NOAA, NGOs debate effects of ocean farms on wildlife

AVMA – Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico have been open to fish farming for two years, but no farms yet exist. In January 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service issued a rule that would let companies apply for 10-year permits to farm fish in federal waters of the Gulf, with five-year renewals thereafter. Up to 20 entities could Read More…

Vietnam seeks to develop aquaculture sustainably

Vietnam Plus – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong highlighted Vietnam’s determination to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and build a sustainable aquaculture during his recent talks with European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella. In an interview with correspondents from Vietnam News Agency in Read More…

Can Aquaculture Solve the Fishing Problems in the South China Sea?

The Diplomat – Aquaculture is often championed as the sustainable solution to the overfishing and overexploitation of the oceans, including the South China Sea (SCS). In theory, aquaculture could safeguard food security and promote economic development while reducing marine catch intensity and contribute to preventing of fishing disputes. A recent study finds that marine aquaculture presents Read More…

Report: Offshore Fish Farms Could Thrive in California

News Deeply – In the clear waters several miles offshore of Huntington Beach, California, a 40-hectare (100-acre) cluster of shellfish rafts will yield its first commercial harvest this spring. Phil Cruver, founder of Catalina Sea Ranch, says seafood wholesalers have lined up to buy what he expects will be 680,000kg (1.5 million lb) of mussels. Cruver’s enterprise is also experimenting Read More…

Microsporidians: a macro problem in aquaculture

The Fish Site – Microsporidia are spore-forming parasites, the exact classification of which has challenged scientists since their discovery in the 19th century. They are either directly responsible or are thought to play a role in many commercially significant diseases in aquaculture. A survey of 150 pre-stocked ponds in Thailand found prevalence of the microsporidian Enterocytozoon Read More…

U.S. Seafood Can Help Solve One of the World’s Greatest Challenges

NOAA Fisheries – The world population is growing—significantly. When I was born, there were about 3 billion people in the world. Today, our planet supports 7.6 billion people, and by 2050 we expect it will need to support closer to 10 billion. One of the challenges of this population growth is ensuring we can sustainably feed everyone with limited natural resources. With sound Read More…

Hope for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in Europe?

The Fish Site – The paper, Is Europe ready for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture? A survey on the perspectives of European farmers and scientists with IMTA experience, finds that – above all – the development of commercially viable IMTA projects in Europe has been hampered by a lack of support from governments, industry and funding agencies. The authors note that: “The concept Read More…

Keeping ocean currents from carrying disease to farmed salmon

Phys Org – Currents in the ocean and fjords spread viruses that are killing large numbers of farmed salmon. Where should fish farms be built? And should they all be in use at the same time? Norwegian researchers are using computer modelling to figure out how best to site farms to protect fish and the coastline. Pancreas disease is a viral infection in farmed salmon that causes major Read More…

Report underlines the value of aquaculture innovation

The Fish Site – Called ‘Innovation and The Ripple Effect’ it illustrates how SAIC has connected companies who farm our seas with Scotland’s excellent universities – accelerating innovation, strengthening national food security and supporting environmental stewardship. SAIC has facilitated 16 collaborative projects with a combined investment of £17.9 million, delivering £3.60 for Read More…

Whole Oceans to grow Atlantic salmon with land-based aquaculture…

Feed Stuff – After more than six years of research and preparation, Whole Oceans chief executive officer Rob Piasio is leading efforts to launch a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) that will raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. At full production, Whole Oceans will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than Read More…