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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Australia to double aquaculture value

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

Australia has launched a new federal wide aquaculture strategy in which it plans to double its value. The announcement was made by Senator Anne Ruston, the country’s assistant minister for agriculture, at the recent 2017 Seafood Directions Conference in Sydney. She set a target of creating an industry worth at least $2 billion within the next 10 years, adding that

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US fishing and aquaculture in slow lane

Alex Whitebrook/ November 6, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Commercial fishing in the United States is not growing at the rate it should, says a federal report on the industry just released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is also in the slow lane when it comes to aquaculture. Figures for 2016 show that the US fleet landed 9.6 billion pounds (lbs) of seafood of all types,

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Akva’s orders surge by over 50 percent

Alex Whitebrook/ November 3, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Judging by the performance of key equipment suppliers, the expansion of the global aquaculture industry is continuing apace – Akva Group alone is ending the third quarter of the year with an order backlog of more than NOK 1.38 billion (£129 million), an increase of 56 percent compared to the same period last year. The Norwegian-based aquaculture supplier has reported

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CIFT to host aquaculture forum

Alex Whitebrook/ November 2, 2017/ Press release/ 0 comments

The ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT), in collaboration with Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch (AFSIB), will host the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (IFAF) here for four days from November 21. Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu would inaugurate the event at Hotel Le Meridien at 4 p.m., said a press release here. The AFSIB, since its inception in 1986,

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UM scientist awarded grant to boost US aquaculture production

Alex Whitebrook/ November 2, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) Professor Daniel Benetti has been awarded $967,000 by Florida Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funding is just a portion of $9.3 million NOAA has slated for 32 projects around the country to help spur the development and growth of shellfish, finfish and seaweed

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A game-changer for Ghanaian aquaculture?

Alex Whitebrook/ November 1, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

The concept of ‘cluster farming’ tilapia and catfish, which is being pioneered in Ghana by a Dutch investment firm, could revolutionise the country’s – and the continent’s – aquaculture sector. Ghana is making bold efforts to address years of declining capture fish production, which has resulted in a substantial supply deficit, but it is recognised that recovery will take several

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How aquaculture is threatening native species in Africa

Alex Whitebrook/ October 31, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

In 1995, Adrian Piers, a veteran aquaculture consultant, imported a batch of Australian red claw crayfish to the tiny southern African monarchy of Swaziland. He began raising the attractive blue-green crustaceans — the males of which have red stripes on their claws and can weigh a little more than a pound — in ponds rented from a sugar estate, and

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Remote controlled aquaculture project launched

Alex Whitebrook/ October 30, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

A $2 million initiative which focuses on developing technologies that give farmers the ability to manage their farm and stock remotely has been launched in New Zealand. The two-year project is being led by Dr Chris Cornelisen, Coastal and Freshwater Group Manager at the Cawthron Institute, who is looking forward to bringing together a multi-disciplinary science team. “The Precision Farming

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Russia to increase salmon aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ October 30, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Russia’s largest farmed fish producer, Russian Aquaculture, is developing its farm network across the country at a time when the country’s authorities are making increased efforts to develop the sector and reduce their dependency on fish imports. Russian Aquaculture currently owns cultivation rights for 30 salmon and trout sites in the Murmansk and Karelia regions. The company has four farms

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