Aug 262014

Florida Aquaculture, a startup, approached the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) several years ago for funding, and I happened to be in the audience that night. My curiosity was piqued as to what they had on their drawing board.

They referred to their operation as the “future of farming” and anything to do with the future catches my interest. They explained that they were starting a shrimp farm using only the best feeds, growing them from hatchlings to full sized sushi-grade translucent shrimp. So in May of this year when we received an invitation for a private tour, we jumped at the opportunity.  Read more …


USDA NIFA logoScientists from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service and the USDOI/Fish and Wildlife Service, have revised and added additional ingredients to Nutrient Digestibility Database.  The project started in 2005 and is designed to evaluate traditional, new or modified feed ingredients for the availability of nutrients to rainbow trout and hybrid striped bass.  All the experiments include diets manufactured under commercial conditions (cooking extrusion) and standardized methods so comparisons over time and among ingredients can be made. A more detailed explanation of the projects purpose, methods and results can be found in an excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from:

The information includes pages for: Project Description, Procedures, Reference Diet Formulations, Nutrient Composition of Ingredients, Apparent Digestibility Coefficients (ADC’s) Trout, ADC’s Hybrid Striped Bass, Total and Digestible Nutrients Trout, Total and Digestible Nutrients Hybrid Striped Bass, ADC’s grouped by type of Ingredient for Trout, Anti-nutrients for some ingredients, Acknowledgements, and Contacts for further information.

Aug 132014

A $20 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant will establish a Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program in Maine. The multi-institutional, public-private partnership led by UMaine, in collaboration with the University of New England and other institutions in Maine, will use the state’s 3,500-mile coastline as a living laboratory to study physical oceanography, biophysical, biogeochemical, socioeconomic and policy interactions that have local, bioregional, national and global implications.  Read more …

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A new 285-page illustrated manual, the Northeastern U.S. Aquaculture Management Guide, has just been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center. Edited by Tessa L. Getchis, Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension aquaculture specialist, the manual is a wealth of useful information on potential hazards for those who grow fish, shellfish, and seaweed.  Twenty-five aquaculture extension professionals and many researchers, aquatic animal health professionals and farmers contributed to the information presented in this volume.

Every year, the aquaculture industry experiences economic losses due to diseases, pests, adverse weather, or operational mishaps.  This manual identifies many specific risks to help seafood growers identify, manage and correct production-related problems. The guide also includes monitoring and record-keeping protocols and a list of aquaculture extension professional contacts that can help when there is a problem.

The publication was made possible by funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) to the Northeast Aquaculture Extension Network.

It is available for download in PDF format at:

For further information, please contact:

Tessa L. Getchis, M.S.
Extension Educator – Aquaculture, Shellfisheries
Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension
University of Connecticut
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6048
860-405-9104 (phone)
860-405-9109 (FAX)




NOAA Fisheries logoGood morning!  It’s been an exciting few months—and not just at the World Cup.  I want to take a moment and share with you some recent announcements and update you on the progress we’ve made in collaboration with our partners on both the science and management of aquaculture.

Recent administration announcements highlight a common vision for aquaculture in the Federal Government and NOAA’s work in supporting this vision. Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research. The Plan will guide federal aquaculture research and describes ways the government working with partners can help advance and expand domestic interests in aquaculture. The Plan was a multi-year collaboration developed by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A), formerly called the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture, in which NOAA Fisheries  and the National Sea Grant Program play integral roles. Jeff Silverstein of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and I co-chaired a team of scientists from several federal agencies. Thanks again for all of the public comments we received last year on the draft.  Read more …

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Jul 212014

July 21, 2014 – Since announcing its formation six months ago at the Aquaculture Americas Conference in Seattle, the Coalition of U.S. Seafood Production (CUSP) has found that there is certainly strength in numbers when advocating as a unified industry. Coalition members have met twice with federal agencies and legislators in Washington, D.C. this spring to support government action to grow domestic aquaculture, and they are optimistic about progress made to date. usa online casinos illegal usa online casinos illegal

“CUSP has already had an impact,” said Don Kent, President of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. “There has been a lack of cohesiveness in the aquaculture industry with the different players not talking to each other. CUSP was conceptualized as representing a horizontally and vertically integrated business community, spanning different aquaculture methods and seafood species, and the entire supply stream — feed and equipment companies, fish farmers, seafood distributors, retailers and restaurants. CUSP is the aquaculture industry in a nutshell – and your voice gets heard more effectively the larger the group represented.”

In March, a group of CUSP members, including representatives from the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA), Icicle Seafoods, Bell Aquaculture, and the Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA), met in Washington, D.C. with newly appointed NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan. The group urged for finalization of the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, which was approved by the Gulf Regional Fisheries Council and sent to NOAA in 2009. Although the agency could not specify when the Plan would be finalized at the meeting, one week later the Plan was released to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, a critical step in finalization.

The group also met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who encouraged CUSP to work on public/private partnerships for aquaculture demonstration projects. This subject was further discussed with Dr. Jo Handesman, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

At a follow-up meeting with the OSTP in May, CUSP members, including representatives from the SAA, MAA, Zeigler Feed and Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, had further discussions about a workshop with industry, federal agency and NGO stakeholders. The planned workshop will explore development of commercial scale, successful aquaculture projects to demonstrate the viability of domestic aquaculture, while providing important data for environmental and economic evaluation.

In May, the group also met with OMB to present comments to the Gulf Plan submitted by CUSP’s internal working group of ocean aquaculture specialists (Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Icicle Foods, MAA and the Ocean Stewards Institute). The comments addressed what needs to be changed in the current plan so that aquaculture projects in the Gulf can be commercially viable. Once the OMB reviews the plan, it will go back to NOAA for public comment.

“In May, our CUSP group also met with Gulf region legislators to ask for their support, and I really enjoyed the engagement and seeing how much progress has been made,” said Bob Miller, Vice President of Aquaculture, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems. “There’s an awareness of aquaculture that didn’t exist before, and I attribute that to CUSP’s efforts. We’re seeing some movement in areas that have been stalled in D.C.

“In the past, industry participants were working against each other, and now with CUSP, we’re all in it together,” Miller continued. “Pentair is one of the largest aquaculture equipment and design firms in the world and we offer support to all methods of aquaculture – from recirculating and aquaponics systems to pond systems – and it really helps being one of the key players at the table. If we all work together, it’s good for the industry and all stakeholders.”

Chris Stock, Sales Manager at Zeigler Feed, agreed that there has been progress. “The feeling on Capitol Hill was friendlier and more receptive to CUSP’s interests. We all felt that the staff members we met with are more positive and knowledgeable about issues and why aquaculture is important. It’s on the radar now.”’

Stock also points out that CUSP has brought together a broad swath of industry companies that are experienced with global aquaculture. “This is an important perspective. A lot of us in CUSP are U.S.-based, but we’re involved with aquaculture on a global scale and are savvy about how it works. Zeigler was recognized by the Department of Commerce as Small Business Exporter of the Year for 2013, and we target our business in Asia, Africa and Europe because that’s where the growth is. But we would love nothing more than a healthier domestic market for our products.”

The CUSP members involved in these D.C. meetings all expressed a great deal of respect for Steven Hart of the Soybean Aquaculture Alliance, who has been pivotal in the organization of the Coalition.

“Steve has done a great job, and I’m very impressed with the way he approached challenges to organize this industry,” said Stock. “CUSP has brought together some of the most important players in the industry, and I’m very optimistic about where we’re going.”

“I’m very, very supportive of this organization,” said Kent. “It’s a real asset for expanding aquaculture in this country, and the ability to have a more secure seafood supply.”

For more information on the Coalition for U.S. Seafood Production, contact Steven Hart at

Jul 172014

Aqua GrowersWorld Renowned Aquaponic Expert Shultz will teach critical disciplines necessary to succeed in cutting edge Aquaponic food production systems October 10-12, 2014 in Livonia, Michigan.

Shultz’s intensive 3 day workshop, which is in high demand, is presented and well known throughout the world. Shultz is the Aquaponics Researcher at Lethbridge College in Southern Alberta, Canada and has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers regarding Aquaponics including journal articles, publications in conference proceedings and other articles. In addition, Shultz has given more than 50 presentations at conferences and workshops across the United States, the Caribbean and many other countries. Mr. Shultz is considered one of the leading experts in Aquaponics.

Shultz will be covering the following topics including “hands-on” participation:

• Status and Guidelines of Aquaponics
• Water Quality
• Tilapia Production
• Plant Production/Pest Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Construction and more

This workshop is being sponsored by Aqua Growers of Livonia Michigan. Registration is available online at:—events.html.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Michele Wallace at

(248) 756-8584 or email Michele at michele(at)aquagrowers(dot)com.

You can read the online version of this press release here.

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Jul 042014

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network recently hosted the Great Lakes Briefs on Invasive Organisms Traded in Commerce (BIOTIC) Symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The goal of the symposium was to advance knowledge and understanding of the organisms in trade (OIT) invasion pathway. The symposium identified research gaps to improve management of OIT and assisted with the transfer of information among researchers, managers, educators, OIT industries/associations and the public. The symposium presentations reviewed specific OIT invasion pathways and focused on work being done on topics relating to risk assessment, regulations, outreach and industry efforts.  Read more …

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The deadline for comments on the EPA proposed rule (CWA) has been pushed back to October 20, 2014:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880-2733

Looking over comments posted so far this indeed is going to be a contentious issue.  According to there are 3,154 public postings to date divided for and against the rule.  Also a number of the comments asked for the extended deadline in order to gain more time for evaluation.

Click here to see our May 6, 2014 posting.

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USDA NIFA logoThe White House, in a Press Release today, announced the Administration’s National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research. The Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A), a working group under the Life Science Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Office of Science and authorized by the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (Act), was established to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of federal aquaculture research, technology transfer, and technology assistance programs; further encourage public-private sector collaborations; as well as coordinate efforts among federal agencies engaged in the science, technology, and engineering of aquaculture in the United States. The IWG-A supports Section 2(c) of the Act which defines national policy to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States. usa online casinos for android usa online casinos for android

This 5-year Plan will provide a framework for coordination and collaboration across agencies on research, education, and technology transfer programs related to aquaculture and will guide Federal agencies in moving forward as they prioritize their aquaculture-related research and development activities.

Additionally, the White House released a Fact Sheet entitled “Leading at Home and Internationally to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts” on the Administration’s efforts relating to “…protecting the ocean and its marine ecosystems.”