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Dec 6 - VIDEO: Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted; Seafood Trade Mission; Farmed Salmon Analysis; Atlantic Halibut


Dec 5 - Russia Plans 60% Fish Industry Growth by 2030


Dec 5 - 2020 Stikine and Taku Rivers Chinook Salmon Forecasts Below Desired Escapement Minimum


Dec 4 - Washington Farmer Faces Penalty for Pollution that Killed Threatened Steelhead


Dec 2 - Duke’s Seafood Launches Foundation Aiming to Help Wild Salmon in the Puget Sound


Dec 2 - OPINION: Similar Coasts, Similar Stories -Washington and Chile Share Acidification Research, Action


Dec 2 - Massive Effort Planned to Restore Upper Fraser for 2020 Salmon Return


Nov 22 - Nordic Blu Named Official Atlantic Salmon of EATALY


Nov 21 - Study: Bigger Doesn't Mean Better for Hatchery-released Salmon


Nov 18 - LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table


Nov 15 - VIDEO: Chilean Salmon in US; Harbor Seafood Wins Award; Right Whales Act; WC Dungeness Season Delay


Nov 15 - US Investigating Salmon Price-Fixing; Mowi, SalMar Receive Subpoenas


Nov 13 - Chilean Salmon Making Its Way to the States as National Strikes Stall the Country


Nov 13 - Russian Sakhalin and Kuril Islands May Face Salmon Shortage in Years Ahead


Nov 12 - Norway Royal Salmon Announces Q3 Results


Nov 11 - LISTEN: Chilean Salmon Production Ramps Up; Dungeness Crab Season Delay and More


Nov 7 - Salmon Production Begins to Pickup in Chile


Nov 5 - Protests Continue in Chile as Product Reaches Market


Nov 1 - Tongass Roads Threaten Salmon in Southeast


Nov 1 - China's Salmon Prices Fluctuate After Chile Protests; Companies Try to Assure Chinese Buyers


Oct 31 - Salmon Shipments Continue to Stall in Chile, AquaChile Plant Attacked Amid Protests


Oct 29 - Salmon Production in Chile Remains Minimal as 3-Day National Holiday Approaches


Oct 28 - LISTEN: Chile Protests Disrupt Salmon Market; Pebble Mine Criticism; Seafood in Pop Culture and More


Oct 25 - Salmon Prices Feeling the Effects of Protests in Chile


Oct 24 - Rep. DeFazio Calls Pebble Mine Proposal a Sham, Notes Effect to Oregon Seafood Industry


Oct 22 - Protests in Chile Slowing Salmon Shipments


Oct 22 - Land-based Salmon Farms Set to be a Game Changer in Alaska


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


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


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VIDEO: Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Convicted; Seafood Trade Mission; Farmed Salmon Analysis; Atlantic Halibut

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods' conviction in the tuna price-fixing conspiracy; Food Export USA-Northeast's trade missions to push lobster into Dubai and introduce Jonah crab in Spain; a farmed salmon market analysis and a look into a recent Atlantic halibut study.

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Russia Plans 60%  Fish Industry Growth by 2030

The total turnover of the Russian fish sector should grow by almost 60% by 2030, up to RUB 888 billion ($13.79 billion USD), according to a new state strategy for the development of the fishery complex in Russia, which was recently approved by the Russian government.

According to the document, the industry is expected to attract up to RUB 613 billion (~$9.6 billion USD) of private investments by 2030, a significant part of which will be allocated to the implementation of a "New Whitefish Industry" state project. The project...

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Washington Farmer Faces Penalty for Pollution that Killed Threatened Steelhead

A Bellingham, Wash., farmer was assessed $7,500 in civil penalties for discharging animal waste into a restored creek, killing native Puget Sound steelhead, a threatened species.

The NOAA Office of General Counsel last month assessed the penalty against Harold Carbee for discharging organic waste into Anderson Creek near Bellingham in May 2018. Anderson Creek supports steelhead and salmon and flows into the Nooksack River, a drinking water source for ...

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OPINION: Similar Coasts, Similar Stories -Washington and Chile Share Acidification Research, Action

Chile recently invited a group of Washington experts to share our state’s ocean acidification story, what we’ve learned and how we’re fighting it.

That’s because our story is a warning splash for the rest of the world.

Washington is unique because we were the first area to create a comprehensive action plan after experiencing ocean acidification. Ocean acidification happens when our oceans absorb carbon dioxide. This means our ocean life ends up living in more acidic environments. It isn’t a good thing because it messes ...

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Nordic Blu Named Official Atlantic Salmon of EATALY

EATALY, a top retail and dining experience in North America, has chosen ‘Green-Rated’ Nordic Blu Salmon as its official Atlantic salmon to supply their stores. The salmon will be supplied by CleanFish, the only importer of Nordic Blue to the continent.

“We’re honored that the first national partnership for Nordic Blu Salmon is with Eataly, a brand respected around the world for quality and authenticity,” Mike Moniz, Managing Director of CleanFish, the sole importer of Nordic Blu to North America said.

Nordic Blu Salmon is called out by name at Eataly...

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LISTEN: US Attempts Lobster Mini-Deal With EU; Salmon Price-Fixing and Seafood at the Dinner Table

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss USTR Robert Lighthizer's attempt to get a mini-deal done with the European Union that would have lifted tariffs on US lobster for exports to the EU; the DOJ's investigation of Atlantic salmon price-fixing as major producers received subpoenas; the Dungeness crab season delay and tips to get seafood on the dinner table every week.

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US Investigating Salmon Price-Fixing; Mowi, SalMar Receive Subpoenas

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will subpoena Mowi as the DOJ investigates alleged price-fixing of Atlantic salmon. SalMar has already received a subpoena from the department.

The latest investigation comes after an inspection by the European Commission (EC) which claimed the companies have engaged in anticompetitive price-fixing.

According to a press release from both Mowi and SalMar, the DOJ Antitrust Division is opening an investigation involving allegations of similar conduct.

Both companies said, “there are no basis for the EU inspection and that the class action...

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Russian Sakhalin and Kuril Islands May Face Salmon Shortage in Years Ahead

Russia may face a shortage of salmon during the next several years, due to climate change and overproduction seen in recent years, according to recent statements from leading local analysts in the field of fishing and state officials.

The biggest decline of salmon catch is expected in the Sakhalin Island, which is a main harvest area for salmon in Russia.

The news was confirmed by recent predictions of the Sakhalin branch of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography. They say the overall stock of pink...

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LISTEN: Chilean Salmon Production Ramps Up; Dungeness Crab Season Delay and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss salmon production beginning to pick up pace in Chile; Dungeness crab season delayed by a week; Billy Joel's donation to industry associations; salmon appears on Oprah's Favorite Things List and Lorin breaks down her trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts!

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Protests Continue in Chile as Product Reaches Market

Unrest in Chile continued this week as protesters yet again took to the streets. The number of demonstrators was smaller on Monday, but the outrage among the country’s citizens doesn’t appear to be shrinking, according to the Associated Press.

Over the course of the protests, salmon production has been limited due to curfews, road blockades. Multiple plants have had to battle looting incidents and fires as well.

Some salmon producers continue to feel significant pressure, especially in the port city of Quellon.

According to Salmon Expert Chile, protesters are blocking roads...

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China's Salmon Prices Fluctuate After Chile Protests; Companies Try to Assure Chinese Buyers

Protests in Chile have taken a toll on the country’s air flights as well as seafood exports such as salmon. But the influence of the protests is far greater. For example, China, one main salmon importer, has been under pressure due to the faraway protests. Due to limited supply, salmon prices have been changing rapidly.

As statistics from the late October show, distributors’ average purchase price of frozen salmon once jumped from 68 yuan per kg ($9.66/kg USD) to 75 yuan ($10.65/kg USD) within one ...

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Salmon Production in Chile Remains Minimal as 3-Day National Holiday Approaches

Chilean salmon production continues to be slow as the public pushes for massive social reform. More calls for protests and marches are appearing on social media every day.

The latest demonstrations in Chile were a result of a recent cabinet reshuffle by President Sebastian Pinera. The move did not resonate with citizens as riots and vandals continue to rock the country’s capital city of Santiago.

Nearly a week of marches are in the books and according to Reuters 17 have died, thousands have been arrested and Chilean businesses...

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Salmon Prices Feeling the Effects of Protests in Chile

Protests and strikes in Chile continued throughout the week as thousands of workers took to the streets of multiple cities to voice their displeasure over President Sebastian Pinera’s pledges of social reform.

The latest strikes of the Chilean workforce began after trade unions and other social groups wanted their voices heard in Pinera’s social reform plan, according to Reuters

The death toll rose to 18 and 6,000 citizens have been detained by authorities. The capital of Santiago continued its overnight curfew...

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Protests in Chile Slowing Salmon Shipments

Throngs of protests throughout Chile have begun to impact the seafood industry. Urner Barry industry sources have told SeafoodNews that salmon shipments are heavily being impacted due to the demonstrations.

The outrage from the country’s city was sparked by increasing metro fares, which further frustrated citizens over rising costs of living. Violence erupted in the country on Sunday as the death toll rose to 11. Looting and fires also broke out in multiple cities, according to reports. Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick noted that 110 supermarkets were looted throughout the country as well...

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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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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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2020 Stikine and Taku Rivers Chinook Salmon Forecasts Below Desired Escapement Minimum

The preseason forecasts for Chinook salmon returning to the Stikine and Taku rivers in 2020 were announced last week and don’t reach the minimum for escapement, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists.

The terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 13,350 fish in 2020, below the lower end of the Escapement Goal Range (EGR) of 14,000 to 28,000 fish. Without reaching that threshold, the run will not provide an Allowable Catch (AC) for either the U.S. or Canada.

The 2020 preseason terminal run...

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Duke’s Seafood Launches Foundation Aiming to Help Wild Salmon in the Puget Sound

Founder of Duke’s Seafood Duke Moscrip, his son John and daughter Amy (Moscrip) Waeschle launched Duke’s Sustainable Solutions Foundation (DSSF) which will focus on restoring and targeting comprehensive, tangible and meaningful common sense solutions geared toward improving wild salmon stocks in the Puget Sound.

Duke Moscrip said the time has come for a tangible initiative after decades of advocating for wild salmon.

"Numerous organizations are working on this goal and we support those efforts, but our family wanted to start the foundation to find lasting common-sense..."

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Massive Effort Planned to Restore Upper Fraser for 2020 Salmon Return

The Big Bar landslide north of Lillooet, B.C., was discovered in June and initial estimates show 75,000 cubic meters of material fell into the river. That amount is roughly the size of 750 football fields of rock and riverbank.

The federal call for help came from the Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of DFO, seeking input from the private sector and other experts to re-establish natural fish passage at the site of the slide.

The government documents say the request will only be open until...

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Study: Bigger Doesn't Mean Better for Hatchery-released Salmon

Fish permeate the culture of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). In particular, the iconic salmon has been an important part of the region for thousands of years, from ancient Native American trade routes and legends to modern fishing and sporting. In the area of the Salish Sea - inland waterways including Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca - the cultures, economies, and technologies there are all impacted and influenced by salmon. It is no wonder, then, that salmon are of high conservation interest and constitute a large...

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VIDEO: Chilean Salmon in US; Harbor Seafood Wins Award; Right Whales Act; WC Dungeness Season Delay

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss Chilean salmon reaching the US market despite firms struggling with logistics as protests and strikes continue throughout the country; Harbor Seafood won US Foods' Center-of-the-plate Award; a Senate Committee's passing of the SAVE Right Whales Act and the primary west coast Dungeness crab season delay.

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Chilean Salmon Making Its Way to the States as National Strikes Stall the Country

Tuesday marked the 26th day of demonstrations in Chile, led by a national strike that shut down the majority of the country.

According to Reuters, alongside strikes in major cities, truck drivers and other demonstrators barricaded two major highways. The highways connect the capital city of Santiago with other cities and ports, leading to huge backups throughout the country.

According to industry sources, logistics to get fish out of Chile remain a challenge. However, product is making its way to the U.S. market and is available...

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Norway Royal Salmon Announces Q3 Results

Today, Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) reports an operational EBIT of MNOK 131 for the third quarter 2019 and EBIT per kg of NOK 17.97. Corresponding figures for the same quarter last year were MNOK 34 and NOK 22.10.

The Group's main operations in Region North contributed with a stable and good performance on harvested fish, while Region South had a weak result in the quarter. NRS shall grow through sustainable growth, the Group increased its biomass in the sea by 32 % during the quarter and plans to increase the biomass further in the fourth...

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Salmon Production Begins to Pickup in Chile 

Reports out of Chile indicate salmon production is beginning to ramp up as processing plants resume operations.

Reports out of Quellon, a hub for salmon in the country, are positive. According to Aqua Chile, fishermen and students have agreed to depose the demonstrations that blocked access to the area.

Expectations were that plants could restart operations again following the deal, even though a small number of demonstrators remained on roads attempting to block access.

“The idea is that this Wednesday the process plants start their activities in a normal way..."

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Tongass Roads Threaten Salmon in Southeast

Over 200 Southeast Alaskan fishermen have signed a letter to the Trump Administration opposing the push to exempt the Tongass National Forest from a roadless rule in place for over a decade.

It would make Alaska the only state that doesn’t have to follow the federal law. 

The new rules would release more than 9 million acres from protection and open nearly 200,000 acres to logging. 

Fisherman Eric Jordan of Sitka was highly critical of the move that happened after a meeting with Governor Dunleavy and Donald Trump.  Shortly after, the US Forest Service...

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Salmon Shipments Continue to Stall in Chile, AquaChile Plant Attacked Amid Protests

Chilean salmon exports continue to be impacted by protests throughout the country. Urner Barry industry sources continue to note challenges in the Chilean salmon market.

Earlier this week, AquaChile had multiple incidents at its plants involving attacks and fires, as first reported by Undercurrent News.

A company spokesperson told the news outlet that its Calbuco plant in the Los Lagos region of the country was able to avoid complete destruction after an intentional fire was set. At the same time, looters attempted to enter the plant...

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LISTEN: Chile Protests Disrupt Salmon Market; Pebble Mine Criticism; Seafood in Pop Culture and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the latest out of Chile as protests have begun to impact salmon production and shipments; Criticism of the Pebble Mine project from Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio; analysis of multiple seafood items swimming upstream in October; and a look at what seafood made the menu at an A-list celebrity's wedding!

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Rep. DeFazio Calls Pebble Mine Proposal a Sham, Notes Effect to Oregon Seafood Industry

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., criticized the Pebble Mine Project as a sham this week.

His comments came during an oversight hearing examining the impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine Project. He criticized the project as a shell game, pointing to inflated job-creation numbers, wishful claims of environmental protection on a project unprecedented in scale and noted the absence of financial viability of the project.

DeFazio also criticized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for ...

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Land-based Salmon Farms Set to be a Game Changer

Just as farmed salmon toppled markets for wild fish a few decades ago, land-based farming is set to change the game again over the next decade.

It will come in the form of recirculating aquaculture systems, or RAS, and it could cause even more disruption to world markets. The systems include recirculating tanks of constantly recycled water in closed facilities taken from deep wells, rivers or aquifers, along with pumps, oxygen control, filtering and feeding systems. 

That is the conclusion of Rabobank, a Netherlands-based global leader in...

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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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