Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch…

OPB – About half the salmon swimming up the Columbia River come from hatcheries — most of which are raised to be caught by fishermen. The rest are wild. And many of those salmon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. For years, Oregon and Washington have been searching for the best way to catch more hatchery fish while letting the wild fish return unharmed to their spawning Read More…

Bay Delta Science Conference: Harvest, Hatchery Returns, and Straying…

Maven's Notebook – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coleman National Fish Hatchery is the largest salmon hatchery in California, annually producing 12 million fall Chinook Salmon smolts that substantially contribute to California’s ocean and inland fisheries. Standard practice at Coleman NFH is to release smolts on-site into Battle Creek; however, during the severe drought of 2014 Read More…

Farmed salmon health gets research boost

Feedstuffs – Two research consortia, co-funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, will explore diseases affecting farmed salmon and how to prevent them, according to an announcement from The Roslin Institute. One consortium is led by professor Ross Houston at Roslin, together with Dr. Alastair Hamilton of Landcatch Natural Selection, and will analyze the genetic Read More…

Vandalism causes death of 700,000 young chum salmon at B.C. hatchery

News Vancouver – The manager of a salmon hatchery north of Vancouver says it will take years to recover from vandalism that led to the deaths of 700,000 fish. Shane Dobler, hatchery manager for the Powell River Salmon Society, says vandals broke into the Duck Lake hatchery in late December. They turned off valves and removed pipes, which cut water to incubation tanks filled with newly Read More…

A new frontier for deep-sea fish farming

Sea West News – The Caribbean has a large potential for deep sea fish farms which could produce over 34 million metric tons of seafood per year, researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara have determined. This potential yield is more than twice the region’s current seafood production, according to the results of the study which appeared in the journal Nature Read More…

Scottish farmed salmon disease prevention to be researched

BBC – A major research initiative is to be launched to help understand and prevent diseases affecting farmed salmon - including sea lice and gill health conditions. Tens of millions of pounds are spent annually in response to disease outbreaks at Scottish salmon farms. The £3.5m programme will focus on prevention, rather than treatment. Farmed salmon is one of Scotland's biggest food Read More…

Boosting salmon production

The Lens – Last year, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) released 137 million salmon from its hatcheries, the lowest production year ever for the state agency followed by 2017’s 145 million. However, the agency is proposing to boost production of salmon over the next two years at 23 hatchery facilities by 24 million as part of an overall strategy to aid the Southern Read More…

Japan plays catch-up in inland fish farming

Nikkei Asian Review – Japan's seafood processors are beginning to shift their business focus from catching fish from the sea to inland fish farming as new technologies and legal revisions make this kind of aquaculture more appealing. Companies such as Maruha Nichiro and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, or Nissui, soon expect to begin commercial shipments of inland farmed fish, including salmon, and Read More…

Frequently Asked Questions: Aquaculture in California

California Sea Grant – What is aquaculture? Aquaculture is the farming of fresh and saltwater animals or plants. Farmed seafood has been around for thousands of years, and in 2018, worldwide farmed seafood exceeded that produced from wild-caught fisheries. While aquaculture may be most well-known as a way of producing seafood for human consumption, it also is used to produce organisms Read More…

Super heroes of environment: Saving endangered fish species

The Verde Independent – We have caped crusader men and women who work quietly behind-the-scenes to save the lives of endangered fish, reptiles and amphibians. Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery is operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, AZGFD. They are undercover as Biologists or Biological Science Technicians (BST’s). These heroes are wearing chest-high waders, gloves, weighing, Read More…