Gael Force buys Mohn Aqua

Gael Force buys Mohn Aqua

THE Forres based underwater technology specialist Mohn Aqua has been bought by Gael Force Group. Mohn Aqua has a well established name in the aquaculture industry but the Norwegian owned firm had been facing an uncertain future without further investment. Gael Force plans to invest in product development, production, sales and servicing support of theContinue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing Friday May 6

Fish Update Briefing Friday May 6

BP GIVES UP FISH COMPENSATION FIGHT BP is reported to have given up fighting compensation claims totalling $1 billion by US Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors following the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an email that the company had withdrawn its bid to seek an injunction against paymentsContinue Reading

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Solid start to year for Marel

Solid start to year for Marel

MAREL, the leading global provider of advanced fish and food processing systems, has announced solid results for the first quarter of this year with an EBITDA increase of 15 per cent and a strong order book. Revenue for the three-month period totalled 233.9 million euros compared with 244.1 million euros for the same period inContinue Reading

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Norwegian exports continue relentless drive

Norwegian exports continue relentless drive

NORWEGIAN seafood exports have totalled NOK 28.8 billion for the first four months of this year, an increase of 26 per cent or NOK 5.9 billion. Once again, farmed salmon and whitefish such as cod are driving this impressive performance. Sales of salmon alone during April soared by 40 per cent while farmed trout exports shot upContinue Reading

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Fire badly damages Grimsby smokehouse

Fire badly damages Grimsby smokehouse

A TRADITIONAL Grimsby smoked fish house and fish merchants was seriously damaged by fire yesterday afternoon. Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the premises of Atkinsons Smoked Fish on the edge of Grimsby Docks more than a mile away. The company is one of the oldest traditional smokehouses in the town and hasContinue Reading

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SSF signs £900k deal for Orkney pens

SSF signs £900k deal for Orkney pens

A £900,000 order from Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) for Fusion Marine salmon pens will ensure its new Westerbister site in Orkney is equipped with state-of-the-art containment technology. The order for 16 Triton 450 pens and associated equipment reinforces the close working relationship between SSF and Fusion Marine, which stretches back more than 20 years. TheContinue Reading

Europe to devolve conservation measures

Europe to devolve conservation measures

THE European Commission has presented its proposal for new technical conservation measures for fisheries in European waters which are expected to devolve certain powers back to the regions. The regulation will prescribe the general principles and the overall objectives of conservation and will set the basic rules that will be applicable to prohibited fishing gear or theContinue Reading

Seafood netting ‘huge benefits’ from EU

Seafood netting ‘huge benefits’ from EU

THE European Union referendum debate has moved into seafood with the UK Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss claiming fishermen are benefiting hugely from easy access to the EU markets. She said 85 per cent of all UK shellfish exports, worth £360 million, headed for European shores last year. Commenting on the latest exports figures, she said: ‘From seafoodContinue Reading

Fish overtime row goes to Brussels

Fish overtime row goes to Brussels

THE ongoing row over Grimsby based Icelandic Seachill, which has been accused of cutting overtime to pay for the new national living wage, has been taken to the European Commission in Brussels. The Unite union’s regional officer Dave Monaghanand shop steward Mark Hodson have also handed in a letter to the firm’s Icelandic owners protesting at the UK bossesContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing Friday April 29

Fish Update Briefing Friday April 29

FISH AND CHIPS – THE MUSICAL! A FISH and chip outlet in Bolton, England, has been turned into an impromptu theatre. Bolton Theatre’s next production, called ‘ChipshoptheMusical’, will be performed in the town takeaway, Olympus Fish and Chips, instead of a conventional auditorium, the Bolton News reported. The musical, to run from May 11 to 21,Continue Reading

Awards and more from Brussels

Awards and more from Brussels

GERMAN company Kagerer & Co and France’s Freshpack won the top prizes in this year’s Seafood Excellence Global awards in Brussels. They were among 39 finalists, including the Scottish Salmon Company for its Native Hebridean Salmon. The firm’s managing director Craig Anderson (pictured) said it was ‘an honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigiousContinue Reading

Scottish aquaculture could double by 2030

Scottish aquaculture could double by 2030

SCOTTISH aquaculture production could double by 2030 according to a group of leading figures in the industry. Stewart Graham, managing director of Gael Force Group, and Dennis Overton, chair of Aquascot, are co-chairing the group which also includes members representing the entire supply chain in aquaculture. They plan to set out a strategy for growth,Continue Reading

Fish hackathon seeks answers

Fish hackathon seeks answers

HACKERS from around the world have just battled it out to help fill crucial gaps in what is known about the state of world fisheries.   A 2,000-strong army of coders gathered in 43 host cities across six continents for the third annual Fishackathon.   The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), together with Young’s Seafood, Welsh ecological consultancy Salacia-Marine and theContinue Reading