Wed. Sep 2 2015

Early Signs Point to Robust Farmed Shrimp Harvest, More Sales to US from Mexico this Fall  


Seafood Harvesters Call On President Obama to Back Magnuson Reauthorization During Alaskan Visit


Large Run for Gov't Shrimp Refrigeration Funding Has La. Close Application Process After One Day  


Prices for Maine Steamer Clams on the Rise with Supplies Low, Demand High  


ADF&G: Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Ranks 2nd Highest in 20 Years  


Oriental Ocean Claims Breakthrough in its Closed Tank Salmon Culture in China  


High Liner Targets School Menus with Line of Bite-Sized Pollock, Salmon and Shrimp Portions


Massachusetts Salmon Importer Lewis Mills Earns ASC Certification


Salmon, Once a Staple, Now Becoming a Delicacy in Russia due to Import Bans  


GISIS is Ecuador's First Shrimp and Tilapia Feed Mill to Earn BAP Certification


Chinese Aquaculture Demand Will Make Fish Oil a $1.7 Billion Industry by 2018 (Fish Radio)  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday September 2, 2015


Tue. Sep 1 2015

Record Pink Harvests in AK Peninsula, Kodiak, and PWS Puts 2015 Season 3rd Highest  


Strong US Dollar Weighs Heavily on Alaskan Sockeye with Prices Down as Much as 40% (Fish Radio)  


Push to Delay Mexican Shrimp Season to October, as Poor Survey, Low Prices Discourage Sector


North Carolina Legislators Step in to Destroy Southern Flounder Stocks


USDA Projects Ecuadorian Shrimp Production, Exports to Rise 3% in 2015  


Hokkaido Estimates Impact of Russian Ban of Driftnets on Eastern Hokkaido Economy at Y18.5 Billion  


Chile's Anchovy Operators Blame El Nino for Catch Declines and Lost Revenues in 2015  


BioMar's Niels Alsted to Head Up Asian Market Development as VP of the Region  


Scottish Salmon Co. Posts Record Q2 Exports with Sales Strong to Emerging Markets, N. America and EU  


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 1, 2015


Mon. Aug 31 2015

Peru Scientist says Strength of This Year's El Nino Still Very Hard to Forecast


Zhangzidao plans to raise 1.45 billion Yuan ($227 Mln) for Broodstock Facility, Ecommerce Platform


Mexican Shrimp Industry in Sinaloa, Sonora Want to Delay Season to Give Stocks Time to Grow  


Beaver St. Moves to an Ozone Sanitation Solution


Competing Proteins: Seasonal Factors in Play, Majority of Markets Lowered Last Week


GAA Names Seafood Quality Assurance Veteran Peter Carpenter BAP Certification Manager


Seafood.com News Summary Monday August 31, 2015


Fri. Aug 28 2015

NMFS, Industry Win Court Case on Aleutian Steller Sea Lions  


Leading Shrimp Researcher Dr. Donald Lighter Announces Retirement  


SFP Finds Gulf Warmwater and N. American Pink Shrimp Fisheries at Low Risk of Producing High Bycatch  


EWOS Posts 7% Q2 Sales Gain on Surprising Boost From Chilean Division  


Researchers Track Widespread Impacts of Warm Water "Blob" on Alaska's Marine Habitats ( Fish Radio)


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 28, 2015


Thu. Aug 27 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Grills Proponents of Setnet ballot - 'Why Can't you Ban Setnets Statewide'  


Marine Stewardship Council Issues Statement on Chain of Custody System in Response to our Article


Ray Hilborn Says Recent Science Paper Makes Inflated Claim about Human Impacts on Marine Species   (1)


SeaShare Seeking Full-Time Development Director


Legal Sea Foods Announces Four-Week Fall Oyster Festival


Trans-Ocean Launches Digital Coupon Campaign for Surimi Products


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 27, 2015


Wed. Aug 26 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday August 26, 2015


Texas Carries Gulf Shrimp Landings in July with Total 2015 Catch Even with Last Year  


Alaska Salmon Hatcheries Based on Principle of Protecting Wild Stocks   (1)


Hot Weather Causes Farmers to Flood Tilapia Markets in China, Damping Hopes for Price Increase  


Russia to Restart Mackerel Fishing in Far East, up to 400,000 tons, to Make up for Import Ban  


United Nations and OPEC Project Plans to Increase Shrimp Production in Central and South America  


Carl Salamone Reflects on How Seafood Sustainability Got Its Start at Wegmans


Alaska's Chinook Researchers Limited to Just 12 Projects Under Budget Cuts (Fish Radio)


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Early Signs Point to Robust Farmed Shrimp Harvest, More Sales to US from Mexico this Fall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 2, 2015

Indications are that Mexico's upcoming farmed shrimp harvest will be significantly improved over the last few years. Sales to the US market will also be more robust from the ongoing strength of the US Dollar.

The preseason harvest out of Sonora and Sinoloa are mostly over now but reports are that the initial volumes were far improved over last year at this time. This week from El Imparcial pegged pre-season harvests at about 1.7 million pounds; mortalities were said to be lower compared to recent seasons.

So far the shrimp have mostly ranged in the 31-40 and smaller count sizes. Traders are expecting the bulk of the harvest to come in at 26-30 count when the season peaks in October...

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Seafood Harvesters Call On President Obama to Back Magnuson Reauthorization During Alaskan Visit

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 2, 2015

The Seafood Harvesters of America applauded President Barack Obama for meeting with Alaska's commercial fishing industry this week and asked that President recognize the success of and support the reauthorization of Magunson.

Dear Mr. President,

The Seafood Harvesters of America (the Harvesters) represents 17 commercial fishing organizations from Alaska, to the Gulf of Mexico and New England.  As its Executive Director, a life-long Alaskan fisherman, Bristol Bay fisherman, and the son of a man who has fished for 45 years in Alaskan waters, I welcome you to this great state.

The Harvesters applauds you for choosing to sit down with real, everyday Alaskan commercial fishermen who nobly harvest an American public resource.  We urge you to take this opportunity to speak to the issues of importance that are essential to the livelihoods of commercial fishermen in Alaska and the nation...

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Large Run for Gov't Shrimp Refrigeration Funding Has La. Close Application Process After One Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 1, 2015

After just a single day the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the application period for a shrimp refrigeration cost-share program due to a large number of applicants seeking the funding. 

The program was announced in July and will provide eligible shrimp vessel owners, docks, and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to $30,000.

The application period opened on August 31st, 2015 and by the end of the day a large number of applications were received. The portal is now shut down and current applications are now under review to determine eligibility...

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Prices for Maine Steamer Clams on the Rise with Supplies Low, Demand High

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCSH] by Kaitlyn Chana - September 2, 2015

Clam prices are skyrocketing, as supply levels continue to dwindle. Many clam diggers are cashing in on this spike because consumers want clams and they're paying the higher prices. High demand for clams and short supply is meaning higher prices at restaurants and grocery stores and bigger paychecks for some of Maine's clam diggers.

On a good day, digging for clams is back breaking work. Clams are hand-picked out of the thick, dark mud from clam flats all along the Maine coast. Clam diggers like 68-year-old James Norris said it's important to ride the waves.

"If the price wasn't up there they couldn't be doing it. That's what is keeping the business going the high price. You don't have to dig a lot of clams at the moment, but that's going to change in a couple of weeks when the prices start going to go down," said Norris...

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ADF&G: Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Ranks 2nd Highest in 20 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  September 2, 2015

The numbers are in and this year’s sockeye return to Bristol Bay of 58 million fish ranks second only to the Bay's 1995’s record return. This year's run is 70 percent above the 34.2 million average run over the past twenty years.

The harvest of 35.7 million sockeye also ranks second, to 1995’s harvest of 44.27 million sockeyes. This year’s total landings are 53 percent higher than the 20 year average.

The run and harvests were famously late, approximately seven days later than the traditional peak of the season, July 4th. The fish were also small. The bayside average weight of 5.2 pounds is the smallest average weight in the past two decades.

The Bristol Bay 2015 harvest of all salmon species was 36.7 million fish, ranking second over the last 20 years (1995-2014) and worth...

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Oriental Ocean Claims Breakthrough in its Closed Tank Salmon Culture in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ifeng.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - Sept. 2, 2015  

Oriental Ocean claims it has made a breakthrough in its salmon aquaculture, increasing its productivity and cutting the cost.
 
Oriental Ocean’s technical team has made great progress in its independent project of improving the Atlantic salmon’s productivity, according the news from the company on August 20. 
 
It is said that the capacity has risen by 30%, while the overall cost has declined by 20.5% in its salmon aquaculture. This means that the company’s salmon will enter the market earlier than before.
 
Salmon cultivation has been the highlight of the company now and the company has started its salmon production for about four years. 
 
A closed water system for salmon aquaculture has been successfully developed thanks to its cooperation with the marine research center of Chinese Academy of Sciences. And the salmon business has brought the company the revenues...

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High Liner Targets School Menus with Line of Bite-Sized Pollock, Salmon and Shrimp Portions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 2, 2015

High Liner has launched a a line of bite-sized portions of pollock, salmon and shrimp for the foodservice industry just in time for the back-to-school season. 

The Simply Sauce Seafood Bites are breaded with whole grain to meet USDA dietary guidelines for school menus and are intended for baking not frying. 

High Liner also includes a 2 lb bag of Sweet Asian Sauce that can used to coat the boats or be used a dipping sauce on the side...

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Salmon, Once a Staple, Now Becoming a Delicacy in Russia due to Import Bans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  - Sept 2, 2015

Salmon is becoming a delicacy again in Russia, due to existing ban on its imports from Norway and other Western countries and the increase of prices in the Russian market.
 
According to Alexander Savelyev, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), despite the increase of salmon production in Russia this year, it became less affordable for local citizens. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, the production of Pacific salmon in the Russian Far East this year exceeded 250,000 tons, which is more than 5% higher, compared to previous fishing season in 2013.
 
Savelyev said that this year the wholesale price whole gutted pink salmon already exceeded 140 rubles (US$3) per kg, which is a high price for Russia. At the same time retail prices are significantly higher....

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Strong US Dollar Weighs Heavily on Alaskan Sockeye with Prices Down as Much as 40% (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 1, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch -- It’s being called a ‘perfect storm’ for the sockeye market. More after this 

Sales info for sockeye salmon is finally surfacing and the situation is bleak. Wholesale prices for Alaska’s big money fish are down 20-25% on average across all markets. 

Reports call it “a perfect storm” of rough market conditions. There’s a big supply of sockeye, the overall weight of the pack is puny – and the biggest driver: global currencies...

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Strong Push to Delay Mexican Shrimp Season to October, as Poor Survey, Low Prices Discourage Sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  Sept. 1, 2015

There appears to be a strong push to convince Inapesca, the Mexican fishery authority, to delay the opening of the Pacific wild shrimp season until October 1st.   The offshore shrimp producers are asking the government not to let social concerns, ie. the startup of employment in the plants, affect their decision about shrimp openings.
 
According to the Mazatlan 'Debate', the August survey showed very few shrimp, and scientists recommended a delay until October.  
 
Normally an El Nino year produces good Mexican shrimp harvests, so the lack of shrimp in the survey is a discouraging development...

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USDA Projects Ecuadorian Shrimp Production, Exports to Rise 3% in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 1, 2015

A report from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) projects Ecuadorian shrimp production in 2015 to rise 3 percent over last year levels to 350,000 metric tons.

The FAS prediction was posted in its "Shrimp Ahoy" report published in late August. It was prepared by Henry Vega and Mariano J. Beillard. 

"Strong U.S. import demand for shrimp over the past five years, combined with a drop in Asian shrimp production due to the outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS), has facilitated Ecuador’s export growth," the report said...

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Peru Scientist says Strength of This Year's El Nino Still Very Hard to Forecast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM John Sackton - August 31, 2015
A recent NOAA blog post by Peruvian scientist Ken Takahashi suggests that despite record global temperatures this year, and a developing El Nino,  the conditions that caused super El Nino's in 1982-3 and 1997-98 may not be developing this year. Takahashi currently leads the national scientific committee ENFEN, which issues the official El Niño forecasts in Peru.
 
The most extreme El Niño events, in terms of the surface warming in the eastern and central Pacific, occurred during 1982-1983 and 1997-1998. During these two events, Piura, a city in the coastal desert in northern Peru, experienced annual rainfall amounts equivalent to the other 40 rainiest years combined! The economic loss due to extreme weather in Peru during those events is estimated as 7% and 4.5% of its GDP, respectively, said Ken Takahashi, a research scientist in Peru. 
 
During the two super El Nino's, the warming in the Eastern Pacific was much stronger than the warming in the Central Pacific.   In a typical El Nino event, the warmth of the Central Pacific moves Eastward; but in a super El Nino, the warmth in the East is somehow amplified....

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Beaver St. Moves to an Ozone Sanitation Solution

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafoodnews]  August 31, 2015

Beaver St. Fisheries announced they have switched to Ozone as their primary sanitation solution, buying a system from Ozone International.
 
Ozone is now BSF’s primary sanitizer solution for food contact surfaces in its meat room, as well as its Sea Best facilities and its Tropic Seafood lobster operations in the Bahamas.
 
BSF is utilizing Ozone International’s aqueous sanitation solution....

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Chile's Anchovy Operators Blame El Nino for Catch Declines and Lost Revenues in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] September 1, 2015

Anchovy and sardine operators in Chile are blaming El Nino-induced changes to the fishery for poor catches this year, which have hurt revenues so far in 2015.

According to a report from Chilean fishery officials with Subpesca, anchovy and sardine fishing quotas are down 43 and 37.7 percent respectively in the Atacama and Coquimbo regions.

Issues have also stretched to the Bio Bio Region, the heart of the artisal fleet, where the longest closure in the last 25 years was imposed by Subpesca...

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Competing Proteins: Seasonal Factors in Play, Majority of Markets Lowered Last Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] Jamie Chadwick- August 31, 2015

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

The beef cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, was lower as anticipated last week.  The Choice cutout fell 1.52% while Select was down 1.43%. Much of this was due to seasonal weakening following the bulk of Labor Day buying.

The pork complex was in a similar position last week, with the cutout falling 1.9%, brought down mostly by a depreciation in belly and loin values. The upcoming holiday is lending support for few items, while needs have already been filled for others, leading to discounting.

The chicken complex turned downward ...

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GAA Names Seafood Quality Assurance Veteran Peter Carpenter as BAP Certification Manager

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 31, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division has expanded its management team with the addition of industry veteran Peter Carpenter as BAP certification manager.

Carpenter will step into the role immediately. He comes to the BAP with more than 30 years of seafood experience, most recently with Aqua Star. As BAP certification manager, Carpenter will provide full customer service to BAP-certified facilities pursuing re-certification. He will lead the transition of the BAP certification management team from GAA’s Lynnwood, Washington, office to its Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office over the next few months.

“We are pleased to have Peter join our team of talented women and men at the GAA as we continue our advocacy for sustainable and responsible aquaculture,” said GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens. “His extensive experience in all aspects of the seafood industry will serve us well.”

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Leading Shrimp Researcher Dr. Donald Lighter Announces Retirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 28, 2015

post from Shrimp News International's Bob Rosenberry has confirmed that leading shrimp researcher Dr. Donald Lightner has retired after over four decades studying shrimp and shrimp aquaculture.

Lightner was lead researcher at the University of Arizona's Aquaculture Pathology Lab. It was here that Lightner and his team discovered the cause of shrimp early mortality syndrome back in 2013, just one of a many breakthroughs Lightner has contributed to the industry.

Lighter's retirement is effective October 9 of this year. The University is currently on the hunt to replace Lightner...

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Early Signs Point to Robust Farmed Shrimp Harvest, More Sales to US from Mexico this Fall

Indications are that Mexico's upcoming farmed shrimp harvest will be significantly improved over the last few years. Sales to the US market are expected be more robust from the ongoing strength of the US Dollar. Traders are expecting the bulk of the catch to trend in 26-30 count size when the season peaks in October. Mexican shrimp imports to the US are up over 82 percent through June this year, so more shrimp from producers south of the border this fall will only add to far higher import volumes recorded out of Mexico in 2015. 

The Seafood Harvesters of America have formally thanked President Obama for meeting with members of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. The Harvesters have also called on the President to recognize the success of and endorse the reauthorization of Magnuson with minimal changes to the law during his trip to Alaska. The President has been touring the state all week, including a stop in Anchorage where he spoke at the State’s Department’s GLACIER Conference.

In other news Louisiana’s fishery officials closed the application portal to a cost-sharing program for shrimp refrigeration after just one day. State officials reported huge interest in the program that would provide qualified operations with up to $30,000 in funding. 

Finally, clam diggers in Maine are reporting higher prices for steamers with demand strong and supplies low. Clam supplies are still recovering from this past winter that froze clam grounds and limited the harvesting effort all while food service demand for the item has stayed strong.

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Record Pink Harvests in AK Peninsula, Kodiak, and PWS Puts 2015 Season 3rd Highest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  September 1, 2015

With 177 million pink salmon harvested to date, 2015 will go on record as the third highest pink salmon harvest in Alaska. 

Alaska’s 2013 season broke all records with a year-end total of just over 219 million pink salmon statewide. In 1994, Alaska’s pink salmon catch reached 195.85 million salmon. The 2015 harvest will not surpass that, but is already significantly above 2005's harvest of 161.24 million pink salmon.  Last year’s harvest of pinks statewide was 95.3 million fish...

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Massachusetts Salmon Importer Lewis Mills Earns ASC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafooodNews] September 2, 2015

Massachusetts seafood importer Lewis Mills & Co. has achieved Chain of Custody certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

The certification means Lewis Mills sources and imports its core Atlantic and Pacific salmon products from harvesters and distributors that fit the ASC's criteria for responsibly managed operations.

Lewis Mills underwent a rigorous audit by an independent, third party certifier that checked the process and procedures the company has put in place to meet the requirements of Chain of Custody protocols. The process reviewed how the company maintains its chain of custody, starting with who Lewis Mills & Co. purchases its salmon from, to how it tracks each purchase, and identifies, segregates and maintains certified inventory...

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GISIS is Ecuador's First Shrimp and Tilapia Feed Mill to Earn BAP Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 2, 2015

Nutreco's subsidiary GISIS has become Ecuador's first ever fish feed mill to earn certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliances' Best Aquaculture Practices program. 

GISIS's shrimp and tilapia feed operation is located in Duran, Ecuador. The company is just the third Central and South American feed mill, outside of Chile, to earn BAP approval. 

The certification means shrimp and tilapia companies seeking four-star BAP approval can use GISIS as a feed supplier...

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Chinese Aquaculture Demand Will Make Fish Oil a $1.7 Billion Industry by 2018 (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 2, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A booming fish oil market, plus strong snails and mussels help sore muscles. 

Fish oils have gained fame for their healthy omega-3 boosts, but usage by humans falls way behind that of fish farmers. Their needs will push the global market value of fish oils to $1.7 billion by 2018, driven by China’s booming aquaculture industry. That’s according to a new report called the Global Fish Oil Market - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018 by Transparency Market Research. 

Fish oil in aquaculture accounts for over 75 per cent of the global demand; much of it comes from ‘industrialized fisheries’ such as anchovies and menhaden...

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North Carolina Legislators Step in to Destroy Southern Flounder Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News and Observer]  (Editorial)  September 1, 2015

Flounder don’t vote, but lawmakers are still supposed to represent their best interests. For in a coastal state like North Carolina, a thriving fishery resource is good for the entire state.
 
But that’s not what’s happening in the case of a type of flounder, the southern flounder, that is a mainstay of recreational and commercial fishing in the sounds and estuaries of North Carolina. The flat, oval-shaped fish typically range from 15 to 18 inches and are good eating and much in demand. Last year, commercial fishermen hauled in 1.7 millions pounds of southern flounder they sold to the seafood industry for $4.8 million.
 
That big harvest year after year is taking a toll. Some surveys indicate that the southern flounder has been heavily over-fished and that its population is nearing collapse...

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Hokkaido Estimates Impact of Russian Ban of Driftnets on Eastern Hokkaido Economy at Y18.5 Billion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports]  Sept. 1, 2015

The Hokkaido prefectural government made public on August 26 its estimate of the possible impact of Russia's decision to prohibit salmon driftnet fisheries in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from next year on the regional economy of the eastern Hokkaido at Y18.5 billion (US $153 million).
 
Based on this estimate, Hokkaido will develop measures incorporating, among others, financial assistance to the affected fishermen, and will request the central government for budgetary and other backing in early September.
 
The estimate figures had been calculated based ...

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Zhangzidao plans to raise 1.45 billion Yuan ($227 Mln) for Broodstock Facility, Ecommerce Platform

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CS.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - August 31, 2015

Zhangzidao plans to raise 1.45 billion yuan ($227 million) through private placement to develop its marine broodstock sector and the e-commerce business.  

Zhangzidao has published the private placement proposal on August 14. The company intends to get 1.45 billion yuan for the development of its broodstock project, its Business to Business e-commerce project and the repayment of bank loan. Among them, 184.79 million yuan will be used for the broodstock project, 162.42 million yuan for the ecommerce platform project, and the remaining 1.10279 billion yuan is for the bank loan.
 
According to the proposal, Zhangzidao plans to build an aquaculture technology platform of seafood...

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Mexican Shrimp Industry in Sinaloa, Sonora Want to Delay Season to Give Stocks Time to Grow

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 31, 2015

Mexican shrimp vessels operating off the Pacific Coasts in Sinaloa and Sonora are petitioning fishery authorities to delay an early September opening to the season to give the shrimp time to grow out to a more marketable size. 

Biologists with Mexico's Regional Center for Fisheries Research (CRIP) assessed shrimp stocks south of Shark Island in Sinaloa and in fisheries off the southern banks of Sonora...

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BioMar's Niels Alsted to Head Up Asian Market Development as VP of the Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 1, 2015

BioMar has named Niels Alsted as Vice President of its recently formed Asian market region that was formed this past August through a joint-venture with China's Tongwei.

Most recently Alsted was Vice President of Sourcing & Business Relations for BioMar. He has worked with the company since 1987 across several departments including R&D and business development.

"Niels Alsted has during the last three decades been one of the most important persons in the process of continuously driving the development of BioMar's feed program towards new and higher standards, both in terms of feed performance and environmental sustainability. This tremendous knowledge base Niels will now bring to our Chinese Joint-Venture," said Biomar CEO Carlos Diaz...

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Scottish Salmon Co. Posts Record Q2 Exports with Sales Strong to Emerging Markets, N. America and EU

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Record] by Scott McCulloch - September 1, 2015

The Oslo-listed salmon farmer, which has a significant presence in Scotland, reports Q2 revenues dipped 7% and harvested tonnage was down 8% though exports rose to 49% for the first time.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has reported a seven per cent dip in second quarter revenue after harvested tonnage dipped more than eight per cent to 7,349 tonnes, though exports rose to “record” levels.

The Oslo-listed salmon farmer, which has a significant presence in Scotland, said the second quarter performance was “stable” with harvest volumes “comparable to the same period in 2014”...

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NMFS, Industry Win Court Case on Aleutian Steller Sea Lions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  August 28, 2015

Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. District Court in Anchorage, ruled Tuesday in favor of National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2014 analyses that supported loosening certain restrictions to fishing in the Aleutian Islands. Those restrictions were part of a sweeping management decision implemented five years ago, aimed at protecting a sub-population of Steller sea lions in the western Aleutians.

At issue is whether the groundfish industry in certain areas of the Aleutians impact the available food for a distinct group of Steller sea lions whose population is not recovering.

The suit was brought against NMFS by Greenpeace and Oceana who claimed the 2014 Biological Opinion and Enviromental Impact Statement was arbitrary and capricious. Joining NMFS as co-defendants and intervenors were Alaska Seafood Cooperative, Adak Community Development Corporation, Aleut Corporation, and the Groundfish Forum.

In the court’s ruling, Burgess acknowledged...

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SFP Finds Gulf Warmwater and N. American Pink Shrimp Fisheries at Low Risk of Producing High Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 28, 2015

A report released this week by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) found that bycatch among wild shrimp trawlers accounts for more volume than any other fishery type but that efforts to reduce bycatch can make a positive difference.  The latter point was particulary evident from management efforts analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico fishery and among pink shrimping regions in Atlantic Canada, West Greenland, and the Barents Sea performed well, as did Oregon

The report examined 20 bottom trawl fisheries that account for approximately 1.1 million metric tons annually, or nearly one third of the global wild shrimp harvest...

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