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Jun 14 - The Winding Glass: We Need a New Magnuson Act to Deal with Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries


Jun 14 - WDFW, Partners Apply to Lethally Remove Sea Lions from Columbia River, Tributaries


Jun 13 - Salmon Harvests in PWS and Copper River Strong, Pre-Season Showing in Chignik Worrisome


Jun 12 - Aquabanq to Build Land-Based Salmon Plant in Northern Maine


Jun 11 - Alaska Fishing Updates for June 2019


Jun 7 - Wild Alaskan Company Delivers Seafood From Alaska, Pacific Northwest to the Doorstep


Jun 6 - Nordic Aquafarms Names Construction Managers For Maine Facility


Jun 6 - Pink Salmon Disaster Funds Still Stalled After 3 Years


Jun 5 - Norwegian Salmon Whole Fish Market Trending Higher Following Algae Bloom


Jun 5 - AquaBounty Taps David F. Melbourne as CCO and Begins GMO Salmon Production in Indiana


Jun 3 - Recent Agreement Between China and Iceland is Expected to Boost Iceland's Salmon Exports


May 31 - Nordic Aquafarms Subsidiary Fredrikstad Seafoods Receives First Shipment of Smolt


May 28 - Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs


May 23 - Salmon Abundance Declines in North Pacific, Catches Near All-Time Highs


May 20 - First Wild Copper River Salmon Delivered to Seattle by Alaska Air Cargo


May 17 - Alaskans Enjoy the Journey of the First Copper River Salmon of the Year


May 16 - Benchmark's New Land-Based Salmon Egg Production Facility to Open Next Week


May 16 - Seven Seas International USA Recalls Biltmore Smoked Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk


May 15 - Pebble Mine vs. Salmon Fishermen Gets Heard in Court, No Judgment Yet


May 14 - Mowi's Scotland Aqua Feed Plant Set to Start Trial Production This Month


May 14 - Increasing Acidity in Oceans Mean Bad News for Pink Salmon


May 9 - Potential China Tariffs Set for Friday Could Kill Tilapia Market


May 9 - Pebble Mine Comment Period Extended to June 29; Toxic Copper Dust Not Mentioned in Analysis


May 8 - Despite Setbacks, China is Determined to Develop its Salmon Farming Industry


May 7 - Alaska Fishing gearing up as Copper River Opens Next Week


Apr 30 - Fiona Larkin Leaving CFO Position at Scottish Salmon Company


Apr 30 - Salmon Season Starts in Two Weeks, Togiak Herring Wrap, Call for Jobs


Apr 29 - China Lures Global Salmon Suppliers with Rosy Market Prospects


Apr 26 - Over 200 Businesses Urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Reject Proposed Pebble Mine


Apr 26 - Chile Pledges to Cut Antibiotics in Farmed Salmon


Apr 26 - The Winding Glass: If Your Only Tool is Anti-Trust, Everything Looks Like Price Fixing


Apr 25 - Pet Owners Seeking Out Food Free from Wheat, Soy, Artificial Colors and More


Apr 25 - Alaska Seafood Industry Snapshot


Apr 24 - Iceland Expects 50% Expansion of Farmed Salmon This Year, Surge in the Future


Apr 24 - Ecojustice Sues Province of Newfoundland Over Mowi Stephenville Salmon Hatchery Expansion


Apr 24 - WDFW, Army Corps Collaborate on Restoration, Bridge Replacement to Benefit Salmon and Whales


Apr 23 - Salmon Permit Values Increase For All But A Few Alaska Regions


Apr 17 - Many California Crabbers Switching to Chinook Trolling as Salmon Seasons Are Set


Apr 16 - New Zealand King Salmon Mourns Death of Director Thomas Song


Apr 16 - Pacific Council Finalizes Generally Improved Salmon Seasons for 2019


Apr 12 - Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance Issue Position Statement on GE Salmon


Apr 11 - StarKist Joins NFI'S Salmon Council


Apr 11 - Alaska April 2019 Fishing Updates


Apr 9 - Applebee's Brings Back Salmon and Shrimp Entrees on Bigger, Bolder Grill Combos Menu


Apr 9 - US Admin Threatens Another Tariff Headache for US Seafood Importers: Salmon Fillets, Octopus


Apr 8 - LISTEN: Phillips Foods Crab Meat Theft; NL Snow Crab Quotas; Alaska Salmon Harvest Forecast and More


Apr 5 - Cermaq Signs Agreement with Sea Farm Innovations to Use New Tool to Combat Sea Lice in Chile


Apr 5 - VIDEO: NL Snow Crab Quota; Alaska Salmon Forecasts; Pollock Pressure; Trident's Protein Noodles


Apr 5 - Hatcheries Again Add One-Third to the Alaska Salmon Catch


Apr 5 - The Winding Glass: Markets Don’t Care


Apr 2 - AquaBounty's Rollo Bay Production Facility Approved for AquAdvantage Salmon


Apr 1 - AquaBounty Eyes GMO Trout and Tilapia as its US Salmon Production Gets Underway in Indiana


Apr 1 - LISTEN: Dungeness Crab Fishery; Salmon Market Update; Fortune's Recent Acquisition and More


Apr 1 - NOAA Allocates $20 Million for West Coast, Georgia Fishery Failures


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The Winding Glass: We Need a New Magnuson Act to Deal with Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

50 years ago fisheries were in crisis.  The prevailing international law allowed no national control of ocean activities beyond 12 miles.  

Similar fishing situations were occurring around other coastal nations. 

The key features of the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed in 1976 were regional councils,  the best available science, and to involve all stakeholders in the council and decision-making process.

Today we are facing a new crisis...

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WDFW, Partners Apply to Lethally Remove Sea Lions from Columbia River, Tributaries

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with a consortium of state and tribal partners, submitted an expanded application to lethally remove California and Steller sea lions preying on threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

California sea lions -- and increasingly, Steller sea lions -- have been observed in growing numbers in the Columbia River basin, especially in the last decade. These sea lions prey heavily on salmon and steelhead runs listed under the Endangered Species Act, including...

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Aquabanq to Build Land-Based Salmon Plant in Northern Maine

Aquaculture company Aquabanq is ready to break ground on a land-based aquaculture plant in Millinocket, Maine.

After two years of development and planning, the plant will soon be ready to produce 8 million pounds of farm-raised Atlantic salmon every year by 2022.

Aquabanq’s salmon will get to consumers plates in major cities like Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and New York.

Aquabanq wants to bring more U.S. raised salmon to consumers. Americans eat nearly 1 billion pounds of salmon every year and they want more of it to come from...

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Wild Alaskan Company Delivers Seafood From Alaska, Pacific Northwest to the Doorstep

Wild Alaskan Company brings a twist to the direct-to-consumer food membership service.

Through sustainable methods, the company can deliver wild seafood from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the consumer’s door. The company labels themselves as “fishmongers” meaning they source and sell their fish which creates traceability and transparency with their products.

Currently, customers can choose between three options of 12 or 24 packs, which can be delivered on a one-month, or two-month basis. The options include...

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Pink Salmon Disaster Funds Still Stalled After 3 Years

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon disaster funds are still stalled in DC.

It’s been three years but Alaska pink salmon fishermen are still awaiting federal relief funds for the disastrous 2016 season which was the worst in 40 years.

NOAA Fisheries missed a sign off deadline of June 1 and now says the funds will be released to the Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission on the first of July.

“However, as you might imagine, we’re not holding our breath because of the...

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AquaBounty Taps David F. Melbourne as CCO and Begins GMO Salmon Production in Indiana

AquaBounty Technologies announced the appointment of David F. Melbourne, Jr. as Chief Commercial Officer effective on June 17, 2019, and the commencement of the commercial production of AquAdvantage Salmon at the Company’s Indiana farm.

Melbourne joins AquaBounty from Bumble Bee Foods, where he was Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Government & Industry Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.  

AquaBounty received their first shipment of bioengineered eggs last week, so Melbourne’s 25 y

ears of marketing and strategic planning is a strong asset to AquaBounty in...

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Nordic Aquafarms Subsidiary Fredrikstad Seafoods Receives First Shipment of Smolt

Fredrikstad Seafoods, a subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms, announced that they have received their first 100,000 smolt at their land-based aquafarm in Fredrikstad. The delivery of smolt comes almost a year after Nordic Aquafarms received the construction permit for their largest land-based salmon unit in Europe.

"This is an important event in the history of Nordic Aquafarms and Fredrikstad Seafoods," Nordic Aquafarms CEO Bernt Olav Røttingsnes said in a statement. "After several years of planning and construction we are very pleased to have started production of...

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Salmon Abundance Declines in North Pacific, Catches Near All-Time Highs

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

Salmon abundance in the North Pacific has declined somewhat over the past decade, but salmon catches remain near all-time highs. 

For over 25 years the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) has summarized abundances and catches of salmon  as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S.  It tracks all salmon species caught in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

The Commission also provides the venue for...

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Alaskans Enjoy the Journey of the First Copper River Salmon of the Year

After a long, white winter, summer colors are starting to show. The air smells different. Alaskans are starting to stay up later, maybe a little too late on these final school nights. The sun and all of its promises are being revealed. And, the first taste of the season is finally here: Copper River salmon.

Thursday morning Skip Winfree from 10th & M Seafood climbed into an Alaska Central Express plane along with a Channel 2 crew to chase the salmon in Cordova.

Excitement filled the air...

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Seven Seas International USA Recalls Biltmore Smoked Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk

Seven Seas International USA, LLC of St. Petersburg, Florida, announced on Wednesday that they are recalling their 4 oz. Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The 4 oz. Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon was sold in black printed carton sleeves and has the "Biltmore" brand name printed on the front. The product was distributed in Florida by Publix Grocery stores and can be identified by the 4-digit product code...

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Mowi's Scotland Aqua Feed Plant Set to Start Trial Production This Month

Mowi's Chief Strategy Officer, Glenn Flanders, confirmed to investors that the company's aqua feed plant in Skye, Scotland, is set to start trial production this month.

It was reported this past February that the facility was nearly completion with the goal of starting production in Q2. The company invested an estimated EUR 110 million into the plant, which will deliver feed to Mowi's farmed salmon operations in Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

"This facility will afford us some flexibility in terms of the types of...

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Potential China Tariffs Set for Friday Could Kill Tilapia Market

[News analysis]  Just when most importers felt the situation with China was moving towards a resolution, the US abruptly filed to impose tariffs of 25% on the $200 million worth of Chinese goods that are currently taxed at 10%.

Originally these tariffs were to go into effect on January 1st, and the prospect of a serious trade war contributed to the 20% sell-off in the stock market last fall.   With the postponement, markets recovered.

Unless there is a last minute change or this was a brinkmanship negotiating tactic, the Trump Administration will impose the 25% tariff as of midnight Thursday night, May 9th.

This means any shipment from China currently on the water and subject to the 10% tariff will see that tariff rise to 25%...

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Despite Setbacks, China is Determined to Develop its Salmon Farming Industry

In April, Yantai city of China started a marketing campaign to boost the development of the local marine industry. Journalists were invited to visit local companies and conduct interviews. The government plans to carry out 10 projects of marine ranches as flagships, and also promote seafood such as live salmon.

One of the interviewed companies was Oriental Ocean, which has achieved some success in its marine ranch project. This project is said to have been in operation since 2008, and so far ...

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Fiona Larkin Leaving CFO Position at Scottish Salmon Company

The Scottish Salmon Company announced on Monday that Chief Financial Officer Fiona Larkin will be leaving her position on October 1. 

Larkin joined the Scottish Salmon Company as their CFO back in 2014. During her five years with the company she became an integral part of the leadership team.

"It has been a pleasure working with Fiona and we will continue to build on the Company's strong financial performance," Scottish Salmon Company CEO Craig Anderson said in a press release. "Fiona has assembled a strong team in...

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China Lures Global Salmon Suppliers with Rosy Market Prospects

As statistics show, prices of salmon imported to China have exceeded 90 yuan ($13.37 USD) per kg in China’s first tier cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in mid-April. Stocked salmon have been mostly sold out there, while some foreign suppliers have halted operation temporarily to celebrate Easter.

Most new salmon arrivals in China’s wholesale markets are from Chile and Scotland, according to media reports, while there is not a large supply of Norwegian salmon products until April 26. Higher cost is another reason for the ...

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Chile Pledges to Cut Antibiotics in Farmed Salmon

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

Customer backlash has Chilean farmed salmon producers promising to reduce the use of antibiotics in fish farms by half by 2025. 

Members of the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council made the announcement last month at Seafood Expo North America in Boston. The group will work with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program to secure a better rating in an effort called the Chilean Salmon Antibiotic Reduction Program (CSARP).

Chile is the world’s second largest producer of farmed salmon after...

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Salmon Harvests in PWS and Copper River Strong, Pre-Season Showing in Chignik Worrisome

Harvest and escapement statistics from the Copper River and Prince William Sound are above preseason forecasts, but Chignik’s early showing of salmon past the weir are significantly below forecasts. Meanwhile, the Port Moller Test Fishery, the best indication of what’s ahead for Bristol Bay, is just starting to gather numbers.

Cumulative harvest for sockeye in Area E, Prince William Sound and the Copper River, was 694,000 reds as of June 6. Harvest from the 48-hour Copper River District period that began on June 6 is...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for June 2019

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Salmon’s on track and lots of other fishing’s going on.

Salmon openers are popping in Central and Southeastern parts of Alaska and the action is heading west.

Fishing is on track for sockeyes and kings at Copper River – a relief after one of the worst fisheries ever last year.

Boats are fishing for sockeyes at Prince William Sound and at Kodiak – and a state research vessel is on its way to start sampling ahead of the...

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Nordic Aquafarms Names Construction Managers For Maine Facility

Gilbane Building Company and Landry/ French Construction have been named the construction managers for Nordic Aquafarms' new aquaculture facility in Belfast, Maine.

"We are committed to delivering high-quality seafood with low environment impact and take pride in the sustainable practices embedded into every facet of our business," Erik Heim, President of Nordic Aquafarms, said in a statement. "By partnering with Gilbane, an experienced builder of food production facilities and a company that share our commitment to environmental stewardship, we're confident that the Belfast site will serve as...

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Norwegian Salmon Whole Fish Market Trending Higher Following Algae Bloom

As reported in late May, an algae bloom in Norway killed an estimated 8 million salmon at fish farms, wiping out more than half of this year's expected sales growth. Salmon prices were down last week due to an increase in harvesting volume, however, the Norwegian whole fish market is now trending higher on all size.

Following the news of the algae bloom, Urner Barry market reporter Janice Schreiber reported on May 30 that the European whole fish market continued to trend lower out of Norway...

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Recent Agreement Between China and Iceland is Expected to Boost Iceland's Salmon Exports

Chinese representatives for the General Administration of Customs were invited to visit salmon farms and other companies in Iceland in May. During the official visit May 23-25, the two companies signed a bilateral agreement to help Iceland’s commodities, such as salmon, enter China more easily.

Actually, the two countries reached their first free trade agreement about five years ago, and signed an updated agreement on this May 24. It will go into effect in about two weeks...

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Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The danger of an escalating trade war with China for the seafood industry runs on two tracks.  For importers, especially of tilapia, the prospect of a permanent 25% tariff will force a major reshuffling in the category.  Unless the exemption on taxing products from the US processed in China is revoked, other items like pink salmon, twice frozen cod and pollock, and processed flatfish which are...

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First Wild Copper River Salmon Delivered to Seattle by Alaska Air Cargo

It's that time of the year again! On Friday Alaska Air Cargo delivered the season's first wild Copper River Salmon to Seattle – a whopping 18,000 pounds.

According to Alaska Airlines, the plane touched down at Settle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The airline expected to deliver a total of 50,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to the Lower 48 by noon.

"This year, we are flying in the first catch of coveted Copper River salmon on...

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Benchmark's New Land-Based Salmon Egg Production Facility to Open Next Week

Norway's Benchmark is set to open their new land-based salmon egg production facility next week.

The facility, SalmoBreed Salten, has been under construction for a little over a year. Located in Sørfold in Northern Norway, SalmoBreed Salten was designed with the highest standards of biosecurity in mind. The facility, which has the capacity to produce 150 million eggs annually, can hold stock from egg to final mature broodfish. According to the company, the production is equivalent to approximately half a million tons of harvested salmon...

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Pebble Mine vs. Salmon Fishermen Gets Heard in Court, No Judgment Yet  

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pebble Mine versus Alaska salmon fishermen gets a day in court. The state sides with Pebble.

If Governor Mike Dunleavy was giving his position on the Pebble Mine to a room full of  Bristol Bay fishermen  he would say “rather than developing minerals across the globe, in locations with little or no environmental safeguards, we should be doing our part here to allow Alaska resources to move safely to market.”

That’s according to spokesman, Matt Shuckerow...

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Increasing Acidity in Oceans Mean Bad News for Pink Salmon

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon diets take a direct hit.

Argue all you want about climate change – even a child’s chemistry set will prove that the oceans are more acidic.  Recent reports cited dissolving oyster larvae that are devastating west Coast shellfish growers. A new federal study reveals findings on how corrosive oceans are  affecting sea life – and it points to big trouble for pink salmon.  NOAA recently announced the first evidence that the high acid content in the Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of...

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Pebble Mine Comment Period Extended to June 29; Toxic Copper Dust Not Mentioned in Analysis

Bulldozers, blasters, excavators, vibrators, jaw crushers, drillers, graders, crushers, huge trucks and other heavy equipment are tools of the trade when building and operating large mines ­ and they all kick up a lot of dust.

In the case of the Pebble Mine, the project is expected to generate 8,300 tons of so-called fugitive dust in its annual mining operations. Another 5,700 tons will come from building the 83 mile main road to Cook Inlet, and the 35 daily round trip trucking of mineral concentrates will churn out 1,500 tons of road dust each year.

When it’s blowing in the wind, the dust will land on at least 1,500 acres of wetlands...

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Alaska Fishing gearing up as Copper River Opens Next Week

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…May means even more Alaska fishery openers.

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season will officially open on Thursday, May 16 with a 12 hour opener for sockeyes and king salmon at Copper River. The 500 plus drift fleet is hoping to catch just under 800-thousand reds and 31-thousand king salmon this summer.

Salmon openers in other Alaska fishing regions will quickly follow.

Trollers in Southeast began targeting spring king salmon in various regions starting May 1...

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Salmon Season Starts in Two Weeks, Togiak Herring Wrap, Call for Jobs

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

It’s hard to believe but Alaska’s 2019 salmon season officially gets under way in just two weeks!

The first opener for sockeyes and kings at the Copper River near Cordova is set for the week of May 12 where the 500 plus drift fleet is hoping to catch just under 800-thousand reds and 31-thousand king salmon this summer.

Last year’s Copper River fishery totaled 13-thousand kings and just 47-thousand sockeyes, 97 percent below the...

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Over 200 Businesses Urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Reject Proposed Pebble Mine

Business leaders from Seattle and beyond released a letter today calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend its federal permitting process for the controversial Pebble Mine project and to protect Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery - the largest and most valuable in the world. The letter states:

“Given the ecological sensitivity of the Bristol Bay watershed, it deserves the most rigorous, science-based environmental impact assessment possible. Anything less jeopardizes the economic stability of our industries and bottom lines… 

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