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Weekly Round-Up: Algal bloom hits Norway; Patagonia's new assault; Young's basa plan; Chile feed freeze

With the seafood industry back into normal routines following the world's biggest and busiest seafood trade fair in Brussels a week earlier, IntraFish journalists have been busy bringing you the news to your mobile devices and office desktops.

In case you may have missed them as you caught up on the backlog, here is a selection of the most eye catching reports of the week.

The Norwegian Fisheries Directorate reported an ongoing algal bloom hitting salmon farms in Troms and in Nordland. Salmon farmers in the areas are increasing monitoring and have started to report mortalities at their sites.

Seattle-based giant Trident Seafoods filed lease applications for two kelp-farming sites in Alaska. IntraFish's Rachel Sapin looked into whether Trident can jump start Alaska's aquaculture industry.

Bristol Seafood CEO Peter Handy told IntraFish customers want alternatives to Chinese processed fish and demand is spurred not only by market interest in moving away from foreign-processed seafood, but also because of the US-China trade war tariffs.

With the increasingly fraught trade war between the United States and China heating up, High Liner Foods executives said further tariff hikes would likely derail a much welcomed period of raw material price stability.

Also in the United States, Mowi plans aggressive expansion of skinpacks with a new Miami plant. In addition to retooling and investing, the company is partnering with other companies to test items such as chilled Alaska pollock.

Grabbing the headlines as the week drew to a close outdoor clothing giant Patagonia announced it is launching a new documentary in Spanish attacking the Chilean salmon industry, after its earlier controversial 'Artifishal' film.

Meanwhile, down under Tasmanian salmon company Huon Aquaculture has dropped out of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), citing concerns GSI is more focused on issues affecting its Northern Hemisphere members.

In Chile salmon company Nova Austral has itself found facing a legal backlash over its recent acquisition of Cabo Pilar, a company with four farming licenses in Cabo de Hornos, an unexploited fjord in the southernmost area of Magallanes.

Danish feed giant Danish feed giant BioMar, expects a two-year freeze on investments in the salmon feed sector in Chile while supply and demand dynamics rebalance.while supply and demand dynamics rebalance. The company is forecasting a sector-wide slowdown in both the Norwegian and the Chilean feed markets.

Finally Demi Korban discovers that Young's efforts to 'premiumize' pangasius are paying off in a UK retail market that hasn't been a welcoming place for the Vietnamese fish.

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