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.
Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has advised that the 2019 snow crab quota should be between 3500 and 5000 tonnes, and favours closure from 15th June to 15th September.
The Tersan Shipyard at Yalova in Turkey has started construction of the lead vessel in a series of crabbers for Russian company JSC Arktikservice, as part of the ST184 project. The new vessel is a Skipsteknisk design, developed with Marine Engineering Bureau.
The Board of the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO) has hailed the successful MSC re-accreditation of the local scallop dredge and brown crab fisheries by the international sustainability watchdog.
A new Typhoon 38 completed for Donald and Catriona Maclennan in Stornoway has already been steamed home after being completed at the G Smyth yard in Kilkeel. With the crab season still underway, the owners hope to make the most of it with this fast new crabber.
With ever-increasing fishing on their home grounds in the Baltic, several Polish vessels have had to seek opportunities further from home, including crabbing vessel Helot and its crew from Gdynia.
PrimKrab, the crab fishing subsidiary of the Russian Fishery Company, has signed an agreement with design company Nautic Rus to develop a design for a new type of crabbing vessel. The new design is to be delivered within two months and a decision on the final design will be made once the project has been approved.
UK fishing company Waterdance has placed orders with the Luyt yard at Den Oever in Holland for two new fishing vessels. A new crabber is already under construction and the keel of a new 30m beam trawler to join the UK fleet will be laid this summer.
The MSC certificate for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (SGOSL) snow crab trap fishery in Canada has been suspended by certifier SAI Global (SAIG). The certifier concluded that based on new information including the Incident Report on 2017 right whale mortalities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the fishery no longer meets the MSC Fishery Standard related to Endangered, Threatened and Protected species.
The keel of a new crab catcher for Russian Far East fishing company Antey has been laid at the Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg, following the signing of the contract between the yard and the fishing company for the first of this series of vessels.