January 15, 2016

CLF Aquaculture Links: January 2016

Dave Love

Dave Love

Associate Scientist, Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

AQ-news-300The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) 2015 – 2020 were released last week and many public health and sustainable food system experts were dismayed over the exclusion of sustainability considerations. It appears politics played a large role in deciding not to include sustainability–which was in the report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which the DGA is based on. The specific guidelines for seafood look very similar to past dietary guidelines; Americans are advised to eat two servings per week, which would double current average consumption. Read the seafood related guidelines at the DGA website, CLF’s reaction to the DGA on our blog, and our public comment with suggestions on what to include in the DGA’s seafood recommendations, which we submitted in May while the guidelines were under development.

Open water aquaculture is one step closer to being a reality in the Gulf of Mexico. The Federal Office of Management and Budget approved NOAA’s plan, and in the new year NOAA will begin implementing the plan. Read the article at Undercurrent News and our take on a public health issue that has been overlooked.

In response to the FDA decision to approve a genetically engineered (GE) farmed Atlantic salmon for  human food, without labeling it as GE, the Editorial Board of the New York Times opines, “Consumers deserve to know what they are eating.” Read the Editors’ views at the New York Times.

A self-described environmental activist shares concerns about British Columbia, Canada, salmon farming and its impacts on the environment, overuse of antibiotics and conflicts with First Nations tribes.  Read the article at Huffington Post.

Oyster aquaculture is taking hold in Alabama as a way to increase economic opportunities for watermen, chefs, wholesalers–and local food groups like Southern Foodways Alliance are singing its praises too. Read more at Civil Eats.

Is Alaskan salmon free of Fukushima radioactive waste from Japan? Concern has been mounting about radioactive drift from Japan entering the U.S. food supply. These tests are some of the first reports we have seen looking at food safety of seafood caught in the U.S. Read more at The News Tribune.

Fish 2.0 is equivalent to the X-prize for fisheries and aquaculture. The group announced six winners from among 180 applicants for acclaimed business entrepreneurship contest. Awards went to startups in wild fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood supply chain businesses. See a list of all winners at Fish 2.0 and press coverage at NPR The Salt.

How do fish think and respond to stimuli? Scientists from two British universities answered part of this question by challenging Zebrafish with cold and warm water to observe their reactions. Read the findings at the Modern Farmer.  

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