LONDON, UK --The supply of the big stocks of wild whitefish will drop by 186,000 metric tons to 7.06 million metric tons in 2019, according to a forecast from the Groundfish Forum.
You can see the forecast -- presented Wednesday at the forum, being held this year in London -- below.
The forecast at the forum for the US supply of Alaska pollock for 2019 is 1.45m metric tons, down from 1.543m in 2018. Undercurrent News previously reported the science on pollock points to possible cuts in the next couple of years. For Russian pollock, the forum predicts a steady supply in 2019 of 1.70m metric tons, with overall supply dropping from 3.45m this year to 3.37m.
For Atlantic cod, the total supply is forecast to drop from 1.21m metric tons to 1.14m, due to the expected cut in the Russian and Norwegian quota for next year. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has said the quota should be cut by 13% for 2019.
For US and Canadian Pacific cod, the forum forecast has the total supply at 367,000t in 2019, down from 385,000t. This is driven by the drop in US supply from 223,000t to 200,000t. As with pollock, the science also points to a cut on US Pacific cod for 2019, as Undercurrent previously reported.
The prediction from the forum has haddock supply coming down only 3,000t, to 312,000t. ICES' advice on haddock was a 25% cut. Saithe supply is also set to come down somewhat, from 368,000t to 360,000t.
Total supply of hakes in 2019 is set to increase slightly, driven by the EU, to 1.30m metric tons, from 1.27m. The main hake producers, the US, Argentina, Namibia, and South Africa, are all set to be stable at 385,000t, 283,000t, 154,000t and 133,000t, however.
For redfish, the supply is set to increase 2,000t to 173,000t, according to the forum forecast. Hoki supply is forecast to increase 2,000t, to 184,000t.