Chang­ing per­cep­tions

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

This has been a busy time for the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, in Scot­land and in Europe, which re­cently saw another suc­cess­ful Euro­pean Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety con­fer­ence, this year held in the beau­ti­ful Croa­t­ian city of Dubrovnik. We bring you re­ports from there - on oys­ters, bluefin tuna, and how fish farm­ing can help save the hu­man race, no less.

Closer to home, we have up­dates on con­tain­ment chal­lenges, from the sup­pli­ers’ and the pro­duc­ers’ per­spec­tive. But the big is­sue once again is health on sal­mon farms. Farm­ers con­tinue to in­vest heav­ily in sea lice and dis­ease mit­i­ga­tion, and the sec­tor ap­pears to be in good shape, cer­tainly in busi­ness terms, as Scott Lands­burgh from the SSPO re­ports on page 19. But chang­ing per­cep­tions is prov­ing to be a tougher bat­tle, and it has now be­come a pri­or­ity of the Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Group, set up a year ago to drive growth, to ad­dress this (see page 16). We wel­come com­ment from across the in­dus­try and this month we launch a plat­form for you to have your say. Nikos Steiropou­los of Europharma writes about meet­ing pro­duc­tion tar­gets, and we hope to pub­lish reg­u­lar opin­ions from the front line of farm­ing, academia and even gov­ern­ment in the fu­ture.

Fi­nally, we’re de­lighted to an­nounce that Fish Farmer has been short­listed in the Scot­tish PPA mag­a­zine awards, tak­ing place later this month. Wish us luck!

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