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Jan 16 - Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot


Jan 12 - Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge


Jan 10 - U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood


Jan 2 - Marine Harvest Purchase of Northern Sea Farms Likely To Solidify its Position in Eastern Canada


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


Dec 22 - Study Finds Bitumen Spill Could Hinder Salmon Swimming Performance


Dec 22 - Springfield Smoked Fish Expands Recall Due to Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination


Dec 21 - DFO Finds Minimal Risk of Virus Transfer in Salmon


Dec 19 - Listeria Outbreak in Denmark Linked to Salmon Processing Facility in Poland


Dec 15 - Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring


Dec 8 - Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales


Dec 5 - Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software


Dec 4 - Inside the Battle Over Salmon Farming in BC with Marine Harvest and the Occupiers


Dec 4 - Russian Government Considering Salmon Export Quotas for 2018


Nov 30 - Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China


Nov 27 - Hengsha Fishing Port Owns, Installs China's First Automatic Salmon Processing Line


Nov 21 - New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO


Nov 17 - JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day


Nov 16 - How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry


Nov 15 - Cermaq Announces Improvement in Fish Survival Rate for Atlantic Salmon


Nov 14 - Tassal Backs Away from Dumping Treated Wastewater from Salmon Pens Back into Macquarie Harbour


Nov 10 - Norway Eyes Promotion of Seafood Products Other Than Salmon and Cod to Chinese Consumers


Nov 9 - Modern Market Eatery Adds Verlasso’s Sustainable Salmon to their Menu


Nov 9 - LED Lights Show Promise for Decreasing Salmon Bycatch in West Coast Whiting Fishery


Nov 8 - Army Corps Awards Bonneville Fish Hatchery Operations to ODFW


Nov 7 - Cermaq Developing FlexiFarm, A Floating Closed Containment System


Nov 6 - True North Seafood Company Recalls Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes


Nov 2 - Study on Alaska's Kenai River Reveals Potential Climate Impacts on Salmon


Oct 30 - Alaska Salmon Fishing Permit Values Increasing After Impressive Season


Oct 25 - Tassal, Huon Aquaculture Defend Commitment to Environment After Report on Tasmanian Salmon


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Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot

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

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Protecting salmon habitat is headed to Alaska voters. 

“Yes for Salmon” grassroots advocates today delivered petition booklets with nearly 40,000 signatures to the Division of Elections in Anchorage. It’s enough to qualify as a ballot initiative for Alaska voters in November.

Voters will help determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959.

Ryan Schryzer is director of Stand for Salmon, a primary backer of the initiative ...

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Scottish Salmon Company Commissions New State-of-the-Art Feed Barge

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 12, 2018

The Scottish Salmon Company is investing in their operational infrastructure in 2018. The company announced on Friday that Gael Force Group is building them a new state-of-the-art SeaMate feed barge at their Portree site.

The Scottish Salmon Company signed an exclusive contract with Gael Force in 2016. Since then Gael Force has aided the Scottish Salmon Company in developing a new software platform, which has enabled “more efficient and cost-effective ordering of consumables from ...

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Marine Harvest Purchase of Northern Sea Farms Likely To Solidify its Position in Eastern Canada

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 2, 2018

Marine Harvest announced on Dec. 22nd their agreement to purchase the shares of Northern Harvest, an Atlantic Canada Salmon Farming Company, that is 50% owned by North Coast Seafoods of Boston.

The other 50% of shares are owned by the Ingalls family in Canada.

Marine Harvest says “The Company is fully integrated with its own broodstock, smolt/hatchery, farming sites and processing operations. The potential acquisition supports Marine Harvest's long term strategy ...

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Study Finds Bitumen Spill Could Hinder Salmon Swimming Performance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [National Post] by Dirk Meissner - December 22, 2017

VICTORIA — Salmon migrating through rivers and streams in British Columbia use all their strength, but new research says even tiny amounts of diluted bitumen weakens their chances of making it back to spawn.

Exposure to diluted bitumen hinders the swimming performance of salmon, causes their heart muscle to stiffen and damages their kidneys, Sarah Alderman, a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Guelph, said in an interview.

“We’re seeing changes from molecules up to what the organ actually looks like. All of this is affecting how they ...

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DFO Finds Minimal Risk of Virus Transfer in Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 21, 2017

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has concluded that there are "minimal risks to the wild Fraser River sockeye salmon populations due to the transfer of Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) from Atlantic salmon farms in the Discovery Islands."

Wild salmon can contract IHNV since the virus is native to the Pacific Ocean. However, farmed Atlantic salmon are more susceptible to the disease. The fear is that there is higher risk of transfer "associated with aquaculture activities ...

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Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 15, 2017

A new study published in Ecology Letters has found that spawning salmon aid their offspring by dying after migrating home.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine conducted an experimental study of salmon streams in northern Scotland. Ten streams containing the same number of salmon eggs were studied. Five of the streams “received the normal level of nutrients” that came from a decaying salmon carcass. The remaining five streams had ...

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Broodstock Capital Invests in Norwegian Salmon Industry Track and Trace Software

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 5, 2017

Maritech Systems, a company that offers a seafood software trading platform, has received an investment from Broodstock Capital, a Norwegian seafood investor.

The cloud-based software, which is frequently used by the Norwegian salmon industry, “tracks and traces fish from farmers and fishery to production and processing, sales and distribution, and to the consumer.” Broodstock has become a majority shareholder in the company as part of their efforts to ...

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Russian Government Considering Salmon Export Quotas for 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 4, 2017

The Russian government may introduce quotas on the exports of salmon this year, due to avoid a shortage of fish and caviar in the domestic market, according to some sources close to the Russian Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

This year Russian fishermen have significantly increased exports of salmon to Japan, due to a significant decline of its catch in the  ...

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Hengsha Fishing Port Owns, Installs China's First Automatic Salmon Processing Line

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] Translated by Amy Zhong - November 27, 2017

China’s first automatic processing line for salmon was put into use in the Hengsha International Fishing Port of Shanghai on November 13. Every day it provides local restaurants and markets in other regions with 30 tons of high-quality salmon products. The processing unit was brought back from ...

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JD Fresh Moves 20,000 Tons of Fresh Food, Garnering Huge Success on Singles' Day

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CB.com] translated by Amy Zhong - November 17, 2017

JD Fresh is the first e-commerce platform for fresh food in China. It achieved great success during the Singles' Day online shopping festival on November 11. In total, it sold 40,000,000 jin (20,000 tons) of fresh food. And the number of its PLUS consumers skyrocketed 400 percent compared with last year, while its female customers have grown by almost three times. The sales through 1:55 a.m. of this Singles’ Day exceeded the total sales of ...

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Cermaq Announces Improvement in Fish Survival Rate for Atlantic Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 15, 2017

Cermaq, a leading salmon farming company with operations in Norway, Canada and Chile, has announced that their fish survival rate for Atlantic salmon has improved over the past year.

The company revealed that during the July/ August/ September 2017 quarter Norway jumped from a 94% survival rate to 96%. Canada improved from 91% to 94%, while Chile improved from ...

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Norway Eyes Promotion of Seafood Products Other Than Salmon and Cod to Chinese Consumers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Guancha] translated by Amy Zhong - November 10, 2017

Norwegian seafood has great potential in Chinese market, according to a market research report from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) on Oct. 31 during the Norway-China Seafood Summit. As shown by the report, China used to import seafood, process most and then export them to such countries as America, Europe and Japan. However, the situation has changed. Its consumption of imported seafood has continually risen and increasing quantities of Norwegian seafood have ...

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LED Lights Show Promise for Decreasing Salmon Bycatch in West Coast Whiting Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers -- November 9, 2017

Light-emitting diodes - LEDs - are proving effective for lowering bycatch in fisheries besides West Coast pink shrimp.

A study by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center shows that LEDs are very effective in directing Chinook salmon to escape windows in Pacific hake trawl nets, according to a statement from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Chinook salmon bycatch in the hake fishery, the largest groundfish fishery on the West Coast, can ...

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Cermaq Developing FlexiFarm, A Floating Closed Containment System 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - November 7, 2017

Cermaq, one of the world’s leading salmon and trout farming companies, has developed a new technology that could reduce the loss of fish and prevent escapement and lice: Meet the FlexiFarm.

The Norway-based company developed FlexiFarm, a floating closed containment system, with Botngaard System, Xylem and Serge Ferrari ...

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Study on Alaska's Kenai River Reveals Potential Climate Impacts on Salmon 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] by Elizabeth Earl - November 2, 2017

Though the Kenai River’s salmon populations are still healthy compared to other Pacific salmon populations, a number of climate change-influenced factors could threaten them in the future.

A study published in the October 2017 issue of the journal Fisheries focuses on the Kenai River as a case study for what may happen to healthy salmon populations as the climate continues to change. Air and water temperatures have been warming over the past 50 years ...

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Tassal, Huon Aquaculture Defend Commitment to Environment After Report on Tasmanian Salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Australian Broadcasting Corporation News] by Tim Morgan - October 25, 2017

Australian shoppers are turning away from purchasing Tasmanian salmon because of environmental concerns, according to a report slammed by Tassal and the Government.

After polling 1,421 mainland Australians, the Australia Institute found of those who said they chose to eat salmon, one in seven said they had started buying alternative products.

Australia Institute Tasmania director Leanne Minshull said she was surprised by the result ...

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U.S. Fastest Growing Market for Norwegian Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 10, 2018 

2017 was yet another record setting year for Norwegian seafood exports. The US is now Norway's fastest growing export market.

"The export value increased by 3 per cent and we see a growth in value and volume for overseas markets in Asia and the U.S. simultaneously, while exports to the EU were unchanged from 2016," says Renate Larsen, Managing Director at the Norwegian Seafood Council. 

72% of the value came from farmed salmon, while 28 per cent came from wild fisheries. 

The trend towards increased consumption in Asia is likely to accelerate. 

"Increased seafood consumption in Asia is driven by a growing middle class ..

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Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 27, 2017

The Russian crab industry may face massive cuts of workers and the decline of production in 2019, due to the planned change of the existing scheme of quota distributions, according to recent statements from the head of the Russian Association of Crab Producers, Alexander Duplyakov.

Duplyakov said almost 3,000 people involved in the Russian crab business in the Far East, may lose their jobs already in 2018.

"Because not all the companies will be able to participate in these auctions, and find ...

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Springfield Smoked Fish Expands Recall Due to Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 22, 2017

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, Massachusetts, is expanding their recall of smoked fish products due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The company posted their initial recall on December 13, asking customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut to return 1 lb. packages of Presliced Nova Salmon to the retail stores they purchased it from. On December 19 Springfield Smoked Fish expanded the recall for a series of products sold in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania ...

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Listeria Outbreak in Denmark Linked to Salmon Processing Facility in Poland

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 19, 2017

Salmon sold by Dansk Supermarket Group in Denmark was linked to six illnesses earlier this year. Now, another Listeria monocytogenes discovery at a French retailer suggests that the contamination occurred at BK Salmon, a processing facility in Poland.

According to Food Quality News, a kosher chilled cured salmon at a French retailer tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. “The isolate belonged to the same type as in the Danish outbreak,” the outlet reports.

It’s speculated that ...

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Poland’s Fish Processors Expand as Exports Drive Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Jaroslaw Adamowski - December 8, 2017

Poland-based fish processors are investing to expand their output capacities in response to their increasing export sales.

 

Data from the state-run Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ) indicates that in 2016, Poland’s fish industry exported 476,000 tons, up 8% compared with a year earlier. This translated into €1.8 billion worth of sales, a 13.5% increase year-on-year.

Under an investment worth about PLN 65 million ($18.2 million) ...

 

 

 

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Inside the Battle Over Salmon Farming in BC with Marine Harvest and the Occupiers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] by Amy Smart - December 4, 2017

Moe Isaac walks along the dock at Midsummer Island, past colourful protest signs under a heavy November sky.

Rain came down like a curtain yesterday and today the clouds have an ashen glow.

Isaac, who manages the Marine Harvest salmon farm, steps up to the edge of a pen in his workboots and worn orange life-jacket. Beyond his toes, the surface of the water breaks every few seconds ...

 

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Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Winshang and Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - November 30, 2017

Hema Fresh is like a child born with silver spoon. With support from Alibaba, it has successfully seized great public attention and set a daunting standard for rivals. And its recent reports seem to show the public that it has lived up to their expectation. The annual revenue is 25 million yuan (~$3.8 million USD) in its Jinqiao store of Shanghai. The revenue per unit of store areas is 56,000 yuan, way higher than the industry average of ...

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New Zealand King Salmon Appoints David Whyte as New COO

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 21, 2017

David Whyte, formerly of Huon Aquaculture, is joining New Zealand King Salmon as their new Chief Operating Officer, effective January 2018.

“I am delighted to be joining New Zealand King Salmon and look forward to working with the team to further improve and develop the world-class farming and processing streams that deliver an extraordinary King salmon to our consumers and customers,” Whyte said in a statement ...

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How Ocean Hugger Foods Is Breaking Into the Seafood Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - November 16, 2017

Ocean Hugger Foods, the company behind Ahimi, the world’s first plant-based alternative to raw tuna, is expanding their offerings.

In the works for over four years, the company made headlines in September when Whole Foods announced that shoppers in New York and Los Angeles would be able to purchase Ahimi in two of their sushi dishes. Now, with 2018 approaching, Ocean Hugger Foods is looking towards the future. And that future involves plant-based alternatives to ...

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Tassal Backs Away from Dumping Treated Wastewater from Salmon Pens Back into Macquarie Harbour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ABC NEWS.AU] By Gregor Salmon - November 14, 2017

Tassal has backed away from its plan to dump treated wastewater extracted from its Macquarie Harbour pens back into the harbour.

In October, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) was assessing a proposal from Tassal to pump liquid waste water inside the harbour's entrance over a six-month period.

At the time, EPA chief Wes Ford said if the appropriate standards were met he would allow Tassal to discharge the water on an outgoing tide.

But on Monday, Tassal announced "following extensive community and stakeholder consultation" it had changed plans, with TasWater to manage Tassal's wastewater under a "trade waste"...

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Modern Market Eatery Adds Verlasso’s Sustainable Salmon to their Menu

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - November 9, 2017 

Modern Market, an eatery franchise that started in Colorado in 2009, has added conscientiously farmed Atlantic salmon from Verlasso to their menu.

The farm fresh eatery was created to bring high quality food to the community while supporting “localized, sustainable, diverse supplier networks.” Their menu has fresh salads, toasted sandwiches, brick oven pizza and “homestyle plates,” which offers customers a protein with two scratch-made sides. While pulled pork, tofu, angus steak and chicken breast were already on the menu, Modern Market has now introduced ...

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Army Corps Awards Bonneville Fish Hatchery Operations to ODFW

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - November 8, 2017

PORTLAND, OR - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $6.2 million contract to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate and maintain the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, on the Columbia River. The firm-fixed contract is for one year, with two consecutive option years, if exercised, in order to produce fall Chinook to aid in mitigation obligations for The Dalles and John Day dams.

Current hatchery production includes several groups of upriver bright fall Chinook. Fishery production on the Columbia River helps sustain ...

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True North Seafood Company Recalls Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - November 6, 2017

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for True North Seafood Company’s Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill. The recall for the New Brunswick-based company is due to Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a press release, the recall affects Loblaw and Sobeys customers. Those that purchased the Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill that have best before ...

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Alaska Salmon Fishing Permit Values Increasing After Impressive Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Factor with Laine Welch] - October 30, 2017

It’s steady as she goes for the values of Alaska salmon fishing permits, with upticks in the wind at several fishing regions.

“There’s a lot of cautious optimism,” said Jeff Osborn of Dock Street Brokers in Seattle.

As well there should be after a salmon fishery that produced 225 million fish valued at nearly $680 million, a 67 percent increase over 2016 ...

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