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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry. 

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High levels of debt are scaring investors away from China’s seafood industry.

Seeking bigger returns and faster expansion, many of the biggest seafood firms in China – and the world – have taken on large amounts of debt. But with a national economy whose growth has recently slowed, that debt is proving harder to service, and as a result, stock prices for most listed Chinese seafood firms are at a five-year low and well below where they were a year ago.

Nothing quite matches the share price...

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Japan Ecommerce

[Editor's note: Online sales in Japan and China were a topic of discussion in the June 23 SeafoodSource webinar, “Asia Rising: Discovering Seafood Trends and Opportunities Beyond the Headlines," which is available in its entirety for no charge to all SeafoodSource readers. This commentary expands on Japan’s online market for seafood.]

The story of seafood in Japan is intertwined with the history of the country itself, and perhaps more so than many other places, seafood holds a sacred and...

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Vietnam Pollution

The seafood industry in Vietnam is under threat from an increasing amount of industrial pollution in the Mekong Delta and its tributaries, which poses environmental and food safety risks to the country’s freshwater fish farming sector.

The major species produced in the delta region, in the country’s south, is pangasius, which is grown in specially constructed ponds on the banks of the rivers Hau and Tien, while tilapia – also a big part of the country’s seafood sector – is reared in floating...

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Xijinping

Rising wages continue to scare businesses daring to tackle the Chinese market.

Wage inflation is listed as the single biggest concern of multinational agribusiness companies active in China (including firms in the seafood sector) surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

The survey showed that 59 percent of businesses surveyed expect wages to rise by up to 10 percent this year, while 41 percent of companies expect a jump in average wages of between 10 and 20 percent. Two-thirds...

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Japan Ecolabel

It’s no secret that Japanese consumers lag behind Europe and the United States in awareness of seafood sustainability issues. But after many years of educational campaigns, are they catching up?

It’s an important question to ask due to Japan’s status as the world’s top importer of fish and fishery products by value. In 2012, the country imported seafood valued at USD 17.9 billion (EUR 16.3 billion), slightly more than the U.S.A.’s total and far ahead of third-placed China, which had USD 7.4...

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