Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
November 21, 2017

Big news was made at the growing Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium with the announcement of Japan’s first tuna-focused fishery improvement project.

The event, which took place in Tokyo on 27 October at the Belle Salle event hall in Shinjuku ward, was organized by Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and Nikkei Ecology, a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP). Sponsors included The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the … Read More

By

Allan Lynch

Published on
November 21, 2017

While the average consumer may wonder what a haddock loin is and how Atlantic salmon can come from Chile, in Canada, the question of fish labeling is becoming a more serious issue.

The University of Guelph’s LifeScanner DNA lab has studied samples taken from retailers across Canada and found widespread instances where seafood sold in supermarkets was either poorly labeled, mislabeled, or fraudulently labeled.

The study was conducted fo… Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
November 20, 2017

Fishing, aquaculture, and fish processing have become big business in Ecuador, and seafood is currently the country’s fourth-largest export, generating an estimated USD 896 million (EUR 762.1 million) per year. This figure is expected to grow as Ecuador continues to develop its shrimp and tilapia aquaculture sectors.

Large pelagic species are the mainstay of the fishing industry, particularly the common dolphinfish, escolar, marlin, sailfis… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
November 17, 2017

A new effort funded by the U.S. government and several philanthropic foundations aims to improve seafood traceability by launching a knowledge-sharing network. 

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) will promote legal and sustainable fisheries by improving supply chain transparency and traceability. The partnership will bring together seafood industry representatives, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to col… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 16, 2017

As wild capture fisheries are a finite resource, an essential part of sustainability is ensuring that the seafood economy utilizes as much of each fish that is commercially caught as possible. In the case of cod, which is one of the world’s most popular and plentiful whitefish species, there is as much as 50 to 60 percent of the biomass remaining after filleting, which, if you are processing large volumes of it, results in a lot of byproduc… Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
November 15, 2017

Small-scale fishers in the Caribbean, still reeling from the deadly and damaging hurricanes that swept through the region earlier this fall, are getting a little help from a newly created insurance program.

The former Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (now known as CCRIF-SPC) and the World Bank have joined forces to provide insurance coverage for small-scale fishers in the Caribbean, using a new facility bearing the acronym COAST.

Hur… Read More

Published on
November 14, 2017

Early catches of typical autumn fish are poor in Japan, following a recent trend that may be associated with climate change. 

Fall chum salmon, popular as grilled slices for breakfast or sautéed, are in short supply, as the early season catches have been light. Pacific saury, the food Japanese say they most associate with the autumn season (along with matsutake mushroom), are retailing fresh for JPY 350 to 400 (USD 3.10 to 3.54, EUR 2… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 10, 2017

This week, quarantine authorities in Arctic-cold Harbin city detained packages in luggage at the local airport containing swiftlets’s nest (made from the bird’s saliva, these nests are a delicacy in China), flown all the way from tropical Indonesia for a trader who will sell them at exorbitant prices on 11 November.

That’s all part of the frenzy that is 11-11, China’s Singles Day on 11 November, a day created by e-commerce… Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
November 9, 2017

Netherlands-based investment fund Aqua-Spark is feeding the growth of the sustainable aquaculture movement with an increasingly large and diverse portfolio of investments in the sector.

The fund was launched in December 2013 with the goal of investing in small- to medium- sized enterprises that produce fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants “in ways that create positive social and environmental impact.” 

Aqua-Spark founders Mike Vel… Read More

Published on
November 8, 2017

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled in Japan's favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The panel notified the two sides of the result on 18 October.

Japan lodged a complaint at the WTO in 2015 against South Korea's import bans on fish caught from eight prefectures near Fukushima, imposed in 2013. The b… Read More