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Women in aquaculture: JIRCAS International Symposium 2018

Alex Whitebrook/ November 30, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Fish Site’s Women in Aquaculture series was highlighted at a recent seminar at the United Nations University in Tokyo, which focused on women’s roles in the seafood sector. Organised by the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), during the seminar seven female speakers shared their findings and views on the participation of women in fisheries and aquaculture. The talks, which

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Improved Husbandry Practices Boosts Aquaculture in Kenya

Alex Whitebrook/ November 29, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

People at Gasi Beach in Kwale County, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, wait for fishermen to buy their daily catch. Demand for fish in Kenya is on the rise courtesy of fast population growth of around three percent per year and increased awareness of the nutritional value of fish. Credit: Diana Wanyonyi/IPS Despite the humid late October midday weather in

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Aquaculture gets a boost in U.K. and Australia

Alex Whitebrook/ November 28, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Scotland is the third largest farmed salmon producer in the world, and by volume, Scottish salmon accounts for Heathrow Airport’s biggest export. The United Kingdom has set aside C$8.6 million to fund 12 research projects as part of the national efforts to boost its sustainable aquaculture industry. The UK Aquaculture Initiative is a joint project with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences

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Government rejects appeal and green lights — again — massive aquaculture project

Alex Whitebrook/ November 28, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Plans to build one of Canada’s largest aquaculture farms in Placentia Bay have moved closer to becoming a reality, with the Newfoundland and Labrador government’s dismissal of the latest appeal in the project’s environmental assessment process. The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment on Monday rejected the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s arguments that the project’s environmental impact statement was flawed and lacked sufficient original

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KZN looks to grow aquaculture industry

Alex Whitebrook/ November 26, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, is embarking on a massive programme to unlock the economic potential of its aquaculture industry. A delegation led by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal Chief Executive, Mr Neville Matjie, visited the Birkat Ghalioum Fish Farming Project in

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Grin and Barents: Russian Aquaculture looks to lucrative times ahead

Alex Whitebrook/ November 23, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Russia’s largest salmon producer, Russian Aquaculture, has announced plans for a massive expansion of its business by 2025. As part of these plans, the company aims to increase production to at least 30,000 tonnes of salmon over the next seven years – compared to about 6,000 tonnes in 2017 – to become one of the world’s top salmon producers. Russian

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Climate Change Looms as a Long-Term Threat to Aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ November 22, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Aquaculture is on the rise in Massachusetts.  For many entering the business, shellfish farming seems like a more secure option than the marine fisheries.  But climate change looms as a long-term threat over the industry.  Paul Wittenstein switched his career track from commercial fishing to aquaculture in college. He’s now general manager at the Aquacultural Research Corporation in Dennis. Growing

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Value of output, consumption of aquaculture industry almost at par in 2017

Alex Whitebrook/ November 20, 2018/ News, Press release/ 0 comments

In 2017, the value of output and intermediate consumption of the aquaculture industry were almost at par. The latest annual census conducted amongst enterprises operating in the local aquaculture industry showed that during 2017 the total output amounted to €203.9 million, up by 14.8 per cent over 2016. Simultaneously, however, the reported intermediate consumption, which takes into account most of

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Indonesian aquaculture startup eFishery nets $4m funding

Alex Whitebrook/ November 20, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Totaling US$4 million, eFishery’s latest round of funding is backed by a series of global investors such as Aqua-spark, Wavemaker Partners, 500 Startups, Maloekoe Ventures, Social Capital, Unreasonable Capital, Triputra Group, and other institutional investors. Overfeeding is an issue that directly affects the freshwater fish and shrimp farming industry, with fish feed representing around 70 percent of farming overheads. According

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Unusual, but effective aquaculture in Berlin

Alex Whitebrook/ November 19, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A Berlin start-up is breeding bass and basil in the same waters. The fish are providing the nutrients for the plants – an unusual but effective form of aquaculture. Fish fertilizes plant. This formula is what is called aquaponics. In special facilities, fish and plant are bred simultaneously, with a common water and nutrient cycle. Up to 90 percent less

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