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Why Europe’s aquaculture industry still not booming?

As Europe’s reliance on seafood imports increases, a team of marine scientists has embarked on a three-year project to investigate why the continent’s own aquaculture industry is flat-lining, while countries outside the European Union (EU) enjoy boom time in the sector. The AquaSpace project, led by Professor Kenny Black of the  Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS),…

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Scaling up production and implementation of farmed cleaner fish in the Scottish salmon industry

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has kicked off an applied research project, worth almost £4 million, to upscale the use of farmed wrasse in commercial salmon farms in Scotland. The partners in the 42-month project are: Marine Harvest (Scotland), Scottish Sea Farms, BioMar, and the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. The project commenced in May…

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An additive in feed technology with triple benefits

Scientists at Nofima have developed a process additive with triple benefits: it functions as a binding agent, has high nutritional value, and makes it easier to produce fish feed with good physical properties. The additive can contribute to reducing the loss of feed in the aquaculture industry, and make the production of feed more energy-efficient.…

Rune Bjerke og Elin Eidesvik på C-feed med hoppekreps som skal bli for. Foto: Thor Nielsen

Food factory for baby fish is first of its kind

Norwegian company C-Feed builds world’s first industrial plant for copepods – a fish-fry feed for the production of ballan wrasse, tuna, halibut and other marine species. Unique technology from SINTEF, NOK 13 million in fresh capital and an annual market potential of NOK 2 billion are the ingredients of the new factory which is located…

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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…