Con­fer­ence sea­son

Biose­cu­rity is­sues to be ad­dressed at Oban event

Fish Farmer - - Trade Associatio­ns -

The ASSG is cur­rently in fast for­ward mode with prepa­ra­tions for our an­nual shell­fish con­fer­ence, to be held in Oban from Oc­to­ber 22-23. The shell­fish world is not re­ally large enough to sup­port two si­mul­ta­ne­ous con­fer­ences so to find our meet­ing co­in­cid­ing with not one but two par­al­lel events is an un­for­tu­nate state of af­fairs.

The ASSG con­fer­ence was forced to change dates due to Oban host­ing the ational Mod at the time of the early neap tides in Oc­to­ber, our usual slot.

But we now clash with both the Euro­pean Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety’s an­nual get to­gether, which will be heav­ily geared to­wards shell­fish un­der the lead­er­ship of Pro­fes­sor Aad Smaal, while over in Cape Cod there will be the World Oys­ter Congress.

ev­er­the­less, the ASSG has in place a pro­gramme of di­rect rel­e­vance and in­ter­est to shell­fish grow­ers, pol­icy mak­ers and reg­u­la­tors and book­ings can be made at our web­site www.assg.org.uk .

The con­fer­ence will be opened by Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Dr Aileen McLeod, en­cour­ag­ing proof of the sup­port the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment wishes to pro­vide to the in­dus­try.

The ASSG could not run such an event on an an­nual ba­sis with­out the sup­port of our spon­sors and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to the Crown Es­tate, Seafish, and Scot­tish at­u­ral Her­itage.

Equally, High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise are once more spon­sor­ing the prizes of Richard Bram­ble de­signed and com­mis­sioned ce­ramic plates for the Best Scot­tish Shell­fish com­pe­ti­tion win­ners.

Biose­cu­rity is­sues

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion by Marine Scot­land Fish Health In­spec­torate of the re­moval of the ap­proved zone sta­tus for the Recul­ver shell­fish hatch­ery in Whit­stable, Kent, on the ba­sis of the pres­ence of oys­ter her­pes virus (OHs) in the area is of huge im­port for the UK shell­fish in­dus­try as a whole.

The sit­u­a­tion ap­pears to be that while no OHs has been de­tected in the hatch­ery fa­cil­ity it­self, the area from which it draws its sea­wa­ter sup­ply has be­come con­tam­i­nated with OHs.

The im­me­di­ate con­sid­er­a­tion is where does this leave Pa­cific oys­ter seed sup­ply into Scot­land for the next and fol­low­ing years

While there are cur­rently two other hatch­eries, both of which re­main within ap­proved zones and are ca­pa­ble of sup­ply­ing Scot­tish pro­duc­ers, Guernsey Sea Farms and More­cambe Bay Oys­ters, what is needed is im­proved plan­ning and for­ward or­der­ing on Win­ners of the 2014 shell­fish awards the event in Oban

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