Síldarvinnslan’s fresher trawler Gullver docked a few days before Christmas to land its final trip of the year; 70 tonnes of mainly cod, and bringing its 2018 tally to 6100 tonnes – making it the trawler’s best ever year.
Proposals by the Western Australian Government (WAG) to own a substantial share of the western rock lobster fishery have been met with opposition from the industry, which sees wider implications for the state’s entire fishing sector.
Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced the outcome of the review of trawling activity inside the six nautical mile zone, and has decided that trawlers over 18 metres will be excluded from waters inside six miles from 1st January 2020.
Florø brothers Andre and Karl Vikan have taken delivery of a new Cleopatra 33 from Trefjar. Rigged for netting and potting, the new boat has already started fishing.
Australian Longline, based at Hobart in Tasmania, has placed an order for a new factory longliner for delivery in 2020.
Norwegian salmon producer Sotra Fiskeindustri has invested in a Skaginn 3X Sub-Chilling system which cools fish to -1.5°C, which has the advantages of extending shelf-life, improving processing yield and significantly reducing carbon footprint.
Meeting in Brussels this week, the Fisheries Council reached agreement on the catch limits for 2019 just two weeks before the latest and toughest phase of the landing obligation comes into effect.
Iceland’s minister of fisheries Kristján Thór Júlíusson has signed off regulations regarding the Icelandic fleet’s quotas for blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring for 2019. At present there is no agreement with the Faroe Islands for Icelandic vessels to catch any of these quotas in Faroese waters.
Larsnes Mek Verksted has delivered a new Rolls-Royce-designed purse seiner/seiner netter to fishing company Hovden Senior, based at Kjødepollen in western Norway. This is the company’s third newbuild since 1996, and replaces a 2007-built vessel.
The Icelandic pelagic fleet has tied up for the year after finishing on blue whiting, just as heavy weather hit the fishing grounds and catch rates had dropped away.