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Amendment to Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife

National People’s Congress, 4 July 2016

The Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife was passed by the National People’s Congress in 1988. It was first amended in 2004 and secondly amended on 2 July 2016. The second amendment shall enter into force on 1 January 2017. For more info, please find the major differences between the old and the newly amended laws.
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China Abalone Production and Comparison with Other Parts of the World, 2 July 2016

The past ten years saw the golden period of Abalone development in China, with annual aquaculture production more than 100 thousand tonnes, accounting for 92% of the world total. Fujian Province in south-east China has absolute advantages in Abalone production, amounting to 80% of China’s total in 2014. Next provinces are Shandong Province at 11%, and Guangdong Province at 6% of China’s total. Fujian has special geographical conditions, with multiple sea bays suitable for Abalone aquaculture. Fujian is also abundant in sea tangles and asparagus.
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Regulations by China for Investigation and Punishment on Illegal Behaviours in Violation of Food Safety by Online Transaction

SFDA, 14 July 2016

On 14 July 2016, China State Food and Drug Administration announced the Regulations for Investigation and Punishment on Illegal Behaviours in Violation of Food Safety by Online Transaction. The Regulations shall enter into force on 1 October 2016. The provider of third party online platform for food transactions shall be responsible for registration, true record, timely of business licence, and ID, address and contact details of food producer/s and operator/s.
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A Type of Method and Transport System to Keep Abalone Alive Has Obtained the National Invention Patent in China

Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, 21 July 2016

The invention is a transport system used to keep Abalone alive. It is divided into Abalone load zone, and live-keeping equipment zone. It has cold and warm supply modes. GPS location modes are used to awake Abalone when the animal arrives at transport destination. Abalones are controlled to keep alive during whole transport period, to increase survival rate during long transport journey.
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China Cuisine Association’s Club of Chefs from Five-Star Hotels Set Up

China Cuisine Association, 21 July 2016

The purpose of the Club is to set up the exchange platform between the chefs from five-star hotels and those from other hotels. According to Vice President Bian Jiang, as Chinese cuisine becomes more integrated into the world, Chinese cuisine will have more and more exchanges with various cuisines and cultures from other parts of the world. Mr Bian said that the chefs of five-star hotels have good basis and capacity to undertake international exchanges, and are more able to bear historic responsibilities to present Chinese cuisine overseas, and participate in trainings, collaborations in culinary skills, and other cultural and technical projects at home and abroad.
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The Demographic Challenge Facing China’s Seafood Industry

Seafood Source - Gao Fu Mao, Contributing Editor reporting from Beijing, China

Workers in China’s aquaculture sector are getting older and fewer, forcing the country and its seafood industry to modernize and mechanize. Wage growth slowed from a 21 percent year-on-year growth in 2011 to 7.2 percent in 2015, but there has still been a tightening of the labor supply for urban jobs like seafood processing, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Slower economic growth has also meant slower growth in employment, which decreased from 5.4 percent year-on- year in 2010 to 1.3 percent in 2015.

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Japanese Fish Farms Thriving on New Technology

The FishSite

JAPAN - As the fisheries workforce in Japan continues to age and the number of young people interested in fish farming decreases, cheap imports and declining productivity are putting Japanese fish farmers under more pressure. This situation has forced some companies to turn to a high-tech approach in order to find a solution. As Bonnie Waycott reports for TheFishSite, new technological developments in aquaculture are allowing Japan's fish farmers to change their production techniques and ways of doing business.

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Premium Seafood at the Click of a Mouse

SINGAPORE - The mouse, not a supermarket trolley, is what foodies are increasingly using when they want to stock up on sashimi, lobster tails and other premium seafood delicacies.

Supermarket chains such as Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice have long been selling fresh, ready-to-eat seafood, giving consumers a cheaper alternative to restaurant-style sushi and sashimi.

But online retail platforms like Qoo10 and Rakuten are changing the game by offering a wider selection of premium seafood choices, and at prices not available in stores.

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MSC Plans to Add Labour Practices to Certification Requirements

The FIshSite

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) will be consulting stakeholders on a number of options aimed at providing the market with greater assurance that MSC certified fisheries and supply chain companies meet internationally accepted norms for labour practices.

“The MSC Board recognises the increasing importance placed on social issues when considering sustainability,” said Werner Kiene, Chairman of the MSC’s Board.

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The Economic Benefits of Eco-labels for Fisheries: A Complex Story

The FishSite

UK - Created to tackle issues surrounding overexploitation and ocean habitat degradation, ecolabels are designed to offer market-based incentives to encourage sustainable fisheries. The premise is simple; environmentally conscientious consumers not only want seafood products that have been sourced from well-managed, ecologically sustainable fisheries, but are willing to pay a premium.

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