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Norway: Protection zone’s unexpected consequences hit local fishermen

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries is being urged to issue a dispensation allowing commercial fishermen to fish for wrasse and crab inside a newly created conservation area for lobster near Stavanger. The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association (Norges Fiscella) believes that such a dispensation can be made without any negative effects on conservation. These measures were introduced to protect over-exploited lobster stocks, but this has had unforeseen consequences for local fishermen, as Norges Fiskarkag and local association Sør-Norges-Fiskarlag have taken the initiative in drawing attention to this issue. more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 11:54

F/V Frøyanes: Ice-Capable Trawler/Crabber for Norwegian Barents Sea Fishing Company

Norwegian fishing company Ervik Havfiske recently took delivery of a new shrimp trawler built to a design by naval architecture firm Marin Teknikk. The steel-hulled F/V Frøyanes is outfitted as a triple-rig trawler that can also be utilised for catching snow crab in the Norwegian and Barents Seas. “Ervik Havfiske wanted a combination of shrimp trawling and crab catching capability,” Thomas Edvard Gjerde, Sales Manager Fish and Aqua at Marin Teknikk, told Baird Maritime. “The owner also wanted a vessel with a moonpool, which is a common feature on the longliners in its fleet.” The array of fishing equipment on Frøyanes includes conventional trawls and a large moonpool through which crab pots can be hauled on board. Moonpools that have proven effective in longliners are also confirmed to be useful in working with crabs, particularly in ensuring their gentle handling and protection from the elements for better catch quality. This also allows female crabs to be easily sorted out and released back into the sea so they can reproduce. Photos, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 10:24

Pushing Technology Boundaries

Fishing vessel Aksel Johan has it all – battery hybrid propulsion, heat recovery, peak shaving, and load balancing on the engine, hull and propeller, along with exhaust gas cleaning – plus it’s the first fishing vessel to use a thermoelectric system to harness heat from the exhaust in a world first. Built for Senjahopen company Berg Fisk AS, Aksel Johan is some months behind schedule and should have been delivered in October last year – but delays at the Baltic yard where the hull was fabricated, due to the war in Ukraine resulting in a shortage of manpower, meant that the construction has been challenging. But according to Berg Fisk’s managing director Johan-Arild Hansen, the new vessel has performed perfectly on the delivery trip from the yard in Denmark. Photos, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 10:56

The crab kings

Near the end of 1991, the residents of Bugøynes, then a village of about 300 people in Norway’s Arctic north, ran an ad in the national newspaper Dagbladet, begging somebody to relocate them en masse. Cod and other whitefish, once Bugøynes’ bread and butter, were disappearing, and no one was quite sure why. One cold afternoon this past February, Leif Ingilæ rolls a cigarette and laughs hoarsely as he recalls the results. “We got offers from French vineyards to move all the residents there to pick grapes,” he says. “But we figured if everyone goes, we would all become alcoholics.” Mostly, the younger generation moved south in search of work, while the lifers survived on unemployment benefits. Ingilæ, whose family goes back generations in Bugøynes, first went to sea in 1967, when he was 15 years old. When the newspaper ad ran, it seemed his time in the area was up; his boat was one of just three anchored in Bugøynes’ harbor. Still, he stayed. photos, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 07:55

High-Tech Trawler offers New Opportunities

‘It looks good,’ said Sigurður Óli Kristjánsson, skipper of new factory trawler Berlin as he was preparing to head back to Norway for a shakedown trip to fine-tune the sophisticated processing deck. Berlin is the latest Vard design trawlers over the last few years, delivered to Nergård, Luntos and other fishing companies, and is practically identical to Akraberg, which was built for Faroese company Framherji in 2022. ‘It’s a very fine trawler, very high-tech. I like the look of the winches. These are very sophisticated and precise, with Scantrol management systems, and with energy-saving functionality. These trawlers have more power, with a nine-cylinder engine, and everything is a size up from the old Berlin. The thinking is that it’s more economic to have a more powerful engine that can run at a more econonic speed instead of being at full revs,’ he said and added that this is a departure from running the main engine at a set speed and then adjusting the propeller pitch as required. Photos, video, more, >>click to read<< 11:14

Less Effort and Better Catches with New-Concept Crab Gear

It was a shoulder injury that prompted Norwegian crab fisherman Jim Harald Sæternes to take a hard look at the way things have always been done, and to come up with a set of new ideas – which have been highly successful. So that he could continue to fish without adding to the strain on his shoulder, he developed the design of a larger and more effective crab pot, as well as a handling system for his boat that took out the repetitive heavy lifting – the root cause of his health problems. But the catch rates that his Vikingteina (the name means Viking Traps) pots have shown is the clincher. Photos, more, >>click to read<<  17:21

Vessel Review: Sorkapp – New Norwegian Stern Trawler Boasts Low Environmental Impact

Norwegian fishing company Nergard Havfiske has expanded its vessel fleet following the recent acquisition of a hybrid-powered stern trawler designed and built by compatriot company Vard. The final trawler in a series of three built by Vard for the same owner, Sørkapp (“South Cape”) utilises a design that has been continuously developed to meet the latest demands for fish health management, efficiency, and environmentally friendly operations. Construction of the hull took place at Vard Braila in Romania while completion was carried out at Vard Brattvaag in Norway. The vessel was also built to incorporate efficient technology to bring catch ashore with a minimal environmental footprint, which will then lead to improvements in both catch quality and crew safety as well as more sustainable operations. Photos, more, >>click to read<< 09:52

Fish farming fouls fjords, faces fines

Norway’s huge fish-farming industry has become almost as controversial as the country’s oil and gas. Salmon producers in particular have long been accused of endangering wild salmon, but now Norwegian media have also reported how some fish hatcheries have polluted fjords while fish farms have neglected fish welfare. This week six of Norway’s major salmon producers also found themselves facing charges of collusion lodged by the European Commission. Norway is home to the world’s largest salmon producers and the EU is their biggest market. On Thursday, EU competition authorities sent out a “Statement of Objections” to six Norwegian salmon producers including Lerøy, Mowi, SalMar, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood and Bremnes. All are suspected of having “breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to distort competition in the market for spot sales of Norwegian farmed Atlantic salmon in the EU.” photos, more, >>click to read<< 12:26

Liafjord Heads For Home

Norwegian fishing company Liegruppen’s new pelagic trawler Liafjord is steaming home to Norway, having been handed over to its owners by the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey. The 71-metre by 15-metre beam Liafjord is designed by Salt Ship Design and follows the groundbreaking LNG-powered Libas, which was delivered by the same yard several years ago. Liegruppen opted not to go for the same LNG propulsion system for Liafjord, although the vessel has some respectable green energy credentials, with electric winches, heat recovery technology and a large battery pack as part of its hybrid propulsion. Photo, more, >>click to read<< 12:21

UK secures £970million fishing stock with EU in deal ‘better than if we were in the bloc’

A new set of agreements between Norway and the UK opens up an estimated €1billion in fishing opportunities for the EU country, the European Commission has said. The UK meanwhile has secured an estimated £970million in the deal. It comes after years of haggling over post-Brexit fishing arrangements which have left hundreds of UK fishermen “betrayed” – but the Government says the new deal for 2024 provides more for UK fishermen than it would have done were we still in the bloc. Fisheries Minister Mark Spencer said: “These significant deals give UK fishermen access to important fish stocks worth £970million and take advantage of our position outside the EU to independently negotiate in our fishing fleets best interest. more, >>click to read<< 08:32

Fishing deals said to have netted £393 million for Scots’ fleet

A trilateral agreement between the UK, European Union and Norway covers the total allowable catch (TAC) limits and management measures for jointly managed stocks in the Nort Sea. It has delivered quota increases for all six stocks – cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, saithe and herring. These are said to be worth an estimated £199m for Scots’ fishers, an increase of £68m compared to 2023 quotas. The government said this deal reflected positive advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, an influential group of marine scientists. It has delivered quota increases for all six stocks – cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, saithe and herring. Photos, more, >>click to read<< 14::56

Fishing Vessel Nord-Fugloy: Seiner designed for northern Norwegian waters

Norwegian shipbuilder Larsnes Mek Verksted recently delivered a new seiner to compatriot fishing company Camaro Fiskeriselskap. Named after a local island, Nord-Fugløy was built to a DNV-compliant design developed by local naval architecture firm Skipskompetanse for seine netting and purse seining. Kent-Arild Apneseth, project manager at Skipskompetanse, said the brief from the owner was to optimise a vessel for the coastal fishery and implement a new way of operating Danish seine, hauling the net from the stern in a manner that will increase efficiency and to be able to operate more securely in a larger weather window.  Photos, >>click to read<<08:21

Norway: Cut to king crab quota recommended

Based on the outcome of this year’s king crab survey, scientists at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (HI) are recommending a hefty cut in the 2024 king crab quota to not more than 966 tonnes, as the survey results indicate a significant decline in the population. This means a substantial reduction compared to the quota advice for 2023, which was 2375 tonnes. ‘The result from this year’s survey shows a significant decrease in the number of crabs above the minimum target size for fisheries. The fact that we are now seeing a decline in the stock is, of course, bad news for the fishermen,’ said HI population manager for king crab, Carsten Hvingel. >>click to read<< 09:31

Irish pair detained in Norway

A pelagic pair team from Ireland fishing in Norwegian waters have been detained by the Coastguard on suspicion of operating in a closed area. F/V Ronan Ross and F/V Sarah David are currently alongside in Tromsø, after having been escorted in by Coastguard vessel Svalbard. Indications are that there may have been a breakdown in communications between national authorities,,, >>click to read<< 08:06

Life on the Arctic Coast: Coxswain Kim Roger Stays Calm When Put to the Test

It is afternoon in the idyllic fishing village Sørvågen in the Lofoten Islands. Below the houses, in the bay, several small fishing vessels and a fish processing plant can be found. It is quiet outside, with the exception of a few seagulls crying. A larger fishing vessel also lies along the quay, the purse seine boat Kim Roger. High North News is allowed onboard and greet the coxswain and fisherman Kim Roger Benonisen (38). The eye is drawn to the amount of equipment located on the stern and the bow of the 50-foot-long boat; various types of ropes, winches, hydraulic hoses, a crane, and a net hauler. Kim Roger says he has been fishing his entire life. His first winter season was in 2003 – exactly 20 years ago. Photos, >>click to read<< 10:36

SILLE MARIE – Karstensens Shipyard delivers new trawler to Norway

On July 2, 2021, a contract was entered into between Sille Marie AS and Karstensens Shipyard A/S for the construction of a new 65.90 m trawler. The newbuilding is now completed and delivered to the shipping company. A christening ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Kristiansand. Sille Marie AS is owned by Carl Aamodt and the Salthaug family from Søgne, Norway. The shipping company was established in 2015. This vessel is the company’s first newbuilding and will replace the previous “Sille Marie,” which was purchased from Sweden in 2015 and has now been sold back to Sweden. The company is led by Carl Aamodt in collaboration with skipper Bastian Salthaug, Yngvar Salthaug, and chief engineer Tobias Salthaug. Lots of photos, >click to read< 09:56

The Worlds Most Advanced Fishery Training Vessel

A Norwegian high school has taken delivery of a 10-million-euro training vessel for those looking to become fishers. The most advanced of its kind Skulebas is designed and built by Hvide Sande Shipyard in Denmark, and is rigged for trawling, seining, gillnetting and longlining. It’s not just the capacity to switch between these fishing methods that puts Skulebas in a class of its own, but also the hybrid propulsion combining battery and diesel-electric propulsion. Skulebas is about to set off for Norway, where it will serve as a training vessel for the Måløy High School (years 10 – 12, after primary education), for young people planning to work as fishermen, navigators, engineers, and cooks. Video, photos, >click to read< 16:27

Versatile Trawler Stodig Heads North

Outfitted for shrimp trawling, seine netting and crabbing, F/V Stødig packs a lot of technology and smart thinking into its 39.30 metre LOA, 11.50 metre breadth hull, which is designed by Karstensen and built with a price tag of around NoK200 million. ‘We have been waiting for the yard in Denmark for nine months, and now we’re ready to get started,’ said Asbjørn Selsbane’s manager Andreas Hansen as he and his son Erlend, who sails as mate, brought the new vessel home to Eidkjosen in the north of Norway, with a call in Ålesund on the way to pick up gear. 8 Photos, >click to read< 16:17

Contrary to mainstream belief, wind turbines are neither effective nor, in many cases, good for the environment

Claims of wind power being pro-environment often do not consider the damaging effects these projects can have on wildlife and ecosystems, thus hiding the “true cost” of such initiatives. Wind power projects can threaten birds that fly within their vicinity and trigger a decline in their population; it can harm marine life due to noise pollution and affect the growth of plants in the region where it is located. Driven by subsidies granted by the federal government, the growth of wind projects has triggered concerns about the cumulative impacts they have on the environment. There have been growing protests against wind power projects across the world. In the United States, people have opposed setting up wind turbines in Lake Erie due to concerns about the environmental impact of the project. In New Jersey, protestors have asked to pause the development of an offshore wind farm which they claim has led to dolphins and whales washing ashore. >click to read< 12:38

New Norwegian combined trawler, purse seine and crab vessel heads north

It is the Norwegian fishing company Asbjørn Selsbane who, after a few months delay in delivery from Karstensen Shipyard in Skagen, has now been handed over their new combined and very versatile trawler and purse seine vessel, which can also be rigged for crab fishing. The vessel is named ‘Stødig’ and will have its home port in Tromsø. It is rigged with shrimp trawls and Danish seines as well as for crab fishing and also packed with massive high-tech equipment, with smart solutions incorporated into the 39.30-metre-long and 11.50-metre-wide vessel. >click to read< 11:08

Resqunit and Sig Hansen with a successful product demo in Norway – launching the product globally

We are very proud and satisfied to have carried out this exclusive product demo of our new product which is now being launched in several countries. The fight against ghost fishing has been going on for a long time, but with this product we can now begin to see the end. Our solution helps reduce a huge global environmental problem that costs society and the fishing industry billions every year. Now we will go full throttle globally, says CEO of Resqunit, Helge Trettø Olsen. Major shareholder and TV star Sig Hansen, known from “Deadliest Catch”, conducted the actual demo. I don’t have figures on how many traps I have lost at sea. Resqunit’s solution is something the fishing industry is clamoring for and is a big step in the right direction. We have to reduce the number of fishing equipment lost, and work for more sustainable solutions. >click to read< 13:03

Trawler becomes Crabber/Seiner

Former Scottish pelagic trawler Unity, sold last year to Norway, has gone through a major transformation to become advanced seine netter and crabber K. Nyvoll – which include being lengthened from 38 metres to 53.20 metres. K. Nyvoll was built in 2005 as Julianne at the Simek yard in Flekkefjord for Lunar Fisheries of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia. After some years fishing in Canada, it was sold in 2008 to Norwegian company Asbjørn Selsbane and renamed Julianne to operate as a trawler and seine netter. A few years on, it was sold in 2013 to Unity Fishing in Scotland and was used for pelagic fishing. A further change of hands took place last year when, LHN Fiskeri AS, based on the island Godøya near Ålesund acquired the vessel – and they had some big plans. Photos, >click to read< 18:38

Fishing Industry Cautious After Examining Norway – EU Deal

The IFPO and IFPEA has welcomed Norway’s exclusion from the Irish Box but says Ireland still lacks an equitable arrangement. “Norway have been allocated an extra 36,000MT of blue whiting in the Irish EEZ, compared to just 4,800MT extra blue whiting for Ireland,” says Aodh O Donnell, chief executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO). O Donnell says fishing representatives took time to carefully consider the new deal, ironically struck on St Patrick’s Day, before responding. >click to read< 14:33

Norway ‘secure more out of fishing deal than Ireland’

Under the deal, Norwegian fishers can catch 224,000 metric tonnes of blue whiting in Irish waters this year, an increase of 110,000 metric tonnes on how much they were allowed to catch last year. In contrast, Irish fishermen and women are only allowed to catch 52,000 metric tonnes of blue whiting, up from the 28,000 tonnes they could catch last year. While unhappy with the lack of quota parity between the two countries, fishing representatives here say the deal has an upside to it. >click to read< 11:50

Fisherman Aims to Revolutionize Crabbing

Crab pots have had much the same design for many years. Now a Norwegian crab fisherman is making crab fishing both more efficient and less physically demanding. ‘The problem with traditional pots is that they normally have two entrances. When brown crabs crawl in, they quite quickly block the way for more crabs to enter. In practice, 30% of the volume in a traditional pot is not filled,’ said Jim Harald Sæternes, who is producing his pots under the Vikingteina brand name. He has an application for patent rights pending. ‘The pot has three entrances above each other on three levels. This means that even if there is a lot of crab in the pot, more can get in higher up. I’ve have had the idea behind these pots for a long time. But last year I decided to make something of it, and in February I established the company Proffteiner AS.’ Photos, >click to read< 21:09

Heading Back North After a Major Refit

When seine netter Sara Karin was delivered in June 2017 to father and son Oddgeir and Erik-Andre Brose Krag, it wasn’t long before they knew they would need a bigger boat – and with an eleven-month rebuild practically complete, that’s exactly what they have. Designed by Marin Design, Sara Karin started life as a 19.80 metre seine netter, and they family have fished successfully. In its last full year of operation, 2021, Sara Karin landed 2200 tonnes of H&G frozen blocks, and was among the top seine netters in the Norwegian fleet. ‘The problem is that for six to seven months of the year fishing is along the coast of Northern Norway. The other months are we sailing all the way up the Bear Island, and sometimes to Isfjorden at Svalbard. It’s roughly 500 nautical miles for us to Isfjorden, and around half of that distance if fishing around Bear Island,’ Erik-Andre explained. 14 photos on 2 pages, >click to read< 17:56

The New Multi-Role Leinebris

Longliner Leinebris was built to a Skipsteknisk design at the Tersan yard – and the Fosnavåg company is sticking with the same combination of yard and designer for its new vessel, scheduled to be delivered in 2025. What is different is that the new Leinebris isn’t a dedicated longliner like its predecessor but will be outfitted to be able to switch between longlining, gillnetting and seine netting. This new vessel design gets an ST-158 designation, and it’ll be a vessel with a 64.90 metre overall length and a 15 metre beam, with double cargo decks, covered working decks and a moonpool for hauling static gear. The crew’s accommodation facilties will be of a very high standard. Photos, video, >click to read< 17:10

After Deadly Man Over Board, Norway Requires Crab Boats to Improve Deck Safety

On January 30, a Latvian crewmember went over the side of the Norwegian crabber F/V Hunter while fishing for snow crab in the Barents Sea. Despite a heroic search effort, the body was never found, and the individual is presumed dead. An initial inquiry by the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority found that the crew member may have gone over the side with the crab pot lines while setting gear. The Board particularly cited MOB hazards related to the location of stored bait and the process of setting lines on the pot before deployment. Going forward, the Norwegian Maritime Authority wants operators to “eliminate” the risk of going overboard, “including being dragged overboard with the equipment [crab pots].” >click to read< 10:58

More Length, Capacity and Space

Once the decision had been taken to lengthen F/V Sara Karin, Oddgeir and Erik-Andre Krag went back to the original designer, Marin Design, for the design work on how this could be achieved – and they started looking for a Norwegian yard that could do the job at a competitive price. The outcome turned out to be that the Hirtshals Yard in Denmark, a thousand miles to the south, was selected as the main contractor, with much of the steelwork carried out by another yard in Hirtshals, Vestkajen. While F/V Sara Karin has been at the yard for almost a year, its quotas have been caught by F/V Mosken 2, which the family bought together with its quotas in early 2022. 8 Photos, >click to read< 12:30

Snow crab prices down by nearly 60 per cent in U.S. market

The snow crab season in Atlantic Canada usually doesn’t get going until mid-April, but that doesn’t mean fresh snow crab is not already hitting the U.S. market. Alaskan fleets finished up their tanner crab season this week. That crab is often marketed under the name “snow crab,” being of similar size and colour. If the Alaskan tanner fishery is a portent of things to come, snow crab catches this year will have much less value than in 2022. The tanner fishery started Jan. 15 with wharf prices at US$3.25 to US$3.35 per pound, according to the latest blog from U.S. seafood analyst Les Hodges. The initial offer from processors was $2.50 a pound, but that offer prompted a strike by the crab fishing fleet, that prompted a bump in the offer from processors. >click to read< 14:04