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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry. 

Walmart

In many ways, the lawsuit filed by Walmart on Monday, 31 October against the “big three” tuna companies – Bumble Bee, StarKist and Tri-Union/Chicken of the Sea  breaks little new ground, at least from the perspective of providing new information about the alleged tuna price-fixing scandal that has been in the news for the past year. But in a few important ways, the details of the suit shed new light on one of the most intriguing seafood stories of the decade.

The lawsuit, filed in the...

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Smoked Salmon

In so many things in life, you get what you pay for. Supermarket-purchased smoked salmon, it turns out, is one of those things.

With one notable exception – a taste comparison test between British supermarkets' own-label sliced smoked salmon carried out by consumer organization “Which."

Just published, the results show that of the nine premium supermarket varieties tested, samples from the Co-operative, Sainsburys’ and Marks & Spencer came out on top, while those from the discounters...

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Renminbibillboard

China is increasingly ordering the Asian economy in a manner which will have a large impact on the global seafood trade. And widespread predictions of a cheaper, depreciated yuan will serve to exacerbate this trend.

It’s been a year since China’s currency was included in the International Monetary Fund’s basket of lending currencies. Beijing expected (and hoped) this would trigger a surge in purchases of the yuan by central banks around the world. But this hasn’t happened.

That’s because the...

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Tosoyucontamination

The basement spaces under the buildings of the new Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market in Toyosu have become ground zero for a fishy scandal.

The Tosoyu project was supposed to be a hallmark project for Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, with the new complex set to take over the functions of famous Tsukiji market, where more than a million tons of seafood, fruits and vegetables worth JPY 600 billion (USD 5.8 billion, EUR 5.3 billion) are traded annually.

Since the discovery of the basements...

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Fishfeed

Reports of falling levels of omega-3 fatty acids in farmed salmon have sparked a debate in the United Kingdom over the use of vegetarian fish feeds that are blamed for the phenomenon.

A prime-time news report by the BBC on 6 October cited a study by University of Stirling, which has one of the top-ranked aquaculture research departments in the world, claiming that levels of omega-3s in farmed salmon have been halved over the past five years.

The study, which was led by Professor Douglas...

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