Marine Harvest clarifies information on massive salmon escape

FIS – Marine Harvest Chile has considered it appropriate to clarify some aspects related to the massive salmon escape occurring in a farming centre that the company operates in the sector of Huar Island, in Los Lagos Region, after a severe storm that damaged its facilities. The company general manager, Fernando Villarroel, clarified that the antibiotics used is Florfenicol, a product for Read More…

A look into how salmon hatcheries mark their fish

Peninsula Clarion – Some people probably walk, but Kristin Bates runs down the hall at Trail Lakes Hatchery to change the water temperatures where baby salmon wait to hatch. Timing is everything in a hatchery — especially when the water temperature dictates growth rates and hatching time. But the reason she runs up and down the corridor between the boiler room and the egg incubation Read More…

GoPro cameras let scientists know how fish act near oyster cages

New Haven Register – As oyster farming has evolved to using stacked cages to grow more of the shellfish on the same area of seabed, researchers are wondering how fish are responding to the artificial structures. So far, it seems the fish like the oysters’ breeding cages just fine. In a two-year project, marine scientists at the Milford laboratory of the National Oceanic and Read More…

Hatchery debate wages on as research continues

Alaska Public Media – For the second time this year, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries is weighing an emergency petition to block a hatchery from increasing its production. This is the latest skirmish in a battle over whether pink salmon hatcheries are causing more harm than good. “This is the incubation room in here, and what we’re having here is stacks of incubators,” Gary Fandrei Read More…

Moving fish farms enables seagrass meadows to thrive, study shows

Phys.Org – Commercial fish farms should be moved away from seagrass meadows in order for both to thrive in the future, according to new research. The meadows boost human well-being and the economies of coastal communities, but waste material from finfish aquaculture is known to have damaged seagrass populations worldwide. However, off the coast of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, Read More…

Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

FAO – New analysis and modelling released today by FAO and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people. While the productive potential of fisheries in exclusive marine economic zones (EEZs) — Read More…

First US land-farmed Atlantic salmon available for sale across…

FIS – Wisconsin land-based fish farmer and hydroponic vegetable grower has begun selling its first Atlantic salmon in Festival Foods stores in the northern US state. The firm, Superior Fresh, has an annual output of around 72 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and steelhead trout combined, three-quarters of which is salmon, The Fish Farming Expert reported. The company harvested 900kg HOG Read More…

Great Salmon Escape Threatens to Taint Chile’s Fish Farms

Bloomberg – A massive salmon “spill” at a fish farm in southern Chile last week is once again tainting an industry that earned the country more than $4 billion last year. About 900,000 salmon escaped from a Marine Harvest ASA farm during a storm on July 5, according to the Bergen, Norway-based company. The fish are not fit for consumption, Marine Harvest said in a press release. The Read More…

The 800-Year-Old Fishpond That’s Still Feeding Hawai‘i

Atlas Obscura – During quiet moments in the day, after he’s checked the water quality, given tours, and pulled weeds, Keli‘i Kotubetey pauses to reflect on the hard work and creativity that enabled his ancestors to build the 88-acre He‘eia Fishpond 800 years ago. The word “fishpond” doesn’t do it justice. Hawaiians blocked off the Pacific Ocean by constructing a 1.3-mile long Read More…

Farm Bill Passes Senate With Whitehouse Provision to Support…

Sheldon Whitehouse – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has voted in support of the 2018 farm bill (“Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018”), which includes a key provision advocated for by Whitehouse to support the aquaculture industry’s growth.  The farm bill passed the Senate in an 86 to 11 vote yesterday evening. “Rhode Island shellfish farmers produce some of the best Read More…