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Oct 20 - Chilean Salmon Exports Recover to Pre-Pandemic Levels in Q3, US Recovery Strong


Oct 20 - Salmones Austral Unveils Secret Island Brand, Providing Chilean Salmon Doorstep Delivery


Oct 19 - Optimism Fuels Interest in AK Salmon Permits


Oct 19 - ENGOs File Suit Over Hatchery Salmon Designed to Help Southern Resident Orcas


Oct 18 - Bristol Bay Sockeye Weights Down by One Pound, Similar Losses for Other Salmon


Oct 15 - August Salmon Sales at the Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets: Chilean Coho Market Firm


Oct 13 - Japan's August Airfreighted Salmon Imports Accelerate in Norwegian Fillets, Down from North America


Oct 6 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Hit 9-Month and September Records in 2021


Oct 5 - Fish Factor: The Value of Bristol Bay’s Blockbuster Salmon Catch Goes Mostly Out of State


Oct 1 - Gosselin Smokehouses Recalls Branded Maple Smoked Salmon Due to Listeria Monocytogenes


Sep 28 - Cargill, Freshwater Institute Partner to Improve Land-based Salmon Farming Feed


Sep 28 - Global Wild Salmon Tallies; Ongoing Trade Hits from Russian Embargo, China Tariffs


Sep 22 - Mortality Numbers Double at Mowi’s Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site


Sep 17 - Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected


Sep 17 - Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition


Sep 16 - Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost


Sep 16 - Alaska Fishing Updates, September


Sep 15 - Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements


Sep 14 - AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery


Sep 13 - Salmon Mortality Event Confirmed at Mowi Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site


Sep 8 - Japan Air Freighted Salmon Imports Jump for Head-ons and Fillets Amid Stronger Prices


Sep 8 - Norwegian Seafood Council Says August Salmon Exports the 'Best Ever'


Sep 7 - Study: Most California Dams Ineffective for Cold-Water Salmon, Trout Conservation


Sep 2 - Blumar Launches Antibiotic-Free Laguna Blanca Salmon Brand


Sep 2 - Alaska’s 2021 Salmon Catch Now Eighth Largest in Recent History


Sep 1 - Market Research: Canned Salmon Brands Grow with Demand Increase


Aug 30 - Japan: July Coho Salmon Price Continues Rise; Frozen Salmon Sales Slow


Aug 27 - Atlantic Sapphire Suffers $50 Million Loss During First Half of 2021; Testing Rainbow Trout Farming


Aug 26 - SalMar, Aker Join Forces to Create Offshore Fish Farming Company


Aug 26 - Alaska Nears 200 Million Salmon Landed, Final Numbers Could Put 2021 in Top Eight Historically


Aug 25 - Foodservice Recovery, Strong Salmon Demand Propels Mowi in Q2


Aug 24 - Chilean Salmon Council Partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium to Reduce Antibiotics Use


Aug 24 - Loki Fish Company Recalls Keta Salmon Lox


Aug 24 - Norway Royal Salmon “Not Satisfied” With Q2 Production Costs Due to ISA Harvesting


Aug 20 - Why are Bristol Bay’s Salmon Returns so Strong While Other Regions Struggle?


Aug 20 - Reps. Huffman, Porter and Strickland Lead Charge on Questions about Toxins and Salmon


Aug 18 - Chilean Salmon Industry Creates New Diving Standards After Accidents, Deaths


Aug 18 - June Imports of Fresh Salmon Stable in Fillets, Unusual High Price For Alaskan Sockeye


Aug 13 - CDFW, NMFS Revive Voluntary Drought Initiative to Protect Salmon, Other Fish


Aug 12 - Huon Aquaculture Fires Back at Forrest After Animal Welfare Comments


Aug 12 - Updated ADF&G Numbers Show Surge in Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Landings


Aug 11 - Russian Financial Conglomerate AFK Sistema Expands in Domestic Fish Business


Aug 11 - Alaska Salmon Update: Harvest for Pinks in PWS Now 144% Above Pre-Season Forecast


Aug 10 - Today is Alaska Wild Salmon Day


Aug 9 - Japan June Salmon Imports: Chilean Coho Standing Out Stronger, Sockeyes Losing Competition


Aug 6 - Meatpacker JBS Takes Plunge Into Seafood Industry with $300 Million Huon Aquaculture Purchase


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Chilean Salmon Exports Recover to Pre-Pandemic Levels in Q3, US Recovery Strong

The Chilean Salmon Council (CDS) unveiled its latest “Quarterly Salmon Export Report” that found exports of salmon and trout have recovered to near pre-pandemic levels during the third quarter of 2021.

“The positive growth and the results of two consecutive quarters confirm the consolidation of the recovery in Chilean salmon exports to the world and allow the recovery of pre-pandemic levels after a very complex year 2020 for all industries and where salmon farming was no exception,” the executive director of the Salmon Council...

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Salmones Austral Unveils Secret Island Brand, Providing Chilean Salmon Doorstep Delivery

Chilean salmon farmer Salmones Austral launched Secret Island, a brand that will allow consumers to prepare flash-frozen salmon from Chile right in their own kitchens.

Secret Island products will feature a number of delivery options to meet every customer’s needs. Packages of 6 oz. portions include:

"Everyone should be able to enjoy healthy meals at-home and we wanted to accomplish that without having to sacrifice on quality or convenience," said Daniel Del Coro, Head of US Business Development for Salmones Austral...

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ENGOs File Suit Over Hatchery Salmon Designed to Help Southern Resident Orcas

The latest clash over salmon in Washington includes a new lawsuit asking the state to review its decisions aimed to help the southern resident killer whales.

Conservation groups Wild Fish Conservancy and The Conservation Angler filed the suit last week in King County Superior Court, arguing the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been ignoring the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act since 2018, the groups said in a press release. The state suspended ...

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August Salmon Sales at the Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets: Chilean Coho Market Firm

In August, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market sales of salmon and trout increased, even if the mainstay frozen Chilean coho salmon price remained high, and fresh and salted salmon also increased. By absorbing the high unit price and increasing the sales volume, it showed that the sales were favorable as a whole, reported Suisan Keizai.

Fresh salmon

Since March, fresh imports have maintained a steady price transition in the 1500 yen/kg ($13.23/kg) range, but the sales volume in August was 367 tons...

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Hit 9-Month and September Records in 2021

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) shared that the country’s seafood exports have never attained a higher value for the first nine months of the year.

Thus far, seafood exports have reached NOK 84.7 billion (US$9.8 billion) in value, this number surpassed the 2020 nine-month mark by NOK 7.9 billion.

The record, set in 2019 is in sight, which reached NOK 107.2 billion. After the first nine months of this year, export value is now NOK 8.6 billion ahead of the same period in the record year...

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Gosselin Smokehouses Recalls Branded Maple Smoked Salmon Due to Listeria Monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency published a recall warning stating that Gosselin Smokehouses recalled its branded Maple Smoked Salmon due to Listeria monocytogenes, on September 29.

The recalled products were distributed in Quebec, per the CFIA. The size of the products were about 200g and the code was “Lot 124421”.

The recall was triggered by Gosselin Smokehouses. The CFIA said it was currently conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products...

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Global Wild Salmon Tallies; Ongoing Trade Hits from Russian Embargo, China Tariffs

Alaska’s salmon catch has topped 226 million – that’s 36 million more fish than the preseason projection.

That production is dwarfed by Alaska’s biggest competitor – Russia - whose wild salmon catch of nearly 386 million fish is 13% more than expected.

Trade data show that the US so far this year has purchased nearly three million pounds of salmon from Russia valued at almost $11 million. Nearly half of the volume and value was from sockeye salmon.

Global market watcher Tradex predicts the combined...

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Alaska Salmon Catches Come in 15% Higher Overall Than Projected

The last weekly salmon update from ASMI marks the end of the 2021 season and the statewide catches were up by 15% compared to the preseason forecasts.

The biggest money making fish exceeded expectations the most. The haul of sockeye salmon topped 54 compared to the pre-season forecast of 46.5 million.

Similarly, the pink salmon catch of over 150 million swamped the prediction of just over 124 million humpies.

And although the run of chum salmon was disappointing, falling about four million short of the 11.5 million projection...

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Fire Breaks Out at Atlantic Sapphire Denmark Facility; All Fish Expected to Be Lost

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire said all of the fish at its Danish facility will be lost due to a serious fire that erupted on September 15.

According to the company, a fire broke out at an Atlantic Sapphire Denmark facility at about 8:20 p.m. local time. Employees were evacuated safely, and all are accounted for with no injuries reported.

In an announcement, Atlantic Sapphire said all of the biomass at its facility is expected to be lost and the damage...

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Bakkafrost to Invest $985 Million in Growth, Scottish Operation Improvements

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost announced that it will invest DKK 6.2 billion (US$984.9 million) to boost its output by 40% over the next five years and transform its Scotland-based operations.

According to the Faroese company, the sustainable plan will see the output of its premium salmon by 40% over the next five years. It will be completed via a combination of employing idle license capacity and higher utilization of existing licenses by using large smolt.

When it comes to improvements in Scotland, Bakkaforst said it will work...

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Salmon Mortality Event Confirmed at Mowi Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture advised of an abnormal salmon mortality event at Mowi’s Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada AQ#1135 site (The Gorge), located on the province’s south coast on September 11.

The event saw 92,700 fish impacted in the event. The site holds a total of 900,000 fish. Under province regulations, abnormal mortality of over 10 per cent must be publicly reported.

The mortality event was due to sudden low dissolved oxygen levels at the farm site. The affected fish were about...

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Norwegian Seafood Council Says August Salmon Exports the 'Best Ever'

Norwegian salmon exports for the month of August were the best ever, according to Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen.

Larsen credited high volume production and strong demand with hotels and restaurants reopening in multiple international markets.

For the month, Norway exported seafood worth NOK 9.6 billion ($US1.1 billion). The value is an increase of NOK 2.3 billion, (32%) the largest year-on-year growth ever, per the Council. The group said salmon, mackerel, clipfish and king crab contributed to the jump...

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Blumar Launches Antibiotic-Free Laguna Blanca Salmon Brand

Blumar Seafoods launched its antibiotic-free “Laguna Blanca” salmon brand that focuses on sustainability as consumers eye sustainable protein options.

“This salmon is the result of the work of a team highly committed to caring for the environment and animal welfare. It is a product free of antibiotic treatments, grown in the unique conditions that offer the purity and temperature of the waters of Magallanes,” indicated Daniel Montoya, Sales & Marketing Director of Blumar.

The brand features salmon cultivated without antibiotics through its entire cycle under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards...

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Market Research: Canned Salmon Brands Grow with Demand Increase

Market research firm Fact.MR found that the global canned salmon market is projected to reach US$4.5 billion in 2021 as increasing demand is leading to growth.

“Growing awareness regarding a healthy lifestyle and the importance of a balanced diet is propelling sales of canned salmon,” the firm said. “Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, which is vital for brain and nerve functioning.”

The report found that market players are utilizing online retail channels to cater to growing demand...

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Atlantic Sapphire Suffers $50 Million Loss During First Half of 2021; Testing Rainbow Trout Farming

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire (AS) was hit with $51.5 million in operating losses during the first half of the year, up from $31.6 million at the halfway point of 2020.

The company, which operates in both Denmark and the U.S. did report a notable jump in revenue, reporting $10.9 million compared to $2.5 million during H1 2020.

So far this year, the company has dealt with a number of challenges including a loss of about 500 tons of fish...

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Alaska Nears 200 Million Salmon Landed, Final Numbers Could Put 2021 in Top Eight Historically

By the end of this week, once the numbers are tallied, the state could surpass the 200 million salmon mark for commercial landings of all five species. 

Current numbers, which do not include all of this week’s harvests yet, are 196.46 million, made up of 132.84 million pink salmon, 53.58 million sockeye, 8.5 million chum salmon, 1.5 million coho, and 202,000 Chinook. 

These levels are above pre-season forecasts for sockeye (by 7 million) and pinks (8.6 million and counting) but well below for chums ...

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Optimism Fuels Interest in AK Salmon Permits

Optimism is the word that best sums up the attitude among most Alaska salmon fishermen after a good season, according to people in the business of buying and selling permits and boats.

Most fishermen in major regions ended up with good catches and dock prices were up from recent years. That’s pushed up permit prices, notably, at the bellwether fishery at Bristol Bay where drift net permits have topped $200,000.

“The highest has been $210,000. But it's a pretty tight market,” said Maddie Lightsey, a broker at Alaska Boats and Permits...

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Weights Down by One Pound, Similar Losses for Other Salmon 

Since 2010 Alaska salmon have been getting smaller.

That conclusion is based on 60 years of measurements from 12.5 million salmon across Alaska, excluding pinks. A study by Nature Communications has compared average body lengths before 1990 and after 2010.

Chinook salmon have shown the most size reduction, averaging an eight percent decline, reductions in per fish egg production by16%,  nutrient transport down 28%, a 21% decline in fisheries value and a 26% decline in meals for rural people...

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Japan's August Airfreighted Salmon Imports Accelerate in Norwegian Fillets, Down from North America

According to Japan's Ministry of Finance customs statistics, fresh salmon and trout imports by air in August were much higher than in the previous month, and imports by fillet are accelerating in response to the decrease in head-on salmon, Suisan Keizai reported.

The total import volume of air-freighted salmon was 3550 tons, almost the same as in July. Compared to the same month of the previous year, it was 11.2% more, and the amount increased by 20.4% to 4.45 billion yen ($39.45 million)...

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The Value of Bristol Bay’s Blockbuster Salmon Catch Goes Mostly Out of State

The preliminary value to fishermen of the nearly 41 million salmon caught this summer at Alaska’s largest fishery at Bristol Bay is nearly $248 million, 64% above the 20-year average and the 4th highest ever. That figure will be much higher when bonuses and other price adjustments are paid out.

But as with the fish bucks tallied from Alaska’s cod, pollock, flounders and other groundfish (a .78 share) the bulk of the Bay’s salmon money won’t be circulating through Alaska’s economy...

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Cargill, Freshwater Institute Partner to Improve Land-based Salmon Farming Feed

The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute and Cargill have partnered to “develop, evaluate and enhance” land-based aquaculture feeds.

The Freshwater Institute, a recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) research and development program, and animal feed giant Cargill described the move as a multi-year agreement fueled by growing demand for salmon around the globe.

Previously, the pair worked together to validate the effectiveness of Cargill’s new diet for Atlantic salmon grown in land-based RAS. The partners started working together in 2018, and this new agreement solidifies the collaboration through 2023...

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Mortality Numbers Double at Mowi’s Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada Site

Salmon farmer Mowi reported that up to 450,000 fish have been impacted by an abnormal mortality event at the Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada site, The Gorge, which initially occurred on September 11.

On September 21, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture provided an update that found the mortality count had more than doubled, impacting 212,100 salmon, representing about 24% of the site’s fish, and over double of the 92,700 impacted by the event initially. Overall, the site holds 900,000 fish...

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Iceland Seafood International to Enter Spain Retail Market Through Latest Acquisition

Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced it has finalized an agreement with the Mestanza family to acquire an 85% stake in the company Ahumados Dominguez in Spain.

Ahumados Dominguez producers smoked salmon and according to Iceland Seafood it has a strong brand and consumer recognition in the retail sector of the region.

The company will continue to be led by Managing Director Pedro Mestanza. Mestanza will hold a 15% minority stake and has an option to buy additional 5% stake form ISI within the next five years...

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Alaska Fishing Updates, September

Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 219 million and fishing continues despite slowing down at this time of year. That’s 30 million more salmon than was forecasted.

For pinks, the harvest so far is over 151 million with catches at Prince William Sound, Southeast and Kodiak all topping projections

Also at Southeast, beam trawlers have a third go for northern pink shrimp totaling 650,000 pounds in two districts. The spot shrimp fishery opens on October 1 for 457,300 pounds.

That same day Dungeness crab reopens for the fall fishery...

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AquaMaof Signs Memorandum of Cooperation With Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery

Land-based aquaculture firm, AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and Interaction with the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Fishery

(Rosrybolovstvo) and non-profit organization, the National Association of Industrial Aquaculture Enterprises on September 14.

The agreement follows Russia’s strategy, announced in November 2019 that will push commercial salmon farming, including the use of industrial aquaculture RAS technologies in the country. AquaMaof explained that the expansion of salmon farming will include the construction of large-scale facilities using the company’s RAS technology...

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Japan Air Freighted Salmon Imports Jump for Head-ons and Fillets Amid Stronger Prices

According to the Ministry of Finance's customs statistics, Japan’s fresh salmon and trout imports by air in July were significantly higher than in the same month of the previous year for semi-dressed fish and fillets, and prices continued to rise. In particular, the head-on semi-dressed fish has completely recovered from the slump at the beginning of the year. The cumulative quantity and price from January to July were in line with the previous year, reported Suisan Keizai...

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Study: Most California Dams Ineffective for Cold-Water Salmon, Trout Conservation

Dams poorly mimic the temperature patterns California streams require to support the state’s native salmon and trout — more than three-quarters of which risk extinction. Some of the species are important for West Coast commercial trollers, tribal fishermen and anglers. Bold actions are needed to reverse extinction trends and protect cold-water streams that are resilient to climate warming, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE by the University of California, Davis.

The study helps identify where high-quality, cold-water habitat remains to help ...

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Alaska’s 2021 Salmon Catch Now Eighth Largest in Recent History

The latest data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show 210.4 million salmon caught so far this year, ranking 2021 as the 8th highest since 1975. There are only nine years where Alaska’s fishing industry brought in more than 200 million salmon. This year, so far, ranks just below 2007’s 212.62 million and well above 2019’s 204.4 million salmon caught. 

This year’s total includes 144.3 million pink salmon, 53.93 million sockeye, 10.1 million chum, 1.8 million coho, and 224,000 Chinook landings. On a poundage basis, however, this year’s ...

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SalMar, Aker Join Forces to Create Offshore Fish Farming Company

Norway-based companies SalMar and Aker have entered a strategic partnership to create a global offshore aquaculture company.

The new company, “SalMar Aker Ocean AS” will be both an offshore and semi-offshore operation, per an August 26 announcement from SalMar.

The new company will combine “Aker and SalMar’s industry experience, leading competence in salmon production, software, and cleantech to create the world’s most reliable and intelligent offshore farming operations with the highest requirements for fish welfare and a zero-emissions value chain ambition...

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