Ventura Shellfish Enterprise plans model permitting strategy for new growers and re-vitalization of Port

MUSSEL UP | Ventura Harbor concept could become aquaculture blueprint for California and beyond

Quoting a recent article in the Ventura County Reporter by Chris O’Neal, “…when a group of entrepreneurial, scientifically minded individuals comes together for a project, big ideas can emerge. Such is the case of the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise — a proposed multiparty project that would allow for (20) 100-acre plots for growing mussels in state waters within the Santa Barbara Channel near Ventura Harbor.” Continue reading

Webcast & Report – Offshore Aquaculture in Southern California

Just in time for National Aquaculture Week, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the second report of their Offshore Aquaculture Workshop series. This workshop continues the conversation with Federal and State agencies about how to improve regulatory confidence in aquaculture operations. The workshop introduced a model as a possible tool for decision making, and includes information on animal health management, protected species concerns, and a summary of the permitting process.

Webcast speakers include Dr. Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific; Dr. James Morris, marine ecologist, NOAA’s National Ocean Service and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; and Dr. Paul Olin, aquaculture specialist, California Sea Grant and the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition Webinar – August 17th

The 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Competition is here, and NOAA is hosting a webinar to prepare applicants to get through the application process.

Approximately $10 million will be available to support fisheries projects in this grant competition.  The proposal process is open on Grants.gov on July 22, 2016, and will close on December 9, 2016.  New for this year is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal.

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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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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