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Week in review: Bass and bream consolidation; Alaska salmon catches raise fresh hope; exploiting world tuna markets

Grab a coffee and catch up on all the top stories and analysis that affected international seafood business last week.

It feels like you can’t move for seafood news right now and IntraFish is once again right at the center, giving you all the important news and analysis from all corners of the globe. Here’s some of last week’s best reads.

Another week, another merger: This week it was time for the long-awaited acquisition of Greek sea bass and bream giants Nireus and Selonda by New York-based Amerra Capital. IntraFish broke it first.

Editor Elisabeth Fischer gave her insight on the deal and what it means for the sector.

In the can : IntraFish’s coverage of the tuna sector continues apace, with advice from one executive on what it will take to maintain a lucrative yellowfin market in Europe, as well as analysis behind prices coming out of Thailand and one of the UK’s largest supermarket suppliers finding a new market in Latin America.

Alaska salmon looking up: Though the Bristol Bay season is in its very beginnings, last week saw Alaska salmon season's first promising sockeye catch. Editorial Director Drew Cherry wrote about what it means for the market. IntraFish also continued its live coverage on the season’s catches.

Chilean consolidation: While week 25 was all about newly acquired Los Fiordos and AquaChile, in week 26 Reporter Lola Navarro caught up with CEO of fellow producer Ventisqueros who is after a piece of the action.

Meanwhile, animal health company Benchmark sees big promise in the sector.

Tackling antibiotics: Skretting’s move into the Indian market though its recent JV with producer West Coast will bring focus to the fight against antibiotic use in the sector. IntraFish sat down with JV partners from both companies to get to grips with their strategy.

Setting yourself apart in shrimp: In Thailand, one long-time trader told IntraFish the trouble the Thai shrimp sector is going to have in markets going forward if it doesn’t find a way to beat the competition.

Abalone in focus: IntraFish took an exclusive visit to South African abalone producer Abagold, who’s vertically integrated operations churn out abalone at top whack in the lucrative Asian markets.

Meanwhile, in the US-China trade battle: IntraFish learned that for now, US fishmeal and seafood heading to China for reprocessing will avoid tariffs.

Our full coverage of the escalating trade war is here.

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But that's just a small taster of what happened on IntraFish last week -- 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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