Tue. Nov 25 2014

Russia has "completely substituted" its Norwegian salmon imports with product from the Faroes, Chile  


Sitka's preliminary 2015 sac roe herring harvest cut in half based on low numbers of young fish  


Gale force winds delay opening to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster fishery until at least Friday  


Stavis Seafoods to move into Globe Fish's 310 N. Ave facility in Boston, tripling its fresh fish ops


NMFS's announces Western AK Steller sea lion protections that will impact mackerel, P. cod, pollock  


Cooke Aquaculture processing salmon at reopened Hermitage plant


FDA will require restaurants to display calorie counts, includes some retail prepared foods


Taylor Shellfish plans to build 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay next year  


Russian-Japanese anti-poaching agreement will take effect December 10


Commercial and sport charter groups urge action on vessel discharge bills


Much higher rock lobster prices not expected to curb holiday demand among Australian consumers  


EU, Norway, Faroes agree to cut mackerel quota 25 percent, Iceland, Greenland not included  


Discards rule change could collapse EU's whitefish industry, warns Scottish Fishermen's Federation  


Safeway says it is "on track" to achieve 2015 seafood sustainability goal


American Bluefin Tuna Assn. pleased with ICCAT quota increase  


Oil World analyst expects global fish meal production to fall 10 percent as Peruvian output falls


Lithuanian crab vessel detained in Russia still in legal limbo


Alaska's Ocean Observing System to hold ocean acidification workshop in December (Fish Radio)


China Fishery sets March deadline to redeem Copeinca's debt


Icelandic Group appoints new Director of Sales and Sourcing Coordination


Captain D's plans to open 25 new restaurants in North Texas


Umami sells Croatian Kali Tuna bluefin farm to Japanese company


Seven Holdings acquiring Mote's Siberian sturgeon and caviar business


NE Aquarium overwhelmed with cold stunned sea turtles


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday November 25, 2014


Mon. Nov 24 2014

Sysco reported to be closing in on deal with US Foods by selling assets to Performance


Congestion and surcharges 'worst ever seen' at Los Angles ports, delaying seafood holiday shipments


Media frenzy over seafood sustainability rivals that over food safety in the 1990's


PSPA donates $100,000 to Seashare in honor of Terry Shaff at memorial gathering last Friday


The Mazzetta Co. closes on purchase of former Good Harbor Fillet plant in Gloucester  


Meat fill allows Klipsan Beach to Point Arena, CA Dungeness season to open December 1  


Lobster levy lagging in Maritimes  


Appeals Court says five Boston seafood companies must pay taxes for overstaying Fish Pier leases


Early influx of cold weather floods local shrimp markets in China, as farmers rush to harvest ponds  


Earle McCurdy's return to the FFAW not 'double dipping,' says union


Russia to take mandatory 25% stake in all foreign investments in Russia's fishing sector


Strong winds, high seas delays start to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster season for at least two days  


India plans to ramp up fish production hoping to challenge China's output


Bering Sea is home to world's most acidic ocean waters says Columbia University study


Mussel aquaculture in New England expanding with opening of federal waters


Maine scallop fishermen win "a small victory" with more flexible rules  


Pacific Andes FY profit up 27.5 percent driven by Peruvian fishmeal operations  


Why have Gulf of Maine cod continued to decline despite ever stricter management?  


Jason Hart promoted to CEO of Aldi U.S.


Vietnam wants Russia to lift its seafood import restrictions on exporters with no existing contracts


Higher salmon sales help Camanchaca net $10 million in income through three quarters  


China's President Xi spreads cash, seeks influence in the Pacific


Some watermen see catch shares as way to manage blue crab fishery, hatcheries also could help


Seafood.com News Summary Monday November 24, 2014


Fri. Nov 21 2014

Strengthening dollar puts US market in ideal position for imported seafood


Southwestern Nova Scotia early lobster fishery may have a lot of soft shells  


Maine's second straight shrimp closure leaves NE seafood suppliers short on product for the winter  


Nova Scotia cashing in on $5 million investment that saved High Liner during the 1980's cod collapse


Price gap between moisture-added and non-moisture added tilapia splits Urner Barry quotation  


Pacific coast shellfish growers and hatcheries now have access to real-time ocean acidification data


NE council expands sea scallop closure areas to protect juvenile scallops  


Beaver Street enters the hot dog business with launch of Grillman's Franks brand for retail


Fortune Fish and SeaShare team up for fifth straight holiday season food drive in Chicago


Maritime Association calls latest West Coast dockworker bargaining tactic a deliberate "slowdown"


PEI's Center for Aquaculture wants to use abandoned fish plant in Souris for fish farming research


NOAA clarifies misconceptions about ocean zoning and how it benefits fisheries (Fish Radio)


Environmental groups sue NMFS over higher bigeye quota for U.S. longliners


Japanese researcher using mackerel surrogates to spawn bluefin tuna


Sea Shepherd will chase illegal Patagonian toothfish poachers in Southern Ocean


Australian greenlip abalone farm expanding to produce up to 100 tons annually


InstantID DNA test identifies Atlantic blue crab meat in 2 hours  


Fresh Market posts 34.2 percent higher profit in Q3 on 15.1 percent higher sales


Seafood.com News Summary Friday November 21, 2014


Thu. Nov 20 2014

Council votes to exempt NE lobster fishery from cod management measures  


With marketing levy approval, PEI's lobstermen set out to build brand in Chinese, EU markets


Chile cuts 2015 hake quota with biomass down over 6% in a year  


Nova Scotia's lobstermen warned of wind delay protocol ahead of LFA 34 season opener on Monday  


FDA clarifies policy on ensuring safety of seafood imports from China


Gulf Coalition finds consumers eating more seafood in restaurants with cost a barrier at retail


Chinese shellfish meat extraction machine impresses Maine processors   (1)


Bankruptcies among fish processors in Russia's Kaliningrad region blamed on raw material shortage


Collaborative plan announced to rebuild 3Ps cod  


Keith Sullivan nominated to replace retiring McCurdy as FFAW's third president


AquaChile's sales grow 4% to $555 million for the year supported by strong salmon market prices  


Giant Foods recalls Acme Smoked Nova Salmon for possible listeria, no illnesses reported


Seafood Harvesters support quick Congressional action to pass fishing vessel discharge exemption


EDF proposes 100 percent vessel monitoring of NE groundfish boats


Sanford ponders vertical integration or selling off its tuna business after disappointing sales  


Rubio-Murkowski bill would exempt small commercial vessels from incidental discharge regs for 1 year


Target hopes to differentiate its food offerings


Russian ban and sinking ruble leave Estonia with 35,000 tons of surplus fish


EU and South Korea both detecting antibiotic residues in Vietnamese pangasius  


Major Vietnamese shrimp exporter Minh Phu Q3 profit up 50 percent over year-ago  


FWC bans spiny lobster casitas as too problematic


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday November 20, 2014


Wed. Nov 19 2014

FDA may rely more on China's inspection of its seafood exports to U.S.


San Francisco can't keep up with bonanza Dungeness crab catch  


Bay of Fundy lobster fishery off to a strong start  


At over 18 million lbs Gulf shrimp landings post best Oct. in over a decade, second highest of 2014   (0) 


WTO finds problems with US shrimp duty rate assesements for Vietnamese shrimp exporters   (1) 


Pierce Seafood founder, pioneer shrimp and lobster tail importer, Harry Pierce passes away at 99   (1)


Australia raises toothfish TAC over 61% on recommendation from Antarctic Resource meeting  


New England Fishery Management Council adds deeper cod cuts for 2015  


Peruvian fish meal price spikes as output falls, El Nino looms  


Darden streamlines support staff, adopts more nimble structure


SNP project finds seafood rich diet reduced heart attack risk among 90% of women participants


Sanford posts 10 percent higher FY profit in "challenging year"


SalMar Q3 results buoyed by fixed price salmon contracts  


NOAA launches first ever state-wide oil spill risk analysis for Alaska


Monterey Bay approval of Kuterra's indoor farmed salmon could further indoor aquaculture interest  


Bristol Bay Togiak herring catch is latest Alaskan stock expected to improve in 2015 (Fish Radio)  


P.E.I. tuna fishermen welcome first increase in bluefin quota in 24 years  


C&S Wholesale nails down distribution deal with Associated Food Stores


Alaska's new governor plans urgent transition meeting this weekend


BP fights on to try to oust oil spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau


New UK foodservice company, Fresh Direct, combines M&J Seafood, Pauley's and Wild Harvest


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday November 19, 2014


Pacific council recomends first increase in sardine catch in 15 years  


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Russia has "completely substituted" its Norwegian salmon imports with product from the Faroes, Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Interfax] November 25, 2014

Russia has completely substituted its Norwegian imports of salmon and trout with imports from Chile and the Faroe Islands, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) said in a press release.

After Russia imposed sanctions on food imports from the EU, Norway, the United States and Australia, salmon and trout imports from Norway stopped. The drop in imports in August compared to July was 5,802 tonnes, including 5,061 tonnes for chilled Atlantic salmon...

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Sitka's preliminary 2015 sac roe herring harvest cut in half based on low numbers of young fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Cordova Times] November 25, 2014

A preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery has been set at 8,712 tons, half of tonnage for the 2014 forecast, based on very low numbers of age-3 recruit herring in 2014.

The forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Nov. 21 was based on a 19.7 percent harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 44,237 tons.

Last December, state fisheries biologists announced a preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2014 fisher of 17,592 tons, based on a 20 percent harvest rate of a forecast biomass of 87,958 tons...

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Gale force winds delay opening to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster fishery until at least Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Queens County Advance] by Tina Comeau - November 25, 2014

It’ll be Friday at the earliest before fishermen are able to dump their traps at sea for the start of the lobster fishery, and even that target remains dependent on the weather.

Two conference calls were held Monday morning – one in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34, which covers all of Yarmouth County and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties, and LFA 33, which extends along the south shore to Halifax.

It was felt by the majority of those on both conference calls that given the weather forecasts, safety had to be the paramount concern...

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Stavis Seafoods to move into Globe Fish's 310 Northern Ave facility in Boston, tripling its fresh fish ops

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - November 25, 2014

Stavis Seafoods will triple its fresh fish production operations this December now that the Boston-based seafood distributor has finalized a deal to move into to Globe Fish's now former facility located at 310 Northern Avenue.   

According to the agreement, Stavis will take possession of the facility next month, which will give Stavis 22,000 square feet of additional HACCP-certified refrigerated warehouse space. The company added this facility is part of a larger expansion plan that will includes new facilities in 2016.

Stavis's CEO Richard Stavis said the deal to takeover the 310 Northern Ave. facility had been in the works for some time...

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NMFS's announces Western AK Stellar sea lion protections that will impact mackerel, P. cod, pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] November 25, 2014

NMFS will implement several protection measures for Stellar sea lions in Western Alaska that will  regulate Atka mackerel, Pacific cod and pollock fishing in the region through a combination of closed areas, harvest limits and seasons.

Effective December 26, NMFS's Stellar sea lion protections address two Congressional mandates:  to protect and aid the recovery of the endangered Steller sea lions, as required under the ESA, while at the same time providing for sustainable fisheries as required under the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

"Steller sea lions that primarily occur west of 144 degrees W longitude in Alaska are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act," NMFS said in a press release...

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Cooke Aquaculture processing salmon at reopened Hermitage plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Advertiser] - November 25, 2014 - 

Chick Brown, an official with Cooke Aquaculture, said employees are processing Atlantic salmon from a nearby Cold Ocean Salmon farm site and he expects the work to continue for the foreseeable future.

“The harvested fish are cleaned and gutted by the team at Hermitage Processing and will be delivered fresh to our customers in eastern North America,” he said.

“Trials are also underway to begin filleting operations at the facility. We are pleased with the well-equipped, modern processing operation and we have a great team there.

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Taylor Shellfish plans to build 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay next year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sequim Gazette] by Alana Linderoth - November 25, 2014

The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, Taylor Shellfish Farms, recently began the permitting process to establish a 30-acre geoduck farm in Dungeness Bay.

Although the world renown shellfish farm includes 11,000 acres of tidelands along the Washington coast and British Columbia, with numerous farms around the Puget Sound, the proposed geoduck farm would be the first shellfish farm operated by the company in Clallam County.

“We have a pretty robust permitting and review process, but would love to start farming as soon as possible,” Diani Taylor, fifth generation farmer for Taylor Shellfish Farms, said...

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Russian-Japanese anti-poaching agreement will take effect December 10

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Itar-Tass] - November 25, 2014 - 

MOSCOW, The Russian-Japanese agreement on joint efforts to counter illegal, unregistered and unregulated fishing will come into force on December 10, 2014, Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) said in a statement Tuesday.

Japanese ports will begin accepting Russian fish only if a ship presents an authorisation certificate issued by Rosrybolovstvo, the Fisheries Agency said. Rosrybolovstvo representatives will be authorised to issue documents confirming the legal origin of fish.

Thus the two countries will create the conditions that would exclude the sale of illegally caught aquatic biological resources, the agency said.

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Commercial and sport charter groups urge action on vessel discharge bills

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker - Nov. 25, 2014

Last week two bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend an exemption, expiring next month, for commercial and charter fishing vessels from incidental vessel discharge rules.

If the exemption expires, fishing vessels across the nation will be subject to regulations that would, as Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski says, “impose operational limitations and physical modifications to vessels, many of which just do not make sense for fishing vessels, including trying to limit the ‘environmental impacts of rainwater or waves running off their deck.’ ”

By the end of the day yesterday, an impressive group of 50 individuals and organizations representing most of the nation’s fisheries, came together to urge the Senate to take whatever action it could before Congress adjourns for the year...

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PSPA donates $100,000 to Seashare in honor of Terry Shaff at memorial gathering last Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Nov. 24, 2014

Over 200 people came out to Rays Boathouse in Seattle on Friday to hold a memorial for Terry Shaff, President and CEO of Unisea, Board member of SeaShare, and former chairman of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association. 
 
Family and Friends shared their memories and photographs of Terry, who died after a brief illness on Nov. 15th.
 
Feeding seafood to people was one of Terry's passions, and he was active with Seashare, having joined their board in 2006. 
 
Jim Harmon, director of Seashare, said 'his respect within the seafood industry...

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The Mazzetta Co. closes on purchase of former Good Harbor Fillet plant in Gloucester

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM]  Nov. 24, 2014

The Mazzetta Company LLC has closed on the previously announced purchase of the former Good Harbor Fillet plant in the Blackburn industrial park, in Gloucester.
 
The plant is not in operation, and Jordan Mazzetta says " we are in the midst of a major rehab and refitting of the building."
 
As the extent of the rennovations and changes have not been finalized...

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EU, Norway, Faroes agree to cut mackerel quota 25 percent, Iceland, Greenland not included

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Guardian] - November 25, 2014 -

Quotas for mackerel catches in the north and west Atlantic have been cut by a quarter in a deal between the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands that conservationists welcomed as “a positive step in the right direction”.

The annual catch limit was reduced from 1.4m tonnes to 1.05m tonnes under the EU’s precautionary principle, which errs towards caution when dealing with unknown risks.

“We are relieved that this is a good reduction and a positive step in the right direction,” Javier Lopez, a marine scientist for Oceana told the Guardian.

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Discards rule change could collapse EU's whitefish industry, warns Scottish Fishermen's Federation

Europe’s ­whitefish industry could collapse unless soon-to-be-implemented rules on the discarding of unwanted fish are abandoned or changed, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has warned.

The alert was made in the run-up to the annual quota-setting summit of European Union (EU) fishing ministers in Brussels next month, which Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead is scheduled to attend.

New EU rules to be introduced from January aim to slash discards – the practice of throwing surplus dead fish overboard. The rules, to be phased in between 2015 and 2019, are part of the new Common Fisheries Policy which got under way in January this year and will force skippers to land ­everything they catch.

It will begin by targeting pelagic (open ocean) fish, such as herring and mackerel, next year, then from January 2016 the ban will be extended to Scotland’s mixed whitefish ­demersal (those that live near the seabed) fish, where the exclusive targeting of specific species with no “bycatch” of unintended fish is practically impossible.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said problems would arise...

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Safeway says it is "on track" to achieve 2015 seafood sustainability goal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - November 25, 2014 -

Safeway set a goal that all of its fresh and frozen seafood will be responsibly sourced and traceable or in a time-bound improvements process by the end of 2015.

According to the company, 70% of its fresh and frozen seafood is now "responsibly sourced," up from 51% at the end of 2013.

Responsibly sourced seafood is fished or farmed in a way that safeguards future seafood supplies while minimizing impacts on surrounding ecosystems. Safeway relies on ratings developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Seafood Watch program as well as certifications to ensure its seafood purchases are responsibly sourced...

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Earle McCurdy's return to the FFAW not 'double dipping,' says union

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - November 24, 2014 - 

The new president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union says Earle McCurdy, who has been re-hired to work for the union just days after retiring, is not "double dipping."

Keith Sullivan, who took over the helm on Nov. 17, said the union needs to keep McCurdy on board, to deal with a number of special projects that he was heavily involved with, prior to his retirement.

Sullivan said he wants to make it clear that McCurdy's new position is on a much lower level than before, adding McCurdy is being brought back in a short to medium-term staff position that will be reviewed by the union's executive board...

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American Bluefin Tuna Assn. pleased with ICCAT quota increase 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Saving Seafood] - November 25, 2014 - 

The following was released by the American Bluefin Tuna Association (ABTA):

At the conclusion of their week-long meeting in Genoa, the 49 member governments of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) today adopted, with overwhelming support, increases in fishing quota for both West and East Atlantic bluefin tuna.  These dramatic and positive measures are consistent with the best scientific advice, recently showing significant increases in Atlantic bluefin biomass.

"We are very pleased that ICCAT has chosen to increase the West Atlantic bluefin quota.  The results of the hard work of the team of academic and government scientists this year has validated that Atlantic bluefin stock status has appreciably improved, enabling an increase in fishing quota.

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Southwestern Nova Scotia early lobster fishery may have a lot of soft shells 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] - November 21, 2014 -

Research biologist Shannon Scott-Tibbits says warmer temperatures have probably pushed back the molt later in the year, resulting in soft shells early in the season.

Nova Scotia's largest lobster fishery is set to open next week, but there's concern the catch could yield soft shelled lobster and scientists blame warm ocean temperatures...

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India plans to ramp up fish production hoping to challenge China's output

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [HT Media] By Sayantan Bera - November 24, 2014 -     

New Delhi,  India will ramp up fish production in the coming years with a target of matching China's output, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Friday.

At 9.58 million tonnes, India is the second largest producer of fish (marine and inland) in the world after China. "We may be the second largest producer in the world but China with 70 million tonnes of annual production is way ahead of India. We need to spruce up inland aqua-culture as marine fisheries has a limited potential," Singh said. Fisheries can be an engine of growth; inland fisheries saw a high growth rate of 7.9% last year, he added.

Singh further said the ministry is formulating proposals to increase subsidies for development of inland fisheries -- from the present 20-25% to 50% of the project cost. "We have already developed 21 lakh hectare area for seed production and sanctioned 252 fish markets across the country in the past five months," he said.

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Controversial FDA rule will require restaurants to display calorie counts, includes some retail prepared foods 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Tennille Tracy - November 25, 2014 - 

Caloric ignorance will no longer be bliss at many restaurants across the country starting next year.

The Obama administration plans to unveil final labeling rules on Tuesday that require restaurants with at least 20 locations to display the calorie count of food items on their menus.

The changes, part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, will bring the type of calorie tallies on public view across New York City and Seattle to chain restaurants nationwide.

The changes have been delayed for years, and drew intense pushback from food chains and retailers that argued they were being unfairly included in the mandate.

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Sysco reported to be closing in on deal with US Foods by selling assets to Performance 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY Post] By Josh Kosman - November 24, 2014 -

Sysco, the country’s biggest food distributor, is closing in on a deal to win regulatory approval for its $3.5 billion acquisition/merger with closest rival US Foods, The Post has learned.

The company is in advanced talks to sell some assets to Blackstone Group-owned Performance Food Group.

The Federal Trade Commission, which has been reviewing the merger, is expected to give the greenlight once Sysco strikes a deal to divest some assets, sources said.

Earlier this month ...

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Congestion and surcharges 'worst ever seen' at Los Angles ports, delaying seafood holiday shipments

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [URNER BARRY'S COMTELL]  by Michael Ramsingh  November 24, 2014

Ongoing congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is now impacting the imported seafood trade and setting up a rough supply situation in time for December's holiday shopping season.

It was an especially difficult time for traders trying to secure their containers from the ports this week, despite the congestion that has plauged the ports all year...

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Media frenzy over seafood sustainability rivals that over food safety in the 1990's

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  Nov. 24, 2014

Real problems in food safety led to a media frenzy covering the topic in the 1990's, and a corresponding erosion of consumer confidence.
 
Globally the retail food industry came together to create the Global Food Safety Initiative, and not only did they achieve mutual recognition and consensus over food safety protocols, they also reestablished consumer confidence in food safety systems.
 
As a result today, the media takes a far more balanced view of food safety, and when there is an individual outbreak, does not generalize it to the entire food system.
 
In our video today, the second in our series on GSSI - The Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative - we look at the parallels between the public concerns over food safety in the 1990's and today's concerns over seafood sustainability.  Today, every seafood sustainability problem is generalized to the entire global system of fisheries, so the public has a false perception about an 'intractable' problem, and fails to see how much of the industry is truly meeting remarkable sustainability goals. 
 
The 1990's were the years of mad cow disease, multiple E Coli outbreaks, and increasing media scrutiny and public concern over food safety....
 
 

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Much higher rock lobster prices not expected to curb holiday demand among Australian consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Port Lincoln Times] November 25, 2014 

Rock lobster for Christmas tables looks like it will be a whole lot more expensive this year.

The Christmas treat is now about $50 more expensive per kilogram compared to the same time last year.

Priced at about $140 per kilogram, the cost of crayfish has increased significantly compared to this time last year when it was between $80 and $90 a kilo.

Fresh Fish Place owner Craig McCathie said although the prices were a lot higher Christmas was a time where seafood would always be popular...

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Meat fill allows Klipsan Beach to Point Arena, CA Dungeness season to open December 1

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Daily Astorian]  - November 24, 2014 - 

KLIPSAN BEACH, In contrast to 2013 when the commercial Dungeness crab season was delayed until Dec. 16 and 2012 when it was delayed until Dec. 31, the 2014-15 coastal Dungeness crab fishery in the area south of Klipsan Beach south to Point Arena, Calif., will open on its traditional date of Dec. 1. The gear set period begins 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

In recent years, crab have been slow to achieve a legal-minimum 23 percent meat. But the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Saturday, Nov. 22, announced, “Pre-season test fishing necessary to set the season opening date has been completed; final test fishing results indicate that crab condition criteria has been met in Washington, Oregon and California.”

The robust condition of crab this November is in stark contrast to last year at this time, when some Washington crab failed to meet the 23 percent test.

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Lobster levy lagging in Maritimes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] - November 24, 2014 - 

HALIFAX - A pledge from the Maritime provinces to have a levy in place before the end of the year to support the region's lobster industry is facing a delay.

The fisheries ministers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. had promised in March to start collecting the levy before the end of the year, but they now say that won't happen until the spring.

While P.E.I has made the most progress on implementing the levy, New Brunswick's efforts were interrupted by a provincial election in September.

As for Nova Scotia...

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Appeals Court says five Boston seafood companies must pay taxes for overstaying Fish Pier leases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Business Journal] by Mary Moore - November 24, 2014

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a 2011 Suffolk Superior Court ruling requiring five companies that have operated on the Boston Fish Pier to pay taxes to the city of Boston for the five-year period after their leases expired.

The tenants are Cape Cod Shellfish & Seafood Co. Inc., John Mantia & Sons Inc., Atlantic Coast Seafood Inc. New England Marketers Inc. and Great Eastern Seafood Inc., which have operated wholesale seafood businesses on the Boston Fish Pier. Cape Cod Shellfish & Seafood and Great Eastern Seafood are no longer located on the pier.

The plaintiffs overstayed their leases, which ended in 2004, continuing to pay rent and occupy space on the pier, according to the appellate court ruling. The city sought further tax payments from the companies for that overage period, spanning from Jan. 1, 2005, through March 31, 2010, according to the appellate court ruling...

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Early influx of cold weather floods local shrimp markets in China, as farmers rush to harvest ponds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Oeofo News]  Translated by Amy Zhong - Nov. 24, 2014

Under the influence of an early cold air mass during the first part of November, there is a dramatic decrease in the temperature all over China.  The shrimp farmers have been concerned that the low temperature will lead to various shrimp diseases, so they have sold their shrimps in large quantities. And with the limited market demand, the overall market situation is weak and both the sales and the price have decreased.
 
    Mr He is a shrimp trader in Zhuhai and according to him, the shrimp sales have been worsening from November 1st on. The farmers are worried that the shrimps are likely to get sick owing to the cold air, so they have spent great efforts in selling the shrimps. With a large amount of shrimps entering the market, the shrimp price has kept decreasing while the sales remain poor. 
 
Many shrimp traders are unwilling to purchase shrimps , so the price is expected to drop further ...

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Strengthening Dollar puts US market in ideal position for imported seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Russell Barton - November 21, 2014

Russell is a Market Reporter for Urner Barry who also specializes in analysis of the international currency markets 

The rally in the U.S. dollar over the course of the past several months has been evident across most dollar based exchange rates. There are numerous factors that have contributed to this move, which has now extended into multi-year highs.

Major seafood exporting nations have not been immune from the dollar’s strength either. However, with the one exception of Brazil, the depreciation may not be as drastic as some believe. Since May, easily the weakest of these currencies has been the Brazilian Real...

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Russia to take mandatory 25% stake in all foreign investments in Russia's fishing sector

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugen Gerden - Nov. 24, 2014

Moscow - The Russian government has imposed restrictions on the activities of foreign investors in the national fishery industry, through the introduction of a requirement for mandatory coordination with the state acquisition of at least 25% stake in each  Russian fishing producer.  

The new amendment has already been included in the existing federal law "On Foreign Investments in Business Entities of Strategic Importance". According to the new norm, which has already received an approval from Russian President Vladimir Putin, each of such deals will be subject of approval of state commission on foreign investments. 
 
So far, such approvals were required during the acquisiton only large-scale fishing companies

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Strong winds, high seas delays start to Nova Scotia's LFA 34 lobster season for at least two days

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] November 24, 2014

The start of the fall and winter lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia has been delayed for at least two days because treacherous southerly winds and anticipated high seas may make setting traps risky.

The season was to begin Monday along Nova Scotia’s South Shore and southwestern region, but there was plenty of uncertainty Friday about the weather, said Frank Quinn, area director in Yarmouth for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Safety is paramount, and an industry-approved protocol postpones opening day if winds above 25 knots (about 46 kilometres per hour) are forecast...

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