Wanted: new host

The launch of WiSA, 2019, (from left): Graham Black of Marine Scotland, Charlotte Maddocks and Heather Jones

A ground-breaking body set up to encourage the development of women in aquaculture is looking for a new supporter, as Sandy Neil reports.

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Vónin Scotland lands £955K for new aquaculture net facility

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In a significant advancement for the Scottish aquaculture sector, Vónin Scotland Ltd, a leader in aquaculture services and supplies, has received £955,000 in funding from the Scottish Government. The grant will contribute towards the large investment required to develop a comprehensive facility for the maintenance, cleaning and treatment of fish farming nets. Vónin’s new operation…

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Mapping out the lice threat

Consultation is over and SEPA is getting ready to start enforcing Wild Salmon Protection Zones, reports Robert Outram The Scottish Government is to press forward with the roll-out of Wild Salmon Protection Zones, which will restrict fish farming in areas seen as high risk for wild salmon. The proposed regulatory framework has not, however, been…

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HPMAs: what’s next?

Proposals to bar all commercial activity from 10% of Scotland’s waters have been dropped. Where do we go from here? Sandy Neil finds out The decision, after all the debate, was hardly a surprise. Early in November, the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Secretary, Màiri McAllan MSP, knocked the plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs)…

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The business reset needs to be turbo-charged

Salmon Scotland’s Chief Executive Tavish Scott explains the Scottish Government is saying the right things but needs to act faster After replacing Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister, Humza Yousaf promised to reset the Scottish Government’s relationship with business. The wider private sector had grown increasingly frustrated with several policies emerging from St Andrew’s House, in…

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Scottish Government sets out blueprint for marine science

The Scottish Government has published its Marine Science and Innovation Strategy highlighting the crucial role of science and innovation in realising the full potential of the marine environment. The Strategy – part of the Blue Economy Vision to 2045 – is intended as a blueprint for the Scottish Government to utilise the best available science,…

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Salmon continuing to boost Scottish economy

The Scottish aquaculture sector’s direct economic contribution is now approaching the half a billion pounds mark, a new Scottish government report has disclosed. And it is also continuing to create new employment opportunities. The government’s marine economy statistics for 2021 (published this week) says it has increased by 154% to £472 million over a decade,…

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Scottish Government confirms it is scrapping HPMA plan

The Scottish Government’s plan to introduce highly protected marine areas covering a tenth of the country’s waters is dead – and that’s official. The government has today confirmed that, following an extensive consultation on the proposal, the plan for highly protected marine areas (HPMAs) will not be taken forward. Under the consultation, HPMAs would be…

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Grant aims to support IoT take-up for aquaculture

Aquaculture is among the sectors set to benefit from a business support initiative that has been set up to encourage investment by Scottish companies in “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology. IoT Secure – led by IoT experts at CENSIS, Scotland’s innovation centre for sensing, imaging, and IoT technologies – has secured additional government funding to…

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