Apr 15, 2014

Russian Sakhalin pink salmon hatcheries to release 12% more eggs than Alaska's Prince William Sound  


Arctic Storm shifts heavily into surimi this year, as Alaska in catbird seat


Pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids


Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining


Pollock roe processing cooperative in Hokkaido declared bankrupt, causing enormous economic impact  


As expected restaurant sales rebound in March but long term woes of casual dining continue


Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruhua's Hokkaido branch


Russian Sea investor, oligarch Timchenko threatens move away from US dollar counterparty settlements


FDA expands irradiation to crustaceans; i.e. crab, shrimp, lobster, but requires radiation symbol


Foodservice operators and retailers feel the pinch of record shrimp prices during Lent  


Letters: Canadian Swordfish longliners object to characterization of Gulf Bluefin tuna survey


IMARPE says Peru could harvest up to 200,000 tons of squid from area awarded by international court


EU Parlimentarian says plenty of IUU fish still coming into EU despite catch certification scheme


Marine Harvest Chile forfeits salmon to South Austral as repayment for breach of contract


National Restaurant Assn. adds its weight to "Share the Gulf" allocation coalition


Ireland's organic labeling for farmed salmon formally challenged against EU standards


Australians claim to have developed first fishmeal free shrimp feed


In 1999, Netukulimk Fisheries Ltd. bought its first crab licence, now produces 1 million pounds  


South Carolina jellyfish processor may have conducted illegal "test run" without waste water permits


Indonesian gov't calls on MSC to facilitate certification of crab, tuna, red snapper and grouper


Kodiak Area Science Symposium set to highlight local marine research (Fish Radio)


Gail Shea blames animal rights activists for nixing Canadian seal trade deal with China


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday April 15, 2014


Apr 14, 2014

Cod prices ticking up as demand expands in US and Europe  


Newfoundland's crabbers say better prices will likely offset marginally lower quotas this year  


Strong demand keeps Gulf shrimp prices at record levels as imported prices ease  


Chinese tilapia 'swimming back to domestic market'; following example of white shrimp  


Australia's NorWest Seafoods expects Shark Bay's 2014 scallop fishery to be a bust  


Commercial porgy among a few Delmarva fisheries pushing consumer interest in local, wild seafood


Pescanova granted two more weeks to get creditors to sign on to debt restructuring plan


Gail Shea responds to calls for a lawsuit over Canadian shrimp allocations


Crawfish supplies up for Easter weekend in Lousiana, as weather finally puts some volume in pots  


Sitka leading by example with program to get fresh Alaska fish into local schools


Chicagoland whitefish shortage leaves many scrambling for gefilte fish  


Chopping ice to get to open water, Alaska bowhead whalers begin season


South Carolina next state to take up legislation over mislabeled seafood


Pension fund begins class-action suit over Darden's recent bylaw changes


Jamaica reports 60% fewer sightings of lionfish as commercial usage grows


Marine Harvest boosting output to meet strong demand  


Icelandic Seachill CEO Malcolm Ely has resigned


Sale of Safeway deal delayed by FTC request for additional information


Canadian seal hunt resumes today, with gov't asking sealers to check that they have a market


Alaska Dispatch to purchase Anchorage Daily News


Mexican grown kumamoto oysters finding favor in New York restaurants


Pescanova asks for 2 week extension on debt restructuring vote


Seafood.com News Summary Monday April 14, 2014


Apr 13, 2014

The well-honed, documented trail of live lobster from southwest Nova Scotia to distant markets  


Why can't Maine have its own eel farms instead of shipping elvers to Asia?


Apr 11, 2014

Gulf snow crab quota virtually unchanged from 2013; at 25,227 tons  


Gulf council removes CCA lobbyist from Scientific Committee; will revisit votes on red snapper  


This year's Maine scallop season likely to set value record  


Icicle Seafoods donates $40,000 to UAF to develop HAACP training program (Fish Radio)


Ruby Tuesday looks to lift same-store sales with new shrimp menu item


Red lobster reviewing its $156 million annual advertising account


Weak king salmon run has some Yukon tribal fishermen calling for moratorium on subsistence fishing  


NMFS agrees to reimburse Gulf shrimpers for new electronic logbook installations


NFI's Shrimp Council and Eastern Fish Company complete successful online Lenten shrimp promotion


Camanchaca expects to benefit on more robust global demand for Atlantic salmon


Canadian hunters asked to confirm there is a seal market this year as season starts Monday


Judge backs NOAA's fisheries management science in Mass. - NH lawsuit


Domoic acid warning issued for sardines, anchovies from Monterey, Santa Cruz


Midwest fish markets set sights on Chinese market as Asian carp supplies continue to soar


New Jersey's once thriving Delaware Bay oyster industry in on the rebound  


Mexican importers interested in Vietnamese pangasisus products during fact-finding mission to Mekong  


Norway Royal Salmon beats Salmar in bid for 10 new fish farming licenses


UAF's Fish Tech marine science center not part of university's budget cuts


Seafood.com News Summary Friday April 11, 2014


Apr 10, 2014

Retailers have cut back seafood promotions across the board for Lent, as overall prices $1.00 higher  


A season surimi output greatest in 8 years as whole Ak pollock industry benefits from larger fish  


3 year DFO crackdown nets charges against 70 Newfoundland harvesters, 7 observers, 1 dock monitor


Chengdu restaurant continues 38 yuan 'Boston Lobster' for another month, area becoming tourist stop


Vietnam to propose entire pangasius industry be certified against the ASC standard by 2016  


Two or three packers expected to cut back herring operations in Togiak, Silver Bay to take up slack  


Gulf commercial fishing group worries a grouper allocation battle is looming with sports fishermen


After record pink haul in 2013, more normal year projected for 2014 (Fish Radio)  


Prospect of longline survey for bluefin tuna in Gulf of St. Lawrence draws opposition


National Restaurant Assoc. joins Gulf coalition in support of commercial red snapper fishery  


Alabama's seafood industry to discuss marketing strategies at second annual Seafood Summit


Court ruling that NMFS allowed recreational overfishing of red snapper likely to shorten season  


Off-year for Alaska's pink run sends 2014 total salmon forecast down 47% from record 2013  


Tassal receives ASC certification for Macquarie Harbour salmon farm


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday April 10, 2014


Starwood Hotels is first hotel operator to ban shark fin usage at all locations worldwide


Japan's Kinki University hopes to open farmed bluefin tuna sushi restaurant in NY


NOAA: Oyster aquaculture could dramatically improve Potomac River water quality


Walmart moves aggressively into organics with Wild Oats brand


Warming waters off Newfoundland's south coast may bring back the haddock fishery  


Instantlabs to introduce 2 hour DNA fish identification kits based on Univ. of Guelph database


Apr 9, 2014

Zhangzidao inks strategic agreements with Pacific Seafoods, Clearwater to import crab and lobster  


Bristol Bay Assoc. wants Murkowski to pull support for bill that guts EPA authority to deny Pebble


Letters: Authors of IUU paper object to characterizing it as overly broad


Grupo Regal's longline-caught Spanish hake gets MSC certification  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday April 9, 2014


Trinity Bay, Newfoundland mussel processor, Green Seafoods earns BAP certification


Kodiak seine fleet tests viability of new pollock fishery  


Ruby Tuesday posts Q3 loss, sales and comps off


Catalina Offshore Products hires foodservice veteran Nathan Phillips as general manager


California Caviar Co imports "no-kill" caviar "massaged" out of sturgeon


Alaska's incumbent Fish Board nominees face some opposition in hearing before April 11 confirmation


Nantucket wraps up a successful bay scallop season  


FFAW plans to protest unfair, larger quota cut to Newfoundland's inshore shrimp fishery vs. offshore  


Federal judge says NMFS can open closed NE groundfishing areas, but cannot carry-over unused quotas


Benihana’s Be the Chef program is a sizzling good time


Ireland 'better off with own brand than MSC'


Pollock fishing season in Russian Far East nearing completion


Everyday low prices? Wal-Mart's competitors can play that game too


Sanford denies involvement in scheme to underpay chartered South Korean fishing crew members


NPD: Fine dining segment traffic growth outpacing other segments


Meeting restrictive standards for Louisiana shrimp brand impractical for processors  



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Russian Sakhalin pink salmon hatcheries to release 12% more eggs than Alaska’s Prince William Sound 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by John Sackton (news analysis) - April 15, 2014

One of the biggest frustrations that many involved with Alaska fisheries has had with the MSC has been the double standards applied to Alaskan and Russian fisheries.
 
One prime example is in salmon.  Most Russian salmon fisheries are engaged in high profile fisheries improvement projects, and two major fisheries in Sakhalin have either received MSC certification or are in the final stages of assessment.
 
Meanwhile, both the SFP and the MSC have highlighted their problems with Alaska’s pink salmon hatchery program in Prince William Sound.  Their concerns were sufficiently great that first, Prince William Sound was dropped from the MSC assessment of Alaska salmon in 2013, and SFP advised its partners to avoid PWS fish if they rely on MSC certification.

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Arctic Storm shifts heavily into surimi this year, as Alaska in catbird seat

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS   April 15, 2014

US pollock harvester Arctic Storm Management Group is seeing a lot of excitement return to the surimi side of its business, after a tough year in 2013, says Doug Christensen.

The company operates the Arctic Storm and Arctic Fjord, and produced more surimi than blocks in the A season of 2014 for the first time in years, said President Doug Christensen in an interview with Undercurrent News.
 
“This is the first time in 15 years we have produced more surimi than block in our operations, and we expect to maintain the higher surimi product mix through 2014,” said Christensen.

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Pollock producers finding success boosting quality of fish sticks to hook kids 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS    April 15, 2014

Fish sticks just aren't cutting it anymore.

The frozen-fish industry has faced a problem of making the easy dinner staple more appealing, especially to children at home and in school.
 
"[Kids] want to have something they could get at a restaurant or something that looks familiar to them," said Pat Shanahan, program director of Genuine Alaska Pollock, a group representing the fisheries supplying the catches commonly used in fish sticks.

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Pollock roe processing cooperative in Hokkaido declared bankrupt, causing enormous economic impact

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 15, 2014

 Furubira, a fishery town on the eastern coast of the Shakotan Peninsula in western Hokkaido, is now being rocked by the unrest over joblessness.
 
   It was learned that the Sapporo District Court ordered to Furubira Town Fishery Processing Cooperative on April 10 to start the process for bankruptcy.
 
   The cooperative’s business dead end came to light in February this year.

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Murray Park named new president of Trans-Ocean as Yasuaki Kawakita heads Maruha's Hokkaido branch

 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 16, 2014

Maruha-Nichiro announced that Murray Park, former Westward general manager, will be the new president of Trans-Ocean.  Trans-Ocean is one of the largest surimi producers in the US.  Maruha-Nichiro operates three surimi block plants in Alaska, two floating processors, and a surimi seafood processing facility in Bellingham, Wa. 

Park will seek to continue to build the company’s position in the retail surimi seafood category and also to expand Trans-Ocean’s smoked salmon and shrimp product lines.

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FDA expands irradiation to crustaceans; i.e. crab, shrimp, lobster, but requires radiation symbol 

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  -  April 15, 2014

The FDA announced last week it has approved irradiation treatments for crustaceans, i.e. shrimp, crab, lobster, to control pathogens and extend shelf life.
 
As part of their approval, the FDA requires that food so treated be labeled with the radura symbol, the international symbol for radiation. This is generally sufficient to frighten consumers out of their wits, so the process is not widely used in other foods where it has been approved, with the exception of spices.

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Letters: Canadian swordfish longliners object to characterization of Gulf bluefin tuna survey

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Letters] - April 15, 2014

Dear SeafoodNews: 

As a follow up to your piece, (Prospect of longline survey for bluefin tuna in Gulf of St. Lawrence draws opposition Seafood.com News April 10th), written by Jack MacAndrew, I thought I would write to correct several misconceptions that are in the article.

The request for proposals from Fisheries and Oceans, Canada was specifically to develop a fishery independent index of abundance for bluefin tuna in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and not for a “scientific” survey to be conducted by any specific fleet or with any specific gear type. A fishery independent index of abundance does not necessarily require any fishing to take place at all.

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EU Parlimentarian says plenty of IUU fish still coming into EU despite catch certification scheme

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS   April 15, 2014

Eva Joly is an EU parlimentarian representing the green parties, and the head of the parlimentary development committee, and a former district attorney in France.  She is in Norway at the University of Tromsø fishery college where she gave a lecture on the continuing problem of IUU fish coming into Europe.
 
She said that although the catch certification scheme has reduced the flood of illegal fish coming into the EU, it has not halted it.  

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Cod prices ticking up as demand expands in US and Europe

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  April 14, 2014

H&G Pacific and Atlantic cod prices are ticking up as the low prices of the past year, plus the cutback in the availability of haddock,  have spurred an expansion of demand.  Fillet prices have inched up this winter also on some items.
 
Collar on H&G products, for refresh and processing in China, have been stable at around $2450 per ton, vs a 2013 price of $2000 to $2200.  
 
Japanese prices for J-cut (Collar off) have fallen as the end of the winter cod consumption season approaches, from around $3600 per ton to $3400-$3500 in March, say some exporters.  However, some expect prices to rebound towards the end of the year.

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Newfoundland's crabbers say better prices will likely offset marginally lower quotas this year

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 14, 2014

The 2013 snow crab season saw starting prices at $1.83 per pound. Opening on April 7, this year’s start price is up to $2.30 per pound, and that’s a lot more reasonable, said Derrick Brown.

“The price is good; I’m happy with the price,” said Brown, who captains the Newfoundland Navigator out of Summerford. “We’ve had higher prices in the past, but 2.30 per pound is good.”

Adding value to this season’s crab catch is a counteractive measure that will help even things out, he said.

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Fragmented industry seen as one reason seafood consumption is declining

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014 - 

The seafood industry is trying to cope with a decline in fish consumption in the U.S.  At a time when some Americans have started to improve their diets, they're increasingly turning their noses up at one of the healthiest foods around: fish.

The fading appetite for fish shows that for a fragmented industry having a healthy product isn't enough. Surveys show consumers aren't sure how to cook fish and prices can be high, while the seafood industry hasn't been able to organize any major marketing campaigns to promote fish consumption, the kind of efforts that paid off for the beef and pork industries.

 

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As expected restaurant sales rebound in March but long term woes of casual dining continue

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS -  April 15, 2014

As expected, March brought good news for the restaurant industry once the crippling effect of this year’s unusually cold winter started fading away.
 
The latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot from Black Box Intelligence and People Report shows that same-store sales grew 0.7 percent in March - a strong 1.4-percent improvement from the 0.7-percent decline reported in February and the first growth since November 2013.
 
“The year-over-year performance for March was especially strong considering that the bar was set pretty high by March 2013, which posted same-store sales growth around 1.5 percent,” said Victor Fernandez

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Russian Sea investor, oligarch Timchenko threatens move away from US dollar counterparty settlements

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014 -    

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY,  Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko believes it is possible to switch from U.S. dollars to rubles and the yuan in settlements with foreign counterparties.

"We are already holding negotiations with our counterparties [on switching to settlements in another currency].

"For a start, we're beginning to talk about switching to European currency, but considering that sanctions could come from there, this could probably be rubles. In the Chinese direction - the yuan. We've held such negotiations, we're ready for this and it seems that Chinese partners are also prepared to consider this seriously," Timchenko said.

He said the turn to China will show Europeans that Russia has other opportunities and other promising markets that are developing in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Foodservice operators and retailers feel the pinch of record shrimp prices during Lent

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014

Penny pinchers will be forgiven for skipping the shrimp scampi this season.

Prices for shrimp have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that’s ravaging the crustacean’s population. At Noodles & Co., a chain with locations across the country, it costs 29 percent more to add the shellfish to pastas this year, and shrimp-heavy dishes at places like the Cheesecake Factory Inc. are going up as well.

Restaurant chains, already struggling with shaky U.S. consumer confidence, are taking a profit hit as prices climb. Even worse, the surge is happening during the season of Lent, when eateries rely on seafood to lure Christian diners who abstain from chicken, beef and pork on certain days.

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IMARPE says Peru could harvest up to 200,000 tons of squid from area awarded by international court

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014 - 

The 50,000 square kilometers of maritime space Peru gained from the favorable ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on the border dispute with Chile, have a potential fishing activity that includes 200,000 tons of Peruvian squid, according to the country's Sea Institute, (Imarpe).

Other species found in the area include yellow-fin tuna,  mahi mahi and swordfish, which are species that could be exploited both in an artisanal and industrial way.

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Marine Harvest Chile forfeits salmon to South Austral as repayment for breach of contract

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS April 15, 2014

Two Atlantic salmon farms belonging to Marine Harvest Chile were seized per court as part of a breach of contract dispute with South Austral that stems from an isolated case of fraudlent deals made by a former Marine Harvest manager.

The farming centers were located in Los Lagos, one in Punta Chequián and another near Castro.  A total of 788,259 units of Atlantic salmon were getting reared on the sites.

This siezure stems from a series of fraudulent deals made by former Marine Harvest Chile general manager Álvaro Jiménez Seminario who was also allegedly a secret shareholder of South Austral.

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National Restaurant Assn. adds its weight to "Share the Gulf" allocation coalition

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [SCOM] April 15, 2014 -

As part of its efforts to support sustainability practices in the foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association is joining Share the Gulf, a coalition of chefs, restaurateurs, restaurant associations, seafood suppliers, fishermen, consumers and environmentalists working to protect their access to fish in the Gulf States.

As part of its efforts to support sustainability practices in the foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association last week announced it has joined Share the Gulf, a coalition of chefs, restaurateurs, restaurant associations, seafood suppliers, fishermen, consumers and environmentalists working to protect their access to fish in the Gulf States.

Share the Gulf co-chair Stephen Stryjewski, executive chef at New Orleans-based Link Restaurant Group, said, “We believe – and science shows that if Gulf fisheries are well managed, there will be a growing population with plenty of snapper, grouper and other fish to go around. We are committed to sitting down and working together to find a productive, fair and reasonable solution about how to share the Gulf.

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