Silver anniversary for Seawork 2024

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As Seawork prepares to host its 25th edition from 11 to 13 June, the emphasis is on its growing international flavour. More than a quarter of last year’s exhibitors to the show, which runs alongside the Marine Civils event, were from overseas, including 20% from Europe. This year, Seawork will be welcoming National Pavilions, including…

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Farmed trout, cod exports growing

trouts in the air with splashes of water, thrown trouts back into the trout farm fishpond from the fisherman's net

Farmed trout is gaining in popularity around the world, according to the latest information from the Norwegian Seafood Council. Figures show a large growth in Norwegian trout exports so far this year. Volume growth increased by 62% to 4,676 tonnes during February, a growth rate of 62%. The value, at NOK 454m (£33m), represents a…

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Ireland sets out new national aquaculture strategy

Ireland has launched a national strategy for the long-term development of its aquaculture industry. Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue recently unveiled his proposals which place an emphasis on sustainable aquaculture. The National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development to 2030 (NSPSA) is the successor plan to  the five year scheme that was developed in 2015. It…

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X marks the spot


It’s an election year for the Westminster parliament, so what is the aquaculture industry looking for from the politicians? Sandy Neil investigates Brace yourself for a UK election year. A Labour landslide? A Conservative revival? A king-making coalition? Whatever happens, 2024 will surely become another turning point for the country and, for this short time…

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Award launched to recognise salmon farming’s rising stars

A new award, backed by the salmon industry and academia, will recognise the achievements of young people working in aquaculture. The Young Aquaculture Society (YAS)’s Early Career Innovators Competition is being launched by the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), trade body Salmon Scotland and Diversified Communications, organisers of the Aquaculture UK trade show…

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Norway’s farmed salmon and trout deaths hit new record

Well over a hundred million salmon and trout died prematurely from various causes in Norwegian fish farms last year, the country’s Veterinary Institute says in its annual fish health report. Infectious diseases and injuries were behind a majority of the deaths, accounting for around 70% of the total but other important factors were involved. The…

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Study shows how nitrates in RAS systems affect fish health

Turbot, scophthalmus maximus, Adult swimming

Exposure to nitrates can adversely affect the intestinal health of fish in RAS systems, a study by researchers in China has found. While it is well known that nitrates have a toxic effect, the study provides a detailed analysis of how nitrate (NO3) levels can have an impact at molecular level. A team of scientists…

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The March 2024 issue of Fish Farmer is out now online

The March issue of Fish Farmer magazine is out now online, and you can read or download it here. The fearsome-looking creature on the cover this month is a pike-perch, also known as a zander. In Continental Europe it is recognised as a high quality fish for the table, but it has proved very difficult…

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The war on lice

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Technology is opening up a number of potential fronts in the struggle to keep farmed fish lice-free Early warning could help salmon farmers take timely action to reduce sea lice numbers before their stock becomes infested with the parasites. Clearly, assessing the levels of sea lice by counting the lice attached to salmon in a…

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ASC Feed certification for Thai Union

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Seafood giant Thai Union has become the first Asian producer to win Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for one of its feed plants. The single-site certification for Thai Union’s Mahachai Plant, located in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province just west of Bangkok, is the first ASC Feed Standard certification in Asia. The feed mill produces feed…

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