Ferry many re­turns!

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – EDI­TOR

This month we bring you re­ports from op­po­site ends of the aqua­cul­ture spec­trum. In Scot­land, a half cen­tury of ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence has made Ot­ter Ferry Seafish a suc­cess story in the fish farm­ing sec­tor. A pi­o­neer of hal­ibut rear­ing, and more re­cently of wrasse and lump­fish, the com­pany marked its mag­nif­i­cent 50th mile­stone in style when Princess Anne vis­ited the site at Loch Fyne.

The fledg­ling fish farm­ers in Africa, while mostly fo­cused on fresh­wa­ter species, will be in­ter­ested to hear how Alas­tair Barge and his team at Ot­ter Ferry ar­rived where they are to­day, trial and er­ror be­ing an in­evitable part of any achieve­ment in this busi­ness. At the World Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in Cape Town in June, the first ever to be held in Africa, in­dus­try lead­ers and entrepreneurs, re­searchers and in­vestors, spoke frankly about the steep learn­ing curve they faced in de­vel­op­ing aqua­cul­ture on the con­ti­nent.

They need fund­ing but also knowl­edge. Help­ing to pro­vide the lat­ter is the on­line net­work Sar­nissa, set up by Stir­ling Univer­sity and now reach­ing nearly 5,000 peo­ple in Nige­ria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Zam­bia and be­yond. From this month, Fish Farmer will be avail­able to African read­ers thanks to Sar­nissa and we can hope­fully be­gin an in­for­ma­tion ex­change that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one.

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