Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
April 20, 2017

China’s economy is massive and growing, and more dynamic than it is given credit for, as changes are occurring rapidly both inside the seafood industry and more broadly in the country’s economy. While numerous roadblocks, pitfalls and shortcomings can inhibit China reaching its full potential as a seafood force, the country has turned a corner and become a veritable superpower in the industry.

Given that the number eight is regar… Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
April 19, 2017

Well-known seafood industry veteran Jon Harman died this week, following a short illness.

During the course of his career, Harman worked in the pelagic, whitefish, shellfish and salmon sectors, in production, processing and governance. He was a former chief executive of Seafood Scotland and Director of the U.K. Seafish Industry Authority. In this former role he introduced the concept of ‘care of the catch’ and weighing at sea to fishe… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
April 18, 2017

The Japanese have an outsized love for both trains and sushi, so perhaps it was a natural progression to see the two things combined.

However, for rival sushi chains Sushiro and Kappa Sushi, which both feature toy trains that deliver food to customers, their financial trains are on very different tracks.

On March 30, an initial public offering of shares of privately held Sushiro Global Holdings Ltd raised 82.4 billion (USD 730 million, EUR 689 mi… Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
April 7, 2017

Food fraud is not a new problem; from tales of adulterated grain in Biblical times to species substitution today, unscrupulous manufacturers and traders have always sought the means to cheat the system.

According to Mike Mitchell of Fair Seas, who specialises in product integrity, sustainability and ethical trading, food fraud remains an ever-present risk, with reports appearing frequently in the media. 

“The vulnerability of the whole… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
April 5, 2017

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, the renamed former International Boston Seafood Show, was held 19 to 21 March, 2017, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and among the 1,200 exhibitors from more than 40 countries were several from Japan.

Twelve Japanese exhibitors were grouped around the JETRO booth in the Japan Pavilion. JETRO offers a subsidy and guidance to those who take space in this area.

Wakame sea… Read More

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Mike Urch

Published on
March 29, 2017

At long last, U.S. catfish farmers could be on the verge of achieving their objective of preventing Vietnamese pangasius from, as they see it, undermining their market.

From 1 September, all catfish – and pangasius is now officially recognized by the U.S. authorities as being a catfish species, whether produced domestically or imported – will be subject to the scrutiny of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Up until then the U.… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
March 28, 2017

With a plethora of scrumptious seafood samples in my belly after Seafood Expo North America which took place in Boston, Massachusetts from 19 to 21 March, I am fondly recalling some of the most flavorful - and successful - products at the show.

Undeniably, salmon ice cream was the talk of this year’s expo. Specifically, Candied Salmon Caramel Ice Cream, made by ice cream and coffee shop Coppa in Juneau, Alaska. Coppa won both the grand priz… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
March 23, 2017

Despite the sheer scale of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing – an annual global worth of up to USD 20 billion (EUR 18.5 billion) and involving as much as 25 million metric tons (MT) of wild-caught seafood products – simply finding any vessels serially involved in IUU activities, let alone prosecuting them is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, delegates heard at 10th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unreg… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
March 17, 2017

When Hannaford, a large United States supermarket chain, recently opened its “learning lab” store in Bedford, New Hampshire, it sought the answer to a very specific question: how to sell more food to younger shoppers.

Millennials, defined as Americans between the ages of 20 and 36, are the largest demographic group in the United States, with a population estimated at 75.4 million (for comparison, there are an estimated 74.9 million Baby Boom… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
March 15, 2017

Since January, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the nation’s fishery regulators, has offered hints that changes to U.S. fishery policy might be in store.

A formal fisheries policy has yet to emerge, and these are, of course, still early days for the Trump Administration. But some observers read in Ross’s recent statements a potential desire to increase fishing.

During the campaign, Trump railed repeatedly against the United Stat… Read More