Category Archive: Aquaculture Perspectives

Physical security at aquaculture facilities becomes a priority

Physical security at aquaculture facilities has always been an issue for our industry to one degree or another. In the past, it usually took the form of measures to exclude predatory animals, such as birds or mammals, from eating fish stocks in outdoor confinements such as ponds and raceways. And, depending on the location and …

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Aquaculture Perspectives: Global aquaculture production reaches new heights

by Bill Manci New numbers released recently by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) point to unrelenting progress in the growth of aquaculture production around the world. That’s the good news. These data emerge amidst what seems to be (at least to me) an accelerating pattern of climate extremes. Drought in …

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AQUACULTURE PERSPECTIVES: Food security is a primary goal of aquaculture

by Bill Manci As a consultant, in a real sense I am plugged into the heartbeat of the world with regard to the demand for aquaculture. Aquaculture has, of course, become (or soon will become) a primary way for many nations to secure their food supplies for the future. As most of us know, the …

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New numbers will likely conclude the song remains the same: More growth in aquaculture is inevitable

by Bill Manci As we gather in Seattle for Aquaculture America 2014, I patiently and eagerly await publication of the latest set of world fishery and aquaculture production statistics developed annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. For a consultant like me, these data are invaluable, as they provide me …

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Aquaculture Perspectives – A wild capture fisheries atrocity off the coast of Peru

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by Bill Manci Another installment of “What is the world coming to?” You may have missed this, but two conservation organizations, Mundo Azul and BlueVoice, recently uncovered what I consider one of the most heinous and indefensible activities ever brought to light. Thousands of dolphins off the coast of Peru are being slaughtered and used …

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Aquaculture Perspectives – Fish naming standards

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New standards for common names of fishes apply to aquaculture, all fisheries sciences Not long ago, I was casually thumbing through my April copy of Fisheries, the magazine of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), a duty I look forward to every month when it comes through the door. For me, one of the highlights is seeing …

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Connecting investors, fish farmers a challenge

When my office telephone rings, it can often be one of two things: Someone looking for help to solve a problem.  As in, “Can you help me fix this?” or “I want to start raising fish, but don’t know how;” or … It can be someone with investment money looking to diversify into fish production. …

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Integrated aquaculture: The sustainable and profitable path forward to grow our industry and feed the need for more fish

by Bill Manci We are all concerned about the current status and future of our environment. I consider myself a fervent environmentalist. While I have always considered aquaculture our best alternative to capture fisheries and a way to preserve those capture fisheries, some prefer to focus on aquaculture’s negatives, and have tried to paint aquaculture …

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As US seafood trade deficit continues to rise NIMBY attitudes, regulations have to change

by Bill Manci It is not often that I invoke the name of a colleague in my column. But I am compelled to mention someone who, for the past several years, has inspired me through his relentless efforts to right a wrong. Like many of us still do, I used to think that the US …

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Globalization could benefit US farmers

Aquaculture Perspectives – As the rest of the world “catches up,”  US aquaculture will flourish Back in 2004, I wrote a column about outsourcing and the fact that more and more of our fish were coming from overseas. Our economy was relatively strong at the time and the high value of the US dollar meant …

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Finally, good news about aquaculture’s environmental impacts

Industry receives good news about its environmental impacts   AQUACULTURE PERSPECTIVES by Bill Manci I received some very good news recently. This was news that really did not surprise me, frankly, but was the sort of news that provided a sense of satisfaction that I have sought for a long time. Those of us in …

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Romantic notion of eating wild fish must end

AQUACULTURE PERSPECTIVES by Bill Manci I read the recent article in Time magazine (July 18, 2011) by Bryan Walsh about aquaculture and its relationship to human nutrition and wild fish populations. Aquaculture was, AGAIN, inaccurately painted in an awkward light – as sort of a necessary evil. The author waxed poetic about people setting out …

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Globalization a boon to US industry?

AQUACULTURE PERSPECTIVES BY BILL MANCI Predictions do come true, aquaculture can come to the rescue Just about a year ago, I wrote a column about US aquaculture’s current state of affairs. The nation was running a huge trade deficit in seafood, and we still do. But some important shifts have occurred over the past twelve …

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Wild fish face an uncertain future; worsening pollution by plastics may be the only certainty

AQUACULTURE PERSPECTIVES BY BILL MANCI I watched with great interest as David Pogue, a frequent contributor to CBS’s Sunday Morning program, presented a story recently about plastics in the oceans – specifically the Pacific Ocean and an area called the North Pacific Gyre which stretches from Asia to North America. Actually, there are five similar …

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