Tue. Apr 28 2015

Pinks vs Sockeyes at Sea - Is there Adverse Interaction? (Fish Radio)


Harvesters Begin Second Newfoundland Northern Cod Fishery Improvement Project, Partnering with WWF  


Togiak Herring Season Opens  


Changes at Seafood News: Ken Coons Stepping Down as Associate Editor   (1)


Chris Lischewski joins Jeff Davis on Board of Blue Harvest; Further Scallop Vessels Buys Likely  


Red Chamber's PEI Lobster Plant North Lake Fisheries, Gets BRC Certification, MSC Chain of Custody


Thailand Forecasting 250,000 to 270,000 Tons of Shrimp Production This Year


Bumble Bee Foods and Two Employees Charged in Accident Where Worker was Killed in a Pressure Cooker


Delegation Heading to EU This Week to Show Thailand's Efforts to Resolve Illegal Labor Issues


Tampa Maid Foods Announces New Business Development Manager


Atlanitc Canada Coalition Formed to Lobby For Temporary Foreign Seafood Workers


Norman Herstein, Former NEFCO Exec in Seattle, Dies


European Seafood Expo is a Success for Alaska Seafood


Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Recoverng Somewhat From a Near-Catastrophic Low


Philippines Yellow Card Lifted by EU


Florida Wants Seismic Tests in Ocean Delayed Until Effects on Marine Life Are Better Understood


Burger King Q1 North American Comps Up Almost 7 Percent


Alewife Run in St Croix River a Hot Issue Again That Maine's Governor Will Try To Resolve


Captain D's Q1 Sales up Almost 5 Percent


Iran Hopes to Triple Caviar Production This Year


B.C. Government and 18 First Nations Agree on Coastal Protection and Management


Namibian Unions Want Fishing Quotas Tied to Better Working Conditions


Wisconsin Lawmaker Proposes Eliminating Shrimp, Shellfish from FoodShare Purchases


Aboriginal Fund Established to Support Canadian Aquaculture


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 28, 2015


Mon. Apr 27 2015

New England Dealers Expect Lean Year For Locally Caught Seafood As Cod Shutdown Looms


Law Suit Would Halt New Red Snapper Quotas; La. Charter Captains Would Likely Suffer  


Truckers May Renew Labor Unrest at Southern California Ports


Cermaq Loses 2015 Generation of Coho; Camanchaca Finds Some Fish Alive; Has Insurance


Russia Reports 40% Increase in Pollock Fillet Production from 'A' Season this Year  


Togiak Herring Update: No Threshold Yet  


NE Fisheries Council Defers Action on Georges Bank Habitat Issues to June


Kodiak King Crab Hatchery Ramps up Test Releases (Fish Radio)


Some Hainan Shrimp Farmers turn to Other Species in Face of Low Prices, Slow Growth  


High Prices for Lobster Ripple Through Singapore Distribution Chain  


8 Percent of Chile's Salmon Stocks in Volcano Danger Zone


Seattle April Pollock Roe Auction Sees Record Low Prices  


Iceland's Progressive Party Members to Profit from Mackerel Quota


Aquasense Panama Commences Site Preparation for First Open-Ocean Farmed Tilapia


Maine Start-up Scaling Up Yellowtail Tank Farm


EU's Yellow Card to Thailand is its Highest Profile Action Yet on IUU Fishing


Nova Scotia Government Promises Stronger Aquaculture Oversight


Hainan Tilapia Farmers Find Soft Market, Processors Not Buying


Mexico is Making Strides to Improve Fisheries Management and Conservation


Thai PM Gets Indonesian Backing to Tackle Illegal Fishing


More Private Oyster Leases May Be Answer to Fight Over Galveston Bay Seabed


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 27, 2015


Fri. Apr 24 2015

PEI / New Brunswick Lobster Season Delayed, but Prices Already Making Seasonal Adjustment  


Trident Opens Huge New Fishmeal Plant in Naknek


Volcano Calbuco Deals Damage to Chilean Salmon Smolt Stocks, Disrupts Some Shipping


NL Shrimp Ctte in Ottawa says Last in - First Out worst option, sees some flexibility by Gail Shea  


Spot Prawn Recovery in Prince William Sound Due to Careful Management by ADF&G  


Gulf Shrimp Haul Up 5% in Q1 as PUD Prices Continue to Sink with Supply Ample Ahead of 2015 Season  


Letters: It's About Time FDA Cancels Enforcing Methyl Mercury in Imported Swordfish


Canadian Gov't will Support Extension of Oil Drilling Moratorium on Georges Bank


Southwest Alaska May Hold Key to Understanding Disease Plaguing West Coast Sea Stars


NE Fishery Management Council Votes to Keep Cashes Ledge in Gulf of Maine Mostly Closed   (0)


TUF Plans New Shrimp Plant in India, a JV With Avanti Foods


Chinese Chefs Developing Creative Lobster Dishes as Popularity Soars


Wild Atlantic Prawn Campaign Educated Young Chefs at Seafood Expo


NRA Restaurant Show Features Two Seafood Workshops


Fisheries Minister Says Ghana's Climate Good for Tilapia Cultivation


NZ Pleased as Maersk Adds 8,500 20 ft Reefer Units to Meet Demand


Ahold USA Testing and Developing an Urban Fresh Format


BJ's Q1 Net Income More Than Doubles as Comps Rise 3.2 Percent


ADF&G Hopes Website Will Clear Up Common Misconceptions of Tracking Salmon with Sonar (Fish Radio)


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 24, 2015


Thu. Apr 23 2015

Jeff Davis and Bregal Partners Purchase Peabody, with 8 Scallop Vessels; Davis to be CEO  


Santa Monica Expands West Coast Distribution with Purchase of Prospect Enterprises' Seafood Assets


Volcano Calbuco's Eruption Prompts Evacuation of Several Chilean Salmon Farms


FDA Cancels Enforcement of Import Alert 16-08 for Mercury in Swordfish   (1)


Tropical Aquaculture Partners With Ecuador's Ocean Farm to Bring Fresh, Farmed Cobia to US Market


WTO Rejects Vietnam's Challenge to Shrimp Duty Rates  


U.S. House Panel Advised of Modern-Day Slavery Issues Persisting in Thailand's Seafood Sector


BC's Land-Based Salmon Producer KUTERRA Reports Strong Retail, Fine Dining Sales in First Year  


Hatchery Salmon Helps Fuel One-Third of Alaska's Huge Runs (Fish Radio)  


White Spot in Kochi Area Blamed on Infected Shrimp Seedlings


Publix Makes Earth Day Donation to SFP for Farmed Shrimp Sustainabillity


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 23, 2015


SFP, ASC Lead Discussion of Aquaculture Industry's Role in Tackling Social Sustainability Issues


Fishermen, Boat Owners, Trade Group Doubt Thailand Can Meet EU Deadline


Maine Member of NE Fishery Management Council Barred from Voting on Habitat Amendment


Philippine Fishery Officials 'Disturbed' by China Reclamation


Kona Grill's Latest Menu Includes Rock Shrimp, Albacore and Yellowtail


Spain to Invest 421m Euros to Promote and Develop Aquaculture


Aquaculture Certification Council Certifies 8 Shrimp Farms in Belize


Gear Adrift Near Cooke Aquaculture Site Sparks Probe


Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries Still Blames Imports for Low Prices After Loss at ITC


Chipotle Q1 Comps Up 10.4 Percent Reflecting Higher Traffic and Menu Price Increases


New Atlantic Sea Scallop Rules Announced by NMFS  


UNH Has Developed New Method to ID Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in Shellfish


Sanford Heavily Invested in Mussel Spat Hatchery to Provide Reliable Spat Supply


European Pangasius Importers Call for Disclosure of Glaze Ratio and Humidity on Packaging


The Surprising Reason Why Arctic Warming Could be Worse than Previously Thought


Federal Subsistence Board Keeps State Management in Yukon-Kuskokwim Area For Now  



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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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Pinks vs Sockeyes at Sea  - Is there Adverse Interaction?  (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] With Laine Welch  April 28, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Are swarms of North Pacific pinks causing sockeye salmon declines? First of a two parter after this-
 
Growing numbers of pink salmon are out competing sockeyes for food in the ocean, causing the reds to grow slower and smaller. That’s the claim of a new study by  Seattle and British Columbia researchers, who say the race for food ...

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Harvesters Begin Second Newfoundland Northern Cod Fishery Improvement Project, Partnering with WWF

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton April 28, 2015

In an unusual situation, the rebuilding Northern Cod stock in Newfoundland is attracting two rival Fishery Improvement Projects.  
 
Just prior to the Brussels Show, the Newfoundland Association of Seafood Producers announced a FIP on Northern Cod, supported by SFP.  
 
Today, a second project, sponsored by the Harvesters, through their Union - FFAW, and WWF Canada was announced as well.
 
The FIP is  "is aiming to bring a renowned Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery that's been under a fishing moratorium since 1992 back to a healthy level -- and eventual commercial viability."
 
The northern cod stock in NAFO area 2J3KL has shown clear signs of growth in some areas since 2006....

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Togiak Herring Season Opens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  April 28, 2015

Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened the Togiak herring roe fishery to seiners for 74 hours from 8:00 p.m., April 27, until 10:00 p.m., April 30.

ADF&G described the open area as “from Togiak Reef at 160 degrees 30.10’ west longitude to the longitude of Cape Newenham at 162 degrees 10.50’ west longitude and in the area from a line perpendicular to the shore at 58degrees 50.50’ north latitude to the longitude of Anchor Point at 160 degrees 19.70’ west longitude. Participants are reminded that Ungalikthluk Bay is closed by regulation.”

ADF&G staff flew a survey of the Togiak herring district...

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Changes at Seafood News:  Ken Coons Stepping Down as Associate Editor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton April 28, 2015

Ken Coons, who has served as Associate Editor on Seafood News since we began our internet publicaton in the late 1990's, is taking another step towards retirement, and will be cutting back his writing.
 
He will continue to contribute stories from time to time on his own schedule, but will no longer be a daily fixture on our news site.
 
Ken has been a mentor and friend during my entire time in the seafood industry, and we are lucky that we could have such an effortless collaboration on Seafood News. Above all, we try to represent the viewpoint and interests of the Seafood Industry, something Ken has been doing his entire career.
 
After working in the clam industry, Ken was one of the founders of  the New England Fisheries Development Association in 1980, and served as its executive director.  He also hired me as NEFDA's first program director.
 
Ken kept the Association going for many years...

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Chris Lischewski joins Jeff Davis on Board of Blue Harvest; Further Scallop Vessels Buys Likely 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  April 28, 2015

Bregal Partners is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC (“Blue Harvest” or the “Company”) in connection with the Company’s acquisition of eight Virginia-based scallop vessels and related shore assets from the Peabody Corporation.
 
Blue Harvest will be led by seasoned seafood executive Jeff Davis. Prior to Blue Harvest, Jeff served as the CEO of America Seafoods International, Baader North America Corp, and BlueAqua Seafoods.
 
Seafood industry veterans Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee, and Jonathan Thorpe, Chief Investment and Strategy Officer of the Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association, will serve on the Company’s board of directors alongside Jeff Davis. 
 
“The North Atlantic Sea Scallop....

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Thailand Forecasting 250,000 to 270,000 Tons of Shrimp Production This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thai News Service] - April 28, 2015 -

Thailand's shrimp industry has begun to recover from last year's outbreak of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS). However, farmers have struggled to meet the supply demands of Thai Union Frozen Products PCL (TUF), which has been looking to expand exports to India.

The Department of Fisheries worked quickly to resolve the EMS issue. The industry has shown promising signs of recovery in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. The department forecast this year's shrimp production to grow by 20-25 percent to 250,000-270,000 tons.

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Delegation Heading to EU This Week to Show Thailand's Efforts to Resolve Illegal Labor Issues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] By Petchanet Pratruangrai - April 28, 2015 - 

The Commerce Ministry will send an urgent mission to the European Union this week to explain Thailand's endeavours to solve the problem of illegal labour practices, hoping the EU will give the country a clean bill of health by an October deadline.

Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said yesterday that he had assigned his deputy Apiradi Tantraporn to lead officials and company representatives to the EU to meet with representatives of the European Commission and European importers.

The aim is to send a clear message about how serious the country is in addressing accusations of slave labour and focusing on environmentally friendly fishing.

 

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Atlantic Canada Coalition Formed to Lobby For Temporary Foreign Seafood Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - April 28, 2015 - 

Lobster processors and fishermen's associations across the Atlantic region have formed a coalition to lobby the federal government over temporary foreign worker program restrictions.             

The Maritime Seafood Coalition would like fish plants to be given the same exemption as the agricultural industry. 

 

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European Seafood Expo is a Success for Alaska Seafood
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2015
 
Preliminary reports by Alaska seafood representatives indicate strong international seafood sales at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels April 21st to April 23rd. High sales come in the nick of time, as the Alaska salmon industry is poised on the brink of some of the largest projected runs in recorded history and other commercial fisheries thrive. 
 
On-site sales were reported to be over $44 million. Additionally, seafood producers project that sales over the next 12 months to be over $650 million as a result of attendance at the ...

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Philippines Yellow Card Lifted by EU
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gulf News 2015] By Gilbert P. Felongco - April 28, 2015
 
Manila: The Philippines hailed a move by the European Union to lift the threat of fishery products ban after the country made earnest efforts to comply with the latter’s requirements on sustainable fishing practices.
 
“The Philippines notes with satisfaction the EU lifting of the warning or ‘yellow card’ in recognition of the significant progress made by the country in addressing Illegal, fisheries concerns,” Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said.
 
In June last year, the EU had threatened to ban fish products caught in the Philippines if the country continued to fail to comply with safe methods of fishing and allow illegal and unregulated...

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Burger King Q1 North American Comps Up Almost 7 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Jonathan Maze - April 28, 2015 - 

Value promotions, premium menu items and a stronger economy helped Burger King’s first quarter same-store sales rise 6.9 percent in the U.S. and Canada, its best performance in nearly a decade.

Burger King’s global same-store sales rose 4.6 percent during the quarter ended March 31, while sister brand Tim Hortons’ same-store sales rose 5.3 percent, including 8.9 percent in the U.S., where it is aiming to grow more quickly.

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Captain D's Q1 Sales up Almost 5 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Restaurant News Resource] - April 28, 2015 - 

Captain D's LLC announced last week it is experiencing continued success with 4.94 percent same-store-sales growth for the first quarter of 2015.

This success is due in part to the company's new grilled menu, which launched last year and continues to expand with new offerings. The company's new "D-Lite Meals" features five meals under 500 calories, including better-for-you options like Tilapia, Surf and Turf, Wild Alaskan Salmon and Shrimp Skewers.

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Iran Hopes to Triple Caviar Production This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tehran Times] - April 28, 2015 - 

TEHRAN, Iran exported €960,000 of caviar in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20.

Last year, some 1,000 kilograms of caviar was produced, of which 800 kilograms was exported, the ISNA news agency quoted Hossein Abdolhay, the deputy director of the Iranian Fishery Organization as saying.

He added that the country’s caviar output is projected to triple in the current Iranian calendar year.

Iran can earn an income equal to 12.6 percent of its annual crude oil revenue by producing 100 tons of farmed caviar per year, according to Iran’s International Sturgeon Research Institute Director Mahmoud Bahmani.

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Namibian Unions Want Fishing Quotas Tied to Better Working Conditions 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Namibian] - April 28, 2015 - 

Unions who represent mainly workers in the fishing sector are still battling for better working conditions and higher salaries, calling on the minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernhard Esau, to withhold quotas from companies who do not ensure work and a better life for Namibians.

President of the Namibia Seamen and Allied Workers Union Paulus Hango said the workers in the fishing industry are struggling daily with poor working conditions and low salaries. According to him factory workers earn a monthly income of between N$1 500 and N$3 000, which he called "starving wages".

"Most work under stressful conditions and are not happy with the work.

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Wisconsin Lawmaker Proposes Eliminating Shrimp, Shellfish from FoodShare Purchases
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Channel 3000 News] April 28, 2015 
 
MADISON, Wis. - A state lawmaker has reintroduced a bill saying what can and can't be bought with food stamps in Wisconsin.
 
He said it would help make sure people spend FoodShare money more wisely, but it is already drawing criticism from those who deal with hunger issues in the state.
 
Rep. Rob Brooks, R-Saukville, said the bill aims to realign the program as only a "supplemental nutrition" program. The measure would say at least two-thirds of federal FoodShare benefits must be spent on WIC-approved foods, as well as beef, pork, chicken, fish and fresh produce. Benefits could not be used ...

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Law Suit Would Halt New Red Snapper Quotas; La. Charter Captains Would Likely Suffer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Times-Picayune]  By Todd Masson - April 27, 2015

The Coastal Conservation Association filed suit Wednesday to block a Department of Commerce plan to grant special red-snapper-fishing privileges to the Gulf of Mexico charter-fishing fleet.

Under the plan, called Amendment 40, federal fisheries managers would pull the charter take of red snapper from the recreational quota and award it to individual captains. The measure was endorsed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in a 10-7 vote in October, and signed by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on April 10.

Amendment 40 has been stridently opposed by recreational-fishing interests since it was proposed because it would mean a smaller quota for the industry. Traditionally, the entire recreational fleet, charter captains and private anglers...

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Cermaq Loses 2015 Generation of Coho; Camanchaca Finds Some Fish Alive; Has Insurance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Technopress]  April 27, 2015

Damage reports are coming into focus from the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile.  
 
SalmonChile reports that 4% of the country's 200 fish farms were operating in the emergency zone.  Of the eight fish farms at risk four had severe or total damage; one with damage assessment has saved part of their fish; and the other three are all moving fish. Of these...

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Red Chamber's PEI Lobster Plant North Lake Fisheries, Gets BRC Certification, MSC Chain of Custody 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  April 28, 2015

North Lake Fisheries, the lobster processing plant in the town of North Lake, PEI, was acquired by Red Chamber in 2013.  Now preparing for its third season under manager Jim Beals, the company received BRC certification this year, and is close to finishing its MSC chain of custody audit. 
 
Prior to the purchase by Red Chamber, the company was known as Ocean Pride Fisheries. 

 

 

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Bumble Bee Foods and Two Employees Charged in Accident Where Worker was Killed in a Pressure Cooker

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Los Angeles Times] By MATT HAMILTON April 28 2015

Bumble Bee Foods and two of the tuna company’s employees were charged Monday with willfully ignoring safety rules, leading to a plant worker burning to death inside an industrial pressure cooker in 2012, prosecutors said.
 
The San Diego-based company, former safety manager Saul Florez, and Angel Rodriguez, the director of plant operations, were each charged with three felony counts of committing an occupational safety and health violation that caused a death, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
 
On Oct. 11, 2012, Jose Melena, 62, entered a 35-foot oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs plant to make a repair inside the machine, which is used to sterilize thousands of cans of tuna at a time.
 
Unaware that Melena was inside the oven, other plant workers loaded several carts that altogether held about 12,000 pounds of tuna, shut the door and turned on the oven, prosecutors said.
 

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Tampa Maid Foods Announces New Business Development Manager

 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 28, 2015 
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC is pleased to announce that Heather Goral has been hired as Business Development Manager for the Western Region. Heather will be responsible for developing and managing Tampa Maid’s foodservice distribution business in the western United States.  
 
She has worked for the past 4½ years as Key Account Manager for Slade Gorton & Company. Additionally, Heather worked for 9 years as a Senior Account Executive for a large food service broker in Southern California and for over 3 years with Sysco-Los Angeles where she was a distributor sales representative and...

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Norman Herstein, Former NEFCO Exec in Seattle, Dies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  April 28, 2015

Norman Herstein, a former New England Fish company Executive and later the founder of Consolidated Seafoods, died on April 13, at the age of 83.  
 
Darryl Pedersen, founder of Keyport writes "Norm was a good guy, very dynamic and a business friend of guys of my era including Bill Bloom and Peter Cardone.  He was a ex-Navy pilot, very private.  He has been buried at the regional National Cemetery near Tacoma."
 
His family said he wanted no memorial service.  He is survived by his wife Joan...

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Recoverng Somewhat From a Near-Catastrophic Low

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Darryl Fears - April 28, 2015 - 

For the second straight year, a harsh winter killed more than a quarter of adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

But a baywide survey of the crab population released Monday said there was encouraging news in spite of the blow. The overall population of the beleaguered crustacean climbed modestly from a catastrophic low last year.

The yearly winter dredge survey conducted by Virginia and Maryland marine scientists estimates that 411 million crabs are in the main stem of the bay and its tributaries, a 38 percent increase from last year's critically low population.

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Florida Wants Seismic Tests in Ocean Delayed Until Effects on Marine Life Are Better Understood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Florida Times-Union] By Steve Patterson - April 28, 2015 - 

Florida's environmental agency is asking the federal government not to allow seismic testing off the state's Atlantic coast until more research is done on the tests' effects on sea life.

"Florida is concerned about the effects ... on its marine and coastal resources," including endangered sea turtles and right whales, the Department of Environmental Protection's deputy chief of staff, Carla Gaskin Mautz, told the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in a letter sent last week.

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Alewife Run in St Croix River a Hot Issue Again That Maine's Governor Will Try To Resolve

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Kevin Miller - April 28, 2015 - 

AUGUSTA, ME, The LePage administration wants to create a working group to examine the scientific arguments over alewives in the St. Croix River as a way to defuse the latest flare-up in a debate over the fish that has raged for two decades.

When the Legislature voted two years ago to reopen the St. Croix to migrating alewives, bill supporters hoped it would finally end the fight pitting Grand Lake Stream-area fishing guides and sporting lodge owners against biologists, lobstermen and Passamaquoddy communities in the U.S. and Canada.

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New England Dealers Expect Lean Year For Locally Caught Seafood As Cod Shutdown Looms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - April 27, 2015 - l

PORTLAND, Maine — Catch limits set to take effect May 1 will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's colonial past: New England cod.

The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine — a 75 percent cut from the current year — will also affect the catch of other ...

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B.C. Government and 18 First Nations Agree on Coastal Protection and Management

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Lindsay Kines - April 28, 2015 

The provincial government and 18 First Nations have agreed to plans for protecting and managing more than 100,000 square kilometres of B.C.'s coast, from northern Vancouver Island to Alaska.

The deal covers issues that fall under provincial jurisdiction, but ignores key federal responsibilities such as fisheries and marine transportation, including tanker traffic.

"We saw this as an incremental step - an important step," said Steve Thomson, B.C.'s minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. "We'll look at this as the foundation to build further."

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PEI / New Brunswick Lobster Season Delayed, but Prices Already Making Seasonal Adjustment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - April 24, 2015

The Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans announced a delay in opening the lobster season for the fishing areas in the Southern Gulf covering PEI, New Brunswick, and part of  Nova Scotia.  The opening is delayed because of ice in the harbors.
 
The delay affects Lobster Fishing Areas 24 and 26A in P.E.I., LFA 23 in northern and northeastern New Brunswick, 26B in the Pictou and Cheticamp areas of Nova Scotia and LFA 27 off Cape Breton...

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Aboriginal Fund Established to Support Canadian Aquaculture
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [2015 Northern Ontario Business Ltd] By: Lindsay Kelly- April 28, 2015
 
As food producers race to meet global demand for seafood, aquaculture has become the fastest growing segment of the food-producing industry, and increasingly, Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs are examining how they can participate in the sector.
 
Last fall, the Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI) established the National Aboriginal Aquaculture Fund (NAAF), making $400,000 available to entrepreneurs looking to explore the possibilities associated with aquaculture.
 
Todd Gordon, the aquaculture technical business expert with Waubetek Business Development Corp., said with...

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Truckers May Renew Labor Unrest at Southern California Ports
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Steve Gorman - April 27, 2015
 
Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move that could revive labor tensions at the nation's busiest cargo hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute.
 
Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various terminal yards, rail yards and other locations around the twin ports, said Teamsters union spokeswoman Barb Maynard, whose group does not represent the drivers but backs their efforts. 
 
The truckers demand to be treated as employees, not independent contractors, by the companies they drive for and be ...

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Russia Reports 40% Increase in Pollock Fillet Production from 'A' Season this Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  April 27, 2015

The first stage ("A” season)  of pollock fishing season  was officially completed in Russia this year, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Pollock Association. 
 
According to official data of the Association, during the period of January 1 to April 15, 2015, total pollock production in all fishing areas of the Far East fishery basin totaled 901,760 tonnes, which is by 2% higher, compared to the same period of last year. 
 
At the same the percentage of quota usage this year slightly decreased.  As of April 20, 2015 total pollock quota in the Far East fishery basin used by ...

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