Could maggots, algae and blow-up pools help fix ‘sheer madness’?

Alex Whitebrook/ September 22, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Aquaculture is widely recognised as the world’s fastest growing food sector, worth around US$200 billion by some estimates. As the world’s population grows by an estimated 1.6 billion people over the coming three decades, so will the demand for protein. In Western countries it is seen as an ethical alternative, but the established aquaculture process has a fatal flaw —

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Does aquaculture impact wild fish quality?

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

The belief that fish farms have an adverse impact on the quality of wild fish caught in their vicinity is largely misplaced, according to a recent study. “Relatively little research on how fish farming affects wild fish has been carried out. Some fishermen and fish buyers find that their experience is not the same as findings from research. We are

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Bahamas – Government to promote Investment in Aquaculture to meet fisheries demand

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

The Government of The Bahamas will promote investments in aquaculture, mariculture and modern sea farming strategies. It will undertake a study of the country’s marine resources with a view to creating opportunities for the artificial propagation and enhancement of local fish stocks to assist in addressing growing demands for fish and aquaculture products, regionally and globally, and the ‘steep rise’

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Project backs sustainable African aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ September 20, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

A new initiative that aims to promote inclusive and sustainable aquaculture in Africa as a means to achieve human development, food and nutrition security has been launched this week. Backed by WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), the Cape Town Call to Action proposes concrete actions to engender greater collaboration and evidence-based guidance that takes

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Kerala, India eyes aquaculture to increase fish production

Alex Whitebrook/ September 19, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

India’s Kerala state is eyeing aquaculture as a means to increase fish production and counter its dwindling wild fishery stock that has been caused by marine pollution and overfishing. Kerala Governor P Sathasivam said that stricter measures are needed to protect marine biodiversity and state needs to promote aquaculture as an alternative means of increasing fish production in the state,

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Washington State’s Great Salmon Spill and the Environmental Perils of Fish Farming

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

Just after the thrill of the total solar eclipse, a troubling nature story emerged from northwestern Washington State. On August 22nd, Cooke Aquaculture, a multibillion-dollar seafood company, reported that, three days earlier, extreme tides coinciding with the eclipse had torn apart its enormous salmon farm off Cypress Island, a teal idyll near the college town of Bellingham. More than three

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Tasmanian students find the world is their oyster at school aquaculture program

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

Tasmanian teacher Sam Evenhuis has to shout to be heard above the sound of a boat motor and the crunch of tin skidding over waves. “What class are you missing out on?” he asked. “Maths!” comes the reply, followed by laughter from the huddle of five teenagers crouched in the 7.5-metre oyster punt. The group from the Circular Head Christian

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Aquaculture production falls in Tabasco

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

An estimated 20,000 tons of aquaculture products are no longer produced annually in Tabasco due to the contamination of the seas and the reduction of the fishing zone due to oil activities, said Joaquín Madrigal Olán, president of the Federation of Regional Cooperative Societies Gulf of Mexico (Fecogolfo). This, he said, represents between 40 and 60 per cent of the

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Oyster farm adds to Brunswick aquaculture growth

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

As ocean temperatures and sea-floor predators rise along the coast of Maine, so has an interest in aquaculture. For Brunswick, the trend has taken hold in an increasing number of shellfish farms sprinkled along the town’s 60 miles of shoreline, as harvesters look for secure streams of revenue within an increasingly changing ocean ecosystem. Most recently, Nice Oyster Co., off

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Langkawi set to become aquaculture hub in Asean region by 2018

Alex Whitebrook/ September 13, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Langkawi is expected to become a hub for fish farming in Southeast Asia beginning next year, said State Agriculture and Agro-Based Committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaacob. She said although the country’s fish farming industry is well developed, it currently lacks the capability to cater to local and foreign demand. “In a fishery conference held in Kuala Lumpur recently, world experts

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