Fri. Mar 27 2015

Feds Urged to Consider Alaska's Crab Fishery in Their Plan to Combat IUU Fishing  


Alaska's House Fisheries Committee Votes to Merge Costly Commercial Fishing Commission with ADF&G


Federal and Provincial Governments Support 7 New Brunswick Oyster Producers with $1.4 Million  


Mexico's Baja California State Aquaculture Charter Seeks to Ensure Operations Fit FDA Standards


B.C. Herring Battle Escalates as Heiltsuk Nation Mobilizes Boats to Defend Herring Fishery  


Japan Says South Korea's Radiation Concerns are Unfounded, Asks Again to Lift Seafood Import Ban


B.C. Government Issues New Comprensive Fish and Seafood Act


Sen. Cantwell Urges Funding for Acidification Research Important to Shellfish Industry


Higher Shrimp Sales Help Mexico Post Higher Than Expected Trade Surplus in February  


Thailand Promises Swift Legal Action Against Any Fishing Companies Using Illegal Labor


EWOS Develops Fish Feed that Naturally Increases Sea Lice Resistance in Farmed Salmon   (1)


Coast Guard Getting AK's Older Fishing Vessels Up-to-Date on Modern Safety Regs (Fish Radio)


Nireus Aquaculture Restructuring Gives Creditor Banks 75 Percent of Equity


4,000 Foreign Migrant Fishermen Said to be Stranded on Remote Indonesian Islands


Former Bubba Gump Shrimp CEO Named Interim CEO of Ruby Restaurant Group


NRA Finds Sustainability is Among Top 2015 Restaurant Trends Among Consumers and Chefs Alike


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 27, 2015


Thu. Mar 26 2015

PEI Opens $50,000 Fund to Help Lobster Industry Increase Live Holding Capacity  


Rep. Don Young's MSA Reauthorization Bill Focused on Flexibility and Science   (1)


Maine Legislator Wants to Restrict Scallop Harvest Despite Dramatic Recovery  


AP News Investigation Renews US Pressure on Thai Government to End Labor Abuses in Seafood Sector


P.E.I. Counting New Lobster Marketing Board Votes on Monday


BBRSDA Founding Board Member, President Robert Heyano Resigns


Anchovy Season Underway in Peru's Southern Region with TAC Up 60%; Northern Fleet to Start April 10


Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting


Leaner Kraft-Heinz Operation Could Reduce Broker and Sale Support for Retailers


Vietnam's Tuna Industry Learning Better Handling Techniques to Improve Exports  


Climate Change Slowing Down Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Escalator


Bonefish Grill Earns MenuMasters Award from Nation's Restaurant News


Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Aleutians Marine Sanctuary


China's Pingtan Fleet Operating in Indonesian Waters Cooperating with Government's IUU Crackdown


Nauru Agreement Chief Rebuts New Zealand MP's Criticisms


Defense Contractor Lockheed Sets its Sights on Fish Farming


Canada's Lake Erie Commercial Fishery Needs Some Recognition


Why Chipotle Doesn't Serve Seafood


Illegal Pakistani Fishing Nets Depleting Marine Turtle Population


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 26, 2015


Wed. Mar 25 2015

VIDEO: Ray Hillborn Comments on What Makes a Sustainable Fishery


TUF Drops Supplier Named in AP News Slavery Allegations


Preferred Continues US Expansion with First Pacific Northwest Facility in Lynden, WA


Kraft to Merge with Heinz Creating Food Colossus


Copper River - Prince William Sound Marketing Association Gets a Green Light  


Epic Chase of Toothfish Poacher Thunder From Anarctica to West Africa Continues  


Disturbing AP Investigative Report Asks, Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?


Maine Baseball Team Says PETA Overstated its Role in Lobster Switch from Bean  


Overturned Salmon Truck Reveals Seattle's Serious Transportation Challenges  


Kodiak’s ComFish 2015 in 36th Year


Norwegian Seafood Industry Braces for Total Ban on Salmon Imports into China  


Giant Eagle Voluntarily Recalls Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy Allergen


Louisiana's Sediment Diversion Tests During Critical Brown Shrimp Grow-Out Period Puzzles Some


West Alaska Mariculture Initiative Hopes to Capitalize on Growing Overseas Kelp Markets (Fish Radio)


Rhode Island Researchers Testing Probiotics to Protect Young Oysters from Vibrio tubiashii


Tasmania's Thriving Salmon Farms Undergoing Senate Scrutiny  


Agencies Weighing Next Steps in Columbia River Gillnet-Replacement Fisheries


Thai Government Assisting Thai Fishermen in Indonesia


Loss of All But One Bluefin Tuna at Tokyo Aquarium Shows How Tricky Breeding Technology Is


Two Enviro Groups Claim EU Continues to Overfish its Stocks


Scotland's Scrabster Seafood Expanding into Crab Processing  


James Beard Foundation Names 2015 Award Nominees


P.E.I. Premier Stresses Need for Temporary Foreign Workers in Seafood Plants to Ottawa


Classification Society Develops Mandatory Rules to Make Newly Built Fishing Vessels Safer


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 25, 2015


Tue. Mar 24 2015

FDA's Antibiotics Crackdown Sees YTD 2015 Shrimp Refusals Up Three Times Last Year's Levels   (2) 


Pangasius Supply Disruptions Predicted as USDA Inspection Phases In  


Alaska's Bairdi Catch Could Go Even Higher Next Season as Industry Agrees to Smaller Crab Preference  


Big Increase in Russian King Crab Production Expected as West Kamchatka Stock Rebounds  


Fraser Sockeye Run Estimated at Nearly Seven Million  


Peru's Anchovy Fleet Allowed to Fish 5 Miles Off Coast; 2015 Harvest Forecast Up 30%


$450k to Collaborative Research Projects in New England


Researchers Say Newfoundland Cod Stocks Improving, But Recovery Still Years Away  


FTC, Shamrock and Performance Try Unsuccessfully to Withhold Informants Names in Sysco/USFoods Case


Chefs Leading the Charge to Put More Sustainable "Trash Fish" on Consumer's Plates


Alaskan Lawmakers Push to Get Personal Use Fisheries Top Harvest Priority (Fish Radio)


Jane Lubchenco, former NOAA Chief, Wins Environmental Prize for Policy on Catch Shares


Thailand’s CP Foods to Invest up to $763 Million in 2015 – Expand Abroad  


US Foods CEO John Lederer Stays Positive As the Company's Q4 2014 Comes to a Soft Close


NMFS Boosts East Coast Butterfish Quota to 22,530 tons


Microplastic Particles Accumulating in Marine Environment, Health Impact Unknown


PETA Complaints May Have Shut Down Sales of Linda Bean's Lobster at Portland Sea Dogs Events


Worried about Sustainability of Herring Stocks, First Nation Protests Commercial Fishery  


Oregon's New Governor Should Restore Gillnet Fishing to Lower Columbia (Opinion)  


Safeway Joins Push for Fair Trade Seafood in the US


Bring on the Guest Workers (Opinion)


Cooke Aqua Farmed Salmon Earns BAP Four Star Cartification


Alaska Senator Sullivan Talks Federal Overreach, Limiting EPA, and No Law of the Sea Treaty


Walker Names Kenai Watershed Forum Exec to Board of Fish


Spence & Co Smoked Salmon Processor Thrives on Precision


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 24, 2015


Mon. Mar 23 2015

The Editor's View: Gulf States Try and Gut Magnuson in Unbelievable Red Snapper Grab   (1) 


Zhangzidao Profit Wiped Out After Scallop Scandal, Posts Loss of $186 Million  


Fire Destroys Breakwater Fisheries Crab Plant on Northeast Coast of Newfoundland  


Gulf PUD Shrimp Market Sharply Lower in March with Inventories, Catches Higher in 2015  


Louisiana Crawfish Inventories Improve, Prices Come Down as Weather Warms Up  


USDA Catfish Inspection May Come Back to Bite Domestic Producers   (1) 


Imported Seafood Continues to Gain Market Share with Consumers in Shanghai  


Red Meat Values Pressured Last Week; Chicken Complex Saw Modest Rise


Casual Dining Chains Ending Discount Addiction


PEI Mussel Growers Struggle with One of Worst Winters in Ice Harvest History  


Louisiana's Seafood Processors Say There are No Alternatives to the H2B Workforce


ASMI Promotes Alaskan Pollock Roe, Yellowfin Sole in Fourth Month Promotion with China's Big Pizza


Saucy Fish Gains Distribution in Hannaford


New Rules Coming to Assure Atlantic Herring Are Not Overfished


China Plans to Harvest Up To 2 Million Tons of Antarctic Krill, Alarming Scientists


Steam Recycling Technology Could Cut Energy Costs for Alaska's Fish Processors (Fish Radio)


Delaware Bay Oyster Farmers Facing Restrictions to Protect Migrating Endangered Red Knots


Controversy Surrounds Japan's Massive Concrete Seawall Intended to Protect Against Tsunamis


FreshDirect Brings in Safeway Veteran as Chief Merchandising Officer


Fresh and Easy Plans to Shed Some Stores, Redeploy Capital


High Liner’s Pulled Salmon Hailed at Boston Seafood Show  


Portland Maine One Step Closer to New Cold Storage Facility


Legal Sea Foods Faces New Class Action Lawsuit Over Shared Tips


Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 23, 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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Feds Urged to Consider Alaska's Crab Fishery in Their Plan to Combat IUU Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Annie Ropeik - March 27, 2015

A new federal plan to combat illegal seafood harvesting includes a program to trace at-risk species from harvest to market. It means regulators will have to decide what species are suffering the most from illegal activity. And as KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, fishermen in Alaska are hoping crab will make the list.

Alaska’s crab fleet catches many of the same species as their counterparts in Russia -- from red, blue and brown king crab, to snow and tanner crab...

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Alaska's House Fisheries Committee Votes to Merge Costly Commercial Fishing Commission with ADF&G

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch] by Zaz Hollander - March 27, 2015

The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The unanimous vote came despite fishermen's objections that the bill upends the separation of power between the commission that oversees Alaska’s limited-entry fisheries like salmon and the agency that regulates commercial fishing.

The legislation, House Bill 112, goes next to the House Resources Committee. A referral to House Finance is expected, according to Reid Harris, aide to the fisheries committee that’s chaired by bill author Rep. Louise Stutes, a Kodiak Republican...

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Federal and Provincial Governments Support 7 New Brunswick Oyster Producers with $1.4 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2015 - 

The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick announced investments totaling more than $1.4 million toward seven projects in the growing oyster industry.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program (BDP), is providing repayable contributions totaling $893,456, while the Government of New Brunswick is contributing $377,247 toward the seven projects.  They are:...

 

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Mexico's Baja California State Aquaculture Charter Seeks to Ensure Operations Fit FDA Standards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 27, 2015


The Mexican state of Baja California has ratified its first State Aquaculture Charter intended to promote expansion of the region's fish farming operations and ensure the operations fall within FDA standards.

The document will emphasize growing Baja's Aquaculture infrastructure for 36 farmed species according to the state's fisheries ministry SEPESCABC. 

"Growing species is called to be a priority for the global food chain, and our region has a strategic location and water quality, climate of great appeal to many regions of the world," said SEPESCA Head Matias Arjona Rydalch...

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B.C. Herring Battle Escalates as Heiltsuk Nation Mobilizes Boats to Defend Herring Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] - March 27, 2015 - 

BELLA BELLA, B.C., The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to protect herring in its territory by any means necessary as it readies boats to defend a contentious fishery on B.C.'s Central Coast.

Kelly Brown, who directs the Heiltsuk's resource management department, says the industry took 680 tons out of the same area with a recent seine fishery, and a gillnet fishery "would only add insult to injury.'

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PEI Opens $50,000 Fund to Help Lobster Industry Increase Live Holding Capacity

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] March 26, 2015

New funding of up to $50,000 is being handed out for holdin

g facilities for live lobster.

The new program, announced by the P.E.I. government, will provide eligible companies with non-repayable support of up to $50,000 to cover 10 percent of the costs of new live holding facilities.

Projects may also be eligible to apply for financing from Finance P.E.I...

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Rep. Don Young's MSA Reauthorization Bill Focused on Flexibility and Science

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Alaska Journal of Commerce]  By DJ Summers  -  May 26, 2015

Taking the lead on legislation he’s been involved with since it first passed in 1976, Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young introduced a bill March 4 to reauthorize and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

The act, or MSA, governs all U.S. federal fisheries, which take place in the exclusive economic zone, or EEZ, between three and 200 miles off the coast. The MSA was most recently reauthorized and updated in 2006.

Young introduced H.R. 1335 on March 4 with three regional cosponsors: Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Amata Coleman Radewagen, R-American Samoa.

Young’s proposed version of the MSA is titled the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” His philosophy is to let the councils, who have more intimate understandings of their stocks and more responsiveness than the Department of Commerce, have more control of their respective operations, and to update...

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Maine Legislator Wants to Restrict Scallop Harvest Despite Dramatic Recovery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - March 26, 2015 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, A state legislator wants to put a cap on the amount of Maine scallops that fishermen can harvest, even as the rebounding fishery is growing in volume and value a decade after crashing.

The fishery is experiencing a dramatic comeback: The catch bottomed out in 2005 at 33,141 pounds and rebuilt to more than a half-million pounds in 2014, and regulators say early signs are positive for 2015. And the scallops' price at the dock has more than tripled since 2004 to nearly $13 per pound.

Rep. Alley's proposal is the subject of a public hearing in Augusta scheduled for April 1. State Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher is studying the proposal and will testify at the hearing on the department's position, a spokesman said.

The new restrictions could be helpful because more fishermen have entered the resurgent fishery, said Dana Temple, a Cape Elizabeth scallop dealer and a member of the Marine Resources Department's scallop advisory council.

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VIDEO: Ray Hillborn Comments on What Makes a Sustainable Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 25, 2015

In Abundant Ocean's latest video segment in their ongoing series profiling the history  of fishery management in Alaska and the US, renowned professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington Ray Hilborn offers his opinion of what fishery sustainability means from a purely scientific perspective...

 

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Higher Shrimp Sales Help Mexico Post Higher Than Expected Trade Surplus in February

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dow Jones] March 27, 2015

Mexican registered a $558 million trade surplus in February as increased exports of manufactured goods, mining and agricultural products offset the impact from lower crude-oil prices.

Exports fell 2.6% from February 2014 to $29.68 billion, with petroleum exports down 46.9%, while imports slipped 1.4% to $29.12 billion, the National Statistics Institute said Friday.

The surplus was slightly bigger than the $488 million median estimate of eight economists polled by The Wall Street Journal. It narrowed the trade deficit for the first two months of the year to $2.69 billion...

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BBRSDA Founding Board Member, President Robert Heyano Resigns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 26, 2015

Robert Heyano a founding Board Member of the  Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has resigned has resigned from his position as president of the Board of the Directors.

The BBRSDA accepted Heyano's resignation this week and thanked him for his work.

"Words are inadequate to describe the impacts Robert’s vision and efforts have had on the Bristol Bay fishery over his many years of commitment to the resource and the way of life it supports," the Association said in a statement...

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Thailand Promises Swift Legal Action Against Any Fishing Companies Using Illegal Labor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangkok Post] by Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Patsara Jikkham & Jeerawat Na Thalang - March 27, 2015

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to take legal action against any private companies found to have used forced labour in the fishing industry.

He had seen an Associated Press (AP) report regarding slave labour on the Indonesian island village of Benjina which found links between fish caught there and Thai ports.

"I have received the AP report that a Thai fishing company used slave labour including Myanmar and Thai workers. This company catches fish at Benjina and brings the catch back to Thai piers," Gen Prayut said...

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Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nexstar Broadcasting] March 26, 2015 

DELCAMBRE, La. – Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
 
Thu Bui, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant fisheries agent, said the meetings are intended to help fishers learn about new developments before their peak seasons get underway soon.
 
“It makes them more professional and gives them the information so they can become more profitable,” she said. “Once they get on the water, they don’t have time to learn about new...

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EWOS Develops Fish Feed that Naturally Increases Sea Lice Resistance in Farmed Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] March 27, 2015

Major fishmeal producer EWOS says it has developed a diet for farmed Atlantic salmon that reduces the spread of sea lice by as much as 65 percent.

This week representative from EWOS presented their findings at an international sea lice seminar in Puerto Varas, Chile.

According to the company's technical manager Rodrigo Solervicens, EWOS found farmed salmon diets play an integral role in their overall immune response to sea lice. They said the use of antibiotics in farmed operations is becoming less effective in combating disease and other parasites. With that in mind, the company set out to formulate a feed regimen that could boost salmon's immunity to sea lice...

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Copper River - Prince William Sound Marketing Association Gets a Green Light

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   By Peggy Parker  -  March 25, 2015

Members of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association gave a vote of confidence last weekend to the marketing and quality outreach that has supported the Copper River brand of Alaska wild salmon for the past decade.

The vote on whether to continue the association was 165-97 in favor of the status quo.  About half of the 500-plus permit holders voted and more than two-thirds supported continued funding through a 1% assessment.

The petition for dissolution began last August by members who said the group was not transparent enough, did not represent members’ financial interests, and needed to change its bylaws...

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Vietnam's Tuna Industry Learning Better Handling Techniques to Improve Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] March 26, 2015

Tuna is one of Vietnam’s top export items and widely praised for its high quality. But Vietnamese fishing relies more on experience than advanced equipment. Fishermen in the south central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa are restructuring their production and adopting Japanese fishing techniques in an effort to stimulate the region’s marine economy, which has long been its strong point, and open up a new direction for tuna exports.

Vietnam has more than 3,600 tuna boats, most of them in Bình Định, Phú Yên and Khánh Hòa Province. In recent years, the annual tuna exploitation has been stable at 16,000 tons.

Last year, Vietnam earned nearly 600 million USD exporting tuna. So far Vietnam’s tuna is available in 100 countries and territories...

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Climate Change Slowing Down Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Escalator

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Chris Mooney - March 26, 2015 - 

This week brings news of another potential mega-scale perturbation. According to a new study just out in Nature Climate Change by Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a group of co-authors, we’re now seeing a slowdown of the great ocean circulation that, among other planetary roles, helps to partly drive the Gulf Stream off the U.S. east coast. The consequences could be dire – including significant extra sea level rise for coastal cities like New York and Boston.

So in sum: It appears that we’ve just seen yet another surprise from the climate system — and yet another process, like the melting of Antarctica, that seems to be happening faster than previously expected. And indeed, much like with that  melting, the upshot if the trend continues is an especially bad sea level rise for the United States. 

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Japan Says South Korea's Radiation Concerns are Unfounded, Asks Again to Lift Seafood Import Ban

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jiji Press] March 27, 2015

Japan on Thursday reiterated its call for an early removal of South Korea's import ban on fishery products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures that was introduced following Japan's worst nuclear accident.

Tokyo made the request at a meeting of a World Trade Organization panel on food safety, held at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva.

South Korea introduced the ban in September 2013 following massive leaks of radiation-tainted water from Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, which was knocked out by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami...

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B.C. Government Issues New Comprensive Fish and Seafood Act

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2015 -

The B.C. government’s new Fish and Seafood Act will replace legislation that was last significantly updated in the 1960s with a modern framework that builds on B.C.’s seafood sector.

The new legislation will update the licensing and regulation of the buying, selling, handling, storing and processing of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. The legislation also includes the following measures to support sustainability and consumer confidence in the safety of B.C. seafood:...

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Sen. Cantwell Urges Funding for Acidification Research Important to Shellfish Industry 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2015 -

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led 20 Senators in a bipartisan letter urging "robust funding" for ocean acidification monitoring systems to protect the nation's $2.8 billion shellfish industry.

In the letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Cantwell called for continued support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Integrated Ocean Acidification Program and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Data from IOOS sensors and buoys along the nation's coasts have helped shellfish hatcheries determine when to shield their stocks from corrosive sea water.

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AP News Investigation Renews US Pressure on Thai Government to End Labor Abuses in Seafood Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Martha Mendoza - March 26, 2015 - 

The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets, and to punish people who force migrant workers to catch seafood that can end up in the United States.

"It has become increasingly clear that workers in the fishing industry, many of whom are migrants, are exploited at multiple points along the supply chain, from harvesting to processing,'' U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a briefing Wednesday.

Gavin Gibbons, spokesman for NFI, said AP's reports of labour abuses "have been particularly painful for the seafood community.''

"Pointing to specific boats, producers and processors gives us the ability to push for aggressive investigation and enforcement,'' said Gibbons.

 

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TUF Drops Supplier Named in AP News Slavery Allegations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - March 25, 2015 - 

BANGKOK, Thailand, Thailand's biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might be involved with forced labor and other abuses.

The statement by Thai Union Frozen Products follows a year-long investigation that linked severe abuses on Southeast Asian fishing trawlers to dinner tables in the U.S. and around the world.

The statement did not list a specific company, and Thai Union declined further comment...

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P.E.I. Counting New Lobster Marketing Board Votes on Monday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - March 26, 2015 - 

Votes will be counted on Monday on a new lobster marketing board for P.E.I.

The group that would oversee and collect a new one-cent-a-pound lobster levy for marketing.

Island fishermen have already voted in favour of the levy, but a separate vote was needed to set up the board.

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Preferred Continues US Expansion with First Pacific Northwest Facility in Lynden, WA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 25, 2015

Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) continues its domestic expansion across the US market this time with its plan to build a $32 million cold storage facility in Lynden, Washington that will serve the agricultural and seafood industries in the Pacific Northwest region.

The NJ-based cold storage company with facilities in the US, China and Vietnam said it is responding to increased customer demand for more cold storage space in the Pacific Northwest...

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Anchovy Season Underway in Peru's Southern Region with TAC Up 60%; Northern Fleet to Start April 10

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 26, 2015

Anchovy fishing is now underway in Peru's southern region with a quota 60 percent higher over last season's catch. 

The Peruvian commercial fleet is now able to fish in the Atico, Arequipa and points south of the country's martime domain. This season's quota is set a 375,000 tons up from 2014's 234,000 ton TAC.

Recently the government permitted the fleet to fish five miles off the coast rather than 10 miles. That decision followed a forecast that a wave of warm water from this year's El Nino system would push the anchovy mass between the 5 and 10 mile zone...

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Kraft to Merge with Heinz Creating Food Colossus

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg] by Craig Giammona and Matthew Boyle- March 25, 2015 -

Kraft Foods Group Inc. will merge with H.J. Heinz Co.  in a deal orchestrated by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., creating the third-largest food and beverage company in North America

Kraft shareholders will receive 49 percent of the stock in the combined entity, plus a special cash dividend of $16.50 a share, the companies said in a statement Wednesday. Berkshire and 3G will invest $10 billion in the new business, which will be known as Kraft Heinz Co. It will have dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area, with current Heinz Chief Executive Officer Bernardo Hees staying at the helm.

The deal creates a stable of household names -- everything from Heinz ketchup to Jell-O -- with revenue of about $28 billion.

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Leaner Kraft-Heinz Operation Could Reduce Broker and Sale Support for Retailers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] by Carol Angrisani - March 26, 2015

While there have been other big mergers in the CPG industry, the Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Co. deal is a game changer.

“If it can happen to Kraft, it can happen to anyone,” Don Stuart, managing partner at Cadent Consulting Group, Wilton, Conn., said of possible other takeover targets.

Heinz and Kraft announced Wednesday that they agreed to merge in a deal that will form The Kraft Heinz Co., the fifth largest food and beverage firm in the world and the third largest in North America...

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Coast Guard Getting AK's Older Fishing Vessels Up-to-Date on Modern Safety Regs (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 27, 2015 This is Fish Radio. 

I’m Laine Welch – Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety regs. More after this 

New rules are being written that apply to older fishing boats to make sure they are safe. It’s called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program , a part of the 2010 US Coast Guard Authorization Act.

“The Alternate Compliance Safety Program is aimed at vessels that are 25 years old by 2020 and greater than 50 feet in length, and operating beyond three nautical miles. So this is a new program.” 

Troy Rentz is Alternate Safety Compliance Coordinator for the USCG 13th District. The program will include the bulk of Alaska’s fishing fleet, as most boats by far were built between 1970 and 1989...

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Nireus Aquaculture Restructuring Gives Creditor Banks 75 Percent of Equity

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] - March 27, 2015 -

Major Greek fish farming company Nireus Aquaculture has signed an MOU with its creditor banks to restructure its loans.

The capitalization of its loans amounts to 58.6 million euros ($64.46 million) by issuing new shares of 0.30 euros per share, thus passing 75 percent of the share capital of the Company to creditor banks

 

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Epic Chase of Toothfish Poacher Thunder From Anarctica to West Africa Continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - March 25, 2015

Major Australian toothfish operator Austral Fisheries teamed up with ocean conservation group Sea Shepard to successfully stop the IUU toothfish F/V Thunder. This marks the latest success in the industry's longtime battle to eliminate IUU activity for toothfish; efforts that have reignited demand for the fish in the global market.

Austral's F/V the Atlas Cove joined with the Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker in tailing the illegal toothfish vessel. Sea Shepherd had been tracking the Thunder for 95 days, preventing it from illegally fishing for toothfish in waters managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resource (CCAMLR). Together the two vessels hope to force the Thunder to call port...

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