Deadline for acclaimed aqua course

Deadline for acclaimed aqua course

A FINAL call for scholarship applications to the ACES programme run by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is being made ahead of the February 19 deadline. Up to 38 fully-funded scholarships remain for the highly ranked Erasmus+ Joint Masters Degree in aquaculture. The deadline for self-funded applications is June 5. The course –Continue Reading

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IFFO welcomes salmon feed project

IFFO welcomes salmon feed project

IFFO, the marine ingredients organisation, has welcomed a project to promote the use of feed for farmed salmon utilising by-products from fish processing. The project was launched by feed company BioMar and the US-based retailer Whole Foods Market. Approximately 35 per cent, or 5.7 million tonnes, of the raw material supply for the marine ingredientsContinue Reading

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Skrei’s the limit for Norwegian fishermen

Skrei’s the limit for Norwegian fishermen

IT’S a peculiarly Norse name not usually displayed in shops abroad, but Norwegian skrei cod is now rapidly capturing large new markets in Europe and elsewhere. Figures show that exports of skrei last month were worth NOK 34 million to the fishing industry, a rise of 88 per cent on a year ago. The Norwegian Seafood Council said itContinue Reading

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Cooke invests £1m in Scottish pens

Cooke invests £1m in Scottish pens

COOKE Aquaculture Scotland has invested further in its Shetland sites with a new order for fish farm pens from Fusion Marine. The latest contract, for four new Triton 400 pens and the refurbishment of three Oceanflex pens, brings Cooke’s investment in new equipment to almost £1m in the last eight months. Last summer, the companyContinue Reading

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Asia and US growth markets for Norway salmon

Asia and US growth markets for Norway salmon

ASIA and the United States are now Norway’s fastest growing markets for salmon, says the Norwegian Seafood Council. Reporting an overall 18 per cent increase in salmon exports during January to NOK 4.3 billion, Paul T Aandahl, the council’s analyst for salmon and trout, said business in value terms in these two regions was growing fasterContinue Reading

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Wrasse project wins enterprise award

Wrasse project wins enterprise award

A CLEANER fish research project has won an Innovative Collaboration Award at the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards 2016. The collaboration, led by Professor Hervé Migaud of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and including Marine Harvest Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms, and feed manufacturer BioMar, was launched by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in June last year.Continue Reading

Waitrose tells suppliers to join catch scheme

Waitrose tells suppliers to join catch scheme

THE up market retail chain Waitrose has told British registered fishing vessels supplying its stores that from next year they will have to be part of a scheme that certifies best practice. That body is the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) which is the only programme certifying crew welfare as well as responsible catching practices on vessels. FirstContinue Reading

Festive rise in less familiar fish

Festive rise in less familiar fish

A NUMBER of traditionally under-used seafood species saw substantial growth in sales during the Christmas retail period, according to new market data published by Seafish. But at the other end there was also a rise in demand for luxury seafood, such as caviar. Seafish said species such as whitebait, cuttlefish, ling, snapper and skate experienced a significantContinue Reading

Fish Update Briefing Friday February 5

Fish Update Briefing Friday February 5

FISH ‘TIPSY’ ON CO2 Fish can get drunk but not on alcohol. Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have found that they can become intoxicated and disoriented by rising CO2 concentrations much earlier than previously thought. Although appearing drunk, the fish will actually be suffering what scientists call ‘hypercapnia’, a conditionContinue Reading

Valentine’s Day boost for oyster farmers

Valentine’s Day boost for oyster farmers

SALES of Scottish oysters are predicted to soar in the run up to Valentine’s Day as the ‘food of love’ makes a prominent appearance on menus all over the UK. Last year, the number of oysters sold by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) saw a more than fourfold increase before Valentine’s Day. Stephen Cameron,Continue Reading

Salmon gives Norway exports a boost

Salmon gives Norway exports a boost

NORWEGIAN seafood exports surged to 6.7 billion kroners last month, a rise of 18 per cent or one billion kroners. The farmed salmon sector, which accounted for well over half that total, once again played a major part, although wild caught species such as cod also showed a significant rise. Marit Rein from the Norwegian Seafood Council said: ‘We have left behindContinue Reading

Ireland to host sea lice conference

Ireland to host sea lice conference

THE eleventh International Sea Lice Conference is to be held in Ireland from September 26 to 28, 2016. This is a biennial gathering of the world’s most prominent sea lice researchers, with papers, presentations and posters of the most up to date research in this field. The goal is to foster collaboration and communication onContinue Reading

Findus brand ‘set to disappear’

Findus brand ‘set to disappear’

THE Findus frozen food brand in Britain looks set to disappear after almost 60 years. The once Grimsby based company was famous for an entire range of products, ranging from fish fingers to crispy pancakes Young’s Seafood, which still holds the name in the UK, is reported to be ready to drop Findus while keeping some of its most popularContinue Reading

Seafood leaders choose global winners

Seafood leaders choose global winners

SEAFOOD leaders have chosen a retail executive who set the bar for sustainable seafood in the UK, a Cornwall fisherman who influenced EU policy and technology innovation, a coalition of Pacific Islands nations that acted aggressively to ensure the health of their tuna fishery, and a Maldives ministry that pushed sustainability for Indian Ocean fisheriesContinue Reading