Mon. Oct 15 2018

The Seafood Industry and the China Tariffs: A Deep Dive Into NFI's Seafood, See Jobs Campaign


Norwegian Food Safety Authority Denies Company Permission for Land Based Salmon Farm


Major High Resolution Study of Global Trawl Footprint Finds it is Far Lower Than Some NGO's Suggest


Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report  


Nordic Aquafarms Opens Corporate Office as They Continue to Move Forward with Belfast Facility  


E-commerce Boosts Guolian’s Sales in China


Australian Trawl Fishers Cheer as Massive Seismic Survey Rejected


'Puntada Invisible' Wins WSI Video Competition


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 15


Fri. Oct 12 2018

Presentations at Right Whale Meeting Highlight Questions; Issues in Lobster Gear Modification


NFI Communications Manager Lynsee Fowler Breaks Down the Seafood, See Jobs Campaign


Russian Does Not Foresee Crisis Looming in Crab Industry as New Auction Plan Moves Forward  


VIDEO: Mazzetta Sues Over Tariffs; Lobster Exports Surge; China Seafood Expo Sold Out and More


SeaPak Launches On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail Nationwide  


Traffic Chaos Marks a Difficult Start for Tokyo’s New Fish Market  


New Canadian Commissioner Appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission


Northeast Canyon's Monument Defenders Never Looked at Costs, Considered Alternatives (Opinion)


Coastal Villages Continues Education Program that Sends Youth to Seattle


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, October 12


Thu. Oct 11 2018

Mazzetta Sues Government Over Vietnam Shrimp Tariffs; Says Black Tiger Pricing is Not Comparable  


China Fisheries Show, Largest in World, Fully Sold Out, with Foreign Participation up 12% This Year


ANALYSIS: Chilean Fillets Adjust Lower Amid Record Breaking Fresh Fillet Volumes  


Icicle’s Jessie Keplinger Named First Female President of Halibut Association of North America  


NOAA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Traceability Program for U.S. Farmed Shrimp, Abalone  


Chef Barton Seaver Launches ‘Seafood & the Menu’ Magazine


Red Lobster Reportedly Has a 'Secret' Endless Shrimp Menu  


Blue Economy in Alaska Focus of Ocean Technology Sprint (Fish Radio)


EJF Says Chinese Interests Illegally Own Most of Ghanian Industrial Fishing Fleet; Call for Reforms


Remembering Past Urner Barry President, John Merrill Carter


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, October 11


Wed. Oct 10 2018

Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada  


Gray Market for U.S. Lobsters Bound for China but Sold Through Canada Worries Fishermen  


INTERVIEW: Responsible Feed Ingredient Sourcing Key to Sustainable Aquaculture Growth


Ups and Downs for 2019 Groundfish Catches  


Alaska Snow Crab Increase is Bad News for Their Cousins  


ANALYSIS: New Zealand Mussel Shortfall Endures  


James Beard Foundation Launches “Waste Not” Campaign to Reduce Food Waste


ASC, Fair Trade USA Sign MOU to Pilot Fair Trade USA’s Requirements in Some ASC-Certified Fish Farms


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, October 10


Tue. Oct 9 2018

Pangasius Import Volumes Recover Somewhat After USDA Equivalence Ruling for Vietnam  


Council Drops Preliminary 2019 GOA Pollock TAC by One-Third, Cod Down by 5%


SSC May Recommend Higher East Coast Scallop Landings for 2019 Tomorrow  


Bristol Bay Chilling Rate for Salmon Likely to Be Higher Than Last Year's Record  


Get Your Free Salmon Insider's Report!  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, October 9


Nick Bouth Promoted to Handy Seafood’s Foodservice National Sales Manager


Charoen Pokphand Foods Working to End IUU Fishing


Chungsan Fishermen’s Organization First Abalone Farm in South Korea to Achieve ASC Certification  


Russian Fishing Company to Build 9 Trawlers at Domestic Shipyards  


Mon. Oct 8 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, October 8


Thai Union Nominated for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Annual Stop Slavery Award


LISTEN: Crab Quotas; NRF 2018 Holiday Sales Forecast; and More on the SeafoodNews Podcast


Full MSC Certification Will Give Papua New Guinea a Better Deal on Tuna  


Clean Seas Seafood Limited Launches First SensoryFresh Range Across Key European Markets  


The U.S. Turns to Vietnam for Basa Supply After Losing China Tilapia Markets Due to Tariffs  


Frozen Seafood is a Rising Star in China's Sam's Clubs  


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The Seafood Industry and the China Tariffs: A Deep Dive Into NFI's Seafood, See Jobs Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 15, 2018

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the tariffs, but one thing is certain ­– the National Fisheries Institute [NFI] is working hard to ensure that those in Washington D.C. understand the impact that the trade war with China is having on the seafood industry.

Listen as SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk to NFI Communications Manager Lynsee Fowler about the organization's Seafood, See Jobs campaign.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop ...

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Norwegian Food Safety Authority Denies Company Permission for Land Based Salmon Farm

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 15, 2018

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has denied an application for a land based salmon farm in an area of fjords south of Bergen.

The application was from the Haughland Group, which operates Erko Settefisk, a smolt operation, and Stord Havbrukspark.

The authorities said that due to previous mass mortality events at the Sagvag plant run by the company, they were rejecting the license, notwithstanding the owners efforts to set up a separate corporate structure ...

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Major High Resolution Study of Global Trawl Footprint Finds it is Far Lower Than Some NGO's Suggest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - October 15, 2018

What's the matter with trawling?  Dragging a weighted net across the ocean floor is the fishing method that accounts for about 25% of global seafood production.  In recent years, trawling has become more controversial, as some NGO's have attempted to say that bottom trawls are 100% destructive to the eco-systems where they are used.  

If this is the case, large scale use of trawling could be seen as a contributing factor ...

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Imported Seafood Lures More Chinese Foodies, According to JD Report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WCHB.cjn] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 8, JD has released its consumption report for this National Day. As statistics show, the giant’s online sales value has risen nearly 40 percent during this seven-day holiday compared with that of last year. Meanwhile, the sales of Norwegian cod and French blue lobsters have more than doubled at its physical supermarkets, 7FRESH, compared with the previous week.

The home-delivery sector of JD has seen an increase of 44 percent in its online sales of ...

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Presentations at Right Whale Meeting Highlight Questions; Issues in Lobster Gear Modification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 12, 2018

How efforts to protect North Atlantic Right Whales will impact lobster and crab fisheries in the US and Canada is a key question facing the most valuable fisheries in the region.

This week, the take reduction team from NOAA has been meeting in Rhode Island to get an update on both scientific questions and latest surveys, and also a report on efforts to improve gear to reduce whale entanglements.

The entire set of presentations are online ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Opens Corporate Office as They Continue to Move Forward with Belfast Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 15, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms announced in their October newsletter that they are now operating out of their corporate office in Portland, Maine. The new office will serve as their U.S. headquarters, focusing on the development of the Belfast facility, as well as additional growth opportunities in the future. Nordic Aquafarms CEO and founder Erik Heim, who moved to Maine earlier this month, as well as Director of Operations Marianne Naess, will be dividing their time between the Portland office and Belfast ...

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Australian Trawl Fishers Cheer as Massive Seismic Survey Rejected

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Australian Broadcasting Corporation News] by Nicole Asher - October 15, 2018

Trawl fishers are cheering the rejection of a massive oil and gas survey off the Victorian coast, which they say would have crippled the industry and led to a seafood shortage.

The trawl fishing industry is relieved the national offshore regulator has rejected plans for a massive seismic survey off the Victorian coast.

French company CGG Services planned to map 16,850km square of the seabed, east of Melbourne, for oil and gas reserves ...

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NFI Communications Manager Lynsee Fowler Breaks Down the Seafood, See Jobs Campaign

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 12, 2018

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the tariffs, but one thing is certain ­– the National Fisheries Institute [NFI] is working hard to ensure that those in Washington D.C. understand the impact that the trade war with China is having on the seafood industry.

“Seafood is one of the most traded commodities in the world so [NFI] had been wanting to do a broader education campaign about the importance of healthy trade,” Lynsee Fowler, NFI’s communications manager, told SeafoodNews ...

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VIDEO: Mazzetta Sues Over Tariffs; Lobster Exports Surge; China Seafood Expo Sold Out and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 12, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione. This week we talk about The Mazzetta Company suing the government over Vietnam shrimp tariffs; the surge in lobster exports to Canada; the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo selling out; and Red Lobster's "secret" Endless Shrimp menu.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop, taking place in Boston on Thursday October 18, 2018. View more details and register at UrnerBarry.com/SIW ...

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Traffic Chaos Marks a Difficult Start for Tokyo’s New Fish Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Asahi Shimbun] by Noriyasu Nukui and Yuka Ariyoshi - October 12, 2018

Roads leading to Tokyo's new fish market in the capital’s Koto Ward were gridlocked from dawn as cries of the tuna auction rang out when bidding for fish and seafood kicked off.

Trucks and cars were caught up in a massive traffic jam on a slope approaching a parking lot at one wing of the market. Some vehicles could not even reach the lot even after crawling along at a snail’s pace for about ...

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New Canadian Commissioner Appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 12, 2018

SEATTLE -- Peter de Greef has been appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission to represent the Canadian halibut industry. His appointment is for three years.

De Greef replaces interim commissioner Robert Day, who was named to the six-person panel last spring. De Greef’s appointment shifts the Canadian delegation from all federal government representatives to two Department of Fisheries and Oceans Commissioners and one industry Commissioner. 

On the U.S. side, the delegation includes a sport representative for the first time, and ...

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Coastal Villages Continues Education Program that Sends Youth to Seattle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 12, 2018

Seattle, WA – Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) is gearing up for a second year of its popular tenth-grade Ciuneq program with two sessions focused on member-community tenth-graders scheduled to take place in Seattle this month. Ciuneq, which refers to “the future” in Yupik, is designed to provide an opportunity for youth from rural Alaska to explore the educational destinations that may be available to them if they continue to work hard in high school.

The tenth-grade Ciuneq program was designed to ...

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ANALYSIS: Chilean Fillets Adjust Lower Amid Record Breaking Fresh Fillet Volumes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Janice Schreiber- October 11, 2018

For the first time in nine weeks, the Chilean fillet market adjusted lower on 2-up fillets. Demand overall for salmon, like many other seafood items during October, is usually fair at best; and this seasonal slow down does follow a historic trend. owever, the somewhat unprecedented stability in the Chilean fillet market amid record high imports of fresh fillets is noteworthy.

The stability in the market started mid-June after ...

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NOAA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Traceability Program for U.S. Farmed Shrimp, Abalone

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

NOAA Fisheries announced that they are now seeking public comment on a proposed rule to establish a first-ever traceability program for U.S. farmed shrimp and abalone.

Currently the rule, which would serve as a domestic counterpart to shrimp and abalone import requirements under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), is only proposed. If finalized, it would provide traceability for U.S. farmed shrimp and abalone from the “point of production to entry into U.S. commerce ...

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Red Lobster Reportedly Has a 'Secret' Endless Shrimp Menu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp promotion started back up in September, but now over a month in the chain restaurant is releasing a “secret menu.”

As we previously reported, the Endless Shrimp promotion allows diners to indulge in classics like Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Linguini Alfredo and Hand-Breaded Shrimp. This year the restaurant also added new offerings to the menu, like Crunchy Fiesta Shrimp, a dish featuring tortilla-crusted shrimp and topped with a creamy blend of three cheese and pico de gallo ...

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EJF Says Chinese Interests Illegally Own Most of Ghanian Industrial Fishing Fleet; Call for Reforms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

The Environmental Justice Foundtion (EJF), based in the UK, has released a report on Chinese involvement in Ghana's industrial fishery.  This fishery has been plagued by overcapacity, addition of new trawlers despite a 'moratorium', and a practice where industrial trawlers transfer catches at sea to modified fishing canoes, which then land and sell the catch in competition with traditional canoe fishers.

EJF says that Chinese ownership is illegal under Ghanian law, and calls on China to take steps against ...

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Latest Lobster Numbers Show Continued Surge in Exports to Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Liz Cuozzo - October 10, 2018

American lobster, the East Coast’s most valuable seafood export, continued to reflect the turmoil of the China tariff war in the latest import and export statistics for August.

On the export side, exports to China for the month of August were down 50.4% compared to the same time last year. The US exported 861,910 pounds this August versus 1,736,336 pounds in...

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Pangasius Import Volumes Recover Somewhat After USDA Equivalence Ruling for Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Analysis] by Lorin Castiglione - October 9, 2018

For the first time all year and since government regulation has switched from the FDA to the USDA, pangasius imports are within range of the previous three-year average.

August imports of frozen pangasius fillets registered 22.2 million pounds from Vietnam, the largest monthly import volume for 2018. Volumes have increased again, after a significant 62.3 percent increase for the month of July, gaining another 11.6 percent into the month of August.

August 2018 falls only 3.3 percent short of ...

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E-commerce Boosts Guolian’s Sales in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [P5w/YingYanNews] translated by Amy Zhong - October 15, 2018

On Oct. 10, Guolian has released a report about its performance this year. It reads that the company’s net profit is estimated to range between 223 million yuan to 233 million yuan (~$33.7 million USD) during the first three quarters, which increased between 98.35 percent and 107.26 percent compared with the same period last year. Its net profit is said to be about 55 million yuan to 65 million yuan ($7.95 million to $9.4 million USD) ...

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'Puntada Invisible' Wins WSI Video Competition

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Column] by Laine Welch - October 15, 2018

Women who mend nets for a living in Vigo, Spain took home the top prize in the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) video competition.

The contest was launched last year as a way to increase awareness about women’s roles in the industry and to recognize their value. This year’s contest attracted 15 minute videos (limited to four minutes) from around the world.

The winner, Puntada Invisible, highlights a woman named Beatriz who has been ...

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Russian  Does Not Foresee Crisis Looming in Crab Industry as New Auction Plan Moves Forward

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 12, 2018

The Russian government expects the beginning of a new program providing half the domestic crab quotas to new entrants to further develop the industry will actually make the Russian crab industry more efficient -- according to senior officials of the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.

According to recent statements of Rosrybolovstvo, recent announcements of some Russian crab producers to terminate their existing contracts for the building of new crab-producing ships at domestic shipyards ...

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SeaPak Launches On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail Nationwide

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 12, 2018

SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company is making it easier for consumers to snack while on the go. The company announced earlier this week that they have launched their new On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail snack nationwide.

SeaPak’s On-The-Go Shrimp Cocktail was initially introduced earlier this year during an eight week marketing blitz in the Atlanta and Denver markets. The product was available at Denver-area King Sooper stores and Atlanta-area Kroger supermarkets, where consumers not only expressed interest, but had repeat purchases of ...

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Northeast Canyon's Monument Defenders Never Looked at Costs, Considered Alternatives (opinion)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] [Opinion] by Eric Reid - October 12, 2018

The following op-ed was written by Eric Reid, of Seafreeze Shoreside Inc., a seafood processor and wholesaler based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

The creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in 2016 was opposed by many in the East Coast seafood industry, on the grounds that the monument designation was not needed to support conservation aims.  Further, the prohibition on commercial fishing was never scientifically justified.

Now the Trump Administration is proposing to ...

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Mazzetta Sues Government Over Vietnam Shrimp Tariffs; Says Black Tiger Pricing is Not Comparable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton  - October 11, 2018

alibaba sales literatureThe Mazzetta Company has sued the dept.of commerce in the International Trade Court over its determination of duties on Vietnamese shrimp.

Because the US does not consider Vietnam to be a ‘market’ economy, it has used surrogate countries to try and establish a comparable input value to calculate shrimp raw material margins, and whether shrimp from Vietnam is subject to anti-dumping duties or not.

The duty rates for Vietnamese shrimp are calculated ...

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China Fisheries Show, Largest in World, Fully Sold Out, with Foreign Participation up 12% This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

With more than a month to go before the 23rd annual China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, the show organizers say the show had sold out, filling all 10 exhibit halls at the Qingdao International Expo Center.  This year’s show dates are November 7-9. 

A record 1,600 companies  from 50 countries will be exhibiting this year. With 45,000 square meters, in terms of exhibit space China Fisheries & Seafood Expo is now the largest seafood trade show in the world ...

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Icicle’s Jessie Keplinger Named First Female President of Halibut Association of North America

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

The Halibut Association of North America (HANA), a trade group representing processors in Canada and the United States, recently elected its first female president in its 57-year-old history.

The election of Jessie Keplinger, Fresh Sales Account Manager at Icicle Seafoods, as the group’s highest officer, came after a period of several months spent reviewing the organization’s mission and considering a shift in priorities.

HANA was formed in 1961 to promote Pacific Halibut and ...

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Chef Barton Seaver Launches ‘Seafood & the Menu’ Magazine 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 11, 2018

Chef Barton Seaver is back with a new publication – this time a magazine! The sustainability-focused chef and author of American SeafoodFor Cod and Countryand Two If By Sea, announced on Wednesday that he has launched Seafood & the Menu, a magazine in partnership with Flavor & the Menu.

“My team and I produced Seafood & the Menu to fill a gap in seafood-focused chef-facing media content,” Chef Seaver said in his announcement. “I chose to produce this as a platform for chefs to ...

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Blue Economy in Alaska Focus of Ocean Technology Sprint (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 11, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There is a big push to develop the world’s oceans and Alaska aims to be a part of that blue economy.

Alaska’s blue economy includes traditional sectors such as fisheries and tourism as well as  new ventures from underwater drones to biofuels to kelp beer.

To hone a wave of blue entrepreneurs a second Ocean Technology Innovation Sprint will task 30 Alaskans this month with finding a problem and a prototype solution for ...

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Remembering Past Urner Barry President, John Merrill Carter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] - October 11, 2018

John Merrill Carter, former President of Urner Barry, passed away on October 7, 2018, at the age of 97. He is remembered fondly by his colleagues and friends throughout the industry.

Rick Brown, who worked closely with John in the Egg market division at Urner Barry, lamented on his passing, saying “John was my mentor and good friend—he will be missed.”

The Urner Barry family would like to extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family at this time ...

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Gray Market for U.S. Lobsters Bound for China but Sold Through Canada Worries Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 10, 2018

China has raised the tariff on Maine lobsters by 25 percent since the trade war, while the tariff is only 7 percent on lobsters from Canada. This is expected to lead to increased gray trade in which American lobsters enter China after a transfer in Canada. There are signs that indicate transfers such as this are happening after the starting of the trade war, said Geoff Irvine from the Lobster Council of Canada ...

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