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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
November 19, 2018

Russia has been displaced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as China’s top supplier of seafood imports. 

The ASEAN bloc accounted for 14.5 percent of China’s imports, with volume rising 31.3 percent to 453,700 MT, with a value of USD 1.116 billion (EUR 978 million) – up a whopping 59.2 percent, albeit from a low base in 2017. Simultaneously, China’s exports to ASEAN have fallen. This appears to

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By

Cliff White

Published on
November 16, 2018

Last week, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officially moved to cancel the state’s wild oyster season, which would have run from November through April.

Exploratory dives at oyster harvesting grounds had revealed a continued steep decline in the number of oysters in the state’s waters. Last year’s season was curtailed after fishermen harvested just 136 110-pound sacks of oysters, down from 7,000

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 15, 2018

Preparations for Marine Harvest’s name change to Mowi and the launch of the supporting global brand took two years, company CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog has revealed.

Bergen, Norway-headquartered Marine Harvest wants the Mowi name change to be effective from 1 January, 2019. It will need to be approved by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Assembly, taking place on 4 December.

Speaking at the company’s Capital Markets Day in

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Toan Dao

Published on
November 14, 2018

Minh Phu Seafood Corp., Vietnam’s largest shrimp producer, is embarking on plans to boost its exports to the United States, with a view to taking advantage of the trade war between the U.S. and China.

In a stakeholders’ extraordinary general meeting on 10 November, the company approved plans to build a breaded shrimp processing plant in Vietnam and two cold storage facilities in the United States, Le Van Quang, chairman and CEO of

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
November 13, 2018

Last winter, something unprecedented happened in Alaska. For the first time on record, there was no sea ice in the northern Bering Sea, and biologists are now scrambling to figure out how that will affect scores of area fisheries – from crab to salmon to rockfish to various pelagic stocks – in the coming years. 

Because there are few fisheries in the northern Bering Sea, historically it has not been subject to as much surveying

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
November 12, 2018

As the reality of Brexit draws closer, fisheries representatives in the United Kingdom are still analyzing its impacts and seeking to exert their influence to maximize the potential positives they see coming as a result.

Mike Park, the CEO of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA), the largest fishermen’s organization in Europe, spoke to SeafoodSource about the opportunities and threats to the U.K. catching sector

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Published on
November 8, 2018

In a remarkable turnaround over the past several years, China has shifted from prioritizing production and value in its domestic seafood sector to placing a greater emphasis on the environment.

China’s government has begun an unprecedented clean-up of the country’s chaotic and fragmented aquaculture sector. In the latest in a slew of environmental enforcement actions that have ramped up over the past year, thousands of tons of fry

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 7, 2018

Democrats wrestled control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in eight years in Tuesday’s elections across the United States, and that change in control may have implications for the fishing industry.

As of Wednesday morning, 7 November, the Associated Press had 219 House seats going to the Democrats, with 193 going to the Republicans. Democrats needed just 218 seats to win a majority, but with 23 seats still up for

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Chris Chase

Published on
November 6, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms – the Norway-based company with plans to construct a USD 500 million (EUR 438 million) salmon recirculating aquaculture system facility in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A. – plans to highlight local production as they market the fish to the U.S., according to Commercial Director Marianne Naess. 

Naess – who sat down for an interview with SeafoodSource at the company’s new offices in Portland, Maine (a full

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Toan Dao

Published on
November 5, 2018

Vietnam's seafood exporters are hoping the free trade agreement it is finalizing with the European Union will help it strongly boost seafood shipments to the bloc and help the country's products become more competitive there.

On 17 October, the European Commission agreed to submit the E.U.-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to the European Council. Its approval is slated for the year-end, which will then result in the deal moving to the

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