Sam Hill

Sam Hill

Reporting from Portland, Oregon

Sam Hill is a freelance journalist living in Portland, Oregon, and covering the U.S. aquaculture industry for SeafoodSource. He also writes about technology and internet culture with bylines in Outside Magazine, Boston Magazine, the Outline, and Motherboard.

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February 19, 2020

AquaBounty has raised about USD 15.5 million (EUR 14.4 million) following the completion of a public stock offering last week, not including expenses

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February 18, 2020

Founded in 2016, land-based salmon farmer Pure Salmon may be relatively new to the aquaculture sector. But its founders are aiming to become the leaders in global salmon aquaculture in due time.

Pure Salmon is owned by private equity funds managed by Singapore-based 8F Asset Management, a private equity manager focused on impact investing. Pure Salmon has invested in a huge expansion of land-based salmon farming around the world,

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February 11, 2020

With both aquaculture standards and fisheries management practices improving steadily, panelists at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Global Aquaculture Alliance said it is time for the seafood industry to call a cease-fire in the “wild versus farmed” debate and launch a joint effort to increase U.S. seafood consumption across the board.

The debate, titled “Come Together: Uniting the Wild and Farmed Seafood Sectors,”

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February 7, 2020

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released its long-delayed "State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies" report to the public , breaking down the future of salmon aquaculture operations in British Columbia and what the country can do to accelerate the growth of the sector …

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January 31, 2020

The phase-out of open net-pen aquaculture operations in British Columbia was an action Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party bullish on prior to Canada’s federal election last fall, but the issue has faded into the background in the months following Trudeau’s win, and the path forward remains unclear for the province’s industry ... 

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January 31, 2020

Jim Wyban, a prominent shrimp researcher and owner of consultancy Marine Genetics LLC, believes a shrimp aquaculture boom could be on the horizon – if someone can crack the code to turning a profit while competing with foreign imports. 

In the 1990s, Wyban led the development of a specific pathogen-free (SPF) shrimp broodstock as the principal investigator of the U.S. Shrimp Consortium at Oceanic Institute, subsequently doubling the

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January 23, 2020

Janet Mills, the governor of the U.S. state of Maine, recently announced a 10-year strategic economic development plan to grow the state’s economy, and has included aquaculture as a target industry to support and cultivate. The plan is designed to combat poor economic growth in the state caused by lethargic gross domestic product, a shrinking workforce, and subpar state wages.

“This strategic plan creates a road map to foster

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January 21, 2020

Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, modern aquaculture is growing — but aquaculture has been present in the region for generations.

The techniques of herding or trapping adult fish with rocks in shallow tidal areas is found elsewhere in the world but the loko iʻa kuapā, or walled coastal ponds, are unique to Hawaii.

These fishponds can be found throughout the state, but over time, many of these ancient pools have fallen into disrepair as

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January 20, 2020

The Maine Aquaculture Association has kicked off a new video series focused on telling the personal stories of aquatic farmers throughout the state to increase public visibility and underscore how aquaculture complements existing marine industries in coastal communities.

The series, titled “The Faces of Maine’s Working Waterfront,” borrows a premise that has boded well for the state’s commercial fishing industry –

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January 8, 2020

The issue of who in the United States is charged with regulating aquaculture in federal waters was back in the courtroom this week as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration argued its case that it should lead all policy development

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