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Russian Aquaculture continues vertical-integration drive

Alex Whitebrook/ November 17, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Russian Aquaculture, the country’s largest fish farming firm, has acquired an option to purchase a 40 percent equity stake in Tri Ruchya, a primary processing company in the Murmansk region. The company has the capacity to process up to 25,000 tonnes of salmonids per year, as well as a refrigerated warehouse and developed infrastructure, and is located on transport routes

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Norwegian and Vietnamese aquaculture entrepreneurs share experiences

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

The Norwegian aquaculture marine business sector is currently one of the most important ones in the bilateral relation between Norway and Vietnam. In this framework, Norwegian aquaculture entrepreneurs have shown interest in exploring business opportunities and promoting co-operation with the Vietnamese one on sustainable aquaculture. Representatives from 17 Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture companies visited Ho Chi Minh City from November

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Why aquaculture is stressful for fish

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

Fish housed in aquaculture systems live under stressful conditions. This may come as a surprise to those who pride themselves on having provided ‘optimal’ conditions for their fish to grow and thrive. However, if you have an understanding of the biology of fish, you will realise how false this perception can be. Riverine fish Most freshwater aquaculture species (tilapia, carp,

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Fish Out of Water: Interest in Land-Based Aquaculture Grows

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

The recent escape of 160,000 Atlantic salmon raised in Pacific Ocean pens and environmental concerns about the impact of fish farms on wild populations have prompted a new look at inland aquaculture. Less than a mile from where British Columbia’s Nimpkish River flows into the Pacific Ocean, dozens of Atlantic salmon swirl around in a 12ft (3.6m)-deep tank that resembles

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Aquaculture farmers need new loans after Damrey

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

The majority of households in Phu Yen live on aquaculture with Song Cau and Vung Ro communes the province’s lobster hubs. Storm Damrey swept away almost everything and caused severe damage. Song Cau communal authorities reported that over 900,000 lobster were gone and the total damage was estimated at VND175bn (USD7.7m). Over 186 lobster cages in Vung Ro Commune, 50%

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NDP set to sink aquaculture initiative

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

B.C.’s NDP government needs to heed numbers, not just environmental and political theories, when it embarks on changes that threaten to sink viable and growing enterprises. Premier John Horgan’s recent ruminations over open-net ocean fish farms along the B.C. coast are rightly raising concerns in the province’s aquaculture industry. Salmon farming, as numbers from the BC Salmon Farmers Association illustrate,

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Basque Govt promotes two important aquaculture projects

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

The Department of Economic Development and Infrastructure of the Basque Government promotes the marine polygon of aquaculture production Mendexa and the production and aquaculture research hub Balura in Lemoiz. These initiatives are carried out within the framework of the Strategic Aquaculture Plan 2014-2020, which includes the creation of terrestrial and maritime infrastructures to facilitate the implementation of industrial projects, and

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Aqua-Spark feeding sustainable aquaculture movement with keystone investments

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

Netherlands-based investment fund Aqua-Spark is feeding the growth of the sustainable aquaculture movement with an increasingly large and diverse portfolio of investments in the sector. The fund was launched in December 2013 with the goal of investing in small- to medium- sized enterprises that produce fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants “in ways that create positive social and environmental impact.” Aqua-Spark

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Chris Oliver backs US aquaculture efforts as NOAA Fisheries awards grants

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

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded USD 9.3 million (EUR 8 million) in grants for 32 projects to advance the development of a “sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S.,” according to the agency. The grants were backed by a statement made by Chris Oliver, head of NOAA Fisheries, supporting marine aquaculture in the United

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Fish out of ocean water dampen aquaculture enterprise

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

Some day, it might be possible to raise salmon in land-based closed containment ponds and make a profit. But that day is still a long way off, and even when it does become economically viable, land-based aquaculture might be like organic farming: an option for consumers willing to pay a premium, but which can’t replace ocean-based salmon farming. That’s not

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