The November issue of fish farmer the magazine is now online and you can read it here – you can now also download the issue in PDF format to read it even when you are offline.
This month we look at the planning application process in Scotland, and in particular the stage of the process which has seen a number of applications fail in recent years – obtaining consent from the local authority.
Global demand for farmed salmon is strong and farmers want to produce more. The main hurdle is obtaining consent for new or expanded marine fish farms.
Does it represent democracy in action or an obstacle to progress? And could the long and costly process be reformed without jeopardizing the right of local people to have their say?
The November issue also focuses on the health and well-being of fish, including a report by Nofima on a study which shows that salmon are very sensitive to hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a potentially dangerous gas, even in small doses.
Lawmakers in different jurisdictions are increasingly acknowledging what scientists have argued for some time – that fish are sentient beings. This has implications for our obligation to protect fish welfare and, in particular, how fish are slaughtered.
In the UK, terrestrial animals enjoy a number of legal protections when it comes to slaughter – could this be extended to farmed fish? Sandy Neil examines the issues.
We also feature an Ice Age survivor, the bleke or dwarf salmon, which adapted to a life entirely in fresh water – as its access to the sea was cut off thousands of years ago. The bleke came close to extinction before a repopulation program saved it. There are now proposals to use the knowledge from this initiative to cultivate bleke for commercial purposes.
In this issue you can also read about the impact Norway’s plan for a ‘resource tax’ for fish farmers is already having on the industry; and Rabobank analysts give their perspective on the global seafood market.
Meanwhile, Scottish shellfish growers held their annual conference in Oban last month. On page 30, Nicki Holmyard reports on the debates and the prizes for the best shellfish.
Finally, Vince McDonagh explains the ramifications of Norway’s proposed ‘property tax’ on marine fish farms, while Nick Joy ponders what the chaos in Westminster over the past few months teaches us about the ability of our elected officials to solve the very real problems of today.