Is there a problem with salmon farming?

BBC News – Scottish salmon is marketed as healthy, sustainable and environmentally-friendly but is that image accurate? It was once considered a luxury but now a staggering one million salmon meals are eaten in the UK every day. The fish is one of the UK's biggest food exports and said to be worth more than £1bn a year to the economy. In supermarkets, the packaging shows pristine Read More…

Feather River Smolt Release to Help Biologists Study Salmon Life Cycle

CDFW News – On May 8, CDFW released about 1 million fall run Chinook Salmon smolts into the Feather River at the Boyd’s Pump Launch facility. This experimental in-river release will provide fisheries biologists an important opportunity to study how fish respond under specific environmental conditions, as compared to fish released at other points in the river system. Anglers have Read More…

California fish hatchery to focus on native trout strain

The State – California wildlife authorities say new facilities built at the state's Kern River Hatchery will allow breeding of Kern River rainbow trout that will be planted throughout the Kern River Basin. The program will allow the territory to be stocked with its native fish rather than domesticated strains. "The goal is to not only provide fishing opportunity but help with the Read More…

Atlantic salmon farmed fined for pen collapse

The Daily Astorian – A salmon-farming operation will pay $332,000 in fines for releasing a quarter-million Atlantic salmon into the northern Puget Sound when one of its floating pens collapsed in August 2017. A statement Monday from the state Department of Ecology said that Cooke Aquaculture had dropped its appeal and agreed to pay the full fine. “As a result of the investigation, Read More…

Loch Fyne algae outbreak ‘kills thousands of farmed salmon’

BBC News – Thousands of farmed salmon are understood to have died following an algae outbreak on Loch Fyne. The Scottish Salmon Company, which runs the farm at Quarry Point, says it believes the problem was caused by the recent warmer weather. It would not confirm the number of fish affected, although local observers described it as a significant figure. Lorries have spent the day Read More…

New film ARTIFISHAL explores the disastrous impacts of hatcheries and…

Hatch Mag – These days, iconic outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer Patagonia may be as well known for its activism as it is for its gear. And if that's the case, there's a good chance that'd be just fine with the folks calling the shots behind the scenes who have made the conscious decision to use the brand's influence, reach and, of course, money to help move the world in what it Read More…

Hatchery changes protocol to increase Chinook salmon for orcas

King 5 News – Governor Inslee has included 12-million dollars in his operating budget to increase the number of Chinook salmon produced by state hatcheries. The extra fish are part of an effort to feed the endangered Southern resident killer whales, who are facing the threat of extinction. But simply producing more fish is not enough to make sure those fish get to the whales. KING 5 Read More…

Mowi unveils plans to farm salmon in the depths

FIS – Norwegian salmon farmer giant Mowi plans to lower its fish farms far below the surface of the sea, combining technology from the Norwegian aquaculture, subsea and offshore industries. The company informed that it has applied for 36 development licences for the realisation of its “AquaStorm” concept. “This is the largest development project we have ever planned. AquaStorm Read More…

As California’s delta smelt spirals toward extinction, a future in…

Napa Valley Register – Time may be running out for California’s most infamous fish. Despite a decades-long rescue effort, the tiny delta smelt appears closer than ever to vanishing from its only natural home, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Now, some worry it won’t be long before the only place the once-abundant species exists is within the confines of an artificial Read More…

Coleman Fish Hatchery releases 300,000 salmon to study survival…

KRCR – The Coleman National Fish Hatchery, which is largest salmon fish hatchery in California, released approximately 300,000 salmon fry on Saturday as a part of a three-year study to examine the impact on survival and chances of homing instincts. The salmon fry are often eaten by predatory species during their descent downstream on Battle Creek from the hatchery in Anderson. To study Read More…