Aquaculturist update - October 2010


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Aquaculturist update - October 2010

  1. 1. A monthly review October 2010
  2. 2. THE AQUACULTURIST | October 2
  3. 3. 3 THE AQUACULTURIST | October October 1, 2010 Scotland's leading aquaculture firm faces prosecution over mass fish death. During raids carried out on vessels owned by the Lakeland group large amounts of pesticides were found on the boats. Used to treat and kill lice on salmon, it was found that at least 6000 fish deaths have been caused due to this pesticide, and the moralities could be as high as 20,000 also other marine wildlife were affected. Read more...  Sloppy science behind FDA evaluation of GE salmon. Dr Micheal Hansen from the US Consumers Union told the public hear- ing, of the sloppy science being used to get the fish approved as food. He points to the woefully inadequate data they are relying on, he also claims that 'AquaBounty's' own data though incomplete does raise issues to hu- man health - that of increased allergenicity. Read more... Seafood Services Australia (SSA) calls U.N Agency statement "Misleading, Damaging". Australia seafood services (SSA) has criticised the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), for claiming that almost all commercial fisheries will have collapsed by 2050. The SSA slammed the statement as damaging and misleading and was disappointed that the UNEP would such a ill-founded statement. Read more... Uruguay enters into the network of aquaculture of the Americas (RAA) President Jose Mujica (Uruguay) has authorised the country's entrance into the network of aquaculture of the Americas (RAA). Created in March 2009 to promote the sustainability of aquaculture in numerous countries across the region. Uruguay will benefit from training, human resources, and exchange of information among other things. Read more... Hope for new vaccine against white spot Researchers for the US agriculture research service (ARS) are working on a preventative vaccination for the parasitic infection known as white spot. This parasitic infection costs aquaculture and fish hobbyists about $50 million annually in losses. The idea is to use preventative treatment and rather than dosing fish individually. The aim is to create a vaccine that can be delivered in with the food or direct to the water. A new vaccine would not pose a threat to the environment like the treatment used today which can be harmful environmentally. Read more... Foundedin1981 TESGO INTERNATIONAL T: +31 164 616151 • F: +31 164 612171 E: Consultancy for animal and aqua nutrition knowledge transfer and Marketing of Nutri-Performance specialities Tesgo.indd 1 21/12/2009 09:16 Maximum bulk storage Silo Construction & Engineering +32(0)51 723128 SCE WWW.OTTEVANGER.COM CRAFTMANSHIP IN THE ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY THE INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED MARKET PLACE Hi my name is Martin Little. I am the Aquaculturists, with a background in Marine Zoology and eight years working in the field as a consultant fisheries observer in the North Atlantic, I am now part of International Aquafeed magazine, and as well as my column in the pages of the magazine I will be running a accompanying blog that can be found at http://theaquacul-
  4. 4. THE AQUACULTURIST | October 4 Chef says 'no' frankenfish debate goes on Chef Rick Moonen is against genetically engineered fish; he does not believe that the new “fish is safe”, as has been suggested by Aquabounty Technologies. His concerns range from, if they escaped what damage would be done to the wild populations to the fact that there is no plan to label them in grocery stores. He also worries that this could cause a larger demand for smaller species to be used as feed for these franken- fish. Read more...  Farmed fish destroy wild fish An essay found in this weeks Conservation Biology Journal, suggest that farmed fish are causing wild populations to decline. He suggests that a high density of caged farmed fish, promotes infection that affects wild populations near the fish farm. Sea lice is one example that impacts fish farms and also impacts the wild populations, even though the farmed fish survive the wild populations suffer. And if the sea-caged system is overstocked this can lead to extinction of the wild stocks near by. So do farmed fish destroy wild fish? Read more... October 04, 2010 Fish feeder product demand rising An historical moment for Aquaculture Engineering Group as they prepare to launch their new commercial model automated fish feeder. After three years of trails in the Bay of Fundy waters. The company plan to launch their first feeder from a site off Grey’s Island, one of the problems with fish farming is that the sites need daily feeding, which can be treacherous when located in the open sea. The new fish feeder will be automated and controlled via computer link. Read more... Fish Company cultivating algae for biofuel. Pesquera San Jose, are planning to produce bio fuels by cultivating brown algae (Macrocystis Pyrifera). Working with Innovachile project BAL Bio fuels the aim is to promote aquaculture for species with higher com- merical expectations and lower impact on the environment. The project will be implemented in Chile Curaco de Velez region. Read more.... Future for Scotland’s Mussel farming A recent study commissioned by the Scottish government, into the future of mussel farming in Scotland. Has shown there is potential for good growth in this sector of aquaculture. Due to the rapid increase in produc- tion in the Shetlands, over the last 10 years from 1,400 tonnes in 1999 to 5,800 tonnes in 2008. However, compared to Europe the UK’s production of mussels remains low and there is a substantial scope for increased production without impacting the market supply. Read more... Aurora Algae moves into Perth Aurora Algae new regional headquarters is to open in Perth Australia; this new office will be led by Matthew Caspari, Co-Founder and Austral- ian managing director of Aurora Algae, who will oversee construction and operation of the commercial - scale facility in the Northwest region of the Country. This new facility closely follows Aurora Algae’s launch of the industry’s first photosynthetic platform for the production of sustainable, premium products. Read more...
  5. 5. 7 THE AQUACULTURIST | October October 05, 2010 Zinc important for developing salmon The results of a research project carried out by Nofima Marin in Norway, showed that low levels of zinc found in juvenile farmed salmon was the cause of spine malformations. This showed that there was a need to bet- ter control the levels of zinc in the diet of the farmed salmon, the effects of low levels of zinc showed compressed vertebrae in some fish. Also phosphorous deficiency was more severe in the salmon when zinc levels were insufficient. Read more... Estimated 6,000 new marine species discovered 10 years, 80 countries and some 9,000 days at sea, an international survey of life in the oceans and how they are connected, shows that the oceans were richer than first thought. During the project, 30 million indi- vidual organisms was observed and an estimated 6,000 previously un- known species were recorded. Professor Paul Holm indicated that there is still 20 percent of the oceans volume to be explored. Read more... Aquafeed news portal. The international aquafeed news information portal, with news stories covering all aspects of aquaculture. If you are interested in aquaculture or just enjoy reading about the new advances in the farming of Atlantic Salmon, Salmon, Tilapia then visit our portal for up to date news stories, and a searchable archive dating back 4 years. Or you could go to our online publication of our bi monthly International Aquafeed magazine and find out what’s new in the world of aquaculture with an online archive of the magazine. There are stories from Australia, Canada and Norway as well as many European countries like France, Spain and Ireland. This is a unique and valuable site containing a vast amount of information and stories on environmental issues, feed and the technology involved in general fish farming today. It is a must read for students, teachers and professional of the aquaculture industry. This well maintained site is easy to navigate using a custom search engine that make searching simple. A great site with lots to offer, go on give it a look today. October 11, 2010 Martha’s Vineyard ponds to host Winter Flounder. Martha’s Vineyard/Dukes County fishermen’s association are working with the University of New Hampshire to save the Winter Flounder, which was once so abundant in Martha’s Vineyard waters. The project which starts on November 1st will be in two phases, first part of the project will be to study the two ponds the Lagoon and Menemsha ponds and the second part will be to raise and release tagged winter flounder into the two ponds. Read more... Aquaculture investment gets backing from Shetland Council backing Two aquaculture enterprises have secured new investment from the Shetland Islands Council, a mussel farm the North Atlantic Shellfish will expand its mussel farming business. Also there will be a new state of the arts 100 percent water recirculation salmon hatchery facility at Girlsta. Read more... IMD_40x40m_classAD Whatever you are looking for in the milling industry? ... ... find it with IMD IMD_40x40m_classAD.indd 1 15/03/2010 12:4 T • +86 514 87848880 F • +86 514 87848686 E • Muyang_CLASS.indd 1 21/12/2009 11:5 AMANDUS KAHL GmbH & Co. KG Phone: +49 40 727 71 0 Extruder for Fish Feed Extruder for Fish Feed THE INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED MARKET PLACE
  6. 6. THE AQUACULTURIST | October 8 October 12, 2010 Aquaculture News from around the World PhD from Plymouth UK gets Aquaculture job in Nelson New Zealand Dr Mark Burdass will be the head of a new aquaculture program in Nel- son New Zealand, he will move to New Zealand in December. Dr Burdass helped to design the Nelson Marlborough Institute of technology (NMIT) diploma of aquaculture program. The diploma will be the only aquaculture qualification at this level in New Zealand, and has already attracted inter- est from prospective students. Dr Burdass is recognised internationally as a leader in his field of marine-farming teaching. Read more... EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroes will discuss mackeel quotas for 2011 crucial for Scotland The Scottish fishing federation and the Scottish Pelagic Fisherman’s As- sociation will begin talks on the 12th October over the quotas on mack- erel for 2011. They will be pressing for a deal that does not jeopardise Scotland share in the fishery, but also to protect the fishery for the future and to challenge the irresponsible actions of Iceland and the Faroes. Read more... October 13, 2010 Barramundi: The Anti Salmon.   Joshua Goldman the chief executive officer of Australis Aquaculture after three years of searching for a better fish, after fifty candidates, he chooses the Barramundi. A native of Southeast Asia, Northern Australia. In terms of biological needs, barramundi are anti salmon they have the ability to turn vegetarian feed into much sought after omega-3 fatty acids. They require less feed per pound than farmed salmon do. Read more... Nova Scotia Aquaculture opens its doors to the public. Three fish farms in Nova Scotia Canada will open their doors to the public for tours, allowing for a better understanding of aquaculture and for the people to see the environmentally and economically sustainable industry. Sterlin Belliveau Minster of Fisheries and Aquaculture said, “I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to visit a fish farm and learn about aqua- culture from local experts.” Read more… Marine Harvest files complaint with ESA and EFTA Farming salmon giants Marine Harvest filed complaints on outdated own- ership restrictions that will not allow them to be part of the consolidation of the industry. The firm’s complaint specifies that the current regulation violates article 31 and Article 40 of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. Read more... 
  7. 7. 9 THE AQUACULTURIST | October Advertisements in these spaces come from the International Aquafeed Market Place. For more information visit AMANDUS KAHL GmbH & Co. KG Phone: +49 40 727 71 0 Extruder for Fish Feed Extruder for Fish Feed Buhler AG CH – 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland T: +41 71 955 11 11 F: +41 71 955 28 96 E: St. Louis, Missouri USA T:+1 314 739 9191•F:+1 314 739 5880 ELEVATOR BUCKETS & BOLTS STYLE CC-XD (XTREME DUTY) Polyethylene Elevator Bucket ® AquafeedClassified40_2x40mFI October 14, 2010 Finding Alternative fish feeds from plant proteins Feeding fish in fish farms is an environmental issue; this is due to the fact that smaller species are used in the feed, as fishmeal and fish oil. Now researchers and aquaculterists are working to find new alternatives in the form of plant proteins. ARS aquaculture scientists are working to devel- ope fish feeds that don’t include fishmeal. One problem is that different species of fish have different nutritional requirements, William Wolters, research leader said that the new modern diets are working better than the previous diets did. Read more... Kenyans see fish prices rise In Kenya the Government are now considering an aquaculture program as a viable option for reducing the cost of fish. In recent time the Kenyan consumers have seen the price of their favorite fish Tilapia, Nile Perch and Dagaa increase, by three to four percent. According to Dr Richard Abila the use of Aquaculture would ease the pressure on the lakes. Read more... Finland decrees new regulation on welfare of farmed fish Finland passes new regulation for the welfare of farmed fish. This new regulation will look at how the fish is kept, minimum requirements for fish farm structures, equipment, remediation of water quality. It will also define the minimum requirements for monitoring and safeguards for the well be- ing of the fish. This is the first legislation of its kind relating to the welfare of fish. Read more... Anglian Water power failure kills fish in river in Essex England A power failure at Anglian water sewage treatment works caused an en- vironmental incident in the River Wid in Essex England. Hundreds of fish and invertebrates were killed when raw sewage was discharged into the river during a power failure. The backup generator failed and as a conse- quence the sewage was discharged directly into the river. Read more... UK Fishing Industry awarded £3.2 million grant The English fishing industry was awarded a £3,2 million grant from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the Marine Management Organisa- tion (MMO). A total of 11 projects was approved by the MMO, the largest project to be approved was the regeneration of Southwold Harbour area in Suffolk for £1.22 million. Read more... October 18, 2010 New Zealand Chainmail Manufacturer looks towards fish- farming New Zealand Hi tech chainmail developer Kaynemaile is looking towards fish-farming as a potential customer for their seamless polycarbonate mesh. There could be many advantages to using this kind of material, it is strong flexible and easy to clean, it also could be used as a low mainte- nance environmentally friendly predator barrier against seals and sharks. Read more... THE INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED MARKET PLACE
  8. 8. THE AQUACULTURIST | October 10 Fish farm plans challenged by Animal welfare group RSPCA are being urged to object by animal welfare groups to the plan- ning application of a new fish farm in Berneray the Outer Hebrides. The planned location of this fish farm is near to the Seals breeding grounds, Glasgow-based Animal Concern has written to the RSPCA calling for a total no-kill policy in seal control at RSPCA Freedom Food endorsed salmon farms. The RSPCA has refused to back down. Read more... World Wildlife Fund announce halfway point reached in Global Aquaculture The WWF announced that they are at the halfway point to completing the finalization of eight sets of global aquaculture standards, addressing the potentially negative impacts of abalone farming on the environment. The announcement came after completion of certification standards for bivalves, pangasius and tilapia and other species were expected to be finalized by mid 2011. Read more... One regional Voice and a new name The fish farmers group, now known as the Atlantic Canada Fish Farm- ers Association are planning to not only represent New Brunswick but to represent all regional finfish farmers in the area including Nova Scotia. The association executive director Pamela Parker said in a news release. "More and more finfish aquaculture companies farm in multiple provin- cial jurisdictions, and they are all facing similar issues, challenges and opportunities. Having a single, regional voice representing their interests with consumers, government agencies, communities and regulators is a positive and forward-thinking move." Read more... New fish feeds from fish by-products Scientists test fish by-products as a new source of fishfeed, the USDA funded scientists in Hawaii have been using tails, heads and bone and skin and internal organs that are normally disposed of and made them into a fishfeed for shrimp and fish. they have found that many of the Alaska fish parts work well as feeding stimulants, which help the shrimp eat plant based protein feeds. Read more... Aquaculture in Azerbaijan promoted by the USAID USAID promotes the second aquaculture conference in the Zagatala dis- trict of Azerbaijan. The conference which was sponsored by the Econom- ic Growth Program of the Baku Office of the US agency for international development. The USAID is proud to host the conference for Azerbaijani fish farmers to promote development of the aquaculture sector in the counter. Read more... October 19, 2010 Harbor Branch Oceanographic get pearl grant The Florida Legislature has awarded a grant to Harbor Branch oceano- graphic Institute to set up a queen conch pearl production and create a new industry. Early attempts to culture pearls from the queen conch had not been successful, however researchers at Harbor Branch a division of Florida Atlantic University developed a seeding technique, and produced more than 200 queen conch cultured pearls. Read more...
  9. 9. 11 THE AQUACULTURIST | October Maximum bulk storage Silo Construction & Engineering +32(0)51 723128 SCE WWW.OTTEVANGER.COM CRAFTMANSHIP IN THE ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Summit to tackle human impact on ocean environment In Nagoya, Japan the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened, the conference document describes the “urgent need to assess and mon- itor the impacts and risks of unsustainable human activities on marine and coastal biodiversity”. International governments will decide on meas- ures to reduce the impact of humans on the oceans environment. The CBD is widely supported and was ratified by 193 countries. Read more... October 20, 2010 Iceland and Faroe increase their Mackerel quota Iceland’s and the Faroe Islands decision to raise their quotas for Mack- erel was met with anger and disbelief by the Scottish and Norwegian fish- erman and the international environmental group WWF. Iceland's ministry of fisheries and agriculture raised their quota this year as no global quota had been reached. The EU fisheries chief Maria Damanaki said she was ready to go to battle, dubbing it the ‘Mackerel war’. Read more... October 21, 2010 New appointment for AgriMarine AgriMarine has appointed a new acting senior advisor, Mr Philip M. Fitzpatrick will be acting senior advisor he has extensive seafood and food industry experience in roles with multinational companies. As well as being a seasoned industry professional in both aquaculture and marine fisheries. AgriMarine Holdings are delighted to have him in this role. Read more... Oil spill in the Gulf increases interest in Indiana Shrimp Indiana’s aquaculture industry could help fill a void in shrimp produc- tion after the devastation of the BP’s Gulf oil spill. Kwamena Quagrainie, aquaculture-marketing director for Purdue University, has said that people are concerned after the oil spill, about the quality of the seafood coming from the Gulf. He pointed out that there is a void to be filled, and that the aquaculture industry is in a good position to fill that gap. Read more... October 22, 2010 Salmon lost in Truck crash, Holbart, Australia A road accident in Holbart Australia ended with the loss of $250,000 worth of salmon. The salmon was being transported to northern Tasmania for processing when the accident occurred at about 2:00am. Huon Aquac- ulture says there is nothing to worry about, the lost fish will be replaced and there should be no delay as the fish would not have been at the market until Monday. Read more... Americans buying up Chinese Tilapia Chinese raised Tilapia is being exported to America on a large scale and the US consumption of them keeps increasing. In 2009 the U.S. imported 404 million pounds of tilapia, up from 298 million in 2005. As over fish- ing threatens the world's wild fisheries, aquaculture advocates say fish farms will play a far greater role in feeding people around the world. Read more... THE INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED MARKET PLACE
  10. 10. THE AQUACULTURIST | October 12 October 25, 2010 Krill fishery in southern oceans closed On October 10th an area of the Southern Oceans was closed due to the quota being reached for the Krill fishery. The total catch this year was just over 211,000 tonnes the highest krill catch for at least a decade. The fish- ery will be a key topic at the convention on the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources (CCAMLR). Read more... Peruvians to invest in Chilean aquaculture Numerous large Peruvian fishing companies are interested in investing in Chilean aquaculture it was announced by the head of the Subsecretariat of Fisheries of Chile. The future of aquaculture is in the Pacific Ocean, putting Peru and Chile at an advantage, Pablo Galilea believes that the bilateral fishing relations have been strengthened between Peru and Chile. Read more... October 26, 2010 Oil still present in the Gulf of Mexico Several days after it was claimed there was little surface oil still present in the Gulf of Mexico, photographs showed that the claim was incorrect and there are still vast tracks of oil present on the surface. Miles of long strings of weathered oil is heading towards the marshes on the Missis- sippi river delta, with thousands of migrating birds moving towards the region. Read more... Stirling's aquaculture MSc courses attracts twenty one nationalities this year Stirling University's Institute of Aquaculture has twenty one new MSc students this year from twenty one different countries, the University con- tinuing their role as an international leader in teaching aquaculture to the world. With over 35 years of experience and 700 aquaculturists already qualified from over 75 countries. Read more... October 27, 2010 Pacific fisheries could collapse within 25 years A new major study of the Pacific Island fisheries indicates that it could collapse within the next 25 years unless there is a concerted effort to pre- serve stocks. Reported on New Zealand radio the study covered oceanic, coastal, aquaculture and freshwater fisheries the study indicates that the fisheries agencies need to adapt. Read more... Scotland awarded £10.9 million funding Scotland’s fisheries have been awarded £10.9 million which is to be shared between 144 companies, under the (EFF), European Fisheries Fund potentially safeguarding nearly 3,500 jobs. Fisheries secretary Rich- ard Lochhead said ‘that the EFF funds will help the industry to invest and to increase production and bolster employment for Scotland’s fisheries and aquaculture industries’. Read more...
  11. 11. 13 THE AQUACULTURIST | October October 28, 2010 Fire onboard Faroe fishing vessel The Athena a factory ship from the Faroe Island has suffered a fire at sea, 230 miles southwest of the Isle of Silly, about 80 crew from the ves- sel have taken to lifeboats. No injuries have been reported about 30 crew have stayed on board to help fight the fire. Read more... GM salmon update Anastasia Bodnar writes an interesting article on the BioFortified site, the article on the proposed aqua-bounty salmonoid, showing that the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has a ‘new’ document written by the National Ma- rine Fisheries Service (NMFS). In the document its points out that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knowingly withheld a federal biologi- cal opinion by the US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS). Read more... October 29, 2010 Catfish farmers in Nigeria urge Federal Government for help The Catfish farmers association of Nigeria (CAFAN), has urged the Fed- eral Government to help by providing technical help and funds to improve aquaculture in Nigeria. The association has complained that Nigeria has become a dumping ground for substandard fish feed and fingerlings. Read more... Foundedin1981 TESGO INTERNATIONAL T: +31 164 616151 • F: +31 164 612171 E: Consultancy for animal and aqua nutrition knowledge transfer and Marketing of Nutri-Performance specialities Tesgo.indd 1 21/12/2009 09:1 Maximum bulk storage Silo Construction & Engineering +32(0)51 723128 SCE WWW.OTTEVANGER.COM CRAFTMANSHIP IN THE ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY THE INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED MARKET PLACE
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