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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Study highlights noise threat to Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod could be at risk from noise created by wind farms and other off-shore developments, according to new University of Stirling research.

A study carried out by the University's world-leading Institute of Aquaculture found that Atlantic cod exposed to noise levels common in land-based aquaculture facilities exhibited significantly reduced rates of egg production and fertilisation.

But the researchers believe this could also have implications for Atlantic cod in the wild. Read more...

Bristol Bay Fishermen Aghast At 50-Cents-A-Pound Price For Sockeye

Most Bristol Bay fishermen were shocked and dismayed when they heard last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for red salmon. That’s a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 to 2004, and is far below the $1.20 or more paid last year.

A late surge of reds produced catches of nearly 13 million fish in the final week of this year’s run, bringing the total by July 23 to 34.5 million fish. Fish were still trickling in, and state managers, who called the season an anomaly, said the final tally should reach the projected harvest of 37.6 million sockeye. Read more...

NFI Issues Statement On 2015 State Department Trafficking In Persons Report

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has zero tolerance for labour abuses. Our member companies continue to review, monitor and audit their supply chains to safeguard against  the abhorrent practices alleged in Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report.

NFI recognizes the challenges associated with labour in some areas of the seafood sector, as well as the consistent commitment by our members to take on those challenges. Likewise, we remain concentrated on pushing governments to bolster enforcement. It is enforcement that will have the most impact to help victims, prosecute criminals and deter others. Read more...

Commission adopts €32.6m investment package for the Slovenian fisheries sector

The European Commission has adopted a key investment package for the Slovenian maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors worth €32.6m, including almost €25m of EU funds, for the period 2014-2020.

The adopted operational programme (OP) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund  (EMFF) is fully in line with the EMFF priorities and the EU's common fisheries policy. It will promote resource-efficientinnovativecompetitive and knowledge-based fisheries and aquaculture. Read more...

Kuterra aquaculture by ‘Namgis First Nation raises hope for wild salmon— and some hackles

The recent offer by Norwegian salmon-farming corporation Grieg to pay off B.C. shrimp fishermen— as part of an industry-wide intention to massively expand salmon aquaculture production in B.C. in the next five years— is only the latest imbroglio in the long and bitter controversy over net-pen salmon farming.

The debate has raged for over 25 years in British Columbia. Along the way it has embroiled conservationists, fishermen, scientists, federal and provincial governments and the aquaculture industry itself— sparking multiple lawsuits and protest marches in Vancouver, Victoria and coastal communities. Read more...

Stellar Biotechnologies signs Collaboration Agreement to Expand KLH Aquaculture Operations

Giant Keyhole Limpet 

Stellar Secures Strategic Site in Mexico for Exclusive Sustainable KLH Production

Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. a leading provider of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH) protein, announced that the Company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Ostiones Guerrero SA de CV ("Ostiones") (the "Agreement") to secure a unique strategic site in Baja California, Mexico 
for the development of an additional aquaculture locale and expansion of Stellar KLH(TM) production to meet the increasing needs of its customers.

Stellar provides clinical-stage biotechnology companies with KLH, an immune-stimulating protein that is an essential ingredient in a number of human immunotherapies in various stages of clinical development. KLH can only be obtained from a scarce marine mollusk, the Giant Keyhole Limpet, which is native to a limited stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. Read more...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Benchmark Holdings surges on aquaculture acquisitions

Benchmark Holdings surged 10 percent after saying it had acquired Norwegian aquaculture genetics and research business Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS (AFGC) and 80 percent of the issued share capital of US-based Spring Genetics for a combined total consideration of NOK140m.

The acquisitions, which will be made from existing cash balances, represent a strategic move into aquaculture genetics across a wider number of the major farmed species, and into breeding in the fast growing tilapia sector, the company said. Read more...