Apr 302012
 

Meijer logoMeijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, has announced the launch of a comprehensive seafood sustainability initiative, which will ensure all Meijer seafood suppliers follow specific sustainability guidelines for both farmed and wild-caught seafood. The announcement was made today by Hank Meijer, co-chairman and chief executive officer. Read more …

Apr 202012
 
AquaVision logoNORWAY – The potential for increased production seems larger for aquaculture than other food producing technologies.

In an earlier AquaVision report, Professors Asche and Tveteraas concluded that there are two key success factors in aquaculture; innovations that reduce cost and improve competitiveness, and market development investments that increase demand by expanding the market geographically, into new consumer segments or increasing the number of product forms. Read more …

Interested in visiting Aqua Vision and a tour of Norwegian aquaculture industry?
Contact The Aquaculture Communications Group, LLC., Novi, Michigan, phone: +1 248 305 9339.

AquaVision is the biennial international aquaculture and food business conference organized to provide a platform and network for discussion at a strategic level on current and future concerns from consumption and marketing back to farming, fish processing and feeding.

Since its beginning in 1996 AquaVision has developed as a leading meeting place for decision makers in modern aquaculture worldwide.

Expected to attract 400 stakeholders from 30 countries AquaVision 2012 will be the 9th World Aquaculture Business Conference. Skretting and Nutreco look forward welcoming you to Stavanger 11-13 June.

Apr 202012
 

Aquaculture: Growth in seafood imports from aquaculture

With continued pressure on wild harvest seafood stocks, products from aquaculture are expected to bridge the gap between the growing worldwide demand for seafood products and the limited growth potential of wild harvest resources. Over the last decade, imports of farm-raised seafood products have grown from a relatively small portion of total US seafood imports to become the dominant source of certain seafood products. Much of this growth has been driven by the increasing percentage of total US seafood consumed away from home. Due to this linkage to the away-from-home food market, demands for many imported seafood products are tied to the state of the US economy. Other factors impacting the demands are the strength of the US dollar relative to other currencies and the prices of competing protein products such as beef, pork, and poultry. Read more …

Apr 192012
 
FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is taking three steps to protect public health and promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes develop the ability to resist the effects of a drug. Once this occurs, a drug may no longer be as effective in treating various illnesses or infections. Because it is well established that all uses of antimicrobial drugs, in both humans and animals, contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance, it is important to use these drugs only when medically necessary. Based on a consideration of relevant reports and scientific data, FDA is proposing a voluntary initiative to phase in certain changes to how medically important antimicrobial drugs are labeled and used in food-producing animals. FDA is taking this action to help preserve the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials for treating disease in humans. Read more …
Apr 182012
 

Governor Scott Walker has signed the so-called Aquaculture Bill into effect this month. Members of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association say the measure has significant features for the state’s fish farming industry.

As part of the new policy, natural water body permits do not expire unless the state determines that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. There will be confidentiality of records relating to information kept by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory relating to identification of fish farms or testing results except if the laboratory determines it is necessary to protect public health, safety or welfare.  Read more …

Apr 182012
 

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has been accredited to certify processors, distributors and other participants in the supply chain of custody under the new Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards, effective immediately.

Companies that wish to sell responsibly farmed seafood products that carry the ASC label can now apply for Chain of Custody certification from SCS. The ASC ecolabel is applicable to eight major farmed species groups, with standards that assure responsible aquaculture farming practices. In addition, accreditation to the chain of custody standard is a major milestone toward achieving accreditation to conduct farm level certification. Read more …

Apr 182012
 

Sushi lovers, set down your chopsticks. Recent tests on seafood sold at Los Angeles-area sushi bars, restaurants and grocery stores find that 55% of seafood is mislabeled.

Oceana, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, collected 119 seafood samples from grocery stores, restaurants and sushi eateries in L.A.and Orange counties in May and December 2011. Species found to be mislabeled in previous studies and those with regional significance, including wild salmon, Dover or other regional soles, red snapper, yellowtail and white tuna, were targeted. DNA testing concluded the shocking mislabeled percentage. Read more …

Apr 172012
 

The ASC’s consumer label for responsibly farmed seafood has today been presented. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) manages standards for responsible aquaculture. Products bearing the ASC label come from fish farms that have met these standards.

The on-pack label demonstrates to consumers that their seafood comes from farms that limit their impacts on the environment and the community. Consumers can from now on easily make a conscious choice to purchase responsibly farmed seafood. Read more …

Apr 132012
 

Now’s the time to begin planning to attend AES Issues Forum August 23, 2012 And 9th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture August 24 – 26, 2012 At The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia, USA.

Early Registration is now open

You are invited to participate in the AES Issues Forum (August 23, 2012) and the 9th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture (ICRA) (August 24-26, 2012), both taking place at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

The AES Issues Forum focuses on engineering solutions to specific aquaculture challenges.  The biennial International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture offers a wider scope of aquaculture-related topics including research, enterprise, and discovery; unique opportunities for discussion; and the chance to explore new products and technologies in our trade show.

The two meetings have been scheduled back-to-back to maximize the efficiency of your travel budget.  Join your colleagues in industry, government, and academia to share your successes and learn all about the latest advancements in the field.

Have you considered being an exhibitor at the trade show or becoming a conference sponsor?  For more information go to http://www.recircaqua.com/tradeshow.html.

For complete details on the conference and online registration, go to http://www.recircaqua.com.

Apr 132012
 

USDA NIFA logoPlease see the information below for a funding opportunity related to marketing agricultural commodities, including farmed fish and shellfish.

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking grant funding applications from agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments to increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Examples of direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities include new farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer infrastructures.  AMS anticipates having approximately $10 million in total available grant funds for the program for fiscal year (FY) 2012.  The application deadline is May 21, 2012.

The Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Number USDA-AMS-FMPP-2012 is posted at:

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=163013

The April 6, 2012 USDA AMS Federal Register Notice is posted at:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-06/html/2012-8395.htm

The FMPP 2012 Guidelines are posted at:
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5097653

Additional information about the USDA AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is available at:
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP

The following is a brief description of program:

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2012 to be awarded through the Famers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The FMPP competitive program is administered by the Marketing Grants and Technical Services Branch (MGTSB), Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS and is designed to promote the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities. The authorizing legislation for the FMPP includes the Agricultural Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976 (7 U.S.C. 3001-3006) and the recent amendment to the 1976 Act, the FMPP (7 U.S.C. 3005). The minimum FY2012 FMPP award per grant is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000. An applicant is limited to no more than one grant in a grant-funding year. FMPP funding will be available for use beginning in October 2012. Project work should begin in October 2012 and end not later than October 2014. Matching funds are not required. NOTE: All applicants must follow the 2012 FMPP Guidelines for application instructions and requirements found on the FMPP website at www.ams.usda.gov/FMPP.

Any questions may be directed to Carmen Humphrey who is the Chief of the Marketing Grants and Technical Services Branch of the Marketing Services Division of the Transportation and Marketing Programs of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service at 202 720 0933; e-mail: Carmen.Humphrey@USDA.gov . State that your request for information refers to Docket No. TM-12-01.