2016-0516 Timberfish

TimberFish Technologies ground breaking ceremony for its first commercial demonstration project

TimberFish Technologies, a developer of innovative aquaculture agriculture technologies, today announced that it will have a Ground Breaking Ceremony for its first commercial demonstration project on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Mazza’s Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing at 8398 West Main Road (Route 20) in Westfield, NY. TimberFish was incorporated as an LLC in New York State in 2008…

2016-0514 Using GM plants as source of omega-3

Using GM plants as a source of omega-3 fish oils and astaxanthin for feed is sustainable, says UK professor

As a UK institute’s field trial to test GM Camelina plants that produce DHA and EPA rich oils and astaxanthin gets green-lighted, the lead researcher defends the environmental robustness of using such crops as the key components in farmed fish diets. Hertfordshire based, Rothamsted Research, which receives funding from the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences…

Fresh Water Institute produced land based salmon using fish meal free feed.  Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Fishmeal-free Atlantic salmon feed formulation shows promise

Joint research between The Conservation Fund Fresh Water Institute (TCFFI), USDA and EWOS uses new diet for post-smolt to food-size fish. The objective of this project was to evaluate the effects of a fishmeal-free diet on Atlantic salmon post-smolt performance and fillet quality during growout to market-size in a commercial-scale, land-based, closed-containment system using water recirculation technology. The production system…

The accompanying chart shows how the $9 million in construction costs were allocated.

Land-based salmon still not investor-ready

The Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund at Tides Canada recently released its final report on the ‘Namgis First Nation’s land-based Atlantic salmon project on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. A detailed analysis of the Tides’ report on the heavily subsidized “Kuterra” project confirms that at this time there is currently no sound business case to…

The Ocean Farming facility is a new and innovative design, developed to overcome the challenges of more traditional inshore fish farming facilities by being located in deeper waters, further from the coast. Image: Kongsberg Maritime.

Innovative ocean aquaculture project authorised

 The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility. Situated outside of Trondheim, this innovative new facility introduces a paradigm shift in salmon farming now, and other fish types in the future and…

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Salmon worth more than a barrel of oil

One farmed Norwegian salmon weighing around 4.5 kilos was worth more than a barrel of Norway’s North Sea crude oil at the end of this week, after oil prices fell once again. No worries, claims one local economist: Norway’s economy, he claims, can tolerate oil prices down to zero, at least for a while. Harald Magnus Andreassen,…

Photo: Tor Næsje, NINA

Salmon puberty gene discovered

Researchers have discovered that a specific gene plays a very important role in determining whether a salmon returns to spawn as a large or small salmon. They identified the gene and revealed its secret. The longer a salmon is at sea before maturing, the larger it becomes, and the more offspring it can have. Large…

AquaAdvantage salmon

Genetically engineered salmon – good, or, not-so-good?

November 18, 2015… A day of remarkable progress, or a day that will live in infamy? Most agricultural scientists and biological scientists consider the announcement made this day to be a major milestone in the advance of applied technology to the race between global food production and human populations. However, an array of environmental interest groups and many of their…

2016-0104 Akva Plastsveis contract

Post-smolt contract for Plastsveis AS

At the end of November Plastsveis AS, a subsidiary of AKVA group ASA, entered into a contract to build a new facility for post-smolt for Sisomar AS. The project is yet another indication that the trend in the aquaculture industry is towards moving greater parts of the growth stage to shore by increasing the size…

2016-0104 University of Aberdeen logo

New center to bring together experts on aquaculture

A virtual centre bringing together a vast amount of expertise on aquaculture related research has been launched at the University of Aberdeen. The International Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development (ICARD) has been established to bring together a group of 25 University of Aberdeen experts in environment and food security to conduct and promote aquaculture…

2015-1208 Scottish Aquaculture Innovation center logo

Scottish salmon industry to gain from £2.9 million cleaner-­‐fish projects 

Research projects, initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, will increase the sustainable supply of cleaner-­‐fish for use in sea lice control in the Scottish salmon industry Cleaner-­‐fish projects offer a biological alternative to licensed medicines used in sea lice control A consortium of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have announced projects worth £2.9…