Results of winter-spring Okhotsk pollock fishery

April 30, 2010 09:20
The total pollock catch in the winter-spring dedicated fishery on the Okhotsk grounds amounted to more than 800,000 tonnes, exceeding the last year results by 180,000 tonnes. The capture quotas for commercial operations were covered at 85.9% versus 81.9% in the same period last year, reports http://www.megafishnet.com/ (https://www.fishnet.ru/) with reference to fishery sources in Vladivostok.

The Russian Okhotsk pollock fishery in the first months of the year was progressing against the background of unfavourable weather conditions. Frequent storms changed by weather improvement, the catch rates either weakening or recovering. Besides, ice coverage was actively growing with the ice edge locating at a larger distance offshore than last year. By the end of the first ten days of March 2010 the ice area amounted to ca.70.5%, 7% up on last year. Heavy ice in the northeast part of the Sea of Okhotsk disabled the fleet's operations on the pollock grounds in the area.

The fishing fleet concentrated at the borderline of two subareas, North Okhotsk and Kamchatka Kurile. The pollock fishery was inexpedient also to the north of the 56th degree due to increased bycatch of juveniles. Besides, ices disabled the middle fleet to rise higher than the 54th degree North. As a result, in the A season the fishery pressure was focused on the Kamchatka-Kurile subarea, the pollock quotas in the area covered at 187%. That was encouraged not only by favourable fishery situation, good quality of raw fish, high roe yield, but also by the opportunity to cover the quotas in the two subareas of West Kamchatka all together. Due to large size of pollock females and good balance of sexes the roe yield exceeded the approved limits.

The roe yield in January 2010 only was close to 5000 tonnes. However the average level of quality was not high with domination of immature roe and sacks with thick membrane. The thing was that the fishery was conducted at large depths of 400-520 meters and it was focused on large pollock more fitting for production of headed pollock. All in all, in the fishing season more than 30,000 tonnes of pollock roe was produced. The price results at first auctions of Russian pollock roe in Busan were not very high. Buyers' bids were fairly low. Aggressive downward pressure on prices was exerted by the Japanese buyers bidding 3-4 USD per kilo of graded roe. Auction prices of pollock roe were below expectations, however with each product lot or by the auction to follow the prices did not decline, but even grew which could be also attributed to absence of product supplies from US fisheries to the markets of Asian countries.

Vladivostok-based fleet was the largest in number and catch volumes. The region's fishermen harvested 331,000 tonnes of pollock or 88.3% of allowed catch volumes. Pollock quotas of Magadan and Chukotka were covered at 90%. Kamchatka's commercial pollock quotas were covered at 84.7%.

Provisional figures on pollock catches and quota take-up in commercial winter-spring fishery

Regions

North Okhotsk subarea

West Kamchatka subarea, Kamchatka Kurile subarea

Region's total

Catch, metric tons

Quota take-up, %%

Catch, metric tons

Quota take-up, %%

Catch, metric tons

Quota take-up, %%

Primorsky Krai (Vladivostok)

122,270

79.9

208,989

94.1

331,259

88.3

Khabarovsky Krai

21,114

69.5

42,219

96.9

63,332

85.7

Magadan

12,199

81.8

16,530

97.2

28,729

90.0

Sakhalin

49,405

74.5

77,934

86.2

127,339

81.2

Kamchatka

94,439

87.2

143,848

83.2

238,287

84.7

Chukotka

5137

82.2

7511

97.2

12,648

90.5

TOTAL

304,564

80.3

497,030

89.7

801,594

85.9

Pollock quota remainder in three main subareas of the Sea of Okhotsk amounts to 130,000 metric tons to be covered in the autumn-winter period.

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