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


Thu. Aug 18 2016

Regal Springs Names Ex-Nomad Foods Director Achim Eichenlaub CEO to Replace Retiring Lamprecht


NFI Says Greenpeace to Issue Rank and Spank US Foodservice Listings as Early as Monday   (1)


Lasting Damage to Perceptions of Seafood Found in Southern Lousiana from Deep Water Horizon Oil Spil


Seattle Fish Co. Helps MSC Expand Certified Seafood to First Restaurants in Colorado Market


Nova Scotia Distributor Binnacle Seafood Expects Export Bump to US After MSC Chain of Custody


High Salmon Prices, Limited Supplies Help Marine Harvest Post Record Q2 Revenues


Pollock Conservation Co-Op Now Taking Funding Proposals for Alaskan Fishery Improvement Projects


Monmouth Univ. Gets $1.2 Million in Funding to Develop Online, Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal


Newfoundland Reorganizes Ministries to Reduce Gov't Costs, Fisheries adds Forestry and Agrifoods


Phillips Seafood Now Featuring its Own Farmed, Indonesian Barramundi at Baltimore Location


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 18, 2016


Wed. Aug 17 2016

Editor's View: Spike in Indian Shrimp Refusals No Cause for Alarm  


Trident Seafoods Japan to Promote Pollock Fillet Products at Tokyo Seafood Show  


German Food Testing and Certification Firm Opens Modern Seafood Lab in Andhra Pradesh


NMFS Now Requires Imported Seafood Meet US Marine Mammal Bycatch Standards


Performance Food Group Posts Higher Q4, 2016 Sales; Says Red Lobster Business Will Boost '17 Growth


Norwegian Court Says Havfisk Did Not Breach Contract in Failed Deal to Sell Vessel, Whitefish Quota


Cermaq Hires Former Aker VP and General Manager Axel Gustavsen as Legal Affairs Director


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday August 17, 2016


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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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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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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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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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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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Seafood Nutrition Partnership Seeks to Host House Parties to Start October Seafood Month
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 22, 2016
 
The non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is inviting 250 people to host a Seafood Nutrition House Party this October 1. House Parties are a recognized way of influencing social media.  In the states where the Seafood Nutrition Partnership is working, the organization is trying to recruit people to host seafood house parties to kick off national seafood month.
 
The 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating seafood at least twice a week to take in at least 250mg of omega-3s EPA+DHA per day. Currently only 1 in 10 Americans follow this guideline. This program will help build awareness for the need to include critical seafood nutrition in regular meals..

 

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 19, 2016

After a lackluster pink season and less-than-expected sockeye catch in the Copper River, the Cordova gillnet fleet may have a silver lining for this year's salmon season.  After an aerial survey of the Copper River district, the silver salmon season opened on Monday, August 15 with an estimated landing of 19,000 silvers, also called coho salmon, and 760 sockeye.

In the 24-hour opener, 206 deliveries were reported. 

The 19,000 coho caught initially puts the run on track with the preseason estimate of 201,000 coho. 

“If the run comes in as forecast, harvest could be over 45% higher than last year when 137,000 Copper River coho were caught,” said ADF&G biologist Steve Moffitt...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 19, 2016

Gloucester-based Sustainable Groundfish Association, Inc. (SGA) has achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification for its Acadian redfish, haddock and pollock fisheries.

The independent assessment of the Acadian redfish, haddock and pollock fisheries was conducted by SAI Global Assurance Services, an accredited third-party conformity assessment body.

“MSC certification allows consumers to buy New England redfish, haddock and pollock with the confidence that the fisheries will continue to be operated and managed in a sustainable manner,” said Kristian Kristensen of Cape Ann Seafood Exchange...

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MSC Hires Seafood Industry Veteran Eric Critchlow as US Program Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 19, 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director.

Critchlow is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has worked for Ocean Beauty  and North Pacific Seafoods as Vice President (VP) of Sales. He has over 35 years of experience in the seafood industry.

“I am thrilled to be joining the MSC at a very important time in the organisation’s history,” said .Critchlow..

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NFI Says Greenpeace to Issue Rank and Spank US Foodservice Listings as Early as Monday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - August 18, 2016

According to NFI's Gavin Gibbons, Greenpeace is close to announcing a major new campaign to fund-raise off of a rank and spank approach to US Foodservice companies.
 
Similar to its retail rankings, Greenpeace scores companies in a subjective manner on on how ideologically close they are to the organization.
 
For example, their retail "red list" contains recommendations to avoid some of the most sustainable and certified seafood products on the planet, such as Alaska pollock.  There is no scientific basis for this.
 
In fact, Greenpeace is very explicit in their desire to halt commercial sales of these species.  They say on their website
 
"A crucial component of a responsible seafood operation is stopping the sale of the most destructively caught or endangered species. Greenpeace’s Red List is..
 

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Seattle Fish Co. Helps MSC Expand Certified Seafood to First Restaurants in Colorado Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 18, 2016

Five restaurants in Denver and Boulder are the first in Colorado to feature seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. 

Denver's Bamboo Sushi, To the Wind Bistro and Pub 17 and Boulder’s Wild Standard and Vail’s Terra Bistro are now all featuring MSC certified seafood supplied by Seattle Fish Co. 

“Seattle Fish was the first in the Rocky Mountain region to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a supplier of sustainable seafood – from catch to cook.  Our commitment to sustainability is deeper than ever," said Seattle Fish Co. CEO Derek Figueroa...

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High Salmon Prices, Limited Supplies Help Marine Harvest Post Record Q2 Revenues

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 18, 2016

Marine Harvest said higher salmon prices and strong demand helped it reach record earnings in the second quarter this year.

The company’s second quarter earnings were EUR 149 million, a 77 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. The salmon producer credited the performance to “unprecedented prices due to strong demand and reduced supply.”

Marine Harvest’s harvest volume was down 16 percent to around 87 metric tons. The company is on pace to harvest about 400,000 metric tons of salmon this year...

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Trident Seafoods Japan to Promote Pollock Fillet Products at Tokyo Seafood Show

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  August 17, 2016

 
Trident Seafoods Japan is again participating in the Tokyo Seafood Show as single company, instead of through its local distributors.  This is the 4th year Trident has exhibited directly.
 
According to Japanese sources, Trident is trying to expand its footprint with sales directly to consumers in Japan by showing new consumer products directly.  It has also hired female marketing staff for this task.
 
This year, the company will focus on the 'slice' or fillet market.  Traditionally Japanese have bought whole fish or highly processed fish, such as surimi.  But Pacific cod is sold as 'Slices" or 100 gm to 300 gm fillets, and Trident is going to expand this sales push..

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News Summary August 22, 2016 

Today's Main Story: Despite Demand, Indian Shrimp Exporters Margins Under Pressure

Today's news begins taking a look at while the Indian aquaculture industry has benefitted from the slowdown in production in countries like China, Vietnam and Thailand, the major global suppliers of shrimp, high demand has also induced a rise in farm gate prices. At the same time the average international prices are more or less stable as most importers tend to hold several months inventory; and this has put the margins of Indian exporters under pressure.

In other news, the Fraser River Panel met on Friday to review 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. "The exact reasons why the return fell at the lower end of the forecast range are unknown at this time, but poorer than average marine survival is a leading candidate,” the report said.

Lobster has become ubiquitous on restaurant menus in recent years, showing up everywhere f

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German Food Testing and Certification Firm Opens Modern Seafood Lab in Andhra Pradesh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jagdish Kumar - August 17, 2016

In order to exploit growing seafood testing opportunities in the east coast of India, Germany based testing and certification giant TÜV SÜD has opened its new ultra- modern seafood and commodity testing lab in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh state.

The lab will help reduce turn-around time for food exporters resulting in assured go-to-market strategies, as the lab has been is outfitted with state-of-the art equipment like LCMSMS, GCMSMS, ICPMS and a cutting-edge microbiology lab...

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Monmouth Univ. Gets $1.2 Million in Funding to Develop Online, Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 18, 2016

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has provided Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI) with a $1.2 million grant to continue the development of a Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal  a free, state-of-the-art mapping and information site focused on ocean areas from New York through Virginia.

The funding will support the work of a project team consisting of researchers from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA), The Nature Conservancy and the UCI...

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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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Competing Proteins: Red Meat Markets Slide, Poultry and Eggs Advance Last Week
 
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry Newswires] -Jamie Chadwick - August 22, 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.
 
The beef market tone opened and ended the week with a flat feeling. The Choice cutout, which represents a composite value of the carcass based upon prices paid for primal cuts, fell 0.3% while Select fell 0.08% on the week. Retail business was reported rather lackluster as consumer spending was diverted to "back to...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  August 19, 2016

This summer Alaskan Jack Corp., the US based company related to Yihe in China, announced a line extension to its Alaskan Jack's salmon products with three salmon dumplings.
 
The new dumpling products are all Alaskan wild-caught pink salmon, made in the USA and have all-natural and GMO-free ingredients.  The products come in a 10-ounce tray and include approximately 16 dumplings; and, only require four minutes of cooking time.  
 
The Frontier Harvest Alaskan Jack's brand was launched by Yihe, and in 2015 won the best new retail product award at the Boston Seafood Show.
 
The company found that some customers demanded a made in America product, and opened Alaskan Jack's Corporation in the US, with Steven Chen, president of Yihe, also president of Alaskan Jack's.
 
The salmon dumpling will be made in the US, says the company...

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Regal Springs Names Ex-Nomad Foods Director Achim Eichenlaub CEO to Replace Retiring Lamprecht

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 18, 2016

Regal Springs named Achim Eichenlaub as its new CEO who will replace the Rudolf Lamprecht  who announced his retirement from the fresh tilapia producer.

Eichenlaub joins Regal Springs from Nomad Foods Group, which owns frozen fish producers Iglo and Findus. He served as Member of the Executive Board and as Managing Director Continental Europe. Eichenlaub was
instrumental in the deal that saw Nomad acquire Iglo and the Findus...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [CAPMA] Translated by Amy Zhong - August 19, 2016

Jingdong Mall has inked cooperation agreement with several foreign countries to diversify its fresh food business. On August 16, Jingdong signed a cooperation agreement with more than ten foreign embassies in order to implement its global sourcing strategy for its fresh food business. 

After the agreement signing, consumers will be able to buy fresh food from such countries as France, Canada and Spain on the online platform of Jingdong. 

In the beginning of this year Jingdong has established a specific department for fresh food, including seafood..

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Lasting Damage to Perceptions of Seafood Found in Southern Lousiana from Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - August 18, 2016

The State of Lousiana may be on to a good marketing strategy with its efforts to boost local consumption of Lousiana Seafood.
 
A scientific study published in the Journal of Environmental Management this month surveyed women in seven coastal Lousiana parishes between 2012 and 2015 about their seafood consumption and attitudes towards seafood.
 
Immediately after the spill consumption fell 50%, and did not fully recover to pre-spill levels until 2015...

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Nova Scotia Distributor Binnacle Seafood Expects Export Bump to US After MSC Chain of Custody

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 18, 2016

Halifax-based fish importer and distributor Binnacle Seafood International recently got MSC Chain of Custody certification.  Owner Nevin Harrington thinks this will lead to a big bump in US export sales. 

Binnacle sells Atlantic Halibut, which has been increasingly available on the East Coast of the US.

Harrington told the Chronicle Herald this week that Binnacle — which had already 220 customers in the U.S and enjoyed sales last year in the tens of millions — was now among a small number of companies globally with the certification.
 
“Until now, we were the weak link in the supply chain, as many or most of our suppliers were already certified.”
 
“Every part of the chain was in place, except for us...

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Editor's View:  Spike in Indian Shrimp Refusals No Cause for Alarm

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Editor's View] by John Sackton  August 17, 2016

The Southern Shrimp Alliance and the NGO's that want to restrict imported shrimp have jumped on FDA import refusal data that appear to show a big jump in refusals of shrimp from India due to unapproved antibiotics or animal drugs.
 
SSA published a graph showing a big jump in rejections of Indian shrimp due to antibiotic residues.
 
This caused some concern, as even trade media stories suggested that there was an overall problem with increased use of banned antibiotics in shrimp imports.
 
In fact, the FDA data shows the opposite.  Total FDA refusals of shrimp for banned antibiotics have fallen so far in 2016 and are likely to end the year lower than in 2015.  This suggests that the targeted FDA program is working, 
 

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

The Mazzetta Company’s Massachusetts-based operation Gloucester Seafood Processing announced a temporary suspension to fresh fish processing so the company can focus on lobster production. According to a statement, GSP is reconfiguring its production process, which will only affect fish processing at the plant. “GSP plans to concentrate on lobster production, which includes cooked lobster meat, split blanched lobster, whole cooked lobster, whole raw lobster, lobster tails, and scored claws and arms,” said Mazzetta's Joe Chekouras. “Mazzetta Company's overall strategy is to further vertically integrate its lobster supply chain.”

Indian fish farmers in Andhra Pradesh are reporting good initial results at tilapia operations in Vishakhapatnam. Survival rates for the first fry planted were reported at around 90 percent. MPEDA has set a target to produce 1.2 million metric tons of tilapia by 2019. The plan includes developing both domestic and international markets for farmed Indian tilapia.

In other news, Vietnamese pangasius farmers say sales of larger fish to Chinese buyers have dropped dramatically. The sudden fall in Chinese demand for larger pangasius has pushed down prices for the fish to five-year lows according to farmers.

Meanwhile, the European Union's committee on invasive species is expected to release its recommendation on whether it supports Sweden's proposed live lobster ban on Aug. 31. So far there is no indication where EU authorities are going to land on Sweden's proposal. US and Canadian authorities have been critical of the lack of scientific evidence to support Sweden's ban. "To say that it's an invasive species, we think, is wrong. There's no scientific basis for it. The risk assessment that they've provided has been picked apart by Canadian and American scientists," said Geoff Irvine, the Lobster Council of Canada's Executive Director.

Finally, Bumble Bee Seafoods announced that its lines 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 rest of its canned and pouch tuna products by the end of the year. "As the national brand leader in Solid White Albacore Tuna, certifying our Solid White Albacore line was the initial priority and we are targeting to have the balance of our canned and pouch tuna products Non-GMO Project Verified by the end of December," said Dave Melbourne, a senior vice president at Bumble Bee.

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Pollock Conservation Co-Op Now Taking Funding Proposals for Alaskan Fishery Improvement Projects

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 18, 2016

The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC) is requesting Letters of Intent for projects to receive funding in 2017.

PCCRC has $500,000 available to fund projects that will begin in 2017. Deadline for submissions is September 26, 2016.

"The PCCRC is interested in proposals from fisheries scientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, social scientists, or other disciplines that lend expertise to advancing its priorities," the Co-Op said in a press release...

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NMFS Now Requires Imported Seafood Meet US Marine Mammal Bycatch Standards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] August 17, 2016

NMFS issued a final rule that changes the import regulations for seafood that implements aspects of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that targets shipments associated with marine mammal bycatch.

Under the rule, overseas seafood exporters that ship product to the US will be held to the same bycatch standards as U.S. commercial fishing operations.

The rule also establishes the criteria for evaluating a harvesting nation’s regulatory program for reducing marine mammal bycatch and the procedures required to receive authorization to import fish and fish products into the United States...

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