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IN BRIEF - 70,000 tonne sandeel quota for Norway

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.

The Institute of Marine Research states that the estimated biomass is one of the highest since 2009, with a high density of sandeel in many areas. According to the Institute, exceptionally good recruitment on the 2016 year class has contributed to this currently strong biomass, which also includes a relatively high volume of four-year old animals.

The combination of these older individuals and proportion of the 2016 year class believed to have reached reproductive indicates that the spawning stock is relatively high in areas 1 to 4. According to researchers, however, there is a high level of uncertainty concerning how the stock will develop, including it being a prey species for other fish.

Source: Fisker Forum

IN BRIEF - Groups seek ban on Mexican seafood from Gulf of California

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

Source: Fox 2 News

IN BRIEF - Scallop fishermen near end of season

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

Source: The Ellesworth American

IN BRIEF - Alaska Salmon Completes Audit #2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Re-certified in March 2017, the objective of the annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. For a copy of the audit report, click here - Salmon Report.

IN BRIEF - Alaska halibut fishermen gear up for March 24 2018 season opener

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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.

Source: Sit News

IN BRIEF - Baby eel fishermen hopeful to get started this week

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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.

Source: News Observer

IN BRIEF - Seafood Analytics Introduces New Electronic Fish Monitoring Device, Fishboard, at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Boston, MA– Certified Quality Foods (dba Seafood Analytics), announces the introduction of Fishboard, a fully integrated electronic fish-monitoring device. Fishboard allows researchers, aquaculture farms, processors, at-sea observers, fishermen, and other participants in the seafood industry to quickly and easily measure and store important electronic information about fish.

With Fishboard, users can quickly and easily assess length, weight, health, condition, and degradation status and body composition of individual fish. The device displays real-time observation and storage of all measurements. Stored values can be used for comparisons, growth trends, reports, and analysis while real-time data can be used for immediate evaluation of individual fish health and growth. GPS, pictures and other data can also be added. Fishboard is the first device to market with all of these capabilities.

The measurable benefit is a simple-to-use electronic monitoring device that can assess physiological condition, nutritional status, and body composition of fish in real-time. The user-friendly design and usage of the machine allows anyone to measure, store and send valuable fisheries data. Dr. Keith Cox developed the device while on assignment with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, with applicability ranging from fishermen to research agencies. Funding for the research and development was through the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB).

Press Release


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


IN BRIEF - Israeli navy opens fire at fishermen in Gaza

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GAZA – Israeli navy Monday 19th of March 2018 opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats while they were sailing in al-Sudaniya sea to the northwest of the Gaza Strip.

The navy also propelled waste water at the boats forcing the fishermen to return to shore.

Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.

Source: WAFA

IN BRIEF - Danish fishermen trawling illegally in Øresund Despite

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In order to preserve its fragile ecosystem and fishing stocks, trawling in certain parts of the Øresund has been banned by law for more than 80 years.

However, after one month of concentrated surveillance, the environmental organisation Greenpeace has been able to document at least six cases of illegal fishing by trawlers based in Gilleleje Harbour, the organisation reports.

Trawling is completely illegal in some parts of the Øresund but is permitted in the northern part – except during the period from February 1 to Mach 31 2018, which is when cod are spawning.

Source: CPH Post

IN BRIEF - Fishermen, enviromentalists weigh potential impact of offshore drilling

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BRUNSWICK COUNTY - As Brunswick County commissioners discuss offshore drilling at their meeting Monday night, at least one group you may not expect is not opposed to bringing it to North Carolina.

The North Carolina Fisheries Association represents the state’s commercial fishermen. In response to Governor Roy Cooper fighting to stop drilling off our coast, the group recently decided to keep their options open about offshore energy exploration.

“There’s been some comments made by the governor, how detrimental it would be to the commercial fishermen and everything, but we burn a lot of diesel and gas, so we’re not closed to the idea of looking at it,” said Doug Todd, the NCFA’s board director of District Seven, which includes Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties.

Source: WWAY 3

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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.
Seafood sector firms call for effective fishing regulations
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Snow crab trap fishery MSC certificate suspended
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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.
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ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
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Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
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Leardini Pescados Ltda
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CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
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Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
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Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
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Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
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AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
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Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
National Geographic Society
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