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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
Australis Aquaculture today announced it received an additional $1 million loan to be used primarily for working capital purposes.
The funds, from WM Capital, will be consolidated with the two loan notes issues in September and October, bringing Australis’ total loans to $2.75 million.
Australis is continuing its efforts to secure additional financing that will allow it to continue expanding its aquaculture and contract production operations in… Read More
California Sea Grant on Tuesday announced that it awarded $1.4 million to support six marine research projects to begin in February, one of which will study ways to reduce fishmeal in feed for yellowtail and white sea bass.
The goal of the aquaculture study is to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil in yellowtail and white seabass feeds, without impeding fish growth rates or otherwise compromising fish health.
“Ecosystem-based management… Read More
Responding to shrinking bluefin tuna quotas worldwide, Japanese firms plan to increase aquaculture efforts of the prized species. In Japan alone, an estimated 10,000 metric tons of bluefin will be farmed next fiscal year, running from April 1 to March 31, 2010. Maruha Nichiro, Kyokuyo and Nissui Group produce one-third of the total farmed bluefin in Japan.
Maruha Nichiro, through subsidiary Maruha Nichiro Seafood, announced plans to operate a… Read More
The embattled U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under fire after a rash of tainted or contaminated food and other goods reached consumers, is taking the proper steps to create a more sensible imported food-safety program. Earlier this week, the federal agency announced the participants in its pilot program that will gauge the effectiveness of the growing list of third-party certification organizations.
After last year's import alert against… Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced a list of international certification agencies, including the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), that will participate in its pilot program aimed at increasing the safety of imported farmed shrimp.
Part of President Bush's Action Plan for Import Safety, the pilot program, which will run through June 2009, will assist the FDA in moving… Read More
The Chilean government's salmon industry "rescue" package, which pledges state-backed guarantees of up to $450 million in loans to struggling farmed salmon companies, is attracting a wave of criticism, the Patagonia Times reported yesterday.
Announced by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet last week, the loan guarantees are meant to help the companies solve their current cash problems and to control the spread of the infectious salmon anemia… Read More
Marine Harvest announced Petter Arnesen, technical director, will assume the new role of VP of feed and environment Dec. 1.
The world's largest farmed salmon company made the because it's seeing a growing demand for information and attention to the environmental aspects related to its operations. Arnesen will be responsible for sustainability and environment, feed issues, issues related to reputation management, cooperation with NGOs and… Read More
The Global Aquaculture Alliance expects shrimp production within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Indonesia to continue to grow through 2010.
GAA President George Chamberlain told Asia Pulse at Indonesia Aquaculture 2008 on Wednesday that global shrimp production, which is dominated by Asia, would increase by an average of 6 percent between 2007 and 2010.
The ASEAN countries with the highest growth rate of shrimp… Read More