May 25, 2016
Larger oyster farms may be coming soon to the Chesapeake Bay, as the Army Corps of Engineers aims to overhaul the permitting process. That’s a good thing for aquaculturists, local halfshell lovers, and the environment, because oysters are filter feeders that clean up the Bay. Read more at the Bay Journal.
In more Chesapeake Bay news, Virginia leads the nation in hard clam sales and leads the East Coast in oyster sales. Congratulations Karen Hudson and Thomas Murray on the 10th anniversary of the Virginia hatchery-based shellfish aquaculture assessment! Read more at VIMS.
China is doubling down on aquaculture extension field agents. China’s National Fisheries Extension program has 40,000 employees and roughly three-quarters are technical staff. You don’t become the world leader in aquaculture without significant investment in human capital and government support. Read more at SeafoodSource.com.
Environment Canada finds water pollution and habitat damage near Nova Scotia fish hatcheries. What does this news mean for the hundreds of fish hatcheries in the United States… should we be looking into hatcheries as point-source discharge sites? Read more at CBC News.
One fish, two fish, we own all the fish. There is more consolidation in the marine fish farming industry. Cooke Aquaculture, known for operating salmon farms in Maine, Canada’s East Coast, Chile, and Scotland, has purchased Icicle Seafoods, a U.S. West Coast salmon farm. Read more at Seattle Times.
We have shared news in the past about the debate over net pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes. Journalist Codi Kozacek wrote a long-form blogpost this month summarizing the issues, including recent polls showing consumer concern over net pen farms in Michigan and the history of pollution from neighboring Canadian fish farms. Read more at Circle of Blue.
An English government-industry program released a new regulatory toolbox for aquaculture this month. The website is a great reference and compendium for regulatory documents at SeaFish.org.
In 2015, $11.5 Billion of the $140 Billion netted by the seafood industry was certified as deriving from fish that were sustainably raised or caught. This comes from the State of Sustainable Initiatives Review. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has a small (nearly 700,000 metric tons) and growing fraction of seafood certified. ASC mainly works with salmon, tilapia and pangasius. Read more at The Guardian.
A leaky undersea pipeline owned by Royal Dutch Shell is responsible for an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico; the slick is about 2 miles wide by 13 miles long. Vicky Wyatt, a Greenpeace campaigner, told The Guardian, “The oil and gas industry’s business-as-usual mentality devastates communities, the environment, and our climate. Make no mistake, the more fossil fuel infrastructure we have, the more spills and leaks we’ll see.” Read more at The Guardian.