Thu. Aug 28 2014

High prices and low growth in salmon supply will persist for several more years says Rabobank  


Letters: Crabmeat article made incorrect statements about quality of imports  


Second quarter difficult for most restaurant chains, many faced traffic declines


Market Basket deal ends bitter feud, mad rush to restock stores


Video: Proposed ban on Russian crab could have unintended consequences


NE Atlantic Mackerel stocks at record levels with huge biomass, unprecedented distribution  


Chilean halibut aquaculture project ready to move to production trials if funding secured


NOAA now seeking public comments on final proposal to establish Gulf of Mexico aquaculture standards


Alaska judges considering Yup'ik religious appeal of lower Kuskokwim king salmon conviction


Kodiak Alaska fisheries Gubernatorial Debate will be held tonight


Alabama's new red snapper reporting program shows feds grossly overestimated state's June landings


Mekong Delta black tiger shrimp and pangasius production dropped in August  


Former Lyons Seafoods executive Iain Shone hired as GAA's Development Director


Wed. Aug 27 2014

United Alaska Congressional Delegation urges Obama to ban Russian seafood imports


Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product  


Cooke returns to salmon processing in Maine, sees uptick in consumer demand for Maine salmon


FDA still reviewing changes made in Linda Bean's lobster processing operations after warning letter


Australia's Ferguson using China's lobster appetite for other trading options as tariffs come down


Marine Harvest says it will rise to challenges of Russian sanctions, sees higher prices by year end


High food prices lead to trade-offs even in upper-income households


Friends of Putin profit from Russia's food import ban


GAA calls on shrimp farmers to complete on-line EMS survey available in 7 languages


Outback re-running Steak and Unlimited Shrimp special, from August 20th


After freshwater walleye gets MSC nod Canadian fishermen frustrated with export barriers


Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" particularly bad this August affecting fish and crabs


Proposal to limit or close Cook Inlet razor clam fishing included in Fish Board's 2014-15 agenda


Salmar puts plans for Chilean salmon venture on hold citing production cost and output concerns  


Dalian shipping fresh seafood in special high-speed refrigerated rail cars to other parts of China


Russia's poor salmon catch this year hampering efforts to find replacement for banned fish


Bristol Bay River Academy gets Western Alaskans jobs as river guides (Fish radio)


Cape Breton Bivalve expanding its mussel farming operation and adding processing line


Japan will try to reinstate Antarctic "research" whaling at upcoming IWC meeting


DFO prepares to tamp down gear conflicts as more PEI fishermen turn to eel harvesting


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday Aug 27, 2014


Tue. Aug 26 2014

S&P Downgrades American Seafood Group, says 'will have difficulty complying with financial covenants


Fraser sockeye run still coming on strong   (1) 


Wegmans to launch own brand of Gulf shrimp as part of promotional campaign with Marketing Coalition


Crab poaching by Russians in Japanese EEZ rises rapidly, reflecting more enforcement in Russia


Apalachicola oyster recovery getting over $6 million in federal disaster funds


ISSF says Big-eye tuna is experiencing correctable overfishing, not a spiral to disaster  


India sets ambitious seafood export target: doubling value in three years to $10 billion


Proposals now being sought to gauge economic potential of Alaskan mariculture (Fish Radio)


Popeyes ramping up seafood choices as part of successful strategy to differentiate


New Ahold USA chief McCann outlines his ambitious "Project Thunder" plans


Newfoundland invests in online sea lice monitoring system


Russia calls New Zealand's effort to create Ross Sea MPA "territorial games"


Terrebone fishermen upset over disruptive seismic survey during shrimp season


Fiji developing snapper fishery as domestic tuna industry struggles


Western Pacific Fishery Council calls on President Obama to abandon vast marine monument


With battle for Market Basket apparently nearly over, can it thrive again? (Opinion)


Captain D's strikes two more franchise deals that will open stores in Georgia and Florida


Japan preparing to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch in Western and Central Pacific  


Burger King will buy Tim Hortons in $11 billion deal


Ocean acidication poses latest threat to Long Island Sound's shellfish industry


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday Aug 26, 2014


Mon. Aug 25 2014

Final details of Canadian free trade agreement with EU provide big boost to lobster, seafood exports


Thai shrimp exporters get final 1.1% duty rate decision from Commerce  


Cooked and peeled coldwater shrimp prices hit record highs, based on Icelandic sales data   (1) 


Tilapia seedlings in short supply, Hainan hatcheries expanding production by 20%  


Despite some bright spots and exeeding projections, Alaska's salmon numbers far below last year   (1) 


Kotzebue - far above Arctic Circle - sees record chum fishery this year  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday Aug 25, 2014


Vietnam's tuna industry learning to get top dollar in Japan  


McDonald's faces 'Millennial' challenge customers in their 20s and 30s are defecting to fast-casual


Letters: Consumer reports did not suggest pregnant women eat less fish


Globalpesca's Eduardo Infante says Chile's toothfish management is a disaster  


Long lines and surging interest in imported seafood lead to bare shelves at Shanghai free trade zone


Camanchaca posts $9.3 million in 1H revenue on improved salmon sales, prices and production costs  


Seafood Expo in Barcelona, now Seafood Expo Southern Europe grows, but no match for Brussels


Methane is seeping from seafloor Off East Coast, scientists say


Cool clean water will be released into lower Klamath to save salmon


Russia to tighten domestic controls on fish prices


We are choking the oceans with plastic (Opinion)


American Heartland Fish Products abandons exporting Asian carp, making meal and oil instead


Faith, grit and resourcefulness keep last boat homeported in Nantucket going


Japan's Fisheries Agency unveils warning system to curb overfishing of bluefin tuna  


Short supply raising shrimp prices in Japan  


Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons and form new company based in Canada


Market Basket board calls off crucial Sunday evening meeting


Fri. Aug 22 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Friday August 22, 2014


Robust Asian demand for limited live lobster supplies see market prices creep up  


McDonald's USA president to retire, new president named


Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers wholeheartedly endorse call for ban on Russian seafood imports


Fresh Foods Solutions seeks patent for fuel cell based refrigeration system for fresh seafood


Reporters take on role of food watchdogs in China, uncover deceptions with scallops and oysters


As weather gets drier in the Mekong rice farmers increasingly switch to shrimp harvesting  


Louisiana shrimpers and Gulf oilmen butt heads over seismic blasting operations


Global Shrimp production declined at least 12% in 2013, say experts at Aquaculture Roundtable


Gulf of Maine's dire cod stock data will undergo independent review next week in New Hampshire


WCPFC member nations' failure to provide essential tuna catch data equated to IUU fishing  


Cook Inlet's commercial setnetters manage respectable 2014 harvest amid number of restrictions  


Impact from BC mining accident on Fraser sockeye murky as prices retreat on strong run (Fish Radio)  


Final Market Basket bid by Arthur T. Demoulas expected today


Major seafood companies call for US ban on imports of Russian king crab, pollock, salmon   (2)


Norway will allow fish farmers to delay harvest to reduce effects of Russian ban


Ahold US stores Q2 comps off 1.8 percent, Peapod sales growing rapdly


Fresh Market Q2 sales gains driven by new store openings, comps gain


Innovative squid net reduces bycatch dramatically in tests off Massachusetts


Commerce finalizes higher duty rates for Indian shrimp exporters in 8th review  


Thu. Aug 21 2014

Seafood.com News Summary Thursday August 21, 2014


Baader unveils new generation snow crab processing machine in Newfoundland with yield, labor savings


Gulf shrimp catches down 17% in July as weather distorts landings in La. and TX  


Famed Delaware chef and restaurateur Matt Haley dies in motorcycle crash in India


Bejing high court upholds anti-monopoly ruling against Zhangzidao's scallop sales practices


Norway is now shipping salmon fry direct to two Murmansk salmon farms


NFI says Consumer Reports is way off base telling pregnant women to avoid canned tuna


Alarmed by seafood demand in Brazil, China, Japan trading houses investing abroad to assure sourcing


Peggy Parker hired as sustainability editor for SeafoodNews   (2)


Tai Foong USA's Northern Chef brand is first ASC tilapia to be distributed to domestic retailers  


Seafood Source makes huge mistake with false story about American Seafoods   (1)


LFA 32 rumored to be site of Nova Scotia fish minister's $0.5 per pound lobster levy pilot project  


China Fishery Group accepting anchovies in lieu of cash for Copeinca obligations


Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries threatened by BC mines, Sec'y Kerry could use treaty as leverage


Russian food safety officials clamp down on McDonald's; close four stores, start random inspections


Bi-Lo Holdings, parent of Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, pulls IPO


Striped bass still on New England menus and in stores, as new Massachusetts harvest rules pay off


Daily Astorian: Proposed tarriff on port's seafood processors a bad idea


Russian seafood processors complain as EU processed fish escapes ban


Austevoll Seafood Q2 net profit up, future effect of Russian ban seen as temporary


Consumer Reports ignores FDA advice and urges pregnant women not to eat any tuna in new report


ASMFC proposing cuts in striped bass harvest as precautionary measure


Russia lifts embargo on imported salmon smolt  


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High prices and low growth in salmon supply will persist for several more years says Rabobank

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - August 28, 2014

Rabobank has released a new report on the salmon industry written by Gofjan Nikolik, the bank's fishery analsyst.   It is a follow up to the report written in 2011.
 
Rabobank predicted an unusually persistent 'high cycle' for farmed salmon, in which low growth rates and expanding demand kept prices high, and provided strong profitability for producers in both Norway and Chile.
 
In the first half of 2014, production growth surged 8%, and prices tumbled, but the bank sees this as a temporary situation, and expects that in the latter half of 2014 and for the next several years, low growth in volumes will lead to a strong pricing environment. 
 
The trade reshuffling caused by the Russian ban on Norwegian salmon will not change the overall pattern. 
 
The US still has relatively low salmon consumption per capita compared to Europe, and Rabobank sees continued growth in US salmon volumes despite high prices, because of favorable demographics and health concerns. 
 
The report says that after a brief period of strong supply expansion in 2014, the global salmon industry is reverting to the ’high-cycle scenario..

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Letters: Crabmeat article made incorrect statements about quality of imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters]  Aug 28, 2014

To the Editor:  
 
I read the article by Michael Ramsingh published on Seafoodnews.com August 27th [Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product]  and wanted to clarify a few points.  
 
Bonamar Corporation is a leading importer and producer of blue crab meat, blue swimming crab meat and red swimming crab meat so we have a comprehensive perspective.   It is true that, of the species mentioned… whether blue, blue swimming or red swimming… texture, flavor (AND cost differences) do exist between them.
 
The crab meat imported from Indonesia is not a “blue” crab as referenced in your article’s first paragraph.  The “blue” crab was correctly noted in your article as a specie caught domestically but it is also caught further south into Venezuela.   
 
Equally important,  we do not believe that “product coming from these substitute suppliers is either not the favored species or just not up to the quality standard of US Buyers.”  
 
People buy for price and supply reliability as well and not just for quality reasons....

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Second quarter difficult for most restaurant chains, many faced traffic declines

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nation's Restaurant News] by Lisa Jennings Aug 28, 2014

The second quarter brought mixed results for public restaurant chains across the country with only a few high-flying brands standing out from the crowd of lackluster reports.
 
Several chains noted their disappointment, saying a hoped-for bounce back in the second quarter after a tough winter never came to fruition.
 
The clear winner during the second quarter was Chipotle Mexican Grill, which reported a jaw-dropping 17.3-percent increase in same-store sales, the highest since the company’s first quarter as a public company in 2006. Traffic increased 12.3 percent for the Denver-based fast-casual chain, despite the first systemwide price hike in three years.
 
Meanwhile, Chipotle’s former parent McDonald’s Corp. painted a much more dismal picture of its second quarter, followed by a bleak projection for the rest of the year.
 
McDonald’s’ net income for the quarter was down 0.7 percent to $1.39 billion, or $1.40 per share, with systemwide same-store sales flat. In the U. S., McDonald’s comparable sales were down 1.5 percent and the Oak Brook, Ill. -based chain said it will likely be 2015 before turnaround initiatives are in place.
 
Fast-casual darling Panera Bread Co. downgraded its year-end projections...

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Video: Proposed ban on Russian crab could have unintended consequences

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Aug 28, 2014

My friends in Alaska have called for a ban on Russian seafood imports in retaliation for Russia's ban on US food shipments.  Despite the justice of this, I think it is a case of be careful what you wish for.  
 
The seafood industry thrives on free trade - with US companies both exporting and importing huge amounts of seafood.  For King crab, a shut down of Russian product - which supplies about 90% of the US demand - would destroy the market.  After years in which the Deadliest Catch gave a huge boost to crab consumption, nothing would make consumers madder than boosting a product that is unavailable.  No retailer or restaurant wants to put themselves in the position of making their customers mad - so there would be a massive migration away from King Crab ... to the ultimate detriment even of the Alaskan producers. 
 
If an effective Russian boycott was actually implemented, it would destroy the king crab industry.  
The companies, including retailers such as Costco, Kroger and others, would not invest in a product they could not keep on their shelves - and King crab would disappear from most places consumers see it.
 
Once that happens, it is very hard to win back loyalty, as consumers move on to other products.  It would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. As seafood marketers who primarily rely on free trade around the world, this is not the best way to protect and preserve our American seafood markets. 
 

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Chilean halibut aquaculture project ready to move to production trials if funding secured

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Techno Press] August 28, 2014

Chilean researchers at the University of Magallanes with help from aquaculture firm Skysal have made progress farming Atlantic halibut at its Center for Mariculture in the Punta Arenas regions. But the project will be put on hiatus for the remainder of the year as funding will be sought out to take the operation to the next phase of production.

The 17 year long project has successfully reared some halibut larvae using experimental recirculating ponds.  The next phase of the operation will seek to improve hatching and survival rates along with defining other key elements of the process.

Meanwhile, Skysal CEO, David Friedli, said his company will seek for more governmental funding "to address questions that persist about optimizing and securing the cultivation of this species."

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Alaska judges considering Yup'ik religious appeal of lower Kuskokwim king salmon conviction

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Legal Monitor Worldwide] - August 28, 2014 - 

Three judges with the Alaska Court of appeals are now weighing whether Yup’ik Fishermen, who targeted Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Their attorney based their defense on a 1970s moose-hunting case. The fishermen say state fisheries managers interfered with their religious rights and they want new regulations to insure it won’t happen again.

Attorney James Davis with The Northern Justice Project, an Anchorage-based private civil rights law firm, represented the fishermen. He said that the state should have tried to accommodate the fishermen’s religious beliefs and that the state of Alaska had a duty under the free exercise clause to accommodate the Yupik fishermen’s spiritual practices.

A panel of three judges will weigh the arguments in the case of David Phillip v. the State of Alaska and issue a decision, likely sometime later this year or early next year.

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Alabama's new red snapper reporting program shows feds grossly overestimated state's June landings

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AL.com] - August 28, 2014 - 

Alabama's new red snapper data collection program appears to show that federal regulators grossly overestimated the state's landings during this past June's nine-day season, according to the Marine Resources Division.

Since landings estimates play a major role in determining subsequent recreational quotas, overestimating the catch ultimately lead to unwarranted reductions in season lengths.

MRD released its findings Tuesday at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Biloxi.

 

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Former Lyons Seafoods executive Iain Shone hired as GAA's Development Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] August 28, 2014

Iain Shone, a seafood industry veteran and former sourcing director for UK seafood distributor Lysons Seafoods has been by the Global Aquaculture Alliance to serve as the group's Development Director.

Shone has worked alongside the GAA for 15 years, supporting the development of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program from the outset and guiding the organization’s evolution as a Director on the Board the Alliance said. Previously, Shone served on GAA’s Executive Committee, representing Lyons Seafoods Ltd. He acted as the UK supplier’s Director of Sourcing until stepping down last month...

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Imported blue crabmeat shortage sends prices to record highs, US buyers flocking to domestic product

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 27, 2014

Even though US crabmeat imports are above 2013 totals, these shipments have not offset the lack of imported blue crabmeat from Indonesia and the imported market has advanced to record levels this summer. The imported situation has benefited the domestic blue crabmeat industry where healthy demand for product at favorable prices is being reported.

A quick glance at US crabmeat imports through June this year shows shipments are up over 7 percent YTD from 2013. This has happened despite production problems in Indonesia and Thailand...

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FDA still reviewing changes made in Linda Bean's lobster processing operations after warning letter

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle Aug 27, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration.
 
The FDA says it has not yet cleared Rockland-based Linda Bean of violations. The FDA in February sent a letter citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. Company owner and namesake Linda Bean says she has "addressed everything" and the FDA's letter of violations was "reasonable."
 
Bean says the company also improved its record keeping ...

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Market Basket deal ends bitter feud, mad rush to restock stores

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] By Casey Ross  - August 28, 2014 -

The epic family feud over Market Basket that captivated the public and paralyzed the supermarket business through the summer ended Wednesday when Arthur T. Demoulas reached a deal to buy the company from rival relatives for more than $1.5 billion.

Market Basket’s shareholders announced the deal at 11:15 p.m  after several days of suspenseful negotiations. Arthur T. Demoulas and his siblings will buy the shares of their cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, and other relatives on his side of the family, who collectively own 50.5 percent of the company.

The sale agreement, which will take months to formally close, ends a fight so bitter that it took the intervention of the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to help the Demoulas family end a fight that has been raging for a quarter century.

The agreement authorizes Arthur T. to manage the business and stabilize operations at its 71 stores.

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NE Atlantic Mackerel stocks at record levels with huge biomass, unprecedented distribution

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Eva  Tallaksen - Aug 28, 2014

 The Northeast Atlantic mackerel stock is thriving, writes Undercurrent's Eva Tallaksen, following the results from the latest joint Norwegian, Icelandic and Faoese trawl and ecosystem survey, which took place from July 2 to Aug. 12.  The researchers reported a 9 million ton biomass, up from last year, and warmer water temperatures and more plankton in the Northeast Atlantic.

As they gathered on Aug. 12 – 15 in the Faroese capital Torshavn during a post-cruise meeting, researchers from the three countries’ trawlers pooled together their data and the results have now been laid out.
 
The findings? As summarized by Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, and as available here in the report, it’s a string of records when it comes to mackerel.
 
The stock was found to be at the same record high levels observed in the 2013 survey, with a biomass at around 9 million metric tons — compared to last year’s 8.8 million metric tons. This is thanks to a series of strong year classes in the past ten years.
 
The 2010 and 2011 year classes in particular appear to be at record levels...

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NOAA now seeking public comments on final proposal to establish Gulf of Mexico aquaculture standards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 28, 2014

The public now has until late October to comment on a proposed rule that will lay out permitting guidelines for setting up aquaculture operations in Gulf of Mexico waters. 

The notice from NOAA Fisheries is asking the public to weigh in on the Gulf's aquaculture proposal that will allow for a maximum of 20 farming permits over a ra 10 year period.  

If the rule goes final after the public review period interested parties would be allowed to apply for a permit to farm raise fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule defines all the parameters for an aquaculture industry. Eligibility and transferability ; application requirements;permits durations and renewal periods; restricted zones; species specifications; recordkeeping and biological considerations are all defined under the rule...

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Kodiak Alaska fisheries Gubernatorial Debate will be held tonight

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Kodiak Daily Mirror] by Julie Herrmann - Aug 28, 2014

Today will see an influx of politicians into Kodiak as Sean Parnell, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott come to Kodiak for the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s gubernatorial debate.

Sean Parnell is the incumbent Republican governor. Byron Mallott is the Democrat candidate, and Bill Walker is the Independent candidate.
 
“It should be pretty lively, ” said Laine Welch, the debate organizer.
 
There will be questions chosen ahead of time, audience questions, questions between candidates, and a lightning round.
 
In the lightning round, which Welch described as “like fish trivia”, moderator and former borough mayor Jerome Selby will read out a question, and the first candidate to ring a bell gets to answer.
 
“It’ll be something similar to, ‘How many species of salmon are fished commercially in Alaska?..

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Mekong Delta black tiger shrimp and pangasius production dropped in August

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [VNS] - August 28, 2014 -

The output of farmed shrimp and tra fish (pangasius) in the Mekong Delta region plummeted rapidly this month due to the combination of a complex epidemic and bad weather conditions, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The provinces of Ben Tre, Vinh Long and Dong Thap saw a drop in tra fish output of 9.1 percent, 7 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively, despite the expansion of farming areas during this period.

Meanwhile, several localities in the Mekong Delta reported declines in black-tiger shrimp output and a shrinkage in breeding areas. Ben Tre was most severely affected, with a 27.4 percent drop in output and 5.3 percent contraction in breeding areas, followed by Bac Lieu with 7.3 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

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United Alaska Congressional Delegation urges Obama to ban Russian seafood imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton - Aug 27, 2014

The entire Alaska congressional delegation, including Senators Murkowski and Begich, and Congressman Don Young, have written President Obama asking to implement a retaliatory ban on Russian seafood imports. 
 
In the letter to the White House, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young suggest America increase the intensity of its negotiations with Russia, and if needed, that the nation respond with a ban on Russian seafood imports  They write:
 
Second, if Russia fails to comply, we ask that a ban be imposed on Russian seafood imports to the United States...

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Cooke returns to salmon processing in Maine, sees uptick in consumer demand for Maine salmon

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - August 27, 2014

Cooke Aquaculture's US subsidiary True North Salmon has once again started processing salmon at its Machiasport, Maine facility after last winter's rough weather forced the company to suspend operations temporarily.  

The company said forty workers are once again processing salmon at the facility. Additionally, Cooke's CEO Glenn Cooke said the goal now is to increase its farming operations in Maine citing an uptick in consumer interest for farmed salmon out of the region...

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