Chinese owned longline yellowfin and bigeye tuna fishery in the Federated States of Micronesia has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its bigeye tuna catch. This is the first time that bigeye has been certified to the MSC’s globally recognised standard for sustainable fishing.
The loss of the capelin season this year comes as a blow to coastal areas in Iceland, where the fishery traditionally provides a boost at this time of year.
The MSC certificate for the Gulf of St. Lawrence (GOSL) snow crab trap fishery in Canada remains 'suspended' following an audit by certifier SAI Global (SAIG). The annual surveillance audit included a full review of the fishery’s performance against the MSC Fisheries Standard as well as progress of the corrective action plan implemented following the suspension of the certificate on March 20 last year.
While Icelandic pelagic vessels are busy fishing blue whiting west of Ireland, this is the time of year when they would usually be in the midst of the winter capelin season. Although there were hopes that enough capelin would be located to allow the fishery to begin, it is not clear that this isn’t going to happen.
As the annual blue whiting season approaches for Western Europe’s pelagic fleet, Killybegs-based fishing gear designer and manufacturer Swan Net-Gundry Ltd (SNG) continues to reinforce its international reputation for designing and manufacturing a full range of pelagic gear.
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.
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.
Latvian fishing company SIA North Star Ltd has lost its appeal at the Norwegian supreme court, in a move that could end the long-running dispute over a Latvian-flagged crabber which has been at the centre of a tussle overfishing rights in the Norwegian-administered Svalbard zone.
The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has recommended a nephrops quota of only 235 tonnes for 2019, just enough to allow the stock’s condition and distribution to be monitored.