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Jun 18 - Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director


Jun 15 - China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory


Jun 14 - New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility


Jun 14 - Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative


Jun 13 - Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis


Jun 13 - Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses


Jun 12 - Green Island Salmon and its Norwegian Partners Plan 3 New NL Salmon Farms


Jun 8 - ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Going Through Dramatic Market Correction After Mother's Day


Jun 7 - Grieg Seafood Reports Mortality At 2 BC Locations Due to Harmful Algal Blooms


Jun 6 - Norwegian Salmon Reaches Record High of $9.13 USD in May


Jun 6 - June Alaska Fishing Updates: Tough Start for Salmon Season


Jun 1 - Record Salmon Catch is Expected This Year in Russian Kamchatka


Jun 1 - Alibaba Has Plans to Become the One of the Biggest Retail and Online Seafood Players in China


May 31 - Oishi Group Expanding into Ready-to-Cook Meals with Frozen Alaska Crab, Salmon


May 31 - Salmon Levels in North Pacific Remain High, Some Catches Decline


May 30 - Bakkafrost Sells Harvest Plant, Makes Move to Only Harvest Their Own Salmon


May 29 - Wild Atlantic Salmon Protected Thanks to 12-Year Agreement


May 29 - Nice Pay Day Possible for Alaska's Salmon Fishermen


May 25 - U.S., Canada Begin Columbia River Treaty Negotiations


May 23 - New Zealand's Sanford Limited Reports Strong First Half Result, International Markets a Highlight


May 21 - Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to


May 18 - Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle


May 18 - ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push


May 18 - Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices


May 17 - Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa


May 16 - Companies and Chains Cash in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding


May 16 - Bristol Bay Salmon Fishermen Set Record for Chilling Their Fish


May 16 - China Submerges First Salmon Cage Off Qingdao; Industry Hopes it Will Help with Salmon Shortage


May 14 - Listen to the Latest Seafood News Podcast Episode: Groundfish Market, FDA Menu Labeling and More


May 14 - U.S. Salmon Importer North Landing Acquired By Bakkafrost


May 10 - Start to Alaska Salmon Season Just One Week Away


May 9 - Marine Harvest Q1 Results: Estimated Harvest Volumes Reduced for 2018


May 9 - New Zealand King Salmon Confirms Harvest Volumes of 8,000 tons


May 8 - Low Share of Aquaculture Continues to Drive Russian Fish Exports


May 3 - May Marks Official Start of Alaska Salmon Season


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Washington Commission Selects Kelly Susewind as New WDFW Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 18, 2018

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday appointed Kelly Susewind of Olympia as the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The commission voted unanimously to select Susewind after interviewing seven candidates in May and narrowing the field to three finalists, who were interviewed for a second time earlier last week.

Susewind accepted the appointment as permanent director following the commission's vote. He will oversee an agency of 1,800 employees and an operating budget of $460 million for the ...

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China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - June 15, 2018

Frozen salmon prices in China began dropping at the end of May. It all began in Guangzhou on May 25, then spread to Shanghai. Beijing seems to be the lucky one in this price contraction with comparatively small changes to local prices.

As statistics from June 7 show, Norwegian salmon are sold at about 80 to 82 yuan per kg ($12.45-$12.76/kg USD) in Guangzhou, while the Chilean ones are at around 72 to 76 yuan per kg ($11.21-$11.83/kg USD). Salmon sellers are upset...

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Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 14, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Candidates for governor don’t back a salmon ballot initiative.

The Stand for Salmon initiative that could go before voters this fall aims to update habitat protections for the first time since statehood in 1959.

But it has little support by candidates running for Alaska governor. Here are their responses at last weekend’s the Bristol Bay Fish Expo in Naknek.

Republican Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla – I don’t support the Stand for Salmon initiative because ...

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Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 13, 2018

Cermaq is not happy with the Directorate of Fisheries’ decision to only award four licenses for the development of the innovate fish farming system, iFarm. The company originally requested 10 licenses for the iFarm, which would help minimize problems related to disease and lice in coastal farming in Norway.

Geir Molvik, CEO of Cermaq, released a statement on Wednesday expressing the company’s “surprise” and “disappointment” over the decision.

iFarm uses image technology to recognize each individual fish in the plant ...

 

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ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Going Through Dramatic Market Correction After Mother's Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Janice Schreiber - June 8, 2018

After a 9-week rally through Mother’s Day, the farmed salmon complex is going through a somewhat dramatic market correction.

Over the past 3-4 weeks, the market has been weakening across the farmed salmon complex; all origins – Canada, Chile, and Europe – have been adjusting lower, some rather significantly.

The fresh Canadian West Coast 10-12 whole fish market has seen a $0.80 drop in price, which is a 18.6 percent change in the last four weeks ...

 

 

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Norwegian Salmon Reaches Record High of $9.13 USD in May

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 6, 2018

May was a good month for Norwegian salmon. The Norwegian Seafood Council confirmed that the average price of fresh salmon reached a record high of 73.73 kroner per kg – or $9.13 USD – last month.

The number is a spike from May 2017 when the average price for fresh whole salmon was 69.76 kroner, or $8.64 USD. And while Poland, France and Denmark were the largest export markets for Norwegian salmon in May, the U.S. also saw a strong rise in export value ...

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Record Salmon Catch is Expected This Year in Russian Kamchatka

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - June 1, 2018

A record salmon catch is expected this year in the Russian Kamchatka region, according to recent statements of the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, Rosrybolovstvo, and some leading Russian fish producers. It's likely to be the highest in the last 20 to 25 years, they said.

The experts’ latest forecasts say salmon production in Kamchatka could reach 290,000 tonnes this year.

In 2017, Kamchatka fisherman caught almost 240,000 tons of Pacific salmon, which accounted for ...

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Oishi Group Expanding into Ready-to-Cook Meals with Frozen Alaska Crab, Salmon 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 31, 2018

Oishi Group is looking to expand into the ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat food market after seeing the demand for frozen ready meals in Northern America and Western Europe. The company debuted a variety of new products at THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019, held in Thailand from May 29 to June 2.

“In recent years, ready-to-eat frozen meals are becoming more and more important in the way people live and work ...

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Bakkafrost Sells Harvest Plant, Makes Move to Only Harvest Their Own Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 30, 2018

Faroe Islands salmon producer Bakkafrost has announced that they have sold one of their old harvesting facilities in Strendur.

While Bakkafrost farms their own salmon, the company which was started in 1968, has also harvested for another Faroese salmon farmer who did not have their own harvesting plant. However, since the completion of Bakkafrost’s new harvest and processing facilities in Glyvar, the company has since decided to sell the old harvesting facility to the salmon farmer ...

 

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Nice Pay Day Possible for Alaska's Salmon Fishermen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor] by Laine Welch - May 29, 2018

Forces are aligned for a nice pay day for Alaska’s salmon fishermen. 

There is no backlog from last season in cold storages, a lower harvest forecast is boosting demand, prices for competing farmed salmon have remained high all year, and a devalued U.S. dollar makes Alaska salmon more appealing to foreign customers. 

“Over the past year the dollar has weakened 11 percent against the euro, 9 percent against the British pound, 5 percent against the Japanese yen, and 7 percent against the Chinese yuan ... 

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New Zealand's Sanford Limited Reports Strong First Half Result, International Markets a Highlight

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - May 23, 2018

Sanford Limited, one of New Zealand's largest integrated fishing and aquaculture businesses, has posted a 14.2 percent increase in adjusted earnings before interest and taxes to $35.4 million for the half year to March 31. Much of that improvement is due to a shift in focus to fresh products and international growth.

The company reports improved revenue of $272.8 million (from $230.4 million for the same period last year) for the first half of its financial year, an increase of ...

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Wild Alaska Salmon Season Starts With Alaska Air Cargo Delivering More Than 64,000 Lbs. to Seattle

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Fresh fish is in flight.

Alaska Air Cargo announced on Friday that they’re set to deliver more than 64,000 pounds of wild Copper River salmon to Seattle … today.

“Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices,” Alaska Air Cargo managing director Jason Berry said in a press release. “Our cargo employees are working around the clock to ...

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Copper River Opens to Slow Catches, Record Prices

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.

Alaska’s salmon season got off to a slow start on Thursday at the Copper River delta near Cordova. The fishery for sockeyes and kings opened at a drizzly 7am with more than 500 gillnetters on the grounds.

“So far, a lot of pictures of empty nets being posted on Facebook.” 

Bill Webber and his crew were waiting out a slack tide aboard the Paradigm Shift a few hours into the 12-hour opener ...

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Companies and Chains Cash in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amanda Buckle - May 16, 2018

Didn’t receive an invite to the royal wedding this weekend? Well, you can at least dine like a royal while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Multiple companies are cashing in on the nuptials – and U.K. smoked salmon company John Ross Jr. is one of them.

The supplier to Her Majesty The Queen is celebrating the royal wedding with their limited-edition rum cured smoked salmon ...

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China Submerges First Salmon Cage Off Qingdao; Industry Hopes it Will Help with Salmon Shortage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst, News163] translated by Amy Zhong - May 16, 2018

China’s salmon wholesale prices have been increasing due to insufficient supply from overseas suppliers. As statistics on May 5 show, the prices of frozen salmon have already exceeded 100 yuan/kg ($15.68/kg USD) in both Beijing and Guangzhou, while a similar situation is likely to occur to Shenzhen in the near future. Faroe islands salmon are sold at 110 yuan/kilo in Beijing, while the ones from Scotland are ...

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U.S. Salmon Importer North Landing Acquired By Bakkafrost

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 14, 2018

Clifton, New Jersey, salmon importer and distributor North Landing Ltd. has been acquired by Bakkafrost, the leading producer of salmon from the Faroe Islands.

Bakkafrost made the announced n Sunday, confirming that they have “entered into a conditional share purchase agreement with the owners of North Landing Ltd. to purchase all outstanding shares of the company.” North Landing has been a customer of Bakkafrost for over 10 years, and was the first U.S. company to import fresh salmon from the Faroe Islands ...

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New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 14, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms has released a new video to give a look at what their Belfast, Maine, facility could look like once completed. The video is strictly for illustration purposes, and adjustments may take place prior to the completion of the building, but it still gives an interesting look at what to expect.

The new state-of-the-art facility will feature a visitor center, along with an area for water treatment and recycling, a grow out facility, smolt facility and fish processing area ...

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Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 13, 2018

The Skeena Watershed First Nations are speaking out after the DFO and Province of British Columbia’s decision to allow recreational and sport fisheries to harvest salmon.

“We oppose the actions of the DFO allowing the recreational fishery to harvest Chinook salmon in this crisis, and BC issuing guide outfitter permits and individual licenses to allow the recreational steelhead catch and release fishery to remain open,” Bruce Watkinson, Co-Chair of the Skeena Nations Fish Secretariat, said in a statement ...

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Green Island Salmon and its Norwegian Partners Plan 3 New NL Salmon Farms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Southern Gazette] by Martine Blue - June 12, 2018

Mike Rose, part of the team applying to set up salmon aquaculture sites near the communities of Burgeo, Ramea and La Poile, characterizes their approach to the project as slow and deliberate.

“I’ve grown up here in N.L.,” Rose said. “I know how important these areas are. I always think of the fishermen first and the fishing interest in these areas.

Rose explained that the first thing that happened years ago was to ...

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Grieg Seafood Reports Mortality At 2 BC Locations Due to Harmful Algal Blooms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 7, 2018

Atlantic salmon farming company Grieg Seafood confirmed on Wednesday that they have experience “acute mortality” at two of their B.C. locations in the Jervis Inlet. The mortality of an estimated 250,000 fish is said to be caused by harmful algal blooms in the area – specifically Heterosigma, a “species of microscopic algae that causes acute mortality in fish.”

The fish affected make up approximately 50% of the total biomass from the two locations ...

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June Alaska Fishing Updates: Tough Start for Salmon Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 6, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Salmon gets off to a slow start with other fisheries going on across the state.

It’s been a tough start so for Alaska’s salmon season.

Fisheries are set to open throughout the month and they will hopefully fare better than at Copper River.

Fishing for sockeyes and kings has been so poor there that only three openers have occurred so far, down by half. At first it seemed like ...

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Alibaba Has Plans to Become the One of the Biggest Retail and Online Seafood Players in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Finance/YQ] translated by Amy Zhong - June 1, 2018

Recently the CEO for Alibaba’s Hema Fresh, the new retail giant, visited Guolian for a discussion about market trends and the possibility of cooperation, which could give both companies the opportunity to share resources and complement each other. In their discussions, Hou, the CEO, proposed Guolian could focus on the development of upstream products, while Hema would be in charge of the sales. Together, they could provide consumers with fresh, healthy and ...

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Salmon Levels in North Pacific Remain High, Some Catches Decline  

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - May 31, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – 

Salmon catches throughout the North Pacific remain near all-time highs, and Alaska’s take tops them all. 

For 25 years the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) has summarized abundances and catches of salmon  as reported by its member countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S.  It tracks chums, cohos, pinks, sockeyes, Chinook and steelhead trout in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk ...

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Wild Atlantic Salmon Protected Thanks to 12-Year Agreement 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 29, 2018

Thousands of adult wild Atlantic salmon will be protected from commercial nets and longlines thanks to new agreements between the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) and commercial fishermen in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Lasting until 2029, the new 12-year agreement will aid in allowing adult wild Atlantic salmon to return to North American and European rivers.

“Significantly reducing the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon on their ocean feeding grounds is ...

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U.S., Canada Begin Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

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

United States and Canadian representatives will meet May 29-30 in Washington, D.C., to start negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime.

The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border, according to a press release from the State Department. The Treaty, a worldwide model for transboundary water cooperation, has also facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation ...

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Qingdao Plans Construction of 3 More Fisheries Economic Zones, Improving Local Access to Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - May 21, 2018

China’s National Development and Reform Commission and its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently issued a plan to promote the construction in 10 coastal harbor regions as well as 93 fisheries economic zones. Qingdao plans to establish three such economic zones, which are located in Jiaozhou Bay on the western coast of Qingdao, as well as in the area from Jimo to Laoshan.

The plan states the 10 harbor regions will be located in Liaodong Peninsula, Bohai Bay, Shandong ...

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ASMI Celebrates Wild Alaska Salmon Season with Summer Grilling Push

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 18, 2018

Need a reason to grill this weekend? Look no further than the start of the harvest season for wild Alaska salmon.

The harvest season kicked off on Thursday, May 17 with sockeye and king salmon, but pink, keta and coho salmon will be coming to the docks throughout the summer. For the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), the start of the season is the perfect reason to throw some fish on the grill.

Salmon boasts omega-3 fatty acids ...

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Land Based Fish Farm Being Built in South Africa

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 17, 2018

Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC) has signed a contract with Gråkjær, a Denmark construction company that builds commercial, aquacultural and agricultural facilities, to complete a large-scale fish production facility near Cape Town in South Africa.

With an increased demand for fresh fish in African markets, CNC is looking to build a new facility that contains a hatchery to produce 1,800 tons of sea trout a year. According to Erik B. Rasmussen, the Danish director of CBC, Africa has been importing huge quantities of ...


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Bristol Bay Salmon Fishermen Set Record for Chilling Their Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - May 16, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A big chill at Bristol Bay.

Salmon fishermen at Bristol Bay set a record last summer for chilling their fish.

Despite a surprise hit of one of the biggest sockeye runs in 20 years, 73 percent of the sockeye deliveries by the Bay’s nearly 15-hundred driftnet boats were chilled.

That’s a five percent increase over the prior year – and compares to a 24 percent chilling rate from 2008 ...

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Listen to the Latest Seafood News Podcast Episode: Groundfish Market, FDA Menu Labeling and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 14, 2018

Join Seafood News Podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione in the latest episode as they break down the latest on the groundfish market and give an update on the new FDA menu labeling requirements. Plus, find out the latest in plant-based seafood alternatives and join in on the debate surrounding wild vs. farmed salmon.

This podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Comtell App. Listen and download for free on ...

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