Team assembled to deliver Marine Harvest Feed Plant

Team assembled to deliver Marine Harvest Feed Plant

Following approval by the authorities for its fish feed plant in Scotland, Marine Harvest has announced a number of new appointments to deliver the 110m Euro (£93 m) investment.… Ben Hadfield, Chief Operating Officer Feed and Managing Director of Marine Harvest Scotland welcomed the new appointments, saying: “This is a major investment for the companyContinue Reading

Unst trainee scoops prize for excellence

Unst trainee scoops prize for excellence

THE NAFC Marine Centre’s most outstanding SVQ Aquaculture Level 3 student award has been won by Sam Spence, a farm worker and modern apprentice from Cooke Aquaculture Scotland. The award was presented at the annual prize giving at the Shetland centre yesterday. Sam, who lives and works on Unst, Shetland, was first recruited to theContinue Reading

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Norway to counter cod quality complaints

Norway to counter cod quality complaints

NORWAY has launched a campaign to improve the quality of the cod its fishermen catch. Norway Seafoods feedstock manager Oliver Nergaard has invited the entire fishing industry to join him on a quality improvement mission, with the first meeting for buyers in eastern Finnmark held in Tromso recently. Other meetings will follow. The issue hasContinue Reading

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Leroy trebles final quarter profits

Leroy trebles final quarter profits

LEROY, the big Norwegian salmon farmer and now trawler fishing company, tripled its profits in the fourth quarter of last year. Thanks to record high prices for salmon, the Lerøy Seafood Group reported a turnover of NOK 4.9 billion during the final three months of 2016 compared to NOK 3.6 billion in the same period last year.  TheContinue Reading

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No truth in antibiotic claims

No truth in antibiotic claims

ANTIBIOTIC use in salmon farming remains low and does not pose a risk to human health, according to the Scottish government. ‘Antibiotics are not used on a long-term basis but intermittently for short periods – five to 14 days – to control outbreaks of disease,’ said a government spokesman, in response to claims by anti-salmonContinue Reading

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Chippie offers millennium markdown

Chippie offers millennium markdown

THOUSANDS of fish and chip fans turned up at the award winning Harbour Lights fish restaurant in Cornwall, as it turned the clock back 17 years by selling at millennium prices. The Falmouth establishment was crowned Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 National Fish and Chip Awards ceremony in London last month.Continue Reading

Employers face £15m strike deal bill

Employers face £15m strike deal bill

THE cost of the deal which ended the longest fishermen’s strike in Iceland’s history has been estimated at two billion kroners a year – or almost £15 million. That is the price SFS, the Icelandic fishing vessel owners’ federation, has placed on the settlement signed late Sunday night. Along with extra pay and a larger share ofContinue Reading

Norway reports big drop in drugs

Norway reports big drop in drugs

THE salmon industry in Norway significantly reduced its use of chemical sea lice treatments in 2016, according to the Norwegian Seafood Federation. There was a reduction of between 33 and 63 per cent in chemicals from pharmaceutical and feed companies, as farmers relied more on measures such as cleaner fish. In 2016, farmers used 26.6Continue Reading

Russia blasts Norway in fishing row

Russia blasts Norway in fishing row

RUSSIA has threatened to freeze all political contacts with Norway in a move that could have major ramifications for fishing in the region. The two countries share the Barents Sea, the largest source for cod, haddock, mackerel and herring in the northern hemisphere. The cod quota alone is more than 800,000 tonnes. In a statement issuedContinue Reading

Automated net washing launched

Automated net washing launched

A SCOTTISH based company has launched an automated net washing machine, created by a New Zealand firm for the international market. The AutoBoss is a ‘smart’ machine that quickly covers the net surface using a flexible range of operator-set washing cycles. Situated in a compact, fully self-contained floating pontoon, the machine runs close to theContinue Reading

Iceland back to sea after historic strike

Iceland back to sea after historic strike

THE longest fishermen’s strike in modern Icelandic history is finally over – and the fleet is already putting to sea. The nine-week-old dispute which has caused fish marketing reverberations throughout Europe came to an end early Saturday morning after all sides finally struck an agreement. By last night most crews had voted by ballot to acceptContinue Reading

Fish Update briefing Friday, February 17

Fish Update briefing Friday, February 17

ICELAND FISHING FLEET SHRINKS THE  Icelandic fishing fleet is getting smaller, according to the latest government  statistics. A total of 1,647 fishing vessels were registered at the Icelandic Transport Authority at the end of 2016, which is 16 ships fewer than in the previous year. The number of decked vessels was 747 and their combined sizeContinue Reading