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January 21, 2019

Vietnam had to lower shipments of shrimp to China last year as the latter reduced imports due to a high stockpile and increased inspections against trading activities through inland border areas, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

The Southeast Asian nation exported shrimp worth nearly USD 450 million (EUR 392.8 million) to China from January to November last year, falling 29.5 percent from 2017,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 21, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.-based seafood company Norpac Fisheries Export has signed a commitment in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) vowing not to buy immature snapper and grouper from Indonesia, the world’s largest supplier of both species. 

The agreement aims to protect the Indo-Pacific snapper and grouper fishery, which has grown increasingly more vulnerable to overfishing, according to Norpac and TNC. Recent government

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 21, 2019

While the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) remains hopeful that the United Kingdom can reach a deal on its departure from the European Union, it has called for a suite of mitigation measures for fisheries to be spelled out clearly by the Irish government in the event of a hard Brexit.

The producer organisation appealed to the government to “move might and main” to ensure the best interests of the sector – which

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 21, 2019

Negotiations amongst World Trade Organization member nations over the elimination of fisheries subsidies have intensified, according to a WTO announcement made at the tail end of 2018. WTO member states face a mandate of achieving an agreement by the end of 2019, in time to announce the agreement at the 2020 Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan. 

One of the linchpins of any deal will be China, the world’s biggest fishing country by

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 21, 2019

As shrimp’s inclusion into a federal government program to monitor seafood imports begins its fourth week, companies affected by the program say it’s been business as usual for them.

On 31 December, NOAA Fisheries along with Customs and Border Protection officials started an informed compliance period for shrimp importers participating in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. SIMP requires importers keep chain of custody data for

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 21, 2019

A new body has been set up in China to harness big data and artificial intelligence to modernize the country’s aquaculture and wild-catch fisheries. 

The China Intelligent Fisheries Association was created recently as a sub-group of the China Fisheries Association (CFA) to bring data specialists, fishing companies, and government officials together to harness data to improve management in both catch and farmed fisheries. 

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 18, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has signed off on a Jones Act waiver for America’s Finest, a USD 75 million (EUR 65.8 million) vessel commissioned by Fishermen’s Finest, according to a press release issued by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington) earlier this month.

That means the boat built by Dakota Creek Industries is free to fish in U.S. waters and deliver products to American ports.

“The Coast Guard worked hard to create a thorough

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Chris Chase

Published on
January 18, 2019

The glut in the global supply of shrimp that persisted throughout 2018 will remain in 2019, as cold storage facilities in the United States continue to have supplies lasting months in storage. 

A panel of experts at the Global Seafood Market Conference in Coronado, California on 17 January said cold storage facilities in the U.S. had, at times, 30 percent more shrimp in storage in 2018 than they did in 2017.

In addition, the panel predicted

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Cliff White

Published on
January 18, 2019

Catch totals for Chilean sea bass remained steady in 2018, allowing for prices to level off below the all-time highs of 2017, when an eight-ounce portion was selling for upwards of USD 21.00 (EUR 18.43).

Chilean sea bass, or Patagonian toothfish, is caught the lower latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. Catches have been stable at around 30,000 metric tons (MT) annually since 2014, with 30,439 (MT) caught in 2017 and 29,761 MT landed in 2018,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 18, 2019

Fortune Fish and Gourmet’s Stacy Schultz has replaced Seattle Fish Company COO Hamish Walker as the new chair of Sea Pact’s advisory council, the collective announced on 16 January. 

Schultz, who serves as the director of marketing and the sustainability coordinator for Fortune Fish, has played an active role in Sea Pact for the past five years. Her involvement with the association, which consists of ten leading North American

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