Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
July 21, 2017

China is winning a scramble among Asian countries to get to the top of the seafood production pyramid.

Three major factors are helping China in its efforts: A subsidized, rapid expansion effort to get into regional markets, allowing the country to gobble up supply and more easily sell value-added products abroad; a surprisingly resilient domestic economy has kept domestic demand for seafood high; and its own frustratingly complex – and ofte… Read More

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Steve Creech

Published on
July 19, 2017

Steve Creech has worked in small-scale, coastal fisheries development in South Asia for more than 25 years. Currently he designs and coordinates the Sri Lankan blue swimming crab fisheries improvement project and the Sri Lankan longline tuna and billfish FIP on behalf of the members of each FIP. He can be contacted at steve@pelagikos.lk

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to proscribe motorized and mechanized bottom-trawling establishes a


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Chris Loew

Published on
July 19, 2017

The Ocean Conference, sponsored by the United Nations, and held 5 to 9 June in New York, U.S.A. broadly covered the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” It touched on pollution and eutrophication, ocean acidification and overfishing, often in terms of overly broad goals and ill-defined future commitments. 

But in th… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 18, 2017

A month after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump reopened the red snapper fishing season in the Gulf of Mexico for 39 days, two environmental nonprofits have challenged the decision by filing a lawsuit.

A 14 June agreement struck between The U.S. Department of Commerce and the five U.S. states on the Gulf of Mexico aligned the 2017 federal and states red snapper season for recreational anglers, opening federal waters to private ang… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 17, 2017

Since it was first introduced in Europe in 2006, the use of electrical pulse fishing for flatfish and shrimp has raised questions from skeptics about the unknown effects on marine organisms, the potential detriment to biodiversity and the benthic ecosystem, and the way in which it alters fishing effort and catch efficiency.  

Such concern over their use means that pulse trawls are currently banned under European Union legislation. However, 8… Read More

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Mike Urch

Published on
July 14, 2017

If the shrimp industry in Vietnam does not change its practices soon, it faces collapse and a possible government bailout, according to a senior Vietnamese official in the country's Department of Animal Health, which oversees the country's aquaculture industry.

The department's head, Phạm Văn Đông, issued the stark warning at a seminar on establishing a disease-free shrimp production chain for export in Ho Chi Minh City earlier thi… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 13, 2017

A recent three-day residential course designed to give Scottish fishermen a better grasp of the structure of the industry and opportunities that are available to improve fishing as a business is being hailed as a massive success.

Twenty-five representatives for the pelagic, whitefish and shellfish sectors of the industry attended the workshop, which was organized and managed by the nonprofit Fishing into the Future. The group said “The Busi… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
July 12, 2017

On 11 July, the International Olympic Committee picked Los Angeles and Paris as the hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics Games (the cities will sort out between themselves in which order they will host). 

While the worlds of sports and seafood rarely commingle, a notable exception is the case of the Olympics. The Olympics are about as high-profile as you can get, which is why sponsors pay billions of dollars to sponsor them. Many non-governme… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 11, 2017

Late last week, Santa Monica Seafood’s Roger O’Brien, who has served as CEO of the Rancho Dominguez, California, U.S.A-based company since January 2015 and as its executive board advisor since 2005, was promoted to the additional title of company president. On Friday, 7 July, SeafoodSource spoke with O’Brien about his promotion and his vision for the company.

SeafoodSource: How long have you been with Santa Monica Seaf… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
July 5, 2017

Confirmation that creating a new fisheries bill will be one of the U.K. government’s immediate priorites as it looks to make a success of its departure from the E.U. has eased one of the seafood sector’s biggest fears regarding the Brexit negotiations that are now underway: that fisheries could be packaged into a broader multi-industry deal in pursuit of other, more lucrative agendas that might not serve its best interests.

On the eve… Read More