Gael Force delivers feed barge to Muck

Gael Force delivers feed barge to Muck

GAEL Force Marine of Inverness has delivered a Sea-Mate 400T Feed Barge to Marine Harvest Scotland’s Isle of Muck site. The barge was under tow on a four-day journey covering almost 300 nautical miles to the west coast and the Island of Muck. With a 400-tonne capacity, this is the largest and most sophisticated bargeContinue Reading

Deep-sea fishing ban will destroy livelihoods, warns skipper

Deep-sea fishing ban will destroy livelihoods, warns skipper

AN experienced Scottish skipper has warned that outlawing deep sea fishing would cause unnecessary job losses in the industry. Peter Lovie, skipper of the Endeavour (BF515), urged fishermen and environmental groups to work together to achieve their common goal of eliminating the threat to some species and protecting vulnerable ecosystems without the need for aContinue Reading

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Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea cod quota

Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea cod quota

AN agreement has finally been reached between Norway and Russia on how much fish should be caught in the Barents Sea next year. The cod quota has been set at 901,000 tonnes, down 99,000 tonnes on this year’s figure, but the total does include an additional 42,000 tonnes for inshore cod, which should benefit Norway’s small boat fleet.Continue Reading

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Cartel probe for Iceland fish carriers

Cartel probe for Iceland fish carriers

A NUMBER of employees at two of Iceland’s largest fish carriers are under official investigation, and could face prosecution, over alleged illegal co-operation. Samskip and Eimskip are the country’s main shipping companies and carry most, if not all, of the seaborne fish to Scotland and to the Humber, as well as to other European destinations. TogetherContinue Reading

Fishupdate briefing

Fishupdate briefing

FISH AND CHIPS ARE SIMPLY KOSHER! FISH and chips a great British dish? Well, after a fashion according to Paul Levy, co-author of the “Official Foodie Handbook” and chairman of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. He says its origins are somewhat more exotic. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph last week Mr Levy saysContinue Reading

£1m contract signed with Argyll based company

£1m contract signed with Argyll based company

Scottish Sea Farms invests in Scottish firm for new fish pens for Orkney Wyre site Aquaculture expansion fuels increased spend and recruitment drive A contract worth over £1 million has been awarded to Fusion Marine, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fish farming equipment, based near Oban, as part of an ongoing expansion andContinue Reading

Landcatch signs international deal

Landcatch signs international deal

• Leading UK and US aquaculture companies complete landmark agreement • Landcatch, Troutlodge and Hendrix Genetics start integration process • Move will create new Chile venture, jobs and worldwide aquaculture advances NEW GLOBAL MULTI-SPECIES AQUACULTURE COMPANY FORMED Pioneering Scottish company Landcatch, which supplies Atlantic salmon eggs and smolts, as well as cutting-edge genetic services toContinue Reading

UK welcome for fish quota bank plan

UK welcome for fish quota bank plan

THE European Commission has reached agreement to allow fishermen to “bank” fish quotas in certain circumstances and the news has been broadly welcomed across the industry. UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice said the development would help Scottish fishermen – the main catchers of mackerel in the UK -  affected by the Russian ban because itContinue Reading

Offshore Mariculture Conference is launching in the Americas in November

Offshore Mariculture Conference is launching in the Americas in November

The global aquaculture industry continues to be the fastest growing animal-food-producing sector, accounting for around half of all fish consumed in the world today. The Offshore Mariculture Conference is being launched in the Americas, and is jointly organised by Mercator Media limited and Design Publications. Offshore Mariculture Mexico, is building on the success of itsContinue Reading

Black market abalone ring cracked in fisheries bust

Black market abalone ring cracked in fisheries bust

One of the largest fisheries enforcement operations undertaken in Victoria’s history has cracked an alleged seafood trafficking syndicate operating in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Victoria Police officers yesterday executed 12 search warrants, arresting 14 people for alleged offences related mainly to the illegal sale of abalone, rock lobster andContinue Reading

Scottish pelagic fishermen welcome agreement to ‘bank’ mackerel quota

Scottish pelagic fishermen welcome agreement to ‘bank’ mackerel quota

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the decision this evening (13 October) at the European Fish Council in Luxembourg to give the fishing fleet the facility to bank up to 25 per cent of this year’s mackerel quota so as to mitigate the impact of Russian trade sanctions. Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’sContinue Reading

THE UK’S TOP 12 INDEPENDENT FISH AND CHIP RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED

THE UK’S TOP 12 INDEPENDENT FISH AND CHIP RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED

The UK’s top 12 fish and chip restaurants are ‘frying’ to become the winner of Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year as part of the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. The shortlisted businesses ‘battering’ it out are: Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire; Cromars in St Andrews, Fife; FyldeContinue Reading