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Oct 18 - Recaps of AK Salmon Fishery by Region


Oct 18 - CA Congressman Huffman Introduces The Salmon FISH Act


Oct 17 - Cooke Aquaculture to Pay $156k to Fund Maine Salmon Restoration Project Following Violations


Oct 16 - Invasive Fresh Water Plant Eradication Important to Protect Salmon Watersheds, ISER Study Says


Oct 15 - First RAS Coho Salmon Farm Earns BAP Certification


Oct 8 - The Winding Glass:  Anti-Salmon Video Shot at Cooke Seafood Escalates Attacks on Farmed Fish


Oct 4 - Maine to Implement New Approach to Wild Atlantic Salmon Restoration


Oct 2 - Corbion, Biomar Announce Feed Partnership with Salmon Group


Oct 1 - Jail Island Salmon to be Distributed Across USA by Samuels Seafood


Oct 1 - Canada’s Liberal Party Plans to End Open-Pen Salmon Farming by 2025


Oct 1 - LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More


Oct 1 - Faced With Global Salmon Market Depression, AquaChile Turns to China


Sep 30 - Cantwell Pushes for Changes to Fisheries Disaster Process, Presses NOAA on Pebble Mine


Sep 27 - VIDEO: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Shrimp Tariffs Support; Salmon Hits D.C. and More


Sep 25 - Final Wrap up of Alaska’s 2019 Salmon Season


Sep 23 - Brake Makers Phase out Copper to Protect Salmon


Sep 20 - Pink Salmon Relief Fund Payouts Face Another Snag


Sep 20 - Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change


Sep 19 - Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable


Sep 19 - Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay


Sep 17 - Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up


Sep 9 - Canada Boosts Wild Pacific Salmon Support by $15 Million Annually


Sep 6 - VIDEO: MLA Withdrawal; Food Export Northeast; Salmon Retail; Cell-Based Seafood Coalition


Sep 6 - Three New Viruses Discovered in Endangered Wild Pacific Salmon Populations


Sep 3 - LISTEN: U.S.-China Trade War Heats Up; Pink Salmon Landings; Tilapia Analysis and More


Aug 30 - VIDEO: U.S.-China Trade War; Pink Salmon Landings; Gulf of Mexico Landings and More


Aug 29 - Pink Salmon Landings of Ten Million Just This Week Bumped Season Totals to 116 Million


Aug 29 - All Mowi Farms in Campbell River Area Now Certified to ASC Salmon Standard


Aug 29 - Russia On Track for High Salmon Harvest


Aug 28 - British Columbia Continues to Invest in Wild Salmon Conservation in Vancouver Area


Aug 28 - Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Takes on DC


Aug 27 - Chum Salmon Catches Lackluster, a Bust in Southeast Alaska


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Recaps of AK Salmon Fishery by Region

Prince William Sound’s salmon harvest this summer came in at about 58 million fish and nearly 50 million were pinks. The estimated fishery value was $114 million.

The fleet of 504 drift gillnetters averaged $81,600 per permit; Prince William Sound seiners averaged $218,000. 

At Copper River, a catch of nearly 1.3 million sockeye was 28% more than the previous 10-year average and the average sockeye weight of 5.5 pounds was the largest in the last five years.

Those are just a few of the details...

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CA Congressman Huffman Introduces The Salmon FISH Act

In early October, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) held a public meeting in Arcata to discuss updating the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). A roundtable of regional and local officials were candid about the problems, many pointing to essential fish habitats that needed protection.

Yesterday, Huffman, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife and Co-Chair of the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus, introduced The Salmon FISH Act, intended to identify, restore, and protect the most important salmon rivers and watersheds in America. The bill will also...

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Invasive Fresh Water Plant Eradication Important to Protect Salmon Watersheds, ISER Study Says

Earlier this week, Alaska’s NBC affiliate and online news source KTUU posted an article about the potential damage to Alaska’s billion-dollar salmon industry from an invasive aquarium plant called elodea.

The report came from a June 2019 economic analysis written by three economists from the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Elodea is a common aquarium plant that was illegally dumped into Alaskan waters in Eyak Lake near Cordova in 1982. It has adapted to cold weather and has since been found in salmon watersheds...

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The Winding Glass:  Anti-Salmon Video Shot at Cooke Seafood Escalates Attacks on Farmed Fish

[The Winding Glass is a commentary/opinion column written by SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton.]

Following the release of hidden camera video footage from a Cooke Hatchery in Bingham, Maine, Glenn Cooke issued a statement yesterday saying “I am very sorry that this has happened. We are thoroughly reviewing the footage and we are working closely with the Maine Department of Agriculture to review and ensure all our practices are within compliance.”

His statement is an excellent response to an attack on aquaculture by a militant...

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Corbion, Biomar Announce Feed Partnership with Salmon Group

Corbion and Biomar announced a feed partnership with the Norwegian-based Salmon Group, the world’s biggest network of family-owned aquaculture companies.

The Salmon Group represents 44 Norwegian fish farmers, accounting for 12 percent of all fish feed sold to salmon and trout farms in the country.

After hearing Salmon Group’s goals of shrinking their environmental footprint, but continuing to use top-tier feed, BioMar developed a bespoke feed.

The new feed, which features Alga Prime™ DHA, an alternative ingredient algae-based source of long-chain omega-3s...

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Canada’s Liberal Party Plans to End Open-Pen Salmon Farming by 2025

The Canadian Liberal Party released its full campaign platform and it received significant pushback from the country’s aquaculture industry.

The platform states that the party will move to develop a plan to transition all open net pen salmon farms in British Columbia, to closed containment systems by 2025.

British Columbia is a hotbed for aquaculture in the country and the move could have a significant impact on the state’s economy.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Karen Ludwig, a Liberal candidate running for re-election in the province...

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Faced With Global Salmon Market Depression, AquaChile Turns to China

The global salmon market is getting tougher, according to recent media reports. For example, farm gate prices are at low levels, and they are expected to continue so thanks to increasing supply from Norway and Scotland. But buyers seem far from satisfied, because stable prices are reported to be more important. Faced with low prices but not so happy buyers, some have taken various measures, trying to find a way out.

AquaChile is working hard to find a solution, and China...

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VIDEO: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Shrimp Tariffs Support; Salmon Hits D.C. and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss North Sea Cod losing its MSC Certification; the Southern Shrimp Alliance supporting tariffs on shrimp imports; salmon hitting the nation's capital and the latest analysis of the pangasius and tilapia markets.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds. With 5,600 independent lobstermen from multi-generational families, the Maine Lobster industry...

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Brake Makers Phase out Copper to Protect Salmon

Washington State is protecting salmon by removing copper from automotive brakes.  A Better Brakes law passed in 2010 went into effect four years ago, and aims to phase out copper completely by 2025.

You touch your brakes and a little bit of material gets deposited on the road and from there it just washes into a stream or river where salmon maybe spawning or trying to go home or back to the ocean.  

Ian Wesley is Better Brakes Coordinator at the WA Dept. of Ecology...

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Study: Six Eastern Bering Sea Stocks Appear Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

NOAA scientists and partners have released a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for groundfish, crabs and salmon in the Eastern Bering Sea. They looked at the potential impacts of changing climate, ocean temperatures and other environmental conditions on 36 stocks. Of these, four rockfish stocks, flathead sole and Tanner crab were determined to be the most vulnerable. Several other fish stocks were seen as potentially more resilient. This is because they may be able to move to areas with more favorable environmental conditions, such as...

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Salmon Update, Big Pay Day at Bristol Bay 

Alaska’s total salmon harvest has topped 200 million fish in an up and down season that finally panned out to be a good one.

Managers predicted a total catch this year at 213 million fish. Salmon showed up in fits and starts for most of the summer and until last week at least one million Alaska salmon were landed for 13 weeks in a row.

The sockeye catch exceeded 55 million - the fifth year in a row that Alaska’s harvest topped 50 million reds...

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Canada Boosts Wild Pacific Salmon Support by $15 Million Annually

The research and management of wild Pacific salmon received an additional $15 million in annual funding on September 6.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson announced the increased support meant to protect the species through scientific information while considering the impacts of climate change.

“We know that our wild salmon populations are facing urgent threats – from warming waters caused by climate change to the loss of important habitat that they migrate through,” Wilkinson said in a news release...

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Three New Viruses Discovered in Endangered Wild Pacific Salmon Populations

Scientists recently discovered three new viruses, including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish, in endangered Chinook and sockeye salmon populations.

While the impact of the viruses on salmon health isn't yet known, all three are related to viruses that cause serious disease in other species, according to a press release from the University of British Columbia.

"We were surprised to find viruses which had never before been shown to infect fish," UBC researcher Gideon Mordecai ...

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VIDEO: U.S.-China Trade War; Pink Salmon Landings; Gulf of Mexico Landings and More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the latest tariffs implemented on seafood in the U.S.-China trade war; the latest on pink salmon landings; disappointing shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico; and more! 

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. Grill it as a main course to accompany refreshing sides...

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All Mowi Farms in Campbell River Area Now Certified to ASC Salmon Standard

Mowi Canada West is pushing towards its goal of becoming certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Salmon Standard in all its farms in British Columbia.

With Mowi’s Lee Bay farm achieving certification to the standard, every farm in the Campbell River area is now certified. The Lee Bay farm also marks the 24th overall farm in the province to earn the certification.

Mow Canada West is close to achieving its goal of complete certification in B.C. with 80 percent of their farms earning the ASC label...

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British Columbia Continues to Invest in Wild Salmon Conservation in Vancouver Area

On August 23, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson announced five projects set to preserve wild salmon and their habitats in Vancouver.

Days later, the Canadian and British Columbian government announced similar funding for projects to protect salmon on Vancouver Island. Wilkinson and Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard noted that four Vancouver Island projects will be funded under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration Fun (BCSRIF) for a total of $2.2 million...

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Cooke Aquaculture to Pay $156k to Fund Maine Salmon Restoration Project Following Violations

Cooke Aquaculture will pay over $150,000 to fund a salmon restoration project in a Maine River following violations of its salmon farm off the coast of Maine.

consent agreement between Cooke and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection stated that the aquaculture company must fun the Marine Rearing Atlantic Salmon Machias River Project.

The project, according to the Bangor Daily News, is meant to breed and restore native salmon populations in the Machias River. The restocking will start in 2021, where Cooke...

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First RAS Coho Salmon Farm Earns BAP Certification

Finger Lakes Fish Inc. became the first recirculating aquaculture system coho salmon farm to earn Best Aquaculture Practices certification.

Finger Lakes Fish raises coho salmon in a 43-000 sq. ft. land-based farm in upstate New York. The farm is a relatively new operation, hatching its first eggs in April 2018, with its first sale occurring last month.

Finger Lakes’ production capacity at their farm is about 400 metric tons. At the time being, the salmon are being sold as whole fish to foodservice outlets in the region...

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Maine to Implement New Approach to Wild Atlantic Salmon Restoration

The Maine Department of Resources (DMR) will take a fresh approach to rearing Atlantic salmon for restoring native populations to the Penobscot River.

The NOAA-funded project will be a partnership between the DMR, Cooke Aquaculture USA and other stakeholders to grow juvenile salmon in aquaculture pens.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will raise smolts at the Green Lake National Fish Hatchery and wild smolts capture by rotary screw traps will also fill the marine net pens over the next three years. Smolts will include only those from the...

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Jail Island Salmon to be Distributed Across USA by Samuels Seafood

Jail Island Salmon announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Samuels Seafood which will improve the wild Atlantic salmon population of the inner Bay of Fundy.

Jail Island has an impressive reputation as a salmon producer in the Great White North and the new partnership will allow the company to continue to deliver on its promise to produce some of the highest quality salmon in the world. Jail Island’s whole fish, fillets, and portions are delivered to Samuels Seafood in as little as 48 hours from harvest to ensure peak...

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LISTEN: North Sea Cod Loses MSC Cert.; Pebble Mine Update; Final Alaska Salmon Numbers and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss North Sea Cod losing its MSC Certification; update on a pair of open-pit mines in Alaska; Alaska salmon season wrap-up; crab biomass numbers; poor shrimp landings in the Gulf; and a look at the pangasius and tilapia markets.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds...

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Cantwell Pushes for Changes to Fisheries Disaster Process, Presses NOAA on Pebble Mine

At a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing last week on fisheries disasters, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the Ranking Member of the committee, highlighted the importance of responding to fisheries disasters and pushed for reforms to the process.

“In Washington, fisheries are a cornerstone of our maritime economy," Cantwell said in her remarks. "Its related businesses and seafood processors, ship builders, gear manufacturers, support 60% of our maritime economy, which is about 146,000 jobs and $30 billion in economic activity. Washington has ...

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Final Wrap up of Alaska’s 2019 Salmon Season

A few hundred thousand more salmon will likely trickle but it’s pretty much a wrap for the 2019 season which ranks as the 8th largest catch on record. The statewide harvest has topped 201 million salmon, 94 percent of the preseason prediction https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/FedAidPDFs/SP19-07.pdf.

The sockeye catch of over 55 million topped expectations by 33 percent, or about 14 million fish, and is the fourth-largest ever.

Bristol Bay accounted for 78 percent of that total and at a value of $306.5 million is the most valuable harvest on record...

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Pink Salmon Relief Fund Payouts Face Another Snag

Alaska salmon permit holders who are applying now for nearly $32 million in federal relief funds from the 2016 pink salmon run failure are facing another snarl.

The way in which the payouts were calculated appears badly flawed.

“A portion of the problem is nobody saw the final plan before it was released. We asked for it several times.”

Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak has watchdogged the relief process from the get-go.

The payouts to salmon permit holders in seven regions are based on average dockside values over even years...

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Warmer Waters Threaten to Make the Commercial Salmon Fishery Less Predictable

“Unpredictable” is the way salmon managers describe Alaska’s 2019 salmon season, with “very, very interesting” as an aside.

The salmon fishery is near its end, and a statewide catch of nearly 200 million salmon is only 6% off what Alaska Department of Fish and Game number crunchers predicted, and it is on track to be the eighth largest since 1975.

The brightest spot of the season was the strong returns of sockeye salmon that produced a catch of over 55 million fish, the largest since 1995...

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Salmon Season a Nail Biter, Ends as One of the Best; Early Wrap up

Alaska’s statewide salmon catch of nearly 200 million is just six percent off what managers predicted, and it is on track to be the 8th largest harvest since 1975. How to sum up the 2019season in a single word?

“Unpredictable” 

Forrest Bowers, deputy director of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game commercial fisheries division, is a nearly 30 year management veteran.

The brightest fishing spot was the strong returns of sockeyes which produced a catch of over 55 million fish, the largest since 1995...

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VIDEO: MLA Withdrawal; Food Export Northeast; Salmon Retail; Cell-Based Seafood Coalition

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the MLA's withdrawal from an April 2019 TRT agreement; funding for Food Export Northeast; salmon retail analysis and the new Cell-based food coalition.

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds. With 5,600 independent lobstermen from multi-generational families, the Maine Lobster industry is committed to bringing sustainably harvested lobster from trap to table...

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LISTEN: U.S.-China Trade War Heats Up; Pink Salmon Landings; Tilapia Analysis and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the latest from the U.S.-China trade war; salmon landings in Alaska and Russia, an update on the tilapia market; subpar shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico and more!

This episode was brought to you by Maine Lobster. The rocky coast of Maine is home to one of the most iconic and sustainable fisheries in the worlds. With 5,600 independent lobstermen from multi-generational families, the Maine Lobster industry is committed to bringing...

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Pink Salmon Landings of Ten Million Just This Week Bumped Season Totals to 116 Million

The most recent salmon landings report by economist Garrett Evridge of the MacDowell Group, which lists totals as of Saturday, August 24, has been followed by heavier than expected pink salmon landings in Prince William Sound and Kodiak. Just in the first part of this week, pink landings statewide went from 106.8 million on Saturday to 116.1 million as of the end of Tuesday. 

That means last week’s total of more than 20 million pink salmon harvested could be met again this week, or...

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Russia On Track for High Salmon Harvest

Russia posted a significant increase of salmon catch this year, despite earlier forecasts of its inevitable decline after several years of record catch.

According to latest data of Rosrybolovstvo, the volume of Pacific salmon catch in Russia since the beginning of 2019 has reached 420,000 tonnes, which is 46% higher compared to the figures for 2017. The landings are slightly lower than the initial forecasts, made by analysts and experts of Rosrybolovstvo for the entire salmon fishing season in Russia, which were forecast at 461,000 tonnes.

The biggest growth of catch...

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