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
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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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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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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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 …

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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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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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May 24, 2021

U.S. aquaculture advocacy group Stronger America Through Seafood penned a letter last week urging President Joe Biden to prioritize seafood production to help mitigate climate change and outline the climate impacts and potential benefits of aquaculture in the country.

“As our federal leaders seek innovative solutions to address the climate crisis, aquaculture, one of the most resource-efficient methods for protein production, should be

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May 11, 2021

Genetically engineered salmon farmer AquaBounty Technologies has announced that purchase orders have been received for the planned harvest of five metric tons of its genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon …

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May 5, 2021

AquaBounty Technologies has said its genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon will finally be coming to market this month ... 

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April 12, 2021

A wide-ranging collection of advocacy groups have sent letters to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging the leadersof the federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The push for FDA control is in response to a Trump administration proposal that sought to withdraw most of the FDA’s regulatory

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