Mon. Apr 24 2017

Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels  


About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions  


Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks  


Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US  


Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market


Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort  


Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 24, 2017


Fri. Apr 21 2017

NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks


Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale


Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019  


Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister


Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 21, 2017


Thu. Apr 20 2017

PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period  


Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance  


Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing  


Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22  


Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years   (0) 


Marine Harvest's Q1 Production Falls 13% in 2017 But Earnings Double from a Year Ago  


Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year


American Shrimp Processors Assoc. Backs "Buy American" Executive Order  


Portion of Kodiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Temporarily Shut Down for Lack of Fish  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 20, 2017


Wed. Apr 19 2017

European Whole Salmon Floods US and Cuts into Canada's Market Share  


West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments  


Letters: Laitram Says Steam Cookers Catching on In NB Crab Industry with Quality Advantages  


VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quotas Announced  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 19, 2017


Tue. Apr 18 2017

Japanese Crab Negotiations with Newfoundland Full of Uncertainty  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 18, 2017


NFI's Shrimp Council Partners with Popular Food Blogger Chungah Rhee to Promote Shrimp Consumption  


Kroger Backs WWF with $50,000 Donation as Part of Earth Month Sustainability Campaign


Mon. Apr 17 2017

The Smokehouse of NY Recalls Smoked Salmon and Fish Products Over Listeria Concerns  


High Liner Recalls Captain's Crew Fish Strips for Undeclared Allergen


Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri to Run Virgin London Marathon in Support of WWF-UK


Fortune Fish Expands into E-Commerce Seafood Sales With Deal to Buy Lobster Gram  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 17, 2017


Indonesian Canned Tuna Producer PT Bali Maya Permai Joins ISSF  


China’s Tilapia Industry Faces Moment of Truth at Volume Remains Flat and Prices Fall  


New Zealand's Most Controversial Fishery Deemed Sustainable by Global Body  


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Pacific Council Approves Electronic Monitoring for West Coast Trawlers SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 10, 2017 The Pacific Fishery Management Council heard updates on an exempted fishing permit (EFP) and took final action to approve electronic monitoring (EM) in the bottom trawl and non-whiting midwater trawl fisheries. The Council is meeting this week in Sacramento, Calif. Fishermen, regulators and NGOs like Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy have long been interested in EM’s potential as an alternative to the 100 percent human observer coverage requirement for fishing vessels targeting groundfish in the two trawl sectors. This is a follow-on to the Council’s 2016 action authorizing EM for the fixed gear and whiting sectors of the fleet, and ...

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Cautious Optimism About Recovery of Canada's Northern Cod Stocks Noted During Meeting in Brussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - April 24, 2017 

Cautious optimism about the status of Canada’s Northern Cod fishery was noted during the second annual consultation meeting among the Association of Seafood Producers, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, which was held in Brussels this week.

Representatives from France, the UK, and Canada were in attendance. Overall, the meeting reported progress towards rebuilding Northern cod stocks through a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP).

The meeting reviewed stock status and population projections, and updated the FIP Action Plan...

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About 500 Walmart Stores in Midwest Market to Carry The Salmon Man's Norwegian Salmon Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Nearly 500 Walmart stores in the Midwest market will sell frozen, pre-portioned and seasoned Norwegian Salmon fillets distributed the Salmon Man Salmon.

The Salmon Man Salmon Portions are flash-frozen and available in three tasting options—Original, Salmon with Garlic & Herb Crust, Salmon with Cajun Crust.

“These pre-portioned salmon fillets offer a convenient solution for getting dinner on the table during the busy week.  From grilling to oven roasting, salmon is incredibly versatile, quick cooking and compliments a wide-range of flavors,” the

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Icelandic Group Puts Major UK Seafood Distributor Seachill Up For Sale 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 21, 2017

The Board of Icelandic Group has initiated a sales process for its UK operations, Seachill. This is the latest operation that Icelandic Group has decided to sell off.

 Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market since it was founded in 1998. The business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK, with well-invested facilities and an established supply chain Icelandic Group said.

Seachill owns The Saucy Fish Co. brand which has a fast growing reputation globally. The brand recently expanded to the North American market.  In 2017, The Saucy Fish Co. entered the frozen retail category with a line of ready to cook frozen products.

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Newfoundland's Fisheries Minister Supports $14 Million Federal Commitment to Study Cod Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 24, 2017

Newfoundland's Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources Steve Crocker said he supports a federal commitment to fund $14 million over the next five years to conduct full northern cod stock assessments starting in 2017-18.   

“I have been requesting increased fisheries science into the species around our waters since becoming minister and I am pleased the Federal Government has listened to these requests and will invest $14 million into full annual scientific assessments for northern cod. Having greater scientific activity is critical especially as we prepare for the transition to groundfish.... 

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Marine Harvest Canada Selects Poseidon Ocean Systems to Build 29 Salmon Pens Around Vancouver Island

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2017

Campbell River, B.C. -- Vancouver Island and Danish companies have been awarded a three-year deal to build new pen systems for British Columbia’s largest salmon aquaculture company.

The construction of high-density polyethylene circular fish pens, almost 400 feet in diameter, was awarded by Marine Harvest Canada to Poseidon Ocean Systems dealing on behalf of manufacturer Hvalpsund Net. The net pen's design name is branded HD 500 Extreme, according to a press release.

“The HD 500 Extreme pens are a wider and ...

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Vietnam Fails to Score Big in Egyptian Fish Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Viet Nam News] - April 24, 2017

Consumption of fish is a traditional and vital component of the Egyptian diet, and a primary source of inexpensive animal protein for the growing population, said Vietnam Trade Counsellor Pham The Cuong recently.

Fish and fisheries in Egypt are expected to produce 1.4 million metric tons of product in 2017, principally seabass, tilapia and catfish, said Mr Cuong, adding that 40% of it is allocated for domestic consumption and 60% for export to EU countries and Gulf states.

Mr Cuong noted fish and fishery imports of Egypt for the year...

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Newfoundland Fisherman Continues Hunger Strike Protest After Call From Minister

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Canadian Press] - April 21, 2017

St John's, N.L. — A Newfoundland fisherman is continuing his hunger strike over what he says is Ottawa's dire mismanagement of stocks, despite getting a phone call from federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, his mother says.

Linda Gillett said Friday that her son Richard Gillett spoke with LeBlanc on Thursday, but isn't ready yet to give up his protest.

"He's not accepting that, he wants it in writing that he (LeBlanc) will meet with him," said Gillett.

She said her son is entering the ninth day...

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PWS Pink and Chum Salmon Get Determination of MSC Sustainability Prior to Public Objection Period


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - April 21, 2017

The final report of the results of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment of the Prince William Sound (PWS) salmon fisheries is out and this time, pink and chum hatchery salmon from that area were determined to be certified as sustainable.

The determination triggers a 15 working day objection period. Once that period passes without MSC receiving an objection...

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Greenpeace Tuna Ranking Charade a Market Opportunity for Some Retailers Not a Sustainability Advance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  April 20, 2017 

As can be expected with a major initiative of a multi-million dollar NGO like Greenpeace, they have received wide press coverage with their 2017 tuna rankings.

Unfortunately, the rankings have almost nothing to do with tuna sustainability.

Instead, like other supermarket rankings undertaken by Greenpeace, the ranking system is used to reward banners that conform to Greenpeace’s ideology and punish banners that don’t.

For example, 5 of the 9 lower ranked banners on Tuna simply refused to answer Greenpeace’s questionnaire....

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Peru Hikes Anchovy Quota 1 Million Metric Tons With Season Set to Start on April 22

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 20, 2017

Peru’s Ministry of Production announced a 2.8 million metric ton fishing quota for its first fishery season, which will start on April 22.

This quota is up 55 percent from last year, a one million metric ton increase.

"We have the satisfaction of having found an important level of biomass that confirms that we are doing well. We are leaving little more than 6 million tons at sea, a lot more baggage than normal for fishing to be sustainable," said Peru’s Production Minister Bruno Giuffra...

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NMFS Put Councils on Notice About Overfishing or Overfished Conditions on Bigeye, Four Other Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has notified regional councils that five species are subject to overfishing and/or are overfishing or overfished, requiring measures be put in place to remedy the situations.

Bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific and South Atlantic golden tilefish are subject to overfishing, according to NMFS. South Atlantic blueline tilefish remains subject to overfishing. Pacific Bluefin tuna in the North Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic red snapper ...

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Russian Pollock Producers Plan to Grow Exports to EU Market 40% by 2019

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - April 21, 2017

Russian pollock producers plans to significantly increase the volume of their supplies to the EU market during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

That will be achieved through the increase of the volume of domestic fish processing and the reduction of fish exports to abroad, more than 87% of which account for frozen, whole fish...

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VIDEO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US 




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Southeastern Grocers, Pole-and-Line Foundation Join in Retail Effort

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 24, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught using one-by-one methods.

“At Southeastern Grocers, we know how important it is to support sustainable fisheries and we are very pleased to be the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation,” Ian McLeod, President ...

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Panera to Hire 10,000 as it Expands Delivery Service

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] - April 24, 2017

Panera Bread plans to hire 10,000 workers and more than double the number of its restaurants that deliver.

The jobs will include both delivery drivers and in-store workers to prepare the food.

The company offered delivery at about 15% of its locations as of the end of last year. Panera expects to expand to 35% to 40% of stores by the end of this year.

"In many places across the country, all that's available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food," said Panera CEO and founder Ron Shaich. "We're closing the gap in....

 

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Westward Seafoods Settles with EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 21, 2017 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Westward Seafoods to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Captain’s Bay seafood processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. As part of the settlement, Westward is required to use new electronic systems for monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting, to properly train personnel for compliance, and to implement a more robust preventative maintenance and operations plan...

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Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines In Captivity; Results Could Inform Potential for Good Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 20, 2017

Biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center cracked the code on how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species. Some in the industry hope it will better inform industry and managers as to what environmental factors would augment wild reproduction and recruitment.

Like many species, sardines require just the right conditions to reproduce. Researchers working with sardines in the SWFSC’s Experimental Aquarium had tried for decades to identify ...

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