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Vets call EU rules which demand organic fish farms treat illness using homeopathy scientifically illiterate

Veterinarians have criticised EU rules on organic farming that demands that fish are treated with homoeopathic remedies. In line with EU regulations, the first line of treatment for organic fish should be ‘substances from plants, animals or minerals in a homeopathic dilution’, before British and Norwegian vets have called the directives ‘scientifically illiterate’, saying that…

Elisabeth Aspaker, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries

A model industry – Norway

Fisheries Minister, Elisabeth Aspaker has recently called for the industry to prioritise more funding for research. “A seafood industry which is located in high-cost countries, such as Norway, is entirely dependent on research and innovation in order to survive and grow. Therefore, it is important for the Norwegian government to prepare a master plan for…

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Lockheed Martin and Kampachi Farms deploy mobile fish cage

Normally associated with fighter jets and smart bombs, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions has deployed a new type of fish pen off the Big Island’s coast that could revolutionize fish farming and aquaculture. Click here to watch Andrew Pereira’s report. The so-called mobile fish pen has been deployed successfully off Kailua-Kona through a partnership with Kampachi Farms,…

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Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities

Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is studying how food derived from corn and soy can be…

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Fewer Wild Fish Needed: Genetically Modified Plants Produce Omega-3 Fish Oil

Researchers have revealed that genetically modified Camelina plants produce omega-3 fish oils suitable for feeding Atlantic salmon. The new GMO plants can produce up to 20% of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), one of the two omega-3 LC PUFA conferring health benefits. Consumption of omega-3 fish oils, specifically long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 LC-PUFA), through eating oily fish like salmon…

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Norwegian sea lice report provide transparency

Salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) infestation was first registered at the end of the 1980s in Ireland when it was found that sea trout returned to Irish rivers and fresh water to dispose of the salmon lice. One year later the same behavior was detected in sea trout in Norway. The largest salmon farming nation, Norway, has…

Group Leader Lars Ebbesson (left) and Senior Researcher Sigurd Handeland. (Photograph: Andreas R. Graven)

New SFI on closed fish farming facilities

Uni Research, together with Nofima and UiB, will create a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) on closed-containment systems for salmon aquaculture. The center will be named CtrlAQUA, Centre for Research-based Innovations in Controlled-environment Aquaculture. The creation of the SFI is in collaboration with 14 companies from aquaculture and supplier industries. The aim, as described in the…

NOFIMA Kårvika Research Station. Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Nofima to host Centre for Research-based Innovation

Nofima is one of 17 institutions chosen recently to become hosts for Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI). The centre is to contribute to solving some of the main challenges facing the aquaculture industry, such as lice and mortality. It is to lay the foundation for the development of closed-containment concepts of the future. With greater…