Tue. Jun 30 2015

Across Alaska, Early Salmon Catches Underweight  


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Popeyes Launches Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp


NOAA Releases Complete List of S-K Awards


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


Two Cargill Fish Feed Mills Attain BAP Certification


Iceland Proceeds with Fin and Minke Whale Hunt Despite Protests


US Tuna Treaty Under the Spotlight at Forum Fisheries Meeting


US Foods Launches Bold "Just Taking Off" Campaign


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 30, 2015


Mon. Jun 29 2015

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


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


Sysco Walks Away From US Foods Merger


Bristol Bay Sockeye Season Shifts into High Gear  


Seattle Crab Producer Keyport Hires Karen Reyer as Financial Controller


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


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


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


Greenland's Atlantic Salmon Quota Worries Maine Conservationists


Marine Harvest Restructuring Operations in Chile in Response to Weak Prices


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


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


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


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


WWF Calls for Rigorous Recovery Plan for Eastern Pacific Bluefin Tuna


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


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


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


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


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


Sysco Stock Price Rebounds Despite Merger Ruling - Investors Like Certainty


Singaporeans divesting from Alliance Food Select Inc.


Jersey Shore Oyster Industry Is Starting to Recover  


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday June 29, 2015


Fri. Jun 26 2015

DFO Extends PEI and NB Lobster Seasons Four Days Past June Closures  


Alaskan Salmon Catch at 4.3 Million Fish and Gaining Steam with Bristol Bay About to Come Online  


Trident Completes $22 Million Fishmeal and Fish Oil Production Facility in Bristol Bay  


New Bay of Fundy Ferry May Be Inadequate for Seafood Trucks Bound for Boston


UK's Major Shellfish Producer Macduff Expands Scallop Operations with Deal to Buy Greendale Group  


US, China to Cooperate on Combatting Illegal Fishing


NFI's Shrimp Council Promotes Summer Shrimp Consumption in Online Campaign


Moody's Sees Wal Mart's Neighborhood Market Format Likely to Accelerate Grocery Dominance


NOAA Finds West Coast's Massive Domoic Acid Bloom is Among Most Toxic Ever Recorded


Japan to Petition WTO to Settle South Korea's Fukushima Seafood Import Ban After Talks Breakdown


eBook Just Published to Amazon Shows Consumers How to Prepare and Eat Fish ByProducts (Fish Radio)


Cape Ann Seafood Exchange Wins $363,604 to Upgrade Facility


Nova Scotia Company To Supply Sea Cucumbers to China as a Health Product


Atlantic Mahi Fishery Reopened for 5 Days  


Texas Just Banned Shark Finning, Will Other States Follow?


Eastern Pacific Fisheries Commission Needs Plans for Bluefin Recovery and Reduced Fishing Capacity


Clams Getting the Respect They Deserve for Versatility in the Hands of Chefs


Federal Agents Find $12 Million Worth of Cocaine Inside Shrimp at Red Hook Terminal


Alaska Pilot Program to Test for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Ends


Seafood.com News Summary Friday June 26, 2015


Thu. Jun 25 2015

Citing an "Issue of Fairness" Alaska Governor Walker Contacts MSC on Salmon Certification  


Whole Foods Once Again Accused of Marking Up Food Prices, Including Shrimp


Ross Sea Toothfish Fishery Management Strongly Defended in New Zealand  


Commercial Fisheries Generate $1.2 billion to Southcentral Alaska Economy  


US Could Emerge as Top Market for Vietnamese Pangasius with EU Imports in Freefall  


DFO's Lobster Season Extension Decision for PEI, NB Still Pending with Fisheries to Close Next Week  


CP Prima Focusing on High Value-Added Shrimp and Fishery Products to Raise Margins  


Putin Extends Russian Ban on Western Food Imports for a Year, in Response to Sanctions


U.S. Success in Rebuilding Fisheries Can Be a Global Model


MSC and ASC Agree to Streamline Certification Process for Shared Clients


FDA Approval of AquaBounty Salmon Has Now Been Withheld for Almost 20 Years  


Walmart to Enforce Allowances to Place Items in New Stores and Warehouses


Massive "Blob" of Warmer West Coast Water Hindering Sockeye Movement in Canadian Rivers


Kinki University Working with Panama to Develop Farm Raised Yellowfin Tuna


India Government to Expand Vannamei Farming  


$700M Salmon Habitat Plan Faces New Challenge


Mozambique Stands By State Guarantees for $850 Mln 'Tuna Bond'


AquaBounty Technologies Raises $3 Million with Interexon Equity Subscription


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday June 25, 2015


Wed. Jun 24 2015

Federal Judge Halts Sysco-US Foods Merger


Bristol Bay Sockeye Needs Higher Volume To Offset Lower Price  


Ahold, Delhaize Complete Merger Agreement Creating Very Large Supermarket Chain


Thai Authorities Bust Largest Human Trafficking Ring to Date Ahead of US's July TIP Report   (1)


Alaskan "B" Season Surimi Production, Japanese Prices Could Rise On Weak Yen, Supply Concerns  


Spanish Fishing Company Linked to Mult-Million Dollar IUU Toothfish Smuggling Ring  


Reintroduction of McDonald's Lobster Roll Doesn't Rattle NH Seafood Restaurants  


Recent Bout of Bad Weather Slows Lobster Landings in PEI With Season About to Wrap Up  


Spike in Northeast Lobster Price Stings LA Distributor  


Long John Silver's Running Fish and Fries Special for $1.99 Featuring "Alaskan Whitefish"


Fish Oil on Pace to Grow to $1.7 Billion Industry by 2018 on Chinese Aquaculture Demand (Fish Radio)  


Peru's Anchovy Canneries Forced to Shut Operations from Lack of Raw Materials  


Young's Seafood in Fraserburgh Might Have to Lay Off 300 Workers After Losing Sainsbury's Contract


Chile Detects and Quickly Contains ISA-Positive Salmon Pond Belonging to Marine Harvest  


Maine Elver Fishery Rebounded Despite Weather


Groups Clash in Court over Columbia River Basin Salmon Plan


Captain's Fine Foods Hires Industry Veteran Joanne McNeely Zaritsky as Business Development Director


Alaska to Open Brief Salmon Driftnet Subsistence Fishery on Small Part of Kuskokwim River Next Week  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday June 24, 2015


Tue. Jun 23 2015

Gulf Shrimp Landings Could Stay Under 5-Year Avg Until La.'s Fall Season Gets Going  


Darden Restaurants to Separate Some Real Estate Assets


China's Voracious Online Retailers Lining Up Direct Seafood Shipments From Around the World


Russia Plans to Double Fish Production in Crimea by Increasing Catches in Black and Azov Seas


Young's Loses Huge Salmon Processing Contract with UK Retailer Sainsbury's to Marine Harvest  


NOAA Finds Ocean Acidification is Harming Pink Salmon's Main Food Source (Fish Radio)  


Smaller Fishing Vessel Construction Standards May Be Modified to Reduce Cost


Letters: Grossman Article on Reasons for Sardine Decline Inaccurate  


Captain D’s Turns Up the Heat with the Launch of Limited-Time Menu Items


Seafood Harvesters Endorse Senate Amendment to Modify Costly Commercial F/V Classifications


Moody's Upgrades China Fishery's Outlook on Successful Copeinca Integration


Chile's Mussel Industry Says Constant Labor Strikes are Damaging to International Business  


Grieg Seafood Hit by High Mortality in Canada from LDO


ASC Partners with Vietnamese Government on Project to Get Pangasius Farms Certified Country-Wide  


Willapa Bay Oyster Processor Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Violations, Fined $100,000


Maine Seafood Dealers Weigh Proposed Jonah Crab Fishery  


P.E.I. Shellfish Association Wants Stratford Sewage Problem Resolved Now


Thai Fishermen Push Back Against Cost of IUU Enforcement


Canada’s Beaufort Sea Becoming Acidic Faster than Any Other Ocean, Study Suggests


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday June 23, 2015


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Across Alaska, Early Salmon Catches Underweight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NECN] June 30, 2015

It may be summer, but Maine's lobster industry is still feeling the effects of last winter.

Ocean temperatures took so long to warm up after the winter, that lobsters are shedding later than usual, delaying the season and limiting the catch. The decrease in supply has increased prices.

"It's going to be more of a traditional year," said lobster dealer Vincent Clough, from Bayley's lobster pound in Scarborough, Maine...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 30, 2015

The Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators said their inaugural industry and science workshop held in Norway in late June was well received by the various fishers, scientists, gear technologists, marketers and other industry participants in attendance.

COLTO's first ever workshop was held in Alesund, Norway the week of June 20 and hosted the toothfish industry major players from 12 nations.  The parties agree to form three working groups to address some of the toothfish issues most pressing issues.

The three working groups that created were: Killer whale and sperm whale depredation in toothfish fisheries; international scientific collaborative program development Public education and marketing information on toothfish, and the fisheries; and Public education and marketing information on toothfish, and the fisheries...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Translated by Amy Zhong - June 30, 2015 

Nova Scotia's role in promoting Canadian lobsters in China has grown as provincial officials have been in-country to promote a Canadian lobster festival in Shanghai while also partnering with the province's Tang Palace to feature sales for Canadian lobster and other seafood products to consumers across the region.

Andrea Lyon, Canada’s deputy minister of agriculture, visited Shanghai in mid-June 13 in order to promote Nova Scotian Lyon was also participated in the inauguration of the Canadian lobster festival in Shanghai. She was also responsible for authorizing the deal with Tang Palace.

The Chinese market has grown into the second largest destination for Canadian live lobster. Its import volume has tripled during the first three months of this year compared with the same period a year earlier...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] By Meg Major - June 30, 2015 - 

In the wake of the pending  merger between international supermarket giants Ahold and Delhaize Group, Progressive Grocer spoke with Dick Boer and Frans Muller, respective CEOs of each company, to discuss the prevailing and future opportunities they foresee as they embark on what promises to be a complex, albiet fortifying, integration.

When asked about the first order of business that will be tackled on their massive to-do list once the deal closes in mid-2016, Boer said a key element of a smooth integration will be ample "pre-work and preparation about what, how, and where to start the process," which will focus "first and foremost on [collective] synergies and private label programs." The second element, he continued, ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 29, 2015

Investment firm Paine & Partners and Icicle Holdings, Inc. have entered into agreements to sell Icicle to Convergence Holdings, Inc. and Dominion Catchers, LLC. 

Under the transactions, Convergence will acquire Icicle's land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon activities, and Dominion will acquire Icicle's harvesting and processing vessels as well as the associated fishing rights.  At the same time,. Convergence and Dominion have agreed to enter into long-term contracts to continue...

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

SEAFOOD.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  June 29, 2015

Last Friday, Stefanie Moreland of Trident issued an update on the efforts of 20 Alaska seafood processors to join the client holding MSC’s  Alaska Salmon Certificate, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association (ASPA).

The companies, representing 80% of Alaska’s salmon processing capacity, asked to join the client group last May. Their request was to share in the certificate, which covers all of Alaska's salmon fisheries, and included an offer to pay them for two year’s of certification costs. 

ASPA refused.

“In response, the MSC Board of Trustees reaffirmed that the MSC program requires...

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Sysco Walks Away From US Foods Merger

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Chelsey Dulaney - June 29, 2015

Sysco Corp. said Monday it is walking away from its planned acquisition of US Foods Inc. after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the deal last week amid antitrust concerns.

The deal, announced in December 2013, would have combined the nation's two largest food distributors, which provide ingredients and a range of other supplies to restaurants, hotels, schools and other food-service operations.

Sysco said it will pay privately held US Foods a breakup fee of $300 million. The company also said it will spend another $3 billion buying back shares over the next two years and will redeem $5 billion in merger-related debt...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Reuters] By Alister Doyle - June 30, 2015 - 

Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater, a study showed on Monday.

Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water. But the Canadian study found that acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger.

Damage done by acidification "in fresh water in pink salmon could occur in all other salmonids", Colin Brauner, a co-author at the University of British Columbia, told Reuters.

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Popeyes Launches Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] - June 30, 2015 - 

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen's latest menu offering is its new Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp.

Popeyes Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp takes eight pieces of its  Butterfly Shrimp, marinated in Louisiana seasonings, breaded in a light, sweet Hushpuppy cornmeal crust and fries them.

Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp, served with Cajun Fries, a Buttermilk Biscuit and Cajun Cocktail Dipping Sauce, is priced at $4.99.  The promotion runs through July 26...

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NOAA Releases Complete List of S-K Awards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 30, 2015 - 

ALASKA

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Lynn Canal Sockeye Stock Identification $256,739.00

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Enable Spatial Data for Statistical Areas of Commercial Fisheries Harvest $398,258.00

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Inc. Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Project - Phase II $399,697...

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Two Cargill Fish Feed Mills Attain BAP Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] - June 30, 2015 - 

MINNEAPOLIS, As Cargill expands its presence in aquaculture, two of the company's feed mills were recognized with the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

They are the Bufalo, Villanueva facility in Honduras and the Masaya, Carretera facility in Nicaragua.

"We are very excited with the growth and acceptance of the BAP program in both Central and South America," said Peter Redmond, BAP vice president of market development. "The industry has...

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Iceland Proceeds with Fin and Minke Whale Hunt Despite Protests

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AFP] - June 30, 2015 - 

Icelandic whaling boats have left port to begin the 2015 whaling season, authorities said on Monday as more than 700,000 people signed a petition calling for an end to the hunt.

Iceland and Norway are the only nations that openly defy the International Whaling Commission's 1986 ban on hunting whales.

For 2015, Iceland's fisheries ministry has given the whalers a quota of 154 fin whales -- the second largest mammal after the blue whale -- and 229 minke whales.

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US Tuna Treaty Under the Spotlight at Forum Fisheries Meeting 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PACNEWS] - June 30, 2015 - 

Tuvalu, The Forum Fisheries Ministerial Meeting underway in Tuvalu has been reminded of the complexity in resolving the US Tuna Treaty.

This was highlighted by Tuvalu's Acting Prime Minister Namoliki Sualiki while opening the 11th Meeting of Forum Fisheries Ministers on Funafuti.

"The US Tuna Treaty, which has become increasingly complex and difficult, is also on your agenda. Despite 15 renegotiation sessions to date, there is still no firm agreement on the future structure of the Treaty.

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US Foods Launches Bold "Just Taking Off" Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] - June 30, 2015 - 

Today, US Foods made a bold statement with its "Just Taking Off" campaign that officially marks the beginning of the company's re-launch as an even stronger force in the foodservice industry. This declaration comes on the heels of the termination of the company's proposed merger with Sysco.

"Throughout the unique environment of the past 18 months, we've continued to serve our customers by never forgetting what we're about: delivering great food, cultivating talented food people and making it easy for our customers to work with us," said John Lederer, president and CEO, US Foods.

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DFO Extends PEI and NB Lobster Seasons Four Days Past June Closures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - June 25, 2015

Lobstermen operating around Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick were granted a four-day extension to their seasons past next weeks' scheduled closures the DFO announced late Thursday. 

According to a statement from Canada's Fishery Minister Gail Shea, fishing in all of PEI's gulf lobster fishing areas will be extended for four days past the scheduled. This includes LFAs  23, 24 , 26A , and 26B...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Eco Business] - June 30, 2015 - 

Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast.

Jacob Forsyth and research colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution(WHOI) in Massachusetts report in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans that the ocean off the US north-east continental shelf has been warming at unprecedented levels for 13 years.

Their findings came after analysis of data from sensors − called bathythermographs − dropped 14 times a year from the container ship Oleander, which for 37 years has travelled between New Jersey and Bermuda. Each detector takes the temperature of the water column as it sinks up to 700 metres.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PZC] June 30, 2015

Major European shrimp distributor Heiploeg has struck a deal to acquire the shrimp operations from Dutch-based seafood distributor Lenger Seafoods. 

Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed but the deal will see a bulk of shrimp processing between the joint operations move from Yerseke to Groningen. Both are cities in the Netherlands. 

According to Lenger Seafoods it will focus more on its other seafood processing and selling channels that distribute products to markets in the Netherlands and the UK. The company said it will also continue to invest in razor fishing in the North Sea and shellfish aquaculture in Vietnam...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 30, 2015

Participating McDonald's locations across Maine and New England will feature their McLobster lobster roll by the end of this week.

According to McDonald's most locations will feature the lobster roll by this Friday July 3. Some locations have already added the product to their menu.

McDonalds' lobster rolls are made of 100 percent North Atlantic lobster mixed with a mayonnaise dressing and served with leaf and shredded lettuce on a toasted roll.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 30, 2015

Sea Pact has elected Albion Fisheries Vice President Guy Dean as Chairman for its advisory council who will replace current chairman Logan Kock.

The Pact is a coalition of seafood distributors that share a common interest in developing environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices. Sea Pact's goal is to provide the financial building blocks needed to establish a long term and sustainable seafood industry. Albion Fisheries Ltd, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co. are the founding members of Sea Pact.

“I’m honored to be elected to this role from my peers and people I respect in the industry” said Dean. “But more importantly, I’m grateful for the contribution and commitment Logan made in the formation of Sea Pact and am humbled to follow his leadership."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 30, 2015

Seajoy Group is the first Latin American shrimp producer to four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its operations in both Honduras and Nicaragua.

Four-star BAP status means that the product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. It’s the highest standard attainable in the BAP program.

“At Seajoy, we are proud to partner with Cargill in obtaining our fourth BAP star,” said Brad Price, the company’s vice president of operations and sales. “Together we are working to improve our feeding efficiencies as well as minimize our fishmeal requirements. To that end, we are in the second phase of testing an insect meal that we expect will replace 75% to 100% of our fishmeal sources.”

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Season Shifts into High Gear

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  June 29, 2015

In the last two days more than half a million sockeye were harvested in Bristol Bay, indicating the fishery is ramping up to what ADF&G says may be the third largest run in recent history.

Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest salmon run. The fleet numbers more than 1,000 vessels. Five major harvest areas are fed by nine river systems into the bay, all supporting annual sockeye, or red returns. The Nushagak River also has a commercial king salmon run.

On Friday, total catch of the five major areas in Bristol Bay was just over 800,000 sockeye. The escapement total in all rivers was 716,000 sockeye. Then on Saturday, another...

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Seattle Crab Producer Keyport Hires Karen Reyer as Financial Controller

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] June 29, 2015

Major crab producer Keyport has hired Karen Reyer as controller where she be in charge of handling all of the company's finance, accounting and reporting activities. 

“I am excited to join Keyport and help expand the business. Keyport is a great company and look forward to developing Keyport’s business to new products and markets," Reyer said.

Prior to joining Keyport Reyer was the Controller for Dev9, a custom software development firm in Seattle, WA known for high quality, highly collaborative software development solutions. Before Dev9, Reyer ran her own financial consulting company, The Reyer Group...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] - June 30, 2015 - 

Pingtan Marne Enterprises has acquired four tuna longliners and two squid jiggers.  

The acquisition includes fishing licenses that comprise the predominant portion of the total asset value.  Accordng to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission these fishing vessels are fully licensed in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

The transaction not only expands the company's fleet but also, importantly, diversifies its asset base in the face of the moratorium by the Indonesian government prohibiting Pingtangs  existing 117 licensed vessels from operating in Indonesian waters.

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Translated by Amy Zhong - June 29, 2015

Increasing demand for high-end seafood in China has western European countries including Ireland, Scotland and Norway expanding their fish farming scale and improving the quality of the seafood exported into China's market. 

Specifically oysters and salmon producers will be among the biggest beneficiaries of China's increasingly great seafood consumption according to a report from the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance.

The rise of China's household incomes has resulted in the country's greater demand for higher-priced seafood the Alliance said. The high demand not only attracts the attention of European fish aquaculture industries but also some others in Africa...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] by Margaret Bauman - June 29, 2015

A decision by the Pacific Salmon Commission to cap this summer's Alaska harvest of king salmon at 237,000 fish, down from 440,000 fish a year ago, is prompting outrage from the Alaska Trollers Association.

"This year's quota shines a bright light on a treaty agreement that is not working for Southeast Chinook fishermen and communities," said Dale Kelley, executive director of the Alaska Trollers Association.

"For over 30 years trollers have paid the price of habitat destruction in the Pacific Northwest," Kelley said June 26. 
"The stocks we've worked hard to rebuild are now returning in record numbers, yet Alaska is being held to a pitifully low quota that failed to recognize that abundance. Trollers are losing faith that they will ever see a fair shake in this process."

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch - June 29, 2015

As Alaska's salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market.

Sales and prices for all salmon (especially sockeye) have been in a slump all year. And amidst an overall glut of wild and farmed fish, Alaska is poised for another huge salmon haul, with the largest run of sockeye salmon in 20 years predicted along with a mega-pack of pinks.

Meanwhile, the single toughest thing stacked against Alaska's sales to traditional overseas customers is the strong U.S. dollar...

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Greenland's Atlantic Salmon Quota Worries Maine Conservationists

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ Washington Times] - June 29, 2015 
 
ORONO, Maine (AP) - Commercial fishing activity nearly 2,000 miles away is worrying Maine conservationists working to restore Atlantic salmon to the Penobscot River.
 
At a recent summit, Greenland awarded itself an annual salmon quota of 45 metric tons for the next three years. Officials there say the new quota is considerably less than the previous harvest of 57 tons, and that reducing it further would have devastating economic consequences for fishing communities around the huge, sparsely populated island.
 
“The fact is that we’re reducing the fishery a lot,” Katrine Kaergard of Greenland’s ministry of fisheries told Maine...

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