Alaska/Pacific Coast

Quotas Increase As ADFG Tests New Stock Assessment For Golden King Crab
KCUB by Laura Kraegel – July 31, 2018
Golden king crab season opens Wednesday in the Aleutian Islands.
And for the first time in its 22-year history, the commercial fishery isn’t capped by a rigid quota.
http://www.kucb.org/post/quotas-increase-adfg-tests-new-stock-assessment-golden-king-crab

Halibut dock prices rebound, but upswing may not last
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – July 30, 2018
Halibut ex-vessel prices are seeing a slight uptick around the state, which is good news for some fishermen after prices fell about $2 per pound at the beginning of the season.
http://www.kbbi.org/post/halibut-dock-prices-rebound-upswing-may-not-last

Nushagak District reopens to commercial fishing

After being closed for nearly a week following a fuel spill from a sunken vessel, the Nushagak District reopened to set and drift fishermen Tuesday afternoon.
KDLG by Avery Lill – July 31, 2018
Commercial fishing in the Nushagak District reopened at 4 p.m. this afternoon. KDLG’s Avery Lill has more.
http://www.kdlg.org/post/nushagak-district-reopens-commercial-fishing

International

New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – July 31, 2018
A new state-owned fish producer may soon be established in Russia, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and sources in Rosrybolovstvo. It could hold a large number of fish quotas available in the Russian fish market and compete with the current market leaders.

The new fish producer will be established on the basis of the already existing FSUE “Natrbresource,” a state enterprise that operates coastal port facilities in several regions of Russia, including the Kaliningrad Sea Fishing Port, as well as 19 fish trawlers and logistics infrastructure.

According to a Russian Ministry of Agriculture proposal, in addition to Natrbresource assets, the new company will be merged with FGBU Glavrybvod, also a state company that manages the majority of state fisheries in Russia, and FGBU CSMC, a state enterprise that monitors water bioresources, overseeing the country’s fishing fleet.

The established JSC “Natrbresource” will be able to carry out a wide range of activities and to attract long-term investments, including those from the state, that will be used for further expansion of its fleet. It will focus both on both fishing production and monitoring the status of fish and seafood reserves in Russia.

In the meantime, some leading fish producers have criticized the establishment of the new state corporation in the field of fishing. They claim the combination of such functions will lead to an obvious conflict of interest between the new company and other fishing producers.

In addition, according to recent statements of the All-Russian Fishing Industry Organization (VARPE), the proposed merger means the creation of a commercial enterprise that will gain a colossal competitive advantage over other fish producers.

Producers say using the CMS system by Natrbresource will allow the company to conduct real-time monitoring of the positions of all trawlers involved in Russian fishing. In addition, it will be able to obtain operational data on production in particular fishing zones in Russia, which is not available to any other fishing enterprises in the country.

VARPE adds the establishment of such a company significantly violates the existing federal law in Russia, “On the protection of competition.”

In the meantime, Rosrybolovstvo has already promised domestic fishermen to start discussions regarding with the establishment of the new fishing corporation. The representative of the state agency said this will not lead to a conflict of interests and would not create any special conditions for the newly established enterprise. For example, according to him, data from the industry’s monitoring can now be obtained by all fishing enterprises in Russia.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1111664/New-Russian-State-Producer-CouldPose-Direct-Competition-to-Traditional-Fishing-Companies

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August 1, 2018