Fish Update Briefing Friday February 5

Fish Update Briefing Friday February 5

FISH ‘TIPSY’ ON CO2 Fish can get drunk but not on alcohol. Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have found that they can become intoxicated and disoriented by rising CO2 concentrations much earlier than previously thought. Although appearing drunk, the fish will actually be suffering what scientists call ‘hypercapnia’, a conditionContinue Reading

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Valentine’s Day boost for oyster farmers

Valentine’s Day boost for oyster farmers

SALES of Scottish oysters are predicted to soar in the run up to Valentine’s Day as the ‘food of love’ makes a prominent appearance on menus all over the UK. Last year, the number of oysters sold by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) saw a more than fourfold increase before Valentine’s Day. Stephen Cameron,Continue Reading

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Salmon gives Norway exports a boost

Salmon gives Norway exports a boost

NORWEGIAN seafood exports surged to 6.7 billion kroners last month, a rise of 18 per cent or one billion kroners. The farmed salmon sector, which accounted for well over half that total, once again played a major part, although wild caught species such as cod also showed a significant rise. Marit Rein from the Norwegian Seafood Council said: ‘We have left behindContinue Reading

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Ireland to host sea lice conference

Ireland to host sea lice conference

THE eleventh International Sea Lice Conference is to be held in Ireland from September 26 to 28, 2016. This is a biennial gathering of the world’s most prominent sea lice researchers, with papers, presentations and posters of the most up to date research in this field. The goal is to foster collaboration and communication onContinue Reading

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Findus brand ‘set to disappear’

Findus brand ‘set to disappear’

THE Findus frozen food brand in Britain looks set to disappear after almost 60 years. The once Grimsby based company was famous for an entire range of products, ranging from fish fingers to crispy pancakes Young’s Seafood, which still holds the name in the UK, is reported to be ready to drop Findus while keeping some of its most popularContinue Reading

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Seafood leaders choose global winners

Seafood leaders choose global winners

SEAFOOD leaders have chosen a retail executive who set the bar for sustainable seafood in the UK, a Cornwall fisherman who influenced EU policy and technology innovation, a coalition of Pacific Islands nations that acted aggressively to ensure the health of their tuna fishery, and a Maldives ministry that pushed sustainability for Indian Ocean fisheriesContinue Reading

Alternative feed firm secures $30m funds

Alternative feed firm secures $30m funds

CALYSTA, the makers of Feedkind protein, have announced $30 million funding in a deal involving Cargill. Also involved in the agreement were the Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan and Old Westbury Global Real Assets Fund LLC. Current Calysta investors, Walden Riverwood Ventures, Aqua-Spark and Pangaea Ventures, participated too. Calysta intends to use the investment to advance new product development, commercial manufacturingContinue Reading

Breeding gives Benchmark a boost

Breeding gives Benchmark a boost

BENCHMARK has had a year of ‘transformational growth’, underpinned by the performance of the group’s breeding and genetics division formed through the acquisitions of SalmoBreed and StofnFiskur. Announcing its preliminary results for the year ended September 30, 2015, the company said: Revenue increased by 25 per cent to £44.2 million (2014: £35.4 million), driven by Breeding andContinue Reading

Scientists ‘put fishing record straight’

Scientists ‘put fishing record straight’

SCIENTISTS  are doing a ‘fantastic job in rubbishing the damaging exaggerations, distortions and selective use of facts’ by some academics, NGOs and environmental journalists writing about fishing, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has said. The NFFO pointed to a website set up last year  by the Science of Fisheries Sustainability which was analysing whatContinue Reading

NZ firm’s profits drop 60 per cent

NZ firm’s profits drop 60 per cent

THE big New Zealand fishing and seafood processing company Sealord, which last week announced jobs may have to go at one of its plants, has now reported a 60 per cent fall in profits. The company has blamed a global drop in fish prices as the main reason for the reverse in fortunes. This hasContinue Reading

Chilean farms first to win ‘cluster’ standard

Chilean farms first to win ‘cluster’ standard

MARINE Harvest Chile has completed the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) new multi-site zone cluster programme. Nine of its salmon farm sites and two of its processing plants attained BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced today. Thanks to the biosecurity measures implemented by Chile’s regulatory authorities, the BAP multi-site zone cluster programme is an idealContinue Reading

Akva to explore submersible farming

Akva to explore submersible farming

AKVA Group announced today that it is to work on industrial scale submersible salmon farming in Norway. In partnership with the companies Sinkaberg-Hansen and Egersund Net, it has established the company Atlantis Subsea Farming, with the purpose of developing submersible fish farming. It has applied for six development licences to enable large-scale development and testingContinue Reading

Bakkafrost expansion ‘well on track’

Bakkafrost expansion ‘well on track’

BAKKAFROST, the main salmon farming company in the Faroe Islands, said its expansion programme is well on track despite a few minor delays. The company said in the first in a series of trading statements issued to customers and partners: ‘We are about halfway through the expansion plans, which were presented in the summer of 2013. ‘Several big projects are on-going andContinue Reading

Fish exports to Russia may resume this year

Fish exports to Russia may resume this year

FISH exports to Russia from the EU, Iceland and Norway could resume this summer. France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron said after a meeting with French businessmen in Moscow that he hoped trade sanctions imposed by the West following Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine border war can be lifted, or at least eased in the next few months.Continue Reading