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Oct 22 - White Shrimp Prices Drop in Guangxi, Where Farmers Hope for Better Winter Market


Oct 17 - America Buys More Pangasius and China Exerts Less Influence on the Global Market


Oct 8 - The U.S. Turns to Vietnam for Basa Supply After Losing China Tilapia Markets Due to Tariffs


Oct 5 - New 25% Tariffs Could Influence China’s Tilapia Farms as Winter Sets In; Shift Some to Shrimp


Oct 1 - LISTEN: Tilapia Industry Split After First Week of Tariffs; Meal Kits Losing Steam and More News


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Sep 17 - Growth of Ecuador White Shrimp, Tilapia Export Problems, Bank Pressure in Dalian Mark 2018 in China


Sep 4 - China's Basa Industry Faces Hurdles in Effort to Grow, Compete with Tilapia


Aug 21 - Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat


Aug 7 - U.S.-China Trade War Expected to Stimulate Brazil's Tilapia Exports to the U.S.


Jul 30 - Market Prospect for Tilapia in China is Optimistic Due to Market Tension


Jul 16 - JD Fresh Cooperates with GAA to Start Summer BAP Seafood Promotion


Jul 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Nearly 64% in June 2018


Jul 5 - Fourth of July Food By The Numbers: A Look at Retail and Restaurants


Jun 14 - Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply


Jun 7 - Chinese Farm-Gate Tilapia Prices Falling as Hot Weather, Disease Encourage Early Harvest


Jun 5 - Increased Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture in Mexico Driving Large Increase in Feed Production


May 4 - Despite Tilapia Price Stability, Chinese Processors Slow Purchasing and Farmers Turn to Basa


Apr 13 - Regal Springs Trying to Change the Perception of Tilapia


Mar 22 - Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High


Mar 13 - High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America


Mar 1 - Japanese-Style QSR Yoshinoya Expands Seafood Offerings During Lent


Feb 27 - New Seafood News Podcast Discusses Ropeless Fishing Gear Controversy and Much More


Feb 20 - Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health


Feb 9 - Pangasius Prices Spike to Record as Low Harvests and Demand from China Takes Hold


Feb 5 - Tilapia Prices in China Increase Four Times in January; Farmers Optimistic


Jan 23 - Chinese Tilapia Prices Increase; Nearly All Processing Plants Raise Purchase Prices


Jan 2 - How Tilapia Skin is Being Used to Heal a Mountain Lion Cub's California Wildfire Burns


Dec 21 - Australia Trademark Row over Fish Names; Tilapia is Trademarked as Bream


Dec 18 - Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish


Dec 12 - China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance


Nov 29 - Jiangmen Zhenye Fishery Plans to Build China’s Largest Tilapia Processing Company


Nov 8 - Goulian’s Sales Rise in Both Chinese and Foreign Markets, Fueled by E-commerce Business


Oct 24 - Can Marijuana Reduce Stress in Farmed Fish?


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White Shrimp Prices Drop in Guangxi, Where Farmers Hope for Better Winter Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 22, 2018

The year of 2016 was greatly successful for Guangxi’s white shrimp aquaculture. The success rate was close to 70 percent in the first round, which encouraged local farmers and strengthened their confidence. However, they were disappointed again in the mid round with the success rate having plummeted to about 20 to 30 percent.

Local farming was depressed both last year and this one as well. Great changes have occurred to the industry ...

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America Buys More Pangsius and China Exerts Less Influence on the Global Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 17, 2018

Since late August, basa farm gate prices have been on the rise because of Vietnam’s climate and global market situation. The mortality rate of basa seed has increased, while the growth of large ones have been far from satisfactory.

Moreover, the U.S. has started to purchase more basa from Vietnam to replace China tilapia products due to the trade war. If the country’s new tariff policy does go into effect next January, there is no doubt that ...

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New 25% Tariffs Could Influence China’s Tilapia Farms as Winter Sets In

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - October 5, 2018

On Sept. 18, China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 104.71 points for those between 0.6 jin to 1 jin each (1 jin=0.5 kg) while 102.87 points for those about 1 jin to 1.6 jin each. They are stable compared with the statistics from Sept. 11. The stability has lasted for four consecutive weeks now and there have been only slight changes to the prices since the beginning of August.

However, overall, the prices have tended to contract in China during the fourth quarter when ...

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10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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China's Basa Industry Faces Hurdles in Effort to Grow, Compete with Tilapia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 4, 2018

Basa fish is of great importance in freshwater aquaculture of Southeast Asia. They can easily adapt to different water and there is no need for very advanced technologies in farming. Basa demand has risen dramatically in China within the past few years, but the country still relies on imports from Vietnam due to the lack of relevant aquaculture and processing systems. Problems remain within the basa industry in the huge Chinese market.

First, China’s industry participants have ...

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U.S.-China Trade War Expected to Stimulate Brazil's Tilapia Exports to the U.S.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - August 7, 2018

According to Brazil’s aquatic industry, the country’s tilapia export to the U.S. is predicted to double within the coming twelve months thanks to America’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese commodities. This creates new opportunities for producers and exporters of tilapia fillets in Brazil.

The U.S. has increased tariffs on Chinese seafood products, including tilapia, by another 10 percent during the ongoing trade war between the two countries. If this continues, Brazil’s tilapia export ...

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JD Fresh Cooperates with GAA to Start Summer BAP Seafood Promotion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 16, 2018

JD has begun its one-week-long promotion activities for BAP-certified seafood beginning on July 9. The promotion resulted from the cooperation of JD and the Global Aquaculture Alliance. During that week, consumers could spend 99 yuan ($14.80 USD) to get such certified aquatic products worth 119 yuan ($17.78 USD).

Fifteen certified seafood products were on the promotion list. They included products such as Guolian’s white shrimp meat, tilapia fillets and other processed ...

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Fourth of July Food By The Numbers: A Look at Retail and Restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amanda Buckle - July 5, 2018

Barbecue, fireworks and sunburn – all signs of a good Fourth of July.  But what about for retailers and restaurants?

Prior to the holiday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted that Americans would spend $6.9 billion on food for Fourth of July cookouts. That number is down from last year’s record of $7.1 billion, and the drop in spending is being attributed to the fact that the Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday this year ...

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Chinese Farm-Gate Tilapia Prices Falling as Hot Weather, Disease Encourage Early Harvest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong - June 7, 2018

On May 30, China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 99.18 points for those about 0.6 to 1 jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) each while 98.65 points for those about 1 to 1.6 jin each. The two numbers have decreased 2.62 points and 2.03 points respectively from those on May 23. And they contract by 4.7 points and 4.39 points compared with the same period last year.

With reduction of tilapia market prices...

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Despite Tilapia Price Stability, Chinese Processors Slow Purchasing and Farmers Turn to Basa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] - translated by Amy Zhong - May 4, 2018

China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 101.28 points for those between 0.6 to 1 jin (1 jin=0.5 kg) each on April 24, while it is 100.28 points for those around 1 to 1.6 jin each. They are stable compared with the number on April 17, but they are 4.05 points and 3.5 points lower than those of 2017.

Purchase prices of processing plants are 3.25 yuan/jin ($1.02/kg USD) and ...

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Chinese Domestic Tilapia Market is Promising; Prices Remain High

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - March 22, 2018

China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 105.86 points for those weighing between 0.6 to 1 jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo; 0.36-.5 kg) each on March 13, while it is 103.78 points for those about 1 to 1.6 jin each . The two numbers are stable compared with those of March 6 and processing plants have started to buy tilapias now. Their purchase prices are 3.55 yuan/jin and 4.55 yuan/jin (~$1.12-1.44/kg USD) for these two kinds of tilapias in western Guangdong. They are ...

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Japanese-Style QSR Yoshinoya Expands Seafood Offerings During Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - March 1, 2018

Yoshinoya, a quick-service restaurant chain that first opened in Japan in 1899, and now has over 100 restaurants in California, is expanding its seafood offerings.

On Wednesday the company announced the addition of three Japanese-style dishes for customers to indulge in: Lobster Stew, Sweet Chili Shrimp and Grilled Tilapia.

“Our focus is to build on the foundation of our heritage while continuously improving the customer experience,” Bobby Williams, VP of Marketing at Yoshinoya, said in a press release ...

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Burned California Bears Treated With Tilapia Skin Now in Good Health

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - February 20, 2018

The California brown bears who suffered third degree burns from the historic Thomas Fire in December are back in the wild and in good health – thanks to the use of tilapia skin.

As previously reported, the bears were being treated at the Wildlife Investigations Lab in Rancho Cordova for oozing wounds and burned paw pads. Dr. Jamie Peyton, chief of Integrative Medicine at the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was inspired ...

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Tilapia Prices in China Increase Four Times in January; Farmers Optimistic

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] translated by Amy Zhong - February 5, 2018

China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 103.52 points for those between 0.6 to 1 jin (1 jin=0.5 kilo) each and 102.02 points for those between 1 to 1.6 jin each on January 30. They have increased 0.88 points and 0.49 points respectively from those of January 23.

The average purchase prices of processing plants are stable in western Guangdong and Hainan regipons. They are 3.5 yuan/jin (~$1.11/kg USD) and 4.5 yuan/jin (~$1.43/kg USD) separately for tilapias ...

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How Tilapia Skin is Being Used to Heal a Mountain Lion Cub's California Wildfire Burns

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 2, 2018

A mountain lion cub who sustained burns from the California wildfires is recovering thanks to tilapia skin.

The five-month-old cub was rescued from the Thomas Fire, which destroyed 273,400 acres in Southern California. All four of its paws sustained severe burns, however, staff at the UC David Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have been helping the cub recover with sterilized tilapia skin.

The use of tilapia skin to treat ...

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Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - December 18, 2017

Xu, the president for a freshwater fish aquaculture cooperative in Maoming city of Guangdong asked Agricultural Wealth, an influential magazine in the South China, for help on Dec. 14. Farmers in this cooperative are very upset because there are no buyers for about 400,000 jin (200,000 kg) of basa fish  stocked in local ponds. These fish weigh between one to five jin (0.5 to 2.5 kg) each and some have been raised for as long as two years. Basa fish are acceptable in markets when ...

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The U.S. Turns to Vietnam for Basa Supply After Losing China Tilapia Markets Due to Tariffs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 8, 2018

China’s tilapias are included in the list of commodities on which the U.S. plans to impose higher tariffs. It makes these fish a little too expensive for American buyers and reduces the country’s imports. To make up for this, the U.S. lowered the tariff rates on Vietnam’s basa fish. Its importers have begun to purchase more since last month which, in turn, results in higher basa prices ...

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LISTEN: Tilapia Industry Split After First Week of Tariffs; Meal Kits Losing Steam and More News

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 1, 2018

This week on the SeafoodNews podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about how the tilapia industry is split after the first week of tariffs; NOAA's memorandum on whales; Casey's Seafood owner pleading guilty to falsely labeling crab meat; meal kits losing steam; and why some vegans are eating oysters. Plus, we welcome Scott Zimmerman, the CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates and speaker at Urner Barry's upcoming Seafood Import Workshop ...

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Growth of Ecuador White Shrimp, Tilapia Export Problems, Bank Pressure in Dalian Mark 2018 in China 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translate by Amy Zhong - September 17, 2018

Ecuador’s white shrimp export to China continues to grow at a rapid rate

In the first half of this year, Ecuador has sold to China 43,000 tons of white shrimps, a growth of 390 percent. However, Chinese importers are becoming more cautious because they are under pressure of the Chinese currency, Renminbi, devaluation and they are concerned about high risks from stocking shrimp whose prices may further contract.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s processing plants are ...

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Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Lorin Castiglione – August 21, 2018

Urner Barry is reporting that Pangasius is showing record high replacement prices for the past three months.  Wholesale prices for Pangasius fillets have also been in the $3.35 range.

Volume for Pangasius has fallen sharply this year, as Vietnamese exporters struggle with US market barriers, and seek other markets. Through June, about 79 million pounds has been imported, down 31% from the year before...

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Market Prospect for Tilapia in China is Optimistic Due to Market Tension

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - July 30, 2018

On July 24, China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 102.15 points for those about 0.6 to 1 jin each (1 jin=0.5 kg), and 100.94 points for those between 1 to 1.6 jin. They have increased 1.03 points and 0.86 points respectively from those on July 17.

Tilapia prices are said to have risen slightly. In western Guangdong, processing plants have upped purchase prices by 0.1 yuan/jin ($0.002/kg USD) compared with ...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Nearly 64% in June 2018

Total refusals of shipments increased 63.9% from June 2017 to June 2018. Year-to-date there are 118 line item refusals ...

 

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Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - June 14, 2018

Basa prices have remained at high levels since the beginning of this year due to great demand in China and insufficient supply thanks to adverse weather and seed shortage. They are sold at about $3 to $3.20 per kg currently, which has grown by about 30 percent compared with the same period last year. The prices are too high, according to both overseas buyers and Vietnam’s domestic exporters. And they are expected to ...

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Increased Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture in Mexico Driving Large Increase in Feed Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 5, 2018

The leader of the Mexican Trade Association Conafab, representing food and animal nutrition, Genaro Bernal, said that growing Mexican demand for aquaculture products was boosting the feed industry.

Shrimp is the primary aquaculture product, accounting for 56% of the total volume, followed by tilapia, carp and oysters.  Total aquaculture volume in 2017 was 397,712 tons, which is up 57% in five years.

Regal Springs, headquartered in Switzerland, is one of the largest aquaculture companies in Mexico ...

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Regal Springs Trying to Change the Perception of Tilapia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 13, 2018

Tilapia has received a bad rap in recent years, but white fish farming producer Regal Springs is working on fixing that. The company has engaged in a marketing, public relations and social media campaign to lay out the facts around their Responsible Aquaculture and Premium Tilapia standards.

“We have never rested on our ‘Tilapia Certification laurels,’” Francis Yupangco, Head of Global Marketing for Regal Springs, said in a press release. “We always place consumers at the heart of our thinking and have been steadily building positive perception around Premium Tilapia ...

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High Liner’s Chris Mulder Breaks Down Sea Cuisine’s New Look at Seafood Expo North America

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - March 13, 2018

“Eat healthy. Live vibrantly.” That’s the sign that welcomed Seafood Expo North America attendees to the High Liner booth at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. And that’s the message that the company is trying to get across with one of their retail brands, Sea Cuisine.

“We’re refreshing our view of what we think Sea Cuisine could be,” Chris Mulder, SVP of Sales and Marketing told Seafood News at the Expo ...

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New Seafood News Podcast Discusses Ropeless Fishing Gear Controversy and Much More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 27, 2018

Start your week off with the Seafood News Podcast! In this latest episiode hosts Nicole Christie and Amanda Buckle discuss the controversy surrounding ropeless fishing gear and break down South Korea’s issue with fish imports from Japan. Plus, find out what happened to the California brown bears who were being treated for burns with tilapia skin.

This episode is sponsored by Urner Barry. Visit the Urner Barry Booth, number 364, at Seafood Expo North America in Boston from March 11 – 13 ...

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Pangasius Prices Spike to Record as Low Harvests and Demand from China Takes Hold

SEAFOODNEWS.COM   by John Sackton February 9, 2018

Analysis of the Pangasius market from Angel Rubio, director of Urner Barry Analytics, shows that pangasius prices have hit a record high prior to the Chinese New Year. 

There are a number of factors that are rapidly pushing up prices in the US market for pangasius, summed up as an overall shortage of fish. 

Demand for Pangasius in China has been very strong, and it has encouraged those plants which are not certified to ship to the US. Those plants in turn have been making demands on farmers, and they are pulling smaller fish from the water that would have been harvested a month or two later. 

The result is that the larger exporters, including ...

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Chinese Tilapia Prices Increase; Nearly All Processing Plants Raise Purchase Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - January 23, 2018

Recently both shrimp and fish prices have risen in China. Tilapia has enjoyed a price increase three times since the beginning of this year. During this statistics week, the price has skyrocketed by as much as 0.5 yuan/jin (~$0.16/kg USD) in some regions. On January 16, China’s tilapia price index is reported to be 101.06 points for those between 0.6 jin to 1 jin (0.3-.5 kg) and 100.29 points for those about 1 jin to 1.6 jin (0.5-0.8 kg). They have risen 2.07 points ...

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Australia Trademark Row over Fish Names; Tilapia is Trademarked as Bream

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC.NET.AU] By Damian McIver - December 21, 2017

The festive period is usually a happy time for Australia's seafood industry, but behind the prawn and lobster sales, trouble is brewing.

The industry's peak body is locked in a stoush with the Federal Government over the granting of a trademark which it says is "beyond belief".

The trademark in question is Kariba Bream. The problem? The fish is not bream at all, but tilapia — a species considered a pest in some parts of Australia.

"It is like calling a Holden a Ford, you just don't do it," said Jane Lovell, the chief executive of Seafood Industry...

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