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Published on
November 21, 2017

Russian fishery companies in the Far East have reported positive harvest results of mackerel, sardine, and Pacific saury. 

Fleet of Russian fisheries in the area consists of 20 vessels. At present, they have caught 13,400 metric tons (MT) against 8,500 MT, up 57.6 percent year-on-year, despite stormy weather conditions. Total catch for mackerel totaled 2,200 MT, up nearly 100 percent, while sardine was up 64 percent to 7,870 MT, and Pacific … Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
November 21, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service has pulled its approval of the operations plan for Northeast Fishery Sector IX, which is largely composed of 20 vessels belonging to Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael, the former fishing magnate who pleaded guilty to falsifying fish quotas in March.

All Sector IX vessels currently at sea are required to return to port immediately, but are allowed to offload and sell their catch, according to a NMFS bu… Read More

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Colin Bennett

Published on
November 21, 2017

Nearly a month after a salmon wellboat sunk of the coast of Chiloe in southern Chile, cleanup and recovery efforts are just getting started, and the cause of the accident that affected the nearly new wellboat “Seikongen” is still under investigation. 

The wellboat sunk off the coast of Chonci, in the Chiloe islands on 19 October, carrying around 200 tons of salmon. The boat is owned and operated by Chilean firm CPT Empresas Mar&i… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 20, 2017

A Chinese fishing company is trumpeting its contribution to safety at sea after the rescue of a Peruvian crew in international waters.

The “Zhou Yu Number 8” trawler, owned by the Zhou Yu subsidiary of state-run firm China National Fisheries Co. (CNFC), helped rescue a five-man Peruvian crew on the “Chapi 2” vessel when it ran into trouble some 200 nautical miles off Peru’s coast in the Southeastern Pacific Ocea… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 17, 2017

There is increasing worry in Southeast Asia about the impact on regional seafood production from Chinese plans to dam and widen the Mekong River under its “One Belt, One Road” scheme. 

Published at the recently concluded Congress of China’s Communist Party, the plan calls for a canal-style connection of major inland provinces like Yunnan to Luang Prabang and the South China Sea. This would have a massive impact on the flow … Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 17, 2017

As member nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas meet in Morocco, an international group is calling for the organization to expand an observer program on longline tuna vessels.

Currently, the organization observes five percent of the longline sector. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation wants to see that increased to 20 percent in order to better assess the amount of bycatch that’s part… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 17, 2017

A newly built fishing vessel recently returned from its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean to its home port of Haicang, a processing hub in Xiamen, in southern China. 

The Fu Yuan Yu Yun 65, owned by Xiamen Yong Xun Long Distance Fishery Development Co., arrived in the port of Haicang with 2,051 tons of frozen seafood worth CNY 10 million (USD 1.5 million, EUR 1.3 million), according to AQSIQ quarantine authorities at the port. Includ… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 17, 2017

India’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will host a symposium on using satellite technology to improve the yields and processes of its marine fisheries sector.

CMFRI has teamed with SAFARI (Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery), an international project developed by the United Nations’ “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative, under the umbrella of the Grou… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 16, 2017

A day after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to raise the catch limit on Atlantic menhaden by eight percent, a trade group claimed on Wednesday that the commission let political pressure affect not only that raise but how quotas were allocated across member states.

The commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board approved an amendment to raise the total catch limit to 216,000 metric tons. However, in doing so, it gav… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 15, 2017

Eighteen harvesters of baby eels who made more than USD 4 million (EUR 3.4 million) on the black market have pleaded guilty to poaching in South Carolina, Virginia, and Maine. 

The eels, also known as “glass eels” or “elvers,” were sold to buyers in several countries in Asia.

Most of the poachers in the black market ring did not receive prison time, according to a Bangor Daily News article. But two of the scheme&rsquo… Read More