Uncertainty continues to cloud the 2023 sockeye salmon season in Bristol Bay, Alaska, U.S.A., as the fishery heads toward what has historically been its peak period.
Fishing in one of the world's most-productive sockeye salmon fishing grounds began on 1 June, but fishers are frustrated that processors have yet to disclose the price they intend to pay for this year’s catch.
Preliminary market prices released so far aren’t promising.… Read More
Fresh opinion polling of concerned residents along with an amended fisheries act has conservationists optimistic the Canadian government will halt business at Newfoundland and Labrador’s troubled capelin fishery.
The fishery, which has been financially lucrative in the past, exports capelin roe to Japan as masago, commonly used as a topping for sushi rolls. Capelin catches are also commonly used in feed at aquariums and in fish oil… Read More
Critics are calling for change at Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) as the agency is facing accusations of disseminating unreliable science.
The DFO was recently in the crosshairs of a parliamentary committee that analyzed the agency’s scientific practices and how they affect policy.
Following testimony from commercial fishermen, industry groups, scientists, and former DFO staff, the Standing Committee on Fisheries… Read More
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.
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