Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Seafish Scottish Premiere of ‘The Business of Processing’ Film

Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, screened its Scottish premiere of its new film exploring the multi-billion pound seafood processing industry to an invited audience from the industry.

The showing of ‘The Business of Processing’ at The Scotsman Hotel theatre in Edinburgh provided a perfect opportunity for the UK seafood industry to get a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges the processing sector faces in turning the seafood, that is landed and imported into the UK, into products for public consumption in the foodservice sector and at home. Read more...


African Sushi: Mountainous Fish Farm Links Lesotho With Japanese Chefs

The flashing neon advertising signs and crowded crosswalks of Tokyo may not resemble the slow suburban settlement of Maseru — the capital of the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa. But the two countries are now being linked by an unlikely dish: trout.

Thanks to Highlands Trout, and their operation 2,200m above sea level in the Maluti Mountains, supermarket shoppers in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo can now get their seafood fix from the landlocked African nation. Read more...

Cornwall trout farm plans abandoned

A bid to emulate Scotland’s billion-pound-a-year salmon industry by creating trout farms off the Cornish coast has been abandoned. It emerged last year that the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), along with the British Trout Association and The Crown Estate, was pursuing a pilot scheme and was looking for a commercial partner.

The project, though, met with a decidedly mixed reaction amid long-held concerns about the impact of fish farms on the environment in Scotland. And it was also labelled “absolutely barmy” after last winter’s storms caused widespread damage. Read more...


NOAA’s Contributions to Progress in Aquaculture Highlighted in Fisheries Magazine

Aquaculture is increasingly recognized for its role in providing safe, sustainable seafood, contributing to commercial and recreational fisheries, and supporting healthy ocean populations and ecosystems.

NOAA experts have made tremendous contributions in this field, excelling in every aspect of the science and research – from hatchery systems and technology development to stock enhancement and habitat restoration techniques. NOAA contributions to this field are in the spotlight again this month with the publication of an aquaculture-focused November issue of Fisheries magazine. Read more...


Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas.

The mid-water trawl fishery first achieved MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting. Read more...


Nor-Shipping and Ocean Hub join forces online

The online profiles of Nor-Shipping’s exhibitors will be hosted via a special partner solution on Ocean Hub’s unique communication platform.

Every second year, Nor-Shipping, the leading maritime event week, is filled with conferences, networking and countless other activities, with the exhibition at the center of it all. Thanks to a new solution called Nor-Shipping Exhibitors Online, exhibitors can now increase their online visibility, maximizing the event’s value to them. This global online location allows them to extensively present their companies and build their identities by sharing knowledge, ambitions and content. Read more...


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Drive to recruit more local people into Aberdeen food industry sees trio land tasty new job

Tasty Jobs, a new training programme designed to encourage more Aberdeen job hunters to consider working in the local food industry, has seen its first “graduates” land full time jobs with two leading food companies.

The scheme, run in conjunction with the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy, DWP Jobcentre and Skills Development Scotland, is designed to assist food businesses across Scotland to raise the profile of job opportunities in food and drink production among their local communities and ensure local people have the skills they need to apply for vacancies. Read more...