Middle East platform for fish farmers

THE first Middle East Aquaculture Forum, to be held at the World Trade Centre in Dubai from April 5-6, promises to be an exciting platform for fish farming experts. It has so far attracted more than 100 abstracts and over 30 sponsors have been confirmed. ‘Towards Sustainable Aquaculture in the Middle East’ will be theContinue Reading

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Civilian SAR helicopter service launched

Civilian SAR helicopter service launched

THE launch of the civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked yesterday in a ceremony at the new SAR base at Humberside Airport. Bristow Helicopters will operate the service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The company, which was awarded the ten-year contract by the Department for Transport in MarchContinue Reading

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Fish Update briefing Friday, February 27

Fish Update briefing Friday, February 27

British chippie opens in Afghan capital FISH and chips British style have arrived in Afghanistan. The first traditional restaurant serving white fish in batter with freshly fried chips has opened in the capital, Kabul – and it is going down a treat with the locals. The fish and chip restaurant, which looks like anything foundContinue Reading

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Cargo ship towed to Sound of Mull

Cargo ship towed to Sound of Mull

THE cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground off Scotland’s west coast last week, is now anchored at Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. She arrived there last night after being towed by the Kingdom of Fife tug for the 17-mile journey, supported by the Forth Jouster. TheContinue Reading

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Irish skippers meet scientists to discuss nephrops

Irish skippers meet scientists to discuss nephrops

MORE than 30 Irish skippers met representatives from the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the IFPO and other associations on Tuesday to discuss the nephrops fishery on the Arran Grounds and recent gear trials. Dr Paul Connolly, director of Fisheries and Ecosystem Services in the Marine Institute, said: ‘Nephrops are a key resource forContinue Reading

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Culinary coup for Scottish seafood

Culinary coup for Scottish seafood

SCOTTISH salmon and seafood is to be promoted to more than 10 million global chefs in the continuation of a deal with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (World Chefs). As part of the agreement, Scottish salmon and scallops will be used exclusively by the world’s top chefs as they compete in the Chefs GlobalContinue Reading

Aldi and Lidl boost German salmon sales

SALES of fresh salmon in Germany soared by 80 per cent between 2012 and 2014, thanks to competitive prices in discount stores such as Aldi and Lidl. The market in the country for fresh salmon is broad and includes families with young children, single adults, couples and pensioners, Intrafish reported. Morten Lindrupsen, market analyst atContinue Reading

Record year for Scottish Salmon Company

Record year for Scottish Salmon Company

THE Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has reported a 43 per cent rise in revenues for the final quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in the previous year. Quarter four revenues were up to £30.8 million, from £21.5 million, in 2013, completing a record year for the firm. The full-year total of £125.9 millionContinue Reading

Norway Royal Salmon growth plans

Norway Royal Salmon growth plans

NORWAY Royal Salmon (NRS) is aiming to boost production by 40 per cent, having been granted 10 new licences since the start of 2014, Fish Farming Expert reported. But the company harvested 35 per cent less in the final quarter compared to the same period in 2013. According to Intrafish, the company’s operating revenues fellContinue Reading

Oil to be pumped from stricken ship

Oil to be pumped from stricken ship

The ship to ship transfer of the fuel oil from the Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground last week, looks set to begin tomorrow morning, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Better weather conditions mean there is a window to do this work between 3am and midday tomorrow. In total 153 tons of fuel will be pumped from the vesselContinue Reading

Bakkafrost to increase smolt production

Bakkafrost to increase smolt production

BAKKAFROST, the Faroese salmon farmer which yesterday announced record fourth quarter and annual profits, is to increase smolt production. The first part of the plan will affect its operation at its Viðareiði base in the Faroes and is expected to bring major benefits. Bakkafrost said the move will increase the smolt production in Viðareiði by a factor of four and should becomeContinue Reading

Study of Landing Obligation impact

Study of Landing Obligation impact

Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, is commissioning a project to analyse the impact of the Landing Obligation on the UK supply chain. The analysis will cover all species landed domestically into the UK that will be subject to the phased implementation of the landing obligation. The project will also look at all sectors within theContinue Reading

Campbells agrees salmon deal with Aldi

CAMPBELLS has announced a major expansion of its seafood sales to supermarket Aldi. The family owned company, based near Linlithgow, West Lothian, will supply more than 140,000 packs of Scottish salmon during the next year to the fast growing discount chain, it was reported by Glasgow’s Herald this morning. The salmon is being sourced byContinue Reading

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost smashes profits record

Salmon farmer Bakkafrost smashes profits record

THE Bakkafrost Group, the largest salmon farming company in the Faroe Islands, has delivered record results for the fourth quarter of 2014, with an EBIT or operating profit of 227.5 million Danish kroners (DKK). The operating profit for the whole year was DKK 833.8 million, also a record. The combined farming and value added products (VAP) segment made an operationalContinue Reading