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THE Seafood in Schools programme is visiting Mackie Academy in Stonehaven on 2-3 September, to enable pupils to learn all about the seafood industry and to try some tasty local fish and shellfish.

Read more: Stonehaven pupils enjoy seafood treat

fishprocessingMARINE Harvest chief executive Alf-Helge Aarskog said he is "confident" the company can cope with the "short term challenges" arising from sanctions preventing fish exports to Russia.

Aarskog was speaking as Marine Harvest reported a record operational EBIT of NOK 1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2014, compared to NOK 901 million in the corresponding quarter of 2013.

"The second quarter marked a milestone for Marine Harvest," said Aarskog. "In June we made the first deliveries of our own feed, produced at our new feed factory at Bjugn, to sites in Norway. The factory will at full capacity serve 60 per cent of the Norwegian production, and is a vital step towards becoming a fully integrated protein producer with complete control from feed to plate.

"I'm confident that Marine Harvest is well positioned to optimise under the short term challenges arising from the Russian sanctions, due to our global presence, sales contract hedging and high degree of financial flexibility."

More figures from Marine Harvest can be found here.


THE volunteer RNLI crew from Macduff were called out to assist a stricken fishing boat just before 8pm on Wednesday.

The lifeboat Lydia Macdonald was launched after a request from Aberdeen Coastguard at 7:48pm to assist Libby Star, a 5-metre fishing boat that had lost power from its single engine.

RNLI Macduff lifeboat operations manager, Roy Morrison, said: "Fishing boat Libby Star was located at 3.5 nautical miles north west of Whitehills harbour where our lifeboat Lydia Macdonald took the Libby Star under tow to Whitehills. The sea conditions were good with a moderate breeze and small swell of about 1.5 meters."

After the rescue Lydia Macdonald returned to RNLI Macduff, was cleaned, refuelled and was available for service again at around 10pm.


THE Solway Cockle Fishery Management Study has concluded.

The study, an initiative to test a new approach to cockle fishery management which allowed a limited cockle fishery, was due to run until mid-September but has concluded early following the withdrawal of the contractor as a result of difficult conditions and low prices in key markets. The fishery will remain closed until further notice.

Commenting on the closure, Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Marine Scotland has been working with the local community and agencies to achieve a sustainable long-term cockle fishery which delivers significant economic benefits to the wider local community.

"It is obviously disappointing the study has had to finish early but even this development is a learning point. Marine Scotland are content to accept the end of the contract as we feel nothing further can be learnt from the study given current market conditions.

"I appreciate the support of local stakeholders involved in the study in recent months and once the study has been fully considered my officials will work on possible future management options for the Solway Cockle Fishery. These options will be fully discussed and explored with the local community before any final decision is taken.

"Our overarching aim remains a fishery in the Solway that is safe, sustainable and offers local benefits for years to come."

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