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Register Now for the CAA Meeting and Presentations in San Diego on March 29, 2017
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This event is open to CAA members and their guests. RSVP is REQUIRED. The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) will hold a meeting and presentations at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, CA on March 29, 2017. Meeting agenda: 9AM - 11:30AM: CAA Board meeting 11:30AM - 1PM: Lunch (Provided) 1PM - 5PM: Speakers and Presentations Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute Opening Remarks Tony Schuur, CAA President Topic: CAA Update Randy Lovell,

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Nutrient Approval a Victory for U.S. Fish Farmers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an ingredient for fish feed that provides fish farmers with more options and reduces our nation’s reliance on feed made of other fish. The ingredient is called taurine (pronounced TAR-een). Taurine is a nutrient that carnivores need in their diets. It’s essential for many bodily functions, including fat digestion and eyesight. Taurine is also important for proper behavior in fish.

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Alltech’s Algae Products Provide Sustainable Fish Oil Alternative
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Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016 to 39.9 million metric tons. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey. For many who are closely watching the aquaculture sector, this growth comes as no surprise.

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NOAA Sea Grant Announces Two Competitive Funding Opportunities

Courtesy of NAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative, includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second

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Marine Resources Committee Meeting Agenda: March 23, 2017

Courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: The agenda for the March 23, 2017, meeting of the Marine Resources Committee is available now and can be viewed here. As a CAA member, if you have any questions or concerns about any items on the agenda, please let us know.

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Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture Series Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet
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2/21/17 Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture Series Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet Guest Speakers: Barton Seaver and Linda Cornish Tuesday, February 21 7:00 P.M.–8:30 P.M. PT Long Beach CA or via Live Stream Lecture Series Overview: Seafood is a lean protein that is packed with beneficial nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, and B vitamins. Research has shown that eating more seafood may reduce the risk of heart disease,

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Alaska Fish Factor: Framework for Alaskan Mariculture Expansion Takes Shape

Shellfish, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, seaweeds and biofuels are crops envisioned by a group of Alaskans who are crafting a framework for a statewide mariculture industry expansion. An 11-member task force created last February by Governor Walker has wasted no time advancing its mission to put a comprehensive report on Walker’s desk by next March. The group, which has been meeting regularly, also has attracted wide interest from Alaskans who

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New company introduces high-tech buoys for aquaculture

Aquasend, a new company based in San Diego, California, U.S.A. is manufacturing alarm buoys for the aquaculture industry. The solar-powered Aquadot alarm buoy monitors oxygen and temperature levels, performs water quality analysis and is capable of sending sends a mobile alert in case a problem arises via wi-fi or cellular networks. It is equipped with anti-fouling wipers and has parts manufactured by Precision Measurement Engineering that are designed

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Save the Date: March 29, 2017: CAA Member Meeting and Presentations, San Diego, CA

Please save the date for our March 29, 2017 CAA member meeting, which will be held in San Diego, California. This event will be a one-day event and will include presentations from the association, industry, and governing agencies. Further details about this event will be provided as they become available. To subscribe to this event and the CAA calendar, please click here.

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Sea Grant: Call for Preliminary Proposals 2018

The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2018. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas): Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Resilient Coastal Communities

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Can the U.S. have its fish and eat it too?

2016 was a banner year for marine conservation, including the addition of nearly 450,000 square miles to the U.S. marine national monument system and the passage of a new rule in December to combat seafood fraud in imports. Yet a new review in the Journal of Marine Policy makes the case that, in some instances, fishing restrictions in the U.S. can lead to unintended consequences by creating a spike in negative impacts elsewhere. The paper’s authors

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Federal grant helps Ventura meet growing need for aquaculture

The Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE), a multi-party collaboration to grow sustainably cultivated mussels in the Santa Barbara Channel near Ventura, will hold the first of a series of public information workshops on February 16, 2017.  The workshop will provide an introduction to the benefits of shellfish aquaculture, how this crop is grown worldwide, and the specifics of the project proposed for Ventura. Supported by a $300,000 grant from the

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Mexico to invest at least USD 50 million in mariculture

The Mexican government has pledged to invest tens of millions of dollars into growing its mariculture industry, according to an announcement made in advance of the 2017 Offshore Mariculture Conference. According to a press release announcing the conference, Mexico has committed USD 50 to 70 million (EUR 46.5 to 65.1 million) to infrastructure and initiatives to support mariculture in the Central American country. “The Mexican government believes

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Request for Presentations for Special Session on Aquaculture at Annual Cal-Neva AFS Conference: April 5-7, 2017 in Eureka, California

The Humboldt State University California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Center for Aquaculture at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories are seeking presentations for a special session on aquaculture to be held at the 51st Annual Cal-Neva AFS meeting and conference from April 5-7, 2017 in Eureka, California (http://afs-calneva.org/events/annual-meeting/). If you would like to propose a presentation for inclusion in this session,

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A Message from the California Aquaculture Association President
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By Tony Schuur During the past year we have realized several CAA objectives including:   Successfully conducting a major aquaculture presentation for the California Legislature Joint Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) and recommending several actions to improve the governance of California aquaculture.   Creating and distributing to CAA membership a detailed response to the initiation of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management

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Ventura Shellfish Enterprise plans model permitting strategy for new growers and re-vitalization of Port
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Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.ca.gov: Quoting a recent article in the Ventura County Reporter by Chris O’Neal, “…when a group of entrepreneurial, scientifically minded individuals comes together for a project, big ideas can emerge. Such is the case of the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise — a proposed multiparty project that would allow for (20) 100-acre plots for growing mussels in state waters within the Santa Barbara Channel near Ventura Harbor.”

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Trump’s top 5 decisions impacting seafood

From SeafoodSource.com: Since his swearing-in less than two weeks ago, United States President Donald Trump has not been afraid to act quickly and boldly – some might argue rashly – to make good on promises he made during his campaign. The seafood industry already has much to digest in its analysis of how Trump’s policies will affect its bottom line. Many of Trump’s early moves have represented sharp deviations from American policy over previous

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NAA Updates FDA’s Seafood List

Courtesy of NAA: Late last week a California-based seafood distributor was informed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that “hybrid striped bass” is not a recognized market name within the FDA’s The Seafood List (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fdcc/?set=seafoodlist). The Seafood List provides information to assist manufacturers in properly labeling seafood and to reflect the acceptable market names of new species introduced

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New tool helps oyster growers prepare for changing ocean chemistry

Courtesy of NOAA: For Bill Mook, coastal acidification is one thing his oyster hatchery cannot afford to ignore. Mook Sea Farm depends on seawater from the Gulf of Maine pumped into a Quonset hut-style building where tiny oysters are grown in tanks. Mook sells these tiny oysters to other oyster farmers or transfers them to his oyster farm on the Damariscotta River where they grow large enough to sell to restaurants and markets on the East Coast.

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Family Farm Relief Act Introduced to Move H2-A Program from Labor to Agriculture

Courtesy of NAA: The Family Farm Relief Act of 2017 (HR 281)  has been introduced in the House of Representatives to move the H-2A Agricultural Visa program (temporary agricultural workers) from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture to better meet the unique labor needs of farmers and agricultural businesses. The Act authorizes practical measures such as allowing visa applicants to fill out the H2-A applications on paper or online,

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USDA Suspends Development of US Standards for Grades of Catfish

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that it will suspend work related to the development of voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products. The 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills directed the Secretary of Agriculture to establish, within USDA, a voluntary fee-based grading program for catfish. Standards are the foundation of the grading program and must be developed prior to

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Catalina Sea Ranch Closes on $2M Round of Investment Capital
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Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC closed on another $2,000,000 round increasing the total company funding to over $5,000,000. The investment allowed the Company to launch its innovative monitoring program and to purchase buoys, float, ropes and anchors for the construction of its pioneering offshore aquaculture facility.” The investment also provided for the purchase of mussel seed. About 15 million mussel seed are currently growing at Catalina Sea Ranch

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Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

Courtesy of CDFW: Stakeholders are invited to participate in a series of discussions to help inform and guide key components of the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. The next discussion has been scheduled: Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan Amendment Discussion for Interested Stakeholders Draft Approach to Scaled Management and a Web-based Fisheries Dashboard Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:30pm PT

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NAA Hosting Federal Town Hall during Aquaculture America 2017

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is hosting a Federal Town Hall during Aquaculture America 2017 in San Antonio Texas on February 20th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Room 17 within the Marriott Rivercenter. The Federal Town Hall provides an opportunity for direct dialogue between the aquaculture community and key federal aquaculture leaders and managers that are members of the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A).  The IWG-A serves

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2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available
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Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) produced an aquaculture webinar series during 2016 that featured 14 current and timely aquaculture topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The webinars were: Aquaponics – How to Do It Yourself! Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes Labeling Requirements for Siluriformes Fish and

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: February 8-9, 2017
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The agenda for the February 8-9, 2017 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Public Perceptions of Aquaculture: Evaluating Spatiotemporal Patterns of Sentiment around the World
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Aquaculture is expanding quickly worldwide, and marine-based production may have potential in helping meet the needs and demands of the ever-expanding appetite of the human population. Indeed, capture fisheries appear to have stagnated or declined, while aquaculture continues to be one of the most rapidly growing industries on the planet. Although aquaculture as a whole is expanding, marine aquaculture accounts for a smaller percentage of current

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When aquaculture grows, so does its economic impact
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Farming of finfish, shellfish and plants in fresh and saltwater is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world and it's growing in Maine, too. From 2007 to 2014, the total economic impact of aquaculture in Maine—including sales revenue, full- and part-time jobs and labor income—nearly tripled from $50 million to $137 million. In 2014 alone, aquaculture businesses in the state reported $73 million in sales revenue. That's according

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FDA Provides Greater Flexibility in Using VFD Drugs

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently distributed a letter announcing that veterinarians will have more flexibility in directing treatment of fish. The staff at the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program (AADAPP) have condensed and translated some of the more technical jargon in this letter into layman’s terms for ease of understanding.  The following information is quoted with permission from the AADAPP’s

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NFI Sues NOAA Over New Seafood Fraud Import Rules Claiming Regulatory Overreach

The National Fisheries Institute, six major seafood companies, and two West Coast Associations sued the Obama Administration over the final US Rule regarding seafood import regulations in federal district court on Friday, Jan 6th. The six company plaintiffs are Alfa International, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Handy Seafood, Pacific Seafood Group, Trident Seafoods, and Libby Hill Seafood Restaurants. Also the Pacific Seafood Processors Association

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CAA Member and Advisor, H. Roy Gordon, Contributes Articles to United Nations FAO Globefish
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CAA Member and Advisor, H. Roy Gordon, has begun writing a series of articles on abalone for publications of the United Nations FAO Globefish. Abalone was included for the first time in the 2016 4th quarter issue, which can be read here.  

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Collaboration Publishes Report: Next Steps For Offshore Aquaculture In Southern California
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US - A joint effort of NOAA, California Sea Grant, and the Aquarium of the Pacific, the report provides recommendations for the growth and expansion of offshore marine aquaculture in Southern California. These include developing a working group for agencies involved in California aquaculture permitting to streamline regulatory decisions. The report also calls for increased public educations outreach on aquaculture science and regulation, and additional

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NOAA aims to develop aquaculture in federal waters of the Pacific
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is creating a plan to manage commercial fish farms in federal waters, the area of ocean from three to 200 miles offshore, around Hawaii and other Pacific islands. The US government sees aquaculture as a promising solution to feeding a hungry planet, and to address the threat commercial fishing is posing on fish populations worldwide. The program is similar to one recently implemented by

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NCCOS Releases Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal
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NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) program has announced the launch of a Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP), a tool designed to assist in the planning and siting of sustainable coastal aquaculture facilities. Developed in partnership with the Office of Coastal Management’s Digital Coast, the CAPP features more than 20 tools that have applications for planning and siting of aquaculture operations and industries.

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BAP Biosecurity Area Management Standards Available for Public Comment

The 60-day public comment period for the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) biosecurity area management standards, released in late November, has been extended by 14 days, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has announced. The new deadline to submit comments is Feb. 12, 2017. The new standards focus primarily on the prevention and control of pathogenic organisms and the diseases they cause through the implementation of cohesive area-wide management. The

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program seeks industry input

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program is seeking industry input to create programming that will promote a sustainable seafood supply and strengthen consumer confidence in responsible business practices. Please take a moment to fill out this very brief survey by January 20, 2017. Click here to take the survey.

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California Legislative Pictorial Roster

Please click here to view a pictorial roster of your 2017-2018 California elected officials. Courtesy of CalChamber

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1986 Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology Updated

Courtesy of NAA: The White House has released a 2017 Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products. The Administration initiated an effort in 2015 to modernize the biotechnology regulatory system established in 1986 by asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accomplish

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Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture
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The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar entitled, Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture. A veterinary feed directive (VFD) is a written statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of a VFD drug in animal feed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed VFD administrative rule in 2000, and Aquaflor®

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2017 looking bright for restaurant seafood sales
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Seafood restaurants – and those that serve seafood – are expected to perform well in both the United States and the United Kingdom in 2017. “Right now, consumers should be in a pretty good place, with regard to the economy. All of the indicators, including unemployment, are trending positive,” Darren Tristano, president of foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic, told SeafoodSource. As a result, spending at higher-end restaurants

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California Aquaculture Association Board of Directors Election Results
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The California Aquaculture Association would like to welcome and congratulate the newly elected Directors to the Board, listed below. Michael Graham, Sustainable Seafood Technologies Jackie Zimmerman, Skretting Mark Drawbridge, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute Don Crain, Crain Fisheries Cameron Eglington, Bluebeyond Fisheries Greg Dale, Pacific Seafood Gregg Leonard, Freshwater Fish Company   The two-year terms for the above Directors began

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HSWRI Aquaculture Research Newsletter, Volume 83
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A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: HSWRI partners with Scripps Institution of Oceanography for Climate Change Research Just for the Halibut – HSWRI and CCA California Collect Broodstock for the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program   HSWRI partners with Scripps Institution of Oceanography for Climate Change Research Did you know that HSWRI has been working with researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program seeks industry input

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program is seeking industry input to create programming that will promote a sustainable seafood supply and strengthen consumer confidence in responsible business practices. Please take a moment to fill out this very brief survey by January 20, 2017. Click here to take the survey.

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Column: The future of food looks pretty fishy
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Global food demand is on the verge of rising rapidly. One driver of demand, of course, is the continued expansion of the population. As noted by the UN Population Division, the world’s population will exceed 11.2 billion by the year 2100, meaningfully above the current estimate of 7.4 billion. This means that between now and the end of the century, we will, on average, add 125,000 people to the planet’s population every day. More mouths,

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What Is Aquaculture And Why Should You Care?
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The short answers to the questions in the title are (1) seafood farming, and (2) because aquaculture is the future of food. Aquaculture is an umbrella term that describes seafood farming in all its iterations, including growing saltwater fish and shellfish in the ocean, and freshwater fish in recirculating systems on land. Aquaculture isn’t new--some methods, like traditional Hawaiian fishponds and oyster farming as practiced in Ancient Rome, are

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Alltech to Host Ag Relations Council Internship

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) has announced Alltech will host the ARC intern in the spring and summer of this new year. ARC member Susanna Elliott of Alltech plans, among other traditional duties, to utilize the intern to assist with communications efforts surrounding its ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference, an event that attracts more than 3,000 leaders in agriculture from nearly 70 countries. “We plan to have the intern write press releases,

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New Edition of the Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture Available

Courtesy of NAA: A new edition of the Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture has just been released.  The new edition includes updates regarding recent changes to antibiotic drug accessibility and descriptions of the most common fish diseases. All aquaculture operations have occasional demand for drugs, biologics, and other chemicals, collectively referred to as “regulated products.” The Guide was developed by the

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Tilapia skin used to heal Brazilian burn victims

Doctors in Brazil have found a medicinal use for tilapia, using the skin of the fish to treat burn victims with impressive initial results. According to an exclusive report from The Sun, the pioneering treatment was spearheaded by a group of researchers from the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), who worked diligently in the Nucleus of Research and Development of Medicines (NPDM) department for two years to develop the technique... Read more here.

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California Sea Grant Now Hiring Aquaculture Specialist

California Sea Grant is seeking a resourceful, innovative scientist with a background in marine or estuarine aquaculture (freshwater expertise considered). The Aquaculture Specialist will provide research-based information and leadership in topical areas related to aquaculture husbandry, nutrition, genetics, diseases, systems design, or policy. Reporting to the CASG Extension Director, the Aquaculture Specialist will be based at the California State

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Five Climate Regional Action Plans to Guide Information Needs for Fisheries

On December 16th NOAA released five Regional Action Plans (RAPs) to guide implementation of NOAA Fisheries' Climate Science Strategy in the Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Islands, West Coast and Alaska Regions. The RAPs respond to the growing demands for information on what's changing, what's at risk and how to respond to climate-related changes in marine and coastal ecosystems. The US fishing industry, resource managers, and coastal communities are

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Q&A on New Reporting Requirements for Businesses Using the Point of Sale Safe Harbor Warning for BPA Exposures from Canned and Bottled Foods

Click here to view the Q&A on New Reporting Requirements for Businesses Using the Point of Sale Safe Harbor Warning for BPA Exposures from Canned and Bottled Foods. Topics covered include: Why is there a new reporting requirement? Who is required to report product information to OEHHA? When must a business report? What must the business report? How may a business report? How often must a business report? How long will the database be posted?

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Want to eat more sustainably? Eat more fish and veg
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With starvation and obesity posing two of global society’s most pressing issues, and with a world population that’s forecast to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, further intensifying the pressure on precious resources, the current human diet is not sustainable, agreed a panel of experts at the recent edition of the annual Food Matters conference in London. Leaders from science, health, food manufacturing and the restaurant trade took

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Renovated aquaculture technology research center prepares to open its doors

December marks the opening of the Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada in Souris, Prince Edward Island. Located within a renovated 21,000-square-foot building – renovations to the space totaled CAD 6 million (USD 4.5 million, EUR 4.3 million), according to a Theguardian.pe.ca. report – the center comes equipped with new research suites, molecular laboratories and wet lab areas for scientists to explore fish health and to conduct nutritional

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NIFA Announces $4 Million in Funding for Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of up to $4 million for research to help federal regulatory agencies make science-based evaluations about the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms including plants, animals, insects and microorganisms. This funding is made available through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk

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Broad Coalition Supports Senate’s “California Rebuild” Infrastructure Proposals
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CONTACT: Anthony Reyes, 916-651-4024, anthony.reyes@sen.ca.gov Broad Coalition Supports Senate’s “California Rebuild” Infrastructure Proposals SACRAMENTO – A diverse coalition of local elected leaders, advocates and labor representatives are speaking out in support of the Senate’s “California Rebuild” legislative package to reinvest in the state’s critical infrastructure. HOUSING – SB 2 (Atkins) & SB 3 (Beall) “This package

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Fisheries in the U.S. Annual Report
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Courtesy of NOAA: Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics into an annual snapshot documenting fishing and aquaculture's importance to the nation. The 2015 Fisheries in the U.S. report shows that the American aquaculture industry produced $1.3 billion worth of seafood in 2014. Marine aquaculture production has been increasing steadily in recent years, increasing at an average annual rate of about 3% from 2009 to 2013. Because

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California’s New Minimum Wage: An Explanation

Courtesy of the Legislative Analyst's Office:  California’s New Minimum Wage. A law passed in 2016 (SB 3 [Leno]) will increase California’s statewide minimum wage from $10 per hour to $15 per hour over a period of several years. (The law gives the Governor some opportunities to delay the increases, making the actual timing somewhat uncertain.) After the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour, it will continue to increase along with inflation. Recent

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NAA: Free Webinar – Fish Health

Courtesy of NAA: Fish Health: What You Need to Know as an Aquaculture Producer A Free Webinar The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar entitled, Fish Health: What You Need to Know as an Aquaculture Producer. The old adage “You aren’t a fish farmer until you kill a million fish" doesn’t have to be true. From beginner to seasoned producer,

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New Overtime Pay Exemption Regulations Are Put on Ice

Courtesy of CAA affiliate, Placer Insurance Agency: A FEDERAL JUDGE in Texas late last month issued an order temporarily blocking the Department of Labor's new white-collar overtime rules from taking effect on Dec. 1. The preliminary injunction blocked the implementation of rules requiring employers to pay overtime to white collar workers who make less than a new threshold of $47,476. So for now, the current $23,660 annual salary threshold remains.

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How is Coppens reducing the fish in, fish out ratio?
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At EuroTier 2016, we hear about innovation at fish feed producer, Coppens, five months after global nutrition company, Alltech, acquired it. Read more and view the video here.

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Millennials thinking differently about seafood, marketers say

A panel of millennial fishermen and seafood professionals offered tips and secrets of marketing their products to their generation during a forum at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, 19 November. Millennials require “a new direction” in marketing and sales efforts, according to Becky Martello, the executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. Martello’s association recently launched

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With TPP trashed, RCEP emerges as likely alternative

As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, some of America’s trade partners in the Pacific region are looking to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to fill the void. Though usually described as a Chinese-backed plan, RCEP originated from an attempt to forge individual free-trade agreements between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six

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Leaked WWF report levels harsh criticism of MSC

A leaked report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) describes “troubling, systemic flaws” within the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification scheme, casting doubt on the integrity of a program trusted by millions of seafood consumers around the world to identify fisheries that are sustainable and well-managed. The WWF, which helped found MSC 20 years ago, identified a conflict of interest in MSC’s scheme, which charges a licensing fee

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CAA Member, Santa Barbara Mariculture Featured on TV Show Billion Dollar Buyer
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Bernard Friedman of Santa Barbara Mariculture was featured on Billion Dollar Buyer, which recently aired on CNBC. To watch the episode, click here. Additionally, Santa Barbara Mariculture's lease extension is on the California Fish and Game Commission agenda for December 7-8. If you would like to write the Commission in support of extending Santa Barbara Mariculture's lease, please click here.

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For Sale: Northern California Warmwater Aquaculture Facility
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  Summary A fully operational, fully staffed, turnkey warmwater fish farm in northern California is for sale for $2,296,000.00. The farm contains 18 ponds, which are supplied by on-site wells. All required permits for operation of the farm are in place. View additional details below and submit your contact information if interested.   Property Location and Size The property is located approx. 4 miles South of Red Bluff, California and approx.

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CalChamber: Required Harassment Prevention

California requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to California supervisors within six months of hire or promotion, and every two years thereafter. Part-time and temp employees (including those hired through staffing agencies) plus independent contractors are part of the minimum employee count of 50. If you need to retrain supervisors before the end of the year (or any time of year),

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New Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Courses Address Water Quality

Courtesy of Global Aquaculture Alliance:  The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has launched two new online courses for aquaculturists: Total Suspended Solids Management in Aquaculture and pH Management in Aquaculture. Developed with the assistance of renowned expert Dr. Claude Boyd, the free courses are the first in a new series of RAF courses on water quality. Now available at http://edu.responsibleaqua.org, the courses will help users learn

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California Aquaculture Association Seeking Board of Directors Nominees
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The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) is currently seeking nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors election. The duties and responsibilities of CAA Directors are listed below. If you are interested in being considered as a nominee, please respond to info@caaquaculture.org by November, 28th, 2016.   CAA Board of Directors Responsibilities Director term: two years   Prepare for and attend quarterly meetings. (Two consecutive

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Faster seafood DNA testing on the way

A new, faster seafood DNA testing technology could be developed by late next year, thanks to research starting soon in the United States. J. Aquiles Sanchez, a senior research scientist at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A., will test and develop a “fast, cost-effective identification of edible fish and fish products to prevent species substitution and fraud,” according to the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), which is

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USDA funds four university projects researching aquaculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced four grants totaling USD 1.2 million (EUR 1.13 million) to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the United States. The grants will support research taking place at universities across the United States, according to a USDA press release. The funds were awarded through the Aquaculture Research

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FDA Food Labeling Regulations

FDA Food Labeling Regulations - FDA is establishing "... January 1, 2020, as the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations that are issued between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018 ..." - FDA has periodically announced "... uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact on the food industry of having to respond separately to each change. Occasionally the FDA sets specific compliance dates

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American Idol-Style Contest for Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed
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Small oily fish like anchovy, herring and menhaden are the main target of the industrial fishmeal and oil fisheries. Once captured the fish are ground into feed for fertilizers and animal feed, from beef and chicken to salmon and tilapia. Although many of the fish caught by the fishmeal industry are considered inedible by human standards, these small schooling fish are the cornerstone of ocean food webs, providing seabirds, marine mammals and larger

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: December 7-8, 2016
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The agenda for the December 7-8, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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OPC Seeking Environmental Scientist

Courtesy of OPC: The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to manage its Sustainable Fisheries Program. The OPC is a state entity that works to (1) coordinate activities among ocean-related state agencies to improve the effectiveness of state efforts to protect ocean resources, (2) establish policies to coordinate the collection and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources between

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FDA withdraws Proposed Rule to adopt common or usual names for additional crab species
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Common or Usual Name of Crabmeat - FDA has withdrawn its April 23, 1998 Proposed Rule to adopt common or usual names for additional crab species in the regulations as it is "... obsolete because FDA has created a new process that allows for routine updates to the seafood names without going through notice and comment rulemaking ..." Document Title: The title of the November 14, 2016 FDA Federal Register Proposed Rule is "Withdrawal of Two Proposed

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Aquaculture to play a key role in global protein production
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With diminishing habitats, decaying fisheries and an increase in demand for Seafood, aquaculture across the globe is poised to play an important role in the future of food supply. It is unlikely that wild capture fisheries will be able to produce any higher yields in the future. In many parts of the world, wild fisheries have been experiencing a sharp decline. Most notable are the Atlantic salmon, a species that once dominated the eastern seaboard

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Personality tests for fish could help boost reproduction rates

Aquaculture experts from the University of Stirling and the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) in Catalonia, have found the way fish, Senegalese sole, cope with stress is determined by their personality and remains consistent regardless of the situation they are in. Experts hope the first study to test stress copying styles in mature Senegalese sole, will help farmers screen fish from a young age to help the species

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Sea Grant announces $3.4M for aquaculture research and outreach projects

Silver Spring, MD -- The National Sea Grant College Program announced $3.4 million in federal funding to support aquaculture research and outreach today. The funding, which leverages all federal dollars 2:1 with state matching funds, will support 11 aquaculture research projects and 23 projects to organize and conduct conferences and workshops to transfer aquaculture information. This announcement of competitive awards is part of Sea Grant’s overall

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Sales and Use Tax Rate Decreases to 7.25% Effective January 1, 2017

The statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease one quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent on January 1, 2017. The decrease in the statewide rate is effective for all cities and counties in California; however, the actual sales and use tax rate may still be higher than the statewide rate in many jurisdictions in California due to the addition of district taxes.

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China’s inland cities developing taste for imported oysters

Growing demand for oysters in mainland China is spawning the spread of Western-style oyster bars, even in the country’s interior. Mainland Chinese demand for oysters has jumped in the past two years, an import executive at Hong Kong-based importer Jet On told Seafoodsource. He explained how business from the mainland has started to outpace local Hong Kong demand among the company’s customer base. While China’s first-tier cities like Beijing

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The Need for a Blue Revolution
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Courtesy of TheHill.com: America needs another revolution. We need a Blue Revolution, to start to grow fish in the open ocean, where they belong. And we should lead the world in this initiative. This is an economic opportunity: we must reverse our $12.9 billion seafood trade deficit. We have the technologies, we have the investment capital, and we need the jobs and the working waterfronts. It is also a moral obligation: over 90% of the seafood consumed

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Groundwork begins for Fresno aquarium
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Fresno is one step closer to having its own aquarium. In September, grading work was completed at the Fresno aquarium property along Highway 99 overlooking the San Joaquin River and soon the nonprofit taking charge of the project, Aquarius Aquarium Institute, will be able to move forward on constructing the building for phase one. Tom Lang, the executive director of the Aquarius Aquarium Institute, said the process of transforming the 10-acre property

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Sea change: Abalone farming puts rare delicacy back on menus
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Before he started cooking it and serving it in his restaurant, abalone was but a sensory flashback for chef Chris Kobayashi. He remembers the rare shellfish more as a taste and texture from his childhood, something his family used to have all the time when it was still abundant in the waters of Southern California. "I grew up with it and then I remember it just disappeared forever," he said. "It had been so overfished that it was brought to the brink

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National Sea Grant Announces $3.4M to Support Aquaculture Research and Outreach

Courtesy of NAA: The National Sea Grant College Program has announced $3.4 million in federal funding to support aquaculture research and outreach. The funding, which leverages all federal dollars 2:1 with state matching funds, will support 11 aquaculture research projects and 23 projects to organize and conduct conferences and workshops to transfer aquaculture information. This announcement of competitive awards is part of Sea Grant’s overall

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US catfish, tilapia production at risk from invasive species petition

Process aimed at eradicating invasive species could have unintended consequences for US aquaculture sector. Courtesy of John Fiorillo of IntraFish.com A petition filed with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) by the environmental group Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP) could have severe implications for US catfish, crawfish and tilapia producers and companies that supply them with eggs for their operations. The petition targets

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MAFAC Launches Survey to Assess Climate Information Needs of Stakeholders

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) is conducting a short survey, and feedback from stakeholders interested in fisheries and aquaculture and others is vital. The purpose of this voluntary survey is to attain the information resources fishery stakeholders need and use regarding the effects of large-scale environmental change on fisheries, aquaculture, and coastal communities. This survey includes 14 questions and will take about 10

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Seafood’s new normal: California’s coastal ecosystem

In the shallow waters off Elk, in Mendocino County, a crew from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dived recently to survey the area’s urchin and abalone populations. Instead of slipping beneath a canopy of leafy bull kelp, which normally darkens the ocean floor like a forest, they found a barren landscape like something out of “The Lorax.” A single large abalone scaled a bare kelp stalk, hunting a scrap to eat, while urchins clustered

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Fisheries losses from climate change estimated at USD 10 billion, study says
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Global warming and ocean acidification are causing a noticeable declines in some fisheries currently and are expected to cause major ecological and financial damage to the world’s fisheries in the future. Fisheries around the world could lose an estimated USD 10 billion (EUR 9.2 billion) in annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports. “We show that global fisheries

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INJURIOUS WILDLIFE PETITION SUMMARY AND ACTION PLAN
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Please click to view the call for action and in-depth summary from NAA concerning a petition submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list 43 native and nonnative species as Injurious Wildlife.  The petition included species significant to US aquaculture producers including black acara, blue catfish, common carp (i.e., koi), grass carp, guppies, Jaguar guapote, three plecos (Amazon, Orinoco and vermiculated sailfin catfish), red swamp crawfish,

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Fisheries of the U.S. 2015 Numbers Released – Seafood Consumption up Nearly 1 Pound per Person
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NOAA Fisheries has released their Fisheries of the United States, 2015 report, giving a profile of the nation's fishing and seafood by the numbers. According to this latest report, in addition to strong landings and economic values for U.S. fishermen, the numbers reflect a jump in domestic seafood consumption to 15.5 pounds per person, up by nearly a full pound. U.S. dietary guidelines recommend eating 8-12 ounces of seafood each week for a healthy

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Scientists See Aquaculture in America’s Future
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LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA —  "We must plant the sea and herd its animals," the late ocean researcher Jacques Cousteau said more than 40 years ago, "using the sea as farmers instead of hunters." Scientists who share the vision of thriving fish farms off the California coast met at workshops this year and last sponsored by the NOAA Sea Grant program. NOAA, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year opened federal waters

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NOAA Sea Grant Releases 10 Year Aquaculture Vision
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Courtesy of NAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) has released a ten year aquaculture planning document. For nearly 50 years, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses. For example, a $26-million investment in aquaculture research and technology transfer from 2012-2015 led to an economic impact of $200 million and

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Fish Farms Can Be Used to Predict Future Effects of Climate Change
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A team of researchers has found that rising levels of carbon dioxide interfere with the sensory systems of fish. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase exponentially, fish may become unable to avoid predators. The team used existing data from the aquaculture industry to study these effects. The details are in a paper that was just published in the journal Global Change Biology. Carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising due to the

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Frank Dulcich Credits Strength of His Team in Celebration of Pacific Seafood’s 75h Anniversary

Pacific Seafood Group celebrated its 75th Anniversary at a gala event at the Portland Art Museum last week. The private event on Oct. 17 traced the company's history from its establishment in 1941 as a single retail store on Powell Blvd. in Portland, Ore., Pacific Seafood was the vision of Frank Dulcich Sr. and his son Dominic, providing fresh, quality seafood to the Portland market. Now headed by current President and CEO Frank Dulcich, the founder’s

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Farmed seafood becoming first choice of retailers in Japan
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Farmed seafood is slowly gaining preeminence in the Japanese retail sector, driven by the changing preferences of the country’s national supermarket chains. Japanese marine aquaculture production volume in 2015 was 1.06 million metric tons, up eight percent from 2014. (The total is still lower than it was in 2013, when aquaculture production was 1.11 million metric tons). Aquaculture accounted for 22.8 percent of total Japanese fish and shellfish

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Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries
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Click here to view the document, "Framing the Scientific Opportunities on Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries Scientific Insights, Recommendations and Guidance for California" developed by a working group of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team and California Ocean Science Trust.

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Millennials drive barramundi demand, sales

Demand for farmed and wild barramundi continues to increase in the United States, China and other countries around the world as millennials, seeking unique and sustainable foods, buy more of the fish. Seeking to maximize returns on the growing popularity of barramundi, Sizzler Family Restaurants ran a limited-time promotion with barramundi earlier this year and Rubio’s Coastal Grille, which operates 196 restaurants in the U.S., also plans to add

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USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

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NAA: Free Webinar – Seafood in the Diet

Courtesy of NAA: Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks - Farm-Raised and Wild A Free Webinar The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar entitled, Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks - Farm-Raised and Wild. Although there is a growing body of evidence that consuming more seafood is essential to maintaining good health, annual average per capita

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Study: Farm-Raised Fish offers Lowest Overall Environmental Cost for Protein
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A detailed assessment of consumers’ most common protein choices shows salmon raised in the ocean have the lowest overall cost to the environment. A new study prepared for the BCSFA byOttawa based RIAS Inc. examines the evidence from life-cycle analyses in the literature on theenvironmental footprint of B.C. farm-raised salmon compared to production of other food proteins. Through a life-cycle analysis (LCA), which the United Nations Environmental

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Skretting to offer algal oil breakthrough
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Please note: Skretting is in the process of securing registration for the product to be included in its feeds, but it is not yet currently available in the US and Canada. Fish oil availability will not limit the aquaculture industry’s growth   Skretting is now able to offer aquaculture feeds containing a ground breaking algal oil that consists of unprecedented levels of the two essential long chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, thanks

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CAA Board of Directors Meeting: November 3, 2016
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The California Aquaculture Association will be holding a Board of Directors meeting on November 3rd, 2016 at 2:00PM PST. This meeting will be a web/teleconference. Further details to follow. Please contact info@caaquaculture.org with any questions or agenda item requests. What: CAA Board of Directors Meeting When: November 3rd, 2016, 2PM to 4:30PM Where: Web/teleconference

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Farmed fish could solve pending population crisis, food experts say
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MONTEREY - Farmed fish has gotten a bad rap, but it’s the only way the world is going to feed the additional 2.4  billion people expected to be added to the Earth’s population in the next 34 years, experts told a sustainable food conference. With the world's arable land maxed out and wild seafood overfished, aquaculture is the one place we can look to produce enough animal protein for all those extra mouths, said Steve Gaines, a professor

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White House Recognizes Florida Aquaculture Scientist as Sustainable Seafood Champion

On October 7th, the White House recognized 12 people from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.” One of those Champions is Dr. Kevan Main, Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota County, Florida, where she serves as Director of the 200-acre Mote Aquaculture Research Park. Main is Past President and a current member of the World Aquaculture Society, and she has led Mote’s aquaculture research

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Eric Pedersen, Co-Founder and Director of Pacifico Aquaculture to Host Talks at Humboldt State University
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Eric Pedersen, Co-Founder and Director of Pacifico Aquaculture, is coming to his alma mater, Humboldt State University, to give two talks on Friday October 14, 2016. Eric was awarded as the Michael G. Scott Distinguished Lecture by the Department of Fisheries Biology this Fall 2016. View more information below (click to enlarge).

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Video: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing, October 4, 2016
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On October 4th, 2016, the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) held a hearing on modern aquaculture in California. The recorded video of this hearing is now available and can be viewed here. To view the agenda and read more about the hearing and reception, click here.  

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USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning October 4, 2016, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year... Read more here.

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Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing and CAA Reception
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On October 4th, 2016, the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) held a hearing on modern aquaculture in California. The hearing was held at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay and shared time with presentations on the 2016-17 crab season outlook. Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Joint Committee, and Congressman Jared Huffman convened the hearing. The hearing began with presentations regarding the California crab fishery

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Webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms and Agricultural Nutrients: State Responses to a Growing Issue

Courtesy of NAA:   A Free Webinar Hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Topic: Science points to runoff from agricultural fields as a cause of elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in our nation’s waterways, leading to Harmful Algal Blooms, hypoxia and other water quality issues.  In this webinar, Dr. Peggy Kirk Hall will present an overview of different approaches states are taking to address water quality impacts from

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CEO of Slade Gorton slams U.S. leadership’s lack of action on catfish inspection bill

Kim Gorton, president and CEO of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier and distributor Slade Gorton, has written an editorial in Forbes magazine blasting the leadership of the United States House of Representatives’ for the way they have handled proposed regulations governing inspections of imported catfish. Since May, House leaders have tabled a resolution passed by the U.S. Senatein May that would eliminate a law that currently

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Report: Aquaculture in California has promising future
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In a joint press conference on Tuesday, 27 September, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Sea Grant, and the Aquarium of the Pacific discussed a report they jointly authored that explores the possibilities for aquaculture in Southern California. The report is the result of two workshops hosted by the group earlier this year and in 2015. Participants in the workshop included scientists, regulators and industry

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Webinar: Branding Opportunities for Oyster Farmers

Courtesy of NAA: The United States Aquaculture Society, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and National Aquaculture Association, are offering a free webinar for oyster farmers about branding opportunities in a growing oyster market with an increasing number of varieties. To help oyster farmers sort out opportunities and pitfalls of branding, this webinar will feature a panel of experts, including Rowan Jacobsen, author of The Essential Oyster,

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Alltech’s looking for entrepreneurs for its new innovation program
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Alltech are searching for entrepreneurs to apply to ‘The Pearse Lyons Accelerator’ program, which aims to provide market and development opportunities to agricultural based businesses. The global biotechnology business is seeking to attract inventors and entrepreneurs for the first year of the program, which is named after the founder of the company... Read more here.

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Podcast: Oysters and Ocean Acidification
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Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.gov: Dr. Tessa Hill, associate professor at Bodega Marine Labs, joined NPR’s Science Friday program to discuss the challenges facing shellfish aquaculture in the face of rising Ocean Acidification. Listen in to learn more about challenges facing the oyster industry and what scientists, the industry, and policy makers can do to combat these challenging new ocean conditions.

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: October 19-20, 2016
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The agenda for the October 19-20, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Webcast: New Report on Aquaculture in Southern California
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The Aquarium held a live webcast to announce the release of a new report on offshore aquaculture, or fish farming, in Southern California. The report, issued on September 27 by the Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and California Sea Grant, was the result of two workshops convened in 2015 and 2016 sponsored by NOAA Sea Grant. The key findings from these workshops provide recommendations for growth and expansion

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JCFA Hearing and CAA Reception, October 4th
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The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) will be holding a hearing in Bodega Bay, CA on October 4th, 2016 followed by a reception and tour of Hog Island Oyster Co. that evening in Marshall, CA. All CAA members are invited and encouraged to attend this event. View the details of these events below. View the agenda here.   Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing October 4th, 2016 1PM - 4PM UC Davis Bodega Marine

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New Seafood HACCP Videos are Available

The FDA has developed a Seafood HACCP Video Series, designed to help the seafood industry and federal and state regulators better understand specific concepts described in FDA’s Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance.  The series consists of 6 videos covering the following topics: Time-Temperature Indicators, Time and Temperature Controls during Unrefrigerated Processing, Secondary Processor Receiving and Storage Controls, Heat

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The government wants more offshore fish farms, but no one is biting
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Off the coast of San Diego, America’s eighth largest city, commercial fishermen harvest about 1,100 metric tons of seafood from the Pacific every year. That sounds like a lot. But it isn’t much to Don Kent, who says he can do better with just one fish farm. If Kent gets his way, he would raise 5,000 metric tons of yellowtail jack and white sea bass in a grid of net pens measuring about a square mile, anchored four miles off San Diego in federal

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Video: CAA Member, Bernard Friedman Featured in Mussel Man Film
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Mussel Man follows Bernard Friedman, a farmer who grows mussels off of the coast of Santa Barbara, and the man who may have the answer to the food shortages that we could be facing over the next few decades. However, his unique methods have been blocked by government red tape, and he now has to fight to keep his farm and his special brand of aquatic agriculture alive. Click below to view the video:

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IntraFish Podcast #2: Listeria, surimi’s new market, salmon prices

IntraFish recently released a podcast covering that topics of listeria, the natural surimi market, and increasing salmon prices. To view more and listen to the podcast, click here.

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Regulatory Costs of U.S. Aquaculture Businesses Webinar

Courtesy of NAA: Topic: This 1-hour webinar will present results of the first-ever study to measure the specific costs of regulations and how these costs affect U.S. baitfish and sportfish farms. While this study focused on baitfish and sportfish farms, results are likely to be of interest to the broader aquaculture community and to state regulatory agencies. New studies under development to similarly measure regulatory costs on U.S. West Coast shellfish

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Fish feed industry changing as aquaculture takes on larger global role

Salmon will soon replace shrimp as the largest single global seafood commodity in terms of value. That stunning fact will have sizeable repercussions in the global seafood industry. Perhaps no sector will have as big of a challenge on their hands as fish feed manufacturers, who are being asked to supply high-quality feed to salmon farms around the world while at the same time reducing the industry’s fish-in, fish-out ratio. One of the biggest challenges

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Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?
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The world’s population is expected to soar by 2.5 billion people by 2050, bringing a host of global challenges – including how to feed so many hungry mouths. If projections hold, the global demand for animal protein will double over the next four decades, rising along with pressure to find ecologically sustainable food production practices. Could farmed fish save the day? Just maybe, says UC Santa Barbara’s Steve Gaines. He and his team looked

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NAA Releases Recommendations to the Next Administration

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) has recommended specific actions to address a variety significant, priority issues for the next administration of the federal Executive and Legislative branches.  These issues include, but are not limited to, the Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS), National Aquaculture Act, aquaculture research and extension, offshore marine aquaculture, Lacey Act, Endangered Species

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Future of Food: Second Course Lecture Series at The Aquarium of the Pacific
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The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program presents The Future of Food: Second Course, an ongoing series of talks hosted by former Los Angeles Times Food Editor and cookbook author Russ Parsons and featuring experts representing different sectors of the American food system. The Second Course features an engaging dialogue between Russ Parsons and his esteemed guests and small bite appetizers and spirits representing the speaker’s

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Webinar: U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish 101
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Courtesy of NAA: A Free Webinar for Retailers and Food Service Providers The National Aquaculture Association, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and United States Aquaculture Society are offering a webinar to help retailers and foodservice providers better understand aquaculture production methods and products, answer consumer questions, and sell more U.S. farm-raised seafood. Seafood can be a very confusing commodity with a thousand different

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Free seafood for all: the case for government subsidies
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Doctors should consider diet before drugs and governments should subsidize fish, fruit and vegetables, according to medical experts. Eating a healthier diet could be more beneficial to existing heart patients than them being prescribed drugs such as statins, the consensus in the medical community agrees. These conclusions arise as a result of the latest study on the effects on health of what has become known as the Mediterranean diet. Hailing from

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Upcoming Funding Opportunity -Macroalgae Cultivation

Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.ca.gov: The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in November, 2016, for the development of cultivation technologies benefiting the production of macroalgal-biomass (seaweeds) in the ocean. These technologies are expected to be deployed and support cultivation of macroalgal-biomass for the production of commodity fuels and chemicals. The

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Video: FDA Seafood Labeling Guide
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View below the FDA's guides for correct seafood labeling. Part 1 describes the purpose of labeling; the role and authority of the FDA and some possible reasons why seafood may be mislabeled. Part 2 provides FDA’s specific laws, regulations, and guidance documents relevant to seafood labeling. Part 3 illustrates FDA’s current work to discourage the mislabeling of seafood, and offers specific tips for regulators, retailers, and consumers in a combined

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1st Annual Farm Tank Summit- Sacramento, CA
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September 22, 2016, 9:00am - 5:00pm Hyatt Regency Sacramento 1209 L St Sacramento, CA 95814   Food Tank, in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Farm-to- Fork Program, and University of California- Davis, is excited to announce the 1st annual Farm Tank Conference at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. This two-day event will feature more than 35 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, interactive panels

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OSHA’s New Electronic Reporting Regulations Go a Step Beyond

Courtesy of CAA affiliate, Placer Insurance Agency: Bynow you should be aware of Federal OSHA's new rules on the electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses that will take effect next year. But, while the new rules focus mainly on employers with 250 or more workers submitting Form 300A electronically starting in 2017, the regulation contains a number of other rules that employers need to know about. Specifically, the new electronic reporting

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PCSGA: 70th Annual Shellfish Conference and Trade Show October 11 – 14, 2016
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The Pacific Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) will be holding its annual conference and trade show October 11 - 14, 2016 in Chelan, Washington. For full event details, click here.

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USDA Announces Availability of Additional Farm Loan Funding

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that additional funding will be made available to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants who are awaiting farm operating loans. The funds, which were reprogrammed by FSA with the approval of Congress, will leverage up to $185 million in additional lending for direct and guaranteed farm operation loans and

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Oceana Releases Another Seafood Fraud Report

Courtesy of NFI: NFI has learned that the activist group Oceana has released a new “fish fraud” report titled “Deceptive Dishes: Seafood Swaps Found Worldwide.” In the report the group claims at least 20% of seafood globally is mislabeled and calls for new and increased regulation on seafood to address these findings. NFI continues to make it clear to policy makers, regulators and the media that mislabeling is fraud and fraud is illegal,

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As ocean temperatures rise, so too will vibrio outbreaks

Gloomy news for oyster growers: Scientists say they now have compelling evidence that climate change and warming sea surface temperatures are strongly associated with the presence and spread of vibrio bacteria. Published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study looked at plankton samples taken over a 53-year period and tested those samples for vibrio. Researchers found that as water temperatures warmed,

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NAA, USAS and NCRAC Aquaculture Webinars Available
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Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) are producing a series of webinars during 2016 that bring together current and timely aquaculture topics and knowledgeable speakers.  A total of 12 webinars are planned and seven have been completed. Recordings of those webinars are posted to the USAS, NCRAC and NAA websites. To access these webinars,

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Port warms to aquaculture in SD Bay
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Imagine San Diego Bay 500 years ago. The native population lived off the land and fished in the bay, river valleys and coastal tidelands — maintaining an environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient society. Today, the bay still sees recreational fishermen lugging their bait and tackle to a handful of piers hoping for a catch of the day. Commercial fishing boats head out to sea. But more than 90 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported

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CAA Member, Calitri Technology Introduces New Fish Counters
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Calitri Technology specializes in the detection and counting of fish and fry for aquaculture. With more than 25 years' experience, Calitri Technology designs and manufactures a variety of fish and fry counters. Their new series of fish counters includes (see pictures below): FC2 (2 channels) FC4 (4 channels) FC8 (8channels) Their new series of fry counters includes (see pictures below): FC12 type (12 counting channels - fish size: 1gr to 30gr - accuracy:

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Public Comment Period Open for Seafood Watch Aquaculture and Fisheries Standards

Please review the request for public comment below from Seafood Watch. Please not that this comment period ends on September 18, 2016 and, therefore, allows little time to fully review the standards and submit an appropriate comment. Courtesy of SeafoodWatch: Seafood Watch assesses the sustainability of fisheries and fish farms by compiling relevant science-based information and evaluating that information against our standards. We periodically revise

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California Fish and Game Commission Job Opportunity: Deputy Executive Director

The California Fish and Game Commission is currently seeking a Deputy Executive Director. View the full details of this opportunity here.

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Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
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Below is an introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of California. As this will affect producers throughout California, we ask that you review this information thoroughly and contact us with any questions. To view this information as a PDF (for printing), click here. Overview of SGMA The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), Water Code section 10720 et seq., went into effect on January 1, 2015 and represented a significant

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A Message from CAA President, Tony Schuur
President: Tony Schuur, Aquaculture Management Services

It has been about six months since my last newsletter article.  Since that time we continue to conduct the business of the association using frequent meetings of the Executive Committee, the weekly newsletter, and polling the board of directors whenever necessary.    I think we have been very successful at keeping the association moving along administratively and programmatically while using short and efficient meetings to deal with issues.  

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Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood – Request for Nominations by Sept. 9

Courtesy of NOAA: Last week, Department of Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, and Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director, Christy Goldfuss, announced the White House initiative to recognize those in our seafood industries and communities who have been Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood--honoring those leaders of innovation and sustainable practices that have established America's reputation as a global leader in sustainable

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Aquaculture Technician Position Available in Washington State

Cooke Aquaculture-Pacific, which farms Atlantic salmon in Bainbridge Island, WA is seeking an aquaculture technician. To view more about this opportunity, click here.

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Pacific Aquaculture expands to secure trout supply

As part of larger efforts to increase steelhead trout supply stability, Pacific Aquaculture -- a division of Pacific Seafood -- is planning to construct its own trout hatchery in Washington State. In July the company submitted a land use and development application for a construction permit to build a land-based broodstock hatchery that will rear steelhead trout neat the company's existing sites in Nesplelem, located in north central Washington

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: August 24-25, 2016

The agenda for the August 24-25, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Harmful Algal Blooms FAQ
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Ocean Science Trust recently announced the release of: Frequently Asked Questions: Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries. The document is designed to serve as a resource to build common understanding across all engaged in this issue, and provide clarity on the State’s current practices (through July 2016) to harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring and management, and seafood toxin sampling and testing protocols. The document was informed by

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Water/Drought Update

Below are a few recent announcements that may be of interest.  For the latest drought news and updates, please visit www.drought.ca.gov. Fire Activity: By this time in 2015, there were 3,094 CAL FIRE fires that burned 29,953 acres. This year, we have had 3,137 CAL FIRE fires that have burned 57,972 acres. An average year is 2,732 fires for 39,570 acres. However, when including current Federal fires the total is 3,753 fires that have burned 203,822

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Need Commodity Storage? A Farm Storage Facility Loan Can Help

Courtesy of NAA: The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent or portable facilities to store commodities. To learn how this program may be able to help your operation the USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA), is sponsoring a public webinar on the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program on Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Toni Williams, FSFL Program Manager, will be presenting.

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CalChamber: One-day training session focused on the employment life cycle

Courtesy of CalChamber: It’s not easy to know exactly what to do or how to explain a complex requirement, especially when you’re new to HR. At an HR Boot Camp seminar, CalChamber's employment law experts (your personal HR trainers) explain and provide compliance information for these core fundamentals: Hiring, including I-9 verification and criminal background checks Employee access to personnel files Wage and hour; exempt/nonexempt classification

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California Fish and Game Commission to weigh in on spotted owl, Delta bass

Should the northern spotted owl – whose federal conservation status in the 1990s hit the state’s timber industry – receive even more protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act? And if anglers are allowed to take more non-native bass from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will more endangered fish survive? The California Fish and Game Commission will consider those two questions later this month. The commissioners will consider conflicting

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Leaves of Absence Workshop: Making Sense of It All

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Downtown Sacramento at CalChamber   CalChamber is offering a workshop about leaves of absense and the most common and more difficult-to-resolve issues related to leaves of absence, including: • What benefits apply whether the leave is paid or unpaid • Eligibility requirements for various leaves • Required notices from the employee and the employer • What leaves require employers to continue

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Thinking about Exporting but Not Sure Where to Start?

Courtesy of NAA: Thinking about Exporting but Not Sure Where to Start? Help is Available! Food Export USA Northeast and Food Export Association of the Midwest USA are private, non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL, respectively.  They help seafood companies across a the Northeast and Midwest explore new markets and find export success. They provide three tiers of programs and services including: Exporter Education -

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Scientist intends to digitize 3D replica of all fish in the world

A University of Washington professor intends to scan and digitize the nearly 25,000 species of fish living on our planet, which will soon have a high-resolution, 3-D visual replica online, available to all and downloadable for free. To carry out this project, UW professor of biology and aquatic and fishery sciences Adam Summers uses a small computerized tomography (CT) scanner in the back room of a lab to churn out dozens of fish scans from specimens

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Aquaculture America 2017 Soliciting Session Chairs

Courtesy of NAA: The Aquaculture America 2017 (AA2017) Steering Committee is looking for enthusiastic new session chairs for upcoming Aquaculture America conferences.  The success of these conferences is due largely to session chairs.  These creative, dedicated and engaged members develop the comprehensive conference program comprised of both technical and producer-oriented sessions.  The Steering Committee encourages everyone, especially the

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New X-Mods Rules | Higher OSHA Penalties Take Effect

From Placer Insurance Agency:   New X-Mod Rules to Reduce Effect of One Large Claim ONE OF the biggest employer complaints in workers' comp - that one large claim can skew an employer's X-Mod - is about to finally be addressed in California. The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau's "split-point" experience rating system, in which an employer's workers' comp claims are divided into primary losses and excess losses, will be overhauled

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The New GMO Law Simplified
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Vermont’s GMO law has been erased by Federal law signed by President Obama on July 29th.  You can completely ignore the Vermont GMO disclosure law for all time. New Federal GMO Law: New Federal Law provides: All state GMO labeling laws are void. Industry can ignore Vermont’s and other state GMO labeling laws. USDA will draft new federal law’s content within 2 years.  This means there are no GMO labeling requirements in U.S. for at least 2

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Aqua tech company unveils new nitrite, ammonia removal process

US-based aquaculture technology provider Black Water Nano has debuted an ammonia and nitrite mitigation process for recirculating systems and fish farms, the company said. The Chicago, Illinois-based company sells nitrite/ammonia removal units that it claims "have no ongoing operating costs, require no maintenance and are chemical and electricity free," the company said in a press release. The product unveiling comes after seven months of pilot

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Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming’s Green Revolution
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SOUTHOLD, New York - Seaweed cultivation in the U.S. is growing quickly, cresting on its promise as a sustainable, low-impact form of aquaculture that could help feed millions. But tough state rules surrounding commercial use of coastal resources are preventing many would-be entrepreneurs from diving into the market. Fifteen farms currently have permits to commercially grow kelp in the Northeast, up from zero prior to 2008, according to Dr. Charles

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Water/Drought Update from the California Resources Agency

Below are some recent announcements from the CA Resources Agency. To view the full drought update, click here.   Study Revealing California’s ‘Water Windfall’ Overhyped: By David Gutierrez, Special to The Bee: California’s drought has grabbed headlines across the country and world for several years. So when Stanford University researchers recently proclaimed they had found in California a “water windfall” – three times the “freshwater

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Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Needed for Delta Science Fellowship

Courtesy of California Sea Grant: The Delta Science Fellows Program was established to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors to collaborate on data analysis and research projects applicable to the California Bay-Delta system. This fellowship is a partnership with the Delta Stewardship Council - Delta Science Program. The fellowship invests in research that will

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California Caviar Makes its Way to Space

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 15's mission into lunar orbit. Last week SpaceX launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, bound for the International Space Station, and it had some precious cargo on board. In addition to essential supplies, docking adaptors, and some experiments, the vessel also carried along six tins of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar. The 30-gram containers of American white sturgeon caviar en route to the space station’s astronauts

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NFI: Proposed USDA catfish grading rules unnecessary

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will develop voluntary standards for catfish grading, a statement that came under immediate scrutiny from the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), which described the step as unnecessary bureaucracy that will encumber U.S. catfish producers. In a 14 July press release, USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service said it is developing voluntary standards for grading catfish and catfish

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NOAA Announces $10 Million for Aquaculture or Fisheries Projects

NOAA Fisheries announces approximately $10 million available to support aquaculture or fisheries projects through the 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition. Eligible applicants include a citizen or national of the United States; an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non-Federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States; or a citizen of the Republic

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One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in 33 California counties of the Aug. 23, 2016, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began

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Deadline, July 31: Public Comment Period Open for Seafood Watch Salmonid Standard

Seafood Watch assesses the sustainability of fisheries and fish farms by compiling relevant science-based information and evaluating that information against our standards. Seafood Watch periodically revises its standards to ensure developments in the scientific understanding of the impacts of fisheries and aquaculture operations, as well as in their understanding of what producers and managers can do to mitigate those impacts, is taken into account.

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Actress Pamela Anderson joins protest against salmon farming in British Columbia, Canada

Pamela Anderson, the actress and celebrity famed for her role in the television series Baywatch, has joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to call for an investigation into salmon farms in British Columbia, Canada and a campaign for consumers not to eat farmed salmon. Anderson, a Canadian native who grew up in British Columbia, is the chairman of the board of Sea Shephard, an activist environmental nonprofit. On 18 July, the organization announced

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HSWRI Aquaculture Research Newsletter, Volume 81
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A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: Finfish Health Research at HSWRI SeaWorld’s Rising Tide Conservation Program Expands in Southern California   Finfish Health Research at HSWRI The HSWRI Aquaculture Program’s approach to fish health is a pro-active one. Our fish health program includes: • husbandry and preventative veterinary medical protocols and ‘best practices’ documents that are reviewed and updated

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An opportunity to promote seafood, by Roy Palmer
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Palmer: With international support, a fish consumption and nutrition strategy is achievable  I am here in Rome at FAO COFI 32 to make a presentation “Promoting Seafood Consumption: A Tool for Improving Nutrition, Health and Regional Development – Public Policy and Producers effort.” I am indebted to the Mexican government, which has invested in seafood promotion and is running this side event to COFI with a promised seafood lunch. Not aware

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Opens Round 1 Funding
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Courtesy of AquacultureMatter.gov: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now offering competitive grants to qualified small businesses. This program aims to support innovation that tackles scientific problems and local opportunities that can lead to improving communities. Aquaculture projects are encouraged to apply, especially concepts that look at issues such as reproductive

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Saving Fish By Farming Them
Fish now accounts for almost 17% of the global population’s intake of protein

A major turning point in human history was reached in 2014. That was the first year that people ate more farmed fish than wild, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced last week in its biennial "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture" report. We humans still caught more wild fish (measured by weight) than we farmed in 2014, but about 12 percent of fish production went to non-people-food uses such as fish meal, which

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Time to Swim against the Current and invest in Aquaculture?

For the conventional farmer, whether on Grade 1 Lincolnshire Fen-land or Less Favoured hill-ground on Harris, it is guaranteed thattheir main objective will be to break-even and, where possible, make a profit. However rising costs of inputs and sundries coupled with depressed grain and livestock prices mean that farmers are increasingly looking towards diversifying their income streams by adding Photovoltaics with sheep grazing underneath and yurts

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Sustainable Packaging popularity to gain significant traction in Seafood Packaging Market

According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the meat, poultry, and seafood packaging market in the US is expected to reach over US$10 billion in revenue by 2020. Consumers are demanding packaging materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Vendors develop packaging materials that can be recycled and are friction, moisture, and heat-resistant... Read the full article here.

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NIFA Announces $8.3 Million in Available Funding to Support Innovative Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $8.3 million in available funding to support small businesses in the creation of advanced research and development projects that will lead to innovative solutions for American agriculture. This funding is available through the Small Business Innovation Research program, administered by NIFA. “Small

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NAA: How to Design Your Biosecurity Plan: A Free Webinar

Courtesy of NAA: The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a second free webinar that covers on-farm biosecurity. This presentation builds upon a previous webinar: Introduction to Biosecurity. After additional background and considerations are discussed, participants will be led through a biosecurity template, questions, and scenarios that will help them develop

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What You Need To Know About Biosecurity: A Free Webinar

Courtesy of NAA: The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar that covers on-farm biosecurity. Good biosecurity minimizes losses and keeps devastating diseases off the farm. Biosecurity should be part of any production facility’s management plan. General principles of biosecurity and strategies to minimize risks will be described, using examples

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California State Fair July 8th – 24th
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It’s that time of year again! The California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento will begin on July 8th and run through July 24th. As always, we welcome and encourage you all to visit the California Aquaculture Association exhibit at the fair (located in The Farm). To view more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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2016 NOAA Aquaculture Science Review

Courtesy of NOAA: During the last two weeks of July 2016 the NOAA Office of Aquaculture is conducting a review of the NOAA aquaculture science programs carried out at NOAA Science Centers. Led by an independent review panel of experienced aquaculture scientists, the review will be split into two sessions. The first public session will take place in Milford, CT (July 19-20) and will cover recent aquaculture science conducted at the NOAA Science Centers

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Farmed fish drive sea change in global fish consumption
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The world is eating more fish now than ever — with farmed, rather than wild-caught, animals driving the increase in recent decades. These revelations emerge from a huge trawl of data that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations releases every two years. The ‘State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture’ (SOFIA) report, released on 7 July, shows an increase in fish production and consumption, largely driven by farmed fish...

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Aquaculture is Driving Global Seafood Consumption
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Global per capita fish consumption has risen to above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, thanks to stronger aquaculture supply and firm demand, record hauls for some key species and reduced wastage, according to a new United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, (UN FAO) report entitled, “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.” Yet despite notable progress in some areas, the state of the world's marine resources has not improved,

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Why You Should Ban All Cell Phone Use for Driving Staff

A word from CAA affiliate, Place Insurance Agency: Distracted driving from smart phone use is becoming one of the leading causes of accidents in the U.S., and for the first time overall roadway deaths and injuries have started rising again despite regular advancements in car safety - a change that experts attribute to the scourge. Did you know? - If one of your employees, while driving for you on the job, injures or kills someone while using a

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New Paper Examines Impact of Environmental Regulations on Aquaculture Growth
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Courtesy of NAA: The authors of a new paper entitled, “Stringency of Environmental Regulation and Aquaculture Growth: A Cross Country Analysis,” report that during the last three decades aquaculture has been the fastest growing animal-food-producing sector in the world; contributing half of the seafood supply. However, they note there has been significant growth disparity among aquaculture-producing countries. The reasons why some countries have

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Public Comment Period Open for Seafood Watch Salmonid Standard

Seafood Watch assesses the sustainability of fisheries and fish farms by compiling relevant science-based information and evaluating that information against our standards. Seafood Watch periodically revises its standards to ensure developments in the scientific understanding of the impacts of fisheries and aquaculture operations, as well as in their understanding of what producers and managers can do to mitigate those impacts, is taken into account.

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Fishing for the Future: How Aquaponics at UC is Helping Revolutionize Farming
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Courtesy of UC.edu:   By combining two sciences—chemistry and biology—Julio Landero is innovating healthier ways to farm completely organic fish and plants. [caption id="attachment_9316" align="alignright" width="300"] To his knowledge, Julio Landero is the only scientist in the U.S. to study the chemistry of aquaponics.[/caption] In a small, noisy laboratory in Crosley Tower, chemists from the University of Cincinnati are revolutionizing

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Position Available: Skretting Seeking Inside Sales/Production Planner
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Read below the position listing for Inside Sales/Production Planner from Skretting: Skretting USA based out of Tooele, Utah is currently seeking an Inside Sales/Production Planner. This role will report to the Account/Customer Service Manager and will be responsible for facilitating and coordinating the processing of fish feed sales orders from sales staff or direct customer contact. Also responsible for coordinating and preparing production schedule

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Paid Sick Leave Policy

Courtesy of CalChamber: If you don't define your paid sick leave policy, California does it for you. Under California's mandatory paid sick leave (PSL) law, employers can limit the amount of PSL to 3 days or 24 hours per year. But you must communicate this limitation in writing. Without a written policy, your company must use the statutory mandated accrual rate of 1 hour of sick pay for every 30 hours worked. This can result in a FT employee potentially

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NAA: Updated “Guide to Using, Drugs, Biologics and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture” Now Available
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Courtesy of NAA:  All aquaculture operations have occasional demand for drugs, biologics, and other chemicals.  It is critical that these products are utilized in a manner that is consistent with their intended use, best management practices, and relevant rules and regulations.  A companion treatment calculator is also available in Excel formats. The Guide was developed by the American Fisheries Society, Fish Culture Section, Working Group on

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Debunking the myth of farm-raised fish
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Though farming practices are continuing to improve, many diners still view farm-raised fish as unnatural or bad. Across the country, talented chefs who are equally committed to great food and to seafood sustainability are trying to change diners’ minds with their menus. “Farm raised is not second grade anymore,” said Damon Gordon, culinary director of Water Grill in Santa Monica, Calif. “It really has come leaps and bounds. It’s up there

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Aquaculture Specialist Position Open In Washington State

Aquaculture Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5) Location: Lacey or Bellvue, Washington Company: State of Washington Company URL: http://bit.ly/28JOF5p Salary: $52,080.00 - $68,412.00 Annually Closing Date: Monday, July 4, 2016 Date Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied fields such as fisheries, oceanography, limnology, natural resource science,

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Registration Open for the International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaculture Innovation Workshop
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Courtesy of NAA: The 11th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture (ICRA) and the 2016 Aquaculture Innovation Workshop (AIW) will be held on August 19-21, 2016 in Roanoke Virginia. Virginia Tech is partnering with the Freshwater Institute to host the ICR and AIW as concurrent events. The ICRA features presentations and poster sessions from leading experts in recirculating aquaculture - well over 80 papers will be showcased during the

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Vietnamese exporters (and U.S. importers) fear losing the valuable US pangasius market

A contentious new law in the United States that tightens inspection rules for catfish is striking fear into the heart of the Vietnamese pangasius industry. Pangasius exporters in Vietnam are now desperately worried about not being able to meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) new inspection rules for catfish, which came into effect in March. In fact, they worry they could lose the valuable U.S. market altogether. Under the

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Labels spark interest in raw seafood

If grocers put nutrition labels on packages of raw fish — a good nutrient source for cardiovascular health — parents may be more likely to buy the fish, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. Xiang Bi, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of food and resource economics, worked with her colleagues to survey 1,000 people onlineto gauge consumer reactions to raw fish with nutrition labels. Until 2012, federal rules

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Proposition 65 Update

Amendment to Section 25805, Maximum Allowable Dose Level - Bisphenol A (Dermal Exposure from Solid Materials) Final statement of reasons: notice of amendment to section 25805, maximum allowable dose level (MADL) for bisphenol A (dermal exposure from solid materials). The regulation establishing a MADL of 3 micrograms per day from dermal exposure from solid materials will be effective October 1, 2016.

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Maine scallop farmers get the hang of Japanese technique

Sea scallops pose several critical challenges to commercial shellfish farmers that other popular bivalve species do not. Unlike oysters, clams and mussels, scallops require containment to not only ward off predators but to prevent them from – believe it or not – swimming away. Furthermore, the typical submersible cages or mesh bags that oyster farmers employ will work for scallops, but the animals don’t thrive when packed tight like oysters.

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Status of Aquaculture in U.S.: The Working Waterfront, a Film by Living Ocean Productions
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Living Ocean Productions has posted a new film "The Working Waterfront" -- which aims to educate consumers about the current status of aquaculture in the United States -- on YouTube. The 25-minute video looks at four fish farms in different areas of the US. The farmers discuss several topics including the challenges to growing a robust US-based aquaculture community. Over 90% of the seafood Americans eat is imported from overseas, and half

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: June 22-23, 2016

The agenda for the June 22-23, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Alltech Acquires, Aquatic Feed Co., Coppens International
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Alltech has acquired Coppens International, a leading international aquatic feed solutions company in the Netherlands. Coppens International is now part of the Alltech family of companies, which includes 14 other companies that Alltech has acquired globally since 2011. For almost 24 years, Coppens International has earned a strong reputation for being an innovative, high-quality aquatic feed producer. The company’s specialties include temperate

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NOAA grants will improve fishing opportunities

Courtesy of WorldFishing.net: NOAA is recommending more than $11 million in funding for 50 projects across the United States. The organisation has awarded grant funding under the Saltonstall-Kennedy program to organisations across the country for more than 60 years, to address needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries. “These projects represent the best in cutting-edge

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Fish Consumption Played a Vital Role in Human Evolution
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Between 1.9 and 2 million years ago, the brain size of our human ancestors increased dramatically. Now a trove of 1.95-million-year-old bone fragments from various animals adds evidence to a theory that these pre-humans owed this brainpower boost to fish. The fossils, found in northern Kenya, bear cut marks from early stone tools and are the oldest evidence of the consumption of aquatic animals by human ancestors, said study researcher Brian Richmond,

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NOAA Fisheries Releases its Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan

Courtesy of NAA: The Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan FY 2016-2020 will guide efforts within NOAA Fisheries to support development of sustainable marine aquaculture from 2016-2020.  The Plan features four main goals: regulatory efficiency, science tools for sustainable management, technology development and transfer, and an informed public. Cross-cutting strategies of the plan include strengthening partnerships, improving external communications,

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Final Rule: Mandatory Inspection of Siluriformes Fish and Processed Products

Courtesy of NAA: A Free Webinar The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association, and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar covering the new U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service’s final rule to inspect Siluriformes fish and the food products derived from them. The webinar will introduce FSIS’s structure, food safety mission, and the implementation schedule for

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U.S. Senate votes against catfish inspections, helping trade prospects with Vietnam

In a vote that divided both major U.S. political parties, the United States Senate voted Wednesday, 25 May to eliminate the requirement that all imported catfish be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The controversial measure pitted those favoring more inspections against those wanting to decrease trade barriers and eliminate duplicative inspection systems. The 55-43 vote, which split the votes of both the Republican and Democratic

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Webinar: How to Avoid Sick Leave, Vacation, and PTO Mistakes

Courtesy of CalChamber: While paid vacation and time off are optional in California, sick leave is not. Employers can opt to offer vacation and paid time off (PTO) to their employees. Both are considered earned wages. However, if you provide these benefits, California law determines how you apply them. (No "use it or lose it" allowed.) Specific rules also apply when administering and providing California's mandatory paid sick leave benefit. All the

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The Race to Find Fish Feeds That Don’t Bankrupt the Ocean
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Wild fisheries are stable at best and declining at worst. That means we need aquaculture to meet the world’s growing demand for protein. And to feed the world sustainably, the industry has to figure out how to feed farmed fish without using wild fish stocks. Fish feed stood out in our Fish 2.0 Market Report research as a huge opportunity for innovation. Most farmed fish need some form of prepared feed to grow, and fish feed prices are

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Anticipated Changes to the FLSA Overtime Regulations Are Here

Courtesy of DowneyBrand.com: On Wednesday (5/18/16) the Department of Labor (DOL) released final regulations making changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provisions governing overtime exemptions.  Specifically, the DOL set a new salary threshold for overtime exemptions at $47,476 a year, which is higher than California’s current threshold of $41,600.  The DOL’s new regulations will also raise the compensation requirement for the highly

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Video: Aquaponics – How To Do It Yourself!
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The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center has partnered up with the United States Aquaculture Society and the National Aquaculture Association to deliver a 12-part educational webinar series on aquaculture. These “Aquanars” cover topics like Dietary Guidelines, Retail and Food Service, Social Media Marketing, Economic Impacts of Aquaculture Regulations, Beginner and Advanced Biosecurity, FSIS Catfish Inspections, Niche Marketing for Shellfish

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FDA updates nutrition label requirments
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come forward with a series of updates to be applied to the Nutrition Facts label found on most food product packages sold in the United States, in an effort to help ensure that customers have the means to make the most informed decisions when it comes to what they consume. The latest amendments will refine the existing Nutrition Facts label, which has been a food industry presence for nearly a quarter

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NAA: Final Rule – Mandatory Inspection of Siluriformes Fish and Processed Products

Courtesy of NAA: Final Rule: Mandatory Inspection of Siluriformes Fish and Processed Products A Free Webinar The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association, and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar covering the new U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service’s final rule to inspect Siluriformes fish and the food products derived from them. The webinar will introduce

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New paper underlines importance of fish consumption for development and ‘a healthy life for all’
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A new paper published in the peer-reviewed Food Policy journal recommends that the nutritional importance of fish, especially inresource-poor populations which rely heavily on cereal based-diets, needs to be taken into account in the development of national policies. Improving fisheries and aquaculture with the adoption of nutrition-sensitive policies will be a critical means to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) says the paper, Sustaining

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Job Posting: UC Davis Seeking Director for The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA)
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The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office is conducting a recruitment for the position of Director for The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA).   Position: Director – Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA)   Final Filing Date: May 26, 2016   Job Summary: The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) is housed within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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CAA Welcomes New Members in 2016
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The California Aquaculture Association would like to welcome the following new members who have joined the association in 2016: Sustainable Seafood Technologies Integrated Aqua Systems, Inc. Alltech Aquacare Environment, Inc. Generate Capital, Inc. Plaza Aqua Farm Calitri Technology E.B. Wakeman Company, LLC P & D Management, LLC Brent Scheiwe Samuel Janofsky Christopher Bian The lifeblood of CAA is undoubtedly our membership base. With the support

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The importance of fish consumption
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Courtesy of WorldFishing.net: A new paper published in the peer-reviewed Food Policy journal recommends that the nutritional importance of fish, especially in resource-poor populations, needs to be taken into account in the development of national policies. The paper ‘Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era’ says that improving fisheries and aquaculture with the adoption

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Notice of Modification to Text of Proposed Regulation, Proposed Repeal of Article 6 and Adoption of New Article 6 – Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warnings

As required by Government Code section 11346.8(c), and Title 1, section 44 of the California Code of Regulations, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is providing notice of additional changes to the proposed regulation to repeal and add a new Article 6 to Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations... Please read the full information here.

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Governor signs bill creating ADA grace period for businesses

Gov. Jerry Brown gave businesses a new pathway to avoid ADA compliance lawsuits on Tuesday, signing legislation that creates a grace period to fix violations before companies can be sued. The law, which was supported by both business groups and trial lawyers, gives companies 15 days following a complaint under the Americans With Disabilities Act to resolve alleged violations if the violations fall under certain categories, including those related

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments: Includes Two New Fish and Game Commissioners
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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: Zolaikha Taghvaei Bayar, 59, of Davis, has been appointed assistant deputy director of the Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Bayar has been project delivery procurement manager at the California High-Speed Rail Authority since 2014. She served in several positions at the California Department

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California Fish and Game Commission Hires New Executive Director
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The California Fish and Game Commission announces the hiring of Valerie Termini to serve as its executive director. Ms. Termini comes from California Ocean Protection Council staff where she has served as the fisheries policy advisor and as interim executive director. "We look forward to Ms. Termini's guidance at the dais," said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. "We've heard from a number of stakeholders that

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Aquaculture Business Incubator Taking Proposals in San Diego
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Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.ca.gov: In the interest of promoting local business and sustainable seafood, the Port of San Diego has created a process to support local development concepts with their first business incubator – and it’s aimed at aquaculture. The Aquaculture Business Incubator will further the Port’s broader mission to promote fisheries, commerce, navigation, and recreation, by focusing on aquaculture partnerships. And they

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The Case for Farmed Fish
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By Dan Farber | Legal-Planet.org Aquaculture could help save wild fisheries from devastation. It’s time to take a second look at fish farms. Environmentalists, not to mention foodies, tend to turn up their noses at fish farms.  It’s true that badly managed fish farms can be a source of water pollution and other environmental problems.  But sustainable fish farming would have major environmental benefits. To begin with, fish farming provides

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FDA sets date for enforcing menu labeling

The FDA has issued final guidance on menu labeling, six years after lawmakers included the provision in the Affordable Care Act. The rule, which applies to restaurants and other foodservice venues with 20 or more locations, is enforceable come May 2017. View more info: RestaurantNutrition.com,  MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily

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NAA: Aquaponics: How to Do It Yourself!
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Courtesy of NAA: A Free Webinar for Aquaponics Producers from Hobbyist to Commercial The National Aquaculture Association, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and United States Aquaculture Society are offering a free webinar to help those exploring the world of aquaponics to design and manage a system that will produce food for the home or can be scaled up as a commercial operation. Participants will better understand aquaponic production methods,

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May Webinar Delivers Pregnancy Disability Leave Specifics

PDL Obligations: What to Expect and How to Deliver Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT, $199 Hosted by CalChamber - Click here for further details California law provides strong protections to pregnant workers that require employers to reasonably accommodate employees and make pregnancy disability leave (PDL) available. These regulations apply to any employer with five or more full-time or part-time employees and to all California public-sector

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Two Aquaculture Management Positions Open in California
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Two Aquaculture Management positions are open in California - Please email cover letter and resume to: Professional Aquaculture Services Incoming@proaqua.com No phone calls please.   TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Diverse expertise in aquaculture technology is required, to include: Knowledge of fish genetics and breeding. Knowledge of fish pathology, diagnostics, and nutrition. Assist in maintaining and spawning of broodstock. Design and operation

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FDA sets a date for enforcing menu labeling rules
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The Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance for implementing menu labeling rules on Friday, six years after lawmakers included the provision in the Affordable Care Act. The rules, which apply to all restaurants and other foodservice venues with 20 or more locations, will be enforceable starting in May 2017. RestaurantNutrition.com | MediaPost Communications

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Feeding the World
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Feeding the global population is no easy feat, especially when it is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050. But one of the world's leading biotechnology companies is doing all it can to help farmers produce enough food. Based in Kentucky, USA, Alltech is an international animal health and nutrition company. The team at Alltech is on a mission to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific

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GAA: U.S. organic aquaculture standards inch along

Organic seafood standards are slowly churning through the U.S. federal government’s approval process, but still with no clear timetable for finalization. George Lockwood, chairman of the Aquaculture Working Group (AWG), said that organic aquaculture standards originally presented to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) back in 2010 are now back in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which reports directly to the White

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USDA Posts FAQs Concerning Siluriformes Fish and Fish Product Inspection

Courtesy of NAA:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on various topics related to processing and product inspection of siluriformes fish, including catfish. Topics include: Jurisdiction; Grant of Inspection/Approved Hours/On-site, Inspector Presence, Facilities Requirements, Labeling, Imports, Wild-Caught, Sampling, Pre-Harvest Requirements,

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Synthetic shrimp redefining seafood sustainability

Back in 2013, scientist Mark Post made headlines with perhaps the most expensive hamburger ever created. The burger’s price tag, however – according to Post, the patty cost USD 325,000 (EUR 250,000) to make – was only part of what made it so newsworthy. The most interesting part of the story was that Post’s beef didn’t come from a cow in a pasture, it came from a test tube. Fast forward to present day, where California-based startup company

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IF YOU SELL ANYTHING IN CANS, JARS OR BOTTLES, BPA WARNING SIGNS DUE BY MAY 11, 2016

Proposition 65 Updates to the Notice of Emergency Action to Amend Section 25603.3 Title 27, California Code of Regulations Warnings for Exposures to Bisphenol A from Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages: OAL Approval of Emergency Action to Amend Section 25603.3 Title 27, California Code of Regulations Warnings for Exposures to Bisphenol A from Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages Public Comments on Emergency Action - BPA Warnings Agricultural

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CAA Member, Alltech Launches Aquaculture Research Partnership
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Alltech recently announced the launch of the Alltech Aquaculture Postgraduate Program, a joint research partnership with the world-renowned University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture in Scotland. The program launch will serve as an opportunity to fill a number of postgraduate positions within the company’s growing aquaculture division. “Alltech’s aquaculture division is of growing importance to the company as we continue to provide natural,

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Public Opinion of Shellfish Farming: A Report from the Pacific Shellfish Institute
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A report on the public perception of shellfish aquaculture in select counties in Washington, Oregon and California has been developed by the Pacific Shellfish Institute. This report can be viewed here. Abstract: This research assessed perceptions and behaviors related to shellfish and shellfish farming, and examined what influences social attitudes toward these activities. Results reveal limited knowledge of shellfish aquaculture across the ten-county

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7 cutting-edge offshore aquaculture innovations and designs
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As attendees of the sixth Offshore Mariculture Conference can attest, fish farming at sea is about to become more prominent in the food industry as well as the aquaculture sector, especially with the global population expected to exceed eight billion people by 2030. While they may not be as numerous as land-based operations, offshore fish farms are leading the charge when it comes to advanced aquaculture technology, technique and design. Check out

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Offshore aquaculture becoming an economic reality
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The offshore sector is currently a small fraction of overall global aquaculture, but it will play an increasingly important role in meeting the anticipated demand for seafood as the world population grows past eight billion people by 2030. That was the conclusion of the sixth Offshore Mariculture Conference, which took place in early April in Barcelona, Spain, gathered the world’s experts in offshore aquaculture to harness their knowledge, identify

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Fish Story, A Film by the Aquarium of the Pacific
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The United States has a $14 billion per year seafood trade deficit. View this inspiring video from the Aquarium of the Pacific, which details the vast opportunity for marine aquaculture to reduce this deficit and help solve the United States' lingering problems of obesity and poor health. Our limiting regulatory and political climate, however, currently stifles this opportunity. This must change.

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NOAA releases draft climate science action plan for the U.S. West Coast
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As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, today, NOAA Fisheries released a draft climate science action plan for the U.S. West Coast. It outlines a strategy and specific actions for increasing understanding, preparing for, and responding to climate change effects on the region’s species and the people that depend on them, including marine and anadromous fish, invertebrates, marine mammals,

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Save the date: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture – April 28, 2016 2pm-5pm

Senator McGuire, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), respectfully requests that you reserve the date for the JCFA hearing on April 28, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento, CA.  The hearing will include presentations and discussions on the current status of Dungeness and rock crab seasons, disaster relief and domoic acid. More detailed information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

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NAA Comments on NOAA’s Proposed Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Courtesy of NAA:  The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) submitted comments in response to a proposed rule by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would require seafood importers, wild-harvesters, and domestic aquaculture to acquire a permit and electronically report imports, landings or farm-gate sales. The proposed rule is the first step by NOAA to prevent the sale of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Expand Paid Family Leave in California
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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation – AB 908 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) – that expands the state’s Paid Family Leave program to help more working Californians care for an ill family member or bond with a new child. "Families should be able to afford time off to take care of a new child or a member of their family who becomes ill," said Governor Brown. "This expansion makes sense for employers

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USDA to put millions into aquaculture research

More than USD 1.2 million (EUR 1.05 million) is being allocated toward the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture ventures within the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on 6 April. The funds are available through the Aquaculture Research Program, which supports projects that “improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic

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Generations Y & Z: Getting to know the seafood buyers of tomorrow

Next generation consumers are here, and there are a lot of them. Generation Y – most commonly referred to as the Millennial generation – has a population close to 71 million, while those making up the younger Generation Z now amount to 23 million, a number that only continues to climb. Both up-and-coming buyer groups have expressed an array of unique habits and characteristics, offering ample opportunities for the seafood industry to optimize

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: April 18, 2016

The revised agenda for the April 18, 2016, meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Governor Brown Backs Klamath River Restoration, Dam Removal

KLAMATH – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined state, federal and Native American tribal governments, as well as Klamath Basin water users and businesses, to continue moving forward with the largest river restoration and dam removal project in the nation. “This historic agreement will enable Oregon and California and the interested parties to get these four dams finally removed and the Klamath River restored to its pristine beauty,” said

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CAA Member, Stellar Biotechnologies: Cures for Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lupus, and More Underscore the Critical Need to Protect Oceans
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Frank Oakes, the chairman, president and CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies, has a passion for the potential life-saving cures the ocean may provide. His company, a world leader in the production of sustainable, scalable and fully traceable GMP-grade KLH protein, has established research and manufacturing facilities along the Pacific Ocean to produce KLH, and Oakes himself has more than three decades of management experience in aquaculture. In this interview

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USDA Announces Aquaculture Research Grants

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announces the FY 2016 Request for Application for the NIFA Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants Program. The purpose of the NIFA Aquaculture Research grants program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. by generating new science-based information and technology

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Major Changes in NAA Leadership

Courtesy of NAA: Betsy Hart, longtime Executive Director of the National Aquaculture Association (NAA), announced her retirement effective April 1, and has accepted the role of advisor to the NAA. The NAA Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Paul Zajicek to serve as Executive Director. The NAA Board of Directors expresses its tremendous gratitude to Ms. Hart for her 20 years of service, vision, and leadership. She has been a driving force in the

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Free webinar: Organic Aquaculture Standards: Navigating Potential USDA Regulations – hosted by the University of Arkansas

On Wednesday, April 20 at 12 EDT, the  National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) at the University of Arkansas will be hosting a free webinar entitled: Organic Aquaculture Standards: Navigating Potential USDA Regulations. The webinar will be hosted by the NALC-led Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, and will be presented by Alexandra Chase, Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow at the National Sea Grant Law Center.   Information on the webinar, including

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Leading Ocean Scientists Recommend An Immediate, Coordinated Action Plan To Combat Alarming Changes To West Coast Seawater Chemistry

Courtesy of California Natural Resources Agency: A 20-member scientific panel warns that increases in global carbon dioxide emissions are acidifying waters of the North American West Coast at an accelerating rate; severe ecological consequences are anticipated. SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Global carbon dioxide emissions are triggering permanent and alarming changes to ocean chemistry along the North American West Coast that require immediate, decisive

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Changing consumer attitudes favor fish
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Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: An increasing awareness of health issues in the United Kingdom is making consumers consider more carefully what they eat and as a result, fish and shellfish could – and should – benefit from this. Fat and sugar are currently being blamed for the growing obesity crisis in the U.K., where 74 percent of men and 64 percent of women are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2030. The U.K. still lags behind the United

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U.S. Farm Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion
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The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) has developed a variety of fact-based, high-quality, full-color brochures. These publications communicate to consumers, buyers, chefs and health care professionals the quality, value and wholesomeness of U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish as well as the federal and state regulations that govern production, handling and processing. New Brochure - Locally Farmed Seafood: Safe & Sustainable encourages

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Notice of Emergency Action Emergency Action to Amend Section 25603.3 Title 27, California Code of Regulations Warnings for Exposures to Bisphenol A from Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages

On May 11, 2015, bisphenol A (BPA) was added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity. Effective May 11, 2016, warnings are required for exposures to BPA unless the person causing the exposure can show that an exposure 1,000 times the level in question has no observable effect. OEHHA is proposing to promulgate an emergency regulation to allow temporary use of a standard point-of-sale warning message for BPA exposures

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Governor Brown To Sign $15 California Minimum Wage on Monday
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Senate Bill 3 (Leno), that increase California's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, was approved by both houses of the Legislature and will be signed by Governor Brown in a signing ceremony on Monday. Senate Bill 3 ties future increases to inflation and provides small businesses (25 or fewer employees) with an additional year to comply. The proposal was announced by the Governor and labor leaders on Monday. This policy and SB 3 did not include

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California Water and Drought Update
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Courtesy of Drought.CA.Gov: John Laird: Here's how to protect fish and deliver water to Central Valley Farmers: California’s rivers are running higher now than they have in years, and Central Valley farmers are upset that water project pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is not rising in tandem with the rivers. Water managers work in real time to maximize water supply from the Delta. Rather than bicker about project operations, it’s time

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NOAA Fisheries offering industry-related loans

NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications from commercial fishermen and those in the aquaculture industry looking for a share of NOAA’s $100 million in lending authority designated for fiscal 2016. The loans, which run from five to 25 years, have market-competitive interest rates. Eligible applicants include those working in aquaculture, mariculture, shoreside fisheries facilities and commercial fishermen. Potential uses for the funds among applicants

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Fishing, consumer groups sue FDA over GE salmon
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A broad coalition of environmental, consumer, and commercial and recreational fishing organizations sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today, 31 March, for approving AquaBounty’s genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the complaint alleges that the FDA did not have proper authority to approve GE salmon last November. In addition, the organizations filing the complaint

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New Maps Illuminate Monterey Bay Area Seafloor
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Six new sets of maps reveal the diverse and complex range of seafloor habitats along 130 kilometers (80 miles) of the central California coast from the Monterey Peninsula north to Pigeon Point. The publicly available maps can be used by a large stakeholder community to understand and manage California’s vast and valuable marine resources. The new U.S. Geological Survey publications combine new and legacy data to reveal offshore bathymetry, habitats,

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OEHHA: Fish advisory for Shadow Cliffs Lake in Pleasanton

SACRAMENTO – A new state fish advisory issued today for Shadow Cliffs Lake in Pleasanton offers safe eating advice for four species of fish. “Eating fish low in mercury provides important health benefits. It can help reduce the risk of heart disease and is an excellent source of protein,” said Dr. Lauren Zeise, acting director of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). “These

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The last frontier: Growing mariculture in Alaska

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Part 1 of the "Last Frontier" series provides a history and commercial overview of Alaska’s new initiative to grow state mariculture efforts into a billion-dollar industry, and features interviews with political leaders and industry executives. Part 2, appearing Wednesday, 30 March, will explore what work needs to be done in order to meet the goals of the initiative, according to state experts and local Alaskan fishers

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Extended Comment for Seafood Traceability Proposed Rule

NOAA Fisheries has extended the comment period on the proposed rule for the first phase of a seafood traceability program. To allow stakeholders additional time to submit comments, the comment period deadline has been extended to April 12. Details and access to the Federal Register and on-line comment process are posted on the web-portal.

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Seaweed on track to become Europe’s next big superfood trend

Seaweed has become much more of a mainstream product in European diets in the last five years. While this success owes much to the marine algae’s use in popular Asian cuisine like sushi and miso soup, new research from international market intelligence agency Mintel finds that new seaweed product innovation in Europe is at a record level and also suggests that its health benefits are moving it quickly toward superfood status, alongside the likes

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Update: Chile algae crisis

Just over a month ago, an algae bloom began ripping through Chile's Region X, resulting in the deaths of over 24 million salmon. Where does Chile's farmed salmon sector stand today? How has the bloom progressed and receded over time? Read this article for more.

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AFBF’s USDA Program Survey
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Click here to take the survey Courtesy of USDA: ISSUE: Farmers and ranchers find it confusing and complex to participate in USDA programs. At the same time, USDA staff are concerned that farmers and ranchers who could benefit from their programs frequently do not apply. AFBF’s USDA program survey (http://usdaprograms.questionpro.com) collects feedback from U.S. farmers and ranchers on their experience with 10 USDA programs administered through

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Skretting announces fishmeal-free breakthrough
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Skretting has unveiled salmon feed formulations made completely fishmeal-free, which also deliver equal performance levels of fish growth and health. The research, which has been backed up by evidence from the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC), means the company can be increasingly flexible with raw material inclusions. Jose Villalon, corporate sustainability director at Nutreco, Skretting’s parent company, said: “This breakthrough

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Chile: More than 24 million salmon lost due to algae bloom

More than 24 million salmon, equivalent to 38,300 tonnes of mortality, has been the balance so far thrown the emergency caused by the bloom of algae in the fish farms located within Reloncaví and the north of Chiloe, in Los Lagos Region. This was reported on Thursday the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), Raul Sunico, and the director of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), José Miguel

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Prop 65 Emergency BPA Regulations Update

PROP 65 EMERGENCY REGULATIONS ON BPA WILL REQUIRE SUPPLIERS OF FOOD OR BEVERAGE IN CANS, BOTTLES, AND JARS TO PROVIDE WARNING SIGNS TO RETAILERS- - RETAILERS MUST DISPLAY SIGNS AT CASH REGISTER.  ALL MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE BY MAY 11, 2016 OR RISK HEAVY FINES, PENALTIES, SHAKE DOWN LAWSUITS. Below you can read all about these new emergency regulations and how they might affect your business. Items anticipated to be covered are canned seafood, sauces,

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HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report: December 2015 – January 2016
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A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: How Do Hatchery-Reared Yellowtail Stack up to Wild Ones? What’s On Tap for 2016 at Our Mission Bay Laboratory? Here’s a Sampler A Look Back How Do Hatchery-Reared Yellowtail Stack up to Wild Ones? HSWRI is collaborating with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of San Diego (USD) on a comparative study between aquaculture-reared California yellowtail

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Algae becoming increasingly relevant due to soaring fishmeal and fish oil demand, prices

Packed with proteins and oils, marine and freshwater algae have long been tipped as promising alternatives to existing but limited sources of functional ingredients. In particular, the ability of algae to produce omega-3 oils makes them suitable for replacing increasingly price volatile fish oil and fishmeal products, especially aquaculture feeds. Today, the algae industry produces just 9,000 metric tons (MT) dry weight of product annually and is

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Improving US Aquaculture Health through Programme Standards
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US - Having healthy fish is at the core of a successful aquaculture operation. With this in mind, the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) alongside USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS Veterinary Services), has created the Commercial Aquaculture Health Programme Standards (CAHPS) to improve the health of fish and shellfish farms across the country and to promote the trade and movement of healthy farm-raised aquatic animals,

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Offshore aquaculture, a promising yet vexing venture

Neil Sims paused briefly last week when asked a question during a panel discussion on aquaculture in U.S. federal waters, held at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in St. Julian’s, Malta. The usually verbose CEO of Kampachi Farms was asked to describe his decade-plus of experiences working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees fish farming in offshore waters, 3 to 200 miles off the coast. “It’s challenging,”

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Farm Bureau and Coalition Partners Lead the Way in Protecting Farm Data

  The American Farm Bureau Federation recently launched an online survey to collect feedback from farmers about farm data. The survey, which is open to all farmers and ranchers, will help gauge progress on big data issues and give some important insight into new issues. When Farm Bureau conducted a similar survey on big data in September 2014, nearly 3,400 farmers responded. The top concerns at that time were: 82 percent of farmers were unaware

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Video: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Feb 11, 2016
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View the video of the aquaculture agenda item from the 43rd annual Zeke Grader Fisheries Forum held on February 11, 2016. The California Aquaculture Association was represented well at the forum with speakers including: Tony Vaught, Professional Aquaculture Services (California Aquaculture Association Director) Michael Graham, Sustainable Seafood Technologies (California Aquaculture Association Member) John Finger, Hog Island Oyster Company (California

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Troutlodge Acquires World Class Tech Company
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March 9, 2016 - The world’s largest trout egg producer, Troutlodge, locked up access to cutting edge aquaculture technology on Tuesday with the acquisition of Spanish aquaculture machinery developer Integraqua. [caption id="attachment_9021" align="alignright" width="300"] On left, Enrique Vega, owner of Integraqua and on right, Steve Brown, CEO of Troutlodge.[/caption] As a new division of Troutlodge, Integraqua’s existing and developing technologies

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Soy Aquaculture Alliance Call for Proposals

The Soy Aquaculture Alliance has issued a new request for proposals for Soy in Aquaculture Research. The call for proposals is divided into four focus areas and include U.S. soy protein and U.S. soy lipid or oil areas and is intended to address areas of opportunity to increase the use of U.S. soy products in aquaculture diets. Awards will be made to address these priorities: A. SYSTEMS: Research into intensive aquaculture systems that will support

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AQUACULTURE 2016: The Future of Fish Nutrition
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US - The development of fish nutrition has come a long way over the last few years but more research needs to be conducted into trace element nutrition, the use of single cell proteins and the vitamin requirements under different aquaculture systems, said Professor Simon Davies, Harper Adams University, speaking to TheFishSite at Aquaculture 2016 in Las Vegas, USA. Aquaculture nutrition has greatly moved forward in the last few years, and is now

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GAA: Applications Sought for Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is accepting applications for the Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award, the organization announced on March 6 at the open of Seafood Expo North America. This is the fourth consecutive year that GAA has organized the competition, which is designed to recognize those who are finding new solutions to the challenges faced by aquaculture as well as those who provide the leadership required to champion

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Federal Organic Aquaculture Rule

Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) showed his frustration Thursday over the time it’s taking the Obama administration to deliver final organic aquaculture standards. The ranking member of the House Appropriations agriculture panel, whose state maintains a roughly $170 million a year aquaculture industry, said his office gets a call a day from constituents over the issue. Final action is projected in July, nearly a year after regulations were submitted to

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A Message from the CAA President, Tony Schuur
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I recently took office as the CAA President at our Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas.    It is the second time in 30 years that I have been honored with this responsibility and I am proud to accept with the same dedication that inspired my predecessors.   I am here to serve the CAA for the next two years and lead it forward through the issues that constantly arise as we practice and encourage aquaculture in California.  I hope that you

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Fred S. Conte, PhD Receives National Award for Contributions in Aquaculture
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Fred S. Conte, PhD, the Aquaculture Specialist at UC, Davis and an Advisor with the California Aquaculture Association, has received the 2016 Joseph McCraren award for his outstanding contributions in promoting the growth of aquaculture. This highly prestigious, national award was presented to Dr. Conte at the World Aquaculture Society conference in Las Vegas on February 23, 2016. The McCraren Award, named in honor of Joseph P. McCraren, the first

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Humboldt State University Students Receive Awards at Aquaculture America 2016
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At the 2016 World Aquaculture Society (WAS) conference, Aquaculture America in Las Vegas, two Humboldt State University students were recognized for their achievements in aquaculture. James Schwartz received the 2016 Best Student Abstract Travel Award for his abstract, Evaluating Effects of Fish Oil Replacement with Algal Oil (Schizochytrium sp.) in the Diet of Oncorhynchus mykiss. This full abstract can be viewed here. Additional award details

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Devastated salmon population likely to result in fishing restrictions

Northern California’s commercial anglers are bracing for restrictions on the upcoming salmon-fishing season after federal regulators projected there are half as many Central Valley Chinook salmon in the ocean compared to this time last year. Last week, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council released its annual population estimates for Chinook off the Pacific Coast. The council estimates about 300,000 adult fall-run salmon from the Sacramento

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Senate Confirms Obama Pick Califf as Head of FDA

The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday despite frustration over the agency's response to the epidemic of painkiller abuse. The vote was 89-4 for Dr. Robert Califf, a prominent cardiologist and medical researcher at Duke University for more than 30 years and the FDA's No.2 official. Califf will be tasked with wrapping up many administrative initiatives

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AQUACULTURE 2016: Aquaculture to Meet Future Demand for Seafood
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US - Future growth to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population must come from aquaculture, explained Dr James Anderson, University of Florida, whilst giving his plenary talk at Aquaculture 2016 in Las Vegas, US, reports Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor. By 2050 the world will need 60 per cent more food to feed 9 billion people. Food production is already increasing and, on average, there is actually enough food for everyone, however the distribution

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Microalgae can be a potential feed for aquaculture species

Microalgae, which are sources of natural aquatic products, are now gaining attention as an ideal potential feed for aquaculture purposes. At the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), the program on the development of algal paste from microalgae under the National Aquafeeds R&D Program is currently being funded by PCAARRD and Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The program studies three brackishwater microalgal species, namely,

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TED: Can Aquaculture Solve the World’s Food Problems? (Video)
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[caption id="attachment_8951" align="alignright" width="300"] Click to view video[/caption] Mike Velings says that by 2050 the world will need at least 70 percent more protein that what is available today. Global meat consumption has more than quadrupled in the last fifty years, up from 71 million tons to 310 million tons. A number from the UN suggests that the earth's population will reach 11 billion by 2100, and Velings doesn't think there will

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CAA Session Agenda for Aquaculture America 2016
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The California Aquaculture Association is proud and excited to be a part of Aquaculture America 2016, which will be held at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 22-26, 2016. CAA will be hosting a half day session, the details of which can be viewed below. We hope that you attend our CAA hosted session while at the conference. Registration for this conference is now open. To register online, please click here.

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NAA: AA2017 Soliciting Session Chairs/Organizers

Courtesy of NAA: The Aquaculture America 2017 (AA2017) Steering Committee is looking for enthusiastic new session chairs for upcoming Aquaculture America conferences. The success of these conferences is due largely to session chairs. These creative, dedicated and engaged members develop the comprehensive conference program comprised of both technical and producer-oriented sessions. The Steering Committee encourages everyone, especially the members

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House passes revised menu labeling rules

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation that would give restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and others more flexibility in the way they label calories on the food items they serve. The bill, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, would enable restaurants to post calorie counts online or on smartphone apps in cases where customers typically don’t step foot inside a door. The rules also include some lawsuit

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Aqua-Spark co-founder gives TED talk on aquaculture

Mike Velings, co-founder of Aqua-Spark -- the first investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture -- has given a TED talk on the same topic. The video of his talk was released on Feb. 11, and can be seen here. In it he makes the case for the future of fish "farmed well, and farmed healthy". The talk took place aboard Mission Blue II, a research voyage conceived by TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle to be a TED-at-sea focused on the challenges

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NOAA Announces $3M in Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program Funds for FY2016
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Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.ca.gov: Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3M available for a national competition to fund new FY 2016 aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture. Topical priorities for this FY 2016 competition are, briefly: a) Research to inform pending,

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USGS News Release – “Food for Billions: Inland Fisheries and World Food Security

U.S. Geological Survey Office of Communications and Publishing Summary: February 9, 2016 USGS News Release follows: Reston, VA – Inland capture fisheries are much more crucial to global food security than realized, according to the first global review of the value of inland fish and fisheries. (http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/er-2015-0064 ) The article, published today in Environmental Reviews, showed that although aquaculture and

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H.J. Baker Animal Health and Nutrition New Product Workshop at Aquaculture America

From H.J. Baker: H.J. Baker will be presenting an Animal Health and Nutrition New Product Workshop on February 23 at Aquaculture America in Las Vegas. February 23, 2016 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas Room #4 Being presented will be their new line up of advanced fishmeal replacers for shrimp and finfish formulations. There will be open discussions regarding the products and a short presentation regarding the research that

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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business
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  The Gulf of Mexico is now open for commercial fish farming. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last month that, for the first time in the U.S., companies can apply to set up fish farms in federal waters. The idea is to compete with hard-to-regulate foreign imports. But opening the Gulf to aquaculture won't be cheap, and it could pose environmental problems. Harlon Pearce, the owner of Harlon's Louisiana Fish,

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San Diego: Breeding Program Has Been a Huge Boost to Wild White Seabass Population
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Voice of San Diego’s recent story about the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program and its state-contracted operator, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, was mind-boggling in its misrepresentations. A piece that far off target is obviously intended only to create a bad impression and a classic example of, “My mind’s made up, so don’t confuse me with facts.” As someone who has spent his whole life in the marine fisheries arena

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Seafood Consumption May Play a Role in Reducing Risk for Alzheimer’s
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Eating at least one serving of seafood a week could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to a study. A strong case has been building for the role that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish could play in protecting against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. But questions remained about whether these benefits could be canceled out by the mercury in fish, which at high enough levels can be toxic to the brain. The new study suggests that is

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2016 California Aquaculture Association Board of Directors Election Results
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As the Executive Director of the California Aquaculture Association (CAA), I am pleased to announce the results of the 2016 CAA Board of Directors election. Thank you to all CAA members for your participation in this election. Please join me in thanking and congratulating all of those individuals who have offered their time in service to our Association. The successful candidates in this year’s election are as follows: Tony Vaught, Professional

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CSU Collaboration to Strengthen California Aquaculture
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A view into what was dicussed in our recent COAST meeting held at MLML: Industry experts, nongovernmental organizations and lawmakers joined researchers from throughout the 23-campus California State University system at the CSU’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in central California Jan. 13-14 to discuss leveraging the CSU’s expertise in aquaculture. Aquaculture is the breeding, growing, and harvesting of animals and plants in freshwater, brackish

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Rice Fields for Fry
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Aptly named the Nigiri project, after the fish and rice sushi combo, the experiment has run the last four years in cooperation between the California Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources, University of California Davis, California Trout, US Bureau of Reclamation and NOAA.  The program is based at the Knaggs Ranch in California’s Yolo County, on the Sacramento River flood plain. Jacob Katz who works with California Trout and is

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Northern California salmon run devastated, again, by drought
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One of California’s last great salmon runs tallied a perilously low number of surviving offspring in 2015, scientists said Monday, marking a second year of drought-driven problems for the Sacramento River chinook, which loom on the verge of extinction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Servicereported that just 3 percent of the run’s juvenile salmon survived their historic migration to sea, again dying in large

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3-day Basic HACCP Training Class for the Seafood Industry

Courtesy of NOAA: USDC/NOAA’s 3-day HACCP Class, available in English and Spanish upon request, meets the body of knowledge requirements established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for HACCP training as outlined in 21 CFR Part 123.10, incorporating the training curriculum developed by the Seafood HACCP Alliance, a national committee of which the USDC/NOAA is a founding member.  USDC/NOAA’s 3-day workshop is designed to demystify the

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2016 National Aquaculture Association benefit auction donation

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) will be holding their annual benefit auction at Aquaculture America on Wednesday February, 24 from 5:30-7:30 PM. NAA is asking for donations for this auction. Donations requested include (but are not limited to): Products you produce, sell or manufacture. Gift certificates to Bass Pro, Gander Mountain, Cabalas, etc. Gift Certificates to Local restaurants, national chains, home depot, etc. Outdoor/sportsman

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CDFA Announces Vacancies on California Invasive Species Advisory Committee
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SACRAMENTO, January 6, 2016 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture, on behalf of the Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC), seeks to appoint six (6) members to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC).  The Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve on the CISAC. The purpose and role of the California

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Hunters fear fading voice at Fish and Game Commission

Lifelong hunter and fisherman Jim Kellogg is hooks and bullets to the core. He has been an outspoken advocate for anglers and hunters during his 14 years on the Fish and Game Commission, a powerful state board tasked with listing endangered species and setting the hunting and fishing regulations enforced by California’s armed game wardens. But Kellogg, 72, resigned from his post in December. The frustration became too much, he said, with unfounded

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FDA bans GM salmon imports for the time being

While the sale of genetically modified (GM) salmon was approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last year, imports of the fish have been banned – at least until the agency can determine labeling guidelines. Language in an extensive federal spending bill passed by Congress incited the FDA to enact the ban, which could potentially take years to lift; publishing final rules regarding product labeling is known

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GAA Extends Public Comment Period for Revised Farmed Mollusk Standards by One Week

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 1, 2016 The Global Aquaculture Alliance has extended the public comment period for its Best Aquaculture Practices Farmed Mollusk Standards by a week to February 12. The 60-day comment period started on December 4, 2015. The standards cover all major farmed mollusk species, including mussels, scallops, oysters, clams and abalone, and will replace the existing BAP mussel farm standards. They were prepared by

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Catalina Sea Ranch Raises Another Round of Capital

Catalina Sea Ranch has raised USD 1,825,000 from Southern California community leaders with a passion and vision for aquaculture. This investment increases the total capital raised by the company to USD 2,855,000, which will fund the initial phase of its aquaculture facility and initiate its innovative monitoring program. Purchase Orders for buoys, floats, ropes, anchors, and mussel seed have been placed and the first harvest of sustainable mussel

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Aquaculture: The next great Monterey County frontier?
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Moss Landing >> The Salinas Valley is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” but when it comes to seafood farming, scientists and businesses have yet to figure out how to maximize the harvest. A program at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories hopes to change that. “We’re importing seafood like crazy,” said Michael Graham, professor of marine ecology at the laboratories. “Why can’t California develop an infrastructure for aquaculture

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Jobs/Education Fair Planned for Aquaculture 2016 Conference
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Courtesy of NAA: The Student Activities Committee of the US Aquaculture Society invites farmers, equipment and service providers, research/extension, and agency representatives to participate in the Jobs/Education Fair at the upcoming Aquaculture 2016 Conference in Las Vegas. The Fair will occur in the Conference Trade Show area on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. (Click here to register for the conference.) The goal of the Jobs/Education

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USDA Seeks Fellowship Applications for Future Agricultural Scientists, Science Educators

Nearly $19 Million Available to Students and Educators for Fellowships to Address Challenges in Nutrition, Food Security, Climate Change, and Other Agricultural Areas WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields. These fellowships

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Survey: US chefs need further seafood sustainability information

US chefs know little about seafood sustainability and aquaculture according to a Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)-commissioned survey, the GAA published on its website. In order to get an idea of how those in the foodservice industry approach sustainability and farmed fish, the GAA is conducting research to better understand the perceptions of key placers in the foodservice industry. The GAA initially reached out to 500 participants, of which 132

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China looking to control overseas fishmeal producers

Investment banks who advise some of China’s largest agricultural conglomerates have been telling Seafoodsource of intense interest in overseas producers of fishmeal. Big names like New Hope, Tongwei and the two giants of Guangdong province, Haid Co. and Wen’s Co., are very interested in acquiring fishmeal assets overseas to feed growing demand in China. Struggling with over-capacity in their core business of animal feed, the firms are seeking

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: February 10-11, 2016

The agenda for the December 9-10, 2015, meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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New Seafood Dietary Guidelines Added to FishWatch
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the key recommendations noted that a healthy eating pattern includes a variety of protein foods including-of course-seafood. Unfortunately, that message is not being heard by consumers. The attached graph visibly demonstrates that Americans are not eating enough seafood. Moving forward,

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Coastal Commission Executive Director Possible Dismissal

The California Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing during its February 10-12, 2016 meeting in Morro Bay to consider the continued employment of its Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lester (view recent article). The public hearing to consider the possible dismissal of the Commission’s Executive Director is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 10. The official public notice and agenda of the Commission meeting will be posted on

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GMOs: Separating Fact from Fiction – Aquatic Academy Course at the Aquarium of the Pacific – Spring 2016

By now, most of us have heard of and many have strong opinions about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), but are our opinions based on fact or fiction? Is there potential for GMOs, when used responsibly, to provide more food using fewer resources as we search for ways to feed the growing population? The Aquarium of the Pacific has invited a diverse group of experts to discuss this complex issue at our Spring Aquatic Academy Series that will take

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Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of the State Address
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SACRAMENTO – Warning of the next inevitable recession and the “zigzag of spend-cut-spend” budgeting, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, choosing to lay out a clear, focused case for his top priority – continued fiscal discipline – rather than “talk today about new programs” or restate every priority of the administration. The Governor vowed to “focus on how we pay for the commitments

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Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Hearing Scheduled: February 11, 2016

Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing scheduled – February 11, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento, CA Senator McGuire, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), respectfully requests that you reserve the date for the JCFA hearing on February 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento, CA.  The 43rd Annual Zeke Grader Fisheries Forum is an informational

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CalChamber: 2016 Employment Law Updates Webinar

Friday, January 29, 2016, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT   Webinar Description Start your new year clearly understanding changes to California and federal employment laws for 2016. This annual CalChamber webinar explains how recent state and federal court cases, new laws and regulatory changes apply to your workforce. Topics: Court cases from 2015, relevant to 2016 New laws effective in 2016, related to: Gender equity pay Disability and religious discrimination

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WRAC Research & Outreach Project Pre-Proposals for FY2017

The Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC) has opened a new Request for Research and Outreach Project Pre-Proposals (RFP) for FY2017. Pre-proposal applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016. Additional information can be viewed here or on the WRAC website.

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Jobs/Education Fair Planned for Aquaculture 2016 Conference

Courtesy of NAA: The Student Activities Committee of the US Aquaculture Society invites farmers, equipment and service providers, research/extension, and agency representatives to participate in the Jobs/Education Fair at the upcoming Aquaculture 2016 Conference in Las Vegas. The Fair will occur in the Conference Trade Show area on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The goal of the Jobs/Education Fair is to give student attendees

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February CAA Board Meeting Date and Location

Please note that the next CAA Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 23rd at Palace 5 Room in Bally's (Las Vegas). What: CAA Board of Directors Meeting When: February 23rd, 2PM to 5PM Where: Palace 5 Room, Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada

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USDA Announces $3.8 Million Available to Help Producers Transition to Organic Farming

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $3.8 million to support research, education, and extension projects that will assist current organic producers and those transitioning into organic farming. The funding is available through the Organic Transitions Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program is

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7 ways to promote seafood as a healthy option
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Around the world, consumers have resolved to eat healthier in the New Year. There is no better time than the present for restaurants and retailers to promote the health benefits of seafood. “The start of the year is a great time to press the reset button and add more nutrients into our diets. Customers will be thinking about getting healthier and would appreciate meals that offer flavor and that are healthy all in one dish,” said Linda Cornish,

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California Water and Drought Update

Governor Brown Appears at Association of California Water Agencies Event:  Following the Administration’s release of the updated California Water Action Plan, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today spoke at the “CA Water 2.0 – What’s Next for the California Water Action Plan?” event organized by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), detailing the state's efforts to effectively manage water now and into the future. “Our climate

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Aquaculture plan to expand soybean meal market

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has welcomed the federal rule published this week by NOAA implementing a marine aquaculture fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico, and says that it will grow the market for soybean meal. The plan creates a permitting and development process for offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters. “The US currently imports 91% of the seafood we eat,” says Tim Scates, ISA director. “Allowing

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California Temporarily Curbing Water to Spare Vanishing Fish

Saying current water conditions pose particular peril for the state's tiny, disappearing Delta smelt, federal officials moved Thursday to temporarily reduce water deliveries for farmers and millions of other Californians. Especially muddy water from winter storms is among the factors that risk sweeping some of the world's few remaining Delta smelt off course and into giant water pumps that draw water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river deltas,

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Offshore Aquaculture and the Future of Sustainable Seafood
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An interview with Dr. Michael Rubino, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture For many people, aquaculture near the coast is a familiar sight—think of oyster and mussel farms in Washington State or salmon farms in Maine. But U.S. aquaculture will soon be expanding to the open ocean. With a new rule published today by NOAA Fisheries, federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, stretching from 3 to 200 hundred miles offshore, will be open

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NOAA Expands Opportunities for U.S. Aquaculture
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Gulf of Mexico rule opens the door for seafood farming in the open ocean On January 11, NOAA published a final rule implementing our nation’s first regional regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters. In doing so, NOAA is expanding opportunities for U.S. seafood farming in the open ocean. NOAA and our partners are working to advance and expand U.S. aquaculture, as a complement to wild harvests, to keep our fisheries sustainable

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First-Ever Federal Rules for Offshore Fish Farming Issued
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The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper. The new rules allow the farming of fish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The rules — in the making for years — were announced in New Orleans by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan

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MasterChef Farm to Table Episode Invite

CAA members, Fox’s MasterChef is inviting farmers to attend the filming of their new farm to table segment. The segment is focused on giving back to those who put food on our tables by providing a meal to them. This episode will highlight fresh, sustainable produce and farmed goods in MasterChef’s first ever farm to table challenge, which will be filmed on a farm in the L.A. area. MasterChef is seeking 101 farmers to eat the meal and help judge.

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Growing demand for ASC certification

The announcement this week by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) that more than 200 farms have achieved ASC certification in 23 countries, and 100 more are in the process, is “hugely exciting and a clear indictor of the growing importance of responsible aquaculture,” according to CEO Chris Ninnes. The programme now has an estimated total production volume of certified and under assessment seafood, of more than one million tonnes. “I

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Free webcast offered on antimicrobial drug use: Sat, Jan 16

On Saturday, Jan. 16, a three-hour workshop will be webcast live on the stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals. This free workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon at the Beef Palace Arena on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show. This workshop will be webcast live by BARN Media, as well as archived for later viewing. There is no charge to view the webcast. To access the webcast and to view more information, please

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Norwegian aquaculture doing away with antibiotics

Courtesy of UnderCurrentNews.com: Vaccination and other biosecurity measures are said to have nearly eliminated the need for antibacterial treatment of Norwegian farmed fish. According to the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, the negligible consumption of antibacterials in Norwegian aquaculture has contributed to driving down the risk of the development of antimicrobial resistance -- and thus transmission of such resistance to humans via fish meat.

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El Niño and Coming Weather Threats

Areas of above-average sea temperatures dominating the Pacific Ocean have been dubbed “the Blob,” “Son of Blob,” and “Godzilla.” (Modified image: ClimateReanalyzer.org) By now, everyone has probably heard about El Niño and the effects of this weather pattern across the Western Hemisphere. Some are predicting this El Niño to be the biggest ever, naming it the “Godzilla El Niño.” But step aside, Godzilla: Another monster weather

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Tilapia with Kale and Lemon Vinaigrette
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Lightly cooked kale combined with red onions and creamy, tangy goat cheese makes a savory bed for quickly sautéed tilapia fillets. A sprightly vinaigrette flavors the kale and the fish. Serve roasted, halved fingerling potatoes alongside. U.S.-farmed tilapia is a Seafood Watch "Best Choice." (Serves 4) Lemon-shallot vinaigrette 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons minced shallots 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 teaspoon sugar

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Seafood Consumption Advocated in Updated Dietary Guidelines
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Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Department of Human and Human Services released today the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that provide updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The new Guidelines reiterate the recommendations

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Governor Brown Proposes 2016-17 State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a $122.6 billion General Fund budget plan for 2016-17 that makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while bolstering the state’s Rainy Day Fund and paying down state debts and liabilities. When Governor Brown took office, the state faced a massive $26.6 billion budget deficit and estimated annual shortfalls of roughly $20 billion. These

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For Sale: Used Automatic Feeders and Paddle Wheels
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For Sale: Used Automatic Feeders Paddle Wheels View more by clicking the links above.

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Fish Feed Available in Humboldt Area (Free)

The fish hatchery at Humboldt State University has 12 feed bags (20 kg each) leftover from a research project (manufacture date 01 march 2015). These bags were stored in the freezer. Pellet size 2-mm, sinking, Protein 49%, Fat 15%. If you are interested in these bags please contact Rafael Cuevas at aquaculture@humboldt.edu.

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Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation

The Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR's) 2016/2017 Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation is now available. A total of $400,000 is available for projects that focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural or urban settings. DPR will consider projects for terms of up to 33 months. If you are interested in this funding opportunity, please view the 2016/2017 Solicitation on DPR’s Web site here. If you

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Recipe: Roasted Oyster Crostini with Brûléed Parmesan
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Yields 12 Ingredients 1 (10-inch) loaf French bread 5 tablespoons Oyster Butter, in all, recipe follows 12 large oysters, shucked 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup minced cooked applewood smoked bacon 1/4 cup chopped green onion, for garnish Instructions Preheat oven to 350º. Cut French bread into 1/4-inch slices. Toast bread on baking sheets until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bread slices from oven, and increase heat to Broil. While bread

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Sonke Mastrup Resigns from California Fish and Game Commission
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Sonke Mastrup, the Executive Director of the California Fish and Game Commission has resigned. This resignation is met with sadness from the aquaculture and fishing industry as Mastrup, an avid hunter and abalone free diver, was a supporter of our industry and its members. Over the past four years, Mastrup has been a valued and effective leader of the Commission, knowing how and when to move items along as well as the legal and administrative steps

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Inside the world of caviar producer Passmore Ranch: Featuring CAA President, Michael Passmore
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By Jessica Battilana, SF Chronicle: Michael Passmore wants me to get into the tank. I demur, citing my outfit; he offers waders and boots. I demur again, confessing my fear of the tank’s inhabitants, about a dozen giant white sturgeon, each around five feet long. Passmore’s boyish face lights into a wicked smile as he assures me the toothless primordial beasts won’t bite. That may be true, but the playful eight-year-old fish are smart enough

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HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report: October – November 2015
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A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: Wild Fish Health Surveys Underway to Establish Health Parameters for Cultured Marine Fish Broodstock Nutrition and Egg Quality in California Yellowtail New Postdoc Helps Spearhead Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program   Wild Fish Health Surveys Underway to Establish Health Parameters for Cultured Marine Fish The goals of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) aquaculture

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Seafood Restaurants Cast a Wider Net for Sustainable Fish
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Michael Chernow doesn’t want people to step inside Seamore’s, his fish-fixated restaurant on the rim of Little Italy, worrying that they’re about to get a heap of science homework dumped onto the table. “Our goal is not to say: ‘Welcome to Seamore’s School. We’re going to teach you all about sustainable fish,’” said Mr. Chernow, who is also one of the entrepreneurs behind the Meatball Shop chain. But there is a blackboard. Labeled

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First NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Annual Report

NOAA released the first-ever annual report for its Office of Law Enforcement. The report highlights the mission and operations of the office, including data and case studies. To view the report, click here.

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Aquaculture Insurance Exchange Seeking Program Manager & Broker in Greater Los Angeles Area
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The Aquaculture Insurance Exchange is seeking a Program Manager and Broker in the greater Los Angeles area. Please find below additional information about this opening:   Title: Program Manager & Broker Company: Aquaculture Insurance Exchange URL: www.aquacultureins.com Area: Greater Los Angeles Area – United States Position description: Program Manager including attending trade shows, visiting clients, calling and soliciting from potential

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Reciped: Breaded Abalone
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Courtesy of AllRecipes.com: Ingredients Makes 4 servings 1/2 pound abalone without shell 1 1/2 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs 2 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup olive oil for frying 1/2 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish 1 teaspoon lime juice chopped fresh parsley for garnish Directions Slice the abalone into 1/4 inch thick steaks, making sure to trim off any meat that is not white, as this part tends to be very tough. Place the steaks

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CAA Member, Bernard Friedman of Santa Barbara Mariculture Wins First Place in Annual Parade of Lights
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Spreading some holiday cheer: CAA member and Santa Barbara Mariculture owner, Bernard Friedman and his family decorated their boat for the annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights. With their boat theme, "Shine Free Holiday Liberty!", Friedman and crew received first place price in their commercial fishing division! Check out the pictures below (click to view full size)...

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GO-Biz and Linked Learning Alliance Announce Partnership to Expand High School Internships
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Sacramento, Calif., – The Innovation Hub (iHub) Program within the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced a partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance to provide high school students with more opportunities to participate in industry-recognized internship programs. This partnership will leverage websites including LaunchPath and the GO-Biz California Business Portal to simplify the process

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California Sea Grant is now accepting applications

California Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the following positions (click each to view more information):   Coastal Management Fellowship - Coastal Management Fellows work for two years with state coastal zone programs on projects proposed by the states and selected by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management. Fellows will receive on-the-job training in coastal management and policy. Due: January 22, 2016 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship

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Updated CAA Membership Application and Membership Levels

We would like to thank all of our members for their ongoing support of our association and our industry. An active, engaged association that protects, promotes, and supports its members is critical to the success and growth of our industry. And our association would not be possible without your membership with us - Thank you. We will be sending 2016 CAA membership renewals to our current members in January. Along with these renewals, we will also

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Aquaculture doesn’t get the support it deserves
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The seafood industry is increasingly reliant on aquaculture to obtain the raw material it needs to feed a fast growing world population. However, despite this ever increasing reliance on farmed fish and shellfish, aquaculture doesn’t receive the support it deserves, particularly in the Western world where it is a relatively new industry. Perceptions of it need to be improved if the almost constant avalanche of adverse criticism is to be halted,

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Please, Uncle Sam, prove us wrong on fish farm
Fish now accounts for almost 17% of the global population’s intake of protein

A guessing game is on. How long will it take the federal government to make a decision on the application of Rose Canyon Fisheries, a collaboration of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and a private equity firm called Cuna del Mar, to develop what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale fish farm in federal waters off the coast of San Diego? Before making a guess, take note: ▪ The Obama administration, to its credit, has made the expansion

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For Sale: 3,500 gallon aquaculture tank and 190 gallon liquid oxygen tank
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Located in Indiana, the following two (used) items are for sale. Please click the links below for pictures and additional information: 3,500 gallon aquaculture tank 190 gallon liquid oxygen tank

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One of few remaining Coachella tilapia companies looking to buy new farms in 2016

Courtesy of UnderCurrentNews.com: After managing to withstand a period of rising oil prices that forced many other fish farms in California's Coachella Valley to shut down operations, New Global Energy subsidiary Aqua Farming Tech (AFT) is now planning to ramp up its tilpia production and expand into two abandoned farms in the valley next year. According to Dave Knight, AFT director, Coachella Valley tilapia farming was a robust industry in

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USDA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $17.6 million in funding to support research and outreach activities that will help growers, producers, and processors find innovative ways to improve organic agriculture. The grants are being funded through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), a program that is administered by USDA’s National Institutes of Food and

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Recipe: Crispy lemon fish with yogurt tartare and potato fries recipe
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Serves 4 | Courtesy of The Telegraph For the fish 110g fresh coarse breadcrumbs 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 8 x 120g firm white fish fillets, skin off 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil Lemon cheeks, to serve For the yogurt tartare 210g thick plain yogurt 2 tbsp chopped cornichons 1 tbsp salted capers, rinsed and chopped 1 tbsp chopped dill 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar To make the yogurt tartare, place the yogurt,

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LAO Blog: California’s Property Tax: Where Does Your Money Go?

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) is releasing the first post in a blog series that examines California's property tax system. This blog post, Understanding Your Property Tax Bill, explains the components of the property tax bill and how property tax revenues are distributed among local governments. The post includes two videos discussing the topic. The release of the blog post and videos coincides with tomorrow's December 10 deadline for taxpayers

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Repeal of country-of-origin meat labels may be tucked in U.S. budget bill

WASHINGTON - California ranchers hope a massive spending bill can be used to end a country-of-origin labeling law that could otherwise cost them serious money. Facing possible tariffs from Canada and Mexico, the ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to include a repeal of the labeling law in the so-called “omnibus” appropriations package needed to fund the federal government after Friday. “This is a big problem needing fixing

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Eat fish, live longer
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Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish can add five years to a person’s life, according to research carried out at Columbia University, New York. The study found that older people who followed a diet consisting of fish, vegetables, fruit, cereals, nuts and oils had a larger brain volume than those who simply ate what they wanted. Study author Dr Yian Gu said: “These results are exciting as they raise the possibility that people may potentially

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California’s Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase

On January 1, 2016, California’s minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $9 per hour. Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase. Also, employers should remember that state enforcement agencies have made it a top priority to stop employers from engaging in so-called “wage theft,” which includes not paying the minimum wage for all hours worked. Employers will want to examine all pay practices

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Recipe: Wasabi Trout
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Serves 4 Ingredients 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons wasabi paste 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon crushed oregano, or more to taste 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste 4 (4 ounce) fillets trout 1 pinch Cajun seasoning, or to taste Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and grease with olive oil. Mix soy sauce, olive oil, wasabi paste, garlic, oregano, and black

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USDA Releases Final Catfish Inspection Rule

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule today establishing an inspection program for fish under the order Siluriformes, including catfish. The final rule, which applies to both domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes fish, was developed in order to implement provisions required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The rule will become effective on March 1, 2016. The March 1,

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Live Haul Tank for Sale in Nevada
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A live haul tank has been posted for sale and can be viewed here. Details: All aluminum, double wall, insulated tank Used once, with diffusers, aerators, flowmeter, regulator, hoses, aluminum dump chute Made by aquaneering True tank size is 46.25 w x 84 l x 30.25 h One ton model Also, two metal heavy duty custom made oxygen bottle holders. $4000 To view more details, including seller contact information, please click here.

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Red tape is tying up U.S. push for fish farms, entrepreneurs say
Fish now accounts for almost 17% of the global population’s intake of protein

SAN DIEGO – Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported – a fact that the Obama administration vowed to start turning around by expanding fish and shellfish farms into federal waters. Yet nearly two years since the first permit was issued, the United States still has no offshore farms. The pioneers of offshore aquaculture say their plans have stalled or been abandoned because of the long and expensive federal permitting process

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: Dec. 9-10, 2015

The agenda for the December 9-10, 2015, meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. Beginning October 1, 2015, all petitions for regulation change must be submitted in writing on the authorized petition form, "FGC 1 Petition to the California Fish and

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Crab Hearing: Dec. 3, Santa Rosa, CA

The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing “The California Dungeness and Rock Crab Fishery: Public Health, Ocean Conditions and Maintaining a Strong Coastal Economy” will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Steele Lane Community Center in Santa Rosa, California. To view the agenda for this hearing, please click here. Additional information including links to: press releases, the agenda, latest information

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Aquaculture Scientist and Researcher, Dr. Jerry Ludwig, Has Passed Away

Courtesy of NAA: Dr. Jerry Ludwig, a distinguished aquaculture scientist and researcher, died November 22nd in Stuttgart Arkansas. Dr. Ludwig conducted aquaculture research for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 22 years. He published numerous scientific research papers and popular articles about fish farming, and did pioneering work in the culture of live fish food for fingerlings in ponds. The Striped

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Freshwater Fisheries Biology Student Seeking Summer Internship

Samuel Janofsky, a freshwater fisheries biology student at Humboldt State University is seeking a summer internship. Systems that Samuel is most interested in working with are pond, in pond-raceways, or split-pond systems. He is most experienced with white sturgeon, channel catfish, and western mosquito-fish. Below is an introduction/cover letter from Samuel. His full resume can be viewed here. Please contact him with an available opportunities.

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San Diego students take part in fish release program
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Courtesy of the San Diego Union-Tribune: Students from UC San Diego's Preuss School and Mater Dei Catholic High School rolled up their sleeves Thursday to tag cultured white seabass in preparation for next month's release at Crown Point. The students are working to boost the species and learn about aquaculture under the "Seabass in the Classroom Project" through a partnership of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute and the California Department of

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Local, sustainable seafood top hot US restaurant trends
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It is not surprising that locally-sourced seafood and meats is the number one culinary trend, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast.” The survey of nearly 1,600 chefs also ranked “hyper-local sourcing” as the number four trend out of 20 top food trends for 2016, and sustainable seafood was ranked ninth. “The trend for local and sustainable seafood has been in the top 10 trend in

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Recipe: Oyster Artichoke Soup
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Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups fat-free chicken broth 1 pint oysters drained, reserve ½ cup liquid 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Dash cayenne pepper 2 (14-ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 cup fat-free half-and-half ¼ cup sherry Garnish: fresh thyme leaves Instructions In a medium nonstick

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Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to Offer Marine Aquaculture 101: What is it and why do we need it?
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Aquaculture in the marine environment will be an essential source for healthy and sustainable protein for the growing population. While support for marine aquaculture is growing, skepticism remains, largely due to misinformation that is based on outdated information or provided with limited context. Attend the Aquarium of the Pacific's topic discussion with special guest experts, Mike Rust and Paul Olin, to learn more about marine aquaculture at

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Wild vs. farmed seafood: A false dichotomy
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With consumers’ growing interest in eating well and the myriad health benefits of seafood, it’s not surprising that consumption of seafood is on the rise. Still, misperceptions about seafood persist, perhaps chief among them that all wild-caught seafood is “good” and all farmed seafood is “bad” in terms of health and sustainability. “It continues to befuddle us a bit,” said Michael Rubino, director of aquaculture for NOAA Fisheries.

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The FDA requests comments on use of the term “natural” on food labeling

Because of the changing landscape of food ingredients and production, and in direct response to consumers who have requested that the FDA explore the use of the term “natural,” the agency is asking the public to provide information and comments on the use of this term in the labeling of human food products. The FDA is taking this action in part because it received three Citizen Petitions asking that the agency define the term “natural” for

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CDFW to Host Public Meetings Regarding Groundfish Management for 2017-2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold five public workshops to discuss groundfish management in California. Attendees will hear an overview of recent groundfish management and scientific developments, and then participate in focused stakeholder discussions on potential changes to recreational and commercial fishery management measures for 2017 and 2018. Several new groundfish stock assessments conducted in 2015 show some

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Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Wood host hearing on crab season delay

North Coast legislators will chair the December 3 hearing focused on the California Dungeness Crab Fishery and the impacts of a delayed start of season Santa Rosa, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Assemblymember Jim Wood, Committee Vice-Chair, are hosting a hearing focused on the delayed opening of the Dungeness Crab season. The legislators will be focused on public health issues, ocean

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NAA Webinar: Transitioning Your Aquaculture Farm Business to a New Generation
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Courtesy of NAA: A Free Webinar for Aquaculture Business Owners and Managers Hosted by the National Aquaculture Association The National Aquaculture Association is hosting a free one-hour webinar, Transitioning Your Aquaculture Farm Business to a New Generation, which will discuss developing a plan to eventually transition the aquaculture farm business to a new generation of owners and managers. A good transition process is one in which plans for

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Reminder: Antibiotic Use In Aquaculture

As a result of increasing questions about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s policy on veterinary drugs/antibiotics in aquaculture, the following information is provided to add clarity about permitted drug/antibiotic use with fish and seafood products raised in or imported into the United States. Only FDA approved drugs may be used in farmed products destined for the U.S. market. These drugs may only be used for the specified species in

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CDPH Updates Warning about Certain Seafood Caught along the Northern and Central California Coastline
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The following press release is from the California Department of Public Health: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood caught along the California coastline that may contain high levels of domoic acid. Advisories continue to be in place for: Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught Dungeness and Rock crabs caught in waters between the Oregon border and

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Drought Update

The latest California Drought Update can be viewed here.  Below are a few recent announcements that may be of interest. Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State's Drought Response: As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this

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2016 SBIR Solicitation is Open

The 2016 NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Solicitation is open for Phase I funding. This year there are two subtopics relevant to marine aquaculture, which can be found on pages 54-57 of the solicitation: Improving Outcomes of Marine Aquaculture via Genomic Approaches Developing Technologies for Offshore Aquaculture in the United States Find the full solicitation, more information, and all necessary forms here. The solicitation will

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NOAA Accepting Applications for Two Aquaculture Positions (MA, HI)

NOAA Fisheries has posted a job announcement to fill regional Aquaculture Coordinator positions in the Greater Atlantic (based in Gloucester, MA) and Pacific Islands (based in Honolulu, HI) regional offices.  These positions are critical to NOAA's sustainable aquaculture development objectives. As the primary point of contact in each region for aquaculture matters, each coordinator will will work with regulators, researchers, industry, environmental

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Jim Parsons Appointed to MAFAC

Courtesy of NAA: Jim Parsons, National Aquaculture Association (NAA) Vice-President and chair of NAA’s Marine Aquaculture Committee, was recently appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) was established under a federal charter by the Secretary of Commerce in 1971 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource

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Recipe: Smoky Fish Chowder
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Ingredients 3 ounces bacon (about 3 to 4 slices), diced 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 medium leeks, white and light- green parts, thinly sliced 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed 1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika 1/4 cup dry white vermouth or white wine 2 cups fish stock, store-bought or homemade (see recipe) 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds 3 thyme sprigs 2 cups whole milk 10 ounces flaky white fish, such as tilapia,

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Adding Aquatic Animal Pathogens to National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

A USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Bulletin: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services' (VS) Aquatic Animal/Aquaculture Program will request that the NAHLN Coordinating Council consider adding Spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) to diagnostic tests handled by network laboratories. Currently, SVCV is an APHIS program disease with Federal regulations pertaining to the importation of species susceptible

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New group dispels false seafood reports

Media reports that incorrectly report facts about overfishing, seafood sustainability and the state of the world’s oceans are the target of a recently-launched initiative. The Collaborative for Food from Our Oceans Data (CFOOD) brings together a group of scientists and international experts in fisheries management to “gather data from around the world and maintain fisheries databases while ensuring seafood sustainability discussions in the media

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Major Milestone is Met in Efforts to Combat Illegal Fishing

On Friday, November 5, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act, marking a major milestone in the Administration's progress toward implementing recommendations set forth by the President's Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud. The legislation will help the U.S. advance its efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries globally and prevent illegally harvested

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Dueling Minimum Wage Proposals

The state’s largest labor union has announced the filing of a second minimum wage initiative, setting up a ballot rivalry between two factions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that could ultimately risk the success of both proposals. The new initiative, sponsored by SEIU State Council, is broader than the initial measure proposed by SEIU-UHW, the healthcare worker arm of the union. It not only increases the minimum wage to $15

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Recipe: Catfish Tacos with Strawberry Salsa
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  Ingredients Olive oil cooking spray 1 lb catfish fillets 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher), divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 8 small (6-inch) corn tortillas 2 pints strawberries, hulled and chopped 1 small green jalapeño chile, seeded and chopped 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 cups chopped napa cabbage Directions Heat oven to 450˚. Coat a rimmed baking

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NAA Webinar: Growing Your Aquaculture Business: Is It Time to Expand or Diversify?

A Free Webinar for Aquaculture Business Owners and Managers - Hosted by the National Aquaculture Association The National Aquaculture Association is hosting a free one-hour webinar, Growing Your Aquaculture Business: Is It Time to Expand or Diversify?, which will discuss aquaculture business decisions as to whether it is time for the business to either expand or diversify into a new crop, a new product, or a new market. The focus of the webinar

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USDA Announces $5.6 billion for New Farmers and Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is prioritizing $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool is available at www.usda.gov/newfarmers. The site was designed based on feedback from new and

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Will meat come with a warning label in California?

The World Health Organization has declared that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat “probably” causes cancer. Now, for Californians and farmers hoping to sell meat in California, the big question is: Will California require meat to come with a warning label? Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products containing ingredients “known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.”

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Latest drought summer deadly for California salmon
Chinook Salmon. Credit: Michael Humling/USFWS.

One of the last wild runs of chinook salmon in California is sinking fast amid the four-year drought and now appears perilously close to oblivion after the federal agency in charge of protecting marine life documented the death of millions of young fish and eggs in the Sacramento River. As per the data revealed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 217,489 juvenile Chinook had been counted so far this year downstream of Shasta

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Proposes Listing 11 Nonnative Freshwater Species as Injurious

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposed rule for the listing of 11 nonnative freshwater species that have the potential to be highly invasive. Taking a proactive approach in hopes that early listing will prevent: “harm to our freshwater habitats and our native species, as well as to the local economies these natural resources support.” The proposed rule public comment period until December 29, 2015, please click for more

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How aquaculture fits in to the world’s growing food needs
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The world’s population is expected to increase substantially over the course of the next three decades. Probably the most widely given prediction is a planet comprising 9 billion people by 2050 and many questions have arisen from this forecast, not least how to create sufficient protein for an additional 2 billion people and how to do it in a sustainable manner. Because farmed fish produce edible yields superior to swine, poultry and ruminants,

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Recipe: BBQ Oysters with blue cheese dipping sauce
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Courtesy of Red Fish Grill Recipe Ingredients: 6 Oysters, free of sand/grit 2 ounces Barbeque Oyster Sauce (see recipe) 1 ½ ounce blue cheese dressing Seasoned flour Chopped parsley 6 oyster shells Blue Cheese Crumbles Barbeque Oyster Sauce 5 ounces TABASCO Pepper Sauce 2 ½ Tbsp. honey 3 ¼ Tbsp. clarified butter Recipe Directions: Drain oysters and toss in seasoned flour. Fry until golden. Barbeque Oyster sauce should be kept in a warm place until

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New Report Shows Value of US Fish Landings Strong

Courtesy of NOAA: As we close out National Seafood Month this week, NOAA Fisheries released the Fisheries of the U.S. Report for 2014 today. Each year, we compile key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing's importance to the nation. Inside the 2014 report, you'll find landings totals for both domestic commercial and recreational fishing by species. This information allows us to track important indicators

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NOAA Seeking Marine Aquaculture SBIR Proposals

Courtesy of NAA:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking proposals from small business firms for participation in Phase I of the Fiscal Year 2016 NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive

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US soybean committee launches new aquaculture industry advisory council

The US Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) International Soy in Aquaculture Program has established an Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council that will help develop long-term strategies for sustainable aquaculture development, the group said in a release. USSEC works to connect US soybean farmers with opportunities to develop nutrition for humans, livestock and aquaculture, and this move shows their growing focus on aquaculture. The council held its

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GAA Study: 47% of US consumers see aquaculture negatively

Nearly half -- 47% -- of those asked in a survey of 454 American seafood consumers had a negative view of farm-raised fish, research from the Global Aquaculture Alliance said. In discussing the results with GOAL attendees, Matt Brooker, senior category manager of The Fishin’ Company, said that the 30-question survey sought the opinions of US consumers from a variety of regions, ages and income levels who purchased seafood regularly... Read the

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Top U.S. aquaculture officer discusses social license

The United States is a key economic driver for the global seafood industry, widely considered one of the top three or four seafood markets in the world. Yet despite its vast coastlines in multiple marine regions with varying water temperatures fit for growing a variety of species, a large share of its seafood supply is imported farmed product. Developing a domestic aquaculture industry makes sense on many fronts, but the federal government has historically

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NAA to Host Two Webinars for Aquaculture Producers: November 10th and 20th

Courtesy of NAA:  The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is hosting two one-hour webinars designed especially for aquaculture producers looking to expand or diversify their business or to transition their business to the next generation of owners and managers. Both webinars will be presented by Dr. Carole Engle an Aquaculture Economist with more than 35 years of experience in the analysis of economics and marketing issues related to aquaculture

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How aquaculture fits in to the world’s growing food needs
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The world’s population is expected to increase substantially over the course of the next three decades. Probably the most widely given prediction is a planet comprising 9 billion people by 2050 and many questions have arisen from this forecast, not least how to create sufficient protein for an additional 2 billion people and how to do it in a sustainable manner. Because farmed fish produce edible yields superior to swine, poultry and ruminants,

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Recipe: Roasted Fish With Quinoa Salad
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  Ingredients 4 ounces fish (sea bass or tilapia) Olive oil spray Salt and pepper 1 cup broccoli 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked 2 tablespoons scallions 1/4 avocado, diced 1/2 lemon   Directions Preheat a baking sheet in the oven at 450°F. Lay out a piece of aluminum foil, lightly spray your fish with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper on one side, then repeat on the other side. Remove the hot pan from the oven, keep the prepared fish on

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Video: Wild-Caught Fish vs. Farm-Raised Fish: An Interview with Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, University of Maine
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Wild-Caught Fish vs. Farm-Raised Fish What exactly are the differences between fish that is wild caught versus fish that is farm raised? A Q&A with Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS sheds some light on this topic. Q: What is the difference between wild-caught and farm-raised fish? A: Wild-caught means the fish were caught using nets, hand-lines, divers, or traps.  Farm-raised fish are raised in tanks

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FishWatch Goes Mobile
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As part of National Seafood Month, NOAA has recently launched its new  FishWatch website. The new mobile-friendly website will enable visitors to access the Nation's database on sustainable seafood anywhere, anytime, on any device. The new FishWatch site will continue to help visitors: Make smart seafood choices by providing the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable-from the ocean or farm to plate. Get up-to-date information on the

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AADAP’s Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture Now Available
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies – Fisheries and Water Resources Policy Committee’s Drug Approval Working Group and the American Fisheries Society’s Fish Culture and Fish Health Sections have published a small-format (approximately 7″ x 11 “) booklet listing all currently approved drugs for use on aquaculture species. The Desk-Reference

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Recipe: Oven Roasted Striped Bass
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  Courtesy of eat-drink-garden.com | Serves 2 -3   2 ¼ to 2 1/2 pound striped bass 1 Meyer lemon, sliced Fennel fronds, about three 2 cloves garlic, sliced into four slices each 4 thyme sprigs 2 bay leaves, fresh or 1 dry 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped   Preheat oven to 450. Place the pan that you are going to cook the fish on in the oven — it should be a nice roasting pan that will hold the entire fish comfortably.  Preheating

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CAA Helps Pass Pacific to Plate Legislation Allowing for Public Seafood Markets
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As a result of CAA support, Assembly Bill 226, authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, has been signed into law. This bill establishes authority for, and the parameters of, statewide and uniform Fishermen’s Markets. Read below a letter from CAA Legislative Advocate, Rob Ross to Speaker Atkins: Madam Speaker: Your bill will propel the fishermen and fish farmers and the consumer and the industry as a whole. A rising tide lifts all boats and AB 226

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Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed Changes to the Small Off-Road Engine Regulations

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) invites participation in a public workshop to learn about updates to the ARB small off-road engine (SORE) regulations, including the use of 10 percent ethanol fuel to conduct certification testing for evaporative emissions and improvements to the certification and test procedures. Future regulatory proposals, including the need for more stringent exhaust and evaporative emission standards and increasing

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Sea temperature rise proves costly for Scottish fish farmer
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Rising sea temperatures have been blamed for a huge increase in annual costs, including the loss of fish worth £7.75milion, at salmon farms operated by Marine Harvest (Scotland). The firm, part of Norwegian fish farming giant Marine Harvest, said “fish health challenges” and treatment losses during 2014 were impacted by a slight increase in water temperature. The health issues related mainly to sea-lice, algae and amoebic gill disease – all

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NOAA Launches Online Marine Aquaculture Research Map
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Courtesy of NAA: At NOAA’s science centers and laboratories around the nation, NOAA researchers are studying all aspects of marine aquaculture from engineering new technologies to exploring basic biology to modeling environmental impacts. An interactive, online map is now available featuring a comprehensive list of aquaculture research projects carried out by NOAA scientists over the last several years. What’s going on in your neighborhood? To

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The story behind Big Labor’s $50 million gambit

Courtesy of the California Restaurant Association: The number is staggering and sure to increase. Over the last three years the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has poured $30 million to $50 million or more into its “Fight for 15” campaign to increase the national minimum wage to $15 per hour - more than double the current federal minimum wage and well above the minimum wage in every state. Both the Washington Examiner and The Atlantic

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Recipe: Spinach Salad with Fried Oysters, Bacon-Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
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Courtesy of: LouisianaSeafood.com Recipe Ingredients: 3 egg whites 1 cup cornmeal 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 20 each Louisiana oysters, shucked 1 pound baby spinach 1 head frisée lettuce, cleaned 8 pieces of bacon, cooked crispyand crumbled   For Vinaigrette: 1 egg 1/2 cup blue cheese, in all 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3/4 cup grapeseed oil 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup buttermilk

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Proposed plan seeks to restore salmon and steelhead across 8 million acres of California’s north-central coast

Millions of wild salmon and steelhead once returned to California’s north-central coast. From Redwood Creek south to Aptos Creek, salmon and steelhead thrived in coastal watersheds. Development throughout the north-central coast over the last 100 years and the conversion of forestlands to urban and agricultural use, however, precipitated the decline of these populations. Between 1997 and 2000, California Coastal Chinook, Northern California steelhead,

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Seafood’s lower climate impact could be used for marketing
Chinook Salmon. Credit: Michael Humling/USFWS.

NAPA, California -- The environmental standards organization Seafood Watch is reviewing the impact that aquaculture and fishing have on climate change and believes that the lower carbon-emitting impact relative to beef and other animal husbandry could be a marketing point for the industry. Speaking at the Napa Seafood Summit on Sept. 24, Shawn Cronin, Seafood Watch’s business program manager said the group is in the process of putting together

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Event: Making the Case for Marine Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight
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The Aquarium of the Pacific is offering a Fall 2015 Aquatic Academy Course, Making the Case for Marine Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight. The course will take place on 4 Thursday evenings: October 15 and 22 and November 5 and 12, from 7:00pm – 9:15pm. This course, led by industry experts, offers seafood connoisseurs, conservationists, scientists and investors the opportunity to explore and discuss aquaculture’s role in meeting the

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NOAA Aquaculture Research Interactive Map
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At NOAA’s science centers and laboratories around the nation, NOAA researchers are studying all aspects of marine aquaculture from engineering new technologies to exploring basic biology to modeling environmental impacts. Check out NOAA's new interactive map, which features a comprehensive list of aquaculture research projects carried out by NOAA scientists over the last several years.    

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NOAA: California Drought: The Voluntary Drought Initiative (Video)
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Landowners and fish agencies are working together in California to save imperiled fish trying to survive in critically low river systems during the drought. Video courtesy of NOAA:

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NOAA Fisheries Celebrates National Seafood Month (October) through Video
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October is National Seafood Month! To kick off the celebration, NOAA has shared nine videos, all about seafood: Healthy Habitat: The Foundation of America’s Seafood & Fisheries U.S. Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future Get to Know Your Seafood from Ocean to Plate The Great American Surfclam Protecting Our Seafood and Marine Resources Sustainable Seafood: A U.S. Success Story The ABCs of Stock Assessments Exploring U.S. Aquaculture Meet Bob

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New online tool unveiled to calculate seafood sustainability
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seattle Fish Co. and nonprofit FishChoice.com unveiled a new Web-based tool for businesses to calculate the sustainability of their seafood. The tool, referred to as the Sustainable Seafood Calculator, allows chefs, retailers, distributors and other seafood business leaders to create a free account and calculate the sustainability of their seafood inventory. “We partnered with FishChoice.com to create the Seafood Calculator

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One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties and neighboring Nevada counties of the October 26, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the

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Reminder: UC Davis and Pentair to Host Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology Workshop: Nov 5-6, 2015
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From the workshop brochure:  About this workshop Aquaculture, as a business, seems to be able to capture the imagination of a wide variety of individuals worldwide. Recirculating aquaculture technology (systems that recondition and re-use water) is the latest sector in aquaculture to have attracted attention and considerable venture capital. This workshop is designed for a broad audience. We will seek to provide nonbiased, research-based information to

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US marine aquaculture growing at 8% per year
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[caption id="attachment_8519" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Click for full size image[/caption] US marine aquaculture is growing at 8% per year, according to a new infographic release as part of the Fisheries of the United States (FUS) report -- see the end of the story for a full image. Aquatic farmers produced 594 million pounds of seafood in 2012, valued at $1.2 billion, according to the most recent FUS report. US marine aquaculture production

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Small Business Innovation Research grants for aquaculture

NOAA has announced the funding of three aquaculture projects through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program. These projects aim to tackle significant obstacles in the development of U.S. aquaculture and explore the technological and commercial potential of novel solutions. Read more about the projects below. You can read about all of the 2015 SBIR awards across NOAA at the Technology Partnerships Office's website. Developing

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NOAA awards $2.1 million to improve observation, forecasting, and mitigation of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia
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NOAA announced today 12 new research grants totalling nearly $2.1 million that will go to organizations from around the country seeking to address harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, two of the most scientifically complex and economically damaging coastal issues. Hypoxia and harmful algal blooms have become a national concern. Outbreaks of toxic algal blooms along the Pacific coast have shut down commercial and recreational shellfishing in portions

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NOAA Seeks Comment on Draft Marine Aquaculture Plan
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Courtesy of NAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Aquaculture, is seeking public input on the Draft NOAA Fisheries FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for Marine Aquaculture. The Plan identifies objectives and strategies associated with four strategic goals:  Regulatory Efficiency, Tools for Management, Technology Development and Transfer, and an Informed Public. The Plan will guide NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to advance responsible

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Aquaculture Awareness Week: 10 facts about California aquaculture
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In recognition of Aquaculture Awareness Week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offers 10 interesting facts that show how aquaculture – the practice of farming aquatic organisms – affects every Californian. – California aquaculture industry is diverse, providing much more than just food for dinner. It also produces aquatic pets such as goldfish and koi, algae for biofuels, zebrafish for biomedical research, spirulina for

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NOAA Rule Would Affect Seafood Imports, Fish Farmers

Proposed revisions to the Marine Mammal Protection Act aimed at reducing marine mammal incidental mortality could impact imports of seafood to the United States. Under the proposed rule, harvesting nations must apply for and receive a comparability finding for each fishery identified by the assistant administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the List of Foreign Fisheries in order to import fish and fish products into the United States.

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Revised Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: Oct 7-8, 2015

A revised agenda for the October 7-8, 2015, meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here.  Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines. If, as a CFSI member, you have any questions, comments, or concerns about an item on this agenda, please contact us.

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Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following. Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes Refreshed Design

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Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is poised to lead in aquaculture
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BODEGA BAY — Green polypropylene curling-ribbon is attached to white plastic forms to simulate seagrass in the ocean. Young rockfish are then tested to see how they respond to gasses added to the water. At what point and how quickly do they try to hide in this “seagrass”? Findings indicate that as more carbon dioxide is added to the water, the slower these prey fish are to hide themselves. And just what that means as the ocean becomes more

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Recipe: Sturgeon with Red Curry Vinaigrette and Jicama Slaw
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From MontereyBayAquarium.org: (Serves 4) Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar (or unseasoned rice vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon sugar) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro 1 tablespoons Asian fish sauce such as nuoc nam 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice   Jicama Slaw 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce such as nuoc nam 1 1/2 teaspoon

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Conservation and Management of Pacific Mackerel: Open for Comment

By October 13, please submit your comments on a proposed rule to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the Pacific coast. This proposed rule is intended to conserve and manage Pacific mackerel stocks. View more info here.

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Aquaculture Week: September 21-25
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Join us in commemorating the 35th anniversary of the National Aquaculture Act with the 1st annual Aquaculture Week! September 21-25. This week celebrates the important role of aquaculture in providing sustainable domestic seafood, building economic opportunities in coastal communities, growing resilient communities, and conserving our natural marine resources.

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CFGC: Petition Form for Regulation Change Available Now, Required October 1st

Petition for Regulation Change Available Now Form Required Beginning October 1, 2015 Beginning October 1, 2015, all petitions for regulation change must be submitted in writing on the authorized petition form, FGC 1 Petition to the California Fish and Game Commission for Regulation Change, available here. A petition will be rejected by Commission staff if it is not submitted on form FGC 1, if it fails to contain necessary information in each of

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NOAA could be the ‘other’ seafood certifier, if we wanted it

By Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor: Recently, I published a column about the growing awareness of the seemingly dire nature of Pacific bluefin tuna stocks, and the ongoing efforts by some NGOs to get regional fishing authorities to rein in possible collective overfishing. I suggested in the first sentence that the stocks for Pacific bluefin, “like its Atlantic cousin, are struggling.” That drew a reader response that led to an interesting

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USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers

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The hidden victim of the drought: California’s native fish
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Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near Redding, Calif., turned into a mass graveyard for baby salmon. Upstream releases of water from Shasta Dam were so warm that virtually an entire generation of endangered winter-run chinook (“winter-run” refers to the season when the adults enter freshwater) was wiped out. The eggs never hatched or, if they did, the emerging young soon died. A similar disaster could unfold

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FDA Invites Public Comment on Drug Labeling Guidance

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has invited public comment on a draft guidance for industry entitled, Distributor Labeling for New Animal Drugs, that describes issues the FDA considers when deciding whether to take regulatory action on new animal drug distributor labeling that differs from the labeling approved as part of a New Animal Drug Application or Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application. “Distributor labeling”

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Cargill elects CEO MacLennan as chairman amid aquaculture expansion

Cargill has named David MacLennan, currently president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board in addition to his current responsibilities. MacLennan will replace Gregory Page, 64, who is stepping down as executive chairman and will continue to serve on the board as an executive director of the company. “The board appreciates David’s leadership and management of the company. We have the highest confidence he will deliver long term

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Cooling Systems At American River Hatchery Providing Adequate Temperatures For Fish Kill Survivors
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By Bob Moffitt of Capital Public Radio: After the death of 155,000 fingerlings of the Eagle Lake Trout species this week, three of the four cooling units required to keep baby trout alive at the American River Fish Hatchery are working again. The units shut down when sediment from a Bureau of Reclamation pipe at Lake Natoma clogged the hatchery's filtration system Tuesday. Andrew Hughan with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the

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FDA Announces New Export Certification Fees

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine announced fees for animal food and feed ingredients export certificates. The fee will be effective October 1, 2015. In January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) provided authorization for the FDA to begin to charge fees for export certification for human and animal food to match fees for other FDA-regulated products (i.e., pharmaceuticals, biologics,

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Speaker Atkins’ Pacific to Plate Bill Passes Senate
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A bill by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would make it easier for communities to hold outdoor markets that feature locally sourced seafood – similar to farmers markets – passed the Senate floor today. AB 226, the Pacific to Plate bill, would keep red tape from preventing consumers from buying seafood directly from the local men and women who caught it. “As we’ve seen by the massive growth of farmers markets across the state, allowing direct

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Video: California Drought-A Changing Landscape
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The second of four videos in NOAA Fisheries' California Drought Series conveys what some California water suppliers are doing to serve their agricultural customers while helping to keep water in streams for endangered fish. View the video here.

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Are You Eating Enough Fish? – San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood
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Many Americans are missing out on the nutritional benefits of fish and shellfish because they are falling short of weekly recommendations for seafood servings, according to USDA researchers. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americansrecommend people eat two servings of seafood per week. Theresa Sinicrope Talley, California Sea Grant Extension specialist at UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said many Americans prefer imported fish

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More than 200,000 trout die at American River Hatchery
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More than 200,000 rainbow trout suffocated in a matter of minutes Tuesday at the American River Hatchery near Rancho Cordova due to an unexpected release of gunk from Folsom Dam that clogged water intakes. The unexpected die-off could mean anglers have a tougher time finding fish to catch next year, since the 4-inch Eagle Lake subspecies of rainbow trout were to be released when they grew larger, said Bill Cox, hatchery system manager at the Department

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Don Kent Details Benefits of Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast
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Don Kent peers into a water tank about the size of a backyard swimming pool and watches as a school of 10 yellowtails swim by, each about 4 feet long. “There are some big guys in there. There they come,” he said. “That’s a big fish right there.” I ask if he has names for them. “I try not to have names for things I eat,” he said. Kent won’t be eating these fish, but he hopes we’ll all be chowing down on their offspring in a few years.

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Overcoming the Aquaculture Shortfall in 2030

GLOBAL - Speaking at the World Seafood Congress in Grimsby, UK, Stephen Hall, WorldFish, explains the organization’s mission to reduce hunger and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture and how we must deal with aquaculture’s projected deficit if we are to feed a growing population, writes Lucy Towers. Twenty per cent of animal protein intake for 3 billion people is fish and those who depend the most on fish are also those who are most

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Monterey Bay green-lights this invasive fish species

A fish some might think of as little more than a nuisance in the U.S. states of Maryland and Virginia has now received top marks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has given a green seafood recommendation to the Chesapeake Bay’s blue catfish. Until now, the fish was regarded as an invasive species that threatens the environmental health of the region, but the recommendation labels it a “best choice” in seafood.

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Coastal Aquaculture Planning and Environmental Sustainability
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Courtesy of NOAA: The NOAA Coastal Aquaculture Planning and Environmental Sustainability Program (CAPES) assesses aquaculture environmental interactions to support sustainable coastal aquaculture development. Our scientists are multidisciplinary experts with over 75 years of combined marine aquaculture experience. We equip the nation’s coastal decision-makers with spatial planning and ecoforecasting tools to make informed and confident decisions

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For Endangered Salmon in California, a Very Measured Sip of Cold Water
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The State of California, now in the fourth year of a historic drought, is parched. But in the north of the state, at the bottom of the reservoir behind Shasta Dam, lies a big drink of cold water. For salmon in the Sacramento River, especially winter-run Chinook—considered by NOAA Fisheries to be among the eight endangered species most at risk of extinction—that cold water is a lifeline. Water managers tap it to cool off the river in summertime,

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Notice of Public Meeting September 24, 2015 Prop 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Proposed 2015 Funding Awards

The Air Resources Board will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider Proposition 1B Program: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program funding awards for Fiscal Year 2015-16 (Year 5) funds to reduce emissions from freight transport.   Date:    September 24, 2015 Time:    9:00 a.m. Place:  California