AquaBounty fined by Panama

AquaBounty fined by Panama

PANAMANIAN officials have fined US GM salmon company, AquaBounty, for regulatory failures at its plant in Panama, reports www.theguardian.com The biotechnology company was fined for a series of permitting and regulatory failures surrounding the company’s attempts to create genetically modified salmon. The fine could well impact AquaBounty’s application to sell GM salmon in the US.Continue Reading

Icelandic Cod fishery re-certified

Icelandic Cod fishery re-certified

ON 13 October 2014, an independent certification committee of Global Trust/SAI Global awarded re-certification to the Icelandic Cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries to the FAO Based Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management Specification. Certification demonstrates that the fishery is managed in a responsible manner according to internationally recognised criteria and is a testament to the continued development ofContinue Reading

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Statistics show boom for Lerwick Harbour

Statistics show boom for Lerwick Harbour

A CONTINUING increase in cargo handled at Lerwick Harbour in the third quarter brought the volume for the first nine months of 2014 to 910,014 tonnes, up six per cent on the same period last year. Shipments included 144,243 tonnes of oil-related cargo, a rise of 4.5 per cent. There was a 14.7 per centContinue Reading

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Eustice meets with industry ahead of December Council

Eustice meets with industry ahead of December Council

THE UK Government pledged to lobby hard to deliver a fair deal for the fishing industry today as Minister George Eustice meets with fishermen today ahead of EU December Council, where fishing quotas across Europe will be decided. Today’s meeting, hosted this year by the Northern Irish Government in Stormont, Belfast, will allow fishermen, governmentsContinue Reading

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Scottish mackerel big in Japan

Scottish mackerel big in Japan

SCOTTISH seafood products have this week received a huge boost thanks to a bespoke promotion running with Aeon Group, one of the largest supermarket chains in Japan. Brokered by Scottish Development International as part of the Scottish Seafood Collaboration Group, the promotion is designed to support the Scottish mackerel industry, which has been significantly impactedContinue Reading

GSI launches first progress report

GSI launches first progress report

THE Global Salmon Initiative launched its inaugural progress report, ‘Building the Foundation for a Sustainable Future’ at the recent AquaSur 2014 in Chile. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach and progress towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farmingContinue Reading

Grimsby Port Missioner honoured

Grimsby Port Missioner honoured

TONY Jewitt, the Grimsby fishermen’s port missioner, has been recognised for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. He was recently presented with the Lord Lewin Award by the Society’s Patron, The Princess Royal (Princess Anne), at the Charity’s AGM and Skill and Gallantry Awards.  The Lord Lewin Award is presented toContinue Reading

Major South African retailer commits to ASC certified seafood

Major South African retailer commits to ASC certified seafood

Leading South African retailer, Woolworths, has pledged to source their farmed seafood from sustainable and responsible operations by 2020. Woolworths has joined a growing number of businesses making formal commitments to support responsible aquaculture practices. The premium food and clothing retailer introduced its sustainable seafood policy in 2008 and was the first retailer to signContinue Reading

Prestigious Export Award for Loch Duart

Prestigious Export Award for Loch Duart

LOCH Duart Ltd scooped an Export award at the prestigious Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2014, which took place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. The company was also shortlisted for the Healthier Food & Drink Award. The export award was won on the strength of its business in Dubai and the Middle East.Continue Reading

Opportunities for Scottish shellfish growers

Opportunities for Scottish shellfish growers

SEAFOOD Scotland’s consultant retail and foodservice expert, Jim Gourley, spoke about ‘change, challenge and opportunity’ for Scottish shellfish growers, when he presented to a packed audience at their annual conference earlier this month. He explained that food inflation is currently at its lowest for eight years, that grocery sales continue to fall as price warsContinue Reading

Top eco-ranking for Canada’s first land-based salmon

Top eco-ranking for Canada’s first land-based salmon

CANADA’s first land-raised Atlantic salmon has achieved the top sustainability ranking issued by the world’s leading independent eco-ranking program. Kuterra Land Raised Atlantic salmon has received the highest ranking issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, giving the company a Seafood Watch and SeaChoice green, ‘Best Choice’ recommendation. It also makes the productContinue Reading

Strong Q3 show from Bakkafrost

Strong Q3 show from Bakkafrost

THE Bakkafrost Group, the largest fish farming company in the Faroe Islands, delivered a total operating EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) of 208.7 million Danish kroners (DKK) in the third quarter of this year. The combined farming and VAP segment made an operational EBIT of DKK 193.4 million in the same period. The company’s third quarter resultsContinue Reading

Seafood in Schools heads to Fife

Seafood in Schools heads to Fife

SEAFOOD Scotland’s widely acclaimed Seafood in Schools programme is visiting Kirkcaldy High School on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October, with a roadshow to help pupils learn all about the Scottish seafood industry. Pupils from Torbain, Fair Isle, Valley and Capshar primaries will join in with the activities, finding out where seafood comes from, how it gets to their plates, whyContinue Reading