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…

Jun 222012

TWIN FALLS – For Idaho’s trout producers it’s not finding new customers for their product that’s the greatest challenge; it’s producing enough fish to meet demand.

An informal clicker survey conducted during the Idaho Aquaculture Association, showed production to be the most limiting factor. That’s different than what catfish producers in Florida had indicated during a similar marketing workshop held the previous week. Read more …

Jun 202012

DEWEY BEACH — Aquaculture is taking off on the East Coast, but the only state that has no commercial shellfish aquaculture — the farming of a body of water for profit — is Delaware.

That’s something Chris Bason from the Center for the Inland Bays hopes to change.

Bason and a team of stakeholders are in the process of developing legislature to maximize aquaculture in the state without compromising the existing uses of the Inland Bays. They hope to have a draft ready for next spring’s General Assembly. Read more …

Jun 182012

A seaweed considered a threat to the healthy growth of coral reefs in Hawaii may possess the ability to produce substances that could one day treat human diseases, a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has revealed.

An analysis led by Hyukjae Choi, a postdoctoral researcher in William Gerwick’s laboratory at Scripps, has shown that the , a tiny known as a “cyanobacterium,” produces  that exhibit promise as anti-inflammatory agents and in combatting bacterial infections. The study is published in the May 25th issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology. Read more …

Jun 142012

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Assistance program provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.  SBA’s disaster loan program is activated in several types of disaster declarations.  With the enactment of Public Law 111-240, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, small enterprises engaged in aquaculture became eligible for economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) assistance.

EIDL’s are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, most private non-profit organizations and aquacultural enterprises that suffered financial losses as a direct result of a declared disaster.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.  Agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply to SBA.

Fortunately, Michigan is a state that has fewer disaster declarations than others.  Attached are press releases for SBA declarations made in conjunction with the Secretary of Agriculture that are still open.

Feb. 10 12-309 MI 13010 Disaster Low Interest Loans Available Sec Ag

Feb. 14 12-317 MI 13010 Disaster Low Interest Loans Available Sec Ag

Feb. 15 12-332 MI 13012 Disaster Low Interest Loans Available Sec Ag


Jun 132012

Stone Lab Workshops Still Open

College students, natural resources managers, and the general public can still take advantage of Stone Laboratory’s workshops this summer. With topics ranging from Outdoor Photography to Lake Erie Sport Fishing, there is a summer workshop for everyone at Stone Lab. Learn skills like larval fish and algae identification, fish sampling techniques, and management of algal toxins from professionals in short one-, two-, or three-day sessions. Some workshops even offer Environmental Protection Agency contact hours to natural resources professionals. Read more …