State approves Cooke Aquaculture plan to farm native fish in Puget…

Kitsap Sun – State wildlife regulators have approved a plan by Cooke Aquaculture to raise native fish in the company’s net pens in Puget Sound, including in pens off Bainbridge Island. The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife announced last week that it has approved a five-year permit for Cooke’s proposal to raise all-female, sterile rainbow trout/steelhead at its existing net pens Read More…

WWF praises Global Salmon Initiative

The Fish Site – The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has 14 members, representing 50 percent of global salmon aquaculture tonnage. Established in 2013, it drove rapid uptake of Aquaculture Stewardship Council certified salmon throughout the industry, resulting in around 40 percent of the industry being certified today, including 60 percent of GSI member production. According to WWF: “GSI Read More…

WWF hails ‘sustainability example’ of salmon farmers

Fish Farmer – THE World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognised the positive impact on sustainability made by the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), a group which represents 50 per cent of the world’s farmed salmon production. In an article, published on the WWF website, the WWF acknowledges how the salmon producers’ model of pre-competitive collaboration has helped transform the industry Read More…

Rising sea temperatures could threaten Atlantic salmon production

Phys Org – In 2017, aquaculture production in the EU reached a decade high thanks to increased production of high-value species like salmon and seabass, according to a report by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA). The same report also shows that in 2015, per capita world consumption of fish was 8 percent higher than in 2005, with Asia registering Read More…

Ground broken for new Yakama Nation fish hatchery

Yakima Herald – DJ Brownlee remembers fishing for chinook salmon at Sunnyside Dam with his father while growing up in Wapato. Through the years, and now as a hatchery foreman with the Yakama Nation Fisheries, he’s seen drought, habitat loss and dam construction continue to threaten the existence of the fish and tribe’s way of life. “I started my fisheries career at Read More…

Genetically engineered salmon: An update on how they are growing in…

The Star Press – The first batch of genetically engineered salmon eggs that arrived here in May/June has made it from the hatchery into nursery tanks the size of backyard swimming pools and then into grow-out tanks that hold up to 70,000 gallons of water apiece. The formerly threadlike salmon, the size of the end of your thumbnail, had grown to a length of about 8½ inches and a weight of Read More…

B.C. fish farm operator says most of escaped salmon likely eaten

The Columbia Valley Pioneer – The owners of a Canadian facility where thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped following a fire said it is likely predators ate most of the fish. Mowi Canada West downplayed threats to wild salmon stocks because of the number of sea lions feeding on the 21,000 non-native salmon held in pens there, CoastAlaska reported Thursday. Mowi Canada West’s fish farm Read More…

Fire at B.C. fish farm may have allowed non-native salmon to escape

CTV News – A Vancouver Island fish farm company says it's still trying to determine whether any farmed Atlantic salmon escaped into B.C. waters after a fire damaged one of their pens. There were 21,000 Atlantic salmon in the pen when it was damaged on Dec. 20, according to Mowi, the company that operates the fish farm near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. But a member of a nearby First Read More…

helping salmon survive: late fall release from Coleman National Fish…

Action News Now – It is said a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Something similar has recently taken place at the only federal fish hatchery in California. This time, however it could be better described as the first “splash” towards the open ocean. Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough recently visited Anderson, to go behind the scenes to learn more Read More…

A new dawn for aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

Sea West News – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that 90 percent of the world’s fisheries are at capacity or have been overfished.  By the year 2030—a mere decade away—the world population will reach 8.3 billion. That’s 8.3 billion mouths to feed with a decreasing amount of arable land for agriculture. Around the world, countries like Norway, Read More…