Apr 20, 2014

Louiisiana seafood sector still suffering 4 years after BP spill, as higher prices cut consumption  


Local salmon production surging in China


ASDA drops Scotland's oldest indpendent salmon farm as supplier during controversy over sea lice


Apr 18, 2014

Seafood.com News and Urner Barry Closed Friday April 18


Apr 17, 2014

Senate MSA draft begins circulating, would add subsistance representation to management councils


Surimi expert predicts 50,000 ton global shortfall this year, due to low inventories, Asian demand


Alaska Fisheries Dev Foundation has project to build $1 billion mariculture industry (Fish Radio)


Barry Group's Bill Barry says Newfoundland's shrimp quota cut is 'a terrible decision'


AquaChile predicts Q1 Atlantic salmon output to more than double on strong global market


Vietnam approves pangasius project to grow export value to $3 billion by 2020


Chicken of the Sea picks name for its mermaid after 60 years of anonymity


Port Lincoln Tuna Processors will double tuna product output to 40 million units a year


Four Chinese seafood dealers sent to prison when their products contained malachite green


Haikui Seafood details problems in China for reprocessors as it posts 40% decline in revenue


Vietnamese tuna fishermen rejoice over strong catches and favorable prices


Is gulf cleanup over or not? BP and Coast Guard differ


Final part of EU Common Fisheries Policy reform approved by European Parliament


NZ King Salmon finally gets approval for three new farming sites in Marlborough Sounds


Oregon's commercial king salmon troll fishery forecast to have strong 2014 season coastwide


Ottawa cutting red tape for B.C. fish farms


TUF undertaking study aimed at revolutionizing perception and increasing usage of tuna products


Closely watched Maine elver season marked by slow start, low prices


OSU study suggests ways to reduce injuries on freezer trawlers and longliners


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 17, 2014


Apr 16, 2014

Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS  


Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining


Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids


FDA issued 31% less seafood Warning Letters in Q1 2014 compared to a year ago


Poor logistics, reduction in available farming areas holding back tilapia expansion in China


Values for Alaska's salmon permits and halibut quota shares up across the board in 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Joe's Crab Shack achieving higher repeat sales with revamped seafood menu


First shrimp themed restaurant chain opens in China with aim to restore traditional shrimp cuisine  


Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruhua's Hokkaido branch


TUF's performance expected to bounce back on better tuna margins, improved shrimp operations


Drakes Bay Oyster Co. still alive, owner taking appeal to Supreme Court


Florida fishery officials may declare open season on abundant lionfish population


Advocacy group cites Joe's Crab Shack use of some transfats despite pledge in effort to get FDA ban


NOAA Alaska Fisheries Center scientist Alan Haynie given top honor at White House


NRN-Miller Pulse finds restaurants struggled with traffic declines in March despite uptick in comps


Lower Cook Inlet pink salmon fishery to get boost as Aquaculture Assoc. buys Port Graham hatchery


Open Blue signs distribution deal with T&T Asian supermarkets in Canada for its farmed cobia


S&P raises rating of Clearwater Seafoods debt


True North Salmon to bring fresh product to Northeast in partnership with online grocer FreshDirect


Booming klngfish sales continue to sustain Clean Seas Tuna


Bain Capital buys Manischewitz as kosher food goes mainstream


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 16, 2014


Apr 15, 2014

Russian Sakhalin pink salmon hatcheries to release 12% more eggs than Alaska's Prince William Sound  


Pollock roe processing cooperative in Hokkaido declared bankrupt, causing enormous economic impact  


Arctic Storm shifts heavily into surimi this year, as Alaska in catbird seat


Russian Sea investor, oligarch Timchenko threatens move away from US dollar counterparty settlements


FDA expands irradiation to crustaceans; i.e. crab, shrimp, lobster, but requires radiation symbol


Foodservice operators and retailers feel the pinch of record shrimp prices during Lent  


Letters: Canadian Swordfish longliners object to characterization of Gulf Bluefin tuna survey


EU Parlimentarian says plenty of IUU fish still coming into EU despite catch certification scheme


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 15, 2014


Marine Harvest Chile forfeits salmon to South Austral as repayment for breach of contract


IMARPE says Peru could harvest up to 200,000 tons of squid from area awarded by international court


Australians claim to have developed first fishmeal free shrimp feed


South Carolina jellyfish processor may have conducted illegal "test run" without waste water permits


Indonesian gov't calls on MSC to facilitate certification of crab, tuna, red snapper and grouper


As expected restaurant sales rebound in March but long term woes of casual dining continue


Ireland's organic labeling for farmed salmon formally challenged against EU standards


Kodiak Area Science Symposium set to highlight local marine research (Fish Radio)


National Restaurant Assn. adds its weight to "Share the Gulf" allocation coalition


In 1999, Netukulimk Fisheries Ltd. bought its first crab licence, now produces 1 million pounds  


Gail Shea blames animal rights activists for nixing Canadian seal trade deal with China


Apr 14, 2014

Australia's NorWest Seafoods expects Shark Bay's 2014 scallop fishery to be a bust  


Newfoundland's crabbers say better prices will likely offset marginally lower quotas this year  


Commercial porgy among a few Delmarva fisheries pushing consumer interest in local, wild seafood


Pescanova granted two more weeks to get creditors to sign on to debt restructuring plan


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 14, 2014


Gail Shea responds to calls for a lawsuit over Canadian shrimp allocations


Pescanova asks for 2 week extension on debt restructuring vote


Strong demand keeps Gulf shrimp prices at record levels as imported prices ease  


Alaska Dispatch to purchase Anchorage Daily News


Chopping ice to get to open water, Alaska bowhead whalers begin season


Sitka leading by example with program to get fresh Alaska fish into local schools


South Carolina next state to take up legislation over mislabeled seafood


Crawfish supplies up for Easter weekend in Lousiana, as weather finally puts some volume in pots  


Cod prices ticking up as demand expands in US and Europe  


Chinese tilapia 'swimming back to domestic market'; following example of white shrimp  


Pension fund begins class-action suit over Darden's recent bylaw changes


Canadian seal hunt resumes today, with gov't asking sealers to check that they have a market


Jamaica reports 60% fewer sightings of lionfish as commercial usage grows


Sale of Safeway deal delayed by FTC request for additional information


Icelandic Seachill CEO Malcolm Ely has resigned


Marine Harvest boosting output to meet strong demand  


Chicagoland whitefish shortage leaves many scrambling for gefilte fish  


Mexican grown kumamoto oysters finding favor in New York restaurants



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Louiisiana seafood sector still suffering 4 years after BP spill, as higher prices cut consumption

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 21, 2014

New Orleans restaurateur Frank Brigtsen said that, in some ways, the effects of the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 were profoundly damaging to both the New Orleans area's ecology and psychology.
 
"The whole time I was watching that stupid spill cam with dispersant being injected into the spill, I thought oysters, oysters, oysters," Brigtsen said.
 
The filter-feeding bivalves are high on Brigtsen's list of favorite foods. As undersea sitting ducks, unable to swim from harm's way, he knew they were among the oil spill's most likely victims.

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Local salmon production surging in China

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 21, 2014

In  Chengkou county of Chongqing salmon supplied to the Shanghai market are local. 
 
The workers were all busy with the salmon’s catching, killing, chilling, cleaning, bagging, weighing and packing in an orderly way inside the Renhe Aquaculture Facility 

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ASDA drops Scotland's oldest indpendent salmon farm as supplier during controversy over sea lice

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 21, 2014

SCOTLAND'S oldest independent salmon farm has been dropped as a supplier to one of Britain's largest supermarkets amid concern over its environmental impact.
 
Wester Ross Fisheries (WRF) has previously been lauded by Asda for its environmental credentials and the quality of its farmed salmon. However, a spokesman for the supermarket confimed last week that WRF is no longer a supplier.

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Surimi expert predicts 50,000 ton global shortfall this year, due to low inventories, Asian demand

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 17, 2014

Low inventories, combined with growing demand in Asia and stable production mean surimi demand will outstrip supply this year, by maybe 50,000 metric tons or more, said Future Seafood director Pascal Guenneugues.
 
Overall surimi production last year fell to an estimated 800,000t — down from 850,000 – 900,000t the previous year due to decreased production in Southeast Asia, said Guenneugues.

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Barry Group's Bill Barry says Newfoundland's shrimp quota cut is 'a terrible decision'

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014

Fisheries tycoon and PC leadership candidate Bill Barry says the federal government decisions on shrimp allocations are terrible.

Fishermen have been lobbying for changes to the cuts in allowable catch, but primarily the way the cuts have been divided between offshore and inshore fishermen.

The last in, first out (LIFO) policy has inshore fishermen suffering the brunt of the cuts — a devastating impact on a large number of fishermen and their families in rural communities throughout the province.

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AquaChile predicts Q1 Atlantic salmon output to more than double on strong global market

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 17, 2014

AquaChile expects its Alantic salmon production to more than double in the first quarter this year compared to 2014 as the Chilean producer anticipates its overall fish output to rise over 25 percent.

In a recent investor presentation AquaChile estimated it would produce 15,391 tons of Atlantic salmon, up 104 percent from the first quarter in 2013.

The company said strong global demand and better prices for Atlantics are the primary drivers for the first quarter boost in production.  In fact, strong retail promotions in Europe have continued despite the increased prices.

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Vietnam approves pangasius project to grow export value to $3 billion by 2020

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 17, 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a frame project on national high quality pangasius fish products>

Under the terms of the decision, the project aims to research and apply science and technology into developing pangasian fish production, processing and consumption into a key national product for improving value, developing sustainability and meeting the demands of both domestic consumption and the export markets.

The project also intends to have the value of domestic pangasian fish products account for 15% of the total until 2020. In addition; to expand the market, improve the value of Vietnam's pangasian fish exports in international markets and ensure the export value of USD3 billion annually are achieved until 2020.

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Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS    April 15, 2014

Fish sticks just aren't cutting it anymore.

The frozen-fish industry has faced a problem of making the easy dinner staple more appealing, especially to children at home and in school.
 
"[Kids] want to have something they could get at a restaurant or something that looks familiar to them," said Pat Shanahan, program director of Genuine Alaska Pollock, a group representing the fisheries supplying the catches commonly used in fish sticks.

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Four Chinese seafood dealers sent to prison when their products contained malachite green

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 17, 2014

Four Chinese seafood dealers were sentenced to six to eight months in prison and fined 10,000 yuan each, after inspectors detected malachite green in their freshwater fish at the Luofang Aquatic Wholesale market.
 
Malachite Green, widely used in dyes and coloring agents, has been banned for use as an aquaculture drug by the FDA since 1983, and many other countries have followed suit as studies show human consumption leads to toxic changes, and possible higher cancer risk. 

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Vietnamese tuna fishermen rejoice over strong catches and favorable prices

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 17, 2014

Since the beginning of April, 2014, nearly 50 tuna fishing vessels of Tuy Hoa city’s fishermen on the wharf have brought an average yield of over 1.5 tonnes/vessel. Most ships gain profits, making fishermen excited about continuing the job.

At the fishing wharf in ward 6 (Tuy Hoa city), we witnessed a bustling and urgent working-atmosphere with bright and exhilarating smiles on hundreds of fishermen’s faces. On the wharf, fishing boats continue docking; while on the shore, dozens of refrigerator trucks are waiting to transport fish for consumption. 

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Senate MSA draft begins circulating, would add subsistance representation to management councils

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS - April 17, 2014

The newest version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act out for discussion adds subsistence users and Tribal governments to the fisheries management law and has the potential to create new Community Development Quota in the Arctic, but it has not yet been made widely available to the public for review.
 
The act passed in 1976, which was last reauthorized in 2006 and is up for renewal this year, regulates most fisheries in American federal waters from 3 to 200 miles offshore, and authorizes the eight regional fishery management councils.
 
The most recent draft was produced by the Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee chaired by Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

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Alaska Fisheries Dev Foundation has project to build $1 billion mariculture industry (Fish Radio)

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 17, 2014 

A new Alaska Mariculture Initiative will create a road map designed to grow a billion dollar industry within 30 years. That would about double the dockside value of all Alaska seafood landings combined. We hope to help Expedite development of the industry in Alaska. 

"We see it as a real opportunity that has been kind of struggling in Alaska."

Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. AFDF scored a $210,000 grant from NOAA Fisheries for the Initiative as part of its expansion policy. 

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Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 16, 2014

Shrimp prices have been in the news again because the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its March producer price statistics, and they show shrimp price increases dwarfing every other meat and fish item.
 
At the January NFI Global Seafood Market conference, analysts who compared other commodities to seafood generally confirmed that beef and pork prices would rise proportionally more than seafood prices, and this is borne out in the BLS march statistics.  
 
But shrimp is another story entirely.  The graph below says it all:

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Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014 - 

The seafood industry is trying to cope with a decline in fish consumption in the U.S.  At a time when some Americans have started to improve their diets, they're increasingly turning their noses up at one of the healthiest foods around: fish.

The fading appetite for fish shows that for a fragmented industry having a healthy product isn't enough. Surveys show consumers aren't sure how to cook fish and prices can be high, while the seafood industry hasn't been able to organize any major marketing campaigns to promote fish consumption, the kind of efforts that paid off for the beef and pork industries.

 

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Chicken of the Sea picks name for its mermaid after 60 years of anonymity

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [SCOM] - April 17, 2014 - 

After seafood fans submitted more than 49,000 entries in a nationwide contest to christen the Chicken of the Sea mermaidi — and earn a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize — one perfect name floated to the top: Catalina.

Chicken of the Sea, which turned 100 years old in 2014, challenged seafood (and mermaid) fans to name its famous blonde icon as part of its year-long Centennial celebration. The contest ran through Feb. 14 with the winning entry submitted by a contestant in Urbana, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

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Port Lincoln Tuna Processors will double tuna product output to 40 million units a year

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 17, 2014 

Production is set to double in the coming months at local co-manufacturer Port Lincoln Tuna Processors as it expands its product range.

The business is already one of Port Lincoln's biggest employers and its workforce of more than 200 people will grow as production increases from about 20 million units a year to 40 million.

General manager Lea Traeger said the company would be looking to employ another 50 to 100 people in a range of jobs from factory hands, industrial cleaners, machine operators and quality assurance to electrical and maintenance.

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Haikui Seafood details problems in China for reprocessors as it posts 40% decline in revenue

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS   April 17, 2014

Haikui Seafood is a publicly traded chinese fish processor with sales primarily into the EU.  The company posted sales of Euro 117 million, and a gross profit of 21.2 million euro, a decline of 57.8% from 2012.
 
In the Management discussion, Haikui says "the 2013 the Chinese seafood processing industry suffered severely from the challenging market environment. In particular the keener market competition, the tighter supply of raw materials as well as the longer inspection time taken by Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Authorities (ASCIQ) on export-bound products led to lower selling prices and reduced sales volumes.   

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