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Aug 17 - Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region


Aug 15 - Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth


Aug 14 - Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Receives $460,000 in Funding


Aug 10 - Stand For Salmon On the Ballot For Alaskan Voters


Aug 10 - Norway Sets New Record for Salmon Exports; Chinese Frozen Salmon Prices Drop


Aug 9 - Alaska Celebrating 3rd Annual Wild Salmon Day on Friday


Aug 7 - Norway Boasts New Seafood Record for July 2018


Aug 7 - Ocean Beauty Seafoods Permanently Closing its Petersburg Facility


Aug 7 - August 2018 Alaska Fishing Updates: Total Salmon Catch Tops 80 Million Fish


Aug 7 - NMFS Notifies Regional Councils of Nine Species Listed as Overfished or Subject to Overfishing


Aug 6 - Agrosuper To Buy 67% of AquaChile, Launch Public Offer of Shares to Acquire 100% of Company


Aug 3 - Russian Kamchatka Region Salmon Harvest on Pace to Set New Record


Aug 2 - Slade Gorton Expands Seafood Made Simple Brand of Meal Kits


Aug 2 - Columbia River Sea Lion Predation on Salmon Runs Attracts Senate Attention


Aug 1 - Fire Damages Cermaq Norway Cage; Thousands of Salmon Escape


Jul 26 - California King Salmon Season Reopens Today


Jul 26 - International Year of the Salmon Spawns Alaska Research


Jul 25 - California Tribe Files Notice to Sue PFMC, NMFS Relating to Salmon Seasons


Jul 19 - Marine Harvest Not Recovering Escaped Salmon Fast Enough, Says Sernapesca


Jul 19 - Landlocked Salmon Farms Cropping Up In U.S.


Jul 19 - China Continues to Ease Path for Norway Salmon Imports, Rescinding some Geographic Limitations


Jul 18 - Bycatch of King Salmon Called “Relatively Low” by Fish Managers


Jul 16 - JD Fresh Cooperates with GAA to Start Summer BAP Seafood Promotion


Jul 13 - Oregon Ports, Port Orford in Line for Army Corps of Engineers Work


Jul 13 - Chinese Make Their First Deep Water Salmon Aquaculture Installation


Jul 11 - Marine Harvest Attempting to Catch Antibiotic-Treated Salmon After Escapement


Jul 11 - Alaskan Seafood Going to More Countries


Jul 9 - Iceland Salmon Producer Arnarlax Suffers Net Pen Failure, Escapement


Jul 9 - Norwegian Salmon Importer Vikings Label Opening Land-Based Salmon Farm in Dubai


Jul 9 - CDFW Launches E-tix Commercial Landings System One Year Ahead of Mandatory Electronic Reporting


Jul 6 - Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores


Jul 6 - Data Shows Increase in Vietnam Border Trade and Likely Uptick in Smuggling


Jul 5 - Fourth of July Food By The Numbers: A Look at Retail and Restaurants


Jul 5 - Salmon Sperm Spawns Bio-LED Development


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Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 17, 2018

Major Russian Kamchatka-region fish harvests may drop this year thanks to investment in another natural resource: mining.

Global mining companies have announced plans to start the production of minerals close to the West Kamchatka shelf as well as peripheral areas of the Peninsula.

For example, Indian energy holding company Tata Power -- India's largest integrated power company, according to its website -- has recently completed its plans to build a new port on the Sea of Okhotsk on the western coast of Kamchatka. The company's ...

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Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018

Recycling, using public transportation and reducing trash can reduce your carbon footprint – but what about changing your eating habits? Studies show that eating vegan meals – or  farmed salmon – has the ability to reduce your impact on Earth.

A chart developed by Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands (FIOH) shows that a farmed salmon meal and vegan meal use the least amount of square meters to produce one portion of dinner ...

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Stand For Salmon On the Ballot For Alaskan Voters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 10, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Alaskans can vote in November on the ballot initiative aimed at updating the state’s salmon habitat protection laws for the first time since statehood.

The Alaska Supreme Court gave the go ahead this week if provisions ruled unconstitutional are removed -notably, that initiatives can’t prioritize one state resource over another. 

Ryan Schryver is director of the Yes for Salmon campaign which organized the ballot push ...

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Alaska Celebrating 3rd Annual Wild Salmon Day on Friday

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Tomorrow, August 10 is Alaska Wild Salmon Day!

No matter how people may differ on issues and current events, all Alaskans feel unified on one thing:  their appreciation for salmon.  

That’s why Governor Bill Walker signed Wild Salmon Day into law two years ago. Credit is widely given to Representative Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham for shepherding the special recognition through the Alaska legislature.

Here are some interesting Alaska wild salmon facts ...

 

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Ocean Beauty Seafoods Permanently Closing its Petersburg Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 7, 2018

Ocean Beauty Seafoods has confirmed that they will be permanently closing their Petersburg facility. The plant has not been operational the past two seasons.

Ocean Beauty Seafoods will continue to operate their facilities at Excursion Inlet, Cordova, and Kodiak Island. The decision to close the Petersburg facility stems from the plant’s limited ability for fresh and frozen production. Prior to closing, the Petersburg facility was primarily a cannery.

“Over the past four years we have made significant capital ...

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NMFS Notifies Regional Councils of Nine Species Listed as Overfished or Subject to Overfishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - August 7, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service notified regional Councils recently than nine stocks around the country are overfished or subject to overfishing. Of those, five are salmon stocks on the West Coast.

The Klamath River fall Chinook, Queets coho, Juan de Fuca coho, Snohomish coho and Sacramento River fall Chinook have been listed as overfished. Upper Columbia River summer Chinook is listed as being subject to overfishing. In other regions, thorny skate and the ...

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Russian Kamchatka Region Salmon Harvest on Pace to Set New Record

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 3, 2018

Salmon catch in the Russian Kamchatka region may set a new record this year and also result in the decline of prices in the local market, according to recent Russian government data.

For the first seven months of 2018, the catch volume grew by 45 percent, compared to 2016, and reached 176,000 tonnes, according to Rosrybolovstvo.

The record harvest has also been confirmed by an official spokesman of the Kamchatka government ...

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Oregon Senators Introduce Bill Addressing Sea Lion Predation While Respecting Tribal Rights

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - August 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the successful U.S. House passage in June of bill allowing for Columbia River sea lion removal to protect Endangered Species Act-listed runs, Pacific Northwest senators are now pushing forward on the issue -- with similar but competing bills.

The bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., HR 2083, was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation after it passed the house ...

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California King Salmon Season Reopens Today

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 26, 2018

California's commercial salmon fishermen are thrilled to again provide some of the world's best tasting salmon – the California king salmon! Chefs, foodies and salmon lovers everywhere can again enjoy this iconic summer delicacy right from their local grocery stores, fish markets and restaurants.

After a mid-season break, commercial salmon fishermen can begin fishing again today. Prior to the scheduled June 30 closure, the catch was more than double the projection for the May-June season in the Monterey ...

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California Tribe Files Notice to Sue PFMC, NMFS Relating to Salmon Seasons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - July 25, 2018

California's Hoopa Valley Trib, notified NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council last week it intends to sue them for violating the Endangered Species Act when the Council and NMFS set this year's salmon seasons.

That is, the tribe said, the agency did not reinitiate formal consultation with regard to the ESA-listed stock of Southern Oregon Northern California Coastal coho (SONCC). This year's salmon measures will result in unlawful ...

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Landlocked Salmon Farms Cropping Up In U.S.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - July 19, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Salmon is now being grown in the nation’s first landlocked fish farm in rural Wisconsin. 

Earlier this month a company called Superior Fresh sent its first batch of 2,000 pounds of fresh 10 pounders to Festival Food stores across the state.  Plans call for an annual output of about 72 tons of Atlantic salmon and steelhead trout from the so called fish house which adjoins a large greenhouse ...

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Bycatch of King Salmon Called “Relatively Low” by Fish Managers

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Salmon was the focus of public radio’s Talk of Alaska last week, specifically, potential reasons for poor runs in many regions of the state.

Answering Alaskan’s questions were Scott Kelley, director of the commercial fisheries division, Ed Jones, Chinook salmon research initiative coordinator and Jim Murphy, a fisheries research biologist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Much of the focus was on depleted stocks of Chinook salmon and ...

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Oregon Ports, Port Orford in Line for Army Corps of Engineers Work

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - July 13, 2018

Oregon's small ports -- and Port Orford, in particular -- are getting some much needed maintenance funding, thanks primarily to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had left out any maintenance dredging or jetty repairs from the agency's Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Work Plan earlier this year.

DeFazio complained. Twice.

In February, he sent a letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps requesting that ...

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Marine Harvest Attempting to Catch Antibiotic-Treated Salmon After Escapement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 11, 2018

A storm that struck Marine Harvest’s salmon farm in Chile on July 5 has resulted in the escapement of approximately 900,000 fish. Now, the company is attempting to capture the escaped fish – some of which were recently treated with antibiotics.

Antibiotic use on fish is a subject of great debate in Chile’s salmon industry, and the escaped salmon, which are non-native to the area, could cause great harm to other fish stocks. Estefania Gonzalez, Greenpeace Chile Oceans Coordinator ...

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Iceland Salmon Producer Arnarlax Suffers Net Pen Failure and Escapement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 9, 2018

Arnarlax, the largest farmer and producer of Icelandic salmon, confirmed that they have suffered from a net pen failure.

An investigation is currently underway, and it’s being speculated that the failure occurred in the “net pen’s lifting system.” Arnarlax reports that two holes were discovered by specialists. A search for any fish that may have escaped is underway.

The incident has been reported to Iceland’s Food Administration, the Environment Agency and the Directorate of Fisheries ...

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CDFW Launches E-tix Commercial Landings System One Year Ahead of Mandatory Electronic Reporting

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - July 9, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced the availability of E-tix, a new electronic reporting system for commercial fishery landings that came online July 1. With the cooperation of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the E-tix application has been adapted to allow electronic reporting of all California landing records, CDFW said in a statement.

Since 1933, CDFW has relied on paper landing receipts that over the years expanded to ...

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Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Receives $460,000 in Funding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 14, 2018

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, an industry-funded association working on behalf of the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada, has received $460,000 in funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick. The funding – which was derived from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund – will be used to focus on “growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.”

“Innovation in this sector ...

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Norway Sets New Record for Salmon Exports; Chinese Frozen Salmon Prices Drop

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

China’s wholesale prices of frozen salmon have declined in the last week. Importers’ purchase prices have reached 86 yuan/kg (~$12.61/kg USD), said one insider in Southern China. The wholesale prices of Norwegian frozen salmon are close to or even lower than purchase prices of importers in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Meanwhile, the wholesale prices are close to purchase prices in other regions.

Most salmon are small in Shanghai where wholesale prices have already decreased to ...

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Norway Boasts New Seafood Record for July 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 7, 2018

The Norwegian seafood industry has reason to celebrate. Despite July usually being the weakest export month, the Norwegian Seafood Council has confirmed that July 2018 was the second highest July month ever.

According to the Council, fisheries exports in July valued NOK 1.5 billion, a 5 percent increase from 2017. While a jump from last year, the number is still 9 percent lower than the July 2015 record. Meanwhile, aquaculture exports also broke a record for July, totaling ...

 

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August 2018 Alaska Fishing Updates: Total Salmon Catch Tops 80 Million Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - August 7, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Bristol Bay winds down but lots of fishing is going on elsewhere.

Alaska’s total salmon catch has topped 80 million fish – nearly 48 million are sockeyes and 42 million of the reds are from Bristol Bay. Fishing is winding down there but lots of salmon is being hauled in elsewhere, albeit slowly in most regions.

The Dungeness fishery in Southeast is ongoing with ...

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Agrosuper To Buy 67% of AquaChile, Launch Public Offer of Shares to Acquire 100% of Company

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 6, 2018

AgroSuper announced on Monday that they have agreed to buy 67% of Empresas AquaChile S.A. In addition, AgroSuper has launched a Public Offer of Shares (OPA) to acquire up to 100% of the AquaChile.

"This acquisition reinforces AgroSuper’s vocation to produce food to the highest quality and freshness for customers and consumers in the most demanding markets of the world, hand in hand with responsible production with the environment ...

 

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Slade Gorton Expands Seafood Made Simple Brand of Meal Kits

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NFI Salmon Council] - August 2, 2018

With the popularity of food subscription services and pre-measured meal kits red-hot and on-the-rise, Boston-based seafood manufacturer and distributor Slade Gorton has expanded its line of meal kits under its Seafood Made Simple brand. At the center of many of these new kits is salmon, America’s favorite fish.

Thanks to its naturally rich flavor, buttery texture, and incredible versatility, salmon remains the fish Americans love to eat most ...

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Fire Damages Cermaq Norway Cage; Thousands of Salmon Escape

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 1, 2018

A fire that damaged Cermaq’s Skinnstakkvika site cage in Ryggefjorden has resulted in the escapement of 1,000 to 10,000 salmon.

“The fire was discovered and extinguished quickly by the staff at the sea site, and immediate measures were implemented to secure the remaining fish,” Cermaq confirmed on Tuesday. “Luckily, no persons were injured.”

The net pen contained approximately 162,000 fish. Cermaq is currently working to secure the remaining fish, as well as the sea site. The secured fish will be moved to ...

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International Year of the Salmon Spawns Alaska Research

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - July 26, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Impacts of climate change on Alaska salmon. 

Plans are underway for an International Year of the Salmon next year launched by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), which for 25 years has promoted research collaboration and exchanges among scientists in its five member countries – the US, Canada, Russian, Japan and Korea.

The theme is “Salmon and people in a changing world” and a key mission is set for ...

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Marine Harvest Not Recovering Escaped Salmon Fast Enough, Says Sernapesca

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 19, 2018

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, Sernapesca, has filed a complaint against Marine Harvest Chile following a salmon escapement that occurred on July 5.

A wind storm earlier this month caused structural damage to Marine Harvest Chile’s Punta Redonda site, resulting in “many of the 900,000” fish escaping. The Calbuco Fishermen Federation was contacted to help recapture the escaped salmon, but according to Sernapesca, only about 5.7% have been recaptured to date. The law requires that the company recapture ...

 

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China Continues to Ease Path for Norway Salmon Imports, Rescinding some Geographic Limitations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 19, 2018

According to Norwegian media, China is removing its limitations on salmon imports from three counties of Norway: South Trondelag, Nordland and Trom. Salmon suppliers like Leroy and Cermaq have confirmed this news but the Chinese government has not yet announced officially whether domestic importers can buy salmon from these regions at this moment.

Salmon from these three regions had been banned from China in 2015 due to the outbreaks of infectious salmon anemia and  ...

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JD Fresh Cooperates with GAA to Start Summer BAP Seafood Promotion

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 16, 2018

JD has begun its one-week-long promotion activities for BAP-certified seafood beginning on July 9. The promotion resulted from the cooperation of JD and the Global Aquaculture Alliance. During that week, consumers could spend 99 yuan ($14.80 USD) to get such certified aquatic products worth 119 yuan ($17.78 USD).

Fifteen certified seafood products were on the promotion list. They included products such as Guolian’s white shrimp meat, tilapia fillets and other processed ...

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Chinese Make Their First Deep Water Salmon Aquaculture Installation

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - July 13, 2018

China’s newly invented aquaculture equipment, Deep Blue No.1, has been officially put into use in the Yellow Sea on July 2, though it was submerged into the sea on June 29. It has become home to 300,000 trout and salmon, which marks the coming of China’s industrialized farming of sea fish.

There was very strong wind on July 2, but the equipment is reported to be able to handle even a hurricane with its four 100-ton anchors. In addition, a vessel with ...

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Alaskan Seafood Going to More Countries 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - July 11, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Seafood is Alaska’s #1 export by far, topping $3 billion in sales to 120 countries. In fact, Alaska seafood makes up 55 percent of our nation’s total seafood exports.

Impressive, but globally, it’s a drop in the bucket.

“We have a lot of challenges--  we think of ourselves, rightfully so, as having the greatest seafood in the world but we are only 2 percent of the world supply and ...

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Norwegian Salmon Importer Vikings Label Opening Land-Based Salmon Farm in Dubai

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - July 9, 2018

A large, land-based fish farm is headed to Dubai.

Gråkjær’s, a company specializing in the construction of commercial, aquacultural and agricultural buildings, announced on Monday that they have partnered with Vikings Label to design and develop the new fish farming project. Vikings Label is an importer and processor of Norwegian salmon based in Dubai. While they’ve found success importing salmon into Dubai, the company is now looking to enter the aquaculture market.

“We see a huge growth potential for salmon ...

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