EU vessels have been authorised to fish for snow crab in the Barents Sea and Svalbard waters since 2013. Even though these vessels carry valid fishing licences, several have been arrested by the Norwegian authorities, who refuse to recognise the legitimate right of EU vessels to sustainably and legally operate in this area.
According to a statement by Norway’s Ministry of Fisheries, Norway is prepared to reach an agreement on snow crab fishing, while stating that Norway has an exclusive right to manage the fishery.
Trefjar has delivered a new Cleopatra to Finmark skipper and owner Per Birger Persen.
Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended that not more than 1500 tonnes of male king crab should be caught in 2017 in the area between North Cape and the Russian border.
The annual open meeting on the management of Norway’s crab fishery was recently held in Vadsø. The meeting is part of the consultation process for the regulation of crab during 2017.
The new Executioner, built at the Chantier Naval Forillon yard at Gaspé in Quebec has started its fishing career by taking its snow crab quota.
A potentially explosive situation appears to have been defused in Korea, with South Korean authorities having seized Chinese trawlers that had been fishing in a grey zone off the Han river estuary, reports Yonhap.
Norwegian company Hitramat, based near Trondheim, and Jeka Fish in Denmark have announced a joint venture to establish a brown crab processing plant at Lemvig in Denmark to produce crab for the European market.
According to Marine Scotland, the Scottish fishing industry has expressed concern about the health of crab and lobster fisheries in Scottish waters. Marine Scotland is seeking views on landing controls that it proposes to introduce throughout the rest of the Scottish coast.