The top fisheries stories of 2017: Russian building boom, IUU, Peru cap turbulent year

Pollock, IUU report controversy, Peru's anchovy quota, vessel new-builds -- it was a year of big news in the fishing industry.

We've brought you the overall top stories of 2017, the most-read commentary pieces as well as the top seafood executive changes of the past year. But what about a drill-down into wild-harvest fisheries news?

It was yet another eventful year, and as usual quota decisions, stories covering vessel new-builds and overall supply and demand outlooks created some furor in the sector and were of huge interest to IntraFish readers.

Here's the full list of the year's most-read fishing-related stories.

1. Russia recommends cut to pollock TAC for 2018

TINRO sets recommendations across a number of species for the year.

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2. Peru sets first season anchovy quota

Quota is up nearly 56% compared with last year's first season.

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3. EU slaps Vietnam with yellow card

The decision highlights that Vietnam is not doing enough to fight illegal fishing.

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4. MSC takes industry's side in dispute over controversial IUU report

Walton Foundation, which funded the report, is reaching out to study's authors.

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5. Russia, Norway set 2018 Barents Sea cod, haddock quotas

Both see a 13% drop for the coming year.

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6. Maine lobster sector primed for another year of strong supplies and booming demand

Lobster prices held steady last year despite the sky-high harvest indicating that demand domestically and across Asia continues to boom, executives told IntraFish.

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7. Take a tour of Sea Harvest's remodeled freezer-trawler

Take a tour of the Atlantic Peace, Sea Harvest's latest addition to its South African hake fleet.

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8. Russian harvesting giant to invest €180 million in six new crab vessels

The vessels, which are estimated to cost €30 million each, are to be built at Vyborg Shipyard.

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9. Russia’s wild salmon catches 40% ahead of 2015 pace

Catches off Kamchatka provide 90% of the overall salmon harvest in the Far East.

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10. Chilean sea bass is back: Improved management, MSC certification have rebuilt fishery's image

Clamp down on illegal fishing of the species is boosting the image -- and price -- of toothfish in the United States.

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11. What's behind the battle against farmed shrimp imports?

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12. Russia slashes 2017 wild salmon harvest forecast

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13. Possible quota cuts may be 'devastating' to some Pacific cod harvesters

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14. Barents Sea cod, haddock TACs to bring 'no drama' to market

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15. Atlantic cod price increases appear inevitable

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16. Tech start-up claims to reduce bycatch by up to 90% using LEDs

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17. Further shake-up in coldwater shrimp sector as Canadians delay season

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18. Battle continues over new snow crab goldmine in the Barents Sea

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19. Grundens rolls out new 'Deck Boss' boot

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20. Huge Bristol Bay harvests make for buyer's market on fresh sockeye