Growing fish on land will exacerbate climate change

SeaWestNews — More than 80,000 scientists across the world, sounding an urgent climate change alarm, are calling for immediate cuts to global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, which will increase substantially, should Canada bow to activism that wants salmon farmers to grow fish on land. In an unprecedented statement released today, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) joined forces with Read More…

World Aquaculture Society looks to tackle climate change

The Fish Site — A coalition of 110 aquatic scientific societies, representing over 80,000 scientists, has signed the American Fisheries Society’s “Statement of World Aquatic Scientific Societies on the Need to Take Urgent Action Against Human-Caused Climate Change, Based on Scientific Evidence.” The AFS statement highlights major scientific findings related to effects of climate Read More…

B.C. fish farming may be in hot water due to climate change

Yorkton This Week — B.C. farmed salmon may be pushed off people’s plates by climate change in the coming decades. Global warming is likely to significantly reduce the areas suitable for the farming of Atlantic salmon along the West Coast, according to a recent UBC study. Tropical or subtropical regions are likely to see the biggest declines in the number of species they can farm in Read More…

Hubbs-SeaWorld Joining Investor Group to Open California Yellowtail…

Times of San Diego — A social-benefit investment group working with prestigious Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute announced plans to open the first fish farm for California yellowtail in federal waters off San Diego. Pacific Ocean AquaFarms plans to initially raise and harvest 1,000 metric tons of yellowtail annually, scaling up over several years to 5,000 metric tons after proving the Read More…

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

The Islands' Sounder — Cooke Aquaculture is going through the multi-agency permitting process to change the type of fish it raises in four Puget Sound net pens from non-native Atlantic salmon to native steelhead. After receiving approval to switch species from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the company sought Ecology’s approval for updated water quality Read More…

B.C. fish farms regularly under-count sea lice, potentially putting…

CBC News — Salmon farms in B.C. waters appear to be significantly under-counting the number of sea lice on their fish, making it less likely they'll have to pay for delousing treatments to protect wild stocks, according to a new study. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Ecological Applications, is based on an analysis of publicly available data from 91 aquaculture operations Read More…

Challenging times for Chinese aquaculture

The Fish Site — By 2030, China is likely to need an additional 6-18 million tonnes of seafood – an increase of 9-27 percent – to satisfy projected domestic consumption, according to a perspective paper published in One Earth, led by researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The paper notes that China is currently the leading aquaculture producer in the world, accounting for 58 Read More…

Researchers Cultivate New Breed of Kumamoto Oyster for Aquaculture…

Chinese Academy of Sciences — Researchers led by Prof. YU Ziniu from the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborators cultivated a new breed of Kumamoto oyster "Hua Hai No.1", which may provide a new choice for oyster farming in China. The cultivation of the new breed was started in 2012 with wild individuals from Zhanjiang, Guangdong Read More…

New grant funds study of Great Lakes aquaculture

Traverse City Record Eagle — A million-dollar grant to study aquaculture aims to boost the number of fish farms in the Great Lakes region. The industry in the Great Lakes region lags behind much of the U.S, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The region’s contribution to the industry is considered insignificant compared to coastal Read More…

Water quality studied in closed-system salmon aquaculture

Feedstuffs — Ozone is a strong oxidant commonly used for improving water quality and disinfecting pathogens in freshwater fish farms, according to Nofima, an applied research institute in Norway. However, when ozone reacts with certain constituents of seawater, toxic byproducts can severely affect the health of fish populations. As brackish water is increasingly introduced in farming Read More…