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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Soil Association set to tighten organic standards for salmon

Fish farmers and the public are set to be consulted on changes to the standards that allow farmed salmon to be described as “organic”. The Soil Association, which sets the bar for organic food production in the UK, is looking to update its standards to strengthen provisions for the welfare of Atlantic salmon and cleaner…

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Another award for Bakkafrost’s Native Hebridean

Salmon producer Bakkafrost Scotland has picked up another award for its Native Hebridean Salmon. The company was declared Primary Producer of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards 2023, held in Inverness last Friday night at the Kingsmills Hotel. Bakkafrost’s Native Hebridean product has won numerous awards over the past few…

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Grieg hails successful first Newfoundland salmon harvest

Grieg Seafood has commenced harvesting of the first generation of salmon at its new Canadian east coast location in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Describing the development as an important milestone, it said the operation had produced good fish health and welfare and free of lice. It would continue to develop its farming region in Newfoundland gradually…

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Nova Austral rescue plan delayed again

The hoped-for financial rescue package for Nova Austral, one of Chile’s principal salmon farmers, has been delayed yet again. Creditors met yesterday to discuss a reorganisation agreement that sets out a number of alternatives. They failed to reach an agreement, however, and in a brief Oslo Stock Exchange statement the company said the meeting was…

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Cooke Aquaculture consults on Shetland plan

Fish farmer Cooke Aquaculture has been consulting on plans for a new salmon farm near Vementry on Shetland. The proposed farm at Swarbricks Minn, between Vementry and Muckle Roe, would consist of 12 x 120 m circumference salmon pens arranged in a group of 2 x 6 pens. There will also be a feed barge…

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Double accolade for family oyster business

It was a double celebration for family-owned Caledonian Oysters at the Scottish Shellfish Awards this week, with the business retaining its title for Best Native Oysters and receiving a commendation in the Rock Oyster (Gigas) category. The awards, held as part of the annual Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers conference in Oban, saw prizes given…

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Campaigners question ‘sustainable salmon’ claims

Two campaign groups are calling on the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to take action over the industry body Salmon Scotland’s use of the word “sustainable”. The two organisations, WildFish and Coastal Communities Network Scotland (CCN), say they have submitted a detailed dossier and complaint to the CMA. The complaint details the extensive use of…

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