Salmon Farming News

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Seafood chief’s ‘ethos will live on’

    MARINE Products Scotland (MPS) managing director Angus MacKenzie has died following a short illness, the company announced this morning. Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, MacKenzie founded MPS in 2002. Working within the seafood industry for more than 30 years, he was a pioneering figure, with experience in many species before specialising in salmon. Glasgow based MPS is a leading producer of ...


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  • Salmon farmers publish mortality data

    SCOTLAND’S salmon farmers have published their monthly mortality figures on a farm-by-farm basis today for the first time in a move to improve transparency in the industry. The data, which covers 100 per cent of Scottish salmon farms, shows that for the first four months of this year, survival rates on farms ranged between 98.5 and 99 per cent. Around 60 per cent of farms stocked with fish ...


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Go ahead for Skye organic farms

    HIGHLAND Council has given the go ahead to two organic salmon farms off Skye, the head of the planning department told MSPs this morning. Mark Harvey, giving evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee, said the farms were approved because of the social and economic benefits they will bring to the area. ‘It is not so much the number of jobs, but the fact that they are ...


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  • Bristol Seafood in $5m expansion

    THE US state of Maine has received another significant boost to its expanding seafood industry. The company Bristol Seafood has announced it is investing nearly $5 million in its Portland processing facility over the next three years. The company says the investment, in partnership with the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), is made possible through a grant of more than $740,000 from the ...


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  • Community welcomes fish farm plan

    PLANS to build two organic fish farms off Staffin on Skye have been backed by the local community, which said it would welcome the job opportunities. Planners are being asked to approve the organic salmon farms subject to environmental and other conditions and despite more than 50 objections, the Herald reported today. But Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has backed the farms at Tote and ...


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