Iceland responds to latest Coastal States meeting

Iceland responds to latest Coastal States meeting

Iceland has made a formal response to the annual consultations between the Coastal States on the management of mackerel stock in the North-East Atlantic that took place in London this week. ‘Annual consultations between the Coastal States, including Iceland, Norway, the European Union and the Faroe Islands, on the management of mackerel stock in theContinue Reading

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Study of antibiotics in aquaculture

Study of antibiotics in aquaculture

A RECENT research project on the use of antibiotics in aquaculture has looked at the presence of antibiotics in a number of species across 11 countries. PhD candidate, Hansa Done, and Rolf Halden, PhD, from Arizona State University, studied shrimp, salmon, catfish, trout, tilapia and swai, and found the presence of five antibiotics of 47Continue Reading

ITF Seafarers’ Trust unveils new chief

ITF Seafarers’ Trust unveils new chief

THE ITF Seafarers’ Trust – the charity arm of the International Transport Workers’ Federation – has appointed leading shipping figure Kimberly Karlshoej as its new head. Kimberly Karlshoej is well known as a founder and, until recently, director and programme officer of The TK Foundation, the trust named after her father, J Torben Karlshoej, whoContinue Reading

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Marine Harvest profits slip in wake of Russian ban

Marine Harvest profits slip in wake of Russian ban

SALMON supplies to Russia from Marine Harvest dropped by 0.9 per cent to 32,700 tonnes in the third quarter of 2014, a direct result of the trade embargo against the US and Europe. Reported in Tass, a report by Marine Harvest stated that: ‘Consumption in Russia however kept stable despite the sanctions, proving the dynamicContinue Reading

Ocean-based fish farming can never be organic, claims report

Ocean-based fish farming can never be organic, claims report

THE US-based Center for Food Safety (CFS) has issued a report claiming that ocean-based fish farming can never be certified as organic. Reported in E-news Forest Park, the scientific report: Like Water and Oil: Ocean-Based Fish Farming and Organic Don’t Mix, has been released prior to the USDA regulations governing aquaculture. The CFS warns thatContinue Reading

First oyster farms assessed against ASC standard

First oyster farms assessed against ASC standard

Three oyster farms have become the first in the world to enter assessment against the ASC Bivalves Standard for responsible aquaculture. Jersey Sea Farms, Jersey Oyster Ltd and Seymour Oysters, all based in Jersey, UK, were recently assessed against the ASC Bivalve Standard. Tony Legg, Jersey Sea Farms’ owner said: “From day one, we knewContinue Reading

Ex-Young’s chief leads youth ‘rehab’ drive

Ex-Young’s chief leads youth ‘rehab’ drive

THE former chief executive of Britain’s largest seafood company  is spearheading a bold  new  initiative to help hundreds of ‘problem’ young people in the Grimsby area rebuild their shattered lives. It revolves around a marine based  project called CatZero which has been running successfully in Hull since 2008. The project was recently outlined by ex-Young’s SeafoodContinue Reading

Video: FAD-caught tuna fishing – stop trashing our oceans

Video: FAD-caught tuna fishing – stop trashing our oceans

Greenpeace has released footage leaked by fishermen working aboard industrial tuna fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean. It shows the shocking reality of tuna fishing using Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) alongside huge purse seine nets which catches a huge array of non-target species, including sharks, rays and turtles. This is a method of fishing stillContinue Reading

2015 outlook for global whitefish supply remain stable

2015 outlook for global whitefish supply remain stable

THE global supply of whitefish is expected to drop slightly next year, but the outlook still remains  reasonably stable, industry leaders have been told. The audience at the 23rd  annual Groundfish Forum in Rome, Italy, heard  that  wild whitefish harvests are expected to slip to 7,078 million metric tons in 2015, down slightly from lastContinue Reading

Oslo formally accept Mitsubishi offer for Cermaq

Oslo formally accept Mitsubishi offer for Cermaq

THE Norwegian Government yesterday  formally  accepted an offer from Mitsubishi for  its majority  holding in the Norwegian fish farming business Cermaq ASA Oslo currently holds a 59  per cent stake in the company which is valued at  almost nine billion kroners (NOK). Mitsubishis has  made an offer of  NOK 96 per share. Monica Mæland, MinisterContinue Reading

Gael Force delivers feed barge to Muck

Gael Force delivers feed barge to Muck

GAEL Force Marine of Inverness has delivered a Sea-Mate 400T Feed Barge to Marine Harvest Scotland’s Isle of Muck site. The barge was under tow on a four-day journey covering almost 300 nautical miles to the west coast and the Island of Muck. With a 400-tonne capacity, this is the largest and most sophisticated bargeContinue Reading

Deep-sea fishing ban will destroy livelihoods, warns skipper

Deep-sea fishing ban will destroy livelihoods, warns skipper

AN experienced Scottish skipper has warned that outlawing deep sea fishing would cause unnecessary job losses in the industry. Peter Lovie, skipper of the Endeavour (BF515), urged fishermen and environmental groups to work together to achieve their common goal of eliminating the threat to some species and protecting vulnerable ecosystems without the need for aContinue Reading

Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea cod quota

Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea cod quota

AN agreement has finally been reached between Norway and Russia on how much fish should be caught in the Barents Sea next year. The cod quota has been set at 901,000 tonnes, down 99,000 tonnes on this year’s figure, but the total does include an additional 42,000 tonnes for inshore cod, which should benefit Norway’s small boat fleet.Continue Reading

Cartel probe for Iceland fish carriers

Cartel probe for Iceland fish carriers

A NUMBER of employees at two of Iceland’s largest fish carriers are under official investigation, and could face prosecution, over alleged illegal co-operation. Samskip and Eimskip are the country’s main shipping companies and carry most, if not all, of the seaborne fish to Scotland and to the Humber, as well as to other European destinations. TogetherContinue Reading