No truth in antibiotic claims

No truth in antibiotic claims

ANTIBIOTIC use in salmon farming remains low and does not pose a risk to human health, according to the Scottish government. ‘Antibiotics are not used on a long-term basis but intermittently for short periods – five to 14 days – to control outbreaks of disease,’ said a government spokesman, in response to claims by anti-salmonContinue Reading

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Chippie offers millennium markdown

Chippie offers millennium markdown

THOUSANDS of fish and chip fans turned up at the award winning Harbour Lights fish restaurant in Cornwall, as it turned the clock back 17 years by selling at millennium prices. The Falmouth establishment was crowned Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 National Fish and Chip Awards ceremony in London last month.Continue Reading

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Employers face £15m strike deal bill

Employers face £15m strike deal bill

THE cost of the deal which ended the longest fishermen’s strike in Iceland’s history has been estimated at two billion kroners a year – or almost £15 million. That is the price SFS, the Icelandic fishing vessel owners’ federation, has placed on the settlement signed late Sunday night. Along with extra pay and a larger share ofContinue Reading

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Norway reports big drop in drugs

Norway reports big drop in drugs

THE salmon industry in Norway significantly reduced its use of chemical sea lice treatments in 2016, according to the Norwegian Seafood Federation. There was a reduction of between 33 and 63 per cent in chemicals from pharmaceutical and feed companies, as farmers relied more on measures such as cleaner fish. In 2016, farmers used 26.6Continue Reading

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Cermaq ‘positive’ about sea lice counts

Cermaq ‘positive’ about sea lice counts

NORWEGIAN farmer Cermaq said the use of sea lice treatment was down in all its farming regions, and preventive measures to manage sea lice counts have shown positive results. In its latest quarterly report, the company also said the 12-months survival rate for Atlantic salmon varies between the regions from 91 to 95 per cent.Continue Reading

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Russia blasts Norway in fishing row

Russia blasts Norway in fishing row

RUSSIA has threatened to freeze all political contacts with Norway in a move that could have major ramifications for fishing in the region. The two countries share the Barents Sea, the largest source for cod, haddock, mackerel and herring in the northern hemisphere. The cod quota alone is more than 800,000 tonnes. In a statement issuedContinue Reading

Automated net washing launched

Automated net washing launched

A SCOTTISH based company has launched an automated net washing machine, created by a New Zealand firm for the international market. The AutoBoss is a ‘smart’ machine that quickly covers the net surface using a flexible range of operator-set washing cycles. Situated in a compact, fully self-contained floating pontoon, the machine runs close to theContinue Reading

Iceland back to sea after historic strike

Iceland back to sea after historic strike

THE longest fishermen’s strike in modern Icelandic history is finally over – and the fleet is already putting to sea. The nine-week-old dispute which has caused fish marketing reverberations throughout Europe came to an end early Saturday morning after all sides finally struck an agreement. By last night most crews had voted by ballot to acceptContinue Reading

Fish Update briefing Friday, February 17

Fish Update briefing Friday, February 17

ICELAND FISHING FLEET SHRINKS THE  Icelandic fishing fleet is getting smaller, according to the latest government  statistics. A total of 1,647 fishing vessels were registered at the Icelandic Transport Authority at the end of 2016, which is 16 ships fewer than in the previous year. The number of decked vessels was 747 and their combined sizeContinue Reading

SAIC links with friends in the north

SAIC links with friends in the north

AN initiative to encourage innovation and support for remotely located aquaculture businesses was launched today in Reykjavík. The international partnership brings together experts from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Norway and Scotland, and is led by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). Called the Aquaculture Innovation Network for the Northern Periphery and Arctic (AINNPA), itContinue Reading

Skipper Buchan lands new role

Skipper Buchan lands new role

WELL known Scottish fisherman Jimmy Buchan is to take over as business manager of the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA). The skipper and owner of Amity II, who starred in the BBC’s Trawlermen series, said his appointment was an ideal chance to ‘continue to raise awareness of our world-class seafood’. Buchan, who takes over from MichaelContinue Reading

Offshore advocate in global drive

Offshore advocate in global drive

A LEADING advocate of offshore aquaculture in the US is planning to look at the industry further afield, to promote the global growth of fish farming. Neil Anthony Sims (pictured), president of the Ocean Stewards Institute, said that having achieved success in the States, with the opening of some federal waters to development, it wasContinue Reading

Organic farms planned for Skye

Organic farms planned for Skye

A COMPANY planning to set up organic salmon farms at sites on Skye is seeking approval from the local community, reported the West Highland Free Press today. Organic Sea Harvest is hoping its two sites, at Culnacnoc and Invertote, could begin production in April next year. The firm’s directors, Alex MacInnes, Robert Gray and AlisterContinue Reading