Thu. Jul 31 2014

Trident to market pollock roe with Japanese company Takamasa in bid to help rebuild after tsunami


Alaska's pollock fleet taps into squid bycatch reserves after filling TAC way ahead of schedule


Shortages have Gulf oyster suppliers heading to the East Coast to fill inventories  


Alaska's Southeast Dungeness fishery having best season ever with prices near $3 lb (Fish Radio)  


Norway's king crab season starts this week


Shrimp prices to rise in South China following typhoon destruction in Zhanjiang  


Japan, Korea expel each other's fishing boats from EEZ as bilateral fisheries talks come to deadlock


Russia may set record for catch of pacific salmon this year


Water filtration technology lets India's commercial shrimp farmers take operations inland  


Whole Foods to defend its position in organic food with national marketing campaign


Yukon River chinook reach escapement goal to Canada; run exceeds forecast, management measures work


Vietnam investigating Rich Beauty seafood company for exporting tainted capelin products to Japan


China's porous food safety regs hinder fast food industry's expansion plans


Clam bed closures in Maine see soft shell supplies drop, prices surge in Boston  


South Pacific's bigeye tuna stock is at dangerously low levels warn scientists


Baltimore scientists pioneer N. America's first closed containment farmed bluefin project


Cape Cod fishermen say recovered seal population is gobbling up their catch


Market Basket's workers told they have until Monday to return to their positions without penalty


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 31, 2014


Wed. Jul 30 2014

With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season  


CP Hosting Supermarket Giants to Create Global Benchmark on Shrimp Feed, Anti-Slavery Measures


Big mistake in fisheries fuel use article from yesterday   (1) 


Cargill introduces analytic tool to help shrimp farmers fight EMS


New Magnuson draft would allow sustainability label for all well managed US Fisheries


You can't keep a Nagle out of the fish business, even in New York


Explosion at Omega Protein's Moss Point, MS plant kills one worker, injures three others


Shanghai customs finds listeria in Pacific salmon from New Zealand


Gloucester Explores Common Cultural Ties with Japan, as a Fishery Dependent Community


Paul Greenberg tells Boston Globe what he set out to explain about American seafood consumption


Pacific Andes releases updated Sustainability Report


AK's Southeast, Southwest fisheries stand to be most impacted from ocean acidifcation (Fish Radio)


Chilean squid export values down 15% in 2013 facing stiff competition from US, other major exporters


Long John's to give out free fried fish dish August 2 to celebrate 45 years in business


McDonald's Japan launches Tofu Shinjo McNugget featuring minced whitefish and tofu


Bon Appetit to stop selling skipjack tuna caught using fish aggregating devices  


Vietnam lays out how it will fine tune Mekong pangasius operations to reach $1 million export goal  


BC fish processors scramble operations to prepare for Fraser's expected sockeye surge  


Plankton bloom kills off 40,000 farmed Atlantic salmon at Grieg's Vancouver Island operation


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 30, 2014


Tue. Jul 29 2014

SeafoodNews is hiring a Sustainability Editor


Darden CEO Otis to step down, after completing Red lobster sale, activist investors will join board


Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister backtracks on 5 cent lobster levy, now says its a pilot project  


Retailers pull back on summer mahi promotions with wholesale, ad prices well above 2013  


Sea Pact now accepting third round of grant proposals for fishery improvement projects


Seattle Fish and Top Chefs Combine for Denver's First 'Trash Fish Dinner'   (1)


Dalian expands its massive cold storage capacity, aims to handle 1.05 million tons by next year


NOAA says Southeast and Southwest Alaska communities most at risk from Ocean Acidification


Maine's lobster industry uses the most fuel per pound among global fisheries (Fish Radio)   (2) 


Canada's KSM Acidic Open Pit Mine That Threatens SE Alaska Salmon has Sailed Thru Approval Process


SalmonChile's Felipe Sandoval says Chilean exporters will seek more markets, slowly raise production  


Red Lobster to end discounting, keep shrimp and crabfest, focus more on seafood, says Lopdrup


Bonefish Grill rolls out new menu featuring more non-seafood items


Norton Sound Seafood House expands at Anchorage airport


Vancouver chef cycles across Canada hosting dinners to promote sustainable seafood


Australia's Woolworths is looking at setting up sourcing hub in Thailand


New Jersey wants to be recognized for its Seafood - scallops are most valuable product  


Russia lowers export duties on pollock, other seafood items 30%  


Plastic find forces recall for Grimsby-made Young's fish cakes


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 29, 2014


Mon. Jul 28 2014

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship   (3)


Online sales with home delivery of lobster in China pushes up price in Boston  


Bristol Bay boats passing on pinks due to low price  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday July 28, 2014


Hawaii aquaculture company to launch untethered floating undwater fish cages in test


Chile's Sernapesca will seek to reduce high antibiotic usage in salmon farms  


Cohen report on Fraser Salmon cost $37 million, $11 million over estimate


Red Lobster losing out on Customer loyalty, according to customer engagement index


Chilean salmon industry expects seasonally low market prices to rebound in second half of 2014  


750 lb bluefin first catch and release fish of PEI tuna charter season


Zhangzidao opens live aquatic distribution in China with Ocean Food subsidiary


Nova Scotia fish packers want specifics behind proposal to hike up lobster levy to $0.05 cents lb  


Texas shrimpers credit 8-week fishing moratorium for good to start this season's catches  


Alaskan Leader Seafoods uses DuPont's Multi-Vac package for its ready-to-cook cod item (Fish Radio)


Prince William Sounds's Eagle Shellfish oyster farm trying to make Alaska's oyster industry viable  


Zhanjiang's export prices for seafood soar this year


MD-VA legislators want domestic blue crab protected from repackaged foreign product  


China is using its immense commercial fishing fleet as a surrogate navy


A widow's switch of allegiance set off the falling Demoulas Market Basket dominoes


Thai Union brings analysts, investors to plant to showcase sustainable development policy


IATTC takes two steps forward, one back  


Invasive green crabs reappearing in midcoast Maine mudflats, threatening shellfish


New whale protection regulations rankle outer Cape Cod fishermen


Switzerland's Migros Supermarket adds first ASC trout products to its offerings


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion


Market Basket board considering several buyout offers including one from Arthur T. Demoulas


Capt. Keith Coburn of Deadliest Catch is a Seafood Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership


Fri. Jul 25 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 25, 2014


Russia may ban McDonald's from producing Filet O' Fish, other items claiming consumer deception


Former Dominos exec joins Wendy's as SVP Marketing


ADF&G shuts down Kenai River commercial king salmon fishing with escapements to fall short of goal  


Tassal snags $3.85 million grant to build fish meal plant with 20,000 ton annual production capacity


Omega Protein's remarkable share price trend reflects its recent focus on human nutrition


Seafood Harvesters support Sen. Begich's bill that extends fishing vessel discharge exemption


Long John Silver’s launches "America's Fish Fry" TV campaign


Alaska's salmon set netters recant the peaks and valleys of a life on the water (Fish Radio)


Battle with Walmart and Target results in Q2 loss for Loblaw despite better comps


Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister proposes lobster marketing levy be raised to five-cents per pound  


Federal judge lifts archaic, 56-year old antitrust gag order on Maine lobstermen  


Starboard claims Darden won't let it look at its books in complaint filed in Florida court


Alaska's governor asks USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned pinks  


Big drop in Norwegian salmon price expected next week  


Banned imports of European eel fry alleged to be flooding into Japan via China


Southern California fresh swordfish off the menu as driftent ban imposed through August


La. catch pushes Gulf shrimp landings up sharply in June; on par with month's 5 year avg  


Legal's Roger Berkowitz has some personal advice for the feuding Demoulas family


Supervalu Q1 sales relatively flat vs. year-ago


Thu. Jul 24 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 24, 2014


Vietnam's surimi exports to China up over 30% while shipments fall about 5% to top market S. Korea  


WWF will push for suspension of Pacific bluefin fishing if nations cannot agree on catch limits  


Wal-Mart's Asian business chief Greg Foran will replace Bill Simon as CEO of US division


Performance Food Group names former Sysco exec new Executive Vice President Of Operations


Foodservice operator survey finds most not concerned about higher prices from Syso/US Foods merger


Ipswich, MA officials take emergency measures to keep unlicensed clammers off of commercial beds  


South Australia's bluefin tuna harvest producing very high quality fish


Oregon officials lift coastwide commercial mussel harvesting ban finding PSP risk has dropped  


Mekong shrimp production forecast to rise 4.6% from last year  


Arthur T. Demoulas makes offer to buy Market Basket


Alaskans asked to comment on MSA Re-authorization, sea lions, mines and more (Fish Radio)


Lobster license stacking starting next spring in PEI will reduce traps in the water   (3) 


Newfoundland food fishery death sparks emotional call for Gail Shea to extend season


Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"


NPD sees restaurant traffic likely to remain flat


Food safety in China still faces big hurdles


Itochu agrees to $1.9 billion food tie-up with CP Pokphand


Sealord names former McCain Foods MD new CEO


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Trident to market pollock roe with Japanese company Takamasa in bid to help rebuild after tsunami

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  July 31, 2014

Trident Japan has announced that it will enter into a joint venture to market high-quality pollock roe gift packs with Takamasa Co., with production beginning this October.
 
Takamasa has a long history with Trident as a purchaser of surimi.  However, the area where it is located, Sanriku, was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and few businesses have been fully restored. 
 
After the disaster, Chuck Bundrandt, then president of Trident, took the lead in collecting relief supplies and donations for the area.  Takamasa's President, Mr. Masanori Takahashi, became chairman of the Onagawa restoration committee, and Trident helped provided funds to open a new Kamaboko store in 2012.  This store has become a tourist destination.
 
Both Chuck and Joe Bundrant participated in the opening ceremony.
 
Trident also provided employment to Mr. Toshihiro Takashiro..

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Alaska's pollock fleets taps into squid bycatch reserves after filling TAC way ahead of schedule

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KUCB] by Lauren Rosenthal - July 31, 2014

While salmon is still the main species that pollock fishermen are trying to avoid taking as bycatch this summer, there’s another creature that’s been causing problems in the Bering Sea.

Along with their pollock, fishermen have pulled up about 1,100 metric tons of slimy, pink squid this summer. That’s more than four times their catch limit, according to Krista Milani. She’s a biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Milani says there’s still some wiggle room before fishery managers get worried. A few hundred tons of squid are sitting in reserve, and they can be taken as bycatch...

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Shortages have Gulf oyster suppliers heading to the East Coast to fill inventories

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Houma Today] by Kameryn Rome - July 31, 2014

Oysters in some local restaurants may not be from Louisiana because of historically low production this year.

Some oyster suppliers have even been buying oysters from other Gulf and East Coast states to keep up with demand.

For the first time in the 43 years, Motivatit Seafoods, the leading oyster harvesting and production company in Houma, is bringing in some of its oysters from Chesapeake Bay, said Greg Voisin, Motivatit’s marketing and sales vice president...

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Alaska's Southeast Dungeness fishery having best season ever with prices near $3 lb (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 31, 2014 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Lots of fishing going on from one end of Alaska to the other. 

With a few exception, most of Alaska’s salmon fisheries are rather lackluster. Statewide the salmon catch has topped 87 million and more than 47 million of those fish are sockeye salmon.

Perhaps the biggest fish story this week is the Dungeness crab fishery in Southeast, which is seeing its best season ever. The total catch this year is pegged at nearly 6.5 million pounds for 150 crabbers who are getting about $3/pound, up 50 cents from last year...

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Norway's king crab season starts this week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  July 31, 2014

The Norwegian king crab season begins this week.  
 
The total inshore quota is 1100 tons, with some additonal quota allowance for female crab and damaged male crabs. 
 
This year, the minimum vessel size will be six meters, and most vessels will get a per vessel quota of 1.2 tons, although some will fish combined licenses.
 
There will be a closure between August 24 and September 4th.
 
Buyers held receptions and meetings with fishermen over the past weekend...

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Shrimp prices to rise in South China following typhoon destruction in Zhanjiang

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Life]  translated by Amy Zhong July 31, 2014

Officials of the Administration of Ocean and Fisheries of Guangdong Province and the Guangdong Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association both said yesterday that there will be a decrease in the output of both shrimp and tilapia in Guangdong followng Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit South China in 40 years.  As a result shrimp prices are likely to increase.
 
 Because the typhoon has taken a toll on Zhanjiang, an important farming facility of whiteleg shrimps and tilapias, and there will be a decrease in the output of both seafood there.  At present the administration is gathering information about the damages that the typhoon has done to fishing ports, fishermen, fishing boats, houses, etc. And some insiders estimate that the prices will increase for such seafood as whiteleg shrimps, tilapias, gold ringers and Asian green mussels, which are very familiar to the consumers in Guangzhou. 
 
There was a drop in the shrimp prices of Guangzhou a few days ago...

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Russia may set record for catch of pacific salmon this year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  July 31, 2014

Moscow- The production of pacific salmon in Russia is booming this year, according to the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo).
 
According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, to date, the volume of salmon catch in domestic territorial waters increased by 20.2%, compared to 2012 (even-numbered year). In case of Far East basin, the volume of production amounted to 94,000 tonnes, which is by 19,000 tonnes more, compared to the same period of 2012.
 
At the same time in case of Kamchatka, the volume of catch amounted to 61,000 tonnes, which is by 20,000 tonnes more than in 2012,  while in the Khabarovsk  Territory it reached 22,000 tonnes, which is by 7,000 tonnes more than in 2012.
 
Due to good results, it is planned that recommended catch of salmon..

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Whole Foods to defend its position in organic food with national marketing campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] by Candice Choi - July 31, 2014

Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.

The company, based in Austin, Texas, said the marketing campaign this fall will explain to customers what makes it different and why it's better than other supermarkets.

In addition, he said the company will partner with third parties to offer home delivery in 12 to 15 major markets, with plans for a wider rollout over time...
 

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Yukon River chinook reach escapement goal to Canada; run exceeds forecast, management measures work

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Yukon News] by Myles Dolphin - July 31, 2014

This year’s Yukon River chinook salmon escapement goal has been met.

As of last week, the number of salmon counted by sonar near the border village of Eagle stood at roughly 49,000, which surpasses the minimum goal of 42,500 called for in the Pacific Salmon Treaty between Canada and the United States.

Under the treaty, Americans have to allow that number of chinook salmon to pass into Canadian waters...

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China's porous food safety regs hinder fast food industry's expansion plans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] by Joe McDonald - July 31, 2014

Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.

That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC's quality control is struggling to keep up.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based chain is reeling after a Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired beef and chicken to it, McDonald's and possibly other restaurant chains. Just 18 months earlier, KFC's sales plunged in China after a supplier violated rules on drug use in chickens...

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South Pacific's bigeye tuna stock is at dangerously low levels warn scientists

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Waikato Times] by Michael Field - July 31, 2014

A major South Pacific tuna fishery exploited by New Zealand commercial and recreational boats is on the verge of collapse, experts say.

South Pacific stocks of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) are now just 20 per cent of what they would have been if left unfished.

Scientists with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) say that is an unacceptable risk...

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Cape Cod fishermen say recovered seal population is gobbling up their catch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBS News] by Elaine Quijano - July 31, 2014

It is summer on Cape Cod. The weather is warm, the beaches are crowded. And the seafood? They're fighting over it.

On a typical summer afternoon off the coast of Cape Cod, nearly 1,000 gray seals sunbathe on a sandbar.

A few years ago, this would have been unbelievable. By the 1960s, the seals were hunted close to extinction, the result of a $5 bounty by the state in an attempt to eliminate an animal many considered a pest to fishermen...

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Market Basket's workers told they have until Monday to return to their positions without penalty

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The New Hampshire Union Leader] by Michael Cousineau - July 31, 2014

Market Basket's co-CEOs said workers can return "without fear of penalty" and the company also will begin advertising to hire new workers, according to a statement released Wednesday.

New CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch said workers need to return to their jobs on Monday. A family feud at Market Basket has led to customer boycotts, picketing workers and limited food deliveries to stores, causing many shoppers to deviate from their normal weekly routines.

Some workers haven't returned to their jobs while others have joined picket lines outside stores during their off-hours...

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New Magnuson draft would allow sustainability label for all well managed US Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  - July 30, 2014

Senators Begich and Rubio have released the latest draft of the Magnuson reauthorization bill, and one provision would codify the right of sellers to use the description "sustainable' in marketing fish caught under an approved management plan.
 
This has been a key contention for some marketers of US fish, who argue that the success of the US scientific management, which has resulted in ending overfishing, and rebuilding US fish stocks, is a legitimate basis to make a valid sustainabiity claim...

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Explosion at Omega Protein's Moss Point, MS plant kills one worker, injures three others

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gulf Live] by April M. Havens -July 30, 2014

One man is dead and three other workers are injured after a morning explosion at Omega Protein in Moss Point, fire Chief Tommy Posey confirmed.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified 25-year-old Jerry Lee Taylor II as the man who was killed in the incident.

Broadus said Taylor's driver's license listed a Mobile address, but Taylor's Facebook profile page shows he is from Helena and currently lives in Big Point in east Jackson County...

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Gloucester Explores Common Cultural Ties with Japan, as a Fishery Dependent Community

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] by Sean Hagen - July 30, 2014

As lunches go, this one had a particularly international flavor, even if it was served at the offices of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, tucked away in a little corner of the Blackburn Industrial Park.

The hostess and chef was Angela Sanfilippo, the president of the Fishermen’s Wives Association, and the honored 
guest was Akifumi Hoshina, a reporter with the Japanese newspaper, Ishinomaki Kahoku.

Hoshina, accompanied by his Boston-based interpreter Yutaka Yatz, has spent much of the past week following Sanfilippo on her daily rounds throughout Gloucester for a story Hoshina is writing on Gloucester and its efforts to rebound from the fishing disaster that has gripped it at the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium...

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Pacific Andes releases updated Sustainability Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 30, 2014

Pacific Andes Group's 2012/13 Sustainability Report has received the highest possible rating from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The report was given an A+ rating finding Pacific Andes fulfilled 139 indicators established by GRI under the headings of Economic, Environmental and Social Performance which include Labour Practices and Decent Work, Human Rights, Society and Product Responsibility. 

In line with this theme, the Report is structured around two core sections, namely a Global section and a Local section outlining each country’s operation. It highlights the Group’s developments in environmental sustainability, social compliance and product responsibility and outlines its sustainability commitments for 2014 / 2015...

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Japan, Korea expel each other's fishing boats from EEZ as bilateral fisheries talks come to deadlock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [JAPAN REPORTS]  Tokyo July 31, 2014

   Japan and Korea are in an abnormal plight of expelling each other's fishing vessels from respective exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as the bilateral fisheries negotiations come to a dead end.
 
   In the annual talks, Japan urged Korea to improve the present situation of Korean fishing boats in its EEZ, pointing out that Koreans are engaged in illegal activities in hairtail catch.
 
   Negotiations came to a halt as Korea refused to cater to this request.
 
   The two countries were unable to strike an agreement by June 30, the limit date, thus ending up in shutting the other country’s fishing vessels from their EEZs effective from July 1.
 
   This was the first case where the two countries' fishermen were rendered unable to operate in each other's EEZ ever since 1999...

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Water filtration technology lets India's commercial shrimp farmers take operations inland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Business Standard] by Vijay C Roy - July 31, 2014

Shrimp and prawn farming in Punjab and Haryana may get an impetus with the new technology developed by the Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai.

Prawn farming is restricted to coastal areas but the new technology allows use of the saline wastelands in Punjab and Haryana, where productivity is poor, for the farming.

Started in 2008 by CIFE at its Rohtak centre (Haryana), the experimental trials on tiger shrimps or prawns were continued until 2012 to study the feasibility and financial viability of the technology...

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With over 41 million lbs landed, Pacific coldwater shrimp poised for a near record season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton July 30, 2014

The global shortage of Coldwater shrimp is creating a boom time on the West Coast. 
 
With three months left to fish, coast wide landings for Washington, Oregon, and California are already at 41 million pounds.  Many expect landings to hit 70 million pounds or higher.  In 1989 79 million pounds were landed coast wide, and this year may to be second to that.
 
According to some of the harvesters, most boats in Washington have already landed over 1 million pounds each...

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Vietnam investigating Rich Beauty seafood company for exporting tainted capelin products to Japan

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News] July 31, 2014

Vietnam’s police have launched an investigation into a Taiwan-invested company after Japanese authorities found two packages of its seafood products contaminated with rodenticide and human feces.

The Taiwanese company named Rich Beauty located in Vietnam’s northern province of Thai Binh affirmed that its seafood products have been checked through seven steps before being exported.

All procedures are under the workers’ surveillance and the names of the workers are recorded, said Nguyen Huu Rong, head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development...

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Clam bed closures in Maine see soft shell supplies drop, prices surge in Boston

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCVB] by Kevin P. O' Connor - July 31, 2014

No matter what kind of sausage you put in your clamboil -- chourico, kielbasa or bratwurst -- if you are from the SouthCoast, summer is not complete without the meal.

But clams are selling for $8.99 a quart in Fall River and $13 a quart in Tiverton, the Herald reported.

Higson is one of the principals in the family business, Higson Seafood, 917 S. Main St., that has been in operation since 1951. Higson said he has never seen clam prices this high...

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Baltimore scientists pioneer N. America's first closed containment farmed bluefin project

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NPR 90.9 wbru] by Dan Charles - July 31, 2014

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.

They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi lovers, entirely in captivity. But the effort is fraught with challenges.

When I visited, I couldn't see the larvae at first. They look incredibly fragile and helpless, just drifting in the tanks' water currents. But they're already gobbling up microscopic marine animals, which in turn are living on algae...

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CP Hosting Supermarket Giants to Create Create Global Benchmark on Shrimp Feed, Anti-Slavery Measures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] by Annie Kelly  July 30, 2014

 (c) 2014 Guardian News & Media Limited. All rights reserved

Morrisons and Tesco join Birds Eye and others to create a taskforce to tackle slavery and trafficking in the seafood industry
 
UK and US supermarket groups are meeting in Thailand this week to create a taskforce to tackle trafficking and forced labour in the shrimp feed industry.
 
The talks follow a Guardian investigation last month that uncovered slavery in the supply chains of Thai seafood sold to major international retail brands.
 
The three-day meeting will be hosted by Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the world's largest prawn farmer, which the Guardian found buys fishmeal from suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boards manned with slaves...
 

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Big mistake in fisheries fuel use article from yesterday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - July 30, 2014

There was a big mistake in the article we ran yesterday from Laine Welch Fish Radio on fuel usage in fisheries. 
 
The scientific article referred to fuel use in Litres - and the article used gallons.  For example, the authors claimed flatfish fuel consumption was 747 litres - i.e. 197 gallons, not 747 gallons per ton which is an economic impossibility.
 
As one of our readers wrote in the comments, with a ton of flatfish worth $1300 in Dutch Harbor, that amount of fuel would cost $2700.
 
However, even the global averages are misleading.  For example, the scientists claim that flatfish trawlers use 197 gallons per ton, but the actual experience in the Bering Sea is that most use far less than even 100 gallons per ton, with some in the 70-80 gallon range.  So the actual fuel cost per ton is more like $300 to $500.
 
So one way of looking at this is the Bering Sea flatfish fleet is nearly 3 times as fuel efficient as the global average....
 

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Cargill introduces analytic tool to help shrimp farmers fight EMS

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] July 30, 2014

Cargill announced today that their animal nutrition business has launched a new EMS Risk Tool to determine the best farm management program to manage the risk of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) on shrimp farms. 

EMS, also known as Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), is caused by certain strains of the bacteria vibrio and has led to devastating production losses in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and most recently in Mexico.

With this tool, Cargill says they can identify the main risk factors for individual farms and provide tailored recommendations to farmers to help reduce the severity of the disease to promote shrimp survival. Outbreaks of EMS have resulted in mortality rates as high as 100 percent...
 

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You can't keep a Nagle out of the fish business, even in New York

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times]  by Florence Fabricant - July 30, 2014

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is opening in Brooklyn.
 
Vinny Milburn was determined to stay clear of his family's venerable seafood business in Boston, the John Nagle Co., so he became an entertainment lawyer. 
 
But seafood lured him back, and he is opening this modest but well-conceived fish market and restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with Adam Geringer-Dunn, whom he met in the music business. 
 
''There was nowhere to buy decent seafood in this neighborhood,'' ..

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Shanghai customs finds listeria in Pacific salmon from New Zealand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CAPMA]  Translated by Amy Zhong  July 30, 2014

There is a batch of substandard frozen Pacific salmon which has been destroyed in Shanghai.
 
On July 16, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has destroyed a batch of substandard frozen Pacific salmon with the total weight of 264.81 kg and the value of US$ 4104.56.
 
These salmon have been imported from New Zealand and on-the-spot quarantine has found nothing abnormal about the commodities. But the bureau staff sampled the salmon to test if these goods have any microorganism, parasite, etc. owing to the warning of the sampling system...

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Paul Greenberg tells Boston Globe what he set out to explain about American seafood consumption

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] by Michael Floreak - July 30, 2014

In “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood,” Paul Greenberg examines how a country with an enormous coastline and a majority of its population located within 10 miles of the ocean came to import 90 percent of its seafood, much of it raised on farms. “It’s a conspiracy of a few different things,” Greenberg says, noting the replacement of working waterfronts with private real estate, the damming of waterways, and the spiraling loss of fertile marshland among them.

He tells the story of how Americans stopped eating seafood from its own waters by looking at the consumption of oysters, shrimp, and salmon...

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