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  • SmartPro NF is chosen by Wayne Farms for US hatchery renovation project

    Wayne Farms LLC, one of the top-six poultry producers in the United States, has chosen SmartPro NF incubators from NatureForm and Pas Reform for its hatchery upgrade project in Decatur, north Alabama. ...

  • EU yellow card hits Vietnam exports

    A CLAMPDOWN by the European Union has led to a market fall in seafood exports from Vietnam. The EU has been closely monitoring Vietnamese fishing practices in an attempt to put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Late last year it became so concerned that it showed a yellow card to Vietnam, which appears to be having the desired effect. The Vietnam Association ...


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  • China at centre of new salmon fraud claims

    A NEW salmon fraud scandal has hit China. Following allegations a few weeks ago that unchecked Nordic salmon was being smuggled into the country through Vietnam, there are now claims that farmed trout from an area in neighbouring Tibet ( known as China’s Qinghai province) is being passed off as European bred salmon. According to a survey by the Chinese state broadcaster, up to a third of ...


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  • Salmon farmers separate fact from fiction

    SCOTLAND’S salmon farmers have produced a booklet of facts about their industry, aimed at addressing misperceptions and correcting often inaccurate coverage in the press. The publication, ‘Reported Versus Reality: A Pocket Guide to Scottish Salmon Farming’, has been sent to MSPs, Scottish MPs and local councillors, as well as to other stakeholders, including regulators, ...


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  • Skipper show will be ‘busier than ever’

    THE Scottish fishing industry will gather in Aberdeen next week for the annual Skipper Expo, which has attracted a strong international presence this year. With around 200 stands, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive showcase for the Scottish fishing industry when it opens its doors on Friday, May 25. The two-day show will see more than 30 new exhibitors this year, giving fishermen and ...


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  • Welfare award for MH’s Steve Bracken

    MARINE Harvest Scotland’s longest serving employee, Steve Bracken, was thanked for his commitment to fish welfare at a special presentation in Fort William yesterday. Two members of the RSPCA Assured scheme (formerly known as Freedom Food) surprised Bracken, Marine Harvest’s business support manager, when they arrived at the company’s Stob Ban office to make the presentation. ...


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  • Lower salmon prices hit Lerøy Q1

    THE Lerøy Seafood Group, whose operations include salmon farming, white fish trawling and fish processing today reported a significant drop in both earnings and operating profit for the first quarter of 2018. Revenues for the period totalled NOK 5,000 million, compared with NOK 5,459 million in Q1 2017, while the operating profit before fair value adjustment related to biological assets ...


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  • Norway Royal Salmon Q1 earnings down

    NORWAY Royal Salmon (NRS) has become the third major aquaculture company in recent days, after Bakkafrost and Lerøy, to report a drop in 2018 first quarter earnings and profits resulting from lower salmon prices. The company announced an operational EBIT (operating profit) of NOK 193 million against NOK 205 million for Q1 2017. The EBIT per kg this period was NOK 18.78 against ...


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  • Offshore pen ‘will unlock growth potential’

    INVERNESS based Gael Force Group is developing a larger, integrated offshore pen to support a move towards higher energy sites. The company, which acquired a majority stake in Scottish pen manufacturer Fusion Marine last month, announced earlier this year that it is investing £1 million to increase capacity and develop new products and services for aquaculture producers. Work is already ...


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  • Bakkafrost Q1 down, but outlook good

    THE Bakkafrost Group, the largest salmon farming company in the Faroe Islands, today unveiled a first quarter operating profit (EBIT) of 268.2 million Danish kroners (£31.7 million) for the first three months of this year. The figure is down on the Q1 performance for same period in 2017 when the EBIT was DKK 335.5 million, but that was at a time when salmon prices were at a record high ...


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  • Lidl joins seafood disclosure project

    THE retailer Lidl has become the first major discounter to publish a full public profile list of all the sources of its wild caught seafood on the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) website. This gives information on fishery management, catch methods, and likely environmental impact. Amali Bunter, responsible sourcing manager at Lidl UK, said: ‘We are extremely proud of our ...


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  • Stranraer Oyster Festival secures funding

    THE second edition of an oyster festival in south west Scotland has secured nearly £50,000 of National Lottery funding, the BBC reported this morning. The event, which started last year, was one of three projects across the ITV Border area to receive the most The People’s Projects public votes. The festival – designed to celebrate the Loch Ryan oyster harvest and locally caught ...


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  • Norway salmon exports show April rise

    NORWAY’S salmon farmers saw their export earnings rise by nine per cent during April, the latest figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council show. Overseas sales last month totalled 74,000 tonnes, a volume increase of four per cent, but the value more than doubled to NOK 5.3 billion, up by NOK 442 million. The average price for fresh whole salmon last month was NOK 68.52 ...


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  • Fish Update Briefing, Friday, May 4

    ‘Pirates’ Fire at UAE Fishing Boat SHOTS have been fired at a fishing boat from the United Arab Emirates, fuelling fears that pirates are becoming active in the region again. Fisherman Yousef Baroun said that a group of unidentified men shot at his vessel, about 60 miles off the coast in the northern part of the UAE. The attackers waved AK-47 assault rifles and shouted a warning. ...


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  • Erpiliç installs advanced turkey hatchery to meet growing demand

    Leading Turkish poultry producer Erpiliç is investing in a new, state-of-the-art turkey hatchery from Pas Reform, to meet growing demand for turkey meat. ...

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Unveils Gibco ExpiSf System, First Ever Chemically Defined Insect Protein Expression System

    Historically, undefined insect media components such as yeastolate have made it challenging to achieve consistent results and protein yields across multiple experiments. These factors can significantly slow vaccine development at a time when manufacturers are under pressure to develop vaccines faster and more efficiently. Focused on removing barriers to vaccine development and production, Thermo ...

  • Northern fish stocks in good shape

    FISH stocks in the North Sea and Barents Sea, two of the most important northern hemisphere fishing areas, are in good shape, according to the latest assessment by marine scientists. But there is evidence that the seas in those areas are becoming warmer. The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has been studying the state of several different types of fish. It has found that in the North ...


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  • Call for ‘oil tax’ on Norwegian fish farmers

    THE Socialist Left, or SV, party in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) has called on the government to impose an oil industry style tax on the country’s fish farmers. The party has submitted a document which proposes that the industry should pay an unspecified amount per kilogram of salmon, which has been described as a form of production fee  and also dubbed by critics ...


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  • UK fishing groups unite on Brexit stand

    FISHING industry groups from across the UK have united to ensure the government sticks to its word on Brexit. This new body, which includes a broad cross section and strong Scottish representation, met in Manchester to agree the elements of the campaign. It said afterwards: ‘We intend to hold government to account on Brexit commitments.’ A spokesman for ...


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  • Aldi tops sustainable fish list

    THE discount retailer Aldi has been named as the UK supermarket chain with the best record of stocking the highest proportion of sustainable seafood, says the Marine Stewardship Council. It is even beating high end retailers such as Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. The MSC, which is the international body that sets fishing standards around the world,  also says that more shops generally ...


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