It has been an interesting period for the global fishing and aquaculture industries, with operations during the Covid-19 pandemic being regulated but less affected than many of the other workboat sectors.
Numerous state-of-the-art and impressive new fishing boats and aquaculture support vessels continued to be delivered, driving innovation across the maritime industry as a whole.
Trawling • Longlining • Seining • Potting • Aquaculture • Mariculture
The industry is well placed moving forward, with fish stocks, in general, being in good shape and much of the industry understanding the urgency of sustainable fishing and farming practices. Notable exceptions, of course, remain among the usual suspects. Innovations on the farming side continue to drive impressive quality and productivity gains.
This good news has prompted massive investment in new and better vessels and equipment. Some new and impressive examples of these will be seen on these pages during Fisheries and Aquaculture Week.
- Api VIII & Api X – Spain’s Iberconsa adds two newbuilds to Argentina shrimp trawl fleet
- Linette – Highly efficient North Sea twin-rig trawler for Danish owners
- Baldvin Njalsson – Massive factory trawler for Iceland’s Nesfiskur
- Avanti – Versatile deep-sea beam trawler delivered to Belgium’s Devan
- Lu Qingyuan Yu 018 – Chinese squid and saury catcher capable of extended sailings
- Huafeng 827 – Argentina-based operator adds multi-purpose trawler to fleet
- Var – Large-capacity wellboat for Detroit Group’s Chilean salmon operations
- Fruitful Vine – Fully-equipped trawler for Scotland’s coastal waters
Features and Opinion:
– “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
News and Gear:
- Inadequate hot work planning caused fire on fish factory vessel in Washington, NTSB report finds
- Germany’s Deutsche Fischfang Union orders 84m stern trawler
- South African research institute takes delivery of fisheries survey boat
- Scottish aquaculture company welcomes new workboat
- Ex-platform supplier to operate as delousing boat for Norwegian salmon company
- Brazil’s JBS acquires Huon Aquaculture
- Patrol boat delivered to Fisheries New Zealand
- European Commission proposes second support package for fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by Russia-Ukraine War
- New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission releases report on collision between fishing vessel, containership in Bay of Plenty
Recent Important Features:
– “It was obvious the Foreign Ministry did not like being asked to obtain the US$25,000 fines levied on each coral dragger.”
– by Bob Iversen, retired Hawaii fishery biologist and former US Navy officer
– “With her two LNG deck tanks, four fuel conditioning systems and batteries contributing to her innovative design, she is a significant and fully redundant LNG-powered vessel.”
– “A ‘pocket battleship’ of a fishing boat, she is strong, seaworthy, powerful and very well-equipped with all the latest and best in electronics, catching and processing gear.”
– “It is a first in class treatment vessel designed specifically for on-site removal of lice on farmed fish.”
– “Its X-bow, the curved aluminium wheelhouse, and its external appearance already point to its difference from contemporary vessels.”
– “The design shows a brilliant combination of experience and innovation that has resulted in a very efficient fishing machine.”
– “A stylish, high quality build that is particularly well-equipped, she has been carefully built to be both economically and environmentally sustainable for her experienced Italian/French owner.”
– “Through this project, it was great to get back to that core simple ‘day boat style’ that built the Western Australia lobster industry.”
– “Built on solid, all-steel catamaran hulls, the boats are powerful, stable and very versatile.”
– “She is intended to be a safe, efficient and comfortable fish catching and processing machine that can be particularly effective in rugged Arctic conditions.”
– “This powerful and potent diesel-electric trawler has been designed for both maximum seaworthiness and maximum trawling capability, yet it remains both attractive and very versatile.”
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 April 22), 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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Alex Baird is the Managing Director of Baird Maritime