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The Pew Environment Group announced yesterday that it has acquired U.S. Food and Drug Administration documents that show three of the largest Chilean salmon producers use a number of chemicals banned by the U.S. government.
The chemicals include the antibiotics flumequine and oxolinic acid and the pesticide emamectin benzoate, a sea lice deterrent commonly known as SLICE - a chemical that the FDA has previously allowed in limited amounts. Pew… Read More
In a letter to Otto Wolf, U.S. Department of Commerce acting secretary , House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) last week called on the agency to dismiss the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s plan to establish a permitting system for offshore aquaculture in federal waters.
Two weeks ago, the Council approved the initiative, which is the first of any in waters extending from 3 to 200 miles… Read More
Astaxanthin, a naturally occurring antioxidant, is a key ingredient in salmon and trout feed, giving the farmed fish a pink-orange hue familiar to consumers; otherwise, the flesh would be gray and unappealing, yet still safe to eat.
The joint venture, Naturxan LLC, will produce natural astaxanthin at ADM’s Decatur, Ill., facility. Currently, both ADM and Igene of Columbia, Md., manufacture the product separately.
“A primary difference between… Read More
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture announced this week that the country’s agriculture industry lost more than USD 2 million (EUR 1.5 million) due to a two-week cold spell in January.
The aquaculture industry lost more than USD 500,000 (EUR 386,200). The damaged farms are located in five counties and cities and raise milkfish, tilapia, clams and Pacific white shrimp. Yunlin and Chiayi counties breed milkfish, tilapia and white shrimp, while the… Read More
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark on Thursday said that he refuses to sign a previously negotiated lease agreement with Taylor Shellfish to grow geoducks on tidelands in Totten Inlet.
Washington’s largest shellfish company, based in Shelton, Wash., agreed to pay USD 630,000 (EUR 486,000) in back rent and a USD 1.3 million (EUR 1 million) fine for growing the giant surf clams on state-owned tidelands without permission, which… Read More
In an effort to advance their positions in the global marine proteins and oils sector, Austevoll Seafoods ASA and Origin Enterprises plc will merge their Norwegian, Irish and British fishmeal and fish oil operations, the companies announced yesterday.
The operations include Austevoll’s Norwegian subsidiary Welcon Invest As and Origin’s United Fish Industries (UFI) in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Origin has transferred its interest in UFI to… Read More
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., as Commerce secretary, a move that may give the fledging U.S. open-ocean aquaculture industry a much-needed boost.
Gregg agreed to take the post in Obama’s cabinet only after striking a deal with New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, to name a Republican to fill the open Senate seat to prevent Democrats from gaining a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.
The Department… Read More
The world’s largest salmon-farming company no longer expects to break even in Chile, as it battles to overcome the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) outbreak that has taken a big bite out of production there.
Marine Harvest today announced that it is reducing its 2009 sales forecast of Chilean salmon from 40,000 metric tons to 30,000 metric tons and will be “cautious” with smolt stocking and infrastructure investments in the near term.
The… Read More
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell yesterday named former Nanaimo city councilor Ron Cantelon as the province’s Minister of Agriculture and Lands, which oversees aquaculture and fisheries.
He replaces Stan Hagen, who died suddenly last week.
Cantelon was elected the minister of lands and agriculture of Nanaimo-Parksville in May 2005 and serves as chairman of several committees.
“Ron Cantelon has provided tremendous service to the people… Read More
The Global Aquaculture Alliance and The Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) have agreed to work together on developing and harmonizing a worldwide certification system for the aquaculture industry.
GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens called the agreement “an important step that paves the way toward closer cooperation between our two global organizations.” The two groups will develop a “joint checklist approach”… Read More