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Oct 292014

The first shellfish aquaculture project permitted in federal waters off the U.S. east coast is expected to begin operating next spring.  Scientists and fishermen are partnering on this project to grow blue mussels within a 30-acre area in Nantucket Sound. They hope to create new jobs in the region and satisfy consumer demand for local seafood, without posing risks to vulnerable marine life such as whales and sea turtles.

NOAA Fisheries supported research in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to test the technology for this project.  Scientists found that mussels grow rapidly and have a high survival rate using this technology.  For the current project, the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized installation of the structures needed to grow the mussels.  NOAA Fisheries provided technical advice to the Corps, during the project design, to help minimize risks to whales, sea turtles and other marine life. Read more …

Oct 222014

The Fish Site logoIn a new study, Hansa Done, PhD candidate, and Rolf Halden, PhD, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, examine antibiotic content in the rapidly expanding world of global aquaculture.

Ms Done and Mr Halden measured the presence of antibiotics in shrimp, salmon, catfish, trout, tilapia and swai, originating from 11 countries. Data showed traces of five of the 47 antibiotics evaluated.

The research findings and a discussion of their implications appear in the current issue of the Journal of Hazardous Materials. Read more … us online casinos echeck

Oct 152014

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University is continuing our webinar series “Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development.” Webinars feature technology that has been developed by the 12 North Central land-grants and all our webinars are free to anyone interested. The primary goal is to help disseminate information regarding new innovations in agriculture. The secondary goal is to help generate potential intermediate/end user feedback for technology developers.

NCRCRD´s next webinar is about efforts directed at improving animal health, nutrition, and production efficiency in aquaculture. video bingo online

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Title: Prairie AquaTech:  Improving animal health, nutrition, and production efficiency.
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM ET/11:30 AM CT

Description: Roughly two-thirds of the world’s major fish stocks are currently fished at or above capacity. To keep pace with global demand, about half of all seafood consumed is now farmed. Without aquaculture, the UN FAO reports the world will face a significant seafood shortage by 2030. This has led to a significant demand for sustainable aquaculture feedstuffs and health supplements, which is the largest operating cost for aquaculture production. Prairie AquaTech specializes in new microbial approaches to aquaculture and other animal feeds and health supplements, and has developed a process that will replace more expensive natural resources currently being used in animal feeds, such as fishmeal. Their current research focus is optimizing feed and health supplement formulations and conducting feeding trials to produce high protein feed ingredient replacers that are lower cost, blend-ready to meet species-specific nutrient requirements, and provide immune system enhancement.  Prairie AquaTech is currently producing 1 ton of product per day at its pilot scale facility and is conducting animal feeding trials throughout the world.  The next step is to break ground on a 15,000-ton commercial plant, which will provide product to feed manufacturers in the animal health industry.

About the presenters:

Dr. Bill Gibbons is a Professor of Biology and Microbiology at South Dakota State University and Chief Scientific Officer, Processing, at Prairie AquaTech.

Dr. Mike Brown is a Distinguished Professor of Fisheries Science at South Dakota State University and Chief Scientific Officer, Nutrition, at Prairie AquaTech.

Mark Luecke is the Chief Executive Officer at Prairie AquaTech.

To access the free webinar on Tuesday 10/21, go to: and select “Enter as a Guest.” You will then be directed to the MSU Adobe Connect page. Currently, a flyer for the upcoming webinar is posted on the page. If you need technical assistance accessing the page, please contact MSU Adobe Connect at:  (517) 355-2345 or 1-800-500-1554.

Also, if you have any questions about the webinar, please contact:

John Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Center for Economic Analysis, and
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
Michigan State University
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 207
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1039
Office Phone: (517) 353-2129

Oct 102014

Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

“These grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce and USDA Rural Development will look into the business potential for Delaware shellfish aquaculture,” said Carper. “Oyster farming is a win-win for Delaware, since oysters improve water quality and farming will create another local industry that provides jobs. There is good work being done in Delaware by both public and private partners, and these grants will help further that research.”  Read more …

Oct 062014

The Fish Site logoHeart disease is the biggest avoidable killer in the United States of America and it costs the US economy around $273 billion to treat. Here, Linda Cornish, Executive Director, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, speaks to Lucy Towers, Editor, about the importance of seafood for improving the health of America and the role aquaculture plays in increasing fish consumption. Read more …

Oct 022014

USDA_logoThe 2013 Census of Aquaculture expanded the aquaculture data collected from the 2012 Census of Agriculture and provides a current and comprehensive picture of the aquaculture sector at the state and national level. The aquaculture census collects detailed information relating to production methods, surface water acres and sources, production, sales, point of first sale outlets, and aquaculture distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes.

To read the full census, please click here!

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Oct 012014

Seafood Source logoInternational Coffee Day (29 September) wasn’t truly necessary yesterday to inspire massive consumption of the world’s most beloved caffeinated beverage. The sun rising typically takes care of that.

Sadly, not every food or beverage enjoys such universal adoration (read: addiction) that established purveyors can simply give the stuff away to enthusiasts, hoping such a gesture will engender some brand loyalty. Take seafood, which has its own month (in the United States, at least) and is still plunging in popularity, based on a U.S. per-capita consumption rate showing a 13 percent decline over the past decade (16.6 pounds in 2004 to 14.4 pounds in 2013).  Read more …

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Longtime fish farmer and former Villa Organic CEO Johan Andreassen is planning a bet on inland farming of Atlantic salmon in the United States.

Now the chairman of Norway-based Atlantic Sapphire, Andreassen is in the permitting process for a $250 million-$300m salmon farm in Homestead, Florida, capable of producing 30,000 metric tons a year of whole gutted Atlantic salmon for the US market.  Read more …

Sep 172014

The new 2014 edition of the American Fisheries Society, Fish Health Section Blue Book is now available online and in open access format.  This was a major step to ensure that this useful reference on aquatic animal disease detection, diagnostics and inspection methods is available for everyone to use.  The new edition can be accessed by the following link: usa online casinos for android red32 mobile casino

The 2014 edition has three new chapters in the Diagnostics section including:

-Electron Microscopy for Diagnostic Virology

Also updates have been made to the chapters on Viral Erythrocytic Necrosis Virus, Motile Aeromonas Septicemia and the Bacterial Flow Chart. In the Inspection Section, the Myxobolus cerebralis chapter was amended to add a final extension cycle step to the PCR protocol listed on page 12.

Thank you to Maureen Purcell for her effort to make this new edition available online!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Nicholas B. D. Phelps, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Fisheries Research and Extension
AFS-FHS Fish Health Inspector
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-7450
Fax: 612-624-8707

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Sep 052014

NOAA Fisheries logoThe purpose of the Gulf Aquaculture Plan is to maximize benefits to the Nation by establishing a regional permitting process to manage the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Gulf Aquaculture Plan would allow up to 20 offshore aquaculture operations to be permitted in federal waters of the Gulf over a 10-year period.

The proposed rule was published on August 28, 2014.  The rule is available for a 60-day comment period, which closes on October 27, 2014.  For information on how to comment on the rule see the ‘Proposed Rule’ section below.  Read more …