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AQSIQ Online Tracing Platform Launched for Cross-Border Ecommerce in Shekou Area of Shenzhen City, Southern China

AQSIQ, 24 August 2016

On 15 August 2016, AQSIQ public online tracing platform was officially launched for cross-border ecommerce in Shekou Area of Shenzhen City, Southern China. The platform can protect consumers’ rights, and improve quality supervision mechanism in risk monitoring, online random inspection, trancing of product origin, and credit management.
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China’s First Seafood Auction Online Platform Set Up in Dalian City, Northeast China

Dalian Evening News, 28 August 2016

China’s first seafood auction online Platform, called “Dapai Online” (, was set up in Dailian City, northeast China in August 2016. The first transaction started on 25 August, with nearly 10 species of seafood harvested from western Africa. Currently, Dapai Online mainly provides online transaction services in areas including harvest, processing, trade, logistics and storage of fishery products from Asia, Oceania, America, Europe and Africa. The platform can search information of logistics, supply and demand, contact potential sellers and buyers, and advance the time and stages of auction. It can realize auctions with fishery products still in transport stage, or even post-harvest stage. The cargo ships may even be navigated to the port designated by the seller or the buyer, to save the storage and logistic costs for companies
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Cooperative Agreements Signed on Fresh Products by Ecommerce between Jingdong and More Than Ten Countries in China

Beijing Times, 17 August 2016

On 16 August 2016, Jingdong-China’s ecommerce company based in Beijing, signed cooperative agreements with embassies of more than ten countries including France, Canada, Spain, South Africa and ASEAN, to put fresh products onto the Jingdong’s online platform ( The overseas products include Canadian live King Crabs, Ecuadorian Prawns, Chilean Salmon, South African Pomelo, Vietnamese Dragon Fruit, Malaysian Durian, and Spanish Ham.

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China: GAA Signs MoU with CNCA, CIQA, SHA to Increase Safety of Farmed Seafood

GAA, 20 September 2016

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), China Entry Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and Seafood HACCP Alliance (SHA) at GAA’s GOAL 2016 conference in Guangzhou, China, on 20 Sept 2016.
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Seafood Species Dominating E-commerce in China, and One Fish That's Struggling

Seafoodsource, 14 September 2016

While sales of salmon online have been slow to pick up steam, turnover of seafood products including live lobster, black cod from Alaska and pre-cooked fish and shellfish is picking up in China’s booming digital marketplace
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Alibaba’s Presence in ASEAN Region Will Help Integrate China, SE Asia Markets

Global Times, 12 September 2016

After some ASEAN countries have embraced Alibaba with passion, Ma responded in kind on Sunday 11 September 2016. Ma said at the China-ASEAN Expo that the e-commerce giant would "participate in the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)," according to Xinhua News. Now China may need to consider a more positive attitude about promoting the development of cross-border e-commerce. A number of concrete measures such as simplifying customs procedures for e-commerce platforms may need to be taken.

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How to Sell Seafood Online on Tmall 

South China Morning Post, 11 August 2016

Jack Connelly, who works in Business Development for Alibaba Group, specializing in Tmall’s latest fresh market venture Mr. Fresh, laid out the options available for Tmall seafood hopefuls during a panel on e-commerce at this year’s Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong, on how to get fish and shellfish in front of prospective consumers.

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New Traceable Fish Label and Mobile App Launched in Hong Kong

Seafoodsource, 7 September 2016

The Fish Marketing Organization alongside the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced on 7 September the launch of a new traceable, QR-code enabled fish tag to be applied to all items produced by fish farms associated with the Accredited Fish Farm Scheme (AFFS).
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Four Food Chains from Mainland China Have Set up Shop in Singapore

Straitstimes, 11 September 2016

Over the past 10 months, no fewer than four mainland Chinese chains have set up shop in Singapore, and cater to the growing number of tourists from China.
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International commission analyses Pacific bluefin tuna fishing limit

FIS Australia - 30 August 2016

Japanese authorities intend to make a proposal for introducing a two-year catch limit on Pacific bluefin tuna as an emergency rule if juvenile specimens of the resource continue plunging.

This plan is to be set at a meeting of the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that will be held in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka from August 29 to September 1.

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Seeking a niche, Japanese market dives into live fish

Seafood source - 30 August 2016

Local fisheries cooperatives in Japan have a hard time selling commodities into a buyers’ market, as supermarkets increase their market share and negotiating power. Differentiation is the key getting premium prices.

Due to proximity to the Osaka market, Akashi-ura Fisheries Cooperative, based in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, has chosen to specialize in live fish and is promoting its advanced handling techniques for fresh fish.

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Australian Export Earnings for Fisheries Products Are Forecast to Rise by 8 Per cent to $1.7 Billion in 2016–17

DoAWR, 20 September 2016

According to the latest analysis released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report on 20 September 2016, Australian export earnings for fisheries products are forecast to rise by 8 per cent to $1.7 billion in 2016–17, following an increase of 7 per cent in 2015 16. The gross value of Australian farm production in the same period is forecast to increase to $58.4 billion in 2016–17.
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Proposed Zoning Changes to Boost Aquaculture in Spencer Gulf 

TheFishSite - 9 September 2016

AUSTRALIA - The Spencer Gulf region is to get an economic boost if proposed changes to aquaculture zoning near Wallaroo which allow for finfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and algae farming go ahead.

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Fish Update Briefing Friday September 9

Posted on September 9, 2016 by Jenny Hjul  

ONE in five seafood samples tested worldwide has turned out to be quite different from what it said on the menu or packaging,  according to a report this week by the conservation group Oceana. Out of more than 25,000 seafood samples from around 50 plus countries, 20 per cent were incorrectly labelled. One of those studies found that in Italy, 82 per cent of the 200 perch, groupers and swordfish sampled were mislabelled.

King mackerel, which is high in mercury, was sold as barracuda and wahoo in South Africa. ‘It is likely that the average consumer has eaten mislabelled fish for sure’, said Beth Lowell, the senior campaign director for Oceana and an author of the report. ‘You are getting ripped off, while you enjoyed your meal you are paying a high price for a low fish.’ The biggest impostor was farmed Asian catfish which, because of its white flesh is easily disguised and often sold in place of cod.

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