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.
The Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) has successfully prosecuted the skipper and owners of a fishing vessel for offences during two fishing trips in May and June 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Marine Stewardship Council has renewed its certification of the longline fishery for toothfish that takes place around Kerguelen and the Crozet Islands in the Southern Ocean. The French fishing companies operating in the area have welcomed the fishery’s re-certification.
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.
Work has been completed to enable endangered eels to make their way up the River Trent as part of their epic 3000 mile journey from Bermuda. In a partnership project, a special eel pass has been installed on Hazelford Weir on the River Trent, between Nottingham and Newark.
There was plenty to see during the recent trip to Hirtshals organised by Hampiðjan which took a group of guests to the North Sea Centre’s flume tank. The highlights included a quad-rig trawl setup for shrimp developed by Cosmos Trawl, part of the Hampiðjan Group.