Norwegian salmon exports break NOK 100bn barrier

The value of Norwegian salmon exports has now passed the NOK 100 billion (£7.4 bn) mark in 2023, which was the figure for all the country’s overseas seafood sales only four years ago. Commenting on the October results, Christian Chramer, CEO of the country’s Seafood Council said that once again high salmon prices and a…

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Scottish salmon industry records big fall in antibiotics use

Scotland’s salmon farming companies have dramatically reduced antibiotic medicine use by more than half in the space of a year, UK Government figures show. The new Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) report shows that 2022 usage of antibiotics in salmon was 18.6 mg/kg, down 24.5 mg/kg since 2021. The amount…

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Seawork celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2024!

Seawork has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 1998, and the show is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The first edition of Seawork, the leading commercial marine and workboat exhibition, was held in Southampton in 1998. The Port of Southampton has hosted the event ever since, originally at the QE11 Cruise Terminal,…

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Salmon farmers on alert for deadly jellyfish

A warning has gone out about the appearance of a particularly vicious type of jellyfish along the Norwegian coast which can have a devastating effect on salmon. Called Perlesnormanet (Pearl Norman, Latin name Apolemia uvaria), it has led to the mass death of salmon in the past. According to the Norwegian Marine Research Institute there…

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Salmon Evolution achieves ASC certification

Land-based fish farmer salmon Salmon Evolution ASA has achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for its north Norwegian facility at Indre Harøy. The company described the award as a “significant achievement towards responsible and sustainable salmon production”. It says the certification was achieved after only 18 months of operation at the facility. Salmon Evolution CEO…

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Cooke’s deal to buy Nueva Pescanova falls through

Canadian-owned seafood group Cooke has pulled out of a deal to acquire Spanish processing and fisheries business Nueva Pescanova. The Spanish group’s bank and owner, ABANCA, announced yesterday that the talks had ended by mutual consent. ABANCA said: “After a few months of negotiations in the search for an industrial partner, ABANCA has decided to…

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Gael Force reports turnover up 14% for 2022

Scottish-based marine supplier Gael Force has reported that its turnover for 2022 was up by 14% year on year, thanks to a policy of investment in skills and technology through difficult times in the previous two years. Gael Force, a key supplier to the Scottish aquaculture sector saw turnover of £27.04m for the year ended…

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Some de-licing methods can increase disease risk, study finds

Some sea lice treatments can increase the risk of bacterial infection for salmon, according to research by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. A study found that thermal and non-thermal exfoliation of salmon by brushing or rinsing can result in a higher risk of the disease pasteurellosis. The findings are based on extensive tests carried out by…

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Atlantic Sapphire CEO set to quit

The CEO of land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire, Johan E. Andreassen, has announced he will be stepping down. Andreassen will remain in an “interim CEO role”, the company said, until a successor has been appointed. Atlantic Sapphire was founded in Demark but now operates a RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) salmon farm in Florida, USA. Andreassen…

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Lice infestation forces Iceland slaughter

Thousands of salmon in western Iceland have been prematurely slaughtered due to high lice numbers. The worst hit area is around Tálknafjördur in the southern Westfjord region. MAST, the Icelandic Veterinary Institute, reported two weeks ago that lice infestation in the area had increased to unprecedented levels and ordered special measures to be taken. Iceland’s main…

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