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Demand for European mussels within the EU on the decline [November 2016]
In the first quarter of 2016, purchases of mussels in the 10 largest buying countries slightly increased (+2 500 tonnes) compared with the same period in 2015. For the world's largest importers, France and Italy, imports grew by 5% and 4% respectively.

In terms of exports, the leading traders declined notably: the Netherlands by 24%, Chile by 12%, and Spain by 1%. Interestingly, by contrast, modest producers reported growing exports on the international market, including Denmark (+54% or +1 900 tonnes), New Zealand (+21% or +1 500 tonnes), and Canada (+36% or +900 tonnes).

During the review period, total EU imports of mussels declined by 3% to total 42 400 tonnes compared with 43 600 tonnes in the same period the year before.

The largest importers inside the EU - France and Italy - consolidated their share to take 58% of total EU mussel imports. Inter-EU imports of mussels into smaller markets demonstrated a clear decline, such as Germany (-14%), Belgium (-10%) and the Netherlands (-48%). These markets were traditionally important mussel consumers, but young consumers are not consuming the product as much as older generations have.

The two largest suppliers to the French market, The Netherlands and Spain, consolidated their market share, and in the first quarter comprised 59% of all French imports, at the expense of Italy and Denmark.

Notably, supplies from non-EU origin into the EU reached an unprecedented peak during the first quarter of 2016, accounting for 22% of total EU imports.

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Scallops, clams, cockle, ark shells - first quarter of 2016 [October 2016]
International trade of scallops slowed down during the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. Major buyers on the international market reduced their imports, such as China, with imports dropping by a significant 50%. This decline may be partially due to increased local production. According to SeafoodNews.com, the production of yesso scallops in the Changaï province increased by 4.9% to reach over 59 000 tonnes in the period from January to May 2016.

In the EU, scallop imports in the first quarter declined by 4% compared with the same period the year before, to total only 10 200 tonnes. In France, the largest global scallop market, year-on-year imports fell by 24% during the first quarter of 2016. Consequently, France's market share of the total EU market, declined from 38.7% to 30.4%. Peru, the historical leading supplier to the French market, decreased its market share from 42.9% in 2015 down to 18.8% in 2016, as a result of sales to France declining by a significant 67% (-1 200 tonnes).
Oyster trade grew during the first quarter of 2016 [October 2016]
Historically, oyster trade during the first months of the year is generally relatively stagnant, however, during the first quarter of 2016, oyster trade grew by a remarkable 19% compared with the same period the year before. This increase reflects higher demand in Japan (+60%) and in the USA (+41%), largely due to the drop in domestic supplies. It will be interesting to see how this demand in the USA sustains as according to NOAA, the estimated per capita consumption of oyster products in the USA has been on the decline, from about .11 kg in the early 1990s to less than .09 kg during the last five years.

Public interest group sues FDA over not protecting public from bacteria in shellfish In late May, the US Center for Science in the Public Interest sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responsible for the safety of oysters and other shellfish, for failing to protect public safety. The shellfish they pointed to contained the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, and was proven deadly in several cases, particularly for people with weakened immune systems. A response to the Center's complaint is expected by late July.
Positive growth trends for oysters during the first 9 months of 2015 [March 2016]
During the first nine months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, imports of oysters recorded by the world's seven largest importers (excluding Japan) increased by 8% (+1 900 tonnes). The USA alone recorded a remarkable increase in purchases by +1 000 tonnes, as a result of reduced domestic landings. In terms of exports, global oyster trade experienced growth. Exports from the Republic of Korea increased by a notable 43% as did exports from France, although more moderately by 25% during the first nine months of 2015 when compared to the same period of 2014.
Oyster Market Report - May 2008 [May 2008]
As the French 2007 – 2008 oyster season comes to a close, producers report a satisfactory outcome with good sales during the peak December period. Efforts by the industry to increase the value of its output through market segmentation and certification initiatives appear to be bearing fruit as evidenced by the presence of certified products in French retail outlets. On the export front, higher volumes and unit values confirm the positive results for the current season.

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Sunday 19 November 2017
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Fish Info Network Directors meet at Conxemar, Vigo
In October each year the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of Fish products and Aquaculture (Conxemar) organizes the International Frozen Seafood Exhibition in Vigo, Spain.

Back to back with this event Conxemar jointly holds an international conference together with FAO. This year the conference was dedicated to cephalopods, a group of molluscs that includes squids, cuttlefishes, and octopus. The conference also provides the backdrop for various side events such as the Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture, and the meeting of the Fish Info Network (FIN).
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