Abalone aquaculture could end poaching

Alex Whitebrook/ August 21, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Poaching has almost wiped out abalone along South Africa’s coast, but a research project is showing a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations – as well as provide jobs and economic growth. The demand for abalone, or white gold, has devastated natural stocks of the delicacy along South Africa’s south and east coasts. In the

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Aquaculture practices send farmed salmon deaf, study shows

Alex Whitebrook/ August 18, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

About half of Atlantic salmon in fish farms are deaf because of accelerated growth rates in the aquaculture industry, new international research has found. Bony fish have a crystalline sound receptor structures — similar to the human inner ear — and while the irreversible deformities were first recorded in the 1960s, the cause has remained a mystery. More than 1,000

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EVs on the water: world first electric aquaculture support vessel

Alex Whitebrook/ August 18, 2017/ Press release/ 0 comments

The new vessel provides a full 8-hour shift with no fuel and no emissions Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) today announced a milestone project in the aquaculture industry. The award of the contract for energy storage aboard the electric fish farm vessel Elfrida underscores the ongoing trend toward adoption of green technology in Norway. The award of the contract for

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Industry leaders gather to shape future protein strategies: Bridge2Food

Alex Whitebrook/ August 17, 2017/ Press release/ 0 comments

Global food industry leaders will gather in France at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 to shape and create new protein strategies for the future, the event runs from 26th – 28th September, 2017 This is the largest global protein platform which brings together industry and public policy leaders from the whole value chain to discuss, co-operate, build and shape future

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Alex Whitebrook/ August 16, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

For years, scientists and activists have sounded the alarm that humans’ appetite for seafood is outpacing what fishermen can sustainably catch. But new research suggests there is space on the open ocean for farming essentially all the seafood humans can eat. A team of scientists led by Rebecca Gentry, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that widescale aquaculture

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Great Scottish turn-out to AquaNor

Alex Whitebrook/ August 15, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

FIVE companies from Shetland will be among a contingent of 23 Scottish firms exhibiting at the world’s largest aquaculture technology show this week. Aqua Nor 2017 gets under way in the Norwegian city of Trondheim on Tuesday and runs until Friday. Aurora Marine, Flugga Boats, Grading Systems UK, GS Marine and Johnson Marine will all be exhibiting their services at

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Arctic fjords help Russia combat fish shortage problems

Alex Whitebrook/ August 14, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Arctic fjords that hid Soviet nuclear-powered submarines during the Cold War are now being used as a weapon in the sanctions war with Europe – to rear fish that Russia can no longer import. Three years ago, Russia banned food imports from the West in response to a series of Western sanctions that aimed to punish Moscow for its role

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Sustainable fish farming in coastal countries

Alex Whitebrook/ August 14, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Nearly every coastal country in the world has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture, suggests a new study. Aquaculture is the farming of freshwater and saltwater aquatic organisms, including fish, crustaceans and molluscs such as oysters and mussels. The practice is the fastest-growing food sector, and it is hoped that aquaculture could help address increasing

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Fergus Ewing announces £8.5m in funding for aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ August 9, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announces £8.4m in funding, which will be divided between 86 projects to help upgrade or modernise equipment Nearly £8.5m in funding will be handed out to sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses to help boost growth as part of the latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced

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Call for action over ‘unprecedented collapse’ of salmon run

Alex Whitebrook/ August 8, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Salmon fishing groups have called for urgent action over the “unprecedented collapse” of a major run in Argyll. The 2017 catch from the River Awe in the south-west Highlands is projected to be the lowest since records began. Fishery groups believe the declining salmon count is the result of “intensive” fish farming in the area, and the spread of sea

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