New View of Shellfish Aquaculture and Eelgrass Interactions

TNC video screen captureThe Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working with Hog Island Oyster Company and the University of California Santa Cruz to assess the interactions between oyster aquaculture and eelgrass in Tomales Bay, California. The use of drones may help with these studies, and the validation of such aerial surveys could be highly valuable in both their perspective and economy (as this approach could be much less expensive than conventional side-scan sonar or diver-based methods). This TNC-produced video captures the study site and plan beautifully. The Tomales Bay studies are just beginning, so stay tuned to further developments and discussion.

CDFW Fish Hatcheries are Hiring!

Aquaculture job posting photo bannerDr. Mark Clifford, statewide environmental program manager for trout and salmon production, has shared this announcement, inviting qualified applicants to state service in the Department’s fish hatchery system:

The following exams are now being offered to qualify for positions working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Specifically we are looking for exceptional candidates for our Statewide Hatchery Coordinator position and for positions as Fish and Wildlife Technicians at both inland and anadromous hatcheries.

  • Click here to learn about the Senior Environmental Scientist (specialist) series that is the classification for our Statewide Hatchery Coordinator.  The Statewide Hatchery Coordinator position will be filled in coming months and candidates must be on the eligible list by taking the exam. The exam is a self-appraisal performed on the CalCareers website.   Click here if you are new to California state service.  For questions on this position, contact Dr. Mark Clifford at 530-918-9450 or mark.clifford@wildlife.ca.gov.
  • Click here to learn about the Fish and Wildlife Technician series that is the classification for our non-managerial hatchery staff.  To apply in time for the next scheduled exam, you must submit a Standard State Application (Form 678), postmarked by the Final Filing Date of July 18, 2017.  Click here if you are new to California state service.

Information on several careers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife can be found here.  Address any questions regarding these exams to the Human Resources Branch at (916) 653-8120.

New film highlights importance of Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S.

perspectives_film_cover_image_205_308_80auto_c1_c_c_0_0_1“Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S.” is a short film recently produced by the Seafood for the Future program and Long Beach Aquarium and can be viewed here. It features prominent scientists and experts on the topic and discusses aquaculture’s role in the global food supply, the state of domestic marine aquaculture, and its future in the US and California.

“It’s important to put aquaculture into the broader context of food”, says Dr. Steve Gaines, Dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. “It’s easy to focus on the negative impacts of one form of food production in terms of environmental impacts, without recognizing that all forms of food production have some negative impacts.” Dr. Gaines goes on to point out how important it is to look at how all of those food production methods compare to one another. Recent research analysis shows that aquaculture, done well using today’s current best practices, can exert the lowest environmental impacts of any form of food production on the planet. Continue reading

The Working Waterfront – American Aquaculture in the 21st Century

The USA contributes only 1% of the 100 billion dollar worldwide aquaculture industry and meanwhile imports nearly 90% of the seafood consumed here. There is a real opportunity for increased development of sustainable aquaculture that can feed and support our communities. Living Ocean Productions presents a detailed look at the success stories from around the country, and the possibilities available if we continue to explore the potential for aquaculture industry growth.

Meet the farmers growing & harvesting catfish, salmon, oyster, and mussels, and learn about their dedication to environmental sustainability, community engagement, and high quality products.

What does it take to operate an offshore fish farm?

A company in Australia is working to find out just that. Indian Ocean Fresh Australia has been working with the Mid West Development Commission to build a commercially viable and environmentally responsible offshore finfish industry off the west coast of Australia. Through supported research, they’ve been able to grow out 15,000 Yellowtail Kingfish to harvest and send to market.

In the past, their predecessors in a similar project failed due to issues with disease. This new venture is making fish health a top priority and has established a proactive monitoring system, with frequent blood tests & dissections to insure a standard of high health. So far, the results of this experiment have been encouraging; the fish are healthy, and according to feedback from local restaurants, of high quality and good taste.

The challenges for offshore aquaculture are many, both in protecting the natural environment and creating an economically viable, high-quality product. This venture is a great step in understanding the different challenges and actively finding solutions to create a more sustainable future.

Watch the video below to get a taste of their offshore farm, and read more here.

Farm fish harvest in Geraldton from Chris Lewis | ABC Midwest on Vimeo.

Fish Story from the Aquarium of the Pacific

Dr. Jerry Schubel, president of the Aquarium of the Pacific, shares their vision for a healthy future in “Fish Story”.  This video explores the potential of offshore marine aquaculture in the United States and its implications for ocean conservation, human health, and economic development.

Learn more about the Aquarium of the Pacific’s dedication to sustainable seafood and healthy oceans on their blog Sea Food Future.