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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


Oct 9 - Get Your Free Salmon Insider's Report!


Oct 9 - Bristol Bay Chilling Rate for Salmon Likely to Be Higher Than Last Year's Record


Oct 1 - Thai Union Group to Sell or Close Edinburgh Salmon Company


Oct 1 - October is National Seafood Month


Sep 28 - Hatcheries Under Assault, Alaskans Urged to Show Support


Sep 26 - Commerce Department Makes Several Fishery Failure Determinations for West Coast Fisheries


Sep 25 - AKVA Gets Contract for Feed Systems for Grieg's Newfoundland Expansion


Sep 25 - Beard House Hosts 6th Annual Skuna Bay ‘Salmon Seduction’ Event


Sep 25 - Record Breaking Pay Day for Salmon Fishermen at Bristol Bay


Sep 25 - Production Starts at Cermaq’s New Closed Containment System in Horsvågen


Sep 24 - Nordic Aquafarms Sets Public Meeting Date for October 4


Sep 24 - LISTEN: Lobsters on Weed, a "Codfather" Update, Farmed Salmon Analysis and More


Sep 21 - Typhoon Mangkhut Disrupts Transport in Southern China; Salmon Prices Rise


Sep 21 - Symphony of Seafood Calls for New Alaska Seafood Products


Sep 19 - Fishpeople Seafood Releases Oven-roasted Wild Alaskan Salmon Slices, Jerky


Sep 19 - ANALYSIS: Imported Volume of Farmed Salmon Fillets at all Time Highs Amid 6 Weeks of Steady Pricing


Sep 19 - ADF&G: Bristol Bay Return, Harvest, and Value Break Records


Sep 18 - Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Sep 17 - ASC Salmon Standard Recognized by GSSI


Sep 14 - Tassal Group Investing $24 Million in Prawn Aquaculture


Sep 14 - Nordic Aquafarms Gives Update on Maine Land-Based Salmon Site


Sep 13 - Alaska Fall Fisheries Gearing Up as Salmon Season Draws to a Close


Sep 12 - Atlantic Sapphire Says Miami Land-Raised Salmon Farm ‘On Track,’ Denmark Expansion Near Completion


Sep 10 - China’s Salmon Market Is Transitioning as New Entrants Try to Expand While Losing Money


Sep 7 - China's New Salmon Standard Regarding Trout Takes a Toll on Trout Sales


Sep 7 - Cermaq Opens New Salmon Processing Facility in Norway


Sep 6 - Alaska Announces Statewide Public Hearings on Stand for Salmon Measure


Sep 5 - Pink Salmon Relief Funds Ready for Distribution; Alaska Wants Input, Comments Likely Extended


Sep 4 - China’s New Salmon Standard Triggers Various Responses from China's Retail Giants


Aug 29 - WDFW Authorizes Cooke to Transfer Atlantic Salmon into Puget Sound Net Pens


Aug 29 - Russia Salmon Catch Likely to Reach Record 2009 Level; Abundance Leads to Lower Domestic Prices


Aug 28 - Alaska Statewide Salmon Catch Down 31% Due to Poor Returns of Pinks, Sockeye has Done Well


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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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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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Bristol Bay Chilling Rate for Salmon Likely to Be Higher Than Last Year's Record

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 9, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

The chilling rate for salmon at Bristol Bay jumped from 24 percent 10 years ago to a record 73 percent last year. The rate will will surely be higher this season.

Processors are requiring it and paying nice bonuses of up to 30 cents a pound for the top-quality fish. The fisherman is the first link in the cold chain and RSW, or ...

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October is National Seafood Month

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - October 1, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. 

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of ...

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Commerce Department Makes Several Fishery Failure Determinations for West Coast Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - September 26, 2018

Salmon and sardine fisheries off the West Coast have been closed or severely curtailed in the years since The Blob -- an unusual mass of warm water -- stuck around for most of 2014 and 2015. While not the only odd ocean change, it was blamed for many fisheries problems.

Now, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has determined those salmon and sardine fisheries are indeed fishery failures due to natural resource conditions, the department said in a press release ...

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Beard House Hosts 6th Annual Skuna Bay ‘Salmon Seduction’ Event

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

Salmon has never looked this good. On Tuesday, October 2, the historic Beard House will be hosting their sixth annual Skuna Bay Salmon Dinner, an event featuring a “seafood-savvy lineup of standout chefs from across the country.”

This year’s dinner features James Beard Awards semifinalist Chef Noah Sandoval from the two Michelin Star Oriole in Chicago; James Beard Awards semifinalist Chef Sylva Senat from Maison 208 in Philadelphia; James Beard Awards nominee Chef Sarah Rinkavage from Marisol in Chicago ...

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Production Starts at Cermaq’s New Closed Containment System in Horsvågen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

Cermaq, one of the world's leading companies in salmon and trout farming, aims to be leading in technology development that contributes to sustainable food production. This weekend, Cermaq transferred smolt into its new closed containment system in Horsvågen, Norway.

With this closed containment system, Cermaq takes a first step toward developing closed farming technology. The closed containment system is built to provide maximum bio-security and fish welfare. Water will be pumped into the pen from 13 meters deep, preventing ...

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LISTEN: Lobsters on Weed, a "Codfather" Update, Farmed Salmon Analysis and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 24, 2018

Join SeafoodNews podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione for a wild ride as they discuss the debate over getting lobsters stoned and a study where researchers gave octopuses ecstasy. Plus, we’ve got an update on the trade war with China, the latest news regarding Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael, and an analysis on the farmed salmon fillet market. Don’t miss a minute of it!

The SeafoodNews Podcast is available to download for free via SoundCloud or iTunes ...

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Symphony of Seafood Calls for New Alaska Seafood Products

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 21, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

The call is out for new Alaska products to be showcased at the annual Symphony of Seafood.

“It’s our 26th year and that’s exciting. We’re really looking forward to seeing what new products are out there this year because I’ve been hearing some rumors about some really fun stuff.” 

Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation which hosts the seafood event. It   provides a level playing field for small ‘mom and pops’ ...

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ANALYSIS: Imported Volume of Farmed Salmon Fillets at all Time Highs Amid 6 Weeks of Steady Pricing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Janice Schreiber - September 19, 2018

Consistency and growth in the farmed salmon market out of Chile have been the theme as of late. This is a bit of an anomaly in comparison to previous years. The farmed fillet market would typically see unsold product hitting the spot market in fairly regular spats or, on the other hand, product in the spot drying up due to disease issues, labor strikes, or natural disasters ...

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Cod Catches, Hatcheries Shuffle Alaska Fish Board Line Up

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 18, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … 

The state Board of Fisheries has a packed early line up when it meets for five days next month in Anchorage.

This year’s meeting cycle focuses on fisheries at Chignik, Bristol Bay, the Alaska Peninsula and the Bering Sea but others also are on the list – notably hatcheries.

Some stakeholders believe increased numbers of hatchery fish pose a risk to wild salmon stocks and a major study is underway ...

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ASC Salmon Standard Recognized by GSSI

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 17, 2018

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced on Monday that their Salmon Standard has been recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

ASC’s Salmon Standard, which launched in 2012, “requires producers to demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimize both environmental and social impacts, and requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability.” The Standard met all of the components of GSSI’s benchmark, which aims to give clarity on seafood clarification schemes. According to the ASC, their Salmon Standard achieved 100% of the components in governance and operational management ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Gives Update on Maine Land-Based Salmon Site

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 14, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms is continuing to move forward with their land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine. The company announced earlier this month that they are expecting to submit an application for a Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit within the next month.

According to the company, they’ll be holding their first required public information meeting for the application before submitting it. The meeting, which will be the first of several, is expected to take place during the last week of ...

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Atlantic Sapphire Says Miami Land-Raised Salmon Farm ‘On Track,’ Denmark Expansion Near Completion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 12, 2018

Denmark company Atlantic Sapphire has released an update on their Miami land-raised salmon farm in their financial report for the first half of 2018.

According to the financial report, the land-raised salmon farm will aid the company in avoiding air-freight costs, as well as reduce their carbon footprint. Phase 1 of the Miami site is currently still in development, but the company says that construction is “on track,” with the Aquifer production and disposal wells complete ...

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China's New Salmon Standard Regarding Trout Takes a Toll on Trout Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina] translated by Amy Zhong - September 7, 2018

Recently, several aquatic companies in China have gathered together and decided to come up with a new salmon standard, which has resulted in public resentment, terrible sales of their rainbow trout and bad market performance.

Qinghai Minze is one of the companies that took part in drafting the new standard and now it is under great pressure. The company sells 12 products on the T-mall platform of Alibaba, 10 of which are rainbow trouts ...

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Alaska Announces Statewide Public Hearings on Stand for Salmon Measure

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 6, 2018

Alaska will hold public hearings across the state on the controversial Stand for Salmon ballot measure that survived an Alaska Supreme Court challenge last month, but is still seen as controversial in a state where political fault lines often appear between renewable and non-renewable resources. 

The initiative, officially known as Measure 1, updates a law that has not been changed since statehood. The issue of increasing protection for salmon habitat has been discussed in the legislature but has never ...

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Get Your Free Salmon Insider's Report!

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] - October 9, 2018

Is your business impacted by the salmon market or other species of seafood? Could insightful data, one-of-a-kind analysis, and commentary from expert market reporters make your organization more competitive and profitable? 

Then take advantage of a complimentary Salmon Insider’s Report from the team at Urner Barry!

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Thai Union Group to Sell or Close Edinburgh Salmon Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 1, 2018

Thai Union announced on Thursday that they are planning to either sell or close their Scotland-based smoked salmon processing operation, Edinburgh Salmon Company.

“The company will actively pursue and explore all viable divestment opportunities in an attempt to avoid, reduce, and/or mitigate the potential impacts upon its valued employees,” Thai Union said in a statement regarding the potential closure.

Thai Union first invested in Edinburgh Salmon Company back in 2014, however, as of late ...

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Hatcheries Under Assault, Alaskans Urged to Show Support

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 28, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s hatchery program is under assault.

Salmon that begin their lives in Alaska hatcheries often save the day for thousands of fishermen when wild stock returns are a bust. This year was a prime example when hatchery pinks and chums made up for shortfalls throughout the Gulf of Alaska.

Tina Fairbanks is director of the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association which operates two local hatcheries.

“Kodiak hatchery fish added up to more than ...

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AKVA Gets Contract for Feed Systems for Grieg's Newfoundland Expansion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 25, 2018

AKVA Group announced on Monday that they have entered into an agreement with Grieg NL Seafarms. The global technology and service company for the fish farming industry will become Grieg’s exclusive supplier of feed systems and feed barges up to 2026.

Grieg’s Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture project produces salmon in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. AKVA will build a minimum of eight barges locally. The number of barges could change based on the final number of licenses/sites that are approved by ...

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Record Breaking Pay Day for Salmon Fishermen at Bristol Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 25, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – It’s a record breaking pay day for salmon fishermen at Bristol Bay, topping $280 million at the docks.

That’s 242 percent above the 20 year average - and the number will go higher when bonuses and post season adjustments are added in.  Bay fishermen averaged just under $215 million at the docks last year.

According to a summary by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, the 2018 sockeye salmon run ...

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Nordic Aquafarms Sets Public Meeting Date for October 4

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 24, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms, which is building a state-of-the-art land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, has set a public meeting date for Thursday, October 4.

The meeting, which will be held at Troy A. Howard Middle School at 6 p.m., is to “inform the public of the project and its anticipated environmental impacts, along with information about opportunities for public comment on the project.”

The scheduled meeting comes after the company announced earlier this month that ...

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Typhoon Mangkhut Disrupts Transport in Southern China; Salmon Prices Rise

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 21, 2018

Due to a recent typhoon, frozen salmon are very likely to arrive in South China later than expected in the coming few days. Deliveries of salmon arriving from Chile also are uncertain due to the festival there. Now salmon prices keep rising in China. Shenzhen airport has canceled its flights’ between Sept. 16 and the morning of Sept. 17. Things gradually returned to normal after 8 a.m on Sept.17.

By the evening of Sept. 15, salmon quotations were ...

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Fishpeople Seafood Releases Oven-roasted Wild Alaskan Salmon Slices, Jerky 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 19, 2018

Fishpeople Seafood, a company that only uses responsibly sourced and sustainably caught fish, has released some new sustainable snacks – Ready, Set, Salmon! and Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky.

Fishpeople’s Ready, Set, Salmon! is oven-roasted and ready to take on the go. The wild Alaskan salmon slices come in three flavors – Slow-Roasted Original, Rainbow Peppercorn and Lemon Zest & Herb – and with 700 mg of omega-3s and 15g of protein, they are perfect to “toss, wrap and snack ...

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ADF&G: Bristol Bay Return, Harvest, and Value Break Records

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 19, 2018

Superlatives don’t come close to describing the size and value of the 2018 Bristol Bay commercial salmon season, so we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.

The metrics are even more profound in the context of sockeye runs that never materialized in the Copper River, at Chignik, and in fewer numbers across most of central and southeast Alaska. The overview on Bristol Bay doesn't address that enigma, but it does quantify the record-breaking season in the Bay ...

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10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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Tassal Group Investing $24 Million in Prawn Aquaculture

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 14, 2018

Following Tassal Group’s acquisition of the Fortune Group’s prawn cultivation business, the Australian salmon grower and processor announced that they are investing an additional $24 million in prawn aquaculture over the next two to three years.

“Our customers are demanding more prawns than we can currently supply,” Tassal managing director and CEO Mark Ryan said in a statement.

The company estimates that it can produce 700 tons of prawns in FY 2019, and can increase that to ...

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Alaska Fall Fisheries Gearing Up as Salmon Season Draws to a Close

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - September 13, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch  - Fall means even more fishing across Alaska.

As Alaska’s salmon season draws to a close, lots of fall fisheries are gearing up. The total Alaska salmon tally mid-week was 112 million fish in a season that was a bust in most regions. Exceptions were Bristol Bay, Norton Sound and Kotzebue. The values of the 2018 salmon fishery will be out next month ...

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China’s Salmon Market Is Transitioning as New Entrants Try to Expand While Losing Money

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 10, 2018

China’s salmon market is at a stage of transition when new entrants have flooded into the market. Some have offered discounts so great that they are losing money. Many insiders are under increasingly great pressure because now wholesale prices of frozen salmon are close to their import prices. 

The import volumes have been on the rise, while there is little change to the demand. The market was profitable before, when there was smuggling, said one insider, but now when legal imports have become prevalent, it is suffering from losses...

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Cermaq Opens New Salmon Processing Facility in Norway

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 7, 2018

Earlier this month Cermaq opened a new salmon processing facility in Norway that is being hailed as the “most modern and efficient” processing factory for salmon.

The new plant in Steigen is just one of Cermaq’s many investments in the last few years. According to the company, the facility is part of a “new standard for the salmon industry.”

“With the opening of this factory we are developing and strengthening the company for further growth," Knut Ellekjær, Managing Director of Cermaq Norway ...

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