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The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) retracts “misleading comments” about the sustainability of North Sea and west of Scotland haddock stocks.

The latest seafood ratings on the charity’s Good Fish Guide have seen three haddock fisheries in the North Sea and west of Scotland area downgraded due to a change in scientific advice, meaning the fish is no longer on its recommended green list of fish to eat.  

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While the amount of seafood sold in U.K. retail has remained at a stable level over the past year, shoppers have been buying more whitefish, with cod and haddock leading the way.

For the 12 months ending 28 January 2017, the total volume of seafood sold in the retail channel amounted to 328,794 metric tons (MT), a decrease of 0.1 percent year-on-year, while the number of unit sales increased by 0.1 percent to 1.2 billion according to the latest Nielsen ScanTrack data published by Seafish.

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Prices paid for pangasius raw material in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have steadily increased this year in line with a declining supply, confirmed the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Processors have been paying between VND 23,000 (USD 1.01, EUR 0.95) and VND 26,000 (USD 1.14, EUR 1.07) per kg, an increase of VND 1,000 (USD 0.04, EUR 0.04) to VND 3,000 (USD 0.13, EUR 0.12) compared to the end of 2016.

At these prices, farmers are achieving a profit of VND 3,000 to...

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Pangasius exporters from Vietnam achieved sales totaling USD 1.7 billion (EUR 1.6 billion) in 2016, an increase of 9.6 percent compared with the previous year, with strong growth in both the U.S. and China markets, but the declining sales trend to the EU continued.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that the country’s pangasius exports to the United States reached USD 100.6 million (EUR 95 million) in the fourth-quarter of 2016, an increase of 21...

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After nine weeks of industrial action, Icelandic fishermen are back at sea this week and fresh supplies of the country’s whitefish are expected to start reaching key markets within 10 days to a fortnight.

The Icelandic fishing fleet had been tied up since mid-December amid a long running dispute over pay and work conditions. Therefore, news that an agreement had been reached by all sides involved was gratefully received by whitefish traders in Europe and much further afield. Many operations...

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Norway exported 4,000 metric tons (MT) of fresh cod, including premium skrei, with a value of NOK 187 million (USD 22.3 million, EUR 21 million) last month. In volume terms, this trade was 1,100 MT less than in January 2016, but thanks to an 18 percent increase in the average price, the total value of these exports fell by just 8 percent or NOK 15 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.7 million).

Skrei exports totaled 391 MT for the month, which represented a decrease of 298 MT from January 2016. As...

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The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has welcomed the Brexit plan delivered last week in by the U.K. Government, highlighting that it presented the fleet with the valuable opportunity to catch considerably more fish in local waters.

The representative body also endorsed the White Paper’s vision of establishing a world leading food industry in the United Kingdom, saying it is an ambition that is “fully shared” by the fishing sector.

“The goal is clear – to grasp the enormous opportunity...

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The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its ninety-third annual meeting in Victoria, BC, Canada on 27 January, with the recommendation to the governments of Canada and the United States that catch limits for 2017 could be set at 31.4 million pounds (14,243 metric tons – MT), up by more than 5 percent from just under 29.9 million pounds (13,562 MT) last year.

It is the third year in a row that IPHC has raised the quota recommendation, with its scientists reporting a slow...

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After years of steady harvest growth, the supply of Alaska-origin pollock is expected to decline in 2017 due to a cap on the Alaska Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock harvest and lower stocks in the Gulf of Alaska.

The latest “Alaska Whitefish Market Summary & Outlook,” published by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), highlights that while pollock stocks in the eastern Bering Sea have been growing, groundfish harvests in Alaska’s BSAI region had reached their cap of...

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Vietnam is expected to have exported close to USD 1.7 billion (EUR 1.6 billion) worth of pangasius in 2016 when final trade figures are published, an increase of 7 percent compared with the previous year, said the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). The farmed whitefish accounted for 24 percent of the country’s total turnover from its seafood exports.

In total, Vietnamese pangasius was shipped to 137 different markets in 2016. The United States was the No.1...

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