Scientists Find Sustainable Solutions for Oysters

Tue, 31 May 2016

US - Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife. Yet their populations in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere have dramatically declined after more than a century of overfishing, pollution, disease and habitat degradation. Smithsonian scientists and colleagues, however, have conducted the first bay-wide, millennial-scale study of oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake, revealing a sustainable model for future oyster restoration.

 

Ground Breaking Fishing Rules Set for Indian Ocean Skipjack Tuna

Tue, 31 May 2016

GLOBAL - In a move to help the long term sustainability of Indian Ocean skipjack tuna stocks, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has agreed to adopt Harvest Control Rules (HCR) for the fishery.

 

Marine Sector Needs Government Action to Create Jobs, Exports

Fri, 27 May 2016

IRELAND - The new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard.

 

Olam's New Feed Mill to Give West African Aquaculture a Big Boost

Fri, 27 May 2016

NIGERIA - Although aquaculture is a popular enterprise providing employment for many thousands of West Africans, a number of factors have limited its growth. These include the lack of the requisite technical skills among entrepreneurs, and the lack of access to capital. But by far the most important factor is the unavailability of good quality, moderately priced feed, writes Francis Ekow de Heer, for TheFishSite.

 

Fish Can Adapt to Warmer Oceans, but Heat Waves Can Still Kill Them

Fri, 27 May 2016

NORWAY - Fish can adjust to warmer ocean temperatures, but heat waves can still kill them, a team of researchers from Sweden, Norway and Australia reports in an article published in Nature Communications.

 

Ocean Products Seychelles Obtains Sustainable Certification for Tuna

Fri, 27 May 2016

SEYCHELLES - Ocean Products Seychelles Ltd, belonging to Mauritius – based GOIA Ltd., has obtained Friend of the Sea certification for crude fish oil originating from heads of Yellowfin and Skipjack tuna.

 

Aquaculture Creates Benefits for Rural Households in Timor-Leste

Fri, 27 May 2016

TIMOR-LESTE - In Timor-Leste, where malnutrition rates are high, aquaculture is providing rural households with access to nutritious fish and vital income

 

AquacultureUK2016: Are Salmon Farms Really to Blame for Wild Fish Decline?

Fri, 27 May 2016

UK - For years salmon farming has been the target of environmentalists and angling groups that blame sea lice from the farms as the cause of sea trout population decline. Taking a closer look at the data, Dr Martin Jaffa, from Callander McDowell, explains why he thinks salmon farms are not to blame.

 

New Paper Underlines Importance of Fish Inclusion in National Policies

Thu, 26 May 2016

GLOBAL - A new paper published in the peer-reviewed Food Policy journal recommends that the nutritional importance of fish, especially in resource-poor populations which rely heavily on cereal based-diets, needs to be taken into account in the development of national policies.

 

A Closer Look at Sea Temperature Increase and Loss of $1Billion in Farmed Salmon and Other Fish

Thu, 26 May 2016

CHILE - The loss of salmon grown in cages in Chile was reported in March to be over $800 million due to a toxic algae bloom created by the current el Niño, where 37 out of 415 farms from the second biggest salmon producer in the world were affected. This amount is estimated to be 20 per cent of the total production.

 

Japan Cuts Salmon, Trout Fishing Quota in Russian EEZ

Thu, 26 May 2016

JAPAN - Japan and Russia have agreed on a sharp cut in this year’s quota for salmon and trout fished by Japanese ships within Russia’s exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese Fisheries Agency.

 

North Sea Cod Enters Sustainability Assessment

Thu, 26 May 2016

UK - North Sea cod has now entered into the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment. The move has been organised by a coalition of fishing organisations, supermarkets, seafood brands, and the seafood industry body Seafish following significant efforts to improve the stock by Scottish and English fishermen.

 

Landings, Pricing and Expectations Following Oregon Shrimp Fishery Delays

Thu, 26 May 2016

US - After nearly 5 weeks of delays, The Pacific Oregon Shrimp Fishery finally resumed fishing, reports Rob Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

 

AquacultureUK2016: Delivering a Vision for the Sustainable Growth of Aquaculture to 2030

Thu, 26 May 2016

UK - A new strategy is being put together to help the Scottish aquaculture industry address challenges and plan its growth over the next 15 years. Speaking to TheFishSite Editor Lucy Towers at Aquaculture UK, Stewart Graham, Managing Director at Gael Force explained the reason behind the vision.

 

Gael Force Vision On Track After Mohn Aqua Acquisition

Wed, 25 May 2016

UK - Gael Force has continued with its planned growth after acquiring control of Mohn Aqua. The acquisition of Forres-based underwater technology specialists, Mohn Aqua strengthens Gael Force's existing capabilities within the aquaculture market and reinforces the companies ambitious drive to build sales to £50 Million in the next 4 years.

 

Weekly Overview: Potential HSMI Finding on BC Salmon Farm

Wed, 25 May 2016

ANALYSIS - Research undertaken as part of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) has diagnosed a potential Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a British Columbia aquaculture facility in 2013-2014.

 

Acidification and Low Oxygen Put Fish in Double Jeopardy

Wed, 25 May 2016

US - Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification. A new study from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) shows that is not entirely true--where fish are concerned, acidification can make low oxygen even more deadly.

 

Russia and Norway Cooperate on Aquaculture Development

Wed, 25 May 2016

RUSSIA - Russia is planning for further development of its aquaculture industry and is looking to Norway for cooperation on technology and competence.

 

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Demonstration Sessions On Offer for New More Accurate Water Sampler

Wed, 25 May 2016

UK - A new and more accurate continuous sampler to monitor persistent organic pollutants in water is being tested by FAI Aquaculture Ardtoe.

 

Scoping Study to Help Shape Proposed Centre of Excellence for Scottish Aquaculture

Wed, 25 May 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - A new two-phase scoping study, initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in partnership with Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), will launch this week at Aquaculture UK, canvassing industry opinion on a proposed Centre of Excellence.

 

Norwegian Aquaculture Industry Needs Innovative Thinking

Wed, 25 May 2016

NORWAY - Industry, biologists and engineers will need to cooperate more closely if Norway is to maintain its position as a leading marine nation.

 

Innovative Approach to Ultrasound Could Increase Salmon Harvest Volumes

Tue, 24 May 2016

UK - The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has launched the first of its Rapid Response projects with an initiative that will explore the potential of a novel approach to ultrasound to delouse farmed salmon and, ultimately, increase harvest volumes.

 

The Challenges for Solomon Islands Milkfish Aquaculture

Tue, 24 May 2016

SOLOMON ISLANDS - The human inhabitants of Solomon Islands, like many Pacific islands, are heavily reliant on coastal fisheries for food. With increasing human population, there is concern that capture fisheries will not be able to continue to meet demand. Development of aquaculture for species such as milkfish has been suggested as a potential mitigation for this deficit. However, as a recently published report on a four-year study, led by Dr Reuben Sulu (WorldFish) demonstrates, the feasibility of developing a milkfish aquaculture industry on the Islands goes beyond technical issues.

 

Ocean Acidification Puts Dungeness Crab at Risk

Tue, 24 May 2016

US - Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.

 

New Research Could Reduce Aquaculture Reliance on Wild Prawn Brood Stock

Tue, 24 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - Discovering the secrets of how one of the world’s most popular prawn species produces sperm and transfers it to create the next generation could help free aquaculture from reliance on brood stock from the wild.

 

Is Sustainable Aquaculture Possible?

Tue, 24 May 2016

EU - Fish and shellfish farming are facing a new era of expansion in Europe. What are the environmental implications of this, and how can the sector expand sustainably?

 

Vietnam Passes Development Scheme for Tilapia Farming

Tue, 24 May 2016

VIETNAM – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has recently passed the Development Scheme on Tilapia Cultivation by 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

 

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CID LINES @ FM EXPO

Tue, 24 May 2016

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - CID LINES is present at the FM EXPO from Monday 23rd May until Wednesday 25th May 2016.

 

High-Level Meeting to Discuss Way Forward for European Aquaculture

Tue, 24 May 2016

EU - In a high-level joint event with the Dutch Presidency of the Council on 24 May, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella will present progress made and obstacles that need to be addressed in further developing a sustainable aquaculture sector in the EU.

 

Customised Aquaculture Nets From W & J Knox

Mon, 23 May 2016

UK - Netmaker, W & J Knox Ltd, was established almost 240 years ago when the Knox family set up a mill in Kilbirnie to spin flax and manufacture linen thread. Two centuries later, Knox is still based in the same Ayrshire town, and has been owned by the local management team since 2004.

 

Big isn't Always Better When it Comes to Male Fish Genitals

Mon, 23 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have been looking at the breeding habits of fish, to test the theory that bigger genitals make males more attractive or successful in fathering offspring.

 

Arctic Fish First to Gain ASC Certification in Iceland

Mon, 23 May 2016

ICELAND - Arctic Fish has become the very first aquaculture producer to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification in Iceland.

 

Value of Irish Aquaculture Up 20 per cent to €150 million

Mon, 23 May 2016

IRELAND - The latest figures from the BIM Annual Aquaculture Survey showed that 2015 saw a strong recovery in fish and shellfish farming production with the industry increasing in value by €34 million to a first point of sale value of almost €150 million.

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Thousands of Salmon as Season gets Underway

Mon, 23 May 2016

US - Alaska’s salmon season officially got underway on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town. The first opener produced a catch of 25,000 sockeye and about 1,500 kings.

 

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BIOMIN Announces 2016 World Nutrition Forum Speakers

Mon, 23 May 2016

CANADA - "The opportunity to bring researchers at the forefront of technology together with leading industry professionals in a scientific forum that stresses networking and the exchange of ideas on this scale in the industry is unmatched," explained Dr. Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer at ERBER Group, speaking about the World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada scheduled from 12 to 15 October 2016.

 

Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved in Canada

Mon, 23 May 2016

CANADA - Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved AquAdvantage salmon for sale and consumption.

 

Potential HSMI Finding on Canadian Salmon Farm

Mon, 23 May 2016

CANADA - Research undertaken as part of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) has diagnosed a potential Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a British Columbia aquaculture facility in 2013-2014.

 

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Nutriad USA's New Company Video Showcases Core Values

Fri, 20 May 2016

US - Nutriad USA proudly presented its new company video at the Global Sales Conference in Rome.

 

MMCD - Simplifies Fish Farming

Fri, 20 May 2016

UK - To aid in the day-to-day running of fish farms Mørenot Main Component Database, (MMCD) offers fish farmers an excellent solution. The custom-made software platform is a great tool for keeping track of certificates, lifespan and inspection intervals for nets, moorings, cages and other technical equipment such as boats and generators.

 

World Fish Migration Day: Protecting the European Eel

Fri, 20 May 2016

This World Fish Migration Day, the importance of maintaining healthy and connected rivers and streams for species that occupy both fresh and marine waters is being highlighted across the globe. Together with scientifically-backed fisheries management schemes, habitat maintenance plays a huge role in the conservation and sustainable use of migrating species, such as the European eel.

 

New Prawn Trawl Design for Reducing Bycatch Shows Promising Results

Fri, 20 May 2016

UK - Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

 

Friend of the Sea Objects MSC Certification of Mexican Tuna Fishery

Fri, 20 May 2016

MEXICO - Friend of the Sea has filed an official comment to the Draft SCS Assessment for the MSC certification of Northeastern Tropical Purse Seine Yellowfin Tuna fishery.

 

Biodiversity Protects Fish from Climate Change

Fri, 20 May 2016

GLOBAL - Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the coming decades: biodiversity, write C. Fernández-Álvarez, Facultad de Biología (CIBUS), et al.

 

European Commission Adopts Ecolabelling Scheme Report

Fri, 20 May 2016

EU - The European Commission has adopted a report on the feasibility of an EU ecolabel scheme for fishery and aquaculture products.

 

Steinsvik Expands Aquaculture Technology/Services in the UK

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - Due to increasing interest, Steinsvik is expanding its aquaculture business in the Scotland.

 

Richard Lochhead Steps Down as Rural Affairs Secretary

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - Richard Lochhead has stepped down from his position as Rural Affairs Secretary ahead of a cabinet reshuffle.

 

What’s Going to Happen This Year With Salmon?

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - It’s the two week countdown to the 2016 salmon season, but speculative pricing and harvest forecasts can be found everywhere already, reports Rob Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

 

Unique New Mussel Farm Flotation System Delivers Optimum Performance

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - A unique new mussel farm flotation system jointly developed by Offshore Shellfish Ltd and Fusion Marine Ltd for use in exposed sea sites is now in successful operation and already helping to produce high quality, fast growing mussels.

 

Why do the Japanese like Norwegian Mackerel?

Thu, 19 May 2016

NORWAY - What is quality? And what makes it good? Or bad? These are difficult questions that Nofima scientists have decided to tackle when it comes to seafood.

 

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Pentair Releases New Sweetwater® Bead Filters

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems has announced the release of it Sweetwater® Bead Filters which are specifically engineered to deliver both mechanical and biological filtration in one highly efficient package.

 

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Nutriad Global Conference

Thu, 19 May 2016

ITALY - From May 9th – 13th multinational feed additives producer Nutriad hosted its Global Sales Conference in Rome (Italy). Commercial and technical staff from all over the world joined an interesting line up of speakers and trainers to exchange experiences and learn new insights on providing solutions for animal health and nutrition.

 

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BIOMIN Reinforces US Market Stance with New Products, Service Offer

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - Direct shipping to customers and two new launches promise to create more value for clients and strengthen the firm’s market position.

 

Report Questions New Zealand Catch Figures

Thu, 19 May 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand’s marine fishing catch could be much higher than reported.

 

Huge Study to Help Western Indian Ocean Communities Restore Fish Populations

Wed, 18 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Queensland, James Cook University, and Macquarie University have completed a massive study that will help communities and countries of the Western Indian Ocean measure and restore fish populations while identifying the best policies for achieving global sustainable and conservation targets.

 

Salmon Smolts Find Safety in Numbers

Wed, 18 May 2016

CANADA - Using tags surgically implanted into thousands of juvenile salmon, UBC researchers have discovered that many fish die within the first few days of migration from their birthplace to the ocean.

 

Deep Trekker and Planet Ocean to Hold Exclusive Aquaculture ROV Demonstration at Aquaculture UK 2016.

Wed, 18 May 2016

UK - Deep Trekker Inc. manufactures aquaculture specific underwater drones and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The tools are designed to provide immediate response inspections for farm managers to always have an understanding of their submerged infrastructure and fish stalks.

 

Shellfish Response to Ocean Acidification Depends on Other Stressors

Wed, 18 May 2016

US - A study of California mussels, a key species in the rocky intertidal ecosystems of the West Coast, indicates that the effects of ocean acidification will vary from place to place along the coast depending on a range of interacting factors.

 

Fish Mercury Levels Affected by Prey Type and Quality, Study Finds

Wed, 18 May 2016

US - Whether fish hunt nearshore or in the open water and what prey they eat affect the amount of mercury that accumulates in them, a Dartmouth College study shows.