Farmed lump­fish fer­ried to Faroes

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MOWI Scot­land has de­liv­ered lump­fish to its sis­ter com­pany in the Faroe Is­lands for the first time, af­ter buy­ing the cleaner fish com­pany Ocean Mat­ters ear­lier this year.

The fish made their five-day jour­ney to the Oyn­dar­fjor­dur site, it was re­ported in The Scoop, Mowi’s monthly news­let­ter.

‘This was the first ‘proof of con­cept’ de­liv­ery so it’s great to know that we can suc­cess­fully de­liver th­ese fish from our An­gle­sey hatch­ery in Wales,’ said Dan Phillips, cleaner fish pro­duc­tion man­ager.

Gud­nyVang, qual­ity man­ager of Mowi Faroes, said:‘It is not cur­rently per­mit­ted to im­port fish di­rectly to the Faroes us­ing well­boats so the only other op­tion was to use the ferry links and the stan­dard trans­port lor­ries, which sup­ply the Mowi Scot­land sites.

‘We were ob­vi­ously con­cerned about the wa­ter qual­ity and fish wel­fare on such a long jour­ney, but our lo­cal vets checked the fish on ar­rival and were very happy with the health con­di­tion and qual­ity of the lump­fish.’

Plans for fu­ture de­liv­er­ies are al­ready un­der­way, in­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of faster and more ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery op­tions.

‘Sup­ply­ing to the Faroe Is­lands dur­ing the sum­mer months is a log­i­cal part of our strat­egy,’ added Dougie Hunter, head of cleaner fish and tech­ni­cal at Mowi Scot­land.

‘This is typ­i­cally when we see fewer de­ploy­ments in Scot­land and Ire­land due to higher wa­ter tem­per­a­ture at the sea sites, whereas in the Faroes, this is not such an is­sue for our farms there.

‘Hav­ing year-round de­liv­er­ies will make our lump­fish pro­duc­tion much more ef­fi­cient and make more fish avail­able to our in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal cus­tomers.

‘It’s still early days but there are ob­vi­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­ply other sal­mon farm­ers in the Faroe Is­lands as well.’

Above: Lump­fish -year-round de­liv­er­ies planned

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