Scotland’s $2 Billion Salmon Industry Is Thriving — But At What…

NPR – When you think of Scottish food, your first thought might be haggis, but the country's No. 1 food export is actually farmed Atlantic salmon. Last year, almost $786 million worth of Scottish salmon was exported globally, with the United States as its largest market. The aquaculture industry, which already contributes $2.85 billion to the U.K. economy, has ambitious targets for Read More…

Winner found in Shrimp Talent Quest

Technology Networks – Shrimp help keep fish clean – and scientists have identified the ‘cleaner shrimp’ with the most talent for reducing parasites and chemical use in farmed fish. Fish and cleaner shrimp in the wild have a symbiotic relationship, with the fish lining up at shrimp ‘cleaning stations’ to have the shrimp comb them for parasites. Now, after a multi-year search, Read More…

How Fish Farms Can Use Facial Recognition to Survey Sick Salmon

Smithsonian Mag – Facial recognition tools are used in criminal investigations and when you tag your friends in photos on Facebook, but now, its usage is getting a little fishy—literally. A fish farm company hopes to use face identification technology in high-tech salmon farms to check the animals for a parasite called sea lice and other health problems. The Norwegian fish-farming firm Read More…

Salmon Farmers Are Scanning Fish Faces to Fight Killer Lice

Bloomberg Businessweek – Not even fish will be able to escape the onslaught of facial-recognition cameras. Millions of Atlantic salmon could have their faces stored in digital databases to track their health and single out those posing threats to their marine surroundings. And before you ask if fish have faces, they do: A company in Norway has developed a 3D scanner that can tell salmon Read More…

Overfishing is destroying the world’s oceans. These start-ups think…

CNBC – Lab-grown fish may hit your dinner plate sooner than you think. "At first it was really hard to generate investor interest in this type of company," Finless Foods CEO Mike Selden told CNBC in an interview. "(But) there's been a wild rush of companies in the last few months." A couple years ago, there were no companies focused on lab-grown seafood. Now a handful have cropped up, Read More…

How Bug Ranching Can Fix the Food System

KCTS 9 – Every year millions of tons of fish are scooped out of the ocean, ground up and fed to the fish that we eat. It’s a massive waste of dwindling natural resources. But a nonprofit focused on protecting salmon and a Washington bug farm are trying something new. Through her company Beta Hatch, bug rancher Virginia Emery raises mealworms as an alternative feed to fish meal — a Read More…

Africans push for sustainable aquaculture

The Fish Site – Personnel from key national, international and United Nations agencies, who were attending a three-day workshop on Sustainable Inland and Marine Aquaculture in Africa in Nairobi last week, said boosting aquaculture productivity in Africa to address food security and catalyze social and economic development is achievable without compromising environmental health. “The Read More…

Clampdown looms for salmon farms as Holyrood probe sparks ultimatum…

The Sunday Post – Politicians are to demand an overhaul of regulations governing Scotland’s controversial salmon farming industry. An inquiry into the £1.8 billion industry by Holyrood’s Rural Economy Committee is expected to report in the coming weeks amid growing concern about the welfare of fish in commercial farms. We can reveal the committee will demand extensive changes, with Read More…

Farming the ocean to save the world

Quartz – It is estimated that by the year 2050, the human population on earth will grow from seven billion to between 9 and 10 billion people. Many scientists agree that the current land-based system of food production, which includes agriculture and meat, is not capable of meeting our future needs. Turning to the oceans could be one solution. After all, they occupy some 70% of the Read More…

Federal court rules Magnuson-Stevens, NOAA don’t regulate…

National Fisherman – A ruling in a Louisiana federal court earlier this week could have major implications for how the United States regulates aquaculture in federal waters. On Monday, Sept. 24, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo ruled in favor of environmental, public interest and fishing groups who filed suit against the federal government two years ago, claiming NMFS did not have Read More…