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Week in Review: the death of salmon farming in Washington; Trump versus shrimp; Russia's ray of hope for Pacific cod

A round-up of the most important seafood, aquaculture and fisheries news from the past week.

Last week’s coverage was understandably dominated by the news that Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to phase out all Atlantic salmon farms in the state.

The bill means Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture, the only non-native salmon farmer in the state, will no longer have operations in Washington once its leases are up in 2025.

IntraFish Editorial Director Drew Cherry didn’t hold back in his response to the decision, branding it “dumb” – an opinion I think most in the industry would agree with.

Reporter Lola Navarro dug down deeper into the latest financial results of the main Chilean salmon companies discovering how they all remained profitable at normalized prices and more than doubled earnings in 2017.

Meanwhile Russia is looking to increase its Pacific cod quota by a third this year which although might seem like welcome news to a struggling sector, is not expected to offset shortages of raw material elsewhere.

President Donald Trump also signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill last week -- a bill containing provisions that will impact companies importing shrimp into the United States.

We also launched our first weekly Infographic last Friday, depicting who has the most to lose in a US-China seafood trade battle.

Take a look at our full list of Editor's Picks for the week for more insight to start your Monday.

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