Emerging innovations for the shellfish industry

Oyster depuration

Innovation could help the shellfish industry adapt to restrictions posed since Brexit, writes Martin Sutcliffe Water quality is an important issue for the aquaculture sector and can be incredibly varied across UK coastlines due to contamination from sewerage. One sector that has been directly impacted by water quality is the shellfish industry, which has faced…

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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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Chilean police seize stolen salmon and make three arrests

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Chilean police are reporting success against a gang of armed robbers who held up a large truck carrying frozen salmon fillets last month. The haul was worth at least half a million pounds sterling and is the latest in a series of “Jesse James style” armed attacks on high value salmon trucks over the past…

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Proximar on track despite February tank incident

Proximar Seafood has reported that biomass at its new land based salmon farm in Japan has more than doubled during the first three months of 2024. At the end of March  the Norwegian salmon company had a standing biomass of 111.9  metric tonnes at the farm, located at Oyama near Japan’s Mount Fuji, compared with…

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Fjords, the Faroes and flying fish

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For a small fish farming nation, this rocky archipelago punches above its weight, writes Robert Outram. Additional reporting: Vince McDonagh The Faroese Research establishment formerly known as Fiskaaling has a new name: Firum. To understand why, a brief lesson in the Faroese language is required. As Chief Executive Jóhanna Lava Køtlum explains, “fiskaaling” translates as…

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Brighter Q1 results from Grieg Seafood and Salmon Evolution

Two Norwegian salmon companies, Grieg Seafood and Salmon Evolution, have published encouraging 2024 first quarter trading updates. The Grieg output is up by more than 30% on a year ago and totals approximately 21,000 tonnes against 15,350 tonnes 12 months ago. The main reason for the improvement is that British Columbia is now back in…

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Latest Norcod share issue falls short

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Norwegian cod farmer Norcod has fallen well short of attracting investment from a new share issue which closed late last week. The company had hoped to net around NOK 16 million (almost £1.2m) from its latest offering of 1,333,333 new shares at a subscription price of NOK 12 per share. The subscription period for the…

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Hurdles get higher

Air freight

Bureaucracy, import duty and international tension are holding back seafood trade, the Norwegian Seafood Council says. Vince McDonagh reports War, international unrest and inflation are creating major challenges for seafood exporters, the Norwegian Seafood Council is warning in its latest update on trade. Salmon and related fish companies are operating in an extremely complex global…

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Future proof


The eighth international Shellfish Conference, held in the Netherlands, covered some key topics for the industry, as Nicki Holmyard reports Future-proofing shellfish culture in the Netherlands was the subject of the eighth international Shellfish Conference in January in Deltapark Neeltje Jans, a theme park and nature reserve on the Eastern Scheldt. Shellfish farmers from all…

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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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