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April’s Most-Read Seafood News: Salmon smuggling, shrimp prices, CEO upheaval and land-based farming

Here's what caught the attention of IntraFish readers last month.

Without doubt the big story in April was the Norway-China salmon smuggling story shaking the industry.

IntraFish has been running unrivaled coverage as one of the year's biggest stories unfolds, and unsurprisingly the original breaking story and the ensuing follow ups dominated the most read list last month.

Additionally, the Brussels Seafood Expo took place in the final few days of April during which IntraFish named its person of the year for 2018 – another most read story.

Instability in the global shrimp price was also a popular read, while some big seafood companies saw significant leadership changes.

Land-based farming stories – both on tuna and salmon -- also took some top spots.

Here's a full list of last month's top stories:

1. This Norwegian exporter knew his salmon was being smuggled into China. Here's how it was done.

'Norwegians are not doing anything wrong, they only sell the fish to Vietnam,' says exporter.

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2. IntraFish Media names 2018 Person of the Year

Executive recognized for leadership in driving radical innovation in a category that sorely needed it.

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3. Chinese authorities announce crackdown on huge salmon smuggling ring

Customs officials claim to have broken up a massive scheme to illegally import the fish into the country via Vietnam.

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4. Vannamei shrimp price situation ‘unsustainable’

Prices have been falling for about six weeks and are at a loss-making level for some sizes both from South American and Asian origins.

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5. SalMar CEO steps down

Move follows news of the company's links to a massive salmon smuggling ring in China.

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6. High Liner names new CEO

Executive has long retail and foodservice resume from ConAgra, Maple Leaf and other companies.

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7. Calls grow for investigation into Norway's salmon exports to Vietnam

Thirty-two Norwegian companies shipped salmon into Vietnam last year. Experts and politicians are calling for investigations into how much they knew about the country's smuggling operation.

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8. WWF: Immediate reforms necessary to protect MSC's reputation

WWF, the creator of the MSC, lays out 11 fixes the eco-label needs to make now.

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9. Land-based tuna farming in Norway? This company thinks it's time

The last time Jan Helge Dahl was involved in a bluefin tuna-farming project, he lost NOK 42 million. But that's not stopping him.

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10. Land-based salmon producer: Price premium helping offset production issues

CEO of Polish producer tells IntraFish that the road to success has been full of challenges when it comes to closed-containment salmon farming.

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11. In a place where aquaculture is a dirty word, this 'microbrewery' of salmon eggs is thriving

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12. China's tariffs on US soybeans ‘a real threat’ for world's fish feed producers

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13. Another major Norwegian firm plans land-based salmon farming operation

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14. French authorities net dozens in massive crackdown on seafood fraud

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15. Former Marine Harvest exec named CEO of land-based salmon group

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16. SalMar-linked executive jailed in salmon fraud crackdown

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17. How to build a frozen seafood empire

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18. While SalMar attacked Vietnam's salmon market, larger rivals kept their distance

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19. Which country produces the best farmed salmon?

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20. Why isn't the seafood industry shouting about this?

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