On difficult problems, finding solutions, good people and dealing with critics.
From Scotland to Africa via Corporate Social Responsibility statements.
The surprising similarities between pigs and salmon.
One hugely enjoyable job is getting photographs for the website or for printed brochures. Even more fun is spending a day “working” with the photographer to produce iconic shots for publicity use. In 2000, I was obsessed with the concept of using old driftwood as a background for printed brochures. … Continued
When Loch Duart started the world was a very different place. Our thinking and our aims were very different. Our approach to farming was very different and we had all the enthusiasm, dynamism and impetus of a new organisation. This is not to say that we don’t have many of … Continued
More thoughts from Dale Sims, co-founder of CleanFish, California-based distributor of Loch Duart salmon “It feels as if it’s melting in my mouth…” – Eric Asimov writing about maguro sushi in the New York Times As I have often said, the bluefin tuna is the most controversial fish in the ocean. It … Continued
Sometimes salmon farming seems to be about how much of a kicking a person can absorb. If it isn’t the weather or some new disease or just plain bad luck, then it will be one of the paid activists trying to disrupt our production or our market. I have ignored … Continued
Last week we moved away ‘from the water’s edge’. We were in Brussels, quite far from the sea, witnessing where the world’s wonderful seafood is promoted, sold and bought. For three days each spring I walk the corridors of five halls. Each hall is 50% bigger than a football pitch. … Continued
“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” — from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land I may not avow the cruelty of April. But, it certainly unfolds in ways that tease, confound and befuddle, particularly in northern climates. There are warm, sunny days offering a … Continued
I have been on the road for a while now – although in the air would be more accurate. It is an odd thing to spend so much time away from home. Though you are on a wonderful continent, Africa, you still miss the comforts of home. Rachel, my wife, … Continued
“He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction” – The Pilgrim, by Kris Kristofferson In the USA, the first day of Spring is 20th March. Easter comes early this year, on 31stMarch, immediately followed by April Fool’s Day and, before you know it, California’s wild salmon season will be upon … Continued