Wed. May 25 2016

Gulf Shrimp Landings Trend Higher in April But Market Unchanged as Louisiana Season Starts  


Vinh Hoan Promotes Ngo Vi Tam Nguyen to CEO


Preferred Freezer Sponsoring Two Cars in this Weekend's Indy 500


Handy's Crisfield, MD Seafood Processing Plant Gets "A" Grade from BRC


Tue. May 24 2016

Murkowski Mandates Labels on GE Salmon, Supports AK Fisheries in Appropriations Bill Before Senate   (1) 


Univ. of Washington Wants to Test Lingcod Fishing in Closed Pacific Waters to Help Rockfish Stocks


Trident's Akutan Pollock Processing Plant to be Featured on Science Channel this Week


Multiexport Foods Gets Chilean Salmon Farming Operation Four-Star BAP Certified


Quirch Foods, Chefs Trading and Mexico's PESMAR Join Mexican Grouper FIP


Rich Products Joins NFI's Crab Council


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 24, 2016


Mon. May 23 2016

New Brunswick's Westmorland Fisheries Invests $10 Million for Lobster Processing


Alaska's Yukon Chinook Salmon Are Arriving Early This Year


Oregon's Dungeness Crab Catch Up 70% from Last Season to 14 Million Lbs; Average Prices Also Higher  


Competing Proteins: Red Meat Values Up Overall Last Week, While Poultry and Eggs Slide


Seattle Fish Hires Hamish Walker as Director of Purchasing


Wild Seafood Benefitting from Consumers Demanding More Nutritional, Naturally Produced Food   (1)


Ocean Premier Acquires All Assests to Canada's Toppits Foods


Oceans Brand Commits to FAD-Free Tuna and MSC-Certified Salmon


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 23, 2016


Fri. May 20 2016

Aquabounty Wins Approval to Sell GMO salmon in Canada


Last Portion of California's Northern Dungeness Crab Fishery Opens for Commercial Harvesting  


Chilean Farmed Salmon Production in Chiloe Resumes as Deal Ends Strikes  


NGOs Petition Feds to Close California Swordfish Drift Gillnetting to Protect Sea Turtles


Online Food Retailer Green PolkaDot Box Buys Wild-Caught Seafood Producer Day Boat Seafood


Maine Economic Development Agency Makes Grants to GMRI and to Start Maine Scallop Aquaculture


Hooters Featuring $10 Crab, Shrimp and Fish Options on Summer Season Menu


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 20, 2016


Thu. May 19 2016

Salmon Production in Chiloe Expected to Resume Soon as Chile Nears Deal with Protestors  


Two Earthquakes Strike Western Ecuador Close to Last Month's Epicenter; Damage Not Severe


MPEDA sets Plan to Start Hatchery, Expand Tilapia Production in India  


Alaskan Leader's Catch-Processor Northern Leader to be Featured on Discovery Channel Canada


Long John's to Feature Alaskan Cod Sandwich for Limited Time this Summer


Iceland's Samherji Names Jon Rafn Ragnarsson CFO


US Seafood Imports from Malaysia at Virtual Stand Still After FDA Warnings  


Sea Delight Canada Recalls Tuna Steaks for Elevated Histamine Levels


Arctic Fish's Rainbow Trout Farm is Iceland's First Aquaculture Operation to Get ASC Certification


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 19, 2016


Wed. May 18 2016

Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 18, 2016


2016 Copper River Season Opens with 25,000 Sockeye Landed  


NFI's Revamped Website Emphasizes Latest Advocacy Work


Slade Gorton Sells Minority Stake to Iceland's Samherji in Strategic Distribution Deal


Hanwa Has Difficult Year in 2015, But Saw Increases in Crab and Shrimp Volume


NFI Supports Full Global Enforcement of Port State Measures Pact


Seafreeze Testimony on the Hill Shows Dangers to Stakeholders of Rush to National Ocean Policy


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Murkowski Mandates Labels on GE Salmon, Supports AK Fisheries in Appropriations Bill Before Senate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] By Peggy Parker - May 24, 2016

Last Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill contains provisions written by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that will protect American consumers and support Alaska’s vital fishing industry....

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Univ. of Washington Wants to Test Lingcod Fishing in Closed Pacific Waters to Help Rockfish Stocks

SEAFOOD.COM [SeafoodNews] By Susan Chambers - May 24, 2016

Along the West Coast, lingcod fish are top predators — voracious eaters that frequently dine on species with lesser abundance, like yelloweye rockfish. But a new study may prove that innovative fishing gear could target lingcod without harming overfished rockfish species or species like Pacific halibut.

Lingcod at one time were considered overfished along with some rockfish species such as yelloweye and canary. Fishery managers established the Rockfish Conservation Area...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Trend Higher in April But Market Unchanged as Louisiana Season Starts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 25, 2016

Gulf shrimp landings in April were up over last year’s figures, which helped push year-to-date landings over 2015 volumes.

The Gulf fleet landed about 2.8 million pounds of shrimp for the month, 59 percent over the same month last year.

Landings through the first quarter this year are up over 13 million pounds, 37 percent higher from this time last year and 19 percent over the five-year-average...

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Trident's Akutan Pollock Processing Plant to be Featured on Science Channel this Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2016

Trident Seafoods' seafood processing facility in Akutan will be featured on television this week during an episode of the Science Channel's "Alaska Mega Machines" program. 

The episode will premiere this Wednesday, May 25 at 10 pm EST (7 PST). For Comcast customers in Seattle, the Science Channel is #272. Other viewers are asked to check their local listings. 

Alaska's pollock industry will... 

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Multiexport Foods Gets Chilean Salmon Farming Operation Four-Star BAP Certified

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2016

Major Chilean farmed salmon producer Multiexport Foods is now a four-star BAP certified operation.

The operator achieved four-star approval against the BAP’s standard with the certification of two its hatcheries Piscicultura Molco and Piscicultura Chaparano.

Multiexport was actually the world’s first farmed salmon producer to achieve certification by the BAP in 2012. Last the company expanded its certification to eight farms and all of its feed mills...

 

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Vinh Hoan Promotes Ngo Vi Tam Nguyen to CEO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2016

Ngo Vi Tam Nguyen has been promoted to CEO of Vietnam’s major pangasius producer and exporter Vinh Hoan as part of the company’s succession plan.

Nguyen takes over for Vinh Hoan’s founder Truong Thi Le Khanh who will remain with the company as Chairwoman of the Board.

Nguyen has worked for Vinh Hoan for the past 13 years and was most recently promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for the operation in 2014...

 

 

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Handy's Crisfield, MD Seafood Processing Plant Gets "A" Grade from BRC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2016

The British Retail Consortium gave Handy International's seafood processing plant in Crisfield, MD an "A" Grade, the highest achievable rating from the group.  

Handy's Crisfield operation is its third value-added seafood processing plant to earn an "A" grade from the BRC. The consortium has certified over 18,000 suppliers in over 100 countries around the globe. It was also the first Food Safety Standard to be benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)...

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Aquabounty Wins Approval to Sell GMO salmon in Canada

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton May 20, 2016

The market for salmon in Canada is about the get much more complicated. Yesterday Health Canada announced approval of Aquabounty’s GMO salmon as the first genetically modified animal allowed for sale as a food product in Canada.
 
Aquabounty’s CEO Ron Stotish said that it would take about a year to bring product to market.
 
Health Canada said they would not require any labeling on GMO salmon.
 
Ruth Salmon, the executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, said because labelling is not required, consumers who oppose the genetically modified fish won't know what they are buying.
 
"It's a concern about confusing the consumer, for sure, because I think labelling allows that kind of clarity. So we'll look at other ways of trying to create that consumer information because that's important to us. ”
 
The fundamental argument over genetically modified salmon is two-fold. First, the agencies, both Health Canada, and the FDA in the US, have a very narrow mandate to look only at health consequences that determine whether or not a food is safe...
 

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Alaska's Yukon Chinook Salmon Are Arriving Early This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  By Peggy Parker - May 23, 2016

The iconic king salmon that are a critical part of Alaska’s largest river and the lifestyle of the high-latitude residents of the Yukon, are arriving early this year.

The Alaska Ocean Observing System issued their timing outlook and forecast summary last week, for the 5th year in a row.

“The earliest scenario would see increasing numbers of Chinook entering the lower river during the last week of this month (May) with the first significant jump in abundance around the end of the first week in June,” the announcement said.

The report itself tells the story...

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Oregon's Dungeness Crab Catch Up 70% from Last Season to 14 Million Lbs; Average Prices Also Higher

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - May 23, 2016

Oregon Dungeness crab landings for the 2015-16 season have surpassed those of the previous season, despite a month-long season delay due to domoic acid levels. Total values of crab increased as well.

Crabbers delivered the first loads of Dungeness in January, with average ex-vessel prices ranging between $3.06 and $3.43 per pound that month. Those prices steadily increased as the volume slowed in late February and March...

 

 

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Chilean Farmed Salmon Production in Chiloe Resumes as Deal Ends Strikes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - May 20, 2016

Chilean salmon producers with operations on Chiloe island have regained access to their processing facilities now that a near two-week-long strike by the artisanal sector has ended.

Yesterday the Chilean government agreed to provide assistance to Chile’s artisanal fishing sector that has been economically devastated from weeks of red tide.

Artisanal fishermen staged protests over the last two weeks that included blockades on major access roads that prevented commercial famed salmon producers from accessing their processing facilities in Chiloe...

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Seattle Fish Hires Hamish Walker as Director of Purchasing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2016

Hamish Walker was hired as the new Director of Purchasing for Denver-based Seattle Fish Company. 

Walker is a 25-year veteran of the brewing industry having most recently worked for Molson Coors' global procurement division. 

“We are excited and fortunate to have Hamish join the Seattle Fish family.  Hamish brings high level supply chain expertise and strategic leadership to our procurement process which is vital in upholding our commitment to better support our customers, actively engage our partners, and support sustainability initiatives,” said Derek Figueroa, COO for Seattle Fish Co...

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Wild Seafood Benefitting from Consumers Demanding More Nutritional, Naturally Produced Food

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch - May 23, 2016

Chowing down on fish

Eating trends show some big plusses for wild seafood, but will that make Americans eat more of it?

According to the NPD Group, an international market tracker, the top trend is consumers want to know where their food comes from. NPD credits seafood for improved traceability and local sourcing, two factors that will continue to boost sales...

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Oceans Brand Commits to FAD-Free Tuna and MSC-Certified Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2016

The Ocean Brands division of the Jim Pattison Group announced a commitment to source all of its tuna using FAD-free or pole and line caught gear types by the end of 2017.  The company will also source salmon from MSC certified fisheries. 

The company produces a number of canned and value-added seafood products for the Canadian market. In early 2012, Ocean Brands became a founding member of the International Pole and Line Foundation and were the first national brand to introduce Pole and Line caught tuna to the Canadian market...

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Two Earthquakes Strike Western Ecuador Close to Last Month's Epicenter; Damage Not Severe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2016

Two powerful earthquakes struck Western Ecuador on Wednesday very close to the epicenter of last month’s 7.8 magnitude quake that rocked the Pedernales region.

The first quake struck early Wednesday morning in the Esmeraldas province. The epicenter was about 100 miles northwest from Ecuador’s capital city Quito.

The second tremor hit in the afternoon near Mompiche, a coastal town.

A US Geological Survey reported the quakes with 6.7 and 6.8 magnitudes, respectively....

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Online Food Retailer Green PolkaDot Box Buys Wild-Caught Seafood Producer Day Boat Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 20, 2016

Green PolkaDot Box  (GPDB) announced a deal to acquire Florida-based Day Boat Seafood, a producer of wild caught seafood that specializes in swordfish.

The purchase agreement means Day Boat’s operations will get a cash infusion from GPDB. Day Boat is MSC certified and operates 14 "long line" vessels and manages six more. In addition to swordfish the company also supplies fresh wild caught seafood that includes yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, mahi-mahi, snapper, grouper, golden tilefish, pompano, mackerel, golden crabs, shrimp, stone crabs, and lobster...

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Hooters Featuring $10 Crab, Shrimp and Fish Options on Summer Season Menu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 20, 2016

Hooters will feature crab, shrimp and fish menu options for under $10 this summer.

Participating chains nationwide will feature its Baja Fish Tacos, Baja Shrimp Tacos, Buffalo Shrimp and the Blackened Mahi Sandwich at the summer price point.

The restaurant also announced the creation of its New Orleans Shrimp dish and will carry regional options like Hooters Crab Legs. 

The summer menu will be available now through July 10...

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Long John's to Feature Alaskan Cod Sandwich for Limited Time this Summer

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 19, 2016

Long John Silver's will debut an Alaskan Cod sandwich on its menu nationwide for a limited time this summer. 

On May 23, Long John's Coast Cod sandwich will be available to customers until July 24. The will be available à la carte or in a combo, which includes fries and a 20-ounce drink. The Coastal Cod Meal includes one fillet, two sides, two hushpuppies and Long John Silver’s signature Crumblies...

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Preferred Freezer Sponsoring Two Cars in this Weekend's Indy 500

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 25, 2016

Preferred Freezer Services will field two racecars at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

JR Hildebrand and Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) will once again drive the number 28 Chevrolet with Preferred's iconic polar bear logo.  

“I'm really glad we were able to put everything together at ECR to continue our program with Preferred Freezer,” Hildebrand said to Indycar.com...

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New Brunswick's Westmorland Fisheries Invests $10 Million for Lobster Processing 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - May 23, 2016

Federal, Provincial and Company Officials were in Cap-Pele, New Brunswick Friday to announce a major investment in lobster processing and technology at Westmorland Fisheries.

The federal ACOA program is providing a $4.3 million loan, the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $410,000 and Westmorland is investing $5.78 million. The total investment is over $10 million, and represents the largest single investment for expansion in the company's history...

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Quirch Foods, Chefs Trading and Mexico's PESMAR Join Mexican Grouper FIP

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2016

Quirch Foods, Chefs Trading and Mexican seafood distributor Pescados y Mariscos del Caribe S.A (PESMAR) have agreed to join a Mexican grouper fishery improvement project (FIP) with Sea Delight, Handy International and the Center for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca).

The companies joined the grouper FIP after a roundtable discussion that was organized by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) during the last Boston Seafood Show. The meeting reviewed the FIP's plans...

 

 

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Rich Products Joins NFI's Crab Council

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 24, 2016

Major retail seafood distributor Rich Products Corporation is the latest member to the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council. 

Rich is most know for selling its iconic SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. consumer brand in retail cases. The company has also provided premiere frozen specialty seafood products for more than 60 years.

Aside from its frozen retail shrimp brand, SeaPak’s product list also includes Maryland Style Crab Cakes...

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Last Portion of California's Northern Dungeness Crab Fishery Opens for Commercial Harvesting

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chamber - May 20, 2016

The last sliver of area closed to Dungeness crabbing in California is finally open.

Commercial fishermen will be able to set their gear on Monday, May 23, and start harvesting crab on May 26 in the area between the west end of the Humboldt Bay north jetty at Eureka and the boundary line at Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area, north of Eureka, in northern California...

 

 

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Competing Proteins: Red Meat Values Up Overall Last Week, While Poultry and Eggs Slide
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] Jamie Chadwick  - May 23, 2016 
 
This recap of red meat, poultry and egg market action serves to provide our valued seafood subscribers with a simple snapshot of current conditions throughout competing proteins.
 
Early week strength in the wholesale beef market hit a road block be week's end as buyers backed away from procurement for additional product as fear of risk was building given recent increases. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, was up 2.95% ...

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NGOs Petition Feds to Close California Swordfish Drift Gillnetting to Protect Sea Turtles

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - May 20, 2016

Environmental groups this week requested the National Marine Fisheries Service meet its legal responsibility to close Southern California waters from swordfish drift gillnets to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Ocean and Turtle Island Restoration Network said in a press release that Southern California waters are teeming with pelagic red crabs — a favorite prey of loggerhead sea turtles — which have been washing up on local beaches...

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Ocean Premier Acquires All Assets to Canada's Toppits Foods

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 23, 2016

Toppits Foods Ltd. has been acquired by an International Seafood Company, Ocean Premier Inc.  The new management will take effect immediately and the Board of Directors has appointed John Mauro as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Toppits Foods will now be vertically integrated from the source to the final product which will include: farming, processing, importing and product development and will continue to market a full line of exceptional food products...

 

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Salmon Production in Chiloe Expected to Resume Soon as Chile Nears Deal with Protestors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2016

Chilean farmed salmon producers are close to getting their operations in Chiloe back online after nearly two weeks of protests among artisanal fishermen limited production in the market. 

Commercial producers say the government is close to a deal with artisanal fishing officials that should end a series of protests that started earlier this month. The protestors had set up blockades on the few major highways commercial farmed salmon producers use to truck harvested fish to processing centers on Chiloe island...

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MPEDA sets Plan to Start Hatchery, Expand Tilapia Production in India

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Jagdish Kumar - May 19, 2016

MPEDA is declaring new tilapia zones in India.

With growing tilapia farming across the east coast, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is planning to declare Krishna and West Godavari districts Tilapia fish zones.  This declaration allows the development of tilapia farming in these areas, and encourages farmers to take it up.

Tilapia has a good demand in the international market and is the second largest farmed fish across the world.

Speaking on this, MPEDA official said that tilapia can survive in high temperatures, requires less investment, gives high yield and depends on agriculture waste in ponds, corn and other preservatives.

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Maine Economic Development Agency Makes Grants to GMRI and to Start Maine Scallop Aquaculture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 20, 2016

The Maine Technology Institute announced funding for several fisheries-related programs in Maine.  The publicly funded development agency spent about $8.3 million in 2015, investing in a number of entrepreneurial projects.  The MTI is funded by a state bond program approved by the voters.
 
The awards announced yesterday included $398,306 to the Gulf of Maine Research institute (GMRI) to advance its study of creating a market and supply chain for sustainable seafood in Maine.  The grant was matched with an equivalent amount from industry, individual donations and other grants to continue work on its efforts that include branding and certifying responsibly harvested seafood and drawing attention to less popular and “underharvested” species.
 
Another grant for $134,189 went to Coastal Enterprise's Maine Scallop Aquaculture project.  MTI said the project will study the Japanese scallop aquaculture industry lantern net culture...

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Alaskan Leader's Catch-Processor Northern Leader to be Featured on Discovery Channel Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh - May 19, 2016

Alaskan Leader Fisheries' freezer-longliner the Northern Leader will be featured on the Discovery Channel's Canadian series Might Ships this weekend on May 22.

Discovery Channel Canada will premiere the show at 7:00 p.m. Toronto time and 4:00 p.m Vancouver time. This is one of the few times in the show's nine-year run that a commercial fishing vessel has been profiled.

The show will feature the Northern Leader, a 184 ft catcher-processor that can processes 1.68 million pounds of frozen fish, the largest capacity of any longliner in the world...

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