BP in £12bn final Gulf settlement

BP has finally settled the massive compensation claims brought against it five years after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill – with a final payment of around £12 billion, it was announced last night. The United States government and five states have reached an $18.7 billion settlement figure following the rig explosion which left 11 rigContinue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing Friday July 3

Fish Update Briefing Friday July 3

THERE is fish for free in North Carolina tomorrow – July 4, American Independence Day. But only if you catch it yourself. Residents of the state can fish in any public body of water – coastal or inland – without purchasing a fishing licence or an additional trout licence. Free fishing day has become somethingContinue Reading

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Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

The prospect of higher quotas for several key Scottish fish stocks in 2016 has been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF). The latest scientific assessments from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that North Sea haddock, cod and plaice stocks are all rising, as is megrim and Rockall haddockContinue Reading

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ICES signals higher cod and haddock catches for North Sea

ICES signals higher cod and haddock catches for North Sea

ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, has proposed an increased cod quota  in the North Sea  for this year of about 5,000 tonnes, raising it from  an earlier agreed quota of 35,100 to  40,419 tonnes. And it is recommending an even higher catch of 49,259 tonnes for 2016.. This corresponds toContinue Reading

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Associated Seafoods shortlisted for food awards

Associated Seafoods shortlisted for food awards

ASSOCIATED Seafoods Ltd (ASL) has been shortlisted in the Export and Young Shining Star categories of the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards. The awards celebrate excellence and achievement in the food and drink sector of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. In the export category, Buckie based ASL was shortlisted because of itsContinue Reading

Seafish launches nationwide fleet survey

Seafish launches nationwide fleet survey

SEAFISH has launched its latest annual economic survey on the state and strength of the British fishing fleet. Over the coming months, Seafish researchers will visit ports across the country to speak to vessel owners and skippers from all sectors of the industry to collect data on fishing and vessel costs. By gathering this information, Seafish economists say they will thenContinue Reading

East meets west in seafood journey

East meets west in seafood journey

The best of Scottish salmon and seafood was on show in June, when a Worldchefs mission from the East joined industry leaders for a food and drink journey through Scotland. The week-long exchange of information, friendship and industry insights included representatives from the Singapore Chefs Association, the Hong Kong Chefs Association and the Hong KongContinue Reading

Hong Kong to host mega seafood show

Hong Kong to host mega seafood show

HONG Kong has moved back into the fishing spotlight as Seafood Expo Asia returns to the territory in September. Highly regarded as one of the industry’s most influential trade events, Seafood Expo Asia is introducing an expanded programme of special events and networking opportunities at the Convention and Exhibition Centre between September 8 and 10. The eventContinue Reading

Beach School in class of its own

Beach School in class of its own

THE GRAB Trust has received £5,000 from Scottish Sea Farms to assist with a learning project called Beach School. Aimed at primary school pupils in mid-Argyll, Kintyre, Oban, Lorn and the Isles, the project provides outdoor learning opportunities and will improve life-learning skills such as outdoor safety, appropriate risk taking, adaptation and social responsibility. OtherContinue Reading

Iceland company orders two new super vessels

Iceland company orders two new super vessels

SAMHERJI, Iceland’s largest fishing company, has placed a multi-million euro order for two new trawlers for its German subsidiary, Deutsche Fishfang Union (DFFU). The two 80 meter stern trawlers, which will be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce and built at the Kleven’s Myklebust Verft yard in Norway, are scheduled to  be delivered in around two years’ time,Continue Reading

Macduff Shellfish gains foothold in England

EUROPE’S largest wild caught shellfish processor, Macduff Shellfish, announced yesterday it had acquired a shellfish trading business and four scallop fishing vessels in the south west of England for an undisclosed sum. Macduff Shellfish, based in Mintlaw near Peterhead in Scotland, intends to use the acquisition – from Exeter-based the Greendale Group – to gainContinue Reading

Cameron wades into Grimsby salmon row

Cameron wades into Grimsby salmon row

PRIME Minister David Cameron has intervened in the Young’s Seafood drama, pledging to do all he can to help the company and Grimsby. He has agreed to meet Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers and Grimsby MP Melanie Onn over the issue, which is expected to cost around 300 jobs in the town. Young’s learned on Tuesday that itsContinue Reading