Five stocks of tropical tuna caught by the Spanish tuna fleet, out of a total of 12, now meet the sustainability standards necessary to apply for MSC certification, specifically yellowfin, skipjack and bigeye in the Central-Western Pacific and yellowfin and skipjack in the Eastern Pacific.
Síldarvinnsla subsidiary Bergur-Huginn has signed a contract to sell one of its two groundfish trawlers to Grundarfjörður company Guðmundi Runólfsson hf, with a handover date no later than September.
Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries is urge seine netter skippers to take care after a number of incidents in which heavy catches have burst fishing gear, both this year and in previous years.
At a meeting held in Agadir this week, Russia and Morocco have agreed terms for fisheries and co-operation for 2019, with an increase in the Russian fleet’s quotas for horse mackerel, anchovy, sardine and sardinella in Moroccan waters up by 10,500 tonnes to 140,000 tonnes.
Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Kristján Thór Júlíusson has approved regulations licensing hunting of fin and minke whales between now and 2023, extending whaling for a further five-year period.
Naust Marine has delivered the first of a set of winches and control systems for Dutch seine netter/twin-riggers under construction at the Nodosa shipyard in Spain.
Sardine fisheries in Spain and France are to have their MSC certification suspended from 12th March following audits that have concluded fishing effort is inconsistent with achieving MSY, despite both of these stocks in the Bay of Biscay being judged healthy.
While the capelin fishery that traditionally takes place in the early part of the year has not happened so far, with surveys looking for capelin still in progress, the first blue whiting of the year has been landed to Icelandic fishmeal plants.
The naming ceremony for the Greenlandic factory trawler Markus took place at the CNP Freire shipyard as the Vigo yard delivered this modern Rolls-Royce-designed stern trawler to its owners Qajaq Trawl A/S and Polar Seafood A/S.
European fishing industry body Europêche is taking steps to highlight the importance of the fisheries sector as a major food source, the basis of the livelihoods of millions of people and a driver for sustainable growth, ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019.