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Published on
December 1, 2017

A multinational surveillance operation conducted by the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency has resulted in the investigation of a Taiwanese purse-seiner for potential violations of Micronesia’s fishing license conditions.

Operation Kurukuru 2017 was a 10-day surveillance operation that took place in October. More than 500 officials from the 14 nations belonging to the Forum Fisheries Agency participated, boarding and inspecting more than 100 ve… Read More

Published on
December 1, 2017

A Chinese seafood firm has installed what it claims is the first fully automated salmon processing system in China. 

The new Marel system was installed by the He Cheng Food Co Ltd. at the Heng Sha International Fishing Port – a port and bonded zone opened in 2014  in the Changxing Island District outside Shanghai. 

The new line is already in operation and is capable of processing up to 30 tons of salmon daily, from slicing to… Read More

Published on
December 1, 2017

A Dutch agency has overturned a verdict that challenged Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) statements that were printed on Princes tuna products sold in the Netherlands.

An initial decision made in September by the Stichting Reclame Code, the Dutch authority that oversees advertising standards in the Netherlands, ruled that MSC-approved claims of sustainability printed on Princes tuna products were misleading. Princes appealed and, on 29 November, … Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
December 1, 2017

An unexpectedly large number of bluefin tuna were caught off Hokkaido in salmon set nets starting from October. As a result, Japan will likely exceed its international agreed catch quota on juveniles, defined as under 30 kilograms.

The bycatch in Hokkaido set nets has reached 600 metric tons (MT), exceeding the bycatch limit of 580 MT for the whole nation for set nets through next June. The total for all fishing methods (including hook and line) … Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
November 30, 2017

Japan’s nationwide saury catch through the end of October was just half that of last year. Pacific saury fishing ends this month, so the 2017 harvest will almost certainly be the worst since 1969. 

Total landings throughout Japan through October were 47,556 metric tons, according to a Nippon Keizai Shimbun report. Landings decreased by 40 percent in Hokkaido, the main production area, by 55 percent in Iwate Prefecture, and by 60 perce… Read More

By

Madelyn Kearns

Published on
November 30, 2017
Gulf of Maine shrimp

It looks like this upcoming winter will be another quiet one for Gulf of Maine shrimpers. 

Regulators from the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section decided on Wednesday, 29 November, to keep a four-year-old moratorium on commercial shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine in place, prolonging efforts to protect and potentially revive the region’s long-dwindling stocks. Only a small research crew… Read More

Published on
November 29, 2017

Leaders of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) said last week they will seek to move longline vessels fishing in its waters into a management format currently in place for tuna purse-seiners.

Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Director Glen Joseph, who chairs the PNA, which is composed of eight Pacific Island nations that jointly run a zone-based fishery management area, said implementation of a longline vessel day scheme … Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
November 29, 2017
SeaCa

SeaCa, a division of seafood packaging manufacturer Seattle Tacoma Box Co., has established a new partnership with Packaging Products Corporation (PPC) to increase the distribution reach of its latest line of recyclable plastic corrugated boxes for seafood suppliers, the company announced on 27 November. 

The alternative line, which is 100 percent recyclable and maintains durability in varying degrees of moisture, was developed by SeaCa in p… Read More

Published on
November 28, 2017

Fewer lobsters are being caught in Maine, and prices are down for the ones that are being landed. That’s good news for consumers, but it’s squeezing Maine’s fishermen, the Bangor Daily News reported.

After landing almost 131 million pounds in 2016, Maine’s lobster haul might not reach 100 million pounds this year, according to David Cousens, president of Maine Lobstermen’s Association. 

Cousens, who also works a… Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
November 27, 2017

The board of directors of the Wholesale Co-Operative of Tokyo Fish Market has approved the Tokyo metropolitan government’s schedule for the relocation of the central wholesale market from Tsukiji to the new Toyosu site. The shift is scheduled to be carried out in September or October of 2018, with the most likely opening day 11 October, following a three-day weekend. 

In agreeing to the move, the board may be out of step with its 540 m… Read More