Tue. Jul 22 2014

New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market


"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets  


Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia  


Virginia oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987  


NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets  


Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame


Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation  


Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham


Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop


Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture


British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform


GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP


NE council exec. dir. says Oceana ignores efforts of local fishermen in bycatch report


Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia


UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility


Cooke Aqua's organic kelp product continues industry push into sea plant mariculture (Fish Radio)


McDonald's profit misses expectations, U.S. sales off 1.5 percent


Japanese scientist starts project to breed bluefin tuna from mackerel


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 22, 2014


Mon. Jul 21 2014

San Francisco restaurants, Tomales Bay Oyster sue Interior to block closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co


Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend


Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production  


Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation blocking Obama declaration of vast Pacific closed area


Moderate supply growth, high demand expected to boost Norwegian salmon prices in Q4 say investors  


Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking


McDonald's Canada expands summer seafood offerings with limited time Asian style spicy shrimp wrap


New England fishermen and residents back cull of exploding grey seal population


McDonald's and Yum Brands victims of new food safety scare from Chinese meat supplier exposé


Ecuador's canned tuna, shrimp export market expected to benefit from EU free trade deal


New sea lice software helping Atlantic Canada's salmon farmers fight parasite


Cooke Aqua's former Shelburne Harbour salmon farm site still a dead zone say scientists


New clearance procedures have containers backed up at Vietnam's Cat Lai port


Lifelong Maine lobsterman still fishing and winning lobster boat races at 84


North American lobster rolls a hit in Singapore


Ahold moves Mark McGowan to EVP of Operations, Bhavdeep Singh to new formats role


AK chef, owner of La Baleine Café Mandy Dixon to compete at 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off


Cooke Aqua to roll out Canadian certified organic kelp products under True North Salmon brand


Hawaii Oceanic undergoing difficult process of perfecting the rearing of ahi tuna


National Geographic's third season of top rated "Wicked Tuna" debuts August 17


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 21, 2014


Fri. Jul 18 2014

Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal  


Some Bristol Bay harvesters disappointed with lower than expected advanced sockeye price  


US scallop imports soar past 5-year average as high priced domestic product sends buyers to China


Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food subsidiary in Shanghai grows Chinese market for live US lobster, Dungeness


Aleutian Islands herring fishery off to a slow start  


Most of Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close on July 21  


EPA issues proposal to block Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine over salmon risk


Pebble Mine supporters trying through courts and House bill to keep project alive


Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China


Nova Scotia's H&H Fisheries hit with $400,000 fine for illegal halibut deals


Mexico suddenly closes bluefin tuna fishery after filling Baja fattenng pens


AK Fisheries Development Fdn. testing technology to help reduce fishermen's energy cost (Fish Radio)


GMRI's Steve Eayres spells out benefits fuel saving measures could have for NE groundfish fleet


Cermaq Q2 results reflect continuing high costs in Chile


Sysco settles California improper drop site storage claims, Reiterates commitment to food safety


NOAA has agreed to fund the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program


New boat design developed for Acadian Peninsula crab fleet


Obama administration approves sonic cannon exploration for oil and gas from from Florida to Delaware


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 18, 2014


Thu. Jul 17 2014

Colder waters slow Maine lobster catches to more traditional pace with molt still to come  


With Thai shrimp industry operating at 33% of 2010 level, TFFA members say labor issues are resolved  


Alaska General Seafoods posts $1.20 per lb advance price for Bristol Bay sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Domestic shrimp prices fall 30% to 50% in China due to heavy harvesting of ponds


At Landrieu hearing, American shrimp processors push to replace new shipper bonds with cash deposits


Harlon Pearce sees evidence of strong white shrimp season; could offset dismal brown shrimp harvest  


NPFMC hears plan that would set up cooperative fishery management structure in Kodiak


DFO to open far more BC coastline to large scale geoduck farming  


New Executive Director of Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative spells out market opportunity


Norway's Havfisk reports 46% bump in Q2 earnings on improved cod and haddock prices, harvests  


Alaskan cod featured in Long John's summer season fish fry advertising campaign  


Serious disruption possible as Market Basket workers press to reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas


McDonald's franchisee group reports weak comps, predicts poor second half outlook


Point Lookout, NY fish company, executives admit to fraud in fluke purchases


Fishermen divided on advisability of raising West Coast lingcod quota


AFT Holdings dismayed by lack of U.S. commitment to Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries


Walmart unable to build market share in some Neighborhood Store markets


Annual spiny dogfish quota to replace seasonal commercial limits in new Mid-Atlantic, NE regulations


Sodexo's nine months North American sales off 1.4 percent


Luke's Lobster opens its sixth Manhattan restaurant


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 17, 2014


Wed. Jul 16 2014

Eastern Fisheries purchases minority stake in Japanese scallop trading partner Global Marketing  


Zhangzidao's price and sales restrictions in Beijing overturned as monopoly practices by court  


Washington fishermen look to albacore fishery for dollars as salmon prices plummet  


As Newfoundland crab fishing winds down, Japan's supplies of snow crab will be 10% to 20% less  


Seafood New Zealand says 'arbitrary' NGO list of unsustainable fisheries ignores sound science


Casual dining Is dying - TGI Friday's on life-support


Norway will attempt to process fish feed commercially using captured carbon dioxide


Legal Sea Foods new Italian cncept Oysteria opens today in Charlestown, MA


Record sockeye run on lower Columbia river - highest since 1938   (2) 


Boston Seafood Festival celebrates 100th anniversary of Boston Fish Pier July 27


Researchers call for more conservative herring management in SE Alaska based on historical abundance  


Consumer spending trend in restaurants looks positive for second half


Restored whaler, Charles W. Morgan, is berthed next to USS Constitution for a week


Norway slowly regaining its share of salmon exports to China following Nobel prize spat  


Vietnam's tuna export returns in decline as shipments to US and Japan slow down  


Toyota backs global market expansion for Kinki Univerisity's farmed bluefin tuna


Starboard demands new leadership at Darden Restaurants in latest shareholder letter


King Oscar adds Spanish Style Sardines to its skinless-boneless line


Crossmark opens Center for Collaboration adjacent to Walmart headquarters


German retailer REWE commits to source Regal Springs' ASC-certified fresh tilapia  


China moves oil rig out of South China Sea waters Vietnam claims


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 16, 2014


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New shell Maine lobsters finally appearing in the market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons - July 22, 2014 - 

This year’s lobster shedding season in Maine has reverted to a more normal late July timing.  This may be a result of extended cold weather this spring. Some lobstermen and buyers have been reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

The lobster season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. This year, soft, or “new shell” lobsters are just now beginning to appear in the market.   

At J.P. they pack their new-shells in slot-boxes...

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"East Coast white" demand keeps S. Carolina shrimpers afloat against Gulf product in local markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Post and Courier] by Bo Petersen - July 22, 2014

Lowcountry shrimpers fight for their livelihood against cheaper, price-cheat imports - that's the industry line. The reality, though, is that Asian farm-raised competition doesn't have much to do with it.

The catch here is too sparse and too inconsistent to compete with Gulf of Mexico shrimp in the national retail market. That's why shrimping here is a niche industry struggling to hang on.

Its best chance might be in the latest boon thrown the shrimpers' way. Demand is growing...

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Abundant pink salmon out-competing sockeye in British Columbia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vancouver Sun] By Randy Shore - July 22, 2014 

Is it too soon to change B.C.’s iconic fish from the sockeye to the pink?

Probably, but we should be prepared nonetheless as evidence mounts that the phenomenal and persistent abundance of pink salmon is putting real pressure on other Pacific salmon and even sea birds that share the same food resources.

Local observations bring that trend into sharp relief. Pink returns to the Fraser averaged about five million fish through the ’60s and ’70s, but began to take off in the ’80s before settling in at an average of 15 million returns in peak years during the past decade.

Meanwhile, the returns of sockeye to the Fraser River have been nothing short of chaotic...

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Virginia's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year, best since 1987

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 22, 2014 -  

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012...

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Several San Francisco restaurants, Tomales Bay Oyster sue Interior to try to block closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bay City News] - July 21, 2014 - 

TOMALES BAY, Calif. -- A Tomales Bay oyster business and several Marin County restaurants have sued the U.S. Interior Department in federal court in San Francisco in a bid to block the July 31 closure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

The lawsuit claims that under the National Aquaculture Act and federal Coastal Zone Management Act, Salazar should have considered the impact of the oyster farm's shutdown on local aquaculture.

If the closure occurs as scheduled, the Tomales Bay Oyster Co. and the restaurants "will either completely lose access to locally harvested oysters or lose access to a substantial and critical component of their locally harvested oyster supply," the lawsuit claims...

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NY Times editor finds how cost dictates Gulf shrimp availability at NYC fish markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Clarion-Ledger] by Joe Rogers - July 22, 2014

Joe Rogers is a staff editor for The New York Times. 

No offense to fish, crabs or oysters, but shrimp is the seafood in my genes. 

Mama always fixed them fried. And that's still the way to go for a po-boy, not to mention the various seafood platters I've consumed over the years. But in my own kitchen I lean toward creole or jambalaya delivery systems, never having mastered gumbo. (I know. So shoot me.) We also use an Emeril Lagasse recipe for some killer shrimp grits with Andouille. Bam!

And at least once a year, just about this time, I fix a mess of boiled shrimp. In the leftover Zatarain's-infused water go the side dishes: corn on the cob and new red potatoes...

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Ex-Seafood Exchange Pres. Gerry Frattollilo to be first inductee into Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

The late Gerry Frattollilo, a 50-year employee and former president of the New England Seafood Exchange will be the first inductee into the newly formed Boston Seafood Hall of Fame.

Founded by the Boston Fisheries Foundation created the Hall to honor pioneers and leaders in the New England seafood community and Frattollilo, an industry veteran, was an ideal candidate as the Hall's first inductee.

Frattollilo will be inducted at the Third Annual Boston Seafood Festival, the Boston Fisheries Foundation’s celebration of the local seafood community held July 27th from 11am – 6pm on the historic Boston Fish Pier...

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Mekong Delta province spending $38 million to upgrade shrimp farm irrigation, reduce disease risk

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - July 22, 2014 - 

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang will invest $37.6 million in building three irrigation systems to serve local shrimp cultivation from 2015 onward.

The irrigation systems will provide water for 2,000 ha of shrimp cultivation in Tran De district, 1,500 ha in Cu Lao district and 8,000 ha in Vinh Chau district.

In the past three years, large shrimp areas in Soc Trang have been infested with diseases and lack of irrigation systems is partly the cause...

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Former Heiploeg workers sue Dutch shrimp company for lost benefits, claiming bankruptcy was a sham

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Dutch News] July 22, 2014

Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

Heiploeg, fined €27m last November for its role in a massive European shrimp cartel, went bankrupt at the beginning of this year but relaunched almost immediately as Heiploeg International.

The FNV and CNV unions say the bankruptcy was a sham. ‘At no point was production stopped, the organisational structure is the same and so are the clients,’ the unions said in a statement...

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Moderate supply growth, high demand expected to boost Norwegian salmon prices in Q4 say investors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Financial Services Monitor] July 21, 2014

Investment bank Nordea believes Norwegian salmon supply will tighten again after a short-lived price dip, with a tight market for the next two years.

Norwegian salmon firms are beginning to release their second quarter 2014 results, for a period in which spot prices fell NOK 7 from the first quarter levels - 26% lower.

During July, prices bounced back to the low NOK 40s. The bank expects prices will remain at this level up to mid-August, after which they are expected to dip again temporarily owing to seasonally higher supply pressure, before long-term high prices set in...

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Coalition of US Seafood Production reports progress with NOAA, USDA in building up US aquaculture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

Icicle Seafoods and its fellow members of the recently formed Coalition of US Seafood Production (CUSP), reported progress with the NOAA and the USDA in a viable aquaculture industry in the US.

Since announcing its formation six months ago at the Aquaculture Americas Conference in Seattle, CUSP has found that there is certainly strength in numbers when advocating as a unified industry. Coalition members have met twice with federal agencies and legislators in Washington, D.C. this spring to support government action to grow domestic aquaculture, and they are optimistic about progress made to date...

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Some Bristol Bay harvesters disappointed with lower than expected advanced sockeye price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - July 18, 2014

Commercial salmon harvests have topped 28 million fish in Bristol Bay and 23 million fish in Prince William Sound, and the preliminary statewide harvest through July 15 exceeded 61 million salmon of all species.

Just a week earlier the preliminary total stood at just 22.8 million salmon, including 21.4 million salmon harvested in Bristol Bay, way above the preseason forecast of fewer than 17 million salmon.

Of the 28,305,000 salmon delivered to processors in Bristol Bay, 27,894,000 of them were sockeyes and reactions among fishermen were mixed as word spread that the going home price would be $1.20 a pound, plus an added 15 cents for chilled fish...

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GAA launches BAP certification project for small-scale shrimp farms with National Fish, SFP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 22, 2014

National Fish & Seafood has partered with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to launch a project that will help small-scale shrimp farmers achieve BAP ceritification.

Shrimp farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia and India will work with the partnerships to launch the first Aquaculture Improvement Projects that will document improvements in practices being made at the farm and zonal levels.

The AIPs will bring together all stakeholders: farmers, processor, importer, and local government to determine the carrying capacity of the given region and develop policies towards sustainable development of the shrimp farming industry...

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US scallop imports soar past 5-year average as high priced domestic product sends buyers to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 18, 2014

With domestic scallop supplies low and prices at or near all-time highs, imports for lower priced product from China and other producing countries have driven shipments to the US up considerably over last year and the five-year average.

Through May, US scallop imports are up 31 percent from last year to about 32 million pounds; an increase of about 8 million pounds.  Compared to the five-year average, the figures are nearly identical with imports also up 30 percent.

Shipments from China--the top scallop supplier to the US-- are driving the increase...(more)

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New England fishermen and residents back cull of exploding grey seal population

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canada Now] By Sean Lennox - July 21, 2014 

The efforts to protect the grey seal population have succeed at bringing them from the brink of extinction in the 1960s to a thriving species five decades later.

However, the success is bringing with it new concerns. For starters, fisherman in this area are complaining that the voracious fish eating seals are reducing the fish population which the they rely upon for their income and livelihood.

Residents have drawn the same conclusion but for different reasons. They claim that the grey seals are a staple for sharks and with their population restored, they have drawn more sharks to the area putting humans at greater risk. Additionally, the seals crowd the beaches at the expense of those wanting to enjoy the shores. Predictably, conservationists, who are not impacted by the grey seals, disagree that culls are needed.

 

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Fish oil may save heavy drinkers from neurodamage, dementia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - July 22, 2014 - 

A breakthrough in latest research indicates that omega-3 fish oil might protect the individual from these alcohol-related health conditions.

Continuous alcohol abuse leads to an increased risk of dementia and brain damage, as proven by several studies in the past. A breakthrough in latest research indicates that omega-3 fish oil might protect the individual from these alcohol-related health conditions.

The study done on lab animals shows that fish oil protects the brain cells highly exposed to alcohol against neuronal cell death and inflammation.

The researchers discovered less neuroinflammation and neuronal death in brain cells of up to 90 percent to cells exposed to alcohol and DHA than those cells with alcohol exposure alone.

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Aleutian Islands herring fishery off to a slow start

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Lauren Rosenthal - July 18, 2014

The Aleutian Islands herring fishery is off to a slow start.

Nathaniel Nichols is a biologist monitoring the harvest for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In a good year, he says, the entire 1,805-ton allocation can be taken in three days.

The season officially opened on Tuesday.

Three purse seiners have been working have been working near North Head, on the northern side of Akutan Island. Just like last year, Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a vessel...(more)

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UK's Young's Seafood commits to produce valued-added salmon line in unused Grimsby facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Grocer] by Kevin White - July 22, 2014

Unused capacity at the Young's Seafood site in Grimsby will be used to develop a range of added-value salmon products.

Following the recent announcement that the processor was shifting white fish production from the Marsden Road site in Grimsby to the Scottish port of Fraserburgh, Young's reaffirmed its commitment to the Lincolnshire town by pledging to invest in the development of salmon production.

Young's was seeing strong growth in its core salmon business...

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Typhoon Rammasun deals heavy damage to Southern China, Northern Vietnam over the weekend

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Vu Trong Khanh - July 21, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun's total death toll climbed to at least 119 Monday, with its latest casualties reported in northern Vietnam and southern China after fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least 95 lives in the Philippines.

In northern Vietnam, the typhoon made landfall Saturday morning, unleashing floods that killed at least eight people and affected more than 6,000 homes. The typhoon damaged 3,300 hectares of rice and other crops and disrupted traffic in the region, according to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

Lang Son province, about 150 kilometers northeast of Hanoi, suffered the heaviest casualties—with four dead—as well as property damage, according to the committee...

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Why Philippines has failed to become a global player in shrimp production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Manila Bulletin] By Melody M. Aguiba - July 21, 2014 - 

The Philippines has failed to seize big market opportunities  in shrimp with flat production since the 1990s at around 50,000 metric tons (MT) while Thailand and Indonesia are producing around 500,000 MT from about the same level as Philippines’ three decades ago.

Failure to supply needed fry, particularly for tiger prawn or sugpo, contributed to a low production in the country in the first quarter of the year.

“The production decline experienced by operators in Zamboanga Peninsula was attributed to limited supply of fry, high mortality rate, and white spot syndrome,” according to Santeh Feeds Corp. President Phillip Ong in an aquaculture update...

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Sen. Murkowski introduces legislation that would block Obama administration's declaration of vast Pacific closed area 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 21, 2014 

Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced legislation requiring congressional approval of any new national monument designation considered by the President.

The bill, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608), would block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters.

President Obama has repeatedly expressed interest in using the Antiquities Act to unilaterally establish...

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Ousted Demoulas CEO urges Market Basket worker rehirings as store out-of-stocks develop 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross and Erin Allworth - July 22, 2014 - 

Speaking publicly for the first time since his firing, former Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas on Monday urged the company's new management to reinstate longtime employees who were dismissed for organizing protests on his behalf.

With thousands of employees, customers, and supporters again rallying earlier in the day, Demoulas said it has been particularly painful to see the stores he labored over for years running out of food. The produce, meat, and seafood aisles in some stores are empty.

Since Arthur T.'s firing nearly a month ago, Market Basket has become both a public spectacle and a political cause. The Save Market Basket Facebook page has 40,000 likes. Several online petitions demanding the reinstatement of Arthur T. have attracted more than 16,000 signatures; dozens of Massachusetts lawmakers have pledged to support a boycott of the supermarket. On Monday...

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Spain bans CP shrimp as tuna industry wants Thai product out of EU trade deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] by Yuphin Hongthong - July 17, 2014

Spain has begun to impose an import ban on all frozen shrimp and seafood products from Charoen Pokphand Foods and a Spanish industry group has called for the removal of Thai canned tuna from the European Union's proposed free-trade agreement with the Kingdom after allegations of slave labour in the Thai fishing industry.

Tritaporn Khomapat, director of the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday notified Niwat Sutemechaikul, director-general of the Thai Fisheries Department, that many supermarkets in Europe as well as the United States had stopped stocking CPF's frozen shrimp and other seafood products...(more)

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Thailand revising labor laws to deal with human trafficking

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - July 21, 2014 - 

Thailand's labour law is now being revised by several concerned government agencies and upon completion it could guarantee customers overseas that there is neither child labour, forced labour nor human trafficking in Thailand, said Ms Puntarik Smiti, deputy permanent secretary for labour.

Most of the human trafficking problem, as accused by the US, lies in the fishing industry sector and concerned agencies such as the Labour Ministry, the Fisheries and Marine departments are currently amending laws related to trawler registration and foreign employees registration, said Ms Puntarik.

All the seven fishing labour coordination offices in seven provinces will play a major role to prevent any abuse in the fishery sector from occurring to ensure that good labour practices are implemented. "It could be proof to show...

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British Columbia's Tradex Foods launches real-time seafood trading platform

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 22, 2014

British Columbia's Tradex Foods has launched an online seafood trading portal that offers customers live, real-time tool to purchase seafood.

TradexLIVE displays our latest offers on H&G and Value Added seafood items Live and in Real-time.  The platform was built from the ground up for efficiency and offers "filter” and “search” function to quickly locate buying opporutities on the fly.

The tool also offers customer product information such as the catch method, the fishing area and product photos.  The portal is a free tool for Tradex customers and just requires registration of a user account...  

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McDonald's Canada expands summer seafood offerings with limited time Asian style spicy shrimp wrap

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Toronto Star] by Lisa Wright - July 21, 2014

When Anne Parks was a teenager working at a Scarborough McDonald’s in the late 70s, chicken McNuggets didn’t exist yet and the Filet-O-Fish mostly sold on Fridays.

And nobody thought of seafood as fast food.

Today, as the menu innovations guru presiding over the 1,400-store McDonald’s Canada chain, she’s trying to reel in customers with seafood creations like the Asian Crispy Shrimp McWrap, which officially launches Monday across Canada...

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NE Fishery Management Council executive director says Oceana ignores efforts of Rhode Island fishermen in bycatch report 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Providence Journal] By Tom Nies - July 22, 2014 - 

(Tom Nies is the executive director of the New England Fishery Management Council.)

The New England Fishery Management Council takes a different position from the one expressed in the July 1 editorial (“Frightening waste of fish”), as well as those reported in recent publications about wasteful fisheries bycatch and the related costs to fishermen and society.

The authors of those reports, staff from the international environmental advocacy organization Oceana, addressed important topics that all fisheries managers face. But there are numerous errors and inaccuracies in the Oceana report — so many that the eight regional fishery management councils, established by federal statute in 1976, collectively put together remarks that discuss the shortcomings of Oceana’s publication.

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Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food subsidiary in Shanghai grows Chinese market for live US lobster, Dungeness

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong July 18, 2014

Zhangzidao aims to create the first network of live aquatic products in China with the opening ceremony of Ocean Food, its subsidiary, on Monday.

After half a year of trial operation, Zhangzidao’s Ocean Food held its opening ceremony on July 7, which marked the group’s efforts to strengthen the connection between the resources and the market; integrate the high-quality aquatic products all over the world and improve its market performance as well as service qualtiy. It also revealed the company’s intent to create China’s first network of aquatic products.

Zhangzidao has inked the strategic cooperation agreements with SGS, Eternal Asia and Shanghai Ocean University during the ceremony. And the cooperation will cover such aspects as the quality certification of the aquatic products, the management of the supply chain and the staff’s training...

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McDonald's and Yum Brands victims of new food safety scare from Chinese meat supplier exposé

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Adam Jourdan - July 21, 2014 - 

 McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

McDonald's and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they'll stop using the supplier.

The report, which focused on McDonald's and Yum, brings the pair back into the firing line following the 2012 scandal that involved chicken pumped with excessive amounts of antibiotics.

It's unclear whether the meat supplier, a local unit of U.S.-based food provider OSI Group LLC, may have sold goods to other clients too.

OSI, which has close to 60 manufacturing facilities worldwide and had revenue of over $5 billion in 2012, has been supplying McDonald's in China since 1992 and Yum since 2008, according to its website.

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Colder waters slow Maine lobster catches to more traditional pace with molt still to come

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] July 17, 2014

The cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start.

The season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. That occurred in late June last year and mid-June in 2012, but state officials and lobstermen say it hasn't happened yet this year, leading to small catches.

State lobster biologist Carl Wilson said the cold winter and spring may have held back molting...(more)

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