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IN BRIEF - Saudi Arabia and Vietnam have expanded the list of Russian exporters of fish products

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The competent authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Vietnam have expanded the list of Russian enterprises approved for the supply of fish products to domestic markets.

Thus, the KSA State Food and Drug Administration granted access to one canned fish manufacturer. In total, currently 40 Russian organizations have the right to export processed and unprocessed fish products to the Kingdom.

In addition, two fish processing enterprises were included in the list of importers by the competent authority of Vietnam. Thus, 128 Russian companies have been approved for supplies to the republic.

Rosselkhoznadzor will continue to work to expand the list of Russian enterprises that have the right to export to Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

Source: Rosselkhoznadzor - Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance 


IN BRIEF - The impact of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems

ICELAND
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Alfred Wegener Institute is carrying out an expedition in the Arctic on the historic research vessel and icebreaker RV Polarstern.

An employee from MFRI, population geneticist Dr. Áki Jarl Láruson, is participating in the expedition, working on a project called “The impact of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems”. During this expedition, multiple samples will be taken at several long-term monitoring sites in the Fram Straight between Svalbard and East Greenland.

Dr. Láruson will attempt to isolate DNA from marine invertebrates to examine the links between changing environments and the inheritance of distinct genetic markers. One key goal of this study will be to identify possible bioindicator species in the Arctic.

Source: hafogvatn.is


IN BRIEF - By mid-July, Russian fishermen had already caught twice as many sardines and mackerel as last year

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Since the start of the pelagic fishing season and as of July 16, Russian fishermen have caught 131 thousand tons of sardine, iwashi and mackerel. This is twice as much as on the same date in 2023, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fisheries reports.

The main fishing area for these fish species remains the exclusive economic zone of Russia, where 115.8 thousand tons, or 88% of the total volume, were caught.

The key fishery target is the Iwashi sardine: its catch exceeded 129 thousand tons, including in the Russian EEZ – 114.5 thousand tons or almost 20% of the recommended catch volume in the Far East (579.5 thousand tons). The mackerel catch amounted to 1.9 thousand tons.

According to the Central Fisheries and Oceanography Center, 15 Russian fishing vessels were engaged in pelagic fisheries last week.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries


IN BRIEF - The 2024 salmon fishing season is gaining momentum

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, July 18, 2024

By July 16, the total catch of Pacific salmon in the Far East exceeded 40 thousand tons

The indicator is still behind 2023 and 2022, but the pace of fishing is starting to increase. The progress of the fishing season was discussed at the regular weekly meeting of the headquarters of the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Fishermen from Kamchatka Krai, who have been the main contributor to the total catch in the Far East in the last decade, have caught 29.5 thousand tons. Second and third place are now occupied by Khabarovsk Krai – 5.7 thousand tons and Magadan Oblast – 2.63 thousand tons.

In the Sakhalin Region, the catch amounted to 1.5 thousand tons, in Primorsky Krai – 1.4 thousand tons, in Chukotka – 195 tons.

In the structure of catches by salmon species, pink salmon came out on top - 32.7 thousand tons (80%) were caught. Next comes sockeye salmon (about 5.3 thousand tons or 13% of catches), chum salmon (2.76 thousand tons or 6.7%), chinook salmon (279 tons or 0.7%). The harvest of masu salmon reached 30 tons, coho salmon - 12 tons.

Fishermen from Khabarovsk Krai, Primorye and Magadan Oblast received an “addition” to the volume of permitted catch of pink salmon due to good approaches and a high level of filling of spawning grounds.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries


IN BRIEF - 110% Increase in Frozen Atka Mackerel Imports in June

SOUTH KOREA
Thursday, July 18, 2024

In June 2024, South Korea imported a total of 1,704 tons of Frozen Atka mackerel, marking a 110% increase from 813 tons in the same period last year. The cumulative import volume for this year stands at 8,134 tons, a 27% increase compared to 6,386 tons during the same period in 2023.

This accounts for 2% of the total seafood import volume of 445,418 tons.

Up to June, the main sources of frozen Atka mackerel imports were Russia and the United States. From Russia, 6,148 tons (76%) were imported, while 1,986 tons were imported from the United States.

The import price per kilogram was USD 2.55 from Russia and USD 2.02 from the United States.

In June 2024, the import value of Atka mackerel was USD 2.84 million, a 40% increase from USD 2.03 million in the same period last year. The cumulative import value is USD 19.68 million, a 33% increase from USD 14.84 million in 2023. The average import price per kilogram was USD 2.42, which is 4% higher than last year's USD 2.32.

This trend is expected to have a positive impact on the domestic Atka mackerel market.

For reference, the domestic wholesale distribution price of frozen Atka mackerel is set at 79,000 KRW for an 18kg,  2L size from Russia, and 77,000 KRW for an 18kg, 2L size from the United States.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


IN BRIEF - With an investment of R$6 million, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture launches actions of the Artisanal Fishing Peoples Program

BRAZIL
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The program's actions will be launched this Friday (19), at the Federal University of Pernambuco

Tomorrow, Friday (19/07), the National Secretariat of Artisanal Fishing of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture will launch several actions of the “Povos da Pesca Artesanal” program. Launched in August 2023, by the federal government, this program aims to strengthen fishing communities and territories, respecting and promoting traditional ways of life and artisanal fishing activity.

During the event, which will take place at the Recife Campus of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), at 10 am on the 19th, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, André de Paula, will launch nine actions that will be developed in partnership with several educational institutions and government agencies, totaling an investment of 6 million reais to benefit the artisanal fishing people of the state of Pernambuco.

These actions are aimed at resuming fishing extension, investing in the production chain, supporting young artisanal fishermen, combating the impacts of oil, providing healthcare, research and valuing women's work in fishing.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture


OTHER MEDIA | SeafoodSource: Seafood prices at US retail continued to deflate in June 2024, but shoppers are still buying less

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Seafood prices across U.S. grocery stores have been falling for most of 2024, but American consumers continue to buy fewer products in the category.

Seafood prices dropped 1 percent year over year in June 2024, and 0.7 percent from May 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

By category, frozen seafood prices dropped 4.5 percent year over year in June, according to data analytics firms Circana and 210 Analytics. Shelf-stable seafood prices declined 2.6 percent, while fresh seafood prices declined 0.7 percent.

Author: Christine Blank / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFocus: Time to put tasty Scottish ‘silver darlings’ on the menu

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The main North Sea herring fishery is about to get underway – the only herring fishery in the north-east Atlantic that is independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the sustainable way it is harvested.

Boats from the north-east of Scotland and Shetland will be heading to the fishing grounds in search of the ‘silver darlings’, an iconic fish in Scottish heritage and the foundation stone of many fishing communities in the 19th century.

Source: FishFocus | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFarmingExpert: Price boost for halibut farmer

NORWAY
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Norwegian fish farmer Nordic Halibut saw a sustained upward trend in sales prices in the second quarter of 2024, it said in a trading update.

“Increased prices were achieved for halibut sold in the 1-3 kg category with a 12% price increase, in the 3-5 kg category with a 14% price increase, and in the 5-7 kg category with a 5% price increase, compared to the same period in 2023,” stated the company, which is based in Averøy municipality in Møre og Romsdal county.

Author: Ole Andreas Drønen / FishfarmingExpert | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | EuropaAzul: Northern fishermen have reduced bonito catches by 25%

SPAIN
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The bonito coast has a reduction in catches "around 25% or 30 percent" in relation to the start of the previous campaign, which was very positive, as announced by Cantabrian fishermen. In the Basque Country, 3 million kilos of the species have been captured.

For their part, the Burela fishermen claim that "we are between 25 and 30% below last year in terms of catches and we have a 30% more quota," explained the manager of Armadores de Burela (ABSA), Miguel Neira, so "we have more kilos available than at this time last year."

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras: The creation of the Fish Nation Foundation, Conxemar's commitment to promote fish consumption, is made official

SPAIN
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Exporters and Processors of Fishing and Aquaculture Products, Conxemar, has registered the "Fish Nation" Foundation in the Registry of Foundations and its constitution has been published in the Official State Gazette. Fish Nation will have its headquarters on Avenida da Beiramar street, in Vigo, and a scope of action that extends throughout Spain. The foundation has an initial endowment of 30,000 euros.

As objectives, Fish Nation seeks to: disseminate the importance of good ocean management; the dissemination of the importance of seafood in health 

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


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