Focus on Fishing and Aquaculture


The global fishing and aquaculture industries continue to benefit from new developments, particularly in the areas of vessel design and construction. For this month’s focus on those two key industries, Baird Maritime presents a selection of noteworthy vessels, serving different roles for different owners and featuring examples of such developments.

Trawlers are again featured among this month’s reviewed vessels, with newbuilds this time joining the respective fleets of clients in France, Greenland, and the Russian Far East. The Russian-owned trawler is a versatile vessel, designed to catch a range of species including squid, herring, mackerel, and pollock.

Trawling • Longlining • Seining • Potting • Aquaculture • Mariculture

Aquaculture support vessels also made the list. One is a former offshore support vessel that has been rebuilt into a fish delousing platform for a customer in Norway.

The other vessel is a fish pen with an impressive holding capacity and the durability necessary for operating in China’s offshore waters. Besides being able to hold a massive quantity of fish at any one time, this vessel also indicates a rising trend wherein fish farming in some countries is conducted further out to sea than what has been traditionally done, partly for greater safety and for ensuring reduced environmental impact.

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

REMINISCENCES | Two sharks: one real, one fake

– “Why Hawaii’s commercial aku fleet did not use threadfin shad as a regular bait is another story, one that caused me a lot of grief and gave me a lesson when it comes to selecting fishing vessels to try a new bait species or anything else that is new.”

– by Bob Iversen, retired Hawaii fishery biologist and former US Navy officer

OPINION | How solid is the science behind CITES anyway?

– “The assumption that trade — any trade — leads to ‘exploitation’ is wrong.”

– by Godfrey Harris, founder of the Ivory Education Institute, a California-based, non-profit, public benefit association.

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

OPINION | Killing of Orca for food off St. Lucia provokes woke storm

– “This latest outpouring of ‘outrage’ directed at St. Lucia was initiated by social media warriors with too much time on their hands.”

– by Eugene Lapointe, president of the IWMC World Conservation Trust and a former secretary-general of CITES

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global commercial fishing and aquaculture industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and May 20), so we can add it to this current edition of Fishing and Aquaculture Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the fishing/aquaculture sectors
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, processors, co-ops, distributors etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the fishing world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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