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  • Major algae outbreak hits Norwegian farms

    A significant area in the fjords between the regions of Troms and Nordland have suffered an acute growth of the bloom and the fear is that it may spread to other important salmon farming areas. Losses are already expected to total at least 200 million kroner (£18 million) and are ...


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  • Salmon farms are the victim of wild claims and myths

    What would he have made of Monday night’s ‘expose’ on salmon farming in Scotland, a programme that came up with a title and then set out to prove its premise without a shred of evidence? To describe this as sensationalist suggests there was at least a revelation or two ...


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  • Editor`s Note - Planetary Health Diets and Aquaculture

    For aquaculture, resource constraints mean that production from existing land area must increase, a goal that is difficult without simultaneously increasing greenhouse gas emissions associated with greater energy use. For this, decarbonization of the world’s energy system must be accelerated. In January, a report was issued with the title “Food in The Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet ...


    By World Aquaculture Society

  • Industry talks to itself about growth

    AQUACULTURE industry representatives from around Scotland are holding a meeting in Edinburgh today to discuss how to accelerate the sector’s growth. But despite industry leaders’ stated aim of improving transparency as a criteria of expansion, the gathering, of nearly 100 delegates, is to take place behind closed doors. The decision not to invite press and public was apparently at the ...


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  • Shetland welfare course goes global

    AQUACULTURE students from around the world have enrolled on a fish welfare course run from Shetland, thanks to online learning. More than 200 students – from Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Canada – have signed up to the course since it was launched, by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI. ...


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  • Mowi plans to farm in the depths

    NORWEGIAN salmon farmer Mowi plans to lower its fish farms far below the surface of the sea, combining technology from the Norwegian aquaculture, subsea and offshore industries. ...


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  • Wild salmon stocks at ‘crisis point’

    WILD salmon catches in Scotland are at their lowest level since records began, according to Fisheries Management Scotland. The body, which represents fisheries boards, said figures due to be published later will show stocks of the fish are at their lowest levels since 1952 and at ‘crisis point’, the BBC reported this morning. ...


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  • Ace scoops second Queen’s Award

    DUNDEE based Ace Aquatec has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for the second year in a row after its electronic stunner was recognised for animal welfare innovation. The Award for Enterprise Innovation marks the success of the company’s in-water electric stunning system ...


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  • Young eat 50% less fish than grandparents

    YOUNG people are eating half the amount of fish that their grandparents’ generation consumed, according to research. Inadequate cooking skills are thought to be behind the decline among 18-34-year-olds, with only a quarter of millennials saying they felt very confident cooking seafood at home. The findings, from industry body Seafish, follow a recent report by the Lancet, claiming that poor ...


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  • Mowi buys Anglesey lumpfish farm

    THE Welsh lumpfish farmer, Ocean Matters, has been bought by Mowi Scotland, effective from April 15, the company confirmed today. The facility, in Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales, has the capacity to produce two million of the cleaner fish, which it has been supplying to the salmon farming industry in Scotland to control sea lice. ...


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  • Loch Duart up for export prize

    SCOTTISH salmon farmer Loch Duart has been shortlisted as Exporter of the Year in the 2019 Insider Made in Scotland Awards. The independent Scottish business, which farms in Sutherland and the Uists, has seen export sales increase by 68 per cent over the last two financial years to an all-time high for the business. ...


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  • Grieg spells out Shetland lice plans

    GRIEG Seafood has outlined the measures it is taking to overcome some of the biological problems facing its Shetland operations. ...


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  • Grieg back in SSPO fold

    ALL Scotland’s salmon farmers are now represented by the industry body following the re-admittance of Grieg Seafood Shetland, it was announced today. In a letter to Rural Economy minister Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) confirmed that the company, which was expelled from the SSPO in 2014 following a dispute over smolt imports, had rejoined the fold. Julie ...


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  • Ace sees stunning market in US

    DUNDEE firm Ace Aquatec is exhibiting at the Boston seafood show for the first time to tap into potential new market opportunities in the US and Canada. Mike Forbes, head of sales and marketing, who is heading to the expo this weekend, said there had been growing interest in North America for its award winning electric stunner in particular. ‘We’ve seen that expanding so much ...


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  • Bigger smolts to drive Bakkafrost growth

    THE Faroese fish farmer Bakkafrost has outlined two important developments in its annual sustainability and financial reports, published yesterday. First, there will be a significant increase in the number, and size, of smolts released this year. About 12.6 million smolts were released during 2018 and 9.9 million in 2017. The company now plans to raise that figure to more than 13.5 million in ...


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  • Iceland MPs on Norway fact finder

    AS Iceland gears up to expand its aquaculture sector, a group from the country’s parliament, the Althingi, has just completed a fact finding mission to study how the Norwegians successfully developed their own industry. Eleven members of the parliamentary employment committee had been in Bergen for the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) last week and, after sitting in at the various ...


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  • Iceland farmer plans closed cage expansion

    ANOTHER Icelandic salmon farming company has unveiled significant expansion plans – this time using closed cages. The latest in a series of recent aquaculture expansion moves has come from AkvaFuture, which wants to set up a facility for up to 6,000 tonnes of salmon in the fjords running alongside Ísafjarðardjúp in the Westfjords region. The company has drawn up an ...


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  • Salmon farmer ‘ensuring welfare’: SPCA

    A SCOTTISH salmon farm targeted by activists has been given the all-clear by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Loch Roag on the isle of Lewis was inspected by the Scottish SPCA after officers received images of unhealthy fish, allegedly photographed at the site. Managers at the farm, which belongs to the Scottish Salmon Company, invited the SPCA to visit the site ...


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  • Salmon images ‘lack context and veracity’

    THE Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) has defended the industry’s health record following the latest propaganda campaign by anti-salmon farm activists. Video footage and photographs of unhealthy salmon have been taken out of context, said Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of the SSPO. ‘The video footage and images circulated in the media recently are horrible to ...


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  • New farm gives jobs boost for Orkney

    ORKNEY is to gain six new skilled jobs after Scottish Sea Farms was granted approval today for a new salmon farm off Lober Rock close to St Margaret’s Hope in Scapa Flow. The new £3 million farm, which is the culmination of several years of research and planning into identifying the best farming locations in Orkney waters, has consent to grow 1,274 tonnes of salmon and is expected to ...


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