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Fresh Harvest: World’s Largest Seafood Consumers

The supply and demand for seafood—fish, crustaceans, molluscs—vary across countries and regions around the world, reflecting a wide diversity in eating habits, traditions, availability of resources, seasons, and to some extent, economic levels. In theory, countries with the largest populations and most extensive water resources should produce and consume the most seafood. However, this is not always the case and even within countries, differences are manifested.

Africa consumes the least amount of seafood (based on actual tonnage), followed by the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and North America. Asia, meanwhile, accounts for two-thirds of total production. In terms of per capita consumption, however, Oceania (Pacific countries and Australia) ranks first. China, Japan, and the U.S. have the strongest demand for seafood.


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Aquaculture production, sometimes referred to as aqua-farming, plays a significant role in meeting the demand for human consumption of fish and other fishery products. In recent years, significant growths in the quantity of fish consumed have originated from aquaculture.

Empowerment of Coastal Fishing Communities for Livelihood Security (BGD/97/017). The model developed by the Empowerment of Coastal Fishing Communities for Livelihood Security (ECFC) provides a platform for the inherent ability of coastal communities to organise, mobilise and manage human capital towards achieving collective economic, social, educational and political goals. There is keen and justifiable interest within government agencies, community organisations as well as donor agencies in expanding this model to the rest of the country and an application to the donor agencies towards this effect is in the pipeline. ECFC's philosophy was based on a sustainable livelihood approach, implemented in Cox's Bazar and aimed at empowering coastal fishing communities.. This was a Technical Assistance (TA) type development project piloted in 118 fishing villages of the district.

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Demersal fish (bottom feeders) are preferred mostly by consumers in Northern Europe and North America, whereas cephalopods (such as squids) are mainly consumed in Mediterranean and Asian countries. The consumption of crustaceans (such as crabs and lobsters), being high-priced commodities, is concentrated mainly in affluent economies. Pelagic species (such as anchovies and sardines), meanwhile, often end up in canning factories.

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REPOST: 4 Reasons Fish Should Be a Staple in Your Diet

Fish is a common food around the world and is one of the most nutritious. Shape.com discusses the health benefits of including fish in your daily diet the article below:

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Scared you’ll ruin it? Afraid the house will smell? Is it just too…fishy? It’s time to let go of the excuses and start cooking fish in your kitchen. There are so many healthy reasons this food should be a staple in your diet.

It supports a healthy heart. Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are high in omega-3s, an unsaturated fatty acid that may reduce inflammation throughout the body, lower your blood pressure, and reduce irregular heartbeats. According to the Mayo Clinic, just one to two servings of fish each week has been linked a decreased risk of heart disease.

It’s packed with protein. Doubling your protein consumption might help you lose weight, and if you’re not a lover of poultry, beef, or pork, it can be tough to hit that sky-high number every day. Eating a pescatarian diet can help you get more low-calorie and lean protein into your diet that can support your weight-loss goals and keep you satisfied.

It keeps your skin looking young. Tired, dry, and dull skin can get a big reboot from regular fish consumption. Eating fish high in omega-3s (such as salmon and tuna) can help keep your skin-cell membranes strong and elastic; eating omega-3s can also be beneficial for people with sensitivity to the sun—a second bonus for your skin!

It eases depression. Multiple studies with adults have suggested that regular fish consumption may also help treat mild to moderate depression. One study even showed that eating high levels of omega-3s in the third trimester of pregnancy can help women avoid postpartum depression. If you’re dealing with some Winter blues this season, it’s worth a shot.

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REPOST: Rare footage shows Black Seadevil, perhaps the deep sea’s freakiest looking fish

Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute caught a rare glimpse of the elusive Black Seadevil reeling in its natural habitat 1,900 feet below surface. Read more about the surprising discovery in the article below.

angler On November 17, 2014, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) used a type of undersea robot called a remotely operated vehicle to videotape this rare deep-sea anglerfish in Monterey Canyon, about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the ocean surface. | Image source: Cbsnews.com

Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., have produced what they believe to be the only video footage of the bizarre and scary looking anglerfish in its natural habitat 1,900 feet below the surface of the bay.

Also known, fittingly, as the Black Seadevil, the anglerfish is extremely elusive. It’s only been caught on film — still or video — half a dozen times.

Camera shyness notwithstanding, there’s no questioning the identity of this freaky fish, with the telltale protrusion extending from its head. The fish uses the bioluminescent lure at the end of the fishing pole appendage to attract prey in the dark waters of the two-mile-deep Monterey Canyon. As prey approaches, the anglerfish inhales it and traps it behind its teeth.

Only females boast the clever apparatus. This female specimen, terrifying as she is, measures in at just 9 cm long.

The video was captured by a remotely operated robotic vehicle launched from a research ship on Nov. 17.

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REPOST: Seafood Proves Sweet Spot in Japan’s Exports on Weak Yen

Bloomberg’s median of estimates suggests that yen could drop to 114 per dollar by the end of 2015. Despite the bleak forecast, experts call the weak yen as a “golden chance” for Japan’s seafood export which is expected to exceed last year’s all-time high of 436 billion yen.

Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that’s pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens.

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Food shipments increased every month this year through September as the currency fell 4 percent, putting them on course to exceed the all-time high of 436 billion yen ($4.1 billion) in 2013. That contrasts with total exports from Japan, which haven’t recovered to their 2008 peak, even as data yesterday showed increases for motor vehicles, ships and steel.

Demand in Asia and the Middle East for everything from Japanese scallops to the finest cuts of tuna for sashimi is spurring seafood sales that account for about 40 percent of food exports. While cars, machinery and electronics remain powerhouses for Japan, food shipments mean jobs in rural areas and are vital to the Abe administration’s regional revitalization.

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“There is no doubt that we’re getting a tailwind from the weaker yen,” said Tatsuya Fujishiro, a director of Koyo Trading Ltd., a Tokyo-based exporter of more than 200 food products including soybean paste, sake and about 60 varieties of fish. Overseas sales, accounting for 60 percent of Koyo’s revenue, rose to a record in the fiscal year through March, he said.

The yen dropped to 110.09 per dollar this month, the weakest point since August 2008, intensifying debate about its impact. It traded at 107.18 at 9:35 a.m. in Tokyo.

The currency is forecast to weaken to 114 to the dollar by the end of 2015, according to the median of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

‘Golden Chance’

Many manufacturers including automakers Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have already moved a large amount of production overseas, reducing some of the positive effect of exchange rates on exports.

That’s not the case for fishing and farming, notes Masahiko Ariji, an associate professor from Kinki University’s agriculture faculty in Nara, western Japan. The weak yen is a “golden chance” for exports and jobs for regional and rural economies that face aging and declining populations, according to Ariji.

While agriculture, forestry and fisheries account for less than 2 percent of gross domestic product, they employ about 4 percent of the nation’s workforce, data from labor ministry shows.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set goal increasing the value of Japan’s annual food exports to 1 trillion yen by 2020 as he seeks to arrest a demographic decline across the country.

Shipments in this category reached 336 billion yen in the nine months through September, 9 percent higher than the same period in 2013, data from the Finance Ministry yesterday show.

Global Rivals

Without enough land to compete with farmers on the plains of the U.S., Brazil and Australia, and pressure to roll back its agricultural tariffs, Japan is looking to fisheries, and niche markets ranging from premium beef to fruits and sake.

As overfishing reduces catches on the open seas, Japan is also increasing efforts to farm tuna and other fish.

Kinki University has succeeded in raising tuna from eggs spawned by farmed fish and has entered a venture with the Toyota Tsusho Corp. trading company to start mass farming of blue-fin tuna hatchlings.

The university has sold farmed fish to the U.S. and is considering opening a sushi restaurant in New York to promote its tuna. It already has a shop in Osaka and another in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district.

The Azuma-Cho Fishery Cooperative, based in Kagoshima on the southern island of Kyushu, said demand for its farmed Japanese amberjack is increasing, particularly in Southeast Asia.

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Tsukiji Market

The cooperative, which started exporting farmed amberjack to the U.S. in 1982, has expanded its shipments to more than 20 countries, including Germany, China and Saudi Arabia, said deputy director Katsuhisa Kane.

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, the nation’s biggest seafood-trading hub, is considering acting as an export agent for its members as they pursue sales overseas.

Trial shipments are planned to start next year, with Vietnam as the first destination, said Naohide Kametani, an executive director at the Wholesales Co-Operative of Tokyo Fish Market, which represents about 700 traders at Tsukiji.

Hiroshige Seko, Abe’s deputy chief cabinet secretary and the grandson of Kinki University’s founder, is one of the strongest advocates of seafood and agriculture shipments abroad.

“The weakening yen is definitely providing a boost,” said Seko. “We have good chance right now with Japan’s food exports.”

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Is fresh always best? Not really.

In choosing seafood, “go fresh” would be the usual advice. But are fresh seafood always the better choice?

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Those living within a few miles off the coast or near a lake have a good chance of getting fish of excellent quality. Those who live inland may take a risk at fish claimed to be fresh, but with extreme caution: “Fresh” fish tossed into a bed of ice may be days-old, stale, and previously frozen, especially if they are not local and in season.

But don’t fret. Chances are fish stored in grocery freezers are still at par with the freshest catch, thanks to modern freezing techniques. Seafood suppliers employ freezing techniques right on the boat to keep fish and other seafood at their best state even when they are transported for a long period and are prone to perish easily. Fish buyers are therefore not restricted to just what’s available fresh today.

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Some of these modern techniques include vacuum sealing and quick freezing. Vacuum sealing involves placing fish in airtight bags after coating them with a thin smear of ice to lock in moisture even when they are not to be consumed immediately.

Quick freezing meanwhile slows down fish spoilage by immediately freezing them to below zero temperatures stopping potential bacteria growth better than putting them on a regular freezer or a container full of ice.

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Flash-frozen or vacuum-sealed, the look, taste and nutritional value of properly frozen seafood is as good as fresh–probably better, even.

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