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IN BRIEF - 'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alaskan fishermen are no strangers to the roller coaster flux of salmon returning to home spawning grounds. Most fishermen have experienced or at least witnessed both banner years and disaster years, riding out the consequences of a life lived according to marine resources.

Modern biologists have come to recognize these strong and weak variances as cycles that span not years but decades. Now, studies coming out of the University of Washington (UW) are indicating recognizable cycles that cross hundreds of years in their rotation.

Source: Hannah Heimbuch / Alaska Dispatch

 


IN BRIEF - National Fish & Seafood Builds On Its Market Leadership Following Record-breaking First Quarter 2015

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

GLOUCESTER - National Fish & Seafood (NFS), a U.S.-based division of Pacific Andes Group, is celebrating the company's forward momentum, and responding to new opportunities. The company is expanding its product offerings, personnel and promotional efforts to serve its major retailer, distributor, institutional food service and restaurant chain partners located across the United States. It is also taking a growing leadership role to establish and expand new globally recognizable certification programs to help ensure seafood is caught, harvested and processed using sustainable, socially responsible practices.

With the appointment of James (Jim) Faro to helm National Fish & Seafood's sales efforts as Director of Sales and R&D, the company experienced a record breaking Q1 2015, also earning new listings with grocery retailers Albertson's and Safeway. Under his leadership, and with the implementation of a refreshed team-based sales approach and new initiatives underway in Seattle, Washington, Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the company has refocused its seafood product offerings into six unique categories - bagged shrimp, bagged fillets, breaded shrimp, breaded fish, specialty, and stuffed.

Source: PR Newswire

 


IN BRIEF - Frosta sales in first four months of 2015 up 7 pct over 2014

GERMANY
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Frosta AG:

* Sales in the first four months of 2015 up 7 percent over the previous year

* Currently it is impossible to make a forecast for full year result

* Expects to further increase revenues in course of the year 2015

* Due to sharp increase in value of U.S. dollar against euro, prices of our main raw materials rise significantly; this impacts our gross profit and will need to be compensated by price increases

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - More problems with visas for seafood industry

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

EASTON — U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., made a push in a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, April 29 2015 to the homeland security secretary to conduct an immediate audit of the nation’s non-immigrant H-2B visas.

According to a letter Mikulski delivered to Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, more than 40 percent of Maryland’s seafood processors have been unable to get the workers needed for the 2015 crab season.

The lack of available temporary foreign workers has “caused chaos among businesses in (Maryland) that depend on the H-2B program,” the letter from Mikulski reads.

Source: My Eastern Shore

 


IN BRIEF - Sysco Fights FTC in Antitrust Showdown to Save US Foods Deal

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Sysco Corp. ’s takeover of US Foods Inc. may turn on the outcome of a rare courtroom battle for the Federal Trade Commission.

The U.S. has asked a federal judge to block the food distributor’s USD 3.5 billion deal. Regulators contend the merger would give Sysco an oversized share in an industry it already dominates, raising prices for restaurants, hotels and schools.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington is hearing arguments over the agency’s claim that the takeover is anticompetitive. A win by the FTC would give it time to pursue a permanent halt.

Source: Bloomberg

 


IN BRIEF - Shrimp blast into space from Arctic Sweden

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In Kiruna, Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle, the Esrange Space Station has been blasting shrimp and fish into space, as part of experiments that could help humans to travel to Mars.

 

Radio Sweden spoke to the project coordinator for the German part of the TEXUS research program, Andreas Schütte.

He says they send creatures into space for six minutes of micro-gravity, to reveal processes otherwise hidden by gravity.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 


IN BRIEF - NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Groundfish Other than Pollock, by non-Rockfish Program Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Alaska

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, by non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), May 3, 2015, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2015, according to James Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit for non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA. This action is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(i)(7).

Source: NOAA

 


IN BRIEF - Kerala rejects 61-day fiat on fishing ban

INDIA
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

KOCHI - The state government seems to be on a confrontation course with the Centre over the proposed ban on fishing by all fishing vessels in the Indian exclusive economic zone beyond territorial waters.

 

The ban, from 12 to 200 nautical miles, is for a period of 61 days on the west coast starting from June 1 and ending on July 31 2015. The state fisheries minister K Babu has made it clear that the government is opposed to the move and that the ban would not be enforced in Kerala's territorial waters. A trawling ban already exists in Kerala during the monsoon months from June 15 to July 31. However, even during this period, traditional fishermen who operate on motorised country boats are allowed to operate. When the central government order becomes effective, no fishing vessel would be able to operate during the ban period.

Source: The Economic Times

 

 


IN BRIEF - Indonesia to issue regulation on illegal fishing

INDONESIA
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jakarta - The Indonesian government will issue a presidential regulation on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, similar to the one implemented in the United States, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Resources Susi Pudjiastuti said.

 

"There will be a presidential regulation on IUU fishing, like in the U. S.," the minister affirmed on Jakarta on Monday the 4th of May 2015.

Pudjiastuti added that the regulation will integrate officials and related institutions, such as law enforcement agencies and customs offices.

Source: Antara News

 


IN BRIEF - Whiteleg shrimp dominates Vietnamese shrimp industry

VIET NAM
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Whiteleg shrimp was still the main export item of Vietnam in QI/2015, despite its 29.3% year-on-year reduction in export value.

 

Accounting for almost 60% in the total of Vietnam's shrimp exports, whiteleg shrimp export valued USD 340 million. Black tiger shrimp exports meanwhile dropped by 31.6% to USD 178.1 million.

Black tiger shrimp was mostly exported in form of frozen raw while whiteleg shrimp was exported as processed and value-added products.

Source: VASEP

 


IN BRIEF - Discussion session on discard ban with Scots Fisheries Minister at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead on the implications of the landing obligation for Scottish skippers will be held at the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015.

 

Hosted by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the open-floor discussion session will enable skippers to hear at first-hand how the new management regime for the landing obligation (discard ban) is developing and the main issues of concern that remain.

The landing obligation has already been introduced for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishers and is due to be phased-in for the demersal fleet from 1 January 2016.

 

 


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