Thu. Oct 23 2014

Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections  


Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report  


OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut  


Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA


US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens


West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought  


Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line


Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed


Days after deploying to Cold Bay for fishing season, Coast Guard medivacs injured crab crewman


Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen


Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week


NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study


ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)


FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales


Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Welfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest


Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any


US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline


Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight


Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch


McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea


Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna


Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels


Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales


Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells


Ottawa restricts possible Beaufort Sea fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 23, 2014


Wed. Oct 22 2014

Quirch Foods aims to be billion dollar distributor in 2015; one of largest Hispanic owned businesses


Crackdown on smuggling, international market keeps premium seafood prices high in China  


White shrimp return to Gulf as Sept. landings help mitigate losses from season's late start  


Key US senators on anti-trust subcommittee urge close FTC scrutiny of Sysco-US Foods deal


Heroism and tragedy as landing craft support vessel working for Marine Harvest Canada capsizes


Angry jumbo squid attack Greenpeace mini-sub in Bering Sea


Legal Sea Foods CEO Berkowitz: "Not all scallop dishes are created equal"   (1) 


Alaska's The Salmon Project shares the history of West Coast salmon with free book drop (Fish Radio)   (1)


Army Corps approves mussel farm off Nantucket, MA  


$1.4 million bond set for Miami fisherman caught with 246 wrung undersized lobster tails


Atlantic salmon importer SalmonDepot USA acquires SNG UK to expand EU supply network  


Brinker reports 12.1 percent increase in quarterly profit as comps improve at Chili's and Maggiano's


BP again asks judge to delay compensation payments alleging fraud


Marine Harvest Q3 operational EBIT beats forecast, guidance unchanged


From "dead zones" to climate change, restoring Louisiana's fishing industry sees many hurdles


Three UK oyster farms, first to enter ASC assessment, hope to get product certified by Christmas  


Bonefish Grill running lobster specials on Tuesday nights


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday October 22, 2014


Tue. Oct 21 2014

Zhangzidao Group forms Capital Seafoods Int'l in Nova Scotia to export lobsters to China  


Russia will not impose export duties on salmon or pollock  


Alaska's summer salmon prices mostly down this season compared to 2013 (Fish Radio)  


Eating fish may help anti-depressants work


FAO's Food Security group endorses higher seafood consumption among pregnant women, children


Vietnamese shrimp producer Quoc Viet is first to gain certification against ASC's Shrimp Standard  


Mitsubishi says Cermaq shareholders with 90.97 percent of the share capital have accepted bid


South Africa slashes rock lobster quota in effort to rebuild stock but poaching continues  


Global Salmon Initiative says responsible salmon production must keep up with accelerating demand  


Russian price inflation stokes "monstrous" rise in fish prices for consumers in October


Ex-Im Bank helps Dan's Fish Inc. sell Great Lakes fish and caviar in Baltic states


ASMI now taking submissions for its annual Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest


B.C. environmental disaster narrowly averted as disabled Russian ship towed away by U.S. tug


Florida reviewer likes Bonefish Grill's new "Fall Crush" menu


Gloucester's CSF Cape Ann Fresh Catch begins supplying region's schools with locally caught fish


McDonald's Q3 profit plunges 30% as traffic falls in major markets


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday October 21, 2014


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  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday October 20, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Emergency Pacific Council meeting on whiting held Friday  


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


Seafood.com News Summary Friday October 17, 2014


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


Virginia adopts tougher policies to deter oyster poaching  


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation announces 2015 Symphony of Seafood


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


Walmart investing in e-commerce and small format units


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


Thu. Oct 16 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Oct 16, 2014


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


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  


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


Bluefin tuna bite off Gloucester MA called best in ten years


Oceana faults EU for mismanaging Mediterranean swordfish as ICCAT meeting approaches


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Louisiana Sen. Landrieu asks Customs to increase inspections of Indian shrimp followng EU rejections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Oct 23, 2014

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has written to the head of the US customs and Border Protection to ask they increase their inspections of Indian and other imported shrimp.  In a letter last week, she said: 

"A recent report indicates that the European Union (EU) has rejected 24 container shipments of shrimp from India due to the presence of excessive antibiotics. I am extremely concerned that this Indian shrimp, as well as many other containers of shrimp rejected from our trading partners...

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Global Salmon Initiative of major farming companies issues first year progress report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Oct 23, 2014

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) released its first year progress report at the Aquasur meeting in Chile. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.

The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before GSI member CEOs will speak at the AquaSur 2014 Pathways to Sustainability seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.
 
“As we reflect on our successful first year, we are very proud to release this progress report, which shares what we have been working on. We now prepare for tomorrow’s session where we will be taking the stage with major industry players and our partners WWF, FAO and Rabobank to discuss the biggest challenges the industry faces ...

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OCI shrimp plant in Nova Scotia gives flexibility as Newfoundland quota is cut

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Tom Seaman  Oct 23, 2014

Ocean Choice International says its new shrimp plant in Nova Scotia has given the company flexibility as Newfoundland quotas have been cut.  Speaking to Tom Seaman of Undercurrent News, Martin Sullivan, CEO, said they plan to get the plant certified to the M &S standard, similar to their Newfoundland plant, as soon as possible.  

OCI and joint venture partner Premium Seafoods Group started processing in the cooked and peeled plant in Q2, which is named Premium Choice Shrimp and is located in Arichat, Nova Scotia. The plant has been designed to be to the M&S standard.
 
“We have engaged their [M&S] technical people from the start. We have the experience from Newfoundland...

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Bluefin tuna and midwater herring fisheries collide off Gloucester, MA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - October 23, 2014 - 

The collision of fishing interests came Saturday night into Sunday morning, out along Jeffreys Ledge, ground zero for the extraordinarily hard bluefin tuna bite that unfolded in the waters off Cape Ann throughout the middle of October.

As had been the case all week, bluefin tuna fishermen had flocked to the area to get their share of the bounty of blue fin being hauled on a daily basis from the Atlantic Ocean, an autumnal tuna harvest well beyond anything that has been seen in these waters for at least a decade.

But on Saturday, the tuna guys got some company. The mid-water herring trawlers, freed from the restrictions imposed by a state-mandated spawning closure in Area 1A, joined the hunt, looking for their own bite on the huge bait school of herring that had helped lure the tuna in the first place.

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US octopus sales climbing, Spain becomes largest supplier as EU market weakens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 23, 2014

Spain has eclipsed the Philippines as the top octopus supplier to the US this year. Buyers say the influx of Spanish octopus to the market has been driven by higher restaurant demand domestically along with the softer demand from the EU.   

For the year the US has imported 40 percent more Spanish octopus compared to 2013. Imports stand at 6.2 million pounds, a record high volume. 

This run up in shipments vaulted Spain past the Philippines as the US's top octopus supplier...

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West Coast consumers get mixed messages on wild salmon with huge runs amid drought

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Marketplace] by Mitchell Hartman - Oct 23, 2014

Along the West Coast, in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, fishermen are hauling in their salmon catches before winter sets in. Wild-caught salmon—the premier varieties of Chinook, Sockeye and Coho—can sell for $15/pound to $25/pound.
 
This year, that wild salmon has been more abundant, and possibly a bit cheaper, than in recent years. And yet, Google "salmon" and ominous headlines also come up: about this year's severe drought, endangered salmon runs across the western U.S, as well as looming long-term threats from climate change.
 
“The abundance of salmon that we have is sort of a conundrum to consumers, because they also hear stories about ESA-listed (Endangered Species Act) runs of fish, and that can make it quite confusing." said Stuart Ellis, fish biologist at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland, Oregon. 
 
CRITFC represents several Native American tribes with treaty rights to catch fish...

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Southeast Alaska facing threats as Canadians rush approval for mines in boundary watershed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Juneau Empire] by Mary Catharine Martin - Oct 23, 2014

Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell, a British Columbia mine in the transboundary Unuk River watershed that concerns many Southeast Alaska fishermen, Native organizations, tourism and environmental groups, has received early construction permits from the British Columbian government.
 
“I think people are feeling not just a sense of urgency, and being threatened, but anger, too, ” said Heather Hardcastle, commercial fishing outreach coordinator for Trout Unlimited. “To hear that they have these preliminary permits, road construction permits — it seems like such a slap in the face, because the project doesn’t yet have federal approval from the government in Canada. ”
 
KSM has received provincial approval; Seabridge Gold, the company behind the project, expects the federal decision in November.
 
KSM, while a large mine, is just one of a handful Southeast Alaskans are concerned about..

 

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Seafood proves sweet spot in Japan’s exports on weak Yen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg]  By Keiko Ujikane and Aya Takada - Oct 22, 2014

Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that’s pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens.

Food shipments increased every month this year through September as the currency fell 4 percent, putting them on course to exceed the all-time high of 436 billion yen ($4.1 billion) in 2013. That contrasts with total exports from Japan, which haven’t recovered to their 2008 peak, even as data yesterday showed increases for motor vehicles, ships and steel.

Demand in Asia and the Middle East for everything from Japanese scallops to the finest cuts of tuna for sashimi is spurring seafood sales that account for about 40 percent of food exports. While cars, machinery and electronics remain powerhouses for Japan, food shipments mean jobs in rural areas and are vital to the Abe administration’s regional revitalization...

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NMFS to survey catcher processor crews in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for socioeconomic study

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Oct 23, 2014

The North Pacific Council and NMFS are planning to survey catcher processor crews in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, to create a baseline picture to estimate social and economic consequences on crews from possible changes in fishery operations due to rationalization in the Gulf of Alaska and bycatch restrictions or other management measures.
 
The survey designers exoect to get about 435 responses from existing crew members. Some of this information has been collected previously...

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FAO globefish says EU weakeness hurting Bangladesh black tiger shrimp sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Star] By Sohel Parvez - October 23, 2014 - 

Bangladeshi shrimp exports are facing a slowdown in the wake of reduced demand for locally-grown black tiger shrimps in major markets.

An increased supply of vannamei or white shrimps from other exporting countries and their reduced prices account for the slowdown.

Buyers are more interested in low-priced vannamei than in expensive black tiger shrimps, said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, a leading seafood exporter.

 

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Bill "Chopper" Young Jr. remains invincible at Wellfleet Oyster Fest shucking contest 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] By Rob Conery - October 23, 2014 - 

William "Chopper" Young Jr. is the first four-time winner of the shucking contest at the Wellfleet Oyster Fest, having opened 24 oysters in a blur-to-the-naked eye 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Chopper won a thousand bucks, bragging rights and a very cool steel oyster sculpture/trophy. 

Like the Stanley Cup, the OysterFest trophy will be available to the reigning champion all year; he (or she) can take it with them to other oyster events to promote good will and the Wellfleet version of a fall harvest celebration...

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Decision expected from ASMFC November 5 on Gulf of Maine shrimp season, if any

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Herald] - October 23, 2014 - 

The Atlantic States Maine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is gathering findings to determine if there will be a commercial season for the Gulf of Maine’s northern shrimp next year.

Regulators closed the shrimp season for 2014 for the first time in more than 30 years because shrimp populations dipped to their lowest recorded levels.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Technical Committee met in Portland, Maine yesterday to update the status of the shrimp stock.

The Northern Shrimp Section will meet Nov. 5 to set specifications for the 2015 season.

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White shrimp return to Gulf as Sept. landings help mitigate losses from season's late start

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 22, 2014

The return of white shrimp to the Gulf of Mexico in September helped offset losses from weather-related delays that started the season in May. Louisiana led the region in landings, with the state’s catch hitting a five-year-high for the month. However, the harvest remains short of last year’s haul with time running out to make up the difference.

In September Gulf fishermen landed just over 16 million pounds of shrimp an 18 percent improvement from the same time last year and 20 percent above the five-year average...

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Paperwork lapse costs Finest at Sea $14,000 halibut catch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Louise Dickson - October 22, 2014 -  

Finest At Sea has forfeited the proceeds from a $14,000 halibut catch after pleading guilty to contravening the conditions of a commercial fishing licence in March 2012.

Victoria provincial court Judge Brian Neal this week accepted a joint sentencing submission by federal prosecutor Larry Reynolds and Robert James, the lawyer representing the Victoria-based seafood company, to give the forfeited money to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Court heard the ill health of company owner Bob Fraumeni and a skipper's inexperience contributed to the company's failure to apply for a special amendment to the halibut licence on a trip on the Nordic Spirit on March 18 to 20, 2012.

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Japanese consumers very receptive to hatchery raised bluefin tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kyodo News] By Asako Takaguchi Asako Takaguchi - October 23, 2014 - 

TOKYO, As the Japanese government toughens regulations on tuna fishing to preserve endangered wild stocks, demand is growing for flesh from the prized fish raised entirely at farms, starting from artificially cultivated eggs.

Uoriki, a fish store in Tobu Department Store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district, offers fresh raw meat of bluefin tuna cultured by Toyo Reizo Co. under the brand name "Tuna Princess.

Tuna Princess is priced higher than other cultured tuna -- about 1,500 yen for 100 grams of "chutoro" medium fatty meat. The taste is as good as wild tuna, according to a store clerk.

A woman in her 50s, who bought the meat at Uoriki, said, "The beautiful (flesh) color caught my eyes."

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Pingtan adds 6,000 tons of fishing capacity off Indonesia with deliver of three new vessels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 23, 2014 - 

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd., a global fishing company based in China, has taken delivery of 3 newly-built fishing vessels, which were initially ordered by the Company in October 2012.

Each of these vessels is capable of harvesting about 2000 tons annually, and the Company's total current fleet has now increased to 129 vessels. They will fish for about 30 species of fish including red coat fish, saury, mackerel, sardine and pomfret from the waters of Indonesia.

Pingtan's CEO said, "We are benefitting from the decision to apply for fishing licenses in 2012 since the Ministry of Agriculture restricted the issuance of new fishing licenses in the Arafura Sea in Indonesia during 2013."

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Association hopes P.E.I. lobster will have achieved MSC certification before Christmas sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - October 23, 2014 - 

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association hopes Island lobster will be certified as environmentally sustainable by mid-December, in plenty of time for the opening of the spring fishery in May.

The fishery is in the last stage of approval to earn Marine Stewardship Certification.

The certification would apply to lobster caught last season as well, which means processors may be able to put MSC stickers on their products before Christmas. Fishermen's association executive director Ian MacPherson said that could boost sales.

MacPherson said between $60,000 and $70,000 has been invested so far in the certification.

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Maine Organic Products expanding steadily using shellfish waste, particularly lobster shells

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Herald] By Edward D. Murphy - October 23, 2014 -  

Carlos Quijano retired in the late 1980s and moved to Maine.

When a friend mentioned that a mussel farm was having trouble disposing of its waste because a composting operation wasn't working well, Quijano - an avid gardener and compost user - offered to take a look. What he saw inspired him to form Coast of Maine Organic Products in 1996 to make and market organic compost created, in part, with shellfish waste. Lobster shells are rich in nitrogen and chitin, which helps the composting process.

The company is wrapping up the year with sales up about 16 percent over last year, Quijano said, and is looking to expand. It formed a partnership with a composter in Michigan and is looking at expanding into the mid-Atlantic states and may add a satellite composting space in southern Maine. Coast of Maine Organic Products has about 10 full-time employees and adds a seasonal staff of another seven or eight in the spring.

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Gorton's 'reinventing' the fish stick with new Smart & Crunchy line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - October 23, 2014 - 

Gorton's Seafood, which claims to be the inventor of the fish stick, has reinvented its iconic product.

Gorton's all new Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks are gaining national distribution.

The product line also includes fish fillets and is made with Alaska pollock and a panko coating for a crunchy texture.  The new fish stick line has half the fat of Gorton's regular fish sticks and has 180 calories per serving. The fillets have 200 calories per serving...

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Days after deploying to Cold Bay for winter fishing season, Coast Guard medivacs injured crab crewman

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB/SeafoodNews]  Oct 23, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska -  Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay in advance of winter fisheries Sunday.
 
Coast Guard aircrews transferred equipment and air assets to Cold Bay to reduce the response time to Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
 
Just days after crab season kicked off, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an injured fisherman this weekend.
 
The man was loading gear aboard the F/V Icy Mist on Sunday when he was struck by a crab pot...

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Venezuelan fresh crab meat shipping after delay; new season product will be in US next week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 23, 2014
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 23, 2014

Importers have said that fresh Venezuelan crab meat will reach the US by the end of this week, after a delay at the start of this year's season.  

At the moment Urner Barry has all forms 16 oz. fresh Venezuelan product unquoted.

As for the market, importers are currently reporting quiet demand..

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ASMI looking for unofficial ambassadors to promote Alaska's seafood industry (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 23, 2014 .

A call is out for fishermen who want to be unofficial ambassadors for Alaska seafood. 

For several years we’ve felt that some of our best spokesmen are fishermen in Alaska, some of the best brand advocates for Alaska seafood are the people most involved in the fisheries. And it’s always been a challenge to stay in touch with the fleet. 

Tyson Fick is Communications director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. To make contact with fishermen, ASMI has launched a confidential on line data base. It asks basic questions such as how long you’ve fished in Alaska and in what fisheries, if you use social media – and if you’re willing to do interviews and be a ‘face’ for Alaska seafood. Fick says it’s a win/win for everyone... 

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Quirch Foods aims to be billion dollar distributor in 2015; is one of largest Hispanic owned businesses in US

When Medley-based Quirch Foods, a large national and international distributor of fresh and frozen foods, learned that the storage freezer at one of its customers in Palm Beach County had broken down, company executives acted swiftly.

“We immediately sent them one of our refrigerated trucks and left it with them until their freezer was repaired,” said Frank Grande, president of family-owned Quirch Foods.
 
“It’s a small business, and without a freezer, they would have lost their frozen food inventory and a lot of money. If our customers do well, we do well,” said Grande, who joined Quirch (pronounced ‘keerch’ — it almost rhymes with ‘ear’) in 2007 as vice president of sales after a 21-year marketing career with Procter & Gamble.
 
This is one example of Quirch’s attitude toward its customers. Understanding their customers’ businesses, making sure the company meets their needs every day of the year and helping them to be successful are fundamental to Quirch’s business, he added.
 
“We are in the commodity food business,...

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Crackdown on smuggling, international market keeps premium seafood prices high in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong - Oct 22, 2014

Some Chinese consumers have wondered why premium seafood prices for lobster, crab and geoduck have remained high, despite the widespread crackdown on corruption called the  “eight rules” which has limited government bureaucrats access to expensive meals. In Fuzhou, it seems that paying international prices, a crack down on smuggling, and strong consumer demand have all contributed to keeping seafood prices high.
 
“Why is the price of high-end seafood still so high with the announcement of President Xi’s “eight rules”? For example, the lobster price is close to 300 yuan/jin (1 jin = 0.5 kilo)”, said Wu, a confused consumer from Fuzhou, Fujian to the reporter from Strait News. Yesterday the reporter paid a visit to the local market and found that the prices of imported high-end food are in accordance with the international market situation. 
 
The output of such expensive seafood as lobsters and geoducks this year is similar to those of the previous years, but there are a great decrease in the smuggling of these seafood and an increase in the transportation cost, which have led to the high prices of these seafood. 
 
The current prices of some expensive seafood increase by 10% compared with the same period last year....
 

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US tribes testify against expansion of West Coast Canada pipeline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] by Phuong Le - Oct. 22, 2014 SEATTLE —

U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters. Kinder Morgan Canada has proposed a $5.4 billion expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which links oil from Alberta's tar sands to the Vancouver, British Columbia-area.

The project could increase by seven-fold the number of oil tankers that transit Washington state waters. Tribal leaders from Washington state traveled to Chilliwack, B.C., to testify before Canada's National Energy Board.

Increased oil tanker traffic could boost the risk of oil spills with devastating consequences for tribes' way of life, culture and the environment, as well as their U.S. treaty right to fish, they said. "It's not if, but when, one of these tankers run aground somewhere," said Brian Cladoosby, chairman...

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Australian TV Chef hopes to stir passions about seafood origin with show in tradition of 'fish fight'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Age] by  Paul Kalina Oct 23, 2014

How much do we know about the origins of the seafood we're eating in Australia?
 
There's no denying the profound effect that MasterChef and the unstoppable Jamie Oliver have had on the way we think about our daily food and where it comes from.
 
Chef-turned-farmer-turned-TV presenter Matthew Evans is hoping that his three-part documentary What's the Catch? will have a similar effect upon our consumption of seafood.
 
It's estimated that more than 70 per cent of the seafood consumed in Australia is imported from countries where intensive farming is destroying marine ecosystems. And despite what is regarded as some of the world's best practices, Australian fisheries are putting entire species of shark and blue fin tuna at risk.
 
Equally troubling is the anomaly in labelling regulations.
 
Whereas fresh, uncooked seafood must state the species and its country of origin, ready-to-eat seafood sold in fish and chip shops and restaurants is exempt....

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McDonald's tries DeLuxe Shrimp Burger in South Korea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Korea Times] By Lee Ji-hye - October 23, 2014 - 

McDonald's is attempting to bolster its place in the Korean fast food market with a new shrimp burger that features whole shrimps stuffed into a patty.

The Korea unit of the U.S.-chain this week rolled out its campaign to promote the Deluxe Shrimp Burger, with stores handing out 100 free burgers on Monday, a day before the product's official launch.

While some might disagree with the Thousand Island dressing or the soft square of cheese that accompanies the burger, the meat itself comes pretty much as advertised: a bite into the patty reveals whole, pink-colored shrimps that are tender to the bite...

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Key US senators on anti-trust subcommittee urge close FTC scrutiny of Sysco-US Foods deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Diane Bartz - October 22, 2014 - 

The top two lawmakers on the Senate's antitrust panel have urged regulators to scrutinize food distributor Sysco Corp's planned purchase of rival U.S. Foods for $3.5 billion.

In a letter obtained exclusively by Reuters, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, said the deal being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission "raises important competition issues the commission should carefully review and closely scrutinize."

In the letter, sent on Friday to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, the lawmakers said they took no position on whether the FTC should try to block the deal.

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Heroism and tragedy as landing craft support vessel working for Marine Harvest Canada capsizes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Katie Derosa - October 22, 2014 - 

The father of the captain of the fishing vessel that sank off Campbell River said his son died a hero, trying to save his crewmates.

Barry Sewid, 34, and Mike Kelly, 29, both fathers of young children, are missing and presumed drowned after the 20-metre steel landing craft capsized five kilometres north of Campbell River just before 3 a.m.

The sole survivor, Kyle Benoit, told his boss that Sewid called him up from the lower quarters as the boat was taking on water, and pushed him out the door of the wheelhouse, which likely saved his life.

The captain's quick mayday call also triggered an immediate response from a nearby Alaskan ferry, which dispatched a Zodiac to pluck Benoit from the water.

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Angry jumbo squid attack Greenpeace mini-sub in Bering Sea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fox News] By Brian Mastroianni - October 22, 2014 - 

It is like a scene from an old wives' tale about the giant, tentacled kraken dragging shipping vessels to their doom — two Humboldt squid, flashing an angry red, attack a Dual Deep Worker submersible containing two Greenpeace USA divers on an expedition in the Bering Sea.

In a Vine video shot by one of the divers, the two large cephalopods, also commonly referred to as “jumbo squid” or “red devils,” rush at the submersible while spewing vision-obscuring clouds of ink.

The video feeds the perception that the large mollusks – smaller than the elusive giant squid, but still weighing up to 100 pounds and measuring as long as 6.2 feet — are aggressively violent and dangerous to humans.

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