Key trends:

  • Preliminary figures indicate that overall purse seine fishing days fell slightly in July, but VDS day usage rose slightly. Fishing intensity (fishing days/calendar day) decreased slightly, driven by a decrease in HS effort. Note that July figures may be adjusted as NFDs are processed.Preliminary figures indicate that overall purse seine fishing effort rose slightly in August, with fishing intensity (fishing days/calendar day) also increasing slightly. Note that August figures may be adjusted as NFDs are processed.
  • Total purse seine catch (EEZs+HS) continued to fall in August, down by around 13% on the July total. The lower catch continued a trend for lower catches during the FAD closure. Catch and effort remained concentrated in the west, with around 66% of total catch in FSM and PNG. Preliminary data indicates that effort remains high in FSM in September.
  • Based on preliminary figures, overall catch rates fell in August, although remained roughly consistent with August catch rates across the 2019-22 period. Catch rates fell across all species/size classes.
  • Reported transhipment volumes fell by around 17% on July volumes, with reported volumes highest in PNG. Note that transhipment volumes for some ports are not available.
  • Bangkok SKJ prices averaged $1800 in August, up from $1600 in July, according to Thai Union figures. Singapore MGO price continued to fall, averaging $1,048/mt in August, down from $1,117/mt in July. The differential between BKK SKJ price and Singapore MGO price rose sharply from the long-term low in June.
  • Amongst PNA Parties, all countries have now experienced major community transmission events at some stage during the COVID pandemic, with the exception of Tuvalu (and Tokelau). Short, sharp waves of cases experienced by several PNA Parties in recent months have now subsided, with new daily case numbers across all Parties relatively low.
  • Amongst key SE Asian processing countries, case numbers are low levels relative to population size.

Find attached the covid19 detailed and updated reports;

COVID19 Update