Feed standard shapes up

The Fish Site – The soon-to-be revised version of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s feed standard dominated the organisation’s talk at this year’s Seafood Export North America yesterday. Michiel Fransen, Standards and Certification Coordinator for the ASC, is leading the development of the feed standard and kicked the session off with an overview of the standard and its progress Read More…

New challenges for Aquaculture in the North Atlantic

Ice News – Colder water temperatures suppress the number of salmon lice in aqua farming but with the rising sea temperatures in the North Atlantic, monitoring of the parasite needs increased vigilance according to experts. Despite some obstacles these past decades, there is still great ambition in salmon farming off the shores of Iceland. Along with increased research and experience the Read More…

Marlborough marine engineer invents fully-automatic net cleaning…

NZ Farmer – A Marlborough marine engineer is making a splash in the aquaculture industry after developing the first fully-automated, net cleaning robot in the world. Boss Net Cleaning owner Andy Fairhall spent around five years researching and developing the AutoBoss from his workshop in Marlborough. Unlike other net cleaning systems, the AutoBoss is fully automatic. Operators Read More…

Nothing fishy about new solution for aquaculture wastewater treatment

Science Daily – Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the world today. However, farmers in the United States who wish to capitalize on this momentum face regulatory hurdles when dealing with fish waste. But new research shows that a simple, organic system can clean aquaculture wastewater effectively and inexpensively. Researchers built Read More…

Researchers Look to Amaranth Leaf as Fishmeal Alternative

The Fish Site – As aquaculture continues to expand, more high quality feed is required to sustain the industry, but this is putting further strain on limited available ingredients such as fishmeal. Bonnie Waycott spoke to Professor Charles C. Ngugi of Mwea Aquafish Farm in Kenya to learn more about the amaranth leaf (Amaranthus hybridus), a possible fishmeal alternative. The amaranth leaf Read More…

Alaska House Fisheries Comittee holds hearing regarding genetically…

KDLG – In November of 2015, the FDA approved AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon. It is the first genetically engineered animal that FDA has OK’d for human consumption. Anchorage Representative Geran Tarr, who has sponsored similar legislation in the past two legislative sessions, is the resolution’s primary sponsor. She offered a statement at the hearing. “So, Read More…

Aquaculture provides major benefits to coastal communities

Fishing World – A new report has outlined all the benefits aquaculture provides for rural and regional communities. NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Deputy Director of General Fisheries, Dr Geoff Allan, said the Social and Economic Evaluation of NSW Coastal Aquaculture has been prepared by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and funded by the Fisheries Research and Read More…

Go ahead for new fish farm designs

Fish Update – Norway's Fisheries Directorate has just given conditional support to two experimental fish farm designs. First unveiled last year, a joint concept by Norway Royal Salmon and Aker ASA won preliminary backing, as did Marine Harvest’s ‘Donut’ proposal, but it has ruled that in both cases additional information must be provided. Norway Royal Salmon and Aker said their Read More…

Study Confirms Deadly Disease in BC Salmon Farms

The Tyee – New research shows that, despite industry and government denials, a deadly and durable virus has been causing disease in B.C. salmon farms. A study supported by the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s Strategic Salmon Health Initiative has confirmed that heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI), the third largest killer of farmed fish in Norway, occurs in B.C. and has Read More…

Fish farms may be the key to establish increasing CO2 impact

FIS – Climate change is altering the sensory systems of fish and can even make them swim towards predators, instead of away from them, a study warns. The research, conducted by marine biologists at the University of Exeter shows that rising CO2 impacts on the brain's signal processing of fish, thus disrupting their senses, including their smell, hearing and vision. CO2 levels are Read More…