Salmon farmers and government join forces to combat fish disease

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In an initiative inspired by the fight against Covid-19, salmon producers and the Chilean government have joined forces to tackle the problem of bacterial infection in farmed fish. The project, which has been named “Yelcho”, involves eleven leading Chilean salmon farming companies, the Salmon Council, SalmonChile’s Salmon Technological Institute (Intesal) and is supported by Aquabench,…

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New guidance from Conservation Alliance stresses the ‘human factor’

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Guidance on ethical best practice for seafood companies has been released by a leading international organisation, stressing the importance of human rights as well as conservation. The Guidance for Companies on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Seafood is published by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, a not-for-profit body that includes seafood businesses, academics and non-governmental…

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Full speed ahead for sea trials showcase

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Preparations are moving fast as vessels, speakers and delegates confirm for this year’s Speed@Seawork, partnered with the Society of Marine Industries (SMI). The event, which showcases fast working boats and demonstrates the latest maritime technology and equipment, takes place on Monday 10 June 2024, just ahead of the Seawork trade show. The venue for Speed@Seawork is The…

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ASC Farm Standard consultation reaches final round

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is launching the last round of stakeholder consultation to help finalise the content of its new Farm Standard. Stakeholders are encouraged to take part before the consultation closes on Monday 20 May. The new standard tightens up requirements across a range of areas from greenhouse gas emissions and human rights…

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Global Seafood Alliance appoints CEO

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The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has named Mike Kocsis as its new Chief Executive Officer, after a year-long search. He succeeds Wally Stevens, the former CEO who returned to head the organisation on an interim basis in March last year when the then Chief Executive, Brian Perkins, left the organisation abruptly. The GSA is a…

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Nutreco and Skretting chiefs to step down

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The chief executives of feed giant Nutreco and its aquaculture business, Skretting, have both announced they will be stepping down. Nutreco CEO Fulco van Lede (pictured, right), will be leaving this summer after leading the company for the past three years. In addition, Therese Log Bergjord (pictured, left), CEO of Skretting for the past seven…

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Packed programme for Aquaculture UK’s new Innovation Theatre

Aquaculture UK has unveiled the programme for its first ever Innovation Theatre, with presentations running in parallel with existing Keynote Theatre. The trade show and conference will be held over May 14-15 in Aviemore, Scotland. The Innovation Theatre is designed to showcase the fast-changing technology driving the sector. The show’s organisares, Diversified Communications, say the…

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What’s in a name? Rather more, as from today

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Scotland’s fish farmers have succeeded in their bid to strengthen the rules over what is allowed to be called “Scottish salmon”. The UK Government has agreed to amend the “protected geographical indication” (PGI) for “Scottish farmed salmon” to “Scottish salmon”. This means that any product described in this way will have to meet strict criteria.…

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Funding secured for cleaner fish vaccination project

Research into the optimal formulation and delivery of vaccines to safeguard ballan wrasse from bacterial disease has been given a funding boost following a successful first phase. Researchers hope the project could lead to greater use of the cleaner fish to control sea lice on salmon farms. A consortium of UK academics and aquaculture partners…

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Scottish Sea Farms reports gender pay gap progress

Salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms saw the gap between what male and female employees were paid widen as a result of its acquisition of Grieg’s Shetland assets – but the latest figures show that the company has regained its position on gender parity and closed the pay gap further in several areas.  UK legislation requires…

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