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Two vessels owned by imprisoned fishing magnate Carlos Rafael have sunk while tied to a dock in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The vessels will remain submerged under 25 feet of water until at least Tuesday, 6 February, when a lifting machine is scheduled to arrive at Homer’s Wharf, authorities said.
The New Bedford Fire Department was dispatched to the wharf around 1 a.m. on the morning of Monday, 5 February, after U.S. Coast Guard offi… Read More
Russian Fishery Company is seeking to capitalize on Russia’s growing taste for pollock fillets by adding fillet production lines to several of its trawlers.
RFC, the leading pollock harvester in Russia, operates in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, running a fleet of 14 large freezer trawlers as well as its own refrigerated cargo fleet. RFC currently distributes its products through retailers, fish markets, and foodservice operators in… Read More
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has temporarily suspended imports of fish, crustaceans, and other products of aquatic animal origin from Vietnam due to the presence of two diseases in the Southeast Asian nation.
The ban, effective 23 January, was based on the World Organization for Animal Health’s "Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report (Asia-Pacific Region) April - June 2017", which shows that white spot disease and acute hepatop… Read More
In two weeks, the Live Well Challenge has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities in Southern Nova Scotia.
The challenge, a modification of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is the brainchild of Cape Sable Island fisherman Todd Newell, arose from a small town tragedy. On 7 January, a house fire in the fishing community of Pubnico Head took the lives of four children. A devastated community sprung into action to help the grie… Read More
Russia’s Agency for Fisheries has announced the list of industry events its representatives will attend in 2018, and has named Seafood Expo Global and its own International Seafood Forum as its top two priorities.
The International Seafood Forum will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, 13-15 September 2018. The event was set up by the agency in 2017 to create a platform for presenting Russian fisheries’ interests and needs to the inter… Read More
A Carlos Rafael-owned scallop vessel is currently in hot water with Massachusetts authorities after 120 pounds of scallops were confiscated off of the boat on Sunday, 28 January, following a routine inspection.
The F/V Dinah Jane was boarded by Massachusetts Environmental Police on Sunday, and had its haul offloaded for inspection. Officials allegedly asked the crew several times if there was any additional catch onboard the boat beyond the alloc… Read More
Fish prices have soared in recent weeks in China after trucks headed for Beijing and Shanghai from southerly Guangdong Province became stranded on roads in snow-bound central China.
Television stations in Henan, Hunan and Anhui provinces have shown tanks of dead fish, the effect of day-long traffic jams leaving them without fresh supplies of oxygen or water.
Warmer provinces like Guangdong supply popular freshwater fish like Mandarin (Sinpe… Read More
China’s seafood export growth is slowing, according to newly released data collated by China’s fishery authorities.
The data, which covers the first eleven months of 2017, gives a glimpse of how the sector performed last year before full trade data is released.
At USD 18.9 billion (EUR 15.2 billion), seafood exports grew only 1.33 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of last year, according to the data, which was pu… Read More
South Korea takes machine-gun approach to illegal fishing
South Korean authorities appear to have significantly escalated an already tense situation with an increased willingness to use fire against Chinese fishing vessels in South Korean waters.
Chinese and Korean officials met this week to repatriate Chinese two fishing vessels and 20 fishermen after coast guard vessels and a helicopter belonging to South Korea fired on a group of C… Read More
Canada and the United States, the two largest fisheries for Pacific halibut, and members of the six-person International Pacific Halibut Commission were unable to agree on quotas for 2018 season at a meeting on 26 January.
Last year’s season ended on 7 November and the commercial quota was 31.4 million pounds, which was up from just under 30 million pounds in 2016, although experts believe that numbers of young halibut are down.
Both … Read More