Apr 16, 2014

Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS  


Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining


Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids


FDA issued 31% less seafood Warning Letters in Q1 2014 compared to a year ago


Poor logistics, reduction in available farming areas holding back tilapia expansion in China


Values for Alaska's salmon permits and halibut quota shares up across the board in 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Joe's Crab Shack achieving higher repeat sales with revamped seafood menu


First shrimp themed restaurant chain opens in China with aim to restore traditional shrimp cuisine  


Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruhua's Hokkaido branch


TUF's performance expected to bounce back on better tuna margins, improved shrimp operations


Drakes Bay Oyster Co. still alive, owner taking appeal to Supreme Court


Florida fishery officials may declare open season on abundant lionfish population


Advocacy group cites Joe's Crab Shack use of some transfats despite pledge in effort to get FDA ban


NOAA Alaska Fisheries Center scientist Alan Haynie given top honor at White House


NRN-Miller Pulse finds restaurants struggled with traffic declines in March despite uptick in comps


Lower Cook Inlet pink salmon fishery to get boost as Aquaculture Assoc. buys Port Graham hatchery


Open Blue signs distribution deal with T&T Asian supermarkets in Canada for its farmed cobia


S&P raises rating of Clearwater Seafoods debt


True North Salmon to bring fresh product to Northeast in partnership with online grocer FreshDirect


Booming klngfish sales continue to sustain Clean Seas Tuna


Bain Capital buys Manischewitz as kosher food goes mainstream


Apr 15, 2014

Russian Sakhalin pink salmon hatcheries to release 12% more eggs than Alaska's Prince William Sound  


Pollock roe processing cooperative in Hokkaido declared bankrupt, causing enormous economic impact  


Arctic Storm shifts heavily into surimi this year, as Alaska in catbird seat


Russian Sea investor, oligarch Timchenko threatens move away from US dollar counterparty settlements


FDA expands irradiation to crustaceans; i.e. crab, shrimp, lobster, but requires radiation symbol


Foodservice operators and retailers feel the pinch of record shrimp prices during Lent  


Letters: Canadian Swordfish longliners object to characterization of Gulf Bluefin tuna survey


IMARPE says Peru could harvest up to 200,000 tons of squid from area awarded by international court


EU Parlimentarian says plenty of IUU fish still coming into EU despite catch certification scheme


Marine Harvest Chile forfeits salmon to South Austral as repayment for breach of contract


As expected restaurant sales rebound in March but long term woes of casual dining continue


National Restaurant Assn. adds its weight to "Share the Gulf" allocation coalition


Ireland's organic labeling for farmed salmon formally challenged against EU standards


Australians claim to have developed first fishmeal free shrimp feed


In 1999, Netukulimk Fisheries Ltd. bought its first crab licence, now produces 1 million pounds  


South Carolina jellyfish processor may have conducted illegal "test run" without waste water permits


Indonesian gov't calls on MSC to facilitate certification of crab, tuna, red snapper and grouper


Kodiak Area Science Symposium set to highlight local marine research (Fish Radio)


Gail Shea blames animal rights activists for nixing Canadian seal trade deal with China


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 15, 2014


Apr 14, 2014

Cod prices ticking up as demand expands in US and Europe  


Newfoundland's crabbers say better prices will likely offset marginally lower quotas this year  


Strong demand keeps Gulf shrimp prices at record levels as imported prices ease  


Chinese tilapia 'swimming back to domestic market'; following example of white shrimp  


Australia's NorWest Seafoods expects Shark Bay's 2014 scallop fishery to be a bust  


Commercial porgy among a few Delmarva fisheries pushing consumer interest in local, wild seafood


Pescanova granted two more weeks to get creditors to sign on to debt restructuring plan


Gail Shea responds to calls for a lawsuit over Canadian shrimp allocations


Crawfish supplies up for Easter weekend in Lousiana, as weather finally puts some volume in pots  


Sitka leading by example with program to get fresh Alaska fish into local schools


Chicagoland whitefish shortage leaves many scrambling for gefilte fish  


Chopping ice to get to open water, Alaska bowhead whalers begin season


South Carolina next state to take up legislation over mislabeled seafood


Pension fund begins class-action suit over Darden's recent bylaw changes


Jamaica reports 60% fewer sightings of lionfish as commercial usage grows


Marine Harvest boosting output to meet strong demand  


Icelandic Seachill CEO Malcolm Ely has resigned


Sale of Safeway deal delayed by FTC request for additional information


Canadian seal hunt resumes today, with gov't asking sealers to check that they have a market


Alaska Dispatch to purchase Anchorage Daily News


Mexican grown kumamoto oysters finding favor in New York restaurants


Pescanova asks for 2 week extension on debt restructuring vote


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 14, 2014


Apr 13, 2014

The well-honed, documented trail of live lobster from southwest Nova Scotia to distant markets  


Why can't Maine have its own eel farms instead of shipping elvers to Asia?


Apr 11, 2014

Gulf snow crab quota virtually unchanged from 2013; at 25,227 tons  


Gulf council removes CCA lobbyist from Scientific Committee; will revisit votes on red snapper  


This year's Maine scallop season likely to set value record  


Icicle Seafoods donates $40,000 to UAF to develop HAACP training program (Fish Radio)


Ruby Tuesday looks to lift same-store sales with new shrimp menu item


Red lobster reviewing its $156 million annual advertising account


Weak king salmon run has some Yukon tribal fishermen calling for moratorium on subsistence fishing  


NMFS agrees to reimburse Gulf shrimpers for new electronic logbook installations


NFI's Shrimp Council and Eastern Fish Company complete successful online Lenten shrimp promotion


Camanchaca expects to benefit on more robust global demand for Atlantic salmon


Canadian hunters asked to confirm there is a seal market this year as season starts Monday


Judge backs NOAA's fisheries management science in Mass. - NH lawsuit


Domoic acid warning issued for sardines, anchovies from Monterey, Santa Cruz


Midwest fish markets set sights on Chinese market as Asian carp supplies continue to soar


New Jersey's once thriving Delaware Bay oyster industry in on the rebound  


Mexican importers interested in Vietnamese pangasisus products during fact-finding mission to Mekong  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 11, 2014


UAF's Fish Tech marine science center not part of university's budget cuts


Norway Royal Salmon beats Salmar in bid for 10 new fish farming licenses


Apr 10, 2014

Retailers have cut back seafood promotions across the board for Lent, as overall prices $1.00 higher  


A season surimi output greatest in 8 years as whole Ak pollock industry benefits from larger fish  


3 year DFO crackdown nets charges against 70 Newfoundland harvesters, 7 observers, 1 dock monitor


Chengdu restaurant continues 38 yuan 'Boston Lobster' for another month, area becoming tourist stop


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 10, 2014


Starwood Hotels is first hotel operator to ban shark fin usage at all locations worldwide


After record pink haul in 2013, more normal year projected for 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Alabama's seafood industry to discuss marketing strategies at second annual Seafood Summit


Off-year for Alaska's pink run sends 2014 total salmon forecast down 47% from record 2013  


Two or three packers expected to cut back herring operations in Togiak, Silver Bay to take up slack  


Vietnam to propose entire pangasius industry be certified against the ASC standard by 2016  


Japan's Kinki University hopes to open farmed bluefin tuna sushi restaurant in NY


Prospect of longline survey for bluefin tuna in Gulf of St. Lawrence draws opposition


National Restaurant Assoc. joins Gulf coalition in support of commercial red snapper fishery  


Tassal receives ASC certification for Macquarie Harbour salmon farm


NOAA: Oyster aquaculture could dramatically improve Potomac River water quality


Walmart moves aggressively into organics with Wild Oats brand


Warming waters off Newfoundland's south coast may bring back the haddock fishery  


Instantlabs to introduce 2 hour DNA fish identification kits based on Univ. of Guelph database


Court ruling that NMFS allowed recreational overfishing of red snapper likely to shorten season  


Gulf commercial fishing group worries a grouper allocation battle is looming with sports fishermen


Apr 9, 2014

Zhangzidao inks strategic agreements with Pacific Seafoods, Clearwater to import crab and lobster  


Bristol Bay Assoc. wants Murkowski to pull support for bill that guts EPA authority to deny Pebble


Letters: Authors of IUU paper object to characterizing it as overly broad


Grupo Regal's longline-caught Spanish hake gets MSC certification  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 9, 2014


Trinity Bay, Newfoundland mussel processor, Green Seafoods earns BAP certification


Kodiak seine fleet tests viability of new pollock fishery  


Ruby Tuesday posts Q3 loss, sales and comps off


Catalina Offshore Products hires foodservice veteran Nathan Phillips as general manager


California Caviar Co imports "no-kill" caviar "massaged" out of sturgeon


Alaska's incumbent Fish Board nominees face some opposition in hearing before April 11 confirmation


Nantucket wraps up a successful bay scallop season  


FFAW plans to protest unfair, larger quota cut to Newfoundland's inshore shrimp fishery vs. offshore  


Federal judge says NMFS can open closed NE groundfishing areas, but cannot carry-over unused quotas


Benihana’s Be the Chef program is a sizzling good time


Ireland 'better off with own brand than MSC'


Pollock fishing season in Russian Far East nearing completion


Everyday low prices? Wal-Mart's competitors can play that game too


Sanford denies involvement in scheme to underpay chartered South Korean fishing crew members


NPD: Fine dining segment traffic growth outpacing other segments


Meeting restrictive standards for Louisiana shrimp brand impractical for processors  



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Shrimp price increase of 60% year over year dwarfs all other proteins, says BLS

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  - April 16, 2014

Shrimp prices have been in the news again because the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its March producer price statistics, and they show shrimp price increases dwarfing every other meat and fish item.
 
At the January NFI Global Seafood Market conference, analysts who compared other commodities to seafood generally confirmed that beef and pork prices would rise proportionally more than seafood prices, and this is borne out in the BLS march statistics.  
 
But shrimp is another story entirely.  The graph below says it all:

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Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014 - 

The seafood industry is trying to cope with a decline in fish consumption in the U.S.  At a time when some Americans have started to improve their diets, they're increasingly turning their noses up at one of the healthiest foods around: fish.

The fading appetite for fish shows that for a fragmented industry having a healthy product isn't enough. Surveys show consumers aren't sure how to cook fish and prices can be high, while the seafood industry hasn't been able to organize any major marketing campaigns to promote fish consumption, the kind of efforts that paid off for the beef and pork industries.

 

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Trident, other pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS    April 15, 2014

Fish sticks just aren't cutting it anymore.

The frozen-fish industry has faced a problem of making the easy dinner staple more appealing, especially to children at home and in school.
 
"[Kids] want to have something they could get at a restaurant or something that looks familiar to them," said Pat Shanahan, program director of Genuine Alaska Pollock, a group representing the fisheries supplying the catches commonly used in fish sticks.

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Poor logistics, reduction in available farming areas holding back tilapia expansion in China

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 16, 2014

(This is the second part of our article on the expansion of domestic demand for tilapia in China.  Part 1 Chinese tilapia 'swimming back to domestic market following example of white shrimp was published April 14th)  

 
    “If the companies want to develop the domestic market better, one effective way is to further process the tilapias. In this way, it can not only solve the problem of logistics but also increase the tilapias’ added value”, said a Hainan producer. And it is important for the companies to diversify the tilapia products and invent new products so as to win the domestic market. 
 
The logistic problem includes the high cost of air transport and the difficulties in keeping tilapias fresh using the land transportation. And the solution is to build an e-commerce platform as well as cold chain logistics. 
 

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Russian Sakhalin pink salmon hatcheries to release 12% more eggs than Alaska’s Prince William Sound 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by John Sackton (news analysis) - April 15, 2014

One of the biggest frustrations that many involved with Alaska fisheries has had with the MSC has been the double standards applied to Alaskan and Russian fisheries.
 
One prime example is in salmon.  Most Russian salmon fisheries are engaged in high profile fisheries improvement projects, and two major fisheries in Sakhalin have either received MSC certification or are in the final stages of assessment.
 
Meanwhile, both the SFP and the MSC have highlighted their problems with Alaska’s pink salmon hatchery program in Prince William Sound.  Their concerns were sufficiently great that first, Prince William Sound was dropped from the MSC assessment of Alaska salmon in 2013, and SFP advised its partners to avoid PWS fish if they rely on MSC certification.

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First shrimp themed restaurant chain opens in China with aim to restore traditional shrimp eating culture

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 16, 2014
 
One of the consistent themes of our news is how growing demand for seafood in china is impacting the markets in the west.  This article is an example, about the opening of a national restaurant chain devoted to shrimp, aimed at urban consumers.  To the extent that this chain, or others like it, become popular, it is another avenue that increases domestic demand for high quality shrimp inside China. -JS)
 
Yipin Large Shrimp is a new national restaurant chain in China which features a variety of shrimp dishes.
 
The promotional approach is to restore the traditional ancient Chinese methods of eating shrimp.  The chain is the first of its kind in China.

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TUF's performance expected to bounce back on better tuna margins, improved shrimp operations

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014

A securities firm expects Thai Union to see better tuna margins and a recovery of its shrimp business on its way to a much improved fiscal year in 2014.

In a report from SCB Securities lower tuna prices favor higher margins for TUF's business and expects a gross margin increase of around 11.6 percent.

At the same time, additional shrimp production lines is expected to send gross margins for the item up around 9.4 percent.

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Florida fishery officials may declare open season on abundant lionfish population

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials in Tallahassee will discuss Wednesday three regulation changes so that Florida can declare open season on the underwater pests.

Proposed rule revisions would allow divers using rebreathing scuba gear to harvest lionfish. Second, the FWC’s executive director would be given power to approve lionfish-harvesting tournaments in areas where spearfishing is prohibited. And a new rule would prohibit lionfish from being imported into Florida.

 

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NOAA Alaska Fisheries Center scientist Alan Haynie given top honor at White House

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [SCOM] April 16, 2014

The White House honored Alaskan fishery scientist Alan Haynie, Ph.D, this week with its highest honor.

Haynie, who works with the NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center, was honored with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.  The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.

NOAA complmented Haynie as is a leader in creating and using economic tools to improve the management of our nation’s marine resources.

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Lower Cook Inlet pink salmon fishery to get boost as Aquaculture Assoc. buys Port Graham hatchery

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014

Pink salmon fishing in the Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics.

The facility has not been operational since 2007 when low returns of pink salmon and poor prices forced the Port Graham Hatchery Corporation to close. In 2010 the group asked the aquaculture association to assume management of the operation.

Pink salmon reared by the aquaculture association, or CIAA, are expected to return to Port Graham Bay this year, allowing CIAA to begin collecting eggs for brood stock and harvest fish to recover some of the costs during its first year of operation.

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FDA issued 31% less seafood Warning Letters in Q1 2014 compared to a year ago

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014

There was a marked decline in the number of Warning Letters issued to seafood companies by the FDA in the first quarter of this year compared to 2013.

Through March of this year the FDA sent 20 Warning Letters to both domestic and overseas seafood companies, a 31 percent drop compared to the same time last year, when they had sent 29 letters.

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Values for Alaska's salmon permits and halibut quota shares up across the board in 2014 (Fish Radio)

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014 

Alaska salmon permit values are increasing in many regions; likewise quota shares of halibut. Listings by four brokers show that Bristol Bay drift permits are valued at about $134,000 by the state and listed for sale at 150,000 to $170,000. That compares to $90,000 this past January. 

Prince William Sound seine cards are over $200,000; up from the $140,000 range a year ago. At Southeast Alaska, seine permits are the priciest in the state, holding at over $300,000, up about fifty grand since January. Southeast drift permits are topping $100,000. Kodiak seine permits are showing a steady uptick, now listing at $55,000 to over $80,000.

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Joe's Crab Shack achieving higher repeat sales with revamped seafood menu

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014 - 

When it came time to revamp the Joe’s Crab Shack menu, the brand’s Culinary Innovation team did not have to look very far to decide its course of action. Crab, after all, is in the concept’s name.

Crab-stuffed lobster, buckets of crab, steampots filled with chunks of Pacific Dungeness crab and sweet snow crab were incorporated into the menu, along with other seafood items, such as shrimp.

“We were putting crab back in the name and identifying as a great seafood brand — and one that stands for shellfish,” said Jim Doak, vice president of innovation for Ignite Restaurant Group, parent to the 130-plus-unit seafood chain based in Houston.

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Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruha's Hokkaido branch

 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 16, 2014

Maruha-Nichiro announced that Murray Park, former Westward general manager, will be the new president of Trans-Ocean.  Trans-Ocean is one of the largest surimi producers in the US.  Maruha-Nichiro operates three surimi block plants in Alaska, two floating processors, and a surimi seafood processing facility in Bellingham, Wa. 

Park will seek to continue to build the company’s position in the retail surimi seafood category and also to expand Trans-Ocean’s smoked salmon and shrimp product lines.

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Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is still operating, owner taking appeal to Supreme Court

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014 -

The owner of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, battling the Obama administration's attempt to shut down the operation, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to take up his effort to extend the farm's lease in waters that Congress has designated as a marine wilderness.

Drakes Bay operates California's only oyster cannery and distributes local live oysters in the Bay area.

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Advocacy group cites Joe's Crab Shack use of some transfats despite pledge in effort to get FDA ban

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS - April 16, 2014

Joe’s Crab Shack advertises that it uses "zero trans fat oil,” but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said Wednesday that not only does the national seafood chain, which includes 130 restaurants, still use the artery-clogging fats, but in alarming amounts.
 
“It’s simply dishonest. There is lots of trans fats in some of their products,” says Michael Jacobson, executive director of CSPI, a nonprofit food and health advocacy group.  

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NRN-Miller Pulse finds restaurants struggled with traffic declines in March despite uptick in comps in some segments

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 16, 2014 - 

The latest NRN-Miller Pulse survey shows improved same-store sales but continued traffic declines.

The hope of spring returned in March as improvements in the weather and a favorable Easter week shift helped turn restaurant industry same-store sales to positive territory for the first quarter, according to the latest NRN-MillerPulse report.

Restaurant same-store sales rose 1.8 percent in March, improving what had been a dismal quarter by 0.8 percent as a whole and offering hope that 2014 could turn out to be a “respectable year,” said Larry Miller, founder and chief executive of the monthly MillerPulse report.

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