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Oct 12 - Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?


Oct 12 - WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland


Oct 12 - Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters


Oct 9 - China’s Seafood Imports Expected to Exceed 10 Million Tons by 2020


Oct 5 - Cooke Aquaculture Deeply Regrets Cypress Island Failure, Gives Update on Salmon Recovery Efforts


Oct 5 - Oregon, California Senators Urge NOAA to Declare Salmon Fisheries Disaster


Oct 2 - Norway, Japan Begin Offshore Salmon Farming


Sep 29 - Skuna Bay Salmon Awarded Marketing Honor by British Columbia American Marketing Association


Sep 29 - British Columbia Salmon Value Surges 37% in 3 Years


Sep 28 - Russian Salmon Production Likely to Decline by 30% This Year


Sep 22 - Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon


Sep 22 - Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification


Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Sep 21 - Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 19 - B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch


Sep 19 - Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive


Sep 14 - Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative


Sep 13 - Climate Change Will Impact SE Alaska Rivers, and Salmon


Sep 12 - Fish Radio: Alaska Salmon Catch Topped Projections, But it Could Have been Higher


Sep 7 - New Meal Delivery Kit Offers Ethically Sourced Salmon


Sep 7 - Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sign Agreements for Five Salmon Hatcheries


Sep 7 - Norway Plans to Resume Supplies of Salmon to Russia by End of 2017


Sep 7 - Zhoushan City Companies Visit Norway, Place Orders for Salmon and Cod


Aug 31 - Washington Representatives Pen Urgent Letter to Protect Native Salmon After Atlantic Salmon Escape


Aug 30 - European Commission Proposes Increase Catches in Baltic Sea in 2018


Aug 30 - Norwegian, Chinese Companies Closer to Forging Trade Agreements for Seafood


Aug 30 - Norwegian Salmon, Cod Perform Well on E-commerce Platforms in China


Aug 29 - Oregon Officials Working on Disaster Aid for Salmon Fishermen


Aug 25 - Salmon, Tilapia Prices Lower as Part of Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods


Aug 24 - Cooke Criticized for Salmon Pen Collapse; Escaped Numbers Much Bigger Than Initial Estimates


Aug 23 - Tassal’s Okehampton Bay Aquaculture Site Approved by Independent Environment Protect Authority


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Are Plant Based Salmon Feeds Lacking in Nutrients?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 12, 2017

Commercial salmon feed formulas contain more than 70% of plant ingredients – but that’s not how it’s always been. Ten to 15 years ago these formulas were composed of fishmeal and fish oil.

Fishmeal and fish oil provided salmon with the appropriate protein needed for farmed salmon to thrive, but since it was coming from wild caught fish, it was criticized from a sustainability perspective. Fish farms around the world have since turned to plant proteins that are based on wheat, corn, peas, bean and soya concentrates. However, studies show that these plant-based salmon feeds may be ...

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WDFW Permits Cooke Aquaculture to Transport Atlantic Salmon Eggs from Iceland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - October 12, 2017

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport 1.8 million Atlantic salmon eggs from its facility in Iceland to the company's land-based hatchery in Rochester, Wash.

WDFW issued the transfer permit late Tuesday, Oct. 10, after ensuring Cooke met all the fish health standards required under state law to import Atlantic salmon eggs.

The permit was issued despite Gov. Jay Inslee's direction that no permits be issued for new net pens while an Aug. 19 Cooke net pen collapse ...

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China’s Seafood Imports Expected to Exceed 10 Million Tons by 2020

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Reports] translated by Amy Zhong - October 9, 2017

Trans-border e-commerce has hastened the upgrading of China’s consumption and its seafood imports have risen dramatically. As statistics show, the country imported seafood worth more than 46.3 billion yuan (~ $7 billion USD) last year, while the demand for imported seafood has increased to 7.6 million tons this year. And the number is expected to be more than 10 million tons in 2020.

Main seafood exporters worldwide have tried to promote their products to ...

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Oregon, California Senators Urge NOAA to Declare Salmon Fisheries Disaster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - October 5, 2017

It's been a tough year for the Southern Oregon and Northern California salmon industry after the seasons were closed earlier this year. But now they have four senators in their corner.

Oregon senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined with California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris -- all Democrats -- this week, urging NOAA to support a a catastrophic regional fishery failure declaration requested by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The fishery disaster declarations have been ...

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Skuna Bay Salmon Awarded Marketing Honor by British Columbia American Marketing Association

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - September 29, 2017

The British Columbia American Marketing Association (BCAMA) has awarded Skuna Bay with their 2017 Marketer of the Year award.

Skuna Bay Salmon received the honor after being selected by members of the British Columbia marketing industry who made up an independent panel of judges. Judging Chair Kim Mech said that 2016 was a pivotal year for the company in the way that they marketed their product.

“They really dug deep with research to understand their market and ...

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Russian Salmon Production Likely to Decline by 30% This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 28, 2017

Salmon production in Russia will decline by 30 percent this year, compared to 2016, according to latest predictions of the Russian Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

The forecasted drop is primarily due to the decline of salmon populations near Sakhalin, despite the fact that volumes of catch on Kamchatka, the center of Russian salmon production, remained roughly on the same level as in 2016.

During the previous year, the annual volume of salmon catch in Russia was 400,000 tonnes; however these figures will be significantly lower this year. ...

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Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 22, 2017

Chilean seafood company Camanchaca has had a busy week. Their salmon subsidiary, Salmones Camanchaca, is set to become a public company, while their langostino lobster fishery received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

According to a press release, one third of the company’s shares will be part of the public offering ...

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Tasmania Passes New Salmon Farming Laws

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] September 21, 2017

The Tasmania lower house of Parliament has passed new laws to police the salmon farming industry. The bill, which was created to ensure that Tasmania’s salmon industry continues to grow and remains “world class,” featured some of the “toughest regulations” that the state has ever seen.

Part of the changes brought on by the bill include the independent Environment Protection Authority taking over day-to-day environmental regulations from the ...

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B.C. Atlantic Farm Raised Salmon Named "Good Alternative" By Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 18, 2017

Salmon farms are engulfed in a bit of a controversy following escapement issues, but that hasn’t stopped the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program from recognizing Atlantic farm raised salmon in British Columbia as a sustainable choice.

The program has recommended Atlantic salmon raised in British Columbia as a “good alternative.” The rating means that salmon farms have made improvements to habitat and escapes, and have increased their “independent, transparent, peer-reviewed data on the subject of ...

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Alaska Lt. Gov. Mallott Rejects Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Morris News Service-Alaska/Alaska Journal of Commerce] By Elwood Brehmer - September 14, 2017

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott denied an application on Sept. 12 to put a voter initiative on the 2018 statewide ballot that would have tightened the state’s permitting requirements for development projects with the potential to impact salmon streams.

Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar wrote a Sept. 6 letter to Mallott recommending he not certify the initiative because it would strip the Legislature of its power to allocate resources — in this case salmon habitat — and thus violate the Alaska Constitution.

The lieutenant governor’s primary responsibility in Alaska is to manage state...

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Fish Radio: Alaska Salmon Catch Topped Projections, But it Could Have been Higher

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio] With Laine Welch  Sept 12, 2017

Salmon catch tops forecast, could have gone higher

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s salmon catch tops projections but it could have gone much higher. More after this –

Salmon fishing is a wrap except for around Kodiak and Southeast, where cohos and late run chums and sockeyes are still being hauled in.

Trolling for cohos in Southeast is usually the last fishery to close in Alaska’s salmon season.

The statewide catch of 214 million is five percent over the forecast and it could have gone even higher...

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Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sign Agreements for Five Salmon Hatcheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - September 7, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset impacts of the Corps’ dams in Oregon.

The Corps will pay ODFW about $4.8 million to operate the Marion Forks, South Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette hatcheries in the Willamette Valley, and just over $2.1 million for operations at the Cole M. Rivers hatchery ...

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Zhoushan City Companies Visit Norway, Place Orders for Salmon and Cod

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] translated by Amy Zhong - September 7, 2017

On Aug. 28, representatives from Zhoushan city have signed cooperation agreements with Norway. Among them, Ocean Family from Zhejiang has reached an agreement with Cermaq, the second largest salmon company in Norway regarding its salmon sales in China. Every year Ocean Family imports 10,000 tons of salmon. Ocean Family's general manager said the company plans to fly in the salmon to ensure its freshness.

Meanwhile, International Aquatic Product City Zhoushan has signed an agreement with Front Marine. It is to import 5,000 tons ...

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European Commission Proposes Increase Catches in Baltic Sea in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 30, 2017

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea in the upcoming year.  The proposal is part of an effort from the European Union to “adjust the levels of fishing to long-term sustainability targets.” As part of that proposal, the European Commission is seeking to increase catches for central herring, sprat and the main basin salmon stocks in the Baltic Sea.

“We are proposing a balanced package that will ensure sustainable fisheries in the Baltic Sea ...

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Norwegian Salmon, Cod Perform Well on E-commerce Platforms in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - August 30, 2017

The market performance of Norwegian seafood has been strikingly good in China during the first half of this year. By June 30, its seafood export to China has exceeded 80,000 tons and it has ballooned by 44 percent compared with the same period last year. And the export value has reached 1.4 billion kroner (~ U.S. $180 million), a rise of 34 percent.

Among them, the export value increases 37 percent to reach 918 million kroner (~ U.S. $118 million) for frozen whitefish ...

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Salmon, Tilapia Prices Lower as Part of Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 25, 2017

Whole Foods Whole Catch

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market closes Monday, and Amazon has announced immediate price reductions will be taken on a range of items.  Among the highlighted price cuts are salmon and tilapia.

Whole Foods will also be integrated more closely with Amazon's retail site, with frozen Whole Catch products being offered for sale on Amazon's various grocery ecommerce sites.

When the acquisition closes Whole foods said they will immediately offer lower prices on select grocery staples. The supermarket has not released their full list of discounted items, but a press release confirmed that organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia will be among them...

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Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ZJ News] translated by Amy Zhong - October 12, 2017

Wenzhou people eat 5,000 imported oysters every day. At the same time, the city’s seafood import volume grew by 15 times in the third quarter from the same period last year.

One Wenzhou trading company, Haowoga, imported 320 kg of oysters from the Netherlands on Sept. 29. All these oysters were sold out within one day. The situation was similar with the 432 kg of oysters it had imported earlier. Haowoga imports two batches of live seafood like oysters from the Netherlands every week, ...

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Cooke Aquaculture Deeply Regrets Cypress Island Failure, Gives Update on Salmon Recovery Efforts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 5, 2017

Almost two months after Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s net-pen failure, which resulted in the escapement of thousands of salmon, the company has concluded their “initial stage” of response. Since the escapement, 200,927 fish have been accounted for, including 145,851 fish recovered from the damaged net-pen and another 49,892 fish that were retrieved through Cooke’s fish buy-back program.

The facility held 305,000 salmon.

Besides recovery efforts, the company’s initial stage of response “focused on removal and disposal of the damaged structure” and “protection of native salmon stocks.” The company added that they’ve been working with ...

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Norway, Japan Begin Offshore Salmon Farming

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jiji Press]  October 2, 2017

 
Projects are under way in Norway and Japan to raise salmon in large numbers in big offshore pens, by adopting next-generation aquafarming technology.

Offshore farming aims to avoid the infestations of sea lice that often accompany conventional small and overcrowded coastal farms, as well as water contamination caused by leftover feed.

Prices of salmon are rising due to the growing popularity of sushi in the United States, Europe and Asia outside Japan, as well as poor catches. At the Tsukiji wholesale fish market in Tokyo, Norwegian Atlantic salmon is priced 15 pct to 20 pct higher year on year.

Moves to increase the production of salmon are therefore gaining momentum....

 

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British Columbia Salmon Value Surges 37% in 3 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - September 29, 2017

The value of salmon in British Columbia is on the rise. An independent economic analysis of the salmon aquaculture industry in the Canadian province reveals that there has been a 37% increase in value over the past three years, jumping from $1,144.0 million to $1,561.9 million.

“The full value chain in the salmon aquaculture sector has turned record high prices over much of the past three years into an unprecedented ...

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Ralphs Grocery Store Launches Prepared Meal Kits with Fish Tacos, Peruvian Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 22, 2017

Southern California residents don’t need to subscribe to a home meal delivery company in order to get prepared meal kits. Supermarket chain Ralphs is now offering pre-measured and prepared meal kits at 25 of their SoCal locations.

The kit is called Prep+Pared and features fresh ingredients that are ...

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Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 22, 2017

The latest financial indicators show the Russian fishing industry is on the verge of a serious crisis. According to data of the Russian Association of Fishermen (RAF), the balance profit of the industry in the first half of 2017 fell by18.7 percent, which happened for the first time since 2014.

Experts say the industry no longer feels any benefits from the devaluation of the ruble. Its profitability is also hampered by low global fish prices and poor purchasing ...

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New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - September 21, 2017

The export value of New Brunswick seafood to China has reached as high as $15.66 million CAD (~$12.6 million U.S.) in 2016, which is 23 percent of the Canadian total seafood export. The province’s seafood export has ballooned by 238 percent from 2015 to 2016. And it is still working hard to promote seafood in this huge market.

On Sept. 8, a small-scale meeting was held in the Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou). New Brunswick’s governmental officials, along with representatives for its three leading ...

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Alaska Legislature Keeps Salmon Habitat Protections Alive

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 18, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The push to protect salmon habitat is still a go.

A proposed ballot initiative aimed at modernizing salmon habitat protection and permitting laws was denied last week by Lieutenant Governor Mallott. The measure would update the Title 16 laws for the first time in 60 years. 

But because it would appropriate waterways and that can’t be done by ballot initiative, it was ruled unconstitutional ...

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Climate Change Will Impact SE Alaska Rivers, and Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio]With Laine Welch Sept. 13, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Protecting Southeast’s salmon streams from changing water flows. More after this – 

One third of Alaska’s salmon harvest each year comes from fish produced in the 17,000 miles of streams in Southeast’s Tongass rainforest. 

A changing climate is altering rain and snowfall patterns that affect that habitat – for better or worse. Now, a first of its kind study details the potential changes and how people can plan ahead to protect the fish.

 In general the global climate models are saying it’s going to get warmer and wetter. I’ve also heard another rule of thumb that the wetter places in the world are going to get wetter..

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New Meal Delivery Kit Offers Ethically Sourced Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 7, 2017

Meal kits are on the rise and one subscription box company in particular is trying to ensure that you have a clear conscience before diving into your dinner. Moink, a meal kit delivery service owned and operated by farmers, launched Wednesday and only features ethically sourced meat and salmon.

Moink allows customers to customize their box with either beef, lamb, pork, chicken or salmon that is humanely raised and ethically sourced. The only salmon included in their meal kits is ...

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Norway Plans to Resume Supplies of Salmon to Russia by End of 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 7, 2017

Norway plans to resume supplies of salmon to Russia by the end of the current year, despite the existing food embargo, according to recent statements of Norwegian Minister of Fisheries' Per Sandberg.

Sandberg said the Norway government is currently conducting talks with the Russian Ministry of Agriculture regarding this issue.

The planned volume of supplies was not disclosed. There is a possibility that permissions on the supplies of salmon to Russia will be issued to Norwegian aquaculture enterprises by ...

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Washington Representatives Pen Urgent Letter to Protect Native Salmon After Atlantic Salmon Escape

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] August 31, 2017 

Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, as well as Representatives Adam Smith, Pramila Jayapal, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck and Suzan DelBene have published an urgent letter directed towards the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The senators and representatives are asking the agencies to address the impacts of the farmed Atlantic salmon that escaped from Cooke Aquaculture near San Juan Islands ...

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Norwegian, Chinese Companies Closer to Forging Trade Agreements for Seafood

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Oregon Officials Working on Disaster Aid for Salmon Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - August 29, 2017

While West Coast salmon fishermen feel the pinch of either no Chinook season or a very limited one, state officials are working on disaster assistance.

In Oregon, staff from Gov. Kate Brown's Natural Resources Office said it is working on a Governor’s executive order directing state agencies to coordinate and focus existing services to assist people and communities affected by the 2017 South Coast ocean salmon fishing closure.

"Currently, the local workforce board and Workforce Oregon leadership are working together with staff from [Higher Education Coordinating Commission] - Office of Workforce Investments to survey ...

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