Aquaculture project could lift status of US salmon farming

SF Gate – A Norwegian firm's plan to build one of the world's largest inland salmon aquaculture facilities in Maine has a chance to raise American salmon farming's status on the international stage, people who follow the industry say. Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a facility that would produce more than 60 million pounds of salmon per year. The state typically produces between 18 and 35 Read More…

Women in aquaculture: Nicki Holmyard

The Fish Site – What inspired you to start in aquaculture? I wasn’t so much inspired to work in aquaculture as dragged into it through circumstance! We moved to the west coast of Scotland in 1988 because my marine-biologist husband wanted to be a pioneer mussel farmer, and I left a much-loved writing and PR job behind in London. Before the days of internet and with three small children Read More…

Don’t bypass the value of aquaculture by-products

The Fish Site – The Scottish salmon farming industry could generate an additional £23.7 million a year if it used its salmon by-products more judiciously. So claims new research, which has found that the total by-product value output could be improved by 803 percent (£23.7 million), based on 2015 figures, adding 5.5 percent to the value of the country's salmon industry. Led by Read More…

Mass Die-Off of Farmed Salmon Linked to Climate Change

News Deeply – Wild fish aren't the only ones feeling the squeeze from climate change. As warmer, lower-oxygen waters spread, domesticated fish are suffering as well. In Chile, for instance, an algal bloom in 2016 killed nearly 12 percent of the country’s farmed salmon at a cost of $800 million. Scientists have now attributed that bloom to conditions that arose as a result of Read More…

State Senate OKs Measure to Phase Out Salmon Net-Pen Farming

U.S. News & World Report – In response to a net collapse last summer that released hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon into waters famed for their native salmon, the state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that aims to phase out salmon net-pen farming in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports that the bill passed 35-12 and now heads to the House for consideration. Read More…

EU and Germany support new sustainable aquaculture program

FIS – The Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation hosted the official launch of the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) in Naypyidaw. The initiative will be developed over five years, with financial support from the European Union (EU) and the German government of EUR 22.25 million, reported Mizzima News. The program´s purpose is Read More…

Latin American and Caribbean countries identify priorities for…

FIS – Promoting artisanal fishing and marine fishing, renewing the Aquaculture Network for the Americas and strengthening the fight against illegal fishing are the three priorities for the period 2018-2019 that the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean set during the XV Meeting of the Commission on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture for Latin America and the Caribbean Read More…

Can Deepwater Aquaculture Avoid the Pitfalls of Coastal Fish Farms?

Yale 360 – Donna Lanzetta has a big idea: She wants to grow striped bass on a deepwater fish farm, about eight miles off the coast of Southampton, Long Island, where she was born and raised. A lawyer who knows real estate and politics, Lanzetta has garnered the support of local and state officials. Marine scientists and aquaculture experts advise her startup, which is called Manna Fish Read More…

Study Indicates Vaccines Not Protecting Farmed Fish From Disease

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study. The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. It showed vaccinated fish tend to show more symptoms when contracting diseases, with the health Read More…

OSU scientists develop technology to improve aquaculture efficiency

FIS – Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are developing a new aquaculture technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to fish, oysters, clams and shrimp, and that can also foster their growth rates and reduce the mortality rates. Chris Langdon, professor of fisheries at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and principal investigator on the project, explains it is still not Read More…