Alaska/Pacific Coast

IPHC Will Sell Research Fish
Fishermen’s News – April 20, 2016
Halibut harvested and sampled during research operations off northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska this summer will be sold to offset costs incurred by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/04/iphc-will-sell-research-fish.html

Lower Pollock Roe Supplies Keep Prices Well Above Last Year at Final Seattle Roe Auction
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – April 20, 2016
The combined volume of roe offered at auction in Seattle this year was 9500 tons, which is about 40% less than the totals in 2015.

Russian roe supplies are also lower, with the total expected to be below 26,000 tons, which represents a decline of 25% from the prior year.  As of March 30th, 22,343 tons had been produced, and there will continue to be some small production in Sakhalin into April.

At the Seattle Auction held April 14 and 15, bid prices averaged around 536 yen/kg, which is 22% lower than the bidding average for the first auction, but the prices averaged 30% higher than the late stage auction in 2015.

Overall roe quality is often lower in the second auction.

Smaller size fish caught this year have contributed to a shortage of larger size roe, also pushing the average price down.

High quality large roe received comparable prices in both years, with the highest sales price at this auction of 1188 Yen per kg., compared to a high price of Yen 1236 during the March auction, and a high price of Yen 1121 at the second stage auction in 2015.  This was despite the fact that much lower volumes of high quality roe were offered in 2016.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1015492/Lower-Pollock-Roe-Supplies-Keep-Prices-Well-Above-Last-Year-at-Final-Seattle-Roe-Auction

National

The federal government has added several populations of salmon and flounder to its list of fish stocks that are being subjected to overfishing
Associated Press by Patrick Whittle – April 20, 2016
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has added several populations of economically important food fish, including stocks of salmon and flounder, to its list of fish stocks that are being subjected to overfishing.
http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-04-20/populations-of-salmon-flounder-added-to-overfishing-list

Environment/Science

Iceland Spring Cod Survey Shows Biomass Recovering to 1985 Levels
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – April 22, 2016

The Iceland Marine Institute has released data from its spring survey, and they show the highest cod  biomass since the mid-1980’s.  Cod population size is more than twice the level from 2002 to 2008.

Our first chart shows the distribution of cod around Iceland.  Distribution from the latest survey is the most widespread since 1985.  On the chart, 1985 is in the upper left, and 2016 is in the lower right.

Furthermore, capelin is quite abundant as well.

The second chart shows the survey index, which is higher than it was in 1985.

The large biomass is being driven by older cod, says the Marine Research Institute. The prevalence of cod from 50 to 100 centimeters in length is much higher than the 30 year average, and the 40 to 60 cm length is much higher than in 2015.

The 2014 year class is a bit weaker, but the preliminary results on the 2015 year class show very strong recruitment.

As a result, Marko Fish Seafood Intelligence, an Icelandic fisheries statistic and research company, estimates that the TAC for Icelandic cod will likely rise to 270,000 tons in the fishing year beginning September 2016, and to over 300,000 tons for the fishing year beginning in September 2017.

The TAC has climbed every year since 2010, as the cod stock continues on a healthy path.


http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1015644/Iceland-Spring-Cod-Survey-Shows-Biomass-Recovering-to-1985-Levels

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April 21, 2016