seafoods says it wants to take over the majority of the land in the park to expand its seafood plant, build a canning line and process fish waste. The company also would like to take over the administration building for office space and operate a marine services center, working with Halibut Point Marine to build a boat haulout....

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Louisiana shrimpers report an average season with most inshore waters now closed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Daily Comet] by Jonathan Olivier - December 19, 2014

The fall shrimping season, which comes to a close on some state waters Monday evening, has been average for area fisherman.

“I’ve seen better seasons and I’ve seen worse seasons,” said Daren Martin, owner of Martin’s Fresh Shrimp in Chauvin.

Martin, who regularly fishes inside state waters that are closing, said a year with no tropical systems meant shrimpers in his area got off to a good start around September. But cold fronts during November worked to push shrimp out of the interior marshes, thus reducing harvest numbers, he said...

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Vanishing sea ice creates whole new Arctic for both people and places

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] by Bob Weber - Dec 19, 2014

 Frank Pokiak remembers long days on the land, camped at traditional hunting grounds under June's 24-hour sun, secure in the knowledge that sea ice would provide a safe highway back to his Tuktoyaktuk home.

Those days are gone.
 
"We used to stay out quite a while, eh,'' recalls Pokiak, a longtime Inuvialuit hunter. "We go hunting geese and ducks along the coast and after the snow melts on the ground we still have access via the ocean.
 
"We don't really do that any more. You can't stay out on the land as long. The ice is melting quicker.''
 
Last month, Arctic sea ice covered 630,000 square kilometres less ocean than the 30-year average. Sea ice extent is shrinking about five per cent a decade...

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EU warns 19 Vietnamese seafood exporters about antibiotic residue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - December 22, 2014 - 

HA NOI, The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers under the European Committee (EC) has issued a warning to 19 Vietnamese seafood exporters over the excessive antibiotics residue detected in their frozen seafood.

In response to this concern, the NAFIQAD requested the 19 exporters to quickly investigate the case by obtaining seafood samples and testing these for antibiotics residue. The exporters were also asked to identify possible solutions to the issue. Reports on the case must be submitted to NAFIQAD by December 23.

The EC said it will impose a ban if Viet Nam fails to provide a reasonable explanation for the case and possible solutions by January 9, 2015.

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Beef and pork prices weaken, some seafood prices tick up, says Urner Barry's weekly protein report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Dec 22, 2014

[Urner Barry Weekly Protein report] Dec 22 - The beef cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, followed much the same pattern of the previous week as generally weaker prices were evident leading up to the holiday.  Product movement was slow and buyers were more concerned with delivery dates than anything else.  Packer margins have remained $100 per head in the negative or more since the beginning of December.  Slaughter for this week is expected to test the low for Christmas weeks on record.
 
In the pork complex, mainly sharply weaker..

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Russia-Japan anti-smuggling agreement shuts down Russian crab deliveries to Japan 

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

TOKYO, Calls of Russian ships at Japanese harbours with crab catches almost halted after the bilateral agreement on counteraction to illegal, undeclared and unregulated fishing took effect on December 10, local authorities told TASS on Monday.

"Since December 10 we have not had a single ship with crabs from Russia," a representative in a port of Mombetsu municipality on the northernmost island of Hokkaido which is the main centre for export of these sea products from Russia told TASS. But four ships with Russian crabs called at this port on December 9, a day before the accord took effect.

On the same day nine ships with crab were reported at the port of Wakkanai, Hokkaido, another quite important hub of crabs exported from Russia. "After the accord was enacted in the previous week only one ship arrived," a representative of the sea product department of local municipality told TASS.

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Japanese documentary film aims to capture heart of Tsukiji market before it is moved

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kyodo News]  by Mai Iida   Dec 22, 2014 

TOKYO, Dec. 22 -- Shooting is now under way for the first documentary film about one of the world's largest fish markets, Tsukiji in central Tokyo, as producers aim to preserve on screen what they see as the epitome of Japanese food culture before the market's relocation.

Kazuha Okuda, a planner and producer of the film, said it will be significant not only as a record of the nearly 80-year-old market, earmarked for demolition after its relocation to the nearby Toyosu bayside area in 2016, but also to preserve the work of professional fish workers for future generations, both in Japan and abroad.
 
"The main characters of this film will be the intermediate wholesalers..

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Mississippi oyster dealers say snafu has unloading times at new Pass Christian harbor up 500%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sun-Herald] By Justin Mitchell - December 22, 2014 - 

PASS CHRISTIAN, Seafood dealers say you can't beat the view at the new Pass Christian Harbor, but business is off to a rocky start.

The process for an oysterman to transfer his catch from water to land can take up to five times as long as is it did at the old harbor, seafood dealer Darlene Kimball said, because oyster-checking protocol still has to be performed at the old harbor location.

Before the move, Kimball, who owns Kimball's Seafood, said she would have oysters paid for and off the boat within five to 10 minutes of boats coming in from the reefs.

"Sometimes it takes 30 to 40 minutes before I get oysters off a boat," Kimball said.

 

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How a Massachusetts man invented the global ice market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Leon Neyfakh - December 22, 2014 - 

So a guy from Boston walks into a bar and offers to sell the owner a chunk of ice. To modern ears, that sounds like the opening line of a joke. But 250 years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction—especially if it was summer, when no one in the bar had seen frozen water in months.

In fact, it’s history. The ice guy was sent by a 20-something by the name of Frederic Tudor, born in 1783 and known by the mid-19th century as the “Ice King of the World.” What he had done was figure out a way to harvest ice from local ponds, and keep it frozen long enough to ship halfway around the world.

Tudor’s big idea ended up altering the course of history, making it possible not only to serve barflies cool mint juleps in the dead of summer, but to dramatically extend the shelf life and reach of food.

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Newfoundland fishing industry debates how to implement rationalization

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Telegram] By Ashley Fitzpatrick - December 22, 2014 - 

At the Association of Seafood Producers office, on the ground floor of the Baine Johnston Building in the capital city, executive director Derek Butler warns against any rapid response to shore up enterprises should they fail, for either fishermen or processors.

He pointed to a proven need for rationalization, despite the loss of the economic backbone in some areas. Butler advocates for added restructuring through regulatory changes, including allowing investment by fish processing companies into fishing enterprises.

But that kind of regulatory change has been resisted by other industry participants to date including the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ union.

 

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Norway Royal Salmon awarded 35 new licenses  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - December 22, 2014 - 

Norway's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries announced today that Norway Royal Salmon ASA`s subsidiaries were awarded licenses for all its 9 applications in group A. The allocation is also consistent with the recommendation from "expert group".

Previously the Directorate of Fisheries announced that (Norway Royal Salmon) NRS Feøy AS, another subsidiary of NRS, was allocated one of the fifteen new green licenses in group B. NRS bid NOK 56 million for the license.

After this nomination, NRS will have 35 licenses, which is an increase of 40 %

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Florida company lands $1 million Mozambique longline fishing gear and consulting contract 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Union] By Drew Dixon - December 22, 2014 - 

A First Coast commercial fishing gear and supply company landed a $1 million contract with the government of Mozambique that the coastal African nation hopes can alter its harvest from the sea.

Hi-Liner Fishing Gear & Tackle Inc. of Green Cove Springs was hired to supply the monofilament line, hooks and other gear for a fleet of two dozen fishing vessels that are based in the capital city of Maputo, Mozambique.

The supplies are being used to develop the long-line fishing industry for catches of swordfish and tuna in the Indian Ocean, mainly north of South Africa.

As part of the contract, Hi-Liner agreed to send veteran commercial fishing captains from the United States to serve as consultants and advisors as the new sea fishing industry gets underway there.

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Indonesia's navy set to sink two more IUU fishing boats

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Jakarta Post] By Nani Afrida - December 22, 2014 -

Despite complaints from neighboring countries, The Indonesian Navy was scheduled to sink two more ships on Sunday at Laha, Teluk Ambon, Maluku, Navy spokesman Commodore Manahan Simorangkir said.

"The ships have gone through legal procedures at the court in Ambon and their owners were found guilty of stealing fish from Indonesian waters.

"The ships were flying the Papua New Guinean flag but the crew were all Thai," Navy Maj. Eko Budimansyah, spokesman for Lantamal IX Naval Base in Ambon, told the Post, adding that the vessels carried 63 tons of fish and shrimp.

The Navy arrested 62 crewmen, several of who were turned over to immigration, in the raids.

The vessels will be the fourth and fifth ships sunk by Indonesia in the three months since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took office.

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Falklands Illex squid season ends with 306,000 tonne catch, a new record

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MercoPress] - December 19, 2014 - 

The head scientist of the Department of Fisheries of the Falkland Islands, Dr. Sasha Arkhipkin, reported last week that the Falklands' Illex season ended this year with a total catch of 306,000 tonnes, exceeding by 40,000 tonnes the record set in 1999.

The Argentine jigging fleet captured nearly 150,000 tonnes of squid (Illex argentinus) in South Atlantic waters during the season that took place between 24 January and 31 August this year.

Uruguay reported a catch of 1,356 tonnes of squid between January and August...

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MPEDA: India has huge potential to become a major tilapia producer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New Indian Express] - December 19, 2014 - 

Vijayawada: India has an enormous potential for tilapia culture and with its vast freshwater resources, it can emerge as a major exporter of freshwater fish, opined experts at the India Tilapia Summit - 2014, held at Vijayawada on Thursday.

Inaugurating the biennial international event, Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) chairperson Leena Nair said Seafood exports from the country had crossed US $ 5 billion in 2013-14, but 50 per cent of that amount was earned through shrimp culture.

“There is a vast market for freshwater fish and tilapia has the potential as a major fish variety for exports,” she said.

In his presidential address, principal secretary (animal husbandry) Manmohan Singh said the state was now ready for tilapia and the government had already issued guidelines for responsible tilapia culture...

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LA Times praises Bristol Bay drilling protections, says same logic must apply to Pebble Mine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [LA Times]  (Opinion)   Dec  19, 2014 -

 President Obama's decision to permanently protect Alaska's Bristol Bay and adjacent lands from oil and gas drilling is so clearly the correct decision that the only objections will come from those whose sole interest is the welfare of those two energy industries.

The area in southern Alaska is home to walrus, sea otters and several kinds of whales, grizzly bears, wolverines and many other species. It's a popular tourist attraction too. But perhaps above all, Bristol Bay is the nation's fishing net, just as California's Central Valley is the nation's food basket. Forty percent of the wild seafood consumed in the United States comes from the bay, which has the world's largest sockeye salmon run, a sign of a particularly well-managed fishery.
 
The combined economic contribution of fishing and tourism in the region outstrips by many times over the total amount that oil and gas ....

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