Mon. Feb 8 2016

Slowdown in Indonesia Shrimp Production Helping to Firm Prices  


Chinese Buyers Said to be Distorting Market By Injecting Mekong Delta Tiger Shrimp with Water


Flooding in Andhra Pradesh Forced Indian Shrimp Producer to Shut Down for Two Months  


Devi Seafoods Adds Feed Mill to Better Control Shrimp Operations and Improve Integration  


Bristol Seafood Launches Wild Maine Mussels to National Retail, Broadline and Foodservice Markets


Rosrybolovstvo Moves to End 'Research Quotas' by Selling Rights to Russia's Existing Fish Tycoons


Competing Proteins: Only Modest Gains in Beef, Pork Markets Last Week; Eggs Lower


Gulf Council Tables Proposal to Move Rec Red Snapper Management to the States


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 8, 2016


Fri. Feb 5 2016

Collapse of Pollock Prices in China one Reason for Price Stand-off in Gulf of Alaska  


US Shrimp Imports Reach Second Highest Annual Total at 1.29 Billion Lbs in 2015  


John West Deal for FAD-Free tuna in Australia is largest yet for Pacifical


Kodiak's Ouzinkie Native Corp Supports Alternative 3 at Council due Experience of Rationalizations


Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Salmon Gets "Good Alternative" Rating from Seafood Watch


National Restaurant Chains Prep Menus with Shrimp, Seafood Promos in Time for Lent Next Week  


Patrick McGuinness Retires as President of Fisheries Council of Canada; Michelle Boudreau Takes Over


Seafood.com News Summary Friday February 5, 2016


Thu. Feb 4 2016

Whiting Fisheries Had a Rough Year, as Fishing Conditions and Markets Pushed Revenue Down 50%  


Brazil's Camanor May Have Found the Next Stage of the Shrimp Aquaculture Revolution


Restaurant Industry Contracted Sharply in December, RPI Falls to Lowest level in 3 years


NMFS Says First Ever Winter Sablefish Spawning Survey Will Deliver Better Stock Data


Cermaq Chile Cuts 1,000 Workers From Los Lagos Processing Plants  


Church's Chicken Adds Fried Shrimp and Fish Menu Offerings for Lent


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday February 4, 2016


Wed. Feb 3 2016

Russia Plans to Catch 41,500 Tons of Snow Crab This Year, (24,500 of Opilio)  


Early A Season Pollock Roe Production Appears Slow  


Omarsa Gets Positive Marks in First Work Ethics Audit


Peru's IMARPE says They Are Seeing Cobia Escaped from Ecuador


Judge Tossed Out Injunction to Stop Observer Payments for NE Boats During Trial, Not Entire Case


North Atlantic Absorbed 50% More Man-Made Carbon in a Decade Study Says


John West to Promote More MSC-Certified Canned Tuna in Australian Market


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to Help North Star Seafood Assess its Supply Chain


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday February 3, 2016


Tue. Feb 2 2016

Holiday Promotions Lag for All Seafood Except Shrimp  


Thai Government, Seafood Industry, Take Further Actions to Combat Labor Abuse, IUU Fishing


Commercial F/Vs Don't Get Permanent Discharge Exemption, May Face Higher Costs in Coast Guard Act


Ocean Trust and Louisiana Dept. of Fish Show Sustainable Certifications Can be Applied to Management


Vietnam's Selva Tiger Shrimp Gaining Chef Recognition for Natural Growout in Mangroves  


Alaska's Fish Managers Name 2016 Advisory Committee Excellence in Serve Award Winners


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday February 2, 2016


Sainsbury's Fish Manager; PNA Countries; Maldives Gov't Among SeaWeb's Seafood Champion Winners


Just 3% of Sacramento River's Winter Run Salmon Eggs Hatched into Fry


Legal Sea Foods Celebrates Leap Year with Two-Lobsters for $29 Promotion on Feb 29  


Cannon Fish Company Earns BRC Certification at Processing Plant Opened Last March


Calysta to Commercially Develop its FeedKind Fishmeal Protein in $30 Million Deal with Cargill


All Saudi Arabian Aquaculture Producers Commit to Achieve BAP Certification in 2016


Beaver Street Adds Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Tilapia Loins and Seafood Soups to Sea Best Line


Mon. Feb 1 2016

Gulf of Alaska Trawl Industry, Processors Write Highly Critical Letter on Council Plans


Red Lobster Bets Big on Small Tails as Lobsterfest Starts  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday February 1, 2016


Competing Proteins: Beef Market Continued to Slide While Chicken, Pork Gain Last Week


FDA Bans GM Salmon Shipments to US Market Pending Final Labeling Guidelines  


The Entire US Fisheries Management System Can be Certified as Meeting FAO Ecolabel Guidelines


GAA Extends Public Comment Period for Revised Farmed Mollusk Standards by One Week


Marine Harvest Chile Gets BAP Approval at 9 Farms, 2 Processing Centers Through Multi-Zone Program


Dr. David Wilson to Officially Take Over as IPHC's Executive Director in August


Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) Establishes Memorial for Ken Conrad


IPHC Sets Halibut Limit at 29.89 mlbs, Slightly Above 2015 Catch  


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Slowdown in Indonesia Shrimp Production Helping to Firm Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton and Kelly Hill - February 8, 2016

Indonesia is  the largest producer in the southern hemisphere, and historically, December to February is the peak production period due to weather and growth patterns.
 
Because of this Indonesia is often the largest supplier to the US during the first half of the year, while India, which produces most of its shrimp from March to November, is the primary supplier for the second half of the year.
 
Since mid-September, the Urner Barry white shrimp price index has risen about 16%.  In four out of the five years from 2011 to 2015...

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Chinese Buyers Said to be Distorting Market By Injecting Mekong Delta Tiger Shrimp with Water

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amy Zhong and John Sackton -  February 8, 2016

Most insiders in the seafood industry know that the most valuable commodity they can sell is water.  That is why there is a constant battle between those who sell a legitimate natural product and those who soak or inject products to increase their weight.

This issue of soaking or injection has become an increasing problem with China.  Now, Vietnamese companies are accusing Chinese traders of bidding up Mekong Black Tiger Shrimp prices by telling local processing plants to increase weight with injection.

Amy Zhong reports that according to Nguyen Van Kich, the general manager for Cafatex Corp, some Chinese buyers of black tiger shrimp are asking their suppliers in Vietnam to increase the weights before shipping.

Those companies that can sell water along with shrimp have an incentive to pay the highest prices.. just as in New Bedford, it is the price of soaked scallops that sets the market...

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Flooding in Andhra Pradesh Forced Indian Shrimp Producer to Shut Down for Two Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 8, 2016

A shrimp feed and hatchery operation in Andhra Pradesh, India was forced to close its facilities for over two months in November and December because of major flooding issues in the region.

The Waterbase's plant was shut down between November 19 and January 27 because of massive flooding in the Nellore District.

"The operations at Ananthapuram factory was disrupted from 19th November, 2015 due to unprecedented floods resulting in extensive damage to stock and assets of the company," The Waterbase said.

The company reported a 12 percent drop in its third quarter revenues because of the flooding issues...

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Devi Seafoods Adds Feed Mill to Better Control Shrimp Operations and Improve Integration

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jagdish Kumar  February 8, 2016

Mumbai - Devi Seafoods, one of the largest seafood exporters in Andhra Pradesh is setting up new shrimp feed mill plant.
 
Sources in India said the new feed plant will have a capacity of 50,000 tons per year, and will be located in Visakhapatnam.
 
Devi has two reasons to expand into its own feed mill. First, a company source said the Indian government will be investing $450 million in the next five years on promoting aquaculture across coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh as well as other states. This planned expansion is one opportunity Devi believes they can undertake that will benefit from this planned expansion.
 
Secondly, the company wants to maintain three and four star BAP certification levels. Devi Seafoods supplies a major share...

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Bristol Seafood Launches Wild Maine Mussels to National Retail, Broadline and Foodservice Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 8, 2016

Last week Bristol Seafood rolled out its line of Wild Maine Mussels that it plans to distribute to retail, broadline and foodservice markets nationwide.

Bristol officially announced its Wild Maine Mussel offering last week during a launch event in Portland, Maine where the company also celebrated 25 years in business.

The company has sourcing agreements with local blue mussel fishermen operating in Acadia National Park. Bristol cleans and packs the mussels at its facility in Portland.

Maine’s wild blue mussel harvest has averaged around 14 million pounds in commercial landings between 2010 and 2014 according to Maine’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The fishery’s value was around $2 million annually in that time.

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Collapse of Pollock Prices in China one Reason for Price Stand-off in Gulf of Alaska

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton   February 5, 2016

Part of the stand down in the Gulf of Alaska has been due to trawlers being unhappy with pollock delivery prices this year.
 
At the start of the A season, processors were offering 8 cents per lb., compared to 12 to 15 cents which is more typical of the past few years.
 
In fact, Bering Sea pollock catchers are still getting 12 to 14 cents, so we wondered what was different about the Gulf fishery...

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US Shrimp Imports Reach Second Highest Annual Total at 1.29 Billion Lbs in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 5, 2016

Shrimp imports to the US market were the second highest ever on record in 2015 at 1.29 billion pounds. The figure was just 8.9 million pounds short of hitting the all-time high set in 2006.

Imports released this morning indicate an increase in December 2015 of over 14 percent compared to December last year. So for the year, 2015 shipments compared to 2014 were up 3.3 percent.

However, the value of the total imports expressed in dollars per pound dropped 21 percent from $5.34 in 2014 to $4.21 for 2015...

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Competing Proteins: Only Modest Gains in Beef, Pork Markets Last Week; Eggs Lower

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] by Jamie Chadwick - February 8, 2016 

This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.

The beef market edged slightly higher last week, though demand was easing by week's end. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, rose 0.83% while Select was up 1.12% week over week. Post-Super Bowl demand typically results in a lackluster beef market scenario in February, with the exception of foodservice demand for Valentine's Day which often benefits the rib complex.

The pork market was somewhat unsettled...

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Kodiak's Ouzinkie Native Corp Supports Alternative 3 at Council due Experience of Rationalizations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 5, 2016

Some Alaskans are supporting efforts to slow the rationalization of the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fishery.  Jackie Muller, Board chair for the Ouzinkie Native Corporation, wrote in support of Sam Cotten's alternative 3 - that would not implement an IFQ system for groundfish.  "ONC members are concerned about the impacts of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s decisions regarding GOA trawl bycatch management and how these decisions could adversely impact our community. Consequently, we continue to support the State of Alaska’s Alternative 3 in the GOA Trawl Bycatch motion."
 
ONC owns lands on Kodiak island...

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National Restaurant Chains Prep Menus with Shrimp, Seafood Promos in Time for Lent Next Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 5, 2016

A number of national restaurant chains are prepping their menus with shrimp and other seafood offerings in time for the 2016 Lenten season that begins next week with Ash Wednesday on February 10.

Several chains will bring back menu items that typically sell well during the Lenten season.

On Sunday, most White Castle stores will bring back their crispy Shrimp Nibblers menu and add a Sriracha Shrimp Nibbler option for a limited time.

"During the Lenten season, many of our cravers seek a dining alternative and they love the quality, affordability and convenience of Shrimp Nibblers when visiting the Castle,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle.

Fried chicken chain Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is also bringing back its Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box for Lent...

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Whiting Fisheries Had a Rough Year, as Fishing Conditions and Markets Pushed Revenue Down 50%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Susan Chambers   February 4, 2016

As discussions begin for 2016 US/Canadian whiting quotas, all three West Coast Pacific whiting sectors -- mothership, catcher-processor and shoreside -- had a difficult season in 2015, on both the harvesting and marketing fronts. The mothership sector harvested 39 percent of their sector allocation in 2015; catcher-processors, 68 percent; and shoreside, 47 percent. In total, the Pacific whiting fleets harvested 154,099 mt in 2015...

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Restaurant Industry Contracted Sharply in December, RPI Falls to Lowest level in 3 years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  February 4, 2016

After a bright start to the year, with optimism and traffic growth, things have softened dramatically for the restaurant industry in the 4th quarter.
 
The December Restaurant Performance Index,  which is compiled by the National Restaurant Association, and measures growth or contraction of sales and traffic, fell below hundred for the first time since February 2013. 
 
Operators repoted a net decline in same store sales in December for the first time in nearly three years. 
 
“Elements of the economy remained uncertain ...

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Feds Are "Seriously" Investigating Price Fixing Among Big Three Canned Tuna Brands 

The Department of Justice’s intervention in mounting lawsuits against the Big Three canned tuna brand alleging price-fixing suggests the federal authorities are treating the case very seriously. On January 20, Judge Janis Sammartino granted the Department of Justice’s motion to intervene and conduct a grand jury investigation. “With the Department of Justice intervening, this tells you as an observer that their investigation is very active,” said Christopher Lebsock, a partner at San Francisco-based Hausfeld LLP. “The comments suggest that the Department of Justice is very serious about this case.”

A slowdown in Indonesian shrimp production appears to have contributed to a firming price for large shrimp. The supply situation is not likely to change until other major producers such as India and Thailand begin their heavy exports later this spring.

In other news Vietnamese shrimp producers are accusing Chinese traders of bidding up Mekong Black Tiger Shrimp prices by telling some local processors to increase weight with injection. Reports say some Chinese shrimp buyers are injecting fillers into shrimp to make them larger and heavier in order to sell them into the Chinese market at a premium. However, companies that choose not to soak the shrimp say they not able to compete with these traders from China.

Finally, The Waterbase, a shrimp producer based in Andhra Pradesh said it was forced to close its operations for two months between November and January because of severe flooding issues. The company blamed the flooding and damage to its facilities for poor quarterly performance. "The operations at Ananthapuram factory was disrupted from 19th November, 2015 due to unprecedented floods resulting in extensive damage to stock and assets of the company," the company said in a statement.

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Church's Chicken Adds Fried Shrimp and Fish Menu Offerings for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 4, 2016

Fast-food chain Church's Chicken will bring back fried shrimp and fish menu items for the Lenten season starting on February 8. 

Church's menu offerings include Church's Lemon-Seasoned Butterfly Shrimp and Crispy Fish. The company is also adding Hush Puppy Biscuit Bites this year. 

Consumers will be able to order 8 Lemon Seasoned Butterfly Shrimp or 2 Lemon Seasoned Crispy Fish Filets plus Small Fries, and 3 Hush Puppy Biscuit Bites. A Family Fish Fry offering will also be available that features 8 Crispy Fish Filets, a Family-Size order of Fries and 12 Hush Puppy Biscuit Bites.

“Lent is a great time for a change of pace and we’re excited to offer these brand new seafood selections as well as our scratch-made Hush Puppy Biscuit Bites," said Jennifer Chasteen, Senior Director of Brand & Product Strategy for Church’s Chicken. “We expect the Lemon-Seasoned Shrimp and Crispy Fish Filets will be a welcome menu addition that guests will be anxious to see again in the future."

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Early A Season Pollock Roe Production Appears Slow

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  February 3, 2016

Early reports are that roe production is starting slowly for the pollock fleet.  
 
The primary issue seems to be small size fish.   Some boats are fishing on pollock which is 400 to 450 grams, which is producing only  54% standard grade, and 45% offgrade. 
 
Most expect roe production rates to improve as the fishing moves further north.  
 
As of Janaury 23rd, NMFS reported only 143 tons of roe...

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Peru's IMARPE says They Are Seeing Cobia Escaped from Ecuador

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  February 3, 2016  

Although widespread in tropical waters, Cobia is not found in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.  Thus Peru's fisheries research agency, IMARPE was interested in reports from fishermen of cobia being caught inshore.
 
The performed indentification, and confirmed that fishermen were catching cobia in the creeks of the Tumbes region this past fall.  IMARPE is paying special attention to monitoring the incidence of this species in catches of artisanal fisheries, although it should be noted that since December no news identifications have  been recorded. 
 
The hypothesis is that these are cobia escaped from net pens in Ecuador...

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Collapse of Pollock Prices in China one Reason for Price Stand-off in Gulf of Alaska

The collapse of pollock prices in China may be driving down the market for the Gulf of Alaska A season catch reports John Sackton. In January, H&G Pollock prices for product shipped to China for further processing fell to their lowest levels since 2005. A significant portion of the Gulf fishery is shipped as H&G fish to China. Another factor is currency, since the strength of the US dollar and weakness of the Russian rouble makes dollar denominated products from Russia much cheaper and is another reason for the huge decline in dollar Pollock prices.

Warm Gulf of Maine waters are setting up the region’s lobster stock for another early shed similar to 2012. At the time warm waters caused a peak harvesting period of new-shell lobsters in May, weeks ahead of schedule. As a result, prices paid to lobstermen fell to as low as $2 a pound. However, Maine’s lobster representatives say the industry and the market are better prepared to handle an early influx of new-shell product if that’s the case in 2016.

In other news shrimp imports to the US market were the second highest ever on record in 2015 at 1.29 billion pounds. The figure was just 8.9 million pounds short of hitting the all-time high set in 2006.

Finally, Portland, Oregon’s Fishpeople inked a major distribution deal with Walmart by appeal to the retailer’s commitment to source more of its products domestically. Fishpeople’s product line features just 10 seafood species responsibly sourced from US fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. Walmart made a commitment to buy $250 billion worth of US-made products by 2023. “Fishpeople are not only a U.S. manufacturing success story but they also are sustainable in how they’re harvesting and processing. They hit both responsibility areas for our company that we’re investing in,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice-president of U.S. manufacturing at Wal-Mart.

Have a great weekend.

 

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North Atlantic Absorbed 50% More Man-Made Carbon in a Decade Study Says

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 3, 2016

A University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study found that the North Atlantic absorbed 50 percent more man-made carbon dioxide over the last decade, compared to the previous decade. 

The study, titled “Rapid Anthropogenic Changes in CO2 and pH in the Atlantic Ocean: 2003-2014” analyzed data collected from the same locations, but 10 years apart, to identify changes caused by man-made CO2. The data were collected during two National Science Foundation-funded international ship-based studies, CLIVAR (Climate Variability CO2 Repeat Hydrography) and GO-SHIP (Global Ocean Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program)...

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Rosrybolovstvo Moves to End 'Research Quotas' by Selling Rights to Russia's Existing Fish Tycoons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugen Gerden  February 8, 2016

Rosrybolovstvo will create conditions for further consolidation and monopolization of the Russian fishing market by selling off the quota shares currently allocated to various marine research institutions. 

The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), plans to allocate additional sources to the federal budget, which is expected to take place through the sales of fishing quotas, which are currently owned by the domestic research institutions, to private investors. 
 
Among the quotas, that will become a subject of sale will be quotas for the production of red king crab, blue crab..

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John West Deal for FAD-Free tuna in Australia is largest yet for Pacifical

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - February 5, 2016

The agreement announced yesterday by John West, to source 100 million cans of FAD Free tuna from Pacifical for Australian markets, is the largest deal yet to commercialize the MSC certified skipjack produced by Pacifical.  This amounts to 43% of Australia's canned tuna. The cans will be labeled Pacifical MSC, says Pacifical.  In the past, John West has generally only used "pole and line" labeling on some of its cans, not the usual MSC blue logo.
 
Pacifical is the marketing arm of the PNA countries who control about 50% of the global skipjack supply.  The fishery was certified by the MSC in 2011, on the basis that participating vessels would segregate fish in the holds that were caught on free schools, vs. those caught on FADs - fish aggregating devices.
 
Tuna Fishing on FADs has exploded in recent years

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Gulf Council Tables Proposal to Move Rec Red Snapper Management to the States

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 8, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council tabled a plan to form a state-run management plan for the region's recreational red snapper fishery. 

Further discussions for Reef Fish Amendment 39 were postponed during the Council's latest round of meetings held in Alabama between January 25-28. The Amendment included a provision to take federal recreational red snapper management responsibilities away from NMFS in favor of a plan for the five Gulf states to manage the fishery. 

However, the Council opted to delay further discussions about the plan in order to explore other options. This is not the same as an outright rejection to the proposal that would essentially stop the effort in its tracks...

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Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Salmon Gets "Good Alternative" Rating from Seafood Watch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 5, 2016

Cooke Aquaculture's Maine raised salmon was given a "Good Alternative " rating by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. 

The rating is a first for Maine Farmed Atlantic Salmon. For Cooke--by far the largest salmon producer in Maine--it means their True North and Heritage salmon brands can be sold with the designation. 

“We have been closely watching the steady increase of demand for Farmed Atlantic Salmon and the related Maine industry as it continues to grow, improve and innovate,” said Sebastian Belle, Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. “The Seafood Watch rating is a tangible distinction and is a direct result of the best practices and regulations we have put in place to continue to support this growing industry.”

Maine's salmon farming industry spans 22 sites, three hatcheries and processing plants in Machiasport, Maine...

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Patrick McGuinness Retires as President of Fisheries Council of Canada; Michelle Boudreau Takes Over

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 5, 2016

Patrick McGuinness retired as President of the Fisheries Council of Canada in January after serving 26 years with the group.  He was President of the FCC since 2003.  

The Fisheries Council of Canada, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, is the primary way the Canadian seafood industry talks to the government in Ottawa.  Patrick has been very active in both the International Coalition of Fisheries Assocations (ICFA) which works with the FAO, and also in representing Canadian fisheries in various trade discussions with the Canadian government.

McGuinness joined the FCC in 1985...

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Brazil’s Camanor May Have Found the Next Stage of the Shrimp Aquaculture Revolution

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Kelly Hill  February 4, 2016

Camanor’s high density, land based facility in Natal, Brazil is being promoted as “a new concept in sustainable shrimp production,” by its Director and founder, Werner Jost. The Global Aquaculture Alliance agrees, awarding it the 2015 Preferred Freezer Services Global Aquaculture Alliance Innovation & Leadership Award.

The key is a new technology called AquaScience® that allows Camanor to create the exact mineral profile that shrimp need to for growth and optimum health. In addition, this technology also reduces the water needed to produce one kilo of shrimp, from over 5000 gallons in traditional shrimp farms to just over 63 gallons, by using the same water during multiple production cycles. The closed system is designed to eliminate the need for antibiotics or chemicals. 

Says Jost “The nutrients from the shrimp pond are recycled, with the water going through a denitrification process before being introduced into a tilapia pond. The tilapia, which is more or less a byproduct, is sold into local markets....

 

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NMFS Says First Ever Winter Sablefish Spawning Survey Will Deliver Better Stock Data

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 4, 2016

NMFS scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center plan to get even more data about the health of the region's valuable sablefish stock through a winter survey the agency conducted in December. 

Researchers teamed up with a Trident Seafoods fishing vessel to conduct the first-ever winter season survey of mature sablefish females in Alaskan waters. 

The project runs counter to past sablefish research which was usually done during the summer months. Sciensts found the assessements provide more accurate stock data, speficially a better proportion of the population that is spawning. 

“Mid-December is a great time to sample sablefish for maturity since fish are preparing to spawn but have not yet spawned,” said Cara Rodgveller, a NOAA Fisheries biologist involved in the study. “This makes determining maturity very straight forward because mature females should have developed eggs.”

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Cermaq Chile Cuts 1,000 Workers From Los Lagos Processing Plants 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 4, 2016

Chile's National Confederation of Salmon Workers (Conatrasal) confirmed that Cermaq Chile will layoff about 1,000 workers at its salmon processing plants in the Los Lagos Region. 

The layoffs weren't a surprise to Conatrasal's Vice President Javier Ugarte who said salmon industry leaders planned to cut staff in the first quarter over high production costs. 

However, there is worry that the region's entire salmon industry may slash more than the 2,000 total salmon jobs that was projected. Cermaq's 1,000 worker cut was more than originally anticipated. 

The layoffs result in rampant unemployment for local economies that depended on the processing jobs. 

"We are talking about rural communes where practically dismisses 98 percent of the workforce in the manufacturing industry in the district," said José Pacheco, president of worker union CUT Llanquihue...

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Russia Plans to Catch 41,500 Tons of Snow Crab This Year, (24,500 of Opilio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  February 3, 2016  

The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) has approved the planned volume of catch of snow crab in the Russian Far East for 2016, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to Shestakov’s spokesman, this year these figures are set at the level of 41,500 tonnes, that is based on the recommendations of some leading Russian research institutions in the field of fisheries. This is slightly higher the limits of 2015 that were set at the level of 39,500 tonnes...

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Omarsa Gets Positive Marks in First Work Ethics Audit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 3, 2016

In December 2015 Omarsa was evaluated for work ethics and social responsibility under the criteria of the audit SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA).  The company obtained favorable results. This audit aims to ensure ethical trade and social responsibility of companies through the assessment of compliance with regulations related to labor and occupational risk prevention standards; framed by the requirements of local legislation and the Base Code Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
 
Sedex is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enable improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in supply chains worldwide and has the largest share ethical data in the supply chain collaboration platform.
 
Through the SEDEX platform, Omarsa can share 

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Judge Tossed Out Injunction to Stop Observer Payments for NE Boats During Trial, Not Entire Case

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 3, 2016

On Monday February 1 we ran a story about the start of price negotiations between New England groundfish sector managers and third-party services for at-sea observer costs (New England's Groundfish Sectors Prepare to Pay At-Sea Observer Costs Starting March 1).

In our News Summary that day we stated that "a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by East Coast fishermen that challenged NOAA’s mandate for fishermen to cover observer costs.”

However, that lawsuit was not dismissed, instead it was an injunction filed with the lawsuit that sought to prevent the at-sea observer costs from being levied during the time of the trial.  The court ruled that the statute did not permit preliminary relief, but it did not address the merits of the case at all...

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Holiday Promotions Lag for All Seafood Except Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  February 2, 2016

Our latest analysis of Urner Barry’s retail promotion database shows something surprising.  For the period from Dec 1st to January 31st, promotional volume, which we use as a proxy for sales, was basically flat for all major seafood categories except shrimp.

When declines in price do not produce additional retail sales dollars, it is like a yellow caution sign is flashing...

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