Is the United States Ready for Offshore Aquaculture?

Ensia – Harlon Pearce walks muck-booted past processors gutting wild drum and red snapper to showcase a half-full new 5,000-square-foot (500-square-meter) freezer he hopes will someday house a fresh boom of marine fish. Harlon’s LA Fish sits just across the railroad tracks from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, perfectly positioned to ship fish out of Louisiana. As Read More…

Half of Mexican aquaculture farms produce tilapia today

FIS – Tilapia is one of the fish species produced in the Mexican aquaculture farms having greater consumption and popularity, and it represents a food solution for the population of Mexico So much is the popularity of this fish that 5 out of 10 aquaculture farms in Mexico produce tilapia, that is, a total of 4,634 of the 9,230 that operate in the 32 states of the country, which together Read More…

Salmon sector outweighs fishing industry

The Fish Site – Scotland’s salmon farming sector generated more money than the entire UK fishing industry for the first time ever last year. So reported Gilpin Bradley, interim Chair of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), in a keynote speech delivered at a conference on careers in aquaculture which took place at the University of Stirling's Institute of Read More…

Breakthrough in tuna feed favours sustainable aquaculture

FIS – A new type of formulated tuna feed has been created, representing a breakthrough for sustainable tuna farming as it decreases the amount of fishmeal and fish oil in feed by tenfold. The scientists of Ichthus Unlimited who carried out the research tested various soy-based diets for larval Atlantic bluefin tuna in Spain and for juvenile yellowfin tuna in land-based facilities in Read More…

Salmon firm reveals impact of sea lice

BBC New – Marine Harvest has revealed that more than two-thirds of its salmon farms in Scotland broke statutory sea lice limits last year. The figure of 69% was more than four times the average for the Norwegian group's overall operations. Marine Harvest cited a number of factors for the difficulty in tackling the problem of sea lice in Scotland. They included "abnormally high water Read More…

InnovaSea invests USD 15 million to develop ocean fish farming tech

FIS – Boston-based InnovaSea Systems Inc. intends to develop an all-in-one system for farming fish in the open ocean, which is vital to a sustainable future for the seafood industry. The funding necessary for the initiative, amounting to USD 15 million, comes from Cuna Del Mar, an investment firm focused on open-ocean aquaculture, which formed InnovaSea after buying a stake in each of its Read More…

Local perch species clean sea lice from salmon, research finds

Vancouver Sun – Preliminary trials in 2016 showed that both kelp perch and pile perch clean lice from infested salmon. But a recent series of trials by Shannon Balfry — research associate at the B.C. Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences — have produced spectacular results. “Pile perch have been known to pick sea lice off other fish in nature, so we thought we would give it a try Read More…

Climate change gradually affects tilapia production

FIS – A new report reveals that the major tilapia producing regions in the Philippines are now experiencing significant impacts from the progressing negative effects of climate change. Released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Read More…

Aquaculture careers in the spotlight

The Fish Site – The wide range of jobs available in the aquaculture industry – both in Scotland and abroad – will be the subject of a careers event at Stirling University on April 18th. It is the third annual event of its kind to be organized by the Aquaculture Students' Association, under the guidance of Sam Houston, who has decided to allow access to a broader audience, not just Read More…

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…