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Aug 16 - NOAA Report: Approximately 85% Of West Coast Estuary Habitat Lost


Aug 16 - Hilborn: Washington Salmon Runs Will not be Restored With More Hatcheries


Aug 16 - VIDEO: Chinese Tariff Lists; Salmon Catch Update; Tuna Analysis; and Captain Neill’s Owner Guilty


Aug 16 - From Harvest to Home: Fresh Bristol Bay Sockeye Lifts Sales at Five Retailers Nationwide


Aug 15 - Tesco Updating Farmed Salmon Standards; Supporting Suppliers As They Switch to Algal Oil


Aug 15 - Alaska Salmon Update, Mid-August


Aug 9 - Wild Alaska Salmon Day Celebrates Link Between Fish, Humans, and Alaskan Culture


Aug 8 - Five Bites Snazzy Newsletter Showcases AK Salmon


Aug 8 - Katzie First Nation to Use WWF-Restoration Fund Grant to Restore Salmon Spawning Ground


Aug 7 - Strong Value Boosts Norwegian Seafood Exports in July


Aug 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019


Aug 1 - NFI's Salmon Council Named Finalist for Platinum PR Award


Aug 1 - Yurok Tribe, PCFFA File Suit to Protect Klamath Salmon, Fisheries


Aug 1 - Umatilla Leader Jeremy Red Star Wolf Sworn in as New CRITFC Chair


Aug 1 - Coast Guard Rescues 3, One Dead After Boat Hits Cooke Aquaculture Salmon Pen in Washington


Jul 31 - Hope Fades for Big Pink, Chum Salmon Year in Alaska


Jul 30 - Bristol Bay Salmon Harvest Winding Down


Jul 26 - New NOAA Report Identifies West Coast Salmon That Are Vulnerable to Climate Change


Jul 26 - VIDEO: Bristol Bay Salmon Catch; Massachusetts Lobster Bill; Alaska Ferry Strikes and More


Jul 26 - Washington Invests $25 Million to Remove Fish Barriers, Help Salmon and Orcas


Jul 25 - Bristol Bay Catch Now Second Highest on Record


Jul 23 - Norwegian Salmon Faced With Large Sales But Low Prices in Chinese Market


Jul 23 - Pink Salmon Harvest Slows Down, Southeast Way off Pace of 2017


Jul 23 - Puget Sound Orcas Looking Healthier as Industry, Managers Work Through Options


Jul 22 - LISTEN: Gorton's Seafood CEO Retires; Publix Announces Seafood Labeling Program and More


Jul 22 - Columbia Basin Plan Gets the Go-Ahead from NMFS HQ


Jul 19 - Salmon Sizzling in Alaska; Early Prices


Jul 19 - Kamchatka Salmon, Crab Harvests May be on Downward Swing This Year


Jul 18 - Washington Salmon, Recovery Efforts Grow Through Shoreline Restoration, Land-based Whale Watching


Jul 16 - ASC Revises Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard


Jul 15 - LISTEN: Lobster Bait Alternative; Fortune International's New Acquisition; Amazon Prime Day and More


Jul 15 - Unusual Die-Offs of Pink Salmon, Marine Mammals, Seabirds, and Krill in Alaska’s Northwest Frontier


Jul 15 - Bristol Bay Run Could Reach 50M Sockeye, if Port Moller Results are in Line with Previous Years


Jul 12 - VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Bait Crisis; Sea Shepherd Petition; Prime Day; Protecting Right Whales


Jul 11 - Alaskans Own Delivers For a Decade


Jul 11 - Bristol Bay Harvest Exceeds 26.1M Forecast; Naknek-Kvichak Catch Now at 6 Million Sockeye


Jul 10 - Fish Catches, Prices, Sales by AK Region


Jul 9 - Whole Foods Offering Discount on Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon Fillets as Part of Prime Day


Jul 9 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2019


Jul 8 - Despite Higher Tariffs, the U.S. May Still Turn to China for Processed Seafood


Aug 29 - Russia Salmon Catch Likely to Reach Record 2009 Level; Abundance Leads to Lower Domestic Prices


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NOAA Report: Approximately 85% Of West Coast Estuary Habitat Lost 

A report published in PLOS ONE reveals that "more than a century of development" has erased approximately 85% of historical tidal wetlands in California, Oregon and Washington. However, there is good news. Scientists with NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center have found potential restoration opportunities.

Estuaries are important as they serve as "critical nurseries" for juvenile salmon and steelhead while they transition from freshwater to the ocean.  

"Given how valuable estuaries are to so many different species, it's important to understand how much they have changed and...

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Hilborn: Washington Salmon Runs Will not be Restored With More Hatcheries

The op-ed by several state senators recommending that Washington State should follow the example of Alaska and rebuild salmon by more hatcheries runs fails to recognize the history of salmon hatcheries in Washington, and fails to understand that hatcheries were not responsible for the revival of Alaskan salmon fisheries.  We have something like 300 hatcheries in the Pacific northwest – if hatcheries were the solution we would not have a problem.  While our hatcheries do provide some fishing opportunity that would otherwise not exist...

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From Harvest to Home: Fresh Bristol Bay Sockeye Lifts Sales at Five Retailers Nationwide

The second largest salmon season ever recorded got started in July but promotions for fresh Bristol Bay sockeye began in June. The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association's (BBRSDA) fresh sockeye retail promotions continued through July and now sales results are in. 

All five of the retail participants --  HEB, New Seasons, QFC, Rosauers, and Wegmans -- saw record sales increases over previous years. Summertime fresh promotions were organized and supported by the BBRSDA at over 270 locations across the country...

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Alaska Salmon Update, Mid-August

Alaska’s statewide salmon catch is approaching 131 million fish with pinks and sockeyes making up 90 percent of the total.

While the statewide 2019 sockeye harvest is on track to be the fourth largest on record – thanks to a 43 million fish haul at Bristol Bay – with a few exceptions, catches for all other salmon are lagging in most regions.

Statistical week number 32 is an important point as it often marks the peak or drop off point of some species.

In a typical year, three percent of the annual sockeye harvest occurs after...

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Five Bites Snazzy Newsletter Showcases AK Salmon

Saturday, August 10, is Wild Alaska Salmon Day and some snazzy, snack sized stories will enhance any event.

“I don’t think it’s an overstatement. There is no other species that is as important to Alaska as salmon. Full stop.” 

Peter Westley is an assistant professor of fisheries at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks. His students compile a Five Bites of Salmon newsletter that showcases stories and research that connect salmon to people all across Alaska. 

“You can think about it as helping to slowly increase salmon literacy and build the network...

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Strong Value Boosts Norwegian Seafood Exports in July 

Norway enjoyed a strong month of July when it came to the country’s seafood exports. Norway exported 164,000 metric tonnes of seafood last month, which was a six percent drop in volume, but the $870.1 million in value was an 11 percent improvement, a solid sign for the country.

“Seafood exports fluctuate with the seasons and normally July is our weakest export month,” Paul T. Aandahl, Seafood Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council said.

According to Aandahl, July 2019 exports numbers was the second-highest in history...

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NFI's Salmon Council Named Finalist for Platinum PR Award

PRNEWS has selected the National Fisheries Institute’s Salmon Council as a finalist in its Platinum PR Awards. The Salmon Council was nominated in the category, “Best Use of Social Media.”

The Salmon Council is a coalition of companies that are striving to increase salmon consumption through marketing and PR, according to Brandon Phillips, NFI’s senior director of communications and advocacy.

The coalition wants to promote the fish as a healthy choice full of protein and nutrients. Members of the council source wild and farm-raised salmon around the globe...

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Umatilla Leader Jeremy Red Star Wolf Sworn in as New CRITFC Chair

Umatilla tribal leader Jeremy Red Star Wolf was sworn in as the 2019-2020 chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission at its recent July meeting. Outgoing CRITFC chair Ryan Smith (Warm Springs) administered the oath of office. This is the second time Wolf has served as the CRITFC chair, previously occupying this position in 2016.

Jeremy is the current vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

In 1996 Jeremy graduated from Weston McEwen High School in Athena, Oregon. After serving a year with Salmon Corps...

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Hope Fades for Big Pink, Chum SalmonYear in Alaska

Catches in Alaska now total 97.4 milion salmon, still below what was hoped for at this time to achieve Alaska Department of Fish and Game's 2019 forecast of 213.2 million. Pink salmon fishing is ongoing but hope for large runs is waning in Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska. 

The numbers now, before the coho season is underway or pink salmon seining is completed, tell a less than exhuberent message. Compared to 137.8 million pink salmon forecast, only 35 million have been landed to date. That is comprised of 12 million...

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New NOAA Report Identifies West Coast Salmon That Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

NOAA Fisheries published a new report this week in PLOS ONE titled "Climate vulnerability assessment for Pacific salmon and steelhead in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem." The report, the second in a series of planned NOAA Fisheries' vulnerability assessments, "focuses on the 33 threatened and endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead population groups of greatest concern."

According too the authors, certain salmon are highly vulnerable to the changing climate and ocean conditions. Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon population groups are the most vulnerable, while...

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Washington Invests $25 Million to Remove Fish Barriers, Help Salmon and Orcas

Migrating fish will soon have access to more than 82 miles of streams in Washington, thanks to $25 million in grants from the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board.

The board will fund more than 50 projects in 20 counties to remove fish passage barriers that block salmon and steelhead from swimming upstream to their spawning areas. The most common barriers to fish passage are culverts, which can be too high for fish to reach, too small to handle high water...

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Norwegian Salmon Faced With Large Sales But Low Prices in Chinese Market 

During the first half of the year, Norway has enjoyed an obvious increase in its seafood exports to China. The country has become its third largest seafood buyer regarding import volume. As statistics show, the export value has jumped by 34% to reach 2.375 billion NOK, while the volume has increased by 3.5% to reach 74,000 tons.

Among all seafood, salmon is among the biggest winners. Export volume has ballooned by about 98% to reach 12,130 tons during this first half of the year, higher than...

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Puget Sound Orcas Looking Healthier as Industry, Managers Work Through Options

Researchers have seen fewer southern resident killer whales in Puget Sound this year, but the ones they have seen are looking fatter and more robust, according to a recent story on KUOW.

The plight of the orcas has become more pronou..nced in recent years as the whales appear thinner and more stressed, prompting fears about negative population growth. Two lawsuits were filed relating to salmon and the proposed designation of SRKW critical habitat outside of Puget Sound. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also convened a task force to determine...

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Columbia Basin Plan Gets the Go-Ahead from NMFS HQ

The Marine Fish Advisory Committee's Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force is attempting to do the almost impossible: develop a long-term vision and goals for all Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The group published its Phase 1 report in May and received approval from NMFS leaders earlier this month.

The Phase 1 Recommendations Report presents a shared purpose gained through collaboration and envisions a future where coming generations enjoy healthy and abundant salmon and steelhead, NMFS said in a press release. The report includes...

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Kamchatka Salmon, Crab Harvests May be on Downward Swing This Year

The Kamchatka region, one of Russia’s major fish-producing regions, may face a significant decline of crab and salmon harvest this year, due to the reduction of stocks, according to recent statements of representatives of local authorities and experts in the field of fishing.

According to the latest data published by the Kamchatka government, since the beginning of the region's salmon fishing season on June 1, the volume of its catch has declined by almost 30% compared to the same period last year...

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ASC Revises Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced last week that they have revised their Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard following a "rigorous multi-stakeholder, science-based review process." According to the organization, the update is part of their ongoing commitment to "continuously improve standards and adapt to changes in the industry."

The update to the Salmon and Freshwater Trout Standard will resolve any inconsistencies between the two standards. Moving forward, all freshwater salmonid farming, including salmon smolt production, will now be audited against the...

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VIDEO: Chinese Tariff Lists; Salmon Catch Update; Tuna Analysis; and Captain Neill’s Owner Guilty

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss seafood products included on the USTR's Chinese tariff list; latest salmon catch numbers out of Alaska; the latest analysis on the tuna market; and a guilty plea from the owner of Captain Neill's Seafood.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. Maine Lobster season is here, and although the traditional butter and lemon pairings are delicious, there are many ways to enjoy lobster...

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Tesco Updating Farmed Salmon Standards; Supporting Suppliers As They Switch to Algal Oil

UK grocery retailer Tesco announced that they are currently working with their salmon suppliers to encourage more sustainable feeding practices.

Tesco launched their "Little Helps Plan" back in 2017 as a way to make a difference in three areas: their people, products and places. As part of their commitment to "lead the industry in addressing the key sustainability challenges in our supply chain," the company explained that they have been exploring how more algal oil can be incorporated into the diet of farmed fish...

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Wild Alaska Salmon Day Celebrates Link Between Fish, Humans, and Alaskan Culture

Tomorrow is the fourth annual Wild Alaska Salmon Day. Alaskans everywhere will be celebrating by eating, preserving, singing the praises of, fishing for, or otherwise being part of the season that celebrates Alaska's favorite seafood.

On May 8, 2016 Alaska’s then Governor Bill Walker signed the newest state holiday into law.

“Nearly all Alaskans are impacted by salmon in some way – whether through subsistence, recreational, or commercial fishing, or just sheer appreciation for Alaska's abundant wildlife,” Walker said as he signed the bill. “HB 128 is intended to...

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Katzie First Nation to Use WWF-Restoration Fund Grant to Restore Salmon Spawning Ground

Katzie First Nation, recipient of the 2019 WWF-Canada Restoration Fund grant, will rebuild the habitat of the Upper Pitt River’s Blue Creek. The $150,000 CAD grant will go towards improving the habitat, which is a crucial area for salmon, and the traditional home of Katzie First Nation.

“Our longstanding relationship with nature focuses around the Pitt and Fraser Rivers and we have always focused on salmon as a sacred animal and focal point to our culture,” Rick Bailey, Katzie First Nation Councilor said...

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Alaska Fishing Updates for August 2019

Alaska’s salmon catches range from the ridiculous at places like Southeast and Chignik – to the sublime at Bristol Bay.

The statewide harvest by yesterday was nearing 105 million salmon, more than half  - 53 million – are sockeyes. Of that, 43 million of the reds are from Bristol Bay, the second largest catch in its history. Most processors have now posted a base price of $1.35 for Bay sockeyes, not including nice bonuses for chilling, bleeding and more.

The statewide pink catch so far has just topped 40 million...

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Yurok Tribe, PCFFA File Suit to Protect Klamath Salmon, Fisheries

In the ongoing skirmish over Klamath River water use, the Yurok Tribe and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Marine Fisheries Service Wednesday. The tribe and PCFFA, represented by Earthjustice, say the low water flows and high salmon disease rates under the federal agency’s new management plan for river are insufficient to protect salmon from disease.

The recently implemented Klamath Biological Opinion created environmental conditions that worsened an outbreak of the lethal pathogen Ceratonova shasta (C. shasta), infecting an observed majority ...

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Coast Guard Rescues 3, One Dead After Boat Hits Cooke Aquaculture Salmon Pen in Washington

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two adults and one child after a 20-foot personal craft ran into a salmon net pen, resulting in the death of one adult male in Port Angeles Harbor, Tuesday night.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 rescue helicopter crew diverted from training Tuesday after observing a person on the boat attempting CPR on an unresponsive individual. The aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer, who then swam to the...

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Bristol Bay Salmon Harvest Winding Down 

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

Nearly 94 million salmon were harvested by Alaska fishermen as of yesterday - half of the fish are sockeyes from Bristol Bay. Fishing there is winding down after one of the best seasons ever with a whopping catch of 43 million reds.

Icicle Seafoods is the only buyer to post a base Bristol Bay price so far - $1.35, up from the average $1.26 last year. KDLG in Dillingham reports this week that Icicle is paying 15 cent bonuses for iced or RSW fish...

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VIDEO: Bristol Bay Salmon Catch; Massachusetts Lobster Bill; Alaska Ferry Strikes and More 

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the Bristol Bay salmon catch; a new Massachusetts lobster bill; the latest on North Atlantic right whales; and the Alaska ferry strikes.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. Summer means that it's officially lobster season in Maine. Between June and July lobsters in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine shed their shells and the result is Maine New Shell Lobster. Perfectly sweet and tender meat... 

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Bristol Bay Catch Now Second Highest on Record

It’s happening again, Bristol Bay is breaking records while other salmon areas in Alaska -- with most notable exceptions of the Copper River and the South Peninsula -- are significantly smaller than expected.

This year’s cumulative harvest of 42.26 million sockeye is the second largest in history. The largest was 44.2 million in 1995.

In the Bay, the mighty Nushagak River District landed 14.7 million sockeye, closely followed by the surprise upset of the year, Egegik. Both the Wood River, a part of the Nushagak District, and Egegik came out early and strong this...

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Pink Salmon Harvest Slows Down, Southeast Way off Pace of 2017

In the latest weekly salmon report from ASMI,  pinks are down overall about 6% lower than 2017, the last off year.  However, pink production is down much further in both PWS and the Southeast. Cook Inlet volume is about 27 percent less than 2017, PWS is down 40 percent, and Southeast is down 87 percent.

It is still early in the season for pink salmon, but the last two weeks have been particularly slow.

Meanwhile, over 80 million salmon have been harvested commercially in Alaska...

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LISTEN: Gorton's Seafood CEO Retires; Publix Announces Seafood Labeling Program and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the retirement of Gorton Seafood's CEO; the new seafood labeling program at Publix; Washington Governor Jay Inslee's tour of projects aiding salmon recovery; and much more!

This week's episode is brought to you by Maine Lobster. Summer means that it's officially lobster season in Maine. Between June and July lobsters in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine shed their shells and the result is Maine New Shell Lobster...

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Salmon Sizzling in Alaska; Early Prices

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch -- Salmon prices are trickling in – and hot water is taking a toll on the fish.

High water temperatures are stalling runs and killing fish in several Alaska regions.

Managers say weeks of record hot and dry weather have pushed water temps to the mid 70s in Prince William Sound and have disrupted normal migration behavior and slowed down the salmon runs.

At Norton Sound, huge numbers of pre-spawned pinks were reported dead in many river systems and...

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Washington Salmon, Recovery Efforts Grow Through Shoreline Restoration, Land-based Whale Watching

Gov. Jay Inslee toured three projects in Northern Washington Wednesday to see how state agencies, tribes, local governments and nonprofits are carrying out recent legislation to aid orca and salmon recovery.

He visited a restored fish passageway in Arlington called Edgecomb Creek that will bring more fish into waterways; saw how experts recently restored a Cornet Bay shoreline to its natural habitat; and then experienced a land-based whale watching tour through a Whale Trail site.

The projects directly contribute to a healthier, more robust ecosystem for...

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