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The National Aquaculture Association will relocate its main office from Charles Town, W.V., to Pine Bluff, Ark., effective July 21. NAA has called Charles Town home since its inception in 1989.
The new office will be located on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Affiliated associations, including the U.S. Trout Farmers Association, the Striped Bass Growers Association and American Tilapia Association will also relocate… Read More
Stirling Products of Perth, Australia, at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society last week announced its beta glucan product, ProVale, successfully inhibits the impact of Loma gill disease, a parasite that infects farmed salmon and trout.
Already available for use with poultry and swine, ProVale works by boosting a species' immune system against various bacterial and viral diseases.
"We have known that the cell mediated… Read More
The Ocean Stewards Institute yesterday supported a proposed government rule authorizing the Minerals Management Service to issue leases, easements and rights of way for open-ocean fish farms in federal waters, "provided there is adequate environmental monitoring and operational oversight by other relevant federal agencies."
The Bush administration's proposed rule drew a lot of criticism last week from the environmental community, which… Read More
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
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
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
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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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
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