Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Mon. Jan 15 2018

South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia  


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Fri. Jan 12 2018

New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops  


Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires


Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15  


NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor


China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report


VIDEO: Rafael’s Permits Revoked; Swiss Lobster Rule; Shrimp Disaster Fears; Alaska Year-Round Jobs


Birds Eye Focusing on Simplicity, Authenticity With New Campaign


Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 12


Thu. Jan 11 2018

NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings  


Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year  


Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 11


Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Standards, Says ISSF  


Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15  


Northern California Announces Dungeness Opening, Part of Oregon Holds Off  


NOAA Continuing Pilot Project on Longline Gear that is More Protective of Swordfish and Tuna  


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Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 17, 2018

Richard Stavis is stepping down as CEO of Stavis Seafoods, as the company takes on IMV BV, of the Netherlands as a major investor.

IMV BV is a holding company headed by Joaquin Javier Guerrero Riveiro, an Argentinian born fishing entrepreneur who also has extensive ties to Galicia.  Numerous subsidiary companies, some set up to own vessels, are listed under his name in Dutch corporate registration records. Michael Lynch, a spokesperson for Stavis, said the IMV BV person they are dealing with is Robert Wagschal in Amsterdam.  His Linked in profile describes him as an 'Independent International Affairs Professional'.

Chuck Marble, currently President, will take over as CEO of Stavis. “This is an exciting time for Stavis Seafoods ...

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North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling for tough measures on illegal shrimp importers.

Jones sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last week, urging him to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a new measure that was put in place on January 1 for Atlantic cod, blue crab, mahi mahi, grouper, king crab, Pacific cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks, swordfish and ...

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Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

Florida Keys commercial fishing captain Ricardo Hernandez was arrested last week after a two-years-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Hernandez, 53, is being accused of illegally dumping over 30 lobster traps along the reef.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hernandez was booked on January 11 for 31 felony counts for commercial dumping and an additional 33 felony counts for tampering with evidence ...

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ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 17, 2018

The Alaska Board of Fish is meeting in Sitka this month, and is hearing a lot about concerns over Chinook Salmon.

KTOO, reporting on the meeting, quoted Federal Fisheries Biologist Jim Murphy, from Auke Bay Lab, saying “There’s a lot of concern over ‘The Blob’ but in reality the marine survival of chinook salmon has been declining for several years, even before the blob showed up,”

ADF&G is proposing to list Southeastern Chinook as a species of concern ...

 

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CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 17, 2018

Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from 38° 34′ N. Lat. (Salt Point, Sonoma County) south to the California/Mexico border.

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County on Nov. 8, 2016. On Jan.1, 2017, new authority established in ,,,

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High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Jeff O’Neill, the President and COO of High Liner Foods’ Canadian Operations, is leaving the company. Chairman and CEO Henry Demone confirmed O’Neill’s exit in a press release.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jeff for his contribution to High Liner Foods and wish him all the best with his future endeavors,” said Demone.

Following O’Neill’s departure, the North American frozen seafood company is going through a bit of a shakeup ...

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Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association isn’t supposed to hold their annual general meeting until February, but that hasn’t stopped one fisherman from sharing some exciting new stats about lobster in the area.

Francis Morrissey, the president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association (WGFA), revealed during the group’s annual meeting earlier this week that the settlement survey conducted last summer found that lobster recruitment in the area was high.

“It was the highest recruitment that was ever recorded any place in ...

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European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 16, 2018

A group of high level European shrimp importers including Klaas Paul, Nordic Seafood and the Seafood Connection, along with the importer associations of the Netherlands, the European Seafood Importers Group, and UK buyers will meet with Indian shrimp officials at the upcoming India International Seafood Show in Goa at the end of this month.

The meeting is being organized by Willem van der Pijl, director of STIP (Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal) and Solidariadad, a European ...

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Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Blue Harvest Fisheries announced on Tuesday that President and CEO Jeff Davis will be retiring from day-to-day operations. Keith Decker, former CEO of High Liner, will take on the position, effective immediately.

Blue Harvest was established in 2015, and Davis played an “integral role” in building the company. Although retiring as President and CEO, he plans on continuing to aid Blue Harvest as the Chairman of the Board of the Managers of the Company ...

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Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

Kodiak's Tanner crab fishery opened Monday, Jan. 15 for the first time in four years and Alaskans can pre-order the tasty crab for pick-up in Anchorage.

"Our plan is to have the crab put up a few days after it opens, ship it to Anchorage and have it available at our office on Jan. 29," said Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

AMCC has offered seafood ...

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Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has entered into a partnership with the Global Fishing Watch to “improve understanding of the activity of fishing vessels in Indonesian waters.”

The two organizations looked at Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data from the Indonesian government and compared it to NOAA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer suite (VIIRS). According to a press release, they hoped to be able to use the data to “identify fishing vessels that are not picked up by ...

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South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 15, 2018

South Korea plans to invest up to USD $500 million in the building of several large-scale factories in Russia that will specialize on the processing of Russian pollock, according to recent statements of a leading Russian fisherman and sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

New factories that will be built in the Russian Far East will have combined capacity of about 1.4 million to 1.5 million tons of pollock per year. In theory, these ...

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Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [365jia] translated by Amy Zhong - January 15, 2018

Five-layer shelves are all filled with frozen seafood such as white shrimp, Argentine red shrimp and tiger shrimp with total weight of 3,000 tons. This is a scene that Beijing customs officials have seen in a Hebei food company at 5 a.m. on December 27. With the cooperation of local officials, Beijing customs has cracked down on its largest smuggling case of frozen seafood worth almost 300 million yuan (~$46.6 million USD).

Beijing customs targeted smuggled frozen products and agricultural products in its ...

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Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab season is finally open in Northern California. Domoic acid and low meat recovery percentages resulted in the season being delayed, but fishermen were able to throw their nets in the water over the weekend. However, now there are concerns over whale entanglement.

On Friday the Center for Biological Diversity issued a warning about the dangers that traps pose to whales, sea turtles and other wildlife.

“Crabbers are creating a minefield of deadly obstacles for migrating whales ...

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New Charges Against Carlos Rafael Include One Count Against Sector IX, 12 Counts Misreporting Scallops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton January 12, 2018

The charging document released by NOAA revoking Carlos Rafael’s and Associated entities fishing permits contained a number of new allegations that were not part of the criminal trial.

One count was against sector IX, which applied to the entire sector, including Rafael’s vessels, was filing a false report of the volume of yellowtail flounder landed in the sector in 2011.  Through a special agreement, the statute of limitations on this alleged misreporting was waived by Rafael.  

NOAA is seeking a $140,000 fine from all members of sector IX for this offense.

The other new charges all involve scallops during the 2013 fishing year.  12 of the counts are of falsely reporting the volume of scallops landed.

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Pricing a Concern as Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Prepares To Open on January 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 12, 2018

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in California is finally set to open after several delays. Fishermen will be able to get their gear in the water on Monday, January 15 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be quality crab to catch.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife director is only allowed to delay the opening of the fishery three times due to quality testing ...

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China to Drive Seafood Consumption Growth Over Next Decade Says Rabobank in New Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [undercurrent news] by Louis Harkell,  January 12, 2018

The projection – outlined in ‘China’s changing tides: Shifting consumption and trade position of Chinese seafood’ – demonstrates how China's massive -- and growing -- appetite for seafood could shake up trade, global M&A and pricing. 

According to OECD-FAO statistics quoted by Rabobank, China already consumes 37% of global production of seafood and aquatic products; in volume terms, almost seven times higher than consumption in the whole of North America. It follows a remarkable increase in Chinese seafood consumption over the past decade -- up 50% to 62 million metric tons, said the bank, contributing to 65% of global seafood consumption growth over the period.

This has been driven by its huge population and high per capita seafood consumption of 44 kilograms per person...

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Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 11, 2018

Fishing has started slowly on Alaska Opilio crab.  Some major packers and ICE (Intercooperative Fisheries Exchange) have agreed on a fishing price of $3.00.  The final price harvesters receive is determined by a formula applied to the wholesale price, which will be higher than the fishing price.

Reports from the grounds are that fishing is slow.  Boats are searching for crab, but preliminary indications are not encouraging ...

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NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Kevin Wheeler, former executive director at Seafood Harvesters of America, has signed on as the new Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“My time with the Harvesters was very rewarding, personally and professionally,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I had the chance to work closely and become friends with many of our nation’s most forward-focused fishermen, and I’ll definitely take what I’ve learned from them to my new role as ...

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How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

Imagine a bioingredient that could change food safety? Fumoir Grizzly, a Canadian fish smokehouse, has done just that. The company has developed Bac M35, a “breakthrough” food additive that is not only natural, but can “protect fish from growing Listeria monocytogenes.”

Bac M35 has been 15 years in the making and can be used for the “biopreservation of smoked salmon and trout products.” According to the company, it “counters Listeria monocytogenes and replaces chemical additives ...

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ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Janice Schreiber - January 16, 2018

Chilean fillet imports through November are actually now higher than 2016. Fresh Chilean fillet imports are now 1.2 percent higher year-to-date ...

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How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 16, 2018

Pacific Seafood has become the first company in the world to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters – an interesting feat considering that the certification program looks at feed mills.

Four-star BAP certification is awarded to those that have “BAP-certified seafood processors with associated farms, feed mills and hatcheries.” Since oysters feed on phytoplankton in seawater, they do not require feed from a feed mill. However, BAP determined that Pacific Seafood can offer ...

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Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - January 16, 2018

Carrefour, a retail titan, has adopted a new development strategy and continues to build on its upgrade started in 2015. It has spent much time and effort developing China’s e-commerce market and now its French oysters and Boston lobsters can be delivered to consumers within one hour.

According to Carrefour staff, its e-commerce platform is available to consumers in as many as 18 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha and ...

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Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - January 16, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Protecting salmon habitat is headed to Alaska voters. 

“Yes for Salmon” grassroots advocates today delivered petition booklets with nearly 40,000 signatures to the Division of Elections in Anchorage. It’s enough to qualify as a ballot initiative for Alaska voters in November.

Voters will help determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959.

Ryan Schryzer is director of Stand for Salmon, a primary backer of the initiative ...

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South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 15, 2018

In an effort to “allow for more equitable distribution of harvest and facilitate better coordination between state and federal management of Atlantic cobia” without reducing protection of the stock, members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed Amendment  31.

The Amendment is the result of year-to-year overages in recreational harvests and a currently overly complex management system among state and federal management of the sleek cobia ...

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Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

It's Monday ... which means a new SeafoodNews.com Podcast episode! This week we discuss the new Swiss lobster rule, talk about Netflix's new docu-series, "Rotten," and break down the latest news regarding Carlos "The Codfather" Rafael.

New episodes are out every Monday on SoundCloud and iTunes. Download for free! 

 

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Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 15, 2018

Sysco Corporation announced on Monday that they have acquired UK-based foodservice distributor Kent Frozen Foods.

Sysco, a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, already owns UK businesses Brakes, Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood. The acquisition of Kent Frozen Foods, which must be approved by the Competition and Markets Authority, will allow the UK business to “capitalize on closer working relationships” with Sysco’s other UK ventures.

“Kent Frozen Foods will complement Sysco’s other UK businesses ...

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Ocean Choice Hires Carey Bonnell as VP of Sustainabiity and Engagement; Loyola Sullivan Retires

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  January 12, 2018

OCI has announced the appointment of Carey Bonnell as Vice President of Sustainability and Engagement. This will be a senior management position, reporting to Martin and Blaine Sullivan. He is replacing Loyola Sullivan, who will be retiring after a long political career, and after having spent the last seven years in a senior management position at Ocean Choice.

Carey will have leadership responsibility for all sustainability and resource management matters, the company’s high-level innovation agenda and for external stakeholder engagement. He will actively participate with all stakeholders in advancing the strategic priorities of the company. He will also be responsible to ensure that our main seafood resources are sustainable for the long term and work towards achieving our corporate objective to have all our fisheries third- party accredited, which is aligned with the priorities of our worldwide customer base.

Carey has held a broad range of senior management positons in the fishing industry

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NOAA Names Michael Pentony As Regional Administrator John Bullard’s Successor

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 12, 2018

John Bullard’s successor has been named.

NOAA announced on Thursday that Michael Pentony, former Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries Division, will replace Bullard as Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Region come January 22, 2018.

“I am extremely pleased to announce this appointment,” NOAA Fisheries director Chris Oliver said in a press release. “Michael’s deep experience in every aspect of sustainable fisheries management, both commercial and recreational, positions him perfectly for the job ...

 

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NOAA Moves to Revoke All Carlos Rafael’s Permits, New Charges Include Cheating on Scallop Landings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 11, 2018

scallop vesselsNOAA announced yesterday that they have filed a charging document to revoke all 38 of Carlos Rafael’s fishing permits, the dealer license for Carlos Seafood, and the scallop permits issued to two of Rafael’s scallop vessels.

The charges go beyond the criminal complaint of cheating on landings reporting, for which Rafael is already serving prison time. Out of 35 separate charges, 15 are new charges for violations in the ...

 

 

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