National Fisherman


H&G Pacific and Atlantic cod prices are ticking up as the low prices of the past year, plus the cutback in the availability of  haddock,  have spurred an expansion of demand.  Fillet prices have inched up this winter also on some items.
 
 
Collar on H&G products, for refresh and processing in China, have been stable at around $2450 per ton, vs a 2013 price of $2000 to $2200. 
 
Japanese prices for J-cut (Collar off) have fallen as the end of the winter cod consumption season approaches, from around $3600 per ton to $3400-$3500 in March, say some exporters.  However, some expect prices to rebound towards the end of the year.
 
Meanwhile, Blue North Fisheries director Lance Magnuson told Minato Tsukiji newspaper that his company's sales have expanded a lot in North America.  He says that he expects 40% of their pacific cod sales to go to the US this years, vs only 20% in 2013.
 
This stronger demand in the US for cod is reflected in the current import statistics.
 
Frozen cod fillets have increased 17%, with most of the increase coming from China and Norway.
 
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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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