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Jan 25 - Report: “No statistically Relevant Association” Regarding Sea Lice and Production of Farmed Salmon


Jan 19 - BC Salmon Farmers Association Release Report on a Successful Transition Plan For Salmon Farming


Jan 19 - WDFW Investigation Reveals IUU and Misbranding Violations at Washington Restaurant


Jan 18 - OBI, Silver Bay Take Home USDA Salmon Contract


Jan 18 - Department of Justice Closes Salmon Price-Fixing Investigation Involving Top Norwegian Farmers


Jan 18 - Russia Faced With Sharp Drop of Salmon Consumption


Jan 18 - Hokkaido Fall Chum Catch Up 80% to Record 29.4 Million Fish, Landed Value JPY 63.9 Billion


Jan 13 - Discovery Island Reportedly Impacting West Coast Canadian Whole Fish Supply


Jan 13 - Coast Seafood Acquires Salmon Processor Vega Salmon


Jan 12 - Center for Biological Diversity, Other Groups Try Again for OR/CA Chinook Listing


Jan 11 - Russia Abandons Salmon and Trout Export Ban, Russian Fisheries Agency Chief Announced


Jan 10 - Japan: November Imports Soared in Salmon Fillets; Trout 5.5 Times from Turkey


Jan 10 - New Leader Appointed as Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association


Jan 6 - Norwegian Salmon Farmers Continue to Push Back on Salmon Production Tax


Jan 6 - Japan: Large-Scale RAS Salmon Facilities Planned One After Another


Jan 4 - Norway Celebrates Best Year Ever For Seafood Exports in 2022


Dec 30 - Alaska Fishing Outlooks for 2023


Dec 30 - Omnibus Spending Bill Holds Host of Investments for Oregon Ports, Coastal Communities


Dec 30 - CDFW Awards $11 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Projects


Dec 22 - Chilean Coho Exports in 2021-22 Comprising 85 % to Japan, down 10%


Dec 21 - Senators Cantwell, Murray Announce $300 Million in Economic Relief for Fishing Families


Dec 19 - Department of Commerce Disaster Declarations Include West Coast, AK Salmon Fisheries


Dec 15 - The Winding Glass: What’s Up in the North Pacific?


Dec 14 - ASC Sees 144% Increase in Certification Demand from Scottish Salmon Sector


Dec 13 - Japan: Market Reacting to High Prices of Salmon Fillets, Some Trout Prices Dropping


Dec 12 - Washington DNR Grants Cooke Extension To Remove All Remaining Fish From Puget Sound


Dec 12 - Changes Coming to Norway’s Salmon Tax Plan


Dec 9 - Japan: Chilean Coho Import Prices Continue to Rise by 57.7% in October, Volume Fell by 44.3%


Dec 7 - Acme Smoked Fish Launches New Danish Double Smoked Salmon


Dec 6 - Poor Salmon Catch In Russia Leads to Decline of Red Caviar Output This Year


Dec 5 - Norwegian Food Safety Authority Declares Nord-Trøndelag Pancreatic Disease Free


Dec 5 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Challenged by Increased Costs, Unrest in Salmon Market


Dec 5 - Japan: Toyosu October Fish Roe Sales All Up In Volume And Price But Ikura Salmon Caviar And Pollock


Nov 29 - JAPAN: October Frozen Chilean Coho Sales Continue to Drop by 40% at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market


Nov 28 - AquaBounty Reviewing FDA’s Amended Environmental Assessment


Nov 21 - Cooke Announces Completion of Acquisition of Tassal Group Limited


Nov 21 - Cooke, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Release Statement on Decision to End Net Pen Aquaculture in WA


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Report: “No statistically Relevant Association” Regarding Sea Lice and Production of Farmed Salmon

A new peer-reviewed Science Response Report published on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) website by the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) concludes that sea lice on farm-raised salmon does not impact sea lice levels on wild juvenile salmon in British Columbia.

This comprehensive CSAS report adds to the nine previous CSAS science reviews (2020) on salmon aquaculture in BC, that concluded “minimal risk” to Fraser River Sockeye salmon from all relevant fish pathogens of concern...

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BC Salmon Farmers Association Release Report on a Successful Transition Plan For Salmon Farming

This week the BC Salmon Farmers Association released a new report titled, “BC Salmon Aquaculture Transition: Then & Now.” 

The report looks at environmental performance “in the beginning” and “today,” zeroing in on salmon farm siting, containment systems, feed ingredients and antibiotic use. It further dives into how salmon farming can be an “economic lifeline” for these remote coastal communities, and how the sector today plays a “significant role in bringing greater strength and resilience to the province’s food-supply chain...

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OBI, Silver Bay Take Home USDA Salmon Contract

A pair of companies were involved in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) $8 million purchase of pink salmon.

OBI Seafoods sold $6,376,423 of salmon products while Silver Bay Seafoods saw the USDA purchase $1,659,612 worth of products.

OBI sold over 157,000 pounds of salmon while Silver Bay sold nearly 26,000 cases of product.

In total, the USDA bought 182,960 pounds of salmon products including canned pink salmon and wild-caught frozen fillets. The USDA noted these products will be used for child nutrition and other related...

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Russia Faced With Sharp Drop of Salmon Consumption  

The consumption of fish in Russia is expected to significantly decline already in the middle term, with the biggest drop to be observed in salmon segment.

That will be mainly due to the current economic situation in Russia, which may result in the decline of the average fish consumption in the country by 5-7% per year. This has been recently published in the study of the Russian National Rating Agency (NRA). In 2021, according to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), fish consumption in the country decreased by 2%, to 21.7 kg per person per year.

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Discovery Island Reportedly Impacting West Coast Canadian Whole Fish Supply

For one of the first times in recent memory, Urner Barry quotations for the West Coast Canadian whole fish market have been removed due to lack of trade supply. In speaking with market participants there is no product available in the marketplace from Western Canada and many attribute these deficiencies due to closures out of Discovery Island.  

Industry members will recall that the Government of Canada announced in December 2020 that they would be phasing out salmon farming licenses in Discovery Islands, British Columbia. The government acknowledged at the time that...

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Center for Biological Diversity, Other Groups Try Again for OR/CA Chinook Listing

Many salmon populations on the West Coast have been struggling in recent years as droughts, fluctuations in ocean conditions and development have affected Chinook runs in many rivers.

Now, after a petition from three conservation groups, NMFS issued a 90-day finding that Southern Oregon/Northern California coast Chinook salmon may warrant federal listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Native Fish Society and Umpqua Watersheds, petitioned the agency in August for a listing in August 2022 -- and that ...

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Japan: November Imports Soared in Salmon Fillets; Trout 5.5 Times from Turkey

According to customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, imports of salmon and trout recovered to the same level as the previous year in November. Fresh fish imports by air shipments remained sluggish, but frozen sockeye and fillet products increased, reported Suisan Keizai.

As for frozen products, the new season's dressed Chilean coho was slightly lower than the previous year at 10,238 tons, and the total for the new season since October was 14,514 tons, which is 3,600 tons less than the same period last year...

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Norwegian Salmon Farmers Continue to Push Back on Salmon Production Tax

Earlier this week the EU Fish Processors and Trade Association (AIPCE)  and the European Federation of National Organisations of Importers and Exporters of FIsh (CEP) wrote to the EU Commission to express their concern about the Norwegian salmon production tax. 

“AIPCE-CEP ask for urgent measures to return to normal operations and ensure a predictable situation for EU buyers of Norwegian aquaculture products,” wrote the trade associations about the major challenges they face.

In mid-December SeafoodNews reported on changes coming to Norway’s proposed salmon tax plan...

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Norway Celebrates Best Year Ever For Seafood Exports in 2022

2022 will be a hard year for Norwegian seafood to top. The Norwegian Seafood Council reported on Wednesday that last year was the “best year ever for Norwegian seafood exports.” The country exported a total of 2.9 million tonnes worth a value of NOK 151.4 billion. Compared to 2021, the value of Norwegian seafood exports increased by NOK 30.7 billion, or 25%.

“Norwegian seafood exports have had a historically strong year behind them.” said Christian Chramer, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council. “It is happening in a...

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Omnibus Spending Bill Holds Host of Investments for Oregon Ports, Coastal Communities

Congress' fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package has a multitude of benefits for all states, but Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, touted the legislation's coastal investments recently.

The senators said ports, waterways, and coastal, fishing, and tribal communities will all benefit from the $1.7 trillion package recently signed by President Biden. The legislation also includes provisions relating to furthering the offshore wind conversations ...

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Chilean Coho Exports in 2021-22 Comprising 85 % to Japan, down 10%

The Chilean customs agency said the country exported 21,681 tons of frozen dressed coho salmon in November, up 13% from last year. According to Minato Shimbun Newsletter, the average unit price (FOB) rose 10% to $6.23/kg.

Of this, the volume for Japan increased by 18% to 17,884 tons, accounting for 82% of the total. The unit price rose 10% to $6.16/kg, down from $6.27/kg last month.

The export volume usually begins to increase from August, and the total cumulative...

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Department of Commerce Disaster Declarations Include West Coast, AK Salmon Fisheries

While Alaska's snow and king crab fisheries have garnered much attention lately, the U.S. Department of Commerce's latest notification of fishery disaster declarations covered many salmon fisheries as well, some that have been pending for a couple years or more.

Those fisheries include:

  • the 2021 Alaska Kuskokwim River Salmon, Norton Sound Chum and Coho Salmon fisheries;
  • the 2021 Chignik salmon fishery;
  • the 2020 Washington ocean salmon fisheries;
  • the 2020 Copper River/Prince William Sound coho and pink salmon fisheries; and
  • the 2019 Washington Columbia River, Willapa Bay and ...

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Washington DNR Grants Cooke Extension To Remove All Remaining Fish From Puget Sound

Last month the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that they had decided not to renew leases for Cooke Aquaculture Puget Sound fish farms. Further, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said that the state would be putting an end to the practice of farming finfish in open sea net pens in Puget Sound. 

In an announcement from November 14, the DNR gave Cooke until December 14 to wrap up steelhead farming in their last pens and begin deconstructing the equipment. However, the DNR sent...

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Japan: Chilean Coho Import Prices Continue to Rise by 57.7% in October, Volume Fell by 44.3%

According to customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, imports of salmon and trout in October fell below the same month last year for the first time in three months. While frozen Russian sockeye is picking up, the new harvest of Chilean coho is slow to get off the ground, and fresh air shipments could have been more active. On the other hand, the rapid depreciation of the yen and persistently high international prices have made procurement costs high, and the value of...

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Poor Salmon Catch In Russia Leads to Decline of Red Caviar Output This Year  

Russia has faced a significant decline of red caviar production this year. As a result of the poor salmon fishing season, prices for red caviar have increased in the domestic market. 

According to the latest data from the Russian Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography -- one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fisheries -- the volume of catch of pink salmon, sockeye salmon, coho and other salmon species in Russia this year barely exceeded 260,000 tons, which is two times less than in 2021...

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WDFW Investigation Reveals IUU and Misbranding Violations at Washington Restaurant

A multi-year investigation by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife detectives into the illegal, unreported, unregulated and misbranding of fish has resulted in hefty fines for a popular eastern Washington restaurant, TJ's Bar and Grill in Kettle Falls.

The case was filed by the Attorney General's Public Lands and Conservation Division in summer 2022. On Jan. 17, TJ's Bar and Grill Restaurant was convicted in Stevens County Superior Court of the felony offense of Unlawful Fish Catch Accounting in the First Degree and sentenced to pay $10,000 in ...

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Department of Justice Closes Salmon Price-Fixing Investigation Involving Top Norwegian Farmers

Norwegian salmon farming giant Mowi announced that it was informed by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division had closed its price-fixing investigation into the company.

“Mowi has all along been adamant that the price collusion allegations have clearly lacked merit and are entirely unsubstantiated,” the company wrote in a statement.

Back in 2019, the DOJ subpoenaed Mowi, along with fellow salmon companies SalMar and Grieg Seafood, over alleged price-fixing of Atlantic salmon, as SeafoodNews covered. The DOJ’s move followed an inspection by the European Commission...

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Hokkaido Fall Chum Catch Up 80% to Record 29.4 Million Fish, Landed Value JPY 63.9 Billion

On January 11, the Hokkaido United Sea-area Fisheries Adjustment Committee compiled the final preliminary report on last year's fall chum salmon catch in Hokkaido. The total number of catches in Hokkaido increased by 76% from the previous year to 29.4 million fish, showing a sure recovery from the low level that had continued in recent years and approaching 30 million. As fish prices remained firm, the value of catches increased by 42% to 63.90 billion yen ($469.9 million), surpassing the...

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Coast Seafood Acquires Salmon Processor Vega Salmon

Seafood exporter Coast Seafood has acquired salmon processor Vega Salmon from Danish Private Equity fund Maj Invest Equity 4 K/S. The closing terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Vega Salmon employs between 400 and 600 depending on the time of year with annual revenues of DKK 1.3 billion (US$188.8 million). The company is headquartered in Kolding, Denmark, and a processing facility in Handewitt, Germany.

“Vega Salmon is a well-managed company operating according to the highest quality standards. With Vega as part of the Coast family...

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Russia Abandons Salmon and Trout Export Ban, Russian Fisheries Agency Chief Announced

Minato Shimbun reported that the head of the Russian Fisheries Agency, Ilya Shestakov, expressed at a press conference late last year that the Russian Government would abandon the proposed export ban on salmon and trout products. The North Sea Development Association (within Hokkaido Trawl Fisheries Cooperative Federation) made the announcement.

According to the association, Russia banned the import of Atlantic salmon from Europe and the United States following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the poor catch of Pacific salmon and trout in...

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New Leader Appointed as Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association

The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association has a new leader: Brian Kingzett was recently appointed the new executive director of the association.

Kingzett has 35 years of experience in the environmental and aquaculture sectors, according to a press release, where he has amassed a unique blend of professional expertise locally and abroad. He received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of Victoria and Master of Science from Simon Fraser University in Marine Biology. His appointment took effect immediately.

“We are very pleased to have Brian ...

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Japan: Large-Scale RAS Salmon Facilities Planned One After Another

"All the players are here. The Salmon Warring States period has arrived." Minato Shimbun reported that Japanese aquaculture operators do not hide their excitement over the successive plans for large-scale facilities.

Japanese fish farm businesses used to mainly produce trout. Still, Mitsubishi Corporation and Maruha Nichiro launched "Atland Corporation" in October 2022 to produce Atlantic salmon in a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). The farm will staoperation in Nyuzen-Cho, Toyama Prefecture, aiming to begin shipments in 2027 and achieve an annual production of 2,500 tons...

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Alaska Fishing Outlooks for 2023

Alaska fish harvests for 2023 are being revealed almost daily by state and federal managers, ranging from salmon to groundfish to crab and herring.

Here’s a sampler so far, with some added commentary:

The bulk of Alaska’s seafood by far is taken from fishing grounds ranging from three to 200 miles offshore that are managed by federal overseers. The volume taken from the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska includes more than two dozen types of groundfish, or whitefish, such as cod, pollock, rockfish, perch and other species and totals nearly 5.5 billion pounds...

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CDFW Awards $11 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the selection of 25 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

The grants totaling $11 million were awarded through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. FRGP was first established in 1981 and since 2000 ha...s included funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, established by Congress to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and ...

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Senators Cantwell, Murray Announce $300 Million in Economic Relief for Fishing Families

Fishing families will be able to rest easy this holiday season knowing that economic relief is coming. On Tuesday Washington Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell announced that $300 million for disaster assistance for fishing families impacted by canceled crab and salmon harvests will be included in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. 

It’s been a tough year for participants in the crab fishery due to the 2022/2023 Bering Sea snow crab fishery being canceled, and the...

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The Winding Glass:  What’s Up in the North Pacific? 

[The Winding Glass is the commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Many communities in Alaska are up in arms over trawling. With closures of snow crab, king crab, and the collapse of chum fisheries on the Yukon, and Chinook fisheries statewide, desperate community leaders are demanding action against trawling.

They are fighting the wrong battle. The goal of fishery management is not to save every fish. It is to build and sustain populations of fish. The simple fact is that effort in Alaska’s trawl fisheries has...

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Japan: Market Reacting to High Prices of Salmon Fillets, Some Trout Prices Dropping

Imported salmon and trout fillets generally continue to have high prices. Still, in October, Chilean coho fillets gained momentum. From January to October, salmon surpassed the previous year's volume, and trout recovered to 90% of last year's levels. The Japanese market has slowed down recently, with some bargain offers appearing, apparently with quick cash flow, Suisan Keizai reported.

Imported salmon and trout fillet products are mainly of Atlantic salmon and salmon trout, so the leading countries of origin are Norway and Chile. On the other hand...

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Changes Coming to Norway’s Salmon Tax Plan

Norwegian Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum announced changes to the proposed aquaculture tax that has been a massive story in the country’s farmed salmon industry.

The most notable adjustment to the tax plan includes clarification that the tax will be calculated based on internal salmon prices from companies in 2023, per Norwegian publication FriFagbevegelse.

“We have always been clear that it should be the income you actually have that should be the basis for the ground rent tax. There has been some unrest around this, and it has been used as justification...

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Acme Smoked Fish Launches New Danish Double Smoked Salmon

Make room on the table this holiday season for Acme Smoked Fish’s brand new Danish Double-Smoked Salmon. The new offering from their Spence & Co premium product line is bound to be a favorite, whether on top of a bagel or on an appetizer board.

The Danish Double Smoked Salmon is not your typical smoked salmon, with the process taking twice as long.. Acme boasts that the double-smoking process begins in the village of Ourup at a Danish smokehouse where smoked salmon has been a tradition for more than...

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