Ireland’s €9 million seafood boost

Ireland’s €9 million seafood boost

IRELAND’S seafood processing industry received a €2.7 million boost today with the announcement by Fisheries Minister Simon Coveney of grant-aid to 18 companies under the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. Together with private sector investment, the total investment will be almost €9 million in 2015. The supported projects are expected to deliver 145 jobsContinue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing for March 6

Fish Update Briefing for March 6

Five men poisoned by fish FIVE Japanese men were in a serious condition in hospital this week after eating the liver of pufferfish – also called blowfish or fugu in Japanese. Although the fish is considered a delicacy in Japan, it contains deadly poisons and serving the liver is banned under Japanese law. According toContinue Reading

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EU’s seafood labelling ridiculed

EU’s seafood labelling ridiculed

A LEADING American seafood figure has ridiculed the EU’s insistence on thorough labelling, reported the Grimsby Telegraph. John Connelly, chief executive of the National Fisheries Institute in the US, told the North Atlantic Seafood Forum yesterday that the data required on the back of a seafood product’s pack was of no interest to the consumer,Continue Reading

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Chippies told to step up to the plate

Chippies told to step up to the plate

IN the week when one Italian school claimed fish and chips originally came from Venice, a Whitby family-run fishing company is urging more Yorkshire restaurants to seek out fresh, sustainable fish, rather than opting for frozen alternatives. Whitby based Lockers Fish has undertaken a five-year initiative to revolutionise the way it operates, from catching toContinue Reading

Young graduates embrace apprenticeships

Young graduates embrace apprenticeships

AN increasing number of young graduates from across the UK are identifying aquaculture as an industry with skilled jobs and a career path for the future. Scottish Sea Farms currently has 21 apprentices participating in the distance learning course offered through the NAFC Marine Centre. The courses are funded through Skills Development Scotland.  Many ofContinue Reading

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Tariffs on Turkish trout imports

Tariffs on Turkish trout imports

THE European Commission has imposed tariffs on rainbow trout imports from Turkey, coming into effect on February 28. Brussels considers that the subsidies granted by the Turkish government to seafood companies generate unfair competitiveness, harming EU farmers, reports FIS. The measure comes after a six-year investigation by EU officials into allegations made by the SpanishContinue Reading

Lower salmon prices dent Norwegian exports

Lower salmon prices dent Norwegian exports

NORWEGIAN seafood exports fell by six per cent, or some 318 million Norwegian kroners (NOK), last month, suggesting lower salmon prices are having an effect. Exports for February totalled NOK 5.1 billion. Geir Bakkevoll, communications director at the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: ‘Norway exported significantly more seafood in February 2015 than is normal for this month,Continue Reading

Cargo vessel ready to be towed

Cargo vessel ready to be towed

THE owners of the Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point almost two weeks ago, have confirmed that the delivery port agreed with the salvors will be Inchgreen, Greenock, on the Firth of Clyde. A voyage passage plan is being finalised and, weather permitting, the tow may commence tomorrow, said the Maritime and CoastguardContinue Reading

Big turn-out expected at Skipper show

Big turn-out expected at Skipper show

AN excellent visitor turn-out is expected at Skipper Expo International Galway 2015, which gets underway later this week, on March 6 and 7, at the Galway Bay Hotel, Ireland. Sponsored by BIM, this year’s 11th anniversary event will be boosted by its biggest exhibitor attendance ever, with more than 110 companies participating. Major attractions willContinue Reading

Royal fishmonger celebrates 300 years

Royal fishmonger celebrates 300 years

FISHMONGER to the Queen, RR Spink & Sons, celebrates its 300th anniversary this year by teaming up with a Michelin-starred chef. Mark Sargeant will become an ambassador for the company’s smoked trout and throughout the year will devise easy to prepare RR Spink & Sons recipes. He said: ‘Smoked trout is a bit of aContinue Reading

Captain Birds Eye owner reports flat sales

Captain Birds Eye owner reports flat sales

THE Iglo group, which markets under the Birds Eye brand in Britain, said sales last year were generally flat, largely due to difficult marketing conditions in the UK and Germany. However, net sales did manage to grow in eight out of the group’s 12 markets, with Italy showing some of the best results. Overall gross profit marginsContinue Reading

Earnings up at Icelandic fishing company

Earnings up at Icelandic fishing company

ONE of Iceland’s largest trawling and fish processing companies has reported a sizeable increase in revenue. HB Grandi, which operates in both the pelagic and white fish sectors, says its operating profit for the year was 49.9 million euros compared with 45.1 million euros for 2013. This represents 23.23 per cent of total revenue, which emergedContinue Reading

Fisheries first for Sparsholt apprentice

Fisheries first for Sparsholt apprentice

SPARSHOLT College is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with the news that their apprentice Charlie Moore (left in the picture) is the first person in the UK to successfully complete the Fish Husbandry and Fisheries Management apprenticeship. Lantra, the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, confirmed Charlie’s achievement in completing the Level 2Continue Reading

Associated Seafoods shortlisted for two awards

Associated Seafoods shortlisted for two awards

ASSOCIATED Seafoods Ltd (ASL) has been shortlisted for two awards at the forthcoming Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards 2015. An award winner last year with its white crab meat pot and white and brown crab meat pots, the same two products have now made the shortlist in this year’s ‘Most Successful Product from the 2014Continue Reading