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Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
September 5, 2018

A group of U.S. non-governmental organizations have begun a nationwide campaign urging the nation’s three largest foodservice management companies to buy more local and community-based products, including seafood.

The Community Coalition for Real Meals, which includes the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), Friends of the Earth, and Real Food Challenge, say that Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo need to reorient their business

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By

Chris Chase

Published on
September 4, 2018

Philippines-based Fisherfarms’s CEO Imelda J. Madarang said value added products will be key to the company’s success in markets both domestic and abroad. 

A Seafood Excellence Award 2018 finalist, Fisherfarm’s line of milkfish products have also garnered multiple awards for taste. The company’s line of sausages, which use milkfish instead of chicken or pork, represent the company's spin on creating healthy,

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By

Chris Loew

Published on
August 31, 2018

Japan may be the big winner in a sea cucumber market that has literally gotten too hot.

A heat wave from late July to early August in China’s Liaoning Province killed most of the sea cucumbers being raised in shallow ponds there. Liaoning is the main production area in China for farmed sea cucumber, and as a result of the die-off, China may have to make up the deficit with increased imports. 

Japan is the most likely beneficiary of

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By

Mark Godfrey

Published on
August 31, 2018

Taiwan’s large distant-water fishing fleet is a major supplier of tuna to global markets, but it has been accused of misconduct on the high seas, including engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

In 2015, Taiwan was issued a “yellow card” warning by the European Commission, and in 2016, it was threatened with a red card, which would have resulted in a ban on imports to the European Union of fish

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
August 30, 2018

Investors were nonplussed when leading Chinese aquaculture and seafood importing firm Zoneco recently reported a 52.4 percent fall in net profits for the first half of 2018, down to CNY 14.6 million (USD 2.1 million, EUR 1.8 million) on revenues of CNY 1.40 billion (USD 204 million, EUR 176 million). 

Once the darling of investors, Zoneco, which goes by its Chinese name Zhangzidao, said the results show improvement in its financial position

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By

Toan Dao

Published on
August 29, 2018

Vietnam’s pangasius industry is continuing to perform well this year, driven by rising demand from key markets – most prominently, China.

And its potential is even greater given the opportunities it sees as China and the United States continue to face off in an escalating trade war. 

Pangasius is Vietnam’s second-biggest seafood export in terms of value, following shrimp. But the country’s dominance in production of

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Published on
August 28, 2018

Blue Circle Foods is expanding its selection of fresh and frozen seafood in both the United States and European markets, including a new value-added product to be launched later this year or in early 2019.

The Washington, D.C., U.S.A.-based supplier, the largest fresh and frozen farmed salmon supplier to Whole Foods Market stores, also supplies Harris Teeter, Price Chopper, Andronicos, Earthfare, and other retailers with its salmon and other

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By

Mark Godfrey

Published on
August 27, 2018

Companies that send U.S.-caught seafood to China for processing and then reimport it are facing 10 to 25 percent tariffs as the result of a trade war initiated by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The goods in the latest round of tariffs announced in July by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, on its “USTR List 3,” include a wide range of seafood items. They are scheduled to be enacted in September.

Ian W. Moores, general counsel

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By

Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
August 24, 2018

Russia is experiencing a boom in aquaculture and is seeking to increase its farmed seafood almost threefold, to 700,000 metric tons (MT) through 2030. Investment activity in the sector during the last three years suggests the projected figure can be exceeded provided some cornerstone problems be solved and international experience be used. 

This is the second article in a two-part series exploring Russia's aquaculture industry. Part one,

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
August 23, 2018

Russia is experiencing a boom in aquaculture and is seeking to increase its farmed seafood almost threefold, to 700,000 metric tons (MT) through 2030. Investment activity in the sector during the last three years suggests the projected figure can be exceeded provided some cornerstone problems be solved and international experience be used. 

This is the first of a two-part series exploring Russia's aquaculture industry. Part two will appear

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