Spring has sprung

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“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 taste of spring and a glimpse of the coming summer. …

Where in the world am I now?

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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, and I have tacked on a holiday to a business …

“Salmon in California – a Swimming Contradiction”

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“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 us. Gosh! I love our Pacific salmon. For several years we …

Ending the confusion about salmon and sea lice?

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As an interested observer and admittedly firmly on the side of aquaculture and salmon farming in particular, I’ve always been puzzled by the sea lice argument. Opponents of salmon farming blame salmon farms for producing the sea lice that infect and kill wild fish. They claim this is a major cause of the decline in wild stocks. The first part …

What can we learn from Horsebeef?

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The horsebeef scandal has been instructive in many ways. Firstly, it shows us how far sectors of our food industry have fallen in the search for ‘cheap food’ and, with child obesity and type 2 diabetes rampant, it is a sharp reminder of the implications for us and our loved ones. Secondly, it has highlighted imperfections in the food chain. …

How would you like your fish, madam?

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Choice – lots of choice. That’s what we are used to in the modern world but it wasn’t always like that and choice has two bedfellows – complexity, often accompanied by stress, and risk (of making the wrong decision). Only trial, error and experience can help you. This is how they have helped me. Choice of species More fish are …

Fanatics

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I have always been a fanatic about things that other people think mad. Imagine living in the North West of Scotland most of your life and being a cricket fan. Mad, completely mad! I can’t deny it but the thing is that I am a fan of more than one thing and my obsession with fish is stronger than that …

A New Beginning

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So we have finally decided to create a blog on our website. It has been a huge decision because it involves so much time from so many people within our company. Our blog will be our views, how our farms are doing and our principles explained. It will be moderated, which means that your comments are welcome, but also to …