Tue. Mar 3 2015

U.S. Agriculture Delegation Visits Cuba, Protests Embargo


Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?  


Mon. Mar 2 2015

New Bedford Fish Auction Volume Off 45% this Year Due to Ice and Storms   (1)


Louisbourg Seafoods To Expand Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Operations With $3 Million Investment  


The Editors View: Alaska Salmon, Who's Brand Is It?  


Atlantic Scallop Season Opens March 1st with Temporary Rules; Projected Landings are 47 Million Lbs  


Tropical Aquaculture's Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer Santa Priscila Gets ASC Certification


Strength in the Beef, Egg Markets Last Week


Ancient Alaskan Cod Bones Show More Mercury in the Food Chain as Sea Levels Rise


Cermaq Canada Testing Liquid Oxygen Diffuser to Control Sea Lice


N.S. Lobster Buyers Worry About Transfer of Green Crab Parasites to Lobster in Crates  


Delayed Skrei Cod Season Pushes Norway's Overall Cod Export Values Down 14% in January  


NOAA Uses Acoustic Tags to Track "Ghost" Fishing Pots Killing Alaskan King Crabs (Fish Radio)


To Be Viable West Coast Groundfish Fishery Needs Customers (Opinion)   (1)


Bainbridge Island NET Systems Expanding into Purse Seines with MARCO Acquisition


Russia Might Lift Import Bans in Exchange for Investment in Processing in Russia


Invasive Blue Catfish the Greatest Environmental Threat Chesapeake Bay Has Ever Faced (Opinion)


Pew Supports Shark Sanctuary Designation in Pacific Waters Off Micronesian State Coasts


Africa: World Bank Boosts Fisheries in South West Indian Ocean African Countries


Malaysian Shrimp Farmers Robbing Fishermen of Their Income


Five Hospitalized After Eating Fugu Fish in Japan


Japanese Trading Firm Buys Croatian Kali Tuna


Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 2, 2015


Fri. Feb 27 2015

Maine Lobster Landings Reach 100 Million Pounds for Fourth Straight Year; Catch Most Valuable Ever  


TUF Forecasts 250,000 ton Shrimp Export Volume in 2015 for Thailand  


Like Lobster, Clam Prices Spike in Late February as Winter Weather Cuts Supply  


Thai Union Hits Record $3.75 Billion Sales, Boosted by Lobster Business in North America


Alaska Must Decide on Cook Inlet Water Rights for Salmon or a Coal Mine (Fish Radio)   (1)


Walmart Launches Sustainability Leaders Program to Empower Customers to Reward Seafood Producers  


EU Squashes "Canadian Lobster" Label Approval  


International Mussel Industry Forum Held on P.E.I. Hosted by Aquaculture Alliance


CPF 4th Qtr Hit by Slow Shrimp Recovery, but for Year Profit up 49%  


Restaurant Performance Index Remains Elevated in January


Port Productivity is Not Improving, Maersk CEO Says


TUF to Raise $400 mln in Share Issue for Bumble Bee Buy, Holds to $5 Billion 2015 Sales Target


Thai Labour Ministry Working with Navy to Clamp Down on Trafficking in Fishing Industry


Seafood Cargo Ship Leaves Dutch Harbor After Coast Guard Detainment


Bering Sea King Crab Washes Ashore on English Coast  


Alaska State Waters Pollock Working Group Holds Final Meeting


NFI Salmon Council Partners with Rubbermaid for Tie-In with Heart Month Campaign


Maryland DNR May Increase Minimum Size of Soft Shell Crabs   (1) 


Alaska Board of Fisheries Hears From Commercial Herring Interests vs. Subsistence


Vietnam Firm Setting Up 100,000 Tonne Aqua Feed plant in Andhra Pradesh


"Seasteading" Idea of Floating Cities: Impractical Fantasy or Visionary Idea?


Rappahannock River Oyster Owners Open Second Rocksalt Restaurant


Maryland Rockfish Poacher May face Federal Prison Sentence


China's Positive Role Recognized at Samoa Symposium "China and the Pacific"


NOAA and Gloucester Sector Reach Agreement on Gulf of Maine Codfish Proposal  


Scottish Salmon Heathrow's Single Largest Passenger Plane Cargo Hold Item


Thousands of Pounds of Fish Consumed Weekly in Louisiana's Lenten Fish Fry Season


Sustainable Massachusetts Commercial Fisheries Summit March 2 in Boston


Iran Seeking Tariff Concessions from Russia for Newfound Fish Trade


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 27, 2015


Thu. Feb 26 2015

Editor's View: Restaurant Industry Shifts Away from Worrying About Seafood Prices


Newfoundland's Fishery Minister Confident That Facts Will Compel Feds to Overturn LIFO Shrimp Policy  


Letters: Canadians Strongly Defend Their Halibut Accountability, Say US Should Emulate Them  


Supreme Court Overturns Fisherman's Conviction for Tossing Undersize Grouper


TUF Spent About US$100 Million in Deals to Acquire Meralliance and King Oscar


Cargill Invested $7.8M to Promote Aquaculture in the South of Mexico


Shortage of Shrimp Broodstock Forecast for China in 2015 Despite Surge in Suppliers  


USDA, HHS Face Backlash from Inclusion of Sustainability in Dietary Guidelines


Most of Alaska's Fishermen are Adverse to Catch Privatization (Fish Radio)


Can GMO Technology Promote Sustainable Salmon Farming?


Virginia facing Lower Oyster Harvest from Public Reefs Next Season


Guangxi Sees Surge in Tilapia Exports of 23% Last Year, Values Double  


Coast Guard Tells Congress it Needs to Replace Medium Endurance Cutters with Offshore Patrol Cutters


Wal-Mart CEO Talks About Pay Raises, How Customers Shop and What He's Learned from Critics


Seafood Watch Has Updated Its Mobile App


Russian Port Authorities Discuss East-West Fish Shipping Route Via Northern Sea


$16M Newfoundland-Labrador Fund Criticized for Small Number of Harvester Projects


Aker Biomarine Commits $500,000 to Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund


NAA, APHIS Propose Aquaculture Health Program


Target Posts Q4 Earnings Boost in Wake of Canada Exit


Maine to Start Closing Some Scallop Areas March 2  


Seafish Appoints New Aquaculture Manager


SalMar Q4 EBIT Up Sharply Over Year-Ago


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 26, 2015


Wed. Feb 25 2015

Live Lobster Prices Up Sharply in February as Winter Weather Halts Fishing in Canada and Maine  


Aquabounty Gearing Up for Salmon Approval, Reported 2014 Loss of $7.1 million


Thailand Revising Fishing Sector Law to Allow Inspection of Fishing Vessels


Gulf Shrimp Landings in January Post Sixth Straight Monthly Gain Over 2013/14 Season  


'Worst of all Possible Times' to Gut Alaska Fish Commission says Chair


Clearwater hits record $445 in sales on higher shellfish prices


Red Snapper Reallocation Reform Bill Reintroduced to Congress  


Ten State Plus DC Attorneys General Joined in FTC Injunction Against Sysco-US Foods Merger


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 25, 2015


Bakkafrost's Profits Up in 2014 as Faroe Island Salmon Flows to Russian Market


Shedd Aquarium Manager Gives Today's Farmed Fish the Respect it Deserves


Australia's Queensland Banning Net Fishing In 3 Areas, Pandering To Sport Fishing Interests


"Ghost" Crab Pots Still Killing Notable Numbers of King Crabs in Kodiak  


How Long Does Fresh Fish Last in the Fridge?


Mid Atlantic Council May Impose Emergency Limits on Blueline Tilefish


Bonefish Grill Opens Ninth Maryland Restaurant in Towson, Raises $5,000 for United Way


Black Cod Tips and Seafood Dog Treats Surprise Winners at Alaska's Symphony of Seafoods (Fish Radio)


Alaska's Eastside Cook Inlet Shore Closed to Razor Clamming


Fall Chinook Run Shaping Up to Be 3rd Largest in Modern Era  


After Exiting Canada, Target Now Prepared to Refocus on Foods


Kona Grill Q4 sales up 29 percent but loss exceeded year-ago


Tue. Feb 24 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 24, 2015


Arctic Paws's Yummy Chummies Dog Treats Win Grand Prize for 2015 Alaska Symphony of Seafood


Preferred Notes Higher Demand for Cold Storage Capacity; Expands Houston Express Facility


USDA Organic Standards for Salmon will Support Net Pen Aquaculture, Likely Spark Fight with NGOs  


Russia Offers $100 Million in Seafood Subsidies, Pollock Producers want to Double Sales to Europe  


Long John Silvers Appoints James O'Reilly as CEO


Yihe Launches Alaskan Jack's Brand of Pacific Northwest Chum Salmon for Retail


Nova Scotia Lobsters May be Contracting Deadly Parasite From Green Crabs Used as Bait


Sablefish, Toothfish Prices Soar in Japan in Face of Weak Yen, Other Asian Demand  


Fall River Backs Tax Breaks to Assist Blount's $10 Million Expansion


Russia Expects 450,000 Tons of Pacific Salmon, up 30% from 2014, in Strong Year for Pinks  


Darden CEO pick could represent major change


Plenty of Buyers, But Few Sellers Around for Higher Priced Alaskan Halibut Permits (Fish Radio)  


Tasmania's Huon Aquaculture 6 Months Net Profit Up 11.5 Percent


Gorton's Takes New Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks and Fillets on the Road


Iceland Haddock and Saithe Re-certified to Iceland's Responsible Fisheries Management Specification


First Nations Continuing to Fight DFO Decision to Open BC Herring Roe Fisheries


Ocean Acidification's Effect on Shellfish Starting to Get the Scientific Attention it Deserves   (1)


US Task Force on IUU Fishing Fails to Call Out China With Largest Subsidized Fleet in the Pacific


Scientists Say Eating Fatty Fish Will Chase the Winter Blahs Away


Austevoll Seafood Raises Dividend Despite Drop in Q4 Net Profit


Alaska's Minimum Wage Rising to $8.75


Leroy Seafood group Reports Record Breaking Year, Russia's Import Ban a Challenge


Chefs Enjoy Showing Off Lobster's Versatility  


Louisiana Crawfish Processors in a Bind Over H2B Changes: No Permits Available, and Wages up Sharply  


Lower Production Impacts Last Weeks' Beef, Poultry Markets; Weather Issues Ripple Through Seafood  


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New Bedford Fish Auction Volume Off 45% this Year Due to Ice and Storms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Katharine Q. Seelye - March 2, 2015 - 

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.,  Mark Abraham, who has fished the New England coast for decades, kept a sharp eye on his catch as the slimy haddock spilled onto a dockside conveyor belt. He had just returned from 10 frigid days at sea, among the most brutal he has spent...

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Louisbourg Seafoods To Expand Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Operations With $3 Million Investment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] March 2, 2015

A local seafood company is investing $3 million this year to modernize and expand its operations, conduct applied research and demonstrate its belief that the industry’s future is bright.

One-third of the funding will go into equipping a new lobster pound in the former National Sea Products building that the company recently purchased.

“Our weather is changing so much,” said Dannie Hansen, a senior team leader with Louisbourg Seafoods. “The water is getting warmer and it’s so uncertain, and the demand for high-quality product in our lobsters, and the Nova Scotia high-quality brand, requires the right type of housing for that species...

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The Editors View: Alaska Salmon, Who’s Brand Is It?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Editor's View] by John Sackton March 2, 2015

We’ve uploaded the latest in our video series about the Alaska Salmon Miracle today, and in it two industry leaders, Mark Palmer, CEO of Ocean Beauty, and John Garner, COO of North Pacific Seafoods, talk about what the Alaska Salmon brand really means.
 
This is the third video in this series. The first was ‘Alaska Fisheries Miracle: Birth of the Sustainability Movement. ’ The second was ‘Alaska salmon success grounded in co-operation’. Today’s installment is called Alaska Salmon, Who’s Brand it It?
 
(All our video’s are archived in this playlist.)
 
The question asked in the video, produced by Steve Minor, is who’s brand is Alaska Salmon. This gets to the heart of the reason the vast majority of the Alaska salmon fishery left the Marine Stewardship Council program, even though Alaska Salmon was originally courted by the MSC to be one of their iconic founding fisheries....

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Atlantic Scallop Season Opens March 1st with Temporary Rules; Projected Landings are 47 Million Lbs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  March 2, 2015

The Atlantic scallop season opened March 1st.  Although the new fishing year has begun, the New England Fishery Management Council is still awaiting NMFS final action on the new management plan, called framework 26. 
 
As a result, interim rules will remain in place until May, until NMFS final approval of the new plan. 
 
For the 2015-2016 fishing year, possession limits per trip will increase to 17,000 lbs per trip.  But for the first 60 days of the season, the old rules will govern, limiting landings to 12,000 lbs. ...

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Tropical Aquaculture's Ecuadorian Shrimp Producer Santa Priscila Gets ASC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 2, 2015

Tropical Aquaculture's shrimp producing partner Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila has received Aquaculture Stewardship Council for its Chanduy shrimp farming operations in the Ecuadorian province of Santa Elena.

The certification will officially be given Santa Priscila's farm this week. The Chanduy farm was visited by two auditors from the Control Union Peru SAC certification body at the end of 2014 with the aim to meet with several members of the workforce and verify each one of the ASC standard's criteria. 

The site produces shrimp for Tropical's Blue Foot White Shrimp brand...

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Strength in the Beef, Egg Markets Last Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Jamie Chadwick - March 02, 2015

The beef market saw mild strength last week as the Choice cutout was up 3.2% compared to the previous week.  Ribs were the big gainer on the week, as buyers looked to warmer weather and increased demand for steaks soon to come.  Packers maintained lighter slaughter schedules in the effort to bring up margins.
 
The pork carcass cutout declined 4% last week. Trade was reportedly sluggish. Soft wholesale values and a strong rebound in hog prices resulted in a sharp decline in packer margins.  This may ...

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Cermaq Canada Testing Liquid Oxygen Diffuser to Control Sea Lice

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] March 2, 2015

Cermaq Canada is testing a liquid oxygen diffuser designed to reduce the risk of sea lice in salmon farming operations.

The Keepex technology will be installed in 21 salmon fattening centers in Cermaq's farms located across Canada. Keepex's diffusing gas systems automatically disperses liquid oxygen throughout a salmon farming pen. The practice reduces the risk of sea lice spreading into the operation.

Unlike pesticides' used to control sea lice the automated system has less impact on surrounding environment.

"This system can be automated and keeps large biomass. The main advantage is that farming center is protected for all types of events, such as low blooms, therapeutic baths or crops, among others. Currently we have installed over 40 feedlots with our system," said Keepex executive Christopher Zanetta...

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N.S. Lobster Buyers Worry About Transfer of Green Crab Parasites to Lobster in Crates

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chronicle Herald] By Tom Ayers  - March 2, 2015 -

SYDNEY, A parasite found in green crab is causing some concern among Nova Scotia lobster buyers after research showed the parasite can be transferred to live lobsters caught in traps using green crab as bait.

A green crab bait fishery has been under consideration for several years around Cape Breton, but no licences have been issued.

Researchers published a study last week showing the parasite Profilicollis botulus, normally found only in green crabs, was found in significant numbers of lobsters caught with green crab bait.

Anecdotal evidence suggests the parasite causes lobsters to die earlier while being held in a live pound.

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Delayed Skrei Cod Season Pushes Norway's Overall Cod Export Values Down 14% in January

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 2, 2015

A delayed start to Norway's skrei cod season contributed  to a decline in its overall cod exporting values in January. Still, strong Brazilian demand for salted and dried clipfish did send export values to record highs to start the year.

According to the Norwegian Seafood Export Council, the overall value of January seafood shipments to overseas markets was down 8 percent to around US$702 million when compared to the same time last year.  

A notable decline in Norwegian fresh cod export values carried the overall decline in export values. The late start to this year's skrei cod season contributed to the 14 percent drop in Norway's exported fresh cod value. For the month Norwegian fresh cod shipments totaled $26 million.

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Like Lobster, Clam Prices Spike in Late February as Winter Weather Cuts Supply

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 27, 2015

Clams have become the latest seafood item to fall victim to February's icy conditions and cold temperatures. Traders have reported short supplies with fishermen unable to harvest and prices are up sharply since the start of the month. 

Urner Barry's Fulton Market prices for 400 count littleneck out of Long Island are up 31 percent to $115 per pound. This a $27.5 per pound increase since the first week of February.

Traders report short supplies with fishermen have been unable to harvest in iced over clamming grounds. Earlier this week lobster traders reported similar situations in Maine and Canada. New England's lobstermen--with their boats frozen in harbors--have been unable to fish for three weeks. In Canada, lobster pounds are also iced over and fishing in Nova Scotia has been minimal. The lack of fishing has led to lower lobster supplies and record high live prices in February.

So for now, winter weather impacts to the the clam market are trending quite similar to what's happening with lobster. Reduced fishing efforts have pinched clam supplies in late February and prices are up sharply heading into March.

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Bainbridge Island NET Systems Expanding into Purse Seines with MARCO Acquisition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kitsap Sun] By Tad Sooter - March 2, 2015 - 

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Before they begin scooping fish out of the ocean, many trawl nets are born at a factory off Day Road.

Inside the clattering warehouse automated looms run day and night, meticulously braiding thin, synthetic fibers into vast sheets of white netting.

“We’ll load this machine up with this material, and it will run for 10 days, because it’s so fine,” NET Systems President Dan Oliver said.

The Bainbridge Island company is the only manufacturer in North American with the looms needed to produce this knotless, polyethylene netting, a product it unabashedly calls the “world’s strongest.”

Squares in the netting are formed with braids instead of the traditional knots, making it less likely to lose its shape or break, according to its makers.<

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Russia Might Lift Import Bans in Exchange for Investment in Processing in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PNA] - March 2, 2015 -   

MOSCOW, Russia could potentially allow imports of agricultural raw materials if western countries agree to invest in processing facilities on the Russian territory, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when responding to Greece's request to continue fruits import to Russia.

'There are quite straightforward rues of the World Trade Organization. And Russia, as a WTO member, cannot choose: we cannot impose sanctions against EU member states and selectively lift sanctions on one of the countries. In this case it would be possible to develop a scheme of non-direct supplies, such as imports of raw materials with an investment into Russia-based food processing facilities,' Peskov said...

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Invasive Blue Catfish the Greatest Environmental Threat Chesapeake Bay Has Ever Faced (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] By Tim Sughrue - March 2, 2015 -

(Tim Sughrue is V.P. Congressional Seafood, Jessup, MD)

Tim Sughrue, is on a mission to spread the word about the wild blue catfish currently threatening the health of the Chesapeake Bay. An aggressive species, the blue catfish are multiplying rapidly and eating everything in their path posing an environmental catastrophe to our local rivers and streams.

We need to harvest at least 40 million pounds annually for the forseeable future  to control this infestation.  If you catch 40 million pounds of blue cats, you have to sell them.  That means we have to create 10 to 15 times the demand for this fish than is there now.  It is grillable and has a white flaky meat that tastes fabulous.  It doesn't taste like what you would expect a catfish to taste lie.  It tastes like rockfish because it eats everything a rockfish eats, including rockfish.

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Africa: World Bank Boosts Fisheries in South West Indian Ocean African Countries
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [World Bank] March 2, 2015 
 
The World Bank Group's (WBG) Board of Executive Directors approved a total of US$75.5 million to improve the management of fisheries and increase the economic benefits from fishing-related activities for families living in the coastal communities of the South West Indian Ocean region.
 
The First South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Project (SWIOFish1) will help improve regional cooperation for the nine African countries that border the waters of the South West Indian Ocean.
 
"Fisheries are a key contributor to food security, nutrition and job creation for rural coastal populations of the South West Indian Ocean, who are among the poorest and most...

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Five Hospitalized After Eating Fugu Fish in Japan
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal Japan] By Jun Hongo March 2, 2015 
 
A group of five men in their 40s and 50s were hospitalized this weekend after eating the liver of pufferfish served in a hot pot at a restaurant in Wakayama prefecture.
 
Pufferfish, also called blowfish and known as fugu in Japanese, contains deadly toxins in parts of its body. Serving its liver is prohibited under Japan’s food safety law, but some gourmands consider it an exquisite delicacy.
 
According to an official at the Wakayama city office, the five men pleaded with the restaurant owner to serve them fugu liver. About five hours after the meal, the diners began...

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Walmart Launches Sustainability Leaders Program to Empower Customers to Reward Seafood Producers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 27, 2015

Walmart has been an influential leader in setting how food retailers educate their consumers and manage their supply chains to support sustainable purchasing. Their statements and actions regarding seafood have evolved over time.
 
The latest program is called ‘Sustainability Leaders’, and is an attempt to mark consumer packages with a Walmart sustainability logo. 
 

Called Sustainability Leaders shop...

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International Mussel Industry Forum Held on P.E.I. Hosted by Aquaculture Alliance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Journal Pioneer] - February 27, 2015 - 

A wide net hauled in a diverse group of mussel industry players to a new forum held in Charlottetown. Ann Worth, executive director of the P.E.I. Aquaculture Alliance, says the three-day P.E.I. Mussel Industry Innovation and Technical Forum focused on innovations that mussel-producing areas in the world have embraced to help move the industry forward.

P.E.I. accounts for 70 per cent of Canadian mussel production.

Mussel landings in the province for 2013 were just over 40 million pounds with a direct value in excess of $30 million, said Worth.

 

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Restaurant Performance Index Remains Elevated in January
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Restaurant Association] February 27, 2015 
 
Buoyed by higher same-store sales and traffic and a positive outlook among operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained elevated in January. The RPI stood at 102.7 in the first month of the year, representing the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102. 
 
In addition, January marked the 23rd consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry ..

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Ancient Alaskan Cod Bones Show More Mercury in the Food Chain as Sea Levels Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News] by Yereth Rosen - March 2, 2015

Ancient cod bones unearthed at an Alaska archaeological site carry a very modern warning for a world with a rapidly changing climate -- as sea levels rise, so do levels of mercury in the food chain.

The bones, discovered at a coastal site in Katmai National Park and Preserve, date back to the early and mid-Holocene, a time when a warming climate melted glaciers and expanded the oceans. The rising seas inundating the Bering Land Bridge and other stretches of terrain caused some of the naturally occurring mercury that was locked in dry or frozen land to get free and disperse in the expanded marine waters.

The high levels of mercury in the cod bones are described in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science...

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Maine Lobster Landings Reach 100 Million Pounds for Fourth Straight Year; Catch Most Valuable Ever

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 27, 2015
 

Maine lobster landings were 123.6 million pounds in 2014 making this the first time in more than 100 years of records that landings have exceeded 100 million pounds four years in a row.

The overall value of the catch also set new record, driven by big year-over-year rise in the per pound price.  The average boat price in Maine in 2014 was $3.69, vs. $2.90 in 2013.  Total value was a record $456.9 million.  Canadian catches also hit a record value, estimated to be $1.5 billion.   A portion of Maine production was exported to Canada for reprocessing. 

The 2014 Maine catch  of 123.6 million was about 4 million pounds shy of the 2013 haul. This marked the third straight year that the Maine lobster fishery produced over 120 million pounds of landed volume...

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TUF Forecasts 250,000 ton Shrimp Export Volume in 2015 for Thailand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - February 27, 2015

Thai Union elaborated on their shrimp outlook in their latest financial report.  For 2014, the company estimates Thai output of around 200,000 tons.  This is a 20% drop from the prior year. 
 
Sales value increased for the company by 4.9% year over year, due to increased sales of value added shrimp, and efforts of the US trading operation.   However, US trading margins were impacted by high cost inventory that was carried over from the period of historically high shrimp prices, and had to be discounted.
 
For 2015, TUF expects a gradual recovery of the Thai shrimp supply ...

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NOAA Uses Acoustic Tags to Track "Ghost" Fishing Pots Killing Alaskan King Crabs (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 2, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Serial crab killers of the deep. Learn more after this 

Dive into Women’s Bay, an inlet located on the island of Kodiak and you will find a graveyard of lost or abandoned crab pots or as NOAA’s diving biologist Pete Cummiskey likes to call “Ghost Pots.” 

“The buoy connecting the pot to the surface is usually gone for one reason or another and the pot is on the bottom and is able to continue to ghost fish and can continue to fish for a long period of time.”

Cummiskey along with other divers have been tracking red king crab in the Women’s Bay area for around seventeen years...

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To Be Viable West Coast Groundfish Fishery Needs Customers (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Los Angeles Times] By Kelly Whitaker - March 2, 2015 - 

(Kelly Whittaker is the chef and owner of Basta and Cart-Driver in Boulder, Colo. He was formerly chef at the restaurant Providence in Los Angeles. He is a member of Chefs Collaborative.)

Today, virtually all West Coast groundfish are classified as “sustainable” seafood choices so what's the problem?

While the fishery may have recovered environmentally, it hasn't economically. Groundfish are distinctly undervalued, sometimes fetching well below $1 a pound at the dock. Quotas for certain species go unharvested because the demand is not yet strong enough. The fishermen need help from chefs and consumers to gain more market traction.

Unless fishermen can collect a price that reflects the expense of the new sustainable methods of catching groundfish, we won't be able to maintain the fishery's revived state. The challenge is to reintroduce these species to consumers, build demand and help secure a strong market that can support the fishermen and fishery in the long term.

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Thai Union Hits Record $3.75 Billion Sales, Boosted by Lobster Business in North America

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 27, 2015

Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) announced record sales for 2014 in its latest financial report.
 
The company said that sales equalled $3.75 billion, up 2.4% year over year. The primary drivers were a weaker Thai Baht (the company reports in local currency), and growth in non-tuna categories.
 
These include value added products, lobster which was boosted by the deal between Orion and Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods...

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Alaska Must Decide on Cook Inlet Water Rights for Salmon or a Coal Mine (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] February 27, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Will it be water rights for salmon or a coal strip mine? How you can weigh in after this 

The state is getting ready to choose between giving water rights to sustain wild salmon or to Alaska’s largest coal mine proposed at Upper Cook Inlet. If it opts for the mine, the decision will set a troubling legal precedent – it means the same could soon be coming to a river near you.

"It would be the first time in Alaska’s state history that we would allow an Outside corporation to mine completely through a salmon stream. And the purpose is to ship coal to China. There would be no domestic use for this coal. And it’s really a very dangerous precedent because if they can do it here in Cook Inlet they will be able to do it anywhere in the state."

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Pew Supports Shark Sanctuary Designation in Pacific Waters Off Micronesian State Coasts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 2, 2015

In early February the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) passed to create a shark sanctuary in the country’s full exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which covers nearly 3 million square kilometers (1.1 million square miles) in the western Pacific Ocean.  

President Manny Mori transmitted and assigned the legislation as Public Law No. 18-108. Tee law was passed on February 4 and marks the completion of the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The Sanctuary already includes the waters of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. In total, the area of protected shark habitat across the contiguous area is larger than the size of the European Union...

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Malaysian Shrimp Farmers Robbing Fishermen of Their Income
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [MToday News]  March 2, 2015
 
Despite numerous complaints to relevant authorities, the problems faced by fishermen in the Kerian district of Perak due to a shrimp farming project, has yet to be resolved.
 
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has expressed its disappointment that the state government and relevant departments and agencies have not taken any remedial action despite the problem getting from bad to worse.
 
Its president SM Mohamed Idris claimed some 2,000 fishermen were facing serious threats to their livelihoods by shrimp farming...

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Japanese Trading Firm Buys Croatian Kali Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kyodo News] - March 2, 2015 - 

TOKYO, Japanese fishery trading house J-Trading Inc. and investment firm Integral Corp. have bought Croatian tuna-farming firm Kali Tuna for 4 billion yen (about $33.5 million).

Kali Tuna is known as the biggest cultivator of bluefin tuna in the Adriatic Sea. The Tokyo-based trading house intends to procure the fish for sushi and to sell in Europe and the United States, the sources said.

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EU Squashes "Canadian Lobster" Label Approval
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Steve Sharratt - February 27,2015

Canadian lobster will have to masquerade as Americans once again if Maritime seafood is going to gain access into one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world.

And all because of three European countries that say no and a language scarcely used by anyone but the Pope.

The fishing industry is anxious to gain access to the 28 countries of Europe, but the European Union requires that lobster must be identified by its Latin name — namely “Homarus Americanus” or American lobster...

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CPF 4th Qtr Hit by Slow Shrimp Recovery, but for Year Profit up 49%

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

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) , Thailand's largest meat and animal feed producer, said fourth quarter net profit dropped more than a half, missing forecasts, hit by a slower-than-expected recovery in its shrimp business.
 
CPF, owned by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont's Charoen Pokphand Group, posted on Friday a net profit of 807 million baht ($25 million) for the October-December quarter, lower than the 1.8 billion baht average forecast in a Reuters poll of six analysts.
 
This compared with 1.76 billion baht profit a year earlier.
 
For 2014, annual net profit rose 49 percent to 10.6 billion baht ($330 million), with sales rising 9 percent to 426 billion baht ($13.7 billion)..

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