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Dec 14 - NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value


Dec 13 - Cermaq Canada Frees Humpback Whale From Empty Salmon Cage


Dec 13 - Per Capita Seafood Consumption Highest Since 2008, with Gains in Shrimp, Salmon, Cod


Dec 11 - Chile Furthers its Seafood Exports, Market Penetration in China


Dec 11 - Canadian Government Announces Aquaculture Management Initiatives


Dec 10 - Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November


Dec 10 - LISTEN: Seafood Retail Features Analysis; 2019-20 Scallop Plan; Thai Union's Lobster Lab and More


Dec 5 - ANALYSIS: Will Retail Features Keep Increasing Heading into the Holiday Season?


Dec 5 - Alaska Fishing Updates for December 2018


Dec 4 - NOAA Announces Another Buyout for Southeast Alaska Purse Seiners to Remove an Additional 36 Licenses


Nov 30 - Atlantic Sapphire puts 800,000 eggs into commercial production at Florida Indoor Facility


Nov 28 - US Foods SVP Sylvia Wulf Appointed as New CEO of AquaBounty


Nov 27 - Cermaq Reports Fish Survival Rates in Q3 Performance Report


Nov 27 - OSU Researchers Contribute to National Climate Report; Warn of More Disastrous Years Ahead


Nov 26 - Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles


Nov 20 - Alaska Salmon Updates for This Year and Next


Nov 16 - Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls


Nov 15 - New Zealand’s Sanford Limited Releases Full Year Results for FY18


Nov 15 - Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products


Nov 13 - Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast Reduced for 2019, Board of Fish Update


Nov 6 - Nordic Aquafarms Responds to Opposition in November Newsletter


Nov 2 - Bristol Bay, Area M Only Bright Spots for AK Salmon Permits


Nov 1 - Greater Demand Matches up with Improved Shipping Logistics for Norwegian Salmon in China


Oct 30 - Columbia River Fishery Patrols Lead to Multiple Citations, Arrests


Oct 26 - Chinese Eat 1/10th as Much Salmon as Americans and Norway Aims to Change That Rapidly


Oct 24 - NOAA Co-Hosting Lecture to Launch East Coast Celebration of the International Year of the Salmon


Oct 24 - Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales


Oct 19 - Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Meal


Oct 15 - Nordic Aquafarms Opens Corporate Office as They Continue to Move Forward with Belfast Facility


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NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value

Alaska topped the U.S. in commercial fisheries landings and value in 2017, according to the latest Fisheries of the United States 2017 report released this week by NOAA.

While Alaska's 6 billion pounds of landings generating $1.8 billion led the nation, fishing and seafood consumption increased across the board last year. Landings and value of U.S. fisheries continued a strong, positive trend, according to NOAA. Fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2017, while the U.S. imported 5.9 billion pounds of seafood, up 1.6 percent.

Given the increases in ...

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Cermaq Canada Frees Humpback Whale From Empty Salmon Cage

Earlier this month employees at Cermaq’s Millar Channel farm site rescued a healthy humpback whale that somehow ended up in an empty sea cage.

Employees made the discovery at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 2. Due to inspections that occur throughout the day, the employees were able to determine that the whale was in the cage system for less than 18 hours. Upon seeing that the whale was in good health, not entangled, and not exhibiting any signs of stress, the crew made the decision to...

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Chile Furthers its Seafood Exports, Market Penetration in China

Chile has enjoyed a 10. 6 percent increase in salmon exports from January to September compared with the same period last year. Its total export volume reached 459,000 tons, while the value exceeded $2.5 billion USD. Sales to the U.S., the largest importer, is $1.4 billion USD and those to Brazil are $426 million USD.

At the same time, China and Russia contribute most to this increase. Chile's export to China skyrocketed by 83.3 percent to reach 33,000 tons, while those to Russia ...

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Norway Reports 10% Growth in Export Value for Salmon, Increase in Cod Exports in November

The Norwegian Seafood Council has released their numbers for November. The organization is reporting that Norway exported a total of 276,000 tons of seafood for the month.

Of the 276,000 tons, salmon contributed 101,000 tons. While the export volume is at the same level as November 2017, the export value increased by 10% this year.

“Despite economic downturns and rising salmon prices, Italy is still experiencing a salmon boom,” Trym Eidem Gundersen explained in a press release from the Norwegian Seafood Council...

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ANALYSIS: Will Retail Features Keep Increasing Heading into the Holiday Season?

After the traditionally slow pre-Thanksgiving period for seafood promotions, things look to come back with a roar for the holidays. Most of the major seafood retail items, except for salmon and tilapia, are trading at lower prices than last year in December. And both salmon and tilapia have positives that may support more retail promotions over the holidays. For salmon, it is the higher prices of whitefish, that make it a more attractive staple. For tilapia, it is the heavy buying ahead of Chinese tariffs that...

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NOAA Announces Another Buyout for Southeast Alaska Purse Seiners to Remove an Additional 36 Licenses

NOAA announced that a second buyout would take place in the Southeast Alaska salmon purse seine fishery.

in 2011, Congress approved loans of up to $23.5 million for a buyout program, and existing permit holders voted to support a loan of $13.1 million to buyback 64 licenses.

in 2018, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a request to NOAA to use the remainder of the funds, $10.4 million, to fund another buyout round. 

NOAA will hold a referendum among the...

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US Foods SVP Sylvia Wulf Appointed as New CEO of AquaBounty

US Foods’ Sylvia Wulf has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of biotechnology company AquaBounty Technologies.

Wulf is currently a Senior Vice President with US Foods and has been President of the Manufacturing Division since 2011. Prior to US Foods, Wulf held senior positions at Tyson Foods, Sara Lee Corporation and Bunge Corp. Wulf is also on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Fisheries Institute.

“We are delighted to appoint Sylvia Wulf as the Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty ...

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OSU Researchers Contribute to National Climate Report; Warn of More Disastrous Years Ahead

New federal report: Northwest climate could see more years like 2015

By most accounts, 2015 was a very bad climatic year in the Pacific Northwest, with early flooding followed by severe and prolonged summer and fall drought. The results included fish die-offs, irrigation shortages and crop losses, large wildfires, record cases of infectious diseases and reduced recreation, according to a new report from Oregon State University.

A new federal report on the impacts of climate change released on Friday – that includes a chapter focusing on ...

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Alaska Salmon Updates for This Year and Next

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – One king salmon is worth more than a barrel of oil.

Salmon stakeholders are still crunching the numbers from the 2018 season, which up front has two distinctions:  it ranks as one of the most valuable on record to fishermen at nearly $596 million, and at just over 114 million salmon, it’s one of the smallest harvests in 34 years. 

A breakdown by the McDowell Group shows the sockeye harvest was the second most valuable in 26 years ...

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 New Zealand’s Sanford Limited Releases Full Year Results for FY18

New Zealand’s Sanford Limited released their full year results for FY18 on Thursday. The company is reporting net profit after tax of $42.3 million, an improvement of 12.9% from last year, which can be credited to the insurance settlement from the Kaikoura earthquake that damaged their Havelock mussel processing facility. Meanwhile, the company’s adjusted earnings before interest and tax increased 1.5% to $64.7 million.

According to Sanford, sales revenue increased by 7.7% from $477.9 million to $515 million. The increase can be credited to ...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast Reduced for 2019, Board of Fish Update 

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A reduced Bristol Bay salmon forecast for next year and some big ideas for the Board of Fish.

Next summer at Bristol Bay, a run of just over 40 million sockeye salmon is projected which would allow for a catch of 26.1 million at Bristol Bay and 1.49 million in the South Peninsula fisheries. That’s down eight percent from the 10 year average of 30 million reds.

There could be a few changes to the fishery ...

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Bristol Bay, Area M Only Bright Spots for AK Salmon Permits 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - November 2, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

An off kilter salmon season has added to dampened enthusiasm in the permit market that’s lasted all year.

“All of these salmon fisheries here in the Gulf, both gillnet and seine permits, had a lousy year. And we see that in the lackluster permit market in the Gulf.” 

Doug Bowen runs Alaska Boats and Permits at Homer. Further west, Bristol Bay with its back to back record breakers, is one exception ...

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Columbia River Fishery Patrols Lead to Multiple Citations, Arrests

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - October 30, 2018

As a result of numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, law enforcement officers conducted nighttime boat patrols to address the illegal gillnetting complaints.

The Oregon State Police, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITFE) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police conducted operations on September 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2018.

As a result of the saturation patrols, at least one commercial fishing boat was contacted inside the sanctuary on ...

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NOAA Co-Hosting Lecture to Launch East Coast Celebration of the International Year of the Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 24, 2018

NOAA is co-hosting an event with the New England Aquarium, Atlantic Salmon Federation and Downeast Salmon Federation to launch the U.S. East Coast celebration of the International Year of the Salmon.

The International Year of the Salmon is an initiative created to “inform and stimulate outreach and research that aspires to establish the conditions necessary to ensure the resilience of salmon and people throughout the Northern Hemisphere.”

The event, taking place at Simons IMAX theatre ...

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Norway: Skretting Factory in Averøy Now Producing Salmon Feed with Insect Mealv

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Skretting] - October 19, 2018

Skretting Norway's factory in Averøy has produced commercial salmon feed with insect meal for the first time. Nordlaks is the first customer to test the feeds containing insect meal, with 360,000 fry receiving this pioneering feed.

"We expect it to be as good as our regular feed and hope that the commercial test will show the same good results as Skretting has seen in its efforts to improve feed intake," says Eirik Welde, freshwater director in Nordlaks.

Insect meal offers an alternative to fish meal and ...

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Per Capita Seafood Consumption Highest Since 2008, with Gains in Shrimp, Salmon, Cod

NFI has released their annual compilation of the top ten seafoods consumed in the US on the day that NOAA is finally releasing its Fisheries of the United States for 2017.

Overall, Americans ate 16.0 pounds of edible seafood per person in 2017, a big jump from 14.9 pounds in 2016.  The percentage gain is 7.4%.  NOAA uses a disappearance model, so it does not account for seafood inventory holdings that carry over from year to year.

This is the highest per capita number since 2008...

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Canadian Government Announces Aquaculture Management Initiatives

The Canadian government announced on Monday that they will be moving forward with initiatives that will ensure that the aquaculture sector is “economically successful and environmentally sustainable.” The initiative is part of Canada’s efforts to not only protect wild salmon, but meet the growing global demand for seafood.

“The Government of Canada is committed to making aquaculture more effective, efficient and environmentally sustainable,” the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said in a press release.”

Key initiatives include...

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LISTEN: Seafood Retail Features Analysis; 2019-20 Scallop Plan; Thai Union's Lobster Lab and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we take a look at seafood retail features, discuss the 2019-20 scallop plan, talk about Thai Union's Lobster Lab and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional packed with the latest industry headlines, analysis and trending articles...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for December 2018

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

Fishing boats are still out on the water throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, targeting cod, rockfish, flounders and various whitefish.

The four million pound red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay is pretty much a wrap; likewise, for the 2.4 million pound Bering Sea Tanner crab fishery.

Fish and Game has announced there will not be a 2019 Tanner fishery at the Eastern Aleutians district. 

About 170 divers are still tapping on Southeast’s 1.7 million pound sea cucumber quota with...

 

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Atlantic Sapphire puts 800,000 eggs into commercial production at Florida Indoor Facility

In an announcement to the Oslo stock exchange, Atlantic Sapphire said it has placed 400,000 salmon eggs into its hatchery operation in Miami, Florida, and will place another 400,000 eggs in the coming week.

These are the first commercial scale batches of salmon eggs introduced to indoor recirculating aquaculture in Florida.  The company said they remain on track to deliver its first harvest of 9,500 tons (HOG) annualized production from the US facility in mid-2020.

The company is scaling up its Bluehouse TM circulating technology, and has been developing its system in Denmark since 2011...

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Cermaq Reports Fish Survival Rates in Q3 Performance Report

In an effort to remain transparent and build trust, Cermaq has released their performance results for Q3 2018 (July – September 2018).

According to the report, fish survival rates at their Canada, Chile and Norway sites varied from 94-99% for the 12 months rolling. However, Canada’s figure dropped from 93.9% in Q3 2017 to 89.7% in Q3 2018. Cermaq reports that the reason fish survival rates dropped was “partly due to a site which was culled.”

Out of Chile, survival rates for Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout improved ...

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Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles

Russia expects a record fish catch this year since the beginning of 1980s, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, Vasily Sokolov, the volume of catch this year will be more than 5 million tons – a record in the post-Soviet period and in the history of modern Russia.

Sokolov added that salmon has accounted for the biggest growth. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, more than 677,000 tonnes of salmon were ...

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Feds Approve Plan for Oregon Officials to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls

Officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service have approved an application from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to try to save the state's beleaguered winter steelhead and spring Chinook.

Protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the state needed federal approval to take lethal action against the pinnipeds, which have been observed gorging themselves on endangered fish at the foot of the iconic waterfall.

"This is good news for the native runs...

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Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – From spring rolls to seafood noodles – Alaska’s Symphony of Seafood unveils new products.

The 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood attracted 10 entries in its annual competition. They were judged privately last night (Wednesday) in Seattle in three categories: retail, food service and Beyond the Plate. As always, the innovation is off the charts.

“I have not seen a spring roll product entered before. Alaska sockeye salmon spring roll by Tai Foong. And Fishpeople Seafoods entered a salmon jerky ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Responds to Opposition in November Newsletter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 6, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms is using their latest newsletter to respond to opposition.

Nordic Aquafarms is in the process of building a new facility in Belfast, Maine. While the company has been holding informational meetings in an effort to be transparent about the U.S. aquaculture facility, there are still some local residents with concerns. Nordic Aquafarms decided to take out an advertisement in The Republican Journal to “separate facts from fear.”

“From day one we have been open and transparent, holding public ...

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Greater Demand Matches up with Improved Shipping Logistics for Norwegian Salmon in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [3g.163 and zjnews] translated by Amy Zhong

Roughly 3.9 tons of Norwegian salmon landed in Hangzhou recently after three days of travel. After customs clearance, they entered local supermarkets and restaurants in no time. Zhang, an experienced freight forwarder, is in charge of these kinds delivery and is increasingly optimistic about the market prospects and more salmon will be imported from Norway, he believes.

As a matter of fact, China’s imports of Norwegian salmon have been rising continuously with greater demand. According to statistics from local customs, Hangzhou ...

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Chinese Eat 1/10th as Much Salmon as Americans and Norway Aims to Change That Rapidly

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst/Sohu] translated by Amy Zhong - October 26, 2018

According to statistics from Chinese customs, the country has imported 1,924 tons of frozen salmon from Norway in January alone. The number far exceeds its import from Chile, 1,474 tons, and it has ballooned by 1,613 percent compared with the same period last year when the import was only 112 tons. Its salmon import from Norway has skyrocketed by 682 percent within the first seven months ...

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Pier Fish Co. Names Beth Hickam to Vice President of West Coast Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 24, 2018

Pier Fish Co. Inc., a leading processor of fresh and frozen seafood in New Bedford, Mass., has announced that Beth Hickam has joined the company as Vice President, West Coast Sales. In her new position, she will be responsible for further developing Pier Fish’s business with existing customers and also for establishing new relationships with retailers, wholesalers/distributors and foodservice operators throughout West Coast market areas.

Founded in 1910 and one of the oldest, continuously operating companies in the U.S. seafood industry, Pier Fish offers a ...

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

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 15, 2018

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

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