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Week in Review: Trident's Japanese pollock plans; Brazil-Ecuador shrimp war heating up; seafood M&As

It was yet another busy week for seafood, aquaculture and fisheries news on IntraFish. Here's some of our can't-miss stories.

Happy Monday, everyone -- last week was another busy one for the IntraFish editorial team. Here's a quick recap of just some our most important and compelling stories.

All eyes on Japan: Senior Reporter Dominic Welling spent some time in Japan, where he met with top executives from seafood giants Maruha Nichiro as well as Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui).

He also reported on Trident Seafoods' plans to make a big push with value-added pollock products into the country and sat down with the president of the Japanese Fisheries Association to talk about the declining seafood consumption, boosting Japan’s international presence and rebuilding Fukushima’s fishing industry.

Shrimp wars: The shrimp import dispute between Ecuador and Brazil is heating up. IntraFish Journalist Lola Navarro reported that Ecuador is taking the fight to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

John Evans, our correspondent in Brazil, spoke to the founder of Brazil's largest shrimp fast-food chain, who launched a blistering attack on the country's shrimp producers.

Market numbers: IntraFish journalists last week provided in-depth market data from the UK retail sphere, from Brazil, Germany, the United States as well as on Russia's seafood exports in the first half of the year.

Seafood M&As: We reported the takeover of Norwegian wellboat company Solvtrans by private equity fund Antin Infrastructure Partners as well as the acquisition of US-based lobster processor Ready Seafood by Canada-based Premium Brands.

IntraFish Podcast: We released our latest podcast, where Editorial Director Drew Cherry, Executive Editor John Fiorillo, Senior Reporter Dominic Welling and Reporter Lola Navarro discussed the latest news in the seafood sector.

Cermaq's new processing plant: Mitsubishi-owned salmon producer Cermaq officially opened its processing facility in Steigen, Norway, last week. Take a look at our exclusive pictures here.

Alaska pollock marketing group: The group Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) has expanded its membership for the first time since 2004 to include several new Bering Seas catcher vessel co-ops eager to help expand the group's efforts to promote the fish.

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But that's just a small taster - take a look at our full list of Editor's Picks for the week for more insight to start your week.

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