Global pelagic landings expected to jump 7%

Peruvian anchovy is leading the charge. 

A boost in Peruvian anchovy harvest will help increase global landings of small pelagics by 7 percent this year, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

The main reason for the uptick in anchovy landings is the absence of El Niño, which has

affected the Peruvian fishery for the past several years and the 2017 outlook "is positive," the report said. 

Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring are also predicted to rise as compared to 2016, but not as steeply as anchovy, it said. 

The two will see a combined increase of about 4 percent. 

East Asia is emerging as a key market for frozen mackerel; China, Japan and South Korea traded 595,000 metric tons of the product last year. 

As for herring, strong catches put pressure on prices at the beginning of the year, with the Norwegian minimum price being reduced several times already, the report stated. 

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