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Published on
December 11, 2017

China’s demand for high-end cod is causing a massive rise in smuggling as supply tightens, according to a respected industry research platform. 

Legal imports of what’s termed “silver cod” will total 1,000 tons in 2017, up from 633 tons in 2016, but smuggled imports could be as high as 2,000 tons, according to Dongpin Zhan Lue (Frozen Foods Strategy), which also points to an increase in average prices from CNY 220 (US… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
December 11, 2017

Skipjack tuna landings in Japan from September through November totaled 1,207 metric tons, 40 percent lower than in 2016, according to a Nippon Keizai Shimbun report. It was also 30 percent less than the average of the past five years. However, it is similar to the amount of 2015, and only a little below that of 2014.

The average wholesale price at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market in October and November was around JPY 1,000 (USD 8.81, EUR 7.50) per … Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
December 11, 2017

The mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, traveled to Washington D.C. last week to ask Chris Oliver, the assistant administrator for Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to help get the fishermen of Northeast Fishery Sector IX back on the water.

Sector IX, comprised of 22 vessels manned by 80 fishermen, was barred from fishing for groundfish when the National Marine Fisheries Service withdrew approval of its ope… Read More

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Allan Lynch

Published on
December 11, 2017

The oceans must feed a greater proportion of the world’s population, a representative from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization told attendees of the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Oceans Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from on 1 December.

Marc Taconet, a senior fishery officer with the FAO, said two billion people depend on fish for 20 percent of their animal protein intake by 2030. That reliance rise… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 8, 2017

Members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission concluded a five-day conference in Manilla, The Philippines, earlier this week by increasing catch limits on tropical tunas. It’s a move at least one conservation group fears could threaten the bigeye stock.

Beginning next year, Japan will be able to catch up to 18,265 metric tons of bigeye tuna. South Korea was allotted a nearly 14,000-metric-ton limit, while Taiwan will be ab… Read More

Published on
December 8, 2017

Peru could significantly shift its vannemei shrimp exports away from the U.S. towards China after the two countries signed an agreement to allow Peruvian shrimp shipments into Chinese ports.  

The recent signing of a sanitary protocol between Peru and China has been a trigger for a new surge in trade between the two countries, according to Chinese publication Dongpin Zhan Lue (Frozen Foods Strategy).

Peruvian Trade Minister Eduardo… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 7, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially recommended making changes to three marine national monuments, which could open the door to commercial fishing in some of those areas, if President Donald Trump signs off on the plan.

Zinke’s recommendations include allowing regional fishery management councils make decisions on commercial fishing opportunities in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off t… Read More

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Allan Lynch

Published on
December 7, 2017

Bernd Christmas, the CEO of a Mi’kmaq fishing company in Nova Scotia, has praised Clearwater Seafoods for its outreach efforts following the recent decision by the Canadian government to reallocate a portion of the Arctic surf clam fishery quota to indigenous groups.

Clearwater Seafoods holds 100 percent of the Arctic surf clam quota, but in October, Canada’s Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that 25 percent of that quo… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
December 7, 2017

High Liner Foods hasn’t let its size and earnings prevent it from engaging with smaller-scale operations and fisheries. 

The publicly traded company, based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, has used its resources to assist modest fisheries with lesser-known species, explained High Liner’s Bill DiMento during this week’s Future of Seafood conference, held in Boston, Massachusetts from 4 to 5 December at the Museum of Scienc… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
December 7, 2017

The government of the Philippines has voiced concern over Papua New Guinea’s recently announced plan to require that all fish caught in its waters be processed domestically.

Currently, only about one in five fish caught in PNG waters is processed inside the country, and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made formulated the new plan in order to provide jobs and increase domestic commerce and foreign exchange earnings in his country, acc… Read More