At an announcement on Friday, DFO said the same rules from last year will remain in effect, despite some talk of bringing in a licence and tag system.
Last year's move to extend the season by 14 days will be repeated, which means this year's season will once again be 46 days in total. It also means the same allowable catch limit of five fish per person and 15 fish per boat, per day.
Bering Sea snow crab fishing was just getting underway, and the first deliveries were expected later this week, according to Ethan Nichols of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor when the snow crab quota was cut back again this year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. There is a reduced Bering Sea Tanner crab season, thanks to new rules allowing fishing when fewer female crustaceans are present. And small boats in the Unalaska Island area have a Tanner fishery for the first time in two years.
The Bering Sea opilio snow crab fishery was cut by 12 percent, with a quota of 18.9 million pounds, down from 21.6 million in the previous season.
The snow crab fishery has been in continuing decline for the past seven years, since 2007, said shellfish biologist Miranda Westphal, of ADF&G in Unalaska. Two years ago, during the 2015-16 season, it was 40.6 million pounds.
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Europe’s parliament will vote on Tuesday on the controversial issue of electric pulse fishing, in a debate that could decide the future of the fishing method.
The debate is crucial for the UK, despite Brexit, because the UK’s fleets have yet to decide whether to lobby the government post-Brexit for an expansion in pulse fishing. Tuesday’s debate and vote will give an indication of both current scientific advice on the issue, and the strength of public opinion.
But while several groups representing small-scale fishing fleets in the EU are lobbying for a previous ban on the method to be reinstated, the European commission is understood to be concerned that the controversy could derail other important reforms in the fisheries package before the parliament. This may encourage some MEPs to vote to allow the practice to continue.
Marine biologists have raised the urgency to improve global marine conservation and protection, citing possible food insecurity due to overfishing, environmental decay, and climate change.
“The world’s fish catch is declining,” internationally renowned fisheries scientist and University of British Columbia (UBC) professor Dr. Daniel Pauly warned in a forum at the Seda Vertis North Hotel the other day.
Oceana earlier recommended several measures for helping protect and conserve Philippine fishery resources.
Among the recommendations was issuing a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Department of Interior and Local Government joint administrative order enjoining LGUs and law enforcement agencies to enforce a total ban on using bottom trawls in municipal waters, bays, and other fishery management areas. At the same time, Oceana Philippines recommended providing displaced municipal fishers with legitimate fishing gears or alternative livelihood and credit opportunities.
The group said bottom trawls are highly efficient but damage the marine environment.
Oceana also recommended establishing a scientific advisory group that will review bottom trawls’ biological and environmental impacts.
The recommendations likewise include further studies on such gear’s impacts on areas where municipal and commercial trawls operate.
Minimizing bottom trawls’ damage will help increase fisheries productiv
The future of king salmon fishing in Southeast will change this week as the Board of Fisheries considers proposals to boost struggling Chinook stocks on the Chilkat and Taku rivers. The board convened in Sitka Thursday for a 13-day meeting that will resume Monday morning.
The meeting isn’t limited to king salmon. This year’s proposals cover everything from the number of crab pots a commercial Dungeness fisherman can use, to the use of deep-sea release mechanisms for rockfish and the opening of a commercial squid fishery.
Among the most consequential issues for Juneau-area fishermen are several proposals to boost struggling king salmon.
The number of spawning Chinook is at an all-time low on both the Chilkat and the Taku. That has led sport and commercial fishermen, as well as Alaska Department of Fish &Game, to call for a more conservative approach to management.
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Norway is the world’s top producer of farmed Atlantic salmon and Bergen-headquartered Marine Harvest is the world’s largest salmon farmer – but the company’s operations extend far beyond the cold, clear fjords of its homeland.
These days, Marine Harvest produces salmon in Canada, Chile, Scotland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands, as well as in Norway, and the €3.5 billion company has processing and sales offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
This far-flung network of business units, along with a pretty active acquisition strategy, could quickly lead to unnecessary complexity – a situation that the company is keen to avoid, according to Jørn Berg, group IT applications manager.
For that reason, Marine Harvest has been working with Infor for some years now on a strategy to establish standardized processes, underpinned by software, right across the 23-country, 10,000-employee business.
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Global harvest volumes for farmed salmon will see moderate growth this year, with supply from traditional and non-conventional sources including land-based salmon farming contributing to that growth, says an analyst.
In 2016, global harvest volumes fell 7 percent due to biological challenges in the main salmon farming regions — Norway and Chile — which faced sea lice and algal bloom problems, respectively, said Tone Bjorstad Hanstad, equity research analyst at Norwegian investment bank DNB Markets.
Handstad said the moderate-growth expectation is also due to the continued reluctance of governments in allowing too much growth.
Norway and Chile account for 75 percent of global farmed salmon supply.
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KOTA KINABALU: Recent fisheries survey at Sabah waters found that deep sea resources, especially pelagic fish species, still have a vast potential for growth.
State Fisheries Department director Dr Ahemad Sade said Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry, through his department, welcomes any investors or companies interested to engage in deep sea fishing.
“The catch from deep sea activities did not saw any drastic decline, in fact it has been consistent lately.
“Based on our statistics for 10 years from 2006 to 2015, the annual estimate of deep sea catch is 180,000 metric tonnes.
“Comparatively, 2006 recorded 176,314 metric tonnes worth RM530.6 million while 2015 was at 175,443 metric tonnes but with a higher value of RM902.5 million,” he said.
He explained that Sabah has 51 deep sea fishing vessels licensed by his department and still actively operated by 11 local companies.
"From this 51 total, 18 are locally made and 33 vessels are foreign made namely from Vietnam run by Sabah companies which gained permit approvals earlier.
OLYMPIA – A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms.
Senate Bill 6086, heard in committee on Tuesday, Jan. 9, is sponsored by 11 Democratic senators and calls for a ban on the use of Atlantic salmon and other non-native fish in marine aquaculture.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, as part of his proposed Salish Sea Protection package, which also includes measures to protect orca whales and fund oil spill prevention.
SB 6086 comes on the heels of an August incident at Cypress Island in which at least 30,000 Atlantic salmon escaped into the Puget Sound from a net pen facility operated by Canadian company Cooke Aquaculture, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Cooke acquired the Cypress Island facility in 2016, along with three others in Puget Sound. Cooke also operates a fish pen off the south shore of Bainbridge Island.
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Nurudeen Tiamiyu, the National Vice President of Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN) has called on the Federal Government to adopt the option of closing cold rooms that engaged in the sale of smuggled tilapia imported illegally through the land borders into the country.
Apart from evasion of payment of duties, Tiamiyu raised the alarm that the smuggled fish imported from China through the Benin Republic land borders with Nigeria are fish species already outlawed due to the health hazards it poses to the Chinese citizens.
He said local farmers are no longer interested in tilapia farming the market base has been eroded and lacked guaranteed market base on the low prices the smuggled tilapia portends to the industry.
Identifying low purchasing power and high production cost as part of the challenges facing local tilapia fish farmers, Tiamiyu state that though the price surged upward towards the end of last year it was just marginal for fish farmers.
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