Tag Archives: Pacific hake

Are big ups and downs normal for forage fish?

Forage fish stocks have undergone fluctuation swings for hundreds of years, research shows, with at least three species off the US West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began. The rise and fall of Pacific sardine, northern anchovy, and Pacific hake off California have been so common that the species were in collapsed condition 29 to 40 percent of the time over the 500-year period from CE 1000 to 1500, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Using a long time series of fish scales deposited in low-oxygen, offshore sedimentary environments off Southern California, researchers described such collapses as “an intrinsic property of some forage fish populations that should be expected, just as droughts are expected in an arid climate.” Continue reading the article here 07:55

Warm ocean possible culprit in 2015 Pacific hake collapse – Big bounce-back is expected in 2016

Warmer ocean water may be to blame for a troubling harvest decline last fall in one of the North Pacific’s most important commercial fisheries, federal scientists report. Pacific hake, also known as whiting, became scarce in Washington and Oregon waters last fall. This winter, they were “much farther offshore than the fish usually occur in summer and fall,” NOAA chief scientist Sandy Parker-Stetter wrote in a February blog.  NOAA researchers were as surprised as anyone by the low catches. NOAA survey data from 2015 showed that West Coast hake are doing well, and remain present in large volumes, said Hicks, who serves on the Joint Technical Committee that analyzes hake data. Read the rest here 09:58

Feds Sidestep Law to Let BC’s Biggest Fishery Sell Pacific hake as Farm Feed

The economic squeeze of a Russian trade embargo has prompted Canada to sidestep its own laws by allowing B.C.’s biggest fishery to sell thousands of tonnes of high-quality fish as slurry to feed farmed salmon and chickens. Russia is the dominant market for B.C.’s most abundant food fish, locally known as .,, But a 2014 Russian embargo banning the purchase of many Canadian exports including seafood, means that a fishery worth $40 million annually in landed value each year has lost its primary market. Read the rest here 14:19

Pacific Hake Mid-Water Trawl Fishery Earns MSC Re-Certification

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas.  Read the rest here 10:54

TradexFoods 3-Minute Market Insight – Pacific Hake Plugging Up West Coast, Upcoming Puget Sound Chum Salmon Run

A Major producer in the United States has reported that more than 1000 metric tonnes of Pacific Hake will be unable to ship to Russia due to the recent import bans. Washington Dept of F & W has forecast a return of about 1.1 Million Fish in the Fall Chum Run. Some vendors are predicting a poor chum season, claiming that it is an “off year”, unlike last year. 13:14

Pacific hake offshore fishery of the United States and Canada, has entered assessment for MSC re-certification.

The mid-water trawl fishery became MSC certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the autumn of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting. continued@fishnewseu