Mon. Aug 3 2015

Have We Turned a Corner on Chinook Salmon: Yukon Escapement Up; Harvests Statewide Above Average  


Upcoming Court Hearing may Mean Life or Death for 100 Yr Old Kenai Setnet Fishery


Tropical Aquaculture to Bring Fresh Cobia to US by Oct with Fish Quickly Reaching Market Size


No Local Cod in Cape Cod Fish Markets This Summer


Maine Soft Shell Clam Farm Start-up is Protected from Green Crabs


Zhangzidao Gets US$4.5 Million in Government Funding to Develop Scallop and Shellfish Operations


Russia Cracking Down on Belarusian Trans-shipments of Banned Salmon and Other Food Imports


Channel Tunnel Delays Hit Scottish Seafood Exports Hard


King and Prince Launches "Fish Market" Fresh Panko-Crusted Tilapia


Some Wall Street Analysts Worried About Whole Foods as Comps Decline


Coast Guard Simplifies Free Commercial F/V Safety Inspections for Alaskan Fleet (Fish Radio)


Pacific Trade Agreement is Far from a Done Deal


UN Seeking to Protect High Seas Biodiversity


Prawn Farmers Say Australian Aquaculture Industry Being Left Behind


Thailand Seen as Unlikely to Meet EU's Standards for IUU Fishing Control


Renegotiation of South Pacific Tuna Treaty with US Underway in Australia


Fri. Jul 31 2015

Trident Formally Opens East Coast Seafood Product R&D, Processing Facility in Carrollton, GA


Ivar's Successfully Raises Prices, Eliminates Tipping, Pays Hourly Workers $15/Hr


Washington Senator Cantwell's Bill Proposes Investments to Tackle Ocean Acidification


Mexican Shrimp Farmers Want to Ban Some 15 Million Lbs. of Honduran Shrimp Shipments Over EMS Fears


Fourth Annual Boston Seafood Festival Set for Sunday Aug 2, Expected to Draw 10,000-15,000 Attendees


Prakasam District in India's Andhra Pradesh Facing Grim Outlook as Shrimp Prices Fall


Esteemed Fishery Panels to Talk Gulf of Maine Stocks, Climate, Monitoring at Boston Festival


Russia's Sakhalin Border Guards Detain Panama Flagged Ship for Crab Poaching  


Cooke Aquaculture Expands Scottish Operation with Acquisition of Thompson Bros. Salmon Farms


Judge Approves Preliminary Payout Structure for Starkists' $12 Million Class Action Settlement


As Pacific Northwest Salmon Vanish, So Does a Way of Life for Native Americans


Enviros and Aquaculture Industry Continue to Squabble in BC as Senate Report is Released


Hawaii Longliners Have Reached Bigeye Quota, Livelihoods Threatened


Price Seen as Major Drawback in Electrifying Commercial Fishing Boats (Fish Radio)


Maine Pushes Forward with Study to Correct Declining Soft-Shell Clam Production in Harspwell


Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses, Vital Habitat, Continuing to Recover


Kroger's Longtime Senior Executive Lynn Marmer Announces Retirement


Namibia's Fishcor Acting CEO Describes Turnaround  


Wegman's Increases Accountability and Transparency of Fishery Improvement Projects


Scotland's Fresh Fish Exporters Desperate as Channel Crossing Crisis Continues


Seafood.com News Summary Friday July 31, 2015


Thu. Jul 30 2015

Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return  


Temporary Foreign Worker Rules Expected to Leave PEI Seafood Industry Short of Workers


Higher Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Offsets Further Declines in Japanese Supply in May  


Southern China's Tilapia Farmers Predict Lower Q3 Supplies on Big Decline in Pond Seedlings  


Harbor Seafood Names Lars Schwieg and Jon Heinold to Executive Sales Positions


Opening of New Tokyo Fish Market Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016


WWF Formally Objects to MSC Certification of Indian Ocean Tuna Fishery  


Whole Foods Plans to Open Five 365 "Value-Oriented" Stores Next Year


Young's Seafood Frozen Division Manager Wayne Hudson Departs Under Company Restructuring Plan


Gelatin-Injected Shrimp Appear in China’s Fish Markets Again


SeaShare Successfully Completes 21,000 Pound Halibut Donation to Western Alaska Villages


Why Eating Fresh, Just-Caught Fish May Be a Thing of the Past


Oceana Again Sues NOAA over Bycatch Monitoring


Russia, Latvia to Discuss Safety of Fish Product Imports Next Week


Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Forms Position to Give More Voice to Seafood Industry


Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says All Maryland Crabs Are Born in Virginia - Turns Out He's Mostly Right


Momentum is Gathering for International Agreement to Combat IUU Fishing


Juneau Cruise Line to Roll Out Electric Powered Catamaran for Eco-Tours (Fish Radio)


You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?


Supervalu Posts Higher Q1Earnings and Says It May Spin Off Save-A-Lot


Caviar From Lake Superior Cisco (Lake Herring) Exported to Northern Europe is Depleting Stock


Ahold Acquisition Target Delhaize Posts Better-Than-Expected Q2 Sales


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday July 30, 2015


Wed. Jul 29 2015

Sam's Club Supports Business Relationship with Chilean Salmon Producers but Backs More Vaccine Use  


Maine Collaborative Identifies 2,200 High-End Restaurants to Market Lobster  


Higher Pollock Catch Leads Increase in Russian Fish Landings Through June  


McDonald's Continues to Lose its Market Dominance to Rival Fast-Food Operators


ASC Reports Increased Sales Growth and Logo Recognition Among EU Consumers


A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes  


Pink Salmon's Food Source at Risk from Ocean Acidication (Fish Radio)


Florida's Spiny Lobster Mini Season Officially Underway with Added Bonus for Catching Lionfish


Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Season Ends in Success  


Western NGOs Back Tier 3 TIP Ranking for Thailand


Hot, Dry & Disastrous; Western Canada's Drought has Harvests Rotting, Salmon Dying, Fires Flaring


Twelve Chefs Set to Compete at Louisiana's Annual Great American Seafood Cook-off Set for Aug 8


Russian Agency Heads Support On-Site Destruction of Illegal Food Imports


East Coast Coral Reef Protections Aim to Grow Fish Stocks


Life and Food's Omega 3 Supreme Gains Marine Stewardship Council Certification


Hawaii's Longline Fishermen on Course to Hit Bigeye Limit  


Improving NB's Salmon Aquaculture Infrastructure Part of Canada's $30 Million R&D Investment Package


ISSF Boosts Membership to 26 Companies with Addition of Atunlo and Everwin Industrial


West Coast Problems Lead to Record-Breaking Year at Ga. Ports


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday July 29, 2015


Tue. Jul 28 2015

Gulf Shrimp Landings Now Under 2014 Totals as La.'s Shorter Spring Season Cuts June Catch Sharply  


Thailand Says US Trafficking Report Did Not Consider "Tangible Progress" Made in Combating Slavery


Japan Will be Major Market for Abundance of Bristol Bay's Smaller Sockeye (Fish Radio)  


Half of Columbia River's Sockeye Run Die From Unseasonably Hot Water  


U.S. Lawmakers Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report


VIDEO: How ASMI's RFM Program Ensures Alaskan Seafood is a Product of it's Environment


Red Snapper Management Battle Forcing Gulf Lawmakers to Choose Between Rec and Commercial Industries


Patagonia Sea Farms, First Farm With 4 Stars BAP Certification  


House Passes Bill to Combat Foreign Illegal Fishing


40 Years of Pacific Seabird Data Now Online


Australia Now Looking for Investors to Build $1.45 Billion Shrimp Farming Operation


Russia Adds Five More Latvian Canneries to its List of Banned Seafood Exporters


Vietnam Posts Decline in Pangasius Export Revenues Despite Growth in US, Chinese Markets  


Sens. King, Collins Want a National Lobster Day


Alaska Gov. Walker Readies Agenda for President Obama's Aug. 31 Trip to Anchorage


LDWF Cites 18 for Alleged Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April


Whale Deaths off Kodiak Island Remain a Mystery


Coast Guard Helps Hundreds of Sea Turtles into Ocean off Boca


Stellar Biotechnologies Signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations


Federal Appeals Court Upholds California's Shark Fin Ban


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday July 28, 2015


Mon. Jul 27 2015

Seafood.com News Summary Monday, July 27, 2015


Weekly Protein Roundup:Pressure Remained for Beef Complex Last Week; Pork and Egg Markets Make Gains


Thai Union Frozen Products: Bumble Bee Deal Stung by US Inquiry


NYTimes Documents Plight of "Sea Slaves" in Thai Fishing Industry


Ag Firm HJ Baker Brings in Dr. Scott Snyder to Head Up Aquaculture Services Division


BluWrap Completes First Ocean Container Shipment of Fresh Salmon From Chile to China  


US Keeps Thailand at Lowest Tier 3 Rank in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report


Bristol Bay Fleet Concerned About Low Price, Statewide Catch Exceeds 105 Million Salmon  


Fishermen Have Until July 28 to Bid for Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Test Fishery


NOAA to Monitor How Warm Southeast Alaskan Waters Impact Juvenile Salmon (Fish Radio)  


Judge Explains Reasons for Blocking Sysco-US Foods Merger


Tignish Small Craft Harbor Getting Major Improvements, One of 23


Lionfish are Now Eating Other Lionfish Which May Help Control Efforts


Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey   (1)


Cod Making a Comeback on Restaurant Menus  


African, Caribbean and Pacific Ministers Plan to Boost Economies Through Fisheries and Aquaculture


Omega Protein and Recreational Charter Captains Trying to Get Along


Abundance of Humpback Activity Slows Dutch Harbor Herring Fishery


Powerful Typhoon Kills 11,000 Farmed Tuna in Japan


India's Kerala University of Fisheries Sets First Vannamei Hatchery in Kochi


Missing Slave Fishing Boats Tracked to Papua New Guinea by Satellite


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Have We Turned a Corner on Chinook Salmon: Yukon Escapement Up; Harvests Statewide Above Average

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  - August 3, 2015

There are some encouraging signs that the strong conservation measures Alaskan managers are taking on Chinook salmon are showing some results.
 
For the third year in a row, Chinook escapement into Canada has met US treaty obligations, and the 73,000 chinook that have now passed the Eagle Counting Station represent the best return in a decade. And more salmon are still crossing the border.
 
For many of the past ten years, Chinook escapement into Canada has been well below treaty obligations of a minimum of 42,500 fish. This year’s target was 55,000 fish.
 
With this years showing it may be that the run bottomed out in 2013. Biologists caution that we are not out of the woods. The problem of declining chinook has not been solved. This year's number still pales in comparison to average Yukon run sizes in the 1990s into Canada 

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Upcoming Court Hearing may Mean Life or Death for 100 Yr Old Kenai Setnet Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ADN] by Suzanna Caldwell Aug 3, 2015

KENAI -- This summer, just as they have done for generations, setnetters are working the shores of the western Kenai Peninsula, stringing out nets and hauling in hundreds of thousands of fish from the abundant sockeye salmon runs of Southcentral Alaska.

But along with those sockeyes, the setnetters also pull thousands of king salmon from the waters of Cook Inlet. And it’s those kings -- Alaska’s best-known, most-marketable fish and one that has seen increasingly troublesome declines in recent years -- that have made setnetters the target of a statewide ballot initiative that could eliminate the longtime fishery.
 
Last month, the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance submitted 43,000 signatures to the Alaska Division of Elections to certify an initiative that would ban setnets in Alaska’s urban areas. If approved by voters, the initiative would outlaw setnets in the five designated urban areas of Alaska, including Valdez, Ketchikan, Fairbanks -- and the Kenai Peninsula.
 
At its heart, the ballot initiative is about the same thing that most fishery disputes are about in Alaska: the merits of sport-versus-commercial fishing..

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Tropical Aquaculture to Bring Fresh Cobia to US by Oct with Fish Quickly Reaching Market Size

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 3, 2015

Tropical Aquaculture will be bringing fresh cobia fillets to the US market by the end of October after successfully stocking its first open ocean cage at its Ocean Farm operation in Ecuador. 

Vermont-based Tropical will be an exclusive fresh cobia fillet distributor to the market through the Ocean Farm operation. The company stocked the ocean pen in April, which then produced 100,000 cobia with Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas and other Ecuadorian authorities on hand to celebrate the company's milestone. 

According to Tropical the cobia are fast-growing and are showing a high-yield potential. After the initial April stocking, the company stocked a second pen at the end of June.

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No Local Cod in Cape Cod Fish Markets This Summer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press]  By LORELEI STEVENS - August 3, 2015

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Step out of the hot, sunny day into the cool, fresh-smelling interior of Mac’s Seafood in Eastham and you’ll find a showcase full of glistening fish and shellfish nestled in a thick bed of ice chips.
 
Bluefish, summer flounder, cod and striped bass fillets, bluefin tuna, halibut and swordfish steaks, monkfish tails, bright pink slabs of salmon, shucked Atlantic sea scallops and whole squid, plus clams, oysters and mussels in their shells. There are plenty of choices.
 
But company co-owner Alex Hay doesn’t hesitate to say that his customers won’t find Cape Cod codfish in his fish market - or in any other fish market in the area.
 
Cod has slipped almost entirely out of reach for local fishermen over the last decade as stocks have contracted...

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Maine Soft Shell Clam Farm Start-up is Protected from Green Crabs 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] By Colin Woodward - August 3, 2015 - 

GEORGETOWN,  Marching across the clam flats near the head of Heal Eddy, you notice two things.

First, both the seafloor and the sea grass meadows on the shoreline are cratered with holes – the work of green crabs, the voracious crustaceans blamed for the widespread destruction of the state’s soft-shell clams.

Then you see Chris Warner’s response: five long rows of what appear to be net-covered garden beds, some 70 patches in all, spread across the exposed ocean bottom at the mouth of a 300-foot-wide cove. Beneath the netting, protected from the hungry crabs, the tiny seed clams Warner planted here in May 2014 have been growing toward harvestable size, grazing on the plankton-rich seawater that floods the area with each tide.<

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Zhangzidao Gets US$4.5 Million in Government Funding to Develop Scallop and Shellfish Operations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] Translated by Amy Zhong - August 3, 2015

China's Liaoning province has committed US$4.51 million in government funds to major seafood importer and distributor Zhangzidao that the company will use to develop its scallop farming and general company operations.

Zhangzidao will reportedly use the government funding from Liaoning's Changhai county  to improve marine research at its premier brookdstock facility. The company produces a variety of shellfsh products at the facility including “Haida Golden Scallop”, “Dalian No. 1” abalone, “Zhangzidao Red” yesso scallop along with a unique type of oyster for the Chinese market...

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Channel Tunnel Delays Hit Scottish Seafood Exports Hard

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times]  By Jeremy Watson August 3, 2015

 Ministers will convene a crisis conference today to develop a plan to help the stricken Scottish seafood industry by bypassing the Calais pinch-point that is blocking exports from reaching their destinations on the continent.

Exporters of shellfish have been particularly badly hit by the delays caused by the immigration crisis in France because their stock is so perishable.
 
Many hauliers have had to watch their loads rot while stuck in queues in southeast England as migrants try to break into the Channel Tunnel terminal on the French coast. Some companies say customers are deserting them for unaffected Scandinavian suppliers.
 
The seafood sector is crucial to Scotland, with the £461 million of produce sold last year accounting for two thirds of the country’s food exports.
 
David Cameron has admitted that he expects the chaos at Calais to last all summer...

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Some Wall Street Analysts Worried About Whole Foods as Comps Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Elliot Zwiebach - August 3, 2015 - 

Wall Street analysts are expressing concerns over the near-term future of Whole Foods Market, forecasting the possibility of negative comparable-store sales and questioning the company’s decision to open smaller-format stores.

Scott Mushkin, an analyst with Wolfe Research, New York, said the lower comp sales are exacerbating the chain’s existing pricing challenge. “Whole Foods has let its high price problem fester, and now, with competition relentlessly attacking the company, it finds itself in a very difficult position — having to invest in price while it has its foot on the store development accelerator — at the same time it is attempting to roll out a new value concept that is likely to be highly cannibalistic.”

 

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Coast Guard Simplifies Free Commercial F/V Safety Inspections for Alaskan Fleet (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 3, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Electro-powered boats – a builder’s view after this -- 

Signing up for a free commercial fishing vessel safety exam couldn't be easier, thanks to the Pre- Examination Work Sheet from the United States Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment Office. With every boat being different, their online CFR site allows user to make a checklist specific to their vessel making it easier to prepare for a boat inspection. 

“The check sheet that cover all the federal requirements for commercial fishing vessel boats has the CFR sites so they can go and look up CFR and see specifically what their suppose to have.” 

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UN Seeking to Protect High Seas Biodiversity

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By Ian Urbinajuly - August 3, 2015 - 

Over the next two years, though, the United Nations intends to change this reality. After nearly a decade of discussion, it ratified a resolution in June to begin drafting the first treaty to protect biodiversity on the high seas.

The agreement will create a formal process for setting aside protected marine areas in international waters. Unlike on land, there is no legal framework on the high seas for creating areas that are off-limits to commercial activity. The treaty will also create procedures for environmental impact assessments and establish a method for the public to be informed about large-scale projects in these waters, including fishing, seabed mining, shipping, research and other activities.

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Thailand Seen as Unlikely to Meet EU's Standards for IUU Fishing Control

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Nation] By Pratch Rujivanarom - August 3, 2015 - 

The authorities, the business sector and NGOs all predict that Thailand's rank on the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) list will not improve, despite the strict measures being implemented by the government.

After four months of effort to tackle the IUU fishing situation since Thailand received the yellow card from the European Union in April, no one is confident that Thailand's situation will be any better when the next IUU ranking is released in October.

 

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Renegotiation of South Pacific Tuna Treaty with US Underway in Australia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ForeignAffairs.co.nz] By Fili Sagapolutele - August 3, 2015 - 

PAGO PAGO, Fresh negotiations are underway this week in Brisbane, Australia, with the hopes of reaching a new agreement on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, first implemented in 1987 between the US government and Pacific Island countries.

An interim agreement was signed last October between the US government and 17 Pacific Island nations, as members of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

The agreement allowed the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of FFA members.

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Mexican Shrimp Farmers Want to Ban Some 15 Million Lbs. of Honduran Shrimp Shipments Over EMS Fears

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Honduran news outlet La Prensa is reporting that Mexican shrimp farmers in Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit and Michoacan have stepped up their call for the Mexican government to block Honduran shrimp imports from entering the market over concerns of EMS.

Farmers specifically identified shrimp shipments from Choluteca and Valle over alleged claims that the disease has hit shrimp farms in that region according to Jacobo Peace, Honduras' Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG).

More than 15 million pounds of shrimp are at risk of not entering the Mexican market if they pass the blockade according to reports...

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Prakasam District in India's Andhra Pradesh Facing Grim Outlook as Shrimp Prices Fall

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hindu] By S. Mural - July 3, 2015 - 

ANDHRA PRADESH,  A price slump and high mortality rate have left shrimp growers in the lurch.  Aquaculturists in Prakasam district minted money when the Vannamei shrimp price jumped to over Rs. 750 per kg for 30-count in the wake of Chinese aquaculture industry taking a hit by Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) Shrimp disease in 2013.

With the shrimp price coming down to Rs. 510 per kg last year and falling further to a low Rs. 370 per kg this year, they are clueless as to how to survive these uncertain times.

The district produced about 33,200 tonnes of shrimp in 4200 hectares last year, sources in the Fisheries Department said, adding the production had fallen to just 4,000 tonnes in the first seven months of this year.

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Russia's Sakhalin Border Guards Detain Panama Flagged Ship for Crab Poaching

The border guards of Russia’s Far Eastern Sakhalin region have detained a Panamanian vessel for crab poaching in Russia’s territorial waters, the Sakhalin border guard department’s press service reported on Friday. The ship’s captain failed to produce any documents confirming the legality of catches.


"The Panama flagged Saki Maru intruder vessel was spotted in the La Perouse Strait. A border guard cruiser started to pursue the poachers who were trying to escape towards the Sea of Japan," the press service said. "After giving flash and audible warning signals and firing warning shots, the border guards, with the command approval, opened fire for effect. Only after that the non-compliant vessel hove to. Nobody was hurt."

According to the press service...

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Judge Approves Preliminary Payout Structure for Starkists' $12 Million Class Action Settlement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Samoa News] by Fili Sajapolutele - July 21, 2015

A federal judge in California has granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement agreement in which Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., whose local operation is StarKist Samoa cannery, will pay $12 million to settle a suit filed against the canned tuna company.  

As previously reported by Samoa News, California resident Patrick Hendricks filed in February 2013 a complaint against StarKist, who was accused of “negligent misrepresentation”, “unjust enrichment”, violating California consumer laws, and “fraud” with allegations that StarKist has been under-filling its canned tuna products...

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Enviros and Aquaculture Industry Continue to Squabble in BC as Senate Report is Released

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Carla Wilson and Michael MacDonald - July 31, 2015 -

Environmental groups are charging that recommendations in a new Senate report on Canada's $1-billion aquaculture industry do not go far enough to protect wild stocks or transform the sector.

Canada's aquaculture industry, however, praises the report, saying its proposals would lead to a badly needed overall and restructuring of legislation. The industry said a clear framework of rules would kick-start new investment.

Christianne Wilhelmson, executive director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, said that while the report's suggestions for more research, transparency and collaboration are all good, the report does not get to the heart of the problem.

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Hawaii Longliners Have Reached Bigeye Quota, Livelihoods Threatened

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] - July 31, 2015 - 

Hawaii longline vessels have reached their limit of 3,502 metric tonnes and will have to stop fishing for bigeye tuna from August until the end of the year, with the stoppage expected to badly impact livelihoods.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says the potential interruption in bigeye catch and the climate of uncertainty will have a negative impact on the seafood industry in Hawaii, especially for dealers who prize US caught bigeye above foreign imports.

 

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Russia Cracking Down on Belarusian Trans-shipments of Banned Salmon and Other Food Imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Barents Observer] by Atle Staalesen - August 3, 2015

Several government agencies now join forces in a campaign against food products imported to Russia from the EU, USA and other countries in violation with the embargo.

The Federal Customs Service, the State Consumer Control Authority and the Agriculture Control Authority will together destroy illegal products when discovered not only on the border, but also in shops, storehouses and other places in the country, newspaper Kommersant reports.

Russia in August 2014 introduced an extensive embargo on western food as a retaliatory measure against the sanction regime imposed by the EU and USA. In late June this year, the embargo was extended to August 2016...

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King and Prince Launches "Fish Market" Fresh Panko-Crusted Tilapia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Progressive Grocer] - August 3, 2015 - 

King & Prince Seafood has launched Fish Market Fresh Potato Crusted Tilapia and Fish Market Fresh Panko Crusted Tilapia, adding to its growing portfolio of seafood products.

Each tilapia fish is raised in deep-water lakes and trimmed by hand, yielding a clean and consistent flavor. The fish are produced under Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and never treated with chemicals.

 

 

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Trident Formally Opens East Coast Seafood Product R&D, Processing Facility in Carrollton, GA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant along with founder, Chuck Bundrant, and members of the founding Bundrant and Ness families gathered in Carrollton, Georgia on July 30  to celebrate the opening of the companies' $40 million seafood R & D and value-adding facility. 

This marks Trident’s forst brick-and-mortar presence in the East Coast beyond its facility in Motley, MN, where the company produces a variety of frozen and refrigerated surimi seafood items under the Louis Kemp  brand, among others...

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Pacific Trade Agreement is Far from a Done Deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [International New York Times] By Jonathan Weisman - August 3, 2015 - 

In the end, a Pacific trade deal filled with 21st-century policies on Internet access, advanced pharmaceuticals and trade in clean energy foundered on issues that have bedeviled international trade for decades: access to dairy markets in Canada, sugar markets in the United States and rice markets in Japan.

Trade negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach final agreement on Friday, with difficult talks on the largest regional trade agreement ever deadlocking over protections for drug companies and access to agriculture markets on both sides of the Pacific.

Trade ministers, in a joint statement, said they had made ‘‘significant progress’’ and will return to their home countries to obtain high-level signoffs for a small number of final sticking points on the agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with bilateral talks reconvening soon.

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Prawn Farmers Say Australian Aquaculture Industry Being Left Behind
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [BBC World Service] -  Lara Webster- August 3, 2015 
 
A Queensland prawn farmer says aquaculture may be booming around the world, but not in Australia. 
 
The national industry is worth $80 million a year, with 80 per cent of farmed prawns produced in Queensland.
 
 
But Gold coast prawn farmer Nick Moore said Australian aquaculture was being held back by over-regulation. 
 
Mr Moore said the industry's growth had been road-blocked for the past decade, when it was potentially worth billions of...

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Ivar's Successfully Raises Prices, Eliminates Tipping, Pays Hourly Workers $15/Hr

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Gene Johnson - July 31, 2015 - 

SEATTLE, Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. One waitress is saving for accounting classes and finding it easier to take weekend vacations, while another server is using the added pay to cover increased rent.

Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grassroots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 beginning April 1, above Washington state's highest-in-the-nation $9.47. Scheduled increases that depend on business size and benefits will bring the minimum to $15 within four years for large businesses and seven years for smaller ones.

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Washington Senator Cantwell's Bill Proposes Investments to Tackle Ocean Acidification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill that would offer investments for adaptation and mitigation research to understand how to make coastal economies more resilient to the threat of ocean acidification.

Cantwell's Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S. 1886) would create a national ocean acidification monitoring strategy to prioritize investments in ocean acidification sensors to areas that need it most. 

“Ocean acidification will have a vast impact on commercial and environmental conditions across the nation – and currently threatens jobs in Washington State.  Shellfish in the Pacific Northwest have already been negatively affected, but we don’t know yet what this means for salmon populations and larger coastal ecosystems,” said Cantwell. “This bill ensures that NOAA is making the appropriate investments in research, and monitoring the ongoing impact of this threat to our coastal economies.”

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Fourth Annual Boston Seafood Festival Set for Sunday Aug 2, Expected to Draw 10,000-15,000 Attendees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 31, 2015

This Sunday August 2 thousands of Bostonians and others from around Massachusetts and New England will descend to the historic Boston Pier for the fourth annual Boston Seafood Festival.

The day-long event begins at 11 am and runs until 6 pm. Tickets are still available for online purchase for $15 and will also be sold at the door. Attendees can also purchase a Lobster Bake Ticket for $35. Children's tickets are also available. 

As in past years the Boston Seafood Festival will host a number of food vendors from around the Boston and New England area. The event is organized by the Boston Fisheries Foundation under the leadership of its President Chris Basile who co-founded the festival with John Nagel; the two serve as the Festival's President and Vice President respectively...

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Esteemed Fishery Panels to Talk Gulf of Maine Stocks, Climate, Monitoring at Boston Festival

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - July 31, 2015

This Sunday the Boston Fish Pier will play host to thousands of families, Boston city dwellers and other New Englanders ready to celebrate seafood for the fourth annual Boston Seafood Festival. At the same time true "fish geeks" are encouraged to check out the Pier's Exchange Center Conference during the Festival, where some of the industry's most renowned fish scientists, managers and industry participants will be participating in unique panel discussions that will touch on New England's fish stocks, electronic monitoring and climate change issues.

Between 3 and 6 pm on Sunday August 2, three distinct panel discussions will address these sensitive industry issues in a more low-key and casual setting, strictly meant to offer speakers a medium with which to voice their positions on the topics. 

These panels are the brainchild of Stavis Seafoods CEO Richard Stavis. His goal was to bring together some of the industry's more prominent scientific minds, fish managers and industry participants under one roof in hopes of enlightening each sector of the industry about each other's position on these sensitive topics as they relate to the realities of US and New England fish management in 2015.

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Cooke Aquaculture Expands Scottish Operation with Acquisition of Thompson Bros. Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] July 31, 2015

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd. has acquired the controlling shares of Thompson Bros. Salmon Limited, a salmon farming company located on the island of Yell, North East on Shetland, UK.

This deal adds two farm sites to Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s operations. The sites are located adjacent to Cooke’s existing facilities at Unst and Yell, which over the past few years has been one of the company’s best performing areas.

"We are very pleased to have been able to secure this operation. The Unst/Yell area on Shetland is a very attractive area to operate, with good staff and optimal fish health,” says Mr. Colin Blair, Managing Director of Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd...

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As Pacific Northwest Salmon Vanish, So Does a Way of Life for Native Americans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Darryl Fears - July 31, 2015 - 

As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region's most precious resources - wild salmon - might disappear.

Native Americans, who for centuries have relied on salmon for food and ceremonial rituals, say the area's five species of salmon have been declining for years, but the current threat is worse than anything they have seen.

"I grew up always having salmon," said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, whose culture is so intertwined with the migrating fish that they're called the "People of the Salmon." 

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Alaska Salmon Catch Nears 120 Million, Fueled by Massive PWS Pink Return

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker  -  July 30, 2015

The latest numbers from ADF&G show Prince William Sound pink harvests have exceeded the 45 million salmon mark and are still rising. In a series of record-breaking days, last Monday’s single-day haul of 2.9 million pink salmon broke records for that day, along with the cumulative totals for that day in the season.  

Single-day harvests last week also broke records for that day in the season, due mostly to the slight lag in the timing of this year's pink return. Still, the all-you-can-catch aspect of the fishery this year indicates a healthy return to Prince William Sound streams and hatcheries...

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