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US January-July lobster exports to China nearly double y-o-y

September 18, 2014, 5:35 pm

Matt Whittaker

Rising US lobster exports to China are helping keep declines in overall exports of the shellfish in check as the Asian nation’s burgeoning middle class continues to be a driver of global seafood demand.

In the first seven months of 2014, US exports of lobster products dipped 1.6% year-on-year to 13,420 metric tons from 13,645t, National Marine Fisheries Service statistics show.

But losses were partly offset by a near doubling of exports to mainland China, to 2,413t from 1,230t.

A source at a US lobster processor toldUndercurrent News that the company’s sales to China are 45% higher in pounds this year than last.

“The creation and expansion of their middle class has allowed them to afford products like lobster,” he said, adding that China’s economy now is stronger than economies in some other parts of the world.

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New Zealand's Ngai Tahu Seafood notes export boom for mussels going to Chinese market

New Zealand's Ngai Tahu Seafood notes export boom for mussels going to Chinese market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Radio New Zealand] September 19, 2014

A South Island based Maori seafood company is reporting a boom in the export of mussels this season following a poor spell last year due drought to conditions.

Ngai Tahu Seafood Limited said prices remained strong and significantly ahead of where they were previously.

The company's chair Dr Brian Rhoades said in terms of its exports to China, it had a great season for rock lobster and mussels but not so good for paua, which has been exacerbated by austerity measures imposed by Chinese officials.

But he said out of all of its seafood products, mussels were the strong leader.

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W. Australia abalone divers set up direct sales channel in Shanghai after Gov't orders cease

W. Australia abalone divers set up direct sales channel in Shanghai after Gov't orders cease

 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [West Australian] by Brad Thompson - Sept. 5, 2014

SHANGHAI -A former Australian abalone diver based in Esperance has pulled off a joint venture deal to give a band of WA seafood producers direct access to shoppers in Shanghai.
 
Marcus Tromp brokered the deal through his friendship with Organic Ocean chief executive Haiping Hu, one of the rising stars of China's seafood industry.
 
Mr Hu is a seafood producer and importer with 30 stores and access to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
 
Abalone fishermen representing about 70 per cent of the WA quota and producing 180 tonnes a year set up export company Dragon King to buy into the joint venture with Organic Ocean.
 
The other WA seafood producers set to benefit are Indian Ocean Rock Lobster, Shark Bay Seafood, WA Octopus and Cone Bay Barramundi.
 
Mr Tromp said all had the option of buying into the joint venture if the export and retail model proved a success.

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Long lines and surging interest in imported seafood lead to bare shelves at Shanghai free trade zone

Long lines and surging interest in imported seafood lead to bare shelves at Shanghai free trade zone

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shanghai xinmin.cn] Translated by Amy Zhong - Aug 25, 2014

Last Saturday over 3,000 customers went shopping in Yangshan Imported Food Trade Exhibition Center of Shanghai and the store had to take such measures as limiting the customer number and adding checkout counters. And the center has also built a refrigerated warehouse nearby for the timely replenishment in face of the enthusiastic customers in the weekends. It is also learnt that Boston lobster will be for sale in the center during the beginning of next month.

The customer line has reached about the length of 100 meters in front of the center and there has been few spots left in the free parking areas outdoor at about 8:30 am last Saturday. And these customers still have to wait another half an hour for the store to open. The security guards were busy with maintaining the order and counting the customer number. And they also formed an entry channel with the fences while putting a large exit sign in a place far from the entry.

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