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
August 3, 2020

The aquaculture industry in Maine is steadily growing, with three large farms being built with recirculating aquaculture systems by Nordic Aquafarms, Whole Oceans, and The Kingfish Co., but will the state be able to grow its workforce to meet the demand for skilled employees?

That’s the question asked and addressed in a new 123-page report from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute that identifies the labor needs of Maine’s

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Published on
July 17, 2020

As Cooke Aquaculture’s 15-year net pen leases in Port Angeles and Puget Sound near an expiration date, a conservation group has filed applications to lease the sites with the goal of reopening them for public use

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July 16, 2020

Singapore has set the goal of increasing its self-sufficiency in food production from 10 percent to 30 percent by 2030 to address food security amidst climate change.

Spending on food in Asia is expected to double to USD 8 trillion (EUR 6.8 trillion) by 2030, according to Singapore-based investment company Temasek, all the while produce yields across Asia aren’t rising accordingly – and Singapore imports more than 90 percent of its

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Published on
July 10, 2020

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based cellular aquaculture firm BlueNalu has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea-based Pulmuone Co. Ltd. ... 

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Published on
July 9, 2020

In a recent webinar hosted by the aquaculture technology investment firm Hatch, an international panel of aquaculture leaders connected virtually to discuss the importance of sustainability in the industry and the space innovation on that front, now and in the future.

“The world now produces more than 155 million tons of seafood every year. Around 55 percent of that comes from aquaculture. As our population is growing, demand continues to

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Published on
June 30, 2020

AquaBounty Technologies announced on Tuesday, 30 June, it has begun its first commercial-scale harvesting of conventional Atlantic salmon raised at its U.S. farm …

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Published on
June 26, 2020

Florida officials in June requested that the U.S. Commerce Department designate federal waters off the state’s coast as a marine aquaculture opportunity area, a move that would open and jumpstart the state’s offshore aquaculture industry.

The term “aquaculture opportunity area” comes from the Trump Administration’s 7 May executive order titled “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic

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Published on
June 19, 2020

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based cellular aquaculture firm BlueNalu has announced a substantial expansion of the company’s operations, the hiring of a chief financial officer, and improvements to several internal teams, setting the stage for the company to launch its products in late 2021 ...

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Lumpfish and other cleanerfish are used in the global aquaculture industry as a sea lice management tool, but the method has yet to make serious headway in the U.S. ... 

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Published on
May 22, 2020

Earlier this year, oyster farmer Edward “Ned” Gaine was chosen as New Jersey’s 2020 Outstanding Young Farmer by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gaine earned degrees in marine biology and marine resource management from Stockton University, and after he began growing oysters in Cape May, he earned a master’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. With his love for

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