The February 2024 issue of Fish Farmer is out now online

Fish Farmer February 2024 cover, net pens in winter with snow

The February 2024 issue of Fish Farmer is out now online and you can read or download it here.

Fish health and welfare is a topic that is always high up on the agenda in aquaculture. That has been so more than ever over the last couple of years for the salmon farming industry in Scotland.

In the first of our Aqua Agenda series of webinars, an expert panel – featuring Scottish Salmon’s Iain Berrill, Fish Health Inspectorate Charles Allan and Ronnie Soutar of Scottish Sea Farms – addressed the issues of mortalities, emerging biological threats and the impact of warming seas.

You can read a summary of the discussion in this issue, starting on page 46, and you can view the whole webinar online at

Also in the February magazine, we highlight one example of how artificial intelligence is being used to help fish farmers manage their stock with precision; and we profile two land-based fish farm projects, Proximar in Japan and the Kingfish Company’s expansion of its Zeeland site in the Netherlands.

As an election year gets underway for the UK, Sandy Neil reports on what the aquaculture sector is looking for, from whoever gets to form the next government at Westminster.

Nicki Holmyard examines a report commissioned for the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, that paints a fairly grim picture of the problems facing the shellfish industry – from Brexit-related export challenges to water quality.

We look at the findings of a report from the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation on prospects for European eels in the Mediterranean, in terms of both fisheries and farming.

You can also find out more about the FlexBio facility at Heriot-Watt University, which has been set up to offer a bioprocessing service to companies looking to develop new applications for seaweed.

Meanwhile, we are keen to hear from you, the readers. What do you think of Fish Farmer and is it meeting your information needs? You can help us by completing our short online survey, which you can access at Alternatively, turn to page 9 and scan the QR code on your phone.

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