Fish Update Briefing, Friday, October 19

Fish Update Briefing, Friday, October 19

CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL FISHING NORWAY’S fisheries minister, Harald Tom Nesvik, has pledged a crackdown on illegal fish dealing. He told a meeting of the Nordland County Fisheries: ‘I am going to pursue those who are involved in such activities.’ He has also promised extra resources in the fight against fish crime which has been risingContinue Reading

Filed Under: Aquaculture, Catching News, Front Page News, Markets, Processing
Aqua-Spark backs smart feed system

Aqua-Spark backs smart feed system

A NORWEGIAN company developing state of the art feeding technology has won backing from Aqua-Spark, the aquaculture investment fund. CageEye, already known for its echo sounder technology – which uses acoustic data and machine learning to measure and analyse biomass movements, is now focused on improving the salmon industry’s feeding practices with IoT technology, saidContinue Reading

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Scheme to nurture young seafood talent

Scheme to nurture young seafood talent

A PROJECT to nurture and retain talent within the UK seafood industry was announced this morning at the UK Seafood Summit. The Young Seafood Leaders Network, created by industry authority Seafish, will champion young seafood professionals by offering mentoring opportunities and developing leadership skills. Seafish CEO Marcus Coleman told delegates at the summit, being heldContinue Reading

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Four new jobs in SSC boat order

Four new jobs in SSC boat order

THE Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has commissioned a bespoke 30-tonne workboat for its sites at Loch Striven, Argyll, with delivery expected in early 2019. Built by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on the Isle of Bute, the vessel commission will see the family run firm employ four new modern apprentices to assist with the build. The announcementContinue Reading

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US awards $11m to fish farming

US awards $11m to fish farming

THE United States government yesterday awarded more than $11 million in grants to speed up the development of the country’s aquaculture industry. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said: ‘With such vast coastlines, there is no reason the United States should be importing billions of pounds of seafood each year. ‘Growing a domestic aquaculture industry would createContinue Reading

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Turbot growth driven by aquaculture

Turbot growth driven by aquaculture

PRODUCTION of turbot is growing throughout Europe, largely thanks to an evolution in farming techniques. This is the view of EUMOFA, the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture, which has recently completed a case study on the species. EUMOFA said that this evolution began in Scotland in the 1970s; it was then introduced toContinue Reading

Salmon star in BBC special

Salmon star in BBC special

A LEADING salmon farmer said the industry in the future would need to ‘think a little bit differently’ if it wants to produce more fish. Interviewed for a special BBC Scotland documentary about the impact of farmed salmon on wild stocks, Steve Bracken, who worked at Marine Harvest for 41 years until his retirement inContinue Reading

All change on climate committee

All change on climate committee

THE convener of a Holyrood committee that produced a critical report on the salmon farming sector earlier this year has been replaced. Graeme Dey (SNP), who oversaw proceedings by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) committee during the first salmon inquiry of the year, has handed over to Gillian Martin, also a ScottishContinue Reading

Another first for prize Cooke man

Another first for prize Cooke man

THE first student to complete the Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Management was honoured with a new prize in NAFC Marine Centre UHI’s annual awards ceremony last week. John McCulloch of Cooke Aquaculture was given the inaugural Ertie Nicolson Prize in memory of the late Ertie Nicolson, who had a long association with the NAFC. McCulloch,Continue Reading

Norway to fly salmon direct to China

Norway to fly salmon direct to China

THE Chinese operated Hainan Airlines is to start the first direct flights from Oslo to Beijing next spring in a move that will boost Norway’s seafood market in China. Norway is looking to increase its salmon exports to China’s burgeoning middle classes and the Norwegian Seafood Council predicted in the summer that the volume ofContinue Reading

Huon expands to Western Australia

Huon expands to Western Australia

HUON Aquaculture, the large Tasmanian salmon farming group, is to create a 24,000 tonne capacity fish farm on a 6,000 acre location off the Abrolhis Islands in Western Australia. David Kelly, the fisheries minister for Western Australia, confirmed that the company has signed a contract with the state government for a lease in the mid-westContinue Reading

SSPO welcomes bumper year

SSPO welcomes bumper year

THE Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation has welcomed record production levels by salmon farmers in 2017. In government figures just published, Scottish farms harvested 189,707 tonnes in 2017, up by 16.5 per cent on 2016 and the sector’s highest ever output. The level of survival on farms has also improved, up to 79.1 per cent comparedContinue Reading

Record year for Scottish salmon farms

Record year for Scottish salmon farms

SCOTTISH salmon farmers produced the highest ever volume of fish last year, with total production of 189,707 tonnes, an increase of 26,890 tonnes, or 16.5 per cent on 2016 figures. According to the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2017, just published by the Scottish government, marine salmon production was undertaken by 12 businesses farming 226Continue Reading