China needs to urgently advance its offshore aquaculture efforts to hold onto its edge in seafood production, according to one of the country’s leading aquaculture researchers.
“China cannot afford to fall behind…other countries are already doing trials,” said Mai Kangsen, dean of the aquaculture school at China Ocean University. Yet the absence of a strategic plan for offshore (he used the term shen yuan hai meaning deep far off sea)… Read More
China’s tilapia producers are worried about competition from other low price fish like basa and cod in key markets like the U.S. But they’re much more bullish about alternative export markets like Iran and Mexico.
A report produced by China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA) puts frozen tilapia shipments in the first three quarters of 2013 at 270,000 metric tons (MT) and USD 930 million (up 6.7 percent and 16… Read More
Irish organic salmon is set to make its debut on the China market in March next year. But the bureaucratic nature of the organic licensing system will mean it won’t initially be certified as such in China, explains the China-based Irish firm piloting the launch.
Farmed Irish organic salmon will be available in China from March to October with smoked salmon available year-round, explained Stephen O’Sullivan, CEO of Shanghai-based Ocean… Read More
Few countries have as solid a national brand recognition in China as that enjoyed by Canada, yet the country may not be able to capitalize on demand in the country.
Cyr Couturier, director at the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance told SeafoodSource that while his members are “getting a lot of interest” from Chinese buyers “a big problem is we can’t produce enough” to meet the demand. Canada’s aquaculture industry has… Read More
China is looking to become a major presence in Moroccan waters starting next year, a development that will provide competition for E.U. trawlers. One of China's giant state-owned fishing firms, Shanghai Fisheries General Corp (SFGCG) claims it has doubled its takings in Morocco to USD 11.9 million (EUR 8.6 million) in value terms in the first half of this year and set a new company record by landing 2,400 metric tons (MT) in 130 days, according… Read More
Soaring demand among Chinese processors is driving capacity expansion at some of Russia’s largest ground fishing operations. Based in the far-eastern city of Vladivastock, Sigma Marine has doubled its capacity over the past year to 85,000 tons, having added vessels and quota from smaller competitors, explained Igorevna Ekaterina Prudnikova, head of export sales.
“More people have gotten into fishing because the prices are higher now and… Read More
Ecuador is pressing China to lower taxes on shrimp imports. An impressive 20 percent year-over-year growth in official shrimp exports to China is on the cards for Ecuador this year, according to Ecuadorian trade officials. However the real exports figure is even larger, according to Ronnie Almeida, commercial counselor at Ecuador’s consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.
He told SeafoodSource that figures for China-bound exports are… Read More
Exports of fresh Chilean salmon to China are set to soar, according to the pioneer of the fresh trade into the southern port city of Guangzhou. Traditionally, shipments from Chile have been in frozen format, however fresh shipments to China will increase from 30,000 tons in 2013 to 40,000 tons in 2014, predicts Will Hengst, sales head at the Great Fish Co, a China-based marketing firm specializing in Chilean fresh and frozen seafood product.
China’s demand for fish to replace diminished local stocks of favorites like yellow croaker is proving a boon for Argentina, which is already enjoying record sales of red shrimp in China.
“We are looking to put a lot of containers into China,” said Stuart Anderson, head of export sales at the Santa Maria Group.
Chinese buyers are eager to get hold of Argentinean croakers as well as similar fish like weakfish and black drum, Anderson told… Read More
Indonesian shrimp producers are facing a dilemma over stocking levels, as they try to increase production to cash in on increased demand and prices — while at the same time protecting stocks from early mortality syndrome (EMS).
“We could increase volumes by 50 to 60 percent, but to do that we’d have to increase stocking densities and thus the risk of disease,” said Sutanto Surjadjaja, managing director of CP Prima, an Indonesian arm of… Read More