Disappointment over MSC mackerel suspension

A grouping of northern European mackerel fishing organisations has expressed disappointment that Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery will be suspended at the beginning of March but is hopeful that certification will soon be reinstated once a more detailed scientific evaluation of the stock is completed.

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Shrimp trawler order for Karstensen

After fifty years with its current owners, a Danish trawler is soon to be replaced by a new vessel ordered from the Karstensens yard in Skagen for the partnership of Thomas Hjort Samuelsen and Karl Arne Nielsen. The new trawler is scheduled to be delivered in June 2020.

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Jan Mayen cod mystery solved

When a Norwegian longliner docked last year with a full fishroom of cod caught around Jan Mayen, there was immediate speculation as to where this fish had appeared from – in an area that isn’t known for heavy cod fishing.

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Seafood city throws giant tuna party

Fish will fly when Australia’s seafood capital hosts its iconic Tunarama Festival this weekend, and the population of Port Lincoln more than doubles during the annual event with twenty thousand visitors heading to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula for Tunarama.

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Spanish tuna fleet evaluates results of three years under Code of Practice

A study by the Spanish tuna fleet in the Indian Ocean, three years after the introduction of its Code of Good Practice, integrated into its Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP), shows that the contribution of the purse seine gear to the mortality of main by-catch species is practically zero, compared to figures recorded for other gears such as longlines and drift nets. This study estimates levels of fishing mortality at 0.15%, for sharks and rays (Chondrichthyes), less than 0.3%, for turtles and zero for marine mammals.

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Saupiquet orders tuna seiner from Piriou

French tuna company Saupiquet, part of the Bolton Group, has placed an order for a new 67 metre tuna purse seiner to be built at Piriou’s yard in Vietnam with a 2020 delivery date. The new vessel will become the latest addition to the series of eight 80-90 metre tuna vessels delivered by Piriou from both its Vietnam and Concarneau yards since 2010 for several tuna operators.

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