Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Rubino as the agency’s new Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy. NOAA has established this new senior level position to support the agency’s strategic focus on seafood production and aquaculture. In this new role, Dr. Rubino will lead the development of markets for United States fisheries products–both wild capture and farmed–and facilitate new and expanded domestic aquaculture production.
Read more about the former Director of NOAA’s Office of Aquaculture’s appointment here.
California Sea Grant, the Moss Landing Marine Lab (MLML), Save Our Shores, Sustainable Design Masterclass, and LIFT Economy all co-sponsored a two-day forum held at the Moss Landing facility Fri-Sat, Aug 10-11, presenting a wide range of topics exploring pathways toward responsible aquaculture development in California. Continue reading →
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the report resulting from a two-year evaluation of its Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). The effort was coordinated by California Sea Grant and utilized a nine-member, scientific advisory committee. Additional background on the program and a direct link to its evaluation can be found here.
Dr. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Up to $5M in new research funding will be awarded this year by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) through its Sustainable American Aquaculture program. The program is intended to stimulate and advance innovative research in sustainable fish and shellfish production, provide economic opportunities to U.S. farmers, and increase the supply of domestically-produced, nutritious foods to meet growing consumer demand. The FFAR recognizes the major need to understand the biological and technological barriers, and market potential for a diverse range of aquatic species. The funding opportunity takes action to foster the understanding and minimizing of potential environmental impacts of aquaculture production that will be key to public acceptance of farmed fish and shellfish products, and long-term industry success.
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 →