Norway ponders producing GM salmon

The Norwegian Biotechnology Council is considering whether to approve the method of producing a genetically modified type of salmon, newspaper Aftenposten reported. The method, which was developed by researchers from the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen three years ago, implies “editing” the genes of salmon eggs so that the fish does not develop reproductive cells.…

Ocean Farm 1 – the world’s first offshore fish farm

Ocean Farming AS, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group,  is building a fish farm pilot facility, Ocean Farm 1, near the island of Froya, offshore Norway, which is fully automated to eliminate heavy manual operations, deemed to be the largest fish farm worldwide. It will be positioned in Frohavet, off the Trøndelag coast in the…

Norway turns to radical salmon farming methods

Norway’s salmon producers are turning to radical farming techniques in the face of multiple threats to their industry. From futuristic egg-shaped enclosures that bob in the water to supertanker-like structures submerged in the ocean, the Norwegian government is trying to counter increasing challenges in the form of sea lice, fish escapes and the shortage of…

Aqua Nor 2017 & Norwegian Aquaculture Tours

Novi, Michigan, USA — The Aquaculture Communications Group, LLC, (ACG) is planning a multinational group tour to see the largest cold-water aquaculture industry event in the world – Aqua Nor 2017 – in Trondheim, Norway. Then visit aquaculture industry leaders and research institutes, tour their facilities, and discuss the future of modern cold-water aquaculture, in the country where…

Salmon lice dominated 2016 fish health challenges in Norway

Updated figures indicate that more salmon die because of changing treatments against salmon lice. Increased resistance against pharmaceuticals lead more and more farmers to choose none pharmaceutical treatments. This is much harder on the fish. It is estimated that 20 percent, or one of every five salmon released into the ocean, is lost. The Norwegian…

Salmon, blue mussel, eider, and eel die from the same vitamin deficiency

Deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine) in wildlife is previously known as a problem among certain species within relatively limited geographical areas. Now, researchers at Stockholm University, together with several other research institutions in Europe and North America, show that the thiamine deficiency is far more widespread than previously realized. The results are published today in…

Fisheries of the US 2015 numbers released

As October, the Seafood month, comes to an end, NOAA Fisheries is released its Fisheries of the United States, 2015 report today. The report is giving a profile of the US´ fishing and seafood by the numbers.  According to this latest report, in addition to strong landings and economic values for US fishermen, the numbers reflect a jump…

Fish eye used to track escaped salmon

A Norwegian inventor is developing a new and sophisticated method to track escaped farmed salmon. The method is using the salmon´s iris. The technology has also been used to develop a smart phone app for sports fishermen. It is on the Norwegian island Frøya, known for salmon farming, that the inventor, Frank Jakobsen at Frid Tech…

Canadian Federal Court of Appeal Dismisses Appeal by Ecojustice, AquaBounty Approval Stands

Further to the statement made at the interim results on 24 July 2016, AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (AIM: ABTU; OTC: AQBT), a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in aquaculture and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), is pleased to announce that, on 21 October 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal (“the Court”) in…

Norwegian electronics firm rescues Marine Harvest halibut operation

Norwegian electronics firm Tec Con Holding has announced it is buying Marine Harvest’s halibut operation, Sterling White Halibut. The move ensures production of the fish continues out of Norwegian counties Rogaland and Trongdelag, the halibut firm said in a press release. “Sterling White Halibut has for years made a superior product. We look forward to…

Why aquaculture could be a big opportunity for investors

With a growing number of mouths to feed, we must find a way to produce more food with a limited amount of agricultural resources. What’s the answer? Aquaculture. At least it’s one of the answers. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming or aquafarming, is the practice of farming aquatic organisms such as fish, shellfish, and…

NOAA Fisheries releases its 2016-2020 Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan

The Plan will guide efforts within NOAA Fisheries to support development of sustainable marine aquaculture from 2016-2020.  The Plan features four main goals: regulatory efficiency, science tools for sustainable management, technology development and transfer, and an informed public. Cross-cutting strategies of the plan include strengthening partnerships, improving external communications, building infrastructure to support marine aquaculture, and sound…