Russian fisheries in North Atlantic and Central Eastern Atlantic in October 2007

November 9, 2007 16:02

In October 2007 the total harvest of the Russian fleets in the North Atlantic and in the Central Eastern Atlantic amounted to 63,000 tonnes, 21,300 tonnes down on September 2007, fishery sources in Murmansk, with reference to provisional figures as per early November, told www.fishnet-russia.com (https://www.fishnet.ru/).

Barents Sea

In the Barents Sea landings of bottomfish remained unchanged. The harvest of cod and haddock correspondingly amounted to 9400 tonnes and 4600 tonnes to display a decrease of 700 tonnes and 500 tonnes respectively. The bulk of the cod (65%) and haddock (90%) harvest was contributed by the Russian EEZ, the southeast part of the sea namely.

A small group of vessels started harvesting polar cod Boreogadus saida at the shores of the New Land. The harvest of polar cod Boreogadus saida through October 2007 amounted to 2600 tonnes.

The fishery of red king crab grew brisk with the total landings of the species through the month amounting to 2800 tonnes, 1100 tonnes up on the corresponding result of September 2007.

As a result, the total harvest in the Barents Sea grew by 3500 tonnes to 21,200 tonnes with the bulk of the harvest continuously contributed by cod (44%) and haddock (22%).

Norwegian Sea

The total harvest in the Norwegian Sea amounted to 32,500 tonnes, 22,600 tonnes down on September 2007. In the course of the month the bulk of the fleet kept on harvesting herring in the Norwegian EEZ. As a result of a gradual decrease of the fishing efforts, the herring catch considerably decreased by 20,000 tonnes to 28,100 tonnes. Blue whiting was harvested mostly as bycatch in the herring fishery. The total catch of the blue whiting amounted to 4400 tonnes, 800 tonnes up on the corresponding result of last month.

Separate vessels conducted limited halibut fishery in the western sector of the Greenland zone and in the Flemish Cap with the total catch reported at 500 tonnes.

Central Eastern Atlantic

In the Central Eastern Atlantic (zones of Mauritania and Western Sahara) Russia's harvest of pelagic fish through October 2007 totaled 8600 tonnes. Due to smaller fishing efforts the harvest decreased by 2400 tonnes on September 2007. Unlike the previous month, the bulk of the harvest in October 2007 was made by mackerel (40%), catches of which grew by 2000 tonnes to 3400 tonnes. The harvest of sardinella dominating in catches of the previous months went down by 4400 tonnes to 3100 tonnes. The share of the species in the October catch amounted to 36%.

Fishing species

October 2007, metric tons

September 2007, metric tons

October 2007 versus September 2007, +/- metric tons

Murmansk-led North Fisheries Basin

Kaliningrad-led West Fisheries Basin

Russia's total harvest

Russia's total harvest

Barents Sea

Cod

9.3

0.1

9.4

10.1

-0.7

Haddock

4.6

0.0

4.6

4.1

0.5

Halibut

0.6

0.0

0.6

0.4

0.2

Sea cats

0.5

0.0

0.5

0.4

0.1

Flounder

0.4

0.0

0.4

0.5

-0.1

Polar cod Boreogadus saida

2.6

0.0

2.6

0.0

2.6

Sea scallops

0.3

0.0

0.3

0.5

-0.2

Red king crab

2.8

0.0

2.8

1.7

1.1

TOTAL

21.1

0.1

21.2

17.7

3.5

Norwegian Sea

Blue whiting

2.5

1.9

4.4

3.6

0.8

Ocean perch Sebastes mentella

0.0

0.0

0.0

3.4

-3.4

Herring

14.7

13.4

28.1

48.1

-20.0

TOTAL

17.2

15.3

32.5

55.1

-22.6

Northwest Atlantic (Irminger Sea, Greenland, NAFO zone)

Greenland halibut

0.5

0.0

0.5

0.2

0.3

Skate

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.2

-0.1

TOTAL

0.6

0.0

0.6

0.4

0.2

Central Eastern Atlantic

Mackerel

3.1

0.3

3.4

1.4

2.0

Horse mackerel

1.0

0.1

1.1

1.3

-0.2

Sardinella

3.1

0.0

3.1

7.5

-4.4

Anchovy

0.7

0.2

0.9

0.5

0.4

Tuna

0.0

0.1

0.1

0.3

-0.2

TOTAL

7.9

0.7

8.6

11.0

-2.4

GRAND TOTAL Catch in the North Atlantic

46.8

16.1

62.9

84.2

-21.3

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