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Customs in Shenzhen City China Intercepted 39 Boxes of Large Rocklobsters

SZnews, 22 July 2015

On 20 July 2015, Huanggang Customs of Shenzhen City China intercepted a total of 650.97 kg smuggled seafood from a truck. Of that, there were 174.1 kg tropical Rocklobster from Papua New Guinea, 139.6 kg Tropical Rocklobster from Australia, and 336 kg other tropical Rocklobster.
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Disputes about Impacts of China’s Aquaculture on Wild Fishery Resources, 25 July 2015

Of late, Scholars Ling Cao et al published a journal article entitled China's Aquaculture and the World's Wild Fisheries on Science Magazine. According to the article, if relevant measures are not adopted, China’s aquaculture will deplete wild fish stocks and strain fragile ocean ecosystems. The above viewpoints of Ling Cao et al are opposed academies in China. The latter produce their counterviews: China’s aquaculture has relieved pressure on the demand for wild fishery resources. The counterviews are as follows.
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Shanghai Free Trade Zone Opened Green Channel with First Wild Blue-fin Tuna Imported into China Directly from New Zealand, 17 July 2015

An import opening ceremony was held in Jin Mao Tower Shanghai for the import of first wild Blue-fin Tuna from New Zealand into China. Shanghai Fisheries General Corp, and Yangshan International Food Centre, and personalities of various circles. Currently Japan monopolizes almost 80% resources of wild Blue-fin Tuna in the world. China had to rely transit trade in order to get wild Blue-find Tuna.
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China May Be Leaving Some Fishers Out of Gas

SeafoodSource, 15 July 2015

China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) surprised many last week when it announced a cut to the fuel subsidies China pays its fishing fleet and aquaculture sector. Subsidies will be cut by 40 percent against 2014 levels by 2019, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture announced in a joint statement.
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Japan-Tuna Tariffs Set to Be Axed in TPP

Japan News, 1 August 2015

Japan is poised to abolish its tariffs on some imported marine products, including bluefin tuna and salmon, under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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Hawaii – TPP Negotiation Made Progress But Failed to Reach Final Agreement 

CNBC, 1 August 2015

Trade negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach final agreement on Friday, with difficult talks on the largest regional trade agreement ever deadlocking over protections for drug companies and access to agriculture markets on both sides of the Pacific.
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