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Women in aquaculture: Nicki Holmyard

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

Nicki Holmyard, a mussel farmer, fish industry journalist and PR expert, shares her experiences of three decades in the aquaculture industry. What inspired you to start in aquaculture? I wasn’t so much inspired to work in aquaculture as dragged into it through circumstance! We moved to the west coast of Scotland in 1988 because my marine-biologist husband wanted to be

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Aquaculture experts want increased Tilapia production to boost export

Alex Whitebrook/ February 16, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

In a bid to boost fish export, fish farmers in the country were on Friday in Lagos urged to scale up Tilapia farming. Aquaculture experts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that mass production of Tilapia would help to meet the ever-increasing demands for Tilapia in Europe and the U.S. A consultant and manager of Premium Aquaculture, Mr Raju

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Don’t bypass the value of aquaculture by-products

Alex Whitebrook/ February 15, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Scottish salmon farming industry could generate an additional £23.7 million a year if it used its salmon by-products more judiciously. So claims new research, which has found that the total by-product value output could be improved by 803 percent (£23.7 million), based on 2015 figures, adding 5.5 percent to the value of the country’s salmon industry. Led by Julien Stevens, researchers from

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Labor promises independent regulation of aquaculture industry

Alex Whitebrook/ February 14, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A majority Labor government would broaden the scope of an independent advisory panel for the aquaculture industry in an effort to improve sustainability and community confidence. Speaking in Ulverstone on Wednesday, opposition primary industries spokesman Shane Broad said under Labor’s policy the Marine Farm Planning Review Panel (MFPRP) would become an Independent Aquaculture Advisory Panel. “Their role would be to

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Japan eager to develop cooperation on fisheries & aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ February 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

State Secretary for Fisheries, Mbarka Bouaida, held recently in Japan talks with several Japanese senior officials, which focused on the means to develop cooperation between the two countries on fisheries and aquaculture. During her visit to Japan (Feb. 6-8), Bouaida, who was accompanied by Director of the National Aquaculture Development Agency, Majida Maarouf, and Morocco’s ambassador to Japan, Rachad Bouhlal,

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Fish breeding often involves use of antibiotics, chemicals which harm human health and alter ecosystem

Alex Whitebrook/ February 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

I’ve heard many people suggest that fish is much healthier than red meat and chicken. Non-vegetarians are encouraged to make the move to fish and seafood. Some time ago I published a chart which showed that, calorie for calorie, fish was heavier than meat, and its fat content was higher. Also much higher are the pesticides, PCBs (the most carcinogenic

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Cooke not giving up after Washington senate votes to end salmon farming

Alex Whitebrook/ February 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

International seafood producer, Cooke Aquaculture is vowing a fight as it attempts to hold on to its operations in Washington state. The New Brunswick-based company suffered a major setback Thursday when the state senate voted 35-12 to end Atlantic salmon aquaculture operations as leases on cage sites expire over the next six years. The bipartisan bill passed despite an all

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Animal welfare group targeting aquaculture industry with new campaign

Alex Whitebrook/ February 9, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The U.S.-based animal welfare group Mercy for Animals is laying the groundwork for a campaign targeting the aquaculture industry’s treatment of fish, according to National Public Radio. Mercy for Animals Executive Vice President Nick Cooney told NPR his organization’s campaign would be consumer-focused. “For individual consumers, our goal is simply to educate them on the way these animals are being treated.

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Canada sets up aquaculture advisory panel

Alex Whitebrook/ February 8, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Canadian government has established an independent panel to help protect the marine environment against the possible negative impacts of aquaculture. The panel is to be led by the country’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr Mona Nemer, and aims to provide recommendations on the appropriate use and consideration of scientific evidence in protecting the marine environment in decision-making on aquaculture. The

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EU fisheries chief: Europe needs to get behind aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ February 7, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

European aquaculture is showing signs of recovery after more than a decade of stagnation, but there needs to be much greater support for the sector from European Union member states, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries Karmenu Vella affirmed. With four percent growth in volume and eight percent in earnings between 2014 and 2015, and profits exceeding

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