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Feb 15 - Chile Looks to Salmon Stability for a Profitable Business Model, Expects Moderate Growth for Years


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 13 - NOAA, USFWS Release Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan


Feb 13 - Washington's Anti-Gillnet Bill Draws Strong Support, Opposition in Committee Hearing


Feb 12 - Fast Casual Chain Teriyaki Madness Introducing Salmon Bowls


Feb 12 - LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March


Feb 11 - Cape Nordic Corporation Fish Farm Project Expands to Include Oysters


Feb 8 - California Commission Accepts Spring Chinook Listing Petition


Feb 7 - Anti-Gillnet Bills Introduced in Washington, Oregon Legislatures


Feb 5 - International Year of the Salmon: Check out Upcoming Events


Feb 4 - LISTEN: Salmon Analysis; Australis Barramundi in HelloFresh Boxes; GAPP Funding and More


Feb 4 - Russia Plans Significant Increase of Latin American Seafood Imports


Feb 1 - VIDEO: Trident, True North Receive Funding; Salmon Analysis; SeaShare Partnership; UB Appoints VP


Jan 31 - Black Angus Steakhouse Launches Signature Steakhouse Bowls Featuring Grilled Shrimp, Salmon


Jan 30 - Finland Secures First License to Export Fish Products to China


Jan 30 - Gulls Identified as Additional Hindrance to Columbia River Salmon Survival in Some Areas


Jan 28 - One Person Missing After Fire at Lerøy Seafood Group’s Finnmark Facility


Jan 18 - Americans Will Pay More for Alaska Seafood, Say it Supports US Jobs


Jan 16 - Ocean Beauty’s Echo Falls Brand Launches 3 New Smoked Salmon Products


Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 15 - Washington Commission Supports WDFW's Attention to Orcas' Needs in Crafting Salmon Seasons


Jan 14 - China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies


Jan 11 - BioMar Announces New VP of Salmon Division, New Managing Director in Norway


Jan 11 - Alaska Fishing Updates For January 2019


Jan 10 - Sixty South Salmon Farm Receives ASC Certification


Jan 9 - Nielsen Study Finds Almost All Australian Households Purchase Seafood At Least Once Per Year


Jan 8 - Op-Ed: Golden Gate Salmon Looks at Governor Brown’s Legacy on Water Issues


Jan 8 - Salmon Farming on Ships Revs Up


Jan 7 - Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark


Jan 7 - LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More


Jan 4 - New Study Finds Slime Could Aid in Salmon Management


Jan 2 - Norwegian Salmon Processor Salangfisk Kicks Off New Year With New Smolt Facility


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 31 - Chilean Salmon Co. Ventisqueros Investigating Potential Escapement


Dec 31 - Trader Joe’s New Smoked Salmon Trio Highlights Salmon Versatility


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Chile Looks to Salmon Stability for a Profitable Business Model, Expects Moderate Growth for Years

In a recent interview with Aslak Berge of Salmon Business, Arturo Clement, former CEO of Multiexport and current president of SalmonChile, says that Chile is poised to grow at a moderate, profitable pace for the next five or six years.

This year, Chilean output should grow from 649,000 tons to 674,000 tons, a rate of 3.8%.  Clement sees no barriers  to continuing this growth rate for an extended period of time.

“We have the best performance ever,” he said, adding that...

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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Washington's Anti-Gillnet Bill Draws Strong Support, Opposition in Committee Hearing

The Washington Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks held a hearing Tuesday on SB 5617, the anti-gillnet bill, and testifiers on both sides of the issue had strong feelings about the bill.

As introduced, SB 5617 would mandate the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife develop a three-phase program for purchasing and retirement of nontribal salmon gillnets by Dec. 31, 2022. However, no appropriations for buying out the permits was included in the bill. It would effectively eliminate gillnet fisheries ...

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LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March

LoveTheWild is relaunching their sustainably-farmed fish kits. The company, which was founded in 2014, confirmed that their new easy-to-prepare meal solutions will be hitting Whole Foods Market locations nationwide this March.

As part of the relaunch, Whole Foods customers will be able to purchase new options, including Barramundi with Mango Sriracha; Shrimp with Cajun Crème; and Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde.

Meanwhile, shoppers at other retailers will be able to indulge in Red Trout with Salsa Verde; Salmon with Maple Mustard; Shrimp with...

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California Commission Accepts Spring Chinook Listing Petition

The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday accepted a petition to list Upper Klamath-Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife now has one year to complete a status review of the stock and determine whether a listing is warranted and, if so, whether it should be threatened or endangered..

The petitioners, the Karuk Tribe and Salmon River Restoration Council, submitted information suggesting declining population trends and a low abundance, making this stock of salmon vulnerable to...

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International Year of the Salmon: Check out Upcoming Events

2019 might be the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac, but for NOAA Fisheries, 2019 is the “International Year of the Salmon.”

For those unfamiliar with International Year of the Salmon, it’s an initiative to “inform and stimulate outreach and research that aspires to establish the conditions necessary to ensure the resilience of salmon and people throughout the Northern Hemisphere.” The celebration connects scientists with Indigenous Peoples, fishermen, policy makers, resource managers, and of course, people across the globe...

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Russia Plans Significant Increase of Latin American Seafood Imports

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of fish and seafood imports from Latin America during the next several years, despite high logistics and other costs, according to recent statements of senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and local experts in the seafood industry.

As part of these plans, particular attention will be paid to increasing fish imports from Venezuela, Chile and Argentina.

In the case of Venezuela, according to recent statements of Hector Rodriguez, the governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda... 

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Black Angus Steakhouse Launches Signature Steakhouse Bowls Featuring Grilled Shrimp, Salmon

Black Angus Steakhouse is thinking outside of the plate. The restaurant chain announced this week that they are releasing a new line of Steakhouse Bowls, available with a choice of top sirloin, chicken, Grilled shrimp or salmon.

“Protein has always taken the lead on the Black Angus menu; it’s what the restaurant was built on and what we are still known for today,” CEO Chris Ames said in a press release. “Just as food trends and lifestyles evolve, so must our offerings...

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Gulls Identified as Additional Hindrance to Columbia River Salmon Survival in Some Areas

Gulls are typically seen hovering in ports and near boats, eyeing any scrap of fish or shellfish available. Now, some tribal researchers say gull predation could be affecting salmon survival on the Columbia River and should be dealt with -- lethally, if necessary.

“When some analysis was done, the impact of gulls – just in the section from McNary (Dam) to Bonneville (Dam) – nearly 20 percent of the fish taken were taken by gulls,” Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Avian Predation Coordinator Blaine Parker was quoted ...

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Americans Will Pay More for Alaska Seafood, Say it Supports US Jobs

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Americans are willing to pay more for salmon from Alaska and other seafood across the board.

A nationwide online survey of 4,000 U.S. seafood consumers over the age of 18 revealed that nearly 40 percent are willing to shell out more for the Alaska brand.

The survey was done by market researcher Technomic for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Further, 71 percent of customers said they would be willing to pay at least 10 percent more, and...

 

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Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region

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

One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.

For salmon, charts and graphs show...

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China's online seafood giants look more to physcal stores as competition intensifies

Fiordland Lobster plans to build an online platform designated specifically for Chinese markets in this new year. It has gotten some knowledge of Chinese buyers by selling live lobsters through Hema, Alibaba’s subsidiary, since 2018. But setting up this online sales channel requires more efforts in learning end consumer demand, said its general manager.

It may not be easy, but it is believed to be rewarding. And there are some successful stories to strengthen this kind of belief and make e-commerce platforms a popular option ...

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Alaska Fishing Updates For January 2019

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

Lots of winter fishing is going on and gearing up across Alaska. Boats have been out in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea since January 1 targeting cod.  Openers for pollock, flounders and various other whitefish kick off on January 20. For pollock, Bering Sea trawlers will harvest over three billion pounds of pollock this year, with more coming from Gulf fisheries.

The snow crab fishery gets going in earnest around this time of year in the Bering Sea...

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Nielsen Study Finds Almost All Australian Households Purchase Seafood At Least Once Per Year

Australians are “hooked on seafood” according to a new Nielsen study. Based on the data, Nielsen reports that “almost all Australian households purchase seafood at least once per year.”

Nielsen’s study looked at 52 weeks, ending September 8, 2018. The data collected found that 94% of Australian households have purchased some type of fish or seafood during that time period. In addition, these households “spent an average of $167 split across 16 shopping occasions in the last 12 months.” This is an increase from 2017...

 

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Salmon Farming on Ships Revs Up

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While the Trump Administration and some of the nation’s biggest food producers move towards farming fish off the coasts of the U.S., others are taking the technology inside.

A German engineering company called Next Generation Cargo is planning to farm Atlantic salmon aboard the world’s largest sailboats  by the year 2023. Each of five, 540 foot sailboats will be able to produce 5.5 million pounds of salmon per year.

Undercurrent News reports that the first vessel – called the 'Quadriga' – is already being built at a...

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LISTEN: FDA December 2018 Refusals; New Silver Bay Seafoods CEO; Right Whale Updates and More

Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we discuss FDA refusals for December 2018; Silver Bay Seafoods’ new CEO; the Washington Fish Growers Association’s appointment of Jeanne McKnight as Interim Executive Director; the new Pacific Salmon Treaty; SW Nova Scotia’s December lobster season; the USDA Economic Research Service’s forecast for 2019 food prices; and an update on North Atlantic right whales...

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NOAA, USFWS Release Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan

On Tuesday NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services released a joint Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan. The plan, which was created to guide the species recovery process, outlines the needed actions and criteria for “determining when the necessary level of conservation has been achieved, and time and cost estimates for meeting these criteria.”

Atlantic salmon have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act since 2000. NOAA and USFWS aim to give salmon “their best chance to recover” with the latest recovery plan...

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Fast Casual Chain Teriyaki Madness Introducing Salmon Bowls

Salmon has arrived at Teriyaki Madness. The Asian-inspired fast casual brand announced this week that after finding success in the Las Vegas market, they will now be offering Teriyaki salmon bowls nationwide for a limited time.

“The rollout of Teriyaki Salmon is us answering a resounding call from TMAD customers across the nation,” said CEO Michael Haith. “You asked, and we delivered.”

According to Teriyaki Madness VP of Marketing Jodi Boyce, the Teriyaki Salmon option was introduced to their Las Vegas locations as a limited time offer nearly two years ago...

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Cape Nordic Corporation Fish Farm Project Expands to Include Oysters

Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC) is expanding yet again. The company is working with Gråkjær Aqua on a new fish farm project near Cape Town in South Africa. The facility will initially produce trout, before eventually introducing salmon. Now, CNC also plans to throw oysters into the mix.

“Oyster production is a good business initiative, since the expanded fish production facility will enable us to produce a much-coveted, high quality product,” said Erik B. Rasmussen, Danish Director of CNC. “The production will also generate...

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Anti-Gillnet Bills Introduced in Washington, Oregon Legislatures

The anti-gillnet lobby is keeping up its effort to put salmon gillnetters out of business in the Pacific Northwest.

Bills introduced in Washington and Oregon legislatures would eliminate or further restrict non-tribal gillnets in areas like Puget Sound and the Columbia River.

Gillnetters are particularly concerned with SB 5617, introduced by Jesse Salomon, a Democrat, and con-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 23 other senators.

“At a time when Washington’s two most iconic creatures, orca and salmon, are at critically low...

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LISTEN: Salmon Analysis; Australis Barramundi in HelloFresh Boxes; GAPP Funding and More

We're back! Join Seafood News staff writer Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Liz Cuozzo for a new episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast. This week on the podcast we break down market reporter Janice Schreiber's latest salmon analysis. Plus, we discuss Trident Seafoods and True North Seafood receiving funding from the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers; SeaShare teaming up with Hook Line and Savor; Australis Aquaculture's barramundi in HelloFresh boxes; and much more.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Urner Barry’s Reporter...

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VIDEO: Trident, True North Receive Funding; Salmon Analysis; SeaShare Partnership; UB Appoints VP

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with hosts Amanda Buckle and Laura Zinger. This week on the video we talk about Trident Seafoods and True North Seafood receiving funding from the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers; market reporter Janice Schreiber's latest salmon analysis; SeaShare's partnership with Hook Line and Savor; and Urner Barry appointing veteran team member Gary Morrison to the position of Vice President.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry’s Reporter, the quarterly newsmagazine for the food industry professional...

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Finland Secures First License to Export Fish Products to China

Finland has obtained the first export license to sell Finnish fish products to China. The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that the export permission is related to Finnish fish only, "while Norwegian salmon cannot be exported to China via Finland". 

"The license is applicable to certain fish species and products, including frozen, salted and smoked Finnish salmon, rainbow trout, common whitefish (lavaret) and roach fish," the statement said. "The export authorization granted by the Chinese authorities is specific to certain establishments, and...

 

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One Person Missing After Fire at Lerøy Seafood Group’s Finnmark Facility

One person is currently unaccounted for after a fire broke out at Lerøy Seafood Group’s smolt facility in Lakesefjord in Finnmark on Sunday.

The smolt facility usually has around 54 people working, according to online newspaper iFinnmark. However, only three to four people were said in be in the building at the time of the fire. According to Lerøy Seafood Group, an employee of a firm performing maintenance work at the facility is missing.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family circle, friends and his colleagues...

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Ocean Beauty’s Echo Falls Brand Launches 3 New Smoked Salmon Products

New Year, new flavor for Ocean Beauty Seafood’s Echo Falls brand.

On Tuesday Ocean Beauty Seafoods announced that their Echo Falls brand has launched three new smoked salmon products: Applewood Smoked Sockeye Salmon Candy, Beechwood Smoked Norwegian Atlantic Salmon, and Whisky Cask Smoked Atlantic Salmon.

“We’re constantly on the lookout for new, innovative flavors and methods of preparation that give our customers unique, delicious flavors from top seafood regions,” Ron Christianson, Ocean Beauty’s VP of Domestic Sales & Marketing, said in a press release...

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Washington Commission Supports WDFW's Attention to Orcas' Needs in Crafting Salmon Seasons

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission last week signaled its support for state fishery managers' plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year's salmon fishing seasons.

The commission directed the department to take that action in a policy adopted at a public meeting Jan. 11-12 in Olympia.

The policy also directs WDFW to take steps to protect southern resident killer whales from disruptions from fishing vessel traffic.

The declining availability of salmon – the killer whales' primary prey – and disruptions from ...

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BioMar Announces New VP of Salmon Division, New Managing Director in Norway

BioMar announced on Monday that they have hired Patrick Campbell as the new VP of the Salmon Division, and Håvard Jørgensen as the new Managing Director in Norway. Both Campbell and Jørgensen were promoted from within the group.

“I feel very fortunate that we have been able to allocate two very strong executive profiles to support our focus on the Salmon Division,” BioMar Group CEO Carlos Diaz said in a statement. “The Salmon Division comprises a very important part of our business and we consider the division a...

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Sixty South Salmon Farm Receives ASC Certification

The Sixty South salmon farm, located in the Antarctic, announced on Wednesday that they have received Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for 100% of their sites. Sixty South, whose name stems the farm’s waters of origin, is the only salmon company in the global industry with 100% of their sites certified.

As mentioned above, Sixty South’s salmon is grown in the “pure, untouched, icy cold waters of the Antarctic.” The company produces antibiotic-free salmon that is uncontaminated by any nearby farms. In addition, Sixty South has developed a new hatchery and smolt plant to enable the company to be completely integrated.

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Op-Ed: Golden Gate Salmon Looks at Governor Brown’s Legacy on Water Issues

As the Jerry Brown era in California comes to an end it’s time for reflection about his legacy on water issues.  This issue was among his top priorities when he was sworn in in 2011. 

Governor Brown deserves credit for conservation during the drought and for the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, although the 26 year implementation doesn’t help much in solving current water problems.  His Department of Fish and Wildlife initially proposed good flow standards to restore the San Joaquin River before flip flopping and later abandoning them...

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Just Miss 100 Billion Kroner Mark

The Norwegian Seafood Council has confirmed that Norway set a new record with seafood exports in 2018. According to the organization, the country exported 2.7 million tons of seafood to “reach a new record of NOK 99 billion in 2018.”

“Although we did not pass the magical NOK 100 billion marker, this has been another good year for Norwegian seafood exports,” Norwegian Seafood Council CEO Renate Larsen said in a news release. “In summary, records were broken for Norwegian seafood, both in terms of export value and...

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