Saving the Endangered White Abalone

Watch Delicacy of the Deep, Saving White Abalone to learn more about the efforts of UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab in saving the endangered white abalone.

“White abalone will likely go extinct very soon if we don’t do anything to save them” 

The good news, Bodega Marine Lab has a successful captive breeding program for white abalone; with the goal of building the abalone population in captivity and out-planting in the wild.


New U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publication: Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture

Screenshot - USFWS 2nd Edition - Approved Drugs for use in Aquaculture

Screenshot – USFWS 2nd Edition – Approved Drugs for use in Aquaculture

Available now: booklet listing all currently approved drugs for use on aquaculture species in the U.S.. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies – Fisheries and Water Resources Policy Committee’s Drug Approval Working Group and the American Fisheries Society’s Fish Culture and Fish Health Sections.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Proposes Listing 11 Nonnative Freshwater Species as Injurious

Prussian Carp

Prussian Carp, Photo Credit: CAFS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposed rule for the listing of 11 nonnative freshwater species that have the potential to be highly invasive. Taking a proactive approach in hopes that early listing will prevent:

“harm to our freshwater habitats and our native species, as well as to the local economies these natural resources support.”

The proposed rule public comment period until December 29, 2015, please click for more information and to read the proposed rule.

Common Names of 11 Species Proposed
  • crucian carp
  • Eurasian minnow
  • Prussian carp
  • roach
  • stone moroko
  • Nile perch
  • Amur sleeper
  • European perch
  • zander
  • wels catfish
  • common yabby


Global Aquaculture Alliance – Aquaculture Exchange: Michael Rubino, NOAA

Michael Rubino, Director of the Office of Aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service.

Michael Rubino, Director of the Office of Aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service.

Michael Rubino, Director of the Office of Aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, discusses obstacles to aquaculture growth, government assistance, and growing a sustainable, responsible aquaculture industry.

“We need to do a better job of getting the word out to the public on how far aquaculture has come, how it can and is being done in ways compatible with environmental stewardship, and how important it is and will be to feeding Americans and others around the world.”

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Making the Case for Marine Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight

Finfish Aquaculture

© Kampachi Farms. Photo Credit: Jeff Milisen

The Aquarium of the Pacific: Aquatic Academy will host a series of educational classes on marine aquaculture, Thursday October 15, October 22, November 5, and November 12. Bringing together scientist and industry experts to discuss the importance of aquaculture in meeting the growing population’s seafood demand and reducing pressure on wild-capture fisheries.

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UC Davis Announcement: Animal Health Expert Joins School

Dr. Esteban Soto

Dr. Esteban Soto will work with aquaculture and wild fish industries

Dr. Esteban Soto, the school’s newest faculty member focused on aquaculture, became interested in aquatic animal health when studying veterinary medicine in Costa Rica. In 2002 the country experienced an outbreak of Francisella noatunensis that caused mass mortality in its tilapia fish population. With a background in veterinary microbiology, Soto had the opportunity to identify and focus his research in understanding and finding solutions to this emerging disease that impacted Costa Rica’s large tilapia fish export market.

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Soy Aquaculture Alliance: Request for Proposals – Deadline August 31st 2015

logoThe goal of Soy Aquaculture Alliance is to increase demand for US soybeans as a preferred ingredient in aquaculture feed through increasing the supply and consumption of domestically grown seafood. Advancing fundamental understanding of nutrition for aquatic species through research will help attain SAA goals.

Program Area Priorities

The call for proposals is divided into two soy product areas, soy protein and soy oil, and is intended to address areas of opportunity to increase the use of soy products in aquaculture diets.

Awards will be made to address these priorities:


Soy Aquaculture Alliance Call for Research Proposals – FY16

Attention Aquaculturists: USDA Grant Opportunity

USDA-NIFA-Foundational-GrantsThe US Dept. of Agriculture announces this year’s RFA (Request For Applications) for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program’s Phase I grants. With $9 million in funding, individual businesses may be awarded up to $100,000 for a project to prove concept or feasibility. After which a larger Phase II round of funding may be sought for further development. This year’s aquaculture topic focuses on developing new technologies necessary for the expansion of the aquaculture industry, with the following subtopics:

  • Reproductive Efficiency
  • Genetic Improvement
  • Integrated Aquatic Animal Health Management
  • Improved Production Systems and Management Strategies
  • Plant Production Systems

Applications are due by October 8, 2015.

Visit the USDA for more information