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The biggest farmed and wild whitefish stories of 2018

From Alaska pollock to cod, tilapia to pangasius, hake, haddock and more -- it was another crazy year for whitefish.

It was another year of change for the global whitefish sector, with growing farmed production and shifts in wild quotas changing the supply landscape, consolidation, and an increasing move toward value-added products. Here were some of the headline-grabbers of 2018.

Rabobank: New dynamic in whitefish markets will elevate category - The new whitefish processors are larger and stronger than ever before, and have the potential to elevate the category to a much more premium product.

Alaska pollock marketing group reorganizes commits millions to new promotional efforts - For the next 12-18 months, group's focus will be on the German, Japanese and North American markets.

Whitefish mega-farm marks China's move into offshore farming - Offshore engineering firm De Maas spoke to IntraFish about its latest and most unusual commission.

Groundfish supply projections for 2019 released - Total supply of main whitefish species likely to drop 2.6% in 2019.

Strong outlook for Cape hake sector, driven by solid demand - Stable availability of the resource and a premium positioning over other whitefish species is set to keep prices and demand high.

French surimi market woes continue - Headwinds facing the market in recent years showed little sign of abating.

Farm focus: Steady as she goes for Africa's oldest tilapia producer - Africa's tilapia production is expanding, but vertically integrated Lake Harvest is taking it slow.

Alaska pollock prices climb higher on strong demand - Growing global demand for surimi and fillet blocks continued to tighten market, and US suppliers were increasingly getting their way in negotiations.

American Seafoods' Bernt Bodal retires - Bodal had been with the company for more than 25 years.

EU market braces for rise in US, Russian pollock prices - Prices saw a 'quick and very sudden' increase after the low levels of recent years.

Trident makes big value-added push in Japanese market - Company constructing new facility to target value-added pollock market.

Norebo: EU pollock fillet sales climb 50% in 2018 - Pollock prices continue to firm, and the strong demand will influence fillet prices.

Russian Fishery to raise FAS pollock fillet production up 60% - Company plans to build up to nine state-of-the-art super-trawlers within the next five to six years.

Tilapia producers clawing back US market with premium positioning - Companies say positive marketing, sustainability efforts are making a difference.

Russia's new pollock processing plants may face raw material demand challenges - Industry watchers are predicting shortages of raw materials and difficulties selling value-added products on the domestic market.

AquaChile repositions Rainforest tilapia with focus on hormone-free production - RainForest will be the first significant producer to shift to 100 percent methyl testosterone-free tilapia production.

Rabobank: Global whitefish sector moving into a new era of stability - Are fierce market competition, commodity-driven producers and razor-thin margins a thing of the past?

VIDEO: Hurricane Michael swamps brand new Alaska groundfish trawler - Vessel was severely damaged by Category 4 hurricane.

Analyst: Expect high Atlantic cod prices in 2019 - With buyers already paying dearly for their supplies, it's unclear exactly how much of a rise the market will bear.

Meet the new CEO of Russia's largest pollock firm - With recent fishing and processing investments hitting $800 million, Russian Fishery sets its sight on new targets: the Chinese market, a foray into the surimi business and a more consumer-focused strategy.

Overall global cod supply to fall 6% in 2019 - Forecasts released at the Groundfish Forum suggest a steep decline in both Atlantic and Pacific cod supply from the key regions in 2019.

How Trident's food truck became a mobile test kitchen for Alaska pollock - Nearly a year in, the Fork & Fin is weaving a new story around Alaska pollock and innovating products.

Russia plans massive expansion 34 new vessels, new seafood plants -- However, some experts worry there is not enough raw material available for all, which could be the end to small and medium-sized businesses.

Alaska groundfish pioneer Erik Breivik, founder of Glacier Fish, dies -- Breivik brought his Norwegian experience to the burgeoning Bering Sea fisheries.

Farm Focus: Ghanian tilapia producer plans to triple production -- With new investment, the company has big plans to grow in farming, processing and feed -- before taking on the rest of Africa.

Has the EU tilapia market disappeared? Where's the opportunity for tilapia producers in Europe? Suppliers aren't so bullish on the future.

Regal Springs CEO: There was never a European market for tilapia; we will change that Regal's top exec gave his view on the potential for tilapia in Europe.

Who wants AquaChile's tilapia operation? With profitability struggles, the acquisition of AquaChile by Agrosuper raised questions about the company's tilapia business.

New China tariffs bring more trouble to US tilapia market -- Tilapia was already a troubled fish in the US market. Trump is about to trouble it even more.

Pangasius prices return to sustainable levels -- Insatiable demand from China and a shift towards more value-added products means there are ‘encouraging’ signs for the industry.

VIDEO: Trident Seafood CEO Joe Bundrant named IntraFish Person of the Year -- Ceremony, held at the year's IntraFish Seafood Leadership Luncheon, highlighted the importance of new product development and industry leadership.

Vietnamese pangasius sector continues to be lifted by Chinese appetites -- While US and EU markets pose a range of uncertainties, the Chinese market is maturing with customers like Alibaba coming on board, and consumers demanding more value-added products.

Danish giant Kangamiut invests in African tilapia operation -- Aquaculture will play a clear role in the group's strategy going forward, top exec tells IntraFish.

US surimi producers battle higher raw material costs -- Producers report 'good' sales pitched against need to pass on higher prices.

Brazil targets huge pangasius production increase -- Strong domestic demand for fillets will spark a huge wave of growth, expert tells IntraFish.

US imposes highest-ever antidumping tax on Vietnamese pangasius -- Preliminary anti-dumping tax rates increased by 1.6 while two companies face a tax of $7.74 per kilo.

Amerra Capital snaps up Greek bass and bream giants -- Transaction includes the participation of Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company as a shareholder in the combined business

EU sets new tariff quotas, raising limits for Alaska pollock, Atlantic cod -- In addition to the higher ceiling, crayfish and Pacific salmon appear on the listing for the first time, reducing tariffs on shipments of those products.

Andromeda CEO: It's time for Greek aquaculture to reinvent itself -- The company's deal to consolidate the country's bass and bream sector is a symbol of a larger change, exec tells IntraFish.

Pacific Andes, Alibaba strike strategic partnership-- Just when the whitefish processor needed it, the world's most exciting ecommerce platform swoops in.

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