Scots pair crowned top seafood chefs

Scots pair crowned top seafood chefs

A SCOTTISH team has won the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition for the first time, seeing off tough contenders from across the country. Jamie Cracknell, 21, and Sagar Massey, 19, who are both studying for an HNC in professional cookery at West College Scotland, were crowned champions at the final, held atContinue Reading

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Benchmark earnings up in first half

Benchmark earnings up in first half

BENCHMARK Holdings reported a reduced operating loss in the six months ended March 31, 2018, from £6.7 million to £6 million. The aquaculture health, genetics and advanced nutrition business increased revenue by nine per cent to £75.7 million (H1 2017: £69.2 million). Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 91 perContinue Reading

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Norway launches new marine strategy

Norway launches new marine strategy

THE Norwegian government has set out its first detailed maritime strategy which includes the cultivation and harvesting of new fish species. Launching the plan, industry minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said: ‘The sea is one of the most important areas Norway will focus on in the future. Our coastline is one of the world’s longest andContinue Reading

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Fish oils most effective against cancer

Fish oils most effective against cancer

OMEGA-3 oils derived from fish pack a stronger punch than other sources such as flaxseed when it comes to cancer prevention, according to a first ever study by a leading Canadian research university. Prof David Ma from the University of Guelph, near Toronto in Ontario, said he has discovered that marine based omega-3s, of whichContinue Reading

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Iceland fish farming up 38 per cent

Iceland fish farming up 38 per cent

FISH farming production in Iceland has increased by 38 per cent during the past 12 months. The annual figure is now 27,776 tonnes and that is expected to grow significantly over the new two to three years. The Icelandic Food Administration says salmon and trout remain the two largest species. Salmon production increased by aContinue Reading

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Angling body appoints new chief

Angling body appoints new chief

THE Atlantic Salmon Trust has named Mark Bilsby as its new chief executive, replacing Sarah Bayley Slater, who leaves the post after two and a half years. Bilsby (pictured) has more than 20 years’ experience as a fisheries manager. He has been the director for the River Dee Trust and Dee District Salmon Fisheries BoardContinue Reading

Salmon ‘godfather’ marks 40 years at SSF

Salmon ‘godfather’ marks 40 years at SSF

SCOTTISH Sea Farms’ longest serving employee, Geoff Kidd, has celebrated 40 years with the company and says his love of working with salmon is as strong as ever. Newly retired Kidd, nicknamed ‘the Godfather’ by managing director Jim Gallagher, joined colleagues past and present for a special dinner at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls in ObanContinue Reading

Charles’ fishery advisor to chair salmon body

Charles’ fishery advisor to chair salmon body

A NEW ‘salmon interactions’ body that will bring together the farmed and wild salmon sectors is to be chaired by Prince Charles’ advisor on fisheries, John Goodlad. The group, announced by rural economy minister Fergus Ewing last month at the Aquaculture UK show in Aviemore as part of Scotland’s Farmed Fish Health Framework, will includeContinue Reading

Scotland’s biggest barge for biggest farm

Scotland’s biggest barge for biggest farm

THE largest feed barge in Scotland has been delivered to Marine Harvest’s Carradale site, the company’s – and Scotland’s – biggest seawater farm. The Akva wavemaster AC 650 Panorama is fitted with many smart technology features, including the Akvaconnect 8 line feeding system. The barge, which is 35m long and 12m wide and can holdContinue Reading

Cargill executive to head IFFO

Cargill executive to head IFFO

IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organisation, has announced the appointment of a former Cargill and Ewos executive as its new director general. Norwegian Petter Martin Johannessen (pictured) replaces Andrew Mallison and will take up the post from September 3 in IFFO’s London headquarters. Johannessen was previously global business director for Risk and Management Sourcing at CargillContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, June 15

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, June 15

BOTTOM TRAWLING BLAMED FOR FISH DUMPING A RECENT study by the University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia has calculated that huge amounts of fish are dumped each year by trawlers. The study estimates that a total of 437 million tonnes of fish worth around (Australian) $720 billion have been thrown overboardContinue Reading

Salmon exports to China take off

Salmon exports to China take off

SCOTLAND’S largest salmon farmer is taking advantage of the first direct flight from Scotland to China. Marine Harvest sent 161 boxes (approximately 3,300 kilos) of fresh salmon on the Hainan Airways inaugural flight to Beijing from Edinburgh today. Georgina Wright, head of sales at Marine Harvest, said: ‘It’s extremely fitting that one of Scotland’s topContinue Reading

Record profits for EU fleets

Record profits for EU fleets

FISHING businesses in the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea are making record profits, thanks to a solid recovery of popular fish stocks. These include North Sea cod and Northern hake, according to a report by EUMOFA, the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture. In the latest data available, EU fishing fleets registered aContinue Reading