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Register Now for the CAA Meeting and Presentations in San Diego on March 29, 2017

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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Alltech’s Algae Products Provide Sustainable Fish Oil Alternative

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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Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture Series Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet

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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A Message from the California Aquaculture Association President

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

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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Catalina Sea Ranch Closes on $2M Round of Investment Capital

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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2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available

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

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

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

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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CAA Member and Advisor, H. Roy Gordon, Contributes Articles to United Nations FAO Globefish

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

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

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

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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Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture

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

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

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

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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Column: The future of food looks pretty fishy

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?

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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Want to eat more sustainably? Eat more fish and veg

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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Broad Coalition Supports Senate’s “California Rebuild” Infrastructure Proposals

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

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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How is Coppens reducing the fish in, fish out ratio?

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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CAA Member, Santa Barbara Mariculture Featured on TV Show Billion Dollar Buyer

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

  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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California Aquaculture Association Seeking Board of Directors Nominees

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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American Idol-Style Contest for Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed

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

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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FDA withdraws Proposed Rule to adopt common or usual names for additional crab species

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

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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The Need for a Blue Revolution

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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Sea change: Abalone farming puts rare delicacy back on menus

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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Fisheries losses from climate change estimated at USD 10 billion, study says

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

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

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

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

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

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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Farmed seafood becoming first choice of retailers in Japan

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

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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Study: Farm-Raised Fish offers Lowest Overall Environmental Cost for Protein

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

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

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

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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Eric Pedersen, Co-Founder and Director of Pacifico Aquaculture to Host Talks at Humboldt State University

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

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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Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing and CAA Reception

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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Report: Aquaculture in California has promising future

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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Alltech’s looking for entrepreneurs for its new innovation program

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

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

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

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

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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The government wants more offshore fish farms, but no one is biting

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

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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Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?

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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Future of Food: Second Course Lecture Series at The Aquarium of the Pacific

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

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

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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Video: FDA Seafood Labeling Guide

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

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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PCSGA: 70th Annual Shellfish Conference and Trade Show October 11 – 14, 2016

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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NAA, USAS and NCRAC Aquaculture Webinars Available

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

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

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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Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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

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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Harmful Algal Blooms FAQ

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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The New GMO Law Simplified

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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Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming’s Green Revolution

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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HSWRI Aquaculture Research Newsletter, Volume 81

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

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

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

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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California State Fair July 8th – 24th

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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Farmed fish drive sea change in global fish consumption

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

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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New Paper Examines Impact of Environmental Regulations on Aquaculture Growth

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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Fishing for the Future: How Aquaponics at UC is Helping Revolutionize Farming

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

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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NAA: Updated “Guide to Using, Drugs, Biologics and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture” Now Available

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

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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Registration Open for the International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaculture Innovation Workshop

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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Status of Aquaculture in U.S.: The Working Waterfront, a Film by Living Ocean Productions

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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Alltech Acquires, Aquatic Feed Co., Coppens International

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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Fish Consumption Played a Vital Role in Human Evolution

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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The Race to Find Fish Feeds That Don’t Bankrupt the Ocean

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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Video: Aquaponics – How To Do It Yourself!

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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New paper underlines importance of fish consumption for development and ‘a healthy life for all’

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)

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

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

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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Governor Brown Announces Appointments: Includes Two New Fish and Game Commissioners

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

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

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

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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NAA: Aquaponics: How to Do It Yourself!

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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Two Aquaculture Management Positions Open in California

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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Feeding the World

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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CAA Member, Alltech Launches Aquaculture Research Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Expand Paid Family Leave in California

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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CAA Member, Stellar Biotechnologies: Cures for Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lupus, and More Underscore the Critical Need to Protect Oceans

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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Changing consumer attitudes favor fish

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

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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Governor Brown To Sign $15 California Minimum Wage on Monday

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

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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Fishing, consumer groups sue FDA over GE salmon

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

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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AFBF’s USDA Program Survey

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

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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HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report: December 2015 – January 2016

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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Improving US Aquaculture Health through Programme Standards

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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Video: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Feb 11, 2016

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

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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AQUACULTURE 2016: The Future of Fish Nutrition

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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A Message from the CAA President, Tony Schuur

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

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

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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AQUACULTURE 2016: Aquaculture to Meet Future Demand for Seafood

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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TED: Can Aquaculture Solve the World’s Food Problems? (Video)

[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

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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NOAA Announces $3M in Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program Funds for FY2016

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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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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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CDFA Announces Vacancies on California Invasive Species Advisory Committee

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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Aquaculture: The next great Monterey County frontier?

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

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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New Seafood Dietary Guidelines Added to FishWatch

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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Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of the State Address

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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7 ways to promote seafood as a healthy option

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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Offshore Aquaculture and the Future of Sustainable Seafood

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

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

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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Seafood Consumption Advocated in Updated Dietary Guidelines

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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For Sale: Used Automatic Feeders and Paddle Wheels

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

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Sonke Mastrup Resigns from California Fish and Game Commission

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

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

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

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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CAA Member, Bernard Friedman of Santa Barbara Mariculture Wins First Place in Annual Parade of Lights

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

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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Aquaculture doesn’t get the support it deserves

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

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

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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Eat fish, live longer

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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Live Haul Tank for Sale in Nevada

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

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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San Diego students take part in fish release program

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

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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Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to Offer Marine Aquaculture 101: What is it and why do we need it?

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

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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NAA Webinar: Transitioning Your Aquaculture Farm Business to a New Generation

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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CDPH Updates Warning about Certain Seafood Caught along the Northern and Central California Coastline

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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Latest drought summer deadly for California salmon

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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How aquaculture fits in to the world’s growing food needs

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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How aquaculture fits in to the world’s growing food needs

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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Video: Wild-Caught Fish vs. Farm-Raised Fish: An Interview with Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, University of Maine

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

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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CAA Helps Pass Pacific to Plate Legislation Allowing for Public Seafood Markets

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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Sea temperature rise proves costly for Scottish fish farmer

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

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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Seafood’s lower climate impact could be used for marketing

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

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

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)

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

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

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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Reminder: UC Davis and Pentair to Host Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology Workshop: Nov 5-6, 2015

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

[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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NOAA awards $2.1 million to improve observation, forecasting, and mitigation of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia

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

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

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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Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is poised to lead in aquaculture

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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Aquaculture Week: September 21-25

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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The hidden victim of the drought: California’s native fish

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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Cooling Systems At American River Hatchery Providing Adequate Temperatures For Fish Kill Survivors

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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Speaker Atkins’ Pacific to Plate Bill Passes Senate

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

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

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

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

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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Coastal Aquaculture Planning and Environmental Sustainability

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

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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Webinar: Animal Welfare Standards and Commercial Aquaculture Operations

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Topic: Environmental and ethical considerations are playing an increasing role in the food purchasing decisions of consumers and retailers. The scrutiny of producers’ animal welfare practices is intensifying and animal welfare standards, voluntary and mandatory, are proliferating. The focus has traditionally been on terrestrial livestock operations, but concerns are also being raised about the

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CAA Member, Rose Canyon Fisheries Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

Courtesy of NPR.org: The largest fish farm in America could be built 4 miles off San Diego's coast. Rose Canyon Fisheries could have a footprint on the ocean floor of 1.3 square miles, about the same size as New York's Central Park. The goal is to produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the nonprofit research arm of SeaWorld, is partnering with a private investment firm to create the

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California Sea Grant Seeking Director of Extension

The California Sea Grant College Program is seeking to expand its extension program. The Extension Director will work at a program-wide level to develop new and maintain ongoing partnerships and collaborative opportunities for the CASG extension program within the state of California and nationally. CASG currently employs a network of eight full-time Extension Specialists distributed throughout California who work individually and as part of a team.

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Peace prize winner urges investment in aquaculture to solve global hunger

One of the winners of a major new international peace award on Friday urged global leaders to invest more heavily in aquaculture to address the rapidly growing challenge of hunger in developing countries. In accepting the first-ever Sunhak Peace Prize, Indian fisheries scientist Dr. M. Vijay Gupta told a prestigious gathering of leaders in Seoul, South Korea, that hunger already affects 800 million people worldwide and that number could rise sharply

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Aquaculture America 2016 in Las Vegas: Call for Abstracts Deadline August 31, Registration Open

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. The World Aquaculture Society is currently seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the conference. From the brochure: AQUACULTURE 2016 encourages the submission of high quality oral and poster presentations. We strongly encourage

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Now accepting applications: 2016 California State Fellows Program

The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students at California higher education institutions who are interested both in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in California. Modeled after the highly successful national Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the State Fellows Program provides an opportunity to acquire "on the job" experience in the planning and implementation

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Fish Farming Becomes Bigger Business Than the Open Sea

For the first time, the world is eating more fish from farms than from the open sea, spurring billions of dollars of takeovers as one of the largest food companies seeks to capitalize on rising demand. The latest buyer to enter the fray is Cargill Inc., the world’s biggest grain trader and a meat supplier, which said Monday it agreed to acquire Norwegian salmon-feed business EWOS Holding AS for $1.5 billion... Read the full article here.  

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The drought’s hidden victim: California’s native fish

Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near here 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 was wiped out. The eggs never hatched, or if they did, the emerging young soon died. A similar disaster could unfold this summer. And if the drought drags on for another year or two, wild populations of

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The new frontier for Big Agriculture is aquaculture

The volume of fish caught in the wild has plateaued since the 1980s. As wild-caught fish volumes have stagnated, aquaculture has been stealthily catching up. By 2023, we’ll produce more fish from aquaculture than from the wild, according to calculations by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Read more here.

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Aquaculture partnership agreed by Canada, Chile, Norway and Scotland

Scotland, Canada, Chile and Norway will work together to promote and grow the aquaculture industry sustainably. A joint statement signed by Scottish Environment Minister Aileen McLeod with Elisabeth Aspaker, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Co-ordination of Nordic Affairs; Raul Sunico, Chilean Undersecretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Matthew King, Canadian Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans set out the long-term development of the aquaculture

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California Sea Grant now accepting applications: 2016 California State Fellows Program

The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students at California higher education institutions who are interested both in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in California. Modeled after the highly successful national Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the State Fellows Program provides an opportunity to acquire "on the job" experience in the planning and implementation

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Omega-3 study finds fish oil may play a part in schizophrenia prevention

Emerging research from Australia reveals that there could be a link between fish oil/omega-3 intake and the prevention of psychosis/schizophrenia in at-risk teens. A report featured in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications recounts the experiments conducted by University of Melbourne researcher G. Paul Amminger and his team, which delved into the potential effects of omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil on subjects ages 12

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Video: California Drought: Protecting Salmon
Shellfish Aquaculture Could Help to Reduce Harmful Eutrophication, Algal Blooms, Oxygen Depletion, Fish Kills in Our Oceans

Courtesy of NOAA: Excessive nutrient input into estuarine and coastal environments, also known as eutrophication, can lead to algal blooms, oxygen depletion, fish kills, and a general loss of key habitats. New research from NOAA supports using shellfish aquaculture for nutrient removal and eutrophication reduction. To include shellfish aquaculture as part of a comprehensive approach to nutrient management, scientists measured the amount of nitrogen

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Consumers Missing Out on Health Benefits of Seafood Consumption

Courtesy of USDA: By Rosalie Marion Bliss August 4, 2015 [caption id="attachment_4805" align="alignright" width="300"] Federal dietary guidelines advise eating about 8 ounces of seafood a week, but most U.S. consumers fall short of this goal, according to a study conducted by Agricultural Research Service scientists. A 5-ounce serving of cooked farmed Atlantic salmon provides more than 1,800 milligrams of beneficial omega-3s.[/caption] While most

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Humboldt Bay Oyster Farm Tour in Pictures

On August 2nd, 2015, The California Aquaculture Association, in coordination with Greg Dale (Coast Seafoods and CAA Director) and California State Aquaculture Coordinator, Randy Lovell, hosted a tour of the Humboldt Bay and its shellfish farms. The tour brought together local oyster farmers from Hog Island, Taylor United, and Coast Seafoods, as well as State Senator, Mike McGuire, State Assemblymember, Jim Wood, California Aquaculture Association

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Farm to Fork: CDFA Announces Online California Farmer Marketplace

From CDFA: the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has launched the California Farmer Marketplace, www.cafarmermarketplace.com, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Farm to Fork. The Marketplace is a free statewide website that will feature fresh California produce, grains, meats, eggs, and dairy products for sale directly to institutions and other consumers. This project was made possible with funding

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U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion

Courtesy of NAA: 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. U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary

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California drought could doom endangered fish caught in the center of state’s water battles

California's historic drought could wipe out a tiny, endangered fish that's played an outsized role in the state's water wars. The delta smelt lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the West Coast's largest estuary that supplies water to Central Valley farms and millions of Southern California residents. The silvery, finger-sized fish has been in trouble for years, but the four-year drought is helping to push the smelt to the brink of extinction.

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World: WSC to examine industry regulations

The programme for this year’s World Seafood Congress (WSC) will include an in-depth examination of trade legislation and food safety regulations affecting the global seafood industry. A delegation from organisation in the EU, US and Africa, will present a series of talks on trade and legislation from their perspective, including a discussion led by keynote speaker Timothy Hansen, president at IAFI... Read the full article here.

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Grist.org: Everything you always wanted to know about fish farming but were afraid to ask

Fish farming, unlike fishing, is a food production system. It may not be as romantic as scooping a live fish from the briny deep, but it is a hell of a lot more efficient. Fish farming, done well, could potentially provide a reliable amount of protein for a fraction of the energy costs and labor that go into hunting them down at sea... Read the full article here.

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NOAA awards $88,000 in grant funding to respond to West Coast harmful algal bloom outbreak

NOAA announced that it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding for Washington state to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off its coast. During large blooms such as this, the algae, Pseudo-nitzschia, can produce a potent toxin that can be harmful to people, fish, and marine mammals. So far this year, the presence of the toxin in Washington state water’s has resulted in fishery closures, which can have

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ISFNF to be Held in Idaho

Courtesy of NAA: The International Symposium on the Feeding and Nutrition of Fish (ISFNF 2016) will be held in Sun Valley Idaho from June 5 – 10, 2016.  Organizers are seeking session organizers to suggest key themes and symposium sponsors. Aquaculture now supplies more than half the world’s edible seafood. Symposia such as the ISFNF are critical in meeting these challenges as they provide a forum for contributors to present research and innovative

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U.S. Senator pushes for GE salmon label rule

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has added language to an upcoming bill that will require labeling for any genetically-engineered (GE) salmon sold to consumers in the United States. The language is an amendment sponsored by the senator to the FY16 Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spending bill. The bill, along with the amendment, has passed out of committee, and is now awaiting

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NOAA Publishes Saltwater Bait and Tackle Economic Survey

Courtesy of NAA: NOAA Fisheries has released a Recreational Bait and Tackle Economic Survey. The survey focused on independent retail stores that sell bait and tackle to marine recreational anglers in coastal communities located in 23 U.S. states on the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific coasts, including Alaska and Hawaii. Over the course of the summer of 2014, selected stores received mail surveys asking about their business’ costs and revenues,

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Aquaculture could face fishmeal shortfall as soon as 2016

Courtesy of undercurrentnews.com: The $170 billion aquaculture industry could face a shortfall of fishmeal and fish oil for feed as early as 2016, and demand could outpace fishmeal supply by up to 16 million metric tons in 2025. This was according to emerging technologies advisor Lux Research, which believes the mismatch will hasten the opportunities for alternative sources of feed such as plant proteins, algae and even insects. It termed fishmeal

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Skretting Currently Seeking Inside Sales Representative in Tooele, Utah

Skretting is currently seeking an Inside Sales representative for their Tooele, Utah location. Further details provided by Skretting: Skretting is a global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions for the aquaculture industry. We deliver outstanding feeds and services to fish farmers worldwide for the sustainable production of healthy and delicious fish and shrimp. Today, Skretting has 2,700 employees worldwide that are

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US western rivers too hot and dry for salmon, trout

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Salmon and trout traveling through rivers across the western United States are being met with lethal conditions courtesy of drought and record-breaking hot weather, according to a recent survey from the Wild Fish Conservancy. Nearly 75 percent of the 54 rivers surveyed in Oregon, California and Washington reported high temperatures of 70 degrees or more. Mix those spiked temperatures with low river flows due to the

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Aquaculture Importance Discussed at Sustainable Seafood Week

US - Seafood accounts for 16.6 per cent of global animal protein consumption and plays an essential role in food security, providing over 3 billion people with 20 per cent of their protein intake. As a source of micronutrients and heart protecting fatty acids, the consensus that fish is both an important component of future food security, and a healthy protein source with a growing presence on national dietary recommendations, has put increased pressure

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State Fair Tickets On Sale: Use Code CAAStateFair2015

It's that time of year again! The California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento will begin on July 10th and run through July 26th. As always, we welcome and encourage you all to visit the aquaculture exhibit at the fair (located in "The Farm"). And when purchasing tickets for the fair, please use code: CAAStateFair2015 By using the code above, $1 from every ticket will be donated to the California Aquaculture Association! Come out and enjoy the

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NOAA Recommends $4.8m for 16 Saltonstall-Kennedy Aquaculture Projects

NOAA Fisheries announced that it is recommending a total of 88 projects for $25 million under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program. This includes $4.8 million for 16 aquaculture projects from all regions of the country. These projects cover the breadth of finfish, shellfish and macroalgae aquaculture and address themes of increasing the supply, quality and diversification of domestic seafood and maximizing fishing opportunities and

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CAA Welcomes New Director, Jackie Zimmerman of Skretting

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) welcomes Jackie Zimmerman of Skretting as the newly appointed CAA Board member. Jackie is the Product Manager/Senior Account Manager with Skretting and has extensive industry experience as general manager, production manager, and hatchery manager with previous employers. Jackie also holds industry related academic degrees including a Masters of Science in Marine/Coastal Sciences, a Bachelors of Science

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California Fisheries in Crisis: Upcoming forum focuses on historic drought and marijuana grows and their devastating impact to CA watersheds

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire (D-North Coast), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced today that a hearing on the impacts of the drought and marijuana grows on fisheries will be held Wednesday, July 1 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. View the agenda here. “In our fourth year of this historic drought, we have to find ways to protect our fisheries from the impacts of the driest years on record, and the

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EU Aquaculture Priorities: Safe, Sustainable, Locally Farmed

Courtesy of TheFishSite.com: EU - The farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants accounts for less than 20 per cent of fish production in Europe, despite having 14,000 firms and generating 85,000 jobs directly. Jesús Gamallo Aller, Director-General for the Regional Government of Galicia and rapporteur for the CoR opinion on the future of aquaculture, highlighted the need to focus on sustainability and competitiveness

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CAA Advisor Fred Conte and CAA Member Ken Armstrong Featured in PBS Special on Aquaponic Farming

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Fish and Game Commissioners Mike Sutton and Richard Rogers Replaced by Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams

Governor Brown announced today the appointment of two new Fish and Game Commissioners, Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams, who are to replace Commissioners Mike Sutton and Richard Rogers. From the Governor's office: Eric Sklar, 52, of St. Helena, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Sklar has been founder and managing partner at Cs2 Wines LLC since 2012 and president at Preslar Ventures Inc. since 2001. He was founder and managing

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Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world. Several dedicated funds are targeting aquaculture investments specifically. At the same time, many broader venture capital and private-equity funds, focused on food and agriculture and even technology, are adding investments in wild-caught seafood suppliers, processors

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New Zealand: New report shows positive social impact of aquaculture industry

A report commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the social effects of the Southland aquaculture industry shows that its introduction to this region has been "overwhelmingly" positive. The report covers 25 years of aquaculture on Stewart Island and Bluff, and is based on research that was conducted earlier this year. It is part of a wider work programme by MPI, which aims to better understand the social and community effects

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How aquaculture could save the life of the Chesapeake Bay

There was a time when boating through the Chesapeake Bay was a struggle because of the number of oyster reefs in the water. There was also a time when people said you shouldn’t eat oysters in months that didn’t contain the letter “r.” Neither is true today. Aquaculture – or more simply oyster farming – has made oysters a year-round product in the bay. It also might be the solution to restoring the bay’s once booming oyster population,

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NOAA & Canada’s Department of Fisheries & Oceans Partner on Regulation of Aquaculture

Courtesy of NOAA: Today NOAA is announcing a new partnership with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to undertake greater cooperation in environmental management of the marine aquaculture sector and identify potential areas for further regulatory coordination. The partnership is part of a broader initiative known as the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), launched by  President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper in 2011

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Aquaculture summit encourages diversification of feed and US export potential

By The U.S. Grains Council: Growth of aquaculture operations meant to help meet customer demand from the one billion people who rely on fish as their primary protein source is also encouraging diversification of feed ingredients, including distillers dried grains with solubles and soy. Pressure on wild fish stocks is a constant concern, making aquaculture one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Southeast Asia accounts for nearly 90 percent

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Stunning aerial photos of the world’s aquaculture operations

Courtesy of Mashable.com: June marks World Oceans Month, a time to learn and share what is important about the huge swathes of the world that the oceans cover. Making up more than 90% of the habitable space on the planet and home to a majority of Earth’s life, the importance of our oceans cannot be overstated. In President Barack Obama’s statement on the U.S.’s own National Oceans Month, he stated a need to “[ensure] the long-term health,

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NIFA Awards First Exploratory Research Grants for Transformative Approaches to Agricultural Challenges

Courtesy of USDA:   Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188   NIFA Awards First Exploratory Research Grants for Transformative Approaches to Agricultural Challenges   WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced it has awarded the first grants made through the inaugural round of funding provided under NIFA’s Exploratory Research

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June 11: America’s Blue Silicon Valley Meets China’s Blue Silicon Valley

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association, TradePort and Brand Monterey Bay (BMB) are doing a special event on June 11th at the Moss Landing Marine Labs facility entitled ‘American Blue Silicon Valley Meets China’s Blue Silicon Valley’, as part of the BMB outreach program for the Monterey Bay & California pavilion at the International Ocean Technology Conference & Expo’ (IOTCE 2015) conference/expo at Qingdao, Shandong,

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Consumption of farm-raised seafood surpasses wild catch

For the first time in history, the consumption of farm-raised seafood has surpassed that of captured wild seafood. And with demand for farmed seafood continuing to rise at approximately 10 per cent per year as commercial fisheries decline worldwide, it's vitally important that the international aquaculture industry is prepared to meet the challenges, according to Kathy Brewer-Dalton... Read the full article here.

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NAA has Available U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications that Educate and Promote

Courtesy of NAA: 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. U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary

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Sturgeon Aquaculture Tour

Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.CA.Gov: Sterling Caviar recently hosted a tour of their sturgeon farm and caviar processing facility in Elverta, California for an audience of state legislative and agency officials, accompanied by post-graduate Fellows from the California Sea Grant Program. Organized by the Office of the State Aquaculture Coordinator and the California Aquaculture Association, participants learned about this local success story and

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New USDA-FAS Online System Links U.S. Exporters to International Customers

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has launched a new online system to connect exporters of U.S. food and agricultural products with potential customers around the world.   The Trade Lead System gives U.S. exporters access to information about potential foreign sales opportunities. In addition, and interested international buyers can use the system to search for potential suppliers

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Impacts of climate change on aquaculture need more attention

Scientists need to better understand the impacts of climate change on aquaculture if we are to meet future seafood demand, says a paper submitted by WorldFish to UN climate talks. It is believed that aquaculture, in view of its relative resilience, adaptability and the diversity of species raised, may be better equipped to respond to increasing temperatures and other impacts of climate change than other forms of agriculture. For these reasons, it

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California Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: June 10-11, 2015

The upcoming California Fish and Game Commission meeting agenda has been released and can be viewed here. Further details below: When: June 10, 2015 @ 9:00am June 11, 2015 @ 8:00am Where: Mountainside Conference Center 1 Minaret Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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OEHHA: Modification to Text of Proposed Regulation Title 27, California Code of Regulations Proposed Section 25205 Lead Agency Website

Courtesy of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment: Download a copy of the regulatory language with the modified language provided in underline and strikeout format. 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 add section 25205 to Title

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New Maps Reveal Seafloor off San Francisco Area

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Three new sets of maps detail the offshore bathymetry, habitats, geology and submarine environment of the seafloor off the coast of San Francisco, Drakes Bay, and Tomales Point. Critical for resource managers, the maps are part of the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program, a series of maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey with support from the California Ocean Protection Council, NOAA, and 15 other state and

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.   Wendy Bogdan, 46, of Sacramento, has been appointed general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she has served as assistant chief counsel since 2012. Bogdan was a partner at Downey Brand LLP from 2007 to 2011, where she was an associate from 2000 to 2007, and was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California from

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Public Comment Requested: Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) staff has developed draft Proposition 1 guidelines [download]. The public is encouraged to review and comment on these draft guidelines. Please email comments to COPC.Prop1@resources.ca.gov Or mail comments to: Attn: Nick Sadrpour The Ocean Protection Council 1416 Ninth Street Suite 1311 Sacramento CA 95814 The deadline for comments is August 21, 2015. The OPC will hold three public meetings around the state for

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The impacts of climate change on aquaculture

A new WorldFish paper says that scientists need to better understand the impacts of climate change on aquaculture if we are to meet future seafood demand. It is believed that aquaculture may be better equipped to respond to increasing temperatures and other impacts of climate change than other forms of agriculture. For these reasons, it is often seen as a good alternative source of livelihoods and nutrition for many in the developing world... Read

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Feeding 9 billion by 2050 – Putting Fish Back on the Menu

Courtesy of NAA: A variety of authors from around the world argue in a recent paper published in the journal Food Security that “fish [and shellfish] provides more than 4.5 billion people with at least 15% of their average per capita intake of animal protein. Fish’s unique nutritional properties make it also essential to the health of billions of consumers in both developed and developing countries. Fish is one of the most efficient converters

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U.S. pols take another swipe at catfish program

American lawmakers are taking another shot at eliminating a controversial catfish inspection program lambasted as a waste of American taxpayers’ money, this time trying to work a repeal of the program into a trade promotion authority bill currently before the U.S. Senate. The bill, nicknamed the “fast track” bill, is designed to assist with future negotiations of trade agreements. It’s of particular interest now because the Obama administration

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UN-FAO Reports World Aquaculture Production Exceeds Wild Fishery Landings

Courtesy of NAA: The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN-FAO) reported in their biannual Food Outlook report that “the global seafood industry in 2014 was characterized by sustained high prices for many important species, and…the shift towards relatively greater consumption of farmed species compared with wild fish hit a milestone in 2014, when the farmed sector’s contribution to fish food supply overtook that of wild fish

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Google backs farm-focused startup as ‘AgTech’ blooms

Google on Tuesday pumped $15 million into a farming-focused technology startup, the latest in a surge of investment applying Internet innovations to growing food. The funding round led by Google's investment arm brings to nearly $28 million the total amount of money pumped into Farmers Business Network (FBN) by backers including powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "Farmers are quintessential entrepreneurs;

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Global Aquaculture to Grow Further in 2015

GLOBAL - World aquaculture production is expected to grow by another 5 per cent during 2015, according to the latest biennial food outlook report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. In 2014, overall fish production is estimated to have grown by only 1 per cent to 164.3 million tonnes, boosted by a 5 per cent expansion of aquaculture to 74.3 million tonnes, which compensated for a 2 per cent contraction in wild fish output

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Farmed steelhead trout earns green rating from Seafood Watch

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has given a big stamp of approval to steelhead trout, dubbing the fish as a green, “Best Choice” for consumers looking to eat and buy sustainably. According to Seafood Watch analysis, steelhead trout — otherwise known as rainbow trout, golden trout or, simply, trout — that is raised in U.S. ponds, raceways, tanks and pens is farmed in ways that adhere to environmentally

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Seafood Watch overhauling methods to meet ISEAL standard

Courtesy of UndercurrentNews.com: Seafood Watch's standards criteria update process is getting a makeover this year as the organization works to come into compliance with global sustainability certifications accreditor Iseal Alliance's standard setting code of conduct. The standards update, which includes separate criteria for wild fisheries and aquaculture, includes for the first time a formal, multi-stakeholder input process. "To this date,

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USDA: One of the best fields for new college graduates? Agriculture.

Nearly 60,000 High-Skilled Agriculture Job Openings Expected Annually in U.S., Yet Only 35,000 Graduates Available to Fill Them    WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment

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USDA Releases New Online Data Gateway

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the launch of the new Data Gateway tool, designed to strengthen transparency and promote an open government by providing easy access to data and metrics on how the agency distributes funding. “NIFA is making technical advancements to ensure that data are easily accessible,” said NIFA’s Director, Sonny Ramaswamy.

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State, feds should help aquaculture project

The ocean waters a few miles off the San Diego coast are perfectly suited for large-scale, sustainable, environmentally friendly aquaculture at a time when the world would really benefit from large-scale, sustainable, environmentally friendly aquaculture. As detailed by U-T business columnist Dan McSwain, the San Diego-based Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has a long history of expertise in fish farming. It’s working with Rose Canyon Fisheries,

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CAA member, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute proposes project to raise high-quality fish

As ambitions go, feeding the world is a big one. Yet, that’s precisely what researchers at the nonprofit Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute have in mind, beginning with a fish-farming project in the open ocean four miles west of San Diego Bay. Leveraging three decades of research, this single project would be capable of raising 11 million pounds annually of high-quality fish, such as yellowtail jack and white sea bass, at low cost. “My goal is

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CDFW to Hold Public Meetings on State Wildlife Action Plan Update

Courtesy of CDFW: Media Contacts: Armand Gonzales, CDFW SWAP Project Lead, (916) 616-0691 Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8962   California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold public meetings to discuss the 2015 update to the California State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The meetings will be held in Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego and Los Angeles at the following locations: Friday, May 22, 9-11 a.m. Resources Building

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2014 Farm Bill Requires New Conservation Compliance Reporting

Courtesy of NAA: The 2014 Farm Bill established the applicability of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions to crop insurance subsidies, but the Farm Bill did not change how these were implemented in conservation programs.  Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions aim to reduce soil loss on erosion-prone lands and to protect wetlands for the multiple benefits they provide. These provisions

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Global Aquaculture Market Revenue to Grow at 5.1% CAGR Due to Rising Awareness of Health Benefits of Fish

 ALBANY, N.Y., May 08, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Transparency Market Research has announced the release of the research report, “Aquaculture Market (Marine Water, Freshwater and Brackish Water) for Carp, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Salmon, Trout and Other Fishes - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”. Growing at CAGR of 5.1%, the global aquaculture market, which was worth US$135.10 billion in 2012, is projected

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USDA Updates U.S. Aquaculture Statistics

Courtesy of NAA: On May 6th, 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (ERS), updated their Aquaculture Statistics webpage that provides catfish and trout production data and trade data for a variety of fish and shellfish species. Please visit http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/aquaculture-data.aspx to access this new information.   The ERS topic page on Aquaculture can be accessed here: http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/animal-products/aquaculture.aspx

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U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion

Courtesy of NAA: 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. U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary

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NFWF awards $1.58m in grants for sustainable fisheries

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded 15 grants totaling USD 1.58 million (EUR 1.4 million) to aid in the design and implementation of projects that provide technical and practical support for fishing communities. This is the fifth round of grants from the NFWF Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation

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VIDEO: New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center Plays Important Role in Oyster Industry

Courtesy of SNJToday.com: CAPE MAY – Oysters are a popular dinner choice near the shore. But before they end up on your plate, and in your stomach, they’re spawned at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in Cape May. “Most of the oysters, local oysters that you would buy at a restaurant at any of the Delaware Bay counties, primarily were spawned and started in this facility,” said Sean Towers, of Rutgers NJ Aquaculture Innovation

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Catfish, anyone? Drought could change fish on California dinner plates

At Ken Beer’s fish ranch, thousands of white sturgeon and catfish thrash in round tanks or in long concrete raceways. Beer’s 320-acre operation, called The Fishery, supplies live fish to markets and restaurants in the Sacramento region. It depends on a supply of cool water. If water temperatures are too warm, cool-water fish such as sturgeon can’t survive. Luckily for Beer, he can tap groundwater from wells on his property to keep his business

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NAA: Registration Open for the Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop in Bozeman Montana

Courtesy of NAA: The 21st Annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop will be hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program, July 27th - 30th, 2015 in Bozeman Montana. During the Workshop, technical and non-technical presentations will be given that provide an update of ongoing aquaculture drug approval research efforts as well as presentations on field

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order on Climate Change

California takes action to reduce pollutants that cause climate change and to prepare for inevitable impacts.   Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-30-15 today to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.  The executive order also calls

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Canada: Fund propelling aquaculture industry forward

As food producers race to meet global demand for seafood, aquaculture has become the fastest growing segment of the food-producing industry, and increasingly, Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs are examining how they can participate in the sector. Last fall, the Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI) established the National Aboriginal Aquaculture Fund (NAAF), making $400,000 available to entrepreneurs looking to explore the possibilities

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U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion

Courtesy of NAA: 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. U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary

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Pacific Seafood plans oyster expansion

Pacific Seafood Group is planning an expansion of oyster production in California’s Humboldt County. “It’s growing, and we’re doing well,” Jon Steinman, general manager for Pacific’s shellfish division, told Undercurrent News. “The supply is shorter than demand, so it’s a good place to be." Approval on permits is likely a year away, but Pacific has already making investments in its plant in South Bend, which it acquired from Coast

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EUR 421 million allocated for multi-year aquaculture plan

Courtesy of FIS.com: Spain - The Fisheries Sector Conference, chaired by the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA), Isabel García Tejerina, has adopted the Multiannual Strategic Plan for the 2014-2020 Spanish Aquaculture, for which EUR 421 million has been allocated. This initiative sets out the basis on which the aquaculture activity would be conducted in the coming years, and it is framed in the new Common Fisheries

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Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture (2nd Edition) Released

Courtesy of NAA: The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) Program will soon be releasing the 2nd Edition of the Quick Desk Reference Guide to: Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture.   Originally published in 2011 with support from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture and Fish Health Sections, the Desk Reference was provided free-of-charge to

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Americans’ Spending on Dining Out Just Overtook Grocery Sales for the First Time Ever

Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surge in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals Americans are more likely to ditch the brown bags in favor of doggy bags. Sales at restaurants and bars overtook spending at grocery stores in March for the first time ever, according to Commerce Department data released Tuesday that dates to 1992. An otherwise fairly unremarkable retail sales report offered

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Standards for organic seafood coming this year, USDA says

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide

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Governor Brown to Discuss Water Conservation with Business Leaders Today in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – After convening top agricultural, environmental and urban water agency leaders on drought last week, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will gather officials from the landscape, golf, home and garden, spa and pool, cemetery and mortuary, building and manufacturing, retail, restaurant and hospitality industries in Sacramento today to discuss the business community’s efforts to conserve water.   “The key challenge here – aside from

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USDA Seeking Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).   Vacancies for the 15-member organic standards board include: two farmers, two consumer/public interest representatives, and one USDA accredited certifying agent. The positions are specifically designated to represent various sectors of the organic community. Appointees will serve a 5-year

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Webinar: NOAA Fisheries Draft Climate Science Strategy: An Aquaculture Lens

Courtesy of NAA: NOAA Fisheries has drafted a Climate Science Strategy as part of a proactive approach to collect and provide information on changing climate and ocean conditions to resource managers and affected sectors. The Office of Aquaculture is offering an informational webinar at 3:00 pm Thursday, April 16th, on the draft Climate Science Strategy with a focus on topics relevant to the aquaculture community. The webinar will be presented by Roger

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Small, medium scale aquaculture seen providing big investment opportunity worldwide

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia — Potential aquaculture growth to meet an anticipated shortfall in global seafood supply will be dominated by small- to medium-sized businesses, presenting a large investing opportunity, according the head of WorldFish. “There’s a huge business opportunity,” Stephen Hall, director general of the global research organizaion, told Undercurrent News during a visit to the organization’s headquarters in this costal city.

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Arizona: Non-traditional agriculture can extend water use in West

As the planet’s population continues its growth towards 9 billion people in the next few decades, food production needs to shift into full-speed-ahead mode. This includes more non-traditional, reusable water-based farming. “We will need all forms of food including those grown through aquaculture, aquaponics, saltwater farming, plus growing edible seaweed,” says Kevin Fitzsimmons, veteran fish farming researcher and director of the University

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USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

Farm Bill Program Offers Producers Relief for 2014 Losses in more than 40 States   WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.   The program,

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NMFS Accepts Petition to Delist Canadian Shortnose Sturgeon Population

Courtesy of NAA: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced an initial finding on a petition to identify the Saint John River population of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) as a distinct population segment (DPS) and delist this DPS from the Endangered Species Act. The NMFS reviewed the petition, the references provided by the petitioner, and information readily available in their files, and found that the petition presents

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New state Web site raises awareness of aquaculture

Have you ever thought about where your seafood, oysters and caviar come from? Are you interested in how oysters can help rebuild and revitalize coastal habitats? Are you curious about how a threatened abalone species is making a comeback through a captive breeding program? California's new Aquaculture Matters Web site, www.aquaculturematters.ca.gov , explores all of these issues as it seeks to educate the public about the impacts and benefits of

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R.I. support for oyster farming pays off in growth

In 1996, Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry ranked last in the nation in acreage and production. Since then, the growth of the sector — primarily oyster farming — has been nothing short of extraordinary. According to the most recent national data, in 2013 Rhode Island still ranked close to the bottom in terms of acreage — it’s a small state, after all — but cultivation and harvesting of native, high-value oysters had skyrocketed, moving

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Flexing Muscles Over Mussels: Featuring CAA Member, Bernard Friedman

Courtesy of Independent.com: Bernard Friedman’s typical day starts around dawn, when the first rays of sunlight paint the Santa Ynez Mountains pink. As smells of hot coffee and diesel gas waft through the Santa Barbara Harbor, he hops onto his 35-foot boat Perseverance — so named for the 13 years he courted his wife, but a trait he’s forced to exhibit endlessly — and heads out to sea. Unlike most Santa Barbara fishermen, from urchin

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NGO calls on U.S. FDA to declare GMO salmon unsafe to eat

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Nonprofit activist group Food & Water Watch has issued two legal petitions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking it to declare GMO salmon produced by farmer AquaBounty to be unsafe to eat. The petitions – a citizen petition and a food additive petition – both make the same argument: that genetically-engineered salmon more closely resembles what the FDA describes as a “food additive,” rather

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With a Key Food Source at Risk, Big Funders Back a Different Kind of Fishing Contest

Fish is one of the healthiest foods—high in protein and vitamin D. Cold, deep-water fish like Pacific salmon have omega 3 fatty acids, the same compounds that keep fish blood circulating, which keep our own blood flowing too, lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, increasing world demand has led to overfishing in 40 percent of the world’s fisheries, resulting in more than $50 billion in global economic

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Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

SACRAMENTO – Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.   “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought

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USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods

ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has awarded $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables. Recognizing that all Americans fall well short of the servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for

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FDA Announces MUMS Funding Opportunity

Courtesy of NAA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Minor Use Minor Species Development of Drugs; Research Project Grant (R01).” The grant program was established by the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004, and is administered by the Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Drug Development (OMUMS) at the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The

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Forbes: Dietary Guidelines Committee Says Eat Fish–Including Farmed

While the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently made headlines for factoring in a food’s sustainability as they debated what should be included in a healthy diet, one section of the DGAC’s Scientific Report (a precursor to the final guidelines) reaped little press: what the committee recommends when it comes to a healthy diet and farmed fish. “A moderate amount of seafood is an important component….and has demonstrated

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Congress tackles waters of the U.S. proposed rule

Courtesy of AgAlert.com: By Christine Souza With a proposed "waters of the U.S." rule set to be finalized sometime this spring, the issue remains an important topic for farmers and ranchers in states including California and for representatives in Washington, D.C. The proposal comes up for discussion this week by the Senate Agriculture Committee and was the subject of a hearing by a House Agriculture subcommittee last week on its potential impact

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USDA Announces FSMIP Funding Opportunities

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service announced a Request for Applications for the 2015 Federal-State Market Improvement Program (FSMIP) grant opportunity.  The application deadline for FSMIP grants is May 14, 2015. The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State agencies

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NAA Exhibits at Seafood Expo North America

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) recently exhibited at the three-day Seafood Expo North America, formerly the International Boston Seafood Show, where booth traffic was higher than ever.  The Expo was bigger and better than ever with 1,203 exhibitors from 51 countries and over 20,000 visitors, 79% of whom were from North America.   China and other countries in Southeast Asia also had a strong presence. As in previous

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USDA Announces Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Courtesy of USDA: WASHINGTON - March 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA awarded $9 million in grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico.  The grants are funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. “One-third of the children in the

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First state Aquaculture Charter in the country presented in Baja California

Courtesy of FIS.com: The Government of Baja California presented the first State Aquaculture Charter of the country to state aquaculture producers in order to encourage investment and promote the cultivation of marine species. According to the head of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Secretariat in the state (SepescaBC), Matias Arjona Rydalch, the document brings together 36 cultivated and cultivable species. During a meeting with local producers, the

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NOAA Sea Grant Funding Opportunity

Courtesy of NAA: Depending on availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available about $1,600,000 for each of FY 2015 and FY 2016 for a national competition to fund marine aquaculture extension and technology transfer efforts, as part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Aquaculture that occurs in the Great Lakes or its coastal zone

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Aquaponics farming catching on

Expect to hear more about aquaponics farms in the future. First, let’s clarify what the word “aquaponics” means, as you may confuse it (as I have before) with hydroponics or aquaculture. Aquaponics refers to what’s essentially a recirculating aquaculture system that involves the growth of both fish and plants, according to the Aquaponics Association, based in Annandale, Virginia. “The fish waste feeds the growing plants using organic hydroponic

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Aquaculture could ease UAE fish shortage

Dubai: A fast-growing population has created a huge gap between demand and supply of seafood in the UAE, tilting the balance in favour of unsustainable imports. Statistics from the Ministry of Environment and Water reveal that in 2013, the UAE’s fish catch stood at 73,203 tonnes, but consumption of seafood reached around 210,000 tonnes, leaving a deficit of 136,797 tonnes. Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, on Monday encouraged

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USDA National Organic Program Seeking Nominations for Hydroponics and Aquaponics Task Force

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is soliciting nominees to participate in a task force to examine hydroponic and aquaponic practices and their alignment with the USDA organic regulations and the Organic Foods Production Act.   The USDA organic regulations do not include specific provisions for organic hydroponic or aquaponic production. However, these production systems have obtained certification

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SENA15: Farmed fish for the next 2 billion people coming to dinner

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Figures for the expected population growth on Earth are eye-popping: A total of between 9 and 10 billion people roaming the planet by the year 2050, up from the approximate 7 billion today. An obvious concern is how to feed all these newcomers. The answer is complicated, but also quite simple: Farmed fish will best meet what will be an enormous demand for protein. If you concern yourself with such issues and you’ll

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USDA Announces Funding Available for Specialty Crop and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Programs

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and extension activities to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues. The grants will be funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Both programs are administered

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SBA Tops $1 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Joseph McClure of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Sacramento District office announced today that SBA has approved more than $1 million in federal disaster loans for businesses and residents impacted by winter storms in Tehama County that occurred December 3 – 23, 2014.  According to McClure, SBA has approved $203,900 for businesses and $856,300 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this

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Aquaculture Boom Creates $13.3 Billion Water Treatment Market in 2030

Already $7.2 Billion, the Market for Water Treatment in Aquaculture Will Expand Rapidly as Aquaculture Rises to Meet 62% of Global Fish Demand in 2030, Says Lux Research   BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2015) - Aquaculture -- the farming of fish and other aquatic animals -- is an increasingly vital means of supplying demand for seafood, as wild fisheries suffer from stress and collapse. Water treatment is essential to successful aquaculture,

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Webinar: Using the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas for Fun and Profit

Courtesy of NOAA:   Tuesday, April 21, 2015  2 PM to 3 PM   Shellfish aquaculture is a large and growing part of Connecticut's agriculture sector, but site selection is a major challenge.  Farmers cultivate oysters, clams and scallops in designated areas of Long Island Sound. Those sites are considered public property and are leased from the state. Because these underwater farms are not located on private property, new or expanding activities

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Aquaculture the Most Promising Method of Meeting Food Needs

Courtesy of The Fish Site: GLOBAL - Aquaculture, including salmon farming, is going to be an essential part of feeding the world's growing population, said a top representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Department. Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Deputy-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), gave a speech earlier this week about the need for more food for a growing world

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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Supports U.S. Aquaculture Development

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is pleased to summarize some important sections of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee that once again has a positive message about seafood and, this year, supports aquaculture development. In 2010, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly recommended that seafood consumption be increased to 8 ounces per week to maintain good health.   The recommendation

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US shellfish industry grows, changes amid demand

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — During the week of Valentine’s Day this year, US seafood processor and distributor Fortune Fish Company sold 100,000 oysters. That’s probably a 25% increase over last year, CEO Sean O’Scannlain told Undercurrent News on the sidelines of this month’s World Aquaculture Society Aquaculture America conference. He says shellfish demand for his company is going through the roof as more restaurants are putting oysters,

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NOAA Administrator Highlights Aquaculture

Courtesy of NAA: NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan kicked off the annual SeaWeb Seafood Summit in New Orleans on February 9, highlighting the importance of “improving seafood sustainability by focusing on societal, economic and ecological resilience” and pointing out “the country as a whole must embrace aquaculture to meet future global seafood needs as human populations grow.” Dr. Sullivan stated “Our own United States aquaculture industry

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AA2015 Federal Town Hall Panel Contact Information

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) hosted a Federal Town Hall at the Aquaculture America 2015 Conference in New Orleans. The goal of the session was to identify critical issues, problems and/or opportunities for federal agencies to address with industry during 2015. Using a question and answer format, the Town Hall provided an opportunity for direct dialogue between key aquaculture leaders and managers from diverse federal

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NOAA Administrator’s Keynote Highlights Improving Seafood Sustainability

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan Keynote Remarks at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit – As Delivered New Orleans, LA February 9, 2015 I’m really delighted to be here with all of you. It’s my first time attending such a summit. I really appreciate and value the opportunity to get to know you better and hear more about your perspectives, so thanks very much. As Dawn alluded to in her introduction, I’ve had some prior chances to learn a good bit and see the kind

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Public Comment Period: Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) submitted the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Advisory Report) to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February 2015. The purpose of the Advisory Report is to inform the Federal government of current scientific evidence on topics related to diet, nutrition, and health.

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Announcement for NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer 2015 Competition

The Federal Funding Opportunity has been announced for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer 2015 competition.  This call is for aquaculture  extension and technology transfer proposals (unlike last year’s aquaculture research competition). The Federal Funding Opportunity announcement is available on grants.gov at the following web address: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274777    It

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The US ocean acidification threat

Courtesy of WorldFishing.net: The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification shows that coastal communities in 15 American states which depend on the nation’s US$1bn shelled mollusc industry are at long-term economic risk from ocean acidification. The assessment, published in Nature Climate Change, identifies new communities at risk of the problem everywhere from Maine and the Chesapeake Bay to the Louisiana bayou. Julia

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Anglers win lawsuit — trout plants will continue

Courtesy of Western Outdoor News: SACRAMENTO — The California Third District Court of Appeals has struck down the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (DFW) illegally drafted permitting requirements on recreational freshwater fishing — regulations that threatened to decimate the $2.4 billion industry by driving fishing lakes, private hatcheries, and fish farms out of business. “If the state had prevailed in court, many fishing lakes would

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CAHPS Rolled Out during AA2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS), in collaboration with the National Aquaculture Association (NAA), rolled out its joint concept for Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) at the recent Aquaculture America 2015 Conference in New Orleans, LA.   Representatives from the NAA and the VS Aquaculture Program Team have been developing draft program standards

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Ag Alert: Court ruling upends fish-stocking regulations

Courtesy of the California Farm Bureau Federation: By Ching Lee California aquaculture producers say they are pleased with a court decision that struck down proposed new regulations from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on fish stocking activities in California's public and private waters. The California Third District Court of Appeal ruled last week that three proposed measures the department sought to implement to its existing fish-stocking

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USDA organic aquaculture label could hit grocery shelves in 2017, government says

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is closing in on a long-awaited organic certification standard for aquaculture, with the eco-label the industry has been pining for possibly appearing on farm-raised seafood in supermarkets by 2017. The department expects to release a proposed rule for organic aquaculture certification in April or May, with the Office of Management and Budget then having 90 days to review it before

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.   Ashley Boren, 53, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where she has served since 2008. Boren has been executive director at Sustainable Conservation since 1997. She held several positions at Smith and Hawken from 1989 to 1997, including director of retail merchandising, and at the Nature Conservancy's

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Updated U.S. dietary recommendations key in on seafood

U.S. federal government health and food agencies are beginning the process of updating dietary guidelines for consumers and a key advisory committee is urging greater seafood consumption. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released recommendations from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the public on Thursday for comment. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary

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Google chair, wife, give $10M to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch

Monterey >> Google chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy have committed $10 million to bolster the efforts of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Aquarium officials called the gift “transformative,” saying it would further their efforts to make fisheries and aquaculture more sustainable. The 15-year-old program, which began as an exhibit, has evolved into a leading voice on sustainable seafood that influences everyone from

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USDA Announces More Than $160 Million Available in Funding for Food and Agriculture Research, Education, and Extension

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $160 million in funding for research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture production. NIFA will fund the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). "The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative was created

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USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).   “Community Foods Projects

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NAA to Host Federal Town Hall at Aquaculture America 2015

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is hosting a Federal Town Hall at the Aquaculture America 2015 Conference in New Orleans.  The session is scheduled for 1pm on Friday, February 20, in Mardi Gras E. Using a question and answer format, the Town Hall provides an opportunity for direct dialogue between key aquaculture leaders and managers from diverse federal agencies and industry stakeholders.   The goal of the session

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South Africa to open world’s largest fly farm for fish feed

The world’s largest fly farm is about to open in South Africa as part of an initiative to produce sustainable feed for chicken and fish, reports Business Insider. AgriProtein, a South African farming company, believes it has a solution to the soaring fishmeal prices and unsustainability of depending on fish to feed fish. It produces MagMeal — animal feed that is made from fly larvae that feeds on waste. The benefit of MagMeal is two-fold: it

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Good Magazine: Making Fish Farming Appetizing

There’s a certain appeal to fish farming, also known as aquaculture. Growing aquatic life in offshore pens, rivers, or big, terrestrial tanks seems not only audacious, but as convenient as, well, shooting fish in a barrel. Already, aquaculture accounts for nearly 50 percent of the worldwide fish supply, and it’s growing faster than any other type of food production. Farm-raised seafood will soon jump to 62 percent of global fish served on a

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New Mexico Bill to allow ‘Aquaponic’ systems for simultaneous fish, vegetable farming to be heard

Many of us want to eat in a healthy way, but often times, the cost is a deterrent. Now there's a push in the legislature to pass a bill that would allow New Mexicans to farm their own fish and vegetables inside their homes. It's using a fairly new method of farming called "Aquaponics" - a sustainable way to farm fish and vegetables simultaneously. Chris Morales, co-owner of Golden Crown Panaderia near Old Town, has been using Aquaponics to grow

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2014 Farm Bill Amends USDA Disaster Assistance Program

Courtesy of NAA: The Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, has amended certain provisions within disaster assistance programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP).  The NAP and ELAP programs are part of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) which provides financial assistance

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California’s New Groundwater Law: An Interactive Timeline

From Legal Planet: What are the major deadlines for local groundwater management agencies, and when can—or must—state agencies act? Many (including Legal Planet’s own Rick Frank) have examined the pros and cons of California’s new locally-focused groundwater management law.  Such analyses will continue to be critically important as state and local players move forward with the nitty-gritty of actual implementation, and the legislation’s

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“Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS)” Aquaculture America 2015 Special Session sponsored by the National Aquaculture Association

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is sponsoring a special session, “Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS)”, at the Aquaculture America 2015 Conference on Friday, February 20 at 11am – 12:30pm in Mardi Gras E.  The focus of the session is  introduce the concept of the CAHPS, a voluntary, non-regulatory framework for the improvement and verification of the health of farmed aquatic animals produced

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California fishermen land court ruling

In monumental decision, California 3rd District Court of Appeals rules for fish farmers, stocking ...On Tuesday, in a monumental ruling in favor of fishing, the California Third District Court of Appeals has “struck down the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s illegally drafted permitting requirements on recreational freshwater fishing — regulations that threatened to decimate the $2.4 billion industry by driving fishing lakes, private

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CARF / PLF victory for recreational fishing

Courtesy of PLF: This morning, the California Court of Appeal issued its long-awaited decision in California Association for Recreational Fishing v. Department of Fish & Wildlife. PLF represented California’s recreational fishing interests in a challenge to regulations adopted by the Department in an Environmental Impact Report it certified in 2010. The issue is that the Department is not permitted to adopt regulations through an Environmental

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One Month Left To Apply For SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Joseph McClure of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Sacramento District Office today reminded businesses and residents of the March 9, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the winter storms in Tehama County that occurred December 3 - 23, 2014. According to McClure, businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may

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USDA ERS Releases US Aquaculture Statistics

The USDA Economic Research Service  (ERS) has released its latest data on domestically grown catfish and trout, and U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters. The February 6, 2015 update of the ERS Aquaculture Data: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/aquaculture-data.aspx   The ERS topic page on Aquaculture: http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/animal-products/aquaculture.aspx

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Ocean acidification research needs funding, political will

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: News out of Maine last week showed that the potentially harmful impacts of ocean acidification (OA) are catching the attention of lawmakers, who may be the last line of defense for shellfish and for those who make their living harvesting and selling them. A USD 3 million (EUR 2.65 million) bond bill doesn’t seem like a big commitment to address what is a global problem, nor do any of the other three bills proposed

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New GAA Fund To Further Responsible Aquaculture

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is launching an initiative to finance a range of projects to further responsible aquaculture and ultimately increase the availability of certified seafood production worldwide, the organization announced in early February. GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens (pictured at far right) made the announcement on Day 1 of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Stevens is one of four speakers who addressed

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Learn why the future of fishing is actually farming

Courtesy of sanbenitocountytoday.com: Go to the seafood counter or local restaurant and over 91 percent of the seafood is shipped from thousands of miles away. If you are looking for a source of safe, sustainable, high quality, local seafood, you’re probably having difficulty finding it. In the U.S., the aquaculture industry works closely with government agencies and academic institutions to help ensure that fish and shellfish farmed in the United

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USDA Designates 55 Counties in California as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Courtesy of USDA: WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 55 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:   Alameda Lake Placer Sierra Alpine Sierra Plumas Siskiyou Amador Los Angeles Riverside Solano Butte Madera Sacramento Sonoma Calaveras Marin San Benito Stanislaus Colusa Mariposa San Bernadino Sutter Contra Costa

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NAA Hosts Endangered Species Act Special Session during Aquaculture America 2015

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is hosting a Special Session during Aquaculture America 2015 on February 22 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm that is devoted to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Paul Zajicek, Development Director for the NAA, commented, "This is the first time that representatives from the two federal agencies that implement the ESA have jointly presented. Potential effects of the ESA on US aquaculture cannot be understated

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Chris Beattie leaves Skretting to head MSD aquaculture division

Courtesy of UndercurrentNews.com: Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the US and Canada, has announced the appointment of Chris Beattie, Ph.D. to lead its aquaculture division. Chris Beattie joins from Skretting North America, where he held the role of general manager. In his new role, Beattie will be responsible for the strategic direction of the division, including product introductions, life-cycle management and geo-expansion

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USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food. NIFA is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security

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Dr. Gene Kim Appointed as NIFA National Program Leader for Aquaculture

Courtesy of NAA: Dr. Gene Kim was recently appointed as National Program Leader for the Aquaculture program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  His work will include providing aquaculture leadership, expertise, and management for grant programs (e.g., Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Capacity Grants, Special Research Grants Program for Aquaculture

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Registration Now Open: California Aquaculture Law Symposium: March 13, 2015 @ UCLA School of Law

Registration is now open for the California Aquaculture Law Symposium. To register, please click here.   California Aquaculture Law Symposium   Date: 03/13/2015 Time: 08:30 AM – 06:00 PM Location: UCLA School of Law   The Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law, California Sea Grant, and the National Sea Grant Law Center present the California Aquaculture Law Symposium Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 A.M. –

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CAA Member, Paul Olin Appointed to NOAA’s MAFAC Aquaculture Task Force

Courtesy of NAA: NOAA Appoints MAFAC Aquaculture Task Force The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries announced the formation of a new Task Force to support MAFAC Subcommittee work on the important topic of aquaculture.  Interest was high and 11 individuals were selected for the Aquaculture Task Force.  Applications were received from a strong pool of highly qualified individuals who represented a diversity of backgrounds,

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Aquaculture Market Expected To Be Worth $202.96 Billion By 2020: New Report By Grand View Research, Inc.

The global market for aquaculture is expected to reach USD 202.96 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Access complete research report on Global Aquaculture Market - http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/aquaculture-market Carps were the largest product segment, accounting for 25,137.6 kilo tons of global aquaculture demand in 2013 and is expected to reach 29,462.8 kilo tons in 2020, growing at a CAGR

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Marine Harvest facility attains ASC certification, first salmon farm in North America

Courtesy of CourierIslander.com: Marine Harvest Canada's Marsh Bay farm is the first salmon farm in North America to attain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. The company expects its first ASC salmon to enter the North American market in February. Meeting ASC salmon requirements is particularly challenging given its demanding expectations and has required fundamental changes to Marine Harvest's Canadian operations. The standard

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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world's seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute. The business opportunity here is tremendous. Thousands of operations around the world now produce huge numbers of salmon, shrimp, mussels, tilapia

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4 reasons why aquaculture can aid global food security

Courtesy of Michelle McNickle, SeafoodSource.com Blog: When comparing aquaculture to land-based farming, it’s clear which the more environmentally responsible choice is. However, scrutiny remains over aquaculture, and it begs the question “Why?” In the whitepaper, “Aquaculture’s Prominent Role in Feeding a Global Population,” contributors Michael Tlusty, Ph.D, director of Ocean Sustainability Science at the New England Aquarium and Neil

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California Aquaculture Law Symposium: March 13, 2015 @ UCLA School of Law

California Aquaculture Law Symposium Date: 03/13/2015 Time: 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM Location: UCLA School of Law The Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law, California Sea Grant, and the National Sea Grant Law Center present the California Aquaculture Law Symposium Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. UCLA School of Law Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.  Program begins at 9:00 A.M. The United States is tied for the second

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New Guide Released for Shellfish Growers

Courtesy of NOAA: Today the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A) released a new guide,  Information for Shellfish Growers, to help navigate the shellfish aquaculture permit process in the United States. The guide is designed to help shellfish farmers understand the main types of leases, permits, or other forms of authorization needed for a commercial shellfish farm. The guide also includes links to additional sources of information and

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Fish 2.0 2015 Competition open for entries

Courtesy of World Fishing & Aquaculture: The 2015 Fish 2.0 Business Competition has been launched and is now open for entries. This year, businesses from around the world will compete for over $180,000 in cash prizes. 36 finalists will present their ideas to a broad group of investors during the competition finals at Stanford University. The Fish 2.0 competition connects global seafood and mariculture businesses with potential investors. The

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2015 California Aquaculture Association Board of Directors Election Results

As the Executive Director of the California Aquaculture Association (CAA), I am pleased to announce the results of the 2015 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: Mark Drawbridge, Hubbs SeaWorld

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Fish for the future will come from farming, not just fishing

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: By Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor   In just three short decades, aquaculture has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry. It’s impossible for such growth to occur without drawing fire from critics. There are all manner of reasons for the criticisms — sometimes it’s politics, sometimes it’s the aversion to the very concept of capitalism and sometimes it’s legitimate critiques of the industry’s

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HSWRI: Rose Canyon Fisheries Paves the Way for Sustainable Ocean Farming off San Diego

Courtesy of the HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report, a publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: HSWRI has formed a business relationship with Cuna del Mar (CdM), a private equity fund dedicated to developing sustainable aquaculture, to incorporate Rose Canyon Fisheries, Inc. (RCF).  RCF will permit, establish and operate a commercial-scale fish farm off the coast of San Diego, CA.  This will be the first finfish farming operation

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HSWRI: US-Japan Natural Resources (UJNR) Aquaculture Panel Meets in San Diego

Courtesy of the HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report, a publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Japanese National Research Institute of Aquaculture have been working together since 1971 to enhance the development of freshwater and marine aquaculture.  Each year Japanese and U.S. scientists attend the aquaculture panel meeting to present and discuss current research

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HSWRI: HSWRI Researchers Capitalize on Abundant Seabass

Courtesy of the HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report, a publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: Two year old white seabass of 12-20” were relatively abundant in coastal waters this fall and HSWRI researchers made time to capitalize on it for the seabass breeding program.  Special permits allowed the team to legally catch these fish, which otherwise have a 28” minimum size limit and catch limits of 1-3 fish depending on the time

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Pentair, Google Oceans Program sponsor 2015 Fish 2.0 investment competition

Courtesy of Undercurrent News: The Google Oceans Program and $7 billion company Pentair are among the high profile companies set to sponsor this year's New Fish 2.0 Business Competition, the second rendition of the successful 2013 Fish 2.0 competition held at Stanford University. Awards for this year's competition amount to $180,000 in cash and awards. Organizers expect investments in the range of $100,000 to over $10 million to be made in participating

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National Roundtable for Sustainable Aquaculture Announces Aquaculture Sustainability Workshop March 25-26, 2015

The National Roundtable for Sustainable Aquaculture (NRSA) will be holding an Aquaculture Sustainability Workshop on March 25-26, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Full details can be viewed below:

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New Legal Research Report Provides Overview of State Oyster Restoration Policies

Courtesy of SeaGrant.NOAA.gov: Overview of the permitting for oyser restoration programs in 21 states Oyster reefs and other shellfish habitats are essential parts of coastal ecosystems. In addition to filtering pollutants and improving water quality, oyster reefs serve as a buffer for coastlines against coastal storms and erosion. Unfortunately, many areas along the coast are experiencing a decrease in oyster habitat. In an attempt to reverse this

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US expands disaster assistance

Courtesy of WorldFishing.net: The USDA has expanded eligibility for crop disaster assistance to include additional aquaculture species and cultivation methods. The program, administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency, is the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP for short. "The new policy expands coverage to oyster farmers who practice bottom culture – a huge win for industry, regulators and stakeholders who have been pushing for

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Aquaculture America 2015: New Orleans

Aquaculture America 2015 will be held February 19-22, 2015 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana.   From the Aquaculture America brochure: A CRITICAL TRADE SHOW FORAQUACULTURISTS! AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2015 will have the largest aquaculture trade show in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest anywhere in the world with nearly 200 booths! This is your opportunity to inspect the latest in products and services for the aquaculture

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Now Accepting 2015 California Aquaculture Association Memberships

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) is now accepting membership renewals and new membership applications for 2015. Current members will be receiving membership renewal communication materials as well as Board member election ballots in the mail soon. If you are a current CAA member and do not receive these materials by January 12th, please contact us. If you are not yet a CAA member and wish to apply for membership, please submit your membership

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Oil-rich fish, the ultimate detox diet

Does fish, particularly oil-rich fish, form the ultimate detox diet? Menu planners at Searcys, one of the most established catering companies in the U.K., seem to think so. In an email circulated at the end of last week, the company extolled the virtues of its new Detox Menu, which is available throughout January at the St. Pancras Grand. “We can help you watch your waistline without compromising on flavor with all dishes packed full of healthy,

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Aquaculture Development Committee (ADC) Meeting January 8, 2015

The next Aquaculture Development Committee (ADC) meeting will be held on January 8, 2015. Meeting details can be found below. To add this meeting and other industry related meetings to your calendar, please subscribe to the CAA calendar here (click subscribe button). 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Natural Resources Agency Building 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1404 (Redwood Room) Sacramento, CA 95814 More information can be viewed here.

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Survey: Local seafood remains a hot U.S. culinary trend

While restaurant operators know that consumers want more local and sustainable seafood, the trend has reached a new pinnacle. In its annual survey of nearly 1,300 professional chefs, the National Restaurant Association found that the top U.S. food trend for 2015 is “locally sourced seafood and meats.” “Sustainable seafood” is listed as the eighth major trend for 2015 and “hyper-local sourcing” is ranked seventh. “Consumers are much

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USDA Announces Fellowships for Future Agricultural Scientists

Includes Undergraduate Fellowships For First Time   WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $15 million for fellowships to train and develop the next generation of scientists who will lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing society. NIFA will support pre- and post-doctoral

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Reminder: Input Requested: Aquaculture Development Committee Addresses Aquaponics by January 5th, 2015

Input is requested from the public with regard to proposed permitting framework related to aquaponics in California. Please view the post and submit comments here.

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HSWRI Aquaculture Program Research Report: August and September 2014

A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: Self-Cleaning Larval Tank Project Launched Fish Eggs and Larvae Find Uses in Impact Studies Larval Nutrition Project Winds Down With More Interesting Results   Self-Cleaning Larval Tank Project Launched  After years on the drawing board, a new aquaculture engineering project that links directly with biology and education is being launched by researchers from HubbsSeaWorld Research

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Report: Younger generations to drive U.S. seafood consumption

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Americans will consume more fresh foods — including fresh seafood — in the future, led by Millennials and Generation Z, according to a new report. Already, consumption of fresh foods grew by 20 percent from 2003 through 2013, according to the NPD report, “The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018.” Through 2018, Generation Z (those born in the mid 1990s to early 2000s) is expected to eat 10 percent more

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USDA provides greater protection for fruit, vegetable and other specialty crops growers (including aquaculture)

Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and Limited Income Farmers WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural

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Mediterranean, Black Sea Governments Join Forces Towards Sustainable Aquaculture Development

GLOBAL - About 140 participants, representatives of governments and international organizations, delegates, experts and professionals from Mediterranean and Black Sea countries (Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine) just met in Bari, Italy, on 11 December 2014, to discuss about the future of aquaculture in the region in light of Blue Growth and

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California Aquaculture Association Proudly Announces Approval of Additional Aquaculture Specialist Position at UC, Davis

For immediate release:   The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) would like to thank all of its members and industry members who provided input in support of the proposed Aquaculture Specialist position at UC, Davis. As a result of this support, as well as the efforts of CAA Director, Tony Vaught, CAA Executive Director, Michael Lee, and UC Davis Aquaculture Specialist, Fred Conte, PhD, this position has been fully approved.   This

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FAO: The State of the World: Fisheries and Aquaculture

A graphic of fisheries and aquaculture production provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:    

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Asia-Pacific launches sustainable aquaculture initiative

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced recently that the Asia-Pacific region is developing a coordinated strategy and action plan for the sustainable intensification of aquaculture. Representatives from multiple sectors — senior government aquaculture and fisheries officials from 16 countries, representatives of specialized organizations, the private sector and international funding

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USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.   “Producing advanced biofuel is a major component of the drive to take control of America’s

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New Study Examines Feasibility of Renewable Energy from Aquaculture Waste

EU - A new EU funded project is examining the feasibility of producing renewable energy from aquaculture and agriculture waste. The project group, including the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, British Trout Association and the University of Liverpool, is known as BiFFiO and will begin testing whether small-scale anaerobic digesters can be efficient in turning fish and cattle waste into biogas and fertiliser for use in the agriculture

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USDA Disaster Assistance to Help Thousands of Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

2014 Farm Bill Program Offers Producers in Over 40 States Relief for 2012 and 2013 Losses   WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA today announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.   The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm

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Asian carp processing plant planned in Kentucky

Courtesy of WorldFishing.net: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced that Riverine Fisheries International LLC plans to build a fish processing operation in Fulton County, Kentucky, USA. Riverine Fisheries will catch, clean, process, package and transport various species of Asian carp found in Kentucky’s waters. The company plans to create 110 new jobs and invest $18.7 million into the project. “Not only will Riverine Fisheries create

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Real-Time Ocean Acidification Data Available for Shellfish Aquaculture

Courtesy of TheFishSite.com: US - Shellfish farms and hatcheries along the Pacific US coast can now get real-time, online ocean acidification data through the Integrated Ocean Observation System (IOOS), a NOAA-led national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. The data, ranging from carbon dioxide concentrations to salinity and water temperatures can be

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FAO: Aquaculture critical for seafood industry growth

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s new report on supply and demand for food worldwide indicates the global seafood industry won’t keep up with demand without aquaculture, despite critics’ claims to the contrary. Audun Lem, one of the report’s authors, told SeafoodSource activists who think the world can live without aquaculture are “not only dead wrong,” but “surpassed by reality.” The

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ICN2: Seafood consumption key to pregnancy nutrition

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: An inter-governmental nutrition meeting concluded that seafood consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding provides essential nutrients that act as building blocks for brain and eye development. The International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inter-governmental nutrition meeting between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held in Rome this week, is focusing on

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NOAA, partners provide real-time ocean acidification data to Pacific coast shellfish growers

Courtesy of NOAA: New portal builds on NOAA’s commitment to provide public access to data from observational network Shellfish farms and hatcheries along the Pacific U.S. coast  can now get real-time, online ocean acidification data through the Integrated Ocean Observation System (IOOS), a NOAA-led national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. The data,

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Reminder: Input Requested: Aquaculture Development Committee Addresses Aquaponics by January 5th, 2015

Input is requested from the public with regard to proposed permitting framework related to aquaponics in California. Below is a background for reference. Further below is the proposed motion. Please submit comments using the form below by January 5th, 2015.   The State Aquaculture Development Committee (ADC), which is an advisory committee to the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), met November 6, 2014 at the CDFW

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FAO: Future aquaculture growth to be greater than expected