Aalborg is at the centre of the north Atlantic fishing industry’s crossroads, a focal point between fishing in the north and the major fish-consuming markets further south. DanFish always brings together a unique cross-section of services and products for the international fishing industry from companies both in Denmark and those who come from around the world to exhibit at Aalborg.
Today there is a new confidence to the fishing industry with a steady increase in investment in new vessels to take advantage of healthy fish stocks, strong quotas and a demand for seafood that is only becoming stronger. In fact, the available exhibition space is already close to being sold out as DanFish becomes a natural centrepoint for companies seeking to build, and this year the exhibition is hosting more shipbuilders than ever as the demand for new fishing capacity remains high.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce that Scottish seafood supplier Joseph Robertson has agreed to participate for a third year in the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP).
In 2016, Joseph Robertson became the first UK seafood supplier to voluntarily disclose its seafood sourcing information through the ODP. Since then, the supplier has published an ODP profile on an annual basis. The profile includes a list of the fisheries used within the company’s seafood department to source wild seafood, along with information on management, catch method, environmental impacts, certifications, and participation in fishery improvement projects.
Joseph Robertson is the first participant to update its sourcing profile in 2018. Other ODP participants expect to update their profiles over the course of 2018.
SFP started the ODP in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 13 companies from North America and Europe have participated, ranging from retailers to suppliers and aquaculture feed manufacturers.
Other ODP participants include UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food, and Morrisons, along with French food service company Davigel, and aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar, Cargill/EWOS, and Skretting. In North America, US retailers Publix Supermarkets, Walmart, and Giant Eagle, and seafood supplier North Atlantic Inc. are also participants, while Albion Farms & Fisheries became the first Canadian participant in 2018.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has introduced 100 000 kapenta fish in the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam under the government’s ambitious command fisheries programme that will see the decentralisation of the pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish from Kariba Dam.
Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the introduction of the kapenta in the country’s largest inland dam in Masvingo on Monday marks the beginning of the wildlife management authority’s effort to decentralise kapenta fishing and take it to the country’s 10 provinces.
“The project will be monitored by ecologists and if it succeeds, it will cascade to other dams in the country’s 10 provinces,” he said.
Kapenta, the freshwater, pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish flourishes in waters with a depth ranging from 20 to 40 metres under tropical temperatures between temperature of 21°C and 29°C and Farawo said the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam offers such conditions.
Peruvian seafood company Pesquera Centinela S.A. achieves Friend of the Sea's certification for fish meal and fish oil from Engraulis ringens fished in the South East Pacific Ocean (FAO Area 87) only by Friend of the Sea approved purse seine fleets.
Friend of the Sea's standard for sustainable fish feed, fish meal, fish oil and Omega-3certifies that the oil originates only from fisheries that are compliant with Friend of the Sea’ssustainable fishing requirements (including good fishery management, selective fishing gears and social responsibility) and that a full chain of custody is in place throughout the supply and production chain.
Pesquera Centinela S.A. operates as a subsidiary of The Romeo Group. The two audited processing plants are located at Tambo de Mora and Chancay, North of Lima. 58% of the raw material used for fish meal and fish oil comes from the company’s own fleet, whereas 41% from a third party fishing fleet, which is monitored by the Peruvian Government.
MEXICO CITY - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of International Trade, seeking a ban on Mexican seafood from the upper Gulf of California.
The groups say shrimp and fish imported from the Gulf endanger the vaquita porpoise, which are critically endangered.
Vaquitas have been decimated by nets et for the totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China and commands high prices. Some nets set for shrimp and other fish may also endanger the species.
The Center for Biological Diversity and others said Wednesday the U.S. government has failed to ban seafood that endangers marine mammals, despite a petition and lawsuit filed in 2017.
PEMBROKE - The Maine scallop fishing season opened during the first week of December 2017 and now, with two weeks or less remaining, reports on how good a season it has been are decidedly mixed.
On the good side of the ledger, there seemed to be plenty of scallops, often in places where none have been seen for years, Melissa Smith, who coordinates scallop management for the Department of Marine Resources, said last week.
With the season ending for draggers on March 29 2018 along the Downeast coast (divers get six more days between March 30 and April 14), Smith said, only one of the seven rotational management zones that were open to fishing at the start of the season has been fully closed to fishing. Last year as the season ran down, only two of the seven rotational areas open at the season’s start remained fully open at its end.
From Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea, Alaska halibut fishermen are gearing up to head out to sea as the 2018 halibut season opens at noon March 24. It's an annual ritual for both commercial fishermen and charter operators seeking to make their living through the pursuit of the tasty flatfish.
Out of concern for the health of the halibut stock, the 2018 Pacific halibut catch limits are lower and charter management measures are tighter compared to previous year.
PORTLAND, MAINE - Spring is in the air and baby eels are in the rivers. Or at least that's what Maine fishermen hope.
The state's big-money baby eel fishery is scheduled to get started on Thursday. Fishermen seek the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.
The elvers are frequently worth more than USD 1,000 per pound, and this year is expected to be especially lucrative because of supply issues elsewhere in the world. Maine is the only state in the U.S. with a significant elver fishery.
EU and Côte d'Ivoire renew fishing agreement European Union
The negotiations held in Abidjan have allowed the European Union and Côte d'Ivoire to agree on a new fisheries partnership protocol that gives access to Ivory Coast waters to 36 EU vessels.
Private equity fund acquires Morenot majority stake Norway
FSN Capital V has acquired a majority stake in Norway based Mørenot Holding II, a world leading supplier of equipment and services to the world’s fishery- and aquaculture industries as well as marine seismic.