SSC reports strong start to 2016

SSC reports strong start to 2016

THE Scottish Salmon Company has reported a strong start to 2016, saying the majority of its sites delivered increased harvests. Revenues were £29.1 million (up from £27.3 milion in Q1 2015) on harvested volumes of 6,741 tonnes (Q1 2014: 6,261 tonnes). Harvest volumes compared favourably both year on year and with the previous quarter, when weatherContinue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing Friday May 25

Fish Update Briefing Friday May 25

MACDUFF SHELLFISH LIFTS CLEARWATER SALES INCREASED volumes and higher prices have given first quarter sales a boost at the big Canadian company Clearwater Seafoods. Sales for the three month period soared by 54 per cent to $116.2 million. The company said volume growth was due both to its acquisition last October of Macduff Shellfish Group—which expanded Clearwater’sContinue Reading

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Ace firm wins innovation award

Ace firm wins innovation award

SCOTTISH company Ace Aquactec was awarded an Aquaculture Innovation Award at a gala dinner on the first night of the Aquaculture UK exhibition and conference in Aviemore. The Dingwall based company has pioneered a range of cutting edge equipment, from seal deterrents to processing systems. Ace Aquatec’s Nathan Pyne-Carter picked up the Scottish Aquaculture InnovationContinue Reading

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Buckie firm’s pride in award shortlist

Buckie firm’s pride in award shortlist

ASSOCIATED Seafoods Ltd has been shortlisted in the Export Business of the Year category at next week’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016. A steady growth in exports has resulted in the Buckie based company now supplying its premium ‘The Pride of Scotland’ smoked salmon to 28 countries in five different continents, including Switzerland,Continue Reading

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Surge in UK Easter seafood sales

Surge in UK Easter seafood sales

THE age old tradition of eating fish at Easter is not dying out despite an increasingly secular Britain, new data shows. Sales of seafood rose substantially over the 2016 Easter retail period, with chilled fish and shellfish making the biggest gains, according to the latest market information published by Seafish.   The figures showed a 6.5 per cent increase in theContinue Reading

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Top line up for Aviemore opener

Top line up for Aviemore opener

AQUACULTURE UK kicks off tomorrow morning with a line up of top industry speakers in the conference sessions being held alongside the main exhibition. In the first event, which starts at 10.30am, Fish Farmer columnist Nick Joy will share his views on the state of the industry today. Joy, a founder and former managing director ofContinue Reading

North Sea cod to come in from cold

North Sea cod to come in from cold

NORTH Sea cod could soon be given the important sustainable all-clear label. The species has just entered Marine Stewardship Council assessment – widely regarded as the ultimate test of seafood sustainability. The move has been organised by a coalition of fishing organisations, supermarkets, seafood brands, and the seafood industry body Seafish following significant efforts to improve the stock byContinue Reading

Aquaculture value increases in Ireland

Aquaculture value increases in Ireland

THERE was a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production in Ireland last year, according to the latest Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) figures. BIM chief executive Tara McCarthy highlighted the statistics at the IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) organised national shellfish conference in Athlone, Co Westmeath, reported the Irish Examiner today. These revealed that theContinue Reading

Marine Harvest plans Rum site

Marine Harvest plans Rum site

PLANS to site a salmon farm off the Isle of Rum, creating 10 new jobs, have been unveiled by Marine Harvest Scotland. The farm would be one of the next generation of ‘open sea’ farms being developed by the aquaculture company to meet continuing demand for Scottish salmon. Since 2009 Marine Harvest has opened newContinue Reading

Views sought over centre of excellence

Views sought over centre of excellence

THE Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will seek views from the industry this week on its plans for a centre of excellence. SAIC, the sponsor of Aquaculture UK in Aviemore, will launch a scoping study in partnership with Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), canvassing opinion from the aquaculture sector. Former Marine Harvest Scotland managing directorContinue Reading

Norway ‘benchmark for distribution’

Norway ‘benchmark for distribution’

NORWAY’S high seafood labelling and distribution standards should become the benchmark for the rest of Europe, it has been suggested. The country exports farmed and conventionally caught fish worth more than 74 billion kroners a year (£6.2 billion sterling or eight billion euros). Norway’s labelling and distribution is based on the tried and tested NorwegianContinue Reading

Seafood consumption tipped for big growth

Seafood consumption tipped for big growth

A NEW report has predicted a significant increase in worldwide fish consumption over the next four years. The organisation Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Global Frozen Fish and Seafood Market 2016-2020 report to its latest list of offerings. It says the global frozen fish and seafood market is forecast to grow at a compounded annual growthContinue Reading

Canada gives go ahead to GM salmon

Canada gives go ahead to GM salmon

THE first genetically modified food animal has been approved for sale in Canada, with AquaBounty’s salmon getting the official go ahead yesterday. At a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon has been approved for sale as food in Canada, reported CBC News.Continue Reading