Debut of first cod hatchery The UK's first commercial cod hatchery began full production in May, with the promise of 6,000 tonnes on the market by 2007, closely followed by regular supplies of farmed haddock. It has taken marine farming specialist Aquascot four years to achieve commercial production status at the Scottish hatchery, but the company is confident that early production challenges have now been solved. According to md Dennis Overton, cod can be grown from the egg to the plate in around 22 months, compared with 30 months for farmed salmon. "We have a quality product that has been praised during trials by some of the UK's top chefs, and discerning M&S customers. "Cod is already familiar to consumers, and as the taste and texture of farmed cod are equally good as that of its wild relative, we are assured of excellent demand," he said. Aquascot's farmed cod will be available year-round and the price to the consumer will be competitive with top of the range Icelandic airfreighted cod fillets. It will be available in Waitrose early next year and in other multiples as production increases. "This is a very exciting product for us and gives us scope to develop a range of added value cod liver, roe and sushi products," said Overton. {{MEAT }}