Brokering a better Brexit deal

Port of Dover

Salmon Scotland Chief Executive Tavish Scott says the coming general election is an opportunity to reset the UK’s relationship with the EU and smooth the vital flow of trade The Brexit debate that so dominated our politics not so long ago has taken something of a backseat in the past couple of years. But many…

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The nation’s favourite fish

By Nick Joy I may be suffering a little bit, not as you may think from overindulgence for a change but because I went for a long hill walk with friends on New Year’s Day (suffering from the effects of overindulgence). So today my old bones are feeling rather sore from reminding myself just how…

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25 companies to sue over traffic light scheme

Twenty five salmon and trout companies plan to sue the Norwegian government over the new fish farming traffic light scheme. They argue they are not only being robbed of part of their livelihood, but the country is losing out on the country’s second most important export product. Under the plan introduced at the start of…

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Iceland community split on fish farms

ONE of Iceland’s main cities has caused a stir and political division in the region by telling the government that it does not want fish farming on the 47 mile long fjord which leads into its port. Akureyri City Council has conveyed its surprise message to Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries following a major debate. But…

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Farming ‘normal’ for now, says Grieg

BERGEN based Grieg Seafood said yesterday that its salmon farming operations were ‘running as normal’ during the coronavirus outbreak. The salmon was being harvested according to plan, said the company, adding that it would \’work relentlessly to keep our harvesting schedule also in the coming time’. Grieg, which farms in Norway, Scotland and Canada, said…

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Salmon farming finds favour in Holyrood

A POLL of Scottish MSPs has found that attitudes towards the Scottish salmon farming sector have improved in the past year. Some 73 per cent of the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee – which carried out an investigation into salmon farming in 2018 – now view the salmon farming sector favourably. And the number…

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Fish farming can feed most of world – report

AQUACULTURE has the potential to feed almost two thirds of the world’s population, according to a new report from the United Nations. The report, from the UN Marine Panel, says it is possible to produce at least six times more seafood than we are getting today. Because of pressure on global wild fish stocks, most…

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Wester Ross positive despite profit fall

WESTER Ross Fisheries, the independently owned salmon farming company, has reported a fall in profits and turnover for 2018, according to figures just posted with Companies House. No reason was given, but during high summer of 2018 the business suffered a ‘catastrophic’ fish loss caused by plankton which must have impacted on its financial performance.…

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French innovators impress investors

TWO French innovators scooped top honours on the final day of the Aquaculture Innovation Europe conference in London today, after a vote by delegates representing the industry and investors. The microalgae firm Inalve was the winner in a close run contest, with its patented technology aimed at reducing farmers’ dependence on wild fish for feed.…

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Tromsø farm future in balance after elections

THE future of open fish farming in and around the Norwegian city of Tromsø continues to hang in the balance after local elections produced a mixed bag of results. There were major gains for both the Socialist left party and the Greens, which are strongly in favour of a total ban on further open farming,…

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