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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.

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.

 

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:

  1. GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF AQUATIC SPECIES
  2. ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES TO ADVANCE US DOMESTIC AQUACULTURE

Soy Aquaculture Alliance Call for Research Proposals – FY16

PBS: Aquaponic farming saves water, but can it feed the country?

PBS Aquaponics

Aquaponics, a system of farming that uses no soil, also uses far less water than traditional agriculture. But while the technique is gaining attention, it remains a very niche way to grow produce due to economic limitations. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Half Moon Bay, California.

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What is Aquaponics?

Interest is growing for aquaponics—the combination of aquaculture (farming aquatic species) and hydroponics (soil-less plant culture). This interest comes from a diverse group including backyard hobbyists, non-profits, and commercial ventures. And it’s easy to understand the allure. Aquaponics produces sustainable, locally grown fresh produce, using recirculated water, and combines knowledge from various disciplines including animal husbandry, plant ecology, pest management, and engineering, to name a few. There are also a variety of opportunities for aquaponics as a teaching tool for students, entrepreneurs, and veterans. Particularly in California, aquaponics represents a drought-smart method of food production, where water use can be as little as 10 percent of conventionally-irrigated terrestrial crops.


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Sturgeon Aquaculture Tour

Sterling Caviar recently hosted a tour of their sturgeon farm and caviar processing facility in Elverta, California for an audience of state legislative and agency officials, accompanied by post-graduate Fellows from the California Sea Grant Program. Organized by the Office of the State Aquaculture Coordinator and the California Aquaculture Association, participants learned about this local success story and the long-term commitment required of farm-raising caviar, which takes an average of 10 years to yield its crop.

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