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Feb 20 - Whole Foods Honors Pacifico Aquaculture, Icicle Seafoods and Inverawe Smokehouse in Annual Awards


Feb 19 - Faced With Slow Sales, Chinese Seafood Sellers Fighting for Survival


Feb 19 - Alaska Hatchery Program Featured at Board of Fish, Public Can Comment


Feb 18 - Grieg Seafood Launches New $40 Million Wellboat to Combat Sea Lice in Canada


Feb 17 - SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon


Feb 17 - Washington, Oregon Agree on Columbia River Salmon Allocations for 2020


Feb 14 - AquaBounty Complete $15.5 Million Public Stock Offering


Feb 14 - Grieg Seafood Reports Boost in Q4 Harvest, Says 100,000 MT Harvest Goal Within Reach


Feb 13 - Mowi Reaches Record Harvest in 2019, Target for 2020 Remains at 450,000 MT


Feb 12 - Only a Few SE Alaska Areas Will Open, Total Limit is 148,500 Chinook Salmon


Feb 12 - Russia Floods U.S. With Seafood While Banning U.S. Imports for 6th Year


Feb 11 - AquaBounty Prices Underwritten Public Offering at $13.5 Million


Feb 6 - Canada Releases State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies Report After Lengthy Delay


Feb 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for February 2020


Feb 5 - Bakkafrost Salmon Banned From Entry Into Russia; Mowi And Other Salmon Producers Also Banned


Feb 5 - Norway’s Kvarøy Arctic Atlantic Salmon Now Available in the U.S. and Canada


Feb 4 - Finger Lakes Fish Receives SQF Certification for Coho Salmon Land-Based RAS Operation


Jan 30 - Ocean Beauty Seafoods Truck Featured in New 'Timmy Failure' Disney Movie


Jan 29 - Ocean Garden Unveils New Line of Shrimp and Salmon Products in 2020


Jan 29 - Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by Alaska Region Back to 1984


Jan 28 - AquaBounty Announces Proposed Public Offering of $10 Million to Complete Construction at Facilities


Jan 17 - Kodiak Loses Salmon to Chignik, Cook Inlet


Jan 16 - Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2020


Jan 15 - Pink Salmon Payouts for 2016 Run Failure Back on Track


Jan 14 - Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Grew 40% in 2019


Jan 10 - Scottish Salmon Company Gains GBP 100 Million Growth Package


Jan 10 - Kodiak Salmon Fisheries Could Take a Big Hit From BOF Proposals


Jan 9 - First Ocean Acidification Study in Alaska on Salmon Underway


Jan 2 - Matriarch of San Francisco Seafood Company Passes; Daughters Carry on Tradition


Dec 31 - 'Christmas for Coho' Program Aims to Help Rebuild Salmon Habitats in Oregon


Dec 30 - Mowi: Escaped Salmon Likely Eaten By Predators


Dec 27 - E-commerce Platforms Gain Popularity Among Seafood Companies Targeting Chinese Market


Dec 23 - LISTEN: Alaska Cod Fishery Update; GE Salmon Label; Charlie the Tuna Doll and More


Dec 17 - Government Spending Bill Features Rider That Would Label GE Salmon; AquaBounty Responds


Dec 16 - Salmon from Deep Blue No.1 Enter China’s Domestic Market Soon; Plans in Place for Expansion


Dec 11 - Farmed Sockeye Salmon Landed in Nemuro, Hokkaido


Nov 18 - LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table


Nov 11 - LISTEN: Chilean Salmon Production Ramps Up; Dungeness Crab Season Delay and More


Oct 28 - LISTEN: Chile Protests Disrupt Salmon Market; Pebble Mine Criticism; Seafood in Pop Culture and More


Oct 1 - LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More


Sep 3 - LISTEN: U.S.-China Trade War Heats Up; Pink Salmon Landings; Tilapia Analysis and More


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Whole Foods Honors Pacifico Aquaculture, Icicle Seafoods and Inverawe Smokehouse in Annual Awards

Whole Foods announced the winners of their eighth annual Supplier Awards, and the list features three seafood companies.

The grocery chain's Supplier Awards honors 32 of the company's suppliers for their "outstanding achievements in 2019 and ongoing commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, organic integrity, innovation, purpose and partnership." Last year Whole Foods honored Wild Planet Foods and Luke's Lobster. This year three seafood companies are being recognized: Pacifico Aquaculture, Icicle Seafoods, and Inverawe Smokehouse.

Pacifico Aquaculture is receiving "special recognition" under National Awards for...

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Faced With Slow Sales, Chinese Seafood Sellers Fighting for Survival

Chinese New Year is among the most important shopping carnivals in China, and both seafood prices and sales used to skyrocket during this period. But this year the coronavirus outbreak has turned everything upside down. The imported seafood market has crashed, and industry participants are teetering and working hard to find a way out.

King crabs, for example, are usually popular among Chinese foodies in such holidays, but this year the sales have plummeted. In Shanghai, one of the country’s largest markets, there are few...

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Grieg Seafood Launches New $40 Million Wellboat to Combat Sea Lice

Last week Grieg Seafood welcomed their new $40 million wellboat. The vessel, the Ronja Islander, was custom built in Norway to "address some of BC's salmon farming challenges, including sea lice and safe fish handling during live transfers to farms."

"We designed the Ronja Islander using input from our stakeholders and Indigenous partners," Dean Trethewey, Seawater Production Director at Grieg Seafood BC, said in a press release. "We heard some of their concerns around salmon farming in BC and turned those concerns into...

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Washington, Oregon Agree on Columbia River Salmon Allocations for 2020

Washington and Oregon have agreed on sport and commercial salmon allocations for 2020.

The directors of the respective tate departments of fish and wildlife reached the agreement Friday. The fish and wildlife commissions of both states delegated development of 2020 Columbia River fisheries to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Curt Melcher and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind.

“Consistency in the regulations between our two states is always a top priority when talking about management on the Columbia River,” Susewind said in a ...

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Grieg Seafood Reports Boost in Q4 Harvest, Says 100,000 MT Harvest Goal Within Reach

Noting a boost in harvest volume in the Q4 of 2019 and a strong finish to the year in Norway, Grieg Seafood ASA reached operational earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of NOK 357 million ($38.6 million) in Q4.

The company harvested 25,432 tonnes of fish in the final quarter of the year, a seven percent increase compared to 2018 totals (23,682 MT). The increased harvest came alongside a decrease in farming costs during the same period last year...

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Only a Few SE Alaska Areas Will Open, Total Limit is 148,500 Chinook Salmon

When it comes to salmon management, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is nothing if not flexible. A good example of this is Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon management, intended to protect wild Alaska Chinook of many river systems, while allowing hatchery Chinook to be caught in select areas, as escapement throughout the area is closely monitored. 

Yesterday, under the Chinook salmon management provisions of the 2019–2028 Pacific Salmon Treaty, the annual all-gear allowable catch limit for Southeast Alaska/Yakutat was announced...

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AquaBounty Prices Underwritten Public Offering at $13.5 Million

Land-based aquaculture company AquaBounty Technologies announces it has priced an underwritten public offering of 9,000,000 shares of common stock at $1.50 per share.

AquaBounty also said it granted the underwriter a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments.

The offering is expected to close on or about February 13, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, AquaBounty wrote in a press release.

The aggregate gross proceeds to the company from the offering are about $13.5...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for February 2020

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

Winter sees a wide array of fisheries out on the water with more to come. Cod and a big mix of whitefish kicked off the year in the Bering Sea and in many parts of the Gulf. 

Alaska pollock, the world’s largest food fishery, opened on January 20 in the Bering Sea with a 3 billion pound harvest. Smaller pollock catches will come out of the Gulf  (250 million pounds) and at Prince William Sound (5 million pounds)...

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Norway’s Kvarøy Arctic Atlantic Salmon Now Available in the U.S. and Canada

Kvarøy Arctic, a Norwegian Atlantic salmon farmer announced its products have been made available in the United States and Canada for the first time on February 4.

The company now called Kvarøy Arctic was founded in 1976 by Alf Olsen and his son, Geir. Now a third-generation family-owned business, the ownership passed to Geir’s children. Gjermund Olsen, Håvard Olsen, and Ida Knutsen partnered with Blue Circle to offer salmon to the US market.

"We're grateful for the partnership with Blue Circle and have dissolved the relationship..."

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Ocean Beauty Seafoods Truck Featured in New 'Timmy Failure' Disney Movie

The seafood industry is finally breaking into Hollywood — in the form of a cameo from an Ocean Beauty Seafoods truck!

Disney's new streaming platform, Disney+, is promoting their latest original movie — the comedy-drama fantasy film "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made." A trailer for the movie has been airing on TV, and those who watch with a careful eye will be able to catch a truck belonging to Ocean Beauty Seafoods. And this isn't just a quick shot of the Ocean Beauty Seafoods truck driving by...

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Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by Alaska Region Back to 1984

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

One click takes you to a site that can tell you everything about fish prices and landings for every Alaska species by region, how much was processed into what products, what processors bought and sold it for and how much money fishermen made by region.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to 1984. Most recent numbers are through 2018; 2019 data will be out this spring...

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Kodiak Loses Salmon to Chignik, Cook Inlet

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

Kodiak salmon fishermen are reeling after a Board of Fisheries decision that limits fishing in two traditional regions. The new rules are aimed at letting more salmon get to Chignik and Cook Inlet.

After hearing testimony by 150 local residents and spending an extra day for deliberations, the board put a mix of new time and catch limits on fisheries at Cape Igvak and the Katmai Alinchak section on the west side of Kodiak Island.

“We’re just stunned. I don’t know if we can really...

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Pink Salmon Payouts for 2016 Run Failure Back on Track

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon payouts for the 2016 run failure are getting back on track.

It’s been a long time coming but payments could soon be in hand for fishermen, processors and communities hurt by the 2016 pink salmon failure Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chignik, Lower Cook Inlet, South Alaska Peninsula, Southeast Alaska, and Yakutat. 

Congress ok’d over $56 million in federal relief funds the following year, but the authorization sat on NOAA desks in DC for over two years...

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Scottish Salmon Company Gains GBP 100 Million Growth Package

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) announced a GBP 100 million refinancing package which the company believes will support its growth over the next five years.

SSC agreed to a multicurrency revolving credit facility with Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A, DNB (UK) Limited and Nordea Bank ABPm (Filial i Norge).

“The facility provides an increased and more flexible funding package to support the company's objective for growth, as well accommodating the variability in working capital requirements of the business,” the company said in a statement...

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First Ocean Acidification Study in Alaska on Salmon Underway

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – We know directly the negative impacts that a warming ocean has on salmon all across Alaska. But what about the other big threat – increased acidity? 

Extensive studies for years have been underway by Alaska scientists on impacts to major fish and shellfish stocks. But for Alaska salmon, only two studies have been done, both out of state.

That’s changing with a federally funded, multi-year, collaborative project underway with Alaska’s universities and the...

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'Christmas for Coho' Program Aims to Help Rebuild Salmon Habitats in Oregon

Oregon residents can do some good with their Christmas trees. For the eighth year in a row the Tualatin Valley and Clackamas River chapters of Trout Unlimited are collecting Christmas trees to help rebuild salmon habitats.

The "Christmas for Coho" program was created as a way to replenish woody debris in local waterways in Oregon. The trees not only slow the river current, but give shelter for young fish to rest or hide from predators. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the "Christmas for Coho" program has managed to...

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Alaska Hatchery Program Featured at Board of Fish, Public Can Comment

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

Salmon that get their start in Alaska hatcheries enhance the wild runs and the program will again be featured during the Board of Fisheries final meeting next month in Anchorage.

A hatchery committee was formed last year to better inform the Board on operations and production.

“It's to educate themselves about the hatchery program and if hard decisions have to be made about allocations or where fish can be released or harvested – it’s to their  benefit to understand the...

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SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) was relieved to hear that the United States has decided to pull back tariffs on Scottish salmon as trade disputes between the E.U. and U.S. continue.

In December 2019, the USTR listed salmon fillets on its list of products that were targeted for increased tariffs. Now, salmon has been removed from the revised list.

“We are relieved that our farmers will be able to continue sending top quality Scottish salmon to the USA without any new barriers in their way,” Hamish Macdonell, Director...

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AquaBounty Complete $15.5 Million Public Stock Offering

AquaBounty Technologies, a company behind genetically engineered salmon announced its has closed its public stock offering. The company sold 10,350,000 shares at $1.50 per share, raising approximately $15.5 million.

SeafoodNews reported that the proceeds of the offering will be used to continue the construction and renovation activities of its existing facilities in Rollo Bay and Indiana.

Aquabounty priced its public offering on February 11 at $13.5 million. The company was able to buy an additional 1.35 million shares since...

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Mowi Reaches Record Harvest in 2019, Target for 2020 Remains at 450,000 MT

Salmon farmer Mowi announced it harvested record-highs of 436,000 metric tons in 2019 and 116,000 MT in Q4 2019 in its end of year earnings call.

Mowi topped its harvest record in 2019, with the 436,000 MT total but the company is eyeing further improvement in that sector. Mowi’s 2020 harvest goal is 450,000 MT.

The Norwegian-based company reached operational earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of £165.7 million ($181 million), a 22 percent drop from Q4 of 2018...

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Russia Floods U.S. With Seafood While Banning U.S. Imports for 6th Year

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

Lost in the ongoing news about the hits to seafood from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China is another international trade barrier with Russia that’s been going on far longer.

In August of 2014 Russia placed an embargo on U.S. food products to retaliate for sanctions it and other Western countries imposed over Ukraine issues.

It included Alaska seafood products, which accounted for more than $61 million in sales to Russia, primarily pink salmon roe...

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Canada Releases State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies Report After Lengthy Delay

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released its long-awaited “State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies” report on February 4.

Four approaches of salmon farming were evaluated in the study including, land-based closed-containment, floating closed containment, offshore technologies and hybrid systems. Stakeholders have been awaiting the report since the Canadian Liberal Party announced in October its plans to transition all open net pen salmon farms in British Columbia by 2025.

The report “explored the financial, environmental and social elements of emerging aquaculture technologies..."

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Bakkafrost Salmon Banned From Entry Into Russia; Mowi And Other Salmon Producers Also Banned 

Beginning February 10, any fresh, chilled or frozen salmon from Bakkafrost will be banned from entering Russia.

In November 2018 the Russian government had placed a ban on certain Bakkafrost products following the discovery of bacteria in samples of salmon offcuts from the company's AUT 125 Glyvrar plant. Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen told Undercurrent News at the time that Faroese authorities would be auditing them and reporting back to Russian authorities.

"At the moment we are in negotiations with Russia, but as we understand from...

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Finger Lakes Fish Receives SQF Certification for Coho Salmon Land-Based RAS Operation

Finger Lakes Fish announced late last week that they have received Safe Qualified Food (SQF) Certification for their land-based RAS operation where they grow coho salmon under the LocalCoho brand.

"As a brand dedicated to elevating industry standards, LocalCoho strives to be an industry role model for the safety and quality of our products and facilities," Ed Heslop, founder of Finger Lakes Fish, said in a press release. "Operating among the first SQF-certified RAS production facilities demonstrates our commitment to doing...

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Ocean Garden Unveils New Line of Shrimp and Salmon Products in 2020

San Diego-based Ocean Garden is unveiling a new line of products in 2020. Known as a top supplier of Mexican shrimp to the United States, Ocean Garden looks to diversify to adapt to the modern demands of American consumers.

The company will provide more timesaving seafood options this year. The new product line features salmon and shrimp, two products the company has plenty of experience with.

There is a big opportunity for growth in this underdeveloped category and a need for more delicious convenient ways to prepare...

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AquaBounty Announces Proposed Public Offering of $10 Million to Complete Construction at Facilities

Land-based aquaculture company AquaBounty Technologies announced on Monday that they have commenced a proposed underwritten public offering of $10 million of common stock of the company.

According to a press release from AquaBounty, the company expects to grant the underwriter of the offering a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional $1.5 million of shares of common stock to cover over-allotments.

The net proceeds of the proposed offering, if completed, will be used by AquaBounty to continue...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2020

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

There’s lots of fishing going on across Alaska and more to come in the winter line up.

Cod and a mix of groundfish kicked off the year on January 1 in the Bering Sea and in many parts of the Gulf.  Boats also are targeting black rockfish in Southeast, the westward region of Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula and along the Aleutians.

Lingcod also is open in Southeast. Divers there have pretty much wrapped up a 2 million pound sea cucumber fishery but...

 

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Norwegian Seafood Exports to China Grew 40% in 2019

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council, the Norwegian seafood sector reached record-level export value in 2019.

The Council reports that in 2019 Norway exported 2.7 million tons of seafood, with a value of NOK 107.3 billion. Although a 3% decrease in value from 2018, value increased 8%, or NOK 8.3 billion.

"The Norwegian seafood industry deliver high-quality products that correspond with global trends," said Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council. "Consumers around the world are seeking healthy, sustainable and tasty food. Norwegian seafood is...

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Kodiak Salmon Fisheries Could Take a Big Hit From BOF Proposals

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Will Kodiak lose its salmon to other regions? The Fish Board will decide.

Kodiak could take a big hit to its salmon fisheries as other regions try and lay claim to more fish.

The Board of Fisheries will take up several proposals this weekend in Kodiak that again aim to change salmon management on the entire west side of the island. Most have resurfaced regularly over decades.

Five proposals from Chignik would change...

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Matriarch of San Francisco Seafood Company Passes; Daughters Carry on Tradition

A famous fixture at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco will close for a day on Jan. 8 to celebrate the life of Stephanie Lazio Cincotta. Cincotta, the matriarch of Alioto-Lazio Fish Company on Jefferson Street, died at her home on Dec. 19, 2019. She was 91.

Cincotta ran the business for years after her mother, Annetta, passed the torch to her. Current owners, daughters Angela Cincotta; Annette Traverso; and eldest sister, Mary Ann Shepherd, now run the family business that operates as a wholesaler...

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