Fishupdate Briefing for Nov 1st Published: 01 November, 2013
SCOTLAND TO SHOWCASE SEAFOOD DURING CHINA TRADE MISSION
SCOTTISH seafood will be showcased when Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond leads a trade mission to China this weekend even though the main focus will be on oil and gas construction and exploration.The Far East has accounted for an increasing proportion of global fresh Scottish salmon sales in recent times, reaching £37 million in the first half of 2013. China accounted for more than half of total sales to the region in the first two quarters of this year. The mission will include a separate seafood and drink section.The oil and gas delegation will include companies such as Adrok Group, Addax Petroleum, Aggreko, Amec and Petrofac.The construction sector will be represented by a range of companies, industry bodies and institutions including Construction Scotland, Applegreen Homes, building standards body BRE Scotland and Universities Scotland
MATING FISH MAY BE KEEPING PEOPLE AWAKE AT NIGHT!
THE residents of the English Hampshire town of Hythe near Southampton are being kept awake at night by a mystery hum. Now scientists believe the noise could come from mating fish. Residents, who live near Southampton Docks, have complained to their local council thinking the hum came from industrial activity, However, an investigation launched by the Environment Agency and the New Forest District Council also produced no results, and it wasnt until the Scottish Association for Marine Science came up with one possible answer. While keeping an open mind, it thinks the noise could come from sonic Midshipman fish swimming into the English Channel from the Atlantic. The association says there are certainly sonic fish off the Hampshire Coast. Some residents from Hythe visited their doctor thinking they were suffering from tinnitus – or ringing in the ears.
TRAWLER FIRM TO BUY FISH PROCESSOR
HB Grandi, owner one of Iceland’s largest fishing fleets, has signalled its intention to buy the fish processing company Vignir G. Jonsson Ltd.. The deal is subject to approval by shareholders both companies. Vignir G Jonsson is just over 40 years old, efficiently well-run company located in Akranes specializing in full processing of roes. The company is a major purchaser of capelin roe from HB Grandi and the largest purchaser of lumpfish and cod roe in the country. 46 jobs where done by the company in 2012 and the company´s turnover was 2.4 billion ISK (Icelandic kroners) or around 20 million USD. The board of HB Grandi has agreed to submit to shareholders a proposal to issue additional shares of 100 million ISK of nominal value to meet the acquisition of all shares of Vignir G Jonsson.with this acquisition, HB Grandi is strengthening the company´s operations and taking further steps to full processed fish products..NEW NORWEGIAN FISHERIES MINISTER VISITS TURKEYNORWAY’S new fisheries and Coastal affairs Minister Elisabeth Aspaker has paid a visit to Turkey just couple of weeks after entering office. Turkey is one of Norway’s biggest seafood customers and its shipyards also build many of Norway’s trawlers. The country’s seafood exports to Turkey, mainly pelagic fish, is worth around 520-million kroners a year.