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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 - Indian White Shrimp gets full marks in farming trials

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scientists at the Chennai-based Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) have completed farming trials on Indian White Shrimp (Penaeus indicus) in all the maritime States in the country, including Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, establishing the species as prime alternative to the exotic vannammei.

A team of scientists led by CIBA Director K.K. Vijayan will share their findings on Indian White Shrimp cultivation with aqua farmers on Thursday (January 11).

The shrimp seed was collected from the Bay of Bengal and other parts of India for the trials which began in 2016 with the support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).

By T. Appala Naidu/.thehindu.com | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Grieg, OCI Finalizing Ownership Agreement On Aquaculture Project

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador - The Grieg Group and Ocean Choice International has announced the finalization of an ownership agreement to develop the massive Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project.

According to a release issued this morning, the agreement marries Grieg’s experience in the salmon industry with OCI’s expertise in seafood processing and marketing.

The agreement marks the continued long-term commitment to develop the Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project.

IN BRIEF - Japan to step up patrol of N.Korean illegal fishing

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Japan's fisheries ministry says it is going to step up a crackdown on illegal fishing by boats from North Korea and other countries.

There have been an increasing number of cases of foreign boats including many from North Korea fishing illegally in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Yamatotai fishing grounds off the Noto Peninsula in the Sea of Japan.

Ministry officials say they will set up a taskforce led by the Fisheries Agency chief to strengthen the crackdown on illegal fishing in the area. They say the damage caused by illegal fishing on local fisheries is becoming serious.

In a meeting on Monday, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Ken Saito called on officials to unite and do their best to ensure safe operations of local fishermen. He said illegal fishing by foreign boats is increasingly becoming malicious and sophisticated.

The ministry plans to build 2 new patrol ships and add 6 more personnel to the patrol squad.

IN BRIEF - SFP releases Target 75 squid report

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The world’s squid fisheries have a lot of room for sustainability improvement, but there are vast opportunities especially in fisheries operating off the coast of South America, according to the newest report on the global squid sector released by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

The report, released today, is the first-ever sector report focused on SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, a global movement launched last year that sets the goal of seeing producers of 75 percent of the world’s seafood operating sustainably or improving toward sustainable production by the close of 2020.

According to the report, “With less than 1 percent of global production recognized as sustainable or improving, a great deal of progress is left to be made in large-scale squid fisheries.”

Link to SFP’s T75 Sector Report Squid 2017: https://www.sustainablefish.org/Media/Files/T75-Sector-Reports/T75-Sector-Report-Squid-2017

IN BRIEF - Blue Harvest Fisheries Announces Management Succession Plan

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Board of Managers of Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC (“Blue Harvest” or the “Company”) announced today that the Company’s President and CEO, Jeff Davis, will retire from day to day operations in January. Mr. Davis played an integral role in forming the Company’s succession plan, and he will continue to devote time to the Company’s strategic initiatives in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Company. 

“Jeff Davis is a visionary leader within the seafood industry and he was instrumental in building Blue Harvest from an idea to what it is today,” said Scott Perekslis, Managing Partner and co-founder of New York-based private equity firm Bregal Partners. “Jeff and I have worked together for nearly two decades, and I wish him and his family the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

In connection with Mr. Davis’s retirement, the Board of Managers is pleased to announce that Keith Decker will assume the role of President and CEO of the Company, effective January [15]. Decker comes to Blue Harvest with more than 25 years of seafood experience at industry-leading companies such as High Liner Foods Incorporated (“High Liner”) and Fishery Products International. Keith previously served as the CEO of High Liner from 2015 to 2017, and served as the President and COO of High Liner Foods (USA) Incorporated from 2008 to 2015.

IN BRIEF - High Liner Foods Announces Change in Leadership

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LUNENBURG, NS /CNW/ - High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSX: HLF) ("High Liner Foods"  or "the Company"), the leading North American value-added frozen seafood company, today announced that, Jeff O'Neill, President and COO of its Canadian Operations, is leaving the organization. The Company does not intend to fill this position, but will instead restructure the leadership of its Canadian Operations to improve its marketing and sales effectiveness and reduce fixed costs.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jeff for his contribution to High Liner Foods and wish him all the best with his future endeavors," said Mr. Demone.

High Liner Foods will report its financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 30, 2017 on February 21, 2018.

IN BRIEF - Huge blow for EU seas as MEPs back disastrous technical measures

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

(ClientEarth) New fishing rules debated today in the European Parliament would be disastrous for fishing in the EU, because their lack of concrete targets and legal deadlines undermines efforts to make fisheries sustainable.  

ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said: “The rules as they stand are catastrophic for industry and consumers. They miss a major opportunity to improve fisheries management and cut the impact of fishing on EU seas. Smaller fish will not be properly protected because of this vote, which could affect fish stocks in areas like the North Sea. MEPs have dodged their duty to make fisheries sustainable and to protect our seas.”

Technical measures govern where, when and how fishing can take place. These measures are essential to reducing the impact of fishing on stocks and ecosystems. If designed correctly, they should play a key role in achieving some of the main aims of the Common Fisheries Policy, including:

  • Restoring and maintaining fish populations above sustainable levels;
  • Managing fisheries using an ecosystem-based approach;
  • Minimising the impact of fisheries on the environment;
  • Cutting unwanted catches and getting rid of wasteful discards; and
  • Working alongside EU environmental legislation.

IN BRIEF - Friend of the Sea and fair-fish awarded Open Philanthropy Project grant

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Friend of the Sea and fair-fish international association have just been awarded a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to promote animal welfare principles among Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies.

As part of the two-years project, the FishEthoBase-research team of fair-fish international will assess the welfare of fish on most of Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies bydirect observation of their current practices. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in Friend of the Sea’s standards. Additionally, Friend of the Sea and fair-fish plan to share their research through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences.

IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Q4 2017 Trading update

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Harvest volumes Q4 2017 (1)

Farming Norway

66.5 thousand tonnes

IN BRIEF - Bering Sea snow crab fishing underway

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bering Sea snow crab fishing was just getting underway, and the first deliveries were expected later this week, according to Ethan Nichols of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor when the snow crab quota was cut back again this year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. There is a reduced Bering Sea Tanner crab season, thanks to new rules allowing fishing when fewer female crustaceans are present. And small boats in the Unalaska Island area have a Tanner fishery for the first time in two years.

The Bering Sea opilio snow crab fishery was cut by 12 percent, with a quota of 18.9 million pounds, down from 21.6 million in the previous season.

The snow crab fishery has been in continuing decline for the past seven years, since 2007, said shellfish biologist Miranda Westphal, of ADF&G in Unalaska. Two years ago, during the 2015-16 season, it was 40.6 million pounds.

By Jim Paulin/thebristolbaytimes.com | Read full story here

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