Ferry many returns!
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.