UK to ban microbeads in cosmetic products

Alex Whitebrook/ July 24, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

The United Kingdom government is to introduce a ban on the sale and manufacture of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, including tooth pastes, later this year. Environment secretary Michael Gove announced July 21 that the ban on the tiny pieces of plastic, which can be swallowed by marine life, is part of the government’s pledge to reduce plastic

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Seabass aquaculture on the rise – Spain

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

The Spanish Aquaculture Business Association (APROMAR) has presented the 2017 edition of its annual report on the evolution of the aquaculture sector in Spain, which estimates that Spanish production in 2016 is at 292,689 tonnes. This represents a slight increase, of 1 percent over the previous year, when harvests totalled 289,821 tonnes, with a first-sale value of EUR 407.2 million

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New aquaculture project raises environmentalists’ concerns

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

The proposed aquaculture project on Stewart Island has caused concern to environmental groups, who consider it will significantly affect its “pristine marine habitat”. The NGOs Forest & Bird and the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand have questioned the location chosen for the potential salmon farm project. In an attempt to protect the island, Forest & Bird released documents

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Aquaculture Market Forecast

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

According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global aqua feed market is expected to exhibit a solid 11.4% CAGR from 2013 to 2019 and is projected to reach a valuation of US$122.6 bn by the end of that forecast period. Rising Demand for Fish Consumption Drives Global Aqua Feed Market The prime driver for the global aqua feed market is

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Genetically engineered Salmon is coming to the US

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

On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first

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NEPAD – Aquaculture to play key role in Africa’s food security

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

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) on Wednesday said fisheries and aquaculture play a significant role in Africa’s economy, food security and nutrition. Dr Bernice McLean, a Senior Programme Officer for Fisheries, NEPAD, made the assertion at a stakeholders’ workshop on the Pre-Assessment of the Semi-Industrial Shrimp Fishery in Lagos. “Fisheries and aquaculture played a significant role in Africa’s

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10 Companies that are changing aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ July 12, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

There may be a lot of fish in the sea, but wild fish stocks are still a finite resource that needs to be properly managed. In fact, global catch volumes from wild fisheries have remained virtually unchanged since 1988. Civilization has only been able to meet growing demand for fish and seafood by turning to aquaculture, which has accounted for

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Scientist uses whisky waste water to help boost north-east’s salmon

Alex Whitebrook/ July 11, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

A North-east scientist is using waste water from the whisky industry to boost the health benefits of salmon. Douglas Martin, of Aboyne, developed a microalgae which he hopes will revolutionise the animal and fish feed industry and boost the omega content of the fish. The algae could be used to supplement feed in place of fish products. At present small

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China to cut seafood output, up quality by 2020

Alex Whitebrook/ July 10, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

The news piece below may seem negative in suggesting that Chinese fisheries and aquaculture output will reduce by 2020; however, the loss of production will be more than accounted for by the added value brough to Chinese fishery and aquaculture products through the introduction of new technologies. Over time, added investment will bring a higher price and greater efficiency to

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EU allows insect proteins in aquaculture feed

Alex Whitebrook/ July 7, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Today’s post covers an important new regulation for aquaculture in the EU. It marks the development of greater innovation within the industry – the only realiable source of greater sustainability. Last July 1 a regulation authorising the use of processed proteins derived from insects in feed for farmed fish entered into force in the European Union (EU), which the European

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