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.

Seaweed: It’s not just for sushi

For Japanese food enthusiasts, seaweed is an expected part of a meal. But the researchers at Oregon State University are hoping to make the algae a bigger part of our everyday lives. The Food Innovation Team is focusing on Dulse (Palmaria palmata), a red algae common in the Pacific and Atlantic ocean. Dulse is high in healthy nutrients, grows quickly and easily in tank culture, and supposedly when grilled, has a taste similar to bacon.

Seaweed has been a staple in many cultures around the world, and algae is a key ingredient to many household products, such as ice cream and make up. Researchers and other food entrepreneurs hope to expand the use of seaweed, whether as a savory snack on its own or an ingredient in healthy goods.

Watch the video below and read more about OSU’s endeavors.

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.

Ready, Set, Farm!

Aquaculture Business Incubator Taking Proposals in San Diego

In the interest of promoting local business and sustainable seafood, the Port of San Diego has created a process to support local development concepts with their first business incubator – and it’s aimed at aquaculture. The Aquaculture Business Incubator will further the Port’s broader mission to promote fisheries, commerce, navigation, and recreation, by focusing on aquaculture partnerships. And they are ready to receive proposals immediately.

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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.

NOAA Announces $3M in Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program Funds for FY2016

logo_sg_bluebackDepending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3M available for a national competition to fund new FY 2016 aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.
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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.

 

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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