Author Archives: Andrew Balahura

Norway reports dramatic drop in fish escapes

Norway reports dramatic drop in fish escapes

NORWAY is claiming success in reducing the number of fish escaping from its fish farms – thanks to an industry wide effort. According to the Norwegian  directorate of fisheries 126,000 salmon and 62,000 rainbow trout escaped last year compared to 170,000 salmon and 84,000 trout in 2015. So far this year fish farms have reportedContinue Reading

Seachill union wants meeting with company

Seachill union wants meeting with company

THE Unite trade union  has called for an urgent meeting with the management of Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby, following  the weekend announcement that one of the town’s largest employers had been put up for sale. Job security is the union’s main concern. The announcement was made by the board of Icelandic Group which owns theContinue Reading

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Fish farming boosts Faroes population

Fish farming boosts Faroes population

IT is a country whose population has just passed the 50,000 mark – around the size  of Inverness in Scotland – but the Faroe Islands has just published an upbeat budget, thanks in large part to its growing fish farming industry. The Finance Minister Kristina Háfoss, while stressing the importance  of responsible spending , hasContinue Reading

Oil and fish “must live together” – Minister

Oil and fish “must live together” – Minister

NORWAY’S Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg has said that the fishing and oil industries must learn to live together. The two sectors have been at loggerheads for a number of years, with skippers and vessel owners complaining that the energy industry  with its seismic drilling and explosions is endangering the marine environment, damaging fish stocks  asContinue Reading

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Icelandic to sell Grimsby based Seachill

Icelandic to sell Grimsby based Seachill

THE Board of Icelandic Group announced at the weekend it has  decided to initiate a sale process for its Grimsby-based UK operations, Seachill. And its leading position in the UK retail market is certain to attract major  interest from UK  and overseas seafood businesses. Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UKContinue Reading

125 processing jobs go in Poland switch

125 processing jobs go in Poland switch

THE Danish seafood group Espersen has announced it is closing a ready meals processing  plant in the town of  in Fredericia and moving production to Poland. The decision means that the 125 people who work on the site will lose their jobs. The company,  which has its headquarters in eastern Jutland,  already has a factoryContinue Reading

N. Atlantic cod could get own brand

N. Atlantic cod could get own brand

SHOULD North Atlantic cod get its own specific brand? This is a question put forward  by Dr. Thor Sigfusson founder of the Iceland Ocean Cluster in a new   recently released analysis. His report also discusses the possibility of an increase in the farming of whitefish such as cod eventually  competing with the conventionally caught whitefish in Continue Reading

Norwegian export rise continues into March

Norwegian export rise continues into March

Norway exported 636,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 24.1 billion in the first quarter of this year., the latest figures show. This is an increase of 13 per cent or NOK  2.7 billion compared with the first quarter last year. Volume fell by seven  per cent. The monthly figure for March shows exports worth NOKContinue Reading

Nutriad participates in Aquaculture Seminar Malaysia

Nutriad participates in Aquaculture Seminar Malaysia

Multinational aqua additives specialist Nutriad participated in the yearly aquaculture seminar organized by its Vietnamese distribution partner Tan Sao. This year’s seminar was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event addressed challenges for farmers on health and nutrition, providing them practical solutions with a proven track record across the region. Alexander Van Halteren, Business DevelopmentContinue Reading

Iceland fleet returning with rich post strike hauls

Iceland fleet returning with rich post strike hauls

THE first Icelandic fishing company to report back since the end of the 10-week old fishermen’s strike says catches have been good with trawlers returning with  some rich hauls. The company HB Grandi’s fresher (whitefish) fleet has been working flat out to make up for lost time. According to Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of Helga María,Continue Reading