Salmon Farming News

  • 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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  • SSF profits drop but Orkney performs well

    Q1 revenues fell from NOK 519 million (£46.6 million) in 2018 to NOK 405 million (£36.3 million) this year, while pre-tax profits dropped from NOK 178 million (£16 million) to NOK 58 million (£5.2 million). ...


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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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  • Top salmon farmer denies price fixing

    MANY of Norway’s biggest salmon companies are being sued in the US over alleged price fixing, according to reports yesterday. The move follows raids by European Commission officials in February at the Scottish offices of Norwegian owned producers. Mowi, ...


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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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  • 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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  • Salmon veteran to run Tasmania mill

    FEED company BioMar has appointed farming veteran David Whyte to run its new plant in Tasmania, due to open in early 2020. Whyte, a marine biologist with 32 years’ experience in aquaculture, was chief operating officer at New Zealand King Salmon for a period last year. ...


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  • Salmon farmers a good bet, says bank

    A LEADING Nordic financial institution has said it expects salmon farming companies to continue to show an increase in earnings this year. Danske Banke, which is Danish owned and has operations in at least 16 countries, believes prices are expected to rise or at least remain stable this year and this means salmon stocks constituted a good investment buy. ...


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  • Taking stock of wild salmon

    A NEW scheme aimed at boosting stocks of wild salmon is explained in a special Fish Farmer podcast by Jon Gibb, fishery manager of the River Lochy and director of the Lochaber District Salmon Fishery Board. Working with Mowi, Scotland’s biggest salmon farmer, Gibb and his team have launched a new approach to restocking, thought to be the first project of its kind in the world. ...


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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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  • Salmon medicated to beat the blues

    SALMON may be vulnerable to a bout of the ‘blues’, with symptoms similar to those suffered by humans, a leading Norwegian marine scientist has suggested. The researcher, Øyvind Øverli, has discovered that some farmed salmon in cages have shown signs of depression familiar in mammals, such as stopping eating or becoming less active. This can also affect mortality rates, ...


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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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  • Whale watchers oppose Iceland fish farm

    SOME of Iceland’s salmon farmers are facing a new and unusual source of opposition to their growth plans. Whale watchers and the tour companies that take them out to sea are challenging a proposal by AkvaFuture to produce up to 20,000 tonnes of fish in Eyjafjörður, in the north of the country. The plan is to set up six cages on both sides of the fjord, which is one of the longest ...


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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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  • Salmon farmer’s fruitful investment

    THE Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has invested £10 million in its freshwater operations, with the aim of increasing smolt production as it grows its business. Among freshwater projects announced today is the new facility in the Applecross estate in Wester Ross, Applecross Kishorn, due to be completed in 2020 and creating a ‘centre of excellence in freshwater production’, said ...


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  • FishGLOBE chooses Steinsvik

    In August this year, FishGLOBE will be delivering the first of their closed farming systems to a customer in Norway. The V5 globe, certified to produce 250 tons of post smolt, will be equipped with feeding system, data acquisition- and remote operations capabilities from Steinsvik. ...


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  • Iceland salmon debate ‘too angry’

    THERE was far too much prejudice surrounding the debate on salmon farming, Iceland’s fisheries minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson, has said. He was speaking before the start of a seminar in Reykjavik on agreeing new genetic risk assessments affecting farmed and wild salmon stocks – a forum which attracted more than 100 participants. Iceland’s ...


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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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