Aquaculture for all

Weekly Overview: Concerns Raised over North American Salmon Catches


ANALYSIS - The British Columbia sockeye salmon catch this year is down compared to the same time last year, largely because the fish are smaller and are able to swim through the nets.

According to Tradex, the fish sizes are averaging 3.3lbs which is allowing the fish to swim through the gill net

The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is shortly expected to arrive in Bristol Bay, where a catch of about 17 million reds is projected.

Elsewhere, the annual summer troll fishery in Southeast Alaska kicked off on 1 July with a target of just over 166,000 Chinook salmon.

However, market analysts have warned that the troll chum salmon season is poor at present with processors, who processed 1.1 million pounds of troll salmon last season having only processed 20,000 lbs so far this season.

In Canada, the government is to take extra steps to increase sustainable aquaculture production, while protecting the environment.

Despite having the longest coastline in the world, Canada continues to lag behind other countries.

The fisheries ministry said that red tape and regulatory burden are among the main causes for the situation, as the sector is currently being regulated by 10 different federal acts.

A modernised regulatory environment will be designed to allow Canada to take advantage of the global demand for fish and seafood products that continues to rise.

It will improve coherence, simplicity and accountability while maintaining strong environmental standards, the fisheries ministry said.

In Indonesia, the government has renewed its programme to promote the sustainability of the supply and demand of fishery products in the future through the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable cultivation technology.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sjarief Widjaja said that in addition to technology development, the government is inviting stakeholders to participate actively in fishing and collaborate to construct a fisheries policy that will contribute to build a secure supply of fishery products in a sustainable manner.