Salmon Health News

  • 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 ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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. ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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. ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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. ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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 ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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 ...


    By FISHupdate

  • 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 ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Fish vet to chair animal charity

    THE Scottish SPCA has elected Ronnie Soutar as its new chairman, the first fish vet to hold the post. Soutar (pictured), head of Veterinary Services at Scottish Sea Farms, is one of the country’s most respected fish veterinarians, working with salmon farmers at home and abroad to advance health and welfare. His career has included two terms as president of the Fish Veterinary Society ...


    By FISHupdate

  • The Hidden Cost of Salmon Farming

    While salmon is now an affordable staple in most supermarkets it wasn’t that long ago that fresh salmon was reserved for special occasions and celebrations. With the growth of salmon farming, it is now available everywhere at very reasonable prices.  As the financial cost has dropped over the years the environmental cost is now becoming of great concern. Salmon has come down in price ...

  • European Consortium Receives €2.2 Million to Develop Safe Solution to Control Sea Lice

    Sea lice are the most significant and widespread parasites in open sea aquaculture, causing health issues to cultured fish and a severe risk for the marine environment. The economic damage resulting of sea lice exceeds € 1 billion per year globally in reduced production, quality and pharmacological treatment costs. A European Consortium, coordinated by LG Sonic, started the LiceSonic Project ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Is Farming Salmon Bad for the Environment?

    A huge question of today, in the fish farming industry, is whether farming salmon is having a negative impact on the environment and if so, what can be the solution? What are lice? A parasite, which lives by attaching itself to a fish and eating its blood and skin ...

  • Skretting to offer algal oil breakthrough

    Fish oil availability will not limit the aquaculture industry’s growth Skretting is now able to offer aquaculture feeds containing a ground breaking algal oil that consists of unprecedented levels of the two essential long chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, thanks to the joint development of Royal DSM and Evonik. This alternative to the finite supply of fish oil is currently ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming

    To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate ...


    By European Parliament

  • £6m funding to improve UK livestock health

    Funding for eight projects that aim to improve the health of livestock within the UK has been announced by the Animal Health Research Club (ARC). The club, whose members include Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and other industry organisations, has allocated over £6 million in the second round of funding. In total, £10.8 million of ARC grant funding has ...

  • Fish farm parasite drug threatens wildlife

    A drug used to treat parasite infections at fish farms can contaminate the surrounding environment and threaten local wildlife, a new study shows. Following a week-long treatment at a Norwegian salmon farm, the authors found concentrations of an anti-sea-lice drug that were high enough to kill some crabs, shrimps and lobsters. However, they suggest the drug is not likely to pose a risk to humans. ...

  • BC SALMON FARMERS Commit $1.5-Million towards Furthering Salmon Research

    The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is taking a major step towards learning more about B.C’s coastal environment, particularly wild salmon.  Today the Association is announcing that it will invest $1.5-million over the next five years, partnering with academics and independent science-based organizations to expand knowledge of B.C’s aquatic environment. The BCSFA expects to ...


    By Salmon Farmers Association

  • CDC: Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Not Over

    More than two months after declaring the outbreak appeared to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an additional 43 people sickened by strains of Salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken – more than 500 people have reportedly been infected in total. Sixty percent of the tested Salmonella taken from outbreak patients has been resistant to at least one ...

  • Plants host pathogenic bacteria from livestock farming

    Disease-causing bacteria resulting from livestock farming can contaminate food products and find their way to humans. This occurs remarkably effectively via plants, which explains why recent outbreaks due to infection with EHEC and other E. coli and Salmonella strains are regularly attributed to the consumption of fresh vegetables. These are the findings of researchers from Wageningen UR ...

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