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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
September 21, 2018

Virus-related quarantine issues have caused a 45 percent fall-off for sales of French oysters in China thus far in 2018. But that hasn’t slowed Chinese demand for oysters from Europe, according to two executives from Majestic Oysters, a County Donegal, Ireland-based company.

Established to satisfy growing demand for oysters in Greater China, the Majestic Oysters brand is now benefitting from the resulting fall-off in supply from France.

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
September 20, 2018

Russia’s wild-catch fisheries are in line to set another record in 2018, with estimates pointing to a total of more than five million metric tons (MT) of catch. Much of this year’s success can be attributed to the country’s salmon season, which has surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations. 

Yet, in the first seven months of 2018, transportation of fish by rail fell by 7.1 percent compared to the corresponding

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Jason Holland

Published on
September 19, 2018

As the world’s most efficient protein generator, aquaculture is already an important means of food production, and with the output of capture fisheries remaining at static levels, it’s widely believed it's up to aquaculture to meet the rising global demand for seafood. 

While the value chain has been rising to this challenge and is well-placed to provide larger volumes in the medium-term, on the horizon there is the

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
September 18, 2018

One in four fish in Africa is still caught illegally, despite the efforts of many African nations to overcome the problem.

According to the organization Stop Illegal Fishing, an independent non-profit based in Africa dedicated to ending illegal fishing in the continent’s waters, ongoing efforts are being made by the majority of African maritime states to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, but greater momentum is needed

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
September 17, 2018

When it comes to aquaculture in the United States, there’s a sea of opportunity.

Seas of opportunity, really.

Since the United States boasts the second-largest exclusive enterprise zone in the world – meaning it has proprietary marine resource rights over an area totaling roughly 4.4 million square miles in three oceans, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico – aquaculture would seem like an ideal industry for the country.

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Published on
September 14, 2018

James O’Donnell runs the Shanghai office of Bord Bia, the Irish food promotion board. He talked to SeafoodSource on the sidelines of the 2018 Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong about current market conditions in China, how his office targets marketing of Irish seafood to Chinese consumers – and also about the need for a tighter supply chain in China to deliver a larger share of currently strong prices back to the Irish seafood supplier.

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Cliff White

Published on
September 13, 2018

The National Fisheries Institute has joined around 80 other U.S. trade associations in a coordinated campaign to oppose tariffs and other barriers to free trade.

The multi-industry coalition, Americans for Free Trade, on Wedneday, 12 September, launched a multi-million dollar national campaign titled Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. The campaign is aimed at members of the U.S. Congress and the general public and will tell stories of American

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
September 12, 2018

Relations between France and the United Kingdom have been less than cordial over the past few weeks as the U.K.’s under-15-meter scallop fleet has exercised its right to fish in French waters.

French scallop fishermen, who are currently banned from taking any scallops themselves until the scallop breeding season ends, clashed with their European counterparts in a series of dangerously aggressive high-seas manoeuvres caught on camera.

The

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Allan Lynch

Published on
September 10, 2018

Thanks to the protectionist trade policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s lobster industry is “winning.”

As the United States has continued pressure China with increasing tariffs, China has responded by ceasing its purchases of lobster from the U.S., shifting instead towards purchasing from Canada.

Reports are trickling north across the border of China abandoning long-time supply sources and relationships with

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Published on
September 10, 2018

Flavors and functionality may be key to pushing sales of processed seafood in Asia, a region more associated with consumption of fresh product.

Sales of seafood products are inching up across the huge Asia-Pacific region, thanks to an appeal to ageing societies in key markets like Japan, and due to a new emphasis on innovative flavors and packaging, according to research by market research consultancy Euromonitor. 

Overall growth in

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