As the week came to a close Pacific Seafood temporarily closed its Newport plant after workers test positive for Covid-19, the second time in a month the seafood giant has had to close the site in reaction to positive coronavirus tests.

This came after 85 more crew members aboard America Seafoods factory trawler tested positive and before two more American Seafoods fishing trawlers were hit by coronavirus outbreaks.

In response Trident temporarily shut down a plant after the earlier nearby outbreak on an American Seafoods vessel.

Meantime Cooke-owned Icicle Seafoods reported two cases of Covid-19 in Unalaska, Alaska, the first reported cases in the remote town.

Away from the coronavirus chaos, feed giant Skretting is doubling down on sustainable aquaculture saying 'We have not done enough.'

In more upbeat news, Mowi's Walmart Canada fresh salmon sales shattered forecasts after the salmon farming giant launched seven new skin-pack products into Canadian stores at the start of April.

Still in the salmon space IntraFish Editor in Chief Drew Cherry spoke with the entrepreneur that scrapped plans for massive land-based salmon farming project but still walked away with a small stake in a separate project.

The deal to create a new Alaska salmon giant has drawn mixed opinions from the harvesters that supply them, but most are taking a wait-and-see approach. Some Alaska fishermen though are wary of the Cooke-Ocean Beauty wild salmon merger, Business Reporter Rachel Sapin reports.

Investors that may have missed the boat with majors such as Mowi, Leroy or Norway Royal Salmon are likely to find mid-sized salmon farmers 'ripe for growth,' according to M&A advisor Jorgen Horntvedt.

Finally this week we looked at the fund that has $1 billion to invest with seafood one of its main targets.