Fri. Jan 23 2015

Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold


Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market


Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down  


Russian Pollock Fishing Underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons  


Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December  


Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification


Mississippi Wholesalers Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest  


North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea


Strong U.S. Dollar Pulling Clams from New Brunswick Leaving Nova Scotia Short


AK Seafood Reps Impressed With Iceland's Marine Byproduct Industry During Trade Mission (Fish Radio)


Near Cyclical Bottom, Oregon's Dungeness Season will Barely Yield 10 Million Pounds  


Why New McDonald’s Discrimination Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food


NOAA's 2013 Fishery Recap Shows Catches and Revenues Continue to Crumble in Massachusetts


13 Fishermen Charged with Lacey Act Violations Involving 90,0000 Pounds of Striped Bass


Salmon Shelf Life Extended By Ultrahigh-Pressure Processing


McDonald’s Tried to Do It All, But Just Posted Terrible Sales Results


Further Restrictions on Natural Water Flow Threaten Mississippi Seafood Industry


Bi-Lo Holdings Names Turnaround Expert Ian McLeod CEO


Big Data Systems to Catch IUU Fishing Only Effective if Nations Enforce the Rules (Opinion)


Aquaculture License Finally Issued to Oyster Farm in Popponesset Bay Held up by Rich Homeowners


Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Completes Sale of Mitchell’s Restaurants to Landry’s, Inc.


2,700 Pounds of Shrimp Seized from Louisiana Vessel Not Using a TED


Applebees Introduces 600 Calorie 'Pub Diet' Menu


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 23, 2015


Thu. Jan 22 2015

Head of NOAA Fisheries Recommends Higher Halibut Catch Limits in Beleaguered Saint Paul Region  


Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's "Fish First" Policy Focuses on Fish Protection, New Entrants


Nofima Studying Ideal Conditions to Preserve Barents Sea Snow Crabs for Live Market  


SeaPak to Focus on Easy Dinner Ideas to Increase Frozen Shrimp and Seafood Consumption During Lent  


Grim McDonald's Franchisee Survey Results: Comps Off 2.1 Percent in December


Mark JoHahnson Assumes Role as President of Westward Seafoods and Alyeska Seafoods


Meetings to Discuss Two-Cent Lobster Levy to Start in Nova Scotia Jan. 27  


Thailand Backs Off Proposal to Employ Ex-Convicts on Fishing Vessels After Intense Media Backlash


Maruha Nichiro Profits down 20% for First Nine Months of Year


Bipartisan Group Introduce Bills to Ban GE Salmon and Require Product Labeling


Eel Prices Finally Falling in Japan but Possible Trade Restrictions Loom  


Pew Partners with UK Group to Launch Satellite Surveillance to Detect IUU Fishing


Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage


ISSF Calls on NGOs and Regional Fishery Managers to Hold Each Other Accountable on Tuna Management


Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whale Sharks from Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods


Major Bycatch Reduction Essential to Halibut Fishery (Opinion)  


DNA May Now Hold the Key to Identify Those 'Lost at Sea'


BP Trial's Last Phase Begins - Penalty for Gulf Oil Spill Will Be Determined


Save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Salmon: Smelt Are a Red Herring (Opinion)


Kono NZ Now Owns All of Pure NZ Greenshell Mussels Trading Co.


1,005 Pound Bluefin Caught Out of Beaufort Inlet, NC


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 22, 2015


Wed. Jan 21 2015

Coldwater Shrimp Prices Up 7.5% Since the Start of January as Traders Brace for Lower Supply in 2015  


Reports Are of Strong Holiday Sales of King Crab and Snow Crab in Japan  


Bering Sea's Pollock Fleet Set to Go With 2015 Quota Up; First Deliveries Expected Next Week  


AK's Fish Board Chairman Karl Johnstone Resigns; Cook Inlet's Roland Maw Elected as Replacement


Trade Activists Encourage N.L. Fight CETA - Board of Trade Does Not


Silver Bay's Bid for Sitka Waterfront Gets More Competition


Is Kroger Looking to Buy Jacksonville-Based Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie? Lots of Talk, Few Answers


Former ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell Named CEO of Norton Sound Development Subsidiary Siu Alaska


Sen. Vitter Introduces "Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act"


Gourmet Ocean Products Buys Another 400,000 lbs of Sea Cucumber With Chinese Sales Strong


Captain D's Finding Success with Grilled Items, Learns Guests Like to Linger


NFI Hires Kedrin Simms Brachman as Director of Government Relations


It's 'End of Story' for Drakes Bay Oyster Co. as Site is Largely Dismantled


Can Tri Marine Make Waves with Sustainable Tuna Strategy?  


The Thorny Business of Diving for Sea Urchins in Maine


CCA Mounts Attack on North Carolina Commercial Gillnet and Shrimp Trawl Fishing


VeroBlue to Boost Land-Based Barramundi Production to 40 Million Lbs Yearly With Recirculating Tanks


Japanese Researchers Test Commercial Use of Salmon Sperm to Extract Rare Earth Elements (Fish Radio)


Brazen Ships Hauling Fish Near Antarctica Ignore Navy Patrol


Vancouver Start-Up Creates Stink-Free Athletic Gear Using Chitin from Crab and Shrimp Shells


Tyson Foods to Pay $539,000 for Spill in Southwest Missouri Fish Kill


Over 2,500 NYC Subway Cars Have Been Dumped at Sea to Form Artificial Reefs


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday January 21, 2015


Tue. Jan 20 2015

Assoc. of Seafood Producers Not Pleased With Newfoundland's Decision to Pull Out of CETA Talks


Crab and Shellfish Conference in Norway Draws Full House as Snow Crab Booms  


IFFO Corrects Inaccuracies in Science Paper on China's Aquaculture Inputs


The Editor's View: Presidential Politics and Fisheries - Should we be Afraid?


SalmonChile: Marine Harvest and AquaChile Will Operate More Efficiently Under Merger  


Newfoundland Backs Out of Further CETA Talks In Dispute With Feds Over $400 Million Fisheries Fund


Russian Pollock and Salmon Exports Out of Sakhalin Down Sharply to Plug Domestic Supplies  


OCI Lawsuit Costs P.E.I. More than $500,000 in Legal Costs


Red Lobster Must Innovate as Mid Range Restaurants Fight to Compete


Conflict Over Leasing of Private Oyster Beds Erupts in Texas


Myanmar’s Fish Feed Prices Sink, Soggy Chinese Market to Blame  


Northbay Pelagic Plant May Yet Rise From the Ashes


Thai Government Abandons Plan to Employ Prisoners on Fishing Vessels


New Weekly Will Track Alaska Legislature's Fish Policy Discussions (Fish Radio)


Supermarket Chain Morrison's Taking Over Kerry Plant in Grimsby, Doubling Fish Processing Capacity


NMFS May Allow Single Lobster Pots in Massachusetts Waters Instead of June 1 Ban


Thai Fisheries Rushing to Register 10,000 Coastal Fishing Boats to Meet EU Deadline


FirstSource's New Owners Set June Dates for Foodservice, Retail Seafood Trade Events in Florida


Mexico to Use Drones to Protect Endangered Vaquita Porpoise from Gillnets


Philippines Targets Korea, Japan for Exports of Farmed Eels


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday January 20, 2015


Sudden Mass Die-Off of Farmed Bluefin Tuna at Tokyo Aquarium Puzzles Researchers  


Mon. Jan 19 2015

Public Comments Wanted on Proposed Changes to the National Standards for Federal Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 19, 2015


Pork Prices Up, Beef Values Down as Poultry and Egg Markets Report Mixed Trends in Trading Last Week  


ADF&G Forecasts 2015 Copper River Salmon Run to Be Up 25% Over Last Year  


Newfoundland Tells EU It Will Not Honor CETA Requirements Unless Ottawa Sticks to Agreement


Former Northwest Foodservice Executive Gets 30 Months In Prison For Embezzlement


As Oil Drops, Alaska's Budget Problems Grow


Silver Bay Reveals Details of Starkist Investment at Sitka Meeting


Chicken of the Sea Recalls 2,400 Cans of Tuna Distributed to Publix Stores in FL, GA, the Carolinas


Ideal Seafoods, Sole English Company to Exhibit at Qingdao, Says They Are Inundated with Orders


Alaskan Salmon Roe Exports Finding Lucrative Market Demand Outside of Japan (Fish Radio)  


Russian Crab Catches Were 65,000 Tons in 2014, Plus an Additional 35,000 Tons of Estimated IUU Crab  


Unisea Makes Formal Announcement of Tom Enlow as New President


FTC's Lengthy Review of the Sysco-US Foods Merger Is In Final Stage


Lobbying for Lobster: N.S. Pumps Up Markets


South Australia Rock Lobster Industry Wants Its Advisory Committee Reestablished


California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Pushes Bill to Boost Local Fish Markets


Mark Verdi out at C&S Wholesale as Rick Cohen Takes Back Control


Startup Searches For Better Shellfish Toxin Screen


Canada-U.S. Delegates to Meet to Discuss Halibut 'Wastage'  


ODFW Donates 175 Tons of Salmon to Oregon’s Food Banks


Marine Harvest Buys Majority Stake in Chile's Top Salmon Producer, AquaChile  


Fresh Catch Plant in Peterhead Hit by Major Fire Saturday that Took 10 Hours to Put Out


TEDs Being Introduced to Malaysian Shrimpers and Will Become Mandatory


Blocking IUU Toothfish from Markets More Effective than At-Sea Interdiction (Opinion)  


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Fishermen Reopen Monopoly Suit Against Pacific Seafoods over Acquisition of Ocean Gold

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Oregonian] By Jeff Manning - January 23, 2015

After a two-year armistice, the legal warfare has resumed between Pacific Seafood Group and a handful of Oregon commercial fishermen who claim the large Clackamas company abuses its market power.

The fishermen sued Pacific Seafood Thursday claiming the company violated terms of the 2012 settlement of an earlier class-action anti-trust lawsuit. The fishermen are seeking a temporary restraining order to block Pacific Seafood's pending acquisition of a Westport, Wash.-based fish processing company, Ocean Gold.

Ocean Gold, which owns a single processing plant, is one of the largest processors of whiting on the Northwest...

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Qingdao Imported 470,000 tons of Seafood with a Growing Amount Going to Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [jiangsu]  Translated by Amy Zhong - January 23, 2015

China is quickly changing international trading patterns in seafood by using more imported product.  This story from Qingdao highlights some of these changes, with 15% of pollock and salmon now sold domestically.  Consumers have also stepped in and picked up the slack on products like king crab and lobster, after restaurants backed away due to the corruption campaign. The result is now a consumer driven demand for imported seafood that has broken far out of the old model - when most expensive imports went only to high end restaurants and hotels.  Amy Zhong has our report.

470 thousand tons of seafood are imported to Qingdao within one year and 60% of the seafood come from Russia.

The imported seafood have changed from the originally elite member in the market to the common one during the past few years. According to the data from Qingdao Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau yesterday, Qingdao has imported 471.4 thousand tons of seafood in 2014 and the market consists the domestic seafood along with the imported ones in the proportion close to 2:1 for the first time. 
 
The local consumption of these imported seafood has increased greatly and nearly 15% of the imported seafood, about 70 thousand tons, have been bought by the local consumers. The reporter has found that these seafood mainly come from such areas as Russia, Japan and the EU. And they have gone through the thorough examination of the inspection and quarantine bureau as well as the sampling of oceanic and fishery administration upon their arrival at China....

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Bankruptcies Plague Vietnam's Seafood Producers With Pangasius Market Oversupplied, Prices Down

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Summary] January 23, 2015

Many seafood processing companies in southwestern provinces of Vietnam have gone bankrupt, resulting in the instability of the largest aquaculture area of the country.

Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, Chair of Vinh Hoan Seafood, one of the 10 richest people in the stock market, said that easy credit had hurt the catfish industry in particular and seafood sector in general.

The overheated development of the seafood processing sector and the anticipation of price increases encouraged many firms to borrow bank loans to breed and process fish for export...

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Russian Pollock Fishing underway, with 2015 Quota of 1.72 Million Tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 23, 2015

Moscow- Pollock fishing season has officially started in Russia, according to an official spokesman of the Department of Fisheries of the Russian Primorsky Krai.

According to Primorye government, at present up to 83 vessels operate in the catch sites, of which 33 are heavy-tonnage vessel and 5 mother ships.
 
According to German Zverev, president of the Russian Pollock Association, this year total allowable catch of pollock in the Okhotsk Sea significantly increased, compared to previous years. 
 
In this regard, the majority of companies are ready for a significant increase of their production plans. According to German...

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Gulf Shrimpers Finish 2014 Season Strong With Landings Up 26% in December

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 23, 2015 

For the fourth consecutive year total shrimp landings out of the Gulf of Mexico were up over 100 million pounds as a late surge in the 2014 fishing effort nearly made up for lost time from a delayed start to the season in May.

Gulf shrimp landings in December hit 8.7 million pounds, a 26 percent increase over last year and the highest total recorded since 2010. Landings were up in all Gulf states for the month...

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Marine Harvest Canada's BC Salmon Farm is First in North America to Get ASC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 23, 2015

Marine Harvest Canada's March Bay Farm in British Columbia is the first aquaculture operation in North America to be certified against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council's standard for responsible fish farming.

The Marsh Bay Farm is Marine Harvest's ninth operation to earn certification against the ASC standard. The Operation was evaluated and fit the ASC criteria according to an independent assessment by SAI Global.

Altogether the ASC has certified 27 salmon farms in Australia, Chile, Norway and now Canada.

According to Marine Harvest Canada's Public Affairs Director Clare Backman the certification "validates [Marine Harvest Canada's] commitment to align our operations with the toughest standards and highest environmental and social principles. We are happy to celebrate this milestone which has been anticipated by the public and our customers."

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North American Lobsters Are Latest Foodie Fad in South Korea

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Joshua Hall - January 23, 2015 - 

Forget macadamias and honey butter chips, South Koreans have it bad for lobsters.

A flurry of establishments serving the crustacean have opened recently, offering platters and lobster rolls in a country where the decapod has long been seen as limited to the realms of fine dining and marbled wedding halls.

Thanks to the FTA, U.S.  lobster exports to Korea have overtaken Canada’s, which are burdened with higher tariffs. Canadian lobsters accounted for 67% of imports in 2002, but last year U.S. lobsters held the majority with ...

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AK Seafood Reps Impressed With Iceland's Marine Byproduct Industry During Trade Mission (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] January 23, 2015 

One thing that really stood out, Catterson says, was Iceland’s biotech collaborations –

"What we saw in Iceland was a model that doesn’t really exist yet in Alaska yet where smaller biotech companies that often are associated with the university in Iceland have partnered with some of the larger seafood companies to produce these high value marine products from fish wastes. They include a variety of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products as well as basic marine ingredients like collagen or other enzymes that have really valuable commercial applications worldwide."

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Why New McDonald’s Discrimination Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times] By Victor Luckerson - January 23, 2015 

A new civil rights suit is holding McDonald's responsible for a franchise owner's actions

The suit, filed in Virginia, alleges that a McDonald’s franchisee was acting in a racially motivated way when he fired several employees. But the workers are taking their grievances a step further by also suing McDonald’s national corporation, arguing the larger company is liable for the franchisee’s alleged actions.

The suit also comes just one month after the National Labor Relations Board took the unprecedented step of holding McDonald’s Corporation responsible as a “joint employer” for labor violations the agency says occurred at McDonald’s franchise ...

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13 Fishermen Charged with Lacey Act Violations Involving 90,0000 Pounds of Striped Bass

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Virginia Pilot] By Lauren King - January 23, 2015 

Thirteen commercial fishermen have been charged in connection with the illegal harvest, sale and false reporting of about 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina from 2009 to 2010.  (These alleged Lacey Act violations can result in stiff penalties.)

According to the indictments, the fishermen transported and sold Atlantic striped bass, knowing it was unlawfully harvested from federal waters. The fishermen reported that the fish was harvested from state waters, which would have been legal.

All are licensed by North Carolina and NOAA to ...

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McDonald’s Tried to Do It All, But Just Posted Terrible Sales Results

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] - By Sarah Halzack - January 23, 2015 - 

McDonald’s is having some Big Mac-sized problems as it finds its image and menu are poorly suited for consumers’ increasing preference for fresh, healthy ingredients.

The restaurant chain said Friday that its global profit tumbled 21 percent in the most recent quarter, and its sales at U.S. restaurants open more than a year sank 1.7 percent.  Restaurant traffic was down in all its major markets across the globe.

But McDonald’s acknowledges that many of its problems are of its own making: As the company tried to take on these new competitors while also hanging onto its traditional business, its menu grew bloated and its pricing strategy became confusing.

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Head of NOAA Fisheries Recommends Higher Halibut Catch Limits in Beleaguered Saint Paul Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker - January 22, 2015

In an unexpected move just five days before the start of the International Pacific Halibut Association’s (IPHC) annual meeting, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck sent a letter to the IPHC commissioners and executive director Bruce Leaman urging them to “consider recommending catch limits that provide adequate harvest opportunity for the directed fishery in Area ...

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's "Fish First" Policy Focuses on Fish Protection, New Entrants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] January 22, 2015 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The top five fisheries priority from Gov. Walker’s transition team. More after 
this 

In November, newly elected Governor Bill Walker gathered more than 250 Alaskans into Transition Teams to identify the top five priorities in a wide range of categories, the barriers to success and ways to overcome them. A 25 member Fisheries Team included 25 commercial, sport, subsistence and science stakeholders.

All the reports are out. Topping the Fish Team’s list of priorities is the need for a clear “fish first” policy for...

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Nofima Studying Ideal Conditions to Preserve Barents Sea Snow Crabs for Live Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Barents Observer] by Trude Pettersen - January 22, 2015

The snow crab has the potential of becoming the next big food resource from the Barents Sea. But does the snow crab also contain bioactive components that can be used in medicine and health food? The scientists have just started to search for an answer to that question.

Nofima, one of the largest institutes for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research in Europe, have started studies of the snow crab’s biological characteristics.

Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. Model simulations indicate potential annual catches to reach the...

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SeaPak to Focus on Easy Dinner Ideas to Increase Frozen Shrimp and Seafood Consumption During Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 22, 2015

Major retail seafood distributor SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood will focus on simple dinner ideas  in its campaign to increase frozen shrimp and seafood consumption among US consumers for the upcoming Lenten season.              

Beginning in early February and continuing for nearly eight weeks, SeaPak said it will promote its shrimp brand in the frozen specialty seafood category focusing on showing moms and other meal-makers numerous ways to make the daily task of dinnertime both simple and delicious. The campaign will adverttisemultiple meal plans, recipe ideas and generous cost-saving opportunities that includes a sweepstakes where the winner will take home enough food to make dinner for a year.

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Grim McDonald's Franchisee Survey Results: Comps Off 2.1 Percent in December  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News]  - January 22, 2015 -

McDonald’s Corp. same-store sales fell 2.1 percent in December, and don’t seem to be improving in January, according to the latest franchisee survey by Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski.

Surveyed franchisees estimated that January same-store sales would likely fall 1.7 percent, an early indication that McDonald’s efforts to reverse sales trends may not yet be taking hold.

The company is working on a lengthy list of efforts to reverse those trends, beginning with marketing changes that respond to critics, increase transparency and promote key menu items like the Big Mac, breakfast and Happy Meals. McDonald’s also wants to simplify the menu, give more regional control over...

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Mark JoHahnson Assumes Role as President of Westward Seafoods and Alyeska Seafoods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 22, 2015

Effective January 1 Mark JoHahnson has taken up the position as president of Westward Seafoods and Alyeska Seafoods, succeeding Rick Dutton.

JoHahnson is a veteran at Westward and Alyeska having worked for the company for 21 years. He has worked in various capacities and was named Vice President and General Manager of both companies in May 2014.

Dutton will stay on with Westward and Alyeska as a senior advisor...

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Applebees Introduces 600 Calorie 'Pub Diet' Menu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 23, 2015 - 

Casual dining chain Applebee's Grill and Bar has introduced a new Pub Diet menu with less than 600 calories.

The Pub Diet includes unexpected ingredients like quinoa and whole grains. Starting at $9.99, the Pub Diet dishes have fiber and protein.

The 4-item Pub Diet menu includes two seafood dishes: Shrimp & Broccoli Cavatappi and Savory Cedar ...

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Mississippi Seafood Markets Predict Fair Crawfish Prices On Expectations for Strong Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WLOX] by Christina Garcia - January 23, 2015

Many seafood businesses are now offering crawfish and have been doing so since the beginning of January. This year's outlook for the red crustacean is a positive one, according to crawfish farmers. Biloxi seafood industry leaders said right now they are selling a few hundred pounds a day, but as the season continues they expect to sell thousands of pounds daily.

"Mudbugs, crawdads, mini-lobster, if you are from out of town," said Andy Gunkel general manager of Quality Poultry and Seafood in Biloxi.

You can call them what you like, one things for sure many people consider crawfish tasty...

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Strong U.S. Dollar Pulling Clams from New Brunswick Leaving Nova Scotia Short

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC] By Selena Ross -January 23, 2015 - 

Craving clams? You'll probably have to wait until the loonie digs itself out of its hole.

Until the Nova Scotia clam season reopens in April, supply will be nearly non-existent across the province, say sellers. The shortage is partly due to the poor exchange rate, with New Brunswick exporters taking advantage of the strong U.S. dollar to sell over the border.

Other factors are contributing to the shortage. Nova Scotia's clam harvest was poor last summer, with many beaches closed by the federal government because of red tide. That meant suppliers stored less for the...

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Near Cyclical Bottom, Oregon's Dungeness Season will Barely Yield 10 Million Pounds

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Coos Bay World] by TIM NOVOTNY January 23, 2015

CHARLESTON — The Oregon Dungeness Crab fishery is a cyclical one, meaning it has its share of up-and-down seasons. This year is going to be one of the latter.

Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said this week that the quality of crab remains high, but the quantity is lacking.
 
“It's definitely not a banner year. Our landings right now are at about 6.5 million pounds, as of Friday, maybe a few more since the weekend. That's for the whole state. Last year, our total landings for the whole year were 14.3 million ...

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NOAA's 2013 Fishery Recap Shows Catches and Revenues Continue to Crumble in Massachusetts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] by Sean Horgan - January 23, 2015

The Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery hit four-year lows in just about every pivotal category during the 2013 fishing season, including landings, revenues and the number of boats fishing in the inshore day-boat fleet.

The findings, contained in NOAA’s final report on the season released Thursday, sketch a pessimistic and dire portrait of an entire fishery under siege from economic, regulatory and environmental ...

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Salmon Shelf Life Extended By Ultrahigh-Pressure Processing
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Foodprocessing.com] - January 23, 2015 
 
Ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) processing of salmon flesh improves shelf life, a new study in the Journal of Food Science shows.
 
UHP does not require heat and preserves the quality of salmon flesh while allowing for an increase in the chilled storage period, the researchers say.
 
Researchers exposed salmon flesh to pressures of 200, 400 or 600 MPa - as well as a control with no UHP - then stored samples at 4°C and compared the quality after 30 days of storage.
 
They analysed the degree of changes in the interspacing of muscle bundles, colour, texture profiles (hardness, chewiness,...

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Further Restrictions on Natural Water Flow Threaten Mississippi Seafood Industry
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Worldnow and WLOX] By Steve Phillips - January 23, 2015 
 
BILOXI, MS - Supporters of two reservoir projects in Mississippi and Louisiana see benefits like waterfront homes and increased boating and recreation opportunities. But, there are also concerns about a significant downside, downstream.
 
The upside of proposed new reservoirs built on the Pearl River, near Jackson, and in Washington Parish, Louisiana, include recreation along with residential and commercial construction. But here on the coast, the resulting reduction in freshwater flow into the Mississippi Sound could damage our seafood industry.
 
"Significant financial harm to the State of Mississippi...

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Bi-Lo Holdings Names Turnaround Expert Ian McLeod CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Supermarket News] By Jon Springer - January 23, 2015 - 

Bi-Lo Holdings on Thursday announced that Ian McLeod, an international retailer with turnaround experience on two continents, has been named its president and CEO effective March 2, succeeding Randall Onstead.

McLeod is known for leading a successful turnaround effort at Coles, one of Australia’s largest food retailers. He is a former chief executive of British retailer Halford Group and has 20 years of experience at Asda, where he was director of stores. He is also a one-time board member of Wal-Mart Germany, a former CEO of renowned European soccer club Celtic; and a director of pro soccer clubs in England and Australia, reports ...

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Big Data Systems to Catch IUU Fishing Only Effective if Nations Enforce the Rules (Opinion) 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Economist] - January 23, 2015 - (Editorial Opinion)

Big data allow fish to be protected as never before. Governments should take advantage of this.

Crucially, given many governments’ ambivalence towards enforcing fisheries rules—especially when their own nationals are fishing in other people’s waters—the new technology will also help companies protect their supply chains.

The one-in-five illegal fish identified by Pew are often being sold by otherwise law-abiding firms that have no way of reliably tracing them back to the vessels that caught them. Soon, retailers will be able to do ...
 

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Aquaculture License Finally Issued to Oyster Farm in Popponesset Bay Held up by Rich Homeowners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Cape Cod Times] by Sean F. Driscoll - January 23, 2015

When the ice thaws on Popponesset Bay, Richard Cook hopes he will finally be able to get to work.

Cook, a Mashpee shellfisherman, has waited for nearly four years to establish a 1-acre oyster farm in Popponesset Bay. His plans have been fought at nearly every turn by homeowners on nearby Popponesset and Daniels islands, but last week the Mashpee Board of Selectmen issued him an aquaculture license after the most recent round of legal appeals ended in his favor.

Cook said receiving the license means he can finally stop dreading his daily trips to the mailbox where, time and time again, the mail brought notice of another legal battle in his case...

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Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Completes Sale of Mitchell’s Restaurants to Landry’s, Inc.
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Restaurant News Resource] January 23, 2015 
 
Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced sale of substantially all of the assets related to the Mitchell’s Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse businesses.
 
The Company expects to file a Current Report on Form 8-K within four business days containing unaudited pro forma consolidated financial statements giving effect to the sale of substantially all of the assets related to the Mitchell’s Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse businesses. Excluding customary transaction-related costs, the transaction is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s previously stated fiscal ...
 

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2,700 Pounds of Shrimp Seized from Louisiana Vessel Not Using a TED

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Times-Picayune] By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch - January 23, 2015 - 

The Coast Guard, along with the National Marine Fisheries Service, seized 2,700 pounds of shrimp catch after boarding a fishing vessel near the jetties off Cameron, the Coast Guard said Thursday.

A Coast Guard team from Lake Charles on Tuesday discovered the vessel Kathleen Yvonne was not equipped with the legally required turtle excluder devices.

The team escorted the vessel to Cameron Fish House where NMFS officials seized the ...

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Coldwater Shrimp Prices Up 7.5% Since the Start of January as Traders Brace for Lower Supply in 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 21, 2015

Coldwater shrimp prices are on the rise this month in response to a global supply shortage with production in Maine, Canada and Greenland on the decline.

In early week trading Urner Barry prices for 150/250 count pandalus borealis ticked up over 6.5 percent from last week to $7.20 per pound, a five-year-high. Since the start of the month pandalus prices are up nearly 7.5 percent or $0.50 per pound...

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