Danes take technology to next level

Danes take technology to next level

DANISH aquaculture businesses are collaborating in an initiative to improve the use of new technology in the industry. A project under the umbrella of the Danish Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP) aims to develop an advanced tool that can gather and process data from stakeholders throughout the sector, including suppliers and fish farmers, inContinue Reading

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Ship shape for Bristol fishing show

Ship shape for Bristol fishing show

THE fishermen’s show, Skipper Expo Int. Bristol 2018, gets underway at the end of next week, providing a showcase for equipment and support services available to the fishing industry. Sponsored by the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), this is the sixth show in the series aimed at the fishing industry in England and Wales.Continue Reading

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New standard for bream and bass

New standard for bream and bass

THE Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) launched its new standard for sea bass, sea bream and meagre this morning. The standard was developed in response to demand from the sector, which has grown in recent years, particularly in Turkey and Greece. There is also increasing demand for the species in markets such as Japan, the MiddleContinue Reading

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Environmental expert moves to SSPO

Environmental expert moves to SSPO

ANNE Anderson of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been appointed director of sustainability at the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO). The newly created role is the second announcement in two days from the organisation, which represents most of Scotland’s salmon farmers. Yesterday, top political journalist Hamish Macdonell was named as the SSPO’s newContinue Reading

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US seafood hit in China tariff war

US seafood hit in China tariff war

PARTS of the US seafood industry are being thrown into turmoil this week as a result of the escalating trade war between the United States and China. The two states hardest hit are Alaska, which ships large consignments of cod and wild caught salmon to China, and Maine, which is at the heart of theContinue Reading

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Leading political journalist joins SSPO

Leading political journalist joins SSPO

A SEASONED Scottish political journalist is to be the new voice of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO). Hamish Macdonell will lead public affairs and communications at the organisation in the newly created role of director of strategic engagement.The SSPO represents most of Scotland’s salmon farmers. Macdonell (pictured) has covered the Scottish parliament since itsContinue Reading

Fish farming communities in the money

Fish farming communities in the money

NORWAY’S remote coastal communities are reaping huge sums of development money from the country’s Aquaculture Fund, recent official figures suggest. Small towns with fewer than 5,000 people have been handed amounts normally beyond their dreams, with one receiving more than 100 million kroners (around £9.2 million). The total distribution of Aquaculture Fund money from theContinue Reading

New boost for ASC salmon standard

New boost for ASC salmon standard

THE Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a seafood certification industry benchmark. To meet the ASC standard, producers must demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimise both environmental and social impacts. It requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability, said the ASC. The salmon certification programmeContinue Reading

Iceland fishing revenues down

Iceland fishing revenues down

REVENUES from catches by Iceland’s fishing fleet fell by more than 17 per cent last year despite higher volumes, says the government body Statistics Iceland. No explanation is given but the three month long strike by the country’s deep sea fishermen, which stretched into January and February 2017, will have had some negative impact onContinue Reading

Samherji unveils £103m profits

Samherji unveils £103m profits

SAMHERJI, Iceland’s largest fishing and fish processing company, has unveiled pre-tax profits of 14.4 billion kroners (£103 million) for last year. The figure is slightly up on the previous year. Samherji has been investing heavily during the past few months, buying up a large UK fish distributor and a stake in the shipping company andContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, September 14

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, September 14

SEAFOOD TRADER ACCUSED OF CRAB SMUGGLING A NORWEGIAN seafood trader has been charged with selling 24 tonnes of king crab worth 3.4 million kroner without recording the transaction with the authorities. Fishery officials, who are cracking down on illegal fish sales, are worried that large amounts of seafood are being exported without documentation. They sayContinue Reading

Be patient, investors tell start-ups

Be patient, investors tell start-ups

RAISING funds for aquaculture start-ups is tough but companies that show patience and perseverance will find sympathetic investors. Three of these money men were in London yesterday to give advice to fledgling enterprises and the message was generally upbeat. Christian Rangen, the founder of X2 Labs, described as an accelerator programme, said there should beContinue Reading

River owning MSP ‘ambushes’ salmon probe

River owning MSP ‘ambushes’ salmon probe

THE convenor of Holyrood’s Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee has been accused of ‘ambushing’ its draft report on the future of salmon farming to protect his angling interests. According to a report in today’s Herald, Sir Edward Mountain, the Conservative MSP for Highlands and Islands and a baronet, sprang a list of suggestions onContinue Reading

Fish deal with UK ‘vital to Norway’

Fish deal with UK ‘vital to Norway’

NORWAY’S new fisheries minister spoke of the importance of securing a good post Brexit deal with Britain after key talks in London yesterday with his UK opposite number. Harald Tom Nesvik (pictured) discussed Brexit and how it will affect Norway’s fishing and aquaculture industries with fisheries minister George Eustice. The UK is one of Norway’sContinue Reading