Machrihanish marine centre in £322,000 expansion plan

A marine research centre in Argyll is to undergo a major expansion aimed at increasing jobs and turnover. The Marine Environmental Research Laboratory (Merl) at Machrihanish will spend £322,819 on more research tanks. The Stirling University-run facility provides research services and facilities to industry and academics working within the aquaculture sector. Economic development agency Highlands…

Tech company to build deepwater fish farm prototype

A fish farming technology company plans to begin construction of a huge, untethered and highly automated spherical pen for farming yellowfin and bigeye tuna off the Kohala coast. Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc. intends to deploy a prototype Oceansphere sometime next year, and contractors are working to finalize the design for the skeleton of the 180-foot…

Is genetic advancement the answer to feeding the world?

Global agricultural food production relies on the benefits gained from many generations of selective breeding, and the vegetables, cereals and livestock we eat today are vastly more productive than the wild species our distant ancestors first domesticated. Similar benefits are beginning to become apparent in the field of aquaculture, where recent advances in production techniques,…

Fusion Marine Helps Develop New Lobster Farming Initiative

Aquaculture equipment specialist Fusion Marine is participating in a multi-partnership project to develop a sea based lobster rearing system that could ultimately benefit coastal communities. Under the initiative, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has teamed up with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to joint fund an industry and academic partnership which aims to…

New knowledge revolutionising feeds

Over the past few years, the salmon farming industry has gone from being a major consumer of marine protein to becoming a net producer of it – a turnaround made possible by a deeper understanding of the nutritional requirements of salmon. Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker is hoping to see the Norwegian aquaculture industry…

4Deep Inwater Imaging needs your vote

4Deep Inwater Imaging is one of the four semi-finalists in The Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge Contest. The 2014 contest drew more than 1,000 entries, and a panel of judges selected the semi-finalists. The winner of the $100,000 business grant – and a suite of secondary prizes – will be announced in September. To…

New technology can prevent salmon lice

The battle against salmon lice is being waged on many fronts, including the technological front. Simple and advanced solutions alike can be effective. Breeding Director Petter Arnesen at Marine Harvest, the world’s leader in the production of farmed salmon, singled out the salmon louse as the greatest threat to the salmon industry when he spoke…

Jenoptik laser technology to combat sea parasites

  A rather unusual application: Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division is supplying the Norwegian company Stingray Marine Solutions AS with lasers to combat parasites that attack farmed salmon. To successfully rid farmed salmon in Norwegian waters from parasites, the company Stingray Marine Solutions AS is using the extremely precise Jenoptik laserJenLas® D2.8 with green laser…

Geothermal energy applications workshop addresses aquaculture needs

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is hosting the Direct Use Applications and Opportunities Workshop on March 28th, 2014 during the annual CanGEA Geothermal Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Click here for announcement. Dr. John Lund, one of the pre-eminent world experts on direct heat-use, will be leading the one-day…

Aquafarmcontrol developing biomass management solutions

A European consortium is developing a micro capsule that could be implanted in fry to monitor feeding and escapes as the fish grows. The Norwegian-based company Aquafarmcontrol has received 1.8 million Euros to develop the idea in collaboration with companies and research institutions from five EU-countries. The biomass management solution is based on individual capsules…

Cod’s mysterious defence strategies

There may be entirely new vaccines in the offing for the aquaculture industry, if Monica Hongrø Solbakken can figure out cod’s unconventional ways of resisting infection. Low prices for wild-caught cod have kept cod farming profits minimal up to now. The additional challenges of expensive feeds, destructive diseases and high mortality have also proven difficult…

University of Toronto prize-winning technology reduces marine bio-fouling

A University of Toronto (U of T) technology that provides a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution to the fishing industry’s multi-billion-dollar bio-fouling problem has been recognized with a Clean50 Award. Bio-fouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae and animals on wetted surfaces, and it is a big problem for the fast-growing aquaculture or fish-farming…

Simple test for resistance in lice

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority adopted a field test developed by Kari Olli Helgesen for testing salmon louse resistance to the most common treatments. The method is now being used in Chile as well. In spring 2012 the aquaculture industry was introduced to a new, simple resistance test that could determine within 24 hours which delousing agent would be…

Good vision for a good appetite

The incidence of cataracts in farmed salmon is on the rise due to vegetable-based feeds, a strong focus on fish growth and warm waters. “This is a condition we can do something about,” asserts Sofie Charlotte Remø. Ms Remø, a researcher at Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), is studying this eye…