CHINA SNAPS UP MORE ALASKAN SEAFOOD
CHINA is looking beyond Norway to secure quality seafood supplies. It is now poised to become major customer for Alaska salmon, according to a new report. The Alaska Sea Grant report says sales from the northerly US state to China are running at almost $800-million or 54 per cent of its total seafood exports, thanks to growing prosperity among China’s rapidly growing middle class. It means a sizeable proportion of its 1.4 billion people have significant disposable income to spend on more high-end foods, such as salmon.
GRADUATES EYE UP CAREERS IN FISH FARMING
MORE Norwegian university students are choosing aquaculture as a career option, new figures show. The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) says that numbers have almost trebled over the past four years and says the increase is largely due to the increased knowledge about fish farming and the potential it offers young people. While the majority of applications came from areas where fish farms already existed, there was also increased interest from students in the cities.
YOUNG’S STAFF GET FITNESS BUG
GRIMSBY-based Young’s Seafood has been marking Health and Wellbeing week with a host of free activities to help boost health awareness among staff. As part of the Healthy Workplace Programme, a wide-ranging roster of activities at Young’s Grimsby sites were built around the key themes of fitness, occupational health and mindfulness. The programme will allow staff to join fitness classes to help improve physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as take part in a mindfulness and meditation class. Staff also the chance to find out their fitness age, using a medical grade body analyser that delivers results in 15 seconds, as well as check their blood pressure. The initiative is followed by Young’s Seafood winning the Healthy Workplace Programme Platinum Award, in recognition of the business’ continued efforts to promote a better working environment.
STRIKE DENTS FISH CARRIER EARNINGS
EIMSKIP, the big Icelandic shipping and fish transport company saw its revenue grow by almost 30 per cent during the first quarter of this year.
But it believe it would have been even higher had it not been for the Icelandic fishermen’s strike. The company had admitted that the 10 week long dispute did have an impact on performance. Revenue for the three month period to the end of March was 146.9 million euros, up by 33.7 million euros or 29.7 per cent which, says Eimskip, was down to good organic growth and strong performance from new acquisitions. However, Eimskip, which has a base on the Humber near Grimsby, said there was a negative impact from the