US Red Lobster chain fighting for survival

Red Lobster logo

Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood restaurant chain, is fighting off the threat of bankruptcy amid rising debts. The group, which has hundreds of restaurants across the United States, Asia and central America, has filed in a Florida court for bankruptcy protection in a bid to reduce debt and fend off collapse.

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Nordic Aqua Partners completes first commercial China harvest

Nordic Aqua Partners China site

Nordic Aqua Partners has announced the successful completion of its first commercial harvest of Atlantic salmon produced at its facility in Gaotang, eastern China. The company described the achievement as a major operational milestone for Nordic Aqua which would now be introducing the Nordic PureAtlantic brand to the growing Chinese market. Chief executive officer Ragnar…

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Oslo opens new salmon air route to China – via Kazakhstan

The Capital Airlines aircraft at Oslo prepares for first flight

A new direct salmon air route between Norway and China has just been launched from Oslo. The interesting aspect is that the plane travels via the former Soviet republic of  Kazakhstan, close to Russia, an area of the world avoided by western fish air carriers since the start of the Ukraine war. The first consignment…

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Study shows how nitrates in RAS systems affect fish health

Turbot, scophthalmus maximus, Adult swimming

Exposure to nitrates can adversely affect the intestinal health of fish in RAS systems, a study by researchers in China has found. While it is well known that nitrates have a toxic effect, the study provides a detailed analysis of how nitrate (NO3) levels can have an impact at molecular level. A team of scientists…

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Seafood Council’s former China envoy returns to old job

A former Norwegian Seafood Council envoy to China is returning to his previous role. Sigmund Bjørgo (46) (pictured) takes over from Andreas Thorud, who has left after three years for a senior post in China with the land-based salmon farmer, Nordic Aqua Partners. Børge Grønbech, Director of Global Operations at the Council, said: “Sigmund Bjørgo is strategically…

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Nordic Aqua on track for first Chinese harvest

Norwegian company Nordic Aqua Partners, which is developing a land based facility in China, has reported a good operational performance in the fourth quarter of last year with construction works for Stage One completed on time and on budget. The biological performance was good for all batches – with strong growth, a mortality rate below…

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Norcod lands big Chinese distribution deal

Cod farmer Norcod has signed a major deal with a Chinese distribution company to supply a minimum of 800 tonnes of fish. The figure represents around 10% of the company’s expected production this year. Trondheim-based Norcod said: “Even more crucial, the fish exported to China as part of this contract will generate profits – which…

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SalMar denies China fish smuggling claims

SalMar has strongly denied a Norwegian radio report that it was involved in the illegal import of salmon into China a decade ago. Worried about seafood being smuggled into the country through Vietnam to get around sanctions imposed on other nations, China imposed major restrictions on seafood shipments from overseas. The radio station NRK Dagsnytt…

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China overtaking Japan in salmon consumption

China has taken over from Japan as the leading Asian market for Norwegian salmon, new data shows. So far this year Norway’s salmon farmers have sold 60% more salmon to China than over the same time before the pandemic. The Norwegian Seafood Council says: “When such things happen it is important to be on the…

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Another NOK 100m raised for China RAS project

Nordic Aqua partners has successfully raised around NOK 100m or almost £7.5m for its China project. The company is developing an initial 4,000 tonne land-based facility near the city of Shanghai, with the first stage due to be completed by next spring. The fresh capital was raised by printing 1,434,721 new shares at a 5.8%…

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