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Week's must-read seafood headlines: Politics, the burning Amazon and social media backlash

Our essential round-up of all the biggest stories in the world of seafood news.

Need a break from the insanity of world politics? Well, unfortunately, this is not the place to come.

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IntraFish's seafood news kicked off last week with more strongman displays from world superpowers China and the United States who's trade war is reaching unprecedented heights with the news from Reporter Rachel Sapin that seafood companies have been facing drastic measures, including layoffs, to survive the battle.

The devastating fires in the Amazon also made the seafood headlines, with feed and aquaculture giants investigating the influence of the Brazilian soy industry, a key supplier to the world aquaculture feed sector. Mowi, the world's biggest salmon producer is also threatening to stop buying Brazilian soy for its fish farms.

Environment and climate are a depressingly growing theme of our most-read headlines on IntraFish and the impact of hurricane Dorian on Chilean salmon trade into the US market looks set to be sizeable, as suppliers in Miami are putting measures in place as the city plans for Hurricane Dorian, reporters Rachel Sapin and John Evans reported at the end of the week.

Southern hemisphere salmon producers are also continuing to feel the impact of warmer waters with both Australia's Huon Aquaculture and New Zealand King Salmon reporting full year results weighted down by operational challenges.

Operational challenges also blighted The Scottish Salmon Company's second quarter, although record revenues went a way to helping the producer towards a successful first half and we heard from Kontali on how sea lice could change the dynamics in the Chilean salmon sector.

Russia also hit our headlines last week as news that Russian Aquaculture has set a huge salmon production target and a Russian shipyard delivered the first new vessel to Kamchatka-based V. Lenin Fishing Collective Farm.

Despite the challenges, the world salmon farming sector continues to increase in value -- a point well made in Editor-in-Chief Drew Cherry's column the previous week. Despite the proof, however, naysayers were quick to vehemently attack his stance on social media -- "codswallop" anyone?

The dynamism of the seafood industry was also demonstrated by further career moves last week, with aquaculture accelerator Hatch appointing former Ewos and Rubicon CEOs, as well as Thai Union's promotion of one of its European foodservice execs to Chicken of the Sea VP and the stepping down of Cargill's Japan aquaculture director.

In innovation news, we heard about an exciting new technology from France that could set a new bar for fresh fish, we took an eye-opening photo tour of Trident's new value-added Japanese factory and we saw Mowi roll into Poland with a WWF co-branded food truck.

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