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Sep 23 - Superior Fresh Launches Three New Salmon Products In Celebration of National Seafood Month


Sep 23 - Bristol Bay Native Corporation Hosts Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Celebration in Washington D.C.


Sep 22 - Kvarøy Arctic and Atlantic Sea Farms Named Winners at Expo East’s NEXT Awards


Sep 15 - Japan: July Airfreighted Salmon Imports Failed to Lower Prices Due To Yen Depreciation


Sep 9 - Judge Approves $85 Million Settlement in Norwegian Salmon Price-Fixing Lawsuit


Sep 9 - Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Lands Approval for Six-Cage Salmon Farm


Sep 8 - Japan: Fresh Salmon Imports In June Continued to Be Below A Year Ago, Passed the Price Peak


Sep 8 - ASC Updates Salmon Standard with Focus on Sea Lice Management


Sep 6 - High Salmon Volumes, Prices Propel Norwegian Seafood Exports


Sep 2 - Mowi Confirms ISA Detection at NL Salmon Site; Company Set to Harvest Fish in Two Cages


Sep 2 - Secretary of Commerce Declares Several Tribal Fishery Salmon Disasters on the West Coast


Aug 31 - Proximar Seafood Nearing Operational Start-up for Land-Based Salmon Facility in Japan


Aug 30 - Atlantic Sapphire Reports Stable Conditions, Cost Reductions and Improved Operations Through H1 2022


Aug 26 - World’s First AI Filtering System for Salmon in a Natural River Introduced in Norway


Aug 26 - NOAA: Chinook and Chum Salmon Decline Related to Diet, Disease, Ocean Warming, and Bycatch


Aug 25 - SalMar Says Q2 Results Hit by Contract Sales; Provide Update on Potential NTS Acquisition


Aug 25 - NWAA Names Dr. Conrad VW Mahnken as Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award


Aug 24 - Bakkafrost Inks Deal to Expand Hatchery; Q2 Results Show Positive EBIT Across Multiple Segments


Aug 24 - Record Salmon Prices Propel Mowi to Historic Quarter


Aug 24 - Infrastructure Law to Benefit Klamath Basin Fish, Ecosystems


Aug 22 - Måsøval Detects ISA at Slettvika Facility, Could Impact Up to 500,000 Fish


Aug 18 - Salmon Evolution Sees Strong Biological Performance in Q2, Provides Updates on Expansion Plans


Aug 18 - Salmones Camanchaca Sees Harvest Volumes Double, Record-High Market Prices During Q2


Aug 16 - Nissui’s Kurose Suisan Commits to 100% Artificial Seedling for Next Season Yellowtail Farming


Aug 16 - Seafood to Become an Upmarket Product in Russia


Aug 12 - Feds Signal Management Shift on Kuskokwim if Coho Salmon Run Doesn’t Improve


Aug 11 - AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon


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Superior Fresh Launches Three New Salmon Products In Celebration of National Seafood Month

Land-based Atlantic salmon farm Superior Fresh is celebrating National Seafood Month in October with the launch of three new frozen products.

The lineup of new products include frozen 6 oz. fillets. The offering will feature two individually packaged 6 oz. fillets, which are conveniently ready for busy individuals and families. Superior Fresh is also debuting a pack of frozen 4 pz. Salmon burgers. These salmon burgers are made entirely from whole muscle salmon fillets and organic ingredients...

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Bristol Bay Native Corporation Hosts Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Celebration in Washington D.C.

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), along with their partners, was finally able to host the Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Celebration in Washington D.C. this week after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted plans for the past few years. 

“It has been three years since Washington, DC has had a taste of fresh, quality, and sustainable Bristol Bay sockeye salmon,” said  Bristol Bay Native Corporation CEO and President Jason Metrokin. “It is an honor and a privilege to gather in-person this year to celebrate...

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Japan: July Airfreighted Salmon Imports Failed to Lower Prices Due To Yen Depreciation

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, airfreighted salmon and trout, led by Atlantic salmon, remained at a high price in July and continued to decline in volume. Farm gate prices peaked and began to trend downward, but the yen depreciation did not reduce procurement costs, reported Suisan Keizai.

Fresh salmon and trout imported by airfreight in July amounted to 2,389 tons and 4,302.99 million yen ($30.10 million), a decrease of 32.7% in quantity and a decrease of 5.4% in value compared to...

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Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Lands Approval for Six-Cage Salmon Farm

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland welcomed a decision made by the Orkney Islands Council Planning Committee which approved a six-cage salmon farming site located offshore of East Moclett, Papa Westray, in the North Sound.

“We appreciate that the Planning Committee was guided by and accepted the thorough technical and scientific reviews of all the statutory consultation bodies which filed no objections,” said Joel Richardson, Vice President of Public Relations for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland. “Farm-raised Scottish salmon has one of the lowest carbon footprints of all animal proteins...

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ASC Updates Salmon Standard with Focus on Sea Lice Management

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council announced an update to its Salmon Standard with the latest 1.4 version now published.

The revision has a specific focus on sea lice management that the ASC believes will lead to “more robustness in sampling and monitoring and immediate remedy action when needed.”

The scope on sea lice works towards ASC’s commitment to ensure farms are reducing impacts on wild salmon populations all while improve health in aquaculture facilities.

“ASC recognizes the need to continuously improve our standards and finetune the requirements to make...

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Mowi Confirms ISA Detection at NL Salmon Site; Company Set to Harvest Fish in Two Cages

Mowi Canada East confirmed the detection of pathogenic Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus (ISAv) in Atlantic salmon at one of its farming sites in Newfoundland and Labrador on August 31.

The confirmation comes a month after the company announced that it suspected ISAv at its Little Burdock Cove (AQ#1083) marine site, as SeafoodNews reported.

The detection was identified via the Provincial Government Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture’s (FFA) species-specific aquatic animal health surveillance program...

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Proximar Seafood Nearing Operational Start-up for Land-Based Salmon Facility in Japan

Proximar Seafood released its first-half year 2022 results on August 31 and was pleased with the progress made so far this year as it moves closer to completing its land-based salmon facility in Japan.

For the quarter, the company reported no income as it remains in a “project development phase.” The net loss before tax was NOK 11.1 million ($1.1 million), compared to a loss of NOK 19.4 million in the first half of 2021...

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World’s First AI Filtering System for Salmon in a Natural River Introduced in Norway

Huawei, a leading global provider of information and community technology infrastructure and smart devices, has installed the world’s first AI filtering system for salmon in a natural river in Norway.

Huawei and local partner Berlevåg Jeger-og Fiskerforening (BJFF) were hard at work this summer to deploy a filtering system in Norway’s Storelva River, which would allow Atlantic salmon to pass upstream. The system has the ability to filter Pacific salmon, an invasive species, into a holding tank. These actions were possible under Huawei’s TECH4ALL Initiative...

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SalMar Says Q2 Results Hit by Contract Sales; Provide Update on Potential NTS Acquisition

Salmon farmer SalMar provided a look at its Q2 financial results and updates on the future of the company, including the latest on its offer to acquire NTS and merge with Norway Royal Salmon (NRS).

Overall, the company described its Q2 results as “solid,” however they were negatively impacted by contract sales. SalMar said its total operational EBIT for Norway for the second quarter was NOK 952 million (NOK 32.34 per kg). Fish Farming Central Norway and Northern Norway delivered record results due...

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Bakkafrost Inks Deal to Expand Hatchery; Q2 Results Show Positive EBIT Across Multiple Segments

Faroese salmon farmer Bakkafrost signed a contract with local entrepreneurs Malltek, RV-tøkni and Nomatek on the expansion of Hall D at Viðareiði hatchery with 2,000 m3, per a August 23 announcement.

The expansion will include state-of-the-art tech, an update to the biofilters at the facility and the installation of a highly efficient water recirculation system, ensuring a recirculation rate of up to 99%.

“The expansion project is part of Bakkafrost’s strategy to extend the on-land farming period, which will result in...

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Infrastructure Law to Benefit Klamath Basin Fish, Ecosystems

After a months-long process, the Klamath Basin is getting $26 million for fisheries restoration projects in California and Oregon. Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, also made the funding a priority.

The Department of Interior met with stakeholders, Tribes and federal, state and local leaders to determine what funding was needed for projects and hatcheries to restore fish access parts of the Klamath River and its tributaries. Nearly $16 million of President Biden's Infrastructure Law has been ...

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Salmon Evolution Sees Strong Biological Performance in Q2, Provides Updates on Expansion Plans

Salmon Evolution, a land-based salmon farmer headquartered in Norway, released its Q2 results and provided an update on its expansion plans in both Norway and North America.

The company shared that it witnessed strong batch 1 biological performance with growth well-exceeding expectations. Salmon Evolution remains on track for its first commercial harvest in Q4 2022. With the harvest nearing, the firm said it has focused more on the commercial side of the business, including landing Vikenco as its salmon processor...

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Nissui’s Kurose Suisan Commits to 100% Artificial Seedling for Next Season Yellowtail Farming

Nippon Suisan Group's Kurose Suisan, based in Kushjima City, Miyazaki Prefecture, plans to ship 2 million yellowtails raising artificial seedlings next season. The farmed yellowtail industry this season is facing a shortage of recruiting fish due to the record-breaking shortage of natural juvenile fish captured in the previous year. Still, Kurose Suisan leads the industry to stable production and shipment, Minato Shimbun reported.

Nippon Suisan announced at a briefing on the company's marine products business on August 8. It plans to ship...

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Feds Signal Management Shift on Kuskokwim if Coho Salmon Run Doesn’t Improve

Federal salmon managers on the lower Kuskokwim River, the portion that flows through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, announced yesterday that that they will take over management of the subsistence fishery from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game if the silver salmon return numbers remain low.

On Wednesday, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, an advisory group to ADF&G, rejected a recommendation from ADF&G to close all subsistence fishing in the lower Kuskokwim.  State biologists have reported that the 2022 silver run is ...

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Kvarøy Arctic and Atlantic Sea Farms Named Winners at Expo East’s NEXT Awards

Congratulations are in order for Kvarøy Arctic, whose Salmon Hot Dogs took home the top honor in the Best New Frozen Product category at Expo East’s NEXTY Awards.

Twice a year the New Hope Network recognizes the best new products through the NEXTY Awards, which take place at Natural Products Expo West and East. The awards were created to shine line on new items that exemplify the “the three I’s” – innovation, inspiration and integrity. The judges had to shift through 600 nominated products until they finally...

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Judge Approves $85 Million Settlement in Norwegian Salmon Price-Fixing Lawsuit 

U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga put a stamp of approval on an $85 million settlement that marks an end to a class-action lawsuit that claimed multiple Norwegian salmon farmers fixed prices.

As SeafoodNews reported when the settlement was first proposed in May, defendants Mowi, Grieg Seafood, Lerøy Seafood, SalMar and Cermaq pay the sum to the “Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs” involved in the class which include Euclid Fish, Euro USA Inc., Schneider’s Fish and Sea Food Corporation and The Fishing Line LLC...

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Japan: Fresh Salmon Imports In June Continued to Be Below A Year Ago, Passed the Price Peak

Imports of airfreighted salmon and trout in June continued to fall below the previous year's level but have passed the high price peak, according to customs statistics from the Ministry of Finance. Global prices are cooling down, and the downward trend is expected to continue, Suisan Keizai reported.

Airborne salmon and trout imports in June amounted to 2,190 tons and 3,854.58 million yen ($27.49 million), a decrease of 24.2% in volume and an increase of 3.2% in value compared to...

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High Salmon Volumes, Prices Propel Norwegian Seafood Exports

August 2022 marked another record for Norwegian seafood export value. The country exported NOK 12.5 billion ($1.2 billion) worth of seafood. This is an increase of NOK 2.9 billion, or 30 per cent, compared to August last year, per the Norwegian Seafood Council.

“It is the particularly high volumes and prices for salmon that are driving export records in August. This is the best single month of all time for salmon measured in value, while there is an August record for pollock, trout, haddock and the entire whitefish category...

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Secretary of Commerce Declares Several Tribal Fishery Salmon Disasters on the West Coast

Salmon fisheries on the West Coast have seen some hard times. Tribes, in particular, have had to limit their fishing and use of salmon for cultural traditions in recent years.

But maybe now the federal government can help.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced Thursday her determination and the allocation of $17.4 million to address fishery disasters that occurred in multiple tribal salmon fisheries on the West Coast from 2014 to 2019.

“Sustainable and resilient fisheries play a vital role in ...

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Atlantic Sapphire Reports Stable Conditions, Cost Reductions and Improved Operations Through H1 2022

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire released its H1 2022 financial results and reported stable conditions, a “significant” cost reduction and improved operations.

From an EBITDA standpoint, Atlantic Saphhire reported losses of $5.7 million, well below the -$42.2 million it saw at the end of H1 2021. The company slashed its net losses to $14.5 million, compared to $51.5 million in H1 2021.

The company said it used the proceeds it garnered after the fire at its Denmark facility in September 2021 for...

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NOAA: Chinook and Chum Salmon Decline Related to Diet, Disease, Ocean Warming, and Bycatch 

In an overview of what could be causing the decline of Chinook and chum salmon stocks in Alaska, NOAA Fisheries published a summary of current and past research that pointed to four potential culprits: 

• poor diet and changes in metabolism in young Chinook and chum salmon; 
• low thiamin (vitamin B1) levels in Chinook salmon that increase mortality and an increase in a parasite that attacks Chinook returning to the lower Yukon; 
• diseases that lead to more salmon dying before they reach adulthood; neurological impairment as adults...

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NWAA Names Dr. Conrad VW Mahnken as Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of his significant contribution to the conservation and restoration of endangered salmon populations, as well as his efforts toward the responsible development of marine aquaculture regionally and globally, Dr. Conrad (Connie) VW Mahnken (1937-2021) has been selected as the winner of the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance’s (NWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021-2022.

According to NWAA President, Jim Parsons, the NWAA Board voted unanimously to make the award posthumously to Dr. Mahnken, who served for two years on the Alliance’s Science Advisory Board ...

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Record Salmon Prices Propel Mowi to Historic Quarter

Norwegian salmon farming giant Mowi credited strong second quarter financial results, which led to all-time high operational profit and revenue, to solid operations and record-high salmon prices.

“I am very pleased with our operational performance in the quarter and the way we have been able to capitalise on the high prices. I would like to thank the organisation for this achievement,” Mowi CEO Ivan Vindheim said.

Notably, Mowi shared that salmon prices hit record levels in all of its markets in Q2 due to strong demand and limited supply...

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Måsøval Detects ISA at Slettvika Facility, Could Impact Up to 500,000 Fish

Måsøval AS, a Norwegian salmon farming company, detected Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) at one of its facilities in Slettvika, the firm announced on August 19.

The facility holds 535,000 fish with an average weight of 3.0 kilos. The company said it will await confirmation to verify the diagnosis.

Currently, Måsøval said it was difficult to estimate the consequences of the disease and it is working to map the possible extent of the infection and will provide an update as soon as it gathers proper information...

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Salmones Camanchaca Sees Harvest Volumes Double, Record-High Market Prices During Q2

Salmones Camanchaca, a salmon producer located in Chile shared that its harvest volume of Atlantic salmon in Q2 2022 hit 12,446 MT WFE, almost double of the same quarter last year.

The company also reported record-high market prices during the quarter, jumping 48% year over year. Still, sales volume increased by 36%, according to the company’s Q2 financial report.

More financial results shared by Salmones Camanchaca include a 93% increase in operating revenue to $97.4 million, due to higher prices and increased sales volume...

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Seafood to Become an Upmarket Product in Russia 

Seafood may soon become an upmarket product in Russia and will be affordable to only select customers in the country, which is mainly due to a significant rise of prices for it, which has been observed in recent months and insufficient supplies to the domestic market.

According to some Russian media reports, so far the growth of prices for most seafood and some fish species in the Russian market has amounted to 40-60% with the biggest growth being observed in the HORECA segment of the market...

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AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon

Alaska’s salmon catches have slowed for the past two weeks but the pace of the fishery remains ahead of last year’s harvest.

The statewide salmon catch as of August 10 was approaching 124.4 million fish. That’s nearly 78% of the  preseason projection of 160.5 million salmon for the 2022 season.

Besides salmon, lots of other Alaska fisheries are underway from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea.

A small fleet of beam trawlers (one of the state’s oldest fisheries) is back on the water in Southeast targeting over 600,000 pounds of...

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