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Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – EDI­TOR

This is­sue went to press a week after Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union, a de­ci­sion that will af­fect the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try here - though how, we don’t yet know. We hope to bring more of an in­sight into the changed land­scape in the months ahead, but a few brave in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing our reg­u­lar colum­nists Phil Thomas and Nick Joy, were pre­pared to share their ini­tial thoughts as events un­folded.

Some­one else who is not lost for words is our pi­o­neer this month, Marine Har­vest’s David Cor­ri­gan. The man­ager of Ard­nish re­search site may be re­tir­ing from his day job, but he will still be pro­mot­ing fish farm­ing, as he has done through­out his 32-year ca­reer, and would like to see the sec­tor do more to raise its pro­file.

This was also a theme at the AquaVi­sion con­fer­ence, which at­tracted aqua­cul­ture lead­ers from around the world to Sta­vanger in June. An­other was the im­por­tance of dis­ease con­trol in growth and ex­pan­sion. We take up this sub­ject in our health fea­ture, with ex­perts from some of the biggest salmon com­pa­nies dis­cussing the cur­rent chal­lenges to fish health, and pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

Per­haps the most over used word at AquaVi­sion was ‘col­lab­o­ra­tion’ but the mes­sage was clear: the in­dus­try must work to­gether to be­come more com­pet­i­tive. And that is ex­actly what Scot­land’s farm­ers and re­searchers are now do­ing, pool­ing both in­tel­lec­tual and fi­nan­cial re­sources in the lat­est cleaner fish ini­tia­tive. We wish them ev­ery suc­cess.

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