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At the 2002 West Coast Seafood Show in Los Angeles, I interviewed George Chamberlain, president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, about the Aquaculture Certification Council, a voluntary, third-party farmed shrimp certification program he spearheaded. At the time, the program was still in its infancy. "It's gradually gaining support," he told me, "and I think it's very important for the industry to adopt."
Six years later, one-quarter of… Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in today's Federal Register it is seeking third-party certification organizations to participate in a pilot program for farmed shrimp.
The program, part of the federal government's new import safety strategy, was unveiled yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt at the inaugural Import Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., attended by hundreds of food company executives and… Read More
Clean Seas Tuna today announced that a bluefin tuna breeding program in Europe has successfully replicated techniques it pioneered in Australia.
The company says research consortium Allotuna reported productive spawning of Atlantic bluefin tuna, using the same strategy Clean Seas of Port Lincoln, Australia, used earlier this year with Southern bluefin tuna.
Allotuna's international research team, which includes members of Clean Seas'… Read More
Food & Water Watch last week filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop its experimental fish farm in Buzzards Bay, Mass.
The Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy group wants the project suspended until research and public review are completed. The experiment intends to train fish to associate a specific sound with being fed, thereby making the fish easier to catch after they're released. The project's goal is to… Read More
British Columbia's Environment Ministry is investigating last week's escape of about 30,000 Atlantic salmon from a fish farm 125 miles northwest of Vancouver operated by Marine Harvest Canada.
Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farming company, is cooperating with the investigation, Clare Backman, director of environmental compliance at the Marine Harvest office in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, told the Associated Press.
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Marine Harvest Canada, which operates 37 Atlantic salmon grow-out sites in British Columbia, is urging the provincial government to develop closed-containment fish farm projects.
According to a Canadian Press report, the company says the provincial government must invest a minimum of $10 million to develop the technology, which in the past has been determined to not be economically feasible.
Last week, Marine Harvest pledged to… Read More
Fishermen in Lanai, Hawaii, are opposing Maui Fresh Fish's plans to raise opakapaka in open-ocean pens off the leeward side of Lanai because it interferes with their main fishing area.
The Wailuku, Hawaii-based company announced it is developing an opakapaka, or pink snapper, hatchery on the north Maui coast and wants to transfer the stock to aquaculture pens off Lanai. The company says it has formed a working group to discuss fishermen's… Read More
Thai shrimp farmers have asked the government for clearer policy and more support to revive black tiger shrimp farming, claiming the industry would benefit from a more sustainable income than white shrimp.
Five years ago, black tigers contributed more than 85 percent of the total shrimp export volume. In 2007, the volume dropped to 23,934 metric tons, accounting for only 6.7 percent of the total exports.
White shrimp has dominated the… Read More
The Bangladesh Shrimp Cultivators Association's Satkhira District held a press conference last week to discuss the shrimp industry's declining profits. Association President Dr. Aftabuzzaman reported that many shrimpers in Satkhira have lost interest in shrimp farming and have abandoned their farms to earn money elsewhere.
During the conference, the association requested that the government allow farms to export their products directly… Read More
A study by a British Columbia researcher suggests sea lice generated by open-net salmon farms can be just as deadly to larger fish as they are to juveniles.
The study, conducted by Simon Fraser University doctoral candidate Brendan Conner, shows sea lice can transfer from infested salmon fry to coho salmon or cutthroat trout that prey upon them.
The study, published in the online science journal Biology Letters, showed lice on juvenile… Read More