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IN BRIEF - Alaska salmon harvest expected to double in 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.

An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016.

The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977.

This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.

Source: ADN

IN BRIEF - Lobster exports to China boom

Friday, March 24, 2017

IN BRIEF - State Announces Over USD 105,000 for Seafood Marketing Projects

Friday, March 24, 2017

ORLEANS –The state has announced USD 105,500 in grants to seven marketing campaigns designed to increase awareness and demand for Massachusetts seafood products.

The grants were awarded through the Division of Marine Fisheries’ (DMF) Seafood Marketing Pilot Grant Program.

Seven organizations were awarded funding for projects to stimulate demand though education, promotion, and other strategies.

These organizations have experience and significant ties to the commercial fishing and seafood industries and communities, focus on different species and span geographical areas throughout the state.

Source: Cape Cod

IN BRIEF - Successful PFD scheme comes to an end

Friday, March 24, 2017

IN BRIEF - Heads should roll over prawn disease

Friday, March 24, 2017

So the dreaded white spot disease has moved from the Logan River and into Moreton Bay.

Now not only has this disease cost the prawn farmers in the Logan River their livelihood but now looks to have the potential to wipe out the prawn industry in all of south-east Queensland, including our famous Mooloolaba prawns.

This was a totally preventable disease.

Our prawn fishermen stood up and said that importing cheap nasty prawns from South-East Asia had the potential to wipe out our local industry if allowed, but, oh no, our government said our strict biosecurity measures would not allow disease into Australia. What a joke.

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily

IN BRIEF - Tanzania: Prawn Fisheries Turn Up Roses

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fisheries division is set to boost the country's foreign exchange with the lifting of a ban on prawns fishing in Tanzanian waters, the government has announced.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Yohana Budeba, also said the new move would further boost government revenue from the fisheries sector.

Dr Budeba told the 'Daily News' yesterday that his ministry would closely monitor prawn-fishing activities, especially after removal of the ban, to ensure that the harvests were properly done to avoid further depletion of these marine resources.

Source: All Africa

IN BRIEF - Damen to build fisheries research vessel for Germany

Friday, March 24, 2017

Damen Shipyards Group has been won a contract to construct a fisheries research vessel for the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE).

The contract was awarded following an EU-wide tendering process,

To be called the Walther Herwig, the vessel will support Germany's fisheries and oceanographic research programs. Measuring 85 m x 17.4 m, it will be the largest vessel in the ministry's fleet and will accommodate 26 crew and 26 scientists.

In terms of scientific facilities and equipment, the vessel will be outfitted with two hangars, wet and dry laboratory areas and trawling gear for both demersal and pelagic fisheries research. For physical and biological oceanographic studies, the vessel's scientific teams will be able to utilize electric winches capable of lowering equipment to depths of down to 6,000 m.

Source: Marine Log

IN BRIEF - Rock Lobster Industry Again Shoulders the Burden

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Chief Executive of the NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council, Daryl Sykes, has expressed disappointment that rock lobster fishery management decisions announced today by the Minister of Fisheries have not extended to definite actions and deadlines in relation to widespread fish thieving on the east coast of the North Island.

Mr. Sykes commented that – “We should be well past the time when shared fisheries management decisions can only impact on commercial operators to address observed declines in stock abundance. I expected that the Minister would be far more mindful of shared responsibility and shared accountability when confirming his decisions for CRA 3 and CRA 4. The risk that he takes is that commercial reductions announced today become re-allocations of catches across to other users, including the fish thieves, and his intended management outcomes are totally compromised.”

“The Minister announced important decisions, informed by good science and generally supported by the rock lobster industry, but regrettably he is silent as to instructing his officials to take the actions necessary to deal with a situation in which he finds himself obliged to make an explicit allowance for fish thieves to take over a hundred and sixty tonnes of rock lobsters from the Wellington, Hawkes Bay (CRA 4) and Gisborne/East Coast (CRA 3) lobster fisheries in every season,” said Mr. Sykes.

Source: Scoop

IN BRIEF - Tiverton man charged in theft of 8,350 pounds of scallops

Friday, March 24, 2017

NEW BEDFORD - More than 8,000 pounds of stolen scallops valued at the time at USD 192,050 circulated through multiple seafood houses last December, according to court documents obtained by The Standard-Times.

New Bedford police began investigating the disappearance of the scallops from Continental Cold Storage in February.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Antonio Vieira and Michael Caton, claiming 8,350 pounds of scallops were stolen from Seatrade International and that Viera attempted to sell them to a number of seafood houses in New Bedford. Vieira, of Tiverton, and Caton, formerly a resident of East Providence, now resides in California.

Source: Providence Journal

IN BRIEF - Sea Harvest lists on the JSE

Friday, March 24, 2017

Black-owned fishing company Sea Harvest Group on Thursday 23rd March 2017 listed in the Farming, Fishing and Plantations sector on the JSE’s main board.


The listing will provide investors with more choice and an opportunity to participate in the income streams and future capital growth of Sea Harvest.
“Globally, consumers know that when they buy South African Cape Hake, they are getting superior quality from a well-managed fishery,” CEO Felix Ratheb said.

Source: Engeneering News

EN BREVE - Starkist targets snack trends as it seeks to feed tuna to millennials

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For a growing number of Americans, it’s just a lot quicker to grab a granola bar for breakfast in the car than to make an omelet before heading off to work.

It’s that trend that Starkist is keeping in mind as it launches five new flavors of its tuna in a pouch, rather than opting for a less travel-friendly can. 

Three of the new flavors are on grocery shelves now: Thai Chili Style, Jalapeno and Hot Buffalo Style. Two more — Sriracha and Tapatio — will come to stores in September 2017.

Since the pouches were introduced, Andrew Choe, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh-based company, said sales have increased about 10 percent per year. 

“With the cans, people think of it as more of an ingredient,” Mr. Choe said. “The pouch is more of a convenience. You just tear, eat and go.”

Source: Post Gazette

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