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Groundfish 2015: Global whitefish supply expected to climb 3% in 2016

Alaska pollock supplies expected to grow 4.5% year-on-year with both Russia and US/Canada ramping up catches.

The global wild whitefish supply is expected to rise to 7,331 million metric tons in 2016, up 3 percent from last year's estimated catch of 7,112 million metric tons, attendees at the 24th annual Groundfish Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, were told on Thursday.

The Alaska pollock fishery – the largest single source of whitefish – is expected to climb nearly 4.5 percent from 3,355 million metric tons in 2014 to 3,505 million in 2015.

The US/Canada pollock harvest is expected to grow in 2016 to 1.5 million metric tons, up from the 1.48 million metric tons in 2014.

Russia's pollock catch is projected to hike significantly next year to 1.73 million metric tons, from 1.6 million metric tons last year. Japan will remain stable at 250,000 metric tons year-on-year.

Atlantic cod harvests are projected to remain stable year-on-year at around 1.29 million metric tons. Norway and Russia are projected to keep a stable quota, while Iceland is estimated to up its landings from 245,000 to 250,000 metric tons year-on-year. 

Projections show the catch of Pacific cod will climb slightly year-on-year from 484,000 metric tons to 485,000 metric tons.

Harvests of haddock are expected to climb again in 2016 – fueled by the surprise 2015 TAC increase by Norway and Russia earlier this year.

Landings in 2016 are expected to hit 366,000 metric tons, which would be up from the 342,000 metric tons estimated for 2015. Norway, Russia, as well as Iceland and the European Union/Greenland are estimated to up their haddock catches next year.

Global hake supplies are expected to grow from a total of 800,000 metric tons this year to a projected 915,000 metric tons in 2016. Pacific hakes, South American hake and Cape hake are estimated to grow year-on-year.

Saithe harvests are also likely to jump to 304,000 metric tons from 293,000 metric tons this year, and redfish catches are expected to grow marginally to 159,000 metric tons.

Farmed fish projections were overall strong, even though Atlantic salmon production is expected to remain stable year-on-year at 2.33 million metric tons.

Farmed rainbow trout and steelhead production, meanwhile, is expected to grow from 206,000 to 210,000 metric tons.

Farmed coho salmon is expected to rise slightly, from 129,000 metric tons this year, to 130,000 metric tons next year.

Production of pangasius in Vietnam is expected to remain stable at 1 million metric tons, while US catfish production is expected to drop further year-on-year, from 150,000 metric tons this year to an estimated 145,000 metric tons in 2016.

The tables below show overview by species.

Wild groundfish supply: 2010 - 2015 supply outlook (in 1,000 metric tons)

Species

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014*

2015*

2016*

Alaska pollock

2,536

3,147

3,210

3,200

3,213

3,355

3,505

Atlantic cod

952

1,064

1,107

1,343

1,380

1,292

1,297

Saithe

409

344

341

308

290

293

304

South American hakes

433

430

377

406

369

372

382

Pacific hakes

227

271

207

283

301

220

240

Haddock

397

430

428

305

287

342

366

Hoki

271

264

257

234

244

247

239

Pacific cod

369

437

470

470

479

484

485

Cape hakes

259

274

279

291

284

288

293

Southern blue whiting

81

62

69

61

57

61

61

Redfish

165

167

140

151

149

158

159

Total

6,099

6,889

6,885

7,052

7,053

7,112

7,331

 

Farmed groundfish supply: A five-year supply outlook (in 1,000 metric tons)*

Farmed Species

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014*

2015*

2016*

Atlantic Salmon

1,447

1,060

1,984

2,062

2,265

2,335

2,334

Channel catfish/pangasius

1,705

1,810

2,025

1,675

1,987

1,975

2,045

Farmed coho

134

160

160

154

167

129

130

Rainbow trout/steelhead

307

314

362

255

250

206

210

* Groundfish panel estimates

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