Mon. Oct 20 2014

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


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


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


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


Norway's government sells its Cermaq stake to Mitsubishi


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


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


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


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


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


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


Emergency Pacific Council meeting on whiting held Friday  


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dutch family owned SHV offers $3.4 billion buyout of Nutreco


Cuba's federal fishery officials learn about US fish management protocols in New England


Friosur wins bid to acquire Pesca Chile for $45 million


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 20, 2014


Fri. Oct 17 2014

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


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


Sysco considering divesting assets to satisfy FTC concerns


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


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


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


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


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


Virginia adopts tougher policies to deter oyster poaching  


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


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


Walmart investing in e-commerce and small format units


Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation announces 2015 Symphony of Seafood


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


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


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


Grieg Seafood CEO resigns as company reports Q3 operating loss


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


Seafood.com News Summary Friday October 17, 2014


Thu. Oct 16 2014

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


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


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


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


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


Bluefin tuna bite off Gloucester MA called best in ten years


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Oceana faults EU for mismanaging Mediterranean swordfish as ICCAT meeting approaches


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 16, 2014


Wed. Oct 15 2014

Retail momentum seems to be pushing lobster prices higher, as promotions increase with lower supply  


Sysco working hard to save US Foods deal from possible FTC action


N. Pacific Council to look at regional purchase of halibut quota by charter fleet including who pays  


Sea Fare's China Fisheries and Seafood Expo now 2nd largest global seafood trade show


With Ecuador shrimp producton at record levels, sales to Asia soaring  


Alaska's dockside seafood prices from last year show salmon, king crab up, halibut down (Fish Radio)  


Louisiana shrimpers report falling dock prices as this season's catches continue to improve  


Florida Stone crab season opens today with some optimism for higher landings  


Bob Tkacz, late fisheries journalist, honored by United Fishermen of Alaska


Japan may take Korea fish ban to WTO


Prevalence of low growth, diseased shrimp hampering sales in China  


Dave Atcheson's book "Dead Reckoning" tells harrowing tales from his time in Alaska's fisheries


Trident's Sitka plant in court for late fish tickets


Gene Lee named interim CEO of Darden


Global warming to drive fish toward poles says Canadian Study


Snapper overtakes blue cod as NZ's most expensive fish  


Kamchatka region salmon shippers may try Northern Sea Route as rail lines are plugged and costly  


Maryland blue crab prices falling as end of season approaches and catch rate is up  


EC Council announces Baltic quota shares for Latvia, Estonia as herring stocks rise  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Oct 15, 2014


Tue. Oct 14 2014

American Seafoods pays $1.75 million in settlement of inaccurate flow scale results   (1)


Thai Union, Hormel and up to 10 others may submit bids for Bumble Bee Seafoods


Alaska adds nearly 30 million pounds of crab to markets this year  


A look back at Kodiak's boom-bust king crab fishery and its early innovators   (2) 


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Oct 14, 2014


Purse Seine Vessel Owners joins national Seafood Harvesters lobbying group


In first glimmer of hope for cold water shrimp, ICES raises harvest advice in Barents Sea, North Sea  


Two Zhangzidao processed scallop plants get BRC certification  


Pew highlights scientific uncertainty of Atlantic bluefin stocks ahead of ICCAT's Nov meetings  


GAA, IFFO, Lyons and Morrisons issue statement on social responsibility in aquaculture feed


NFI's Crab Council hires Dr. Hawis Madduppa to head up its Indonesian Blue Swimming Crab Assoc.


Sky Power project wants to develop sail-powered cargo ships for Pacific Ocean traveling (Fish Radio)


Maritimes closely watching Maine's' $7 million lobster processing bond issue vote  


Cruise ships load up on lobster during Maine port calls  


McDonald's transparency initiative seeks to dispel myths about its food


Marine Harvest Q3 earnings trimmed by "exceptional" amount of morts


TUF balance sheet strengthened by debt to equity swap as it continues to acquire companies


EU to allow mackerel, herring fishermen to "bank" up to 72,500 tonnes in quota rollover  


Analysts wary and cautious over Darden's new board; worry about long term erosion of Olive Garden


Maryland DNR seafood marketing program gets chefs acquainted with local crab and oysters  


Pangasius vs pollock: Vietnam surpasses China to become largest fish fillet exporter to Brazil  


Omega Protein's Gulf and Atlantic meal and oil fisheries certified by Friend of the Sea


Summerside Seafood Supreme (P.E.I.) installs new value added processing lines


Mon. Oct 13 2014

Fundy lobstermen from Alma NB honored with all night party before 0300 departure tomorrow


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 13, 2014


Joern Nordmann, founder and president of top halibut distributor S.M. Products, passes away at 77


Heightened US, Asian demand for limited sustainable toothfish supplies sends prices to record levels  


Sea Share partners with Ocean Beauty and others in 13,000 lb. halibut donation to remote villages


Renovation of Portland (ME) Fish Exchange underway


Norwegian salmon exporters offset loss of Russian market by cranking up shipments to US and Asia  


Florida's stone crabbers hopeful for better season after two straight years of poor catches  


Haikou intensifies regulation of catfish ponds, says many still have poor water quality  


Beijing Central Seafood Market crowded, but high end seafood sales down 80%  


Cuna del Mar partnering with Hubbs in 5,000 MT fish farm off San Diego


Mekong Delta vannamei shrimp farmers rapidly expanding into unzoned areas  


Boston Globe calls for complete change in how fishing communities deal with cod crisis  


Restaurant industry posts best comps in over two years in Q3


Cyclone Hudhud devastating to India's north coastal districts fisheries


P.E.I. and New Brunswick lobstermen at odds over minimum carapace length  


Cermaq board reiterates its support for Mitsubishi offer


Suquamish tribe branching out from geoducks in new Suquamish Seafoods facility  


Enviro claims Japan's whaling is really about preserving access to distant water fisheries (Opinion)


Warming waters and predation likely to make rebuilding Gulf of Maine cod a long process  


Massachusetts cuts disaster relief payout in half for New Bedford owner of 18 permits


El Niño now expected to arrive by year's end


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 20, 2014

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

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

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Norway's government sells its Cermaq stake to Mitsubishi

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

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

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

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


 

Ken Coons

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Oct 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sysco considering divesting assets to satisfy FTC concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It’s a huge area." 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 17, 2014

The Florida stone crab season got underway this week and The New York Fulton Market's M. Slavin & Sons is reporting good demand for the product in the early going and is promoting the season's new catch through a social media campaign.

According to M. Slavin's press representative Joe Calderone catches so far are coming in slow but suppliers have indicated good demand for what's coming in. 

M. Slavin will be promoting the new season on social media. The company will be posting updates on catches throughout the season and will feature recipes that utilize the product.  The campaign will end with a sweepstakes where Slavin will give away 5 pounds of stone crab claws...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Mainebiz] by Laurie Schreiber - October 20, 2014

Just 10% of Maine's lobster fishermen, selected randomly each year, are required to report landings and other data to the Department of Marine Resources.

They use good old pen and paper, the forms provided by the DMR.

In this digital age, that seems inefficient, says Susan Corbett, CEO of Axiom Technologies in Machias. In recent years, she and Axiom, a broadband provider, have worked to develop an online data collection system for lobster harvesters.
Now, Corbett has a new program in hand, called MAPOnline, and is seeking partners to further test its effectiveness and implement its distribution...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker  Oct 16, 2014

Fisheries managers from two states are meeting today to determine if and how the Pacific whiting fishery can continue in the face of unexpectedly high bycatch of dark blotched rockfish and chinook salmon.
 
An announcement is expected today to restrict the fleet from fishing within a 100-fathom line to protect chinook salmon, likely the same genetic stock as the huge Columbia River run this year.
 
The “lightning strike” of dark blotched rockfish was as unexpected as it was huge. The mothership sector of the Pacific whiting fleet caught four and a half metric tons of rockfish in two hours last Saturday, triggering an immediate and voluntary closure.
 
The fleet still has over 21,000 mt of Pacific whiting quota uncaught...

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Emergency Pacific Council meeting on whiting held Friday

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

The Pacific Fishery Management Council considered in-season management actions for the Pacific whiting fishery in an emergency meeting on Friday.

The full council met by conference call last Friday at 2 p.m. (Pacific) to address whether the fishery should be re-opened and, if so, under which suite of more restrictive management measures.

A “lightning strike” of darkblotched rockfish triggered the voluntary closure of the mothership sector of the Pacific whiting fleet last week. Days later the threshold for another bycatch species, chinook salmon, was crossed by the entire fleet (inshore, catcher processors, and motherships) triggering a shut-down and a mandated “biological consultation” to determine next steps...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton   Oct 16, 2014

This past April, the government of Vietnam unveiled new laws regarding pangasius processing.  The law was signed in June, and will go into effect on January 1st 2015.
 
The aim is to allow for better control over the quality of pangasius exports. 
 
The provisions include...

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

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

In the first eight months of the year, Jan-August, Chile exported 52,077 tons of mussels (Mytilus chilensis), a rise of 1.8%, compared to the same period a year ago.

However in dollars the result was 154.3 million dollars, up 5.9% compared to the 145.7 million dollars of the eight months of 2013. Meanwhile northeast Spain mussel farms continue to be ravaged by the red toxin algae.

St Andrews Smokey Delicacies remains the leading Chilean exporting company with 8.052 tons of mussels totaling 22.5 million dollars. Blue Shell followed with 6.486 tons and 18.6 million dollars and Cultivos Marinos del Pacífico, 5.592 tons and 15.5 million dollars.

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Bluefin tuna bite off Gloucester MA called best in ten years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - October 16, 2014 - 

“It’s been quite a few years since we’ve seen a run like this, probably nine or 10 years,” said Patrick Mead, owner of Compass, off Commercial Street.

Mead estimated he is processing 15 to 20 giant bluefin tunas a day, ranging in size from 200 pounds to 600 pounds. Most, he said, have fallen in the 300- to 500-pound range.

“We’re selling a lot domestically because the Japanese market has weakened a bit because the yen is down against the dollar,” Mead said.

The market has been fluid, especially as more and more tuna have been landed. Fishermen said they’ve been getting between $8 and $20 per pound, depending on the quality of the fish...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 20, 2014

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation announced plans last week for their annual seafood bash in February; The Symphony of Seafood. With it came a few fresh ideas, the event has helped introduce hundreds of new products to the seafood industry for the past 22 years. 

“There has literally been hundreds of products developed with Alaska seafood and promoted through this event.” 

Julie Decker is the Executive Director for A.F.D.F... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Grocer] by Kevin White - October 20, 2014

Iceland will offer shoppers a cooked, whole Canadian lobster this Christmas for £5 (US$8.07) as part of a festive product range that claims to offer the "best value turkey dinner in Britain".

Rolling out from 5 November, this will be the first time Iceland has offered its shoppers a whole lobster. Similar products have retailed at £6.66 ($10.75) at Waitrose over the past 12 months, £8.50 ($13.72) at Tesco, and between £9 ($14.53) and £12 ($19.37) at Ocado [Brandview].

Other products in the Iceland Christmas line-up are "best value" turkey crown that serves up to 12 people for £14 ($22.60).

The retailer also said a family of eight could buy a full turkey dinner, with starter and pud, for £29.39 ($47.44), or £3.67 ($5.92) per head...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton Oct 16, 2014

The Groundfish Forum has concluded in Rome today, and the organizers have released their annual summary of groundfish harvests expected in 2015.
 
Totals expected harvest in 2015 for major wild caught species (cod, pollock, hake, hoki, redfish) were 7.078 million metric tons, vs. and estimate of 7.093 million metric tons in 2014.
 
Cod stocks will decline slightly, by around 100,000 tons mostly in the Barents Sea stock shared between Norway and Russia.  Pollock will increase by about the same amount, driven mostly by a prediction of an 80,000 ton increase in Russia, and potentially as much as a 50,000 ton increase in Alaska.   However, even though the stock will support the larger catch in Alaska, other management considerations, including the 2 million metric ton cap on all harvests, may mean the final pollock TAC is lower than these estimates.
 
What is remarkable is that of the 11 specific stocks the forum tracks, only North Pacific Hake is expected to be significantly different (i.e 10% or more) from the harvest level this year.   The US harvest of North Pacific Hake (or whiting) is expected to fall from 268,000 tons this year to 200,000 tons next year....

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 17, 2014

A technical correction made to the Department of Commerce's shrimp antidumping duties for Thailand's TUF and Pakfoods will have no impact on the 1.10% cash deposit rate that was announced back in August.

Commerce posted an amended footnote in the Federal Register yesterday to its final eighth review that assessed Thai shrimp exports between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

According to the Department there was an error in how the margins were stated for Thai Union and Pakfood. The issue was related to TUF's purchase of 40% of Pakfood's share back in December 2011. In the correction notice Commerce said the rates calculated for Thai Union and Pakfood for the period February 1, 2012, through April 22, 2012, are 2.09 percent and zero percent, respectively...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Oct 16 2014

The rejection early this month of over 20 containers for shrimp from Andhra Pradesh by the EU has made shrimp exporters more cautious.
 
According to India's Food and Beverage News, there is still a high failure rate in MPEDA quality testing.
 
MPEDA (the Marine Products Export Development Authority) requires that all shrimp for export have a pre-harvest test certificate from an approved laboratory.  Most of these tests are conducted by random sampling...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Middle Township Gazette] by David Benson - October 17, 2014

Aquaculture farmers in Middle Township are riding the leading edge of an oyster renaissance, a Rutgers marine scientist said recently, and last week independent growers in the area got the vocal support of a federal lawmaker in their pursuit to revitalize a once-great state industry.

On Monday, Oct. 6, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo stood on the shore of the Delaware Bay in Middle Township and grinned as he swallowed an oyster taken just moments earlier from the chilly waters.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” LoBiondo said. “It’s a case of gathering information, with the added bonus of fresh oysters.”

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 16, 2014

Back in September the Department of Commerce (DOC) levied Vietnamese shrimp exporters their highest antidumping duty rates ever. Top exporter Minh Phu Group was assessed a final rate of 4.98% while Soc Trang Seafood Joint Stock Company (a/k/a Stapimex) was give a 9.75% for with 30 non-selected Vietnamese exporters handed a 6.37% decision.  These rates were notably higher compared those of Thai and Indian exporters and the decision had many in the industry wondering what prompted Commerce’s final judgment for the Vietnamese.

Calculating duty rates is a complex process. For years the DOC used a method called "zeroing" that ignored all sales by a company at higher prices, and only counted the prices the DOC judged were below cost, even if the overall average of all prices would have resulted in no duty...

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Virginia adopts tougher policies to deter oyster poaching

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Press] by Sarah J. Pawlowski - October 17, 2014

They say it's a lot like a cat and mouse game. Out on the choppy waters of the James River one recent morning, Virginia Marine Police watched and waited for watermen to make their way out to the oyster beds.

Their job: Catch people violating harvesting regulations and crack down on poaching.

Looking through binoculars from a distance, the officers try to see if a boat is harvesting in an approved area or poaching. If there's any question, they throw the boat into gear and race ahead...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman  Oct 16, 2014

ROME, ITALY – The impact of Russia’s Aug. 7 ban on imports of food from various countries is the focal point of the annual Groundfish Forum, held this year in Rome, Italy, from Oct. 14-16, reports Tom Seaman.
 
As Russian buyers are no longer able to import seafood and other food from European Union, the US, Canada, Norway and Australia, demand is increasing for its own whitefish.
 
The impact of this means the Groundfish Forum, which is not open to the media, has a special focus on Russia this year.
 
“We have asked all the presenters to give five minutes to the impact on the Russian situation on their sector, ” said Klaus Nielsen, CEO of processor A. Espersen and also chairman of the Groundfish Forum executive committee.
 
“If you just had one presentation on Russia, you’d get a much narrower view, ” ...

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