IN BRIEF - Sea of Okhotsk: pollock and herring catch increased by 4% compared to last year
Thursday, February 02, 2023
According to the industry monitoring system, by January 31, 2023, the total pollock catch in the Far Eastern Basin reached 222 thousand tons, which is 24.5 thousand tons or 12.4% more than in 2022.
The main catch falls on the Sea of ??Okhotsk, where pollock and herring are actively fished. By January 31, almost 182,000 tons of pollock were harvest, which is 4% higher than last year.
Since the beginning of the year, 49 thousand tons of Pacific herring have been harvested in the Far Eastern Basin, which is 4.3% more than in 2022.
Currently, 93 vessels are operating in the Sea of ??Okhotsk for pollock and herring. Periodically, up to 6 vessels leave Severo-Kurilsk to fish for bottom-food items with pollock by-catch in the Kamchatka-Kuril subzone and in the Northern Kuriles area.
Two receiving and processing vessels and four snurrevods are working on bottom-food facilities off the coast of Western Kamchatka. Pollock catches are still as by-catch. 20 fishing vessels and two floating bases are engaged in the extraction of herring in the North Sea of ??Okhotsk subzone. Specialized pollock trawling in the Sea of ??Okhotsk is carried out by 69 vessels. 14 observers from VNIRO work in the region.
According to the data of the Primorsky Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery, the region's refrigerators in sea fishing ports are loaded on average by 42%. There are 27 vessels with fresh catches on board - more than 38.3 thousand tons, including 12 vessels - with 23 thousand tons of pollock and 22 vessels - with 9 thousand tons of herring. Fresh fish products are regularly sent to the domestic market.
Source: United Press Service of the Federal Agency for Fishery
Alaska legislators on Monday passed the Defense of Alaska Fisheries Resolution, urging federal and state officials to continue to defend the state’s fisheries, including the Southeast Alaska troll fishery, and to do everything within their power to keep that fishery open.
House Joint Resolution 5, was introduced by Rep. Rebecca Himschoot, D-Juneau, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Seattle-based Wild Fish Conservancy, to halt the Southeast Alaska troll salmon fishery, in order to provide more fish for Southern Resident orca whales in Puget Sound. Participants in the fishery as well as legislators, said a closure would be devastating for the troll fleet and have a significant economic impact on the region.
Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, addressing participants in ComFish Alaska 2023 in Kodiak this past weekend, noted that the Southern Resident orcas are hundreds of miles away from the troll fishery and that the Alaska delegation has filed a brief challenging the lawsuit.“We will not let our Alaska small boat trollers be bullied,” Peltola said.
A recent report from a magistrate judge in Washington state recommended against allowing retention of king salmon during the winter and summer troll seasons in that fishery. A decision is pending in U.S. District Court.
Source: The Cordova Times | read the full article here
Organized crime in the fishery industry that endangers stocks, exploits labor and robs states of billions of dollars must be fought. This is according to officials meeting in Copenhagen on Thursday, March 23.
Around 600 million people worldwide depend on the sector for their livelihoods.
Government ministers and delegates attended a conference by the Blue Justice Initiative. The conference was backed by 60 coastal states including Brazil, South Africa, Norway and Indonesia. The goal was to jointly eliminate transnational crime in global fishery.
Jamaica and other CRFM States celebrate the Caribbean’s launch of the first regional Blue Justice Hub. Photo: Derrick Theophile, Dominica
Many developing nations lack the basic tracking systems needed to understand the latitude of the problems, the Norwegian fisheries ministry said.
The transnational nature of organized crime makes law enforcement even harder. It can be difficult to prove that a crime took place within the maritime borders of a particular country.
The first trial of the top intelligence and security officials from the Moon Jae-in government began Friday over the death of a South Korean public employee who drifted into North Korean waters.
The trial took place on West Sea Defense Day, which was first designated in 2016 to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives to defend against military provocations by North Korea, in the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong in 2002, the sinking of the Cheonan warship in 2010 and the shelling of Yeongpyeong Island in 2010.
Former Blue House national security adviser Suh Hoon, National Intelligence Service (NIS) Chief Park Jie-won and Defense Minister Suh Wook appeared at the Seoul Central District Court where they defended themselves against allegations that they had tampered with and manipulated documents in order to make it look like a South Korean fisheries official was attempting to defect to North Korea.
Representatives from the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), the fisheries ministry and the private sector have started discussions on draft protocol for experimental fisheries that will support fish exports from the island nation
During the half-day workshop on Thursday, stakeholders gave their inputs on developments they would like to see take place. It was also an opportunity for the private sector to establish how they can work with the authority and the ministry to develop the protocol.
An operational protocol for experimental fisheries provides step-by-step guidelines for the design and implementation of new fisheries as well as identifies new fishery resources that are under-utilised or test new fishing methods. At the moment Seychelles does not have a comprehensive experimental fisheries policy and no experimental fisheries protocol is in place.
Wednesday’s aerial survey covered Sitka Sound from Povorotni Point to St. Lazaria Island and as far north as Krestof Sound. Survey conditions were fair with cloudy skies and 15-knot winds. No herring schools or herring spawn were observed. Concentrations of humpback whales were seen in the deeper waters between Crow Pass and Big Gavanski Island, near Inner Point, and near Galankin Island. Concentrations of sea lions were observed from Inner Point to Kamenoi Point.
The R/V Kestrel arrived in Sitka Sound Wednesday morning. Department vessels surveyed south of Sitka from Indian River to Deep Inlet and in the northern portion of Sitka Sound from Inner Point to Harbor Point.
Chilean industrial fishing processing plants in the Biobío region have criticized the lack of regulation of the artisanal fleet that catches sardines and anchoveta, which is causing "saturation" of the processing plants.
According to Macarena Cepeda Godoy, president of Asipes, Industrial Fishermen of Biobío, the sardine fleet goes fishing under the modality of "Olympic race".
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