Fri. Apr 17 2015

Newfoundland's Huge Northern Cod Fishery Begins FIP Project in Preparation for a Return to Market  


Atlantic Capes Fisheries' Acquisition of Ocean Fleet Expands Market for US, Japanese Scallops in EU  


Togiak Herring Forecasted to be Higher than Ten-Year Average  


Norway to Resume Salmon Exports to China Under Revamped Food Safety Deal  


Louisiana to Reopen Some Offshore Shrimp Fishing April 22 with Whites Now at Marketable Sizes  


Eastern Fisheries Buys Stake in Japanese Scallop Exporter  


Bangkok Post Calls on Thai Government to Punish Slavery Vessels Now


Boston - Home of the Bean and the Cod - Faces Cultural Crisis as Cod Disappear  


Pacific Council Closes Current Sardine Season Immediately to Conserve Fish  


BioMar Partnering with China's Leading Animal Feed Company to Build 100,000 MT Fish Feed Plant  


Pesticides New Threat to Lamprey Populations in Columbia River


Gosse Boon Out as Nutreco's CFO Following Takeover Deal with SHV, Delisting from Euronext Exchange


Mexico Goes All Out to Save Vanishing Vaquita Porpoise With Fishing Restrictions and Compensation  


Canada Backing Export Marketing of Pacific Sea Cucumber and Sea Urchin with $164,000


Chile's Squid Fishermen Say Biobio Stock Can Support Higher Commercial Quota Next Year  


Another Year of Chinook Conservation and No Subsistence Fishing ahead after Whitehorse Meeting


Pacific Council Recommends Longer Commercial Season for California Chinook But Drought Effects Loom  


ADF&G on the Hunt for Mile Long String of 29 Sablefish Pots in PWS (Fish Radio)


Russian Official Says $800 million Lost in Fish and Seafood Smuggled to Asia


Captain D's Lighter Menu and Brighter Look Attracting Young Diners and Families


D.C. Wholesaler Pro Fish Gets Top Chefs for its Seafood Tasting Charity Event


Mississippi DMR and County Prosecutor Throw the Book at Alabama Fisherman Taking Sponge Crabs


China Begins Construction Of Aircraft Runway On Disputed South China Sea Islands


Tasmanian Salmon Grower Tassal In Final Stages of Acquiring Australian Seafood Distributor DeCosti


Aftermath of Vancouver Oil Spill Expose Problems


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 17, 2015


Thu. Apr 16 2015

Editors's View: What's Changed Between Alaska and the MSC: A Whole World   (2) 


Multiple Signs Point to Tough Summer Season for Farmed Salmon Market  


US Fishery Management Under MSA Improves Again with Overfished, Overfishing Numbers at All-Time Low


Marine Harvest Q1 Operating Profit Drops Below Forecast  


USDA to Propose Standards for Organic Seafood Raised in US   (1) 


Clearwater Launching New Lobster and Scallop Products at Brussels Show  


AK's Weathervane Scallop, Seine Pollock Fisheries Get Little Interest from Fishermen (Fish Radio)  


Oceana Sues NMFS for Inadequate Enforcement of TEDS in Shrimp Fishery to Protect Turtles


High Liner Stays with Mechanica Branding Agency for New Sea Cuisine campaign


Bringing Fresh Seafood to the Mountains of Western North Carolina Finally Paying Off


Austral's Seafood Trading Division Names Markus Gerlich GM, Promotes Theo Kailis to Exec Role


UK's Peterhead Port's High Landings Tumble in First Quarter


Western Atlantic Blufin Tuna a Success Story, Comes off U.S. "Overfishing" List  


Another Modest Florida Stone Crab Harvest Has Scientists Worried About Future  


Chile Invests Over $1.8 Million in Sardine, Anchovy Fisheries Research  


Pescanova Trims Loss in Q1


More Feed Mills Required to Grow Ghana's Aquaculture Industry


Regulators Say Several Critical Fish Species Have Rebounded


Chefs Get Creative with Seafood for Summer Menus


Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods CEO, Treasures Memories of Julia Child


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 16, 2015


Wed. Apr 15 2015

Speculation Emerges that Kjell-Inge Rokke May be Involved in Refinancing American Seafoods


WTO Finds US Dolphin-Safe Labeling Rules Discriminate Against Mexican Canned Tuna Imports  


Warm Weather Brings Heavy Shrimp Stocking in South China, Driving up Price of PLs  


Kodiak's Roe Herring Season Gets Underway with Quota Set at 3,200 Tons (Fish Radio)  


Maine Scallop Season Ends, Likely One of the Best in Years  


Gulf Council Favors More Allocation to Recreational Fishery in Motions on Red Snapper  


Ruffner Appointment to Alaska Board of Fish Passes House Hearing, now being Questioned in Senate


Hangzhou Gets Fast Track Customs Clearance for Live Dungeness, Lobsters


UK Media Freaks out over Future of Fish and Chips if North Sea Cod Declines; Forgets Barents Sea  


North Pacific Council Approves Black Cod Pots to Outsmart Whales


Brazil Lifts Import Ban on Vietnamese Pangasius Imports  


Brian Unger Joins Long John Silver's as Chief Operating Officer


Boston Chef-Owner Jeremy Sewall Offers Opinions on Oysters and "Trash Fish"


Chile's Commercial Squid Fleet Takes Entire Quota in Biobio; Larger Artisinal Catch 20% Complete  


Japan's New Whaling Plan Rejected by IWC Experts


Washington State Imposes Rapid Cool-Down Regulations on Oyster Industry to Control Vibrio


Drought, Saline Intrusion Cut Shrimp Production in Vietnam's Southernmost Province  


Seafood Industry Mostly Recovered 5 Years After BP Spill; Longer Term Environmental Impacts Linger


Regulators Collect Last of Comments on Maine Shrimp Fishery  


Squid Hearing Spotlights Valuable Cape May Fishery  


PEI's Fishermen Assoc. May Create College Course to Train Potential Lobster Boat Workers  


Indonesia Will Work with Norway to Combat IUU Fishing


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 15, 2015


Tue. Apr 14 2015

Newfoundland Crab Quotas Remain Largely Unchanged, Except for 3PS, Where Quota Down 23%  


Editor's View: Pacific Sardine Closure Shows Management Works, but Oceana and Pew Won't Accept That


Critics Say DFO missed Fraser Sockeye escapement Target by 20% due to too much Commercial Fishing  


Rep. Don Young Denies He is Unwinding Legacy of Ted Stevens in his Magnuson Re-authorization


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 14, 2015


Pacific Council Closes 2015-16 Pacific Sardine Fishery  


Mass Oyster Die-Off Reported in Southern Vietnam  


Virginia's Oyster Industry Revival is a Testament to Chesapeake Bay's Recovery (Opinion)  


Investigation Underway to Find Who Set 100 Illegal Lobster Traps in Nova Scotia's LFA 34


Alaskan and Canadian Delegates Hashing Out Plan to Restore Yukon River Chinook Stocks


Minh Phu Expects Vietnam's Seafood Exports to Pick Up After Poor Q1


Gulf, South Atlantic Fishery Councils Want Florida Keys Spiny Lobster Catch Exempt from MSA Limits  


Chilean Mussel Export Values Up 58% Through February Driven by Sales to EU  


Red Lobster's Supply Chain V.P. Nelson Griffin Joins GAA Board


Target Names Former Safeway Exec Anne Dament to Head Food Repositioning


Restaurant Traffic falls For Second Month Despite Higher March Comps


SVP Mark Gilley Explains How Red Lobster Succeeds at Social Media


Alaska Senate Committee May Advance Nominees for Fisheries Board Today


West Coast Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Efforts Applauded as Entire Fleet Begins using LED's   (2) 


Scientists Say North Sea Waters Warming Fast, Traditional Species Expected to Migrate Out


Mon. Apr 13 2015

Alaska Salmon Producers Decide to Rejoin MSC, All Bristol Bay Sockeye to be MSC Certified   (3) 


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 13, 2015


Better Shrimp, Salmon and Tilapia Margins Help Push Lenten Retail Seafood Promos Up 24% in 2015  


Two Food and Water Watch Petitions Will Try to Derail AquaAdvantage Salmon at FDA   (1)


Wholesale Beef Prices Gain Seasonal Support; Other Proteins Mixed


Peru's Entire Anchovy Quota Expected to be Taken as Northern Season Gets Underway


N. Pacific Council Adopts Moderate Chinook By-Catch Caps, after Lengthy Public Testimony  


Diversified to Provide Shuttles in Brussels to Deal with Transportation Strike During Seafood Show


NOAA Deploys Unmanned Gliders to Track Ocean Acidification in PWS (Fish Radio)


How Sysco, US Foods and Performance Were Formed


Fleet of Fishing Boats of the Mozambican Tuna Company to Be Completed in May


Connecticut Legislature Now a Battleground for Shellfish Companies and State Regulators


Tuna Zero Tariff Quotas from Asia Damaging EU Market  


Seafish Tasmania's New Freezer Trawler Stirs Up Another Protest by Enviros and Sports Fishermen


Virginia's Aquaculture Oyster, Clam Harvests Set Records  


BP Blowout Hurt US Shrimp Industry, Not Imports, CIT Says  


Alberstson's Adopts Four-Person "Office of the CEO"


77 Foot Scallop Boat Hard Aground on New Jersey Beach


The King Cove Road Project is Stuck in a Court Fight Between Alaska and Environmentalists


High Liner's Pulled Barbecue Salmon was born in Chef Owen Tilley's New Product Development Kitchen  


Ralph Rubio Reflects on His Successful Ride with Fish Tacos   (1)


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Newfoundland's Huge Northern Cod Fishery Begins FIP Project in Preparation for a Return to Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - April 17, 2015

The huge Newfoundland Northern Cod Fishery has entered into a fishery improvement project in preparation for a return to the market.
 
Canada's largest groundfishery on Northern Cod famously collapsed after overly optimistic stock assessments, a lengthy period of overfishing, and changes in the ocean environment.
 
This fishery, which rivals the size of the Barents Sea cod fishery, and once produced 800,000 tons per year, was shut down completely in the famous cod moratorium of 1992, prompting the largest layoffs in Canadian history.
 
For years, there was little stock recovery.  However in the last seven or eight years, a new ocean regime with warmer temperatures more suited for cod has gradually returned to Atlantic Canada, and as a result conditions have begun to shift from those favorable for crab and shrimp to those favorable for cod. 
 
Current stock suveys show a spawning stock biomass in the 200,000 ton range, and the stock has the potential to increase 50% a year...

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Atlantic Capes Fisheries' Acquisition of Ocean Fleet Expands Market for US, Japanese Scallops in EU

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 17, 2015

New Bedford's Atlantic Capes Fisheries has expanded its reach to European and Asian markets with the acquisition of major UK scallop processor Ocean Fleet Seafood. Together the scallop suppliers specifically plan to drive up market access for US East Coast and Japanese Hokkaido scallops in the EU market.

Under the deal Atlantic Capes will integrate Ocean Fleet's operations as a division whose primary focus will be on servicing retail and foodservice customers in the EU and Asia....

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Togiak Herring Forecasted to be Higher than Ten-Year Average

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  April 17, 2015

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast a total return of 163,480 tons of herring this spring. That means up to 32,696 tons will be available for harvest in 2015. Biologists will fly over the inshore waters of Togiak Bay this weekend, looking for signs of the returning masses of herring.

Togiak herring, much larger than the herring landed in Sitka and Kodiak, will still face a tight market in Japan due to high inventories, declining consumption trrends, and the currency exchange rate.

Harvest allocation, in accordance with the management plan, will allocate 29,012 metric tons for the Togiak sac roe fishery, 20,309 for purse seiners, 8,704 metric tons for gillnetters, 2,184 metric tons for the Dutch Harbor Food and Bait fishery, and 1,500 tons for the spawn-on-kelp fishery. There is not expected to be a spawn-on-kelp fishery...

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Norway to Resume Salmon Exports to China Under Revamped Food Safety Deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] April 17, 2015

Norway has struck an agreement with Chinese authorities on new food safety certificates that will allow exports of Norwegian salmon to China to be maintained, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries said in a statement on Friday.

China has recently said it may halt Norwegian salmon imports.

"Challenges remain for trade in salmon between Norway and China. We must therefore be prepared for the situation to be difficult and partly unpredictable in the foreseeable future," Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker said in a statement...

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Louisiana to Reopen Some Offshore Shrimp Fishing April 22 with Whites Now at Marketable Sizes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 17, 2015

White shrimp in some offshore parts of the Gulf of Mexico are now large enough for commercial fishing to get underway next week according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

Portions of Lousiana state waters that extend three nauitical miles, seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Shrip Channel at Eugene Island will be reopen for commercial shrimp starting at 6am on Wednesday April 22. This area lies seaward of Terrebonne Parish.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which previously occupied these waters since December have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary...

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Eastern Fisheries Buys Stake in Japanese Scallop Exporter 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – July 16, 2014 -

Eastern Fisheries Inc., headquartered in New Bedford, Mass., has acquired a minority interest in Global Marketing, Inc. a leading exporter of Japanese scallops.

Eastern Fisheries operates 25 scallop vessels, the industry’s largest fleet, as well as three U.S. plants and two China processing plants. 

Eastern Fisheries EVP Joe Furtado said, "This acquisition officially brings one of the largest purchasers of Japanese scallops together with one of the largest exporters of Japanese scallops.” 

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Boston - Home of the Bean and the Cod - Faces Cultural Crisis as Cod Disappear

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [USA Today] by Rick Hamson  April 17, 2015

And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod.
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.

--"Boston Toast," by John Collins Bossidy
 
The home of the bean and the cod is running out of the latter, a crisis that could ruin the state's fishermen, imperil its sacred symbol and take the "cod" out of "scrod."
 
Cod once was king in these waters, so plentiful that it drew fishing ships from across the sea. John Winthrop, a founder of Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote that when he and his fellow Puritans arrived in 1630, in just a few hours, they fish-hooked 67 cod.
 
Soon, the fish was an economic mainstay. As the historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote, "Puritan Massachusetts derived her ideals from a sacred book; her wealth and power from the sacred cod...

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Pacific Council Closes Current Sardine Season Immediately to Conserve Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] by Jeff Barnard April 17, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. _ U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off the West Coast to prevent overfishing.
 
Their decision was aimed at saving the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name set in Monterey, California.Meeting outside Santa Rosa, California, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to halt the current season as early as possible, affecting about 100 fishing boats. The season normally would end June 30.
 
Earlier this week, the council shut down the next sardine season, which was set to begin July 1.
 
The action was taken based on revised estimates of sardine populations, which found the fish were declining in numbers faster than earlier believed.....

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BioMar Partnering with China's Leading Animal Feed Company to Build 100,000 MT Fish Feed Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 17, 2015 -

One the world's leading fishmeal producers and distribuors BioMar has partnered with Chinese company Tongwei to expand its aquaculture feed distribution network in China and other Asian markets. Under the deal the two companies will initially build a feed factory with a planned production capacity of over 100,000 tons in China.

The facility will be jointly operated by the two comapnies with plans for the operation to be up and running by 2016. BioMar and Tongwei also have plants to build as many as five more facilties similiar or larger in scale across China.

In total BioMar's initiatial investment deal with Tongwei is valued at about $10 million; together the two feed companies plan to increase production and sales across Asia...

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Pesticides New Threat to Lamprey Populations in Columbia River

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  --  April 17, 2015

A study released yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission found that high levels of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury in Pacific lampreys may be contributing to their overall decline in the Columbia River Basin.

The study, titled “Reconnaissance of Contaminants in Larval Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) Tissues and Habitats in the Columbia River Basin, Oregon and Washington” showed concentrations of some flame retardants and pesticides were several hundred times higher in larval and juvenile lamprey tissues than in the surrounding sediments.

The rarely studied role of habitat contamination in the recent decline of lampreys...

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Marine Harvest Q1 Operating Profit Drops Below Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] - April 16, 2015 - 

Operational EBIT for the Marine Harvest Group was approximately NOK 910 million in Q1 2015 (NOK 1,090 million in Q1 2014) vs the Reuters poll of NOK 950 million.

Harvest volume was 99,000 tonnes of salmon including the Chilean operation. (Excluding the Chilean operation, harvest volume was 83,000 tonnes, equal to the company's guiding for the quarter.)

Total operational EBIT per kg through the value chain were approximately as follows for the main sources of origin: Norway NOK 12.6, Scotland NOK 2.6, Canada NOK 4.8.

Marine Harvest Chile harvested a total of 16 thousand tonnes and the operations held for sale reported an operational EBIT of about NOK -50 million in the first quarter. The results in Chile were impacted by exceptional mortality...

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USDA to Propose Standards for Organic Seafood Raised in US

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - April 16, 2015 - 

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

Among the U.S. seafood that could be covered: salmon, tilapia, catfish, shrimp and mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams.

Wild fish would not be eligible for the organic label — that would be too difficult to monitor...

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Chile's Squid Fishermen Say Biobio Stock Can Support Higher Commercial Quota Next Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] April 17, 2015

Chile's commercial squid fishermen in Biobio say the stock can support a higher quota and want managers to rethink when they assess the fishery before they set next year's catch.

The fleet just wrapped the 2015 season four months into the year; the haul totaled 39,500 tons. The artisanal fleet has a much higher allocation of 156,000 tons. So far they have landed about 20 percent of the allowable catch. 

Commercial fishers, however, want managers to reconsider when they would conduct the stock assessment before the 2016 season.  According to the fleet the fishing grounds were robust with squid and could support a higher catch...

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Pacific Council Recommends Longer Commercial Season for California Chinook But Drought Effects Loom

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Marin Independent Journal] By Aaron Kinney - April 17, 2015 - 

PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA, Reflecting optimism about this year’s abundance of chinook salmon, fishing industry regulators on Wednesday approved the longest commercial season in more than a decade. But the state’s record drought has darkened the long-term outlook for one of California’s most valuable fish.

The San Francisco region’s 2015 season will total 138 days between May 1 and Sept. 30, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided near the end of a weeklong conference in Rohnert Park.

But as California’s historic drought enters its fourth year, chinook salmon are under duress. Dry winters take a big toll on the fish which need plenty of cold water to make their way out to sea as juveniles and return to lay eggs as adults.

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Russian Official Says $800 million Lost in Fish and Seafood Smuggled to Asia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Prime News] - April 17, 2015 - 

KHABAROVSK, The Russian economy loses about U.S. $800 million annually from fish smuggling to China and Japan, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev said at a Prosecutor General’s expert panel meeting Thursday.

“The volume of unlawful and unregulated fishery in the Far Eastern basin is alarming," he said.

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D.C. Wholesaler Pro Fish Gets Top Chefs for its Seafood Tasting Charity Event

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Roll Call] By Warren Rojas - April 17, 2015 -     

Profish has reeled in a who's who of award-winning local chefs for its fourth annual "Charity Off the Hook" event, a gourmet dine- around designed to net much needed funds for food- and education- related charitable organizations.

This year's tasting bonanza is scheduled to take place on April 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tony and Joe's Seafood Place (3000 K St.)

In addition to the chefs' signature seafoodcreations, Rorapaugh said guests should also expect to feast on invasive species-related hors d'oeuvres (think: blue catfish and Northern snakehead), freshly shucked oysters and wood-fired nibbles furnished by Profish spin-off, Ivy City Smokehouse.

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China Begins Construction Of Aircraft Runway On Disputed South China Sea Islands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [International Business Times] By Kukil Bora - April 17, 2015 - 

China has begun constructing a concrete airplane runway in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, according to reports. The runway is expected to be capable of handling military aircraft, according to satellite images released Thursday.

Peter Dutton, professor of strategic studies at the Naval War College, said, “This is a major strategic event. In order to have sea control, you need to have air control,” Dutton told the Times, adding that Beijing could install radar and missiles at the facility to threaten countries such as Philippines and Vietnam, which also claim ownership of the Spratly Islands.

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Aftermath of Vancouver Oil Spill Expose Problems

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker   -   April 17, 2015

Officials in charge of cleaning up a bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay now say the estimate of what leaked from a grain carrier ten days ago was a conservative figure.

Owen Rusticus with Environment Canada says the 2,700-litre spill estimate wasn’t based on gauges, but was gathered using sensors on the thickness of the oil in combination with the size of the spill on the water.

Coast Guard commissioner Jody Thomas says 80 per cent of that estimated spill had been cleaned up by the first day and what’s left is “a negligible amount.”

Yvette Myers of Transport Canada says the spill appears to have been caused by mechanical problems with the ship’s pumping system...

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Bangkok Post Calls on Thai Government to Punish Slavery Vessels Now

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangkok Post] Editorial - April 17, 2015

Nearly 100 victims of slave and forced labour on commercial trawlers have finally returned home after being stranded on Indonesia's Ambon and Benjina islands for years. Several hundred more, not only Thais but also men from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos - who managed to escape enslavement on fishing boats - are still waiting to be rescued. The world is also waiting to see if the Thai government will punish the fishing vessel operators or let them get away with murder.
 
So far, the signs don't look good. All victims returned with similarly shocking stories of being cheated, suffering harsh labour, going into debt bondage and enduring severe punishment, sickness and deaths of boat mates. Yet, officials still only confirm two cases of human trafficking.
 
Authorities' narrow mindset about human trafficking, lack of moral outrage about such cruelty and inhumanity, and inability to confront the powerful fishing industry, are reflected by this statistic....

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Editors’s View:  What’s Changed Between Alaska and the MSC:  A Whole World

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [The Editor’s View] by John Sackton  April 16, 2015

We were struck by the childish tone of one of the critics of Alaska’s major salmon producers returning to the MSC, after they had refused to participate in the client group for two years.
 
Our colleague John Fiorello at Intrafish can’t seem to get past Kindergarten.  He writes a ‘knock knock’ column about Alaska as if describing a playground fight.
 
It’s unfortunate because the world of certification and the branding of Alaska salmon  has changed substantially since 2012, when Alaska Salmon Producers left the MSC.  It’s clear Fiorello has no understanding of these changes.
 
Let’s look at what has changed, and a little of the history.
 
In 2012, Alaska salmon producers withdrew from the MSC because they felt alignment with the MSC had become destructive to the Alaska Salmon Brand.  Yet the MSC had started based on Alaska fisheries as its model.
 
Alaska Salmon, New Zealand Hoki, and Australian Rock lobster were the first three major commercial fisheries ever certified by the MSC, beginning in the year 2000.
 
Five years later, as the MSC began to tout its commercial labeling successes, they had 195 SKU’s on sale with the MSC logo, of which the vast majority were based on Alaska salmon....

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Multiple Signs Point to Tough Summer Season for Farmed Salmon Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 16, 2015

There is growing concern among traders that the US farmed salmon market this summer could see pricing levels not seen for several years. The worry stems from the convergence of current market weakness, higher imports, expectations of more wild Alaskan salmon and the strong US dollar all coming to a head in the upcoming summer months.  In most years, according to Urner Barry's Farmed Salmon Index,  there is a seasonal drop in farmed salmon prices over the summer...

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US Fishery Management Under MSA Improves Again with Overfished, Overfishing Numbers at All-Time Low

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 16, 2015

US fishery management under Magnuson continues to work according to NOAA's latest annual status report released this week. Last year US fisheries recorded 7 percent reductions in both the number of fisheries currently experiencing overfishing and the amount of fisheries whose stocks are overfished. 

In NOAA's 2014 Status of US Fisheries report the number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status. By the end of last year 26 stocks were on the overfishing list and 37 stocks were on the overfished list. Each of these numbers were all-time lows for US fisheries. In total NOAA tracks 469 managed stocks and stock complexes in 46 fishery management plans...

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Gosse Boon Out as Nutreco's CFO Following Takeover Deal with SHV, Delisting from Euronext Exchange

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 17, 2015

Nutreco's Chief Financial Officer Gosse Boon has stepped down from his position now that the company has been delisted from the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, a result of a takeover by Dutch conglomerate SHV.

Boon held the CFO position with Nutreco since 2011. He steps down from the position as part of a management overhaul at Nutreco since the company agreed this week to a takeover deal by SHV.

“In my years as CFO of Nutreco I very much enjoyed the responsibilities related to the specific dynamics of a listed company as well as the overall leadership of the finance function," Boon said. "With Nutreco delisted, these particular responsibilities will cease to exist or change substantially. Accordingly, I have decided to step down as CFO.”

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Mexico Goes All Out to Save Vanishing Vaquita Porpoise With Fishing Restrictions and Compensation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Union Tribune] By Sandra Dibble - April 17, 2015 -  

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO, With the small and rarely seen vaquita porpoise verging on extinction, Mexico’s federal government is launching an unprecedented effort to save the species — through measures that include a dramatically expanded ban on gill net fishing in the Upper Gulf of California over the next two years.

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday traveled to this quiet Baja California fishing port to formally launch the new plan to save this small sea mammal endemic to the region. With fewer than 100 vaquita now believed alive, scientists say the species is likely to disappear unless drastic measures are taken immediately.

 

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Canada Backing Export Marketing of Pacific Sea Cucumber and Sea Urchin with $164,000

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Customs Today] - April 17, 2015 - 

OTTAWA, The Canadian Government is to invest more than C$164,000 to the Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association and the Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association to support their international marketing efforts.

Exports of Pacific sea cucumber were valued at C$12 million and C$9.8 million in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Exports of Pacific sea urchins were valued at more than C$13 million in 2012, with approximately 75 per cent of the harvest exported to Japan.

The investments are being made through Growing Forward 2’s AgriMarketing Programme (Market Development stream), which aims to build and promote Canada’s ability to expand markets at home and abroad.

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Another Year of Chinook Conservation and No Subsistence Fishing ahead after Whitehorse Meeting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Whitehorse Star] By Chuck Tobin on April 17, 2015 

Chinook conservation is still the order of the day.   It will be another year of heightened conservation for the annual harvest of Yukon River chinook on both sides of the border.

It will be another year of heightened conservation for the annual harvest of Yukon River chinook on both sides of the border.
 
Yukon and Alaskan management staff on Wednesday told the international Yukon River Panel in Whitehorse that measures are being taken to ensure enough of the troubled chinook stock reach the spawning grounds....

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ADF&G on the Hunt for Mile Long String of 29 Sablefish Pots in PWS (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] April 17, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lost pots in Prince William Sound could be a hazard to fishermen. More after this  

A mile long string of 29 sablefish pots was lost last month in Prince William Sound after being run over by tugs towing barges at Knight Island Passage. 


“It appears that some tug boats passed back and forth across where the gear was set, so it’s lost and we have no idea where it is”. 

Maria Wessel is a groundfish biologist at the Fish and Game office in Cordova. A state research vessel has done several swipes of the grounds to no avail. The pots were part of an ongoing tagging study started in 2011 to track the movement of the Sound’s sablefish...

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Captain D's Lighter Menu and Brighter Look Attracting Young Diners and Families

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Restaurant Business] By Patricia Cobe - April 17, 2015 - 

Younger diners and families were bypassing Captain D’s, says Jonathan Muhtar, chief marketing officer at the Nashville, Tenn.-based chain.

Research revealed that the restaurants’ dark, nautical-theme interiors and predominantly fried menu items were not appealing to these customers. So Captain D’s began a systemwide refresh, installing grills in all 514 locations last year and debuting grilled dishes on the menu.

Chief Development Officer Michael Arrowsmith said once remodeled, stores have shown double-digit sales increases.

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Mississippi DMR and County Prosecutor Throw the Book at Alabama Fisherman Taking Sponge Crabs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Register] By April M. Havens - April 17, 2015 - 

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Marine Patrol officers with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have arrested an Alabama man on 215 charges of illegally harvesting sponge crabs.

Deuanetam Keovoravong, 47, of Irvington, Ala., faces a $500 fine for each misdemeanor charge, as well as state assessments. He also is charged with failure to yield to blue lights and siren and tampering with evidence. He faces up to $107,500 in charges.

Marine Patrol officials consulted with Jackson County prosecutor Mark Watts, and they decided that Keovoravong would be charged separately for each crab because of the potential significant impact this violation has on the blue crab population.

 

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Tasmanian Salmon Grower Tassal In Final Stages of Acquiring Australian Seafood Distributor DeCosti

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Australian] By Rebecca Urban - April 17, 2015 - 

Tasmanian salmon grower Tassal is advancing negotiations to buy Sydney seafood business De Costi, with insiders hopeful that a deal will be finalised within days.

DeCosti was founded in 1981 at the Sydney Fish Market and supplies fresh and frozen seafood to restaurants, retail franchise outlets and supermarkets...

 

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