Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
June 23, 2017

Fan Xubing, founder and president of Beijing-based Sea Bridge Marketing, has been tracking the seafood industry in China for decades. 

Global Seafood, Sea Bridge’s e-newsletter covering the seafood industry, recently compiled lists of the top seafood suppliers and buyers in China, as well as a list of the most popular seafood species in China for 2017.

While it’s worth remembering that many of the names are also Sea Bridge client… Read More

By

Christine Blank

Published on
June 20, 2017

Amazon.com's intention to buy Whole Foods Market for USD 13.7 billion (EUR 12.2 billion) will change the way food is sold and delivered – including fresh and frozen seafood.

The deal, announced last week, still requires approval from regulators and Whole Foods shareholders, but if it goes through, it will likely create a sea change in the way food – and seafood – is sold to consumers.

"For Amazon, Whole Foods fulfills, at a str… Read More

By

Cliff White

Published on
June 19, 2017

The 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, which took place 5 to 7 June in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., brought together more than 580 global representatives of the seafood industry, the conservation community, academia, government, and the media for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking around the issue of sustainable seafood. 

Here’s a review of the news that was made at this year’s summit:

A major topic of discussion at the … Read More

By

Cliff White

Published on
June 19, 2017

On 9 June, even after four full days of engagement at the 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Seattle, Washington U.S.A., Taylor Shellfish's Bill Taylor was still going strong.

Standing backwards on a southbound bus headed for a mussel and oyster farm that his company operates near Olympia, Washington, Taylor held court. The summit participants who elected to participate in the post-conference, full-day tour of Taylor Shellfish’s operations, list… Read More

By

Jason Holland

Published on
June 15, 2017

While the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and the negotiation of a good severance package is the most immediate priority for the country’s seafood sector, a new vision will soon be laid out that is aimed at establishing a prosperous industry worth double its current value of GBP 6.2 billion (USD 8 billion, EUR 7.2 billion) within the next two decades.

Delivering the keynote presentation on the second day of the rece… Read More

By

Chris Loew

Published on
June 14, 2017

By the time Tokyo’s new auction site is up and running, it may be time to question if it is needed at all.

Even as the Tokyo government wrangles with the issue of moving the Tsukiji wholesale market to a new – and possibly polluted – location, innovative companies are forming more direct purchasing and marketing channels that bypass Tokyo’s central market. 

Despite a strong tradition of Japanese consumers buying fish … Read More

By

Nicki Holmyard

Published on
June 13, 2017

Tilapia farmers around the world are growing increasingly concerned about the growing number of incidences of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), which has already been reported in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, and Thailand. 

TiLV is a newly emerging and highly contagious virus associated with significant mortalities in tilapia, which is spreading amongst both farmed and wild stocks. In Thailand for example, outbreaks have led to the mortality of… Read More

By

Cliff White

Published on
June 2, 2017
Newport waterfront

On Thursday, 1 June, Pacific Seafood formally opened a surimi plant in Newport, Oregon, U.S.A. it purchased from Trident Seafoods in April. But the transaction continues to be dogged by allegations of improper dealings between the two companies.

Trident announced it had sold the plant, along with a nearby surimi and fishmeal plant, on 10 April. Trident had operated the plant since 1999, but said it decided to sell it because it “has be… Read More

By

Nicki Holmyard

Published on
May 24, 2017
Mediterranean seafood

European Mediterranean countries now import almost twice as much seafood as they produce, according to a report just released by WWF.

Decades of rising demand, coupled with falling fish stocks due to increasing use of industrial techniques, poor catch monitoring, the spread of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and numerous environmental factors have all contributed to less seafood productivity from the once-abundant Mediterranean … Read More

By

Nicki Holmyard

Published on
May 22, 2017

A new report from Rabobank shows that international fishmeal supplies are stabilizing, calling into question the current growth strategies for the alternative protein market.

Rabobank’s latest report, which looks at the current state of the global market for fishmeal, finds that after three years of low supply of Peruvian anchovy, the harvest has improved this year. The study found this is due primarily to the absence of El Niño, a w… Read More