‘Don’t sell us out’ urge fishermen

‘Don’t sell us out’ urge fishermen

COMPLETE control of fisheries in UK waters must be restored during the Brexit negotiations, industry leaders insisted today as the government prepared to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the case for repatriating powers entirely to the UK government and the devolved administrations wasContinue Reading

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Feed pioneer takes fly farms to North America

Feed pioneer takes fly farms to North America

SOUTH African insect feed pioneer AgriProtein is to build 20 fly farms in the US and Canada as part of its target of 100 facilities by 2024 and 200 by 2027. The company’s global network of insect protein factories aims to mass produce sustainable animal feeds to replace fishmeal used in aquaculture, agriculture and petContinue Reading

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Iceland firm in processing cutback

Iceland firm in processing cutback

HB Grandi, Iceland’s second largest fishing company, has announced that it plans to end groundfish (cod, haddock) processing at its Akranes plant on the south west coast of the country. Some job losses could be on the cards, although the company has not yet confirmed this. With a population of little more than 6,500 people,Continue Reading

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Bakkafrost confirms ISA outbreak

Bakkafrost confirms ISA outbreak

BAKKAFROST today disclosed that its suspicions of pathogenic ISA virus at one of its farms has now been confirmed. The big Faroe Islands fish farmer said the problem was centred at the farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður which has been under increased surveillance since July last year, when routine tests resulted in suspicion of fish being infected by ISA virus. AfterContinue Reading

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New award for salmon scientists

New award for salmon scientists

HEALTH company MSD is championing young aquaculture leaders with the introduction of a science award supporting research into health and welfare. Starting this year, MSD Animal Health will award one recent graduate in veterinary or animal science the opportunity to present their research to industry specialists at one of the group’s meetings in Scotland. ‘WithContinue Reading

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Wester Ross commended in export awards

Wester Ross commended in export awards

WESTER Ross Fisheries has been recognised at the HSBC Scottish Export Awards 2017, held in Glasgow last week. Scotland’s oldest independent owner-operated salmon farm, which operates from Dingwall and Ullapool, was highly commended in the small exporter of the year category at the awards ceremony. Wester Ross Fisheries employs 60 staff and is the largestContinue Reading

SAIC champions regional growth strategy

SAIC champions regional growth strategy

THE Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has given evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee as part of a panel of expert witnesses consulted on the recently published Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy. The Green Paper sets out the UK government’s ambition to improve living standards and economic growth byContinue Reading

Scottish vision to double food and drink industry

Scottish vision to double food and drink industry

AN ambitious strategy to double growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, aquaculture, food and drink industry to £30 billion by 2030 was unveiled today. Food and drink has been Scotland’s best performing sector in recent years, with record export figures released last weekend and sales at home increasing rapidly too. The sector is worth £14.4 billionContinue Reading

Top seafood restaurant changes hands

Top seafood restaurant changes hands

ONE of Scotland’s best known fish restaurants has changed hands. The Seafood Restaurant, which looks out to sea at St Andrews, has been acquired by 22-year-old Stefano Pieraccini, who was recently a marketing and commercial management graduate. True to his Italian heritage, he has now renamed the distinctive glass building, the Seafood Ristorante.  He plans toContinue Reading

Schools get insight into Shetland fishing

Schools get insight into Shetland fishing

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association has donated copies of its popular yearbooks to all schools in the islands. Two editions of the books, which give an accessible round-up of activity within the industry, have now been published – 2016 and 2017 – and a third is in the pipeline. Simon Collins, executive officer of the Shetland Fishermen’sContinue Reading

Mixed views on Norway fishing changes

Mixed views on Norway fishing changes

NORWEGIAN government plans to abolish the duty obligations around the country’s deep sea fishing fleet have brought mixed views from within the industry. Fisheries minister Per Sandberg (pictured) has published a White Paper on the industry, outlining changes to the present regulatory framework. He said the so called ‘duties’ belong to an outdated policy measure and he believes his changes will encourage greaterContinue Reading