Features

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
November 2, 2018

IFFO, the international marine ingredients trade group, hosted discussions tackling several thorny issues facing the fishmeal and fish oil sector at the organization’s annual conference in Rome, Italy in October.

More than 440 people from 45 countries attended three days of presentations, many focused on the important contribution of marine ingredients to animal and human health, but with some delving into problems facing the industry,

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By

Christine Blank

Published on
November 1, 2018

A group of U.S.-based shrimp importers are considering the creation of a farmed shrimp marketing board, spurred in part by a lack of timely data on shrimp sales, as well as harmful volatility in the market.

During the recent GOAL 2018 conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Global Aquaculture Alliance executives and a number of executives representing shrimp importers and shrimp industry professionals met to discuss the possible formation of a shrimp

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By

Chris Loew

Published on
October 31, 2018

The fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium will be held at Iino Hall and Conference Center on 1 November. Started in 2015, the annual event hosted by Seafood Legacy and Nikkei Ecology – a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications – brings together business leaders throughout Japan to discuss issues surrounding smarter management of global fisheries resources. The all-day program will feature a wide range of speakers and

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Published on
October 30, 2018

Production of vannamei shrimp is estimated to reach around five million metric tons in 2019 – with a turnover of EUR 100 billion (USD 115 billion) according to the Food and Agriculture Organization – and growth of the industry is set to continue. 

With a current average production capacity of around 1,500 kilos per hectare, the challenge is to optimize growth through more effective use of technology.

Spanish company Marine

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Published on
October 29, 2018

Numerous studies have shown that eating seafood is good for human health, but Professor Baukje de Roos, deputy director of the Rowett Institute at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and an internationally recognized nutrition scientist, believes that shellfish are some of the most important contributors of essential nutrients and should be given a great place in the diet. 

Professor de Roos, who is currently researching the effects of

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
October 26, 2018
Fair Trade USA

As social responsibility moves into a more central role in the seafood sustainability paradigm, many suppliers and distributors are stepping up to pledge allegiance to the cause, according to Oakland, California-based certifier Fair Trade USA.

Perhaps best known for its work with the coffee industry, Fair Trade USA has developed a leading market-based model for sustainable production, trade, and consumption, applicable to several

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By

Allan Lynch

Published on
October 25, 2018

With concerns growing over a likely bait shortage in the lobster industry in Maine and Canada due to a drastic cut in the upcoming season's herring quota, Nova Scotia resident Patrick Swim has a possible solution. Swim thinks he can solve the bait shortage by harvesting an invasive species. 

Silver carp is one of the four species of the invasive Asian carp (silver, bighead, grass, and black) that have placed the Great Lakes water system at

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Cliff White

Published on
October 24, 2018

Having purchased the assets of TerraVia in September 2017, Corbion is seeking to leverage the algae platform to develop an innovative new algae-based shrimp feed additive in Asia, according to company executives.

Jill Kauffman Johnson, Corbion’s head of global market development for algae ingredients, told SeafoodSource Corbion’s takeover had been a net positive AlgaPrime DHA, the long-chain omega-3-rich aquaculture

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 23, 2018

Amazon remains the largest player in sales of online groceries in the United States, but some experts are predicting Walmart will grab a much larger share of the market in the near future and may even surpass Amazon in coming years. 

Walmart has been experiencing much larger sales volumes through its online channels in the past year. With its 2016 purchase of Jet.com and evidence its e-commerce channels are picking up momentum - sales

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
October 22, 2018

Alaska chum salmon has settled into a robust niche as processors make inroads on flesh markets and Japanese chum stocks continue to bottom out. 

In 2017, Alaska chums totaled a first wholesale value of USD 340 million (EUR 297 million), a sizable chunk of the total of USD 1.89 billion (EUR 950.5 million) for all salmon caught in the state of Alaska last year. For comparison, the state’s most lucrative species, sockeye salmon, had a

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