Carbon dioxide threatening global fish stocks – study

Carbon dioxide threatening global fish stocks – study

GLOBAL fish stocks are being  threatened by carbon dioxide ( CO2) emissions, a serious  new scientific report has warned. There have been similar warnings before, but this one is quite different in that it comes from at least 250 scientists from around the world and is the result of an exhaustive eight year study. CalledContinue Reading

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Seafood cafe with conscience opens in fish town

Seafood cafe with conscience opens in fish town

A seafood cafe with a difference has opened in the Yorkshire seaside and fishing resort of Scarborough. Called the Seafood Social Café, it is described as a dining establishment “with a social conscience” The project is the idea of Laura Whittle, director of Whitby Seafoods, who is planning to put the social back into caféContinue Reading

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Norway bans catching large halibut

Norway bans catching large halibut

A BAN on catching  Atlantic halibut more than  two metres in size  has come into immediate effect within the Norwegian economic zone  following the discovery of high levels of “undesirable substances” in the larger sized  fish. The Norwegian Fisheries Directorate says that if fishermen catch  anything over that size  (about 100 kilos in weight) theyContinue Reading

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Infection wipes out 500 tonnes of fish

Infection wipes out 500 tonnes of fish

MARINE Harvest has confirmed that the outbreak of a bacterial infection at one of its Lewis farms has resulted in the loss of 500 tonnes of fish.  Some 125,000 salmon of around 4kg each have died so far, with regular lorry loads carrying the carcasses from the island. Steve Bracken, the company’s business support manager,Continue Reading

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Fish Update Briefing, Friday, October 20

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, October 20

OIL RIGS TO BECOME GIANT FISH FARMS UNUSED oil drilling rigs can easily be turned into large fish farms, one Norwegian company has suggested. Nova Sea has unveiled plans to develop a new marine salmon farm by converting a drilling platform as a base. Such is the scale of the NOK 650 million scheme thatContinue Reading

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

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

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