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Published on
February 21, 2018

Wild eel and wild grouper are two of the species featuring in a new Chinese app that allows fishermen to sell their catch to consumers in an online auction.

The app was developed by Zhejiang Zhong Xing Guang Dianzi Science & Technology Co. – which uses the English brand name Link Radar. It’s a firm with a track record in supplying radar and other satellite communication equipment to fishing vessels. 

The “Hai Yang Yi Yu… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
February 20, 2018

India has allocated INR 100 billion (USD 1.55 billion, EUR 1.25 billion) to support its fisheries and aquaculture sector in its 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

The announcement was made by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2018-19 general budget speech. Jaitley announced the money will be allocated to the government’s Fishery and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund. The fund supports subsidized loans to encourage the developme… Read More

Published on
February 20, 2018

French hotelier Accor is leveraging the fame of a Chinese lake best known for its mitten crabs to sell a “five-star” resort experience to wealthy Chinese. 

Seafood consumption in China is increasingly linked to tourism as Chinese consumers seek to spend their money on experiences. Hotel chains, including brands operated by Accor, have sought to cater to Chinese tourists through openings of new properties in China and regionally.&… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 20, 2018
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and sushi chef Tsutomu Shimamiya

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has met with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to honor the close relationship between the two countries. High on the agenda was how the nations could work closer together in the future, and further strengthen mutually beneficial trade relations, including within the seafood category.

“The visit marks an important step towards even stronger ties in the future. Japan and Norway already hav… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
February 20, 2018

Twelve finalists have been chosen to compete in this year’s Seafood Excellence Awards, to be held at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) event in Boston 11 to 13 March.

The 2018 Seafood Excellence Awards finalists will compete in two award categories: Best New Foodservice Product and Best New Retail Product. The winners of the Seafood Excellence Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. in the Demonstration Theater on Sunday, 11 March. … Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 20, 2018

Maine’s lobster industry is pushing back against new rules that they say are costly and put onerous requirements on them to record data.

Maine does not have the funds to pay for the new reporting requirements mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, according to Patrice McCarron, the executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. McCarron said the new rule, which requires 100 percent of Maine lobstermen … Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
February 16, 2018

A Trinidadian NGO is lobbying the country's government to pass a bill drafted almost 20 years ago, but never made law, that would increase the safety of fishermen at sea.

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) was quoted last month by a local newspaper lamenting the fact that “the Fisheries Bill which was written almost 20 years ago, and where public consultations were completed since 2011, for unknown reasons...has been left to gather dus… Read More

Published on
February 16, 2018

A star of badminton from Denmark has become the marketing face of a leading Chinese seafood importer and distributor. 

The face of Mathias Christiansen, ranked No. 22 in badminton, appeared on packages of seafood sold by leading Chinese seafood distributor Qingdao-based Bei Yang Jia Mei Seafood Products in the run-up to Chinese New Year on 16 February.

The company chose a star from the sport of badminton due to its popularity in China. Badmi… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
February 16, 2018

Instagram has become a popular marketing tool for food and restaurants in Japan, and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association (ASMI) is now riding this wave. 

A recent survey found that 40 percent of Japanese Instagrammers and social media users went on trips and to restaurants mainly to post photos. "Insta-bae," meaning "to look good on Instagram," was selected as one of Japan's top buzzwords for 2017 by Japan's biggest correspondence cour… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 16, 2018

A consortium of groups with ties to the seafood industry is calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill that gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils greater flexibility to achieve their objectives, but they also looking for federal officials to change how a couple of items are termed.

Saving Seafood’s National Coalition for Fishing Communities is asking Congress to do away with the term “ov… Read More