Algal bloom hits Chile: What does it mean for the farmed salmon trade? 2 minutes

It has been widely reported that a harmful algal bloom (HAB) has caused the death of millions of farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in southern...
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Farmed Atlantic salmon: globally successful, but salmon lice causes production decline 2 minutes

As a consumer product, very few types of seafood are able to compete on the same levels of supply and international demand as farmed Atlantic salmon...
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FAO: Farmed fish overtakes wild fish in global supply 2 minutes

Aquaculture continues to be of increasing importance in the global supply of seafood. In fact, 2014 was the first year in which the human consumption...
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  Nov 15, 2017

Egg to plate: why and how fish are farmed 2 minutes

We have been farming fish and shellfish as a means of sustenance for thousands of years. Yet today’s technologically advanced aquaculture sector, which includes the culture of more than 500 different aquatic animals, is a world away from our earliest beginnings, which were predominantly based on the capture and ranching of wild species. (more…)

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  Oct 30, 2017

Why there has been so much fluctuation in salmon prices 2 minutes

Very few types of consumer seafood products are able to compete on the same levels of supply and international demand as farmed Atlantic salmon. The increasing global appetite for this fish has seen the salmon farming industry’s output increase by 384% since 1995, with an annual growth of 8%. (more…)

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  Sep 25, 2017

What the ethoxyquin suspension means 2 minutes

Authorisation for the antioxidant ethoxyquin (EQ) as a feed additive was formally suspended by the European Commission on 28 June 2017 with the publication of Regulation (EU) 2017/962 in the Official Journal of the EU. (more…)

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  Sep 08, 2017

Time for a nice dish of sustainable fish 1 minute

Think Fish Week, from 25 September to 1 October 2017, is all about making consumers aware of their power to make a difference. Consciously choosing to buy sustainable, wild-caught fish and shellfish and responsibly-farmed fish helps to protect fish stocks in vulnerable coastal areas and in the open seas.

This annual week of awareness is a shared initiative of WWF Belgium, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The two latter organisations are best known for their quality labels, which recognise sustainable, wild-caught fish and responsibly-farmed fish, respectively.


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  Aug 29, 2017

Getting to grips with Russia’s king of crabs 2 minutes

If it is size that you’re after, then king crab – the largest edible crab in the world – is the crustacean for you. Capable of reaching weights of 10kg, this largest member of the spider crab family is becoming increasingly popular with consumers in a growing number of markets. (more…)

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  Jul 19, 2017

What’s the big deal about omega-3s? 2 minutes

Health experts regularly remind us that a healthy and balanced diet reduces the risk of disease and is beneficial to the ageing process. We know that foods rich in omega-3 are a key contributor to a healthy diet, but what are omega-3s and how much do we need?


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  May 12, 2017

Tackling food waste and the key role of frozen seafood 3 minutes

As much as one-third of all the food produced globally is lost or wasted, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Estimated at more than US$ 940 billion annually at a time when one in nine people are malnourished, the sheer scale of this crisis is not only unquestionably unsustainable, it’s extremely hard to stomach.


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  Apr 25, 2017

Why salmon is pink 1 minute

The flesh of all salmon, irrespective of their origin – farmed or wild – is a pink colour because they consume a carotenoid antioxidant that comes from their diet. 

Carotenoids are a naturally occurring group of pigments that pass on colour to the tissue of a variety of organisms. More than 600 naturally occurring carotenoids have been identified in plants and animals – everything from tomatoes to flamingos. They even produce the colours of autumn leaves.


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  Mar 01, 2017

What is GlobalGAP? 2 minutes

Reassuring consumers around the world that the food products they are buying are safe and responsibly produced – in terms of their environment impact as well as the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals – has reached levels of unprecedented importance in today’s society. Because validating such efforts on an individual, business-by-business basis is an extremely complex undertaking, third-party certification schemes are available. One of the most internationally recognised initiatives in this respect is GlobalGAP, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe.  (more…)

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