Overview of Russian Fisheries in North Atlantic and Central Eastern Atlantic as per mid-July 2010

July 20, 2010 09:34

In the second week of July 2010 the Russian catch in the North Atlantic and Central Eastern Atlantic has been rising, reports http://www.megafishnet.com/ (https://www.fishnet.ru/) with reference to the National Monitoring Centre for Fisheries and Communication (NCMC).

More specifically, the harvest through 8-15 July 2010 amounted to 25,700 metric tons increasing by 2200 tonnes on the first week of the month.

The share of the fish caught by Kaliningrad-based boats was recorded at 29% with the rest harvested mostly by vessels operating from Murmansk.

In the second week of July 2010 worsening weather conditions on the fishing grounds conditioned catch declines of 1900 tonnes of cod, 1300 tonnes of herring and 700 tonnes of blue whiting, a decrease of fishing efforts and fleet's movements to more southern grounds of the Irminger Sea defined a further decline of ocean perch Sebastes mentella (minus 260 tonnes) by 260 tonnes. The total catch volume increased as the mackerel fishery in the Norwegian Sea was progressing (the mackerel harvest in the area grew to 7000 tonnes). In Central Eastern Atlantic seasonal changes in catch structure continued in Mauritanian waters - with a general domination of horse mackerel in catches (68%) the share of mackerel declined to 2% (82 tonnes). The first place in catches was taken by mackerel of the Norwegian Sea (28% of the total catch volume), followed by Barents Sea cod (23%) and horse mackerel (19%).

In the Barents Sea more difficult weather conditions dominated in the course of the week - catches of cod declined to 6000 tonnes (minus 1900 tonnes), catches of haddock remained at 2000 tonnes. The bulk of fish was harvested in the waters of Spitsbergen (3400 tonnes of cod and 1200 tonnes of haddock namely), in the Russian EEZ and in the Grey Zone (1700 tonnes and 1000 tonnes correspondingly). In the sea's northwest the fishermen also harvested most of the Barents Sea black halibut (73 tonnes). The saithe catch beyond the Norwegian EEZ was minimum (1 tonne).

In the Norwegian Sea Russian trawlers in the international waters continued fishery of three pelagic species (mackerel, northern blue whiting and Norwegian spring-spawning herring). The weather conditions also worsened, the total harvest in the area amounted to ca.9000 tonnes. The catch range was dominated by mackerel, its harvest in the area in the recent week jumped two times and reached 7000 tonnes (78% of the total harvest). The share of blue whiting amounted to 17% (1600 tonnes), the herring harvest totaled less than 500 tonnes.

In the Irminger Sea the fishing efforts went down and the fishermen were spotting in the sea's southwest. The total harvest of ocean perch through the week decreased by 260 tonnes to 880 tonnes.

In the Central Eastern Atlantic pelagic fisheries were continued in the Mauritanian EEZ where the bulk of the harvest was still represented by horse mackerel (68%). The share of sardinella declined to 26%, mackerel - to 2%. The bycatch included anchovy (3%), sea bream, Atlantic bonito and spotted tuna.

Russian catch in North Atlantic and Central Eastern Atlantic in the second week of July 2010, metric tons

Species (Area)

8-15 July 2010

1-8 July 2010
TOTAL

+ / -

Kaliningrad-based Fisheries Basin

Murmansk-based Fisheries Basin

TOTAL

Alfonsino

0.00

0.00

0.00

22.00

-22.00

Anchovy (Central Eastern Atlantic)

22.00

132.00

154.00

352.00

-198.00

Atlantic bonito (Central Eastern Atlantic)

16.00

1.00

17.00

17.00

0.00

Black halibut (Northwest Atlantic  + Barents Sea)

7.00

275.00

282.00

219.00

63.00

Blue whiting (Norwegian Sea)

184.00

1,390.00

1,574.00

2,252.00

-678.00

Burbot

0.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

1.00

Cod (Barents Sea)

33.00

5,930.00

5,963.00

7,846.00

-1,883.00

Cusk (Barents Sea)

4.00

3.00

7.00

1.00

6.00

Haddock (Barents Sea)

2.00

2,193.00

2,195.00

2,013.00

182.00

Hake (Central Eastern Atlantic)

1.00

0.00

1.00

0.00

1.00

Herring Atlantic-Scandian (Norwegian Sea)

42.00

331.00

373.00

1,701.00

-1,328.00

Herring Baltic

11.00

0.00

11.00

9.00

2.00

Horse mackerel (Central Eastern Atlantic)

2,869.00

2,157.00

5,026.00

3,751.00

1,275.00

Leerfish (Central Eastern Atlantic)

0.00

0.00

0.00

3.00

-3.00

Limanda dab

0.00

3.00

3.00

0.00

3.00

Limanda dab

0.00

0.00

0.00

2.00

-2.00

Mackerel (Norwegian Sea + Central Eastern Atlantic)

3,485.00

3,825.00

7,310.00

2,543.00

4,767.00

Ocean perch (Barents Sea)

0.00

24.00

24.00

57.00

-33.00

Ocean perch Sebastes mentella (Irminger Sea + Barents Sea)

580.00

309.00

889.00

1,152.00

-263.00

Other marine fish

3.00

0.00

3.00

1.00

2.00

Plaice (Barents Sea)

0.00

249.00

249.00

327.00

-78.00

Rough dab (Barents Sea)

0.00

39.00

39.00

25.00

14.00

Roundnose grenadier

0.00

2.00

2.00

0.00

2.00

Saithe (Barents Sea)

0.00

1.00

1.00

3.00

-2.00

Sardine (Central Eastern Atlantic)

0.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

1.00

Sardinella (Central Eastern Atlantic)

177.00

657.00

834.00

738.00

96.00

Sea bream (Central Eastern Atlantic)

1.00

10.00

11.00

20.00

-9.00

Sea cat (Barents Sea)

54.00

427.00

481.00

301.00

180.00

Skates

0.00

34.00

34.00

0.00

34.00

Spotted tuna (Central Eastern Atlantic)

4.00

0.00

4.00

12.00

-8.00

Sprat

79.00

95.00

174.00

46.00

128.00

TOTAL

7574

18089

25663

23413

2250

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