US Senator Roger Wicker files bill to further aquaculture industry

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) has filed a bill that he said would further develop the aquaculture industry in the country. S. 3138, named the “Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act,” calls for the creation of the Office of Marine Aquaculture within NOAA Fisheries. That office would oversee regulatory issues within NOAA…

Genes for de novo biosynthesis of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are widespread in animals

 Marine ecosystems are responsible for virtually all production of omega-3 (ω3) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which are essential nutrients for vertebrates. Current consensus is that marine microbes account for this production, given their possession of key enzymes including methyl-end (or “ωx”) desaturases. ωx desaturases have also been described in a small number of invertebrate…

UC Santa Barbara study says farming fish saves land

To satisfy the protein demands of an anticipated nearly 10 billion people by 2050, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and researchers around the world estimate current animal production will need to grow by an average of 52 percent. Meeting this need without pushing the environment to the brink will be critical. New…

FDA approval of first US facility for commercial production of AquAdvantage Salmon

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to raise AquAdvantage® Salmon at its land-based contained facility near Albany, Indiana. The FDA previously approved AquaBounty’s New Animal Drug…

US agency alerts public to the lies by anti-fish farm activists

Similar falsehoods being used by BC-based anti-aquaculture lobby in campaign to attack salmon farmers. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has joined a growing chorus of condemnation against the lies being spread by the anti-fish farm lobby about the salmon aquaculture industry. The agency in a statement said the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC),…

Timberfish turns booze into food – fish food

Out on farmland in western New York, near the shore of Lake Erie, is Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. Here, they make more than just booze. They also raise fish. Inside a large white structure set back behind the brewery is a land-based aquaculture system. It’s the life’s work of Jere Northrop, founder of…

UN Global Compact, The Norwegian Government, and engaged companies announced last at Cermaq headquarters in Oslo the launch of the Business Action Platform for Oceans. . Cermaq is one of the world’s leading companies in farming of salmon and trout, with operations in Norway, Chile and Canada. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. The Norwegian…

SalMar creates aquaculture professorship

The salmon farming giant SalMar is working with Norway’s University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to create a new professorship in the field of aquaculture. The project is being driven by the huge technological surge within the industry which both the company and the university believe will lead to major changes in how the sector…

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Aquabyte Raises $3.5 Million Seed Funding

Aquabyte, a startup applying computer vision and machine learning models to dramatically optimize fish farming efficiency, today announced a $3.5 Million Seed Round of funding co-led by Costanoa Ventures and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Princeton University and other strategic US and Norwegian investors. Fish farming is the fastest growing sector of food…

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Marine Harvest farm receives antibiotic-free certification

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) deems the delivery of the first “antibiotic-free” certification to an Atlantic salmon farming center in Los Lagos region as an important milestone. It is Yaotal center, in central Chiloé, belonging to the Norwegian capital company Marine Harvest, which proved that its fish are not treated with antimicrobials during…

Great Lakes net-pen aquaculture—real and perceived risks to the environment

The following article is based on a presentation by Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University at the No-Spills Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort, Michigan, in early January. Chris Weeks, Michigan State University Extension, was also a co-author on this presentation. Great Lakes net-pen aquaculture—real and perceived risks to the environment In the…

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10 Myths about U.S. Marine Aquaculture

Not all aquaculture is created equal, but aquaculture in the United States operates within one of the most comprehensive regulatory environments in the world.  Projects that are sited in U.S. waters must meet a suite of federal, state, and local regulations that ensure environmental protection, water quality, food safety, and protection of public health.  …

All new SeaDrone Inspector 2.0 launched

SeaDrone Inc. Introduces Inspector 2.0 Doubling down on aquaculture inspection San Francisco Bay area based robotics startup, SeaDrone Inc., announces the launch of Inspector 2.0, the latest innovation in underwater robotics, this summer. Inspector 1.0 was launched at TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 and was the first sub – 6 kg underwater vehicle capable of tackling 1.5…