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Fishmeal-free Atlantic salmon feed formulation shows promise

Joint research between The Conservation Fund Fresh Water Institute (TCFFI), USDA and EWOS uses new diet for post-smolt to food-size fish. The objective of this project was to evaluate the effects of a fishmeal-free diet on Atlantic salmon post-smolt performance and fillet quality during growout to market-size in a commercial-scale, land-based, closed-containment system using water recirculation technology. The production system…

Land-based salmon still not investor-ready

The Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund at Tides Canada recently released its final report on the ‘Namgis First Nation’s land-based Atlantic salmon project on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. A detailed analysis of the Tides’ report on the heavily subsidized “Kuterra” project confirms that at this time there is currently no sound business case to…

Innovative ocean aquaculture project authorised

 The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility. Situated outside of Trondheim, this innovative new facility introduces a paradigm shift in salmon farming now, and other fish types in the future and…

Salmon puberty gene discovered

Researchers have discovered that a specific gene plays a very important role in determining whether a salmon returns to spawn as a large or small salmon. They identified the gene and revealed its secret. The longer a salmon is at sea before maturing, the larger it becomes, and the more offspring it can have. Large…

Genetically engineered salmon – good, or, not-so-good?

November 18, 2015… A day of remarkable progress, or a day that will live in infamy? Most agricultural scientists and biological scientists consider the announcement made this day to be a major milestone in the advance of applied technology to the race between global food production and human populations. However, an array of environmental interest groups and many of their…

Scottish salmon industry to gain from £2.9 million cleaner-­‐fish projects 

Research projects, initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, will increase the sustainable supply of cleaner-­‐fish for use in sea lice control in the Scottish salmon industry Cleaner-­‐fish projects offer a biological alternative to licensed medicines used in sea lice control A consortium of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have announced projects worth £2.9…

Aquaculture in Finland on the rise

Recirculating aquaculture is a fish farming method that continues to gain popularity all around the world. Right now, Finland has an excellent opportunity to become known as one of the main players in the field. Imports make up 85% of all the fish consumed in Finland. It is hoped that this figure is going to…

Eliminating the Need for Antibiotics on the Farm

Consumers are sensitive to the use of antibiotics in the production of food animals, and fear of residues and antibiotic resistant bacteria in their food supply have driven consumers to shun particular products. This happens not just at the producer level, but to entire regions, countries, and species of farmed seafood. Some consumer concerns are…

Riddle of dark spots in salmon solved

Dark spots on the muscle filets of farmed salmon have posed a significant problem for many years. New research has revealed that a virus associated with heart and skeletal muscle inflammation is the cause of the spots. The dark spots are so-called melanin spots that are black, brown or red colour pigments. The spots are…

Call for Papers: The Influence of Activists and Media on Innovation in Aquaculture Production

Call for Papers Special session: Aquaculture 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada The Influence of Activists and Media on Innovation in Aquaculture Production I have proposed to organize a session at this meeting on The Influence of Activists and Media on Innovation in Aquaculture Production.  The session will include topics on how innovation has been encouraged or discouraged…

Hi-tech breeding techniques can improve fish farming

An EU-funded project is studying how hi-tech breeding techniques implemented in fish farming can promote disease resistance and fast, efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving fish welfare, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity. The project — called FISHBOOST — involved no genetic modification, but just a mixture of modern and traditional breeding…