Mon. Jul 6 2015

Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape  


PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years


Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature


East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture


Local Crab Demand Cratering in Louisiana as Prices Spike Over Statewide Shortage  


Indian States Odisha and Kerla Getting Close to Commercial-Scale Black Tiger Production


Heavy Rains Result in Widespread Shrimp Kill Across India's Andhra Pradesh Region


India Continues to Post Sharp Gains for Exported Shrimp Volumes and Values  


Avanti Feeds Expands Indian Shrimp Feed, Processing Business in Deal with Anvanti Frozen Foods  


UAF Studying Abundance of Juvenile Sablefish in Alaska's St. John's Baptist Bay (Fish Radio)


Federal Fishery Council Takes Up Snapper and Grouper in Keys Session


Study Finds Nearly a Third of the Black Sea Bass Population that Spawn as Females Become Males


Caribbean Spiny Lobsters Create Safe Havens


Committee Releases Advisory Report for Chesapeake Bay’s Blue Crab Population Management Options


Fri. Jul 3 2015

Seafood News and Urner Barry Closed Today for July Fourth


Thu. Jul 2 2015

Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies  


Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms  


India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming  


Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize


Russia Limits Fishery Quota Transfers in Plan to Spur Industry Consolidation


First Drought, Now Floods Cause Problems for Texas Shrimpers


NOAA Predicts 2015-16 Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp Catch to Trend 24% Under Historical Average  


Bobby Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Enforcement of Turtle-Excluder Provisions  


SalmonChile Says Yesterday's Report on Lower Salmon Volumes Exacerbated Decline in Atlantic Harvest  


Pacific Coast Federation's Zeke Grader to Retire After 40 Year Career


Louisiana's Shrimp Task Force Supports Passage of TED Enforcement Repeal  


Survey Suggests Bumper Crop of East Coast Sea Scallops Coming Up


Alaska Shellfish Hatcheries Endangered by Ocean Acidification, Study Says  


Warmer Waters Expected to Alter Global Seafood Consumption Patterns Report Finds


ASMI Updates RFM Certification on Alaska Crab, Halibut and Sablefish  


Investors are Betting on Restaurants


U.S. Foods Needs to Boost Its Valuation Quickly for Private Equity Owners


Northeast Iowa School Converted to Shrimp Farm


Five Fishing Groups Join in Lawsuit to Block Seismic Testing off New Jersey Coast


BP to Pay $18.7 Billion Blowout Settlement, $6.8 Billion Goes to Louisiana


Seafood.com News Summary July 2, 2015


Wed. Jul 1 2015

North Pacific Seafoods Buys Two Alaskan Salmon Processing Facilities from Inlet Fish Producers  


Marine Harvest's Fresh Salmon Recall Expanded to Sam's Club and Save Mart Stores Across CA  


Putin Signs Law to Ban Drift-net Fishing in Russia's EEZ  


US Restaurant Performance Remains Historically Strong with Comps Up Again in May


Chile's Atlantic Salmon Harvest Volume Down 34% Over Last Year's Levels  


As Threatened, Many Thai Fishermen Strike Over Government's IUU Clampdown   (1)


Blue North Expands Board with New Members McReynolds and Wells  


UK's Seafish Launches $390,000 Investment Fund for Fishery R&D Projects


Alaska Mariculture Initiative Sets Goal to Build Billion Dollar Farmed Seafood Industry (Fish Radio)


Maryland Launches Campaign against Illegal Crab Fishing  


New Legal Sea Foods Ads Elevate Seafood to a Religious Experience for "Pescatarians"


Kroger's President and COO Mike Ellis Retires Abruptly After 40 Years of Service


Sea Pact Looking to Fund Fishery Projects that Will Help World's Most Consumed Species


De Costi Acquisition Key to Building Tassal's Dominance in Domestic Market


Legislation Would End Pesticide Use In Long Island Sound to Restore the Lobster Industry


Scientists Find Way to Cut Blood Loss by 90% By Spraying Foam Made from Shrimp Shells


Thailand Arrests 2 Alleged Kingpin Brokers Who Sent Slaves to Fishing Boats


B.C. Salmon Farmers Wait for the Regulatory Tide to Turn


Texas Inshore Shrimp Season Devastated by Freshwater Runoff  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 1, 2015


Tue. Jun 30 2015

Across Alaska, Early Salmon Catches Underweight  


Feds Accuse Virginia's Casey Seafood of Mislabeling Foreign Crab Meat Sold to Retailers  


Louisiana to Close Shrimp Fishing in Remaining Inshore Waters on July 2  


Promotional Plans for Maine's Lobster Marketing Collaborative Not Deterred by Higher Priced Lobster  


Toothfish Industry Creates Three Working Groups to Further Improve Management During COLTO Workshop  


Nova Scotia the Big Benefactor from Huge Increase in China's Demand for Live Lobsters  


Oceanographers Puzzled by Latest Warm Water Burst - This Time Off US Atlantic Coast


Ahold, Delhaize Execs Have Clear Vision of Essential First Steps in Pending Merger


Major EU Shrimp Distributor Heiploeg Buys Assests to Dutch-Based Lenger Seafoods' Shrimp Division  


McDonald's to Feature Lobster Rolls at Participating New England Locations  


Sea Pact Elects Albion Fisheries VP Guy Dean to Replace Logan Kock as Advisory Council Chairman


Seajoy Group is First Latin American Shrimp Producer to Earn Four-Star BAP Certification  


UBC Study Finds Pacific Pink Salmon Growth Stunted By Double Dose of Acidification


Popeyes Launches Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp  


NOAA Releases Complete List of S-K Awards


China's Pingtan Adds Six Vessels for Tuna Longlining and Squid Jigging in Central and Western Pacfic


Two Cargill Fish Feed Mills Attain BAP Certification


Iceland Proceeds with Fin and Minke Whale Hunt Despite Protests


US Tuna Treaty Under the Spotlight at Forum Fisheries Meeting


US Foods Launches Bold "Just Taking Off" Campaign


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 30, 2015


Mon. Jun 29 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 29, 2015


Univ. of Alaska Launches Online Classes for Aspiring Fish Technologists (Fish Radio)


Seattle Crab Producer Keyport Hires Karen Reyer as Financial Controller


Bristol Bay Sockeye Season Shifts into High Gear  


NOAA Recommends Record High $25 Million in S-K Grant Funds for 88 Fishing Industry Projects


Seafood Dog Treat Producer Arcitc Paws Enjoys Massive Growth on Strength of Alaska Seafood Brand


Florida Health Officials Try to Put "Flesh Eating Bacteria" Scare Headlines into Perspective


Lower-Priced Alaskan Sockeye Promotions Up Big Across Retail Sector Nationwide  


Poland's Seafood Imports Higher in 2015 Driven by Shrimp Demand  


P.E.I. Tuna Fisherman Getting Atlantic Bluefin Quota Increase  


FDA's SCALE Program Awarded for Use of DNA Testing in Combatting Fish Fraud


Singaporeans divesting from Alliance Food Select Inc.


Growing Demand for High-Priced Seafood in China to Benefit EU's Oyster, Salmon Producers  


Russia Holds Off on Banning Canned Fish and Sprat Imports from EU and US, For Now


Alaska Trollers Say Salmon Commission's 46% Chinook Quota Cut Will Cost Harvesters $12 Million  


Sysco Walks Away From US Foods Merger


Greenland's Atlantic Salmon Quota Worries Maine Conservationists


Jersey Shore Oyster Industry Is Starting to Recover  


Sysco Stock Price Rebounds Despite Merger Ruling - Investors Like Certainty


WWF Calls for Rigorous Recovery Plan for Eastern Pacific Bluefin Tuna


Harvesting Geoducks is Lucrative, But It's Also Brutally Hard Work  


Talley's Trawler to Assess Rebuilding Orange Roughy Stocks Off NZ


Marine Harvest Restructuring Operations in Chile in Response to Weak Prices


MSC’s Rogue Client Agrees to, then Withdraws from Binding Arbitration  


Icicle Seafoods Sold Off to Indonesia's Convergence Holdings and Dominion Catchers


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Surveys Show Gulf of Maine's Lobster Stock to be in Great Shape 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press Herald] by Tom Bell - July 6, 2015

Maine’s lobster industry is gearing up for another big year as the state’s 4,500 commercial fishermen wait for lobsters to migrate to the coast and shed the hard shells they’ve been carrying all winter.

And wait they must.

Fishermen and consumers probably won’t see those “shedders” until the middle of July – one to two weeks behind schedule – because of colder-than-normal water temperatures, according to scientists. The shortage has led to above-average lobster prices over the Fourth of July weekend, just when the state’s summer tourism season is coming into full swing. The Fourth of July weekend is considered the normal start date for the lobster fishery in Maine.

Fishermen who have traps in the water now aren’t catching much except for a few hard-shell lobsters, and those lobsters don’t seem eager to molt any time soon, said Peter McAleney, who runs New Meadows Lobster, a wholesaler in Portland...

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PWS Herring Survey Shows Second Highest School Count in Last Six Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Pola Lem - July 6, 2015

One thousand feet over Prince William Sound, the plane tilted sideways, its left wing stretching toward the waves below as pilot Mike Collins circled in for a closer look. The water sparkled.

"There's a school of age one herring," said Scott Pegau, turning in his seat, "right up against the beach."

Against the curve of the shore, a dark cloud formed below the surface of the Sound, where hundreds of juvenile herring clustered. Their school is among 1,227 counted so far this season along the islands and inlets off the Prince William Sound...

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Bill to Limit Maine Scallop Harvest Comes Up Short in Legislature
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] - July 6, 2015 
 
Rep. Robert Alley of Beals says he will try again next year to safeguard wild-caught scallops for future generations.
 
A Washington County legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest of Maine scallops.
 
The fishing industry this year resisted a bill proposed by Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals, and it later died in committee in April. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them.
 
Maine scallops are favored in culinary circles, typically ...

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East Coast and Garbo Lobster Sign Investment Deal to Expand Maine Fair Trade Lobster Venture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 6, 2015

Massachusetts-based lobster distributor East Coast Seafood and Texas' Garbo Lobster have entered into a partnership with long-term equity capital provider Seafood Investment Group to expand the companies' value-added processing joint-venture, Maine Fair Trade Lobster.

The deal was led by Antarctica Advisors LLC, a food-industry focused investment banking firm.  Financial details of the partnership were not released.

"This is a highly strategic partnership for our clients, East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster, and a great entry for SIG into the North American Seafood Industry," said Ignacio Kleiman, Managing Partner of Antarctica Advisors .  "The new partnership demonstrates the unique opportunities the Seafood Industry in North America presents to investors, where Antarctica's highly-specialized Seafood Team continues to play a leading role as a trusted advisor."

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Lobster Meat Prices at Record Highs with Seasonal Demand in Full Swing for Limited Supplies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 2, 2015

Lobster meat market prices have climbed to all-time record levels this summer as seasonal demand among foodservice operators in the US has been met with a more limited supply of the product compared to past years.

In early week trading, Urner Barry prices for dry Canadian cooked 2 lb claw and knuckle lobster meat, reached $20.20 per pound. This is an all-time record price for the product, topping the previous $19.50 per pound record average set in 2012...

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Chinese Shrimp Prices Declining as Production Rebounds in Southern Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - July 2, 2015

A recovery in shrimp production among producers in South China has domestic inventories well supplied, which has put downward pressure on prices for the country's producers.

On April 28, trucks from Guangzhou have come to the agriculture zone of Heya village, Nantong town to buy shrimp at the price of 80 yuan/kilo. This was the first batch of white shrimps which Guangzhou customers bought from local farmers. However, by late May those prices had decreased to as low as 50 yuan/kilo.

“They are the same 1-kilo white shrimps. But their price has declined by 30 yuan from that of one month ago,” said many farmers in Rudong county of Jiangsu in early June...

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Whole Foods CEOs Admit to Overcharging, Apologize
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNNMoney] July 2, 2015

Whole Foods execs are admitting the chain has been overcharging customers in New York City stores, but promised that if that ever happens again they'll give the food to customers for free.

John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs of Whole Foods (WFM), apologized to customers in a video filmed in the sliced fruit section of one of their grocery stores. The casually dressed execs admitted that some customers had been accidentally overcharged for sliced fruit, fresh squeezed juices and sandwiches by workers who made errors.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes," said Robb, framed by containers of sliced strawberries, kiwis and pineapples. "We want to own that and tell you what we're doing about it."

Mackey said there has been a "very, very small percentage...

 

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First Drought, Now Floods Cause Problems for Texas Shrimpers
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houston Chronicle] Dylan Baddour, July 2, 2015 
 
In recent years, coastal shrimpers and oystermen in Texas struggled to make their livings during an exceptional drought. Now the years-long dry spell has been washed away by an exceptionally rainy spring, but the Victoria Advocate newspaper reports the storms haven't brightened the prospects of folks who depend on the bays.
 
They've actually made it worse.
 
On Friday, Calhoun County judge Michael Pfeifer issued a disaster declaration for his county, nestled between San Antonio, Lavaca and Matagorda bays, citing an "imminent threat of financial and economic impact affecting the seafood industry; specifically...

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Bobby Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Enforcement of Turtle-Excluder Provisions
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times-Picayune] By  Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com- July 02, 2015 
 
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Wednesday (July 1) repealing a 1987 state law that prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.
 
The repeal legislation, which the Louisiana House approved last month 100-0, also was unanimously endorsed by the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force in April after environmental groups have long pushed for better enforcement of the use of such devices in shrimp trawls. Often referred to as TEDs, they create an opening in shrimp nets to allow trapped turtles to escape before they ...

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Pacific Coast Federation's Zeke Grader to Retire After 40 Year Career

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Lee Crockett - July 2, 2015

Crockett is Director of Federal Fisheries Policy for The Pew Charitable Trusts

On one side: fish. On the other side: fishermen. In the middle: Zeke Grader.

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide.

For 40 years, Zeke served as executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), the largest trade group of commercial fishermen on the West Coast.

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Louisiana's Shrimp Task Force Supports Passage of TED Enforcement Repeal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 2, 2015

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force announced support for this week's passage of a bill that will repeal the state's ban on enofrcing federal turtle excluder device and bycatch reduction device regulations.

On Wednesday Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wsigned into law HB 668, which will repeal states that had prevented Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal TED and other bycatch regulations. The law will go into effect on August 1.

“Today is a monumental day for our shrimp industry and will show the world that Louisiana fishermen and processors have always been concerned with the successful management of our shrimp fishery, said Mark Abraham, Shrimp Task Force Chairman. “The Shrimp Task Force applauds Governor Jindal and our state legislators who worked with us to pass this legislation.”

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Survey Suggests Bumper Crop of East Coast Sea Scallops Coming Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR] By Annie Ropeik - July 2, 2015 - 

Scallop fishermen off the East Coast could soon see one of their biggest bumper crops ever.

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks for young sea scallops on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This year, when they stuck their camera in the water, they got a huge shock, says Dvora Hart, a research analyst with NOAA's Fisheries Service.

Scallop populations are up all over the East Coast. The juveniles found in their surveys will be big enough to harvest in the next two to three years at ports like Cape May, N.J., and New...

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Alaska Shellfish Hatcheries Endangered by Ocean Acidification, Study Says

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News]  By Erica Martinson - July 2, 2015

Alaska's first shellfish hatcheries could be its last, given the impact of growing ocean acidification, according to a new report published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The research -- by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alaska and a shellfish hatchery -- found that in 25 years, Alaska’s coastal waters may not be able to support shellfish hatcheries unless costly new systems are put in place.

Ocean acidification is the result of waters absorbing more carbon dioxide and it can have significant effects on shellfish like oysters and clams, which need calcium carbonate minerals to build their shells. When the ocean is...

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Warmer Waters Expected to Alter Global Seafood Consumption Patterns Report Finds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Phys.org] by Heather Amos - July 2, 2015

The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists.

These findings were released today in Japan by the Nereus program, an international research team led by UBC scientists and supported by the Nippon Foundation. The Nereus program was formed to study the future of the world's oceans and seafood resources. Today it released a summary of the first phase of its research in a report titled 'Predicting Future Ocean.' Researchers say that the future supply of seafood will be substantially altered by climate change, overfishing and other human activities.

"The types of fish that we will have on our dinner table will be very different in the future," said William Cheung, UBC associate professor and the co-director of the Nereus program. "Fisheries will be catching more warm-water species, with smaller size, and that will affect fish supply through our domestic and oversea fisheries as well as imports."

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Across Alaska, Early Salmon Catches Underweight

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Journal of Commerce]  By DJ Summers  - June 30, 2015

“Big run, small fish,” is a Cordova fishermen’s rule of thumb that seems to be holding true for salmon in 2015, particularly in the areas adjacent to the Gulf of Alaska.

Workers statewide from offices of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, are just beginning to notice an early in-season trend of smaller-than-average fish. Throughout the state’s early season salmon fisheries, particularly sockeye and chum, fish are coming in shorter and lighter for their age.

“It’s still pretty early in the game,” said ADFG fisheries scientist Eric Volk. “That being said, fish are a little bit smaller than they usually are. It may not be...

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As Threatened, Many Thai Fishermen Strike Over Government's IUU Clampdown 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Channel News Asia] - July 1, 2015 -      

BANGKOK: Fishermen in Thailand have gone on strike over new government regulations that took effect on Wednesday after the country was told by the European Union to clamp down on illegal fishing.

Thailand, the world's third-largest seafood exporter, was given six months by the EU in April to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.

A high percentage of the Thai fishing fleet is unregistered and outside of government control, making it difficult to track vessels. Even registered vessels often sail without catch documentation and operation certificates.

 

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Investors are Betting on Restaurants
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] by Jonathan Maze- July 2, 2015 
 
Investors seem to have rediscovered the restaurant industry so far in 2015, but they’ve done so cautiously — pouring money into perceived winners while abandoning any company that underperforms.
 
On average, stocks are up nearly 11 percent so far in 2015, according to the NRN Restaurant Index, Nation’s Restaurant News’ exclusive stock tracker for the restaurant industry. By comparison, restaurant stocks rose only 3.5 percent in 2014.
 
Nearly six in ten restaurant stocks have increased in value, and 25 of the 58 stocks we track regularly are up over 10 percent on the year. Shake Shack, which went public in January, has nearly ...

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Louisiana to Close Shrimp Fishing in Remaining Inshore Waters on July 2

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 30, 2015

Louisiana will close most of the state's remaining inshore waters to shrimp fishing ahead of schedule to allow more time for the shrimp to grow out for the fall season. 

On Thursday July 2 state inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed. Additionally, inside waters in Eastern Louisiana currently open, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and a portion of the Mississippi Sound located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  This action also closes those portions of Barataria Bay, Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto that remained open on June 19.

Waters in Breton and Chandeleur Sounds will remain open as will all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line...

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India's Odisha Government Targets to Double Fish Production in Five Years with Tilapia Farming
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OdishaSunTimes] - July 2, 2015 
 
Odisha government, in partnership with Worldfish, a global aquaculture and genetic improvement organisation, has emabarked on an initiative that aims to improve fish production in the state by 20% within a year and double production within five years in the state with the introduction of Tilapia fish farming
 
“A delegation from the Worldfish led by its Director Michael Phillips had made a presentation before the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on May 14 with a proposal to use the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) technology to enhance fish production in the state. The partnership will continue for a minimum period of five ...

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Russia Limits Fishery Quota Transfers in Plan to Spur Industry Consolidation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - July 2, 2015

The Russian government has approved a new package of amendments to the existing federal law "On Fishing", as part of the reform in the Russian fishing industry, initiated by Alexander Tkachev, the recently appointed  Russia’s Minister of Agriculture.

According to an official spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the new ammendments will limit the transfer of fish quotas to companies that do not operate their own fishing fleet.

According to state plans, this will help withdraw numerous intermediaries from the market, which resell their quotas to other companies.

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NOAA Predicts 2015-16 Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp Catch to Trend 24% Under Historical Average

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 2, 2015

NOAA expects the Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp harvest between now and June 2016 to trend well under the historical average due to a notably wet spring season.

According to the Agency, the Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp harvest is expected to reach 42.8 million pounds. This is a 24 percent decline from the 54-year average of 56.5 million pounds. 

Heavy bouts of rain across Texas and Louisiana produced record rainfall in the area, notably in May. The result was a large discharge of freshwater into estuaries throughout the Gulf. Rains were so heavy it end ended Texas' four-drough in just a single month...

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SalmonChile Says Yesterday's Report on Lower Salmon Volumes Exacerbated Decline in Atlantic Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 2, 2015

Yesterday in a report from our Latin American affiliate Chilean fishery authorities with Subpesca reported a sharp decline in the country's overall seafood harvest that was driven by a 34 percent decline in Atlantic salmon through May. However, according to Chilean Salmon Industry Association SalmonChile, those figures were off and the decline in the Atlantic salmon harvest is actually down 3.5 percent and is not the driving factor in the overall fall in Chile's harvest volumes.

SalmonChile's report found a 10.3 percent overall decline in Chile's salmon harvest. According to their figures the salmon harvest is down to 292,258 tons from 325,682 tons...

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North Pacific Seafoods Buys Two Alaskan Salmon Processing Facilities from Inlet Fish Producers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 1, 2015

North Pacific Seafoods, Inc. (NPSI) has reached an agreement with Inlet Fish Producers, Inc. to buy their Kenai and Kasilof processing facilities, expanding NPSI’s Alaskan seafood operations throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Talks began earlier this year between Inlet Fish and Marubeni, NPSI’s parent company, for acquisition of the two plants.
According to the Nikkei Report, Marubeni, one of Japan’s largest seafood trading houses, paid an estimated 1 billion yen ($8 million) for the company...

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Marine Harvest's Fresh Salmon Recall Expanded to Sam's Club and Save Mart Stores Across CA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 1, 2015

Marine Harvest has added more retail stores to a fresh salmon recall the company issued in mid-June over Listeria concerns in certain shipments. The expanded recall nows includes Sam's Club stores along with a number of Save Mart, and Save Mart-owned stores across the California market.

The recall was originally issued on June 15 for "various salmon fillet products" over the possibility that the products may be at risk of being contaminated with Listeria. Initially the recalled salmon fillets were listed as only distributed to BJ's Restaurant and Ralphs stores in California.

However, Marine Harvest has since expanded this recall to include three Sam's Club stores and over 200 Save Mart or Save Mart-owned retailers across California...

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Putin Signs Law to Ban Drift-net Fishing in Russia's EEZ

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Kyodo News/Jiji Press]  -  July 1, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law legislation banning 

drift-net fishing in Russia's exclusive economic zones starting January, 2016.

The move comes as a major blow to Japanese fishermen who have long been fishing for salmon and trout in Russian EEZ waters under bilateral arrangements.

The legislation, prepared by Senator Valentina Matviyenko, a Putin ally, and other influential lawmakers with the aim of conserving natural resources, was approved by both houses of the Russian parliament last month.

Matviyenko, chair of the Russian Federation Council, denied that the bill targets Japan, adding that the two countries' fisheries cooperation pact will be not abolished...

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US Restaurant Performance Remains Historically Strong with Comps Up Again in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nationa's Restaurant News] by Jonathan Maze - July 1, 2015

Restaurant sales and operator expectations softened in May, but both indicators remain historically strong, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index from the National Restaurant Association.

The Restaurant Performance Index, a monthly composite based on surveys of restaurant owners, fell 0.4 percent, to 102.3, in May, from 102.7 in April.

May marked the 27th consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which the NRA considers a level indicating industry expansion...

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Chile's Atlantic Salmon Harvest Volume Down 34% Over Last Year's Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] July 1, 2015

Chilean fishery authorities with Subpesca have reported a sharp decline in the country's salmon harvest through the first five months of the year, driven mainly by lower volumes of harvested Atlantic salmon.

According to the agency's Fisheries and Aquaculture report Chile's total harvested fish volume was down about 33 percent through May compared to the same time in 2014.

Declines in Chilean salmon harvests have driven harvested volumes lower in 2015. Chile's Atlantic salmon harvest through May totaled 174,000 tons, down over 34 percent compared to 2014 figures. So far this year, Atlantic salmon volumes make up 48 percent of Chile's total fish harvest...

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ASMI Updates RFM Certification on Alaska Crab, Halibut and Sablefish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 2, 2015

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced today that the third annual audit for the Responsible Fisheries Management certification on Alaska king crab and snow crab is now complete. The 4th annual audit process for Alaska halibut and Alaska sablefish or black cod is now underway.

Originally certified in 2012, fisheries’ annual audit ensures continued adherence to the management regime, regulations and their implementation. These standards were established by ASMI and based on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for Eco-labelling.

As part of a notably transparent process, information...

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Feds Accuse Virginia's Casey Seafood of Mislabeling Foreign Crab Meat Sold to Retailers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Press] by Peter Dujardin and Tamara Dietrich - June 30, 2015

Federal investigators are looking into whether a Newport News seafood company falsely labeled crab meat from foreign waters as Atlantic blue crab and a "Product of the USA."

New court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk indicate that federal investigators believe that Casey's  Seafood Inc. mislabeled crab meat at its processing facility in the Newport News Small Boat Harbor — then passed it on to Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter and other retailers in Virginia and out of state.

A federal search warrant was executed on June 17 at Casey's, located at 807 Jefferson Ave., in a search led by Special Agent Christopher McCarron, an investigator with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...

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Blue North Expands Board with New Members McReynolds and Wells

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 1, 2015

Blue North, the Seattle-based longline cod catcher/processor known for their sustainability initiatives, announced today that John E. Wells and Christopher McReynolds were appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. 

“By adding outside directors, Blue North is embracing the next step in its development of new products, expanding markets and new equipment, including the construction of new, state of the art fishing vessels. The first of which will be delivered later this year,” says CEO Kenny Down.

Wells and McReynolds attended the company’s quarterly board meeting last Friday. The two new directors bring extensive market knowledge, both within and beyond Blue North’s...

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