Tag Archives: aquaculture

Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish?

Aquaculture is a huge industry. In 2014, for the first time, more than half of all seafood consumed by humans came from fish farms, with salmon among the most farmed species. But aquaculture is also contentious — in large part because of the problems with existing open-net pens. Yet Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association, says the industry is already starting to move away from open-net pens. While Dunn says 90 per cent of new investment globally is in variations on the technology, leading salmon-farming countries such as Norway are investing in hitherto unfeasible technologies, such as land-based tanks and recirculating aquaculture systems. click here to read the story 10:54

Save wild salmon, support Bill C-228

shutterstock_128807569Early this year, Bill C-228 – a private member’s bill, was introduced to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture) to require finfish aquaculture for commercial purposes, in Canadian fisheries’ waters off the Pacific Coast, be carried out in closed-containment facilities. It also requires the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to prepare, table in Parliament and implement a plan, to support the transition to the use of closed containment facilities, and to protect the jobs and financial security of workers in that sector. Click here to read Bill C-228  The bill is expected to go to second reading in the House of Commons this fall. Show your support for Bill C-228. Add your name to the e-petition. Link 08:55

 Hybridization – Escaped farmed salmon are breeding with wild salmon and producing offspring

nl-aquaculture-fish-farming-cage-open-water-20130927Research has confirmed that escaped farmed salmon are breeding with wild salmon and producing offspring in many rivers in Newfoundland. “We did find evidence of successful breeding between farmed and wild salmon. Approximately a third of the individuals we sampled showed evidence of hybrid ancestry,” said Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Ian Bradbury, of the unpublished study presented at an international aquaculture conference in St. John’s on Tuesday. Researchers studied thousands of fish in 18 rivers on the island’s south coast, and found evidence of interbreeding in 17 of them. “It was widespread across a suite of the rivers that we looked at. I think there was only one river where we didn’t see evidence of hybridization,” said Bradbury. It’s estimated that over the decades since the advent of aquaculture, more than 750,000 salmon have escaped from fish farms in the province. The new study sheds light on what happens to them in the wild. Read the story here 11:26

Entangled Humpback rescued from fish farm ropes by fisheries officials

humpback-in-fish-farmA juvenile humpback whale was thrashing in the water north of Klemtu, B.C. yesterday for 12 hours, struggling to breathe as ropes from an empty aquaculture site cut into its flesh and blubber. Marine Harvest workers discovered the entangled whale Monday morning and immediately called Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the company said in a statement. Paul Cottrell, DFO’s marine mammal coordinator, caught the first plane from Vancouver to conduct the complicated rescue, with help from local fisheries officers, the company and members of the Kitasoo First Nation. The team needed to cut at least four ropes to free the young whale, but that’s not as quick and easy as it sounds. Video, read the rest here 09:52

Meanwhile, in Tasmania – Drag fish farm regulation into 21st century

Sea based fish farms dump tonnes of faeces into the water. Think of them as a large toilet that does not flush. I cannot think of an industry in Tasmania other than aquaculture that is allowed to dump an unlimited amount of pollution in our waterways. Not only is there no limit on the amount of faeces salmon farms can dump in coastal waters, Tasmania also lacks science-based regulations to determine which parts of our coastline are suitable for salmon farms. International research shows that if you put fish farms in bays and harbours, where the water is shallow and current speed is low, fish faeces accumulates under cages, killing everything below them. Nitrogen discharged into the water column creates risk of harmful algal blooms, like the types we have seen worsening with increased salmon farms in the Huon and D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Other countries have responded to this research by offering incentives to move farming onshore. Read the story here 12:46

A renewed aquaculture lease for Kelly Cove Salmon stirs up Shelburne Harbour neighbours

B97601814Z.120160810193901000GNIEF112.11A renewed aquaculture lease for Kelly Cove Salmon in Shelburne Harbour is raising local ire before the first fish is in the water. The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has set an August 19 deadline for public comment on lease 0602, a 10-year licence and 20-year lease for a 20-hectare suspended cage cultivation of Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. Shelly Hipson lives in the nearby village of Atlantic and she has a laundry list of objections to the Sandy Point site, including the size of the 0602 farm. Hipson cites concerns for the local lobster industry, and a February 2014 letter to the province from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick that found part of the harbour floor in the area was essentially dead. “Where do we think that’s going, excrement from a million fish? If my septic was running out into the harbour I’d be charged,” Hipson said. Read the story here 12:25

Aquaculture review fast-tracked and expanded by federal government – Nova Scotia added to list

dfocrestThe federal government has restarted a process to review how fish farms are regulated, and will now expand the scope of the review to include more provinces. Last December, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans sought contractors to study the legislative and regulatory framework governing aquaculture. The document explained that “nine federal organizations are involved in regulatory roles for aquaculture, involving 10 different pieces of legislation.” There are additional controls at the provincial level. However, the review’s scope was limited to federal regulations and those in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island — no other province. Read the article here 10:47

NMFS – Gulf of Mexico rule opens the door for seafood farming in the open ocean

Plenty of feel good NOAA propaganda! – NOAA filed a final rule today implementing the nation’s first comprehensive regulatory program for aquaculture in federal waters. The groundbreaking rule creates a coordinated permitting system for the Gulf of Mexico, opening the door for the region to expand seafood production and create new jobs in an environmentally sustainable manner. “As demand for seafood continues to rise, aquaculture presents a tremendous opportunity not only to meet this demand, but also to increase opportunities for the seafood industry and job creation,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA administrator.  Read the rest here 13:30

Quincy legislator Ayers pushes fish farm proposal

Four granite sewage storage tanks built more than a century ago have sat unused on Moon Islandmoon island fish farm proposal for decades, since Boston built a treatment plant on Deer Island in the 1960s. They can each hold 50 million gallons of water and open directly onto Boston Harbor. Now, state Rep. Bruce Ayers, a Quincy Democrat, wants to see the state look into using the former vats as fish and shellfish farms – a suggestion Ayers said came from Squantum residents John Coughlin and Richard Donahue. Ayers recently met with officials from the state Department of Fish & Game and the Division of Marine Fisheries to discuss legislation he sponsored that would ask the state Department of Fish & Game to study the feasibility of such a project. Read the article here 09:23

Nova Scotia to unveil new aquaculture regulations, attempt to ‘restore public confidence’ after recent fish health scares

Nova Scotia will unveil much tougher rules Monday to oversee the aquaculture industry in a bid to “restore public confidence.” Regulations governing the industry will go from two pages to 60 by the start of the week, the province’s minister of fisheries and aquaculture said. “We are going to a more firm regulatory process. We are going to be doing more testing,” Minister Keith Colwell told CBC after a tour Friday of the department’s new laboratory in Truro, N.S. Moratorium on new salmon farms remains – Aquaculture has an image problem in Nova Scotia, fuelled by ,,, Read the rest here 08:52

Shall we eat tigers? This is how it would work – we would breed tigers in captivity, thousands of them.

Then we would go into the jungle with big drag nets and catch every animal we could find as feed for the tigers. Some of these animals, big and small, would be thrown into the tigers while still reasonably fresh. Others could be ground up and cooked with other ingredients to be made into tiger-feed pellets. Actually, we would be better off grinding them up in this way because the fresh animal feed could introduce bacteria that increased the mortality rate at our tiger farm.Many people mistakenly believe that aquaculture is the equivalent of farming ruminants. Read the rest here 15:14

Aquaculture debated in Delaware, booming in Maryland

Looking into Tar Bay, the man at the helm of the Chesapeake Gold confidently clicks the mud-splattered throttle forward. The morning is too cold, he says; temperatures have dipped to the 20s. Water freezes in place as it splashes the deck. Those are January temperatures, not mid-November. The wind stings the face of everyone on board. Read more here 11:30

Aquaculture research proposed for abandoned fish plant in Souris by former AquaBounty employees

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The Canadian operation is made up of former employees of AquaBounty, a genetically-modified salmon producer that also has its base in eastern P.E.I. CATC has its eye on the old fish plant in Souris, which shut down three years ago. Read the rest here 09:42

Global Ocean Grabs Privatize Oceans, Harm Fisheries, and Threaten Fishing Communities

The report states, “Ocean grabbing is occurring mainly through policies, laws and practices that are (re)defining and (re)allocating access, use and control of fisheries resources away from small-scale fisheries and their communities, and often with little concern for the adverse environmental consequences.” Read the rest here 09:12

Study: Fish pen site still inert – “It’s not a good news story, because we don’t have recovery,”

SHELBURNE — Two years after an aquaculture company’s salmon pen location in Shelburne Harbour was abandoned, part of the harbour bottom is still dead, an independent study has revealed. “It’s the organic material, primarily the feces of the fish and the uneaten food that settles on the bottom and begins this decomposition process, that results in the production of these sulphides.” Copper and zinc were also found in bottom sludge at higher levels than expected. Read more here 09:41

There is something very wrong here – DFO – Public Reporting on Aquaculture – Incidental Catch

fisheries_and_oceansWild fish naturally swim into net pens at aquaculture facilities and can co-exist with farmed fish. There is past and on-going research to determine to what extent wild fish are preyed upon within the net pens, but at this time predation appears to be minimal.,, Incidental by-catch and release of non-targeted species also occurs in other fisheries. Aquaculture is NOT a fishery It is aquaculture! Read more here 13:19

Bizarre fish in Newark park a step to caviar

NEWARK, Ohio — A chance encounter with an ugly fish has turned a Newark city park into a potentially lucrative enterprise. In industry jargon, it’s called “aquaculture.” But for the layman, let’s call it what it is — a caviar farm. Read more here 10:00

In letter to Campbell River newspaper, Shea says DFO supports wild and farmed fish

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector worldwide, now supplying over 50 percent of the global demand for fish and seafood. In Canada, aquaculture is worth over $2 billion annually and employs more than 14,000 Canadians. Read [email protected]  17:20

Exploring aquaculture on Newfoundland’s south coast

Check out the videos above as CBC’s Mark Quinn takes a closer look at farming on the south coast of the island, and the ups and downs the industry is experiencing. [email protected] 09:22

Aquaculture farmers flocking to Indian River County

As disease, drought and economics have altered the local agriculture industry, farmers are searching for new ways to produce food. For some, aquaculture is becoming a popular option. During a recent presentation to the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) President Dr. Anthony Catanese predicted aquaculture  underwater agriculture — would be the next big industry for Florida. [email protected] 11:50

Baker | Aquaculture is a risky racket … but isn’t everything?

CBC_News_logoI’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on a fish farm. It was an experimental cod grow out operation in Trinity Bay, and it was a polarizing thing to be sure. The moratorium was still fresh on everyone’s minds, and there was a real fear at the time that we might never see a codfish again, never mind eat one. And yet here was this small cod grow out right in the harbour, easily viewed with the naked eye from shore. [email protected] 11:14

Oyster rising: Farmers work to propel aquaculture in NC

WILMINGTON — The bays and sounds of North Carolina once yielded hundreds of thousands of bushels of oysters a year, before pollution, overfishing , disease and other factors caused their populations to decline. Now a small group of scientists and growers is laying the groundwork to revive the industry by cultivating oysters in cages and bags. [email protected]06:23:59

NOAA lawyer’s claims don’t match record

BOSTON — The attorney for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration argued to the US. First Circuit Court of Appeals that there was no need to put the catch share management program under the authority of a federal judge to limit rampant consolidation of the fleet because the regional arm of the agency was already doing that.

“The problem is being taken seriously; it is being addressed,” Joan Pepin, a U.S. Justice Department attorney, told the three-judge panel Wednesday. “The process has been under way since the end of last year. It’s called Amendment 18.”

The comment was made in discussion with Chief Justice Sandra L. Lynch, near the end of the hour long oral argument over the suit by New Bedford, Gloucester and widespread fishing interests against NOAA for introducing a radical re-engineering of the groundfishery without considering the socio-economic implications or giving fishermen the chance to vote on whether to create this new world which made fishing more efficient but also powered consolidation.

Moments later, then in discussion with the plaintiffs’ lead attorney James F. Cavanaugh Jr., Judge Lynch adopted Pepin’s description of Amendment 18.

“You asked for an order that in effect (NOAA) would have to do a study and consider consolidation and consider whether they have to modify this program,” the judge said, distilling and rephrasing the redress sought by the plaintiffs. “As I understand it, they’re doing that, so what’s the difference?”

Cavanaugh said he was not aware from the record that NOAA was addressing consolidation.

“No?” said the judge. “Amendment 18.”

“Amendment 18?” a non-plussed Cavanaugh said.

The fact that Amendment 18, as Pepin and Judge Lynch described it, didn’t ring a bell with Cavanaugh should not have been surprising. Pepin’s characterization of a directed effort, known as Amendment 18, that was addressing a clearly defined problem — consolidation of the groundfishery — was inaccurate, a check of records shows. Amendment 18 — the genesis of which traces to 2010 but has not yet made it on the agenda of the New England Fishery Management Council for official consideration as a possible action — is an idea whose time has yet to come…………..Read more

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/topstories/x1709874696/NOAA-lawyers-claims-dont-match-record

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From savingseafood.org

New Bedford / Gloucester Fishing Litigation Documents

http://newbedford-ma.gov/fishinglitigation.html

September 6, 2012 — The Office of New Bedford Mayor Jon MItchell has created a reference website with all documents pertaining to the appeal of CITY OF NEW BEDFORD, et al., vs HON. GARY LOCKE, et al.http://newbedford-ma.gov/fishinglitigation.htmlAUDIO: New Bedford, Gloucester and Industry Appeal Against NOAA Heard in Federal Court

Oral arguments in the appeal of the lawsuit filed by the Cities of New Bedford and Gloucester, and a number of East Coast fishing industry interests against Amendment 16 were heard today. 

BOSTON – September 5, 2012 – Oral arguments in the appeal of the lawsuit filed by the Cities of New Bedford and Gloucester, and a number of East Coast fishing industry interests against Amendment 16, the framework for the federal government’s fisheries catch share system, were heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston today.  The plaintiffs allege that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ignored important procedural and substantive provisions of law enacted by Congress to protect traditional fishing communities and to shield small businesses from arbitrary acts by the agency.

http://www.savingseafood.org/law/new-bedford-gloucester-fishing-litigation-documents-3.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

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Editorial: Judges shouldn’t be swayed by false NOAA claims

Gloucester Daily TimesThe Gloucester Daily TimesFri Sep 07, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

Amid a series of probing questions during Wednesday’s First U.S. Appeals Court Hearing on New England’s fisheries, Chief Justice Sandra L. Lynch posed the most intriguing.

If the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its New England Fishery Management Council , she wondered, was already addressing the perceived “problems” brought on by rampant consolidation in the fishing industry — as NOAA attorney Joan Pepin shamelessly argued — why was Wednesday’s panel facing so may plaintiffs still actively challenging the system?

The answer is simple. It’s because the claims argued in the federal Appeals Court by Pepin that, essentially, NOAA is actively working to supposedly correct the issues brought about when NOAA and the council basically forced Gloucester’s and New England’s fishermen into a new catch share management system were misleading at best — and blatantly false at worst. And the same goes for Conservation Law Foundation attorney Peter Shelley’s absurd claim that Amendent 16 and its catch share system now driving more and more independent fishermen and boats out of the industry is actually popular with fishermen.

The truth is, neither of those arguments — perpetuated since even before NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco made her job-killing catch share program the Obama administration’s national fisheries policy —has ever held water. And the fact that officials, corporately-backed catch share activists and attorneys like Pepin and Shelley mouth them over and over again doesn’t make them true.

And we can only hope that the three judges hearing and deciding this case will indeed put resources into their own investigation of the issues – not be blindly led by claims that, as today’s Page 1 news story notes, just do not match the documented path the government has taken toward policies that are wrongly forcing independent fishermen to cast aside their way of life while larger fishing operations and corporations acquire more “shares” and fishing quota and gain more and more control of the industry…….. Read more

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x550068270/Editorial-Judges-shouldnt-be-swayed-by-false-NOAA-claims