The September 2023 issue of Fish Farmer is out now
The September issue of Fish Farmer is out now, and you can read it here, or download to read later.
Last month saw the return of Aqua Nor, the aquaculture industry’s biggest trade show, which after four years has regained its truly international status, with visitors and exhibitors from Chile, North America, China and New Zealand as well as across Europe.
Aqua Nor 2023 saw the return of a full-scale Scottish Pavilion, which had not featured in the show since 2017. It says much for the international nature of collaboration in this industry that the piper who created such a stir at the Pavilion’s opening was a Norwegian.
You can read our report from the show in this issue. Trondheim also gave Fish Farmer an opportunity to catch up with Mairi Gougeon, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, and you can read our interview with her, starting on page 32.
This month’s issue also features a couple of stories from the southern hemisphere, focusing on shrimp production. Vince McDonagh writes about a project in Australia that aims to provide an opportunity to benefit from aquaculture for indigenous communities, in a way that does not damage the environment, and we also profile Selva Shrimp, a business that is helping shrimp farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia to work with the precious mangrove forests rather than threatening them.
We chart the latest progress for Loch Long Salmon, in the company’s efforts to introduce semi-closed systems to fish farming in Scotland, and our roundup of Boats and Barges news focuses on the latest developments in that field.
Nicki Holmyard’s shellfish column focuses on celebration and frustration – celebration of the UK’s long-lived oyster industry at festivals around the country, and frustration at the failure so far to make the burdensome system of export health certificates.
Finally, aquaculture offers many and varied career opportunities, especially in coastal communities where jobs can be hard to come by. Our Careers in Aquaculture feature, starting page 56, gives a flavour of just how important this is.