Aquaculture Magazine

December 2016/ January 2017

Recent News and Events

PESCANOVA Plans the Construction of a New R&D Center in Galicia

By: Staff / Aquaculture Magazine

Spain. – The Spanish company PESCANOVA will invest in a new R&D center, which will be located in Galicia, Spain, and be named Pescanova BioMarine Center. This new project is part of the group’s expansion strategy and will be the most important private facility of its kind in Spain, and one of the three largest in Europe.

With a total investment of $4.9 million USD the center, which will cover 4,000 m2 and is planned to start operating in 2017, will be built at El Grove, where the company holds a turbot grow out operation. The R&D center will carry out research activities focused on the species cultivated by the group at its different locations around the world, such as turbot, L. vannamei, and tilapia. Likewise, the center will work on research related to genetics, nutrition, management, health and the diversification of species with potential for aquaculture. 

The Spanish group intends to make Galicia an international point of reference at the forefront in aquaculture research and development. In order to achieve this goal, the group is working on integration with academic institutions, technological research centers, industry members and representatives of the public and private sector involved in the aquaculture industry.

Ireland Recognizes Aquaculture Companies at the “BIM National Seafood Awards 2016”

Ireland. – This November, the Irish Sea Fisheries Board (BIM) celebrated the 2016 BIM Awards in Dublin, where Irish companies from the seafood industry were recognized for their excellence and outstanding contribution in different areas. 

After an open process of entry, the 38 finalists of the inaugural National Seafood Awards were announced on October 19th. The panel of judges selected the finalists under four categories: skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness across the fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and retail sectors. After nearly a month of deliberation, the judges announced the winners during a gala event on November 17th. 

Within the different categories, aquaculture companies were recognized for their contribution and effort towards the development and growth of the sector. The winners of each category are shown below: 

• Sustainability – Aquaculture Environmental & Social Responsibility Award: Blackshell Farm 

• Innovation – Innovation in Aquaculture: Dungarvan Shellfish Ltd 

• Competitiveness – Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year: Kush Seafarms Ltd 

The evening ended with the BIM Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to the family of the late Martin Howley, a recognized leader of the fisheries industry. 

During the event, BIM presented its new corporate identity. Both the awards and the new image of the agency are part of BIM’s strategy to boost the seafood industry under its four key priorities – Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness. With the main objective of positioning Ireland as a world leading supplier of high value differentiated seafood products it promotes safe, responsible and sustainable seafood production practices. 

For more information about the finalists and winners, visit:

The Scottish “2030 Aquaculture Strategy” 

Scotland. – In early November, “the 2030 Aquaculture Strategy” was launched; this plan is the result of the work done by a group of leading industry members and organizations of Scotland’s aquaculture industry, and it includes a set of actions necessary for the growth and development of the sector in the upcoming years. 

The new growth strategy intends to double the economic and social contribution of the aquaculture industry by 2030 and to establish Scotland as a global leader in the industry. The “2030 Aquaculture Strategy” establishes a series of recommendations which revolve mainly around six themes: industry leadership, regulations, innovation, skills development, investment and infrastructure. 

Among the recommendations mentioned in the plan, there are three that have been identified as critical: (1) the creation of a new industry leadership group, with the aim of aligning all stakeholders involved, from industry and government, with the purpose of achieving industry development; (2) a restructuring of the role of Marine Scotland, the government agency that regulates the sector, to maintain its regulatory role but to remove its industry development role; and (3) the construction and promotion of research and development centers to trial innovative equipment, technologies and fish health strategies. 

Scotland’s aquaculture industry is well known for salmon farming, the main component of its industry and the country’s top food export. Nevertheless, Scotland’s aquaculture is quite diverse, from salmon and other finfish species, to the production of mussels and oysters and the culture of seaweed. The new strategy intends to exploit the full potential of aquaculture in Scotland.  

When commenting on the strategy, Stewart Graham, Group Managing Director of Gael Force Group and co-chair of the Working Group, said “This new strategy reflects the industry’s ambition to drive sustainable growth and for Scotland to be a world leader in aquaculture. We have developed a roadmap to 2030, which can make a transformational impact on Scotland’s economy and our rural communities.” 

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd starts operating its new site in Orkney 

Scotland. – This autumn, Scottish Sea Farm Ltd just started operating a new salmon farm, located in Westerbister, Orkney. The construction of this new site took 4 years of hard work and a $4.37 million USD (£3.5 million) investment. The site consists of 16 x 100 m cages, and has an estimated production capacity of 1,791 tons. The cages are already stocked and the smolts in place are expected to be harvested in early 2018. 

This site is the second largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney. Its construction and operation represent a boost to the local economy, since it has been a source of employment and the company has sought to consume services and products from regional suppliers, aiming to contribute to the regional economy. The salmon production obtained in this new site will help Scotland to meet the increasing demand, global and domestic, of this fish in the present and the future. 

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