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Published on
November 22, 2017
Bristol Bay, Alaska

Early forecast numbers released by the Alaska Department of Fish Game predict another colossal sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska in 2018.

The department is estimating a run of more 51 million sockeye salmon, yielding a harvest of 39 million fish. If the prediction holds, it would overshoot the 10-year average of around 43 million by 18 percent and mark the fourth straight year of runs well above the long-term mean of just under 34 million… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
November 22, 2017

Mark Leslie, a former shrimp buyer and manager in various roles in the seafood industry, including in supply chain, operations, acquisitions and fishery products, most recently for High Liner Foods, passed away at age 59 on Saturday, 18 November.

Leslie, of Danvers, Massachusetts, U.S.A., was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in October 2016. 

Leslie began working in the seafood industry since 1982 as a shrimp biologist in Ecuador. He… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 22, 2017

Norway Royal Salmon has confirmed the presence of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at one of its farm sites and said it suspects the disease may be present at two additional sites.

The company said in a media release that it discovered the presence of ISA at its Store Kvalfjord site in Finnmark, Norway. The farm contains 430,000 fish with an average weight of 2.2 kilograms.

NRS added that ISA may also be present at its Pollen, Norway operation and … Read More

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Ivan Stupachenko

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