Dec 112012

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) just announced the phased-in enforcement of the new Canadian import regulations for aquatic animals at:

Additional information about the requirements for these commodities can be found on the APHIS web site at:

Aquatic Animals

  • Diagnostic Methods for Exports to Canada – November 2012 (pdf 16kb)
  • For more information please contact:

    Dr. Christa Speekmann with APHIS National Center for Import and Exports
    (NCIE) Animals Export staff (301) 851- 3300, Option 2.

    Dec 102012

    For the spring 2013 semester, the Kentucky State University Division of Aquaculture will be offering four online classes. These include Fish Genetics, Fish Disease, Principles of Aquaculture, and Water Quality Management. They are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information is available online at: and on the website Aquaculture at Kentucky State University

    Also, if you have questions please contact Dr. Jim Tidwell ( or Nathan Cochran (


    Dec 032012

    The National Aquaculture Association and the United Soybean Board are presenting a free webinar – Understanding Seafood Certification Programs.

    The United States aquaculture industry is comprised mainly of small growers who face a variety of challenges in marketing their products.  With the recent proliferation of certification programs, the marketplace has become confused.  Are certification programs worth the additional costs?  Do certification programs resonate with corporate buyers?  What about consumers?  How do certification programs measure up to U.S. regulatory standards for sustainability and food safety?

    Although there is increasing interest in sourcing products locally, retail and foodservice buyers are concerned about projecting a sense of corporate responsibility, side-stepping controversy, and avoiding litigation while keeping prices low.  Many of those buyers have resorted to certification programs.  How can a small grower meet those challenges?  Please join us at this free National Aquaculture Association webinar to learn more about certification programs and how to position your products in the marketplace.

    Date:  December 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. Central Time
    Duration: 60 minutes


    Dr. Carole Engle has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University.  She is currently Director of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  Carole is extremely well-respected as an authority in marketing farm-raised seafood products.  She publishes and lectures extensively in the area of aquaculture economics and marketing.

    Dr. Nathan Stone has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aquaculture from Auburn University.  He is currently an Extension Fisheries Specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  He has extensive experience teaching aquaculture courses in the United States and Central America as well as Peace Corps experience in the Philippines.

    Linda O’Dierno has over 25 years of experience working with the fish and seafood industry and is currently the Outreach Specialist for the National Aquaculture Association. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator of Fish and Seafood Development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and was a Regional Seafood Specialist with New York Sea Grant.

    To Attend: click on the link or go to the following url:

    You may want to go to the website the day before this event to make sure your system is adequate for this webinar and to load Saba Centra to your computer.

    Nov 302012

    Here is the link to the main page for the recordings and power points as well as the individual links.  All in all it turned out very well.  Special thanks to Vanessa Weldon for setting it up and getting everyone organized.

    Day 1- Introduction to Aquaculture (recording)

    Aquaculture: What is it? Is it important? Why should I care? – David Cline, Auburn University

    Business planning and economics – Matt Parker, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension

    Day 2 – Pond Culture (recording)

    Pond Culture – Forrest Wynne, Kentucky State University

    Recreational Pond Management (Bass/Bream) – Russell Wright, Auburn University

    Aquatic Plant Management – Gary Burtle, University of Georgia

    Day 3 – Species Culture (recording)

    Yellow Perch – Laura Tiu, Ohio State University

    Sunfish – Charles Hicks, Lincoln University

    Walleye – Allen Pattillo, Iowa State University

    Clam Culture – Joshua Reitsma, Woods Hole Sea Grant Program

    Oyster Culture – Vanessa Weldon, eXtension

    Day 4 – Aquaponics (recording)

    Aquaponics – Patricia Duncan, Fort Valley State University

    For more information:

    David J. Cline, Ph.D.
    Extension Aquaculturist
    203 Swingle Hall
    Auburn University, AL 36849
    Phone: 334-844-2874 (office)
    Fax:  334-844-0830

    Nov 282012

    USDA NIFA logoFDA is seeking grant applications from State, Local and Native American tribal governments, public and private institutions of higher education, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, and others for high quality, small scientific conferences defined as a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually to exchange information and explore a defined subject, issue, or area of concern impacting the public’s health within the scope of the FDA’s mission. The amount of financial assistance requested from FDA may not exceed $50,000. Applications are due by October 15; January 15; April 15; July 15, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

    See below for more details.

    The November 15, 2012 FDA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at:

    The Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at;

    Contact: Questions may be directed to the following individuals:
    Stephanie D. Bogan who is a Grants Management Specialist with the Grants and Assistance Agreements Team of the FDA Office of Acquisitions and Grants by e-mail
    Lisa Ko who is with the same office as above at 301 827 5095;

    Nov 132012

    USDA NIFA logoMedicated feeds are a common mechanism used in the veterinary and animal industries to treat large numbers of animals to treat or prevent therapeutic conditions and enhance production.  A workshop entitled Drugs for Use in Animal Feeds will be held on May 22-23, 2013 in conjunction with the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) Biennial symposium.  The workshop is designed to provide interested parties with basic knowledge on the new animal drug approval process specifically relating to medicated feeds.  Participants will have an opportunity for clarification on what, exactly, is a medicated feed and how it differs from other dosage form new animal drugs.  Topics for discussion include manufacturing requirements, labeling, combination drugs, and developing data for substantial evidence of effectiveness.  Finally, participants will have a forum opportunity to ask FDA/CVM specific questions to help clarify their specific needs.

    Additional information may be obtained from the AAVPT website ( under upcoming meetings.

    Oct 172012

    USDA NIFA logoUPDATE: Canada Will Begin Enforcement of New Aquatic Animal Import Regulations as of December 10, 2012.

    The three U.S. federal agencies that function as Competent Authorities for exported aquatic animals (the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [USDA-APHIS]; the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service [NOAA Fisheries]; and the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS]) have worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on specific export requirements that will facilitate continued US trade in aquatic animals and products with Canada.

    As of December 10, 2012, each shipment must be accompanied by an import permit issued from CFIA and a health certificate from APHIS.

    The regulated species and the diseases of concern are at the link below:

    Two health certificates are nearly finalized and will be available in early November.

    Specific attestations for “Aquatic Animals and Germplasm Intended for Culture” and “Live Ornamental Aquatic Animals Intended for Commercial Aquarium use in CLOSED Premises in Canada” are available below”.

    Additionally, APHIS is working closely with CFIA to establish zones of equal disease health status and compartmentalization (management) equivalence programs to facilitate trade and provide alternative means for US exporters to meet CFIA requirements. APHIS anticipates some of these options will be available in 2013.

    Background: On December 22, 2010, CFIA published changes to the Canadian Health of Animals Regulations andReportable Diseases Regulations. These changes resulted in new import controls for aquatic animals that are listed in Schedule III of the regulations, covering hundreds of aquatic animal species. New phased-in import requirements for these animals will include the need for importers in Canada to obtain an import permit issued from CFIA, and for shipments of listed aquatic animals to be accompanied by a zoosanitary (health) certificate issued in the country of origin. This effort is focused on preventing the introduction, and/or spread within Canada, of certain animal diseases.

    The new regulations and list of regulated aquatic species (finfish, mollusk, and crustacean), developed in a context of end-purposes and aquatic animal diseases can be found below:

    CFIA had delayed the enforcement of the changes to their Health of Animals Regulations and Reportable Diseases Regulations until December 10, 2012. Because of the potential for significant impact on international trade in aquatic animals, CFIA has implemented a Stream of Commerce Policy to facilitate trade during a transition to enforcement period between December 10, 2011 and December 10, 2012.

    Additional information regarding the Stream of Commerce Policy can be found at:

    Until December 10, 2012, U.S. exporters may ship aquatic animals listed in Schedule III without an import permit and zoosanitary/health certificate. However, exporters should be aware that the additional delay of enforcement does not eliminate the need to eventually comply with Canada’s new regulations, and should carefully review the information at the website above to determine the relevance of these changes for their exported aquatic animals. Exporters are encouraged to work with their Canadian import counterparts regarding the exact import conditions that will come into effect for their specific exports in December 2012.

    For concerns or questions regarding specific exports, please contact the appropriate offices below:

    • Live aquatic animals intended for relay or rearing in Canada: please contact APHIS National Center for Import and Exports (NCIE) Animals Export staff (301) 851- 3300, Option 2.
    • Aquatic animals intended for direct retail or human consumption: please contact NOAA Seafood Inspection Program at (800) 422-2750.
    • Aquatic products for bait and pet food: please contact APHIS NCIE Products staff at (301) 851- 3300, Option 6.
    Sep 252012

    Knowing of your interest in sustainable seafood, I want to call your attention to two features we posted online today.

    First, a short video that provides a nice overview of the status of aquaculture in the United States and its relevance to sustainable fisheries and domestic seafood supplies.

    NOAA and the USDA have mutually released a final report detailing options for alternative ingredients for aquaculture feeds. The report contains 20 findings and recommendations, and profiles seven case studies that feature promising research on alternatives and how they are being used. Entitled ‘The Future of Aquafeeds,’ this report is part of the NOAA-USDA Alternative Feeds Initiative, launched in 2007 to identify and develop alternative dietary ingredients that will reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil in feeds while still maintaining the important human health benefits of farmed seafood.

    Jun 252012

    After a period of severe downturns as a result of declining demand and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Fish and Seafood Aquaculture industry revenue will marginally improve over the next five years. As the economy begins to recover, consumers will choose to eat out more and make healthier food choices (under which seafood falls in comparison to other meats), driving industry demand. Still, the industry will continue to be threatened by imports and competition from wild fisheries and cheaper and more popular sources of lean protein, such as chicken. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Fish and Seafood Aquaculture industry to its growing industry report collection. Read more…