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: rtg casino codes

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

-Electron Microscopy for Diagnostic Virology slots to play

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! usa online casino echeck

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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Oct 302013

An International Symposium, which is being held in Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 December 2013, aims to provide a venue for information sharing on extension of small-scale aquaculture.

World population is projected to increase drastically in the coming decades, threatening the food and nutritional security of the masses and particularly of the poor. Greater attention on agricultural resource management is essential. Among the different sources of animal protein, freshwater fish are considered to be one of the most promising commodities that can contribute significantly to food security and nutrition.  Read more …

Aug 192013

2009-08-20_aquanor09-10Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are used all around the world for the production of many fish species in a more efficient controlled environment, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor, from Aqua Nor 2013, in Trondheim, Norway.

RAS farming is an excellent use of technolgy to manage water quality and fish welfare more effectively, said Jacob Bregnballe, Akva Group, whilst giving his keynote presentation on RAS in Europe at Aqua Nor 2013. Using RAS gives farmers more control over the system and its environment.  Read more …

Jul 032013

ASC has launched a project which aims to develop the ASC Feed Standard. ASC invites experts from the aquaculture feed industry to join a working group and actively contribute to the future of responsible aquaculture feed.

The project is starting shortly and a new, globally applicable, ASC Feed Standard should be ready by the end of 2015.  Read more ...

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Mar 282013

After several decades of rapid expansion, world demand for aquaculture supplies and equipment is expected to moderate, growing 7.4 percent per year to $63.6 billion in 2017 at the farm gate level.  The ongoing transition from extensive and semi-extensive to intensive aquaculture production will support greater feed demand, and rising feed costs will drive advances in market value as fish meal and fish oil prices continue to grow rapidly.  These and other trends, including market share and product segmentation, are presented in World Aquaculture: Feed, Equipment, & Chemicalsa new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.  Read more …

Mar 152013

The value of sales for Idaho trout 12 inches and longer during 2012 totaled $42.8 million, up 14 percent from the $37.6 million in 2011, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Nationwide, sales for that trout grew to $72.7 million, up 6 percent from $68.3 million in 2011.

Several factors affected the increased sales but at the top of the list is the growing belief that seafood is a healthful source of protein, said Randy MacMillan, vice president of research and environmental affairs for Clear Springs Foods, Buhl, Idaho.  Read more …

Feb 052013

USDA NIFA logoGary Jensen at USDA-NIFA would like to pass on the following information from Ben Posadas with Mississippi State University:

If you wish to learn if your state is active or eligible for this program go to:to, then click on your state and go to Register Your Business if you wish to participate in this program. There are 20 active states at this time.

 For more information that is summarized below go to:

Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing

Advertise you food, seafood and outdoor tourism business in #MarketMaker for FREE at

MarketMaker is an internet marketing tool linking growers and producers with grocery stores, food processors, specialty outlets and food industry groups.

Go to, then click on your state.
Go to “Register Your Business“.
For assistance, contact: Amanda Seymour.

Search for Seafood and Aquaculture Businesses at MarketMaker using Your Computer

Go to —, then click on your preferred state.
Select “Fishery” in the “Farmers, Fisheries, & Businesses” search and click search and have the results pull up in the mapping.

Search for Seafood and Aquaculture Businesses at MarketMaker Using Your Smart Phone

Go to —, then click on your preferred state.
Select “Search by Business Type” or “Search by Business Name“.


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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. roulette bonus

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: video bingo online

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

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Nov 022012

Dear Aquaculture Colleague,

As you may have heard, the journal Aquaculture is organizing a conference to celebrate its first 40 years (ended 2012) and to look into the future of R&D for the aquaculture industry

One theme for Production Section of the journal is “Interactions of aquaculture and the environment”. The keynote speaker for the session will be Professor Peter Edwards (Professor Emeritus, AIT, Thailand). The session will include 12-13 slots of 20 min for contributions, in addition to the keynote lecture and my overview. us online casinos echeck

Read more at Michigan based Aquacomgroup.