Mon. Aug 3 2015

Maine Soft Shell Clam Farm Start-up is Protected from Green Crabs


Maine


UN Seeking to Protect High Seas Biodiversity


Fri. Jul 31 2015

Trident Opens East Coast Seafood Product R&D, Processing Facility in Carrollton, GA


Washington Senator Cantwell's Bill Proposes Investments to Tackle Ocean Acidification


Mexican Shrimp Farmers Want to Ban Some 15 Million Lbs. of Honduran Shrimp Shipments Over EMS Fears


Fourth Annual Boston Seafood Festival Set for Sunday Aug 2, Expected to Draw 10,000-15,000 Attendees


Prakasam District in India's Andhra Pradesh Facing Grim Outlook as Shrimp Prices Fall


Esteemed Fishery Panels to Talk Gulf of Maine Stocks, Climate, Monitoring at Boston Festival


Russia's Sakhalin Border Guards Detain Panama Flagged Ship for Crab Poaching  


Cooke Aquaculture Expands Scottish Operation with Acquisition of Thompson Bros. Salmon Farms


Judge Approves Preliminary Payout Structure for Starkists' $12 Million Class Action Settlement


As Pacific Northwest Salmon Vanish, So Does a Way of Life for Native Americans


Enviros and Aquaculture Industry Continue to Squabble in BC as Senate Report is Released


Hawaii Longliners Have Reached Bigeye Quota, Livelihoods Threatened


Price Seen as Major Drawback in Electrifying Commercial Fishing Boats (Fish Radio)


Maine Pushes Forward with Study to Correct Declining Soft-Shell Clam Production in Harspwell


Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses, Vital Habitat, Continuing to Recover


Kroger's Longtime Senior Executive Lynn Marmer Announces Retirement


Namibia's Fishcor Acting CEO Describes Turnaround  


Wegman's Increases Accountability and Transparency of Fishery Improvement Projects


Scotland's Fresh Fish Exporters Desperate as Channel Crossing Crisis Continues


Ivar's Successfully Raises Prices, Eliminates Tipping, Pays Hourly Workers $15/Hr


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 31, 2015


Thu. Jul 30 2015

Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return  


Temporary Foreign Worker Rules Expected to Leave PEI Seafood Industry Short of Workers


Higher Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Offsets Further Declines in Japanese Supply in May  


Southern China's Tilapia Farmers Predict Lower Q3 Supplies on Big Decline in Pond Seedlings  


Harbor Seafood Names Lars Schwieg and Jon Heinold to Executive Sales Positions


Opening of New Tokyo Fish Market Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016


WWF Formally Objects to MSC Certification of Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery  


Whole Foods Plans to Open Five 365 "Value-Oriented" Stores Next Year


Young's Seafood Frozen Division Manager Wayne Hudson Departs Under Company Restructuring Plan


Gelatin-Injected Shrimp Appear in China’s Fish Markets Again


SeaShare Successfully Completes 21,000 Pound Halibut Donation to Western Alaska Villages


Why Eating Fresh, Just-Caught Fish May Be a Thing of the Past


Oceana Again Sues NOAA over Bycatch Monitoring


Russia, Latvia to Discuss Safety of Fish Product Imports Next Week


Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Forms Position to Give More Voice to Seafood Industry


Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says All Maryland Crabs Are Born in Virginia - Turns Out He's Mostly Right


Momentum is Gathering for International Agreement to Combat IUU Fishing


Juneau Cruise Line to Roll Out Electric Powered Catamaran for Eco-Tours (Fish Radio)


You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?


Supervalu Posts Higher Q1Earnings and Says It May Spin Off Save-A-Lot


Caviar From Lake Superior Cisco (Lake Herring) Exported to Northern Europe is Depleting Stock


Ahold Acquisition Target Delhaize Posts Better-Than-Expected Q2 Sales


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 30, 2015


Wed. Jul 29 2015

Sam's Club Supports Business Relationship with Chilean Salmon Producers but Backs More Vaccine Use  


Maine Collaborative Identifies 2,200 High-End Restaurants to Market Lobster  


Higher Pollock Catch Leads Increase in Russian Fish Landings Through June  


McDonald's Continues to Lose its Market Dominance to Rival Fast-Food Operators


ASC Reports Increased Sales Growth and Logo Recognition Among EU Consumers


A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes  


Pink Salmon's Food Source at Risk from Ocean Acidication (Fish Radio)


Florida's Spiny Lobster Mini Season Officially Underway with Added Bonus for Catching Lionfish


Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Season Ends in Success  


Western NGOs Back Tier 3 TIP Ranking for Thailand


Hot, Dry & Disastrous; Western Canada's Drought has Harvests Rotting, Salmon Dying, Fires Flaring


Twelve Chefs Set to Compete at Louisiana's Annual Great American Seafood Cook-off Set for Aug 8


Russian Agency Heads Support On-Site Destruction of Illegal Food Imports


East Coast Coral Reef Protections Aim to Grow Fish Stocks


Life and Food's Omega 3 Supreme Gains Marine Stewardship Council Certification


Hawaii's Longline Fishermen on Course to Hit Bigeye Limit  


Improving NB's Salmon Aquaculture Infrastructure Part of Canada's $30 Million R&D Investment Package


ISSF Boosts Membership to 26 Companies with Addition of Atunlo and Everwin Industrial


West Coast Problems Lead to Record-Breaking Year at Ga. Ports


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 29, 2015


Tue. Jul 28 2015

Gulf Shrimp Landings Now Under 2014 Totals as La.'s Shorter Spring Season Cuts June Catch Sharply  


Thailand Says US Trafficking Report Did Not Consider "Tangible Progress" Made in Combating Slavery


Japan Will be Major Market for Abundance of Bristol Bay's Smaller Sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Half of Columbia River's Sockeye Run Die From Unseasonably Hot Water  


U.S. Lawmakers Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report


VIDEO: How ASMI's RFM Program Ensures Alaskan Seafood is a Product of it's Environment


Red Snapper Management Battle Forcing Gulf Lawmakers to Choose Between Rec and Commercial Industries


Patagonia Sea Farms, First Farm With 4 Stars BAP Certification  


House Passes Bill to Combat Foreign Illegal Fishing


40 Years of Pacific Seabird Data Now Online


Australia Now Looking for Investors to Build $1.45 Billion Shrimp Farming Operation


Russia Adds Five More Latvian Canneries to its List of Banned Seafood Exporters


Vietnam Posts Decline in Pangasius Export Revenues Despite Growth in US, Chinese Markets  


Sens. King, Collins Want a National Lobster Day


Alaska Gov. Walker Readies Agenda for President Obama's Aug. 31 Trip to Anchorage


LDWF Cites 18 for Alleged Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April


Whale Deaths off Kodiak Island Remain a Mystery


Coast Guard Helps Hundreds of Sea Turtles into Ocean off Boca


Stellar Biotechnologies Signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations


Federal Appeals Court Upholds California's Shark Fin Ban


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 28, 2015


Mon. Jul 27 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Monday, July 27, 2015


Weekly Protein Roundup:Pressure Remained for Beef Complex Last Week; Pork and Egg Markets Make Gains


Thai Union Frozen Products: Bumble Bee Deal Stung by US Inquiry


NYTimes Documents Plight of "Sea Slaves" in Thai Fishing Industry


Ag Firm HJ Baker Brings in Dr. Scott Snyder to Head Up Aquaculture Services Division


BluWrap Completes First Ocean Container Shipment of Fresh Salmon From Chile to China  


US Keeps Thailand at Lowest Tier 3 Rank in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report


Bristol Bay Fleet Concerned About Low Price, Statewide Catch Exceeds 105 Million Salmon  


Fishermen Have Until July 28 to Bid for Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Test Fishery


NOAA to Monitor How Warm Southeast Alaskan Waters Impact Juvenile Salmon (Fish Radio)  


Judge Explains Reasons for Blocking Sysco-US Foods Merger


Tignish Small Craft Harbor Getting Major Improvements, One of 23


Lionfish are Now Eating Other Lionfish Which May Help Control Efforts


Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey   (1)


Cod Making a Comeback on Restaurant Menus  


African, Caribbean and Pacific Ministers Plan to Boost Economies Through Fisheries and Aquaculture


Omega Protein and Recreational Charter Captains Trying to Get Along


Abundance of Humpback Activity Slows Dutch Harbor Herring Fishery


Powerful Typhoon Kills 11,000 Farmed Tuna in Japan


India's Kerala University of Fisheries Sets First Vannamei Hatchery in Kochi


Missing Slave Fishing Boats Tracked to Papua New Guinea by Satellite


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Trident Opens East Coast Seafood Product R&D, Processing Facility in Carrollton, GA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant along with founder, Chuck Bundrant, and members of the founding Bundrant and Ness families gathered in Carrollton, Georgia on July 30  to celebrate the opening of the companies' $40 million seafood R & D and value-adding facility. 

This marks Trident’s forst brick-and-mortar presence in the East Coast beyond its facility in Motley, MN, where the company produces a variety of frozen and refrigerated surimi seafood items under the Louis Kemp  brand, among others...

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Washington Senator Cantwell's Bill Proposes Investments to Tackle Ocean Acidification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill that would offer investments for adaptation and mitigation research to understand how to make coastal economies more resilient to the threat of ocean acidification.

Cantwell's Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S. 1886) would create a national ocean acidification monitoring strategy to prioritize investments in ocean acidification sensors to areas that need it most. 

“Ocean acidification will have a vast impact on commercial and environmental conditions across the nation – and currently threatens jobs in Washington State.  Shellfish in the Pacific Northwest have already been negatively affected, but we don’t know yet what this means for salmon populations and larger coastal ecosystems,” said Cantwell. “This bill ensures that NOAA is making the appropriate investments in research, and monitoring the ongoing impact of this threat to our coastal economies.”

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Mexican Shrimp Farmers Want to Ban Some 15 Million Lbs. of Honduran Shrimp Shipments Over EMS Fears

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Honduran news outlet La Prensa is reporting that Mexican shrimp farmers in Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit and Michoacan have stepped up their call for the Mexican government to block Honduran shrimp imports from entering the market over concerns of EMS.

Farmers specifically identified shrimp shipments from Choluteca and Valle over alleged claims that the disease has hit shrimp farms in that region according to Jacobo Peace, Honduras' Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG).

More than 15 million pounds of shrimp are at risk of not entering the Mexican market if they pass the blockade according to reports...

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Fourth Annual Boston Seafood Festival Set for Sunday Aug 2, Expected to Draw 10,000-15,000 Attendees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 31, 2015

This Sunday August 2 thousands of Bostonians and others from around Massachusetts and New England will descend to the historic Boston Pier for the fourth annual Boston Seafood Festival.

The day-long event begins at 11 am and runs until 6 pm. Tickets are still available for online purchase for $15 and will also be sold at the door. Attendees can also purchase a Lobster Bake Ticket for $35. Children's tickets are also available. 

As in past years the Boston Seafood Festival will host a number of food vendors from around the Boston and New England area. The event is organized by the Boston Fisheries Foundation under the leadership of its President Chris Basile who co-founded the festival with John Nagel; the two serve as the Festival's President and Vice President respectively...

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Prakasam District in India's Andhra Pradesh Facing Grim Outlook as Shrimp Prices Fall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By S. Mural - July 3, 2015 - 

ANDHRA PRADESH,  A price slump and high mortality rate have left shrimp growers in the lurch.  Aquaculturists in Prakasam district minted money when the Vannamei shrimp price jumped to over Rs. 750 per kg for 30-count in the wake of Chinese aquaculture industry taking a hit by Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) Shrimp disease in 2013.

With the shrimp price coming down to Rs. 510 per kg last year and falling further to a low Rs. 370 per kg this year, they are clueless as to how to survive these uncertain times.

The district produced about 33,200 tonnes of shrimp in 4200 hectares last year, sources in the Fisheries Department said, adding the production had fallen to just 4,000 tonnes in the first seven months of this year.

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Esteemed Fishery Panels to Talk Gulf of Maine Stocks, Climate, Monitoring at Boston Festival

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 31, 2015

This Sunday the Boston Fish Pier will play host to thousands of families, Boston city dwellers and other New Englanders ready to celebrate seafood for the fourth annual Boston Seafood Festival. At the same time true "fish geeks" are encouraged to check out the Pier's Exchange Center Conference during the Festival, where some of the industry's most renowned fish scientists, managers and industry participants will be participating in unique panel discussions that will touch on New England's fish stocks, electronic monitoring and climate change issues.

Between 3 and 6 pm on Sunday August 2, three distinct panel discussions will address these sensitive industry issues in a more low-key and casual setting, strictly meant to offer speakers a medium with which to voice their positions on the topics. 

These panels are the brainchild of Stavis Seafoods CEO Richard Stavis. His goal was to bring together some of the industry's more prominent scientific minds, fish managers and industry participants under one roof in hopes of enlightening each sector of the industry about each other's position on these sensitive topics as they relate to the realities of US and New England fish management in 2015.

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Cooke Aquaculture Expands Scottish Operation with Acquisition of Thompson Bros. Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd. has acquired the controlling shares of Thompson Bros. Salmon Limited, a salmon farming company located on the island of Yell, North East on Shetland, UK.

This deal adds two farm sites to Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s operations. The sites are located adjacent to Cooke’s existing facilities at Unst and Yell, which over the past few years has been one of the company’s best performing areas.

"We are very pleased to have been able to secure this operation. The Unst/Yell area on Shetland is a very attractive area to operate, with good staff and optimal fish health,” says Mr. Colin Blair, Managing Director of Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd...

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As Pacific Northwest Salmon Vanish, So Does a Way of Life for Native Americans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Darryl Fears - July 31, 2015 - 

As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region's most precious resources - wild salmon - might disappear.

Native Americans, who for centuries have relied on salmon for food and ceremonial rituals, say the area's five species of salmon have been declining for years, but the current threat is worse than anything they have seen.

"I grew up always having salmon," said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, whose culture is so intertwined with the migrating fish that they're called the "People of the Salmon." 

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Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 30, 2015

The latest numbers from ADF&G show Prince William Sound pink harvests have exceeded the 45 million salmon mark and are still rising. In a series of record-breaking days, last Monday’s single-day haul of 2.9 million pink salmon broke records for that day, along with the cumulative totals for that day in the season.  

Single-day harvests last week also broke records for that day in the season, due mostly to the slight lag in the timing of this year's pink return. Still, the all-you-can-catch aspect of the fishery this year indicates a healthy return to Prince William Sound streams and hatcheries...

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Temporary Foreign Worker Rules Expected to Leave PEI Seafood Industry Short of Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - July 30, 2015 - 

The labour supply in rural P.E.I. is not big enough to meet the challenge of supplying new international markets, says the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association.

There are not enough local people to run the seafood plants on the Island, said executive director Dennis King, and new federal rules mean temporary foreign workers can only make up a maximum of 30 per cent of staff from fish plants.

King is concerned that while new trade agreements, such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Community, are opening up markets, the industry does not have the resources it needs...

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Higher Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Offsets Further Declines in Japanese Supply in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 30, 2015

Alaska's combined "A" and "B" season pollock surimi production continues to trend upwards in 2015 as Japanese surimi inventories were able to improve between April and May even though the overall supply is still down compared to 2014 figures.

Latest figures from NMFS report a 6.2 percent increase in combined "A" and "B" season pollock surimi production to 121,405 tons over last year at this time...

The current average fish size at 400 grams is short of the initial forecast that had pegged the 2008 year-class fish to weigh between 600-800 grams...

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Southern China's Tilapia Farmers Predict Lower Q3 Supplies on Big Decline in Pond Seedlings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 30, 2015

Tilapia farmers in Southern China claim that seedling stocking is down between 40 and 50 percent in their ponds through the first half of 2015 due to globally low prices and demand clashing with currently well-supplied inventories.

Broodstock demand is down across Southern China according to producers. Some have attempted to spur higher seedling and broodstock sales through discounts as far back as April. However, the market was still not able to absorb the lower prices, which prompted seedlings to be destroyed from lack of use.

“The market situation is worst in 2015 compared with the past,” said a broodstock facility manager, who has been in the industry for nearly two decades...

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Harbor Seafood Names Lars Schwieg and Jon Heinold to Executive Sales Positions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 30, 2015

Harbor Seafood has shaken up its executive leadership with the hiring of Lars Schweig as its Director of Retail and Club Sales and with the promotion of Jon Heinold to Field Sales Director.

Schweig is a 5th generation seafood industry veteran with more than 22 years experience in the business. Prior to Harbor, spent the majority of his career at major lobster distributor Supreme Lobster; prior to that he worked at his family's Smoked Fish processing facility.

Harbor said Schweig brings a well-rounded view of the industry from his experience in commercial fishing, retail and foodservice sales management, program management, product and packaging development, and marketing execution. He will be responsible for further developing the national and global retail sales team, broker coverage, customer base, and product lines...

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Opening of New Tokyo Fish Market Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Today] July 30, 2015 
 
TOKYO — The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that the city’s famous wholesale Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward will close on Nov 2, 2016, and its replacement will open on Nov 7, 2016 in Toyosu, Koto Ward.
 
The Tsukiji fish market opened in 1935 and has become one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for tourists to observe the tuna auctions early each morning. In all, about ¥1.8 billion worth of fish, seafood and vegetables change hands each day at the market.
 
The new market will occupy 40 hectares. Relocating the Tsukiji market and buildings to a modern facility about 40 percent larger with state-of-the-art refrigeration will cost around ...
 

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WWF Formally Objects to MSC Certification of Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [WWF STATEMENT]  By Wetjens Dimmlich, WWF Indian Ocean Tuna Manager  -  July 30, 2015

[Editor's Note: In a June 25, 2015 statement on the World Wildlife Fund's website, Daniel Suddaby, deputy leader of WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative, said the certifier for the Echebastar purse-seine tuna fishery noted that "critical fisheries management and controls are not in place" but that the certifier "still inexplicably recommended certification of the fishery, based on the hope that one day the situation would be improved. Hope is not part of a credible certificate and this simply is not following the requirements of the MSC standard. It is shame we have had to go to Objection to fix what is an misapplication of the MSC standard.“ The author of the following statement said on June 25, “To those of us actually working on tuna in the Indian Ocean, any claim made to sustainable management in the Indian Ocean is an obvious and potentially dangerous misrepresentation of fact, and undermines the integrity of the MSC brand. We are looking forward to the results of the MSC Objection process.”  At issue is by-catch of juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tuna due to increased use of fishing aggregated devices (FADs), and the lack of managment controls. The WWF's most recent statement follows.]

 

In its Vision and Mission statement the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) promises to never compromise on the environmental standards they set...

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Whole Foods Plans to Open Five 365 "Value-Oriented" Stores Next Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - July 30, 2015 - 

Whole Foods Market has pinpointed the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles as the site of its first value-oriented 365 by Whole Foods Market brand while also disclosing lease locations for another four stores set to open in the second half of 2016. It also plans to double the number of 365 by Whole Foods Market store openings in 2017.

Having renegotiated the lease in development for the Silver Lake location, which will be converted from a traditional Whole Foods Market to a 365 format store, the company said the move will enable it to open more quickly in the new neighborhood in L.A...

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Young's Seafood Frozen Division Manager Wayne Hudson Departs Under Company Restructuring Plan


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 30, 2015

Young's Seafood Limited has announced a restructuring of its company management that will see the departure of Wayne Hudson, the company's Managing Director of its frozen business unit effective July 31.

In addition to Hudson's leaving, Young's restructuring plan will see Frank Green take up the role as Sales Director, while Steve Lidgett was named Director of Operations. The changes will be effective as of August 1.

According to Young's CEO Pete Ward, the company's management restructuring is part of its "One Young's" initiative that seeks to facilitate transparency, improve efficiency and drive functional excellence across its "back office." 

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Gelatin-Injected Shrimp Appear in China’s Fish Markets Again
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [People's Daily Online] -By Liu Rong - July 30, 2015 
 
To make shrimps bigger and heavier, unethical vendors have been reportedly injecting industrial-grade gelatin in shrimps to sell in many parts of China.
 
Recently, the Gelatin shrimps appeared again in two cities, Kun Ming in the northwest of China’s Yunnan Province and Wenzhou in the eastern China.
 
As an example, by injecting the glue like stuff ...

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Russia's Sakhalin Border Guards Detain Panama Flagged Ship for Crab Poaching

The border guards of Russia’s Far Eastern Sakhalin region have detained a Panamanian vessel for crab poaching in Russia’s territorial waters, the Sakhalin border guard department’s press service reported on Friday. The ship’s captain failed to produce any documents confirming the legality of catches.


"The Panama flagged Saki Maru intruder vessel was spotted in the La Perouse Strait. A border guard cruiser started to pursue the poachers who were trying to escape towards the Sea of Japan," the press service said. "After giving flash and audible warning signals and firing warning shots, the border guards, with the command approval, opened fire for effect. Only after that the non-compliant vessel hove to. Nobody was hurt."

According to the press service...

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Judge Approves Preliminary Payout Structure for Starkists' $12 Million Class Action Settlement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Samoa News] by Fili Sajapolutele - July 21, 2015

A federal judge in California has granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement agreement in which Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., whose local operation is StarKist Samoa cannery, will pay $12 million to settle a suit filed against the canned tuna company.  

As previously reported by Samoa News, California resident Patrick Hendricks filed in February 2013 a complaint against StarKist, who was accused of “negligent misrepresentation”, “unjust enrichment”, violating California consumer laws, and “fraud” with allegations that StarKist has been under-filling its canned tuna products...

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Enviros and Aquaculture Industry Continue to Squabble in BC as Senate Report is Released

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Carla Wilson and Michael MacDonald - July 31, 2015 -

Environmental groups are charging that recommendations in a new Senate report on Canada's $1-billion aquaculture industry do not go far enough to protect wild stocks or transform the sector.

Canada's aquaculture industry, however, praises the report, saying its proposals would lead to a badly needed overall and restructuring of legislation. The industry said a clear framework of rules would kick-start new investment.

Christianne Wilhelmson, executive director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, said that while the report's suggestions for more research, transparency and collaboration are all good, the report does not get to the heart of the problem.

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Hawaii Longliners Have Reached Bigeye Quota, Livelihoods Threatened

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] - July 31, 2015 - 

Hawaii longline vessels have reached their limit of 3,502 metric tonnes and will have to stop fishing for bigeye tuna from August until the end of the year, with the stoppage expected to badly impact livelihoods.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says the potential interruption in bigeye catch and the climate of uncertainty will have a negative impact on the seafood industry in Hawaii, especially for dealers who prize US caught bigeye above foreign imports.

 

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Price Seen as Major Drawback in Electrifying Commercial Fishing Boats (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 31, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Electro-powered boats – a builder’s view after this -- 

Fish Radio reported yesterday on the nation’s first all electric passenger boat, the Tongass Rain - a 50 foot eco-tour boat set to be on the water in Juneau next year. Once its propulsion system is signed off by the Coast Guard, building will get underway.

"We are really excited about it. We’re some of the front runners here with this project and we really think it is the future. The eco-tourism industry is, in my opinion, the best one to start out with."

Trevor O’ Brien manages the production engineering team at Armstrong Marine in Port Angeles, Washington. He says adapting all electric for fishing boats would be much trickier - 

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Maine Pushes Forward with Study to Correct Declining Soft-Shell Clam Production in Harspwell

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Forecaster] by Walter Wuthmann - July 31, 2015

After being described as Maine's epicenter of neoplasia, a disease that kills soft-shell clams, the town wants to find out if it still deserves the distinction.

A healthy soft-shell clam from a study on ocean acidication and shellfish decline done by Friends of Casco Bay.

The finding came after clams from 32 of Harpswell's 54 coves were tested for the disease between 2011-2012. Now, the town wants to test those coves again to track any changes...

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Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses, Vital Habitat, Continuing to Recover

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Star Democrat] By Josh Bollinger  - July 31, 2015-     

EASTON, The Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses have seen another year of growth, according to a survey released Thursday by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Brooke Landry, a biologist in the Resource Assessment Service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said the total Bay underwater grass coverage reached 76, 000 acres in the summer of 2014, a 27 percent increase from 2013. Despite the increase, that is only 41 percent of the 185, 000-acre long-term restoration goal.

Underwater grasses provide habitat for marine life, like crabs and young fish, and offer food to small invertebrates and migratory waterfowl.

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Kroger's Longtime Senior Executive Lynn Marmer Announces Retirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cincinnati.com] by Alexander Coolidge - July 31, 2015

Kroger announced Thursday Lynn Marmer, its group vice president of corporate affairs, will retire early next year after 18 years with the company.

Marmer, 62, is the fifth senior Kroger executive among the 18 top managers to announce their retirement since CEO Rodney McMullen assumed the helm in January 2014. Her replacement will be named at a later date.

Named to the position in charge of everything from regulatory affairs and public relations to the Kroger Foundation in 1998, Marmer was the first female officer for the supermarket company. An attorney, she had joined the company’s legal department a year earlier...

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Namibia's Fishcor Acting CEO Describes Turnaround

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [All Africa] By Mathias Haufiku - July 31, 2015 - 

Fishcor Acting CEO Mike Nghipunya talks to Chief Political Reporter Mathias Haufiku on how the company, whose subsidiaries were so penniless they had to lay off 500 workers for months, turned around its fortunes.

Can you just give us a brief introduction on the structure of Fishcor?

Fishcor is a government vehicle aimed at creating local investment and at the same time play a commercial role in the fishing sector. The company had to set up base in Lüderitz after it was established soon after independence, because Walvis Bay was still in the hands of the former apartheid regime. The other reason why it had to be established in Lüderitz was because Lüderitz was becoming a ghost town at the time, hence its role was to promote economic activity in the town.

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Wegman's Increases Accountability and Transparency of Fishery Improvement Projects in Which it Participates

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 31, 2015 -

In tribute to its belief that sustainability is a never-ending journey, Wegmans has added an additional step to the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP) in which it participates. Partners in various FIPs are being asked to provide 6-month updates; Wegmans is now publishing those updates to its website for customer access.

"We rely on scientists and data to help us decide how and where to responsibly source our seafood. And sometimes that information tells us that a particular fishery just isn't healthy," says Carl Salamone, Wegmans vice president of seafood sustainability. 

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Scotland's Fresh Fish Exporters Desperate as Channel Crossing Crisis Continues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press and Journal] By Stephen Walsh - July 31, 2015 

Scottish fish processing chiefs have warned their industry may never recover if the crippling Channel crossing crisis is not resolved swiftly.

They also say job losses are inevitable if they continue to suffer the heavy losses caused by weeks of industrial action in France.

Now processors in the north and north-east have called for urgent action to prevent their industry’s prestige being lost forever. The Scottish Seafood Association says the crisis is causing “real concern” for a lot of its members.

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Ivar's Successfully Raises Prices, Eliminates Tipping, Pays Hourly Workers $15/Hr

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Gene Johnson - July 31, 2015 - 

SEATTLE, Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. One waitress is saving for accounting classes and finding it easier to take weekend vacations, while another server is using the added pay to cover increased rent.

Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grassroots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 beginning April 1, above Washington state's highest-in-the-nation $9.47. Scheduled increases that depend on business size and benefits will bring the minimum to $15 within four years for large businesses and seven years for smaller ones.

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