Maine researchers study diversification of aquaculture operations

Some surprising numbers: of the seafood Americans currently eat, more than 50 percent is farm-raised, and nearly 84 percent is imported. But compared to other nations, we don’t eat that much seafood, and the most recent federal dietary guidelines recommend that Americans more than double their current average seafood consumption because of the health benefits.…

U.S. food and job crises spawn new nationwide farming coalition

Today, a new organization, the Recirculating Farms Coalition, is officially launching a national campaign to promote growing local, fresh food and create green jobs. Its focus is on eco-friendly farms that use clean, recycled water in place of soil to grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture), or a combination of both plants and fish (aquaponics). The…

Canada to launch first international centre for sturgeon studies

Vancouver Island University (VIU) will put the finishing touches on a new International Centre for Sturgeon Studies (ICSS), the first of its kind in North America, thanks to federal funding announced Monday 12 September 2011. An investment of $717,700 is being provided through the Western Diversification Program towards the centre’s completion. “Developing innovative opportunities in…