Norway set to tax foreign aquaculture workers and businesses

Norway is  preparing to impose a production tax on foreign-owned aquaculture businesses, it emerged at the weekend. The tax, which will also affect employees, will apply to those companies which farm offshore in Norwegian waters, on the continental shelf. Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (pictured) has submitted his proposals for public and parliamentary consultation. Vedum…

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Safety first

A report from Norway finds the aquaculture sector is still reporting a high level of industrial injuries. Vince McDonagh reports A growing number of Norwegian aquaculture staff are worried that their work is damaging their health. It is not so much a fear of being killed or serious injury – although that danger exists  –…

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Fish farms are part of the solution

Wild salmon leaping out water

Jon Gibb says the aquaculture sector is one of the few that has demonstrated its willingness to help save the king of fish Bob Dylan famously sang: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” This is exactly how I feel in the twilight years of a career managing wild salmon…

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Seafood Council names new France envoy

The Norwegian Seafood Council has a new envoy to help promote the industry in France, one of the country’s main salmon markets. She is 41-year-old Sigrid Louise G. Philippart (pictured) who is coming into the world of fish from the energy industry. She takes over from Trine Horne who has been doing the job for…

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Marine Fund Scotland has £14m on offer for new ideas

The Scottish Government is calling for innovative ideas to help transform the country’s “Blue Economy” – with £14m in grant funding on offer this year. Applications are invited, from today, for grants from the Marine Fund Scotland, which is now in its fourth year. Addressing the Fisheries Management Scotland conference today, Cabinet Secretary for Rural…

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AKVA in solar deal to power up Chile salmon industry

AKVA group, the world’s largest supplier of services to the aquaculture industry, has entered into a partnership deal which could help transform the Chilean fish farming industry’s power setup. The deal is with Inseanergy which specialises in turnkey solutions for floating solar power systems. AKVA  said  it marks a significant step towards being able to electrify…

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Brexit ‘costs industry up to £100m a year’, Salmon Scotland chief says

Brexit has cost Scotland up to £100m each year in “lost” salmon exports, according to the industry body, Salmon Scotland. That’s what the organisation’s Chief Executive, Tavish Scott, will be telling MSPs in the Scottish Parliament today. He will be addressing MSPs on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee as part of their…

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Why we need exports

Nick Joy salmon image

By Nick Joy Travelling to Europe is a wonderful thing for widening the mind but also reminding me how much we continue to depend on the good taste of our customers. In Italy, where I am just now, it is the norm to spend 10% to 14% of income on food and this does not…

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Plans to blow up islets to build large post-smolt facility

A row is brewing over plans for a new post-smolt facility in the north of Norway – which will involve blowing up two small islands to make space for the construction. The company behind the project is Gaia Salmon, which plans to produce between 8,000 and 10,000 tonnes of post-smolts weighing up to 800 grams…

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