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Published on
January 7, 2019

Kiyoshi Kimura, president of restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, has shelled out big bucks again to get his company’s name in the news worldwide. 

Kimura made the winning bid for the highest-priced Pacific bluefin tuna at the first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo’s new Toyosu Market on 5 January.

The chain is overshadowed in size by rival conveyor-belt sushi chains Hamazushi (more than 400 outlets), Akindo Sushiro (more than 500

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
January 7, 2019

Results of a new study into the market for mussels in France show that imports from outside the European Union have increased substantially over the past few years, particularly from Chile, with further growth expected.

Mussel farming in Chile has grown from a standing start in 2000 to become a force to be reckoned with, and now has an annual production of more than 300,000 metric tons (MT).

Seafood experts Via Aqua have continued the work of

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 4, 2019

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act is now officially a law.

The White House announced on Monday, 31 December, that President Trump signed U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s bill, which the Mississippi Republican has said would improve conservation efforts and also help communities that rely on recreational fishing for their economies.

In a statement, Trump said the act strengthens regional fishery management councils. Namely, it

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 4, 2019

Yu Kangzhen, China’s vice minister for agriculture with responsibility for fisheries, has been encouraging China’s distant-water fishing companies to increase their efforts, while promoting large infrastructure projects at home to handle the growing volume of total catch.

Yu recently visited and inspected plans for the Zhoushan National Distant-Water Fishery Base, a 6.2 square-kilometer site that local officials and industry

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
January 4, 2019

Russian authorities are trying to encourage the fishing industry and trade businesses to use better practices in production, retail, logistics and marketing to get more Russian fish sold on domestic market which has been experiencing a significant decrease over recent years. 

In the years following Russia’s 2014 imposition of a ban on imported food from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Norway, and Australia, Russia began

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 3, 2019

Bakkafrost Group has increased its salmon harvest guidance for this year by 1,500 metric tons (MT) to 54,500 MT gutted weight.

According to the Faroese producer’s latest trading update, it harvested 12,300 MT of fish in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from 11,400 MT in the corresponding period of the previous year. Of this, the company’s farming operations in the north contributed 4,000 MT, with its farms in the west supplying the

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Cliff White

Published on
January 3, 2019

China has implemented tariff cuts on 706 types of goods – including many seafood items – for countries with which it has reached bilateral trade deals.

The move will make seafood from New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Iceland, South Korea, Australia, Georgia and all countries participating in the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement cheaper for Chinese consumers. 

The cuts came into effect 1 January after being announced in

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Chris Chase

Published on
January 3, 2019

The Dungeness crab season in central and northern Oregon and southern Washington has started after a month of delays. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening, indicating that the crab will be ready from Cape Arago to the Columbia River and north into Washington. Currently, the fishery is in the “pre-soak” period where fishermen can set their gear in anticipation of pulling their first pots on the

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 3, 2019

There’s a lot of data being quoted recently by China’s government to show that these are prosperous times for China’s fishermen and fish farmers. 

A perusal of several past editions of the Fisheries Yearbook, an annual overview of the state of the industry produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, shows there has been a 41 percent increase in the average earnings of workers in the sector over four years.

But incomes remain

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 2, 2019

The U.K. House of Lords European Union Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has raised concerns about the damage that the European Union's landing obligation could have on the fishing industry, as well as the country’s ability to enforce the new rules.

Following a four-year phasing in period, the full E.U. landing obligation (also known as the “discard ban”) came into force on 1 January, 2019. It requires fishers to land all

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