Stirling event draws sector stars

Stirling event draws sector stars

LEADING figures from the aquaculture industry will congregate in Stirling next month to discuss innovations in production methods, fish health and welfare, breeding and genetics and advances in feed technology. The inaugural Aquaculture UK conference, to be held at Stirling University from June 14-15, will feature talks from salmon farmers, shellfish growers, pioneering geneticists, fishContinue Reading

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Fish farm funds mini rugby

Fish farm funds mini rugby

A CHILDREN’S rugby club in Argyll has secured sponsorship for equipment and match strips from a local fish farming company. Taynuilt based Etive Vikings RFC, a mini rugby club with around 40 players, has received a total of £1,500 from Dawnfresh Farming. The company made the award as part of its commitment to supporting theContinue Reading

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£1m Highlands fund now open

£1m Highlands fund now open

AN innovation fund worth £1 million is now open to applications from small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands. Announced in March, the 30-month pilot programme, Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation (AAI), is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered in partnership with the Scottish AquacultureContinue Reading

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Aberdeen set for skippers show

Aberdeen set for skippers show

SCOTLAND’S flagship commercial fisheries show gets underway later this week (May 26-27) with around 200 exhibiting companies from 19 different countries due to attend. Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017, sponsored by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), looks set to be one of the busiest Aberdeen expos ever. Highlights will include fishing vessel displays inside theContinue Reading

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Bakkafrost reports strong Q1

Bakkafrost reports strong Q1

THE Faroese Bakkafrost group today announced a total operating EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) of DKK 335.5 million (Danish kroners) for the first quarter of this year, up substantially by almost DKK 82 million on the same period last year. As with all other fish farming company results this year, strong salmon prices were behind theContinue Reading

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Norway holidays may push up prices

Norway holidays may push up prices

FARMED salmon prices could rise to near record levels next week, it is being predicted. Reuters news agency said supplies will be limited by yet another public holiday in Norway on Thursday – Ascension Day. It is less than a week since Norway celebrated Constitution Day, and a further holiday to celebrate Whitsun is scheduled for June 5. NorwayContinue Reading

Quotas ‘must be based on science’

Quotas ‘must be based on science’

ANY future quotas once Britain leaves the EU should reflect the state of the resources in UK waters at the time, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFF0) has declared. The NFFO, which represents fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said that when quota allocations were set up in 1983 as part of theContinue Reading

Young’s showing strong sales growth

Young’s showing strong sales growth

YOUNG’ Seafood is showing stronger than expected sales growth thanks to a determined fight-back following the loss of a large salmon processing contract almost two years ago. The Grimsby based company’s latest financial statement shows that turnover rose from £120.5 million to £131.6 million for the second quarter (13 weeks) to April 1, 2017. Young’s financial year isContinue Reading

Loch Duart salmon wins food ‘oscar’

Loch Duart salmon wins food ‘oscar’

LOCH Duart won the Foodservice Product of the Year award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last night. The prestigious food ‘oscar’ was presented to Simon Maguire, Loch Duart’s finance director, at the ceremony, held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The awards celebrate and recognise those businesses and individuals in Scotland whichContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, May 19

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, May 19

RAW FISH MAY LEAD TO PARASITIC WORM – WARNING MORE people in Japan are becoming infected with a parasitic worm after eating raw fish and other seafood, with medical experts pointing to a change in the way seafood is distributed nationwide, the country’s health ministry has warned. It says there has been a significant increase in the numberContinue Reading

ISA outbreak hits Norwegian farming area

ISA outbreak hits Norwegian farming area

AN important Norwegian fish farming area has been forced to slaughter at least 170,000 fish following fears of a major salmon disease outbreak. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (FSA) has warned that ISA could be beginning to spread around the community of Nebbo in Hardangerfjord, near Bergen. Fish farmers said they discovered what looked to be the symptoms of ISA on May 11Continue Reading

Broodstock feed for African farms

Broodstock feed for African farms

DANISH feed group BioMar is launching a high performing range for tilapia and African catfish, increasing its presence in the African market. The continent has huge demands for more food, which could be partly fulfilled by aquaculture, said BioMar’s Ole Christensen. ‘BioMar Group has ambitious targets and initiatives for shaping an efficient and sustainable globalContinue Reading

Scope for growth in Asian aquaculture exports

Scope for growth in Asian aquaculture exports

THE US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has conducted workshops across South East Asia to boost marine aquaculture production in the region. The workshops – held in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines – brought together representatives from government, industry associations, international buyers, certification programmes, and exporters to discuss and outline what the Asian aquaculture industry shouldContinue Reading