The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up, As EPA…

NPR – Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. In 2016, domestic aquaculture in state-controlled waters accounted for about $1.6 billion worth of seafood, or Read More…

Restorative aquaculture: can farming shellfish and seaweed provide…

The Fish Site – While aquaculture is often associated with degrading water quality, invasive species introductions and the destruction of important coastal habitats, increasing evidence suggests that well-designed and managed aquaculture – particularly of shellfish and seaweeds – can provide ecosystem services including habitat benefits for fish and other marine life. Working Read More…

It’s a fish-eat-fish world. Scientists want to change that.

The Wall Street Journal – For the first time in history, humans are poised to harvest more fish and seafood from farms than they catch in the wild. This milestone, expected within two years, would help keep the oceans from being overfished except for one issue: Those farmed fish eat wild fish. Around 12% of the world’s wild whole-fish catch goes to feed fish and aquatic creatures Read More…

Concerns raised after escape of farmed salmon

FOX5 NY – The Atlantic Salmon Federation is raising concerns about the escape of farmed salmon off the New Brunswick coast in the Bay of Fundy. Spokesman Neville Crabbe says about 1,000 salmon escaped from a Cooke Aquaculture site near Deer Island on Aug. 20 and began showing up in the Magaguadavic River the next day. Joel Richardson, vice-president public relations for Cooke, said a Read More…

White sea bass grow-out program fighting against extinction in…

The Log – White sea bass grow-out program fighting against extinction in Redondo Beach. The operation in King Harbor has been a part of the larger California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) since 1993. OREHP was established in 1982 to research the economic and ecological feasibility of releasing hatchery-reared fish to restore Read More…

Researchers give 134,000 young speckled trout new chance at life in…

WLOX – Roughly 134,000 speckled trout started a new life in the wild with the help of the Gulf Coast Research Lab and other groups dedicated to protecting the ocean. “Today’s trout release is just special because we’ve had such a rough year with the Bonnet Carré Spillway," Kelly Lucas with University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Aquaculture Center. "We just Read More…

Magic Valley hatcheries lead the way in steelhead production

My Magic Valley – Each year, steelhead anglers throughout Idaho reap the benefits of fish reared in Magic Valley steelhead hatcheries. Because of the area’s cold clean water, three local Idaho Fish and Game hatcheries in the Snake River Canyon raise steelhead that will ultimately be released as smolts to begin their migration to the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the strain of Read More…

A steelhead smolt sensation

Idaho Press – Magic Valley steelhead hatcheries rear over 5 million steelhead smolts each year to provide fishing opportunity to anglers. Each year, steelhead anglers throughout the state reap the benefits of fish reared in Magic Valley steelhead hatcheries. Because of the area’s cold clean water, three local Idaho Fish and Game hatcheries in the Snake River canyon raise Read More…

Harbor Branch researchers partner with USDA to help grow aquaculture…

WPTV – Local researchers are working to boost an industry that helps put more food on your plate so that more of your food comes from the United States. FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has received $2.4 million from the USDA to work with the USDA scientists to support the growth of aquaculture in the U.S. The U.S is the largest importer of seafood products in the world, Read More…

Enriched environment in aquaculture enhances the survival of fish…

University of Jyväskylä – Cooperative study conducted by University of Jyväskylä and Natural Resources institute Finland (Luke), revealed that enriched rearing of juvenile fish significantly enhances the survival of fish from bacterial infection commonly seen in rearing conditions. That may also improve the post release survival of the fish after stocking into the wild. The study has Read More…