Tue. Mar 31 2015

Eastern Shore MD Tilapia/Barramundi Fish Plant Being Auctioned


Ivar's Will Try $15 Wage With No-Tipping Policy


Gefilte Fish Ingredients in Short Supply This Year


Nireus Aquaculture Significantly Reduced its Loss Last Year


For First Time in 30 Years Two Japanese Whalers Return from Antarctic Empty


Mnister Shea Announces TAC Increase and Rollovers for Northern Shrimp


Government Retrieves Thai Fishermen Stranded on Ambon Island


Sea Shepherd Calls for Military Vessels to Apprehend Pirate Toothfish Vessel


Russia Considering Setting Up State-Owned Atlantic Salmon Hatcheries


Clam Shack Built from Containers, Planned for Developing Area of Portland, Maine


Mon. Mar 30 2015

Rising Surimi Prices a Bright Spot for Pollock Producers as A season Fillet Production Falls  


Frozen Canadian Lobster Sales Booming to China, as Category Takes Off  


Lack of Crawfish Peelers Due to H-2B Breakdown May Cost Half the Season's Revenue  


Far East Fishery in Turmoil as Sakhalin Ex-Governor Arrested for Resisting Mafia Whitefish Interest


As Concern Grows Over Sustainability of Halibut Stocks, a Bycatch Compromise Remains Elusive


Catfish Continues to Swim to the Top of U.S. Aquaculture and Mississippi Agriculture


Florida's 2014-15 Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Ending with Lower Catch But Record Prices Overall  


Newfoundland's 3Ps Fishermen Jockeying for Inshore Take of Cod, with Halibut Bycatch  


Louisiana Shrimpers Told to Expect More Black Spot and More Price Competition from Imports This Year   (1) 


Maine's $7.46 Million Scallop Harvest is Second Most Valuable Haul in Three Decades  


Meat and Poultry Markets Mixed Last Week, Seasonal Patterns in Play


Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Takes Quota in Seven Days  


Ethnic Dried Fish Distributor LA Star Seafood Shut Down by Court Order


Four Seasons Shrimp Company Continues Land-Based Shrimp Farming Movement in Minnesota   (1) 


Despite Fourth Quarter Slump, Aquachile Posts 6% Gain in 2014 Sales


Senate Approves Funding for NE Fisheries Observers in Fisheries Subject to Disaster Declaration


NE Lawmakers Mold Multistate Ocean Acidification Reduction Plan Around Maine's Model


ASMI Petitions USDA to Include Alaskan Salmon in Women, Infants and Children Program (Fish Radio)  


Emile Breaux Named President/CEO of Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge


Salmon Farmer Tassal Defends Environmental Record


New Dietary Guidelines Recognize Value and Importance of Farmed Fish


Heiltsuk Take Over DFO Office to Stop Herring Fishery


Future of New England's Shrimp Fishery to Be Debated at Public Hearing


India's Seafood Exporters Want Ban on Shark Fin Exports Lifted


Seafood.com News Summary Monday March 30, 2015


Fri. Mar 27 2015

Feds Urged to Consider Alaska's Crab Fishery in Their Plan to Combat IUU Fishing  


Alaska's House Fisheries Committee Votes to Merge Costly Commercial Fishing Commission with ADF&G


Federal and Provincial Governments Support 7 New Brunswick Oyster Producers with $1.4 Million  


Higher Shrimp Sales Help Mexico Post Higher Than Expected Trade Surplus in February  


Mexico's Baja California State Aquaculture Charter Seeks to Ensure Operations Fit FDA Standards


B.C. Herring Battle Escalates as Heiltsuk Nation Mobilizes Boats to Defend Herring Fishery  


Japan Says South Korea's Radiation Concerns are Unfounded, Asks Again to Lift Seafood Import Ban


B.C. Government Issues New Comprensive Fish and Seafood Act


Sen. Cantwell Urges Funding for Acidification Research Important to Shellfish Industry


Thailand Promises Swift Legal Action Against Any Fishing Companies Using Illegal Labor


EWOS Develops Fish Feed that Naturally Increases Sea Lice Resistance in Farmed Salmon   (1)


Coast Guard Getting AK's Older Fishing Vessels Up-to-Date on Modern Safety Regs (Fish Radio)


Nireus Aquaculture Restructuring Gives Creditor Banks 75 Percent of Equity


4,000 Foreign Migrant Fishermen Said to be Stranded on Remote Indonesian Islands


Former Bubba Gump Shrimp CEO Named Interim CEO of Ruby Restaurant Group


NRA Finds Sustainability is Among Top 2015 Restaurant Trends Among Consumers and Chefs Alike


Seafood.com News Summary Friday March 27, 2015


Thu. Mar 26 2015

PEI Opens $50,000 Fund to Help Lobster Industry Increase Live Holding Capacity  


Rep. Don Young's MSA Reauthorization Bill Focused on Flexibility and Science   (1)


Maine Legislator Wants to Restrict Scallop Harvest Despite Dramatic Recovery  


AP News Investigation Renews US Pressure on Thai Government to End Labor Abuses in Seafood Sector


P.E.I. Counting New Lobster Marketing Board Votes on Monday


BBRSDA Founding Board Member, President Robert Heyano Resigns


Anchovy Season Underway in Peru's Southern Region with TAC Up 60%; Northern Fleet to Start April 10


Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting


Leaner Kraft-Heinz Operation Could Reduce Broker and Sale Support for Retailers


Vietnam's Tuna Industry Learning Better Handling Techniques to Improve Exports  


Climate Change Slowing Down Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Escalator


Bonefish Grill Earns MenuMasters Award from Nation's Restaurant News


Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Aleutians Marine Sanctuary


China's Pingtan Fleet Operating in Indonesian Waters Cooperating with Government's IUU Crackdown


Nauru Agreement Chief Rebuts New Zealand MP's Criticisms


Defense Contractor Lockheed Sets its Sights on Fish Farming


Canada's Lake Erie Commercial Fishery Needs Some Recognition


Why Chipotle Doesn't Serve Seafood


Illegal Pakistani Fishing Nets Depleting Marine Turtle Population


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday March 26, 2015


Wed. Mar 25 2015

VIDEO: Ray Hillborn Comments on What Makes a Sustainable Fishery


TUF Drops Supplier Named in AP News Slavery Allegations


Preferred Continues US Expansion with First Pacific Northwest Facility in Lynden, WA


Kraft to Merge with Heinz Creating Food Colossus


Copper River - Prince William Sound Marketing Association Gets a Green Light  


Epic Chase of Toothfish Poacher Thunder From Anarctica to West Africa Continues  


Disturbing AP Investigative Report Asks, Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?


Maine Baseball Team Says PETA Overstated its Role in Lobster Switch from Bean  


Overturned Salmon Truck Reveals Seattle's Serious Transportation Challenges  


Kodiak’s ComFish 2015 in 36th Year


Norwegian Seafood Industry Braces for Total Ban on Salmon Imports into China  


Giant Eagle Voluntarily Recalls Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy Allergen


Louisiana's Sediment Diversion Tests During Critical Brown Shrimp Grow-Out Period Puzzles Some


West Alaska Mariculture Initiative Hopes to Capitalize on Growing Overseas Kelp Markets (Fish Radio)


Rhode Island Researchers Testing Probiotics to Protect Young Oysters from Vibrio tubiashii


Tasmania's Thriving Salmon Farms Undergoing Senate Scrutiny  


Agencies Weighing Next Steps in Columbia River Gillnet-Replacement Fisheries


Thai Government Assisting Thai Fishermen in Indonesia


Loss of All But One Bluefin Tuna at Tokyo Aquarium Shows How Tricky Breeding Technology Is


Two Enviro Groups Claim EU Continues to Overfish its Stocks


Scotland's Scrabster Seafood Expanding into Crab Processing  


James Beard Foundation Names 2015 Award Nominees


P.E.I. Premier Stresses Need for Temporary Foreign Workers in Seafood Plants to Ottawa


Classification Society Develops Mandatory Rules to Make Newly Built Fishing Vessels Safer


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday March 25, 2015


Tue. Mar 24 2015

FDA's Antibiotics Crackdown Sees YTD 2015 Shrimp Refusals Up Three Times Last Year's Levels   (2) 


Pangasius Supply Disruptions Predicted as USDA Inspection Phases In  


Alaska's Bairdi Catch Could Go Even Higher Next Season as Industry Agrees to Smaller Crab Preference  


Big Increase in Russian King Crab Production Expected as West Kamchatka Stock Rebounds  


Fraser Sockeye Run Estimated at Nearly Seven Million  


Peru's Anchovy Fleet Allowed to Fish 5 Miles Off Coast; 2015 Harvest Forecast Up 30%


$450k to Collaborative Research Projects in New England


Researchers Say Newfoundland Cod Stocks Improving, But Recovery Still Years Away  


FTC, Shamrock and Performance Try Unsuccessfully to Withhold Informants Names in Sysco/USFoods Case


Chefs Leading the Charge to Put More Sustainable "Trash Fish" on Consumer's Plates


Alaskan Lawmakers Push to Get Personal Use Fisheries Top Harvest Priority (Fish Radio)


Jane Lubchenco, former NOAA Chief, Wins Environmental Prize for Policy on Catch Shares


Thailand’s CP Foods to Invest up to $763 Million in 2015 – Expand Abroad  


US Foods CEO John Lederer Stays Positive As the Company's Q4 2014 Comes to a Soft Close


NMFS Boosts East Coast Butterfish Quota to 22,530 tons


Microplastic Particles Accumulating in Marine Environment, Health Impact Unknown


PETA Complaints May Have Shut Down Sales of Linda Bean's Lobster at Portland Sea Dogs Events


Worried about Sustainability of Herring Stocks, First Nation Protests Commercial Fishery  


Oregon's New Governor Should Restore Gillnet Fishing to Lower Columbia (Opinion)  


Safeway Joins Push for Fair Trade Seafood in the US


Bring on the Guest Workers (Opinion)


Cooke Aqua Farmed Salmon Earns BAP Four Star Cartification


Alaska Senator Sullivan Talks Federal Overreach, Limiting EPA, and No Law of the Sea Treaty


Spence & Co Smoked Salmon Processor Thrives on Precision


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday March 24, 2015


Walker Names Kenai Watershed Forum Exec to Board of Fish


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Rising Surimi Prices a Bright Spot for Pollock Producers as A season Fillet Production Falls

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - March 30, 2015

Japan is proving to be the best market for pollock producers these days, and they are taking advantage of this by increasing surimi production and dropping block and fillet production.
 
With about 86% of the A season pollock quota taken through March 21st,  total surimi producction is up 6.3% through March 22nd, compared to production on March 21st last year.
 
Meanwhile, deepskin production is off 13.6%, and PBO block production is down 9.3%.  Overall, total harvests are down about 2% from the prior year at this time.
 
With strong price resistance in Europe due to the weakened Euro, Japan has emerged as a bright spot....

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Frozen Canadian Lobster Sales Booming to China, as Category Takes Off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 30, 2015

China is becoming a key market for frozen whole cook Canadian lobster.  
Everyone knows the story of the rapid development of the live north American lobster market in China.
 
Last year, China imported more North American Homarus lobster than spiny or rock lobster for the first time ever, according to official Chinese customs data.
 
However, this data underplayed the importance of frozen lobster...

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Lack of Crawfish Peelers Due to H-2B Breakdown May Cost Half the Season's Revenue

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Advocate] By Mark Ballard - March 30, 2015

Going into what is supposed to be the biggest sales week of the crawfish season, processor Dexter Guillory, of Eunice, says he is nothing but worried.

One month into the peak season, during which the crawfish industry makes most of its money, an immigration kerfuffle has kept Guillory and most of the owners of the state’s dozen or so processors from hiring enough peelers.

Most of the workers come from Mexico and Central America. Without the peelers, the processors will stop buying as much crawfish from the fishermen.

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Far East Fishery in Turmoil as Sakhalin Ex-Governor Arrested for Resisting Mafia Whitefish Interest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden  March 230, 2015

Moscow - Nothing in Russia is as its seems with the criminal justice system.  Now a popular ex-governor of Sakhalin has been arrested for bribery, in a charge that is believed to have been orchestrated by Mafia interests whom he refused to allow into the lucrative whitefish business in Sakhalin.  In short, after refusing their bribes, he has been accused of bribery.  Our correspondent in Russia reports.

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of a serious turmoil,  due to a recent arrest of Alexander Khoroshavin, a former Head of Sakhalin Oblast. He was accused of taking bribes, equivalent to $5.6 million USD. 
 
According to some officials in the government of ...

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As Concern Grows Over Sustainability of Halibut Stocks, a Bycatch Compromise Remains Elusive

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bristol Bay Times] by John Messick - March 30, 2015 

A lot has changed in Alaska since commercial vessels began fishing for halibut off the coastline in 1888, but in almost 130 years, halibut has remained a staple of the state’s fishing economy and culture. Along with salmon and crab, no species of fish captures the Alaska imagination and fills Alaska pocketbooks more than halibut. 
 
So it comes as little surprise that the Bering Sea fishery’s estimated 4.5 million pounds of halibut bycatch in 2014 has lot of people concerned. But figuring out how to lower that number without undermining profits in other ground fisheries is a ...

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Catfish Continues to Swim to the Top of U.S. Aquaculture and Mississippi Agriculture
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [National Agricultural Statistics Service] by Esmerelda Dickson, Mississippi State Statistician - March 30, 2015 
 
The Census of Agriculture is the most complete account of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Every Thursday USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will highlight new Census data and the power of the information to shape the future of American agriculture.
 
Mississippi, commonly called the “Magnolia State”, has long been one of the most rural states in the United States. However,...

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Florida's 2014-15 Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Ending with Lower Catch But Record Prices Overall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Miami Herald] By Sue Cocking - March 30, 2015

 When the 2014-15 spiny lobster harvest season closes Wednesday, it likely will go down as one of the most unusual ever.

Recreational and commercial divers say they've enjoyed bountiful catches since the season opened Aug. 6. 

Commercial trappers, coming off the previous season with the highest landings in a decade, harvested fewer bugs than ever in the past eight months but have sold their catch for two to three times the price of previous seasons...

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Newfoundland's 3Ps Fishermen Jockeying for Inshore Take of Cod, with Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Telegram] by Josh Pennell - March 30, 2015

Of all the difficulties there are in the life of a fisherman, one of the most frustrating might very well be having little say in how the resource that you make your livelihood on is managed.

A collection of people who fish on the South coast in NAFO Area 3Ps are working to make sure they’re heard when it comes to the crab fishery in their area, though.

“We don’t have a very optimistic, realistic outlook on the 2015 crab fishery,” says Jeff Collett of the 3Ps Fishers Group...

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Louisiana Shrimpers Told to Expect More Black Spot and More Price Competition from Imports This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily World] By Jessica Goff - March 30, 2015 

DELCAMBRE – This year brings new challenges to the Gulf coast shrimping industry, officials say.

“Now we are starting to see EMS, which was the large issue last year, is not nearly the issue any more. So imports are starting to re-enter the market,” according to Anderson-Lively, an assistant professor at Louisiana State University’s AgCenter.

Along with the competition from foreign shrimp, U.S. fishermen are also seeing an increase in melanosis, commonly known ...

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Maine's $7.46 Million Scallop Harvest is Second Most Valuable Haul in Three Decades

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] March 30, 2015 

In the mid-2000s, when Maine’s scallop fishery hit historic lows for volume and value, its future did not look promising.

But thanks to unusually high prices that fishermen have earned for their scallops in the past several years, the fishery looks a lot different now.

Annual catch totals still may lag behind what they were in past decades, but according to data compiled by Maine Department of Marine Resources, 2014 was one of the most lucrative years the state fishery has ever had.

The volume of the yearly statewide harvest of scallop meat increased by 78,335 pounds to 584,000 pounds last year, and because fishermen averaged a record high price of $12.78 per pound for their catch, they had a cumulative gross income of $7.46 million. That is the sixth-highest annual value for the fishery in the past 65 years and the second highest in the past 30 years, according to DMR statistics...

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Sitka Herring Roe Fleet Takes Quota in Seven Days

Exactly one week after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened the sac roe fishery in Sitka, the seine fleet landed the 8.712 ton guideline harvest.

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery closed at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday March 25 for the remainder of the 2015 season. On March 25, the fishery was open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. By 6:00 p.m. the guideline harvest was reached.

The fishery was conducted every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout areas of Sitka Sound in a cooperative effort that kept most of the fleet tied up while designated boats seined.

By March 22, 6,800 tons had been caught.

On March 25, the first spawn of the season was documented in Hayward Strait. The total shoreline with spawn was 0.3 nautical miles. The department will be conducting daily aerial surveys to map spawn as part of its stock assessment program. The department will also be...

 

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Four Seasons Shrimp Company Continues Land-Based Shrimp Farming Movement in Minnesota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KAAL] by Dave Aeikens - March 30, 2015

Hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, a pair of military veterans wants to provide fresh shrimp to Central Minnesota seafood lovers.

Kevin Smude of Hillman and Joel Fischer of Pierz have started construction on the building for Four Seasons Shrimp Company.  When the 6,000-square-foot building is complete in a couple of months, the partners will start raising and growing shrimp to sell to grocery stores and others.

“I think it is going to be great. We are getting a lot of people calling us about shrimp,” said Smude, who is 31-years-old and served two tours in Iraq...

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Senate Approves Funding for NE Fisheries Observers in Fisheries Subject to Disaster Declaration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 30, 2015 -

WASHINGTON - The New England congressional delegation has taken steps to insure that the federal government will continue to carry the cost of at sea observers for fisheries subject to the 2012 disaster declaration. 

The following is a joint press release from the offices of Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Angus King (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.):

Last night, the Senate passed by unanimous consent a budget amendment introduced by Senators Elizabeth ...

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ASMI Petitions USDA to Include Alaskan Salmon in Women, Infants and Children Program (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 30, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. A push for healthier foods and fish for America’s moms and babies. Learn how to help after this

For the first time since 1980 the Unites States Department of Agriculture’s popular Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC program is being revised. It is giving people a chance to voice what healthier foods should be offered to moms and their babies. Alaskans have the opportunity to say they want more fish included in all the packages. 

“That’s what we are looking for we are looking for pregnant women to comment, mothers, from anybody that has two to three year olds, four to five year olds, and a mother who has a 6 month old and wants to start making salmon baby food in their own kitchen.”
 

Bruce Schactler is the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Global Food Aid Director... 

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Salmon Farmer Tassal Defends Environmental Record

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AAP] - March 30, 2015 - 

Tassal chief executive Mark Ryan has rejected media reports raising concerns over the industry's environmental impact, calling the reports inaccurate and based upon outdated information.

Mr Ryan says there is good science underpinning all of the company's operations, and that Tassal is the only aquaculture company in Australia to have a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

 

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Heiltsuk Take Over DFO Office to Stop Herring Fishery
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Observer] Mychaylo Prystupa - March 30, 2015 
 
Heiltsuk tears and anger were cast at Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers standing on the front steps of the federal office on Denny Island Sunday afternoon, as band Elders, leaders, women and youth pleaded for the controversial herring fishery not to resume on the central B.C. coast.
 
Within hours, more than a dozen band members also occupied the DFO office, promising to remain there until the herring fishery is closed.  By Sunday night, elected chief councillor Marilyn Flett also locked herself inside the DFO office.
 
“We all rely on the water, we all rely on...

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India's Seafood Exporters Want Ban on Shark Fin Exports Lifted

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] - March 30, 2015 -     

KOCHI,KERALA, The Seafood Exporters’ Association of India wants the recently-imposed ban on shark fin exports lifted.

The notification by Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) banning shark fin exports is “counterproductive and greatly affects the livelihood of the economically backward fishing communities living along both the East and West Indian coastlines”, said a statement issued by the Association here.

They have also said that the ban had been brought without any prior notice and that exporters have commitments and large stocks ready for shipment.

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B.C. Herring Battle Escalates as Heiltsuk Nation Mobilizes Boats to Defend Herring Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] - March 27, 2015 - 

BELLA BELLA, B.C., The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to protect herring in its territory by any means necessary as it readies boats to defend a contentious fishery on B.C.'s Central Coast.

Kelly Brown, who directs the Heiltsuk's resource management department, says the industry took 680 tons out of the same area with a recent seine fishery, and a gillnet fishery "would only add insult to injury.'

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Feds Urged to Consider Alaska's Crab Fishery in Their Plan to Combat IUU Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Annie Ropeik - March 27, 2015

A new federal plan to combat illegal seafood harvesting includes a program to trace at-risk species from harvest to market. It means regulators will have to decide what species are suffering the most from illegal activity. And as KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, fishermen in Alaska are hoping crab will make the list.

Alaska’s crab fleet catches many of the same species as their counterparts in Russia -- from red, blue and brown king crab, to snow and tanner crab...

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Alaska's House Fisheries Committee Votes to Merge Costly Commercial Fishing Commission with ADF&G

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch] by Zaz Hollander - March 27, 2015

The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The unanimous vote came despite fishermen's objections that the bill upends the separation of power between the commission that oversees Alaska’s limited-entry fisheries like salmon and the agency that regulates commercial fishing.

The legislation, House Bill 112, goes next to the House Resources Committee. A referral to House Finance is expected, according to Reid Harris, aide to the fisheries committee that’s chaired by bill author Rep. Louise Stutes, a Kodiak Republican...

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Federal and Provincial Governments Support 7 New Brunswick Oyster Producers with $1.4 Million

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2015 - 

The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick announced investments totaling more than $1.4 million toward seven projects in the growing oyster industry.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program (BDP), is providing repayable contributions totaling $893,456, while the Government of New Brunswick is contributing $377,247 toward the seven projects.  They are:...

 

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Higher Shrimp Sales Help Mexico Post Higher Than Expected Trade Surplus in February

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dow Jones] March 27, 2015

Mexican registered a $558 million trade surplus in February as increased exports of manufactured goods, mining and agricultural products offset the impact from lower crude-oil prices.

Exports fell 2.6% from February 2014 to $29.68 billion, with petroleum exports down 46.9%, while imports slipped 1.4% to $29.12 billion, the National Statistics Institute said Friday.

The surplus was slightly bigger than the $488 million median estimate of eight economists polled by The Wall Street Journal. It narrowed the trade deficit for the first two months of the year to $2.69 billion...

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Meat and Poultry Markets Mixed Last Week, Seasonal Patterns in Play
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] Jamie Chadwick- March, 30, 2015 

Last week's Choice beef cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, was up 1.70% while Select rose 1.60%. Certain cuts advanced as seasonal support for grilling items improved slightly.
 
Pork supplies were again in excess last week as slaughter rates remained elevated due to positive packer margins. Urner Barry's pork carcass cutout fell $1.35/cwt over the course of the week. Both red meat proteins look anxiously to the spring and summer grilling season for the seasonal boost in demand.
 
The chicken complex was fairly settled as of week'...

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Ethnic Dried Fish Distributor LA Star Seafood Shut Down by Court Order

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 30, 2015

L.A Star Seafood Company has been ordered to shut down its dried fish processing and exporting operation in Los Angeles after failing to comply with several federal food safety laws.

According to the FDA a judge ordered L.A. Star's owners Sima and Sam Goldring, to halt operations until they demonstrate to the FDA that they can process food in compliance with food safety laws and regulations. LA Star produces smoked and dried vobla products that it primarily exports to European ethnic markets. Vobla is a capelin like fish...

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Despite Fourth Quarter Slump, Aquachile Posts 6% Gain in 2014 Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] March 30, 2015

Despite a fourth quarter slump, Chilean salmon producer and distributor Aquachile posted a 6 percent gain in sales last year.

Aquachile's full year 2014 sales totaled US$779 million. The company's earnings were $78 million.

The company said last year's better sales performance was primarily driven by "an improvement in margins of cultivated species, especially Atlantic salmon and trout compared to the same period of 2013. The company during the year (2014) presented low mortality in their biomass and an increase in the average weight of fish harvested in the previous year (2013), which is a consequence of health and productivity improvements observed in industry and production and prevention strategy adopted by the company, "said AquaChile...

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NE Lawmakers Mold Multistate Ocean Acidification Reduction Plan Around Maine's Model

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] by Patrick Whittle - March 30, 2015

A group of state legislators in New England wants to form a multistate pact to counter increasing ocean acidity along the East Coast, a problem they believe will endanger multimillion-dollar fishing industries if left unchecked.

The legislators’ effort faces numerous hurdles: They are in the early stages of fostering cooperation between many layers of government, hope to push for potentially expensive research and mitigation projects, and want to use state laws to tackle a problem scientists say is the product of global environmental trends.

But the legislators believe they can gain a bigger voice at the federal and international levels by banding together, said Mick Devin, a Maine representative who has advocated for ocean research in his home state. The states can also push for research to determine the impact that local factors such as nutrient loading and fertilizer runoff have on ocean acidification and advocate for new controls, he said...

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Emile Breaux Named President/CEO of Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - March 30, 2015 - 

Associated Grocers Inc. has named Emile Breaux president/CEO, effective this May. The leadership changes completes the management transition that the wholesaler began last year.

Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge, La., serves independent retailers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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New Dietary Guidelines Recognize Value and Importance of Farmed Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] By Nancy Gagliardi - March 30, 2015 - 

While the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently made headlines for factoring in a food’s sustainability as they debated what should be included in a healthy diet, one section of the DGAC’s Scientific Report (a precursor to the final guidelines) reaped little press: what the committee recommends when it comes to a healthy diet and farmed fish.

“A moderate amount of seafood is an important component….and has demonstrated health benefits. The seafood industry is in the midst of rapid expansion to meet worldwide demand.

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Future of New England's Shrimp Fishery to Be Debated at Public Hearing
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] March 30, 2015  
 
PORTLAND, Maine -- Fishery regulators are holding a public hearing in Portland to discuss the future of New England's closed Maine shrimp fishery.
 
The shrimp fishery closed in 2013 and has yet to reopen because of concerns about shrimp population levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is collecting feedback from the public about establishing a limited fishery for the shrimp "for use in the future if and when the stock recovers and the fishery can be re-opened."
 
The Portland hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Conference ...

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Mexico's Baja California State Aquaculture Charter Seeks to Ensure Operations Fit FDA Standards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 27, 2015


The Mexican state of Baja California has ratified its first State Aquaculture Charter intended to promote expansion of the region's fish farming operations and ensure the operations fall within FDA standards.

The document will emphasize growing Baja's Aquaculture infrastructure for 36 farmed species according to the state's fisheries ministry SEPESCABC. 

"Growing species is called to be a priority for the global food chain, and our region has a strategic location and water quality, climate of great appeal to many regions of the world," said SEPESCA Head Matias Arjona Rydalch...

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