Thu. Jan 19 2017

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


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 Barents Sea Snow Crab Production Could Reach 27,000 Metric Tons Say Fishery Officials  


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


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


Alaska Sablefish Is Re-Certified Under RFM for Sustainability


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


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Mon. Jan 16 2017

Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians  


SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year  


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


Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday


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


Seafood.com News Summary Monday January 16, 2017


Fri. Jan 13 2017

Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company


Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof


Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways


Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate


Seafood.com News Summary Friday January 13, 2017


Thu. Jan 12 2017

American Seafoods Names Corporate Food Industry Exec Mikel Durham CEO; Bodal to Stay on as Chairman


Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year


GAA Partners with CAPMA; Jane Bi to Run Headquarters in Shanghai


Last Remaining California Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open


Urner Barry to Bring Back Seafood Import Workshop Series This February


Alaska Legislature Opens Next Week With New Leaders, Laser Focus on Budget


Owner of Russian Fish Producer Karat Fighting With Ex-Partner Over $75 Million Stake in the Company


Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Embarks on MSC Assessment


Candidates for New England Fishery Management Council Undergo Public Interview in New Hampshire


Nominations Sought for MAFAC Appointments


France-Based Seafoodexport Changes Name to SEAFOODIA


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday January 12, 2017


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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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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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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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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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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 Barents Sea Snow Crab Production Could Reach 27,000 Metric Tons Say Fishery Officials

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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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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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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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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American Seafoods Names Corporate Food Industry Exec Mikel Durham CEO; Bodal to Stay on as Chairman

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

The Board of Directors for American Seafoods Group named Mikel Durham the next CEO of the company, she will replace current CEO Bernt Bodal on January 16.

Durham is a veteran of the food industry. She is an independent Board member of Tyson Foods and has previously served as the Global Growth Officer of PepsiCo’s North America Foodservice business, President of Burger King North America, President of Global Supply Chain for Cadbury Schweppes, Managing Director of Guinness Venture Markets, Chief Commercial Officer of CSM Bakery Solutions, and General Manager of Yum! Southern Europe...

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Washington Adopts Columbia River Fishing Reforms; Oregon Will Discuss Friday

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The News-Review] by Al Thomas - January 16, 2017

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed Saturday to implement in 2017 the most sweeping lower Columbia River salmon fishing reforms in decades, including the elimination of gillnets in the main stem of the river during spring and summer.

By a 7-2 vote, the commission decided to go ahead with implementation this year of reforms first adopted in early 2013 and phased in during a four-year transition period.

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will address the issue Friday, and there are indications it might not agree with Washington’s position.

“Sometimes, you have to ...

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Last Remaining California Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - January 12, 2017

The last remaining commercial Dungeness crab fishery closure area on the California coast, between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove, will open on Jan. 16.

The area has been closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, commercial crabbers can begin harvesting crab from 39° 33.3' N. lat. (near Ten Mile River, Mendocino County) to 40° 01' N. lat. (near Shelter Cove, Humboldt County). The opening will be preceded by a by a 64-hour pre-soak period starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.

Since November, state health and management officials have incrementally opened several areas to commercial Dungeness crab fishing as domoic acid test results have come back below ...

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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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Alaska Legislature Opens Next Week With New Leaders, Laser Focus on Budget

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 12, 2017

The first regular session of Alaska’s 30th Legislature opens Tuesday, January 17 with new leaders, a new majority coalition in the house, and fresh resolve to address the $3 billion annual deficit after years of lackluster progress.

Setting the stage three weeks ago was Governor Walker FY2018 budget, showing cuts of $1.7 billion, or a 23% decrease from two years ago, when Walker took office. He also announced a personal paycut “to lead by example” of one-third of his salary.

The governorr faces a new Legislature this year which may change the grid-lock dynamic of earlier sessions. Democrats and a small group of Republicans will lead the Alaska House in a coalition for the first time in two decades...

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Another Seafood Mislabeling Study Suggests Intentional Species Substitution Without Any Proof

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - January 13, 2017

Another study was published this week that once again suggests intentional fish fraud in the US's seafood supply chain but without any clear evidence to back up the claim.

Researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University are behind the latest study that was published this week in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

This study used DNA sampling to test the fish at 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2015. Sure enough, the results showed that of the samples tested, 47 percent of the fish were mislabeled...

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Important Fish Habitat Formed by Slow-growing Corals may Recover More Slowly in Warming Climate

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 13, 2017

Managing fisheries means more than managing fish. To keep fisheries sustainable, managers need to make sure the ecosystems that support fish production stay healthy. An important part of Alaska’s marine ecosystems is the corals that create habitat for fish and their prey.

Coral gardens provide refuge for fish, but may be vulnerable to fishing gear and warmer temperatures. How long it takes for coral habitat to recover from injury depends on how fast corals grow and reproduce.

A new study led by Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center reveals just how slowly some corals grow, and provides insight on how they might respond to seafloor disturbance and...

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Candidates for New England Fishery Management Council Undergo Public Interview in New Hampshire

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 12, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has four vacancies to fill for the New England Fishery Management Council's at-large seats, one of which is currently held by Peter Kendall of New Hampshire.

To assist in filling these vacancies, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

Potential candidates must be prepared to present their qualifications at the session. Interested candidates should contact Doug Grout, Chief of Marine Fisheries for the N.H. Fish and Game ...

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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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Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 13, 2017

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 airshipment to China through Vancouver.
 
But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban..

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SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.com [SeafoodNews] January 16, 2017

The 2016/2017 season for golden king crab in Southeast Alaska will open Friday, February 17, to a guideline harvest limit (GHL) that is 30 percent less than last season’s.

The Petersburg office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a GHL of 105,000 pounds within seven management areas in Alaska’s panhandle, from approximately Wrangell north to Haines.

Last year’s GHL for golden king crab was 155,000 pounds. The areas where significant catch limit cuts were made was in East Central and Mid-Chatham Strait, where GHLs went from 30,000 lbs to 15,000 lbs and from 40,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs respectively...

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

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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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Signs point to Surging Market for High-End Imported Seafood in China This New Year

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Finance East]  Translated by Amy Zhong with Additional Material from John Sackton    January 12, 2016

Sales of High end imported seafood including items such as lobster, king crab, salmon, Dungeness crabs and Argentinean shrimp appear to be surging in China prior to the Chinese New Year on January 28th.
 
For lobsters, unlike 2016 when New Year's sales were barely over the prior year, all indications are that sales are up substantially, if the supply has materialized.
 
Chinese consumers have started their holiday shopping in preparation for the coming Chinese New Year. High-end seafood has surged as a popular choice with the improvement of household incomes. Such high-end seafood as king crabs and lobsters are becoming widely received among consumers. 
 
It is about half a month before the Chinese New Year. But Chen has decided to skip her lunch break and select seafood in an aquatic market..

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GAA Partners with CAPMA; Jane Bi to Run Headquarters in Shanghai

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) to open an office in the Jing’an District of Shanghai. Jane Bi, the GAA’s Asia business development director, will relocate to China to run the office.

GAA Executive Director, Wally Stevens, and CAPPMA Executive Vice President, Dr. Cui he, signed the cooperative agreement on January 10, 2017.

According to the GAA the partnership with CAPPMA represents the next step in its efforts to advance responsible aquaculture in China through the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. This includes better serving those already committed to BAP and responsible aquaculture...

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Urner Barry to Bring Back Seafood Import Workshop Series This February

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 12, 2017

Urner Barry announced that is bringing back its popular Seafood Import Workshop series (SIW). The first edition of the re-launch will be held on February 28, 2017 at Urner Barry’s news headquarters in Toms River, New Jersey.

The SIW was a popular instructional workshop that Urner Barry originally hosted in partnership with the late Dick Gutting. The content is geared toward seafood industry professionals that have a vested interest in learning about the best industry practices that keep seafood business compliant with the latest regulatory standards required by federal authorities and industry stakeholders.

This February’s workshop will feature an expert panel of speakers including Scott Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates; Jarrod Goldfeder, Jon Freed and Corey Norton of Trade Pacific Law PLLC; Michael Lieberman of Foa & Son and Larry Lieberman of New York Customs Brokers...

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Fortune Fish Int'l Makes Five of its Executive Managers Partners in the Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 13, 2017

Fortune International, the recently formed parent company to Fortune Fish & Gourmet, has added five partners who are now owners of the company.

As of January 1, Fortune’s Danielle Charette, Vice President of Sales; Dominick Gattuso, Chief Financial Officer; Wally Lezniak, Vice President of Production; Mark Palicki, Vice President of Marketing; and Suad Tanovic, Vice President of Logistics and Inventory Control have become partners in the company....

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Owner of Russian Fish Producer Karat Fighting With Ex-Partner Over $75 Million Stake in the Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - January 12, 2017

Karat, Russia’s largest fishing producer, owned by Vitaly Orlov, is in a center of corporate conflict between Orlov and Alexander Tugushev, general director of JSC "National Fishing Fleet," Russia’s fishing producer and a former partner of Vitaly Orlov.

According to recent statements of Tugushev, it has a right to claim the 33% stake in Karat, which is valued at 5 billion rubles (US$75 million), which is going to evict from Orlov by judicial procedure.

In the meantime, representatives of Orlov said that Tugushev has no legal rights to pretend for the stake, while his current activities could be considered as extortion...

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Dungeness Crab Susceptible to Ocean Acidification in Unexpected Ways

The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast’s marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways some expected, new research shows.

Dungeness crab, for example, will likely suffer as their food sources decline, according to a press release from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dungeness crab fisheries valued at about $220 million annually may face a strong downturn ...

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Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery Embarks on MSC Assessment

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 12, 2017

The Bahamian spiny lobster fishery has stepped forward for assessment to the Marine Stewardship Council’s  global standard for sustainable fishing. Working with scientists, the fishing industry and conservation groups, MSC has developed the world’s most credible and recognized standard for environmentally sustainable wild-caught seafood.

Since 2009, the World Wildlife Fund, together with Bahamas Marine Exporters Association, The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and The Nature Conservancy, have been driving improvements to the fishery. Through a Fishery Improvement Project addressing governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts, their efforts have been aimed at helping the fishery meet the MSC standard.

"We welcome the Bahamian spiny lobster fishery’s decision to enter MSC assessment ...

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