Fri. May 22 2015

Breakthrough in Lobster Fee Impasse Likely as SW Nova Scotia Buyers Agree to Pay  


Senate "Fast Tracks" International Trade Deals for Presidential Approval


Senator Rubio's Florida Fisheries Improvement Act Criticized for Quota Reallocation Provisions


Gulf PUD Shrimp Prices Continue Sharp Decline with April Landings Up and 2015 Season Underway  


How B.C. Halibut Became More Expensive than Angus Beef Tenderloin  


Queens Product's Pangasius and Shrimp Curry is First in Netherlands to Get ASC Certification


India to Capitalize on Odisha's Record Seafood Export Growth with More Shrimp and Tilapia Production  


Alaska Crabbing No Longer Most Dangerous Job in America (Fish Radio)


Canada's Aquaculture Industry Gets $2.5 Million in Federal Funding to Promote Exports


Unidentified Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella that has Infected 53 Across 9 States  


U.S. Comps Inch Up for Walmart in Q1, Neighborhood Market Stores Performing Well


Fresh Market's Q1 Earnings Met Expectations But Sales Fell Short


Japan Stepping Up Efforts to Woo Pacific Island States Away from China


University of British Columbia Reports on World's Undercounted Catch, Starting With Australia


Japan Wants to Lead International Effort to Conserve Eel and Bluefin Tuna Stocks


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 22, 2015


Thu. May 21 2015

MSC Fails to Back its Standard in Weak Response to Silver Bay Refusal to Share Salmon Certificate   (1) 


Early Numbers Show Copper River Escapement is Higher and Harvests are Lower Than Predicted  


Thai Shrimp Assoc. Says Production Could Improve Over Last Year  


Clearwater Adds State-of-the-Art Factory Vessel to its Argentine Scallop Fleet


Customs Strike Threatens Chilean Fresh Salmon Exports to Overseas Markets  


Decision to Extend Lobster Fishing in PEI Won't Come Until End of Season Say Feds


White House Says it Would Veto Don Young's Current MSA Reauthorization Proposal   (1)


Chinese Tilapia Processors in Guangdong Want to Raise Export Prices  


Strong US Dollar Slashes Vietnam's Shrimp Export Revenues While Raising Raw Material Costs  


Pipe Burst Dumps Estimated 500 Barrels of Oil into Waters Off California's Santa Barbara Coast


North Carolina Sees Higher Landings Commercial Fishing Harvest for 2014  


NOAA Links Massive Dolphin Die-Offs in Gulf to BP Oil Spill


Indonesia Sinks 41 Foreign Fishing Vessels in Public Display of its Crackdown on IUU Fishing


Alaska Delays Decision to Issue Water Rights for Salmon or Coal Mines in Cook Inlet (Fish Radio)


Shrimp Production Facility Planned for Hawaii’s Big Island  


Murkowski Dispatches Mediator to Sort Out War Games Dispute Between Navy and PWS's Fishing Industry


Northern California Drought Leaves No Water to Combat Salmon-Killing Parasite


Cermaq Joins Global Consortium EAT to Improve Global Nutrition and Food Standards


Chinese Fleets Illegally Fish in West African Waters, Greenpeace Says


WorldFish Paper Says Better Understanding Needed of the Impacts of Climate Change on Aquaculture


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 21, 2015


Wed. May 20 2015

North Pacific Seeking to Expand Salmon Footprint with Purchase of Inlet Fish


Halibut Fisherman Calls on Council to Act because "Our Pacific Halibut are in Trouble" (Opinion)  


Newfoundland Grants Export Exemptions for Millions of Pounds of Groundfish  


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Smash 200 year old Records in LFA 33, 34  


High Production Costs, Increased Mortality, Low Prices Hitting Mekong Shrimp Farmers  


Cape Breton's Northern Spring Crab Fishery a Bust Due to Bad Weather  


Camanchaca Posts 30% Decline in Q1 Earnings; Expects Little Production Issues from Calbuco Eruption  


Nova Scotia Government Back on the Hook over Salmon Farming (Opinion)


TUF Posts 58% Rise in Q1 Profits on Strength of Recent Acquisitions, Weak Euro


Hong Kong Lifts Ban on B.C. Geoduck  


North Carolina's Blue Crab Fishery Posts Banner Year with Catch and Value Highest in Over a Decade  


Canadian Fishermen Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter After Lobster Trap Dispute Led to Man's Death


Orca Bay Launches Single Serve Line of Retail Products Featuring Alaska Cod, Halibut and Salmon


Unreal Eel: Japan Researchers Breed Unagi-Tasting Catfish


Lobster Bliss Brings Food Truck and Maine Live Lobster Wholesale Business to Denver  


Caribbean Govt's Agree to Improve Spiny Lobster Management Across the Region  


Chile's Pesquera Apiao is First Mussel Producer to Earn Two-Star BAP Certification


Storm Destroys $6 Million Oyster Harvest in the Sydney's Hunter Region


Shrimp Fishermen Ready for 2015 Mississippi Season  


Russian Aquaculture Co., Country's Largest Producer, Reports Rising Loss


Canada Recalls 17 Vasco Da Gama Retail Seafood Products for Possible Bacteria Contamination


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 20, 2015


Tue. May 19 2015

Cannon Fish Company Opens New Kent, WA Processing Plant to Employ up to 200


Good Catches, Low Prices Mark Opening Day of Louisiana Shrimp Season  


Vietnam Fears Increased Antibiotic Refusals Will Hurt Access to Major Shrimp Export Markets  


Alaska Commissions Director Resigns Days Before Board of Fisheries Nominee Due


Vietnam Will Reconsider Agricultural Deal Under TPP if USDA Catfish Inspection Isn't Repealed  


Young's MSA Draft Gets Comprehensive US Industry Support but Not with Gulf Snapper Proposal


TUF Will Complete Bumble Bee Purchase then Hold Off on More Acquisitions Until 2017


High Liner Names Former Cargill Executive Chris Mulder Senior VP of US Foodservice Sales


Winn-Dixie's Parent Company Bi-Lo Holdings Changes Name to Southeastern Grocers


Drought-Stricken California Organizes Unprecedented Effort to Truck Hatchery Salmon to SF Bay


WTO Finds US Meat Labeling Laws Discriminate Against Mexican, Canadian Livestock Imports


United Nations OKs New Shipping Code To Protect Arctic Waters


SNP's Successful Heart Healthy Campaign to Expand to 8 More Major US Cities this Fall


Norm Grant, Kent Inglis to Head Up Business Development for BAP Program in Australia and New Zealand


Oceana Group Buys NJ-based Menhaden Company Daybrook Fisheries for $382 Million


Copper River Seafoods Delivers Season's First King Salmon Haul to Princess Lodges' Denali Location  


Florida's Duval Shellfish Beds Cleaner after Years of Closure; Reopening Possible


Duxbury's Island Creek Oyster Farm Plans to Grow 6 Million Oysters this Summer


FAO to Implement IUU Fishing Enforcement in Mediterranean and Black Sea


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 19, 2015


Mon. May 18 2015

Alaska Processors Appeal to MSC Board to Correct Egregious Violations by ASPA Client Group  


Two Potential Copper River Openings this Week, After Initial Opening yields less than 16,000 Sockeye  


Sysco Likely to face $1 Billion in Costs if FTC Kills Merger with US Foods


Forecasts Now Anticipate Strong El Nino Conditions Developing


State-Run Gulf Snapper Management Plan is More Efficient, Equitable than Feds' (Opinion)


Feds Sue Owner of Washington Crab boat that Sunk in Penn Cove for Cleanup   (1)


Globalpesca Says Chile's Toothfish Catch Needs to be Raised  


BC's Valuable Spot-Prawn Fishery Underway  


Technomic: Five Takeaways from Fast-Casual Conference


Kuskokwim Chinook Restrictions begin May 21st, Feds Managing Subsistence Fishery


Zhangzidao Announces Plan to be Transparent About its Annual Scallop Sampling  


Spring Brown Shrimp Season Opens Monday in Louisiana  


Chennai to Construct Tuna Fishing Harbor


Isotopes Inside Salmon Ear Tell a Fishy Story


Gulf of Alaska Trawlers Working on Emergency Request to NPFMC for mechanism to open Fall Fishery  


China Fishery to Merge its Peruvian Fish Meal Subsidiaries by End of 2015  


China's Restaurant Sector Ready to Feature North American Lobsters this Summer  


Lionfish Fest Promotes New Delicacy


Grey Seals are Compromising Scotland Cod Stock Recovery Plans


Britain's Best Lobster Haul 'May Have Been Damaged by North Sea Wind Turbines' Say Researchers


Crabbers Fight Over Right to Fish Space Coast


Oceana Group's Earnings Hurt by Horse Mackerel But Lucky Star Did Well


Alliance Select Foods Widens Loss to $17 Million in 2014


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 18, 2015


Fri. May 15 2015

Letter: Trawler Representatives say 50% halibut bycatch reduction is neither fair nor equitable  


Repeal of Catfish USDA Authority to Get Senate Vote during Trade Bill Consideration


Big Year Classes will boost Pollock Catch in Sea of O., but Western Bering Sea is Overfished  


Alaska Air Cargo Delivers 18,000 Pounds of Wild Copper River Salmon to Seattle


CDC Finds E. coli Infections Down but Salmonella and Vibrio Incidents on the Rise in US Food Supply


Live Lobster Prices Down Sharply as New Season Supply Fills Inventories After Mother's Day  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 15, 2015: Breaking News


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 15, 2015


May Cod Negotiations in Norway Push Minimum Price Up to Highest Level in Years


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative to Promote New Shell Product Nationwide this Summer  


Veteran Bristol Bay Watershed Advocate Bobby Andrew Passes Away at 72


Greenpeace: MSC Living in Fantasy Land on Tuna


Top UK Seafood Distributor M&J Adds Four-Star BAP Certified Shrimp Items to its Product Range


Japan's Iconic Tsukiji Market Losing Luster with Buyers Going Directly to Distributors


Polar Pioneer Drilling Rig Arrives in Seattle Amid Protests and Controversy


Captain D's Announces Positive Growth, Expansion in Arkansas


Undersea Cable Could Hinder Crab Harvest on Avalon Peninsula


Northern Harvest Sea Farms in Coast of Bays Receiving $8.15 Million from Province to Expand


Blueline Tile Fish Fishery May be Closed to due Low Stock Abundance


Thai Union Frozen Q1 Net Profit Jumps 59 Percent Driven by Foreign Exchange Gain


WSJ: Spending on Dining Hasn't Surpassed Spending on Groceries


C&S Wholesale Closing NJ White Rose Facilities


US Foods Closing Lakeland FL Distribution Center, Blames Effects of Being "in Limbo"


Public Input Sought on Recovery Plan for Endangered Cook Inlet Belugas


Activists Rap Thai Governments Trawler Registration Action, Saying they are Including IUU Vessels


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Breakthrough in Lobster Fee Impasse Likely as SW Nova Scotia Buyers Agree to Pay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - May 22, 2015 - 

A significant part of Nova Scotia's most lucrative lobster fishery could soon be on board with some sort of lobster marketing levy, says Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell.

Colwell said Thursday that buyers on the southwestern shore have agreed to pay a fee, although the structure and amount is yet to be determined.

"It's going to be a little bit complex to get it all in place, but at least this is the first breakthrough we've had," said Colwell...

 

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Senate "Fast Tracks" International Trade Deals for Presidential Approval

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The New York Times] by Jonathan Weisman - May 22, 2015

A flurry of last-minute deal-making on the Senate floor Thursday rescued President Obama’s ambitious trade agenda from defeat, advancing legislation that would empower the president to complete a sweeping, 12-nation Pacific trade accord.

The bill, the first to grant a president trade promotion authority since 2002, still must weather a bunch of amendment votes on Friday, but Senate passage is now likely before the Memorial Day weekend, Senate leaders said. That would set up a difficult showdown early next month in the House, where Mr. Obama will have to work to persuade Democrats to back him.

“We understand we’ve got work to do,” said Representative Ron Kind, Democrat of Wisconsin, who is leading efforts to round up Democratic votes for trade promotion in the House...

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Senator Rubio's Florida Fisheries Improvement Act Criticized for Quota Reallocation Provisions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2015

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has reintroduced the “Florida Fisheries Improvement Act,” a bill the Senator says improves fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions. However, the legislation has been criticized by some in the industry for provisions that move Gulf fishery management policy from a science-based approach in favor of more politically motivated decisions.

The legislation is the result of multiple hearings, meetings, and conversations with stakeholders from Florida, and its purpose is to begin outlining the state’s priorities for the eventual reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)...

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Gulf PUD Shrimp Prices Continue Sharp Decline with April Landings Up and 2015 Season Underway

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 22, 2015

The last round of Gulf shrimp landing data before new season product hits processors shows another increase in the Gulf catch through the first four months of the year.

In April Gulf fishermen hauled in 1.7 million pounds of shrimp, a 6 percent bump in the catch over last year. For the year, Gulf landings are up over 4 percent to 9.6 million ...

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How B.C. Halibut Became More Expensive than Angus Beef Tenderloin

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] May 22, 2015

Supply and demand has led to a major increase in the price of halibut in B.C. With the abundance of halibut available across the province going down, pricing has skyrocketed over the last decade making the fish more expensive than some prized meat cuts.

Ten years ago, the price of halibut in Prince Rupert averaged under $12 per pound. Now, that price has shot up to $27 per pound across the city.

"The most expensive thing on my menu is halibut. It's more money than beef tenderloin," says Willy Beaudry, the executive chef at the Crest Restaurant in Prince Rupert...

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Queens Products's Pangasius and Shrimp Curry is First in Netherlands to Get ASC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 22, 2015

Dutch seafood distribtuor Queens Products has earned the country's first Aquaculture Stewardship Certification with its pangasius and shrimp curry product. 

“At Queens we want to have all our fish and fish products from sustainable sources, farmed or wild caught. Currently, we are not yet succeeding 100 percent, but we are almost there. Four or our fish meals have an ASC- and/or MSC-label," said Harry Hoogendoorn, Queens’ managing director. "We are proud to be the first to bring the ‘Panga & Shrimp Noodles’ to the market with ASC certified pangasius and MSC certified cold water shrimp. We have supported the MSC and the ASC for a number of years, and we have been working closely with both organisations to promote the best choice in seafood for Dutch consumers.”

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Alaska Crabbing No Longer Most Dangerous Job in America (Fish Radio)

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Fishing is no longer the deadliest job. I’ll tell you more after this 

Commercial fishing is no longer the nation’s deadliest occupation – that dubious distinction now goes to logging, according to the latest updates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And despite its popular name, the Deadliest Catch is not crabbing in the Bering Sea. Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows the fisheries totaling the most on the job deaths from 2000 to 2009 were the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery, Atlantic scallops was second and Alaska salmon ranked third...

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MSC Fails to Back its Standard in Weak Response to Silver Bay Refusal to Share Salmon Certificate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  May 21, 2015

The Marine Stewardship Council put out a public statement this morning in response to the request from a group of Alaska Processors who were denied the right to join a client group to sell certified MSC Alaska Salmon this season. They wrote to both parties on May 19th, after a board meeting to craft a response to the appeal of the Alaska Processors who were denied access to the certificate after following all requirements put forward by the MSC.
 
In a Board Meeting held yesterday, the MSC decided to request that the parties go to mediation...
 

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Early Numbers Show Copper River Escapement is Higher and Harvests are Lower Than Predicted

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By  Peggy Parker  -  May 19, 2015

In the first week of the eight-week Copper River red run, a total of 56,000 sockeye, 4200 chinook, and 1,700 chum were landed by Cordova’s gillnet fleet.  Last Monday’s 24-hour opener netted 40,000 sockeye instead of the expected 92,000 fish.

The season continues this morning with a 24-hour opener starting at 7 a.m.

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game also opened three districts in Prince William Sound to drift gillnets, all but one to start on Monday...

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Thai Shrimp Assoc. Says Production Could Improve Over Last Year
 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangkok Post] PHUSADEE ARUNMAS - May 21, 2015 

Thai food exports are expected to grow by more than 10% this year despite an anticipated slump in shrimp shipments after an outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS). 
 
The government expects food shipments to remain on course to grow to 1.1 trillion baht, said Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn. 
 
"Food exports generated 1.01 trillion baht in...

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Clearwater Adds State-of-the-Art Factory Vessel to its Argentine Scallop Fleet

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 21, 2015

Clearwater Seafoods and its partner company Glaciar Pesquera S.A have added a state-of-the-art factory vessel to their Argentine scallop fleet, replacing and retiring one of the two existing vessels.     

The Capesante, Italian for "scallop", joins the company's Argentine fleet based in the port of Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world. The vessel was originally built in Spain in 2002, and has been completely renovated. Now measuring 52 meters long and 12 meters wide, it includes a new, larger fresh-frozen processing plant. The vessel sails year-round in the waters at the edge of the Continental Shelf, up to 200 miles off the Argentine coast...

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Customs Strike Threatens Chilean Fresh Salmon Exports to Overseas Markets

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 21, 2015

Chilean Customs officials walked off the job indefinitely this week in a strike that now threatens the country's fresh salmon exports to overseas markets.

The strike was initiated on Wednesday by the National Association of Chilean Customs Workers (ANFACH) in a dispute over pay and working conditions. There is no timetable for how long the workers plan to stick it out on the picket line. ANFACH wants the government to modernize the country’s National Customs Service and increase the number of ground staff and budget. However the workers says these discussions have been ongoing for six years and they want to see progress.

“We have been in discussion with the government for six years and during that time all we have seen are delays. We do not have sufficient resources to do the work we are expected to carry out at land, sea and air borders and a number of workers have already suffered serious accidents," said ANFACH president Marcelo Reyes.

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Decision to Extend Lobster Fishing in PEI Won't Come Until End of Season Say Feds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Dave Stewart - May 21, 2015

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says a decision has not been made yet on whether the lobster season will be extended.

Shea was in Charlottetown on Tuesday to announce funding to help youth in Prince Edward Island.

Thanks to a long and cold winter, lobster fishermen got a late start to the season with many hoping that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans would take that into consideration and extend the season.

“There hasn’t been a decision,’’ Shea told The Guardian. “We’re going to look at each situation on a case-by-case basis, of course.’’

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White House Says it Would Veto Don Young's Current MSA Reauthorization Proposal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 21, 2015

Just days after Alaskan Congressman Don Young's legislative proposal HR 1335 to amend and reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act garnered support from a comprehensive group of industry participants, the White House issued a statement saying it would veto the current bill if it made to President Obama's desk.

According to the White House its position on Magnuson is that the law in its current form "provides the flexibility needed to effectively manage the Nation's marine commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries. In contrast, H.R. 1335 would undermine the use of science-based actions to end and prevent overfishing."

Earlier this month Seafood News Editor John Sackton also took issue with Young's draft proposal, saying the "revisions create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries."

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Chinese Tilapia Processors in Guangdong Want to Raise Export Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Oeofo] Translated by Amy Zhong - May 21, 2015

Some Chinese processing plants in Zhanjiang, Guangdong have agreed to raise their retail prices of tilapia products to around US$1.9 to US$1.95 per pound from April 25 to May 10. 

The price increase was proposed during a meeting of the Zhanjiang Association of Aquatic Products Import & Export, according to Cen Jian, the general secretary of the association. The meeting was attended by the local processing plants as well as those from other areas like Guangxi and Hainan. The attendees suggested increasing the prices of tilapia products to between US$1.9 to US$1.95 per pound in consideration of the current industry situation. The farmers can survive a down market only when the processing plants are able to earn their living the association said.

“China’s tilapias are faced with the problem of small sales volume and that of low prices in the global market”, said Chen...

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Strong US Dollar Slashes Vietnam's Shrimp Export Revenues While Raising Raw Material Costs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tuoit Tre News] May 21, 2015

The rise in value of the U.S. dollar against the Vietnamese dong, which took effect earlier this month, has made some Vietnamese people quite happy, but disappointed many others.

The State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank of the Southeast Asian country, on May 7 allowed the local currency to lose another one percent against the greenback, after devaluing it by one percent in January.

The bank has promised that it will not depreciate the local currency by over two percent against the dollar this year in order to stabilize the macro-economy...

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Pipe Burst Spills Estimated 500 Barrels of Oil into Waters Off California's Santa Barbara Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] by Ed Payne - May 21, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency to help clean up an oil pipeline spill that may have dumped more than 100,000 gallons of crude in Southern California.

"This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources," Brown said Wednesday evening. "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline."

A ruptured 24-inch pipeline gets the blame for leaking oil near Refugio State Beach, a protected state park about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, just before Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer tourist season.

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline estimates up to 105,000 gallons may have spilled, based on the typical flow rate of oil and the elevation of the pipeline...

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North Carolina Sees Higher Landings Commercial Fishing Harvest for 2014 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jacksonville Daily News] Jeanetter Pippin- May 21, 2015 
 
MOREHEAD CITY | A number of factors contributed to higher landings in 2014 and the first increase in the commercial fishing harvest in North Carolina in several years.
 
Commercial fishermen sold 61.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish to North Carolina fish dealers in 2014, according to the newly released seafood harvest information from the Division of Marine Fisheries Trip Ticket program.
 
The state’s commercial fishing harvest jumped 23 percent and the estimated dockside value was nearly that, climbing ...

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India to Capitalize on Odisha's Record Seafood Export Growth with More Shrimp and Tilapia Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Standard] May 22, 2015

Encouraged by a record 26 percent growth in seafood exports to Rs.2,300 ($362 million) crore during 2014-15, the Odisha government has set an ambitious target to increase the exports of marine products to Rs.10,000 crore (about US$1.5 billion) in the next three years.

"We have set a target to increase the fish export to Rs.10,000 crore in the next three years from the present Rs.2,300 crore," said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development secretary Bishnupada Sethi adding that the state's growth in seafood exports was the highest in the country.

In 2013-14, the state earned Rs.1,800 crore (US$283 million) from export of marine products, said Sethi.

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Canada's Aquaculture Industry Gets $2.5 Million in Federal Funding to Promote Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] May 22, 2015

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance will receive $2.5 million over two years to sell more aquaculture products, in Canada and worldwide.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Egmont MP Gail Shea announced the funding Thursday in Stanley Bridge, P.E.I.

The primary target markets are the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe...

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Unidentified Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella that has Infected 53 Across 9 States

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] May 22, 2015

A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, health officials said Thursday.

Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Ten people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to state and federal officials. The source of the outbreak is unknown, but most who fell ill reported eating sushi containing raw tuna...

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U.S. Comps Inch Up for Walmart in Q1, Neighborhood Market Stores Performing Well

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Jon Springer - May 22, 2015 - 

U.S. sales were up modestly in the first quarter at Wal-Mart Stores, but investments in labor kept earnings on the lower end of expectations.

The retailer said U.S. comps improved by 1.1%, boosted mainly by a 1% increase in store traffic. Net U.S. sales increased 3.5% to $70.2 billion in the quarter, which ended May 2. Total sales of $114 billion decreased by 0.1% from the first quarter last year, reflecting a 6.6% decrease in international sales (sales were up by 3.4% accounting for currency fluctuations) and a 3% sales decline at Sam’s Club...

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Fresh Market's Q1 Earnings Met Expectations But Sales Fell Short

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Jon Springer - May 22, 2015 - 

The Fresh Market on Thursday reported softer than expected sales for the fiscal first quarter, although earnings met expectations.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based retailer said comps decreased by 0.1% affected in part by store closures due to winter storms in the period as well as lapping a period of heavy promotional spending in the same period a year ago.

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Japan Stepping Up Efforts to Woo Pacific Island States Away from China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kyodo News] - May 22, 2015 - 

TOKYO, As leaders of Japan and Pacific island nations gather today to discuss their usual checklist for cooperation in dealing with disasters and climate change, one country is likely to be at the back of their minds: China.

Gathering for the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, Tokyo is keen to ramp up its presence in the resource-rich region, where it has been strongly involved since the late 1980s, Japanese officials said.

The summit brings together Japan and the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum.

Experts familiar with Japan’s ties with the island nations said that China has stepped up its presence in the region since holding its own summit with some Pacific island states in 2006, providing massive aid. Japan began holding its summit with the forum in 1997.

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University of British Columbia Reports on World's Undercounted Catch, Starting With Australia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Australian]  By John Ross  -  May 22, 2015


Australian fisheries are in remarkably good health, even though ­official statistics have under­estimated the catch by almost half, a global study has found.

But Canadian marine biologist Daniel Pauly says Australia’s fish stocks will be decimated if it ­allows freezer factory trawlers into its waters.

“Your country has a light footprint on the ocean,” said Dr Pauly, who is visiting Sydney. “Given that there is a crisis of fisheries all over the world, why would you want to join the madness?” Dr Pauly, a zoology professor at the University of British ­Columbia, has spearheaded a 16-year project to tally the world’s true fish catch.

A new report ­focusing on Australia has found that official figures over the past six decades have undercounte...

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Japan Wants to Lead International Effort to Conserve Eel and Bluefin Tuna Stocks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jiji Press] May 22, 2015

Japan expressed its determination Friday to lead the international control of Japanese eel and Pacific bluefin tuna stocks as the largest consumer of the two endangered species.

Japan bears considerable responsibility for ensuring the sustainable use of the marine resources, the government's annual white paper on fisheries said.

The Environment Ministry designates the Japanese eel as an endangered species due to a sharp decrease in the glass eel population.

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North Pacific Seeking to Expand Salmon Footprint with Purchase of Inlet Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton May 20, 2015

John Garner, COO of North Pacific Fisheries, and one of the most experienced salmon executives in the world, confirmed today that his company is in advanced talks to purchase Inlet Fish.
 
Inlet Fish, located in Kenai, processes salmon from Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and also  from the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Deltas in two plants, one in Kenai, and one in Kasilof.  They employ about 250 people during the salmon season.
 
The purchase would expand North Pacific's salmon processing...

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Halibut Fisherman Calls on Council to Act because "Our Pacific Halibut are in Trouble" (Opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Opinion] by David Kubiak   Our Pacific Halibut Are In Trouble

Consistent with our policy, both Peggy and I made comments on this op-ed.

John Sackton:  This editorial, like much of the comments on this issue, is only presenting a partial picture.  I have the following issues.  First, use of halibut by other fisheries as bycatch is not 'wastage'.  The proper role of any fishery management authority is to allocate fish among users, and both national policy and long standing precedent at the North Pacific Management Council has recognized the rights of other fisheries to catch limited amounts of halibut as bycatch.  There is a legitimate issue as to what this amount should be, but whatever amount is allocated is not wastage, but a legitimate use of fish.

Secondly, although the number of 1,052,000 halibut "killed and wasted as bycatch" in the Bering Sea in 2014 sounds large, NMFS trawl surveys, that measure the population of halibut in the Bering Sea by length at age, puts this number in perspective.  In the 2014 trawl survey, there were 41 million halibut in the size range of 40 to 79 centimeters, and another 19 million halibut under 40 centimeters.  This means the total population of under 32 inch fish in the Bering sea is about 60 million halibut.  Taking 1 million of these fish as bycatch has a minimal effect on other Alaskan populations.  It corresponds to 1.6% of the total Bering Sea population.  Furthermore if you look at the NMFS trawl survey data  you can see that although stocks have declined since 2006, the current population level is larger than during the entire period from 1990 to 2005, when both bycatch rates and halibut harvests were larger than today. That is why it is important to look at this issue in a big picture context, rather than selectively using data to argue a point. Another good resource for understanding this is the following table showing halibut weight and length at age, from the IPHC.  

Peggy Parker:  The NMFS trawl survey is a component of abundance in the Bering Sea, but it is important to remember the role the Bering Sea plays in the halibut stocks throughout their north Pacific range. It is the major nursery area for halibut that later migrate to fisheries off the coast of other parts of Alaska, Canada, Washington, and Oregon. The abundance levels in the Bering Sea are not showing up "downstream" in the volumes they did just 25 years ago. So the fact that abundance looks good in the Bering Sea needs to be compared to overall abundance; that's where the concerns lie.

It's also important to note that the action before the Council is not a shifting of resource from one user group to another. There are many moving parts between reducing bycatch caps and setting higher catch limits in 2016. More precise research is needed on the juvenile stocks of halibut in the Bering Sea and their role across halibut's entire habitat. For juvenile halibut, what happens in the Bering Sea doesn't stay in the Bering Sea.

David Kubiak is a salmon and halibut fisherman from Kodiak, AK.

In the last ten years, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands trawl fisheries have killed and discarded 63 million pounds of halibut as bycatch...

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Newfoundland Grants Export Exemptions for Millions of Pounds of Groundfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] by Jamie Baker - May 20, 2015
 

The Newfoundland and Labrador government approved exemptions allowing millions of pounds of groundfish to be shipped out of the province unprocessed last year, even as it stressed the importance of minimum processing requirements (MPR) to rural regions and squabbled with Ottawa over relinquishing them.

CBC Investigates obtained details on all requests for MPR exemptions from 2010 through 2014, using access to information...

That data reveals an increasing number of requests, and approvals.

 

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Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Smash 200-year -old Records in LFA 33, 34

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton   May 20, 2015

Senior DFO scientist John Tremblay has released figures for LFA 33 (the area between Halifax and Digby) showing that last season total landings have exceeded 6000 tons, (13.2 million lbs), which he said is the highest total in 200 years of Canadian records.
 
Although the official report has not been released for LFA 34, (the area around Yarmouth and the Bay of Fundy), total landings are reported to be also a record, over 25,000 tons (55 million lbs). 
 
"Our commercial catch of lobster is the highest we've seen recorded going back to the 1800s...

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