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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry. 

Shrimpexports

The United States’ recent revisions of its anti-dumping duties on frozen shrimp, announced in early September, will have far-reaching repercussions on global trade.

For frozen shrimp from India, the United States’ preliminary duty of 4.98 percent fixed in July was reduced to 2.2 percent. The reduction will help Indian exports, but may steer more product to the U.S., rather than to Japan.

As part of its 10th administrative review, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) also increased...

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Chinainvestors

I was recently part of a small group of Westerners invited in to a Beijing investment bank, where we were shown screenshots featuring some of the most popular seafood, meat and ready-meal brands in Europe and the United States.

The Chinese analysts giving the presentation were asking for help evaluating the significance of a few carefully chosen brands, including northern and southern European companies with a range of seafood and non-seafood packaged food brands. The depth of...

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Salmonfilletschile

A sea change is underway in Chile, as the government and industry are working together to reduce the amount of antibiotics used in salmon farming in the South American country.

A few weeks ago, Chile announced a USD 58 million (EUR 51.9 million) package, dubbed the “Pincoy salmon industry initiative,” designed to cut the amount of antibiotics its aquaculture industry uses in raising salmon by half over two years.

This is good news for everyone, as the salmon industry’s heavy use of...

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Pacificsaury3

When the Japanese government relaxed visa requirement for Chinese visitors a few years ago, it hoped to boost the number of tourists. It certainly succeeded.

Japan issued 3.78 million visas to Chinese nationals in 2015, up 85 percent from 2014. In June alone, 731,400 Chinese visitors entered the country, a monthly record. Those shoppers have been buying electronic goods and cosmetics, and have been feasting on Japanese dishes – especially seafood.

One fish many had never tried before their...

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Vietnambusiness

It may be one of the world’s top producers of seafood – and a natural successor as a processing hub to China – but Vietnam has been experiencing serious growing pains. 

A drought wracked the aquaculture-centric Mekong Delta this year, and the country faces a continued problem with infrastructure, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) representative to Vietnam, Atsusuke Kawada, who recently spoke in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Its labor costs are cheap compared to China, but that...

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