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Jun 18 - REPORT: Chilean Salmon Production May Be Impacted By Upcoming Holidays


Jun 17 - Samherji, HS Orka Agree to Develop Land-based Salmon Farm with 40,000 MT of Capacity


Jun 17 - Top Chilean Soccer Player to Star in Campaign Showcasing Country’s Salmon, Other Top Exports


Jun 16 - Nova Scotia Approves Hatchery License for First Nation, Cooke Aquaculture’s Salmon Division


Jun 16 - Salmon Fishing Season Gaining Momentum in Russia


Jun 14 - Copper River Opens For First Time in Three Weeks


Jun 11 - Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions


Jun 11 - VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends


Jun 11 - JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago


Jun 11 - Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years


Jun 9 - Senator Murkowski Once Again Reintroduces Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act


Jun 9 - REPORT: Marubeni Withdraws From North American Business, Sold Five Alaska Sites To Canfisco


Jun 8 - Kvarøy Arctic Underwriting 2 Grants For World Central Kitchen’s Food Producer Network


Jun 8 - Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021


Jun 7 - Bristol Seafood Releases Seafood Singles Range; Adding More Retail Options


Jun 7 - Salmon Harvest Set to be a Big One with Eager Markets, Pinks Surge at Norton Sound


Jun 4 - ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Index Sees Drastic Drop Post Memorial Day Weekend


Jun 4 - Alaksa Fish Radio: There Really is a Patron Saint of Salmon


Jun 4 - Japan April Export Volume: Frozen Yellowtail Fillets Up More Than 5 Times


Jun 2 - Nova Sea to Join Norwegian Seafood Trust; IBM Blockchain Will Track Salmon from Feed to Plate


Jun 2 - AquaBounty Receives Approval For Sale of Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon in Brazil


Jun 2 - Tassal Salmon Workers Stable After Gas Leak


Jun 2 - Japan to Become One of Most Important Sale Markets for Russian Fishermen in Years to Come


Jun 2 - Though Suffering Losses, Joyvio Intends to Expand its Salmon Business


Jun 1 - Increasing Ocean Acidity Means Bad News for Pink Salmon


Jun 1 - PODCAST: Seafood Consumption Data For 2019; Father's Day By The Numbers And More


Jun 1 - ADF&G Extends Closure of Copper River, Fleet on Standby


May 28 - Russia May Face With a Shortage of Red Caviar This Year Due to Poor Salmon Catch


May 28 - B.C Salmon Industry Releases ‘Future of B.C. Commercial Fishing Report’


May 27 - Harvesting of AquaBounty’s Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon Officially Underway


May 25 - Whole Foods Names Kvarøy Arctic “Perishables Supplier of the Year”


May 25 - JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel


May 21 - Prices Strong for Halibut and Salmon, Landings for Halibut on Par with YOY, Slow for CR Salmon


May 20 - 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report


May 20 - BBRSDA Goes Live With “Fast. Wild. Easy.” — Four New Sockeye Recipes


May 19 - Alaska Fish Radio: Salmon Markets Looking Good for Alaska; Halibut Hangs High


May 19 - Iceland Seafood to Acquire 80% Stake in Spanish Salmon Processor Ahumados Dominguez


May 17 - ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases


May 17 - Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021


May 17 - PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm


May 14 - First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers


May 13 - Publix Now Offering Atlantic-Sapphire’s Bluehouse Salmon In All Stores


May 13 - SalMar Credits Rising Salmon Prices for Good Q1 Results


May 13 - Alaska Salmon Fishermen Send Urgent Plea for “Decisive Action” on Climate as Season Begins


May 13 - USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs


May 12 - Norway Royals Salmon Pleased With Iceland Farming Ops but Norway Costs Remain High


May 12 - Bakkafrost Sees Signs of Market Improvement in Q1 2021


May 11 - Russia Puts Big Hopes on Forthcoming Salmon Fishing Season This Year


May 11 - High Pre-order Prices for Copper River Salmon


May 11 - JAPAN: March Salmon Imports From Chile Up 67% to 17,815 Tons


May 11 - AquaBounty Sells Out First Harvest of GE Salmon from Indiana Farm


May 7 - AquaBounty Gives Update on Upcoming Commercial Launch of GE Salmon


May 6 - Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China


May 6 - Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021


May 5 - Fishermen-owned Alaskan Salmon Providing Direct-to-Consumer Access to Copper River King Salmon


May 5 - Norwegian Seafood Export Value Up in April But Some Challenges Remain for Industry


May 5 - Kvarøy Arctic Recognized By Fast Company Magazine’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards


May 3 - Pacific Salmon Are Getting Smaller, Smaller Yields for Markets


Apr 30 - WDFW Approves Three Alternative Gears for Use on Columbia River as 'Emerging Fishery'


Apr 28 - Blumar is Chile’s First Atlantic Salmon Farm to Win ‘Antimicrobial-Free’ Approval


Apr 26 - Go Fund Me Campaign to Test For Toxins in Salmon Streams


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REPORT: Chilean Salmon Production May Be Impacted By Upcoming Holidays

On Thursday Chile’s Congress was said to have voted to define Monday, June 21 as a holiday to commemorate the “Day of the Native Peoples.” According to reports from Emol National, the indigenous holiday was approved and will be implemented on Monday. Chilean salmon market participants tell Urner Barry market reporter Janice Schreiber that the holiday could have an effect on production and shipments for next week. 

Schreiber reports that the Chilean fresh fillet market was unchanged on Thursday this...

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Samherji, HS Orka Agree to Develop Land-based Salmon Farm with 40,000 MT of Capacity

A subsidiary of Iceland-based seafood firm Samherji has reached an agreement with HS Orka, along with landowners to develop a land-based salmon operation with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 metric tons of salmon per year.

According to Samherji, the Samherji fiskeldi operation will be located in the Resource Park by the Reykjanes Power Plant. The company said it has secured access to sea and electricity to handle the capacity as well...

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Nova Scotia Approves Hatchery License for First Nation and Cooke Aquaculture’s Salmon Division

The Millbrook First Nation has received approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NSDFA) to assign its aquaculture License of a land-based fish hatcher to Kelly Cove Salmon, the salmon farming division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

“Millbrook First Nation is looking to the future to ensure our people stay connected to local seafood through innovative ways. Farming Atlantic salmon through best practices in association with Cooke Aquaculture as a world leading company provides us with...

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Copper River Opens For First Time in Three Weeks

Cordova’s ADF&G management biologists opened the Copper River fishing grounds this morning after a three-week closure when most of the fleet fished Prince William Sound. 

Harvests in PWS have reached nearly 38,000 sockeye from the June 9 opener, compared to nearly 53,000 sockeye caught on the Copper River Flats in the previous three weeks. The closure on the Flats was due to low escapement, the number of salmon that “escape” the nets on the fishing grounds at the mouth of the river and go up river to spawn...

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VIDEO: Crab Meat Market Climbing; GE Salmon Labeling Act; 2019 Marine Economy; Plant Based Trends

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including the climbing crab meat market; reintroduction of the GE salmon labeling act; NOAA's report on the 2019 marine economy; and Whole Foods' plant based food trends predictions.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein...

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Salmon Catches in N. Pacific at Lowest Levels in 40 years

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Troubling signs for salmon in the North Pacific.

Salmon catches throughout the North Pacific reached all-time highs in 2018, then dropped last year to the lowest levels in four decades.

That’s according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) which tracks salmon abundances and catches as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S. 

The Commission also coordinates research and enforcement.  

Based on 2020 commercial catches, Pacific salmon abundance at 322.5 million fish...

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REPORT: Marubeni Withdraws From North American Business, Sold Five Alaska Sites To Canfisco

Canadian fisheries giant Canadian Fishing Company (aka Canfisco), known for producing salted herring roe for Japan, is a leading salmon and herring business in Alaska. However, it announced on June 8 its policy to acquire North Pacific Seafoods, Inc. (NPSI), owned by the Marubeni Group. As a result, Marubeni, which has engaged in the North American business for many years, will completely withdraw from the production business in Alaska. Suisan Keizai reports it has already officially signed on June 4...

 

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Alaska Fishing Updates For June 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s lots of fishing going on besides salmon.

Salmon fisheries are opening nearly every day across Alaska and as always, lots of other fishing are gearing up or ongoing.

Southeast Alaska’s Dungeness fishery opens June 15 and crabbers are hoping for another good season. Combined catches for last year’s summer and fall fisheries totaled nearly 6.7 million pounds, more than double the 10 year average, and just shy of the record 7.3 million pounds taken in 2002...

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Salmon Harvest Set to be a Big One with Eager Markets, Pinks Surge at Norton Sound

As salmon fisheries open across Alaska, the harvest is expected to be a big one with eager markets awaiting the wild fish.  

Fishery managers are forecasting a statewide catch topping 190 million salmon, 61% higher than last year’s take of just over 118 million fish. The boost this year is due mostly to an expected surge of those hard to predict pinks.

In its Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2021 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2020 Season...

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Alaksa Fish Radio: There Really is a Patron Saint of Salmon

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…There really is a patron saint of salmon!

As Alaska’s salmon season gets underway, it seems appropriate to acknowledge the patron saint of salmon.

It’s Saint Kentigern of Scotland. Born long ago in 518, Kentigern was the illegitimate son of a king’s daughter.

He trained as a priest at a monastery, where his saint-hood evolved around a dangerous love-triangle.

Legend has it that the king suspected his wife of having an affair...

 

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Nova Sea to Join Norwegian Seafood Trust; IBM Blockchain Will Track Salmon from Feed to Plate

Salmon producer Nova Sea has joined the Norwegian Seafood Trust. The Trust is a nationwide seafood tracking network that utilizes IBM Blockchain technology.

The Trust was launched in 2020 by the Norwegian Seafood Association and Atea, it will allow for farmers to share data from the entire life cycle of salmon to consumers across the globe.

Through the blockchain tech, the Trust builds trust, no pun intended, between the suppliers and consumers.

This way, feed manufacturers...

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Tassal Salmon Workers Stable After Gas Leak

Twenty Tassal employees were hospitalized earlier this week after a gas leak occurred at the salmon processing plant in Southern Tasmania.

According to the Glen Innes Examiner, Tassal’s Strathblane facility was evacuated Sunday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m. It’s believed that carbon monoxide from operating forklifts inside the building was the root of the issue. Twenty workers ended up being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital for assessment, with six remaining overnight. The health department said that as of Monday morning afternoon there were only four employees left seeking treatment...

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Though Suffering Losses, Joyvio Intends to Expand its Salmon Business

According to the annual report from Joyvio, which acquired Australis Seafoods back in 2018, its net loss was 0.865 billion yuan in 2020, greater than the loss of 0.148 billion yuan in 2019. Meanwhile, the gross profitability of its salmon products has contracted by 25.8% to -12.19% compared with that of 2019. These salmon products account for nearly 70% of their revenues.

Another blow to the group is that its subsidiary, Australis Seafoods, suffered a loss reaching 0.52 billion yuan in 2020, while the Chilean company only...

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PODCAST: Seafood Consumption Data For 2019; Father's Day By The Numbers And More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down seafood consumption data for 2019 and talk about Father's Day by the numbers. Plus, learn about Kvaroy Arctic's latest honor; get an update on AquaBounty's first harvest; and find out about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Open Purchase Requests for salmon that will be used in the National School Lunch Program.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to...

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Russia May Face With a Shortage of Red Caviar This Year Due to Poor Salmon Catch  

Russia may face a shortage of red caviar this year, mainly due to poor salmon catch in 2020, which became one of the lowest for the last several years.   

In 2020 the salmon fishing season in Russia was one of the poorest for at least the last five years, when the overall salmon catch amounted to 300,000 tonnes, which is almost 56% less than in 2018.   

The decline, however, was not only observed in Russia, but also in Alaska, where it was equivalent to... 

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Harvesting of AquaBounty’s Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon Officially Underway

It’s finally happening—AquaBounty’s first harvest of their genetically engineered Atlantic salmon is underway and will be completed by the end of the month. The news comes after the company announced earlier this month that they had sold out of their first commercial-scale harvest. 

“After years of research, innovation, and anticipation, AquaBounty’s first commercial GE salmon harvest has begun,” CEO Sylvia Wulf said in a statement. “As we speak, our AquaBounty team is harvesting salmon for U.S. distribution.”

AquaBounty previously revealed that...

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Top Chilean Soccer Player to Star in Campaign Showcasing Country’s Salmon, Other Top Exports

Star Chilean soccer player Alexis Sanchez was named the face of Prochile’s “Unboxing Chile” campaign which will promote Chilean salmon and other products from the country as it looks to promote exports in new markets.

The campaign aims to show the country’s salmon is “reliable, sustainable and of quality, attributes that are recognizable in the Chilean striker and that allow bringing national production closer to other nations.”

“We hope that this campaign will show the talent of southern Chile, increase our country's awareness...

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Salmon Fishing Season Gaining Momentum in Russia 

The salmon fishing season is gaining momentum in Russia, with the expected catch of 459,000 tonnes, including about 359,000 tons in Kamchatka.

It is expected that most of the planned catch (up to 70%) will account for pink salmon. At the same time the share of chum salmon and sockeye salmon in the overall structure of catch will reach 20% and 7% respectively.  

In addition to Kamchatka, among the other biggest salmon-producing regions in Russia this year will be the Sakhalin Region and Khabarovsk Territory, with the planned catch volumes of...

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Seafood Scotland Shares Success Story as Foodservice Eyes Salmon After U.S. Beef Supply Disruptions

Scotland seafood industry group, Seafood Scotland has taken advantage of a handful of disruptions to the U.S. beef supply chain by providing products to foodservice operators looking for protein in lieu of steaks.

As it looks to gain more footing in the U.S. market, Seafood Scotland shared a story from John Serock of John Serock Catering, West Chester, PA who needed protein.

Serock is facing a vast number of events and needs to find product for weddings that have set menus and pricing...

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JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago

According to the April import customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, seafood brought in by air freight is recovering rapidly. The signs of improvement have been noticeable since March, but they confirmed it in April and finally approached the same month of 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic, reported Suisan Keizai.

The import by air transportation (marine products and preparations) in April was 5,290 tons and 8,058.61 million yen ($73.53 million), a significant recovery of 51.8% in quantity and 50.2% in value compared to...

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Senator Murkowski Once Again Reintroduces Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is continuing her fight to allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing salmon. Murkowski announced this week that she’s reintroducing the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act.

“It is absolutely essential that consumers be fully informed about what they are buying and feeding their families—especially when it comes to purchasing a genetically engineered salmon product,” said Murkowski. “As an Alaskan who knows the tremendous benefits of eating healthy, wild Alaskan salmon, it’s imperative that Americans have the information to make that choice...

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Kvarøy Arctic Underwriting 2 Grants For World Central Kitchen’s Food Producer Network

It’s all about giving back. 

Kvarøy Arctic announced on Tuesday that they’re expanding their charitable giving and support of a more diversified, equitable, and climate-change resilient food system through World Central Kitchen’s (WCK) Food Producer Network. The Norwegian Atlantic salmon farmer said they will be underwriting two separate grants in the program,which will provide essential support for aquaculture projects Coral Vita in The Bahamas, and Tilapia de la Faja in Guatemala.

“We believe in the importance of supporting a diverse array of...

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Bristol Seafood Releases Seafood Singles Range; Adding More Retail Options

Bristol Seafood launched its latest retail range, Bristol Seafood Singles on June 4 as the company continues to introduce retail options.

The product features seafood with chef-crafted compound butter and spices designed for convenience packed in perforated, easy-peel singles with a QR code connecting the consumer to recipes and sustainability information.

The new Seafood Singles include center-cut Atlantic salmon portions, and those with additional flavors including lemon & pesto butter or ginger & garlic butter.

"Shoppers appreciate how convenient and high-quality frozen seafood can be...

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ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Index Sees Drastic Drop Post Memorial Day Weekend

The farmed salmon market in the U.S. took a somewhat drastic turn post-Memorial Day Weekend.

Prior to this week, the entire farmed salmon index was at all-time highs heading into Memorial Day weekend. Canadian, Chilean, European whole fish and fillets raced higher with significant jumps along the way for the four weeks throughout the month of May.  

Over the past five years—outside of 2020, which we all know was a different year—we've typically seen the...

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Japan April Export Volume: Frozen Yellowtail Fillets Up More Than 5 Times

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the quantity of marine product exports (seafood and its preparations, fish meal) in April increased by 33% from the same month of the previous year to 82,390 tons. The value increased by 73% to 25,935 million yen ($235.59 million). Furthermore, in the same month of the last year, there was a reactionary increase in quantity and value due to the impact of the new coronavirus. Sales of frozen scallops and other products increased...

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AquaBounty Receives Approval For Sale of Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon in Brazil

The good news just keeps on coming for AquaBounty Technologies. Following the announcement that the company has had their first harvest of genetically engineered (GE) salmon at their facility in Albany, Indiana, AquaBounty revealed that they’ve also received approval for the sale of their GE Atlantic salmon in Brazil.

In order to sell their GE salmon in Brazil, AquaBounty had to submit an application to Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Commission. The Commission assessed the application to ensure that it met the relevant standards and regulatory requirements...

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Japan to Become One of Most Important Sale Markets for Russian Fishermen in Years to Come  

Japan may become one of the most important sale markets for Russian fishermen this year amid the ever growing supplies of fish and seafood from Russia to Japan this year.  

During the period of January-April 2021 the biggest growth of supplies was observed in the case of frozen fish, which deliveries grew by 3.2 times, up to 9,900 tonnes, and by 3.8 times to US$42 million in terms of value.  

The bulk of this volume...

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Increasing Ocean Acidity Means Bad News for Pink Salmon

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon diets take a direct hit from off-kilter ocean chemistry. 

Argue all you want about climate change – even a child’s chemistry set will prove that the oceans are more acidic.

Numerous reports cite dissolving oyster larvae that are devastating west Coast shellfish growers. More recent studies reveal findings on how corrosive oceans are  affecting sea life – and it points to big trouble for pink salmon.

NOAA research has documented the first evidence that the high acid content in the Pacific Ocean...

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ADF&G Extends Closure of Copper River, Fleet on Standby

While Prince William Sound opened two sockeye fisheries on Monday, the Copper River remains closed to commercial fishing until escapement numbers increase. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Sunday announcement put Cordova's fleet on notice that fishery “may open on short notice should indices of sockeye salmon abundance support fishing.” The Prince William Sound sockeye fisheries at Coghill and Eshamy opened for a 36-hour fishing period starting at 8:00 am yesterday. Catch reports have not yet been posted on landings or number of deliveries...

 

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B.C Salmon Industry Releases ‘Future of B.C. Commercial Fishing Report’

A report on the future of the British Columbia commercial salmon fishing industry was released on Thursday by UFAWU-Unifor and a number of other B.C. salmon organizations.

The report, “The Future of B.C. Commercial Salmon Fishing,” recommends added DFO transparency and support in many aspects of fishery management.

“Fishermen are in absolute agreement that there is no productive relationship between active fishermen and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This must change.” states the report.

“Harvesters have made many recommendations for DFO..."

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