Fri. Sep 19 2014

HVG plans to build $30 million pangasius plant and warehouse in Russia next year


Iceland's fisheries minister tells Grimsby not to expect more fish beyond current 12,000 tonnes


Scottish Fishermen's Federation head calls for coordinated UK effort on discards ban


Eastern European gangs making £65,000-a-day electro-fishing Scottish shellfish


A&P completes senior debt financing on favorable terms


Thu. Sep 18 2014

John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods


Major Chinese tilapia seed producer suddenly goes dark  


Guyana closes shrimp season from Sept. 8 to Oct 26, prepares quota limits as it nears MSC threshold  


Groundfish ctte asks Council to reinstate cod closures; ban party boat fishing in Gulf of Maine  


Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring  


Unisea agrees to $142,000 settlement with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations


With access to Russian market, Vietnam's major pangasius exporters see 2014 profits spike  


US dollar hits highest level against Yen in 6 years; strong US currency influencing Seafood Trading


Florida Commercial Priorties for Magnuson Introduced in Bill by Sen.Rubio


NAFCO/Congressional break ground for large new seafood facility in Jessup, MD


Icelandic Seachill announces new executive team behind Simon Smith as Managing Director


Haimao Aquatic celebrates first shrimp PL sales to Vietnam; over 10 billion sold in China  


Young's Seafood to be lead sponsor of World Seafood Congress in Grimsby in 2015


Mazzetta Company announces its Norwegian salmon partner - Hofseth - gets BAP salmon certification  


Imports of Norwegian salmon by Belarus, Estonia for re-export to Russia are soaring  


Seafish technical director says North Sea cod recovery may soon qualify for MSC certification


Prof. thinks social media explains apparent surge in catch of odd colored lobsters


Longtime Stonington lobsterman chairs Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative


Lettuce Entertain You's all-you-can-eat deal outshines other casual dining promotions


Japan fends off efforts to outlaw its Antarctic "research" whaling


Stehr debunks idea ecotourism at marine parks off South Australia would offset fishery losses


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday Sept. 18, 2014


Wed. Sep 17 2014

Late run continues to make DFO's estimates of overall Fraser sockeye returns uncertain


Indian shrimp farmers, eager to protect hatcheries, oppose new port near Kakinada


September is the cruelest month for restaurants


Mississippi Sound oyster season will commence in October despite "pathetic" conditions on the reefs  


Alaska's young seafood professionals tout benefits of Sea Grant's processing workshops (Fish Radio)


New England Fishery Council's Groundfish Committee will recommend cod management changes today


Sanitation improvements in Visakhapatnam, A.P. may help reopen EU market for shrimp


Letters: MSC defends fees, voluntary payment for duplicate certification systems  


Emergency Klamath water releases planned after Ich found in chinook


Hung Vuong notes enormous Russian interest for pangasius and other Vietnamese seafood imports


FL Sen. Rubio's bill tackles Gulf commercial, recreational management issues for MSA reauthorization


New Zealand's hake and ling cod get MSC certified without conditions


Lithuania's Viciunai will keep supplying Russia with surimi from its Kalingrad plant


BP caught trying 'college' tricks In massive oil spill court case


Four Asian nations agree to 20 percent cut in Japanese glass eel grow out


Dollar General ups bid for Family Dollar in light of antitrust concerns


Carlos Diaz to assume role as CEO of fish feed producer BioMar at year's end


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday September 17, 2014


Tue. Sep 16 2014

Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%  


Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)  


Russia returns to Soviet-era 'Quality Mark' to certify goods, starting with salmon


Commerce adds two more Indian shrimp exporters to Devi Fisheries' group in correction to 8th review  


California's drought-stricken rice crop likely to send US sushi prices higher


South Georgia toothfish once again ranked among MSC's top rated fisheries in third recertification  


Scientists unsure what unusually warm Gulf of Alaska waters means for salmon returns  


Wegmans extends Gulf seafood support with endorsement of Audubon's GULF program


GAA to award VASEP's VP Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with Lifetime Achievement at GOAL 2014


Mexico's shrimp fishermen caught up in race to save rare porpoise from totoaba bladder black market


Maine temporarily suspends three-trap limit for Mount Desert lobstermen


Drakes Bay Oyster fought the good fight but it's now forced to remove all operations


In Los Angeles court, fish sauce trademark battle gets personal


Florida restaurateur trying to upgrade the image of mullet


Maine seeing, at least for now, reduced predation of soft shell clams by invasive green crabs  


Omega Protein issues inaugural corporate social responsibility report


CP Prima may have antidote for shrimp disease infectious myonecrosis virus  


Copeinca bondholders keeping the pressure on China Fishery Group over redemption


IWC members debating controversial South Atlantic whale sanctuary again


British supermarkets joining Sustainable Seafood Coalition standardized labeling system


Kroger donated 50 million pounds of fresh food last year to food banks


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday September 16, 2014


Mon. Sep 15 2014

Louisiana shrimpers back on the water after three day tie up failed to raise prices  


Fraser sockeye shun U.S. waters, fill B.C. nets  


Hamilton Project focus is on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities


Pacific tuna companies fear IUU and excessive fishing will damage healthy PNA stocks akin to bigeye  


Tons of lobster to be consumed at San Pedro's world's largest lobster festival  


The rise and fall of Maine's offshore groundfish fishing industry


Improved silver and chum runs offset Yukon River's dismal king performance  


Alaskan Senate candidate Dan Sullivan will participate in Kodiak's key fishery debate


Marine Harvest buying bankrupt Chilean fish farmer Acuinova Chile S.A.


Thai Union plans to buy Norwegian sardine canner King Oscar


Norway's biggest bank, DNB, doesn't expect losses from Russian seafood ban


Captain D's adding 20 new units in Charlotte over next five years


Columbia River's salmon season still considered strong though run may fall short of forecast  


Norway may require salmon farmers to pay to recapture escaped fish  


Namibia's rock lobster industry stabilizing, developing frozen exports to China  


Iceland's HB Grandi's share of cod quota is 10.67 percent, slightly below year-ago  


New Bedford to be staging area for proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod


Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands to focus on Bonefish Grill


Darden defends progress but swings to Q1 loss


Seafood.com News Summary Monday September 15, 2014


Fri. Sep 12 2014

WPFMC shows how Obama Administration's vast marine monument will harm US fishing in the Pacific  


Haresters say NL's small boats won't be able to take full advantage of 3Ps cod sales   (1) 


Gulf of Alaska catch share program tops NPFMC's fall agenda (Fish Radio)


Arthur T. "happy just being a grocer" again as Market Basket restocks its shelves


Iceland agrees to start exporting chilled trout to Russian market


With oyster harvest from Apalachicola Bay worsening, industry leaders call for complete shutdown  


Chilean salmon producers collectively reduce production costs 8% in 2014 so far  


Russia may ban Japanese drift-netting off Kamchatka after another round of sanctions is levied


In its second year New Hampshire CSF will now sell locally caught seafood to restaurants


Regular seafood consumption tied to reducing hearing loss risk in women


Australia's abalone industry looking to create centralized database that would streamline management


California's specialty grocer Andronico’s adopts FishWise's seafood labeling program


Hog Island Oyster Company's oysters show signs of ocean acidification in Tomales Bay


Some Long Island Sound shellfish farmers say CT's revamped lease terms are unfair


Kroger's annual organic sales are about to top $1 billion


Seafood.com News Summary Friday September 12, 2014


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John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Sept. 18, 2014

John Garner, one of the founding Partners of Norquest, and later a top executive at Trident following Trident's acquisition of Norquest, will be the new Chief Operating Officer for North Pacific Seafoods.

North Pacific operates five plants in Alaska, and has its headquarters in Seattle.  Garner will join the company effective October 6th.  He will oversee all production and sales activities. 

IN making the announcement Masayuki Yano, President & CEO of NPSI, says, “John’s experience and industry knowledge will be great assets to the ongoing success of North Pacific Seafoods. We look forward to strengthening and expanding our seafood operations in Alaska with John’s involvement and leadership.”

He also said Garner had held various leadership roles within Trident, including management of operations and sales functions. "Garner started...

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Major Chinese tilapia seed producer suddenly goes dark

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong Sept. 18, 2014

GenoMar, one of the largest tilapia seed producers in China, has stopped production as of this month and it is uncertain what this leader in the industry plans to do. 

GenoMar has been known for its leading role in the tilapia seedling production, especially the seedlings of genetically improved farmed tilapias (GIFT). 

On the afternoon of August 30, the news that GenoMar Supreme Hatchery China (GenoMar) will stop its seedling production from this September stirred both the company’s staff and others in the industry...

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Guyana closes shrimp season from Sept. 8 to Oct 26, prepares quota limits as it nears MSC threshold

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Guyana Times] - September 18, 2014 - 

The Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry said it has implemented a closed season for the Guyana’s shrimp.

This 2014 closure was ratified by Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy in keeping with protocols previously established between the Seabob Industry and the Ministry. The timeframe approved is September 8 to October 26; both dates inclusive, the Ministry said in a statement. The closed session is supported by the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors (GATOSP).

The major industrial stakeholders include Pritipaul Singh Investment, Noble House Seafoods, BEV Processors, Guyana Quality Seafoods and Fisheries Department...

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Groundfish ctte asks Council to reinstate cod closures; ban party boat fishing in Gulf of Maine

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - September 18, 2014

New England's Groundfish Oversight Committee has proposed a hybrid plan of rolling cod fishing closures and a ban on recreational and charter fishing, among other recommendations as part of a revised management plan for the New England Fishery Council to consider. The proposal is in response to the updated Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment that found inshore cod populations are sharply lower than expectations.

The proposal was adopted yesterday during a Committee meeting in Portland, where several recommendations were chosen from the Groundfish Plan Development Team's (PDT) memo on Framework Adjustment 53.

Of the six options suggested in the PDT report, the Committee recommended that the Council consider options 4 and 6.

Option 4 proposes a "hybrid" plan that "adds additional closures in March and a return to the inshore Gulf of Maine closures...

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Updated ISSF report on major Pacific tuna stocks shows overfishing of bigeye now occuring

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - September 18, 2014 - 

The ISSF {International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) has released an updated Status of the Stocks Ratings.

The report compiles the scientific records of the different major tuna stocks done by each of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) into one document, serving as a one-stop, comprehensive resource for tuna stock information.

The most significant changes were in ratings for Pacific bigeye stocks (EPO and WCPO). The abundance rating for those bigeye stocks changed from a green rating (stock is healthy) to orange (the stocks are overfished with regards to MSY levels).

Globally, 52% of the stocks are at a healthy level of abundance and 
when viewed from the point of view of total catch, 86% of the catch comes from healthy stocks...

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Unisea agrees to $142,000 settlement with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] September 18, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Sept. 17 they have settled with the Alaska seafood processor Unisea Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program.

The EPA said that when UniSea's seafood processing facility at Dutch Harbor was inspected On July 21, 2010 inspectors found that UniSea had greater than the 10,000-pound Clean Air Act threshold of anhydrous ammonia and greater than the 2,500-pound threshold of chlorine. The inspection found several violations of the risk management plan regulations. The settlement included a $142,175 penalty.

The federal Clean Air Act requires that all public and private facilities that manufacture, produce, use, store or otherwise handle flammable gases and toxic chemicals develop risk management plans, which are used by local emergency planners and responders to protect the public from accidental releases of toxic gases like chlorine, propane, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde...

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US dollar hits highest level against Yen in 6 years; strong US currency influencing Seafood Trading 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Sept. 18, 2014

The US dollar hit a six year high against the Japanese Yen this week.  As the US dollar gets stronger against a range of currencies, it is impacting US seafood trading.
 
First, for importers, the US is becoming a more attractive market - whether for shrimp, king crab, snow crab or salmon, as the strong dollar gives an advantage to buyers who pay in US dollars.
 
We have already seen that the US demand for shrimp has reached record levels, and has grown far more than in Europe
 
At the same time, the Euro is weakening against the US currency, as signs point to lower or even negative interest rates in Europe...
 
(chart- USD vs. Japanese Yen - Yahoo Finance)

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NAFCO/Congressional break ground for large new seafood facility in Jessup, MD

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] By Ken Coons - September 18, 2014 - 

Yesterday NAFCO/Congressional Seafood broke ground on a major new processing and distribution facility at the Maryland Seafood Market in Jessup, MD. 

The combined companies are already the dominant tenants at the market and are run by Stanley Pearlman with the active involvement of his children.  NAFCO is the high volume entity that is the primary seafood supplier to Ahold USA’s Giant banner and also sells Safeway and SuperValu.  Congressional is focused on the restaurant trade. The companies have a vast product line.

According to the companies, Congressional hand cuts more than 15,000 pounds of fish daily and delivers to more than 300 restaurants between New Jersey and Virginia.  NAFCO processes more than 20,000 pounds of fishery products daily and serves more than 1,100 grocery stores.in the mid-Atlantic region

The new facility is estimated to cost about $9 million and has an  88,000 s.f. footprint.  It will be located on 5.5 acres acquired from the Maryland Food Center Authority and provides for additional facility expansion...

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Haimao Aquatic celebrates first shrimp PL sales to Vietnam; over 10 billion sold in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong Sept. 18, 2014

Haimao has sold more than 10 billion shrimp seedlings and it has started the seedling export to Vietnam since August. August 21 has been a landmark for the development of Zhanjiang Haimao Aquatic Biological Technology (Haimao) in the overseas markets.

On that day Haimao’s 20 million seedlings have been transported to Vietnam. And according to Chen Qing from Haimao, “the transportation is made possible thanks to the negotiation which lasts for two and a half years. And the Central Veterinary Drug Joint-Stock Company No. 1 (VINAVETCO) is assigned to be responsible for the sales of these seedlings by Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries. VINAVETCO has created a complete network of sales channels in Vietnam, which is benefit to the development of Haimao. And now Haimao has established the long-term cooperation relationship with Vietnam. ” 

Haimao’s sales is reported to increase slightly in such markets as Guangdong and Guangxi...

 

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Mazzetta Company announces its Norwegian salmon partner - Hofseth - gets BAP salmon certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  September 18, 2014

The Mazzetta Company announced that its longtime Norwegian salmon partner, Hofseth International, has recently received BAP certification. 
 
"Achieving this goal echoes the company's internal high standards and is a reflection of the continuing maturation of the aquaculture industry. Mazzetta Company believes in awarding business to farms and plants that are committed to sustainability through high certification standards."
 
Based in Alesund, Norway, Hofseth is a vertically integrated Norwegian salmon operation with the ability to produce small and large volume programs for retail and food service clients. 
 
With the recent changes in the global salmon trade picture, Norwegian salmon is expanding volume in the U.S.

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Seafish technical director says North Sea cod recovery may soon qualify for MSC certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Evening Telegraph] - September 18, 2014 - 

North Sea cod could soon be certified as a species consumers can once again have absolute confidence in.

That was a key message brought forward by Dr Tom Pickerell, technical director at Seafish.

The former fisheries policy officer for World Wildlife Fund UK, who joined the Grimsby-based organisation last summer, gave the upbeat note as he referred to results of Project Offshore, an analysis by Seafish of near water fishing. He said: "North Sea cod, the poster boy of bad fisheries, is very surprising.

We are able to show...

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Longtime Stonington lobsterman chairs Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press-Herald] By Jennifer Van Allen - September 18, 2014 - 

Longtime Stonington lobsterman Frank Gotwals may be the perfect pick to chair the board of the new Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

Motoring into Penobscot Bay under the still-starry August sky at 5 a.m., it’s easy to understand why the lobsters beckon to Frank Gotwals. The water glistens.

During the offseason, he performs solo and with his acoustic group, Archipelago...

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Japan fends off efforts to outlaw its Antarctic "research" whaling 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Syney Morning Herald] - September 18, 2014 -

Japan has rejected an attempt by anti-whaling nations, including Australia, to clamp down on its controversial Antarctic "research" kill.

The Japanese Government confirmed its plans to go ahead with a new lethal hunt after losing a vote on a resolution from New Zealand to give the International Whaling Commission a greater role in issuing scientific permits.

The resolution, to translate an International Court of Justice decision outlawing Japan's last whaling program into guidelines for the new program, passed 35 votes to 20 at the IWC meeting on Thursday.

But Japan's IWC Commissioner Joji Morishita immediately said: "we will be submitting a new research plan in (the) Antarctic Ocean so that we can start from 2015".

"All these activities...

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Late run continues to make DFO's estimates of overall Fraser sockeye returns uncertain 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Globe and Mail] By Mark Hume - September 17, 2014 - 

Late wave of salmon is holding off, making it difficult to confirm numbers, but government says the figures look strong

The Fraser River's sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught...

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September is the cruelest month for restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bloomberg] By Eric Chemi  - September 17, 2014 - 

If you’ve been noticing a lot of restaurant promotional deals recently, you aren’t imagining things—it’s a real phenomenon.

The restaurant business falls off a cliff when Labor Day hits, the summer ends, and kids go back to school. That’s why all those companies have to start offering deals to fill the gap.

Matt Drewes, ‎senior vice president for national restaurant partnerships at Cardlytics, says that with the start of the school year, “families are dining at home more and not going out as much,” in part to save money for new clothes and school supplies. “Restaurants take the hit from everybody else who makes money in back-to-school [time],” he says.

In the past decade, Labor Day has signaled a significant drop in the frequency of visits to restaurants. On the whole, the bigger chains have been able to combat that by offering promotions aimed at luring customers back—even if that means lower average prices...

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Alaska's young seafood professionals tout benefits of Sea Grant's processing workshops (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 17, 2014 

People often talk about the graying of the fleet and the need to build future ranks of fishermen. The same applies to Alaska processors who also need recruits to keep those companies working. That’s been the goal of the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute, begun by Alaska Sea Grant in 2006. 

"Our goal as the university, as the Alaska Sea Grant program in doing this is work on the succession of the seafood industry in our state because it’s such a strong part of our economy."

Paula Cullenberg is Alaska Sea Grant director. Each fall Alaska companies sponsor an employee who wants to advance his or her career in the seafood business. They begin with an eight day crash course of workshops and training at Kodiak’s Seafood and Marine Science Center...

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New England Fishery Council's Groundfish Committee will recommend cod management changes today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] September 17, 2014

The New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet today to discuss management recommendations in response to the updated Gulf of Maine cod assessment.

NOAA Fisheries says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf is estimated at only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. That estimate represents a decline from 13 to 18 percent three years ago.

The New England Fishery Management Council is working on new management measures for the fish. The full council will consider the ground fish committee's recommendations at its meeting later this month.

Today's committee meeting begins at 9 a.m. in South Portland, Maine

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Alaska's halibut prices reach $7 per pound mark with quota nearly reached (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 16, 2014

Speaking of premiums – halibut prices are back in the nose bleed range, near to or topping $7/lb at major ports. 85% of Alaska’s catch has been so far with just over two million pounds left to go out of the nearly 16 million limit. The ports of Kodiak and Homer are neck a neck with halibut landings topping two million pounds each. For sablefish, 78% of the 24 million pound quota has been landed. Both of those fisheries end in mid November...

 

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With access to Russian market, Vietnam's major pangasius exporters see 2014 profits spike

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Thai News Service] September 18, 2014

Shares of seafood processors have enjoyed pricey trading as a result of the development of the sector as well as the healthy operations of each of the companies.

Transactions on the shares have so far jumped by 50 per cent overall compared with that of mid-August 2014. The lifting of a ban on the export of pangasius to Russia last January 31 was a vital element in maintaining this rising momentum from earlier this month.

Figures from the customs department showed that Vietnam's seafood exports to Russia...

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Florida Commercial Priorties for Magnuson Introduced in Bill by Sen.Rubio 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Ed Lallo  Sept. 18, 2014

Ed Lallo is news director for the Gulf Seafood Institute 
 
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced legislation, including key initiatives advanced by the Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI), laying groundwork for Gulf seafood community priorities in the upcoming reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.  As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Senator Rubio’s bill, the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, outlines priorities improving fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions.
 
Over the past year, GSI has worked closely with the Senator and his legislative staff to ensure this bill reflects the mixed nature of fishery stakeholders in the Gulf are afforded the opportunity to be nominated to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The new proposed legislation is the result of multiple hearings, meetings, and conversations the Senator held with stakeholders in Florida and across the country.
 
"Our fisheries are also a national treasure that feed Americans across the country...

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Icelandic Seachill announces new executive team behind Simon Smith as Managing Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Grimsby Telegraph]  by David Laister - Sept. 18, 2014

Icelandic Seachill has today revealed its new executive board, following Simon Smith's appointment as managing director earlier this month.

The new senior leadership team, which sees the internal promotion of two employees, will be responsible for driving forward the company’s ambitious business goals following the integration last year of Seachill, Coldwater and Icelandic UK.
 
Charlie Boardman becomes procurement director, taking responsibility for sourcing raw materials and securing a safe and secure supply chain.
 
Amanda Webb is promoted to sales director, responsible for all customer relationships...

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Young's Seafood to be lead sponsor of World Seafood Congress in Grimsby in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SCOM] Sept. 18, 2014

 
At the Humber Seafood Summit this year, Paul Williams, chief executive of the UK's Seafish authority and sponsor of the conference, said that Young's has agreed to be the platinum sponsor for the World Seafood Congress.  This meeting, held every two years, will be in Grimsby in the fall of 2015.
 
 “We are delighted to announce that Young’s have joined this exciting project as our platinum sponsor. They are a long-standing, highly respected and prominent voice of the industryhere, both in terms of its long heritage and its exciting future," said Williams.
 
Pete Ward, deputy chief executive of Young’s, said: “The World Seafood Congress is an incredibly important institution...

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Imports of Norwegian salmon for re-export to Russia by Belarus, Estonia are soaring 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [BelaPAN] - September 18, 2014 - 

Minsk, Belarus' salmon imports from Norway have increased threefold since Russian imposed a ban on food imports from Western countries,

As soon as the ban was imposed on August 7, the demand for salmon decreased but started to increase soon afterwards, said Anita Pedersen, director general of Norway's fish company Fjordlaks AS. According to Ms. Pedersen, Fjordlaks has not merely increased exports to its permanent destination, Japan, but also started exporting salmon to new markets, including Belarus...

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Prof. thinks social media explains apparent surge in catch of odd colored lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WABI TV5] By Erica Stapleton - September 18, 2014 

Fishermen along Maine’s coast seem to be bringing in a lot more of the eye-catching crustaceans.

One scholar says the change in trend is not in the species or environment, but in the attention.

“I think we’ve been finding them all along, but were noticing them more broadly and publicizing their discovery more broadly,” explains Helen Hess, a faculty member at College of the Atlantic.  “I think in the advent of social media, a broader audience finding out about colored lobster is definitely possible.”

“I think we’ve been finding them all along, but...

 

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Lettuce Entertain You's all-you-can-eat deal outshines other casual dining promotions  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Restaurant Hospitality] - September 18, 2014 -

Casual dining chains are getting creative with their promotions this fall, but one multi-concept operator might have a smarter way to build current and future business.

Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) recently held its 2014 Taste of Lettuce River North at its downtown Chicago Wildfire unit: Wildfire Chicago

Casual dining chains continue to tap into the short-term promotional power of all-you-can-eat deals, the latest being Olive Garden’s $100 “Never Ending Pasta Pass.” But the Taste of Lettuce dinner series being put on by Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises demonstrates there could be a better way to attract customers in the first place and convince them to come back, perhaps more than once.

800-unit Olive Garden... 

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Stehr debunks idea ecotourism at marine parks off South Australia would offset fishery losses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Port Lincoln Times] - September 18, 2014 -

Tuna magnate Hagen Stehr has disputed claims that losses to the fishing industry through marine parks will be outweighed by ecotourism.

Mr Stehr said Port Lincoln and many other areas of Eyre Peninsula had become what they were today through fishing and aquaculture.

A report commissioned by the Conservation Council of South Australia, released last week found a potential increase in ecotourism in places like Port Lincoln was expected to outweigh the negative economic impact on the commercial fishing industry when sanctuary zones came into effect on October 1.

However Mr Stehr said the region's reputation as a fishing capital was what created a lot of its tourism revenue.

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Indian shrimp farmers, eager to protect hatcheries, oppose new port near Kakinada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By Ch RS Sarma - September 17, 2014 -

The proposal to set up a new port in the Kakinada Special Economic Zone area in Thondangi mandal of East Godavari district is facing opposition from shrimp farmers.

“The proposed port will spell doom to the shrimp hatcheries catering to the needs of farmers in Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the proposal should be given up,” said L Satyanarayana, President of the All-India Shrimp Hatcheries’ Association.

These hatcheries were functioning for years and they were supplying shrimp seed to farmers in AP, which is the number one State in the country in the export of cultured shrimp.

Therefore, he said, it would be more appropriate declare the area a national hub of shrimp hatcheries and protect it...

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Mississippi Sound oyster season will commence in October despite "pathetic" conditions on the reefs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Sun Herald] by Paul Hampton - September 17, 2014

The Mississippi Sound oyster reefs are either depleted or stressed, according to the latest assessment by the Department of Marine Resources, but there will still be an oyster season this fall that could extend into winter.

The season, which will begin at the discretion of DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller, probably in late October, will be only for the tonging reefs off Pass Christian. Dredging will not be allowed.

"It's pathetic," said George Stores, a Bayou Caddy oysterman and member of the Oyster Task Force who was on board the DMR's The Conservationist as the reefs were surveyed. "It's absolutely pathetic. I've never seen it this bad."...

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Top Story: John Garner leaving Trident to become COO of North Pacific Seafoods 

News Summary:  Masayuki Yano, President of North Pacific Seafoods, announced that John Garner, a founding partner of Norquest and a top executive at Trident, will become Chief Operating Officer in charge of all sales and production for the five North Pacific Seafoods plants in Alaska. 

In other news, GenoMar, which is funded from Norway and is one of the largest tilapia seed producers in China has shut down. It is unclear if it is reorganizing or will restart production. The company has pioneered the use of genetically improved farmed tilapias (GIFT) which has been widely adopted in the Chinese industry. A permanent shut down could impact seedling production this fall. 

Guyana is closing its shrimp fishery from Sept. 8 to Oct. 26th, as a conservation measure. Industry reports are that catch rates were poor prior to the closure. The fishery is about to be brought into the MSC certification system, and establishing a harvest control rule is part of the requirement. 

The New England Council groundfish committee has selected two recommendations to forward to the full council at their October meeting. The first option will re-introduce many of the area closures for cod that had been suspended or exempted for IFQ holders. The second recommendation is to ban all recreational cod fishing in the area west of 70 degrees W. With recreational fishermen taking 34% of the quota, the committee felt the closures would not work unless applied to all fisheries. 

The US dollar hit a six year high against the Japanese Yen this week, and this prompted us to take a brief look at how currency changes are impacting the seafood trade. A stronger US dollar against all major currencies, including the Euro, Yen and Canadian Dollar, is helping US seafood imports as evidenced by the surge in US shrimp imports coupled with the decline in Japanese shrimp imports. The currency situation is also giving a boost to Norwegian salmon exports to the US, but is a negative factor for sales of pollock and surimi to Japan and Europe. 

Finally, the EPA says they have settled another complaint with Unisea which arose out of a 2010 violation of risk management plan for storage of ammonia on site. In this case, the fine at $142,175 was far less than a previous clean water issue where a Unisea employee pled guilty to a criminal violation for discharge into the harbor.



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Canada's seafood processors say foreign worker rule changes could reduce lobster processing by 25%

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] September 16, 2014

The loss of temporary foreign workers could reduce lobster processing in the Maritimes by as much as 25 per cent, say industry leaders from the Maritime seafood processing sector.

The industry group representing lobster processors in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have been meeting with officials from the federal and provincial governments on the impacts of the proposed program changes.

Dennis King, who is with the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association, said Monday eight processing operations, which employ 1,500 Canadians that process 25 per cent of the region’s lobster, may not be able to operate if they are forced to reduce their access to foreign workers to 10 per cent...

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