Erich is a Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based freelance reporter covering national aquaculture and north east fisheries for SeafoodSource. He previously wrote about the international aquaculture sector for Aquaculture North America and Hatchery International, both Canadian trade publications, for nearly a decade. Earlier in his career he worked as a staff, or freelance, reporter for newspaper, online and radio broadcast media. A graduate of Boston University’s journalism program Erich has won several press awards, including the Society of Professional Journalism award for online feature writing.
In 2017, the governor of Washington State ordered all agencies to ban salmon farming in state waters after a net-pen failure at a Cooke Aquaculture-owned Atlantic salmon farm caused a fish escape into the surrounding Pacific.
That event in the Northwest became an obvious opportunity for the Northeastern U.S. state of Maine, which was once home to an Atlantic salmon fishery. While the wild fishery has been nonexistent for years due to wild… Read More
The Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) aquaculture sector just got a financial boost in federal funding that will support both finfish and shellfish farming projects in the country.
Fifteen P.E.I. aquaculture companies are getting nearly USD 7 million (EUR 6.3 million) from the federal government. The funding, with an exact total of USD 6,979,864 (EUR 6,319,875), was recently announced in Charlottetown.
The money is coming from the Atlantic Fisheries… Read More
Wisconsin-based scientists believe commercial farming of walleye, a favorite fish for Midwesterners in the U.S., could be closer to fruition.
According to a recent story in the Wisconsin State Journal, University of Wisconsin (UW) fish biologists and researchers at the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility in Bayfield and the Aquaponics Innovation Center at Nelson & Pade in Montello are closing in on commercial aquaculture production… Read More
Despite the buzz around Nordic Aquafarms and Whole Oceans announcing plans to build salmon aquaculture recirculating system (RAS) farms in the state of Maine, Maine's original RAS firm is looking to sell its land and permits to the best buyer.
Palom Aquaculture was the first company to work towards the construction of a land-based RAS salmon farm in the state in 2010 and managed to acquire the permitting for the project. Since 2014,… Read More
Hixton, Wisconsin, U.S.A.-based aquaponics salmon and steelhead farmer Superior Fresh, which opened in 2015, is undergoing an expansion, with plans to boost its salmon production volume nearly tenfold over the next 24 months.
The project has an estimated USD 10 million (EUR 8.9 million) price-tag, which includes space to house fish tanks totaling 100,000 gallons in capacity, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
“Over the past 12… Read More
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently signed into law Senate Bill 648, the Support Shellfish Aquaculture program, which establishes new large-scale leasing rules and a newly streamlined permitting process.
The “enterprise” areas proved to be one of the key reasons why this year’s effort on aquaculture was successful. The House passed Senate Bill 648, Support Shellfish Aquaculture, on June 12 in a 116-0 vote. In early May,… Read More
In an effort to address concerns about the environmental impacts of aquaculture to coastal habitats and biodiversity – as well as multiple sustainability challenges related to disease, water quality, and high inputs from capture fisheries – the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recently released assurance models for the industry.
Standardization of the aquaculture industry, particularly on the small-to-midsize farm… Read More
Officials in Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A. announced recently a private company is interested in buying a recently shuttered lobster facility in the city and turning it into a land-based fish farm.
East Coast Seafood’s Garbo Lobster facility caught the eye of Deaderick SSB, a Delaware-based limited liability company, according to The Day.
The 34,700-square-foot former facility at 415 Thames Street, built in 2002, is located along the Thames… Read More
Bon Appétit Management Co. has announced a new set of seafood-purchasing guidelines for its more than 1000 cafés in 34 U.S. states as part of its new Fish-to-Fork sustainable seafood program, updating its stance on antibiotics use in its aquaculture supply chain.
The USD 1.4 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.-based foodservice management company, which caters to corporations, universities and specialty venues,… Read More