The big is­sue

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

Our Novem­ber is­sue has turned out to be the big­gest so far this year, with its spe­cial fo­cus on con­tain­ment and all that en­tails for the in­dus­try. As we be­gan go­ing over ideas early in Oc­to­ber, news about seal culls hit the head­lines and we de­cided to ad­dress the sub­ject, giv­ing farm­ers the chance to dis­cuss the ex­ten­sive anti-pre­da­tion mea­sures they de­ploy at their sites. We also talked to many of the man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers who are at the fore­front of the fight against es­capes on farms, and we bring you de­tails of some of their most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts.

Talk­ing of sup­pli­ers, our in­dus­try pioneer this month prob­a­bly needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion. Dougie John­son of AKVA is well known across the Scot­tish sec­tor and be­yond and cel­e­brates his for­ti­eth year in the busi­ness in 2016.

Else­where, we re­port from Aqua­cul­ture Europe 15, the Euro­pean Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety’s con­fer­ence in Rot­ter­dam last month, where sci­en­tists rep­re­sent­ing di­verse re­search projects from around the world pre­sented their find­ings.

At the shell­fish con­fer­ence in Oban, also in Oc­to­ber, John Holm­yard de­scribed his ef­forts to start vol­ume mus­sel pro­duc­tion and you can read about the re­sults on page 16.

Just be­fore go­ing to press Fish Farmer learnt that it had been short­listed in the pres­ti­gious Scot­tish PPA awards as Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Mag­a­zine of the Year. The win­ner will be an­nounced next month but in the mean­time the team here would like to thank all our con­trib­u­tors who have made this year one to re­mem­ber, our fan­tas­tic ed­i­to­rial board and of course you, our read­ers!

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