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May 17 - ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases


May 17 - Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021


May 17 - PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm


May 14 - First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers


May 13 - Publix Now Offering Atlantic-Sapphire’s Bluehouse Salmon In All Stores


May 13 - SalMar Credits Rising Salmon Prices for Good Q1 Results


May 13 - Alaska Salmon Fishermen Send Urgent Plea for “Decisive Action” on Climate as Season Begins


May 13 - USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs


May 12 - Norway Royals Salmon Pleased With Iceland Farming Ops but Norway Costs Remain High


May 12 - Bakkafrost Sees Signs of Market Improvement in Q1 2021


May 11 - Russia Puts Big Hopes on Forthcoming Salmon Fishing Season This Year


May 11 - High Pre-order Prices for Copper River Salmon


May 11 - JAPAN: March Salmon Imports From Chile Up 67% to 17,815 Tons


May 11 - AquaBounty Sells Out First Harvest of GE Salmon from Indiana Farm


May 7 - AquaBounty Gives Update on Upcoming Commercial Launch of GE Salmon


May 6 - Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China


May 6 - Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021


May 5 - Fishermen-owned Alaskan Salmon Providing Direct-to-Consumer Access to Copper River King Salmon


May 5 - Norwegian Seafood Export Value Up in April But Some Challenges Remain for Industry


May 5 - Kvarøy Arctic Recognized By Fast Company Magazine’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards


May 3 - Pacific Salmon Are Getting Smaller, Smaller Yields for Markets


Apr 30 - WDFW Approves Three Alternative Gears for Use on Columbia River as 'Emerging Fishery'


Apr 28 - Blumar is Chile’s First Atlantic Salmon Farm to Win ‘Antimicrobial-Free’ Approval


Apr 26 - Go Fund Me Campaign to Test For Toxins in Salmon Streams


Apr 23 - StarKist Achieves Sourcing Goal as 100% of Tuna, Salmon Now Sourced from MSC, FIP Fisheries


Apr 22 - JAPAN: February Air Cargo Import Value Kept Decreasing, Live Eels and Salmon Fillets Up


Apr 21 - Norway-based Smart Salmon Takes Another Step Towards Construction of Smolt Production Facility


Apr 21 - Innovasea Breaks Down Latest Monitoring Software; Acting as Early Algal Bloom Warning System


Apr 21 - Camanchaca Reports Financial Loss of $7.5 Million Due to Harmful Algae Bloom in Los Lagos Region


Apr 20 - Dillingham Prepares for Another Big Sockeye Season With New COVID Protocols


Apr 19 - Chile Algae Bloom Update: Mortality Removal Continues in Los Lagos Region


Apr 19 - ANALYSIS: Commodity Prices Surging Higher; Is This the Next Supercycle?


Apr 19 - Pacific Council Works Late into the Evening to Finish Setting Salmon Seasons


Apr 16 - Sernapesca Reports On Progress of FAN Audits After Camanchaca’s Accused of Dumping Waste


Apr 16 - Chilean Salmon Council Q1 Export Report Shows Recovery to Start 2021


Apr 16 - VIDEO: Frozen Lobster Products; Chile’s Algae Bloom; H-2B Visas; Red Lobster's New Sandwiches


Apr 15 - Water in the News: Donlin Mine, Salmon Streams, Fukushima


Apr 15 - Atlantic Sapphire Describes Q1 as ‘Lost Quarter’ for US Biomass Growth in Operational Update


Apr 13 - Chile Algae Bloom Update: 95% of Mortality Removed From Affected Areas in Los Lagos, Aysén Region


Apr 13 - Russian Fish Sector Has No Major Concerns Regarding Possible Restrictions on Exports to U.S.


Apr 13 - PODCAST: Area 12 Snow Crab Quota; Harmful Algae Blooms in Chile; Fire at FFAW Headquarters and More


Apr 12 - Chile Algae Bloom Update: Over 5,000 Tons of Mortality Verified in Los Lagos, Aysén Region


Apr 12 - ANALYSIS: Farmed Salmon Market Continues Roller Coaster Ride


Apr 9 - VIDEO: Area 12 Snow Crab Quota; Boston Show Cancelled; Chile Algae Bloom; “Seaspiracy" Response


Apr 8 - Norway’s Seafood Exports Hit Record High for March; Salmon Volume Also Reaches Historic Mark


Apr 8 - Chile Algae Bloom Update: Nearly 4,000 Tons of Mortality Verified in Los Lagos and Aysén Region


Apr 7 - Chile Algae Bloom Update: 2,000 Tons of Mortality Removed as of Tuesday


Apr 7 - Alaska Fishing Updates for April 2021


Apr 5 - CHILE: 6 Salmon Farms in Los Lagos Region Activate Contingency Plans Due to Algae Blooms


Apr 5 - JAPAN: February Salmon Sales at Toyosu Market Rise 70% in Frozen Salmon, Prices Farming


Apr 5 - Washington Delegation Pushes Department of Commerce to Accelerate State’s Fishery Disaster Requests


Mar 31 - ADF&G Commissioner Addresses Disaster Relief, Cook Inlet Closure, Large Salmon Forecast for 2021


Mar 30 - Trident Seafoods Recalls Pacific Salmon Burger


Mar 30 - Alaska Fish Radio: Wild Salmon is Better for Healthy Hearts


Mar 29 - Scottish Sea Farms Names New Head of Sustainability & Development


Mar 26 - Mowi Talks Successful U.S. Brand, Amazon Fresh Launch in Annual Report


Mar 26 - Mowi Scotland Shakes Up Processing Management as it Eyes Increased Capacity


Mar 26 - Russian Fish Industry Continues Diversification of Supplies Due to Maintaining Chinese Restrictions


Mar 26 - Alaska Salmon Catch Dwarfed by Russia, Farmed Fish


Mar 26 - Price-fixing Suit Featuring Top Norwegian Salmon Farmers Advances in Court


Mar 24 - Hatcheries Again Make Huge Contribution to Alaska Salmon Catch


Mar 19 - Mowi Reaches $1.3 Million Deal to Settle Ducktrap River of Maine 'Misleading' Labeling Claims


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ANALYSIS: Markets Moving, Soaring Higher in Some Cases

With markets closing this week, on the seafood side, we saw some significantly higher adjustments and also some still considerably higher offers and sales, leaving most markets full steady to firm heading into the weekend.  

The farmed salmon market is now joining the club for tight supplies and an active to robust demand. Looking back, the index for most of April adjusted lower with both coasts of Canada seeing ample supply situations while the Chilean and the European markets saw increasingly tighter supply scenarios...

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Lobster and Salmon Get Highest Honors at Specialty Food Association Awards 2021

Seafood loomed large at the Specialty Food Association Awards 2021 with sofi™ Product of the Year going to Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company and New Product of the Year to Regal New Zealand King Salmon Company on May 11.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster’s Maine Shore Dinner for 2 won in the Product of the Year, and in new category New Product of the Year, Regal New Zealand King Salmon’s Manuka Wood Roasted Salmon took highest honors.

SFA members submitted nearly 1,500 products in about 50 categories for judging by...

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First Copper River Salmon, Prepared by Five Top Chefs, in Public Auction For Frontline Workers

The stars — literally, five celebrity chefs — are aligning for this year’s first Copper River salmon to arrive in Seattle and mark the beginning of Alaska’s season. The five chefs, led by Seattle's Shota Nakajima, will prepare a five-course dinner for seven. Those seven seats will go to individuals who outbid everyone else this weekend. All proceeds will go to the non-profit We Got This Seattle, which feeds frontline workers and supports Seattle restaurants in the process. 

The private "first-fish" dinner will be ...

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SalMar Credits Rising Salmon Prices for Good Q1 Results

SalMar released their first quarter financial results this week and is crediting rising salmon prices for their positive start. The company posted an Operational EBIT of NOK 627 million in Q1 of 2021, which is a 48% increase from the previous quarter. 

“Towards the end of the first quarter, the price of salmon rose steadily compared with the levels seen in the autumn of 2020 and at the start of this year,” said SalMar CEO Gustav Witzøe. “Together with a strong operational performance from our employees along the entire value chain...

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USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes and nuts as part of the Section 32 food assistance funding program.

The products will be distributed to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions, the USDA said in a press release. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended. It is one of the ...

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Bakkafrost Sees Signs of Market Improvement in Q1 2021

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost released its Q1 financial results on May 11 and CEO Regin Jacobsen said he was satisfied with the quarter as the company is beginning to “see clear signs of improvement” in the salmon market.

For the quarter, Bakkafrost delivered a total operating EBIT of DKK 223.5 million (US$36.5 million), a mark below Q1 2020’s DKK 248 million. Revenues (DKK 1,175.6 million) were down from 2020 (1,255.2 million).

Looking at the company’s harvests in the quarter...

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High Pre-order Prices for Copper River Salmon

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

Alaska’s 2021 salmon season officially starts next Monday, May 17, with a 12-hour opener for reds and kings at the Copper River.

All eyes will be on early Cordova dock prices as Alaska’s famous “first fresh salmon of the season” hits upscale wild salmon markets.

In 2020, Covid-forced closures of high end restaurants and seafood outlets tanked Copper River grounds prices to $3 per pound for sockeyes and $6.50 for kings, down from $10 and $14...

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AquaBounty Sells Out First Harvest of GE Salmon from Indiana Farm

AquaBounty announced that its first commercial-scale harvest of genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon from its land-based farm in Indiana has sold out.

The company received purchase orders for 5 metric tons of its salmon with harvest scheduled to be conducted at the end of May. With the first harvest set to commence, the company said it will ramp production to its full capacity throughout the year.

“I’m proud to see AquaBounty reach this important milestone using science and technology to provide sustainable seafood for a growing population...

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Japan’s Discharge Announcement Triggers More Ripple Effect in China

Japan’s plan to discharge waste water into the ocean is more than a domestic issue. And it is believed to not only exert great influence on its own seafood industry, but also impact other countries to different extents. For example, China, one of its neighbors, intends to stop its seafood imports and search for other substitutes.

Japan was never a main seafood supplier to Chinam which tends to source seafood from all over the world, said one insider. The country is not even among the top 10 suppliers whose exports are...

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Fishermen-owned Alaskan Salmon Providing Direct-to-Consumer Access to Copper River King Salmon

Fishermen-led and owned company Alaskan Salmon will now offer direct-to-consumer waitlist access to Copper River king salmon season, from May - September.

Consumers can now pre-order rare Alaskan salmon which may be only available otherwise at Michelin-starred experience or sushi restaurant settings. Two options will be available: : a five-pound Copper River king salmon box averaging 13-15 fillets at $75 per pound ($375); and sockeye salmon at $50 per pound ($250) with a maximum order...

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Kvarøy Arctic Recognized By Fast Company Magazine’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

Kvarøy Arctic has been recognized by Fast Company Magazine in their fifth annual World Changing Ideas Awards. The awards were created to recognize businesses, policies, projects and concepts from across the globe that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving the health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality. 

“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “So, it’s important to...

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WDFW Approves Three Alternative Gears for Use on Columbia River as 'Emerging Fishery'

Columbia River salmon fishermen will soon have three new gear types to use instead of gillnets, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

After several years of test operations, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind announced this week the Department will begin the rulemaking process to designate the beach seine, purse seine, and pound net as an “emerging commercial fishery” on the lower Columbia River, opening these alternative gears for expanded study and use in the river.

The emerging commercial fishery designation ...

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Go Fund Me Campaign to Test For Toxins in Salmon Streams

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

Are toxins from road runoff a threat to salmon in Anchorage’s popular fishing streams?

A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched so Alaskans can chip in to find out. A deadly compound in tires has been newly identified by researchers at the University of Washington.

“The little flakes that rub off of tires, especially larger truck tires, can be transported in the stream via stormwater. And they leach out the compounds that they found out was highly toxic to salmon...

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JAPAN: February Air Cargo Import Value Kept Decreasing, Live Eels and Salmon Fillets Up

According to the February import customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the marine products brought in by air freight have been showing negative growth for a long time under the COVID pandemic.

The air transported imports of marine products and prepared seafood in February were 4,452 tons and 6,577.7 million yen ($60.85 million), a decrease of 2.4% in quantity and a significant decline of 14.6% in value the same month a year ago, analyzed Suisan Keizai.

The quantity turned positive temporarily...

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Innovasea Breaks Down Latest Monitoring Software; Acting as Early Algal Bloom Warning System

Innovasea, a company that creates aquatic solutions for the aquaculture industry announced that its latest Plankton Monitoring software is now in the hands of two major salmon producers in Canada. The software aims to give companies the ability to detect early signs of harmful algae levels in the water.

The new software helps streamline and enhance monitoring efforts so fish farm operators can better predict when algal blooms may appear and take action earlier to help protect the fish.

“Our new Plankton Monitoring solution adds a new...

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Dillingham Prepares for Another Big Sockeye Season With New COVID Protocols

City Manager Gregg Brelsford has issued a new Emergency Order 2.1 and he wants everyone who is coming to Bristol Bay this year to read it.

“In the past year, Dillingham has sustained relatively few COVID-19 deaths, medical evacuations, positive cases, and negative impacts, overall. In the past few months, a substantial number of our people have obtained vaccinations,” Brelsford wrote in the E.O’s preamble.

“All of this is attributable to Emergency Order 1.1 and the COVID-safety practices of Dillingham residents, tribes, businesses, incoming travelers...

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PODCAST: AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf Talks First Commercial Harvest at Indiana Farm

AquaBounty Technologies CEO Sylvia Wulf joins the SeafoodNews podcast to talk about the first commercial harvest at the company's Indiana farm. Learn more about AquaBounty's important milestone, including Sylvia's thoughts on their biggest hurdle leading up to this point, and what's next for the company.

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors. Combining the expertise of our analytical team, our warehouse of proprietary and trusted data...

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Publix Now Offering Atlantic-Sapphire’s Bluehouse Salmon In All Stores

In November 2020 Publix stores in the Miami region began offering Atlantic Sapphire’s land-raised salmon. Now, Publix shoppers across seven states will be able to get their hands on the Bluehouse brand salmon. 

“Farmed salmon is the most consumed seafood in the United States, and while there is some aquaculture salmon production in Maine, the vast majority of the product sold in the U.S. comes from Chile and Norway,” said Guy Pizzuti, Publix’s Business Development Director for Seafood.  “We’re excited to work with...

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Alaska Salmon Fishermen Send Urgent Plea for “Decisive Action” on Climate as Season Begins

As the salmon season kicks off in Alaska —  the Copper River fishery opens this Monday, May 17 — fishermen are sending an urgent call to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to “take decisive action” to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

“The time is now” several fishermen say on the video produced by SalmonState and endorsed by Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP), Alaska’s Own, Yakobi Fisheries, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), and Sitka Salmon Shares. The call from fishermen is tied to phenomena that “should...

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Norway Royals Salmon Pleased With Iceland Farming Ops but Norway Costs Remain High

Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) released its first-quarter results for the fiscal year 2021 and the company noted strong development in its Farming Iceland operations while its Norwegian division is still facing higher costs.

The company noted that low salmon prices in the quarter impacted by COVID-19 and salmon supply growth played a role but prices did rebound notably in March.

“For the farming operations in Norway, we are not satisfied with the production cost in the quarter, and...

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Russia Puts Big Hopes on Forthcoming Salmon Fishing Season This Year 

Russia is putting big hopes on the forthcoming salmon fishing season this year, planning a significant increase of its catch, compared to some previous unsuccessful years.

As Igor Melnikov, Deputy Head of the Pacific Branch of the VNIRO Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, said during a recent meeting of the Far Eastern Scientific and Industrial Council, the results of surveys carried out in 2020 in the Bering Sea show that the number of pink salmon fingerlings, as of now, has exceeded billion specimens...

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JAPAN: March Salmon Imports From Chile Up 67% to 17,815 Tons

According to the March customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the import volume of salmon and trout, from fresh fish to processed seafood, was favorable compared to the same month of the previous year. As quantity increased, fresh and frozen import values exceeded last year's levels. Frozen Chilean coho is skyrocketing at the fastest pace ever, as reported by Suisan Keizai.

The total imports from fresh to processed products in March were 32,134 tons, or 23,999.49 million yen ($220.81 million)...

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AquaBounty Gives Update on Upcoming Commercial Launch of GE Salmon

AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon will be heading towards your local grocery store in the near future. The land-based aquaculture company released their First Quarter 2021 Financial Results earlier this week and provided some much anticipated updates on their GE salmon. According to AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf, the company is currently preparing for their first commercial scale harvest, which they expect to begin this month.

“We are looking forward to a successful commercial launch of our GE salmon, which will mark a tremendous milestone that has been decades in the...

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Alaska Fishing Update For May 2021

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

Managers are set to announce any day when the famous Copper River fishery near Cordova will open for sockeyes and kings, signaling the official  start of Alaska’s 2021 salmon season. 

Alaska’s biggest herring fishery at Togiak kicked off on May 3 with two buyers and about a dozen boats on the grounds. They have a roughly 85 million pound quota, the largest since 1993. (42,639 tons).

Herring fishing continued around Kodiak for a nearly 16 million pound catch, the largest ever...

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Norwegian Seafood Export Value Up in April But Some Challenges Remain for Industry

Norway’s seafood export value was up in April 2021, compared to a year ago but the Norwegian Seafood Council noted that challenges still remain for the industry.

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen, the value of seafood exports in March and April has never been higher, but despite the positive steps in the previous two months Larsen emphasized that challenging times remain for parts of the seafood industry.

"Even though the seafood markets are still strongly affected by the corona pandemic and a strengthened...

 

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Pacific Salmon Are Getting Smaller, Smaller Yields for Markets

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

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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Blumar is Chile’s First Atlantic Salmon Farm to Win ‘Antimicrobial-Free’ Approval

Blumar’s Canal Bertrand site in Chile’s Magellan region has become the country’s first Atlantic salmon farm to be certified under Sernapesca’s Program for the Optimization of the Use of Antimicrobials (PROA). The certification recognizes that Blumar’s salmon production is free from the use of antimicrobials.

“This tremendous achievement marks a very important milestone for us, and it is validation that our work is on the right track,” Ignacio Covacevich, Regional Manager of Blumar Magallanes, said in a press release. “In order to reach our goal, we...

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StarKist Achieves Sourcing Goal as 100% of Tuna, Salmon Now Sourced from MSC, FIP Fisheries

Tuna canner StarKist achieved a significant goal as it now sources 100% of its tuna and salmon from sustainable sources.

All tuna and salmon procured by the company from third-party suppliers either meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing or are working toward certification, including those participating in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

"StarKist is proud to be the industry leader and consumers can be assured that all of our wild-caught tuna and salmon products are responsibly sourced and certified...

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Norway-based Smart Salmon Takes Another Step Towards Construction of Smolt Production Facility

Land-based salmon farmer Smart Salmon has tabbed HS Bygg as the contractor for its smolt production facility with construction beginning as early as fall 2021.

“It is gratifying to get this contract in place with a solid, local contractor such as HS Bygg. We see an enormous potential in this project and are now working to complete the plans,” says Petter Bakke, CEO of Smart Salmon Group AS.

The site will produce up to 2,500 tonnes of big smolt the Smørhamn site in Bremanger municipality in Western Norway...

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Camanchaca Reports Financial Loss of $7.5 Million Due to Harmful Algae Bloom in Los Lagos Region

Salmones Camanchaca, a subsidiary of Camanchaca, is reporting a financial loss of $7.5 million related to the harmful algae blooms in the Los Lagos region.

As SeafoodNews has been reporting for the past few weeks, salmon farming centers in the Los Lagos and Aysén region in Chile have had to activate contingency plans due to harmful algae blooms. In mid-March Camanchaca had reported that the algae bloom incidents killed 162,000 salmon at a pair of their seawater farming sites...

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