Industry-wide Support for Aquaculture Centre of Innovation Excellence

16 December 2016

A scoping study into the concept of a centre of innovation excellence for Scottish aquaculture has found industry-wide support for the initiative. Over 100 industry members ranging from senior management and eminent academics to representatives from industry bodies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations contributed their views – a robust response rate of over 50 per cent that provided an unprecedented insight into the needs and wants of the sector.

$1.2M invested in aquaculture research

21 November 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling $1.2 million to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the United States.

WA operators of world's first abalone ranch make plans to double in size

26 August 2016

The ranch, located off Augusta in the state's south-west, enables operators to harvest wild-grown green lip abalone year round, circumventing quotas and size restrictions set by the state's regulatory body.

Genomics for improved fisheries management and conservation

22 August 2016

While the number of studies that have applied genomic tools has been steadily increasing, these have rarely been integrated into management decisions, both from a fishery, biosecurity and an aquaculture viewpoint. The lack of integration made it timely to hold a meeting that focussed explicitly on whether the promises offered by the new genomic methods have been fulfilled and how we can bridge the gap between the demonstrated power of these tools and their application in real life situations. The session on " Geneomics for improved fisheries, management and conservation" at the 7th World Fisheries Congress at evaluating these very questions by bringing together some of most important international contributors in the field of fisheries genomics working on either fish or shellfish in marine and/or freshwater systems.

Seabird mitigation devices to reduce interaction with fishing trawlers

12 July 2016

Fishermen believe they have hit on new technology that will reduce their impact on seabirds by more than 90 per cent. The tools include a "sprayer" as well as a curtain-like "bird baffler" to keep albatross away from fishing vessels

Efficient ships LIFE+

6 July 2016

The European Commission has been providing financial support for European Union projects relating to the environment and climate change since 1992. Reflecting current concerns with environmental and energy issues, start-up company ENOGIA has developed miniaturised Organic Rankine Cycle technology (ORC) which valorises engine waste heat, like exhaust gas temperature or heat contained in the engine coolant, even those at low temperatures.This could enhance the viability of European fisheries by offering an efficient solution to the issue of overall increasing fuel costs.

Ministers restate aquaculture importance and Canadian market expansion

28 June 2016

Marine conservation, a process to review the Fisheries Act, market access for Canadian fish and seafood, responsible aquaculture development and aquatic invasive species were some of the issues discussed at the meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM).

Breakthrough Made in Sea Lice Resistance

23 June 2016

A breakthrough has been made in fighting sea lice resistance with a new sea lice treatment programme from Benchmark Animal Health. The programme has been proven in trials to kill all stages of lice, including those resistant to azamethiphos - a frequently used sea lice medication.

Fish farming is going inland

22 June 2016

Companies from non-fishery sectors are getting into the fish and shrimp farming business on land, with hopes of producing specialty items in regions far from the sea. Compared to conventional offshore aquaculture, inland plants make it easier to find a location, get started and maintain stable product quality.  

World Patent Marketing Reviews New Fishing Invention

14 June 2016

World Patent Marketing, a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products, announces Separbait, a fishing invention that is made to separate bait from one another inside a live boat. Fishing different kinds of fish will require different kinds of bait. These baits, unfortunately, tend to each other since they are also directly connected in the food chain. Separbait is a very affordable and easy to use mesh net which separates one set of aquatic animals from another. This item can easily be placed inside aquariums and fish tanks.  

High-tech equipment helps seafood fishery 'make sure we don't repeat history'

10 June 2016

For most people, big data is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering commercial fishing on Canada’s East Coast. But it’s front-and-centre with Ian Smith, who took over as CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc., based in Bedford, N.S., in 2010. “Every time one of our vessels goes to sea it gathers sonar data, data on tides and temperatures, what we harvested, where we harvested and in what quantities,” He says.

SILGEN project combines techniques to improve catfish farming in Europe

8 June 2016

In order to help European catfish producers compete with imports, the SILGEN project combines the technique of using closed systems with water recirculation and pond culture. A closed system is excellent for the production of yearlings, but table size catfish production can compete with Asian pangasius only if using pond culture.

NOAA Fisheries has released its Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan 2016-2020

2 June 2016

NOAA Fisheries has released its Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan 2016-2020. The Plan will guide efforts within NOAA Fisheries to support development of sustainable marine aquaculture. The Plan features four main goals: regulatory efficiency, science tools for sustainable management, technology development and transfer, and an informed public.

Increasing Salmon Harvest Volumes by using ultrasound technology to remove sea lice

24 May 2016

A six months project launched by Scotland industry and academics is looking for possibilities of increasing Salmon Harvest Volumes by using ultrasound technology to remove sea lice. The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has launched the first of its Rapid Response projects with an initiative that will explore the potential of a novel approach to ultrasound to delouse farmed salmon and, ultimately, increase harvest volumes.

New Research and innovation offers hope for Canadian Wild Salmon

17 May 2016

Since the unprecedented declines of Atlantic  Salmon in 2014, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) of Canada announced increase of investment of 197.1 million over five years on new research and innovation for ocean and freshwater scientific research activities including Wild Salmon Research

New prawn trawl reduces unwanted bycatch

13 May 2016

The new design features an inclined panel which separates fish from the prawns within the trawl. The fish are directed upwards, with many escaping through large meshes in the top part of the net, while the prawns catch is retained in the bottom section of the trawl.

Omega3-rich fish skin treatment is recognized as promising for treating damaged human skin and tissue

The French "Ship of the future" program

4 May 2016

The "ship of the future" program aims to promote a clean, efficient, safe and intelligent vessel. In this regard, various technological areas have been identified: energy efficiency of ships, reduction of environmental impact, safety, use of new technologies. Read more in French...

Agro-tech to be introduced to seafood farmers this year

Fish 2.0 Network Scales Sustainable Seafood Businesses

26 April 2016

Barely six months past the 2015 Fish 2.0 Finals, participants in the business competition—designed to grow the sustainable seafood sector—are showing significant momentum. The comments above illustrate the progress we’re seeing: improved business models, new products and partnerships, and investor interest, including actual investments. This quick progress proves that the Fish 2.0 network is accelerating growth and innovation.


First hybrid longline fishing boat

12 April 2016

NAVIS ehf has applied for an innovator grant from Rannís (The Icelandic Centre for Research) for the design of the first hybrid longline fishing boat in Iceland. The idea is to design a 15m longline fishing boat which can be driven from electric batteries and an electric motor or diesel engine, and perhaps later on, from electric and methanol. This would mean that the boat could be operated from wholly Icelandic produced energy alone.

Ocean farmers are using technology to start an economic revolution and save humanity

7 April 2016

From being a fisherman to a 3D ocean farmer, Bren Smith start to use a new technology to grow a mix of seaweeds and shellfish for food, fuel, fertilizer, and feed. “Ocean farming isn’t just about food. It’s about transforming an entire workforce, transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers.” An experience that could address major challenges in a near future such as overfishing, food insecurity, and transform fishermen into restorative ocean farmers. 


EU announces investment in new jobs, innovation

5 April 2016

The European Commission (EC) is to invest more than EUR 7.5 million (USD 8.5 million) to boost innovation and create jobs in the marine and maritime sectors. The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and divided into “calls for proposal,” focusing on the key areas where the EU can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.


ClimeFish – not a prank!

1 April 2016

Climefish is an EU research project (funded under Horizon 2020), starting on 1 April 2016.  Its goal is to ensure that seafood production can increase in areas and for species where there is a potential for sustainable growth, given the expected climate developments.  It will contribute to food security, robust employment, and the sustainable development of rural and coastal communities.




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