Australia seeks advice from Scottish fishermen

Australia seeks advice from Scottish fishermen

AN Australian state government minister met Scottish fishing leaders in Aberdeen today to learn how fishermen and the oil and gas sector can benefit through mutual cooperation. Geoff Brock, regional development minister for South Australia, heard at first-hand how the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) commercial division, SFF Services, has provided essential support for Scotland’s offshoreContinue Reading

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New wave of scientific trans-Atlantic cooperation

New wave of scientific trans-Atlantic cooperation

THE first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance was announced in Brussels yesterday. The Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer will undertake a mapping expedition between St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and Galway in Ireland in June this year. In an example of scientific diplomacy in action, scientists from theContinue Reading

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Pippa criticised for eating whale meat

Pippa criticised for eating whale meat

THE Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, has upset animal welfare groups after admitting to eating whale meat on a Norwegian skiing trip. She wrote about dining on smoked whale carpaccio in a travel review that appeared on the Daily Telegraph’s website this week. She said: ‘We dined on smoked whale carpaccio (which tastes similarContinue Reading

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Public welcome at first food standards meeting

SCOTLAND’S food standards board is to hold its first meeting in Aberdeen on April 22 and the public is invited to attend. Set up by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 as a non-ministerial part of the Scottish government, the Food Standards Scotland Board (FSS) exists to make sure food is safe to eat, ensure thatContinue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing Friday April 17

Fish Update Briefing Friday April 17

Nestle to sell French frozen food arm NESTLE is planning to sell its French frozen food unit Davigel to foodservice orientated Brakes Group, which in turn is owned by buyout fund Bain Capital. The talks, thought to be in an advanced stage, were reported earlier by French daily Les Echos, which indicated that a deal is expected to beContinue Reading

Scottish Sea Farms shortlisted for six awards

Scottish Sea Farms shortlisted for six awards

SCOTTISH Sea Farms has been nominated in six categories of the Crown Estate’s Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards shortlist, which was announced this week. The awards celebrate achievements in Scottish aquaculture, an industry that is vitally important to Scotland and its rural communities. Scottish Sea Farms has been shortlisted in the following categories: Community Initiative –Continue Reading

Wild salmon advocate takes interest in farming

A WILD salmon lobbying group is hoping to bring together investors and land based fish farming pioneers, reports Intrafish. The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) plans to establish new companies and encourage existing ones to develop on-land operations. It is focusing its efforts in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and France. Orri Vigfusson, chairman of NASF,Continue Reading

North Sea haddock fishery MSC reassessment

ME Certification (MEC) has just begun the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) reassessment process for the Scottish Sustainable Accreditation Group North Sea haddock fishery. Just over 190 vessels participate in the all-year-round fishery, which was first certified as sustainable by the MSC in 2010. Scottish haddock are sold for domestic consumption, for sale elsewhere in theContinue Reading

Record investment in Norwegian vaccine facility

Record investment in Norwegian vaccine facility

NORWEGIAN fish vaccine manufacturer Pharmaq is investing in a new facility at Kløfta, the largest investment in the company’s history. At present, Pharmaq rents premises for virus production at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. However, the institute is about to close its production facilities for sterile drugs and many have predicted thatContinue Reading

Scheme to attract school leavers into fishing

Scheme to attract school leavers into fishing

THE Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will use the Skipper Expo in Aberdeen to promote career opportunities for youngsters in fishing. The SFF, a show sponsor, believes it is essential to attract more young people into the industry and to this end it has launched an initiative, along with Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Maritime AcademyContinue Reading

Scottish minister visits wrasse hatchery

Scottish minister visits wrasse hatchery

SCOTTISH environment and rural affairs minister Aileen McLeod visited Marine Harvest’s wrasse hatchery this week. The wrasse are being used in salmon farming to help combat the challenge of sea lice. The project, which is part of a collaboration between Marine Harvest Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms and the University of Stirling, aims to develop thisContinue Reading

Consumers told frozen fish cuts food waste

Consumers told frozen fish cuts food waste

CONTINUING with its environmental agenda, Birds Eye, Britain’s second larger frozen fish company, has launched a £2 million campaign to tell consumers that frozen food can reduce food waste and save them a lot of money. The campaign, called ‘iFreeze, iSave’, was launched in London last week using a 20-foot billboard with a large fish symbol, madeContinue Reading

Rise in salmon prices forecast

Rise in salmon prices forecast

MINTEC, the leading UK independent source of pricing information’ is predicting that salmon stock levels are expected to be stable throughout this year. It warns, however, that demand is expected to rise. It also points out that bad weather struck Norway a few weeks ago, damaging fish farms, including salmon farms. The damage resulted in thousands of fishContinue Reading