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Sep 17 - Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected


Sep 17 - Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition


Sep 16 - Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost


Sep 16 - Alaska Fishing Updates, September


Sep 15 - Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements


Sep 14 - AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery


Sep 13 - Salmon Mortality Event Confirmed at Mowi Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site


Sep 8 - Japan Air Freighted Salmon Imports Jump for Head-ons and Fillets Amid Stronger Prices


Sep 8 - Norwegian Seafood Council Says August Salmon Exports the 'Best Ever'


Sep 7 - Study: Most California Dams Ineffective for Cold-Water Salmon, Trout Conservation


Sep 2 - Blumar Launches Antibiotic-Free Laguna Blanca Salmon Brand


Sep 2 - Alaska’s 2021 Salmon Catch Now Eighth Largest in Recent History


Sep 1 - Market Research: Canned Salmon Brands Grow with Demand Increase


Aug 30 - Japan: July Coho Salmon Price Continues Rise; Frozen Salmon Sales Slow


Aug 27 - Atlantic Sapphire Suffers $50 Million Loss During First Half of 2021; Testing Rainbow Trout Farming


Aug 26 - SalMar, Aker Join Forces to Create Offshore Fish Farming Company


Aug 26 - Alaska Nears 200 Million Salmon Landed, Final Numbers Could Put 2021 in Top Eight Historically


Aug 25 - Foodservice Recovery, Strong Salmon Demand Propels Mowi in Q2


Aug 24 - Chilean Salmon Council Partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium to Reduce Antibiotics Use


Aug 24 - Loki Fish Company Recalls Keta Salmon Lox


Aug 24 - Norway Royal Salmon “Not Satisfied” With Q2 Production Costs Due to ISA Harvesting


Aug 20 - Why are Bristol Bay’s Salmon Returns so Strong While Other Regions Struggle?


Aug 20 - Reps. Huffman, Porter and Strickland Lead Charge on Questions about Toxins and Salmon


Aug 18 - Chilean Salmon Industry Creates New Diving Standards After Accidents, Deaths


Aug 18 - June Imports of Fresh Salmon Stable in Fillets, Unusual High Price For Alaskan Sockeye


Aug 13 - CDFW, NMFS Revive Voluntary Drought Initiative to Protect Salmon, Other Fish


Aug 12 - Huon Aquaculture Fires Back at Forrest After Animal Welfare Comments


Aug 12 - Updated ADF&G Numbers Show Surge in Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Landings


Aug 11 - Russian Financial Conglomerate AFK Sistema Expands in Domestic Fish Business


Aug 11 - Alaska Salmon Update: Harvest for Pinks in PWS Now 144% Above Pre-Season Forecast


Aug 10 - Today is Alaska Wild Salmon Day


Aug 9 - Japan June Salmon Imports: Chilean Coho Standing Out Stronger, Sockeyes Losing Competition


Aug 6 - Meatpacker JBS Takes Plunge Into Seafood Industry with $300 Million Huon Aquaculture Purchase


Aug 5 - Norway Seafood Import Value Jumps 21% in July 2021; Continues to Rise Above 2020 Totals


Aug 5 - Kuskokwim Fishermen Raise Issue With Dunleavy on Salmon Bycatch in Bering Sea and Gulf


Aug 4 - Grieg Seafood Newfoundland to Delay Sea Transfer, Cull 1 Million Salmon After ISA Detection


Aug 3 - Wildtype to Debut Cultivated Sushi-Grade Salmon by End of Year


Aug 3 - Blumar Becomes First Chilean Salmon Farmer to Undergo Remote Inspection by Russia


Jul 30 - Oshēn Salmon Partners With BitPay to Accept Cryptocurrency


Jul 29 - AquaBounty Technologies Names Pioneer, Ohio, As Location For New Salmon Farm


Jul 29 - JAPAN: May Air Cargo Imports Up 33.1% In Volume, 27.4% In Value


Jul 28 - Poaching Remains A Pressing Problem for Russian Fish Sector Despite State Efforts


Jul 28 - Wild Alaskan Company Commits to Sustainability with Public Benefit Corporation Filing


Jul 28 - USDA Seeking Bids for Canned Salmon Products


Jul 23 - Mowi Scotland Responds to Activist’s Claims of Fish Welfare Issues


Jul 23 - Salmon Catch Continues Growth in Russia This Year


Jul 23 - An All-Time Record is Set in Bristol Bay — 63.2 Million Sockeye and Counting


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Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected

The last weekly salmon update from ASMI marks the end of the 2021 season and the statewide catches were up by 15% compared to the preseason forecasts.

The biggest money making fish exceeded expectations the most. The haul of sockeye salmon topped 54 compared to the pre-season forecast of 46.5 million.

Similarly, the pink salmon catch of over 150 million swamped the prediction of just over 124 million humpies.

And although the run of chum salmon was disappointing, falling about four million short of the 11.5 million projection...

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Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced it has finalized an agreement with the Mestanza family to acquire an 85% stake in the company Ahumados Dominguez in Spain.

Ahumados Dominguez producers smoked salmon and according to Iceland Seafood it has a strong brand and consumer recognition in the retail sector of the region.

The company will continue to be led by Managing Director Pedro Mestanza. Mestanza will hold a 15% minority stake and has an option to buy additional 5% stake form ISI within the next five years...

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Alaska Fishing Updates, September

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 219 million and fishing continues despite slowing down at this time of year. That’s 30 million more salmon than was forecasted.

For pinks, the harvest so far is over 151 million with catches at Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak all topping projections

Also at Southeast, beam trawlers have a third go for northern pink shrimp totaling 650,000 pounds in two districts. The spot shrimp fishery opens on October 1 for 457,300 pounds.

That same day Dungeness crab reopens for the fall fishery...

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AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery

Land-based aquaculture firm, AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and Interaction with the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Fishery

(Rosrybolovstvo) and non-profit organization, the National Association of Industrial Aquaculture Enterprises on September 14.

The agreement follows Russia’s strategy, announced in November 2019 that will push commercial salmon farming, including the use of industrial aquaculture RAS technologies in the country. AquaMaof explained that the expansion of salmon farming will include the construction of large-scale facilities using the company’s RAS technology...

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Japan Air Freighted Salmon Imports Jump for Head-ons and Fillets Amid Stronger Prices

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, Japan’s fresh salmon and trout imports by air in July were significantly higher than in the same month of the previous year for semi-dressed fish and fillets, and prices continued to rise. In particular, the head-on semi-dressed fish has completely recovered from the slump at the beginning of the year. The cumulative quantity and price from January to July were in line with the previous year, reported Suisan Keizai...

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Study: Most California Dams Ineffective for Cold-Water Salmon, Trout Conservation

Dams poorly mimic the temperature patterns California streams require to support the state’s native salmon and trout — more than three-quarters of which risk extinction. Some of the species are important for West Coast commercial trollers, tribal fishermen and anglers. Bold actions are needed to reverse extinction trends and protect cold-water streams that are resilient to climate warming, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE by the University of California, Davis.

The study helps identify where high-quality, cold-water habitat remains to help ...

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Alaska’s 2021 Salmon Catch Now Eighth Largest in Recent History

The latest data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show 210.4 million salmon caught so far this year, ranking 2021 as the 8th highest since 1975. There are only nine years where Alaska’s fishing industry brought in more than 200 million salmon. This year, so far, ranks just below 2007’s 212.62 million and well above 2019’s 204.4 million salmon caught. 

This year’s total includes 144.3 million pink salmon, 53.93 million sockeye, 10.1 million chum, 1.8 million coho, and 224,000 Chinook landings. On a poundage basis, however, this year’s ...

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SalMar, Aker Join Forces to Create Offshore Fish Farming Company

Norway-based companies SalMar and Aker have entered a strategic partnership to create a global offshore aquaculture company.

The new company, “SalMar Aker Ocean AS” will be both an offshore and semi-offshore operation, per an August 26 announcement from SalMar.

The new company will combine “Aker and SalMar’s industry experience, leading competence in salmon production, software, and cleantech to create the world’s most reliable and intelligent offshore farming operations with the highest requirements for fish welfare and a zero-emissions value chain ambition...

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Foodservice Recovery, Strong Salmon Demand Propels Mowi in Q2

Mowi achieved stronger earnings in the second quarter of 2021 behind improved salmon demand and foodservice demand recovering as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

The salmon farming giant reported an operational EBIT of EUR 137 million (US $161 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared with EUR 99 million in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

Mowi said spot prices jumped 18% in Europe and close to 50% in the Americas in the quarter. The company also adjusted its harvest volume guidance higher from 445,000 GWT to 450,000 GWT...

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Loki Fish Company Recalls Keta Salmon Lox

Seattle-based Loki Fish Company has recalled its 4-ounce packages of Keta Salmon Lox because it may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Keta Salmon Lox is packaged in a 4 oz. plastic package on a coated board. It is labeled as Wild Keta Lox, Loki Fish Co., Seattle, WA. There are no best by dates on the package, the recall stated.

The salmon lox was distributed through Cherry Sprout Produce in Portland, Oregon and Central Co-op and Pacific Coast Harvest in Seattle, WA. The product was also sold...

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Why are Bristol Bay’s Salmon Returns so Strong While Other Regions Struggle?

Bristol Bay’s sockeye run this summer of nearly 66 million was the largest on record. But why that region maintains such salmon strength while others struggle is a mystery. Fisheries further west, for example,  are seeing the lowest salmon returns ever.

One factor in play for Bristol Bay could be water temperature.

“Climate warming seems to have actually benefited Bristol Bay sockeye — warmer temperatures, more food, more growth opportunities and they are still in the sweet spot of water temperatures that are still profitable...

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Chilean Salmon Industry Creates New Diving Standards After Accidents, Deaths

The Chilean Salmon Council (CDS) and SalmonChile, a pair of associations representing salmon farmers in Chile, have unveiled new diving standards after multiple accidents in 2021.

The CDS (Consejo del Salmón de Chile) published a protocol that will raise the standard of subsea operations to improve diver safety.

The initiative establishes guidelines that seek to protect underwater operations before, during and after diving activities. The implementation will be in charge of each company and a follow-up to the implementation of each measure will be established, per the CDS...

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CDFW, NMFS Revive Voluntary Drought Initiative to Protect Salmon, Other Fish

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the NOAA Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative this week designed to protect populations of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.

The initiative provides a framework for water users, especially farmers, to enter into individual agreements with the two agencies to maintain enough water for fish spawning and survival, and implement other collaborative actions like fish rescue, relocation, monitoring, and habitat restoration. In return, landowners and water users will benefit from a simplified...

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Updated ADF&G Numbers Show Surge in Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Landings 

Yesterday’s story reported a wide gap between current pink salmon catch and pre-season forecasts, but an update on those numbers heralded a surge of pink salmon landings in Southeast Alaska.

Current catch of Southeast Alaska pink salmon are now 19.65 million fish, or about 70% of the pre-season forecast for pinks in Southeast.

“The 2021 Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest forecast was predicted to be average with a point estimate of 28 million fish,” regional management biologists from Southeast wrote in an updated summary of the ...

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Alaska Salmon Update: Harvest for Pinks in PWS Now 144% Above Pre-Season Forecast 

This is the peak week for Alaska pink salmon harvests historically, but it’s unlikely the state will achieve the 124.2 million pinks predicted earlier this year. In Prince William Sound, where wild pink salmon have returned at higher levels than expected, fishermen have landed more than 35.7 million pinks, more than four million in less than a week. While exceeding the annual forecast and accounting for more than half of all pink salmon caught in the state as of Monday, it’s unlikely that Alaska will see ...

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Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire said all of the fish at its Danish facility will be lost due to a serious fire that erupted on September 15.

According to the company, a fire broke out at an Atlantic Sapphire Denmark facility at about 8:20 p.m. local time. Employees were evacuated safely, and all are accounted for with no injuries reported.

In an announcement, Atlantic Sapphire said all of the biomass at its facility is expected to be lost and the damage...

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Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost announced that it will invest DKK 6.2 billion (US$984.9 million) to boost its output by 40% over the next five years and transform its Scotland-based operations.

According to the Faroese company, the sustainable plan will see the output of its premium salmon by 40% over the next five years. It will be completed via a combination of employing idle license capacity and higher utilization of existing licenses by using large smolt.

When it comes to improvements in Scotland, Bakkaforst said it will work...

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Salmon Mortality Event Confirmed at Mowi Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture advised of an abnormal salmon mortality event at Mowi’s Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada AQ#1135 site (The Gorge), located on the province’s south coast on September 11.

The event saw 92,700 fish impacted in the event. The site holds a total of 900,000 fish. Under province regulations, abnormal mortality of over 10 per cent must be publicly reported.

The mortality event was due to sudden low dissolved oxygen levels at the farm site. The affected fish were about...

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Norwegian Seafood Council Says August Salmon Exports the 'Best Ever'

Norwegian salmon exports for the month of August were the best ever, according to Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen.

Larsen credited high volume production and strong demand with hotels and restaurants reopening in multiple international markets.

For the month, Norway exported seafood worth NOK 9.6 billion ($US1.1 billion). The value is an increase of NOK 2.3 billion, (32%) the largest year-on-year growth ever, per the Council. The group said salmon, mackerel, clipfish and king crab contributed to the jump...

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Blumar Launches Antibiotic-Free Laguna Blanca Salmon Brand

Blumar Seafoods launched its antibiotic-free “Laguna Blanca” salmon brand that focuses on sustainability as consumers eye sustainable protein options.

“This salmon is the result of the work of a team highly committed to caring for the environment and animal welfare. It is a product free of antibiotic treatments, grown in the unique conditions that offer the purity and temperature of the waters of Magallanes,” indicated Daniel Montoya, Sales & Marketing Director of Blumar.

The brand features salmon cultivated without antibiotics through its entire cycle under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards...

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Market Research: Canned Salmon Brands Grow with Demand Increase

Market research firm Fact.MR found that the global canned salmon market is projected to reach US$4.5 billion in 2021 as increasing demand is leading to growth.

“Growing awareness regarding a healthy lifestyle and the importance of a balanced diet is propelling sales of canned salmon,” the firm said. “Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, which is vital for brain and nerve functioning.”

The report found that market players are utilizing online retail channels to cater to growing demand...

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Atlantic Sapphire Suffers $50 Million Loss During First Half of 2021; Testing Rainbow Trout Farming

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire (AS) was hit with $51.5 million in operating losses during the first half of the year, up from $31.6 million at the halfway point of 2020.

The company, which operates in both Denmark and the U.S. did report a notable jump in revenue, reporting $10.9 million compared to $2.5 million during H1 2020.

So far this year, the company has dealt with a number of challenges including a loss of about 500 tons of fish...

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Alaska Nears 200 Million Salmon Landed, Final Numbers Could Put 2021 in Top Eight Historically

By the end of this week, once the numbers are tallied, the state could surpass the 200 million salmon mark for commercial landings of all five species. 

Current numbers, which do not include all of this week’s harvests yet, are 196.46 million, made up of 132.84 million pink salmon, 53.58 million sockeye, 8.5 million chum salmon, 1.5 million coho, and 202,000 Chinook. 

These levels are above pre-season forecasts for sockeye (by 7 million) and pinks (8.6 million and counting) but well below for chums ...

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Chilean Salmon Council Partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium to Reduce Antibiotics Use

The Salmon Council, (Consejo del Salmon) a Chilean salmon farming trade association, has joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium's antibiotic reduction program.

The association, representing AquaChile, Cermaq, Mowi and Salmones Aysen, will now join the Seafood Watch for Aquaculture (SWA) program and its special program for Chile, the CSARP (Chilean Salmon Antibiotic Reduction Program), which seeks to reduce the use of antibiotics in salmon by 50% by 2025.

The Council sees the move as a step towards improved sustainability for the sector that is in line...

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Norway Royal Salmon “Not Satisfied” With Q2 Production Costs Due to ISA Harvesting

Salmon farmer Norway Royal Salmon reported an operational EBIT for the second quarter of 2021 of NOK 94 million (US$10.6 million), a drop from Q2 2020’s operational EBIT of NOK 120 million.

“Regarding the results for the second quarter, we are not satisfied with the production cost in the quarter, but we expect reduced costs in the third quarter,” CEO Charles Høstlund said.

The company’s Norwegian operations reported an Operational EBIT per kg of NOK 12.22, down from NOK 17.06 per kg during...

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Reps. Huffman, Porter and Strickland Lead Charge on Questions about Toxins and Salmon

Some people may be tire-d of hearing about salmon and recycled rubber, but not these Democrats. Three West Coast Congress members are asking some tough questions about road runoff, tires and coho.

Representatives Jared Huffman, D-Calif., and Chair of the Natural Resources Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee; Katie Porter, D-Calif., and Chair of the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee; and Marilyn Strickland, D-Wash., sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

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June Imports of Fresh Salmon Stable in Fillets, Unusual High Price For Alaskan Sockeye

According to Japan’s Ministry of Finance customs statistics, fresh head-on salmon and trout imports by air in June recovered to the same level as the previous year. While fillet products, mostly from Norway, came in steadily, air-freighted salmon increased despite the high unit price, reported Suisan Keizai.

As for head-on fish, while the unit price of Norwegian Atlantic salmon has subsided, prices of salmon from Canada and the UK rose. Australian fish also followed the high price level as in the previous month...

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Huon Aquaculture Fires Back at Forrest After Animal Welfare Comments

Huon Aquaculture’s CEO Peter Bender responded to mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s comments regarding animal husbandry and environmental stewardship.

Forrest, through his investment vehicle Tattarang owns shares in Huon and grew his stake in the company after Huon announced it will be acquired by Brazilian meat giant JBS.

The Australian Broadcasting Association, 75% of stakeholders need to approve the deal and Forrest has made moves that could threaten the deal, with Tattarang becoming the second-largest shareholder earlier this week.

Forrest did not confirm...

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Russian Financial Conglomerate AFK Sistema Expands in Domestic Fish Business 

AFK Sistema, the Russian financial corporation, owned by  Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia’s richest persons, is expanding into the domestic fish business by the acquisition of 49% stake in the Kamchatka-based "Zarya" enterprise which produces about 20,000 tons of salmon per year and caviar from it.

According to its own data, "Zarya" owns the rights for 5 river fishing sites and 16 sites in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, as well as two processing plants with a total capacity of 460 tons of products per day...

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