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FishUpdate Briefing Friday August 3rd

FishUpdate Briefing Friday August 3rd

ABERDEEN TAKEAWAY GIVEN BLUE LABEL AWARD THE Sea, Salt and Sole fish and chip takeaway in Aberdeen  has earned a coveted sustainable fish certificate from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The news means  the outlet  can now use the MSC blue fish label on its cod and haddock, assuring customers that the fish sold hasContinue Reading

Norwegian seafood exports hit July record

Norwegian seafood exports hit July record

Norwegian seafood exports hit a new record last month, totalling  159,000 tonnes with a value of  7.1 billion kroners. The July volume was up by eight per cent and the value seven per cent higher. Once again salmon was king, earning  NOK 5.3 billion, more than two thirds of the total seafood revenue. So farContinue Reading

Fisheries Minister feeling heat over Iran trip

Fisheries Minister feeling heat over Iran trip

POLITICAL pressure is piling up on Norway’s  Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg over his recent  holiday to Iran with a former Iranian beauty queen. It has now involved the Prime Minister Erna Solberg who said that  she had spoken to him and although there may have been a breach of regulations, she had full confidence inContinue Reading

Filed Under: Catching, Catching News, Front Page News, Processing, Processing News
Arctic Sea Farms in Iceland expansion

Arctic Sea Farms in Iceland expansion

ARCTIC Sea Farms, one of the largest aquaculture companies in Iceland, has confirmed plans for a significant expansion of its operations. According to Morgunbladid, Iceland’s main newspaper, it intends to increase salmon production in Dýrafjörður, a narrow but beautiful fjord near the town of Isafjordur in the north west of the country. Last year, the companyContinue Reading

Filed Under: Aquaculture, Aquaculture News, Fish Farmer magazine, Front Page News
Fishermen join project to protect seals

Fishermen join project to protect seals

A new project is underway in parts of the UK  to help improve advice on ways to prevent seals from taking fish catches. Seals eat catches from fishing gear in areas throughout British waters, particularly in the south west, north east and east of England. This, say fishermen,  is costly to the industry both inContinue Reading

Loch Fyne teams up with garden centre chain in unique deal

Loch Fyne teams up with garden centre chain in unique deal

LOCH Fyne Seafood has teamed up with one of Britain’s largest garden centre chains in an enterprising deal to sell its products alongside plants, flowers and other horticultural delights. Visitors to more than 30  Dobbies Garden Centres across the UK will now be able to purchase fresh oysters, mussels and smoked salmon with their clematis andContinue Reading

Sandberg in political row over Iran visit

Sandberg in political row over Iran visit

NORWAY’S combative Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg  has run into a political row at home over a private holiday visit to Iran  with a 27-year-old  former Iranian beauty queen who is now in business as a seafood exporter. Torgeir Fylkesnes from the Socialist Left VG Party has put down a parliamentary question asking the Minister to explainContinue Reading

Grieg to scrutinise plastic use

Grieg to scrutinise plastic use

GRIEG Seafood has teamed up with the Bellona Environmental Foundation to find ways of cutting down on plastic consumption in the fish farming industry. The nature of aquaculture production  means it is a large scale user of plastic  with Norway alone generating almost 30,000 tons of waste each year. The Bellona Environmental Foundation is anContinue Reading

Trump urged to help US fishermen caught in trade war

Trump urged to help US fishermen caught in trade war

DEMOCRATS in the US Congress are urging  President Donald Trump to pay compensation to  fishermen affected by the trade war with China. The tariff dispute is already badly  affecting fishermen in Alaska where China is one of their biggest overseas markets, but there are also reports that the Maine lobster industry is starting to suffer.Continue Reading

FishUpdate Briefing Friday July 27th

FishUpdate Briefing Friday July 27th

RARE WHALE SPOTTED NEAR REYKJAVIK A  North-Atlantic Right Whale, one of the most endangered of all large sea mammals,  was seen off  Reykjavík harbour for the first time this week.   The female North-Atlantic right whale can reach  up to 18 metres in length while the males tend to be smaller, stretching  to  13 metres. Continue Reading