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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry. 


With starvation and obesity posing two of global society’s most pressing issues, and with a world population that’s forecast to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, further intensifying the pressure on precious resources, the current human diet is not sustainable, agreed a panel of experts at the recent edition of the annual Food Matters conference in London.

Leaders from science, health, food manufacturing and the restaurant trade took part in a special seminar titled “Putting...

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A new survey proves that women are still drastically under-represented in the global seafood sector.

In early 2015, the FAO commissioned a report on the role of women in the seafood industry. According to Audun Lem, the deputy director of the FAO Policy and Economics Division, who commissioned the work, its aim was to help industry to recognize the potential for attracting qualified women into the sector, because they are important for its successful future.

The report pointed out that...

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As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, some of America’s trade partners in the Pacific region are looking to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to fill the void.

Though usually described as a Chinese-backed plan, RCEP originated from an attempt to forge individual free-trade agreements between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six other countries—Australia, China, India, Japan...

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Every year the microblog Hai Xian Zhi Nan conducts an online poll to select the 10 most influential people in China’s seafood industry. Hai Xian Zhi Nan’s Top 10 list is a handy summation of the priorities and the developments of the Chinese market in terms of marketing and new policies and products. The poll was conducted over a week this month on the Twitter-like microblog platform Weixin (also known as Wechat). 

This year’s list is topped by the Marine Stewardship Council’s...

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Friday, 19 November, the first foreign leader to do so. Japan fears Trump’s threat to withdraw U.S. military forces unless Japan pays the full cost of base expenses, rather than the current 75 percent, and he wants to persuade Trump to change his mind on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Abe has suffered a big hit to his domestic prestige after strongly promoting the TPP – over opposition...

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