Muscat - Fish sales have been on the rise since the beginning of 2015 and remained so till the end of April, according to figures issued by the National Centre of Statistics and Information's (NCSI) monthly statistical bulletin for July 2015.
Since the beginning of 2015 until the end of April, the total value of fish increased by 1.4 per cent to OMR 62.563 million, compared to OMR 61.683 million in the same period the previous year.
Al Wusta Governorate landed most fish by traditional fishery methods which contributed 22,323 tonnes, followed by Asharqiyah with 21,117 tonnes and Dhofar with 13,202 tonnes. Al Batinah Governorate followed with 10,354 tonnes and Musandam with 7,065 tonnes, leaving Muscat with the least amount of fish with only 4,084 tonnes.
Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay USD 0.50 a pound for their sockeye salmon? That's a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to USD 1.20 advanced in 2014 (USD 1.33 on average after price adjustments)?
A late surge of reds produced catches of nearly 13 million in its final week, bringing the total by July 23 2015 to 34.5 million fish. The fish were still trickling in, and state managers, who called the season an 'anomaly,' said the final tally will likely reach the projected harvest of 37.6 million sockeye salmon.
Fishermen were prepared for lower prices this summer, due to a plugged global market, sockeye holdovers from last summer's big run, the continuing Russian embargo against U.S. seafood, and a strong dollar that makes it more expensive for foreign customers to buy U.S. salmon? Typically, 60-70 percent of Alaska's seafood sales are in exports.
Lüderitz - Impressive production statistics from the state-owned fishing company, the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor), has seemingly vindicated fisheries minister, Bernhard Esau, who was heavily criticised in 2014 for allocating a massive bailout quota to the company.
Esau had allocated a 10,000 metric tonne horse mackerel quota to Fishcor to help revive its operations.
The company at the time faced fleet problems, which adversely affected production - to the extent that the company had to halt operations and send its workers home on full pay. Fishcor yesterday welcomed two wet hake trawlers - procured at a combined cost of N$80 million - to its existing fleet. The vessels were christened MVF Monte San Roque and MVF Farillon.
The authorities, the business sector and NGOs all predict that Thailand's rank on the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) list will not improve, despite the strict measures being implemented by the government.
After four months of effort to tackle the IUU fishing situation since Thailand received the yellow card from the European Union in April 2015, no one is confident that Thailand's situation will be any better when the next IUU ranking is released in October that year.
Many controversies have also emerged from the implementation of the policy to stop illegal fishing and regulate the long-ignored problems within the fishing industry. Many trawler owners complained that they cannot go fishing because their boats are now illegal, but local fishermen still think the government's policy is not strict enough to pass the IUU standard.
Chilean Atlantic salmon filets sold at Costco and other stores are being recalled for Listeria. Customers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death.
Marine Harvest is recalling the raw, fresh, farmed Chilean Atlantic salmon that was distributed to California, Arizona and Nevada. The lot codes/item numbers are #700354 ATLFS00050, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00764, ATLFS20997, ATLFS20999 lot #700152, ATLFS00059, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00429, ATLFS0997, ATLFS20999, ATLFS20995.
At Costco, the recalled products were sold between May 2 and May 9 2015. They were labeled Kirkland Signature Fresh Farmed Atlantic Salmon Fillet Product of Chile Processed in USA, sold in styrofoam trays, wrapped in plastic weighing approximately two pounds.
Aqualife, a family-owned business based in Stirling, has received GBP 117,000 from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) for a research project to develop new fish vaccination techniques.
The study, aimed at protecting wrasse and lumpfish, which eat the sea lice that can attack farmed salmon, has also secured GBP 168,400 from partners including the University of Stirling and Scottish Sea Farms.
Demand in the salmon industry for “cleaner fish” species such as wrasse and lumpfish is high, due to research demonstrating their success in sea lice control, but providing enough of the species requires a boost in production of robust specimens that can operate effectively through the salmon growth cycle.
Here at the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers, tens of thousands of sockeye and chinook salmon stage themselves every summer in an underwater base camp, waiting to make a final push to higher elevations in Canada and their cold-stream destiny: spawning.
Their layover here in the "Brewster Pool," home of the annual Brewster King Salmon Derby, is usually brief but it can make for fishing bliss.
In 2015, though, the only salmon that can legally be caught in the derby that began Friday are big chinooks. The much smaller sockeye salmon — to many mouths much tastier — have suddenly become off-limits, as fishery managers report a sudden and alarming plunge in their numbers.
DILLINGHAM - Alaska's Board of Fisheries will meet in December 2015 to discuss possible changes to Bristol Bay sport, commercial and subsistence fisheries.
Forrest Bowers, from Fish and Game's division of commercial fisheries, says there are fewer proposals this year than in 2012, when the board last took up Bristol Bay fisheries.
The board considers changes to each region on a three-year cycle. Proposals are submitted by members of the public, regional advisory committees and other organizations. For this winter’s meeting, they were due last spring.
In 2015, the largest chunk of the proposals - 24 - target district-specific management plans and regulations for Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery.
Growing fears of Mexican blockade to Honduran shrimp Honduras
Farmed shrimp producers from several Mexican states are exercising further pressure on the Government of Mexico to block the entry of Honduran shrimp into their country, the head of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock reported.