Aquaponics workshop hailed a success

AN aquaponics design workshop held in the south-west of England last month hailed a success by participants. The workshop, presented at Bicton Earth in Devon, delivered advanced training into the engineering of a commercial aquaponics system, along with aquaponics business training and product marketing. Dr Wilson Lennard, a recognised global expert in commercial aquaponics technologyContinue Reading

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Plans for largest US fish farm off Californian coast

THE largest fish farm in America could be built four miles off the Californian coast, according to a report in The Salt this week. Rose Canyon Fisheries could have a footprint on the ocean floor of 1.3 square miles, about the same size as New York’s Central Park. The goal is to produce 11 million poundsContinue Reading

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Young’s adds to fast growing Gastro range

Young’s adds to fast growing Gastro range

YOUNG’s Seafood is expanding its Gastro range of fish dishes which has already become one of the fastest growing food lines in the country. The Gastro brand, which has grown by 50 per cent in the past 12 months alone, is now worth £30million annually from a standing start back in 2012. Young’s has introduced four newContinue Reading

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Irish company to expand novel seafood bars

THE Irish seafood company Quinlans Fish is to create more than 100 jobs by expanding its range of popular seafood bars across the country. The family owned business, based in Kerry, is just over 50 years old, but has turned the traditional seafood restaurant concept into something that seems to stand out from the rest.Continue Reading

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Exports give Scottish Salmon Co stable quarter

Exports give Scottish Salmon Co stable quarter

THE Scottish Salmon Company has reported a stable Q2 2015, with harvest volumes comparable to the same period in 2014, with exports at record levels.   In Q2 2015 revenues were £31.2 million (Q2 2014: £33.8 million) on harvested volumes of 7,349 HOG tonnes (Q2 2014: 8,027 HOG tonnes).   The results reflect the impactContinue Reading

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Iceland fishing year opens with higher quotas

Iceland fishing year opens with higher quotas

ICELAND’S new quota year starts today with increased catch rates for many species. But the last few days has seen skippers racing to catch what they have left of their 2014-15 quotas and for the trawler fleet that has meant  saithe. Ævar Jóhannesson, skipper of freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK, said he and his crew have beenContinue Reading

China role for BioMar’s Niels Alsted

China role for BioMar’s Niels Alsted

DANISH feed group BioMar has appointed Niels Alsted as the first vice-president of its new Asian operation, following the recent joint venture agreement with Tongwei. Carlos Diaz, CEO of the BioMar Group, said it was a great pleasure to be able to assign one of BioMar’s most experienced and respected people for the important newContinue Reading

First fishing vessels certified under safety scheme

First fishing vessels certified under safety scheme

THE first three vessels have successfully been certified under the newly revamped Seafish-led Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). The Branscombe Pearl and Manta Ray II vessels in Devon, and the Britannia V based in Cornwall, and their respective skippers, John Hughes, Bob Carless and Mick O’Connell, have completed the third party RFS audit process, carried outContinue Reading

Iceland anger at fish deal exclusion

Iceland anger at fish deal exclusion

ICELAND has attacked the decision to exclude it from a new Arctic fishery protection agreement signed recently by five countries in the region. The five northern coast states which want to prohibit unregulated fishing in international areas of the Arctic Ocean are Norway, Canada, Denmark, Russia and the United States. But Reykjavik was not invited to join the clubContinue Reading

Nominations open for aquaculture learner awards

LANTRA Scotland is calling on tutors, trainers, teachers and employers to put forward nominations for its prestigious Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award, which will be presented at a high profile ceremony on March 3, 2016. The sought after award goes to a modern apprentice or learner who has excelled during their training, demonstrating anContinue Reading

Huon profits down after ‘number of challenges’

TASMANIAN salmon producer Huon had a disappointing result for 2014-2015, with after tax profit 42 per cent lower than forecast in its prospectus of 10 months ago, the Australian newspaper reported. The group, which listed on the Australian stock exchange last October, posted a full-year turnover of AUD 191.7 million ($136.5 million) in the yearContinue Reading

Cornish fishermen leading the way on spurdog rules

THERE have been an increasing number of sporadic but significant hauls of spurdog (Squalus acanthias) encountered by Cornish fishermen in recent months. Just last week a Newlyn based trawler accidently caught more than 10 tonnes of spurdog while fishing for John Dory around the Isles of Scilly. This meant damaged fishing gear, lost fishing timeContinue Reading