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Other media | Visserijnieuws: The first fishing ship in new dock

NETHERLANDS
Thursday, February 20, 2020

ZEEBRUGGE - A tugboat went before, but last week the Z 18 was the first fishing ship in the new dry dock at Gardec. Versluys-Couwyzer's boxer has been at Gardec for three weeks, for two new generator sets, winch repairs and stainless steel railings. The new bin coolers were placed in the dock and the ship was 'washed'. Last Tuesday the job was done and the cutter could go fishing again.

With the new dock, Gardec, as the largest shipyard on the Belgian coast, has made an important investment and made a major increase in efficiency. The dock was built on a Damen shipyard in Magalia, Romania, and arrived in Zeebrugge early this year after a long trail. ,, We wanted a well-stocked dock with which you can work well. We can now dock quickly. Four large pumps are installed. This takes 35 minutes to get the dock down and 35 minutes to get it up, "says Gardec technical manager Dieter D'hoedt.

With 6.25 meters, draft is no longer a problem. "That used to be just fine." In addition, the collection of waste water and working with taps is now much better organized. Design and engineering for the 80 by 30 measuring dock, with 24 meters inside the towers, were done in-house.

Source: visserijnieuws.nl | Read full story here (Dutch)


IN BRIEF - Maine elver fishing enters first weekend of delayed year

UNITED STATES
Monday, April 06, 2020

Maine’s baby eel fishing season is entering its first full weekend, two weeks after it was originally slated to begin.

Maine Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher delayed the start of the eel fishing season from March 22 to March 30 because of concerns about coronavirus. The state has since announced practices designed to help the fishermen limit spread of the disease.

The baby eels are called elvers and they’re often worth more than $2,000 per pound. They’re harvested in rivers and streams and sold to Asian aquaculture companies that use them as seed stock. The eels are raised to maturity, and some come back to the U.S. for use in Japanese restaurants.

The season is scheduled to run to June 7.

Source: The Associated Press


Other Media | The Fish Site:Tuna stock levels hold firm

WORLDWIDE
Monday, April 06, 2020

Eighty-four percent of the total commercial tuna catch worldwide came from stocks at “healthy” levels of abundance, according to the latest report from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).

The organisation's Status of the Stocks report, which was published this week reveals that, in addition, 15 percent of the total tuna catch was from overfished stocks, and 1 percent was from stocks at an intermediate level of abundance.

Ratings for the following species have changed since ISSF’s last report in October:

  • The spawning biomass (SSB) ratio for Atlantic Ocean yellowfin has improved from yellow to green.
  • The fishing mortality rate ratio for Indian Ocean bigeye has downgraded from green to orange.
  • The fishing mortality ratio for Indian Ocean albacore has downgraded from green to orange.


Those tuna stocks currently considered overfished and/or subject to overfishing include the Atlantic Ocean bigeye, Eastern Pacific yellowfin, Indian Ocean yellowfin, Pacific bluefin tuna stocks, Eastern Pacific bigeye, Indian Ocean bigeye and Indian Ocean albacore.

Source: The Fish Site  | Read the full article here


Other Media | The Bristol Bay Times: Fishing continues despite pandemic (Bering Sea)

UNITED STATES
Monday, April 06, 2020

Commercial fishing continues in the Bering Sea during the coronavirus pandemic, though there are precautions in place keeping the fishermen confined to their boats while making deliveries to processing plants.

In the snow crab fishery, 34 boats were still fishing last week out of 59 that started the season, which was 79% complete with 7.2 million pounds still in the water, according to Ethan Nichols, of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. The average catch per pot was 142 of the little snow crab, also known as opilio or "opies."

While many businesses and government organizations are closed because of the deadly coronavirus, Fish and Game's office remains open to the public, although Nichols said people are encouraged to take care of business online or via telephone, to limit social contact.

Author: Jim Paulin/The Bristol Bay Times | Read full story here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Scottish Government throws £10m lifeline to processors

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, April 06, 2020

The Scottish Government has announced £10 million of support to help seafood processors survive the economic pressures caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

The Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund provides a combination of grants and loans to businesses suffering severe hardship following the shutdown of international markets and the food service industry across the UK.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Parts of the seafood sector have been decimated by the collapse of the export and hospitality markets, and are now struggling to survive.

“Our seafood processors are the lifeblood of many rural and coastal communities, supporting thousands of local jobs and producing some of the finest seafood in the world.

“The industry has been very clear that cashflow is the critical issue facing businesses and this new fund seeks to inject capital into businesses to help them meet their ongoing costs, keep the business solvent and keep people on the payroll.

Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | iLaks: The price goes sideways for Easter salmon

NORWAY
Monday, April 06, 2020

The annual increase before Easter does not occur.

- Norwegians do not like monetary benefits to benefit others. That's what it's about now, a fish importer tells iLaks.

- The prices in crowns have not changed, you ask me.

Acts

Every Friday after lunch, iLaks collects the spot prices for salmon. These are fish that will be delivered the following week. Here we contact various links in the value chain, including breeders, exporters and importers. We always have at least five independent fonts, although not all fonts are necessarily printed. We vary which fonts we use and don't use the same fonts every time.

The market is in exceptional condition, especially buyers of fresh salmon.

Author: Aslak Berge / iLaks.no | Read the full article here


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Russian Salmon viewed as systemically important 'backbone organisation' to government

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, April 06, 2020

Russian salmon farmer joins 100 food producers that will get government support during coronavirus crisis.

In the wake of the coronavirus, Russia has released a list of companies which are being called “backbone organisations”.

Interfax reports that in the face of a collapse in oil prices and coronavirus pandemics the Russian government will monitor and, if necessary, consider providing support.

The list was first created for the 2008 financial crisis with 300 companies when “dozens of large companies were cut off simultaneously from credit resources due to the financial crisis, and the state had to think about saving them”.

This has now been boosted because of COVID-19, with Moscow extending a partial lockdown until May 1.

The current government ordered a special commission to renew it, with 646 organizations in the list. 80 of them are directly related to agriculture and 21 represents the food industry.

Source: SalmonBusiness | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - BAKKAFROST: Q1 2020 Trading Salmon Update

FAROE ISLANDS
Sunday, April 05, 2020

In Q1 2020 the harvest volumes for Bakkafrost's operation in the Faroe Islands and Bakkafrost's subsidiary in Scotland, The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), were:

  • Faroe Islands: 10.7 thousand tonnes
  • Farming North    6.3 thousand tonnes
  • Farming West     2.8 thousand tonnes
  • Farming South    1.6 thousand tonnes
  • Scotland: 7.3 thousand tonnes

All harvest volumes are provided in head on gutted (HOG) equivalents.

Feed sales in Q1 2020 were 19.1 thousand tonnes. Havsbrún sourced 64.8 thousand tonnes of raw materials in Q1 2020.

The full Q1 2020 report will be released on 05 May 2020 at 06:00 CET.


Other Media | daily-tohoku.news: Bluefin tuna catch limit, same level as last year Aomori Prefecture plan

JAPAN
Sunday, April 05, 2020

Aomori Prefecture announced its plan for the sixth management period for bluefin tuna (April 20 to March 21). As of 1st of this month, large fish (over 30 kg), 460.8 tons, and small fish (under 30 kg), 256.3 tons, are almost the same level as last year, but are expected to increase slightly due to the transfer of quota to Taiwan.

Source: daily-tohoku.news | Read full article here (Japanese by subscription)


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Environmental authorization granted for South Africa aquaculture project

SOUTH AFRICA
Saturday, April 04, 2020

The South Africa Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF) has granted an environmental authorization for a sea-based aquaculture development zone nearly six years after the first one was issued and withdrawn because of protests by environmentalists about the likely negative impact of the project on the environment.

The DEFF said the authorization has been granted “following a number of specialist studies and an environmental impact assessment to determine the likely effects the proposed development would have on the environment.”

The department, which is headed by Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, said the EIA process “took into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural, and human-health impacts.”

Three sites named Algoa 1 near Summerstrand, Algoa 6 adjacent to Port Elizabeth, and Algoa 7 in front of Ngqura harbor – all in South Africa’s Eastern Cape – have been identified for the development of finfish and bivalve projects under the authorization.

This is the second time an environmental authorization is being granted for this aquaculture project in the last six years. The first authorization was granted in 2010, but withdrawn in 2014 in response to numerous appeals against it by various environmental and community groups.

Author: Shem Oirere / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: September dates for Boston seafood show

UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 04, 2020

THE Boston Seafood show, postponed last month, is to be staged on September 23-24, the expo organisers confirmed yesterday.

The slightly shorter exhibition will take place at its usual venue, the Boston Exhibition and Convention Centre, with a three-day conference programme starting on September 22, said Diversified Communications.

The annual Seafood Expo North America had been scheduled to start on March 15 but became one of the first major seafood events to be affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The group also postponed the Brussels seafood show, Seafood Expo Global, which had been due to take place from April 21-23. Potential new dates for this exhibition, the world’s biggest seafood show, are June 23-25.
 

Plizga said the September dates for the Boston event were chosen in consideration of the recent escalating situation with Covid-19, the venue availability, as well as feedback from customers, and high-volume retail and food service buyers from North America.

Source: FishFarmer | Read the full article here

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