A new multipurpose fishing vessel for owners in Western Australia has taken a year to build and is set to be the largest rock lobster boat in Australia when it starts fishing as the season opens in mid-January.
Following a public consultation in 2017 seeking views on the future management of Welsh whelk fisheries, the Welsh government has announced a package of management measures, developed in conjunction with key stakeholders, to ensure the long term sustainability of the whelk fishery.
The first new crabber for a Russian operator has been launched at the Pella Shipyard in Leningrad, and is being built for fishing company Antey, with completion of the 50 metre vessel scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.
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.
Australian Longline, based at Hobart in Tasmania, has placed an order for a new factory longliner for delivery in 2020.
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.
The Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries has announced that it has set a quota for Atlanto-Scandian herring of 429,650 tonnes, equivalent to 73% of the 588,562 tonne TAC agreed during recent coastal states negotiations.
Now working for the last three weeks with a daily catch limit of 50kg, French small-scale line fishermen fear a complete closure of the bass fishery any day now, at a time of year when bass is crucial to their livelihoods.
The Netherlands will be pushing at this week’s December Council of Minister for a higher sole quota than that recommended by ICES, which advised a 22% reduction.