Scottish mackerel sector will lose out again, warns industry body

Scottish mackerel sector will lose out again, warns industry body

AS representatives of mackerel fisheries from the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands sit down in Bergen to agree next year’s Total Allowable Catch (TAC), the Scottish processing industry has warned they expect to be disadvantaged again as Iceland and the Faroe Islands continue to gain. The TAC negotiations, which will decide the tonnage ofContinue Reading

Filed Under: Catching, Catching News, Front Page News, Pelagics, Species
FISHupdate briefing

FISHupdate briefing

NORWEGIAN TRAWLER FLEET SLASHES FUEL CONSUMPTION FUEL consumption by the Norwegian cod trawler fleet has more than halved since 2001 thanks to the design and construction of more energy efficient vessels. A report from the Centre for Research Based Innovation in Bergen has found that the average trawler used 1.25 litres of fuel per kilogram ofContinue Reading

Scottish Premiere of Seafish processing film

Scottish Premiere of Seafish processing film

SEAFISH, the UK industry authority on seafood, screened its Scottish premiere of its new film, ‘The Business of Processing’, exploring the multi-billion pound seafood processing industry last night (19 Nov) to an invited audience from the industry. The screening, at The Scotsman Hotel theatre in Edinburgh, provided a perfect opportunity for the UK seafood industryContinue Reading

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Award success for East Lothian Seafood Company

Award success for East Lothian Seafood Company

MUSSELBURGH seafood processor, JK Thomson, is celebrating its success in Scotland’s Modern Apprentice Awards 2014, having gained SME Employer of the Year. This accolade demonstrates exceptional commitment to the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which JK Thomson has shown by planning to put their entire workforce through Modern Apprenticeships. The aim is to increase the technical awareness of staffContinue Reading

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Illegal pearl fishers in Assynt to be targets of new action

Illegal pearl fishers in Assynt to be targets of new action

A SCHEME is being launched in the Lochinver area of West Sutherland in a bid to crack down on recent illegal pearl fishing. Investigators in the Riverwatch initiative – part of the LIFE + Pearls in Peril Project – have found three incidents of illegal pearl fishing recently in different rivers in West Sutherland. PearlContinue Reading

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Saucy Fish ‘copycat’ row settled

Saucy Fish ‘copycat’ row settled

THE owners of the Saucy Fish Co have settled their ‘copycat’ claim against the German store chain Aldi. In May this year Icelandic Seachill took out a High Court injunction against the discount retailer’s new range of fish and sauce combinations called Saucy Salmon, which the Grimsby based company claimed infringed their registered trademarks. The Saucy FishContinue Reading

New Seafish publication to support seafood businesses

New Seafish publication to support seafood businesses

SEAFISH has recently published a new guidance document, which aims to support industry to adapt to key legislative changes around information to be made available to seafood consumers. From 13 December, new EU regulations require consumers to be provided with detail of the fishing gear used to catch their seafood, and a more precise indicationContinue Reading

Fishing and fish farming leaders give evidence in House of Lords

Fishing and fish farming leaders give evidence in House of Lords

THE House of Lords EU Committee will this week take evidence from representatives of the fishing and fish farming industries as part of its inquiry into EU marine co-operation. On Wednesday 19 November the Committee will take evidence from: Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation; Professor Phil Thomas, Chairman, Scottish Salmon Producer’s Organisation; Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, NationalContinue Reading

ICCAT gambles on Bluefin tuna, says Pew Charitable Trusts

ICCAT gambles on Bluefin tuna, says Pew Charitable Trusts

DELEGATES from more than 50 governments emerged from week long negotiations in Genoa, Italy, announcing an increase in Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas, while delaying efforts to combat illegal fishing of the species as well as catch limits for shark populations. ‘This year’s ICCAT decisions have been overwhelmingly disappointing. Several species, including bluefin tuna and porbeagleContinue Reading

Oceana: ICCAT keeps Bluefin tuna alive but kills conservation of sharks and swordfish

Oceana: ICCAT keeps Bluefin tuna alive but kills conservation of sharks and swordfish

THE annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) closed its doors in Genoa (Italy) today, having failed once again to look beyond Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna. For this stock, ICCAT Contracting Parties (CPCs) approved 20 per cent annual increases in catches over three years (reaching 23, 155 t in 2017),Continue Reading

Chefs gear up for sustainable seafood demo

Chefs gear up for sustainable seafood demo

OVER 700 enthusiastic Scottish chefs and culinary students are set to benefit from some quick-fire interaction on sustainability from Seafood Scotland today, when they attend the Scottish Chefs Conference in Glasgow. Now in its ninth year, the Scottish Chefs Conference is an annual event organised by Willie Pike MB and his team, which aims toContinue Reading

Faroes look to Turkey to boost fish exports

Faroes look to Turkey to boost fish exports

MORE Faroese fish should be heading in the direction of Turkey following a recent announcement that the two countries are about to sign a free trade agreement. Negotiators from the Faroese Prime Minister’s Foreign Service, and the customs office, met with a Turkish delegation in the capital Ankara recently, where they reached an agreement in principle on a final draftContinue Reading