IN BRIEF - Study: New North Pacific fleet would cost $11.6B
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Rejuvenating Alaska’s large vessel fishing fleet could be nearly an $11 billion boon for Outside shipyards, according to a new McDowell Group report.
The Alaska-based research firm pegged $11.3 billion as the cost to completely replace the 414 fishing and processing vessels longer than 58 feet that participate in North Pacific fisheries off the coast of Alaska in a study commissioned by the Port of Seattle and the Washington Maritime Federation.
Regulations generally require boats in Alaska’s salmon fisheries to be less than 58 feet, which makes that length the common delineator between smaller boats focused on near shore fisheries and larger vessels that fish and process catch in federal waters at least three miles offshore.
Additionally, most of the more than 5,000 smaller commercial fishing boats that operate in Alaska homeport in the state and nearly all of the larger vessels in federal fisheries have Puget Sound addresses for a host of reasons.
While the $11.3 billion baseline figure includes the cost to eventually replace a dozen vessels among the 414 built since they year 2000, according to McDowell Group the fleet averages 40 years old and 87 percent of the vessels were built before 1990.
To that end, the study estimates it would cost nearly $9 billion to replace all of the North Pacific fishing vessels more than 30 years old and about $4.4 billion for those at least 40 years old.
CLEMENTS, San Joaquin County - Salmon crowded in and around the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery on Thursday, offering leaping and squiggling proof of what so far is a near-record return of the big pinkish delicacies after several years of low breeding numbers.
Schoolchildren watched as the fall-run chinook squirmed on conveyor belts into the “egg take” building, where, with help from about a dozen hatchery workers, they engaged in the decidedly unromantic process of spawning the next generation.
“It’s going to be one of the top three or four years that we’ve seen since 1940,” said Jose Setka, the manager of fisheries and wildlife for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which supplies Mokelumne River water to 1.4 million East Bay customers. “We are getting more of our fish back where they belong.”
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing Russia as an “exciting” market for the Philippines’ shrimp industry, its top official said.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who was guest of honor at the 11th National Shrimp Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City Thursday, said he recently talked with his Russian counterparts in Vietnam, during a bilateral meeting.
Piñol was with President Rodrigo Duterte, who met with Russia President Vladimir Putin.
In that meeting, Putin was very emphatic in telling Duterte to start delivering agriculture products as they have the money, he said.
“This is where I would like to bring the shrimp industry,” Piñol said, adding that Russia is the new exciting market “but we have to get our acts together. We cannot operate independently.”
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Jeff Fort has agreed to take on the role of chief operating officer, effectively immediately, in addition to his existing role as chief financial officer, a position he has held with the organization since 2012.
Fort has been involved with GAA since its inception in 1997. His company, Delta Blue Aquaculture, is a GAA Founding Member. Fort is currently a member of the GAA board of directors and GAA executive committee.
The Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification draft reports for re-assessment and initial assessment of the following Alaska crab fisheries are now available for registered stakeholder comment:
Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) and Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)] (re-assessments)
The Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) (initial assessments)
The comment period commences on November 17, 2017 and closes on December 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM GMT.
Stakeholders already registered will receive a copy via e-mail from the Certification Body, Global Trust Certification Ltd.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government says a judge failed to see that it was reasonable for the province's environment minister to release a massive Placentia Bay salmon farm proposal from further environmental assessment.
In court documents filed in St. John's, the province argues Supreme Court Justice Gillian Butler made errors that led her to order an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.
It's calling on the Newfoundland Court of Appeal to set aside Butler's decision and allow the minister's previous decision to stand.
The current emergency closure of some fisheries along the coast of Kaikoura is being extended to help the marine environment affected by the 2016 earthquakes to recover.
An emergency closure, in consultation with the local Kaikoura community, was imposed after the 2016 quakes and that applied to all shellfish and seaweed - excluding rock lobster (crayfish) and scampi.
MPI Acting Director Fisheries Management, Steve Halley, says the earthquakes had a devastating effect on the coastline between Marfell's Beach and the Conway River, raising the seabed by several metres in some areas.
Fish farms made EUR 6.6 million in 2016, almost half what they earned in 2015 despite a 21.9% increased in output.
This was due to a 30.6% increase in costs due to increases in overheads, selling costs, variable production costs, and in purchases of live tuna and other fish.
The National Statistics Office said on Wednesay that EUR 144.9 million of fish were sold, of which EUR 133 million were tuna.
In 2016, the volume of fresh fish sold amounted to 12,466 tonnes, an increase of 15.4% over the preceding year. This was due to increases in the sales of seabass and tuna of 43.7% and 25.5%, respectively. On the other hand, sales of other fish and seabream decreased by 73% and 5% respectively.
Starting today, Juneauites will have the chance to catch king crab in the waters surrounding their backyards. It’s the first time in six years a winter personal use fishery has been opened in Juneau area waters.
A total of 1,965 king crab have been allocated for the fishery. That’s up from 1,300 crab when the fishery was last opened in 2011.
“I would say it’s on the higher end of what we’ve had for a winter fishery allocation,” said Karla Bush, Southeast Region Shellfish and Groundfish Program Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Personal use red and blue king crab fishing is typically open in other areas close to Juneau, but not in the areas surrounding the city, where low populations have kept the fishery closed.