SSF staff raise funds for new lifeboat

SSF staff raise funds for new lifeboat

SCOTTISH Sea Farms’ employees, friends and family are celebrating after completing a gruelling triathlon in sweltering temperatures to raise £52,000 to buy the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) a new lifeboat. The Scottish Sea Farms’ Triathlon Festival 2018 took place in the grounds of the University of Stirling, on one of the hottest weekends ofContinue Reading

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Feeding ‘revolution’ with flexible concept

Feeding ‘revolution’ with flexible concept

A NEW feeding system that enables feed from any silo to be sent to any cage without manual handling has been launched by AKVA. Called Flexible Feeding, the system will create higher feeding capacity as well as save time, said the company. Flexible Feeding makes it easier to use different feed types and sizes, andContinue Reading

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Minister urges action on high mortality

Minister urges action on high mortality

NORWEGIAN fisheries minister Per Sandberg told fish farming bosses that salmon mortality rates were unacceptable and must be cut to improve animal welfare and protect their reputation and profits. The minister called a meeting of executives on May 15 as figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries revealed 53 million salmon died on Norwegian farmsContinue Reading

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Japan’s Nissui in prawn farm project

Japan’s Nissui in prawn farm project

THE Japanese seafood giant Nissui has bought a $25 million stake in the Australian fish farming Seafarms group (SFG) to help it develop one of the world’s largest prawn farms. The Seafarms group’s existing prawn farming operations are in the state of Queensland and produce more than one-third of total domestic production of farmed prawns in Australia, where,Continue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing, Friday, May 25

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, May 25

DISCARDED GEAR RISK TO WILDLIFE GRIM photographs showing the effect of discarded fishing gear on red deer on the Scottish island or Rum have been released. Two animals died after becoming entangled on fishing rope that had been thrown away, while another had an orange buoy in its antlers. The images were published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH),Continue Reading

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Wanted: more women in aquaculture

Wanted: more women in aquaculture

THE aquaculture industry needs more women ‘quite urgently’ at senior levels to get the full potential out of businesses, said Marine Harvest Scotland managing director Ben Hadfield at a Women in Aquaculture meeting in Aviemore this morning. Hadfield was one of four panellists taking part in a discussion on gender equality, held in the conferenceContinue Reading

Marine Harvest wins top award in prize night

Marine Harvest wins top award in prize night

MARINE Harvest Scotland scooped the top prize of best aquaculture company in the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards, held last night in Aviemore. At a packed ceremony, staged on the first night of the Aquaculture UK exhibition, companies and individuals were recognised in 12 different categories. Marine Harvest also won the Community Initiative award, for itsContinue Reading

EU warning on post Brexit fishing

EU warning on post Brexit fishing

THE European Commission has warned fishermen who operate in UK waters that they risk being  pushed out in the event of a Brexit no-deal. Such a scenario is already causing concern among fishing companies in France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland – the five main countries which currently fish in British waters. In aContinue Reading

Marel joins Iceland Ocean Cluster

Marel joins Iceland Ocean Cluster

THE international seafood and food processing equipment company Marel  has joined forces with the Iceland Ocean Cluster in a bid to build a stronger network, create new business opportunities and promote innovation. The Ocean Cluster concept, established a few years ago,  is based on the idea of bringing people together from different parts of theContinue Reading

‘Momentous’ fish health plan will grow industry

‘Momentous’ fish health plan will grow industry

THE Scottish government is to work in tandem with the country’s fish farmers to address health challenges and help the industry grow sustainably, rural affairs minister Fergus Ewing announced this morning. As he opened the Aquaculture UK exhibition in Aviemore, he unveiled a ‘momentous’ ten-year Farmed Fish Health Framework, that aims to not only enableContinue Reading

Makeover for historic Grimsby fish docks

Makeover for historic Grimsby fish docks

PLANS to breathe new life into the old fish processing area on Grimsby docks, known as the ‘Kasbah’, and other historic parts of the port have been announced. The five-year scheme is being led by North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby) Council and Historic England, and is at the heart of an ambitious ‘town deal’. This is a package of plansContinue Reading

Fish farm generates future fisheries

Fish farm generates future fisheries

MORE than six million larvae and fish were bred by the Environment Agency last year to restock fisheries in England. The agency’s National Coarse Fish Farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, produced nine tonnes of fish in 2017, an increase from the six tonnes produced in 2016. Over the 12 months, the farm bred more than 350,000Continue Reading

Iceland fears over export competition

Iceland fears over export competition

ICELAND’S fisheries minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson has told industry leaders that it is vital to support the sector in foreign markets. Some companies expressed fears recently that the increasing strength of the kroner was undermining its export position, leading to increased competition from rival countries such as Norway, which has seen its kroner decline in value. TheContinue Reading

Top salmon companies attack tax plan

Top salmon companies attack tax plan

TWO of Norway’s leading salmon farming companies have joined the growing chorus condemning government plans for a new tax on the seafood sector. Following publication of its recent first quarter results, Lerøy Seafood said the reports were leading to increased uncertainty. And Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest, told the business news website E24.no that any proposal that ledContinue Reading