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.

Published on
July 19, 2021

Earlier this month, the American Fisheries Society and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a congressional briefing on developing marine aquaculture to build climate resistance and climate-friendly food production.

According to panelists, the world will need about 60 percent more food by the year 2050 in order to keep feeding a growing population, including 60 percent more animal protein by 2030.

Expansion of the

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Published on
July 15, 2021

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based BlueNalu – a company developing cell-cultured seafood products – recently announced its framework designed to achieve a premier standard of food safety, quality, and traceability for its cell-cultured seafood production.

The company committed to pursuing third-party certification recognized by the international Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), such as the Safe Quality Food or similar programs

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July 12, 2021

Atlantic Sapphire is facing an estimated USD 3 million (EUR 2.5 million) loss after an accident ocurred in one of its salt-water grow-out systems at its farm in Denmark on 9 July.

The company estimated it has lost approximately 400 metic tons of fish, equivalent to about 17 percent of its annualized harvest volumes from the Denmark facility at steady-state production.

“The company’s preliminary analysis, which remains subject to

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Published on
June 11, 2021

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is reintroducing an act that would require strict labeling guidelines for genetically engineered products, making sure that any consumer who finds GE products in a retailer or restaurant know what they’re purchasing.

The reintroduction of the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, a law Murkowski has been advocating for since 2015, comes after genetically engineered salmon farmer AquaBounty

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June 9, 2021

NOAA Fisheries has recommended more than USD 11 million (EUR 9 million) for 43 projects under the 2021 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Competitive Grants Program – eight of which are aquaculture initiatives.

The eight aquaculture-related projects recommended by NOAA include a number of scientific research projects examining topics ranging from pathogens to work on monetizing industry byproducts. Of the projects recommended for funding, five of

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Published on
June 8, 2021

Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.-based Scoot Science has launched a new forecasting tool in an effort to streamline and simplify ocean observing for aquaculture companies.

Scoot’s SeaState dashboard unifies multiple disparate data systems on a farm with monitoring and data of surrounding environmental conditions to give farmers a window into what’s happening below the surface of the water, according to Scoot Science CEO and Co-Founder

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Published on
June 7, 2021

A virus found in farmed salmon is being transmitted between net-pen salmon farms and wild juvenile chinook salmon in British Columbia waters, according to a new genomics analysis published in Science Advance.

The study traces the origins of piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) – associated with kidney and liver damage in chinook salmon – to Atlantic salmon farms in Norway, and found that the virus is now widespread in salmon farms in

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Published on
June 7, 2021

Atlantic salmon farming firm Atlantic Sapphire has successfully raised NOK 1.016 billion (USD 123 million EUR 100 million) through the private placement of 10.3 million new shares at a price of NOK 98.60 (USD 11.94, EUR 9.79) per share …

Photo courtesy of Atlantic

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Published on
June 2, 2021

After a long wait and setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic genetically engineered salmon farmer AquaBounty Technologies has finally begun to harvest its first round of its genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, and are shipping orders out to customers.

Additionally, AquaBounty announced the approval of its application to Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Commission for the sale of its GE salmon in Brazil, effectively expanding

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Published on
May 25, 2021

Dick Jones, the CEO of Kona, Hawaii-based open-ocean finfish aquaculture producer Blue Ocean Mariculture, is joining the 11-member board of directors at Northwest Aquaculture Alliance, the advocacy group announced this week.

Jones’ career includes 14 years in the retail supermarket sector, overseeing seafood operations for Whole Foods Market and Texas, U.S.A.-based HEB Grocery. He also has expertise in the nonprofit sector, where he

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