Wed. Nov 26 2014

Alaska's crab harvesters blame falling red king prices on Russia's IUU haul


Reports from six regions of China show that 2014 shrimp season was much improved over 2013  


Pebble mine wins procedural injunction against EPA; temporarily delaying 404c review


US and Canada's Pacific Whiting fishery gets MSC re-certification


ISSF says Bigeye tuna protection measures woefully inadaquate, calls for total seasonal closures  


Fishing delays in LFA 34 cuts into lobster production time for processors  


Overseas Chinese spending slows due to anti-corruption drive, hitting resorts and tourism


P.E.I. fisheries minister confident elections won't derail lobster levy


Restaurant industry largely welcomes FDA calorie count rule


China Fishery Results support ratings, says Fitch; company is deleveraging


Grocery groups fear confusion and costs in FDA's calorie labeling rule


International companies said to be stripping Ghana's sea bare as local fishermen starve


Sysco names Tom Bene EVP and president of foodservice operations


Oceana wants higher horse mackerel quota in Namibia, posts strong FY Group results  


Wind power leases south of Martha's Vineyard to be auctioned January 29


Next year goal is to have 30 percent of Vietnam's aquaculture farms Vietgap certified


Last of 3 Westward employees gets probation in Clean Air Act case


Australia's massive sardine fishery looking at potential for food grade fish


Brennan's reopens in French Quarter "with one foot in the past and one foot in the future"


Estonia hopes Belarus will process fish for export to Russia


Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt for ‘science’ next year


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014


Tue. Nov 25 2014

Russia has "completely substituted" its Norwegian salmon imports with product from the Faroes, Chile  


Sitka's preliminary 2015 sac roe herring harvest cut in half based on low numbers of young fish  


Gale force winds delay opening to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster fishery until at least Friday  


Stavis Seafoods to move into Globe Fish's 310 N. Ave facility in Boston, tripling its fresh fish ops


NMFS's announces Western AK Steller sea lion protections that will impact mackerel, P. cod, pollock  


Cooke Aquaculture processing salmon at reopened Hermitage plant


FDA will require restaurants to display calorie counts, includes some retail prepared foods


Taylor Shellfish plans to build 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay next year  


Russian-Japanese anti-poaching agreement will take effect December 10


Commercial and sport charter groups urge action on vessel discharge bills


Much higher rock lobster prices not expected to curb holiday demand among Australian consumers  


EU, Norway, Faroes agree to cut mackerel quota 25 percent, Iceland, Greenland not included  


Discards rule change could collapse EU's whitefish industry, warns Scottish Fishermen's Federation  


Safeway says it is "on track" to achieve 2015 seafood sustainability goal


American Bluefin Tuna Assn. pleased with ICCAT quota increase  


Oil World analyst expects global fish meal production to fall 10 percent as Peruvian output falls


Lithuanian crab vessel detained in Russia still in legal limbo


Alaska's Ocean Observing System to hold ocean acidification workshop in December (Fish Radio)


China Fishery sets March deadline to redeem Copeinca's debt


Icelandic Group appoints new Director of Sales and Sourcing Coordination


Captain D's plans to open 25 new restaurants in North Texas


Umami sells Croatian Kali Tuna bluefin farm to Japanese company


Seven Holdings acquiring Mote's Siberian sturgeon and caviar business


NE Aquarium overwhelmed with cold stunned sea turtles


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 25, 2014


Mon. Nov 24 2014

Sysco reported to be closing in on deal with US Foods by selling assets to Performance


Congestion and surcharges 'worst ever seen' at Los Angles ports, delaying seafood holiday shipments


Media frenzy over seafood sustainability rivals that over food safety in the 1990's


PSPA donates $100,000 to Seashare in honor of Terry Shaff at memorial gathering last Friday


The Mazzetta Co. closes on purchase of former Good Harbor Fillet plant in Gloucester  


Meat fill allows Klipsan Beach to Point Arena, CA Dungeness season to open December 1  


Lobster levy lagging in Maritimes  


Appeals Court says five Boston seafood companies must pay taxes for overstaying Fish Pier leases


Early influx of cold weather floods local shrimp markets in China, as farmers rush to harvest ponds  


Earle McCurdy's return to the FFAW not 'double dipping,' says union


Russia to take mandatory 25% stake in all foreign investments in Russia's fishing sector


Strong winds, high seas delays start to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster season for at least two days  


India plans to ramp up fish production hoping to challenge China's output


Bering Sea is home to world's most acidic ocean waters says Columbia University study


Mussel aquaculture in New England expanding with opening of federal waters


Maine scallop fishermen win "a small victory" with more flexible rules  


Pacific Andes FY profit up 27.5 percent driven by Peruvian fishmeal operations  


Why have Gulf of Maine cod continued to decline despite ever stricter management?  


Jason Hart promoted to CEO of Aldi U.S.


Vietnam wants Russia to lift its seafood import restrictions on exporters with no existing contracts


Higher salmon sales help Camanchaca net $10 million in income through three quarters  


China's President Xi spreads cash, seeks influence in the Pacific


Some watermen see catch shares as way to manage blue crab fishery, hatcheries also could help


Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 24, 2014


Fri. Nov 21 2014

Strengthening dollar puts US market in ideal position for imported seafood


Southwestern Nova Scotia early lobster fishery may have a lot of soft shells  


Maine's second straight shrimp closure leaves NE seafood suppliers short on product for the winter  


Nova Scotia cashing in on $5 million investment that saved High Liner during the 1980's cod collapse


Price gap between moisture-added and non-moisture added tilapia splits Urner Barry quotation  


Pacific coast shellfish growers and hatcheries now have access to real-time ocean acidification data


NE council expands sea scallop closure areas to protect juvenile scallops  


Beaver Street enters the hot dog business with launch of Grillman's Franks brand for retail


Fortune Fish and SeaShare team up for fifth straight holiday season food drive in Chicago


Maritime Association calls latest West Coast dockworker bargaining tactic a deliberate "slowdown"


PEI's Center for Aquaculture wants to use abandoned fish plant in Souris for fish farming research


NOAA clarifies misconceptions about ocean zoning and how it benefits fisheries (Fish Radio)


Environmental groups sue NMFS over higher bigeye quota for U.S. longliners


Seafood.com News Summary Friday November 21, 2014


Japanese researcher using mackerel surrogates to spawn bluefin tuna


Sea Shepherd will chase illegal Patagonian toothfish poachers in Southern Ocean


Australian greenlip abalone farm expanding to produce up to 100 tons annually


InstantID DNA test identifies Atlantic blue crab meat in 2 hours  


Fresh Market posts 34.2 percent higher profit in Q3 on 15.1 percent higher sales


Thu. Nov 20 2014

Council votes to exempt NE lobster fishery from cod management measures  


With marketing levy approval, PEI's lobstermen set out to build brand in Chinese, EU markets


Chile cuts 2015 hake quota with biomass down over 6% in a year  


Nova Scotia's lobstermen warned of wind delay protocol ahead of LFA 34 season opener on Monday  


FDA clarifies policy on ensuring safety of seafood imports from China


Gulf Coalition finds consumers eating more seafood in restaurants with cost a barrier at retail


Chinese shellfish meat extraction machine impresses Maine processors   (1)


Bankruptcies among fish processors in Russia's Kaliningrad region blamed on raw material shortage


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 20, 2014


FWC bans spiny lobster casitas as too problematic


Keith Sullivan nominated to replace retiring McCurdy as FFAW's third president


Collaborative plan announced to rebuild 3Ps cod  


AquaChile's sales grow 4% to $555 million for the year supported by strong salmon market prices  


Seafood Harvesters support quick Congressional action to pass fishing vessel discharge exemption


Sanford ponders vertical integration or selling off its tuna business after disappointing sales  


Rubio-Murkowski bill would exempt small commercial vessels from incidental discharge regs for 1 year


Target hopes to differentiate its food offerings


Russian ban and sinking ruble leave Estonia with 35,000 tons of surplus fish


EU and South Korea both detecting antibiotic residues in Vietnamese pangasius  


Major Vietnamese shrimp exporter Minh Phu Q3 profit up 50 percent over year-ago  


EDF proposes 100 percent vessel monitoring of NE groundfish boats


Giant Foods recalls Acme Smoked Nova Salmon for possible listeria, no illnesses reported


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Alaska's crab harvesters blame falling red king prices on Russia's IUU haul

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Annie Ropeik - November 26, 2014

The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week -- and they're facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.

There’s also the problem of pirates. Illegal crab harvesting is declining, but industry groups say it’s still their biggest concern. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports on what impact it had this year.

Crab economics can be a tricky business. Take it from Jake Jacobsen, who heads up the state’s biggest crab harvesting collective, the Inter-Cooperative Exchange...

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Reports from six regions of China show that 2014 shrimp season was much improved over 2013

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Oeofo news and SeafoodNews] Translated by Amy Zhong  Nov 25, 2014

A review from the six major shrimp growing areas in China shows that local producers had a much better year in 2014 than they did in 2013.  The success of local farmers should help maintain shrimp supplies in the Chinese internal shrimp market, which is the largest in the world. 
 
In China, the estimated production of farmed shrimp in 2013 was 1.1 million tonnes, nearly 22% less (-300 000 tonnes) than in 2012. Some reports indicate almost a 30% production shortfall for vannamei shrimp. 
 
In 2013, according to the FAO, China imported shrimp aggressively, not only from Asian sources but also from Latin America, Europe and Canada. Overall imports of frozen shrimp in 2013 were 30.3% higher than 2012; supplies increased by 84% from India, 48% from Canada, 32% from Greenland and 16% from Ecuador.
 
The estimated production of farmed shrimp in 2013 was 1.1 million tonnes, nearly 22% less...

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Pebble mine wins procedural injunction against EPA; temporarily delaying 404c review

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canada Newswire]  Nov. 26, 2014

VANCOUVER, - Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. reports that U.S. Federal District Court for Alaska Judge H. Russell Holland has granted the Pebble Limited Partnership's request for a Preliminary Injunction in its litigation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 
"Although the decision is a procedural victory and does not resolve our claims that EPA pursued a biased and predetermined 404c veto initiative against Pebble by not complying with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act ("FACA"), the decision is important for several reasons," said Tom Collier, CEO of the Pebble Partnership.
 
"Specifically, the court has granted a Preliminary Injunction that blocks EPA from taking any further steps in the 404c regulatory process it has initiated at Pebble before Judge Holland is able to issue a final decision on the merits of our FACA case. We expect the case may take several months to complete. ...

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US and Canada's Pacific whiting fishery gets MSC re-certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 26, 2014

The Marine Stewardship Council has re-certified the US and Canadian Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery following an independent, third-party assessment conducted by MRAG Americas.

Under the re-certification the Pacific hake fishery continues to meet the MSC's standards for a sustainable and well-managed fishery that it first approved of back in 2009.  At that time the TAC for the jointly managed fishery was 48,061 metric tons on the Canadian side and 135,939 metric tons for the US caught off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. The primary commercial markets for Pacific hake are Europe, Asia and North America. It is used in producing a variety of products including surimi and frozen fillet, dressed and whole fish block markets...

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ISSF says Bigeye tuna protection measures woefully inadaquate, calls for total seasonal closures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Nov 25, 2014
It is fair to say that within the global tuna complex, bluefin and bigeye tuna are facing the biggest challenges of overfishing and depletion.
 
On Bluefin, a number of positive steps have been taken in both the Atlantic and South Pacific, so that in the Atlantic stocks are now rebuilding, and in the South Pacific, Japan has taken an important market leadership role in limiting harvests of juvenile bluefin.
 
Unfortunately, it seems the same successess are eluding managers of Bigeye tuna.  The largest fishery is under the jurisdiction of the Western and Central Pacific Fishereis Commission.
 
The WWF, a partner with ISSF, says "The current situation with bigeye indicates other failings at WCFPC that are forcing many in the market, the public and other stakeholders to ask, If WCPFC can’t get bigeye right when the science is so clear on needing to reduce catches, how can we trust that the rest of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tuna fishery can be well managed?"
 
The ISSF, (International Tuna Sustainability Foundation) says that the stock is now below the limit reference set by the WCPFC, and overfishing is occuring.  Fishing mortality has to be reduced by 36% in order to end overfishing.
 
Since 2009, measures have not been effective, says ISSF...

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Fishing delays in LFA 34 cuts into lobster production time for processors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 26, 2014

This week's weather-induced 4 day delay to the start of Nova Scotia's lobster fishing season in LFA 34 squeezes the amount of time processors will have to get the lobsters they need for tail and meat production before the haul goes to the live market.

Gale force winds and high seas forced Nova Scotia's lobster fishery managers to delay the scheduled November 24 opening in LFA 34 until this Friday at the very earliest.

Provincial laws require the fishery be shut down if winds exceed 25 knots...

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P.E.I. fisheries minister confident elections won't derail lobster levy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - November 26, 2014 -

P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley is optimistic all three Maritime provinces will have legislation in place for a lobster marketing levy by the time the spring fishery opens.

“Nova Scotia is not as up to speed as we are. This was started under Belliveau, under the NDP, and then all of the sudden the election changed and you've got a new minister in there,” said MacKinley.

“Same as New Brunswick, they started under the Conservative government and now there is a Liberal government in there, and it takes time for those ministers to get a hold of the file and to be able to feel comfortable with it.”

MacKinley still feels everything will be in place by May...

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China Fishery Results support ratings, says Fitch; company is deleveraging

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fitch Ratings]   Nov 25, 2014

Fitch Ratings in Hong Kong said today that China Fishery Group Limited's  results for the financial year ending 28 September 2014 (FY14) support its ratings at the current level (BB) as its operations remain sound and deleveraging is on track with the refund from the long-term supply agreement (LSA) with Russian suppliers.

However, the company needs to refinance the USD250m bond issued by Corporacion Pesquera Inca SAC, a subsidiary of Copeinca ASA, which China Fishery acquired in 2013 by 16 March 2015. The Negative Outlook on China Fishery's rating reflects this risk. China Fishery is exploring various options to address this, including support from its shareholders. If the refinancing needs are addressed adequately, Fitch may revise the Outlook to Stable.
 
In FY14, cost savings from the enlarged Peruvian fishmeal ...

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International companies said to be stripping Ghana's sea bare as local fishermen starve

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times] - November 26, 2014 -

The coast of Ghana used to offer the richest fishing in Africa. Now the country has to import protein-rich food from abroad because international companies are stripping the waters bare.

Jerome closes the door, fearful of being overheard saying what everyone knows: His village is only just clinging on to life, like the once-plentiful fish stocks that sustained it and other coastal communities in Ghana.

"They grab our fishes," he says. 

Some of them come officially under EU-subsidized "fisheries partnership agreements" with the government. Others come without a permit and usually head for Ghana...

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Oceana wants higher horse mackerel quota in Namibia, FY Group operating profit up 18 percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [All Africa] - November 26, 2014 - 

The fishing group, Oceana, whose major operations are in Namibia and South Africa, is seeking to increase its horse mackerel quota in Namibia.

In 2014 season, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau set the horse mackerel total allowable catch at 350,000 tonnes.

Oceana said in annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, that the ministry continued to allocate further quota to new rights holders which resulted in a reduction of its quota.

"This had a negative impact on the overall tonnage caught despite good catch rates. One of our three Namibian trawlers...

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Next year's goal is to have 30 percent of Vietnam's aquaculture farms Vietgap certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS]  - November 26, 2014 -     

By 2015 there will be 30% of intensive, semi-intensive farms and aquaculture systems that are VietGAP certified and this percentage in 2020 will be 80%.

The application of VietGAP standards is considered crucial measures to minimize the negative impacts of aquaculture, to develop sustainable farming; and to enhance product value and to promote export activities.

Pangasius production has reached 1.1 million MT with total farming area of 5,200 ha while brackish water shrimp yield was 550,000 MT from the total farming area of 666,000 ha. 

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Australia's massive sardine fishery looking at potential for food grade fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC] By Brooke Neindorf - November 26, 2014  

Sardines might be one of the smallest fish caught, but the industry is the largest single species commercial fishery by volume in Australia, and it's getting bigger.

The South Australian industry has launched a new management plan to keep the $20 million fishery sustainable, which includes catching more fish.

Ninety-five per cent of the sardine catch is fed to Port Lincoln's southern blue fin tuna farms, but the industry wants to harness the human consumption potential by increasing demand, both domestically and in India and China.

SA Sardine Industry Association executive officer Paul Watson says the quota has been increased from 34,000 to 38,000 tonnes.

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Estonia hopes Belarus will process fish for export to Russia 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Baltic Business Daily] - November 26, 2014 -

TALLINN, Estonia has asked Belarus to process Estonian fish for re-export to Russia, Mart Undrest, head of the Estonian Association of Fishery, has said.

"We hope to work together with Belarus in the area of fish processing so that fish can then be exported to Russia," Undrest told the media in Minsk on Tuesday.

While exports of Estonian fish to Belarus have not increased so far, the matter is being discussed now, he said.

"The Russian embargo...

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Russia has "completely substituted" its Norwegian salmon imports with product from the Faroes, Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Interfax] November 25, 2014

Russia has completely substituted its Norwegian imports of salmon and trout with imports from Chile and the Faroe Islands, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) said in a press release.

After Russia imposed sanctions on food imports from the EU, Norway, the United States and Australia, salmon and trout imports from Norway stopped. The drop in imports in August compared to July was 5,802 tonnes, including 5,061 tonnes for chilled Atlantic salmon...

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Gale force winds delay opening to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster fishery until at least Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Queens County Advance] by Tina Comeau - November 25, 2014

It’ll be Friday at the earliest before fishermen are able to dump their traps at sea for the start of the lobster fishery, and even that target remains dependent on the weather.

Two conference calls were held Monday morning – one in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34, which covers all of Yarmouth County and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties, and LFA 33, which extends along the south shore to Halifax.

It was felt by the majority of those on both conference calls that given the weather forecasts, safety had to be the paramount concern...

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NMFS's announces Western AK Stellar sea lion protections that will impact mackerel, P. cod, pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 25, 2014

NMFS will implement several protection measures for Stellar sea lions in Western Alaska that will  regulate Atka mackerel, Pacific cod and pollock fishing in the region through a combination of closed areas, harvest limits and seasons.

Effective December 26, NMFS's Stellar sea lion protections address two Congressional mandates:  to protect and aid the recovery of the endangered Steller sea lions, as required under the ESA, while at the same time providing for sustainable fisheries as required under the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

"Steller sea lions that primarily occur west of 144 degrees W longitude in Alaska are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act," NMFS said in a press release...

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Controversial FDA rule will require restaurants to display calorie counts, includes some retail prepared foods 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Tennille Tracy - November 25, 2014 - 

Caloric ignorance will no longer be bliss at many restaurants across the country starting next year.

The Obama administration plans to unveil final labeling rules on Tuesday that require restaurants with at least 20 locations to display the calorie count of food items on their menus.

The changes, part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, will bring the type of calorie tallies on public view across New York City and Seattle to chain restaurants nationwide.

The changes have been delayed for years, and drew intense pushback from food chains and retailers that argued they were being unfairly included in the mandate.

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Sysco reported to be closing in on deal with US Foods by selling assets to Performance 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY Post] By Josh Kosman - November 24, 2014 -

Sysco, the country’s biggest food distributor, is closing in on a deal to win regulatory approval for its $3.5 billion acquisition/merger with closest rival US Foods, The Post has learned.

The company is in advanced talks to sell some assets to Blackstone Group-owned Performance Food Group.

The Federal Trade Commission, which has been reviewing the merger, is expected to give the greenlight once Sysco strikes a deal to divest some assets, sources said.

Earlier this month ...

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Overseas Chinese spending slows due to anti-corruption drive, hitting resorts and tourism

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily] Nov. 25, 2014

As a graduate student in Australia six years ago, Liu Jingping moonlighted at a Chinese restaurant where many Chinese government officials on "work trips" would dine.
 
They would order lobster and other expensive seafood that they washed down with baijiu, the fiery, sorghum-based Chinese liquor.
 
But such overseas government trips are a thing of the past amid Beijing's anti-graft and austerity campaigns, which are reverberating far beyond its shores, said Liu, 34, now a tourism analyst and part-time tour guide.
 
The China-dependent sector of the global tourism industry has been hurting...

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Restaurant industry largely welcomes FDA calorie count rule

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Jonathan Maze - November 26, 2014 - 

The FDA published Tuesday sweeping but long-expected rules requiring restaurant chains to publish calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

The restaurant industry largely welcomed the rules. Many chains have already been preparing for them, opting for a single, national standard instead of an amalgamation of state-led requirements.

The FDA has estimated that 1,640 chains nationwide would be subject to the requirements. Those chains have 278,600 locations. It has also estimated the cost of complying to be about $1,100 per unit, including $1,800 per limited-service restaurant and less than $1,000 per full-service location...

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Grocery groups fear confusion and costs in FDA's calorie labeling rule, hope for future legislation limiting rule to restaurants

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Liz Webber - November 26, 2014 - 

After beginning the process of sifting through FDA’s 395-page menu labeling final rule, industry groups say they are still unclear about what food items are covered, and they worry about the cost and speed of compliance.

“And there’s no question that there’s going to be a lot of confusion. First off, why grocery stores are in a chain restaurant menu labeling law. But then also what foods are covered, what foods are not covered, how do you go about labeling this information, how do you even find the nutritional information,” said Rob Rosado, FMI’s director of government affairs.

FMI and NGA are looking to Congress to pass some form of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, a bill introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate last year that would limit menu labeling to restaurants.

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Sysco names Tom Bene EVP and president of foodservice operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - November 26, 2014 - 

Sysco has named Tom Bene executive vice president and president of foodservice operations, effective January 1, 2015.

Bene will succeed Mike Green, who previously announced his intention to retire from Sysco at the end of 2014 after 24 years of service.

Bene will report directly to Bill DeLaney, Sysco president and CEO, and have management responsibility for Sysco's US broadline operations, SYGMA, specialty meat companies, FreshPoint, Guest Supply, European Imports, international, shared services and revenue management.

Pending the close of Sysco's merger with US Foods, all commercial functions, including contract sales, marketing, merchandising, e-commerce and quality assurance, will also continue to report to Bene.

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Wind power leases south of Martha's Vineyard to be auctioned January 29

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SANA] - November 26, 2014 - 

Four leases for 742,000 acres of sea south of Martha's Vineyard - a area roughly the size of Rhode Island - will be put up for bid at a wind power auction on Jan. 29.

If leased and developed by the power industry, the area has the potential to provide wind-generated electricity to 1.4 million homes, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which announced the auction date Monday and pitched it as part of President Barack Obama's climate action plan and efforts to reduce carbon pollution...

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Last of 3 Westward employees gets probation in Clean Air Act case

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch] By Jerzy Shedlock - November 26, 2014 - 

The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation, avoiding the maximum sentence of two years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline also ordered Bryan Beigh, 48, to pay a $750 fine.

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Brennan's reopens in French Quarter "with one foot in the past and one foot in the future"

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gambit] By Cheryl Gerber - November 26, 2014 -

The avian-themed mirror in the bar at Brennan's, which has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and opens to the public Nov. 25.
It's not often that delicate china dishes and jackhammering men in hardhats live hospitably side-by-side. On Friday afternoon at Brennan's, however, this was the paradoxical scene.

The dinner menu — which was still being tweaked late Friday afternoon by Chef Slade Rushing — will be a balance of Brennan's classics and "deconstructed" Creole flavors, some with an international flair. (Brennan noted Spanish and Vietnamese influences on the dinner menu.) 

Breakfast and lunch items with non-traditional twists include New Orleans barbecue lobster, rabbit Rushing (fried Mississippi rabbit, creamed collards, eggs over easy, pickled pork jus) and an escargot omelet. While three-course breakfast, lunch and dinner options will be available, the Brennan's team is looking forward also to ...

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Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt for ‘science’ next year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Anna Fifield - November 26, 2014 - 

TOKYO, Critics of Japan's whaling practices are guilty of "eco-imperialism" for trying to impose their beliefs on countries that hunt and eat whales, says Japan's pointman on the issue.

Japan is now embarking on a campaign to prove the scientific merits of its controversial Antarctic whaling missions, after the International Court of Justice earlier this year declared its purported research program was just a cover for commercial hunting.

The new proposal would see Japan's catch target slashed to 333 minke whales a year, about one-third of its previous goal, and would set a 12-year time frame for the previously open-ended program.

Critics of whaling needed to drop their "zero tolerance" stance and recognize that different countries had "different codes," said Joji Morishita, Japan's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission.

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Sitka's preliminary 2015 sac roe herring harvest cut in half based on low numbers of young fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] November 25, 2014

A preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery has been set at 8,712 tons, half of tonnage for the 2014 forecast, based on very low numbers of age-3 recruit herring in 2014.

The forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Nov. 21 was based on a 19.7 percent harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 44,237 tons.

Last December, state fisheries biologists announced a preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2014 fisher of 17,592 tons, based on a 20 percent harvest rate of a forecast biomass of 87,958 tons...

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Stavis Seafoods to move into Globe Fish's 310 Northern Ave facility in Boston, tripling its fresh fish ops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 25, 2014

Stavis Seafoods will triple its fresh fish production operations this December now that the Boston-based seafood distributor has finalized a deal to move into to Globe Fish's now former facility located at 310 Northern Avenue.   

According to the agreement, Stavis will take possession of the facility next month, which will give Stavis 22,000 square feet of additional HACCP-certified refrigerated warehouse space. The company added this facility is part of a larger expansion plan that will includes new facilities in 2016.

Stavis's CEO Richard Stavis said the deal to takeover the 310 Northern Ave. facility had been in the works for some time...

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Cooke Aquaculture processing salmon at reopened Hermitage plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Advertiser] - November 25, 2014 - 

Chick Brown, an official with Cooke Aquaculture, said employees are processing Atlantic salmon from a nearby Cold Ocean Salmon farm site and he expects the work to continue for the foreseeable future.

“The harvested fish are cleaned and gutted by the team at Hermitage Processing and will be delivered fresh to our customers in eastern North America,” he said.

“Trials are also underway to begin filleting operations at the facility. We are pleased with the well-equipped, modern processing operation and we have a great team there.

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Taylor Shellfish plans to build 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay next year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sequim Gazette] by Alana Linderoth - November 25, 2014

The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, Taylor Shellfish Farms, recently began the permitting process to establish a 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay.

Although the world renown shellfish farm includes 11,000 acres of tidelands along the Washington coast and British Columbia, with numerous farms around the Puget Sound, the proposed geoduck farm would be the first shellfish farm operated by the company in Clallam County.

“We have a pretty robust permitting and review process, but would love to start farming as soon as possible,” Diani Taylor, fifth generation farmer for Taylor Shellfish Farms, said...

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