Commentary

Editorial commentaries on the domestic and global seafood industry.

Published on
December 1, 2017

A novel new idea to give people the ability to grow fish in their own homes using aquaponics kits is picking up  momentum, under an FAO initiative to increase global food security.

According to Iris Monnereau, regional project coordinator of the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Project (CC4FISH), a project backed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the home aquaponics movement is … Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
November 30, 2017

iFarm, a new salmon farming concept developed by BioSort in conjunction with fish farming company Cermaq, is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has declared iFarm to be within the scope of its development license system, under which Cermaq has submitted applications for 10 licenses to implement the new technology, and take it from research phase to a viable system.

According to Harald Takle, techno… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 29, 2017

WestCoast Group, one of India’s largest aquaculture companies, has its sights set on growing both within India and throughout neighboring countries, with the help of a strategy built around tilapia and a newly announced partnership with Norway-based aquaculture technology firm AKVA Group.

Mumbai-based WestCoast built itself up based on expertise in frozen prawns, sold under the Cambay Tiger brand. The company now sells an estimated 800,000 … Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
November 28, 2017

Philippe de Lapérouse sees myriad investment opportunities in aquaculture.

De Lapérouse is managing director of HighQuest Partners, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Formerly an investment banker, he has more than 30 years of experience advising companies and investment strategies in food, biotech and bioenergy. He is also the chairman of the Global AgInvesting conference series, which includes annual events in New York, London, and Tok… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 27, 2017

Cobia farming and marketing firm Open Blue has made a significant investment in technology in its Panama City, Panama production facility, allowing it to meet growing demand for fixed weight and customized portions

The USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) investment will allow it to make frozen cobia portions available to customers globally, Bernie Leger, vice president of sales and marketing for Open Blue, told SeafoodSource.

Open Blue added Marel cu… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 22, 2017

Whole Foods has announced a new round of price cuts across several categories, including seafood – but the pricing strategy may not be effective.

Soon after Amazon officially acquired Whole Foods on 28 August, Whole Foods announced price cuts of around 40 percent on a number of items, including responsibly farmed salmon and tilapia. 

The new cuts, announced 16 November, include Responsibly Farmed Raw Peeled Shrimp 26/30s, which is now … Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
November 21, 2017

Big news was made at the growing Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium with the announcement of Japan’s first tuna-focused fishery improvement project.

The event, which took place in Tokyo on 27 October at the Belle Salle event hall in Shinjuku ward, was organized by Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and Nikkei Ecology, a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP). Sponsors included The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the … Read More

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Allan Lynch

Published on
November 21, 2017

While the average consumer may wonder what a haddock loin is and how Atlantic salmon can come from Chile, in Canada, the question of fish labeling is becoming a more serious issue.

The University of Guelph’s LifeScanner DNA lab has studied samples taken from retailers across Canada and found widespread instances where seafood sold in supermarkets was either poorly labeled, mislabeled, or fraudulently labeled.

The study was conducted fo… Read More

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
November 20, 2017

Fishing, aquaculture, and fish processing have become big business in Ecuador, and seafood is currently the country’s fourth-largest export, generating an estimated USD 896 million (EUR 762.1 million) per year. This figure is expected to grow as Ecuador continues to develop its shrimp and tilapia aquaculture sectors.

Large pelagic species are the mainstay of the fishing industry, particularly the common dolphinfish, escolar, marlin, sailfis… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
November 17, 2017

A new effort funded by the U.S. government and several philanthropic foundations aims to improve seafood traceability by launching a knowledge-sharing network. 

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) will promote legal and sustainable fisheries by improving supply chain transparency and traceability. The partnership will bring together seafood industry representatives, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to col… Read More