Nominations open for aquaculture learner awards

LANTRA Scotland is calling on tutors, trainers, teachers and employers to put forward nominations for its prestigious Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award, which will be presented at a high profile ceremony on March 3, 2016. The sought after award goes to a modern apprentice or learner who has excelled during their training, demonstrating anContinue Reading

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Huon profits down after ‘number of challenges’

TASMANIAN salmon producer Huon had a disappointing result for 2014-2015, with after tax profit 42 per cent lower than forecast in its prospectus of 10 months ago, the Australian newspaper reported. The group, which listed on the Australian stock exchange last October, posted a full-year turnover of AUD 191.7 million ($136.5 million) in the yearContinue Reading

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Cornish fishermen leading the way on spurdog rules

THERE have been an increasing number of sporadic but significant hauls of spurdog (Squalus acanthias) encountered by Cornish fishermen in recent months. Just last week a Newlyn based trawler accidently caught more than 10 tonnes of spurdog while fishing for John Dory around the Isles of Scilly. This meant damaged fishing gear, lost fishing timeContinue Reading

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Britons ‘clueless’ about food they eat

BRITONS think bananas are produced in the UK, are unsure as to whether apples grow on trees or not and the majority have no idea where kale comes from, new research shows. A recent study of 2,000 shoppers found many to be clueless when it comes to food knowledge with a quarter of parents inContinue Reading

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Fish Update briefing Friday August 28

Fish Update briefing Friday August 28

MICRO FISH MAY SWIM IN HUMAN BODY THE thought of fish swimming inside the human body may not appeal to everyone. But researchers at the University of California in San Diego believe that the day is not far off when 3D-printed fish-shaped microbots — called microfish — could one day transport drugs to specific places in the bodyContinue Reading

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EU agrees fisheries funds for four countries

THE European Commission has adopted investment packages for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark, Estonia, Germany and Sweden, available up to 2020, FIS reported. Denmark will receive €267.6 million, including €208.4 million of EU funds, Estonia €129.6 million, including €101 million of EU funds, Germany €284.6 million, including €219.6 million of EU funds,Continue Reading

Pharmaq may appeal MSD vaccine ruling

OSLO District Court has ruled in favour of MSD Animal Health in a case against rival Pharmaq involving MSD’s pancreas disease vaccine. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office had already granted the company five years’ extension of protection for its SPDV based vaccine, and Oslo District Court has now confirmed that this decision was correct. ForContinue Reading

MSD wins vaccine protection case against Pharmaq

OSLO District Court has ruled in favour of MSD Animal Health in a case involving its vaccine against pancreas disease. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office had already granted the company five years’ extension of protection for its SPDV based vaccine, and Oslo District Court has now confirmed that this decision was correct. For such patents,Continue Reading

‘Rogue’ Guernsey under fire in quota row

‘Rogue’ Guernsey under fire in quota row

THE authorities on the Channel island of Guernsey have been accused of selfishness for failing to rein back their fishermen from catching certain species. The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has hit out at the island’s government, saying allowing a single Guernsey vessel to catch skates and rays unrestricted threatens a premature closure of the UK’s non-sectorContinue Reading

Grains of hope for fishmeal substitute

TO help meet the growing demand for fish worldwide, the US Grains Council (USGC) began two independent aquaculture feeding trials in March, using distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Vietnam. Historically, Peruvian fishmeal is the typical protein source in Vietnamese aquaculture. Because of recent product shortages and increasing prices, fish farmers are seeking aContinue Reading

Fishermen rescued as boat sinks off Mull

FIVE fishermen were rescued yesterday after their scallop dredger ran aground and sank in the Sound of Mull. The Kirkcudbright based St Apollo ran on to rocks during a severe squall and began taking on water in Inninmore Bay, at 3:53 on Monday, the BBC reported. The crew raised the alarm and escaped on toContinue Reading

Another sound performance from Bakkafrost

Another sound performance from Bakkafrost

THE Bakkafrost Group, the largest fish farming company in the Faroe Islands, has continued to make good progress, delivering a total pre-tax operating result of 303 mil­lion Danish kroners (DKK) in the second quarter of this year, the company announced last night. This compares with an EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) of DKK 212 million in the same periodContinue Reading

Fish craft championships return to Grimsby

Fish craft championships return to Grimsby

FANTASTIC feats of filleting and other skills will be on display in the Grimsby area this weekend when the British Fish Craft Championship returns to the nearby resort of Cleethorpes for the second successive year. This year, the event will act as a curtain raiser for the World Seafood Congress which opens in Grimsby a week later. TheContinue Reading

Scotland challenges £1.34m aid to Young’s in Grimsby

SCOTTISH politicians are challenging the £1.34 million of government funding to Young’s Seafood in Grimsby. Ministers at Westminster sanctioned the payment two weeks ago from the Regional Growth Fund, (RGF) channelled through the North East Lincolnshire Council,  to help Young’s develop its facilities in Grimsby, where it also  has its headquarters. But Scotland says this could directly threaten employmentContinue Reading