Mon. Jan 23 2017

Unfortunate Decision on Bairdi Suggests Alaska Failing its Fisheries Obligations in Age of Austerity  


Carlos Rafael Trial Date Moved to March 20th or Later


Thai Union Secures $694 Million in Investment Funds in Strong Support of Red Lobster Deal


ISA Confirmed at One of Bakkafrost's Faroese Salmon Farming Sites  


Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Raised True North Salmon Featured on Presidential Inauguration Menus


Competing Proteins: Beef, Egg Markets Move Higher Last Week; Poultry and Pork Nearly Unchanged


Seafood Nutrition Partnership Launches Online Resources Explaining Benefits of Seafood Consumption


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 23, 2017


Fri. Jan 20 2017

Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand  


Final Rule for Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Now Available


New England Plaice (Dab)s Gain Sustainability Nod from GMRI  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday, January 20, 2017


Thu. Jan 19 2017

FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance   (1)


US Foods Announces New Chief Merchandising Officer


Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species  


Conservation Groups Sue to Protect Salmon and Defend Clean Water from Coal Industry Attacks


2017 Benchley Winners Announced for Excellence in Ocean Conservation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday, January 19, 2017


Wed. Jan 18 2017

Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers


ADF&G Says Following FDA's Food Safety Regs When Preparing Alaskan Salmon Will Prevent Illness  


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Tue. Jan 17 2017

Russia's Future Barents Sea Snow Crab Harvest Could Reach 27,000 tons  


AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Alaska Sablefish Is Re-Certified Under RFM for Sustainability


Fernando Villarroel Leaves Cermaq Canada to Head Marine Harvest's Chile Operation


PODCAST: US Shrimp Imports Spike in November and On Record Pace in 2016


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Unfortunate Decision on Bairdi Suggests Alaska Failing its Fisheries Obligations in Age of Austerity

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 23, 2017

Alaska’s fiscal crisis is continuing, as low oil prices have decimated the state budget.  One of the important foundations of the state’s economy going forward is its fishing industry.  Yet at their January meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries rejected a request to open a small Bairdi fishery under unique circumstances this year that would have been worth $25 million.
 
The difficulty of the fisheries situation in Alaska is partly due to the fact that at the same time the state is becoming more dependent on fisheries resources, the impact of global warming and possible spatial changes in stocks is creating new uncertainty in traditional survey estimates.
 
The ADF&G mission statement says “The primary goals are to ensure that Alaska's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their habitats are conserved and managed on the sustained yield principle, and the use and development of these resources are in the best interest of the economy and well-being of the people of the state.”
 
Unfortunately, the Board of Fisheries Decision to deny a well-researched plan for a small Bairdi fishery this year put out of date science over the interests of the “economy and well-being” of the people of the state.
 
Bairdi crab has been an Alaska success story.  Once a highly sought after crab that was larger and more valuable than Opilio,...
 

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Carlos Rafael Trial Date Moved to March 20th or Later

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 23, 2016

Judge William G. Young of the Massachusetts District Court has granted a motion for a delay in the trial for both Carlos Rafael and Antonio Freitas.
 
Rafael is accused of falsifying fish landing information, and selling fish not counted against his quota allocation, in violation of numerous federal fisheries statutes. 
 
Freitas is the New Bedford Sherrif who is accused of helping Rafael illegally take cash out of the country...

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Thai Union Secures $694 Million in Investment Funds in Strong Support of Red Lobster Deal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 23, 2017

Thai Union Public Group secured $694 million in funding in a sign of strong investor and banking sector support of its recent investment in Red Lobster.

The company said it successfully completed a book building for 12 million Thai Baht (US$339 million) in long term funding. Thai Union said it was the largest number of debentures ever issued by the compabny. The issuance included 3 year, 5 year, 7 year and 10 year bonds. 

Bangkok Bank PCL, Bank of Ayudhya PCL, and Siam Commercial Bank PCL were Lead Managers...

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ISA Confirmed at One of Bakkafrost's Faroese Salmon Farming Sites

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 23, 2017

Faroese Veterinary Authorities confirmed a case of ISA at one of Bakkafrost’s salmon farms and the company has adjusted its 2017 salmon output forecast because of the containment measures.

Tests confirmed a case of ISA at the A-73 Hvannasund Nor farming site. This case concerns two cages.  Bakkafrost said it has already harvested all fish in the first cage (approx. 100,000 fish) and will also harvest the next cage (approx. 90,000 fish) immediately.

As a result of the harvesting, Bakkafrost lowered its 2017 salmon harvest forecast by 600 metric tons of gutted weight. This represents about 1 percent downward adjustment from the company’s full year estimate of 56,000 metric tons of gutted weight...

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Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Japan Reports]  January 20, 2017

North American pollock surimi prices record their first drop in 3 years and 9 months in Japan thanks to robust landings in Alaska.

Prices of pollock surimi--which serves as materials for fish paste products such as kamaboko and chikuwa in Japan--is turning lower for the first time in three years and nine months.
 
The downturn was triggered by a drastic increase in pollock...

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Cooke Aquaculture's Maine Raised True North Salmon Featured on Presidential Inauguration Menus

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 23, 2017

Farmed raised salmon from Maine was featured on the menu during President Donald Trump’s Inauguration events over the weekend.

The salmon were individually hand selected for the President from Cooke Aquaculture USA’s ‘Deep Cove’ marine farm site. The farm is one of the state’s oldest salmon farms near Eastport, Maine. The fish were raised at one of Maine’s freshwater hatcheries before transfer to the Deep Cove marine site.

The salmon were harvested and packaged for shipment at the True North Salmon Processing facility in Machiasport. In Washington, the salmon were smoked by the Executive Chef of the Blair House were served to guests, including President Trump...

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Seafood Nutrition Partnership Launches Online Resources Explaining Benefits of Seafood Consumption

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 23, 2017

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) has launched online education programs and resources to assist in teaching communities and individuals about the health and nutritional benefits of a seafood-rich diet.

The resources, which area available at at seafoodnutrition.org/programs and seafoodnutrition.org/resources, have been developed for use by nutrition educators and influencers within the public health sector, healthcare organizations, schools, workplace wellness programs, and the general public the SNP said.

“Through our work with health and nutrition influencers, we’ve seen an ongoing need for seafood education resources that supplement current nutrition education initiatives,” said Traci Causey, Director of Programs and Education for SNP. “The online resources we’ve created for them are both accessible and practical.”

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New England Plaice (Dabs) Gain Sustainability Nod from GMRI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times] Jan 20, 2017   

A Maine marine research institute says it has added a species of New England flounder to its list of sustainably harvested fish species.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it is adding the American plaice to its list of species that can carry the "Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested" brand.

The American plaice, also called the dab, is landed in Gloucester and New Bedford...

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US Foods Announces New Chief Merchandising Officer 
  
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Wire] January 19, 2017 
 
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Andrew Iacobucci will join the company as Chief Merchandising Officer, effective January 23. Iacobucci will oversee category management, procurement, product innovation and food safety, as well as marketing efforts on behalf of the company. 
 
“Andrew is a proven leader and merchandising executive who will play a key role in helping us continue to drive food leadership and product innovation for our customers,” said US Foods President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “His merchandising expertise and food industry experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow our market share with independent restaurants and other target ...

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Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 19, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced yesterday that the Department of Commerce has determined commercial fishery failures occurred for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.

Each of the affected fisheries experienced sudden, unexpected, and large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. The Secretary's decision enables fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.

In Alaska, the Gulf of Alaska 2016 pink salmon fishery was declared a disaster. Those pinks were returning to streams in Kodiak, Cook Inlet, and Prince William Sound.

In California, disasters were declared for the Dungeness and rock crab...

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Alaska's 2017 Copper River Salmon Run Forecast Would Tie 2016 as Lowest in Decades

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a Copper River forecast on Friday for 2017 that anticipates a king salmon run that would tie 2016 as the smallest since 1980. The ADFG's 2017 chinook salmon total run forecast of 29,000 is about 34,000 less than the 18-year average total run size of 63,000. The forecast for the king salmon return is barely more than the minimum escapement goal of 24,000. After accounting for sport and subsistence harvest, that would allow for a commercial harvest of just 3,500 of the species. Additionally, ADFG forecasts 1.5 million sockeye to return to Copper River, the third-lowest in the last 20 years.

John Sackton writes why the Alaska Board of Fisheries' decision to deny a well-researched plan for a small Bairdi fishery this year put out of date science over the interests of the “economy and well-being” of the people of the state. The reason the Bairdi was closed was not for lack of a surplus of harvestable males. Instead, it was due to the poor survey results for females even though there were real issues with the conclusion that female abundance was below the target threshold Sackton writes. "At a time where the financial future of the state and many communities are on the line, to forgo that revenue due to poor science or the inability to adjust models to current data is simply not an acceptable outcome," Sackton says in today's story.

In other news, UK restaurant chain Burger and Lobster may be in serious financial trouble because of the high cost of lobster meat. The restaurant chain, which opened a 170 seat location in Manchester said it is struggling to pay back debts after racking up a pre-tax loss of more than £7m (US$8.7 million), according to accounts filed with Companies House. The chain has already sold off its loss-making 300-seat Cardiff site. Burger and Lobster has also ditched its £20 ($24.95) fixed price policy for its burgers, lobsters and lobster rolls last year, dropping burgers to £16 ($19.96) and pricing lobster dishes between £19 ($23.70) and £54 ($67.36).

Meanwhile, biologists say Nova Scotia's haddock biomass in the Bay of Fundy and Georges Bank are potentially massive. A population assessment for the southern Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy estimates that 264 million haddock were hatched there in 2013 and survived their first year. This means the population of adult haddock in those waters could be around 100,00 metric tons this year and in 2018. On Georges Bank, the population is predicted to be even bigger, with Canadian and American scientists estimating the 2013 hatch at 1.3 billion fish. "We're seeing signs of it now, but we would expect to see the fish at the larger, more commercially harvestable sizes in a couple of years," said Alain d'Entremont, chief operating officer at O'Neil Fisheries in Digby.

Finally, a Massachusetts District Court judge granted a motion for a delay in the trial for both Carlos Rafael and Antonio Freitas. Rafael's attorney asked for a 5 week continuance based on another upcoming trial, and also on possible talks with the US attorney to settle the case. Rafael is accused of falsifying fish landing information, and selling fish not counted against his quota allocation, in violation of numerous federal fisheries statutes. The tentative date for a trial for Rafael, if it comes to pass, would be after March 20th.

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2017 Benchley Winners Announced for Excellence in Ocean Conservation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 19, 2017

Ten recipients were announced for the Tenth Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards this week, including an Indonesian minister fighting poachers, two U.S. senators supporting marine monuments, and a young brother and sister duo concerned about turtles. The awards are unique in acknowledging outstanding achievement across many sectors of society leading to the protection of our ocean, coasts and the communities that depend on them.

Co-founded by Wendy Benchley and David Helvarg, and named in honor of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, this Award celebrates the life and legacy of a man who spent more than 40 years educating the public...

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AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

WRANGELL, AK — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announces the entries for the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2017. This year, products entered are grouped into four categories.

“In the 24th year of this annual competition, we are still seeing high quality and innovative new products made out of Alaska seafood,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “This year, the competition will be high in the Retail category, with seven new products competing for the winner in that category. We also have some exciting new Beyond the Plate products made with chitosan, oil, and leather, as well as Beyond the Egg products made with pollock and salmon roe. I wish the best of luck to all of the entrants.”...

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News Summary January 19, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Alaska's Board of Fish Cancels Bering Sea Bairdi Crab Fishery in Split Vote

Opening the news today is a focus on how last week the Bering Sea crabbers received bad news when the last hope for a bairdi Tanner fishery was dashed. The Board of Fisheries in a split vote decided against opening the fishery which produced 20 million pounds last year. Crab harvests are based on results of summer surveys and for Tanners, the numbers are driven by the abundance of female crab. Those numbers were not sufficient enough to open even a reduced fishery.

In other news, the FDA issued final guidance for fish consumption for pregnant women, which said 90 percent of the seafood items consumed in the US are safe to eat for expecting mothers. But the National Fisheries Institute said the advice lacks a science-based message and will confuse consumers

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News Summary January 17, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Russia's Barents Sea Snow Crab Production Could Reach 27,000 Metric Tons Say Fishery Officials

Today’s top headline reports that Russia plans to increase the volume of catch of snow crab in the Barents Sea in the coming years, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Rosrybolovstvo. According to Konstantin Sokolov, Head of the Laboratory of Coastal Research of the Russian Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, in recent years the demand for snow crab in Russia has significantly ...

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Fernando Villarroel Leaves Cermaq Canada to Head Marine Harvest's Chile Operation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

Fernando Villarroel, COO Canada for Cermaq, will join Marine Harvest as its new general manager for its Chilean subsidiary this May. Villarroel, a native of Chile, has worked for Cermaq for 19 years, ten of them abroad.

"It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation from Fernando Villarroel," said CEO Geir Molvik. "Fernando has been with Cermaq for 19 years and has been very important for the company, not only in Canada but also for the global operations."

Fernando will remain COO in Canada until the end of April.

He has been Chief Operating Officer Canada at Cermaq ASA since November 20, 2013. Villarroel joined Cermaq in 1998 and held different financial positions in Mainstream Chile before he transferred to Mainstream Scotland where he worked as a financial controller...

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News Summary January 16, 2017

Today's Main Story: Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

Today's news opens with a piece by John Sackton who writes that the situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky. For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast. During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for air shipment to China through Vancouver. But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban on ...

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Indonesian company PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Obtains Friend of the Sea Certification for Tuna

PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS), an Indonesian tuna catch and processing company, wholly owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd - has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can now display the official seal of approval on its products.

All tuna species are fished using the pole and line method, ...

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Competing Proteins: Beef, Egg Markets Move Higher Last Week; Poultry and Pork Nearly Unchanged
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] Jamie Chadwick - January 23, 2017 
 
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.
 
The spot market found support from end cuts and thin meats last week in the beef complex.  Rib prices also found some stability. Demand for spot product was moderate at best, which...

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Final Rule for Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Now Available

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 20, 2017

The final rule on standardizing and reporting the methodology for assessing bycatch, was published today in the Federal Register. The rule interprets and provides guidance on the requirement of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) that all fishery management plans (FMPs), with respect to any fishery, establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery. 

The final rule establishes requirements and provides guidance to regional fishery management councils and the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development, documentation, and review of such methodologies...

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FDA Says 90% of Fish Species are "Best Choice" for Pregnant Women in Confusing Final Guidance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 19, 2017

The FDA issued final guidance for fish consumption for pregnant women, which said 90 percent of the seafood items consumed in the US are safe to eat for expecting mothers.

According to a reference chart published alongside the final guidance, 62 types of fish are sorted into three categories: “Best choices” (eat two to three servings a week); “Good choices” (eat one serving a week) and “Fish to avoid.”

Fish in the “best choices” category make up nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the US market the FDA said...

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Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 18, 2017

The Mazzetta Company said it will find jobs for full time staff that were laid off and will eventually bring back its temporary workforce that were also let go from its Gloucester Seafood Processing (GSP) subsidiary.

The Illinois-based seafood importer and distributor issued the statement in response to a local news article that confirmed ...

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ADF&G Says Following FDA's Food Safety Regs When Preparing Alaskan Salmon Will Prevent Illness 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 18, 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish Game issued a reminder that current FDA food safety regulations prevent consumers from getting sick as long as they prepare fresh and frozen salmon properly regardless if it's cooked or eaten raw. 
 
Recent news reports have mentioned parasites in Alaska salmon; however, Alaska salmon is among the highest quality seafood and safe for consumer consumption. All commercially harvested Alaska seafood, which accounts for more than 60 percent of all the seafood harvested in the United States, is processed in accordance with strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, including parasite controls the ADF&G said...

 

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Conservation Groups Sue to Protect Salmon and Defend Clean Water from Coal Industry Attacks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2017

Washington, D.C.  – A coalition of local and national community and conservation groups filed a motion Wednesday to be allowed to help defend the national Stream Protection Rule against two lawsuits. The rule, issued Dec. 2, 2016 by the Department of the Interior, updates the minimum standards to protect clean water and other natural resources threatened by coal mining operations across the nation.  Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement spent years working on the new rule.

“Alaska has some of the last wild salmon runs left on earth. Alaska’s wild salmon, and the rivers that they depend on define who we are as Alaskans," Cook Inletkeeper's Bob Shavelson said in a statement. "Salmon fill our freezers and support our local economies. The Stream Protection Rule provides Alaskans with basic, common-sense protections for our wild salmon from the risks posed by coal strip mining.”

The rule has far-reaching implications. Conservation groups advocated for stronger standards...

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Russia's Future Barents Sea Snow Crab Harvest Could Reach 27,000 tons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 17, 2017

Russia plans to increase the volume of catch of snow crab in the Barents sea in the coming years, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

According to Konstantin Sokolov, Head of the Laboratory of Coastal Research of the Russian  Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, in recent years the demand ...

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News Summary January 20, 2017 

Today's Main Story: Pollock Surimi Prices Drop for First Time in 4 Years on Increased Quota, Slow Fillet Demand

North American pollock surimi prices record their first drop in 3 years and 9 months in Japan thanks to robust landings in Alaska. Prices of pollock surimi--which serves as materials for fish paste products such as kamaboko and chikuwa in Japan--are turning lower. The downturn was triggered by a drastic increase in pollock catch in North America, which diluted the sense of short supply around the globe. Another cause was the decrease in the consumption of pollock fillets in Europe. While surimi product makers can expect the effects of cost reduction, it is uncertain whether the raw material price fall directly leads to retail price cuts as producers had suffered deteriorating profit due to high prices during the preceding years.

In other news, Northern Dynasty Minerals has more than tripled since the U.S. election to approach a four-year high this week amid speculation the incoming administration will allow the explorer’s long-stalled Pebble project in Alaska to move ahead. Last week, the Vancouver-based company drummed up C$43 million ($32.4 million) in a secondary share offering to investors eager for a stake in 

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News Summary January 18, 2017

Today's Main Story: Most Lays Offs at Mazzetta's Gloucester Subsidiary Were Temp Workers; Finding Jobs for Full Timers

As a follow-up to one of Tuesday's top stories, today we report that The Mazzetta Company said it will find jobs for full-time staff that were laid off and will eventually bring back its temporary workforce that were also let go from its Gloucester Seafood Processing (GSP) subsidiary. The Illinois-based seafood importer and distributor issued the statement in response to a local news article that confirmed Mazzetta had laid off 175 of its employees since August. This is the first statement from the Mazzetta Company about the matter.

In other news, the Alaska Department of Fish Game issued a reminder that current FDA food safety regulations prevent consumers from getting sick as long as they prepare fresh and frozen salmon properly regardless if it's cooked or eaten raw. Recent news reports have mentioned parasites in Alaska salmon; however, Alaska salmon is among the highest quality seafood and safe for consumer consumption.

India's WestCoast Group, the country's only fully-integrated seafood company that sells black tiger shrimp and other se

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Alaska Sablefish Is Re-Certified Under RFM for Sustainability

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 17, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced today that the Alaska sablefish (black cod) fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.

The Alaska sablefish fishery was first certified to the Alaska RFM Certification Program in October 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of re-assessment The reassessment was conducted using Alaska RFM Standard Version 1.3. Details of the assessment can be found in the Final Assessment Report.

"The Alaska sablefish fishery achieved full conformity to each of the conformance criteria evaluated," the authors...

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PODCAST: US Shrimp Imports Spike in November and On Record Pace in 2016

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Halibut Catch Limits, Harvest Policy on Docket for Next Weeks IPHC Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 16, 2017

Halibut stakeholders from Alaska, British Columbia, and the U.S. West Coast will convene in Victoria, BC next week to set catch limits, season dates, and wrestle with significant harvest policy questions at the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Comments on potential catch limits were released earlier this year and focus on regulatory area 2C, Southeast Alaska. Six of the eight catch limit comments want changes to Area 2C’s potential catch limit, one of which recommends a single harvest rate be used in all of Area 2, comprised of 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California), 2B (British Columbia) and 2C (Southeast Alaska.)

A dozen regulatory proposals were submitted last fall addressing issues not related to catch limits...

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