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The Global Aquaculture Alliance of St. Louis yesterday announced it completed Best Aquaculture Practices standards for tilapia farm certification. Tilapia facilities can now achieve BAP certification by contacting the Aquaculture Certification Council, the international organization that implements the certification program.
The tilapia standards are the result of a two-year development process directed by a technical committee chaired by… Read More
Last week, Thailand's Fisheries Department released the outline of its 2009-11 strategic plan for the farmed shrimp industry. Thanwa Jitsanguan, VP of Kasetsart University's special projects, reported that the shrimp industry will focus on sustainability, including growing 2,000 acres of mangrove forests.
The plan also promotes growing seaweed in shrimp ponds to absorb impurities. Shrimpers use shells to clean up water and organic residue from… Read More
A group of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) argued yesterday in British Columbia Superior Court that Ottawa, not British Columbia, is responsible for regulating salmon aquaculture; Ottawa delegated the authority to the province in the late 1980s.
The Wilderness Tourism Association, Area E Gillnetters Association, Fishing Vessel Owners Association and Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society contend that because the ocean is federal jurisdiction… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund's Tilapia Aquaculture Dialogue yesterday released the first draft of its tilapia-farming standards.
Public comments on the draft standards will be accepted through February 2009. There will be two two-month comment periods, after which Dialogue participants will take one month to review the comments before updating the standards. The final standards are expected to be released in March 2009.
The performance-based… Read More
One of the world's largest fish-feed manufacturers is temporarily shutting down one of its three Chilean production facilities due to the infectious salmon anemia outbreak that has stifled the country's salmon-farming industry over the past year.
Skretting announced today that its Pargua production facility is being closed for maintenance and will reopen when the industry has recovered from the ISA outbreak.
The shutdown will affect about… Read More
HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries announced earlier this week that it hired New York-based communications firm KCSA Strategic Communications to pursue investors.
Jeffrey Goldberger, managing partner at KCSA, will lead the investor-relations campaign.
HQ Sustainable is headquartered in Seattle and raises and processes tilapia in China's Hainan province.
"U.S. consumption of seafood, in particular tilapia products, continues to rise at a… Read More
The Global Aquaculture Alliance today released the members of its Standards Oversight Committee (SOC), who will be tasked with overseeing the development and updating of the group's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards.
SOC members include: Dr. Devin Bartley, aquaculture coordinator for the state of California; Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association; Dr. Claude Boyd of Auburn University; Estelle… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute supports a proposed rule authorizing the Minerals Management Service to issue leases, easements and rights of way for offshore fish farms in federal waters, including on decommissioned oil platforms.
"Because aquaculture can help meet our nation's increasing demand for [seafood], NFI supports [the rule] that would provide for the alternate use of existing facilities located on the Outer Continental Shelf,… Read More
The push to establish a regulatory framework for U.S. offshore aquaculture is taking on water.
Last week, 12 congressmen, led by Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Madeline Bordallo (D-Guam), urged the Bush administration to nix a rule authorizing the Minerals Management Service to issue leases, easements and rights of way for offshore fish farms in federal waters, arguing the agency doesn't possess the authority or expertise to do so. Nearly 50… Read More
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and 11 other lawmakers submitted a letter to President Bush this week urging him to nix a proposed rule authorizing the Minerals Management Service to issue leases, easements and rights of way for open-ocean fish farms in federal waters. They said the MMS, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, doesn't possess the authority or expertise to do so.
The rule also covers offshore wind, wave and other energy… Read More