French con­nec­tion

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

The fo­cus this month is on Europe, where the in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try will soon be gath­er­ing for the joint EAS (Eu­ro­pean Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety) and WAS (World Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety) con­fer­ence, to be staged over five days in the south­ern French city of Mont­pel­lier. As well as high­light­ing the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in our fast mov­ing sec­tor, Aqua 2018 will also fea­ture ses­sions on emerg­ing mar­kets and look at the role of fish

farm­ing in al­le­vi­at­ing poverty. In­creas­ingly, in­dus­try meet­ings are broad­en­ing their scope, tack­ling sub­jects such as the so­cial ac­cept­abil­ity of aqua­cul­ture and the con­tri­bu­tion it makes to global food se­cu­rity and sav­ing the planet, a move that is to be wel­comed.

Also in­ves­ti­gat­ing ini­tia­tives in the de­vel­op­ing world, Dr Har­ri­son Charo Karisa of WorldFish writes about the farm­ing po­ten­tial in Nige­ria, both in cat­fish and tilapia cul­ti­va­tion.

In Scot­land, the sum­mer has been some­thing of a wait­ing game while the par­lia­ment is in re­cess and the mem­bers of Holy­rood’s Ru­ral Econ­omy and Con­nec­tiv­ity com­mit­tee con­tinue to weigh up the ev­i­dence in their in­quiry into salmon farm­ing. We don’t ex­pect their re­port un­til the au­tumn but hope the MSPs are us­ing the time to be­come fully ac­quainted with the facts about fish farm­ing.

This month also sees the re­tire­ment of Ma­rine Har­vest’s long­est serv­ing em­ployee, Steve Bracken. We had no trou­ble col­lect­ing warm trib­utes from his friends and col­leagues to mark the mile­stone and, along with the rest of the in­dus­try, the team at Fish Farmer wish him all the very best for the fu­ture.

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