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19 November 2012

North Pacific Salmon Stocks Safe

Good news for Pacific salmon customers – volumes of this species are at historically highest level with no signs of diminishing

These data were presented at the 20th Session of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Committee (NPAFC) that was recently held in St-Peterborough.
According to information from the Russia’s Federal Fishery Agency public relations center, the total commercial Pacific Salmon catch by the committee members (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States) in 2011 exceeded 1 million MT, of which over 420 thousand MT was caught by Russian fishing companies.
The total volume of juvenile salmon released from salmon hatcheries of the NPAFC members in 2011 was 4.5 billion. This is below the average annual figure from 1993, when this volume remained relatively stable at the level of 5 billion. The decrease is attributed to the underestimation of the salmon release in Japan, caused by the earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
What I’d also like to mention is that although the North Pacific countries continue to produce large volumes of salmon, trends are different for different species and countries. Currently, pink and chum salmon are the most numerous, while volumes of coho and chinook salmon decreased slightly compared to the previous years, and volumes of red salmon vary greatly in different regions from year to year.
So I look optimistically into our salmon future.

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