Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
October 20, 2017

Beep. Beep. That ubiquitous sound, heard six billion times a day at the checkout counters in grocery stores and shops around the world, could be integral to the next phase of seafood traceability.

Barcodes – and their cousin, the QR code – may seem like simple things, but the data they hold could be the difference between knowing the origin of a fish or not.

For fishermen, seafood processors and others in the industry, better traceabi… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 19, 2017

For the past five years, Verlasso, which produces premium farmed salmon in pens off the coast of Patagonia, has exhibited at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida.

The festival, which has been taking place since 1995, showcases food from around the world. Created to boost attendance during a normally slow time at Disney World, it is now one of the theme park’s largest annual events, with tens of thousands of att… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
October 18, 2017

India’s government-owned Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has received a grant of to set up a nationally linked system of broodbanks to enhance the country’s production of cobia and pompano.

CMFRI Director A. Gopalakrishnan announced  the grant at the National Consultation on Mariculture and Open Sea Cage Culture Development this summer in Mandapam, India. The funding – a total of INR 90 million (USD 1.4 … Read More

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Nora Eddy and Gina Auriemma

Published on
October 12, 2017

Norah Eddy is the co-founder and Gina Auriemma is chief marketing officer at Salty Girl Seafood, a sustainable seafood company founded in 2014 and based in Santa Barbara, California. The company develops traceable, chef-quality seafood products to promote sustainable fishing practices and ocean stewardship.

This last year has been a stark reminder that we must be vigilant about questioning the information that we receive from the media. That toda… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 10, 2017

The United States Food and Drug Administration should increase seafood import drug residue testing and other efforts to prevent contaminated shipments from entering the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The FDA sampled only 0.1 percent of all seafood imports for the presence of banned antibiotics in fiscal year 2015, according to the GAO, which acts as the official auditor of the U.S. government. I… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
October 6, 2017

Pablo Trapunsky, the former chief executive officer of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Copeinca, said in a recent interview with SeafoodSource that he believes the company is being overvalued by its seller.

China Fishery Group (CFG), part of Pacific Andes International Holdings, owns Copeinca but is being forced to sell the firm, as well as three other companies involved in the Peruvian fishmeal industry, as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptc… Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
October 5, 2017

In the past year, Belize, a small Central American country located between Guatemala and Mexico with a coastline of about 400 kilometers and generally a low profile in global affairs, has quietly become a world leader in marine conservation.

It has done so by changing its entire coastal fisheries from open access to managed access. The new managed access program began last year and now requires Belize's 2,800 fishers to obtain licenses to fish in… Read More

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Allan Lynch

Published on
October 3, 2017

This year, autumn didn’t just signal a change of seasons, but the launch of a whole new lucrative trade deal between Canada and the European Union. 

On Thursday, 21 September, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect. CETA is a progressive agreement with tariff removals staggered over five years. The immediate effect is removal of an eight percent tariff on 98 percent of Canadian products entering the Euro… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
October 2, 2017

Behind recent diplomatic niceties and well-scripted ceremonies, there’s plenty of angst and worry in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nigeria about the embrace of China’s geopolitical strategies like “One Belt, One Road.”

Fisheries officials and executives gathering in Hong Kong for the annual Seafood Expo Asia trade fair recently were keen to talk privately about how dumping of Chinese seafood below cost remains a … Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
September 29, 2017

There are unprecedented opportunities for the seafood sector if it is willing and able to incorporate the latest technologies and consumer values, delegates heard at the World Seafood Congress 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Disruptive technology, which is defined as something that either displaces an established technology and shakes up an industry or a groundbreaking product that creates a completely new industry, has dramatically changed the lands… Read More