October 20, 2016
The National Organic Program is reviewing whether food crops grown in soilless hydroponic and aquaponic systems should be considered for certification and labeling as USDA Organic. If you would like to submit a public comment, the written deadline is October 26th, oral comments via webinar can be made November 3rd, and in-person comments can be made at the meeting Nov 18th. Read the full Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force report.
Hurricane Matthew has inundated and submerged dozens of industrial animal production sites in Eastern North Carolina. Swine lagoons burst following Hurricane Floyd that hit the region in 1999, which led to influx of phosphorus, nitrogen, algal blooms in coastal estuaries and large fish kills. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to months to track the impact Hurricane Mathew will have on downstream industries including recreational and commercial fisheries and aquaculture. Read more at the Washington Post.
Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon are dropping, a finding from a new study on the healthful properties of fish. The drop in fats is a result of a decrease in fishmeal and fish oil in salmon diets, and replacement with plant based lipids and proteins, which is touted as a success for the industry. The lower nutritional makeup of these fish may require nutrition standards to recommend consumers to eat more fish to meet dietary guidelines. Read more at the BBC.
SeaFish, a United Kingdom NGO, and The Guardian newspaper hosted a panel discussion about slavery in the seafood industry. The enlightened group of panelists included representatives from advocacy groups, unions, and government and had a frank discussion of the critical issues for the industry. Read more at The Guardian.
Seafood fraud continues to gain awareness in the general public and traction in the media. Larry Olmstead, author of the book Real Food/Fake Food, provides an excellent summary of the issues in a blog. Read the article at Serious Eats or check out Larry’s book at your local bookstore.
Jillian Fry, Director of the Public Health and Sustainable Aquaculture Project at CLF, was interviewed by Food Tank.
A cargo ship off the coast of Denmark collided with an open water fish farm, releasing 80,000 rainbow trout and causing $1.5 million in damages. While it is unlikely these fish will survive and reproduce in the wild, the incident highlights one of the risks of locating fish farms in the open water. Read more at gCaptain.com.