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Fish farms reach for the sky

FISH farms are taking to the sky in Hong Kong where space is at a premium. Several small business fish farmers are breeding stock in high rise building and in special plastic tanks which holds up to 70,000 tons of salt water.

Grouper, a popular fish in China, is one of the main species and is supplied to local restaurants. This unusual method of aquaculture carries the term ‘vertical fish farms’ and it is expanding.

One such fish farm, highlighted in a BBC documentary report, is called Oceanthix, which employs six people.

Managing director, Lloyd Moskalik, says it takes between 10 and 13 months to get his grouper up to the right weight. His fish can sell for around 100 Hong Kong dollars (£60 sterling) a kilo.

He is also advising the Singapore and South Korean government on his technique.

Shrimp boats are a celebratin’

ICELAND has increased its annual shrimp quota in the Isafjiord region by around 200 tons. The country’s directorate of fisheries has agreed that the total allowable catch for the year should rise from 911 tons to 1,137 tons.

Although small when compared to the white fish and pelagic fish sectors, Icelandic shrimps (or prawns as they called in the UK) are a valuable source of export income.

A total of 12 vessels in the region currently have authorisation to fish for shrimp and each is given an allotted quota.

Norway looks east for salmon exports

NORWAY, always on the lookout for new overseas markets expects to increase the volume of its farmed salmon exports to Malaysia this year by up to 10 per cent from 1,900 tonnes in the previous year.

The Norwegian Seafood Council Regional Director for South-East Asia, Christian Chramer, said the target would be achieved because of the changing lifestyle of Malaysians.

‘Apart from healthy lifestyle, the increase in retail growth as well as increasing sushi demand, will also contribute towards higher volume in salmon exports to Malaysia,’ he told reporters during a visit to the region by Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Maeland.

The artful fishmeal factory

A NOVEL new use has been found for a disused fish meal factory. Icelandic artist Ólöf Nordal is holding courses in sculpture at the old HB processing plant factory on the Reykjavík quayside.

Under the auspices of the Iceland Academy of the Arts, ten students are taking part in the course, including two overseas students studying at the academy and two foreign exchange students, all funded by the EU Erasmus initiative.

According to Ólöf Nordal, the space in the former fishmeal plant is both unusual and special, which is why she was keen to hold it there. The students were also working with space and the fishing environment around the port which was very important, she added.