Biological challenges at farming sites hurt the operations of Shetland, Scotland-based Scottish Sea Farms in the second quarter of this year, negatively affecting harvest volume, average harvest size, and price achievement, according to reports from Lerøy Seafood Group, which operates the company as a joint venture with SalMar.
Lerøy CEO Henning Beltestad confirmed when presenting his firm’s Q2 2023 results that Scottish Sea Farms had experienced a “weak second quarter,” saying the company accrued high costs tending to sites with challenges stemming from the second half of 2022 that continued into this year.
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The Falkland Islands and the fishing industry agreed to an early closure of squid due to a critical level of biomass
The decision to close the campaign was made after scientific reports exposed a level of winter biomass that was the lowest since 2008, something like a total of 19,859 tons.
The fishing companies for their part have announced that they will try to recover a refund of the cost of the licences, but a member of the Falklands Legislative Assembly indicated that this possibility was unlikely.
The Board of Directors of Nueva Pescanova has appointed Jorge Escudero Hurtado (Madrid, 1970) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Group. The Executive Officer will join the company on 7 September.
Jorge Escudero joins the team of the multinational fishing company to lead and enhance the company’s growth and increase its profitability. The new CEO has forged a robust professional career in the realm of FMCG and has an extensive international track record.
Science advances in the confirmation that climate change affects the distribution and habits of fishing species. The latest confirmation comes from AZTI, which has verified how mackerel and horse mackerel react to temperature change: for each degree of warming of the sea, mackerel shifts its distribution at spawning time, moving north 370 km, while the horse mackerel advances the seasonal date of its reproductive spawning by around 12 days.
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South Africa's annual sardine migration attracts a host of eager predators, each perfectly adapted to take advantage of the bounty. Common dolphins use sonar to 'herd' sardines into more manageable baitballs – something that many creatures benefit from.
The growth of biofouling on aquaculture infrastructure is a universal challenge. Standard industry practices to remove biofouling in finfish aquaculture typically include in situ net cleaning via power washing.
Since those cleaning practices can be potentially harmful to fish-gill health and expensive, development of other non-toxic biofouling controls is an industry priority.
Deposit-feeding sea cucumbers are potentially well suited for biofouling control due to their feeding mechanism, but remain relatively untested in this capacity. We examined the use of California sea cucumbers (Apostichopus californicus) to control biofouling on cages containing adult Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) at a commercial farming operation.
Four cage types were established: cages with salmon and sea cucumbers, cages with salmon only, cages with sea cucumbers only, and cages without either species. Results showed that the sea cucumbers actively fed on biofouling when salmon were absent (~16% cleaner on average) but preferred to consume uneaten feed/faeces at the bottom of the cages, neglecting the biofouling, when the salmon were present.
It is hypothesized that biofouling control in cages with salmon may be possible with an increased density of sea cucumbers.[...]
There is little direct fishing for flatfish such as turbot, plaice and butter flounder in Norway. The exceptions are halibut and blue halibut. For some of the shrimp trawlers in the Skagerak, perhaps trawling for plaice and other flatfish can bring good income in periods.
The prices achieved for flatfish at Danish auctions are currently very good.
Norwegian boats show little interest in flatfish
The most important tools are trawls, seines and nets. Along with plaice, other flatfish are also caught. The bycatch is more valuable than ever before. Norwegian vessels do not fish directly for flatfish. Large catches are therefore low. But after that Fiskerimagasinet, something may change due to the crisis in shrimp fishing. Plaice and other flatfish can become important for Norwegian trawlers.
In several Danish fisheries, bycatch of cod is settled against quotas. Trawlers must therefore avoid catching cod. By having a low opening on bottom trawls in fishing for plaice, less cod is caught, but a greater proportion of other flatfish. Norwegian trawlers fishing in the Skagerrak have a small annual quota of cod. In addition, 2.5 per cent by-catch of cod is legal if trawling for flatfish.[...]
The president of the Shipowners' Union mentioned that the responsibility for the opening of the season this month corresponds to Conapesca
MAZATLAN. – Shrimp reproduction is experiencing a notable delay in its cycle this year, and determining the start date of the fishing season in bays, estuaries and the high seas depends on this, commented Jesús Omar Lizárraga Manjarrez, president of the Union of Shipowners of the Pacific Ocean coastline.
He pointed out that deep-sea fishermen face growing uncertainty regarding the lifting of the ban, a stage that generally occurs in September, but is subject to the decision of Conapesca.
Lizárraga Manjarrez stated that the fishing sector faces another significant obstacle due to the lack of resources to launch the vessels, namely, the shortage of fishermen's labor.
The fishing leader expressed that many sailors have chosen to migrate to other activities, since in fishing they do not find the means to support their families, which has resulted in them not returning to their work on the boats.[...]