Aquaculture

SeafoodSource.com covers breaking news articles that pertain to the global aquaculture industry.

By

James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
February 9, 2009

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

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
February 9, 2009

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

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By

April Forristall, SeafoodSource.com assistant editor

Published on
February 5, 2009

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

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
February 4, 2009

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

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By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
February 4, 2009

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

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By

April Forristall, SeafoodSource.com assistant editor

Published on
February 3, 2009

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

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 2, 2009

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

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 2, 2009

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

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 2, 2009

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”

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By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 27, 2009

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

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