Sep 272012

NOAA has released Fisheries of the U.S., 2011, a yearbook of key fisheries statistics.

Each year, NOAA compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. Inside the 2011 report, you’ll find landings totals for both domestic commercial and recreational fishing by species. This information allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • U.S. commercial fishermen landed over 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion. The 2011 totals represent the highest overall commercial landings totals since 1994. Much of this volume increase can be accounted for by increases in three species: Gulf of Mexico menhaden, Alaska pollock, and Pacific hake.
  • Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Massachusetts remain the top commercial fishing ports.
  • Americans consumed nearly 5 billion pounds of seafood in 2011, slightly less than the previous year. Per capita consumption dropped from 15.8 to 15.0 pounds per person. Still, the United States surpassed Japan and is now second only to China in seafood consumption.
  • Recreational catch and effort declined slightly in 2011. Approximately 10 million saltwater recreational anglers took 69 million trips and caught 345 million fish, nearly 60 percent of which were released.
Sep 252012

US aquaculture is dominated by small businesses and many family-operated enterprises.  Some may do direct retail marketing in local communities. The following initiative and online resources may be of interest to with local market interests.

In July, the Office of the Secretary launched Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass 2.0, which kicked off a series of events held for National Farmer’s Market Week. The Office of the Secretary will periodically add new data to the KYF Compass, along with case studies of people in the field successfully using USDA resources to build local and regional food systems. us online casinos echeck

If you have any aquaculture-related information you wish to share on new data or reports relevant to KYF or suggestions for a case study, please let me know so this information can be communicated to this initiative.


Sep 242012

Please note the new funding opportunity under the 2013 Interagency Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease Program Opportunity with proposal deadline of December 5, 2012.  See below for more details and share this notice with others who may have an interest in this subject.

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FY2013 “Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases” Interagency Program


  • Maximum award size:
    • US awards: $2.5 million (including indirect costs)
    • US/UK collaborative awards: $2.5 million (including indirect costs) + additional UK funds for work done in UK
  • Full proposal deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 (No letter of intent);
  • Research on ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that regulate transmission dynamics of infectious diseases;
  • Develop mathematical, computational, and statistical models of infectious disease dynamics; Projects must address quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics; usa online casinos illegal
  • Most competitive proposals advance broad, conceptual knowledge that reaches beyond the specific system under study and that may be useful for understanding public, agricultural or ecosystem health, natural resource use and wildlife management, and/or economic development;
  • Proposals typically interdisciplinary in approach and/or the nature of the question(s) being addressed;
  • Combination of lab and field studies often feed into model development and validation;
  • For researchers interested in submitting a US/UK collaborative proposal, the focus must be on understanding the transmission dynamics of pathogens of farmed animals or crops, especially (but not only) those that cause food-borne human diseases or vector-borne diseases (of animals or plants).

    For questions after consulting the RFA, contact any of the following 2013 Program Contacts:

  • Peter Johnson, National Program Leader, USDA/NIFA, telephone: (202) 401-1896,
  • Samuel M. Scheiner, Program Director, NSF/BIO, telephone: (703) 292-7175, email:
  • Deborah Winslow, Program Director, NSF/SBE, telephone: (703) 292-7315, email:
  • Christine Jessup, Program Director, NIH/FIC, telephone: (301) 496-1653, email:
  • Irene Eckstrand, Program Director, NIH/NIGMS, telephone: (301) 594-0943,
  • Sadhana Sharma, Strategy and Policy Manager-Animal Health, BBSRC, telephone: 44 1793-413099,



Sep 202012

A seafood HACCP course will be held December 4-6, 2012, in Brimley, Michigan. If you are interested, please contact:

Ronald E. Kinnunen
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan State University
710 Chippewa Square-Ste. 202
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone/Fax: 906-226-3687

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

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Sep 072012

CZECH REPUBLIC – AQUA 2012 – Ragnar Tveteras from the University of Stavanger has looked at the role of research and development in the growth of aquaculture and what the implications are for future growth, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor, live from AQUA 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.

Aquaculture needs innovation to help it grow. Big aquaculture companies in some ways are vital to the future of the industry as they often provide much of the research and innovations that help boost the industry and help the performance of smaller farms. Read more….

Sep 062012

The aquaculture program has some nice articles in the latest newsletter (linked below).  Feel free to share with others that may have an interest in the programs at the OSU South Centers.

Click on the link to read the summer edition of the Connection newsletter  Once there click on Summer 2012 Volume 11, No. 3 to retrieve the newsletter.

Read stories about:

President Gee visits Silver Bridge Coffee Company in Gallia County

OCARD receives award to host Aquaculture Boot Camp (ABC)

Visiting PhD students and Visiting scholars

Project updates of the Blueberry Grant

Mapping the future for Agriculture marketing

Local Food celebrated throughout Ohio roulette bonus

Get on the Fish Bus!

Co-op offers operation cost reduction and opportunity to compete for work on a national scale

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Sep 052012

Northside Enterprises of Black Creek, WI has recently been notified that it will receive almost $100,000 from the federal government (USDA) to evaluate certain high-technology methods for producing large, advanced growth walleye fingerlings for stocking and hybrid walleye for the dining table. Dan Gruendemann, owner of Northside, said  “I’m confident that this Phase I feasibility project will have one or more successful outcomes, and our current plan is to conduct Phase II studies in the future to establish commercial profitability”.

The grant comes from the US Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and the Phase I project will be conducted collaboratively by Northside and the UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (UWSP-NADF). As Wisconsinites already know, walleye are one of the most popular sport fish in the state, and there is a sizable market for large (> 10″) fingerlings for stocking lakes and ponds. Walleye are also considered to be one of the best eating fish that grow in Wisconsin. A naturally found hybrid walleye, also sometimes called “saugeye”,  is an extremely fast growing cross between female walleye and male sauger.  This hybrid offers promise to bring this sought after fish to restaurants, markets and home kitchens.

For years, scientists and fish culturists from several agencies in Wisconsin and Iowa have been developing and improving technologies for raising purebred and hybrid walleye. In Wisconsin, studies in Jeff Malison’s lab were funded by the UW Sea Grant Program and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center.  Jeff collaborated with Bob Summerfelt and Joe Morris of Iowa State University, and with Alan Johnson of the Iowa DNR on these studies. Together, these scientists showed that 1) hybrid walleye grow much faster than purebreds, 2) hybrids taste virtually identical to purebreds, 3) walleye fry can be successfully raised in tanks using only pelleted foods, and 4) spawning of walleye can be advanced by at least two months in the spring using environmental and hormonal manipulations. More recently, the staff at the UWSP-NADF used funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Agriculture Development and Diversification Program to improve on these earlier studies, and has begun raising captive walleye and sauger brood fish to supply the eggs and milt to continue this research.

The studies conducted under this two-phase project have two targeted endpoints: 1) they will test the newest technologies for producing large purebred walleye fingerlings in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and ponds for autumn stocking, and 2) they will also use these technologies to produce hybrid walleye in RAS for the dinner table in a one-year time frame from egg to plate.

Jim Held, UW-Extension aquaculture specialist, has been working on purebred and hybrid walleye projects for over 15 years, and has a thorough understanding of the details of this SBIR project.  For further information, Jim can be reached at or 920-648-2902.

Sep 052012

Aquaculture will provide 60% of all fish production by 2020, according to new research conducted for Worldwatch’sVital Signs Online service.

The industry been growing steadily for the past 25 years, and it looks like we’ll need it to continue growing to accommodate our growing population and taste for seafood: human fish consumption has increased 14.4% over the last five years, with consumption of farmed fish growing tenfold since 1970.

While aquaculture may be a way to keep up with increasing demand for fish, it can be implicated in a number of potential problems, such as destruction of land and marine habitats, chemical pollution from fertilisers and antibiotics, lessened fish resistance due to close proximity and intensive farming practices and depletion of wild fish stocks, the report says. usa online casino echeck

According to the Worldwatch report, aquaculture will need to provide an additional 23 million tonnes of farmed fish by 2020 to maintain current levels of fish consumption. Both the increased demand for fish for consumption and the oceans’ overexploited fisheries will drive growth in aquaculture.

But, the report warns, “Continually increasing fish production, from both aquaculture and fisheries, raises many environmental concerns … policymakers, fishers and consumers need to find alternative sources for fish feed, combat illegal fishing, encourage more sustainable practices in aquaculture, acknowledge the potential effects of climate change on oceans and think critically about what and how much fish to consume.”

To read the report, Aquaculture Tries to Fill World’s Insatiable Appetite for Seafood, click here. red32 mobile casino


The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute recently released “Aquaculture and You” a 14-episode audio podcast series that traces the origins of aquaculture, examines its historical and modern advantages and challenges, and provides some primers on how to set up an aquaculture operation.

Freshwater aquaculture—the growing of fish and seafood on controlled farms—is one of the fastest-growing food trends of the modern era and is a knowledge process that should provide jobs, sustainable food and biosecurity for the United States in the 21st century. From urban-based aquaponics operations that grow both fish and vegetables in concert to mass-scale aquaculture farms that use rows of tanks to grow enough freshwater fish to serve the fin fish and seafood needs of major cities, what began as a modest hobby to supplement Renaissance-era food supply has become a story-worthy, food-production phenomenon.

To help put it all in perspective, Chris Bocast, audio specialist with the institute, has produced a story that begins in imperial China and medieval Europe. The series traces the origins and development of aquaculture and aquaponics through the Industrial Revolution and into the 20th century. Later episodes take the listener behind the scenes of today’s industrial-scale aquaculture operations, such as Indiana’s Bell Aquaculture.

Experts in the field, including UW Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist Fred Binkowski, UW-Stevens Point Professor Chris Hartleb, UW Outreach Specialist Jim Held, UW Sea Grant Director Jim Hurley, and Growing Power’s Will Allen all provide key information and share interesting stories about aquaculture as it pertains to the Great Lakes region. Other episodes examine factors that contributed to the crash of the Great Lakes yellow perch population in the 1970s and features interviews with fishmongers behind the seafood counters of some of the stores in the state that retail aquacultural products. Two videos, shot by John Karl for UW Sea Grant, are incorporated into the series to provide visual impact as well.

The entire 14-episode series can be downloaded free of cost in the audio section of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s website,

For More Information:

Moira Harrington,     (608) 263-5371

Aaron Conklin,   (608) 262-6393

Sep 042012
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The State of Michigan enjoys abundant water resources and a diverse agricultural base, including an aquaculture sector poised for expansion in response to the opportunities from the domestic seafood market. While in the past Michigan aquaculture has focused on bait, pond stocking, and fee fishing, there is now opportunity for growth in producing fish for human consumption.

By the year 2050, the world will need twice as much food – and four times as much protein. The USA currently imports approximately $11 billion worth of seafood, much of which comes from Southeast Asia. That quadrant of the world has over half of the world’s population and, as more of these people enter the middle class, their local demand for protein will place increasing pressure on the supply coming to America. Furthermore, the American people have an increasing desire to know the source of their food, for reasons including food safety, local-sourcing preferences, and freshness – perceived or real. Consequently, Michigan, along with the broader Great Lakes region, has both an opportunity and a responsibility to leverage its water, land, skills, and stewardship resources (including proper regulation) to promote a thriving aquaculture economy that maintains a healthy ecosystem and provides the benefits of jobs and good nutrition.

For those seeking to build new facilities or expand existing infrastructure in Michigan, the Aquaculture Industry Committee (an ad hoc industry group comprised of producer, regulator, trade association, university, and extension personnel) Request for Proposal identified the need for a “How-to-Guide” as a “Roadmap” to navigate through the various regulations pertaining to aquaculture. This Roadmap will serve as a valuable resource to the private, public, and tribal facilities that hope to understand the regulatory situation in Michigan.

The Michigan Aquaculture Association’s (MAA) current strategic plan proposes that Michigan’s aquaculture sector can grow from $5 million annually with 100 direct jobs to over $100 million with 1,500 direct jobs.1 In its 150-year history, the Michigan aquaculture sector has a track record of sound management in environmental practices and safety, with no invasive species released.2 In this context, there is clearly great opportunity to realize this $100 million opportunity.

To view or download, click: Aquaculture In Michigan Roadmap Through Regulation

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