California aquaculture produces a variety of products.
In recognition of Aquaculture Awareness Week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offers 10 interesting facts that show how aquaculture – the practice of farming aquatic organisms – affects every Californian.
California aquaculture industry is diverse, providing much more than just food for dinner. It also produces aquatic pets such as goldfish and koi, algae for biofuels, zebrafish for biomedical research, spirulina for vitamin supplements and more.
California’s 150 registered aquaculturists aren’t just located on the shoreline. You’ll find them throughout the state — from the high Sierra to inland valleys, from the deserts to the coast. They operate in 50 of the state’s 58 counties, accounting for some $140 million in economic benefit.
The California Shellfish Initiative is a collaborative effort among government and private partners to help local growers meet the increasing demand for shellfish, thus decreasing the need for imports and lowering our carbon footprint. California shellfish aquaculture contributes $25 million to the economy, providing jobs and resilient working waterfronts. Continue reading →
On March 13, members of the aquaculture community met at UCLA School of Law for the inaugural California Aquaculture Law Symposium. The presenters and attendees were a mix of aquaculturists, government regulators, non-profit groups and students. Paul Olin, aquaculture specialist for … Continue reading →
Aquaculture plays an important role in feeding our world’s growing population, yet a recent survey found that most seafood consumers have little knowledge about aquaculture practices and don’t fully understand what seafood labels mean. This gap in knowledge can lead to misconceptions about aquaculture, reinforcing the need for more public education and outreach as to why aquaculture matters. Read the article for more about the survey by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and The Fishin’ Company.
Jonathan MacKay recently joined the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s aquaculture program as a Sea Grant fellow. He received his master’s degree in environmental science from California State University, Los Angeles in 2014. For his thesis work he modeled an oil spill in Santa Monica Bay, examining oversights in policy and analyzing the ecological effects on protected species and areas. Jonathan is married with no pets, house plants, or plans to have kids. He and his wife Diana, corporate counsel for a biotechnology company, recently relocated from Santa Monica to Midtown, Sacramento. They enjoy traveling, so “the fewer commitments outside of work and marriage the better.”
Annalisa Batanides recently joined NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture as a Sea Grant Fellow. Annalisa received her J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law in 2014, earning the Environmental Law Certificate and Public Service Law Certificate. She earned her B.S. from University of California, Davis in 2010. Batanides has worked as a legal clerk for Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and Tri-Valley CAREs. She currently lives in San Francisco with her “amazing boyfriend and the cutest dog in the world.”
Thirty years ago in Tomales Bay, John Finger started an oyster farm with just $500. But, today he acknowledges it is much more difficult to start a shellfish company in California.
“Starting was easier back in the day,” he told an audience of shellfish growers, government regulators and other aquaculture stakeholders. “Expanding business is an onerous process. How do we reconcile industry and regulatory needs?”
James Moore is a shellfish pathologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He leads CDFW’s Shellfish Health Program and has been with the department since 1999, working at the Bodega Bay facility. Moore earned his B.A. degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington. His dissertation focused on the characterization of an infectious cancer of mussels in the Pacific Northwest. As the state’s sole expert in shellfish disease, he considers it a privilege and a serious obligation to identify and address the issues of greatest concern for shellfish resources throughout the state.