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IN BRIEF - Lobster processing plant eyed by fisheries group

CANADA
Friday, January 18, 2013

The executive of a local fisheries group was anxiously awaiting the results of a feasibility study into a construction of a lobster processing plant owned by the community and fishermen.

In a letter to its members the 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association wrote that the plant would be “one way we feel we can take back control over our industry.”

Once the feasibility study is complete, 1688 president James Mood said a business plan would need to be drafted and taken to government and potential investors.

Although in the beginning stages, Mood offered an ambitious hope that a new plant could be up and running in time to take part in the 2013-14 lobster season.

Source: Greg Bennett / thecoastguard.ca


IN BRIEF - Naturalcare Calamari Oil 1000 with Friend of the Sea certification is now available

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Friend of the Sea is proud to announce that leading Australian direct to consumer brand Australian NaturalCare has launched Calamari Oil 1000 with the Friend of the Sea seal of approval. Australian NaturalCare Calamari Oil 1000 contains Calamarine® concentrated squid oil produced by Pharma Marine.

Pharma Marine is the only producer of concentrated squid oil to have obtained Friend of the Sea certification. The raw material to make concentrated Calamarine oil comes from the by-products from food production of squid. There is full traceability throughout the supply chain from the fisheries to the state-of-the-art Pharma Marine manufacturing facility through to the consumer product supplied by Australian NaturalCare.

 


IN BRIEF - Burmese Migrants Strike Over Pay at Thai Seafood Employer

THAILAND
Thursday, April 24, 2014

More than 100 Burmese migrant workers at the Lee Heng Seafood company in Songkhla, southern Thailand, planned to return to work on Wednesday the 23rd of April 2014 after staging a two-day strike to demand that their employer compensate them for unpaid overtime work.

Along with about a dozen Cambodian workers, 142 Burmese migrant laborers stopped working this week, claiming that they had been forced to work overtime without pay for months.

Source: The Irrawaddy

 


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture to Process Fish in Hermitage

CANADA
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cooke Aquaculture has made an agreement with Gray Aquaculture to begin processing fish at the plant in Hermitage. Nell Halse of Cooke Aquaculture says they have entered into a long-term lease to operate the plant and process farmed salmon from both Cooke and Gray Aquaculture. She says it's a positive thing for the industry and for the south coast.

Halse says they are hoping to begin processing in Hermitage in June with the recruitment process for the starting workforce of 20 to 30 people beginning in the area soon.

Source: VOCM

 


IN BRIEF - MacKinley questioned about help with lobster prices

CANADA
Thursday, April 24, 2014

With lobster fishermen concerned about the upcoming season, Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie is asking what the provincial government is doing to help.

During Tuesday 22nd of April 2014’s question period, LaVie said Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley’s department had a lot of money set aside for marketing, but he wondered what was being done to help improve prices.

“What progress have you made in marketing?” LaVie asked.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Lobster processing plant nearing fruition in Portland

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 24, 2014

It appears only a few logistical hurdles are all that stand in the way of a new lobster processing plant opening up along Portland’s Maine State Pier.

At a workshop Tuesday 22nd of April 2014 evening, the city’s planning board heard from the operators of Shucks Maine Lobster who said they’re ready to go, as soon as the proper permits are in place.

“I think it can work. I think you can figure it out but you’re not there yet,” said Jack Soley, with the planning board.

The board stands firmly behind Shucks filling the vacant waterfront warehouse best known for its giant outdoor mural.

Source: WMTW


IN BRIEF - Illegal lingcod harvest in Gulf of Alaska brings USD 12,000 fine, probation

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Illegal catches of lingcod, a bottom-dwelling whitefish sometimes marketed as a substitute for pricey halibut, have netted a small fishing company a USD 12,000 fine and three years’ probation, state officials said Tuesday 22 of April 2014.

Fishermen’s Finest LLC, based in Kirkland, Wash., agreed to pay the fine, with an additional USD 2,500 suspended, to settle a state charge concerning harvest of 56,000 pounds of lingcod by one of the company’s vessels in 2010 and 2011. The company pleaded guilty to a charge of harvesting lingcod with prohibited trawl gear and received its sentence on Monday 21st of April 2014 of at a hearing in state court in Cordova, Alaska State Troopers said in a statement.

Source: Alaska Dispatch


IN BRIEF - Canada's first land raised Atlantic salmon enters the retail market

CANADA
Thursday, April 24, 2014

The KUTERRA farm, the first land-based commercial Atlantic salmon farm in North America, marks Earth Day by bringing to market Canada's first Atlantic salmon raised on land.

KUTERRA LP, owned by the 'Namgis First Nation, was founded to offer a sustainable alternative to conventionally farmed salmon.

"The effects of conventional farming on the marine environment are very real to us," says 'Namgis Chief Bill Cranmer. "This enterprise shows the way forward for the industry. It also fits with our economic plans and with our history as a fishing and trading people."

Source: News Wire


IN BRIEF - Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated announces date of first quarter 2014 conference call

CANADA
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated. ("Clearwater" or the "Company") (TSX: CLR) invites you to participate in a live conference call on Friday May 2, 2014 at 3:00PM AST (2:00PM EST) with senior management during which they will review the Company's first quarter 2014 financial results.

Clearwater's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 will be released prior to the call and will be made available on the Company's web site  in the Investor Relations section, and on the Canadian Securities Administrators' website.

Source: News Wire


IN BRIEF - Set Net Fishery's Future in Superior Court Hands

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tuesday 22nd of April 2014's court appearance is the latest step in a dispute over set nets dating back to Nov. 6 2013, when AFCA proposed a ballot initiative calling for a ban of set-net fishing in non-subsistence areas of Alaska like Cook Inlet. Areas that would be affected by the ban include fishing spots around Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Valdez and Ketchikan.

"We think there are other methods and other styles of commercial fishing that would be more appropriate to help sustain a long-term resource for the state," said Clark Penney, AFCA's executive director. "So, really, the purpose of the initiative is to ask for a short-term adjustment for a long-term sustainability for a statewide resource."

Source: KTUU


IN BRIEF - Disease drops shrimp supply, raises prices

MEXICO
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shrimp prices have steadily spiked over the past decade, forcing some area restaurant owners to drive up their platter prices.

The price for headless Gulf of Mexico shrimp off the boat is averaging about MXN 7.50 a pound and restaurants usually pay about MXN 2 more, said Andrea Hance, executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association based in Brownsville.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise


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