Will the election change anything for fishermen?

THE Fishermen’s Association Ltd (FAL) is gloomy about the outcome of the general election in May, whatever the result. In its spring newsletter, FAL says: ‘It would not be a good idea to predict results as opinion polls seem very close and there are several imponderables. But it would not be unreasonable to look overContinue Reading

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United States fingers more illegal fishing countries

THE United States fishing watchdog body claims to have identified six nations — Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nigeria, Nicaragua, and Portugal — as engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity. In its 2015 biennial report to Congress, the Nation Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned that IUU fishing and seafood fraud undermine international effortsContinue Reading

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Marine Harvest plans processing move

Marine Harvest plans processing move

THE UK’s largest salmon farming company, Marine Harvest, has unveiled plans to build a new fish processing plant in the Highlands, according to a report yesterday in Aberdeen’s Press and Journal. The site, at Corpach, is a former saw mill and Marine Harvest has applied to Highland Council for planning permission to convert it intoContinue Reading

Sterilisation pilot to protect wild stocks

SCIENTISTS are conducting a study to find out whether genetically sterilising farmed salmon would prevent them from breeding with their wild counterparts. The team of researchers, from the University of East Anglia, have received £300,000 funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), reported FIS. TheyContinue Reading

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Seafood pub grub lands major award

THE Seafood Pub Company has hooked one of the catering industry’s top national trophies. Its concept of combining fish with the traditional British pub been awarded the main prize at the annual Publican Awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. Managing director and founder Joycelyn Neve and the company’s executive chef Antony Shirley were among more than 1,300Continue Reading

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First oyster farm certified against ASC bivalves standard

The Jersey Oyster Company has become the first oyster farm in the world to meet the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible bivalve aquaculture. ‘I am delighted to welcome Jersey Oyster Company to the ranks of ASC certified farms,’ said Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO. ‘Now I very much look forward to the first ASCContinue Reading

Line up for the ‘greatest shoal on earth’

Line up for the ‘greatest shoal on earth’

EVERY year around June, July and August billions of sardines ‘run’ or migrate up the east coast of South Africa between Port Elizabeth and Durban. It is the biggest migration of any fish species, and the second biggest of any animal migration in the world, after East Africa’s great wildebeest migration. The run occurs when aContinue Reading

Seafish launches inshore fishing road map

Seafish launches inshore fishing road map

MANY inshore fishing areas around the English coast need a lot more work to bring them up to a fully sustainable level, a detailed study has established. Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, together with the Marine Stewardship Council, has today published its findings from a three-year project. This has, for the first time, mapped all English inshore fisheries and developed sustainability ‘roadContinue Reading

Grimsby seafood firm lands Ocado deal

Grimsby seafood firm lands Ocado deal

A GRIMSBY seafood company is celebrating landing a contract with the world’s largest online food retailer. JCS Fish has secured the deal with Ocado, which has supplied some of the country’s biggest supermarket chains in the past. The deal is a major coup for this innovative Grimsby salmon company, which employs between 35 and 40 people. Potentially,Continue Reading

Fishing order could decimate Tarbert industry

Fishing order could decimate Tarbert industry

A TARBERT fisherman claims up to 50 jobs in the village may be lost if a Firth of Clyde fishery regulating order is imposed, reports Mark Davey in today’s Argyllshire Advertiser. Kenny MacNab, 59, the chairman of the Clyde Fisherman’s Association, spoke out after meetings organised by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) in TarbertContinue Reading

Scotland’s £4.3 million boost for sea lice research

THE Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has announced grants worth almost £950,000 to two sea lice research projects initiated by the salmon industry. Combined industry and academic contributions to the projects will total more than £3.4 million. The projects aim to boost the numbers, quality and welfare of farmed cleaner fish used in commercial salmonContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing Friday March 27

Fish Update Briefing Friday March 27

Drones to help with seal count A GROUP of six Norwegian scientists and drone operators from the country’s Institute of Marine Research and the Northern Research Institute have set out on a major expedition to see if it is possible to count seals using unmanned aircraft. Until now fishery scientists in Norway have used conventional aircraft toContinue Reading

Discard ban row over two year ‘grace’ period

A SCOTTISH MEP has criticised Marine Scotland for being heavy handed over its implementation of the discard ban. Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, a former deputy chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the some of the government body’s advice seems ‘to run counter to the spirit of the landings obligation’. Earlier this month, theContinue Reading