Coastal states have agreed on the management of herring and blue whiting in 2019, but have failed to reach agreement on the individual shares for each nation. Next year’s Atlanto-Scandian herring TAC is decided at 588,562 tonnes, up on the 2018 TAC of 435,000 tonnes, and blue whiting TAC is 1,143,629 tonnes, slightly down on the 2018 figure.
Karstensens Skibsværft in Denmark has delivered its newbuild #439, a 51.90 metre LOA by 11.20 metre beam pelagic vessel for owners in Ireland.
The ICES perception of the stock is contrary to that witnessed by fishermen on the fishing grounds, according to Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, commenting on the news that ICES advises a cut in the 2019 mackerel catch.
Dr Katie Brigden has been appointed as Fisheries Scientist to work on a pioneering fish industry ‘self-sampling’ scheme for pelagic stocks. Her new role is supported by the EU PANDORA project, under which the NAFC Marine Centre in Shetland is partnering with the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) and Marine Scotland Science (MSS).
Icelandic fishing companies Samherji and Síldarvinnslan have contracted with the Karstensen yard in Denmark for a pair of new pelagic vessels, replacing older vessels.
A celebration took place at the weekend at Karstensen in Skagen to mark the completion of the yard’s latest newbuild, an 82 metre LOA, 17.20 metre beam pelagic vessel for the Serene Fishing Company in Shetland.
This year Rapp Marine has introduced its new electric fish pump and is holding live demonstrations on the final day of Nor-Fishing.
Liegruppen and Salt Ship Design have won the Nor-Fishing Innovation Award for 2018 for their innovative high-tech, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly fishing vessel.
Fishing company Liegruppen is one of the three candidates up for the Innovation Award due to be presented next week on the first day of the Nor-Fishing Exhibition.
Greenlandic pelagic vessel Polar Amaroq has a variety of trawls for the various fisheries it pursues through the year, but skipper Geir Zoega is particularly satisfied with the Vónin trawls on board – neither of which came to Polar Amaroq as new gear.