Apr 122014
Norwegian salmon farm Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Norwegian salmon farm
Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, and Rabobank joined up for the first time in the US last week to demonstrate how the global farmed-salmon industry is leading the way in changing aquaculture-business practices to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.

The meeting took place during the “Seafood Expo North America” in Boston.

The US is the largest consumer by country of farmed salmon worldwide, consuming more than 282,000 tonnes last year. In fact, demand for farmed salmon has increased by over 14 per cent in the last five years in the US alone, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Global demand for salmon has increased even more quickly, doubling in the last decade, and is set to double again by 2020.  Read more …

Apr 082014

Why hasn’t fish farming taken off in the U.S.?

It’s certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that’s grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported.

The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Farmed salmon come from big net pens in the coastal waters of Norway or Chile.

Michael Rubino, director of aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the U.S. could harvest much of that fish — especially the salmon — here at home. He points to a study carried out by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which concluded that, among all the world’s nations, the U.S. had the greatest potential for ocean-based aquaculture production.  Read more …

Apr 012014

Seafood Source logoA U.N. report, due to be published today, will state there is conclusive proof that emissions of carbon dioxide from the industrialized world are turning the oceans more acidic, according to the BBC which claims to have seen a copy. The report warns that a mass extinction of sea life may be under way.

A massive 24 million metric tons (MT) of carbon dioxide produced by industrial practices are absorbed by the seas every day, says Roger Harrabin for the BBC’s Newsnight program. The gas dissolves into the water forming carbonic acid. – See more at: http://www.seafoodsource.com/en/all-commentary/25844-climate-change-killing-life-in-the-world-s-oceans?  Read more …

Mar 282014

Blue Goose has announced it is winding down all of its beef operations on Manitoulin Island.

“This very difficult decision was made following an in-depth review of the long-term viability of our beef business on Manitoulin Island,” stated Jean Lepine, EVP, Risk Management and Communications with Blue Goose on Friday of last week.

“We have decided to focus our resources in growing our aquaculture business on Manitoulin, led by Mike Meeker,” Mr. Lepine told the Recorder. “Over the next several months we will do our very best to help the affected employees find work within the Blue Goose operations on Manitoulin and will transition our 1,300 head of cattle humanely to other farmers.”

“Like all new companies with growth plans, you have to sometimes make difficult decisions to protect the long-term viability of the entire business,” explained Mr. Lepine. “Blue Goose is no different and has to make the best decisions it can to protect the future of our land, our people and the animals. We believe we have a very bright future across all three proteins (fish, beef and chicken) and our aquaculture business on Manitoulin is growing according to our plans.”

“Over the next several months we’ll be doing our best to help the employees find other positions within Blue Goose,” said Mr. Lepine. He pointed out this relates to five employees on Manitoulin Island. “The secondary work is to transition the cattle, humanely, to other owners, on and off the Island.”

“We have a very bright future in fish, chicken and beef overall in the company, and for our operations on Manitoulin we want to put more of our focus on the aquaculture component,” said Mr. Lepine. He said that all five of the affected Blue Goose employees were informed of the decision on Thursday of last week.

Jim Martin will be leading the transition, said Mr. Lepine. He added, “all of this will not happen overnight, it will take a little bit of time.”

“On a positive note, to improve the efficiency of our aquaculture business we are investing on Burnt Island to restore and repair the pre-existing fish hatchery on the Purvis property,” continued Mr. Lepine. “In time, this will allow us to get closer to our dream of vertical integration of our fish operations on Manitoulin. In the first phase, the Burnt Island facility will allow us to farm fingerlings (fish) and will eventually transition to a fish hatchery. This Burnt Island operation will complement other aquaculture investments we have already made on Manitoulin.”

“The decision (on its Island beef operations) was tough—it was a hard decision to make and we are trying to redeploy all the employees across the rest of the business,” said Mr. Lepine. “Our focus right now is on the people involved and its animals.”

As for its ownership of Carter Bay and buildings such as the former Espanola and District Credit Union and the former V and S store in Gore Bay, Mr. Lepine said, “we haven’t made any concrete plans about what we are going to do with the buildings or the property. We will be winding down our beef operations and refocussing on aquaculture, but no decisions have been made as of yet on the property or buildings.


Mar 282014
Pan fried sea bream Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Pan fried sea bream
Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

A four-pronged action plan has been recommend in order to help promote aquaculture in the Mediterranean region.

This is the main finding to emerge from AQUAMED, a European Commission-funded project tasked with assisting the development of a cross-functional strategy for sustainable aquaculture research in the Mediterranean basin.

Coastal zones are of strategic importance to the EU and many European citizens live, holiday and work in these areas and they are a major source of our food and raw materials. Consequently, a knowledge-based strategy for the development of Mediterranean aquaculture is considered necessary and that is where AQUAMED comes in.  Read more …

Mar 282014

AquaVision logoThe world is not what it used to be. Perhaps more accurately, as French writer and philosopher Paul Valéry (1871-1945) suggested, “The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.” Volatility prevails, making it increasingly difficult to predict where market and business trends are headed. The challenge for any business is to be competitive and that is far more difficult when the rules of the game and the shape of the pitch keep changing.  Read more …

Mar 212014

AquaVision logoWell known innovation professor David Robertson to AquaVision 2014 in Stavanger, Norway, June 16-18, 2014.

In the aquaculture industry, there have traditionally been two main contributors to success; firstly, innovation that reduces costs and improves competitiveness; and secondly, market development investments that either increase demand by expanding the market geographically or that increase the number of products available to producers.

For many businesses, innovation is a guarantee of future success, but in the case of LEGO it came close to bringing its downfall. In 2003, despite having followed a path of intense innovation and successfully applying the advice of many experts, this globally iconic brand found itself virtually out of money and with a portfolio of products that was failing to win over consumers. At AquaVision 2014, Professor David Robertson will explain how LEGO turned its fortunes around to become one of the healthiest, most profitable and fastest growing companies in the toy industry today.

From 2002 through 2010, Professor David Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD). He is also the author of ‘Brick by Brick: How LEGO Reinvented its Innovation System and Conquered the Toy Industry’. Forbes nominated this book as the best business book of 2013.

About AquaVision

Since its beginning in 1996 AquaVision has developed as a leading meeting place for decision makers in modern aquaculture worldwide. Gathering around 450 top leaders from this food producing value chain, AquaVision sets the direction for future development in fish farming and other kinds of aquaculture.

Expected to attract a diverse range of stakeholders AquaVision 2014 will be the 10th World Aquaculture Business Conference.

AquaVision is a world-class aquaculture conference that attracts a diverse range of stakeholders to Stavanger every two years and will do so again 16-18 June 2014. The conference, organised by Skretting and its parent company Nutreco since 1996, has established itself as an important meeting place for some 450 participants from around 35 countries.

The theme for AquaVision 2014 is ‘Meeting tomorrow today’ and the two-day programme will discuss on the three main topics: “Feeding 9 billion people”, “The blue revolution” and “Beyond tomorrow”.

Mar 202014

Today at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), along with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and Rabobank, joined together for the first time in the US to demonstrate how the global farmed salmon industry is leading the way in changing current aquaculture business practices to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.  Read more …

Mar 052014

FIS_logoFor three consecutive years Honduras has been the first producer and exporter of tilapia. The country sent abroad 13 million pounds of tilapia in 2013, and this year the goal is to raise that amount to more than 21 million pounds, according to theSecretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG).

The United States is the main market for Honduran products. Last year it bought nearly all of the 18.4 million pounds of fresh fillets exported, for USD 65 million. The increase projected for this year would raise the revenue in USD 5 more million, said the head of the department of Artisanal Fisheries under the SAG, Miguel Suazo, according to La Tribuna newspaper.  Read more …

Mar 032014

FAO logoThe booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, FAO said today.

Global fishery production from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture is expected to set a new record in 2013 at 160 million tonnes, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year, while exports will reach $136 billion, according to preliminary data published ahead of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade meeting in Bergen, Norway, next week.

“The record trade figures reflect the strong growth in aquaculture output and the high prices for a number of species such as salmon and shrimp,” said Audun Lem, Chief of FAO’s Products, Trade and Marketing Branch. “This is underpinned by firm underlying demand for fish products from world markets.”  Read more …