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A monthly review

March 2011




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WWW.OTTEVANGER.COM March 1, 2011 Australia's Mid West's farmed Kingfish hit the shelves A fish farm in the Mid West has harvested its first fish. The Marine Fishfarmers Association has been working with Government agencies on the project which is aimed at developing a significant, marine-based aquaculture industry in the Mid West.

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The farm's Yellowtail Kingfish were cultivated in Fremantle before being put into a sea cage off the coast of Geraldton. The fish was sent to markets in the eastern states, Adelaide and Perth. The association's Erica Starling says the Mid West has enormous potential to become an aquaculture hub. "We actually have lots and lots of clean water with good flow and a good temperature profile," she said. "We could potentially grow many thousands of tonnes of fish in this area but what we need to do is prove that we can actually grow fish here and that's why this project is quite critical in further development of an industry." Read more ...

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With this new lab, the industry hopes to solve many of the problems faced by farmers due to the lack of certified facilities. According to Sergio Guevara, a representative for the State Board of Aquaculture Health and Safety, the time it takes the laboratories of the National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service (Senasica) to confirm a false positive has adverse effects on producers of Baja California. Read more ...

First fishmeal order for China since 2001

TripleNine has succeeded in securing its first fishmeal order for China since 2001. Just before Christmas, the last official approvals were obtained and TripleNine is now approved for exporting fishmeal and fish oil to China. On 17 January, Business Development Manager, Yanqi Zhang Larsen, and Managing Director, Christian Bisgaard, went to China to visit potential customers and business contacts. Direct from Beijing, Larsen reported that they have already managed to sell a major consignment of fishmeal to a Chinese customer. It is the first time since 2001 that a Danish fishmeal factory has sold fishmeal to China. Read more ...


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Oyster producers from Baja California plan to begin construction of a laboratory which specializes in aquaculture health and safety this year with the aim of fully equipping it by 2012, in order to begin testing for toxins in shellfish.

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AgriMarine to participate in the World Aquaculture Society Conference AgriMarine Holdings Inc. the leader in floating closed containment technology and production for sustainable aquaculture, is pleased to announce its participation at this year's World Aquaculture Society Annual Conference, taking place from February 28th to March 3rd in New Orleans. This conference brings together over 1,700 world-renowned experts in the aquaculture industry to review the latest science research and cutting-edge technologies.

This event provides an ideal platform for showcasing AgriMarine's proprietary cost-effective floating closed containment technology to a wide and knowledgeable audience. The conference also represents an excellent opportunity for AgriMarine to develop international relationships with prospective clients. The Company will also participate in the trade show where AgriMarine's unique technology will be presented and shown to all participants in a question and answer session. Phil Fitzpatrick, Senior Advisor remarked, "This is a premier event for scientists, researchers and industry players to see and hear about AgriMarine and its potential in the worldwide marketplace. Building solid relationships and credibility with all industry stakeholders is key to ensuring the rapid uptake of the technology." Read more ...

Increasing crawfish yields

LSU AgCenter crawfish researchers gave recommendations to producers on improving their crop and avoiding or reducing problems in their ponds. Robert Romaire, LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist, advised that algal scum that grows during cold weather will die in the spring, and the decaying vegetation will deplete oxygen from the water. He said the condition could be evident in the next 3-4 weeks with the recent warm weather. Mr Romaire said low oxygen levels will stress crawfish, decreasing growth, increasing mortality and decrease crawfish shelf life after they are harvested. He recommended producers buy test kits to determine oxygen levels in ponds. “When crawfish get into a growth or molt stage, they are real susceptible to oxygen stress,” Mr Romaire said. Read more ...

Aquatic Asia: a focus from feed to fish

Aquatic Asia 2011 is an independent trade show, organised at BITEC in co-location with feed to meat business trade show VIV Asia 2011 from March 9-11. Following special editions of Aqua VIV Asia in 2007 and 2009, organisers VNU Exhibitions and NEO decided to take the next step: the first dedicated trade show for the Asia-Pacific Aquaculture business. At Aquatic Asia 2011 buyers and suppliers in aquaculture in Asia-Pacific will be able to meet up with important business contacts, peers and exhibitors who are exclusively active in aquaculture or have a joint-interest in both aquaculture, poultry and/or pigs. The exhibitors at Aquatic Asia are active. Besides Aquaculture, the concept also involves the related activities of Mariculture and Capture-based aquaculture. Aquatic Asia 2011 focuses on the research & development, production and marketing of 4 main categories for aquaculture: Fish, Molluscs, Crustaceans and Algae. The last category, Algae, has been included due to its significant growth potential and extensive range of applications. Go to for more information and free registration. An entry badge for Aquatic Asia will also provide free access to VIV Asia 2011. International Aquafeed will be exhibiting at the show in hall 2B037, we look forward to seeing you there.



March 2, 2011

Division of agriculture works to make sure seafood is safe after oil spill

Nearly one year after the BP oil spill, Florida Division of Agriculture is doing what it can to make sure our seafood is safe. Tuesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam took a boat tour in Panama City today to learn about local shellfish harvesting. The Division of Aquaculture showed Putnam how it monitors water and meat quality for shell fish harvesting. The task has become more involved since last years oil spill, because officials now test for oil and dispersants on top of their usual testing. "Showing him the water sampling and the meat sampling we do... Just give him a flavor for the Department of Agriculture," Environmental Supervisor Chris Brooks said of things he wanted Putnam to take away from the visit. Officials typically test dozens of water quality stations. Workers just tested a couple Tuesday to demonstrate the process to Putnam. The Florida Department of Agriculture recently settled it's claim against BP for US$20 million (UK£12.3 million). US$10 million (UK£6.2 million) will go to seafood monitoring operations like this one, the other US$10 million (UK£6.2 million) will go to market Florida seafood to the rest of the world. Read more ...

Marketing low-value cultured fish In Bangladesh

This study, by N. Ahmed from the Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, describes the existing marketing systems of low-valued cultured fish with its value chain analysis. The aim of this paper is to highlight key issues determine efficient marketing systems of low-valued cultured fish to enhance food supply. It is assumed that sustainable marketing of low-valued cultured fish can provide food and nutrition to the people of Bangladesh.

Harvesting and marketing of fish

Harvesting of low-valued fish starts as soon as fish reach marketable size. The peak fish harvesting season is from August to December. Most farmers harvest fish by themselves although a few large farmers depend on commercial harvesters. Normally, fish are harvested at very early hours in the morning. Most farmers practice partial harvesting of larger fish which allows smaller fish to grow, while a few farmers practice total harvest. Farmers harvest fish by using cast nets and seine nets. Harvested fish are cleaned with tube- well water and kept in aluminum and plastic containers or bamboo baskets until they are sold. Read more ...

Should forage fish be used for human consumption?

Various opponents to the salmon farming industry claim that the fish used for producing fishmeal, should be used directly for human consumption. While this can be correct for some species, it does not tell the whole story, writes Marine Harvest. Firstly, an increasing proportion of the fishmeal and fish oil used in feed comes from trimmings, that is guts, heads, bones and cut-offs from the filleting process. For Marine Harvest, globally, the proportion of trimmings in raw material for feed was around 25 percent in 2010. In some regions this number is even higher. So, what about the ingredients which are not trimmings? Some of the fish can actually be eaten, but far from all, and even the fish that can be eaten seldom finds a market of willing consumers. Read more ...



Fish o' the Future

Won't be salmon, bass, cod, or tuna. Learn to love tilapia, an aquaculture success. Recent news reports are chilling. Eagles are "falling out of the sky" after the failure of the chum salmon run this winter. University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers find we really are fishing down the food chain from the big predators to the forage fish like sardines and anchovies, because we've removed most of the predators, allowing the foragefish populations to explode. We have too many consumers and not enough protein, and our continued demand for wild predatory fish will be the ruin of them, and of ourselves. That prospect makes Paul Greenberg's book especially timely and worth reading. Read more …


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Farmers face lack of capital in Mekong Delta

Though the tra fish prices have risen to their highest ever of VND25,000 (US$1.204) a kilogram, production is marred in the Mekong Delta as input costs skyrocket and farmers lack capital to continue production. Fish farmer Vo Van De in Thuan An Ward of Thot Not District in Can Tho Province said that the current tra fish prices were like a dream for farmers but a lot of them were short of capital to invest further into farming. During the last two years, fish farming has faced many obstacles which led several banks to withdraw their loans or stop giving further loans, he said. Duong Thi Dep from the ward said that in 2009 her family bred nearly 200 tons of tra fish in which they suffered a loss of VND1.5 billion (US$71,000). She subsequently had to sell all her property to pay back mounting debts. Since 2010, the tra fish prices have increased and Ms Dep approached the banks for a loan but was denied. Read more ...

Kenya lack of support hurts fish farming as numbers grow

Fish farmers face new hurdles in lack of supporting infrastructure. More than 28,000 farmers have joined the industry in the last two years as the government implements a KES4 billion (US$47.5 million) project to build fish ponds in the 210 constituencies. The move has seen production grow from 4,000 metric tonnes worth KES560 million (US$6.6 million) in 2006, to 12,154 tonnes worth KES3.6 billion (US$42.82 million) last year. The Fisheries Development ministry anticipates production to reach 20,000 tonnes by June. However, the growth in production has had little impact on poverty alleviation because supporting infrastructure such as training and extension services, supply of fingerlings, refrigeration, processing, and market access have not grown in tandem. Read more ...


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Anfaco warns of possible invalidity for genetic test on mussels

The National Association for Producers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco-Cecopesca) argues that it is likely that tests conducted by the research group Xenomar, of the University of A Coruña, on mussels sold by Conservera de Rianxo S.A. will not be valid in court. During the investigation, it was discovered that 27 of the 34 items considered did "not correspond to species native to Galicia", which is almost 80 percent of the total amount.

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This has arisen as the Regulatory Council of Galician Mussels believes that the company has committed fraud by selling Chilean mussels whilst marketing them as native to Galicia. But the secretary general of Anfaco, Juan Vieites, explains that the only independent test center approved in Galicia by the National Accreditation Body (ENAC) to perform such tests is the molecular biology laboratory owned by the canning organisation. Read more ...

Marine Harvest CEO speaks at North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) Global fish farming leader Marine Harvest CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog spoke at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) in Oslo this week. He shared that operating revenues for his company reached NOK 4,588 million (EUR 594.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to NOK 3,805 million (EUR 493.2 million) in the corresponding quarter of 2009.

The company’s harvest volume reached 90,485 tonnes in Q4 of 2010, just over the 87,409 tonnes of Q4 2009. Aarskog also noted remarkably higher market prices in major markets compared to the fourth quarter during the year prior to 2010. Operational EBIT was NOK 1,062 million (EUR 137.6 million) against NOK 520 million (EUR 67.4 million) in the same quarter of 2009. Marine Harvest accomplished better prices in Norway and the operational EBIT margin rose from 13.7 to 23.1 percent. Furthermore, earnings per share went from NOK 0.15 (EUR 0.019) in the fourth quarter of 2009 to NOK 0.30 (EUR 0.039) in Q4 2010. Cash flow from operations reached NOK 305 million (EUR 39.5 million) versus NOK 102 million (EUR 13.2 million). Read more ...

Salmon industry expects to recover production level by 2013: SalmonChile The president of the Association for the Chilean Salmon Industry A.G. (SalmonChile) has made the most of the sixth edition framework covering marine products by the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) held in Oslo, Norway, to highlight the recovery being experienced by the Chilean salmon industry.

At this important international event, Cesar Barros said the industry projected to produce around 400,000 tonnes of salmon by 2013, a figure close to that recorded before the crisis caused by the spread of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in 2007. For this year, it is estimated that Chilean production will reach roughly 185,000 tonnes. The upward trend was supported by the CEO of Aquagen, Odd Magne. "Projections by Kontali and Aquagen specialists, and those carried out by ourselves, see a resurgence in Chilean production, by around 2013, Chile will resume levels of production that were last witnessed in 2007," claims Barros. Read more …

CSIRO scientist awarded top Australian honour for services to marine science

The Marine Stewardship Council congratulates Dr Tony Smith who has been awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for services to marine science and development of ecosystem based fisheries management.



As a member of the MSC’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) since 2009, Dr Smith has played a critical role in shaping the policy development process that governs the MSC’s standards and methodologies. Most recently, he was a member of the expert scientific Low Trophic Level Fisheries working group, charged with incorporating leading global practice into MSC guidance for assessing sustainable management of low trophic level fisheries. Dr Smith joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, in 1989 after having completed research assignments with the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and with the Centre for Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. Read more .

Open-ocean aquaculture needs more scrutiny

Despite significant environmental, cultural and economic concerns about open-ocean aquaculture (OOA), permitting and other forms of government support make Hawaii "ground zero" for testing this risky new technology. The dominant story justifying OOA is part of a larger story about food systems that views highly industrialised, globalised and large-scale production as the only way to feed the world. However, as we are well aware in Hawaii due partly to the ingenious example of loko i'a, or Hawaiian fishponds smaller-scale, community-based and localised systems of production may present more environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives. Additionally, whether or not marine aquaculture to date has provided food security is highly debated, and many studies have shown that local livelihoods and food systems especially those of the poor in developing countries have been severely undermined by aquaculture production for richer nations. Read more ...

Spain refuses to share data on mercury in fish

Spain Oceana is outraged by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs' repeated refusals to provide the reports on concentrations of mercury and other heavy metals in the fish that is marketed and consumed in Spain. The Spanish High Court ruled in favour of Oceana in 2009, demanding the delivery of the reports completed by the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) between 2002 and 2005. Oceana suspects that the Ministry is refusing to turn over the reports because the information they contain may be disturbing. The ruling of the Spanish High Court, made known on December 23, 2009, obliges the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs to turn over this information to Oceana in accordance with Law 27/2006 of 18 July, governing the rights to access information, public participation and access to justice concerning environmental issues. The Spanish High Court reiterated this obligation in December 2010. Oceana had been unsuccessfully demanding the Ministry turn over the information since 2007 and continued to do so after the ruling. Read more ...





Monday, March 7, 2011

Search progresses for alternative ingredients in aquaculture feeds in Brazil


Scientists from various regions of the country are conducting research to find alternative ingredients to prepare food for fish. The main objectives of these initiatives are to lower production costs and reduce the impact on the environment. The first results of the Aquabrasil project were presented on March 1 at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa), in Pantanal, Corumbá. According to Roselany Corrêa, a researcher at Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, in Belén, experiments will include the use of dende, sunflower and coconut flour, among other products. They will also use mango flour, passion fruit waste and Amazon fruits for the production of rations that serve to feed the tambaqui fish, one of the species that is being studied in the Aquabrasil project. Correa said that it is necessary to refine the studies to select the best food choices. Read more ...

Farmed fish hit the shelves as a pilot project takes off

With increasing pressure on wild fish stocks and ever tightening catch restrictions, a more sustainable option for sourcing fresh fish is a necessity. This alternative is being developed in a project in the Mid West. A fish farm has been established off the coast of Geraldton and its first batch of fish has been harvested and sent to market. The Marine Fish Farmers Association's Erica Starling instigated the project and she says the results are a positive sign for the local aquaculture trade. "The first batch of Yellowtail Kingfish has hit the domestic markets and the plan is to continue to do trial harvests to assess the flesh quality and the market acceptance of the product," she said. Read more ...

New shrimp named after University of Aberdeen scientist

It’s white, around 6cm long and has so far only been seen scuttling across the soft sediment floor five to six miles below the world’s deepest ocean. It’s a new species of shrimp and it’s been named Princaxelia jamiesoni after the University of Aberdeen scientist who discovered it in trenches at the bottom of the North West Pacific Ocean. And it’s almost four decades since the last ’new’ member of this shrimp family was discovered. Dr Alan Jamieson from the University’s Oceanlab was on a ‘HADEEP’ research cruise when the shrimp or amphipods were filmed and caught in the Japan Trench in 2008 at 7703m deep and then again in 2009 at the nearby Izu-Bonin Trench at depths of 9316m. Read more ...

Aquaculture program permit in Delaware Bay coming up for five-year renewal.

The permit for an aquaculture program in Delaware Bay is coming up for its five-year renewal and this is the first indication that there are a lot of property owners and commercial crabbers who vehemently object to the location of area one, at East Point. Russell Corson said he and other commercial crabbers use that area and offered photos of a sea of buoys showing the large number of crab pots located there. Homeowners also protested that any aquaculture project located there would interfere with access to their piers and would be visually offensive. Corson said those who would be affected were not made aware of the project five years ago or given a chance to comment on it, and because nobody had leased that area and started an aquaculture project there they had not even been aware it had been approved. Read more ... 11



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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

IBSS Panel to examine sustainability of farmed fish aquafeeds

Is what farmed fish eat sustainable? The first panel session at the upcoming International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS) will draw together experts from throughout the aquaculture industry to examine how current feed practices impact the overall sustainability of aquaculture. The panel, moderated by Dr. Steven Hart of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and supported by the United Soybean Board, includes representatives from producer Bell Aquaculture, feed manufacturer Silver Cup Fish Feeds, USDA Agricultural Research Service, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, and environmental NGO Ocean Conservancy. As global aquaculture continues to develop, seafood purchasers are becoming increasingly concerned about the sustainability of feeds that are being used by the aquaculture industry, specifically the amount of wild caught fish in feed it takes to produce farmed fish and seafood. Read more ...

America's first national aquaculture policy is born

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the nation's first aquaculture policy, which it says it did in response to consumer demand for local, safe, sustainably produced seafood ( has a good summary). Ah yes. Seafood. The wild west of the food industry. Safe and sustainable sounds good, but the statistics are not reassuring. As NOAA explains, US aquaculture meaning farmed currently only accounts for about five percent of our seafood. Get this: an astonishing 84 percent of US seafood is imported. Of this, half is farmed. Worldwide, farmed seafood exceeded catches of wild seafood for the first time in 2009. NOAA guesses that with wild fish stocks depleting rapidly, we will see plenty more fish and shellfish farming NOAA quotes the depressing Food and Agriculture Organization report on world fisheries and aquaculture. This says that worldwide per capita fish availability is about 17 kg per year, and supplies more than three billion people with at least 15 percent of their average animal protein intake. No wild fish stock can keep up with that kind of demand. Read more ...

Australasian Scientific Conference On Aquatic Health

The First Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health will be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest, between July 5-8 . The conference provides a forum for presentation of diagnostic, research, management and policy issues encompassing all areas of aquatic animal health and bio-security. Previously, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Aquatic Animal Health Sub programme has organised national scientific conferences (in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009) featuring presentations on aquatic animal health research in Australia and an international aquatic animal health expert as the keynote presenter. We anticipate that the First Australasian Scientific Conference on aquatic Animal Health will attract participants from New Zealand, SE Asia and beyond. We are pleased to announce that the conference keynote speaker will be Professor Teruo Miyazaki, Graduate School of Bioresources, Mie University, Japan. Read more ...



Formation of scientific development committee

AgriMarine Holdings is pleased to announce the appointments of Lawrence Albright, PH.D, William Kay, Ph.D. and Jo-Anne Leung, Ph.D. to the Company's newly formed Science and Technology Development Committee. The Committee has been created to advise AgriMarine's Board and Management on matters of fish health, disease prevention, husbandry and applied science and technology as it pertains to the Company's closed containment system. The Committee is chaired by Dr Lawrence Albright, a director of the Company, since its inception. Dr. Albright holds a B.Sc. (Agriculture) (1963) from Macdonald College, McGill University and M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) degrees from Oregon State University in Aquatic Microbiology. He served in the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University for 39 years, retiring in 2006 and is currently Professor Emeritus. During his time at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Albright carried out extensive research on salmonids diseases, including sea lice infections of cultured salmon. Dr. Albright has also developed a strain of sockeye salmon suitable for aquaculture production. Read more ...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Agreement strengthens fisheries and aquaculture research

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green said today a new collaboration agreement between the Government and the University of Tasmania would ensure the highest quality research and development for the State’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Mr Green said the agreement would underpin future research for the industries at the University’s world class Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). It will see the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI) incorporated into IMAS. “Aquaculture and fisheries research and development have been delivered in collaboration with the University since 1998 by TAFI,” Mr Green said. “It’s been a very successful partnership that’s increased the quantity and quality of research undertaken to support our valuable seafood industries. Read more ...

GLOBALG.A.P launches new cycle of aquaculture certification

AS A result of round tables on four continents as well as three public consultations, the scope of the GLOBALG.A.P Aquaculture Standard has been expanded in the new Version 4 to include any hatchery-based farmed species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs that can be produced under controlled aquatic systems, including the consideration of passive collection of seedlings in the planktonic phase. A statement from GLOBALG.A.P, a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of aquaculture and agricultural products anywhere in the world, said: “This new version reflects a compact and more comprehensive standard for users, stepping into a stricter level of compliance in key activities identified throughout the past years of farm certification experience. Read more

European Union delegation to review Bangladesh’s aquaculture A three member delegation of the European Union (EU) Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) are due to arrive in Bangladesh on the March 24 to review the countries fish farms and processing plants. After the EU’s visit in July 2010 a 20 percent stringent mandatory testing requirements was imposed on Bangladeshi shrimp export. The upcoming visit is will determine whether or not that restriction will be removed.



Exporters and officials view the visit as crucial for the Bangladesh’s shrimp industry. During the ten-day visit, from March 24 -April 2, the team is expected to scrutinise the present situation in residues control in living animals and animal products and the control of veterinary medicinal products - measures seen as key requirements for export of shrimps to EU. Read more ...

City rivers too polluted for aquaculture: expert



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The pollution in Ho Chi Minh City rivers and canals is severely affecting people living on aquaculture, an expert has said. Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the Vietnam National University, HCM City's Institute of Environment and Resources, said clean water sources meant aquaculture farmers could reduce the use of chemicals for cleaning. But HCM City's water sources are polluted by industrial waste. A study by the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development found almost all the City's rivers and canals were polluted. Minor rivers in the districts of Nha Be, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon, and Cu Chi were "seriously" polluted. Just certain short stretches of the Sai Gon and Dong Nai rivers are "slightly" polluted with most of the rest as well as the Nha Be, Long Tau, Soai Rap and Can Gio rivers being "medium" polluted. Only some stretches on any of the rivers are suitable for aquaculture. One of them is in the Dong Nai between its confluence with the Sai Gon and the upper reach of the Dau Tieng Lake. Two others are in the Sai Gon: from Tay Ninh to Ben Dinh and Binh Phuoc Bridge to Sai Gon Bridge. Read more ..

Salmon breeding comes ashore in Denmark

The environmentally friendly Danish model fish farms are to be expanded from the current freshwater farms to also include saltwater fish farms. This requires new technological solutions, which in itself could become something of an export bonanza. Fish farming is currently one of the world's fastest growing food industries. Denmark has a long tradition of fish farming and today is among the world leaders in equipment for green production, thanks to the development of so-called model fish farms. The high-tech and environmentally friendly model fish farms use water from boreholes, rather than from rivers, and are based on water recirculation technology. This means that the fish farm recycles as much as 95 percent of the water instead of merely letting it drain away into the countryside. Read more ...

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Firmer fillets from healthier salmon

According to a study carried out by the Norwegian research group Nofima, firmer salmon fillets can be achieved by adding extra amino acid supplements to the feeds. The group states on its website that farmed salmon is generally of good quality, but on occasion the fillets can be soft. “Arginine and glutamate" are natural amino acids that can produce increased muscle growth and health benefits in both human and animals. The results of a feeding trail showed that salmon in the groups that received the feed containing extra protein supplement had firmer fillets, than the salmon on the standard feed. Read more ...

Plant proteins in feed

The composition of feed affects the growth and health of fish. Consequently, the optimal composition of the protein component of the feed is essential in order to ensure that farmed fish keep healthy, and grow and develop normally. Plant proteins are an alternative protein source to fish meal in feed for farmed fish.





The source of raw material affects feed uptake compared to fish meal, most plant raw material generally contains little protein and high levels of carbohydrate, although there are exceptions. Soya, beans, peas and gluten from wheat and maize have relatively high protein content, making them good alternative sources of protein in feed for farmed fish.   Salmon which are predominantly fed plant proteins eat less than salmon which receive fish meal as a source of protein. Research at NIFES has shown that if diets based on plant protein have the same amino acid profile as fish meal-based diets and are given a small addition of hydrolysed squid, hydrolysed fish protein and / or krill meal to improve the taste, the salmon’s feed intake is improved. Read more .

Omega proteins, good for your heart and your portoflio

Omega Protein Corp, has been red-hot since its earnings release last week. Estimates are moving higher, keeping valuations attractive. This Zack #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is set for another great year and should see double-digit growth for the next couple of years. Omega Protein makes fish oils with Omega-3 fatty acids for healthconscious humans, as well as specialty fish meal for aquaculture and livestock. On March 3 Omega Protein reported excellent full-year financial results for 2010 that included net income of US$18.3 million, or US$0.97 per share. That is up from just US$6.2 million, US$0.33 per share, in 2009. EPS for fourth quarter came in at US$0.44, up from an 8-cent loss a year ago. Read more ...

Omega proteins, good for your heart and your portoflio

Omega Protein Corp, has been red-hot since its earnings release last week. Estimates are moving higher, keeping valuations attractive. This Zack #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is set for another great year and should see double-digit growth for the next couple of years. Omega Protein makes fish oils with Omega-3 fatty acids for healthconscious humans, as well as specialty fish meal for aquaculture and livestock. On March 3 Omega Protein reported excellent full-year financial results for 2010 that included net income of US$18.3 million, or US$0.97 per share. That is up from just US$6.2 million, US$0.33 per share, in 2009. EPS for fourth quarter came in at US$0.44, up from an 8-cent loss a year ago. Read more ...

NUTRECO: Progress on buy-back programme Nutreco shares

Further to the share buy-back programme announced on February 11, 2011, Nutreco announces that during the period from 4 March until and including 10 March 2011, Nutreco purchased 135,564 of its shares at an average price of EUR 53.59 (US$74.051)per share. The total number of shares repurchased under this programme to date is 547,599 common shares for a total consideration of EUR 29,1 million (US$40.21 million). The share buy-back program will ultimately terminate on 15 April 2011, unless the maximum number of 650,000 shares has been repurchased prior to such date. In that case the program will end on the date on which this maximum is reached and such early termination will immediately be disclosed. Read more ...



March 14, 2011

Fears for world class aquaculture institute as university faces UK£2m deficit

A world class Scottish academic institution that does vital work to provide food for developing countries is set to axe up to a third of its work force to cope with a cash crisis, Scotland on Sunday has learned. Around 20 staff at Stirling University's Institute of Aquaculture face redundancy as the university attempts to claw-back a UK£2 million deficit. Staff fear the redundancies some of them expected to be compulsory will see the end of the largest centre of excellence of its kind in the UK, regarded as a world leader in aquatic culture research, teaching and consultancy. The Institute of Aquaculture, which employs a total full time equivalent staff of 56, has forged links with Malawi, Asia and Bangladesh. Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing animal production industry producing almost half of the world's food fish supply. It is worth around £450m to the Scottish economy - more than the fishing industry. Read more ...

Vietnam to inject US$2 billion into 10-year fisheries plan

Vietnam will set aside an annual average budget of nearly US$200 million (UK£124.276 million) in the next 10 years for a master plan to develop the country’s fish farming industry. The master plan, just approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, is envisioned raising the fish farming industry’s output to 4.5 million tons a year for local sale and export. In the first five years, the output is projected to climb to 3.6 million tons, and exports to amount to US$3.5-4 billion (UK£124-2.486 billion). The respective figures in the following five years will rise to 4.5 million tons and US$5-5.5 billion (UK£3.107-3.418 billion). Tra fish and shrimp will continue to be the industry’s key export earners. Tra output is forecast in the master plan to grow at an annual rate of 4.8 percent to reach 1.5 million or 2 million tons by 2020. Respective projections for shrimp will be 5.7 percent and 700,000 tons. Read more …

American DuPont seeks Thai partners

As American science-based firm DuPont trains its eyes on Asian markets to co-operate more with government and industrial partners and enlarge its share of the business, Thailand is one country where the issue of biosecurity on shrimp farms is being capitalised. In unveiling four of the company's mega-trend initiatives on food protection, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, while protecting people and the environment, DuPont Asia-Pacific president Carol Lukach said the group is in talks with several Thai corporations to partner in future investments. Ahead of announcing its new investments in partnership with regional partners, DuPont has had a head start in Thailand by collaborating with local shrimp farmers by offering solutions on biosecurity issues. Read more ...

Clean Seas Tuna passes critical milestone in breeding juvenile Southern Bluefin Tuna

Clean Seas Tuna has achieved a critical milestone in working towards a sustainable seafood source, with the company's tuna spawning program at the Arno Bay facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Clean Seas is has produced juvenile aquaculture-bred Southern Bluefin Tuna, with 90 fingerlings ranging in length from eight to ten centimetres transferred to a 25-metre cage offshore.





Clifford Ashby, managing director, said “This is the world’s first transfer of Southern Bluefin Tuna fingerlings to the ocean." The potential sustainable food advancement places Australia at the forefront of technological initiatives being undertaken in global marine aquaculture. Read more ...


A key question is salmon feed sustainable?

You might be wondering if salmon farming is sustainable. Scientists, the industry and environmental organisations are now collaborating to provide the answer to an important component: the feed resources. The goal is to develop a resource budget in which the scientists measure how much of the protein and energy from the feed raw materials are still in the fillet when it is sold to the consumer. The scientists will also make resource budgets for other types of animal productions to see how efficiently they are utilising the feed resources when compared with salmon. The scientists will initially evaluate the models that have been used to calculate the use of resources and ecoefficiency, and discuss which models are suitable to use in the future in order to compare different types of animal production. Read more ...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Australian fisheries production and trade

The growth in global aquaculture, particularly in the Asian region, has been a major global trend that has increased. There is competition in global markets for Australian fishers, and import competition in local markets, reports the Australian Bureau of Agricutlural and Reseource Economics and Sciences in the Australian Fisheries Outlook and Economic Indicators. The gross value of Australian fisheries production is estimated to have declined by 4.3 percent in 2009–10 to $A2.1 billion. Large falls in the value of tuna production (34 percent), rock lobster production (nine percent ) and abalone (five percent) were offset by rises in the production value of salmonids (three percent) and prawns (10 percent). Australia’s fishery production remained focused on producing high-value products of rock lobster, salmon, prawns, tuna, and abalone. Together, these species were valued at $A1.4 billion in 2009–10, accounting for 64 percent of total Australian fisheries production. Read more ...



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Seldom do US businesses seek even lobby for more government regulation of their industries. But American catfish farmers see federal regulation as the only thing between their livelihoods and financial ruin. A fear of competition from lower-priced foreign imports from Southeast Asia has Texas catfish farmers and their trade groups embracing US government regulation. Steve Klingaman, owner of Aqua Farms in El Campo, says imported fish from China and Vietnam, which he considers inferior and environmentally unsafe, could have a devastating effect on his catfish farm. "There's no doubt it will put us out of business," he said. "I still have a fish farm, but I'm thinking very seriously about closing it." Already, he's had to lay off 40 workers. The US government soon may step in to help aquaculture businesses such as Klingaman's. Read more ...


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Scientists seek alternate fish feed ingredients

Scientists from various regions of the country are conducting research to find alternative ingredients to prepare food for fish. The main objectives of these initiatives are to lower production costs and reduce the impact on the environment. The first results of the Aquabrasil project were presented on March 1st at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa), in Pantanal, Corumbá. According to Roselany Corrêa, a researcher at Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, in Belén, experiments will include the use of dende, sunflower and coconut flour, among other products. They will also use mango flour, passion fruit waste and Amazon fruits for the production of rations that serve to feed the tambaqui fish, one of the species that is being studied in the Aquabrasil project. Correa said that it is necessary to refine the studies to select the best food choices. Read more ...

The war on farmed salmon wields defective studies

Canada has the largest coastline in the world and we’re right next door to the world’s largest seafood market: the United States. If there’s one industry that Canada should be developing, it’s aquaculture. Northern B.C. and Nova Scotia, the places where fish farming could provide hundreds of jobs, are some of the poorest parts of Canada. Aquaculture avoids the worst risks of commercial fishing, such as overfishing and by-catch. Yet, ironically, the biggest obstacle facing the aquaculture industry is opposition from environmentalists. In British Columbia, a “war on fish farmers” has been declared. More than 20,000 people signed a petition to close salmon farms “Don’t buy farmed salmon anywhere. Phone your local hospitals and find out if farmed salmon is served to patients,” says a brochure from the David Suzuki Foundation. Read more ...

Fine for failure to remove abandoned aquaculture cages

A former fish farm owner was fined UK£600 at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court last week after failing to remove waste cages and other assorted fish farm waste from a freshwater loch on the Isle of South Uist. Mr Iain Steele operated a fish farm on Loch Moreef until 2005 when it was destroyed by a severe storm. He pled guilty on 1 June 2010 to failing to remove the waste as required in a notice served. The waste included metal cage structures, wooden components of cage structures, rope, nets, polystyrene flotation blocks, compressed gas cylinders, pumps, waste feed and plastic bags. The matter was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and a report sent to the Procurator Fiscal. Sentence on Mr Steele was deferred on a number of occasions to allow for a suitable clean up operation to be carried out. Read more ...

Issue of fish farm pens splits Jefferson commissioners, state Ecology

Jefferson County’s revision of its Shoreline Management Plan is good to go, aside from regulations governing fish-farming net pens. Those remain a sticking point, with the state Department of Ecology saying the net pens are beyond the county’s jurisdiction, and county commissioners maintaining otherwise. The commissioners met on Monday to continue their attempt to carve out a compromise between “all and none,” as characterised by shoreline manager Michelle McConnell, seeking a middle ground where net pens would be allowed with certain restrictions after a permitting process.



The specifics of that process has been the subject of discussion for three consecutive commissioners meetings and is scheduled for a fourth at 10 a.m. Monday in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend. During their original 2009 deliberations on the Shoreline Management Plan, the commissioners sought to prohibit net pens over what they say is an adverse ecological effect. Read more ...

A Review: Aquaculture, Innovation and Social Transformation SBN: 978-1-4020-8834-6

In 2008, the International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics produced this book ‘Aquaculture, Innovation and Social Transformation volume 17’ which was edited by Keith Culver and David Castle. Since the 1970s, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, aquaculture has grown at 8.8 percent a year surpassing meat production which only gains around 2.8 percent a year in the same period. With declining fish stock and decreased catches, aquaculture is considered to be the way forward in meeting the demands of a growing world population. However, there are those that are opposed to aquaculture fearing that the marine and freshwater environments will be devastated by intensive fish farming practices. This book arose from a way to find new approaches to the debate over aquaculture’s future and is split into six parts Part One: Animal Welfare in Aquaculture Chapters one deals with animal welfare in aquaculture looking at definitions of animal welfare, welfare and the five freedoms, the capacity of fish to experience suffering. Natural responses to adverse conditions and how scientists measure fish welfare. Also, the impact of intensive farming on fish welfare and strategies for improving welfare in aquaculture. Chapter two deals with science and governance issues in aquaculture animal welfare it also looks at the definition of animal welfare the problem of pain and the legislation of pain. Consciousness, governance and governance of aquaculture. Chapter three deals with welfare and aquaculture industry practice its looks at the science and the question of whether the fish suffer. Potential industry approaches to fish welfare in aquaculture and asking the questions so what are we doing and what more should we do? Part Two: Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property Issues in Aquaculture Chapters four, five and six deals with the mark of innovation in aquaculture: The role of intangible assets new school fish production versus old school fish harvesting and return on investment or how not to pay commercial licenses for your own technology. Later parts of this publication cover the environmental sustainability of aquaculture and the interactions between traditional and local knowledge and modern aquaculture. Messages, consumers and aquaculture: New Products, New Worries. The final frontier: integrated coastal zone management and new practices for Global Competitiveness: Alternate Species, Alternate Uses, and Value-Added Aquaculture. A well-written book, that deals with a very emotive subject area. As the population grows this debate will continue and this book deals with each component of the topical debate, as to whether aquaculture is the way forward. In my opinion, I think this book will be of interest to those concerned with the social effects of intensified fish farming and production, food security, environment focused researchers and anyone who cares about the future of the world's oceans. A must have book for the bookcase.





Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Important diseases of farmed Barramundi in Asia

With more barramundi being cultured intensively in Asia, extensive epidemiology surveys conducted provide insights into the major diseases. With better understanding of these diseases, industry can look forward to vaccination and other disease management protocols. The barramundi (also known as the Asian seabass Lates calcarifer) is native to the Indo-Pacific region and is well suited to aquaculture. Although most of the current production is consumed domestically, due to its tasty, firm white flesh, barramundi is rising in popularity as a seafood item in the US and Europe since the late 1990's. Recently, several large international aquaculture operations have been set up in South East Asia to produce barramundi to take advantage of the suitable growing conditions and lower labour costs. The species is however not without its problems. Diseases are a major concern for the future sustainability of this and indeed any aquaculture industry. Building upon extensive experience in salmonids, Intervet/ScheringPlough Animal Health established a research center in Singapore in 2000 dedicated to the development of novel vaccines and other products for commercially important farmed warm water species. Read more ...



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Taiwanese experts train aquaculture technicians

Thirty aquaculture technicians from eight countries in Latin America were trained by professors from the National Maritime University of Taiwan on tilapia farming and the use of new environmentally friendly technologies. The training was conducted by the Fund for International Development and Cooperation (ICDF).

The first stage of a survey that was conducted on macro algae in the country revealed the need to care for seaweed meadows in order to avoid exhaustion and to ensure the sustainability of the abalone industry. "What we look for in this type of project, along with other government initiatives, is to be proactive, so not to wait for natural seaweed grasslands to be massively affected by extraction pressures relating to the resource," said Franklin Pincheira, Aquaculture Engineer at the Catholic University of the North and a consultant at the company Aquaculture Consultant Engineer (A.C.E. Ltd). The research project, entitled 'Transfer of knowledge and training required for the sustainable development of brown seaweed growing on the coast of Region III from hatchery and planting techniques at sea', was commissioned to Pincheira by the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO), the Corporation for the Development of the Atacama Region (CORPROA) and the Project for Improvement of Competitiveness in the Aquatacama (PMC AquAtacama), reports El Diario de Atacama. read more ..


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The workshop was inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Jacobo Regalado, on the premises of the Center for Agricultural Development (CEDA) of Comayagua. Present at the opening ceremony was the Ambassador of the Republic of Taiwan, John Lain, the general director of Fisheries, Roberto Reynaud, the Taiwanese teacher, Frank Chiang, the head of the China Mission in Honduras, Hugo Sheu, and the mayor of Comayagua, Carlos Miranda, among others. Read more ...

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Pioneering aquaculture breeding program

The Tuna life-cycle closure program being conducted by Clean Seas Tuna (CSS) has taken a further step toward completion. Clean Seas Tuna Limited has reached another critical milestone with its pioneering efforts to produce juvenile aquaculture-bred Southern Bluefin Tuna from the Company’s Arno Bay facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The Company has announced that the latest stage in the life-cycle research and development program was reached late last week when the first batch of Southern Bluefin Tuna fingerlings was transferred from the onshore Arno Bay nursery tanks to an at-sea cage for controlled grow-out trials. Some 90 fingerlings now ranging in length from eight centimeters to ten centimeters and weighing up to 15 grams have been transferred to a 25-meter cage offshore. The transfer to sea follows successful weaning of the fingerlings onto a manufactured diet. Read more ...

Japan disaster imperils seafood supply

Much of the coverage in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has focused on the effects on the automotive and electronics markets. But there's another major Asian export that will also be in short supply for some time to come. Japan exports roughly 35 percent of its annual seafood harvest, about US$833 million worth, to the United States, the world's third-largest importer of seafood. China, the world's largest producer and consumer of seafood, is likely to take up some of the slack and higher prices can be expected to reduce demand somewhat. The domestic US seafood industry has been in something of a slump since Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and many consumers remain wary of eating farm-raised fish, so it's an open question where replacement supplies will come from. Read more ...

AgriMarine and Serpent River First Nation sign memorandum AgriMarine Holdings Inc the leader in floating closed containment technology and production for sustainable aquaculture, and the Serpent River First Nation ("SRFN") are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a Closed Containment Aquaculture Feasibility Study. Under the terms of the MOU, the parties agree to investigate the feasibility of developing a closed containment fish rearing operation within the territory of the SRFN, near Cutler, Ontario, on the North Shore of Lake Huron. The MOU paves the way for a comprehensive technical, social and economic assessment using AgriMarine's proprietary closed containment aquaculture technology for the rearing of trout in SRFN territory, using environmentally sustainable practices. Commenting on this agreement, Richard Buchanan, CEO of AgriMarine Holdings said, "The partnership with the SRFN is significant to AgriMarine as it is an integral part of our expansion strategy into Eastern Canada and produces seafood near urban communities. We are pleased to move forward with this project to further demonstrate that our unique technology can be applied in various aquatic environments with a minimal environmental footprint, while providing sustainable economic development to the region." Read more …



Japanese tsunami could rattle Indian seafood exports industry

The tsunami that wreaked havoc in Japan last week is set to rock the US$2-billion (UK£1.245 billion) Indian seafood export industry. The NorthEastern city of Sendai in Japan, the epicentre of the quake and tsunami, was a bustling city full of seafood factories and processing units with which Indian exporters had direct links, Mr Anwar Hashim, President of the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI), said. While admitting that seafood exports to Sendai would be immediately affected, Mr Hashim pointed out that the impact on other export destinations such as Tokyo and Osaka has been on a far lower scale and trade with these destinations could revive faster. For the moment, all trade and commerce with Japan could come to a halt. Read more …

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador fishery production value up almost 14 percent in 2010

The Newfoundland and Labrador government says rising food prices around the world are likely to continue to boost the value of the province’s seafood products. In its annual report for 2010, the government puts the production value for the fishery at CAN$942 million (UK£592.14 million). That represents a growth rate of almost 14 percent over 2009, when the figure was CAN$827 million (UK£519.851 million). The government says the gains were mainly a result of increases in the production value of snow crab and shrimp, with stronger market prices for those species. The province also points to growth in the aquaculture sector last year. Aquaculture production went up 13 percent to a record 15,360 tonnes in 2010, valued at CAN$116 million (UK£72.917 million). Read more …

Aquafeeds consume roughly 90 percent of the world’s fish oil supply The First & Only Book Specifically Addressing This Issue Edited by Professor Wing-Keong Ng (Teaches at Universiti Sains Malaysia) Professor Douglas R Tocher (Works in the Nutrition Group at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling) Dr Giovanni M Turchini (Australian Research Council Fellow affiliated with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University) Experts are predicting that demand for marine fish oil will soon outstrip supply, creating extreme urgency within the global aquafeed industry to find viable alternatives. Fish Oil Replacement and Alternative Lipid Sources in Aquaculture Feeds is the first comprehensive review of this multifaceted, complex issue. It also addresses the crucial questions about whether or not the aquaculture industry will be able to meet increasing worldwide demand for fisheries products. With contributions from more than 30 international experts, the book provides a global perspective on the production, rationale, and use of fish oils, vegetable oils, and animal fats in relation to the aquaculture and aquafeed industries. After a detailed discussion on alternative lipid sources, the book discusses groundbreaking research on the use of these lipid sources as fish oil substitutes, as well as their potential advantages and challenges for use in aquafeeds.





MSU fish disease research: point of pride

Catfish research at Mississippi State University is no surprise given that Mississippi leads the nation in catfish production, but the potential applications of that research through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s fish hatchery are another story. As the state’s land-grant university, MSU conducts research that benefits this valuable aquaculture industry and consumers. While some of that research can take place in farm ponds, other studies require fish with known health histories. “In some disease research, we need animals free of external factors that could influence results,” said Dr. Lora Petrie-Hanson, an associate professor of immunology in the CVM’s Department of Basic Sciences. “These animals are referred to as specific pathogen free, or SPF, and we rear our fish under SPF conditions.” Read more ...

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Sustainable aquaculture can be beneficial to Jamaica

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry says the aquaculture sub-sector can be beneficial for Jamaica, if it is adequately sustained, and made competitive. Speaking at the opening of the first regional aquaculture development planning workshop at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston, on 14 March, Mr Stanberry cited the increased demand for fresh water fish across the world, with this being the fastest growing sub-sector for food of animal origin. Mr Stanberry stressed that Jamaica therefore needs to tap into this market, adding that with the depleting fish stock, the sub-sector can provide significant relief to marine resources, as well as sustainable income for those involved. Read more ...

Independent study confirms the value of salmon

The importance of British Columbia’s salmon fishing industry to the Canadian economy has been confirmed in a report carried out by the regional district of Mount Washington and living oceans society.


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The study, received March 15 by the regional district board, rates aquaculture as the largest contributor among marine resource sectors in the area. Worth CAN$178.3 million in revenue, CAN$19.2 million in wages and 400-person years of employment within the regional district directly, this report emphasises the important role aquaculture plays in communities such as Port Hardy and Port McNeill. Read more ...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Orego-Stim increases performance in Tilapia

Commercial Malaysian aquaculture began in the 1980’s. In the last five years the aquaculture sector has recorded an annual growth rate of about 10 percent year on year. It has now grown into a lucrative and sustainable industry, associated with the culture of high value species, mainly saltwater shrimp, marine fish and high value freshwater fish and shrimp. Orego-Stim has proven itself to be an integral component for the advancement of responsible Tilapia aquaculture cultivation and has been shown to provide profitable benefits to all components within the production supply chain. Read more ...

B.C. salmon farmers start to fight their bad rep

Campaigning for a less-than-popular cause has always been a challenge many times a welcome one for advertisers. They can choose to ignore the negative rap completely (Cigarettes may kill you ... But look at these pictures of happy, slim models!) or divert attention from what primarily bothers people about the product or practice in question (Animals were slaughtered to make these garments ...But fur is biodegradable, and supports Canadian jobs!) A new campaign from DDB Canada’s Vancouver office is attempting to highlight one of the more contentious topics in British Columbia, the farming of Atlantic Salmon in the western-most province, a practice long decried by environmentalists. After years of silence on the issue, the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) says the entire industry the province’s largest agricultural export, with sales of CAN$450-million annually needs to dispel a longstanding counter-campaign that it says is frequently rife with myth and misinformation. Read more …

Helping local fish farms improve productivity

Singapore - Local production plays an important supporting role in ensuring food supply resilience, to complement our key strategy of source diversification, writes the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. It is important for to raise the productivity and capability of our farms to maximise the limited land and sea space that is used for local farming. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is stepping up efforts to help local fish farms increase productivity to meet Singapore’s target of 15 percent of fish consumed locally.

Assisting Local Coastal Fish Farms to Up Production

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QVD gets best aquaculture practices certificate

The QVD Food Co Ltd has received the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certificate, making it the first Vietnamese tra fish breeding and processing company to win the distinction. In order to receive this certification, the enterprise must meet standards for environmental and food safety and criteria in origin and social responsibilities. Earlier QVD earned certificates from the United States Department of Commerce, International Food Standards (IFS) and the UK BRC retailer. Recently, QVD launched a new logo and changed its trade name to QVD Aquaculture in a bid to popularise its products. Established in 1999, QVD Aquaculture owns farms, processing factories and cold storage facilities, along with offices in Vietnam, Singapore and the United States. The US-based office helps the company to bring its best quality aquatic products to global customers. Read more ...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Soy meal replacement continued in fish diet research

Illinois soybean farmers continue to step up partnerships with the state's aquaculture industry through checkoff-funded market development. Aquaculture, as a segment of Illinois animal agriculture, offers promising soy demand potential. ISA and the Southern Illinois University Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center held a meeting recently for industry experts to talk with current and prospective fish farmers. The group discussed activities to support the industry and promote Illinois and US aquaculture expansion. "The relationship of the soybean industry to aquaculture is direct and simple: as we develop higher levels of soybean meal inclusion in fish diets, we can anticipate that as much as half of fish feeds will be soy products," says Tony Schuur, ISA aquaculture strategy program contractor. Read more ...

Fishmeal units face the heat as tsunami hits Japan

About half of the 10 manufacturers of fishmeal in and around Mangalore have suspended production owing to the changed demand scene in Japan following the earthquake-triggered tsunami. Of them, at least three exporters have sent fishmeal to Japanese ports with “no clear scene” on what has happened to what they have sent from here. However, the suspension of production cannot be described as “closed” because fishmeal production is a seasonal activity, according to industry sources. The tsunami has added another blow to the dull fishmeal industry already struggling with scarce and sporadic fish landing, rising prices and in recent times, a super moon-struck labour force migration that had abandoned the units to head home, they said. Read more ...

Catfish wars heat up over inspection feud

US catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish. It's not that they were clamouring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which US producers have long argued are unsafe.



But in a lesson on being careful what you ask for on Capitol Hill, the move may be backfiring, and the domestic industry could soon be trying to undo what it accomplished just a few years ago. In a worst-case scenario, the domestic farmers could end up stuck with the tougher new inspections while the imports they were hoping to suppress are left with the status quo. Read more ...

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Japanese tsunami wreaks havoc on fisheries and aquaculture industries

Numerous fishing boats, processing plants and fish farms have disappeared or been severely harmed, and the fishing fleet has ceased operating in the north due to alerts of possible additional tsunamis. In the areas where the tsunami caused the most damage the ports of Hachinohe, Rikuzen-Takada, Kesennuma, Ofunato, Ishinomaki, Siogama, Shitigahama and Onahama most vessels will not be able to operate for several weeks as a result of the absence of crew members and supplies. It is expected that most ports will not be functional for several months. The Hindu Business Line said the tsunami would rock the US$2-billion Indian seafood export industry. The North-Eastern city of Sendai in Japan, the epicenter of the quake and tsunami, was a bustling city full of seafood factories and processing units with which Indian exporters had direct links, Mr Anwar Hashim, President of the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI), is quoted as saying. Read more .

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This book deals with mainly financing and planning for aquaculture businesses, it discusses key issues related to both areas and discusses how to evaluate the economic and financial progress. The book uses examples and literature with an emphasis on farm level data and analysis. And in each chapter there are specific examples of practical applications, as well as a section on other applications in aquaculture to paint a broad picture of the economics of aquaculture around the world. It also provides comprehensive guidance on each particular topic. This publication is split into three sections: Section one deals with: Managing Aquaculture Businesses, with chapters on starting an aquaculture businesses, marketing the products, developing a businesses plan for aquaculture. Monitoring the economic and financial performance, managing cash flow, capital assets and managing risks and labour. Section two deals with: Economics and Analysis of Aquaculture Businesses, dealing with enterprise budgets partial budgeting in aquaculture as well as financial statements. Cash-flow analysis and investment analysis and lending in aquaculture. Section three looks at: Research Techniques to Analyse Farm Level Decision-Making looking at the use and misuse of enterprise and partial budgets, risks analysis in production aquaculture research. Whole farm modelling of aquaculture and managing Government policies and regulations in aquaculture businesses.

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This book is a key reference resource for anyone who is involved or interested in the economics and finance of an aquaculture business. Well laid out with good examples and explanations of the subject material covered. I believe this book would be of key importance to business owners and manager of aquaculture, to researchers on aquatic production systems and for students preparing for careers in aquaculture or aquaculture research. A book that deals with the minefield of economics and finances within the field of aquaculture is a must-have for the bookcase.

Korea to export its expertise to help Southeast Asia

North Korea plans to export its know-how of sea ranching, fish farming and marine resource preservation to Southeast Asian countries. The Organising Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea launched the first year's second round of the Yeosu Project on March 7, which is focused on providing support for developing countries in resolving their maritime challenges. The project is one of the promises made by the Organising Committee to the international community in its bid for the Expo. A total of KRW10 billion (US$8,876,253.) will be invested in the project, which will run until 2012. Eighteen participants-officials and maritime experts from Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Fiji will take part in the program, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn Korea's advanced marine resources preservation techniques. Seminars offered during the program include "Sea Ranching and Coastal Marine Resources Management" and "Coastal Aquaculture." Read more ...

Aquaculture Europe Conference to be held in Rhodes Greece

The annual Aquaculture Europe conference will be held in Rhodes, Greece between October 18-21. It will address vital questions affecting the development of Mediterranean aquaculture over the next decade. It will provide reviews of the importance of aquaculture in EU food production; the sustainability of aquaculture feeds and the implementation of selective breeding strategies in aquaculture. An overview of current EU-funded research programs will highlight their relevance to current and future production practices. As usual, the conference will include an international trade show, a Farmers day and a Student workshop and provides a platform to showcase European initiatives in Aquaculture. Aquaculture Europe 2011 will be hosted by The Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM) and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). Read more ...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Salmon cages do not harm the environment, experts say

A team of specialists at the Galician Technological Center for Aquaculture have found that no analysis or scientific study supports the motion that salmon farming in cages can harm the environment. The study was conducted by experts from the Cluster for Aquaculture of Galicia at the request of the Ministry of Marine Affairs, which is part of the Xunta de Galicia, following allegations made by fishing unions and groups of the estuaries of Muros and Noia. According to industry members, the installation of cages is harmful to the estuary of Muros-Noia and can negatively affect wild fish and shellfish.



After reviewing the allegations as well as data from the Galician-Norwegian company North West Food - introduced in 2008 -, and after having completed a bibliographical review, the experts concluded that there is no analysis or scientific study to confirm that salmon farming in Muros could harm the environment, and to indicate that it is incompatible with the development of sea-related activities. Read more ...

Controversial isles fish farm plan rejected

A contentious bid to establish a salmon farm close to four wild salmon river systems on Lewis was thrown out by Western Isles planning councillors on 22 March. More than 1,500 people opposed the plan to locate 12 huge sea cages in Broad Bay, Lewis, following a high profile vociferous campaign. The Western Isles Council’s planning committee ruled that the environmental risks were too great and maintained the developer Scottish Salmon Company failed to have sufficient robust precautions to protect the environment. Fears were also expressed that the fish farm would not hold fast in a storm in the exposed site near the mouth of Broad Bay and lead to mass escapes of fish. Read more ...

National Cheng Kung University to transfer indoor grouper fingerling hatching technology

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan City and Taipei-based Merit Ocean Biotech Inc. signed a technology transfer license agreement to promote mass production of high-quality and disease-free grouper fingerlings in Taiwan on March 24th. “Grouper is the most valuable fish in Oriental fish market because of their favour and rarity and it has been selected as the main development item of our national aquaculture program,” said Prof. Huey-Lang Yang, Director of NCKU’s University Center for Bioscience and Biotechnology. “However, in Taiwan and neighbouring south Asian countries, grouper fingerling production has suffered a major catastrophe of severe viral infection resulted from the past intensive and careless farming behaviour.” Read more ... With this story its our 500th tweet in twitter we hope you enjoy our blogs

Stirling University to face 'protracted' strikes

Stirling University faces "protracted" strike action over plans to make 17 members of staff compulsorily redundant, union bosses have said. The University and College Union said it would ballot members over cuts at the Institute of Aquaculture, endorsed by the university's governing body. The posts have been axed because of "continued financial losses" at the department, the university said. Union members are also planning strike action on Thursday over pensions. The union claims no university has ever made more than one or two individuals compulsorily redundant. And bosses said the Institute of Aquaculture was being targeted because it did not make a "surplus" in the university's internal budget process. Read more ...

Catfish farms going out of business

More and more catfish farms are drying up each year in Arkansas; the birthplace of catfish farming. According to the Director of the Department of Aquaculture, Tim McNulty said in 2004 there were 40,000 acres of catfish farms. In 2010, it's down to 13,000. Catfish farmers are attributing the loss to high fish feed prices and competition overseas.





Lonoke County catfish farmer, Larry Raper has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. "They got cheaper labour and everything over there is cheaper. So, we can't compete with it," said Raper. He said, "I enjoy just watching them eat and grow." When he retires he plans to pass his farm down to his son, Brian who said catfish farming may finish with his father. "It's getting to be a big risk, there's so much money involved with it and I've been getting into sport fish a little bit," said Brian. Read more ...

Bill to help farmed shellfish growers in Connecticut and across country

US Republican Joe Courtney is unveiling a bill that he says will help farmed shellfish growers in Connecticut and across the country. The Democrat from eastern Connecticut has scheduled a press conference Thursday at the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative. Fellow US Republicans. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts are co-sponsoring the legislation, which allows the US Department of Agriculture to provide direct and professional marketing assistance to growers. Local shell fishermen from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island are expected to attend Friday's event, as well as Connecticut's new agriculture commissioner and other seafood industry officials. Read more ...



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Friday, March 25, 2011

Salmon Farming & Free Speech!

The Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA), are preparing to fight a lawsuit from the Norwegian Government via a Norwegian owned companies Marine Harvest and Grieg Seafoods who now control 92 percent of British Columbia salmon farms. “Bring it on!” said Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA. “Where there’s smoke there’s fire or as they say in showbusiness ‘where there’s a hit, there’s a writ’. GAAIA relishes the opportunity to prove in court that ‘Salmon Farming Kills’. Cermaq are blowing smoke and are all smoke and mirrors when it comes to their claims of ‘sustainable aquaculture’. Norwegian companies may have a monopoly on salmon farming but the Norwegian Government does not have a monopoly on the truth. Salmon farming, like smoking, seriously damages public health, our environmental health and the health of wild salmon. For the sake of our global ocean we need to quit salmon farming now and stub out farmed salmon from the face of the blue planet”. Read more ...

BAP certifies first pangasius facilities

On 14 March, QVD Aquaculture's farm and processing plant in the Dong Thap province of Vietnam became the Best Aquaculture Practices program's first two-star certified pangasius facilities. QVD Aquaculture is a vertically integrated business with seafood farms, factories and cold storage facilities. Its United States-based corporate team works with partners worldwide to deliver sustainably raised swai/pangasius and other seafood products to customers around the world. "We congratulate QVD Aquaculture for being the first pangasius company to meet the rigorous BAP standards," GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens said. "Vietnam is an important region for aquaculture development, and the leadership that QVD Aquaculture has shown will, we hope, soon be emulated by other producers in Vietnam." Read more ...


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Official for regulation of pangasius fish culture

Senior Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFBD) V. Vasudevappa on Thursday highlighted the need for regulation of the pangasius fish culture to sustain growth. Speaking at a Pangasius Fish Festival held here under the joint auspices of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CFIT) and the NFBD, he expressed serious concern over the haphazard growth of Pangasius fish culturing across the State, leading to a price crash. As a result, the fish growers culturing this particular species were in serious financial troubles, he added. Read more ...

Fish farm sues activist for defamation

A battle between anti fish farm group GAAIA and the aquaculture industry is going to the Supreme Court of BC over ads that have attacked the equate of farmed salmon with claims that its the same as cancer-causing tobacco. Mainstream Canada one of the largest aquaculture company is seeking damages for the false claims that the anti fish farm organisation has made in its ads Mainstream Canada announced the lawsuit in a press release on Thursday, and Mr. Staniford responded by releasing a copy of a letter he sent to Mainstream’s parent company in Norway, Cermaq ASA, in which he says he welcomes the chance to debate the issue in court. Read more …

Florida Researcher gets award for Distinguished service

Researcher Professor John Scarpa attended the Aquaculture America 2011 to present his paper on oyster monitoring in Lake Worth Lagoon, but was surprised to receive the award for Distinguished service to the industry of Aquaculture “John is a researcher and an educator, and he devotes a great deal of passion to both roles,” says Harbour Branch-FAU Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Program leader Dr. Megan Davis. “This award is a fitting tribute, and we are very proud of him.” Read more ...

Orego-Stim Increases Performance In Tilapia

Meriden's Orego-Stim has been proven to increase performance in the Tilapia supply chain. Commercial Malaysian aquaculture began in the 1980’s. In the last five years the aquaculture sector has recorded an annual growth rate of about 10 per cent year on year. It has now grown into a lucrative and sustainable industry, associated with the culture of high value species, mainly saltwater shrimp, marine fish and high value freshwater fish and shrimp. Orego-Stim has proven itself to be an integral component for the advancement of responsible Tilapia aquaculture cultivation and has been shown to provide profitable benefits to all components within the production supply chain. Read more ...

MSU fish disease research point of pride

Catfish research at Mississippi State University is no surprise given that Mississippi leads the nation in catfish production, but the potential applications of that research through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s fish hatchery are another story. As the state’s land-grant university, MSU conducts research that benefits this valuable aquaculture industry and consumers. While some of that research can take place in farm ponds, other studies require fish with known health histories. Read more …



The continuing saga of GE salmon: The science of bigger salmon When regulators in Canada and abroad decide whether to allow genetically engineered salmon on the dinner plate, they'll be relying heavily on the research of a West Vancouver-based scientist.

Robert Devlin has been conducting risk assessments of GE salmon since 1989 at Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research in West Vancouver , trying to answer the question of what would happen if the salmon were released into the wild. It's the only facility studying GE salmon anywhere in the world without commercial funds. Read more ...

National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum

The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat along with co-hosts - the Assembly of First Nations, the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association, the BC First Nations Fisheries Council and the Native Brotherhood of BC present the National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum at the Holiday Inn Harbour-view in Dartmouth, NS. The event will take place from March 29 - 31, 2011. John G. Paul, Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat states "Together, we can improve the future economic success of the Aboriginal Peoples in the fisheries sector. Collectively, we can strengthen skills in marketing, product and market readiness while creating opportunities for economic development in the Aboriginal communities". He further states "This event is designed to promote partnerships and collaboration between Aboriginal peoples and communities, federal and provincial governments and industry as a way towards a more economically prosperous, diverse and sustainable fisheries for Aboriginal people". Read more ...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tsunami and radiation may sink Japanese fishermen

The tsunami that slammed Japan two weeks ago wiped out homes, businesses and a fishing industry that was the lifeblood for thousands of victims on the northeast coast. The tsunami erased aquatic farms just offshore along with low-lying seaside areas that are home to fleets fishing along the coast, while a nuclear plant in Fukushima leaking radiation has raised concerns about marine life in the region over the longer term. "Fishermen lost their gear, ships and just about everything. About half will probably get out of the business," said Yuko Sasaki, a fishmonger in the tsunami-hit city of Kamaishi. Sasaki has been cleaning the family store, where a water line at about five meters high marks where the tsunami struck. She expects to be back in business well before most fishermen from the area. Read more ...

Chinese demand fuels grouper investment

Taiwanese-raised grouper, a highly valued fish favored by local aquaculturists, have become a hot commodity that have caught the attention of investors in various industries. T C Chou, president of MiTAC-Synnex Group's investment arm Harbinger Taiwan, said Chinese consumers have adopted the Hong Kong habit of eating fresh grouper at banquets, creating a demand that has surpassed the annual supply of 50 million of the fish from Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Harbinger has invested over NT$10 million (US$339,800) in Long Diann Marine Bio Technology Co, whose chairman, Tai Kun-Tsai, has been dubbed "the grouper king" for his advanced breeding technology and marketing strategies. Read more ...



US Catfish processing down 32 percent from last year

US Farm-raised catfish processed during February 2011 totaled 27.8 million pounds round weight, down 32 percent from February 2010. The average price paid to producers was US$1.00 per pound for February 2011, up 7.2 cents from last month and 23.8 cents above a year ago. Net pounds of processed fish sold during February 2011 totaled 15.6 million pounds, down 31 percent from the comparable month in 2010. Sales of fresh fish, at 5.23 million pounds, were down 36 percent from February 2010 and represented 34 percent of total sales. CRAFTMANSHIP IN THE ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY


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Frozen fish sales, at 10.3 million pounds, were down 29 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 66 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 18 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 61 percent, and the remaining 21 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory decreased 19 percent from last month and was down 23 percent from a year ago. Read more ...

Canada’s fish and seafood exports grow by more than 7 percent in 2010

Today, the Government of Canada officially released 2010 fish and seafood export figures and re-launched a new and improved website. "Fish and seafood is Canada’s second largest single food export commodity," said Minister Shea. "Our government is working with all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries. Consumers can be confident that Canadian products are among the best in the world." Canada’s fisheries are a valuable natural resource and a significant driver of our economy. Canadian fish and seafood products are exported around the world and generated more than CAN$3.9 billion (UK£2.494 billion) in export revenues in 2010, an increase of more than 7 percent from 2009. "The increase in Canada’s landings and exports for 2010 demonstrates the trust consumers place in our products worldwide. We are proud of this industry and will continue to support it," added Minister Shea. Read more ...

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New market research report: Aquaculture in Chile

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Aquaculture in Chile industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2005-09, and forecast to 2014). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market. Essential resource for top-level data and analysis covering the Chile aquaculture market. Includes market size and segmentation data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic information. The aquaculture industry is defined as the farming of aquatic organisms, including: freshwater fishes, marine fishes, diadromous fishes, molluscs and crustaceans. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated. Read more …

Ronozyme approved for salmonids

Phytase enzyme Ronozyme P (L) from DSM Nutritional Products is now officially authorized for use in salmonid feed in the European Union. Ronozyme P (L) is a liquid preparation designed for easy incorporation in salmonid feed. It is the only phytase currently registered for salmonids (salmon and trout) in the EU.





Following approval for pigs and poultry (Commission Regulation (EU) No 171/2011) and positive safety and efficacy assessment of this product in feed for salmonids by the European Food Safety Authority, new authorisation for use in feed for salmonids has been granted according to Commission Regulation (EU) No 221/2011. Read more ...

British Columbia salmon farmers big hit in Boston

Demand for British Columbian (BC) farmed salmon and interest in learning about developments in the BC industry kept BC Salmon Farmers Association members busy at this year's International Boston Seafood Show. Representatives from the association and their member companies were part of the three day seafood show that draws thousands of exhibitors and participants from 130 countries each year. "There's a lot of interest in what's happening for the BC industry both on the operational side with the recent change in regulatory framework, but also because there is so much demand for our companies' products," said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA). Read more ...

Philippine: Agricultural Office Conducts Fisher Folk School

In its effort to address the problem on lack of appropriate technical knowledge on tilapia production in fishponds, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) conducted a Fisher Folk School (FFS). Held at Barangay Burnay, the five-month activity seeks to adopt the FFS approach in transferring aquaculture technology through a participatory learning process over an entire culture period. Nerisa Danao of the PAO said that the agriculture office was able to train 15 farmers in tilapia production in fish ponds and determined the growth performance of tilapia in terms of weight and length, survival rate, and return of investment. Read more ...

Redundancies at the institute of aquaculture, Stirling

Scotland, The Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling has confirmed that they will be going ahead with making 17 staff at the Institute redundant. This move has sparked fury with students, staff and alumni of the Institute. A spokesperson from the Institute has said that the redundancies will likely have a significant effect on both the teaching and also the research services that the Institute of Aquaculture can offer in the future to its worldwide clientele. In a notice to staff, the University Principal Gerry McCormac, said that the difficult decision to make 17 members of staff redundant was due to continued financial losses facing the Institute. Read more ...

India’s seafood exports to Japan will be hit for next 6 months India’s seafood exports to calamity-hit Japan will be affected for next six months due to the prevailing situation there, according to industry bodies. A senior official of Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) said many of the important cities other than Tokyo and Osaka in that country are still under duress and the lull in the Japanese retail market in devastated areas have forced exporters send small quantities. MPEDA said during 2009-10 for the first time in the history of marine product exports, the earnings crossed US$ 2 billion (UK£1.249 billion). Japan, which accounts for more than 15 percent of the Indian exports of high-value seafood products during the first nine months of the financial year was placed third after the European Union countries and the US. Read more ...



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Aquaculture in Asia-Pacific", published Market Report

Aquaculture in Asia-Pacific industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2005-09, and forecast to 2014). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market.


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Tragedy in Japan opens opportunities for salmon industry

The disaster that recently hit Japan could benefit some sectors of the Chilean aquaculture and fisheries industry, and in particular, producers of coho salmon. "For what Japan is a tragedy, could become an opportunity for the national aquaculture industry," said the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea,


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After the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11in Japan, "it opens the possibility not only for aquaculture production in Chile, but for other fish due to the high per capita consumption" that the Asian country has, said Galilea during the launch of new epidemiological salmon industry programs in the Region of Los Lagos. Read more ...

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Spain invests €5 million in Sturgeon farming

Moreover, it will serve for future European Atlantic sturgeon farming in order to reintroduce it into the river Guadalquivir. Read more ...

Foreign companies benefit from the problems of radiation's in Japans seafood supply As radiation is detected in Japans seafood supply, foreign companies may see increase demand for their products, Hong Kong’s Pacific Andes International Holdings Ltd and Norwegian companies Marine Harvest ASA, Cermaq ASA and Salmar ASA expect a possibly higher demand.

The Japanese nuclear plant operators Tokyo Electric Power Co has reported five kind of radioactive materiel was released by the damaged fuel rods from the Fukushima Daiichi plant and subsequently found in nearby waters. Read more ...

Tilapia to be farmed in Torrox, Spain

The Junta de Andalucia has authorised the town council of Torrox Municipality to intensively raise half a million copies of tilapia. The town of Torrox is focused on studying the farming of tilapia and marketing under an agreement between Torrox and Alua del Mar in Malaga.



Financial contributors are the European Union (EU), the Spanish Government and the Junta de Andalucía. According to the ecologist and environmental manager of these facilities, Miguel Medialdea, this project will increase the high value of fish production of Veta la Palma, which will be destined "to the most demanding international markets."

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The center for breeding and fattening juvenile fish, Veta la Palma, of the Hisparroz group, has received grants worth EUR€5 million to raise three commercial sturgeon species originating in the Black Sea. Having obtained the agreement for breeding these species is the result of several years of working to overcome scientific and administrative controls.

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The official said that tilapia farming will be held at the headquarters of the Autonomous Regional Development Organisation of Torrox. These facilities were expanded and renovated recently, and also house a school workshop and a Centre for Enterprise Development Support (CADE). Read more ...

Finfish diseases In Asia-Pacific update

Speaking at the 9th Asia Regional Advisory Group (AG) on Aquatic Animal Health, Dr Siow Foong Chang (Intervet Norbio Singapore) presented updates on bacterial and viral diseases of finfishes in the Asia Pacific, in both marine and freshwater environments. Based on passive surveillance, the common diseases in major commercial finfish farms in Asia include infections with Edwardsiella ictaluri, Flavobacterium columnare, Streptococcus agalactiae, Francisella spp, and iridoviruses (freshwater species), and Vibrio spp, Tenacibaculum maritimum, Streptococcus iniae, iridoviruses and nodavirus (marine species). Read more ...

Salmon industry could deliver a major jobs boost

The burgeoning salmon industry could deliver a major jobs boost to the islands of the Minch thanks to a UK£40million (US$63.854 million) expansion program by Marine Harvest. Demand for Scottish salmon is growing by eight percent per annum, and is set to increase even more thanks to a historic trade agreement with China permitting imports of the fish. And with an estimated 190,000 tonne under supply recorded for 2010, the need for expansion is growing. Some 15 open seawater sites in the Minch are currently being assessed by Marine Harvest as part of a the program, designed to up production by 20,000 tonnes per annum. Read more ...

Using Saltier water to eliminate bacteria in oysters

A new study carried out jointly by researchers at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)and oyster growers show that moving farmed oysters into saltier water prior to harvest virtually eliminates the bacteria that causes sickness in humans. The results from this study reported by VIMS professor Kim Reece and Howard Kator and Thomas Gallivan, AJ Erskine, and Tommy Leggett (oyster growers) could offer a cost effective solution to a controversial change in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that will eventually affect the oyster industry in Chesapeake Bay. Read more

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Captive bred lobster produces 50,000 offspring a world first

At the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) in Townville, they were celebrating a worlds first. A captive bred lobster produced 50,000 offspring, this is a major step forward in developing lobster aquaculture in the future. Dr Mike Hall said that in the past they have tried to get captive reaised lobster breeding without success. he went onto say that “This is gonna grab considerable interest around the world’. Read more .



Mainstream Canada begins lawsuit

Mainstream Canada, Cermaq’s are pressing ahead with the lawsuit against Don Staniford for defamatory and false and misleading remarks made by Mr Staniford. In a press release the companies said that for a number of years that certain environmental activists have been attacking their companies with false and misleading remarks. Both companies, were mystified by the statement made by Staniford comparing fish farming to cancer. This remark was beyond logic and offensive to the employees, as well as to cancer sufferers . Read more ...

Thai Union may up shrimp prices due to ongoing floods

Thai Union Frozen Products Plc (TUF) is “closely monitoring” the flooding in Thailand’s southern provinces the country's principal shrimp farming regions, said TUF President Thiraphong Chansiri. Shrimp prices are expected to keep climbing due to a dearth of supply from the provinces. President of the Thai Shrimp Association Somsak Paneetatyasai believes the floods could hamper production and drive prices up by five percent. TUF gets 60 percent of its shrimp supplies from farms in the southern provinces. Read more ...

Aquaculture debate tries to balance commercial versus public use

Commercial aquaculture farming is alive and well in Massachusetts waters. This multi-million dollar industry continues to grow, and is reaping the benefits of support from environmentalists and politicians alike. But, as Mattapoisett has recently asked: Where do these commercial enterprises best fit its waters where unrestricted recreational boating, swimming, fishing, shell-fishing, and fowling has, for centuries, represented the common wealth of all people? The town has, for the last year, been in the middle of a debate over how to regulate proposals for new commercial aquaculture farming in its waters. These proposals have been presented by educated and experienced locals. The controversial question is: Where should they exist? Read more ...

Production of Seabass and Seabream will remain stagnant

The Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (Apromar), estimates that the production of Seabass and Seabream should remain stable during 2011. “The aquaculture sector expects a productive stagnation this year because of the reduction in consumer demand, the downward pressure on prices, and the deepening imbalance in the value chain and the credit crunch” said Javier Ojeda, Manager of Apromar. Read more ...


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