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California Aquaculture Association Member Meeting and Workshop Recap

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) would like to thank all those who attended our recent member meeting and workshop at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, California. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to interact more closely with our members and to provide important industry information and updates. Additionally, CAA would like to send a special thanks to those who presented at the meeting as well as to Hubbs

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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