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  • Seachill drives up meat group’s sales and profits

    SEACHILL has helped to drive up the sales and profits of its new owner Hilton Foods, the half year results for 2018 have confirmed. The meat group Hilton, which has a global reach, paid £80-million for the Grimsby based seafood processor and owner of the successful Saucy Fish brand, in November last year. It has just published its interim accounts for the first 28 weeks of 2018 (to July ...


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  • New Lufft Post Newsletter out now!

    The August issue of the Lufft Post went out today and reports on the highlights of last month. In August we had something to celebrate, because our WS Family turned 10 years! Matching this we welcome the new family member Lufft WS10: The tests have been completed and the start of series production has begun. We are looking forward to exciting projects with the innovation, of which we present one ...

  • Go-ahead at last for Grieg Newfoundland project

    GRIEG has finally received clearance to proceed  with its planned  $250-million aquaculture project in the  Placentia Bay area of Newfoundland. As part of the project, Grieg NL Nurseries, part of the Norwegian owned Grieg group, wants to farm salmon off the coast  near the town of Marysport. It had received approval, but following objections from anti-aquaculture groups  ...


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  • Scallop war fears as talks fail

    THE threat of further clashes between British and French scallop fishermen has surfaced again after the two sides failed to reach agreement at the weekend. ...


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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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  • Kames plans farm west of Jura

    PLANS have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council to build the first fish farm off the Isle of Jura’s uninhabited west coast, the Oban Times reported. ...


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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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  • Historic Howietoun fish farm for sale

    SCOTLAND’S first fish farm site has been put up for sale, along with its ponds and outbuildings, set in about 27 acres in Stirling. Historic Howietoun Fishery was established in the late 19th century by Sir James Maitland – described as the father of scientific aquaculture – on his estate near Sauchieburn. In the 1870s, Sir James pioneered scientific trials into trout breeding ...


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  • New salmon egg site opens

    A NEW salmon egg facility in Norway will help supply the global market with biosecure eggs all year round. The £40 million plant, based in Salten and owned by Benchmark Holdings, is a land based unit and the most modern salmon egg production site in the world, said the company. The new facility will increase Benchmark’s capacity by 75 per cent. The company currently outsources part of ...


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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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  • Grieg aiming for growth and lower costs

    GRIEG Seafood has outlined plans to increase production and lower operating costs over the next two years, helped by introducing some of the latest technology. In a Capital Markets Presentation in Oslo yesterday under the title ‘A salmon farming company entering the digital era’, the salmon farming company said that while its harvest volumes had remained stable over a period of time, ...


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  • Gael Force in recruitment drive

    INVERNESS based fish farm equipment supplier Gael Force Group is investing in a recruitment drive at Oban firm Fusion Marine. It is boosting the workforce with up to 12 appointments as it gears up for a large programme of work and sustained period of growth. The jobs span a range of highly skilled roles including technical sales, fabrication, product development and administration. The ...


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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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  • UK and France close to scallop deal

    BRITAIN and France have reached agreement in principle over the scallop row which has seen fishermen from both countries confront each other in a series of ugly clashes at sea. A deal was thrashed out after talks in London yesterday between UK and French fish producer groups when it was agreed that British vessels will not fish the scallop rich grounds in the Baie de Seine off Normandy during the ...


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  • Cermaq opens new processing plant

    THE Norwegian salmon farming company Cermaq has opened an ultra-modern new salmon processing factory in the Nordland region. The plant, located in the nearby the community of Steigen, is said to be one of the country’s most efficient processing sites for salmon, and the first factory to be constructed in accordance with the industry 4.0 standard, which means it is geared up for full ...


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  • Talks to diffuse scallop dispute

    BRITAIN and France were holding talks in London today to try to avoid a repeat of the recent violent clashes in the so called scallop war. English and Scottish vessels fishing for scallops off the coast of Normandy came under attack last week from French fishermen, who threw rocks and flares to drive them out of the Baie de Seine. The British are allowed to fish legally for scallops all year ...


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  • Norwegian salmon exports hit August record

    NORWEGIAN salmon exports hit the 100,000 tonne mark last month – a record for August. Demand continues to be strong, said the Norwegian Seafood Council. Salmon earned the country’s fish farmers six billion kroners (£556 million), a rise of nine per cent on a year ago, while export volumes were up by 10,500 tonnes or 12 per cent. So far this year, Norway has exported 672,000 ...


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  • Iceland salmon farmer plans Oslo listing

    ARNARLAX, Iceland’s largest fish farming company, has said it is working towards a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Company chairman Kjartan Ólafsson told the Icelandic newspaper Frettabladid that the completion of a 2.6 billion (Icelandic) kroner share capital increase and expanding its balance sheet should underpin further development. He hopes to register the business on the ...


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  • SalMar to invest £63m in new plant

    SALMAR is planning to invest 675 million kroners (around £63 million) in a ground-breaking new production and processing plant in the north of Norway. The independently owned and rapidly expanding fish farming company – which owns 50 per cent of Scottish Sea Farms – said it will become one of the world’s most advanced facilities for processing salmon. The project, ...


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  • Welsh fishermen fear no deal Brexit

    THE Welsh Fishermen’s Association has warned that many of its members may not survive a no deal Brexit. Their main catch is shellfish, much of which is exported live into Europe and could be subject to tariffs and bureaucratic hold-ups after next March. The association has said some businesses would not be able to hold on for more than four or five weeks after Brexit. Despite ...


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