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Alaska salmon

Alaska hatcheries contributed an estimated 24 million salmon to the commercial fishery last year or 22 percent of the statewide harvest of 109 million fish. The latest edition of the Alaska Fisheries Enhancement Annual Report, produced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) reports that this is the lowest hatchery harvest since 1992, and is primarily due to the low pink salmon returns to Prince William Sound, which on average made up about 70 percent of the total hatchery harvest...

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Norway salmon farm

A new system that regulates salmon farming capacity in Norway will be launched in October this year, confirmed the country’s Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg.

The traffic light system will permit capacity increases in regions where sea lice levels are low, while those regions with a medium or high risk of sea lice infestations could face production cuts. The system will also include regulations on how to control sea lice levels during the six-week spring season. It sets a maximum limit of 0.2...

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Norway exported 72,800 metric tons (MT) of farmed Atlantic salmon worth NOK 4.9 billion (USD 580.6 million, EUR 547.9 million) last month. While the volume was on par with February 2016, the value of these exports increased by 16 percent or NOK 692 million (USD 82 million, EUR 77.4 million).

Salmon prices fell slightly in February, but the average price of NOK 64.11 (USD 7.60, EUR 7.17) per kg was still NOK 9 (USD 1.07, EUR 1.01) higher than a year previously, highlighted the Norwegian Seafood...

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The total supply of farmed Atlantic salmon fell by 9.1 percent or 57,100 metric tons (MT) year-on-year to 517,900 MT in the fourth-quarter of last year with only Canada increasing its harvest in the period, according to new figures issued by the Faroe Islands producer Bakkafrost.

Presenting the company’s fourth-quarter 2016 results, Bakkafrost estimated that the supply from Norway decreased 6.5 percent year-on-year to 289,500 MT in the quarter, while Chile’s production dropped 23.7 percent to...

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Supplies of farmed Atlantic salmon will remain tight this year thereby keeping average market prices at a high level of around EUR 7.20 (USD 7.64) per kg over the course of the next 12 months, according to Marine Harvest CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog.

Delivering the Norway-headquartered salmon producer’s fourth-quarter 2016 results, Aarskog confirmed that overall, the global farmed salmon supply in the last quarter fell by 10.5 percent or 61,200 metric tons (MT) year-on-year to 522,000 MT with the...

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An algal bloom was responsible for the deaths of approximately 170,000 salmon reared in Chile as they were being transported by boat through infested waters.

Some of the fish being transported were headed for harvest and others were smolt heading from freshwater farm sites to grow-out cages in saltwater.

The Chilean government's fishing and aquaculture body Sernapesca has advised that the bloom is not located near any salmon farms but has instead contaminated some shipping lanes that are used...

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Norway exported farmed Atlantic salmon worth NOK 5.3 billion (USD 645.8 million, EUR 598.7 million) last month, an increase of 25 percent or NOK 1.1 billion (USD 134 million, EUR 124.3 million) compared with January 2016. In volume terms, this trade amounted to 70,100 metric tons (MT), which was 2,700 MT less than a year ago.

While the value of Norwegian salmon exports continued to grow last month, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) highlighted there had been a 5,400 MT decline in sales to...

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Alaskakingsalmon

Following hot on the heels of a federal disaster declaration for Gulf of Alaska pink salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has issued a Copper River forecast for 2017 that anticipates this year’s king salmon run would tie 2016 as the lowest since 1980.

The 2017 king salmon run forecast of 29,000 fish is approximately 34,000 less than the 18-year average run of 63,000, said ADF&G.

Local reports have highlighted that the Copper River king salmon run is not much more...

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Prices for Norway’s farmed Atlantic salmon have remained very high at the start of 2017, with prices for fresh fish averaging NOK 72.42 (USD 8.63, EUR 8.05) per kg in the second week of the New Year. Though prices fell slightly compared to the previous week, they were up by almost 20 percent compared with the same week of last year and more than 50 percent more than in 2015.

With supplies staying tight, future prices of 3 to 6 kg fish will continue to be high over the coming months, with...

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Norway exported farmed salmon worth a record NOK 61.4 billion (USD 7.2 billion, EUR 6.8 billion) last year, an increase of 29 percent or NOK 13.8 billion (USD 1.6 billion, EUR 1.5 billion) compared with 2015. In volume terms, the trade amounted to 980,000 metric tons (MT), which was 5.2 percent or 53,340 MT less than the previous year.

The sector’s record performance was mainly due to a strong demand for Norwegian salmon in local markets such as the EU, and those further afield like Asia and...

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