Feb 132013
 

One of the two Democratic congressmen announced as seeking the Massachusetts´ vacant U.S. Senate seat is urging the Commerce Department not to expand its jurisdiction to regulate aquaculture at a time “when it is failing its core fisheries mission to restore wild stocks, like cod, haddock and flounder.”

U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey of Malden, who, along with Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston, has declared for the special election race to fill the seat long held by John F. Kerry, wrote to Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to advise against any NOAA approval of a pending proposal to regulate a future aquaculture farm in the Gulf of Mexico under the terms of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.  Read more …

 

Also, read Dallas Weaver´s comment to the above article:

“Statements like: “the aquaculture revolution arrived in the U.S. too late for the kind of
dynamic expansion that was has occurred in third world waters” indicate a lack of understanding of aquaculture.  Much of the technology used around the world today originated in the US back in the 70’s and 80’s.  Everything from shrimp culture technology and zero discharge recycle systems to open ocean net pen culture and the use of vegan diets for carnivorous fish were US originated technologies.” Read more (in the above article´s sidebar).

Feb 122013
 

Efforts for national organic standards for aquaculture products are moving forward in USDA with increased attention by the National Organic Program. Work is also underway by the Aquaculture Work Group, created to assist the National Organic Standards Board in their recommendations for organic standards for aquaculture products, on petitions of essential materials to be added to the National List.

Some key highlights to know are: 1) the National Organic Standards Board has already recommended organic standards for the diversity of aquaculture products in the US (the first step); and 2)  the final step is public rulemaking by the USDA National Organic Program.

The National Organic Aquaculture Work Group (NOAWG) was created in 2004 as a broad coalition of interested individuals, companies and businesses supporting the development of national organic standards for aquaculture products in the US. In fact NOAWG submitted proposed organic standards to USDA in 2005.

NOAWG has scheduled an informal open meeting to continue dialogue, updates and planning activities as the public rulemaking process unfolds.  There is significant progress on moving toward a final rule for USDA national organic standards for aquaculture products. This meeting is scheduled in the afternoon on the same day after a special half-day technical session on organic aquaculture during the morning.

When: February 23 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Where: Belmont One Room at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel connected to the Convention Center

Special attendees include Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of USDA National Organic Program; Mark Bradley, Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of National Organic Program; and George Lockwood, chair of Aquaculture Working Group.

Persons interested in organic standards are invited to attend and can be added to the NOAWG mail group for future communications on this subject by sending a request to Gary Jensen at:gjensen@nifa.usda.gov

With activity picking up, now is an ideal time to join this coalition and help move this issue forward in USDA.

Feb 122013
 

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/aquacomgroup.com

Industry demand for the “sustainable seafood” label, issued by the Marine Stewardship Council, is increasing. But some environmentalists fear fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble — or when there’s not enough information to know the impact on the oceans.

To read more about NPR´s three part series, click here.

Feb 072013
 

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Jan. 14, 2013) – Across the globe, pond production is the most common form of aquaculture. For those thinking about venturing into such a production system or those who want to brush up skills, Kentucky Cooperative Extension will offer two winter workshops, Basic Aquaculture and Aquaculture Production Systems. “Both workshops should give attendees a solid grasp about what can be done with properly constructed, well-managed ponds, as well as several other production technologies used in aquaculture,” said William Wurts, Kentucky State University senior state specialist for aquaculture.

Welcome and sign-in for Aquaculture Basics, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, will begin at 8:45 a.m. CT Feb. 16, with presentations starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. Speakers will include Wurts, Forrest Wynne, state specialist for aquaculture in Graves County, and Bob Durborow, KSU professor and state specialist for aquaculture.

Wurts will speak about fundamental requirements for successful pond aquaculture, providing attendees with a basic understanding about the relationship among pond productivity, feeding and aeration. He will also discuss essential aspects of water quality. Wynne will discuss fee fishing or pay lake management, including regulations, fish care, stocking rates, pond construction, water quality and aquatic plant management, all of which, he said, are important for a successful operation. He will also discuss pond management for sport fishing. “Good facility management is essential for customer satisfaction, and customer satisfaction is essential for success,” he said. Durborow will cover the prevention and control of fish diseases.

Sign-in for Aquaculture Production Systems, at the KSU Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort, begins at 8:15 a.m. ET March 2. Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m., continuing until noon. Speakers will include Wurts, Wynne, Durborow, KSU researcher Shawn Coyle and Charlie Shultz, a KSU graduate student in aquaculture. Shultz is originally from St. Croix, where he researched aquaponics for 13 years at the University of the Virgin Islands. Aquaponics involve the production of edible plants in combination with fish or other aquatic animals.

Wurts will discuss the essentials of pond production, as well as the use of airlift pumps. Wynne will provide a basic overview of fish production in cages, net pens and flow-through raceway systems, as well as addressing facility site selection, water quality, fish species, diseases and other fish culture issues. Coyle will cover recirculating aquaculture systems, which are the newest systems in fish farming production.  “While the costs associated with constructing recirculating aquaculture systems are typically higher than either pond or cage culture, when managed properly, these systems can produce fish on a year-round basis and can be sited in close proximity to urban markets,” he said. Durborow will cover the prevention and control of fish disease. He will also present an update on Aquaflor, the newest medicated feed on the market.

Kentucky Cooperative Extension will also offer an aquatic plant and algae-control training program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Feb. 15 in Princeton and March 1 ET at the KSU Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Topics to be discussed include aquatic plant and algae identification, methods of control and herbicide and algaecide use. The program will emphasize proper chemical selection, application techniques, applicator safety and record keeping.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved this aquatic weed control program for 3 specific hours for category 5 credit and 2 general hours for categories 10 and 12.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but to be assured of receiving workshop printed materials, those wishing to attend should contact either Wurts at 270-365-7541, ext. 200 or wwurts@uky.edu or Wynne at 270-247-2334 or fwynne@email.uky.edu.

Feb. 16, 2013:  Basic Aquaculture

Basic Aquaculture– Wurts (60 min)

Pay Lakes – Wynne (30 min)

Pond Mgt – Wynne (30 min)

Durborow?

March 02, 2013:  Aquaculture Production Systems (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Ponds – Wurts (20 min)

Cages — Wynne(20 min)

Airlift Pumps – Wurts(20 min)

Recirculating  Systems – Coyle (30 min)

Aquaponics – Shultz (30 min)

Raceways – Wynne (30min)

Disease Challenges – Durborow (30 min)

Dr. Bill Wurts
http://www.ca.uky.edu/wkrec/Wurtspage.htm
Extension Aquaculture Specialist
Kentucky State University CAFSSS
Univ. of KY Research & Education Center
1205 Hopkinsville Street
PO Box 469
Princeton, KY  42445
Phone:  (270) 365 – 7541 ext. 200
FAX:  (270) 365 – 2667

Contact:
William Wurts, 270-365-7541, ext. 200
Forrest Wynne, 270-247-2334
Robert Durborow, 502-597-6581

Feb 062013
 

The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in West Virginia has been experimenting with large-scale, on land salmon farming. The private non-profit is ready to release a report on its findings soon. Steven Summerfelt is the Institute’s director of Aquaculture Systems Research………………….

See url for full story and podcast of interview.

http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningsaintjohn/2013/02/04/report-on-viability-of-land-farmed-salmon-expected/

Feb 052013
 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today in the Federal Register1 a reorganization for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) program that was implemented on October 1, 2012. Under the reorganization, the Office of Foods is now the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, led by Michael Taylor, the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

The Office of Foods was created in 2009 to elevate leadership on food and feed safety and to reflect the vision that success on food and feed safety requires an integrated approach that leverages resources. This reorganization will further the integration that has already been achieved and better position the program to implement the FVM Strategic Plan for 2012-20162 and the Food Safety Modernization Act, which emphasizes a systematic approach to risk-based priority setting and resource allocation.

Under the reorganization, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), led by Michael Landa, and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), led by Bernadette Dunham, continue to report to Deputy Commissioner Taylor and remain the major operating units with responsibility for leading operations and regulatory policy development in their respective areas.

The reorganization includes the following changes within the immediate office of the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine:

The position of Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine is established, with Linda Tollefson serving as the full deputy to the Deputy Commissioner.

The Office of Resource Planning and Strategic Management, under the leadership of Erik Mettler, is established to provide a focal point and leadership for risk-based priority setting and resource allocation as well as budget formulation and other strategic management topics, working in collaboration with CFSAN, CVM and the Office of Regulatory Affairs.

The Office of Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) now resides within the immediate office, led by Kathleen Gensheimer, Chief Medical Officer.

The Communications and Public Engagement Staff is created, led by Sharon Natanblut, to provide leadership for advancing the public’s understanding of the program’s actions, decisions, research, initiatives, and other efforts.

The position of Chief Science Officer/Research Director has been created to lead and integrate laboratory and research and methods development activities and to lead collaboration with the external research community. David White is currently acting in the position.

The Executive Secretariat Staff is established to unify executive secretariat support for FVM program leadership. The position is currently vacant.

In addition, below are additional senior managers in the immediate office and their responsibilities:

Camille Brewer, Director of International Affairs-Coordinates and manages significant international matters internally and externally, working with other U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and international organizations.

Rebecca Buckner, FSMA Chief Implementation Manager – responsible for managing the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Jeff Farrar, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Partnerships-With colleagues from ORA, CVM and CFSAN, provides leadership on FDA initiatives to build a national integrated food safety system with state and local governments and managers high-level interagency issues at the Federal level.

Jessica Leighton, Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science and Policy-Provides scientific, policy and strategic expertise on nutrition issues, leading new initiatives and overseeing intra- and interagency activities.

Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy- Manages policy development, coordination, and implementation of cross cutting and high profile issues, ensuring consistency of approach across programs.

The January 28, 2013 CFSAN Constituent Update is posted at:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm336983.htm

The January 24, 2013 Prepublication Federal Register Notice is posted at: 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-01815.pdf

* The official Notice is expected to be published on January 29 at:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR

 

Feb 042013
 

Second Phase of CFIA Import & Certification Programs to be Implemented on February 4, 2013

On February 4, 2013 the new Canadian Food Inspection Agency requirements for an import permit and animal health certificate, takes effect for a variety of aquatic commodities that are intended for importation into Canada. These second-phase requirements are focused on ornamental species, and feed for aquatic animals, that is intended for importation into Canada. The new regulatory requirements will directly apply to, and impact commercial and private aquariums, pet stores, private individual hobbyists, research and diagnostic laboratories, Universities and colleges using animals for educational use, and animals intended for shows and exhibitions.

This phase of implementing regulations was required by December 10, 2011 amendments to the Canadian Health of Animals Act.  A transition policy was adopted by CFIA to allow importers and exporters enough time to prepare for the new requirements, and allow a phase-in over a 12-month period.

The first phase of regulations for high risk commodities being imported into Canada for culture, such as eggs and animals like baitfish, became effective on December 10, 2012.  This next phase will become effective on February 4, 2013. The last phase will be implemented on April 8, 2013 and will mostly include those commodities that are destined for direct human consumption.

These amendments were made to strengthen the Canadian Government’s National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP) and safeguard Canadian industries. The new legislation made it mandatory for individuals wanting to export aquatic animals and their products to Canada, to apply for and obtain an import permit for finfish, crustaceans and molluscs that are susceptible to diseases that are reportable to CFIA. The species and the diseases that they are susceptible to, are listed at http://tinyurl.com/ajbaohg.

Every shipment of aquatic animals that are affected by the new regulations will require an import permit and an official zoosanitary export certificate, endorsed by the competent authority in the country of export. For shipments from the United States, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection will need to be issued by a USDA Accredited veterinarian, and can only be endorsed by a USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) official. Exporters in the U.S. should also contact the USDA-APHIS National Center for Import and Export and the appropriate APHIS Area Veterinarian-in-Charge for assistance (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export).

Individuals wanting to import aquatic species into Canada are strongly encouraged to apply for their import permits well in advance, and should contact their respective CFIA Area Office listed athttp://tinyurl.com/93k65zc. Individuals are also encouraged to enquire and implement the necessary measures and steps to ensure to meet the new Canadian import requirements, and obtain the necessary export certificate in time for each shipment.  More information on Canadian import requirements are available on the CFIA’s website at http://tinyurl.com/baqrkgt.

The relevant portion of the Health of Animals Regulations (CRC, c. 296) that these requirement relate to, are available at http://tinyurl.com/bksvm6l.

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Feb 012013
 


Trondheim, 28 January 2013
Aqua Nor partners with ACG

In order to better serve customers in North America, Aqua Nor has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Aquaculture Communications Group (ACG) in Canada and the United States, which has been designated Official North American Partner for Aqua Nor 2013. 

“By partnering with ACG, we hope to attract more visitors from Canada, the USA, Mexico and other countries in the Caribbean and Central America region, and to serve our customers in this region better” says Erik Hempel, Director of Communications for the Nor-Fishing Foundation, which owns and operates the aquaculture technology exhibition Aqua Nor. 

Aqua Nor is today the largest aquaculture technology exhibition in the world, and has been held in Trondheim, Norway, every other years since 1979. It is expected that about 500 – 550 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will participate in this year’s exhibition, which is held 13 – 16 August 2013. Between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors from over 60 countries are expected to attend the event. 

“Modern North American cold-water aquaculture is to a large extent built on the science and technology developed for salmon farming in Norway,” comments Tor-Eddie Fossbakk, senior partner in ACG. “But over the years, the exhibition has developed into a much more comprehensive show that also focuses on other species and associated technologies. Consequently, it is very important for operators and investors from North America to attend this event to see new technologies and practices that they can adapt to their operations here. Aqua Nor is not ‘just a salmon farmers event’, it is a global aquaculture business, science and technology event.”

ACG is renowned for bringing ideas, people, and solutions together to enable innovation and successful business development. It is now recruiting participants for a number of tour options associated with the Aqua Nor event, for details please visit www.aquacomgroup.com and go to Tours or click here to download the Aqua Nor Tour brochure. 

ACG is also preparing half-day & full-day tours for Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 August, to enable show participants to visit facilities in the Trondheim area; information will be provided on the Aqua Nor website.

ACG will be at Aquaculture 2013 in Nashville, USA on 21-25 February 2013 (booth # 521) and at the International Boston Seafood Show on 10-12 March 2013 (booth # 1445) to hand out information and talk to delegates about Aqua Nor and the many planned activities. 

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Erik Hempel, Director of Communications, The Nor-Fishing Foundation.
Tel.: +47 9084 1124. E-mail: erik.hempel@hempelco.com 
Mr. Tor-Eddie Fossbakk, Senior Partner, Aquaculture Communications Group.
Tel.: +1 248 305 9339. E-mail: tor-eddie@aquacomgroup.com 
Mr. Dave Conley, Senior Partner, Aquaculture Communications Group.
Tel: +1 613 294 3078. E-mail: dave@aquacomgroup.com
Dec 122012
 

Please note that the following program refers to land.  The program manager has provided the following clarificatio regarding aquaculture production systems as subsistence or cash crop farming.  Clarification: the use of the term ‘land’ although not specifically stated does include aquaculture production systems for smallholders to support subsistence or cash crop farming. Eligible aquaculture production systems can range from fish ponds on land to bivalve shellfish in coastal waters to cage culture systems in aquatic environments. Please note that the eligible countries are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. All proposals must include foreign collaborators and may not exceed two years. Funding may be allocated to foreign collaborators through sub-awards.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamilah Fagbene in the Office of Capacity Building and Development of the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service at 202 720 3160; e-mail: Jamilah.Fagbene@FAS.USDA.gov

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking research grant funding applications from State, Local and Tribal governments, public and private institutions of higher education, nonprofits and for profit organizations, and others for its Scientific Cooperation Research Program which is intended to support applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that aim to address challenges faced by smallholder farmers [farmers that own or lease less than 124 acres of land] in emerging economies. This land must be used to support subsistence or cash crop farming. All proposals should address one of the three focus areas: improving agricultural productivity, creating sustainable agricultural systems, or building regional or global trade capacities. All proposals should also utilize the scientific communities’ accumulated knowledge and technologies to help aid in developing ‘practical’ solutions to these challenges. All proposals must include foreign collaborations and may not exceed two years. USDA FAS anticipates having approximately $160,000 in total available grant funds for the program in Fiscal Year 2013 with and Award Ceiling of $40,000. Applications are due by January 4, 2013.

See below for full details.

The November 26, 2012 USDA FAS Grant Funding Announcement is posted at:
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=208193

The full Request for Applications will be posted at:
http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/SCRP/default.asp

Questions may be directed to Jamilah Fagbene in the Office of Capacity Building and Development of the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service at 202 720 3160; e-mail: Jamilah.Fagbene@FAS.USDA.gov

Summary:

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces the availability of funding through cost reimbursable agreements for the Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The objective of SCRP is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that aim to address challenges faced by smallholder farmers in emerging economies. All proposals should focus on addressing agricultural challenges to smallholders. The definition of smallholders differs between countries and agro-ecological zones. For the purposes of this announcement smallholders, as defined by the World Bank, are farmers that own or lease less than 124 acres of land (less than 50 hectares). This land must be used to support subsistence or cash crop farming. All proposals should address one of the three focus areas: improving agricultural productivity, creating sustainable agricultural systems, or building regional or global trade capacities. All proposals should also utilize the scientific communities’ accumulated knowledge and technologies to help aid in developing “practical” solutions to these challenges. All proposals must include foreign collaborations and may not exceed two years. Funding may be allocated to foreign collaborators through sub-awards. Priority consideration will be given to: Minority Serving Institutions (MSI),proposals focused on challenges faced by women, proposals with cost-share. Total funding per project may not exceed $40,000 for duration of project.

 

Dec 112012
 

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

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/aquatic-animals/imports/new-regulatory-requirements/harmonized-codes/eng/1354247636615/1354247711295

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

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/animal_canada.shtml

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.