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A second case of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) has been confirmed at a Shetland Islands fish farm, BBC News reported on Friday.
The fish farm is located near the Burra-area fish farm that reported the first case of ISA early last month.
According to the Scottish government, Hjaltland Sea Farms will "depopulate" its site as soon as possible.
A controlled zone was set up on 2 January after the virus was found at an empty fish farm off Burra. The… Read More
Aquaculture specialists at the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute in San Diego hope to build a fish farm off Mission Beach, Calif.
The project would be the first of its kind in U.S. federal waters.
If the institute can get through the permit process, the USD 17 million operation could start by early 2011.
The California Coastal Commission along with agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency would have… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund has embarked on its next phase for sustainable aquaculture standards.
The organization announced today it will co-found the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and eventually take possession of the global standards for responsible seafood farming being developed by the Aquaculture Dialogues.
The ASC is modeled after the Marine Stewardship Council and will be responsible for hiring independent, third-party auditors to… Read More
Several Atlantic Canada fish farms are being sued by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for more than $1 million in overdueloan payments. The federal agency has filed several claims in the past year against aquaculture firms that received funding.
The most recent case filed this week in the Court of Queen's Bench in Saint John, New Brunswick, is against two Deer Island-based operations, Tidal Run Aqua and Simpson's Island Salmon, for more… Read More
Aquaculture's contribution to the Philippine economy is growing. The country's farmed seafood production increased 8.7 percent in 2008, outpacing total agriculture and fisheries production at 3.9 percent.
Due to the trend, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is stepping up promotional efforts for aquaculture. BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento said the timing is perfect to encourage fishermen to transition from harvesting to… Read More
Cold weather from China’s mainland has caused heavy damage to fish farms in southern Taiwan, killing about half of the cultured milkfish in Tainan County.
The cold fronts arrived so quickly yesterday that farmers did not have time to take action to protect fish stocks. Fish farm operators are now working to cover ponds and pump in warm water in an attempt to save the fish.
Clam growers raising milkfish in the area also suffered heavy losses.… Read More
Bell Aquaculture has retained investment bank SDR Ventures to raise $15 million in equity capital, the Albany, Ind., USA, yellow perch farm announced yesterBell Aquaculture has retained investment bank SDR Ventures to raise $15 million in equity capital, the Albany, Ind., USA, yellow perch farm announced yesterday.
The equity capital is the first step in allowing the United States’ largest yellow perch grower to increase annual production from… Read More
Cooke Aquaculture of Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, will add about 50 workers to its farmed salmon processing facility in Machiasport, Maine, according to a report in The Quoddy Times, a bimonthly newspaper.
The Maine facility, which was originally expected to open this month, began processing in November. Operating as True North Maine, the site has 53 employees, including management. The plant is running 40 to 50 hours weekly, processing about… Read More
ISA, an influenza-like virus that afflicts fish but not humans, has stymied Chile’s farmed salmon industry over the past year-and-a-half, forcing companies to curb production and lay off workers.
An ISA outbreak occurred 10 years ago in Scotland, costing its farmed salmon industry £37 million (US$53.7 million) and 200 jobs. Also, supermarkets refused to sell fish originating from any of the 35 farms confirmed or suspected to have the… Read More
Indonesia’s aquaculture output is projected to increase 45 percent, to 7.4 million metric tons, in 2009, surpassing wild fisheries production, says Soen’an Hadi Poernomo, head of information at the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
Wild fisheries output is expected to increase just 2 percent, to 5.5 million metric tons, next year.
The rise in aquaculture is credited partly to the Indonesian government’s efforts to steer… Read More