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Jan 21 - Over 3.5 Tons of Salmon Removed in Chile Following Algae Bloom


Jan 21 - Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters


Jan 18 - Chilean Salmon, Trout Exports Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels, per Industry Council Report


Jan 18 - Mowi Shutters Processing Plant in British Columbia; Cite DFO Discovery Island Decision


Jan 17 - Lightsense Technology, Pure Norwegian Seafood Partner to Detect Pathogens in Salmon Processing


Jan 17 - FISH FACTOR: Tanner Crab Prices; More BOF Juggles; Seafood Again Sets Sales Records; Fish Watch


Jan 14 - Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Responds to Supreme Court Opinion on Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Permit


Jan 14 - COMMENTARY: Alaska’s Untold Secret — The Dividends Paid By Southeast Alaska’s “Seabank”


Jan 12 - AquaBounty CEO: “We Enter 2022 in a Strong Position”


Jan 12 - Blumar Estimates $3.3 Million Loss After Algae Bloom in Aysen Region


Jan 12 - Norway Royal Salmon, SalmoNor Merge; Create Sixth-Largest Salmon Farmer in the World


Jan 10 - Caleta Bay Says Salmon Escapement Was “Sabotage By Third Parties”


Jan 10 - Japan’s November Airfreighted Salmon Price Improves 20.6%


Jan 10 - Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook


Jan 6 - Kvarøy Arctic Partners With Health-Focused Online Retailer Thrive Market


Jan 4 - Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value


Jan 4 - The USDA’s New Labeling Rule For Genetically Engineered Foods Is In Full Effect


Jan 3 - Japan’s November Import Value Up 29% To $1.5 Billion


Dec 29 - China Takes Action to Further Boost its Salmon Imports, Though Some Suppliers are Struggling There


Dec 27 - Alaska Fish Radio: Salmon Task Force Act Introduced, AK Tribes File Emergency Petition


Dec 23 - Cultivated Salmon Producer Wildtype Lands Restaurant, Retail Agreements


Dec 22 - Kvarøy Arctic Takes Critical Steps Forward With Arctic Seafarm Project


Dec 22 - Alaska Fish Radio: Salmon Sperm Spawns Replacement for Plastics, DNA Intensifies LEDs


Dec 21 - Andfjord Salmon Say Water Flow Tech Designed to Mimic Wild Habitat Successful


Dec 21 - REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month


Dec 21 - Who is Gabriel Boric? Chile’s President-Elect May Shake Up Salmon Farms


Dec 20 - Alaska Fish Radio: Sockeye Market Surges With Global Demand


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 17 - DFO Updates Herring Coast-Wide Harvest Plan for 2021-2022


Dec 16 - Alaska Fish Radio: Climate Driven Water Changes in Southeast, For Better and Worse


Dec 16 - ANALYSIS: Norway’s Seafood Exports to the UK Receive Pre-Christmas Trade Boost


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Dec 14 - Market Mover: Farmed Salmon


Dec 9 - USDA Eyeing Salmon, Catfish Products Purchase Through Build Back Better Initiative


Dec 9 - Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation New Smoked Salmon Product Being Sold Exclusively by Walmart Canada


Dec 8 - Blue Star Foods Lands Deal to Supply Steelhead Salmon Fingerlings to B.C. Aquaculture Company


Dec 8 - Japan’s October Salmon Imports Up in Volume and Value, Frozen Chilean Coho Leading


Dec 6 - Scientists Show Warm-water Habitats Help Fuel Coldwater Fish


Dec 6 - Chilean Coho Leads the October Salmon Sales at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market


Dec 3 - Sernapesca: Salmon Company Hit With Significant Fine After Mortality Mismanagement


Dec 3 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Topple Annual Value Records With December Still to Come


Dec 3 - JAPAN: October Seafood Exports Doubled In Frozen Yellowtail for the U.S.


Dec 3 - Bristol Bay 2022 Salmon Forecast Highest Ever, Two Buyers Raise 2021 Base Price to $1.45/lb


Dec 2 - Northern Dynasty Issues Response to EPA's Announcement Regarding Protection of Bristol Bay Watershed


Dec 2 - Mowi Tops Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index Again; Grieg, Lerøy Close Behind


Dec 1 - DFO Hits B.C. Salmon Harvester with Nearly $90K Fine After Routine Inspection


Dec 1 - Ikura Salmon Caviar Tops at 8312 yen/kg, up 600 yen/kg at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market


Dec 1 - Mowi-Owned Northern Harvest Sea Farms Reports Mortality Event at Newfoundland Salmon Site


Nov 30 - Market Mover: Fresh Whole Salmon


Nov 29 - Trident, High Liner Among Firms to Land USDA Contracts for Salmon, Pollock


Nov 29 - Beijing Strengthens Seafood Market Supervision


Nov 24 - Japan: October Seafood Imports Fell Year-on-Year After Four Months


Nov 24 - Record Salmon Catch in Russia This Year Does Not Lead to Decline of Prices in Local Market


Nov 24 - California Rescues Young Chinook During Drought; Releases Into Klamath River


Nov 23 - Cooke’s Cold Ocean Salmon Reports ISA Detections at Newfoundland Salmon Site


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Over 3.5 Tons of Salmon Removed in Chile Following Algae Bloom

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) said 3,550 tons of salmon involved in a mortality event due to an algae bloom in the Aysén region in early January.

Companies impacted by the algae bloom include Blumar SA, Salmones Austral SA, Camanchaca and Aquachile SA and the removal is 100% complete, per Sernapesca. Mowi also began a contingency plan for mass mortality associated with low oxygen.

Mortality has been treated by means of silage systems and removal from the cultivation centers in optimal...

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Department of Commerce Determines Several Alaska Salmon, Crab and Cod Fisheries are Disasters

Tanner crab, Pacific cod and multiple salmon fisheries are certified disasters, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said today her determination was made at the request of the governor of Alaska. The disasters occurred from 2018 to 2021.

“Helping communities to bounce back from the impacts of fishery disasters is essential, and we are working to ensure there is relief coming for impacted Alaskans,” Raimondo said in a press release...

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Mowi Shutters Processing Plant in British Columbia; Cite DFO Discovery Island Decision

Salmon farmer Mowi will permanently close its processing plant in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada following Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s December 2020 decision to halt salmon farming licenses in the Discovery Islands.

“The former federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Bernadette Jordan, stated that her decision only impacts the Discovery Islands; however, her decision to remove 30% of Mowi’s production volume created significant business uncertainty and has forced the company to close its plant in Surrey BC,” Mowi wrote in a news release...

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FISH FACTOR: Tanner Crab Prices; More BOF Juggles; Seafood Again Sets Sales Records; Fish Watch

$8.10 per pound!

That’s the jaw-dropping advance price being paid to Kodiak fishermen for Tanner crab in the fishery that opened on January 15.

High crab prices have led all other seafoods during the Covid pandemic as buyers grab all they can to fill demand at buffet tables, restaurants and retail counters around the world.

“Our strategy was to get a price before the season even started. It's simply bad business to go fishing without a price,” said Peter Longrich, secretary of...

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COMMENTARY: Alaska’s Untold Secret — The Dividends Paid By Southeast Alaska’s “Seabank”

Wild salmon. Clean water. Clean air. Carbon storage. Climate change mitigation. Tourism, commercial fisheries — and billions of dollars in economic benefit.

Since 2018, the Alaska Sustainability Fisheries Trust has quietly published reports that upend managers' historical ways of thinking about Southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest — and redefine priorities for management now and in the future. ASFT's annual "SeaBank" report outlines and quantifies the benefits flowing from Southeast Alaska' trees, estuaries, creeks, lakes, rivers, coasts, ocean and more...

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Blumar Estimates $3.3 Million Loss After Algae Bloom in Aysen Region

A harmful algae bloom in Chile’s Aysén region is once again causing problems for salmon farms.

Salmones Blumar S.A. revealed this week that the harmful algae bloom is impacting three of their centers: Orestes, Isla Ester and Punta Rouse. Those centers had a combined total of approximately 2.55 million salmon prior to the algae event, and the company estimates a mortality of 760,000 fish, equivalent to 1,230 tons.

Prior to the mortality event the average weight of the fish was 1.6 kilos with an estimated value of...

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Caleta Bay Says Salmon Escapement Was “Sabotage By Third Parties”

Sernapesca, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of Chile, announced last week that there was an escapement of salmon from a farm in the Calbuco sector in the Los Lagos Region. 

Sernapesca initially conducted an on-site inspection at Caleta Bay’s Calbuco facility on Monday, January 3. The following day the agency confirmed that an escapement had occurred. 

“At the site, the presence of salmonids was found on the outer perimeter of the center, and the breakage of one of the cages,” Sernapeseca reported. “Finally, after two inspections...

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Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook

Wow, there is a lot of fishing going on across Alaska!

Salmon is the heart of Alaska’s seafood industry but winter is when the fishing action really begins.

Hundreds of boats are out on the water on the first day of each new year, beginning a predictable rhythm for the seafood industry as millions of pounds of fish begin to cross the docks around the clock at Alaska’s working waterfronts. Here’s a sampler:

Starting January 1 boats drop pots and baited lines for cod...

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Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the volume of marine products exports (fish and shellfish and their preparations, and fish meal) in November decreased by 11% from the same month of the previous year to 39,375 tons. The value increased by 26% to 25,176 million yen ($217.46 million). The volume of frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets was lower than the same month of the previous year, but the value was higher, reported Minato Shimbun.

The volume of frozen scallops...

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Japan’s November Import Value Up 29% To $1.5 Billion

According to the November customs statistics released by Japan's Ministry of Finance on December 24, imports of marine products (including non-edibles) turned positive in volume for the first time in three months, and the value increased significantly accordingly. Due to rising global prices, procurement costs have risen, and the monthly growth rate has reached an unusual 30% increase, Suisan Keizai reported.

The November imports were 207,436 tons and 175,444.61 million yen ($1,524.03 million), a sharp increase of 29.8% compared to the...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Salmon Task Force Act Introduced, AK Tribes File Emergency Petition

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. 

An Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act was introduced last week by Alaska Senators Murkowski and Sullivan that, if passed, aims to gain better understanding about causes of  salmon declines, especially in the Northwest regions.

The task force, to include 13 to 19 people, would conduct a review of salmon science and management in Alaska. Within one year, the group would publish a report identifying knowledge and research gaps and advance policies that may result in more salmon...

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Kvarøy Arctic Takes Critical Steps Forward With Arctic Seafarm Project

Kvarøy Arctic is closing out the year with some major progress on their Arctic Seafarm project. The company announced on Tuesday that in a step that solidifies their investment in the future of land-based farming,  Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett AS and Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen joins Arctic Seafarm Holding AS as Chairman of the Board

In addition to Knutsen’s appointment as Chairman of the Board, the Arctic Seafarm project has also successfully secured the official governmental permit for the flow through system. This means that the project...

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Andfjord Salmon Say Water Flow Tech Designed to Mimic Wild Habitat Successful

Norwegian land-based salmon farmer Andfjord Salmon has verified its laminar water flow technology at its first pool at Kvalnes, Andøya.

"In practice, this confirms that we have been able to recreate wild salmon's natural habitat on land. In the wild, salmon swims in laminar water flows in the ocean, similar to what we now have in our pool at Andøya. Never have I been more certain that we will meet our ambition of building the world's most sustainable aquaculture facility of its kind," said Martin Rasmussen...

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Who is Gabriel Boric? Chile’s President-Elect May Shake Up Salmon Farms

Gabriel Boric is Chile’s new president. The 35-year-old, who is being labeled as a “leftist millennial,”  beat out Republican candidate José Antonio Kast during the second round of the presidential election on December 19. And while Boric’s four-year term isn’t set to begin until March 11, 2022, he’s already causing quite a stir across the Chilean salmon industry.

So, who is Gabriel Boric?

A former student leader, Boric is set to become Chile’s youngest president. He won 55.87% of the votes over Kast, who won...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Alaska Fish Radio: Climate Driven Water Changes in Southeast, For Better and Worse   

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

One third of Alaska’s salmon harvest each year comes from fish produced in the 17,000 miles of streams in Southeast’s Tongass rainforest.  

A changing climate is altering rain and snowfall patterns that affect that habitat – for better or worse. A first ever study details the potential changes and how people can plan ahead to protect the fish.

 “In general the global climate models are saying it’s going to get warmer and wetter. I’ve also heard another rule...

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Chilean Salmon, Trout Exports Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels, per Industry Council Report

The Chilean Salmon Council (CDS) said its new “Quarterly Salmon Exports Report” for the fourth quarter of 2021, found that shipments of salmon and trout totaled US$5.18 billion in 2021, an 18.2% growth over 2020 and a return to pre-pandemic levels.

The CDS consists of AquaChile, Australis, Cermaq, Mowi and Salmones Aysén, representing half of the Chilean salmon production. The new report released from the group, is prepared based on information from the Central Bank and the National...

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Lightsense Technology, Pure Norwegian Seafood Partner to Detect Pathogens in Salmon Processing

Lightsense Technology, a firm focused on creating solutions in public health, including food safety, has partnered with Atlantic salmon farmer Pure Norwegian Seafood AS to develop instruments for the detection of bacterial pathogens in salmon processing.

Lightsense explained that bacterial pathogens can force companies to discard a significant amount of salmon product, thus leading to notable financial losses.

"We are very excited to partner with Lightsense Technology with their innovative multi-spectral solution for pathogen detection and believe that together we can bring a significant improvement to salmon...

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Northwest Aquaculture Alliance Responds to Supreme Court Opinion on Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Permit

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) is celebrating the Washington Supreme Court’s opinion to uphold Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s permit to change species from Atlantic salmon to steelhead in Puget Sound.

Cooke Aquaculture’s decision to farm steelhead, which is a native species, was in response to Washington state legislature that phased out Atlantic salmon farming following a 2017 escapement of 263,000 Atlantic salmon at Cooke’s pens at Cyprus Island. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) had spent nearly a year reviewing scientific reports and...

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AquaBounty CEO: “We Enter 2022 in a Strong Position”

2022 may be the year of the genetically modified fish.

AquaBounty Technologies Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Wulf sent out a letter to shareholders this week, and according to the CEO, the land-based aquaculture company is starting the new year in a “strong position.”

2021 was a big one for the company as they made significant advances with their genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon. In May of last year AquaBounty announced that they had sold out of their first commercial harvest of GE Atlantic Salmon at their Indiana facility, receiving purchase...

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Norway Royal Salmon, SalmoNor Merge; Create Sixth-Largest Salmon Farmer in the World

Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) and its NRS Farming branch have entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of fellow Norwegian salmon farmer SalmoNor, as Norwegian publication Finansavisen reported.

The deal creates the sixth-largest salmon farming operation on the globe, NRS noted. The group has the potential to produce about 100,000 metric tons of salmon in Norway and an additional 24,ooo tons on Iceland.

Finansavisen noted that the agreement valued SalmoNor at a company value of NOK 8.3 billion (US$954.8 million)...

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Japan’s November Airfreighted Salmon Price Improves 20.6% 

According to customs statistics released by Japan's Ministry of Finance at the end of the year, salmon and trout imports by air in November maintained favorable imports with a general rise in unit prices. The slump in the first half, where the influence of the coronavirus scare remained, has been recovered, and the recovery in unit prices has become particularly remarkable, Suisan Keizai reported.

In November, the total record of airfreight imports was 3813 tons, 4,918.24 million yen ($42.54 million), a significant increase of...

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Kvarøy Arctic Partners With Health-Focused Online Retailer Thrive Market 

Eating healthy is a common New Year’s resolution. And Kvarøy Arctic’s recent partnership with health-focused online retailer Thrive Market will help more people access their responsibly-raised Atlantic salmon in 2022.

The family-owned seafood company from Norway announced on Wednesday that their frozen atlantic salmon fillets will be available in a 32 oz. bag through the membership-only website.

“This partnership with Thrive Market is an important step for the Kvarøy Arctic  brand as we strive to fulfill our mission of making our sustainably raised...

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The USDA’s New Labeling Rule For Genetically Engineered Foods Is In Full Effect

New year, new labeling requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Back in 2018 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS). The Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about bioengineered (BE) food and BE food ingredients. Prior to the Standard, each state had different regulations on label disclosures for genetically modified foods. The new rule was created to provide a mandatory uniform national standard...

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China Takes Action to Further Boost its Salmon Imports, Though Some Suppliers are Struggling There

In mid-December China’s Ministry of Finance announced plans to lower tariffs on a number of imports like seafood, and this decision is set to go into effect on January 1, 2022. Salmon, one main player in China’s imported seafood market, has grabbed a spot on the list. According to the ministry, the tariff on fresh or chilled Atlantic salmon (03021410) is to decline from 10% to 7%, while that on frozen ones (03031310) is from 7% to 5%.

This news sounds exciting...

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Cultivated Salmon Producer Wildtype Lands Restaurant, Retail Agreements

Wildtype, a company set to launch its sushi-grade cell-cultivated salmon has landed retail and restaurant distribution agreements with SNOWFOX and Pokéworks, respectively.

Wildtype believes these partnerships can pave the way for consumers to try Wildtype’s cultivated salmon products once the company achieves the required manufacturing scale.

SNOWFOX operates a total of 1,230 grocery locations across the country and Pokéworks operates 65 fast casual restaurants, with plans to grow to over 100 stores by 2023...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Salmon Sperm Spawns Replacement for Plastics, DNA Intensifies LEDs

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Salmon sperm is being used to make biodegradable plastic cups in China.

Researchers at Tianjin University created the items by extracting DNA from salmon sperm and dissolving it in water with molecules commonly found in adhesives. It produces a gel that can be made into various forms and freeze dried.

The DNA-based bio-plastic can be created from genetic material from any living things, the researchers said. Other applications for the substance include uses in electronics and packaging...

 

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REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and holiday season begins. But things are different in 2021.

Many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process. Nearly all items which experienced upward pricing pressure during the month felt the impacts of rising shipping costs, lack of container availability, and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing.

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Alaska Fish Radio: Sockeye Market Surges With Global Demand

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Seafood is Alaska’s top export by far and strong global demand for sockeye salmon has pushed prices to near record highs.  It’s also boosted paychecks to fishermen.

A few weeks ago both Silver Bay and Peter Pan Seafoods increased their base prices to fishermen to $1.45 per pound, a 20-cent increase from the summer and even more for top quality fish. That compares to a final price in 2020 of just $1.06...

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DFO Updates Herring Coast-Wide Harvest Plan for 2021-2022

Joyce Murray, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced this week that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is taking a “more cautious approach to Pacific herring management.”

Herring are an important food source for species like Pacific salmon, and are also a critical part of the ecosystem on the Pacific coast. The DFO said that it’s important that they manage Pacific herring with “an approach that supports fishing allocations where possible, and one that is consistent...

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