Fri. Aug 29 2014

Caution sounded on Fraser sockeye run, as catches lower than expected this week  


Proposal to give Rec Groups five year review of fish allocations a red flag in Begich Magnuson bill


Fresh Alaska halibut scarce on East Coast this year, as Canadian Atlantic Halibut imports increase


Blue North Fisheries hopes Port of Seattle's new CEO continues strong support for fishing industry


Boston Sword and Tuna going all out to get fish back into Market Basket stores quickly


Chinese authorities arrest 6 OSI employees involved in expired meat distribution scandal


Louisiana seeks data from shrimpers on catches of Asian tiger shrimp


Transient Orca sightings set record in Salish Sea this year


NPFMC member Duncan Fields lists seven considerations for any catch share program (Fish Radio)


Feds agree to return $71,500 seized from fishermen's cooperative in South Thomaston, Maine


Scots firm Landcatch takes 45 percent stake in Troutlodge


Egg bearing Female Atlantic Lobster Hauled up in Trap off Vancouver


Sanford and NZ King Salmon converting salmon offcuts into pet food for US market


Spanish researchers working toward commercial full cycle culture of octopuses


Russian authorities inspecting 100 more McDonald's restaurants, more closures possible


Red Lobster to bring back Endless Shrimp starting Sept 1 with more diverse menu


EPA says California’s Delta water diversion tunnel project could violate federal law


Major Russian retail group says salmon and tilapia prices are poised to rise in Sept.


Ben E. Keith Foods & Dot Foods talk about technologies and capabilities at their new facilities


Scottish Salmon Co. posts record first half sales as change to market orientation pays off


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 29, 2014


Thu. Aug 28 2014

High prices and low growth in salmon supply will persist for several more years says Rabobank  


Coast Guard chases illegal fishers in the Gulf, failure to fund port state treaty hurts response


Icon of Alaska oyster industry struggles to make a closed cycle oyster farm work in Prince Wlm Sound


Researchers find Hanasaki (spiny) king crabs are moving eastward into Norton Sound (Fish Radio)


Pew: with the worst fisheries mgt record in the country, New England should not loosen habitat rules


Letters: Crabmeat article made incorrect statements about quality of imports  


Video: Proposed ban on Russian crab could have unintended consequences


US Customs will start collecting duty rate cash deposits from Indian, Thai shrimp exporters today  


Juneau Empire strongly supports calls for US to ban Russian seafood imports


Market Basket deal ends bitter feud, mad rush to restock stores


Russian Sea buys more Chinese, Korean affiliated pollock companies, now by far largest quota holder


Second quarter difficult for most restaurant chains, many faced traffic declines


Alaska judges considering Yup'ik religious appeal of lower Kuskokwim king salmon conviction


Kodiak Alaska fisheries Gubernatorial Debate will be held tonight


NE Atlantic Mackerel stocks at record levels with huge biomass, unprecedented distribution  


Alabama's new red snapper reporting program shows feds grossly overestimated state's June landings


Mekong Delta black tiger shrimp and pangasius production dropped in August  


Chilean halibut aquaculture project ready to move to production trials if funding secured


Former Lyons Seafoods executive Iain Shone hired as GAA's Development Director


NOAA now seeking public comments on final proposal to establish Gulf of Mexico aquaculture standards


U.S. GDP for second quarter revised upward to 4.2 percent


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 28, 2014


Wed. Aug 27 2014

United Alaska Congressional Delegation urges Obama to ban Russian seafood imports


Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product  


Cooke returns to salmon processing in Maine, sees uptick in consumer demand for Maine salmon


FDA still reviewing changes made in Linda Bean's lobster processing operations after warning letter


Australia's Ferguson using China's lobster appetite for other trading options as tariffs come down


Marine Harvest says it will rise to challenges of Russian sanctions, sees higher prices by year end


High food prices lead to trade-offs even in upper-income households


Friends of Putin profit from Russia's food import ban


GAA calls on shrimp farmers to complete on-line EMS survey available in 7 languages


Outback re-running Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special, from August 20th


After freshwater walleye gets MSC nod Canadian fishermen frustrated with export barriers


Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" particularly bad this August affecting fish and crabs


Proposal to limit or close Cook Inlet razor clam fishing included in Fish Board's 2014-15 agenda


Salmar puts plans for Chilean salmon venture on hold citing production cost and output concerns  


Dalian shipping fresh seafood in special high-speed refrigerated rail cars to other parts of China


Russia's poor salmon catch this year hampering efforts to find replacement for banned fish


Bristol Bay River Academy gets Western Alaskans jobs as river guides (Fish radio)


Cape Breton Bivalve expanding its mussel farming operation and adding processing line


Japan will try to reinstate Antarctic "research" whaling at upcoming IWC meeting


DFO prepares to tamp down gear conflicts as more PEI fishermen turn to eel harvesting


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Aug 27, 2014


Tue. Aug 26 2014

S&P Downgrades American Seafood Group, says 'will have difficulty complying with financial covenants


Fraser sockeye run still coming on strong   (1) 


Wegmans to launch own brand of Gulf shrimp as part of promotional campaign with Marketing Coalition


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Aug 26, 2014


With battle for Market Basket apparently nearly over, can it thrive again? (Opinion)


Apalachicola oyster recovery getting over $6 million in federal disaster funds


Crab poaching by Russians in Japanese EEZ rises rapidly, reflecting more enforcement in Russia


Captain D's strikes two more franchise deals that will open stores in Georgia and Florida


India sets ambitious seafood export target: doubling value in three years to $10 billion


Popeyes ramping up seafood choices as part of successful strategy to differentiate


Ocean acidication poses latest threat to Long Island Sound's shellfish industry


Newfoundland invests in online sea lice monitoring system


Proposals now being sought to gauge economic potential of Alaskan mariculture (Fish Radio)


Russia calls New Zealand's effort to create Ross Sea MPA "territorial games"


Fiji developing snapper fishery as domestic tuna industry struggles


ISSF says Big-eye tuna is experiencing correctable overfishing, not a spiral to disaster  


Japan preparing to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch in Western and Central Pacific  


Burger King will buy Tim Hortons in $11 billion deal


New Ahold USA chief McCann outlines his ambitious "Project Thunder" plans


Terrebone fishermen upset over disruptive seismic survey during shrimp season


Western Pacific Fishery Council calls on President Obama to abandon vast marine monument


Mon. Aug 25 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Monday Aug 25, 2014


Cooked and peeled coldwater shrimp prices hit record highs, based on Icelandic sales data   (1) 


Vietnam's tuna industry learning to get top dollar in Japan  


McDonald's faces 'Millennial' challenge customers in their 20s and 30s are defecting to fast-casual


Letters: Consumer reports did not suggest pregnant women eat less fish


Kotzebue - far above Arctic Circle - sees record chum fishery this year  


Tilapia seedlings in short supply, Hainan hatcheries expanding production by 20%  


Globalpesca's Eduardo Infante says Chile's toothfish management is a disaster  


Long lines and surging interest in imported seafood lead to bare shelves at Shanghai free trade zone


Camanchaca posts $9.3 million in 1H revenue on improved salmon sales, prices and production costs  


Final details of Canadian free trade agreement with EU provide big boost to lobster, seafood exports


Despite some bright spots and exeeding projections, Alaska's salmon numbers far below last year   (1) 


Seafood Expo in Barcelona, now Seafood Expo Southern Europe grows, but no match for Brussels


Methane is seeping from seafloor Off East Coast, scientists say


Cool clean water will be released into lower Klamath to save salmon


Russia to tighten domestic controls on fish prices


We are choking the oceans with plastic (Opinion)


American Heartland Fish Products abandons exporting Asian carp, making meal and oil instead


Faith, grit and resourcefulness keep last boat homeported in Nantucket going


Japan's Fisheries Agency unveils warning system to curb overfishing of bluefin tuna  


Short supply raising shrimp prices in Japan  


Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons and form new company based in Canada


Market Basket board calls off crucial Sunday evening meeting


Thai shrimp exporters get final 1.1% duty rate decision from Commerce  


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Caution sounded on Fraser sockeye run, as catches lower than expected this week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  Aug 29, 2014

Mixed signals regarding the building Fraser River run this week caused some disruption in the fresh sockeye market.

Early in the week, a lower than anticipated catch led to canceling a  purse seine opening- which brings a lot of volume to processors. 
 
Yet the gillnet fishery also had its first 24 hour opening in five years on Tuesday, followed by another 12 hour opening on Wednesday. The DFO said the 24 hour opening was because  the early summer run sockeye have all passed through the mouth of the Fraser River.
 
The Fraser River Panel also revised downward...

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Proposal to give Rec Groups five year review of fish allocations a red flag in Begich's Magnuson bill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Aug 29, 2014

One of the big fights over Magnuson reauthorization this year will not be between NGO's and commercial fishermen, but over the attempt by well financed recreational lobbies to undermine catch share programs.
 
Although not present in the Magnuson langage in the House reauthorization, the draft Senate bill contains a provision that would create a five year review period for all catch allocations in the Gulf and South Atlantic.
 
Many people in the industry like Begich's draft. Mark Gleason, executive director of the commercial fishing group Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, told Politico it “threads a fine line” on the reallocation issue. Its distinction between environmental issues and overfishing as causes of declining fish populations would be helpful to commercial fishermen, he said.
 
NGO groups like Oceana also see the Begich draft as the best bill they may get this year.
 
But others have raised concerns about the recreational fisheries provisions.
 
In interviews done for a Politico article that said that the recreational groups were hoping to make Magnuson reflect their issues this year, several representatives of the Seafood Harvesters laid our their thoughts.
 
“If I were a hunter and gatherer, I would not be intimidated by the idea of a five-year reallocation,” said Chris Brown, head of the Seafood Harvesters of America. “But having negotiated the terms of my financial existence ...

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Fresh Alaska halibut scarce on East Coast this year, as Canadian Atlantic Halibut imports increase

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton - August 29, 2014

With the rise in Alaska halibut prices, they are now the close to East Coast Atlantic halibut prices, and as a result, many East Coast buyers are choosing the Atlantics. 
 
Reports from Fulton market in New York suggest that more companies are sticking with Atlantic Halibut this year; and this is confirmed by reports from Seattle suggesting that sales on the East Coast are shrinking.
 
Fresh Atlantic halibut is supplied from Canada, and as bycatch from the New England groundfish fleet.   Although current landings and quota data for 2014 are not available, a recent Canadian assessment document found their halibut stocks in good shape, and able to support a fishery on the order of 4,000 tons per year....

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Blue North Fisheries hopes Port of Seattle's new CEO continues strong support for fishing industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Seattle Times] by Coral Garnick - August 29, 2014

Facing steep global competition and the prospect of collaborating more closely with Tacoma, the Port of Seattle commissioners have tapped a business executive with no shipping or aviation experience as its next chief executive.

The Port announced Wednesday it selected Ted J. Fick, 55, to succeed Tay Yoshitani, who is retiring as CEO next month after seven years.

The commission plans to formally vote on Fick on Sept. 11 and, if approved, he will make $350,000 a year...

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Boston Sword and Tuna going all out to get fish back into Market Basket stores quickly

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - August 28, 2014 - 

Arthur T. Demoulas, newly reinstalled CEO of the 71 unit Market basket chain, said yesterday he hopes to take less than two weeks to get shelves restocked and stores back to some semblance of normalcy.

Michael Scola, president of Boston Sword and Tuna, Market Basket’s primary seafood vendor, said the company will be making two-a-day deliveries to the chain’s Tewksbury warehouse likely until the middle of next week to catch up. Such shipments typically go out once a day.

The vendor also delivers direct to stores near their South Boston headquarters, and had 16 such deliveries planned for yesterday, Scola said...

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Chinese authorities arrest 6 OSI employees involved in expired meat distribution scandal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Laruie Burkitt - August 29, 2014

Chinese prosecutors announced Friday the arrest of six OSI Group Inc. employees, more than a month after authorities suspended the U.S. food company's operations there, accusing one of its subsidiaries of selling expired products to fast-food companies.

The six employees were arrested for selling substandard products, the Shanghai Municipal People's Prosecution Service said in a statement on its website. The prosecutors named plant manager Hu Jun as one of the six arrested, and a person who has been advising OSI in China said the six are all Chinese nationals...

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Transient Orca sightings set record in Salish Sea this year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Victoria  Times Colonist] by Amy Smart - Aug 29, 2014

Mark Malleson watched an orca toss a harbour porpoise in the air, leap up and grab it in its mouth, then spit it out, on Wednesday.
 
Apparently, transient orcas - also known as Bigg's orcas and "the Ts" - like to play with their food.
 
"Harbour porpoise chases are pretty exciting," said Malleson, a skipper with the Prince of Whales tour company, who also works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and volunteers with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island.
 
Anecdotes like that one are abundant this season. According to the Pacific Whale Watch Association, this summer marks the highest number of transient orca sightings in the Salish Sea..

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Feds agree to return $71,500 seized from fishermen's cooperative in South Thomaston, Maine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Stephen Betts - August  29, 2014 - 

PORTLAND, Maine, One of the largest fishermen's cooperative in the state will get back $71,500 seized by police during an investigation into the theft of more than $1 million in lobsters.

Attorney George "Toby" Dilworth of Portland said Thursday an agreement in principle has been reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office to return the money to the Spruce Head Fishermen's Cooperative in South Thomaston.  A lawsuit filed by the cooperative last month against the government was dismissed Wednesday.

Dilworth, who represents the cooperative, said the $71,500 was cash seized from the St. George and Rockwood homes of former cooperative manager Robert Thompson and from a safety deposit box Thompson had at a local bank...

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Egg bearing Female Atlantic Lobster Hauled up in Trap off Vancouver Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] by Tiffany Crawford, Larry Pynn  Aug 29, 2014

West Vancouver resident Blair Calkins was prawn fishing on the weekend during an excursion to Bowen Island when he came across an unexpected creature in one of his traps: a large Atlantic female lobster, stuffed with eggs.

Not knowing whether he should release the alien species back into the Pacific, Blair said he called the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Saturday, but by Tuesday was still waiting for someone to return his call. The lobster is sitting in a tank, and Blair said he will likely release it back on the south end of Bowen Island within the next couple of days, in hopes that it will survive.
 
"The eggs look pretty ripe," he said. "We were all shocked. We had a couple of people who work in the fish industry on our boat and they were shocked too."
 
UBC marine biologist and professor of zoology Christopher Harley said occasionally someone will find an Atlantic lobster in the Pacific, but the sightings are rare, and whether there are established populations here remains a mystery.
 
"Since there are no native lobsters here, they must have been released by somebody," he said. "When you have a combination of live seafood markets and members of the public who feel that it's not fair to the animals, then you have people buying them to set them free."..

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Sanford and NZ King Salmon converting salmon offcuts into pet food for US market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Southland Times] - August 29, 2014 - 

Pet treats made from salmon offcuts from Sanford Ltd's farm on Stewart Island will be launched in the United States next month.

Christchurch-based company K9 Natural has teamed up with Sanford and New Zealand King Salmon to manufacture dog and cat treats from salmon and mussels offcuts.

In a deal brokered by the Marlborough Research Centre through its food and beverage cluster, Sanford was able to grow revenue using mussels and salmon parts that were previously going into compost and landfills.

Made from salmon tails and salmon fins from Sanford's farms in Stewart Island and King Salmon's farms in the Marlborough Sounds and its hatchery in Golden Bay, the products will sell for US$11.99  for a 113-gram bag.

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Russian authorities inspecting 100 more McDonald's restaurants, more closures possible

SEAFOODNEWS.COM Bloomberg] By Ilya Khrennikov - August 29, 2014 -

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) said Russia’s consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world’s largest fast-food chain by revenue was forced to close 12 locations in the country.

McDonald’s temporarily closed four restaurants in Krasnodar, in southern Russia, on an order from Rospotrebnadzor, as the agency is known, company spokeswoman Svetlana Polyakova says by phone. Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s has shut eight other outlets since August 20, including its first and largest location in central Moscow.

The chain, which said it has a total of 440 restaurants in the country, has ...

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Coast Guard chases illegal Mexican fishers in the Gulf, failure to fund port state treaty hurts response

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] August 28, 2014

The first week in August, Coast Guard crews out of Corpus Chrisi, Texas intercepted and seized a Mexican boat and crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters,  gathered approximately 17 miles of long line and seized more than 500 fish, and participated in several risky high-speed chases of vessels trying to evade Coast Guard crews.
 
To address growing IUU fishing in the Gulf by Mexican vessels on US waters, a meeting was held in Galveston August 18th, hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference. 
 
U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) said foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf “is an extremely important topic. Those who don’t play by the rules…take advantage of our fishing industry. ” Weber added that more can – and should – be done to “level that playing field and shut down all these illegal activities. ”
 
Aside from the theft of the fish, so-called pirate fishers show stark disregard for the marine environment, often by setting miles-long nets or lines that indiscriminately kill marine life, including endangered turtles and other imperiled species.
 
Will Ward, CEO of Captain’s Finest Seafood in Clearwater, Fla., and a member of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Fishermen’s Association, said, “I have visited extensively with business owners, recreational and commercial fisherman, and concerned citizens in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Everyone that I have spoken to is deeply troubled by the ongoing and chronic problem of foreign vessels engaging in illegal fishing. It is hard to grasp the impact this has had on our communities and our economy in the Gulf,..

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Major Russian retail group says salmon and tilapia prices are poised to rise in Sept.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [RosBusinessConsulting] August 29, 2014

A recent food imports ban will seriously impact prices of fish in the near future. The prices will go up regardless of the fish type, be it fish mentioned directly in the sanctions list such as salmon and trout or be it any other fish, business daily Kommersant reported.

Svetlana Chebarova, head of the quality control department at X5 Retail Group, said that prices of salmon, trout, chum salmon, and pink salmon rose 10% in August and are expected to go up another 20% in September. Red caviar will grow 25% in price.

Prices of fish imported from China and Vietnam are also rising. Chinese tilapia fillet price is up 27%, while Vietnamese pangasius price climbed 10%. Prices of haddock, capelin, and chum salmon rose 22%, 22%, and 9%, respectively. According to Chebarova, suppliers ascribe higher prices of fish whose imports are permitted to poor catches...

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Scottish Salmon Co. posts record first half sales as change to market orientation pays off

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - August 28, 2014 - 

The Scottish Salmon Company credited high harvests and storng prices for record half-year results.

Revenue was up 42.6 percent over year-ago to £33.8 millon.  EBIT before Fair Value Adjustment was £0.61 per kg.

Forecast production tonnage for 2014 was revised upwards to 28,900 tonnes based on strong biological performance. Warm waters encouraged growth and increased harvest volumes - with 8,027 tonnes harvested in Q2 2014 compared with 5,976 the previous year - and high market prices dominated the first six months of 2014.
 
There has been a change in focus over the past year, with new MD Craig Anderson of the SSC Ltd moving the company from being production-led to a market-led strategy.

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Researchers find Hanasaki (spiny) king crabs are moving eastward into Norton Sound (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 28, 2014 

A fairly new species, the Hanasaki King Crab, also known as a spiny king crab is joining the shellfish family. It has a boxier physique and carries with it a much spikier outer shell. Wes Jones is the Norton Sound Research Fisheries Director; He says it’s one tuff crab. 

“It’s in the same group of king crabs as red king crab. In general I think it is a little bit smaller than red king crab, but it has a lot more spines, and its big claws are much bigger compared to the body size. To me it looks like a king crab that is ready to fight.”

Though tougher to crack into, Jones says a local gave the crab two thumbs up for taste...

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Letters: Crabmeat article made incorrect statements about quality of imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters]  Aug 28, 2014

To the Editor:  
 
I read the article by Michael Ramsingh published on Seafoodnews.com August 27th [Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product]  and wanted to clarify a few points.  
 
Bonamar Corporation is a leading importer and producer of blue crab meat, blue swimming crab meat and red swimming crab meat so we have a comprehensive perspective.   It is true that, of the species mentioned… whether blue, blue swimming or red swimming… texture, flavor (AND cost differences) do exist between them.
 
The crab meat imported from Indonesia is not a “blue” crab as referenced in your article’s first paragraph.  The “blue” crab was correctly noted in your article as a specie caught domestically but it is also caught further south into Venezuela.   
 
Equally important,  we do not believe that “product coming from these substitute suppliers is either not the favored species or just not up to the quality standard of US Buyers.”  
 
People buy for price and supply reliability as well and not just for quality reasons....

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US Customs will start collecting duty rate cash deposits from Indian, Thai shrimp exporters today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 28, 2014

US Customs and Border Protection officials will begin collecting antidumping duty cash deposits from Thai and Indian shrimp exporters beginning today now that the Department of Commerce has published the final review of its 8th antidumping review in today's Federal Register.

Last week Commerce decided to uphold the rates it preliminary issued in March when the department decided to raise duties for Thai, Indian and Vietnamese exporters. The review covered shipments from February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

Thai exporters had their rates from zero percent in 2013 to 1.1 percent industry-wide, including Pakfood.  Marine Gold was left out of the 2014 preliminary review because it was excluded from the antidumping order as of February 1, 2012.

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Market Basket deal ends bitter feud, mad rush to restock stores

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross  - August 28, 2014 -

The epic family feud over Market Basket that captivated the public and paralyzed the supermarket business through the summer ended Wednesday when Arthur T. Demoulas reached a deal to buy the company from rival relatives for more than $1.5 billion.

Market Basket’s shareholders announced the deal at 11:15 p.m. after several days of suspenseful negotiations. Arthur T. Demoulas and his siblings will buy the shares of their cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, and other relatives on his side of the family, who collectively own 50.5 percent of the company.

The sale agreement, which will take months to formally close, ends a fight so bitter that it took the intervention of the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to help the Demoulas family end a fight that has been raging for a quarter century.

The agreement authorizes Arthur T. to manage the business and stabilize operations at its 71 stores.

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Louisiana seeks data from shrimpers on catches of Asian tiger shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Presss] - August 29, 2014 -

BATON ROUGE, La., State wildlife and fisheries officials are asking shrimp harvesters to report catches of Asian tiger prawns.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations...

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NPFMC member Duncan Fields lists seven considerations for any catch share program (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 29, 2014 

ike it or not, catch share programs are a preferred tool for federal fishery managers. For any program, seven topics should drive the decisions that will change fisheries forever. A straightforward list has been compiled by Duncan Fields, a lifelong Kodiak fisherman and a North Pacific Council member. Here is a sampler: 

"Issue one: Who gets the fish and why – vessel owners only? Directed species only? Bycatch species only? Would you distribute only by history, if so why, if not, why not. If you distribute only by history, how do you address the concern about rewarding fishermen who have generally fished dirty? Can you talk about equal distribution based on participation?"

The second major question is what kind of access right would be given to the resource. 

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Scots firm Landcatch takes 45 percent stake in Troutlodge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press and Journal] By Keith Findlay - August 29, 2014 - 

Scots firm Landcatch is taking a 45% stake in US fish breeder Troutlodge, making it the biggest single shareholder.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed when Landcatch and its owner, Netherlands-based Hendrix Genetics, teamed up with Trout-lodge to announce a memorandum of understanding for the deal yesterday.

Landcatch is a leading supplier of Atlantic salmon eggs and juveniles. It also supplies genetic services to the global aquaculture industry.

Landcatch said its “groundbreaking” genetic research had led to technology which could help to protect farmed salmon against the scourge of sea-lice, which cost Scottish fish farmers tens of millions of pounds each year to control. Landcatch and Troutlodge, which is said to be the world’s biggest rainbow trout egg producer, hope their tie-up will lead to a bigger share of the Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout markets.

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High prices and low growth in salmon supply will persist for several more years says Rabobank

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - August 28, 2014

Rabobank has released a new report on the salmon industry written by Gofjan Nikolik, the bank's fishery analsyst.   It is a follow up to the report written in 2011.
 
Rabobank predicted an unusually persistent 'high cycle' for farmed salmon, in which low growth rates and expanding demand kept prices high, and provided strong profitability for producers in both Norway and Chile.
 
In the first half of 2014, production growth surged 8%, and prices tumbled...

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Spanish researchers working toward commercial full cycle culture of octopuses 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Conservation Media Group] By José Iglesias Estévez - August 29, 2014 - 

(José Iglesias Estévez is the head scientist at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.)

Octopuses grow quickly, have lots of tasty flesh and are found all over the world. As the world’s supply of fish diminishes while the number of humans keeps increasing, it seems these creatures would make an ideal mass-produced food for our hungry mouths.

So where are all the octopus farms? The main thing that prevents octopus farming at large scale is that the common octopus – Octopus vulgaris – is tough to feed in captivity, especially when first born.

Over the past 15 years the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) in Vigo has carried out important and successful research to overcome the problems with octopus cultivation, and the institute is now focused on rearing octopus across a full life cycle – from hatch to catch. In fact they managed to complete full cultivation across the life cycle of several octopuses for the first time ever in 2001...

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Red Lobster to bring back Endless Shrimp starting Sept 1 with more diverse menu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 29, 2014

Starting on Labor Day Monday, September 1 Red Lobster will bring back its "Endless Shrimp" promotion that will offer customers six unique varieties to choose from.

The limited time promotion allows guests to order as much shrimp, salad and Cheddar Bay Biscuits they can eat. Customers will be able to mix and match their orders from the most diverse shrimp menu the seafood chain has offered in the history of the promotion...

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EPA says California’s Delta water diversion tunnel project could violate federal law

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sacramento Bee] - August 29, 2014 -

The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

In a 43-page letter sent Tuesday to the National Marine Fisheries Service and released publicly on the EPA’s website Thursday, the EPA said its research found that by diverting freshwater from three new intakes proposed on the Sacramento River – farther upstream from existing intakes – the project is likely to increase concentrations of salinity, mercury, bromide, chloride, selenium and pesticides in the estuary.

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Ben E. Keith Foods & Dot Foods talk about technologies and capabilities at their new facilities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [IFDA] [By Caroline Perkins and Chris Caldwell] - August 29, 2014 - 

In this article, Keith Pittman, senior vice president of operations at Ben E. Keith Foods, and John Long, senior vice president of warehousing at Dot Foods, talk about their company’s newest operations.

Ben E. Keith Foods New Houston Division

Ben E. Keith Foods carries some 15,000 items at the new facility. The new Houston facility has eight temperature zones, as do all Ben E. Keith divisions. Variations build off the three basic temperature options of ambient (dry), refrigerated, and frozen...

Dot Foods New Dyersville Distribution Center

While most distributors in foodservice deliver directly to restaurants and other professional kitchens, Dot Foods is a redistributor — which means they sell and deliver products to other distributors. This is ...

 

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Icon of Alaska oyster industry struggles to make a closed cycle oyster farm work in Prince William Sound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cordova Times] by Ben Yeager - August 28, 2014

CORDOVA -- Jim Aguiar doesn’t like angst. That isn’t a judgment of others, but rather a conceptual misunderstanding on his part. He just doesn’t get it. “If you like angst, move to New York City and meet Woody Allen, ” he said.
 
It could be that his life has been dictated by hard work and perseverance, first as a 19-year old with $20 to his name, working the slime line at a cannery, then as commercial fisherman and boat owner and now as the owner and sole operator of the Eagle Shellfish oyster farm in Simpson Bay, Prince William Sound. The Alaska oyster industry faces myriad problems, among them high transportation costs, lack of infrastructure, lack of labor and inconsistently available product. Perhaps the biggest problem is acquiring “spat, ” or baby oysters; there’s just no reliable, functioning way to grow them in state. Oyster farming is notoriously labor-intensive. Alaska-grown oysters are typically raised in nets or stacks of trays suspended in the water.
 
By the time a single oyster reaches a plate, it is probably at least 3 years old

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Pew: with the worst fisheries mgt record in the country, New England should not loosen habitat rules

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times]  [Opinion] By PETER BAKER August 28, 2014 

Peter Baker of Harwich directs the Northeast U. S. oceans program for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The headlines carried bad news for New England's historic cod fishery. Fishermen were returning from Georges Bank with near-empty holds. While other regions of the country successfully managed their fisheries, New England's fishery council had been unable to do so. Finally, the U. S. commerce secretary declared the region's fishery a disaster, paving the way for federal relief funds.

The year was 1994.
 
If the scene sounds familiar, that's because we're in the midst of another fishery disaster 20 years later. Once again, overfishing has forced populations of cod and some other bottom dwellers, known as "groundfish," to the brink of collapse, triggering a disaster declaration in 2012. The sense of déjà vu is unavoidable as fishermen and officials now debate the distribution of roughly $33 million dollars in federal assistance.
 
On top of that, a recent update shows cod stocks are in even worse shape than we thought: Scientists say the cod population in the Gulf of Maine has dropped to roughly 3 percent of a healthy level and is deteriorating rapidly.
 
You might think that two decades bookended by disasters would cause some soul searching among fisheries managers about what caused the current situation and how our ocean ecosystems and fishing communities can recover.
 
But recent actions by the New England Fishery Management Council, raise the question of whether they've learned any lessons ...

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Video: Proposed ban on Russian crab could have unintended consequences

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Aug 28, 2014

My friends in Alaska have called for a ban on Russian seafood imports in retaliation for Russia's ban on US food shipments.  Despite the justice of this, I think it is a case of be careful what you wish for.  
 
The seafood industry thrives on free trade - with US companies both exporting and importing huge amounts of seafood.  For King crab, a shut down of Russian product - which supplies about 90% of the US demand - would destroy the market.  After years in which the Deadliest Catch gave a huge boost to crab consumption, nothing would make consumers madder than boosting a product that is unavailable.  No retailer or restaurant wants to put themselves in the position of making their customers mad - so there would be a massive migration away from King Crab ... to the ultimate detriment even of the Alaskan producers. 
 
If an effective Russian boycott was actually implemented, it would destroy the king crab industry.  
The companies, including retailers such as Costco, Kroger and others, would not invest in a product they could not keep on their shelves - and King crab would disappear from most places consumers see it.
 
Once that happens, it is very hard to win back loyalty, as consumers move on to other products.  It would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. As seafood marketers who primarily rely on free trade around the world, this is not the best way to protect and preserve our American seafood markets. 
 

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Juneau Empire strongly supports calls for US to ban Russian seafood imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Juneau Empire]  Editorial  Aug 28, 2014

Empire Editorial: Protect Alaska seafood by banning Russian imports
 
There’s a cold war brewing in your freezer.
 
On Aug. 7, in retaliation for American sanctions, Russia banned the importation of most foreign food products. Russia imports salmon roe and smolt, hake, pollock and other fish products caught here in Alaska. Russia is a big market, and this ban will hurt Alaska fishermen by limiting the places they can sell their fish.
 
We do not believe this new cool war — it isn’t quite “cold” yet — will thaw soon. As the New York Times reported Wednesday, Russia is moving soldiers and weapons into eastern Ukraine, and relations between the United States and Russia are more likely to get worse than they are to improve.
 
If the United States cannot convince Russia to lift its import ban, it must implement a ban of its own...

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