Fri. Aug 26 2016

Surging Demand for Lobster Meat Changing Canadian Processing Patterns


Gorton's Seafood Hires Connelly Partners to Handle Marketing and Media


Orca Bay Now Offering Sales Directly to Consumers With New Online Store


Further Peer Review Again Delays FDA Update on How Pregnant Women Should Eat Seafood   (1)


Fishline's Mobile Application is Industry's First Directory of Community Supported Fisheries


Norway Royal Salmon Expands to Iceland, Buys 50% Stake in Arctic Fish


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 26, 2016


Thu. Aug 25 2016

Thai Union Responds to Greenpeace; Publishes Questionnaire Greenpeace Won't Acknowledge


Lobster Ban Threat in Europe is Real, as Swedish and US Scientists Talk Past Each Other  


Consistent Supply is Key to Develop West Coast Rockfish Market Says Oregon Trawl Commission  


ISSF and Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna in New Collaboration to Promote Sustainability Goals  


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 25, 2016


Wed. Aug 24 2016

Greenpeace Only Blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them


Gulf Shrimp Prices Spike in August on Low Volumes; Spread Widens Over Farmed Market  


Mothership and Shoreside Whiting Sectors Struggling This Year as Catches Fall Behind  


Continued Poor Salmon Harvests Forecast in Hokkaido this Autumn, with Less Than 40 Million Fish  


High Price of Salmon Continues in Japan Amid Dwindling Imports of Coho from Chile  


Supreme Crab and Seafood Launches Signature Catch Crab Meat as Flagship Brand  


Settlement Reached in Legal Action Against Sea Shepherd by Japanese Whalers


Poseidon Food Joins NFI's Crab Council as 27th Member, Second International Company


Large Portion of Fishmeal, Fish Oil Still Produced Using Fish from Poorly Managed Fisheries


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday August 24, 2016


Tue. Aug 23 2016

The Mazzetta Company Suspends Fish Production at Gloucester Seafood Processing to Focus on Lobster


Indian Tilapia Farming Off to Good Start with High Survival Rates in Andhra Pradesh  


Bumble Bee Gets Canned Tuna Non-GMO Project Verified; Will Certify Entire Product Line by Year's End


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Approves Fishery Protections for Over 50 Unmanaged Forage Fish Species


Doug Coffman Named Business Dev. Manager for Trans Ocean's Midwest, Southeast, Southwest Regions


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday August 23, 2016


Mon. Aug 22 2016

Fraser Sockeye Salmon Run Estimate Lowest Since 1893  


Sea Port Initiates Voluntary Recall with FDA for Philippine Scallops Produced Nov. 23 and 24, 2015


Zhanjiang Guolian to Invest $72 million in Three Closed System Shrimp Farms  


Record Salmon Catches in Russia This Year to be Directed to the Domestic Market  


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Seeks to Host House Parties to Start October Seafood Month


Competing Proteins: Red Meat Markets Slide, Poultry and Eggs Advance Last Week


Seafood.com News Summary Monday August 22, 2016


Fri. Aug 19 2016

Copper River Coho Season Gets Off to Strong Start; Landings Could Exceed Preseason Forecast


Yihe and Alaskan Jack's Brand add to Salmon Line With Dumpling Products This Fall


Gloucester's Sustainable Groundfish Assoc. Gets Acadian redfish, haddock, Pollock MSC Certified


MSC Hires Seafood Industry Veteran Eric Critchlow as US Program Director


JingDong, A Chinese Online Platform, Expands Fresh Fish Business with Global Sourcing Strategy


Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 19, 2016


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Surging Demand for Lobster Meat Changing Canadian Processing Patterns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton - August 26, 2016

If there was one thing lobster processors were thinking about during the first part of this year's lobster season, it was lobster meat.
 
Surging foodservice demand for lobster meat is changing lobster processing patterns, both in Canada and the US.

The government of PEI recently released a summary of the May-June lobster season.  Volume was down 13.5%, to 23.5 million pounds, vs. 27.2 million pounds last year...

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Thai Union Responds to Greenpeace; Publishes Questionnaire Greenpeace Won't Acknowledge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 25 2016

Thai Union published a statement responding to Greenpeace's comments about the company in their report on the US Foodservice Industry (Greenpeace Only Blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them  August 24th).  In addition to describing their global sustainability strategy, Thai Union published their entire response to the corporate questionnaire Greenpeace sent them, and urged customers to read it.  Greenpeace will not acknowledge any steps Thai Union is taking because it would undercut their campaign to paint a black and white picture to their donors,  where Greenpeace is the only organization preventing a collapse of the oceans.
 
Thai Union says they respect Greenpeace's vision for healthy seas, but cannot support the methods of its campaigns.
 
Thai Union Response to Greenpeace:
 
Thai Union and all of its brands around the world are committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner..

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Lobster Ban Threat in Europe is Real, as Swedish and US Scientists Talk Past Each Other

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton August 25, 2016
 
Most US industry and government reaction to the proposed ban of sales of live lobster in Europe has been highly critical of the lack of science and data in the Swedish request to impose a ban under invasive species control laws.  The US and Canadian scientists have argued that the establishment of a population of Homarus Americanus is extremely unlikely.
 
However, the response of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, which is now public, shows that the Swedes believe the precautionary principle trumps the lack of scientific consensus.
 
"There is a major difference between assessing the likelihood that establishment will occur and assessing the risk that establishment may occur. ...

 

 

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Consistent Supply is Key to Develop West Coast Rockfish Market Says Oregon Trawl Commission

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - August 25, 2016

The West Coast shoreside trawl industry came away from a rockfish marketing strategies meeting Wednesday with two critical messages: Commitment and consistency.

The Oregon Trawl Commission’s roundtable discussion was to brainstorm marketing ideas in light of markedly higher annual catch limits (ACLs) for several rockfish species beginning in 2017, many of which have been under tight restrictions since the early 2000s. 

The higher ACLs also will allow access to other key species, such as lingcod...

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Gorton's Seafood Hires Connelly Partners to Handle Marketing and Media

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 26, 2016

Gorton's Seafood has hired Connelly Partners to marketing and media duties, including its social, digital, content development, media planning and buying, public relations and shopper marketing efforts.

Gorton's is consolidating much of its marketing assignment under this new partnership, although incumbent agency Burns Group will continue to work with Gorton’s on creative and strategy Gorton's said in a press release.

The other incumbent shops were Assembly for media and Rink for PR...

 

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Orca Bay Now Offering Sales Directly to Consumers With New Online Store

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 26, 2016

Orca Bay Seafoods announced the launch of a new online store Orca Direct that allows the company to sells its portfolio of seafood products directly to consumers across the US market. 

The store features over 15 frozen seafood products that Orca Bay will ship directly its customers from its facility in Renton, Washington.  The product line includes 5 oz. single serve filet portions, seafood burgers and crab selections...

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Fishline's Mobile Application is Industry's First Directory of Community Supported Fisheries 
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 26, 2016
 
FishLine, a mobile application for Fresh, Local Seafood, is the industry’s first mobile directory of Community Supported Fisheries, Fish Markets, and other Direct-to-Consumer suppliers. 
 
The FishLine mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. There is no cost for suppliers to sign up for the directory. 
 
"We've taken our popular CrabLine Directory and merged it with the CSF listings of LocalCatch.org to create a mega-directory of local seafood sources," ...

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Greenpeace Only blesses 3 out of 14 Foodservice Companies - the Three that Agreed to Talk to Them

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton - August 24, 2016

Greenpeace released its first report on Foodservice companies use of seafood, saying "Ocean Destruction Comes from Foodservice."
 
The hollowness of the campaign is illustrated by the fact that only 3 out of 14 companies agreed to speak to Greenpeace, and those were the only companies given a "passing" grade. They were Sodexo, Compass, and Aramark.
 
The others -- Sysco, US Foods, Performance Group, Delaware North, Gordon Foodservices, Reinhart, Food Services of America, Shamrock Foods, Maines Paper and Foodservice, AVI Food Systems, Centerplate and Elior North America all refused to talk to Greenpeace.
 
The report is largely focused on tuna, and on attacking the Thai Union Group.  Greenpeace is involved in other campaigns to shut down purse seine and longline tuna fishing, including all tuna caught using FADs.

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ISSF and Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna in New Collaboration to Promote Sustainability Goals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 25, 2016 

Washington, D.C. – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework for mutual cooperation on conservation and sustainability goals.

The agreement creates a mechanism for working closely together on activities to promote the sustainability of tuna fisheries and ecologically healthy marine ecosystems in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).

The activities the two groups will work on include:
·        Improved electronic reporting and electronic monitoring, including for purse seine vessels as well as other fisheries such as longline
·        Binding implementation of improved harvest strategies by the IATTC for EPO tropical tunas
·        Capacity management for the EPO purse seine fisheries; PAST and ISSF will explore mechanisms...

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Continued Poor Salmon Harvests Forecast in Hokkaido this Autumn, with Less Than 40 Million Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] - August 24, 2016

The stock size of salmon migrating to Hokkaido this autumn is foreseen to stay below 40 million, a stagnant level that had continued in the last two years.

A Hokkaido prefectural salmon research institute recently estimated that the salmon runs to Hokkaido this season would be 39,015,000 fish, a modest increase of 6% over the previous season.
 
By sea area, salmon runs to the Sea of Okhotsk is forecast to show a 10.8% growth to 17,849,000 fish, accounting for 45% of all the salmon runs to Hokkaido...
 
 

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Supreme Crab and Seafood Launches Signature Catch Crab Meat as Flagship Brand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 24, 2016

Florida-based Supreme Crab & Seafood announced the launch of its Signature Catch brand of crab meat, which will be the company's flagship label. 

The brand will feature Supreme's frozen and refrigerated Chinese Swimming crab meat.   

“We are very excited to have this additional species available.  Many distributors use both species so this will provide added convenience for our customers,” said Troy Turkin, Chief Operating Officer. 

 

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Indian Tilapia Farming Off to Good Start with High Survival Rates in Andhra Pradesh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jagdish Kumar - August 23, 2016

Fish farmers in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state has reaping benefits from Tilapia fish farming as it is giving good returns to them.

Tilapia fish farming was done in Pedderu reservoir of V Madugula mandal in the district of Vizag with the help of Tata Trust by the state fisheries department.

The department has selected the reservoirs after consultations and had brought over 150,000 small fry from Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aqua Culture, Vijayawada...

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Bumble Bee Gets Canned Tuna Non-GMO Project Verified; Will Certify Entire Product Line by Year's End

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 23, 2016

Bumble Bee Seafoods announced that its branded portfolio of canned Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water and in Oil is now Non-GMO Project Verified. The canned tuna producer also has plans to certify the balance of its canned and pouch tuna products by the end of the year. 

Cans of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water and in Oil will now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified logo...

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Poseidon Food Joins NFI's Crab Council as 27th Member, Second International Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] -August 24, 2016 

The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council added blue swimming crab importer Poseidon Food as its latest member. 

Netherlands-based Poseidon Food supplies a range of high-quality crabmeat and seafood products to retail and wholesale customers. They join fellow Dutch-company Fisherman’s Choice as the council’s European representatives.

“Poseidon Food starts from the premise that seafood is a premium dining experience,” said Director Erald de Groot...

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Large Portion of Fishmeal, Fish Oil Still Produced Using Fish from Poorly Managed Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 24, 2016

An annual sustainability overview of reduction fisheries conducted by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) found that a majority of the fisheries used to produce fishmeal and fish oil are well managed. However, the report also found significant volumes of these fish continue to originate from fisheries that are not well managed...

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Doug Coffman Named Business Dev. Manager for Trans Ocean's Midwest, Southeast, Southwest Regions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 23, 2016

Trans-Ocean Products has hired Doug Coffman as the Business Development Manager for the Mid-West, Texas, Southeast and Southwest regions of the U.S. market.   

Coffman will be responsible for key account management and broker sales supervision for Trans-Ocean’s market-leading surimi brands Crab Classic and Jaiba Supremo and also for its just-introduced Simply Surimi brand.

Most recently, Coffman was the Business Manager for Seafood and Produce with Daymon Worldwide at the company’s Houston, TX office...

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Sea Port Initiates Voluntary Recall with FDA for Philippine Scallops Produced on Nov. 23 and 24, 2015

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  August 22, 2016

Following a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that was traced back to their scallops by the CDC and Hawaii Dept of Public Health, Sea Port worked with the FDA to institute a voluntary recall in three states where the product was sold to restaurants: Hawaii, California, and Nevada.  To date, health officials have not notified Sea Port of any illnesses in California or Nevada.
 
Bill Dresser, CEO, said "Sea Port is fully committed to working with health officials and our supply chain partners to determine what may have happened and to prevent it from happening again. It is important not only to Sea Port, but to the entire seafood community."
 
 

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Record Salmon Catches in Russia This Year to be Directed to the Domestic Market

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden August 22, 2016

Russia expects a record salmon catch this year.   The volume of salmon catch in Russia this year may set a new record for the last 7 years and exceed the figures of 2014 by 25%, according to recent statements of Russian Rosrybolovstvo. 

However, the 25% jump over 2014 (the last even year for pinks) also is resulting in a strong push by the Russian government to keep this fish for the domestic market. 

According to forecasts of Rosrybolovstvo, total salmon catch in Russia this year will significantly exceed 400,000 tonnes. The growth of catch is currently observed in the majority of areas of the Russian Far East region, except Sakhalin. 

In the case of Kamchatka, the volume of catch this year is expected to reach 220,000 tonnes, which is almost 30% higher the figures of 2014..

 

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Further Peer Review Again Delays FDA Update on How Pregnant Women Should Eat Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 26, 2017

An updated advisory on how much seafood pregnant women should consume will likely not be ready this year due to another peer review initiated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft update to their joint advisory two years ago, but the document has yet to be finalized. It was criticized by environmentalists who said it encouraged women to eat more fish without providing enough guidance about how to avoid methyl mercury.

The new FDA peer review is of "[t]echnical information on development of fish consumption advice," according to a plan...

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Norway Royal Salmon Expands to Iceland, Buys 50% Stake in Arctic Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 26, 2016

Norway Royal Salmon is expanding its operations to Iceland through an agreement to acquire 50 percent of Arctic Fish in a deal worth EU29 million.

The other half of the company will continued to be controlled by Bremesco Holding Ltd and Novo EHF.

“Norway Royal Salmon considers Iceland to be an exciting area for additional growth, and will following the transaction, be in a position to take a more active role in the development of the Icelandic salmon farming industry,” the company said in a statement...

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Gulf Shrimp Prices Spike in August on Low Volumes; Spread Widens Over Farmed Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 24, 2016

Gulf shrimp prices are up significantly in August because of supply concerns since landings in July fell to their lowest level since 2010.  The summer spike has quickly widened the spread between Gulf shrimp prices and the imported farmed market.

According to NMFS, about 6.6 million pounds of shrimp were landed in July. The figure is down 36 percent from last year—a difference of nearly 4 million pounds...

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Mothership and Shoreside Whiting Sectors Struggling This Year as Catches Fall Behind

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - August 24, 2016

The 3-sector Pacific whiting fishery so far this year seems to be a mixed bag of slow production, concerns about rockfish bycatch and a little bit of worry about small fish.
 
So far, the catcher-processor sector is the only one of the three that has exceeded its 2015 whiting catch, harvesting 47,416.77 mt of whiting this year compared with 27,660.38 last year. Still, that's only 46 percent of its 72,415 mt allocation.
 
The mothership co-operatives and the shoreside sector are still behind, both relative to last year's landings and their percentage of annual allocation.
 
"The only constant about any given whiting season is that we know it will be different than the last one..

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High Price of Salmon Continues in Japan Amid Dwindling Imports of Coho from Chile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Japan Reports]   August 24, 2016

Tokyo - High prices of salmon show no signs of halt in Japan.
 
Salted coho slices (fillets) from Chile are now traded at Y920 per kilo at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, which is 20-30% higher than a year ago.  
 
The average monthly wholesale price of salted coho (imported and domestic products included) at Tsukiji had exceeded the year-before level for five consecutive months until June this year.
 
In Chile there occurred massive plankton blooms...
 

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The Mazzetta Company Suspends Fish Production at Gloucester Seafood Processing to Focus on Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 23, 2016

The Mazzetta Company’s Massachusetts-based operation Gloucester Seafood Processing announced a temporary suspension to fresh fish processing so the company can focus primarily on lobster production.

According to a statement from Mazzetta’s Joe Chekouras, GSP is reconfiguring the production process at the facility.

“GSP plans to concentrate on lobster production..." said Chekouras...

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Settlement Reached in Legal Action Against Sea Shepherd by Japanese Whalers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  August 24, 2016

The Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and Kyodo Senpaku (KS) today announced that they have reached a settlement in the lawsuits against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and Paul Watson for harassing and endangering research whaling vessels.
 
ICR and KS filed their original complaint in the Washington Federal District Court in Seattle on 8 December 2011, seeking injunctive relief from violent behavior that threatened the safety and lives of their researchers and crews. This followed several years of increasingly dangerous physical attacks on the High Seas in which Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson attempted to sabotage research activity by ramming vessels, dragging ropes to damage propellers and throwing and firing glass projectiles from close quarters. 
 
On 17 December 2012, the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction 

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Surging Demand for Lobster Meat Changing Canadian Processing Patterns 

Surging foodservice demand for lobster meat is changing lobster processing patterns, both in Canada and the US. According to data from the PEI government, the province's spring season was characterized by a slower pace of landings and a higher raw material cost. This combination supported processors' move to pack lobster meat. Processors say US demand for lobster remains strong and they are moving meat as fast they can produce it. Lobster meat imports to the US have been the highest in years, with each month of 2016 exceeding the volume of any of the past four years. At the same time, lobster meat prices continue to trend at record highs.

The population of non-native, giant red king crab populations in the Barents Sea has spread much faster than anticipated over the last two decades. WWF Norway says the crab’s population has increased six-fold and is at least 12 million crabs in the Barents Sea alone. The crab is now reported to have reached the Lofoten Islands, about a third of the way down the Norwegian coast, having migrated some 400 miles since the early 1990s. Scientific predictions about just how far south it will reach in Europe vary widely. Some say just south of the Arctic Circle, others predict it will reach the British east coast and still others believe as far as Spain and Portugal.

In other news, President Obama announced the creation of the largest protected area on the planet by expanding a national marine monument off the coast of Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea. The move more than quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument that was established a decade ago. Obama has now used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to protect more than 548 million acres of federal land and water, more than double what any of his predecessors have done.

Meanwhile, Orca Bay Seafoods plans to relocate its headquarters from Renton, Washinton to a new facility in Federal Way after construction is completed. Orca Bay hired Preferred Freezers to build a a 314,424-square-foot warehousing, distribution and processing center in the town. Orca Bay also announced a new online store that will allow the company to sell its portfolio of frozen seafood products directly to consumers in the US.

Finally, downsizing at Brazil's Fishing and Aquiculture Ministry is giving exporters trouble with clearing their shipments into the EU market. Brazilian lobster shipments cannot be offloaded due to the absence of capture certificates, a document demanded by the European bloc. Staff shortages at Brazil's Fishing and Aquiculture Ministry are now extending the time its takes to obtain a capture certification to over 30 days when they were previously issued within two or three days.

Have a great weekend.

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Approves Fishery Protections for Over 50 Unmanaged Forage Fish Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 23, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved an amendment to protect more than 50 unmanaged forage fish species in the Mid-Atlantic.

If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment would prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries on a number of unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. The prohibition would continue until the Council has had an opportunity to assess...

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Fraser Sockeye Salmon Run Estimate Lowest Since 1893

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - August 22, 2016

The Fraser River Panel met on Friday to reveiw assessment data and decreased the estimated run size of all four of the Fraser’s sockeye runs to a total sum of 853,000 fish.

“This is the lowest run-size ever estimated since estimates began in 1893,” the Panel’s report stated.

“Returns on the 2016 cycle are typically the lowest of the four-year cycle (average returns 1952, 1956..., 2008, 2012; 3,650,000 fish). Most Fraser sockeye populations are forecast based on spawning escapements in prior brood years (2012 for age 4 fish and 2011 for age 5 fish), and based mostly on the numbers of fish spawning in 2012, the median forecast was expected to be below average for the cycle; 2,271,000 fish. 

"The exact reasons why the return fell at the lower end of the forecast range are unknown at this time, but...

 

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Thai Union Responds to Greenpeace; Publishes Questionnaire Greenpeace Won't Acknowledge 

Thai Union published a statement responding to Greenpeace's comments about the company in their report on the US Foodservice Industry, which we reported on in yesterday's news. In addition to describing their global sustainability strategy, Thai Union published their entire response to the corporate questionnaire Greenpeace sent them, and urged customers to read it. However, Greenpeace will not acknowledge any steps Thai Union is taking because it would undercut their campaign to paint a black and white picture to their donors writes John Sackton. "We support open debate about the future and health of our oceans. But open debate is not what's happening - in fact, far from it," said Thai Union in a statement.

The response by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, which is now public, shows that the Swedes believe the precautionary principle trumps the lack of scientific consensus. Sweden's statement says the US and Canadian reviews and analysis do not consider possible long-term effects. The response adds that even though no successful establishment of H. americanus has been recorded after intended releases, it is no guarantee that the same species will not be successfully invasive in another place or time. "Prevention is generally more environmentally desirable and cost-effective than reaction after the fact," Sweden said in its response.

The Oregon Trawl Commission held a roundtable discussion to brainstorm marketing ideas in light of markedly higher annual catch limits for several rockfish species beginning in 2017. The challenge for the Commission writes Susan Chambers, is how to develop a market for West Coast rockfish, which has been absent from the seafood case for years. One key takeaway from the meeting was ensuring consistent, year-round supply of the fish.

In other news, Alaska's crabbers want to change Country of Origin Labeling Laws (COOL) that exempt processed seafood products. The Inter-Cooperative Exchange says consumers are not able to determine the source of the crab products they buy since they fall under COOL exemptions because crabs are required to be cooked right after delivery. "Right now when a consumer goes into a grocery store they don’t know if the crab comes from Russia or Newfoundland or Alaska. And we think that the American consumers will prefer Alaskan product and there are good reasons for that," said Jake Jacobsen, director of the Exchange.

Finally, American Seafoods will pay $3.1 million to the Canadian government as part of a settlement to cover the cost of damages done to the naval frigate the HMCS Winnipeg after the fishing vessel the American Dynasty crashed into it. The accident happened this past April in the Esquimalt Harbour. The Dynasty was heading towards the graving dock for repairs when it accelerated and crashed into the HMCS Winnipeg that was tied to a jetty.

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Zhanjiang Guolian to Invest $72 million in Three Closed System Shrimp Farms

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton August 22, 2016

Zhanjiang Guolian announced that they will invest 480 million Yuan ($72 million) in constructing three shrimp farms that will become operational within 11 months.
 
Two farms will be in Guangdong Province, and one in Hainan.   
 
The company says that the farms will be closed system shrimp farms, with strict control of breeding, water exchange, and other factors to minimize disease risk.  
 
Total output is expected to be 6000 metric tons...
 
 

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