A Canadian government study downplaying established links between sea lice at British Columbia’s salmon farms and wild salmon populations has drawn a strongly-worded rebuttal from a group of university professors and scientists.
The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently published a study exploring the connections between sea lice originating from Atlantic salmon farms and sea lice… Read More
A vigorous debate over bycatch and calls for marine habitat protections is underway in advance of the beginning of Alaska’s lucrative pollock fishery in March.
The pollock fishery hit a wholesale value of USD 1.329 billion (EUR 1.358 billion) in 2022; However, that coincided with a devastating collapse in the state’s crab stocks and deteriorating returns in chinook and chum salmon fisheries. All of those fisheries are… Read More
Planning continues on a project that could provide a way forward for Canada’s land-based aquaculture industry.
Gold River Aquafarms is seeking to build a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility on the site of a former sawmill in the village of Gold River, British Columbia, to produce steelhead trout. Company president Rob Walker said at full production, the facility will produce 3,000 metric tons of steelhead… Read More
A debate over the potential impact of climate change in a rapid deterioration of Alaska’s crab fisheries is taking a back seat to a clash over the issue of bycatch.
Closures of the Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries have resulted in losses of USD 287.7 million (EUR 278.6 million) over the past two years for Alaska’s crabbers. Scientists have said warming waters may have played a role in the… Read More
After a decade at the helm of the Oregon Crab Commission, Hugh Link has begun 2023 in retirement with his sights set on knocking off some items on his bucket list.
Link officially stepped down as of 1 January, 2023, after 20 years with the commission, passing the reins to Tim Novotny, who joined the group in 2017 and most recently served as its communications manager.
Link’s involvement with the commission had humble… Read More
Auckland, New Zealand-based Sanford Limited is entering the new year with a reinvigorated effort to move past the Covid-19 pandemic after posting strong results for fiscal 2022 and making NZD 50 million (USD 31.9 million, EUR 29 million) in new investments.
As 2022 came to a close, New Zealand’s oldest and largest seafood firm announced it opened a NZD 20 million (USD 12.7 million, EUR 11.8 million) facility to explore the latest… Read More
Australian seafood prices climbed to record highs in the lead-up to the Christmas and New Year holidays due to continued effects from supply chain issues and labor shortages.
Prices for Australian seafood have been on a steady rebound since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand increased 30 percent year-over-year in December 2021, and retailers said they were expecting strong sales once again in December 2022.
Sally and Phil Maher, the… Read More
New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has recorded a big uptick in sales.
NZCS manufactures products including packaged cooked maw, abalone, bulk dried green shell mussels, and a range of nutraceutical ingredients that include powders and oils produced with oysters.
Its current revenue tally for the first half of fiscal 2023 hit NZD 2 million (USD 1.3 million, EUR 1.26 million) by the end of November, surpassing last year’s entire H1 sales by 27… Read More
Ongoing research being carried out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is providing insight into historically poor chinook and chum salmon runs in the U.S. state of Alaska.
The latest research by NOAA is indicating that factors such as poor diet, changes in metabolism, and an increase in parasitic infection among chinook have likely contributed to bad runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers for the previous two years.
Combined… Read More
Despite a slower fishing season thus far, 2022 is still being described as a strong year for Pacific halibut.
As of mid-November, Pacific halibut landings had reached 25.5 million pounds, according to an International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) report. With fishing set to close on 7 December, only 77 percent of the annual catch limit of 33.18 million pounds had been caught as of 15 November, according to the report.
The latest numbers… Read More