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Jul 6 - Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year


Jul 6 - JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020


Jul 6 - PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast


Jul 2 - Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well


Jun 30 - Kvarøy Arctic Investing in Land-Based Aquaculture


Jun 30 - AquaBounty Begins Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Salmon Raised in Indiana


Jun 30 - Landings Report: AK Salmon Season Lags Behind Recent Years, Keta Harvest Picking Up


Jun 29 - Storm Sinks Blumar’s Salmon Cages, Extent of Escapement Unknown


Jun 29 - China’s Shrimp Industry is Struggling and Waiting for a Better but Seemingly Far Away Tomorrow


Jun 26 - Salmon Run Indicators From Birds, Mosquitos, Wind


Jun 25 - Japan’s First ASC Certified Coho Salmon Becomes Available at Retail, E-Commerce


Jun 25 - Norwegian Salmon Exports to China Fall 97 Percent Following Beijing Outbreak


Jun 24 - ASMI, McDowell Group Provides Weekly Alaska Salmon Harvest Update #2


Jun 23 - Economic Value of Alaska Seafood Industry


Jun 23 - Grieg Seafood Taps Former Mowi Director as Chief Commercial Officer


Jun 22 - Salmon Not the Only Food Item Being Targeted in China After Outbreak


Jun 22 - 2020 Japan-Russia Fishery Negotiations Allocate Japan 2,050 Tons of Salmon in the Russian EEZ


Jun 22 - Russia Prepares For Salmon Fishing Season This Year


Jun 22 - Joyvio Hit Hard After Salmon Removed From Shelves in China


Jun 19 - Chinese Officials Blame Virus Outbreak on Low Temperature, High Humidity in Seafood Stalls at Market


Jun 18 - Former FDA Chief Questions Fish Handling Practices in China After Coronavirus Spike


Jun 17 - Beijing Authorities Confirm That There is ‘No Evidence’ That Salmon is a Host of the Coronavirus


Jun 17 - Troubling Signs for Salmon in North Pacific


Jun 16 - Norwegian Seafood Council Responds After China Halts Imports of Salmon Following Coronavirus Spike


Jun 15 - REPORT: Salmon Taken Off Shelves in Beijing After Spike in Coronavirus Cases


Jun 15 - New Coronavirus Outbreak in Beijing Being Linked to Salmon


Jun 12 - AKVA Group Looking to Build $130 Million Land Based Grow-Out Facility in Maryland by 2023


Jun 9 - Sujiko Salmon Roe of Copper River Sockeye Highest Price Ever for the Season’s First Delivery


Jun 8 - Scottish Salmon Farmer Purchases First Processing Facility


Jun 8 - Salmon Sellers See Great Potential in Chinese Market


Jun 8 - JAPAN: COVID-19 Reduced April Seafood Imports by Air, Down 20-90%


Jun 8 - JAPAN: 2019 Fishing and Aquaculture Production 41.16 Million Tons, Down 5.8%


Jun 4 - Kvarøy Arctic Implements Blockchain to Trace Farmed Salmon to Consumers


Jun 4 - Alaskans Own Celebrates 11 Years, Expands Donations to Needy


Jun 3 - Seal Hunt Proponents Hope New Evidence Sways Skeptical Fisheries Officials


Jun 2 - Blue Apron Pushes Shrimp and Salmon With Chef Tim Hollingsworth and HBO Max Partnership


Jun 2 - Alaska Salmon Updates Each Week, By Region


Jun 1 - JAPAN: April Seafood Imports Decreased Further by 20%


May 27 - LATAM Airlines Files for Bankruptcy After Increasing Cargo Flights Last Month


May 27 - Survey Looks at Salmon Farms in Japan


May 26 - ASMI Japan Campaign: "Eat Alaskan Seafood and Boost your Immunity!"


May 26 - Patron Saint of Salmon


May 22 - BigFish Brand Introduces Two New Fish Cakes to its Lineup in the UK


May 21 - China’s Seafood Imports are Recovering Better in the Fishing Off-Season


May 20 - SalMar Hits Record Earnings in Q1 2020, Central Norway Business Performs Well


May 20 - Copper River Opens to Low Catches/Prices, High at Retail, Early Updates


May 19 - Letter to Salmon Fleets Simplifies Covid Rules


May 18 - Mowi Signs Deal with Skaginn3X to Implement Salmon Cooling System


May 18 - ANALYSIS: Bigger Canadian Whole Fish Beginning to See an Uptick in the U.S. Market


May 15 - First Copper River Salmon Going to Health Care Workers With Celebrity Chef Event Sunday


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Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), the export value of the Norwegian seafood reached an all-time high for the first half of the year.

The main driving factor behind the boost in export value is the weak Norwegian krone, according to the Council’s CEO Renate Larsen.

“Despite a very challenging spring with the corona crisis, we have still seen growth in seafood exports in the first half of the year. Salmon, trout, herring and mackerel have increased the most compared to the first half of 2019,” Larsen said...

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JAPAN: Fresh Salmon Imports by Air Continued Decreasing in May 

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, salmon and trout imported by air freight in May fell 20% year-on-year, as it did in April, due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Among them, the mainstay Norwegian Atlantic salmon has continued to decline by more than 30%. The unit price was generally sluggish, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

In May, import by air transport was 2,476 tons, 3,172.97 million yen ($29.5 million), which was a significant decrease in volume of 20.4% and value of 19.8% compared to...

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PMTF Data Shows Bristol Bay Run a Week Late, Statewide Salmon Landings 8% of Forecast

The latest data from the Port Moller Test Fishery (PMTF) shows the salmon run continues to build seaward of the fishing grounds. If landings at the test stations continue or even level off at the current values, it means the run will be at least six days late to the grounds. 

The stations are arrayed across the outside entrance to Bristol Bay, some 200 miles from the rivers and even further from the spawning grounds in upriver areas and lakes.  It takes six to nine ...

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Kvarøy Arctic Investing in Land-Based Aquaculture 

Kvarøy Arctic is expanding their operations. The family-owned sustainable atlantic salmon farm in Norway’s Arctic Circle was previously invested in open-ocean net pen farming. Now, the company is venturing into land-based aquaculture with a new project called Arctic Seafarm.

“We believe in producing salmon in the most responsible way,” said CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen. “That means finding sustainable solutions that are healthy for the fish and for the environment. We are leading the way with innovations on the water and it’s now time for us to...

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Landings Report: AK Salmon Season Lags Behind Recent Years, Keta Harvest Picking Up

Overall, Alaska’s salmon season continues to lag behind previous years, reports economist Garrett Evridge in his weekly report produced by the McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.  Nearly six million salmon -- 5.8 million -- have been landed to date compared to nearly 14 million fish landed at the same point in 2018.

With current data through Sunday, June 28, YTD sockeye landings are more than 70% lower than 2019 and the 5-year average. Bristol Bay landings have been slow with production down about 80% from ...

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China’s Shrimp Industry is Struggling and Waiting for a Better but Seemingly Far Away Tomorrow

After China’s salmon news, many seafood prices have taken a dive there, and some consumers have removed seafood, both imported and domestic ones, from meals for the sake of health. The whole industry is suffering. Some insiders said that they had been recovering after the Chinese New Year thanks to online sales, but now things are taking a depressing turn again.

Shrimp are among the greatest victims in all this. Some prices are said to have hit unprecedentedly low levels, and panicked farmers are...

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Japan’s First ASC Certified Coho Salmon Becomes Available at Retail, E-Commerce

Marukin Co. has a lot to celebrate. The owner and operator of a salmon farm in the Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture in Northeast Japan is the first coho salmon farm in Japan to acquire Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. And now their ASC certified products will be available in the retail and e-commerce market.

In 2017 the company launched Japan’s first Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) with Ocean Outcomes Japan Program (which has since merged with Seafood Legacy) and local fishermen, with the goal of acquiring ASC certification...

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ASMI, McDowell Group Provides Weekly Alaska Salmon Harvest Update #2

Salmon harvests throughout Alaska are generally below expectation, with YTD statewide landings the smallest in at least 12 years. Although some areas have been late to open or are much lower than historical averages, recovery from early-season weakness can happen quickly as key fisheries come online. For example, a single strong week in Bristol Bay can produce multiples of the entire statewide May and June harvest.

Sockeye landings of about 640,000 fish are 75% lower than the same time in 2019 when more than...

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Grieg Seafood Taps Former Mowi Director as Chief Commercial Officer

Former Sales Director of Mowi Markets Norway Erik Holvik was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Grieg Seafood. Holvik is set to establish Grieg’s integrated sales and market organization. He will drive the development and execution of the company’s downstream efforts and global commercial strategy.

Before this opportunity, Holvik began his career at Coast Seafood in 2003, working in the company’s VAP department. Since 2011, Holvik worked in various roles with Mowi, assisting in the construction of Mowi’s sales organization in Bergen.

“In Grieg Seafood, we have very exciting years ahead of us. By 2025, we will grow sustainably..."

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2020 Japan-Russia Fishery Negotiations Allocate Japan 2,050 Tons of Salmon in the Russian EEZ

The 36th Japan-Russia Joint Committee on Fisheries and the Japan-Russia bilateral discussion on the Japanese salmon fishery inside the Russian 200-mile EEZ were held on June 15-18 by video conference. The talks concluded this year's operating conditions of the Japanese fleet for Russian salmon inside the Japanese EEZ and the Russian 200-mile EEZ. According to the press release by the Fisheries Agency of Japan, the fishing quota on Russian salmon and trout for the Japanese fishing vessels inside...

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Joyvio Hit Hard After Salmon Removed From Shelves in China

Salmon has recently run into trouble in the Chinese market, and has been taken off the shelves in quite a number of supermarkets and restaurants. This has exerted great influence on the country’s salmon industry and hit relevant companies hard. Joyvio, one subsidiary of the Lenovo Group, is among the greatest victims.

On June 15, its share price once contracted by as much as 9%, greater than any other salmon companies there. What’s worse, this scandal seems to have disrupted the company’s future development plan, which attaches great importance to...

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Former FDA Chief Questions Fish Handling Practices in China After Coronavirus Spike

Authorities in Beijing have confirmed that there is no evidence linking salmon to the coronavirus, but it might be too little too late for the industry as the false allegations caused Chinese consumers to panic. While there is no ban in place on salmon imports, supermarkets removed the product from shelves. Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb is now speaking out, saying that if anything people should be questioning the fish handling practices at the markets where the coronavirus outbreaks started...

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Troubling Signs for Salmon in North Pacific

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

The total abundance of Pacific salmon in the North Pacific remains near all-time highs but there are some troubling signs.

Harvests have slowly declined t over the past decade – and last year showed especially low catches of some salmon species.

For nearly 30 years the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) has summarized abundances and catches of salmon  as reported by its five member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S. 

It tracks all salmon species caught in the... 

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REPORT: Salmon Taken Off Shelves in Beijing After Spike in Coronavirus Cases

China’s capital is currently seeing a second wave of coronavirus cases—and in a surprising twist, salmon has become its latest victim.

Beijing began reporting new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. As of Sunday the city allegedly had over 80 cases. According to reports, the latest outbreak is being linked to Xinfadi Market, where health officials say they found traces of the coronavirus on a cutting board belonging to a seller of imported salmon. The news has resulted in major supermarkets in Beijing pulling salmon from their shelves...

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AKVA Group Looking to Build $130 Million Land Based Grow-Out Facility in Maryland by 2023

AKVA Group ASA announced on Friday that they are potentially building a new land based grow-out facility in Maryland.

The company said that they have signed a non-binding term sheet with Norwegian Company AquaCon AS for a potential supply of equipment, engineering and design for a facility that would hold 15,000 metric tons of HOG salmon. If awarded, the final contract is expected to have a minimum value of $130 million...

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Scottish Salmon Farmer Purchases First Processing Facility

Scotland-based salmon farmer Loch Duart’s purchased its first processing facility in the company’s 21-year history. Loch Duart sees the investment as a pathway to greater flexibility and control.

The facility is located in Dingwall on the Black Isle and was previously owned by The Edinburgh Salmon Company. Loch Duart said the facility was mothballed in 2018 and it has plans to refurbish the 52,000 square foot facility before opening.

“This is great news for Loch Duart and for our customers. It’s an investment in our future,” Mark Warrington, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing is going on besides salmon.

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 8 million fish, of which over half are sockeyes, mostly from Bristol Bay where catches are building.

Fishermen in Quinhagak have formed a group of 70 harvesters to revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The group is called the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative and also includes members from Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. It’s the first fishery since 2016 when the region’s CDQ group...

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Japan: May Seafood Exports Increased by 3% to 630,000 Tons; Frozen Scallops, Albacore Perform Well

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, exports of marine products in May increased by 3% year-on-year to 63,450 tons and decreased by 2% to 17.2 billion yen ($159.9 million). On a monetary basis, the rate of decrease was double-digit from January of this year, with a 22% decrease in March and a 35% decrease in April, but it recovered in this month. Among the leading products, frozen scallops exceeded the same month last year in volume and...

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AquaBounty Begins Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Salmon Raised in Indiana

AquaBounty announced on Tuesday that commercial harvest of Atlantic salmon at their land-based farm in Albany, Indiana, is officially underway.

The land-based aquaculture company, which is also developing genetically modified fish, confirmed back in May that despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, they were still on track for their first harvest of conventional Atlantic salmon in June. At the time CEO Sylvia Wulf said that the June harvest would provide the company with their first revenues on a commercial scale...

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Storm Sinks Blumar’s Salmon Cages, Extent of Escapement Unknown

Blumar’s operations at their “Caicura” farming center in Seno Reloncaví, Hualaihué commune, Palena province, Los Lagos region, suffered a devastating blow over the weekend when a strong storm sank 16 of their salmon cages. 

The seafood company released a statement confirming that around 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, their farming site was battered by the Puelche wind storm. 

“Product of the strong winds from the east and emptying current, the culture module sank, causing 16 of the 18 cage rafts that make it up to remain underwater, with the...

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Salmon Run Indicators From Birds, Mosquitos, Wind

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Birds, mosquitos and wind indicate the strength and arrival of salmon runs.

Alaska salmon managers have decades of data to help them forecast and track the fish each year. Alaska Natives add to that knowledge with their centuries of salmon observations.

One indicator of the size and timing of the runs is the spring bird migration, says James Nicori, one of four managers with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

“Looking at the birds and...

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Norwegian Salmon Exports to China Fall 97 Percent Following Beijing Outbreak

In its latest industry update, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) noted a 97 percent decline in fresh salmon exports to China last week, when compared to the previous year.

"The sharp fall in weekly exports of salmon to China must be seen in light of recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Beijing and the effects this has had on the trade and demand of salmon,” Victoria Braathen, the Norwegian Seafood Council's Country Director in China said.

Braathen noted that Chinese authorities confirmed salmon was not at the source of...

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Economic Value of Alaska Seafood Industry

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch --Which Alaska region is home to the most fishing boats and which region produces the most fish?

Those are just a few of the questions answered each year in the highly anticipated Economic Value of Alaska’s Seafood Industry report by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute compiled by the McDowell Group.

The report shows that just under 59,000 workers were directly employed in 2018.

There were 29,400 skippers, active permit owners and crew, of which 56% were Alaska residents. Just over 13,000 fishermen were from outside Alaska.          

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Salmon Not the Only Food Item Being Targeted in China After Outbreak

Salmon is not the only food item being targeted in China following a second wave of coronavirus cases. China’s General Administration of Customs confirmed on Sunday that they have suspended poultry imports from one of Tyson Foods’ plants due to concerns following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at an Arkansas facility.

Tyson announced on Friday that 481 workers at their locations in Arkansas tested positive for coronavirus. Although the World Health Organization, the CDC, FDA, and other organizations have made numerous statements regarding there being...

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Russia Prepares For Salmon Fishing Season This Year  

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Russia may significantly complicate the salmon fishing season in the country, which just began at the beginning of June.   

According to analysts of the Russian Fishnews paper, this year the volume of catch of Pacific salmon in Russia should reach 384,000 tonnes, a significant part of which, in contrast to some previous years, should be supplied to the domestic market.  

Up to 222,000 tonnes of the planned catch will account for pink salmon, which is the most popular type of salmon among Russians...

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Chinese Officials Blame Virus Outbreak on Low Temperature, High Humidity in Seafood Stalls at Market

Chinese officials are now blaming the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing on "low temperature" and "high humidity" in the seafood and meat sections at Xinfadi market.

New cases of the coronavirus began to appear in China's capital late last week. News reports claimed that the cases were linked to a cutting board belonging to a seller of imported salmon. Despite numerous documents stating that the coronavirus cannot be spread by food or through fish, the reports caused a wave of fear in China...

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Beijing Authorities Confirm That There is ‘No Evidence’ That Salmon is a Host of the Coronavirus

A couple days after claiming that the coronavirus was found on a cutting board belonging to a seller of imported salmon at a Beijing market, authorities in China’s capital are now confirming that there is “no evidence” that salmon played host to the virus.

As SeafoodNews reported on Monday, Beijing reported a spike in COVID-19 cases and linked the outbreak to Xinfadi Market, which supplies fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood to most of the capital...

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Norwegian Seafood Council Responds After China Halts Imports of Salmon Following Coronavirus Spike

The Norwegian Seafood Council is clearing the air after reports began circulating on Monday that salmon is being “shunned” in China.

As SeafoodNews reported yesterday, an outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing is being linked to the Xinfadi Market—specifically a cutting board belonging to a seller of imported salmon. With over 80 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the city, major supermarkets in the Chinese capital began pulling salmon from their shelves. China also halted imports of salmon from European suppliers...

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New Coronavirus Outbreak in Beijing Being Linked to Salmon

Beijing is reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases after previously having no new cases in more than 50 days. The latest reports link the outbreak to Xinfadi Market, which supplies fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood to most of the capital.

The first cluster of cases was recorded on Thursday. Since then health officials in Beijing have reported a total of 84 new local cases of COVID-19. Zhang Yuxi, the Xinfadi Market Chairman, told state-run Beijing News that the virus was...

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Sujiko Salmon Roe of Copper River Sockeye Highest Price Ever for the Season’s First Delivery

The season’s first delivery of salted sockeye salmon roe from Alaska arrived at Sendai Market on June 6, one week later the previous year. Due to the sluggish sockeye salmon fishery and the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the production volume was limited, and the arrival volume was 36 boxes (5 kg per box), a 20% decrease from the previous year. The wholesale price was 5,200 yen/kg ($47.75/kg) for the 3rd-grade roe, which comprised the largest tally...

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