Thu. Oct 2 2014

Massive Pacific Coast die off of starfish continues, may be harbinger of climate change


Federal judge upholds Klamath water releases to save salmon


Maine sets new scallop rules designed to help rebuild resource


As expected, VASEP files claim against U.S. anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp


New England Fishery Council unable to agree, punts cod crisis to NMFS for emergency action


Wed. Oct 1 2014

Bering Sea canyon coral mapped in huge NOAA science survey


Seafood and restaurant industries dodge a bullet as Gov. Brown vetoes California sfd labeling law   (1)


Thailand to become shrimp importer this year as local production falls to 200,000 tons   (1) 


Russia's "sushi years" come to an end as imported fish supplies run dry and drive up prices  


Begich is keeping support of seafood industry in Senate race in Alaska


NOAA finds Atlantic surf clam stocks in good shape, lifts min size requirements for 2015  


EU protests Russian detention of Lithuanian registered crab vessel, seized outside Russia's EEZ  


USDA completes 300,000 case pink salmon purchase from Ocean Beauty, Icicle, Trident and Peter Pan  


Plenty of blame to go around for the disastrous drop in Gulf of Maine cod  


Fraser sockeye run wraps up about 10% below preseason estimate  


In trying to save Darden, Its board sealed its own demise


Whole Foods set for Louisiana Sea-to-Table series supplied by Inland Seafood


Namibian Hake Assn defends management of hake resource  


Endless 'Boston lobster' is just one of the amenities in $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class  


California approves ban on GM salmon production  


Panel series focuses on challenge of marketing Maryland blue crab vs. imported crabmeat  


October is national seafood month, celebrating a $60 billion slice of US economy (Fish Radio)


Modified atmosphere packaging opens up an international market for Australia's prized Goolwa cockle


Florida stone crab season opens Oct. 15  


Weak restaurant traffic is a concern in global markets


Russian Sea Group posts large H1 sales gain but swings to loss vs. year-ago


Arctic ice melts are forcing Pacific walrus to move to northwest Alaska's beaches in Point Lay


Lobstermen concerned that DFO might lift moratorium on new mussel leases in Malpeque Bay  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Oct 1, 2014


Tue. Sep 30 2014

The activist-led panic against mercury in fish is harming the American diet (Opinion)


Dongwon announces retirement of Sam Lee as CEO of Starkist, replaced by Andrew Choe


PEI Minister unmoved as PEI fishermen's and processor's groups unite in call for foreign workers  


Russian king crab fishing is strong, with about 70% of quotas taken  


Norway running out of options in China, as salmon market share falls from 90% to 30%  


Russian anti-monopoly service has work cut out for it as fish prices rise throughout Russia


NGO's turn to EPA to push mercury standard that would counter FDA advice to eat fish


Webjorn Barstad named new CEO of Havfisk ASA, (formerly Aker Seafood)


DFO funding study of impact of shrimp cuts on Newfoundland communities  


Small Panulirus lobster species found in abundance in Oman and Yemen


Dongwon riding huge drop in tuna raw material prices to deliver solid earnings  


Indonesian tuna boat captain says he now has to stay over a year in Indian Ocean to hit his target  


Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs


Australia's tuna harvest is largest since 1991 as export values hold steady on weak Japanese yen  


Plenty of fish in the seas - despite prophets of doom say Western England papers


Super trawlers still face hurdles to fish in Australian waters even with restrictions set to expire


New England's Fishery Council expected to vote on proposed GOM cod restrictions by tomorrow  


Tonka Seafoods hopes to bring back pink shrimp to Petersburg, Alaska  


Oil pollution from boats limited spawning of millions of False Creek Herring, say BC researchers


Tilman Fertitta is taking Bubba Gump Seafood to London


Alabama not opening a state-water recreational red snapper season this fall


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014


Mon. Sep 29 2014

Silver Bay and Alaska Pacific & Packing competing for use/purchase of Sitka plant site and new dock  


Judges vindicate John Lees in Mar-Lees debacle: new owners incompetence ran company into the ground  


Dogfish are abundant off Maine but processing infrastructure is gone, markets hard to find  


Louisiana officials say catches of many seafood items down significantly since BP oil spill


First shipment of live king crabs stored in bonded warehouse in Qingdao  


NAFO shuts all cold water shrimp fishing in 3L (Grand Banks) for 2015, as stocks continue to decline  


Maine will need outside workers to grow lobster processing; may follow Canadian model (Opinion)


Rebuilding Gulf of Maine cod will require protection of older spawners (Opinion)  


Vietnam's foreign ministry calls U.S. shrimp dumping charges "unfair and unreasonable"  


Shrimp, barrimundi industries want Australia to adopt Country of Origin labeling law


Iceland Seafood's sales director says sales unaffected by Russian ban, praises Norway's restraint


Climate change blamed as Nova Scotia's valuable inshore sea urchins being wiped out by disease


Kodiak's first annual Salmon Life Social celebrates how industry benefits community (Fish Radio)


Mississippi opens up more waters for commercial shrimping  


Myanmar shrimp farmers, devastated by disease, desperate for financial support  


Vietnam asks Brazil to suspend its seafood import ban as it works on meeting requirements


Good news on sturgeon more than offset by concerns over striped bass in Chesapeake Bay


Mekong pangasius producers plan to cut overall farming areas but increase per hectare production  


Maine based consortium developing soil amendment and pest repellent from lobster shells  


Aldi is successfully disrupting the UK and Ireland grocery business


Seafood.com News Summary Monday Sept. 29, 2014


Fri. Sep 26 2014

China's crab sellers feel pinch from drive to curb corruption  


Opponents mobilizing to defeat EU-Canadian trade deal in Europe with a negative ratification vote


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 26, 2014


Lionfish now the most numerous marine invasive species ever, as Florida tries new control measures


Thai Commerce Ministry finds shrimp industry not prepared for end of EU tariff preference  


NPD report suggests poor restaurant traffic growth likely for long time


Cermaq Chile further increases production capacity in Region XII


Canada bans NZ live mussel exports due to parasite; frozen imports not affected  


Even without trade ban, Vietnam's seafood exporters say Russia's import regs are very strict


Chile starts project to try and reduce production costs for Galician mussel seeds  


Letters: Coverage of Pacific council left out discussion of some major issues


Mass fishing partnership and High Liner launch New Bedford Fishing Community Fund with United Way


Whole Foods in NJ, NY, CT to carry Michelin-star Chef Daniel Boulud's line of farmed smoked salmon  


Starboard picks up two major allies in bid to replace Darden board with its nominees


Surveys show Bering Sea's crab and pollock stocks are at healthy levels (Fish Radio)  


Large Kyokuyo full cycle farmed tuna project underway


Western Pacific council welcomes reduction in size of Obama's Pacific MPA to accomodate fisheries  


Gulf seafood traceability program attempts to distinguish domestic shrimp from imported product  


Russia considering 1.3 billion ruble investment in aquaculture next year


C&S Wholesale hires Chris Brown, former Nash Finch COO, as SVP Independent Sales


Deep Sea Conservation Coalition gives NAFO mixed grade on protection of deep sea ecosystems


Gold Star smoked steelhead recalled for possible presence of listeria


Oceana pushing for reform of gillnet fisheries in New England and Mid-Atlantic


Thu. Sep 25 2014

Pacific Council Update: Elec Monitoring for whiting, more halibut for rec anglers


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 25, 2014


Sealord looks at new hoki options from sending whole fish to China to more NZ local consumption  


Major Japan trading houses focus more on seafood operations, Mitsubishi /Cermaq tieup part of trend  


Confederation Cove Mussel owner strongly objects to Minister Kenney's foreign worker stance


UK Seafood Ethics group - which will audit labor practices - has first meeting


Bonefish Grill picks new ad agency for rebranding campaign


Biloxi's century old shrimping business still at the center of Mississippi's seafood industry  


With high prices, shrimp shipments now account for 78% of India's total seafood exports  


Russian Sea may abandon aquaculture business after losses due to sanctions  


After successful season, Copper River coho heads to major culinary events in Anchorage, Seattle  


15 Senators and Representatives urge FDA to act on petition to change market name of Alaska pollock  


Newfoundland's Shell-Ex to build shrimp shell chitin extraction plant with provincial funding


SeaPak's "Shrimptacular" promotion will encourage more retail seafood consumption nationwide in Oct  


China building its first factory fish-farming ship and will deploy it to disputed Spratley Islands


EPA agrees to delay further regulatory action on Pebble until after preliminary court hearings


Aquabounty's salmon still up against staunch opposition on road to FDA approval (Fish Radio)


BC salmon farmers all determined to meet ASC standard


Farmed salmon finally getting some respect from fish snobs  


Huge increase in pollock biomass found in 2014 trawl surveys, TAC likely unaffected  


Sealord downsizing Nelson wetfish plant, focus is on higher value products


Feds updating CCF fishing vessel modernization program rules


'True' Blue Point oysters from Long Island's Great South Bay making a comeback  


Judge rules businesses don't have to return BP payouts


Kroger leads the pack in customer oriented digital products


Obama designates huge expansion of controversial marine reserve in central Pacific


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Bering Sea canyon coral mapped in huge NOAA science survey 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - Oct 1, 2014

Anchorage - Extensive scientific research on Bering Sea corals by NOAA has shown that Greenpeace’s advocacy for special coral protections are not supported by evidence, and that there is no ‘crisis’ regarding coral protection in the Bering Sea Canyons.
 
Instead, an extensive $2.5 million study has produced over 225,000 digital images of Bering Sea canyon and slope floor, and this is being used by NOAA to refine an understanding of where coral concentrations are, and where they may need special protections....

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Seafood and restaurant industries dodge a bullet as Gov. Brown vetoes California sfd labeling law

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Oct 1, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed Senate Bill 1138, the fish and shellfish labeling law, that would have created chaos for seafood consumers.
 
The bill was pushed through the legislature by Oceana, who claimed that it would help combat seafood fraud.  But the remedy - using the FDA common name for each species, rather than the standard market name is is now required, would have created chaos.
 
The bill would have required that seafood producers, seafood processors, retailers, and restaurants label their packaging and menus with the “common” name of the seafood item, as opposed to the market name developed by the Food and Drug Administration.
 
There are over 1850 common names for fish and shellfish sold in California.  The FDA allows most similar species to be grouped under the same market name, for example "shrimp."
 
In discussing why this bill was so bad, Mary Smith at Santa Monica Seafood said "A waitress would need to inform a customer ordering shrimp whether the shrimp was “Kadal Shrimp” or “Marsh Grass Shrimp” or “Jinga Shrimp” or one 30 possible Common Names for specific shrimp species.
 
"A worker at a food truck accepting an order for a mahi fish taco...

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Thailand to become shrimp importer this year as local production falls to 200,000 tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Oct 1, 2014

Poj Aramwattananont, president of the Thai Frozen Foods Association, speaking to the Nation Newspaper, said Thai shrimp still faced problems over Early Mortality Syndrome, which had caused a decline in output from last year's level to about 200,000 tons this year.  In 2013, Thailand produced about 250,000 tons of finished products. 
 
He said that processing plants would need to import shrimp from India, Vietnam, or Ecuador...

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Russia's "sushi years" come to an end as imported fish supplies run dry and drive up prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg] by Jake Rudnitsky and Jason Corcoran - October 1, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s first decade in power came to be known in Moscow as the “sushi years,” so totally had raw fish become a dining staple for the rising consumer class in his capital.

The sushi bubble is deflating now, hastened by the plunge in the ruble and the trade war triggered by Putin’s intervention in Ukraine that has foodies complaining about substitutes from as far away as Chile.

“The black swan event for our industry has been the confrontation with the West,” Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Blanco, founder and chairman of OAO Rosinter, Russia’s largest restaurant holding company, said in an interview. “It’s hit costs on the foods that we had imported from Europe and the U.S., and the full effects have yet to be felt.”

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Begich is keeping support of seafood industry in Senate race in Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ADN.com] by Nathaniel Herz Oct 1, 2014

The difference in reception for the two U. S. Senate candidates was stark.
 
The Republican, Dan Sullivan, got 45 minutes Friday morning to make his pitch to the United Fishermen of Alaska’s board of directors in a dimly lit hotel conference room in Anchorage -- a pitch that at best would draw just a few votes away from his opponent, incumbent Democratic U. S. Sen. Mark Begich, whom the group had endorsed months earlier.
 
Begich, by contrast, was invited to give the keynote address Friday night at the UFA’s glitzy 40th anniversary banquet, where he presented a fish-centric stump speech and described how he’d gone to bat for attendees by fighting against genetically modified salmon and illegal fishing in Alaska waters.
 
As the two candidates prepare for a debate Wednesday in Kodiak over fisheries, Begich is counting on strong support from the multibillion-dollar industry, which employs more than 30,000 people statewide.
 
He chairs a key Senate committee charged with shepherding legislation through Congress that’s critical to the fishing industry...

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NOAA finds Atlantic surf clam stocks in good shape, lifts min size requirements for 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South Coast Today] by Steve Urbon - October 1, 2014

Healthy Atlantic surf clam populations in the North Atlantic have brought about a lifting of minimum size requirements for the 2015 year, NOAA Fisheries announced Monday.

Quotas will also be unchanged from the current calendar year, the office of the Northeast regional administrator decided.

These actions stem from recommendations made in June by the New England Fishery Management Council...

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USDA completes 300,000 case pink salmon purchase from Ocean Beauty, Icicle, Trident and Peter Pan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 1, 2014

Last month the USDA purchased purchased nearly 300,000 cases of surplus canned Alaskan pink salmon at a price range between $40 and $45 per case for a total value of nearly $13 million. 

According to the USDA's purchase order the were 14.75 oz tall cans of Alaskan pink salmon. 

Icicle Seafoods, Trident, Ocean Beauty and Peter Pan all won bids to distribute the salmon to child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for the Fiscal year 2014.

Ocean Beauty had the largest order and will distribute 108,800 cases of the canned pinks...

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Fraser sockeye run wraps up about 10% below preseason estimate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker  Oct 1, 2014

The final meeting of the Fraser River Panel last week signaled the end of the run and the last remaining sockeye entering the river and beginning their upstream migration.

The Panel made a final in-season estimate change to the summer run size estimate by increasing it by 100,000 fish, from 7.9 million fish to 8 million. That makes the final in-season run size estimate 21,033,500, which is about 10% lower than the preseason estimate of around 23 million fish.
 
The run is made up of four management groups....

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Whole Foods set for Louisiana Sea-to-Table series supplied by Inland Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] By Meg Major - October 1, 2014 - 

To commemorate National Seafood Month in October, Whole Foods Market will host sea-to-table tastings every Thursday in its New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., stores.

Led by local chefs attendees will tour Whole Foods Market's seafood departments while sampling fresh Gulf seafood, along with wine pairings and expert buying, preparation and cooking tips.

Priced at $25 per person with all ticket sales benefiting GULF and Louisiana Sea Grant, each store will put a unique spin on the Sea to Table event, so no two Thursdays will be alike.

Whole Foods Market’s Louisiana distributor, Inland Seafood, ensures 100 percent traceability of its products from fishermen to table with no additives or sulfites, including Whole Foods Market's ban of tripolyphosphates...

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Endless "Boston lobster" is just one of the amenities in $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Mail online] - By Sophie Jane Evans - October 1, 2014 -  

From endless lobster meals and a full-size bed to designer toiletries, it could be a five-star hotel.

But this is actually a private suite on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 - worth a staggering $23,000.

Young entrepreneur Derek Low cashed in his frequent flier miles to travel in the airlines's Suites Class - voted the most luxurious cabin in the world - from Singapore to New York.

His Medium.com  blog, titled 'What it’s like to fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class', documents his incredible flight experience, from check-in to landing.

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Panel series focuses on challenge of marketing Maryland blue crab vs. imported crabmeat 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Star Democrat] By Henley Moore - October 1, 2014 -  

ST. MICHAELS, MD, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosted the third and final installment of its three-part series "State of the Crab: Community Conversations," Sunday, Sept. 28.

The four panelists included Steve Vilnit, director of fisheries marketing at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, watermen Russell Dize and Rachel Dean and packing house owner Joe Spurry. Michael Paolisso, professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Maryland, served as moderator. Along with poor water quality, state regulations on harvest and sustainability plans, the panelists spoke about how globalization is affecting their products.

According to Vilnit, two to five percent of the crabmeat sold in the region is from a local source...

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The activist-led panic against mercury in fish is harming the American diet (Opinion) 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Forbes] By Gavin Gibbons - September 30, 2014 

(Gavin Gibbons is Vice President of Communications at the National Fisheries Institute.)

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a three-day forum focused on the increasingly politicized topic of mercury contamination in fish. Why should you care? Because of all the scattered skirmishes in the ongoing food wars—from soda sizes to trans fats —the activist-led attack on seafood is unique.

That’s because if you stop eating those other foods, nothing bad is going to happen to you. But if you stop eating seafood, you’re actually putting yourself at risk.

This warning would be easy to dismiss as rhetoric were it simply coming from the seafood industry. But it is based on countless independent, peer-reviewed studies showing that when we don’t eat enough seafood we see cognitive impediments in children, and more preventable cardiovascular deaths in adults. It’s a warning... 

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Florida stone crab season opens Oct. 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bradenton Herald] - October 1, 2014 -    

Manattee, Florida, The recreational and commercial stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission. The season runs until May 16.

Only the claws, at least 2¾ inches, may be harvested. The bag limit is 1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

 

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Dongwon announces retirement of Sam Lee as CEO of Starkist, replaced by Andrew Choe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Sept 30, 2014

StarKist Co., a subsidiary of Dongwon Industries, today confirmed that Sam Hwi Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of StarKist, will retire on October 31.  Lee, a StarKist Board of Directors' member since 2008, was named President & CEO on November 1, 2012.  He will continue to serve as a member of the StarKist Board of Directors.

"I want to personally thank Mr. Lee for all of his leadership and contributions over the past two years at StarKist," said Ingu Park, Chairman of Board of Directors for StarKist.  "We appreciate Mr. Lee's commitment to StarKist's success and wish him the very best in future endeavors."
 
As of November 1, Mr. Andrew Choe, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain at StarKist, will be President & CEO at StarKist Co.  According to Dongwon, Mr. Choe has improved performance and contributed to StarKist's ongoing success for the past four years.  Prior to StarKist, Choe held leadership positions at Dongwon Enterprise and Phillip Morris International.  Mr. Choe will continue to be based at StarKist Co. headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
"I have all confidence Mr. Choe's proven leadership will take the StarKist organization to the next level of performance," said Mr. Park.
 
Mr. Namjung Kim, COO, has been promoted to Vice Chairman of StarKist Co. and will continue to lead strategy development for the StarKist organization.

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Arctic ice melts are forcing Pacific walrus to move to northwest Alaska's beaches in Point Lay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] by Dan Joling - October 1, 2014

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Point Lay is an Inupiat Eskimo village 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage...

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PEI Minister unmoved as PEI fishermen's and processor's groups unite in call for foreign workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - September 30, 2014 -  

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and Seafood Processors Association spent two hours Sunday with Employment Minister Jason Kenney trying to change his mind about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the minister why they couldn’t find local Islanders to staff their operations.

Dennis King with the processors said “We advertise, we work hard we try to recruit. We do everything we can, the workers we have, the majority which are local, are good workers, we're glad to have them we want to continue to keep them, we know they need EI because its a seasonal industry. We're not here advocating to get rid of the EI system."

King says the real problems will occur next spring if plants can't get enough workers to process lobster...

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Norway running out of options in China, as salmon market share falls from 90% to 30%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [South China Morning Post]  By Sarah Karacs - Sept 30, 2014

Norway has paid a high price since dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with Beijing continuing to turn the screw
 
China’s relationship with Oslo has remained frosty for far longer than expected since a Norwegian committee awarded dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, and experts say there is little the Scandinavian country can do to appease Beijing.
 
The latest blow to Sino-Norwegian trade came on September 10, when China announced a ban on salmon infected with ILA, a virus that is harmless to humans but prevalent in European waters.
 
While spokesmen at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) – the Chinese body that regulates food safety – claim that the new legislation was in response to its discovery of a batch of contaminated Norwegian salmon this summer, experts suspect the gesture was a punitive one....

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NGO's turn to EPA to push mercury standard that would counter FDA advice to eat fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Risk Policy Report] by Maria Hegstad Sept. 30, 2014

EPA is facing calls from observers to consider pursuing a holistic risk-benefit calculus to project the estimated risks to the public from exposure to methylmercury (MeHg), in lieu of the agency's plan to update its 13-year old Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of the substance that the public is exposed to by eating otherwise beneficial seafood.

During a recent EPA National Forum on Contaminants in Fish in Alexandria, VA, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official suggested that a broader "net effects" approach could be more useful to the agency than a traditional reference dose (RfD) -- the maximum amount of a substance that EPA estimates can be ingested daily over a lifetime without associated adverse health effects occurring.
 
"If you use a net effects approach, do you even need" an RfD, asked Tony Lowery, the program coordinator for NOAA's National Seafood Inspection Laboratory, speaking at the EPA forum.
 
Ned Groth, a retired Consumer Reports toxicologist who consults for advocacy groups on mercury and seafood issues, asked, "Is it even practical to set a new RfD? Or [is it better to] take a second approach?"
 
In response to the suggestions, Vincent Cogliano -- acting director of EPA's IRIS program -- said the agency is pushing ahead with its planned update...

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EU protests Russian detention of Lithuanian registered crab vessel, seized outside Russia's EEZ

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Oct 1, 2014

The new developments in the case of the F/V Juros Vilkas are that the EU has officially protested to Russia over the seizure of the vessel on the high seas, and a trial date has been set in Moscow for an October 7th hearing about the seizure and the claim the vessel was illegally fishing snow crab in the Russian zone.
 
Russian authorities detained the vessel in the high seas waters of the Barents Sea, and towed the vessel to Murmansk.  The Russians claim 15 tons of snow crab was on board.
 
The vessel representatives in Lithuania admit that the vessel did stray over the Russian line for a very short time, perhaps an hour, but that no fishing was conducted on the Russian side.   The vessel is part of a fleet put together by Yuri Silagin, owner of Arctic Fishing in Seattle to fish for snow crab in the "donut hole" part of the Barents Sea.
 
"We are concerned by the forced apprehension of the Lithuanian fishing vessel," an EU spokesman said...

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Plenty of blame to go around for the disastrous drop in Gulf of Maine cod

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] By Doug Fraser - October 1, 2014 - 

HYANNIS, Back in July 2012, John Bullard was the newly minted Northeast regional director for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Soon after he took the reins, Bullard anguished over quota cuts of 77 percent for Gulf of Maine cod and 55 percent for Georges Bank cod, deemed necessary to rebuild those failing stocks.

"As difficult as that action was 18 months ago, it wasn't enough, and here we are back at the table with stocks headed towards zero," Bullard told the New England Fishery Management Council meeting at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis Tuesday. "We could make the argument that it was too little, too late.

Bullard placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of his agency, but said that the council and fishermen all had a hand in the collapse of cod stocks.

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In trying to save Darden, Its board sealed its own demise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Stephen Davidoff Solomon - October 1, 2014 - 

Gestures of futile nobility seem mostly confined to the movies these days. And yet the directors of Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden and other quintessentially American restaurant chains, may have decided that they would rather commit corporate suicide than give in to the demands of two activist shareholders, Starboard Value and the Barington Capital Group. It would be touching if it didn't appear to be so inexplicably foolish.

Absent a last-minute, face-saving compromise, the likelihood of a full-scale ouster raises the glaring question: Why would the board pointlessly and perhaps foolishly invite its own demise?

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Namibian Hake Association defends management of hake resource

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [All Africa] - October 1, 2014 - 

The Namibian Hake Association has dismissed claims that the hake sector, the most valuable sector in Namibia's fishing industry, is being mismanaged and that decisions are not made in a transparent manner.

The claims are carried in a 10-page report that was jointly compiled by Carola Kirchner, a former Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources specialist and Anthony Leiman. The report also claims that the stock is over-exploited and quota allocation system is questionable.

Published as part of the Maritime Studies website, the report titled 'Resource rents and resource management policies in Namibia's post-independence hake fishery' was released in July this year with financial support from the Confederation of the Namibian Fishing Association...

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California approves ban on GM salmon production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] October 1, 2014

California has banned the commercial production of genetrically altered or "transgenic" non-native salmon in a bid to protect the state's native salmon and steelhead.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the bill AB 504 initally proposed by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast). 

“I thank Governor Brown for understanding the importance of protecting California wild salmon and steelhead from the threat of transgenic modification,” Chesbro said. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing an application by a company that seeks to produce a farmed salmon in the United States that has been genetically altered to grow faster than native salmon. If these ‘frankenfish’ were to escape into our waters, they could destroy our native salmonid populations through interbreeding, competition for food and the introduction of parasites and disease. The only way to ensure this never happens is to ban commercial hatchery production, cultivation or stocking of transgenic salmonids in California.”
 

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October is national seafood month, celebrating a $60 billion slice of US economy (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 1, 2014 

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries. 

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. 

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of the US fish landed...

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Modified atmosphere packaging opens up an international market for Australia's prized Goolwa cockle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Lead South Australia] by John Merriman - 

October 1, 2014

Innovations in packaging have allowed a newly formed Australian seafood company to expand their business to national and international markets.

A group of independent pipi harvesters joined together in 2012 to form The Goolwa Pipi Company with the help of the South Australian Government as a partner.

The pipi - commonly known as a Goolwa cockle - has gone from being used for fish bait to a seafood delicacy in Australia...

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Weak restaurant traffic is a concern in global markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] By Steve Coomes - October 1, 2014 -  

Restaurant average checks rose modestly worldwide in the second quarter, but traffic declines in some markets raised concerns about the industry’s ability to attract repeat customers, according to The NPD Group.

The report found that only four of 11 markets included — Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States — reported traffic increases: Australia, Great Britain, and the emerging markets of Russia and China.

The remaining seven markets showed a mix of flat traffic and modest declines. In Germany, traffic dipped 2 percent in the wake of a food safety crisis and excitement around the 2014 World Cup. Restaurant traffic in Italy slid 3 percent during the quarter, while both traffic and average check in Spain fell by about 1 percent.

U.S. operators saw average check increase 2.4 percent, but...

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Russian Sea Group posts large H1 sales gain but swings to loss vs. year-ago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Interfax] - October 1, 2014 - 

MOSCOW, Russian Sea Group boosted revenue to 9.048 billion rubles in the first half of 2014 from 7.686 billion rubles in the same period of last year, the company said in a report.

Net loss was 431.8 million rubles versus net profit of 1.7 million rubles the year before.

First half year sales in the aquaculture segment rose sharply to 870 tonnes and sales in the distribution grew to to 74,148 tonnes.

 

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Lobstermen wary that DFO might lift moratorium on new mussel leases in Malpeque Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - October 1, 2014 - 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing whether a growing mussel industry on P.E.I. should be allowed to establish new leases in Malpeque Bay.

There has been a moratorium on new mussel leases in the bay for 15 years. The department is considering opening up an additional 600 hectares to leases.

The growing Island industry has recently been forced to look to Nova Scotia for expansion to meet demand.  Growers say Malpeque Bay is the only place on P.E.I. with good expansion potential.

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association is asking Fisheries and Oceans to keep the moratorium in place citing environmental concerns and concerns over crowding.

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Russian king crab fishing is strong, with about 70% of quotas taken

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton   Sept. 30, 2014

The North Pacific Development Assoc in Hokkaido reports that Russian king crab catches have been strong, with a total catch of around 12,000 tons through early September.

Approximately 30% of the TAC was harvested in August.
 
Currently, for Blue King crab, 70% of the TAC has been taken in the major fishing area of West Kamchatka.
 
For Golden King crab, nearly 90% of the quota in N. Okhotsk, the primary fishing area, has been taken...

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Russian anti-monopoly service has work cut out for it as fish prices rise throughout Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  - Sept. 30, 2014

Moscow-  As fish prices rise at many retail stores throughout Russia, the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has its work cut out for it.  They have started massive checks of fish producers and suppliers because of what they claim are "unfounded price increases."

The  (FAS) has is focusing on the producers and suppliers of fish and seafood to the domestic market, with the  aim to prevent unfounded price increases in the domestic market.  

To date, inspections have already started in Moscow, the Moscow region,  Murmansk, Novosibirsk and other regions of the country.  According to FAS, inspections will target leading players in the Russian  market, among which are Russian Sea, Russian salmon and other companies.  According to retail chains, these companies have significantly increased prices for their  products.  

According to sources close to Magnit, Russia’s largest retail chain, some of its  suppliers have significantly increased fish prices

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