How aquaculture can aid mental health

How aquaculture can aid mental health

A DEFICIENCY of omega 3 in diets is linked to an increase in mental disorders, a decline in IQ and a rise in anti-social behaviour. This was one of the conclusions drawn by Michael Crawford, of Imperial College London, in the opening session of Aquaculture Europe 2017, being held this week in Dubrovnik. Crawford –Continue Reading

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Climate change ‘harming fish stocks’

Climate change ‘harming fish stocks’

CLIMATE change is impacting on the global distribution of fish stocks, Iceland’s fisheries minister has told an international conference on the state of the world’s seas and oceans. Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (pictured) was addressing  the Our Oceans summit in Malta where the guest speakers included Prince Charles. She said only  responsible, robust and flexible fisheries management was ableContinue Reading

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Go ahead for Nordic seafood deal

Go ahead for Nordic seafood deal

THE expanding Scandinavian seafood company Insula has been given the go-ahead  to acquire yet another business. The Norwegian Competition Authority says it can proceed with its plan to purchase the seafood businesses of the food company Apetit, based in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The figure has not been disclosed, but it hopes to complete the deal,Continue Reading

Saucy Fish owners sold for £80.8 million

Saucy Fish owners sold for £80.8 million

THE Icelandic Group has agreed the sale for cash of its Grimsby based subsidiary Icelandic Seachill to the Hilton Food Group, a specialist international meat packing business, in a deal worth  £80.8 million. Final completion is expected next month. Icelandic said the Seachill sale process, announced by its main board in April this year, received significant interest from multipleContinue Reading

Faroes in Turkish trade deal

Faroes in Turkish trade deal

THE Faroe Islands look set to benefit from a significant increase in seafood  exports – both farmed and wild caught – following the completion of a free trade agreement with Turkey. From the beginning of next month tariffs of 30 per cent for fish entering the Turkish market will be removed. Poul Michelsen, the Faroese Minister forContinue Reading

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Belfast seafood supplier moves into Tesco

Belfast seafood supplier moves into Tesco

A NORTHERN Ireland seafood supplier has set up a retail business in one of Tesco’s large superstores. The move is unusual because Tesco normally operates its own in-store fishmongers, but Keenan Seafood of Belfast will be doing the job itself at the Tesco Newtownbreda’s Extra, offering dozens of different lines in fish.  It is also taking on fiveContinue Reading

Breakthrough in breeding sterile salmon

Breakthrough in breeding sterile salmon

THE Norwegian food research organisation Nofima has cracked the code which will allow salmon farmers to produce sterile fish. The breakthrough, which has taken more than 10 years to achieve, is not only expected to bring environmental and welfare benefits, but should also help allay contamination fears on wild fish when farmed salmon escape, which has longContinue Reading

UK imposes ban on egg bearing lobsters

UK imposes ban on egg bearing lobsters

UK FISHERMEN have been told they can no longer land egg-bearing female lobsters and crayfish. The move, aimed at helping stock recovery, follows widespread government consultation which included a response from several organisations, including the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The government said it had considered the 155 responses to the consultation, the majority of whichContinue Reading

Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea quotas

Norway and Russia agree Barents Sea quotas

NORWAY and Russia have agreed new quotas in the Barents Sea for next year – accepting a 13 per cent reduction in how much cod they can catch. The two countries will be allowed to fish a total of 775,000 tonnes of cod, with Norway receiving the largest share at 350,159 tonnes and Russia allotted 331,159 tonnes.Continue Reading

Study to identify skill needs on farms

Study to identify skill needs on farms

A STUDY to identify the skills needed to help the Scottish aquaculture sector meet is growth targets has been launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Companies in aquaculture and related services are being invited to take part in the project, which emerged from the industry’s Vision for 2030, setting out plans to double output. TheContinue Reading

New thinking needed on seafood products

New thinking needed on seafood products

THE time has come for some fresh thinking and ideas about how to present fish to the public, the Humber Seafood Summit was told this week. Claire Nuttall, CEO and innovation strategist with the Brand Incubator, an organisation that helps businesses innovate and grow, delivered a passionate talk urging the seafood industry to take another look at its product strategy.Continue Reading

Scotland ‘heavily reliant’ on EU workers

Scotland ‘heavily reliant’ on EU workers

THE heavy dependence of the UK seafood processing industry on EU workers came under the spotlight at the Humber Seafood Summit in Grimsby this week. And it was highest in the Grampian region of Scotland. But questions were also raised about what will happen if many of these workers decide to return home after Brexit. And one ScottishContinue Reading