Festive feasts

Christmas is coming and I have noticed that my local fishmonger is already displaying some whole carp on his fish counter. Traditionally, carp are grown in Europe during the summer months when they benefit from warmer temperatures and faster growth. As winter approaches, they are left to hibernate or are harvested for the festive season.…

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Dreaming of a grey Christmas

It is difficult not to wonder where the spirit of Christmas has gone. The season of “goodwill to all” seems to have bypassed all those involved in the recent fishing dispute between the UK and France. Indeed, it was hard to know what was more depressing: the sight of flag-bedecked French fishing vessels buzzing around…

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It’s a wrap!

Nick Joy muses on the links between Christmas, smoked salmon – and packaging. Just lately I have been buying rather a lot of smoked salmon. Having received a lot of packages, I noticed how little these things have changed during my exceedingly long career. I am sure that the plastics used may have changed and…

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What’s in a word

In last month’s edition the definition of sustainable investment for the blue economy was discussed (“A question of definition”, Fish Farmer October 2021). As sustainability is one of my favourite topics I felt that I should add my ha’penny worth! I can hear my children yawning at the very thought. When we first put “sustainability”…

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Chain reaction

The SSPO’s rebrand is more than just a change of name, as Hamish Macdonell reports. “You have to make it relevant to them: how does it affect them in their own constituencies.” That was the assessment of one coastal MSP with salmon farms in her constituency, suggesting ways to get other MSPs and MPs enthused…

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Meal deals

The ‘value added’ packaged salmon meal was an idea that came and went, as Dr Martin Jaffa reports. I’m in the process of moving office and the move offers the opportunity for a clear-out of files, books and other miscellanea accumulated over 30 years. One of the collections includes several hundred examples of packaging that…

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A question of definition

Dr Adam Hughes asks: What does “sustainable investment” in the Blue Economy mean for fish farming? If the marine economy were a country, its GDP would rank about 7th globally in line with France or California. Estimates of its global value (not including the value of the ecosystem services it provides) range between $1.5trn-2.5trn (£1.1trn-1.8trn),…

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Common purpose

Anglers and farmers are united in a desire to help wild salmon survive, writes Hamish Macdonell It was the angler who first introduced me to the Tweed who came up with it. We were fishing Middle Pavilion, the broad, unhurried beat that sweeps down from Galashiels to Melrose and where, under his guidance, I was…

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Home thoughts

Nick Joy is not against regulation but, he argues, it would be good to have a clear timetable for any reforms. Here I am, sitting on a big ferry, returning from a week in Portugal. Ferries are hardly new to me, but it’s somewhat comfortable being on a known commodity returning from a holiday that…

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Shades of green

The platform thrashed out by the SNP and the Scottish Greens is dangerously vague, argues Hamish Macdonell It’s all in the detail. Or, rather, in the case of the SNP-Green deal, perhaps it isn’t. The coalition that isn’t, announced last month, was hardly unexpected. It had been trailed for weeks as the two parties conducted…

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