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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  May 03, 2018

MPAs and the potential benefits for seafood lovers 2 minutes

More often than not, when our oceans are discussed in the media it’s to highlight negative issues, such as pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, and over- or illegal-fishing. It’s an extensive and bleak list, yet while there are many challenges facing certain seas and coastal regions that should concern us as responsible citizens, there are also many positive actions taking place and optimistic results from which we can take some consolation as we head into 2018. (more…)

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  Mar 06, 2018

New EU trade deal to boost Canadian lobster supply 2 minutes

Lobster is one of Canada’s most valuable seafood exports, valued at more than CAD 2.1 billion (€1.4 billion). Around three-quarters of the harvest is traditionally exported to the United States, while Asia has also become an increasingly important buyer of the crustacean in recent years. However, it’s Europe that now offers the most scope for overseas sales growth, thanks to Canada’s new free trade deal with the EU that eliminates tariffs on its lobster sales in the 28 member state markets. (more…)

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  Feb 05, 2018

Yellowfin sole roll demonstrates the value of versatility 2 minutes

Globally, there are hundreds of different types of flatfish, among them the universally popular halibut, turbot, sole and flounder, and many important fisheries are based upon these prized species. Historically, though, one of the most commercially plentiful and sustainable varieties of flatfish is the somewhat lesser-known Pacific dab (also known as yellowfin sole – Limanda aspera). (more…)

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  Jan 15, 2018

Where seafood supply growth will come from in 2018 2 minutes

With more than 90% of the world’s fish stocks either fully-exploited or being fished beyond capacity, it is frequently highlighted in seafood circles that the supply of products from wild-capture fisheries has reached a production plateau and the onus is now firmly on aquaculture to come up with the additional fish protein that’s required to sustainably feed the fast-growing global population. (more…)

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  Nov 22, 2017

Changes to the European Customs Code: TORO permit 1 minute

As of 1 May 2016, the new European Community Customs Code came into effect for all member states, including Belgium. However, customs has allowed us to continue working with the old system provided that our End-Use Authorisation or T5 permit is still valid, specifically up to October 2018. It came to our attention that the permits of a number of clients had already expired, in many cases without the possibility of extension. We recently received more information about the new system and the required TORO permit – so it’s time for an update. (more…)

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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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