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Photo round-up: Aquaculture America 2014 in Seattle
SEATTLE, WA – “Snow in Seattle?  C’mon, where do I have to go to get away from this damn stuff?” That was the reaction of one exhibitor at this year’s Aquaculture America 2014 (AA14) Conference and Trade Show upon arrival at the event i...

Fish Health Notes - Rox Smolowitz: Shellfish doc extraordinaire
BRISTOL, RI – If you need to know something about a shellfish disease, Roxanna Smolowitz is the doctor to call.  Few veterinarians focus on disease testing and treatment of aquatic animals.  Even fewer specialize in shellfish.  Yet Roxanna is fu...

Wouldn’t be spring without my annual From the Floor Report; this time Aquaculture America '14 in Seattle
SEATTLE, WA – Whew, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like that last year sure rolled around quick. Here it is time again for my annual “From the Floor” show round-up and I’m kind of feeling like I just wrapped up Nashville (Aqu...

A quick spin around this year’s WAA meeting and show
MISHICOT, WI – It’s spring, it’s show season, and that means I spend more time in a hotel room than in my own bed at home for a few weeks.  But that’s okay. Especially when an event like the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association annual meetin...

The National Aquaculture Association: Industry’s best kept secret weapon?
by Bob Robinson PINE BLUFF, AR – Recently I came to the revelation that many of the domestic producers I encounter in the course of my travels are not aware of the scope of work that the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is doing on their b...

Tourism: A viable spin-off business for lobstermen and sea farmers
by Dana Morse “Oh yeah, sure.  I know a bunch of lobstermen.  Lots of times I’ll just call up or go down to the boat to get a few lobsters,” said any resident on the Maine coast, anywhere.  “You know a lobsterman?  Oh man, that must...

Fish Health Notes – Can we use bacteriophages to kill fish pathogens?
by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – Bacteria-eating viruses have been generating some buzz lately as a growing number of headlines have pointed to them as potential tools to fight the next big war against “superbugs.” The buzz continued last mon...

From the Field – Herman Brothers Feature
by Bob Robinson Fish stocking, lake and pond management, all geared for maximum fishing fun  PEORIA, IL –  I think we can all agree the term “sportsman’s paradise” is grossly overused.  But for any serious outdoorsperson, a visit to ...

Aquaculture Perspectives - A wild capture fisheries atrocity off the coast of Peru
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 activiti...

SPECIAL FLORIDA AQUACULTURE FOCUS
Introduction, overview of FL aquaculture Diverse industry, strong support network, natural advantages combine to create climate for growth The strength and vitality of Florida aquaculture originates from the diversity of farmed species, hard-wo...

FL - Freshwater ornamentals
Oldest, largest, most diverse segment of Florida aquaculture The freshwater ornamental industry is the oldest, most diverse, and largest segment of Florida aquaculture. With roots dating back into the late 1920s, the state’s freshwater ornamenta...

FL - Marine ornamentals
Florida leads shift from wild harvest to cultured trade Since the beginning, the marine aquarium trade has relied primarily on capture fisheries for its supply. In the ornamental trade, an estimated 95% of the freshwater fish come from farms, b...

FL - Shellfish
Florida hard clam farming industry a unique success story Unlike the ornamental industry, shellfish aquaculture is a relatively new pursuit in Florida. Yet, in just over three decades, hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) represent the single, mo...

FL - Reptiles
Alligator, turtle production strong and growing in Florida Reptile farming is one of the most exotic sectors of Florida aquaculture, often involving rare and beautiful animals. Florida’s first alligator farm opened in 1893 and the continuous ...

FL - Aquatic plants
Serving aquarium, water garden, wetland restoration needs Nothing completes an aquarium or garden pond like a variety of beautiful aquatic plants, and wetland restoration and mitigation projects require massive amounts of plants to do a good job. ...

From the Field : Visiting farms, folks, facilities in the Sunshine
For this special Focus on Florida Aquaculture issue of Fish Farming News, FFN roving columnist Bob Robinson traveled to the Sunshine State to look in on several farms and facilities for this month’s From the Field report. While by no means a...

Fish Health Notes : Rocco Cipriano: respected leader, innovator
BY ROD GETCHELL KEARNEYSVILLE, WV - As I get older, I find myself getting emotional when I thank the folks I look up to and respect in this world. Many of these people resist the recognition they deserve, but I admire their selfless dedication...

Offshore Shellfish Farm
Proposed offshore shellfish farm works with scientists to protect sea environment, monitor potential impacts By Phil Cruver LONG BEACH, CA – The Southern California Bight – the eastward curvature of ocean region between Santa Barbara and the...

From the Field - Kasco
Sticking close to home: An inside look at Kasco Marine and the folks who work there PRESCOTT, WI –  Okay, it may be a little self-serving, but I have decided to dedicate this month’s column to one of my favorite subjects. Kasco Marine and t...

Aquaculture Perspectives - Fish naming standards
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 mon...

Industry Products - Issue 3 - 2013
See our round-up of new Industry Products from: •  In-Situ •  The Power House •  Process Technology and, •  YSI Read the rest and much, much more in Issue 3, 2013 of Fish Farming News.  Download access instructions so tha...

Fish Health Notes - Molecular methods
Molecular methods:  Are they the next enforcement tools? ITHACA, NY – Scientists these days love to use the latest fancy molecular techniques to find evidence of pathogens in samples such as tank water, feces, mucus, and, of course, fish themselv...

Sugar kelp farming: A promising new industry for coastal Maine
WALPOLE, ME - Maine shellfish growers, traditional fishermen, chefs, and consumers all have a reason to be enthusiastic about a leafy brown algae called sugar kelp. New culture techniques may be the missing link needed to bring aquaculturists and ...

Bob’s annual report from the WI aquaculture conference: Good turnout, super products showcased, lots of snow
FROM THE FIELD BY BOB ROBINSON  PEWAUKEE, WI – Regular readers know that around this time of the year you can pretty much count on spring show reports from me. Usually one from the big national aquaculture conference and show (wherever it happe...

Nanoparticles: Next generation vaccines for farmed fish?
FISH HEALTH NOTES  BY ROD GETCHELL  ITHACA, NY – Until recently, I had no idea that nanoparticles could serve as vaccine and drug-delivery devices. These miniscule spheres are the subject of lectures and articles in our campus newspaper at Cor...

Sweet harmony as global aquaculture community gathers in Music City USA for big conference, show
NASHVILLE, TN – Despite nasty winter weather gripping much of the nation, it was pretty much all sunshine and smiles here in late February as the US and international aquaculture community gathered for the Aquaculture 2013 (Aqua ‘13) conference a...

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association Newsletter
Now available to readers of Fish Farming News:  the quarterly newsletter of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA). This 8-page, full-color newsletter is mailed as a supplement to the print version of Fish Farming News to all member...

Visiting Pentair AES’s aquaponics facility
APOPKA, FL – Aquaponics is just about the hottest thing going in aquaculture these days. From backyard systems for neophytes, to full scale commercial operations, aquaponics – which is simply defined as growing aquatic animals (fish) and plant...

KAVA Farms Growing shrimp in a big way down in Texas
LOS FRESNOS, TX – “Jeepers Creepers!” I said … or words to that effect.  I had a shrimp in my mouth; what I can honestly say, with my hand on a Bible and waiting for lightning to strike me dead if I’m lying, was the best-tasting shrimp I...

Building tanks, more at Hydro Composites
STOCKDALE, TX – “I’m in the aquaculture industry because it is ingrained in my heart and mind,” says Chris Mills, sole owner and managing member of Hydro Composites LLC (Hydro). His company, a custom fiberglass manufacturing and fabricatio...

Getting the most from recirculating aquaculture systems
Successful recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) based ventures are rooted in financial success, and the various obstacles proffered as excuses for RAS failure are just that, excuses. The real question is how do we achieve appropriate project sca...

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 inv...

Pacific oysters serving as ocean acidification sentinels
SEATTLE, WA - Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are assisting Northwest shellfish hatchery managers with their fight against a collapse in oyster seed production. Carolyn Friedman and Steven Roberts, faculty members of the School of...

Need seed? East Coast Shellfish and Hatchery List
Each year, shellfish growers search for seed suppliers and some suppliers mail out seed price catalogs annually. But many more do not. This directory is designed to identify shellfish seed suppliers from all along the East Coast of the US and Cana...

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 tho...

Cleaner wrasse can control sea lice
BY TONI ERKINHARJU   Guest columnist OSLO, NORWAY – Sea lice are external parasites that feed on the skin, mucus, and blood of marine fish, causing wounds, secondary infections, and reduced growth of their hosts. In Norwegian aquaculture, an es...

A trip to the Ozarks to visit Neosho National Fish Hatchery
by Bob Robinson  NEOSHO, MO -- Nestled into this scenic southwest corner of Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks is a shining star. A landmark US Fish and Wildlife Service facility known as the Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH). This facil...

Fish farmers, industry professionals from around the world set to descend on Nashville for Aquaculture 2013, Feb. 21-25
NASHVILLE, TN – What better place than Music City, USA for a mega Aquaculture 2013 (Aqua ‘13) conference and trade show playing to the theme “Strike a Chord for Sustainable Aquaculture.” Thousands of fish farmers and industry professio...

Exploring the potential for scallop aquaculture in the US
by Dana Morse The following article has been reprinted, with permission, from the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA) Sept. 2012 Newsletter. – Editor WALPOLE, ME -- Aquaculture of sea scallops in the Northeast US seems to b...

Head scratching time again: US per capita seafood consumption numbers slip; leaving many asking why?
WASHINGTON, DC – What will it take to get Americans to eat more seafood? That was the question most often heard in the days immediately following the release of the National Fisheries Institute's (NFI) 2011 Top Ten Seafood List in late September...

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 d...

Fish sedative AQUI-S® 20E clears another hurdle
by Rod Getchell LA CROSSE, WI – Fish farmers and fisheries professionals who anesthetize fish are about to read some welcome news involving mandatory drug withdrawal times. Here's the nub of it.  Authorization has been granted by the US Food...

Travels with Bob: This time, a unique visit to Aquaculture 2012 show, conference in Prague
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC --  Okay, the dateline (and headline) on this column gives it away. Yes, I ventured far from Packer Land this past September to attend the Aquaculture 2012 conference and trade show here in beautiful Prague. Wow. &nbs...

Taking a "Rhode" trip with members of the Ocean State Shellfish Co-op
by Crystal Cun This article is being republished, with permission, from the W&T Seafood website, <www.wtseafood.com>, where it was orginally posted as a blog entry on Nov. 1. --Editor NARRAGANSETT, RI -- Wind to my back, oyster in han...

Keo Fish Farm: Surviving, then thriving, because they’re good at what they do
by Brian D. Robbins KEO, AR – This is a story about true grit. Not True Grit, mind you – there are no one-eyed marshals, fierce shoot-outs with gangs of ruthless outlaws, or horses, even. (Although there are a few cows – we’ll get to them ...

Can mussels keep finfish healthier?
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell Mussels may alter salmon farm disease dynamics PLYMOUTH, MA – During the 2010 Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) held Dec. 1-3 here in Plymouth, researchers from the University of Maine ...

Family business provides fish, equipment on the Canadian prairie
FROM THE FIELD  by Bob Robinson EDMONTON, ALBERTA – This past fall I had the distinct pleasure of visiting a unique fish farm and fish farming family here in the Canadian western prairie province of Alberta, in an area that is more or less due ...

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 relativ...

Quality people, custom fabrication keys to success for Wisconsin Flowgate and Culvert
Fish Farming Business Profile WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – If you have a fish pond there’s a good chance you have already done business with Wisconsin Flowgate – if you haven’t yet, you probably will. This family-owned business, situated in r...

Trout season never ends at historic Pennsylvania state fish hatchery
by Stephen Sears CORRY, PA - For most folks around here, trout season began at 8 am on Apr. 16. That’s when thousands of anglers See PA FISH HATCHERY, page 28 Corry State Fish Hatchery foreman Paul Mountain displays a handsome batch of golden...

Remembering the iconic career of scientist Graham L. “Pete” Bullock
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell LEETOWN, WV – The 36th Annual Eastern Fish Health Workshop, held March 28–April 1 in Mt. Pleasant, SC, was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Graham L. “Pete” Bullock, who passed away on Jan. 8 at Jefferson Me...

Lessons from the West Coast resonate with East Coast shellfish hatchery owners, industry
by Kelsey Abbott TILLAMOOK, OR - “You don’t need to be a PhD to recognize a problem,” says Mark Wiegardt, owner of Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Netarts Bay, OR. “I’m not a scientist. I’m not a biologist. There’s a lot of th...

Aquaculture America 2011 makes a grand return to New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA – As the locals say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” (let the good times roll). With that, the doors sprung open for this year’s Aquaculture America 2011 (AA 2011) conference and trade show here in early March. It was a tri...

Freshwater prawn growers gather for 10th Annual Meeting in Tunica, MS
by Anne-Lauren Fratesi TUNICA, MS – The 10th Annual Meeting of the US Freshwater Prawn Growers Association (USFPGA) was held here recently at the beautiful Gold Strike Casino Resort. Momentum clearly continues to build for the domestic freshw...

Jim Dartez and Reliant Water Technologies: Familiar face behind new products, new ideas
NEW ORLEANS, LA – If you mention Jim Dartez’s name in aquaculture circles the most likely response is, “Sure, Royce Instruments,” the company Dartez owned and was often the public face of from the mid- 1980s until he sold the business to ITT ...

Good samples critical for accurate diagnosis
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – Mortalities are bound to occur at fish farms, and, when troubling situations arise, it’s tempting to collect the first mortalities you find to send out for testing. But remember this: A fish docto...

International aquaculture insurance conference meets in Ireland
Need for wider fish-loss coverage identified as key priority for industry growth by David Albaum KINSALEO, IRELAND – This past spring,, approximately 100 professionals gathered in picturesque Kinsale here on the southwest coast of Ireland to ...

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 provi...

Water gives life; use it wisely or lose it
FROM THE FIELD by Bob Robinson Let’s get serious for a moment. Have you ever stopped and really, truly given thought to just how important water is – both to our daily lives, not to mention the profession we have all chosen? I think about w...

Tropical fish - Maine facility breeding clownfish for home aquarium market
by Bill Trotter FRANKLIN, ME – There’s not much tropical about Maine’sTaunton Bay. The saltwater bay, which is only about 60 miles as the crow flies from the Canadian border, is the northernmost habitat for the horseshoe crab and, given its ...

HBOI Report -Researchers at HBOI at FAU studying impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
by Amber Garr and Susan Laramore FT. PIERCE, FL – As we all now know, on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, releasing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a five-month period. The impact of that sp...

Working with the “rocket men” of APHIS on bird capture nets
Finding new ways to round up pesky birds: Working with the “rocket men” of APHIS FACES, PLACES AND GEAR by Greg Faulkner “It’s not supposed to shoot the dang thing that far. “It was never meant to throw a net that fast. Even the ma...

New seafood numbers - Tilapia, pangasius show gains, catfish holds its own
US per capita seafood consumption numbers dip, tilapia, pangasius move up on NFI’s Top Ten list WASHINGTON, DC – Release of the latest US per capita seafood consumption numbers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in...

High pressure makes oysters safer to eat
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell DOVER, DE – We’re all under pressure these days, but researchers at the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) at Delaware State University are taking high pressure processin...

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 i...

SITE VISIT: Bell Aquaculture: From tiny perch a mighty business grows
by Brian Robbins REDKEY, IN – First, an admission. Believe me, where I come from in Downeast Maine, we have our share of fish fries. Some folks live, breathe, and die (literally) for the “Friday Nite AYCE” specials at the local diner. Tha...

Dragging me along into social media as I concede to modern times
FROM THE FIELD by Bob Robinson Like many of you, I can remember as if it was yesterday the need when traveling to stop frequently at a roadside phone booth and check ahead before my next farm visit, call home, or see about messages at the office. ...

Tough wire, for the toughest conditions: Meet Jim Knott Sr. and Riverdale Mills
NORTHBRIDGE, MA – In New England, where Fish Farming News is based, Riverdale Mills is known first and foremost as the leading supplier of PVCcoated wire used to build lobster traps for the commercial fishing industry. It is a key component of the ...

Zebrafish may hold key to future of fish health
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – The greatest advances in fish health may come from one of the smallest cultured fishes, the zebrafish. The new white rats of biomedical research, zebrafish have become the model organism in hundr...

Non-lethal samples may work for disease testing
FISH HEALTH NEWS by Rod Getchell SEATTLE, WA – Last summer, my message to fish farmers was focused on sample quality. This time, it’s about non-lethal testing of farmed fish. Why? Because taking a biopsy without having to sacrifice an animal i...

Water monitoring systems gain acceptance by producers as manufacturers improve reliability and expand features
by Bill Manci FORT COLLINS, CO — Fish farming is like no other form of agriculture. By law across much of the US, freshwater aquaculture falls under the same umbrella as dirt farming and ranching. But the aquaculture environment could not ...

Want to grow fish in Virginia? Inside VSU's Randolph Farm aquaculture facility
PETERSBURG, VA – Tucked along the edge of the Virginia State University (VSU) campus here is the impressive VSU Randolph Farm aquaculture facility. Randolph Farm, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a “416-acre agricultural learning ...

Neil Sims’ bold new experiment in Hawaii “Free range” open ocean cultured fish? Maybe so, if Neil Sims can make it work
KAILUA-KONA, HI – Neil Anthony Sims, a recognized leader in the growing movement to expand domestic aquaculture production into open ocean waters, has recently taken a bold new step toward developing what may be the technology of the future for sus...

Behind the scenes at Air-O-Lator
KANSAS CITY, MO – A fixture on fish farms and at industry trade shows for some 40 years, Air-O-Lator Corporation is a leading manufacturer of water and wastewater equipment for aquaculture and other applications. Fish farmers may be most familiar w...

Trout farmers gather in Twin Falls, ID for fall conference, trade show, tours
TWIN FALLS, ID – Who doesn’t love Idaho in late September? I mean, seriously? What a spectacular location once again for this year’s US Trout Farmers of America (USTFA) fall meeting and conference. There we were, me and about 2OO other...

The latest news - From all around the industry
WWF’s trout dialogue standards enter final stage WASHINGTON, DC – The Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Dialogue has recently released the final draft of its global standards for certifying farmed trout. These standards will help farmers eliminate or ...

Off-flavor detectives making steady progress
FISH HEALTH NOTES BY ROD GETCHELL ITHACA, NY – I’ve seen a number of scientific articles recently about off-flavor problems in fish. What surprised me most was the location of the authors – Quebec, Israel, and China – and the progress bein...

SPECIAL FOCUS - A collection of the best of Bob Robinson’s From the Field columns
Visiting Iowa’s North Star Fish Hatchery, three generations of pond stocking success From the Field by Bob Robinson MONTOUR, IA – Folks around here like to say Arlo Hinegardner was a little ahead of his time. Back in 1939, as much of the...

Coming events - Lots of shows, conferences, more
COMING EVENTS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY   2012 Midcontinent Warm Water Fish Culture Workshop Feb. 6-8. Workshop. Doubletree Hotel, Overland Park, KS. Contact Randy Nelson, (620) 362-4166 or <randy. nelson@ksoutdoors.com>. Maine Aquaculture ...

Moving live fish is risky business
FISH HEALTH NOTES BY ROD GETCHELL ITHACA, NY – Bringing live fish onto your fish farm is risky business. Probably the biggest risk factor is that live fish can carry unwanted pathogens, and these pathogens can lead to trouble if they take hold w...

New shrimp technologies revealed at field day: Methods could revive Texas, US shrimp industries
by Rod Santa Ana CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center here hosted a shrimp production technology field day last fall at two Gulf Coast locations, showcasing new shrimp technologies that could revive the foodand bait-...

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 seafoo...

Local Ocean launches European seabass raised in the Hudson Valley
HUDSON, NY – For the first time in North America, consumers in New York State can now enjoy locally-grown European seabass, otherwise known as branzino, raised by Local Ocean in a fully-contained, saltwater production facility here. Local Ocean ...

Watching the water: Virginia hatcheries monitor water chemistry
by Kelsey Abbott TIDEWATER REGION, VA – In the last few years, shellfish growers in the Pacific Northwest and in Maine have taken action to monitor their waters for changes in water chemistry, including those that indicate ocean acidification. ...

Butterfly nets catch Asian carp ... say what?
FACES, PLACES, & GEAR BY GREG FAULKNER MILTON, LA – “Qu’est-ce que c’est? (what is this),” Larry Jambon, a retired netmaker asked me. “It’s some Paupiers for carp, vous vieux chien (you old dog),” I replied. Now that our ...

Mussel farms in Maine participating in unique pilot project to stimulate seaweed production
FRANKLIN, ME – Seaweed is a $6 billion industry worldwide. That’s “b” as in “billion” – and a small portion of that is grown and harvested right here in Maine in what some are now beginning to see Different types of seaweed, also ...

Separate out runts to reduce disease risk
FISH HEALTH NOTES BY ROD GETCHELL The phenomenon of runts as disease carriers has not received a lot of research attention, but weighing the pros and cons of keeping them around is something fish farmers should think about. ITHACA, NY – One o...

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 c...

Aquaculture America 2012 rolls the dice, comes up a winner as industry’s annual conference, trade show return to Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV – It was Paris in the springtime … or almost … as fish farmers and aquaculture professionals from throughout the US and several foreign nations gathered here in late February and early March for the annual Aquaculture America Conf...

From the Field - Thoughts from the floor at AA2012 in Vegas
by Bob Robinson LAS VEGAS, NV – The theme for this year’s Aquaculture America Conference and Trade Show was “Bringing All Players To The Table.” Appropriate, since Las Vegas’s popular Paris hotel and casino complex was the headquarters f...

Harvest of first farmed fish in US waters shows promise of eco-friendly aquaculture
KAILUA-KONA, HI – Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms here announced recently the successful final harvest from their Velella research project, which raised farmed fish for the first time in US federal waters (see FFN Issue 5, 2011). This harves...

Diving into the future of aquaculture at Alltech’s International Symposium
LEXINGTON, KY – The Alltech 28th Annual International Symposium, held May 19-22 here, was a world-class event. But beyond that, it was a world-class opportunity for people to come together to discuss major topics in the agriculture industry, inc...

Carbon dioxide contributes to cod cataracts
FISH HEALTH NOTES BY ROD GETCHELL LAKE PLACID, NY – Atlantic cod cataracts focused my attention during the most recent Eastern Fish Health Workshop held here the week of April 23. After viewing more than 100 presentations, I am not joking about...

From the Field - Visiting the Hales at Boatcycle, Inc. in TX
In East Texas, visiting the Hales at Boatcycle Inc., providers of aerators, supplies, tilapia, and more From the Field by Bob Robinson HENDERSON, TX – During a recent visit to Texas I took a little side trip over to East Texas to visit my fri...

Growers Supply does structures, systems, more Providing structures, systems, training for aquaculture, hydroponics, and much more
DYERSVILLE, IA – Like many, if not most, suppliers serving the US aquaculture industry, the founders of Growers Supply came from non-fish farming backgrounds when they launched their company back in the early 1980s. Barry Goldsher was born and r...

Revisiting a favorite topic: Megatrends, Part Deux
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING BY PAUL HUNDLEY On the heels of the 5th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture (ICRA) in Roanoke, VA in 2004, FFN published my Systems Engineering column, “Megatrends in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems” (Me...

HBOI at FAU Report • 20 Close-up look at IMTA in RAS project
by Paul S. Wills FT. PIERCE, FL – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (HBOI-FAU) has recently embarked on a two-year project designed to advance the technology available for sustainable land-based aquaculture by ...

Egg disinfection may keep viruses at bay
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell MADISON, WI – Keeping fish viruses such as Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) and Spring Viremia of Carp (SVC) out of your hatchery takes a complete biosecurity plan. With the appearance of both of these viruses...

HACCP planning keeps fish farms secure
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell WEST HENRIETTA, NY – Sea Grant and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been conducting Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) workshops directed at the baitfish and aquaculture industries for a num...

Advances in disease testing raise concerns
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ATLANTIC BEACH, NC – The subject of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing vs. traditional methods of detecting fish pathogens always leads to a lively discussion among fish health professionals. The arguments ...

Yanong is Florida aquaculture’s “Mega-Man”
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ATLANTIC BEACH, NC – Every fish farmer has a fish doctor they think of as their superhero. At the most recent Eastern Fish Health Workshop held here in Atlantic Beach, there were several top fish health speciali...

“Bring out your dead” – how to handle morts
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – “Bring out your dead” is a famous movie quote that gets at the gist of this column. What the Monty Python folks asserted as humor – the need for quick removal of dead bodies during the plague ...

Natural feed supplements need more study
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – Having been bombarded with advertisements touting the health benefits of herbal supplements for people and even our pets, I am somewhat of a skeptic when it comes to claims of this nature. However, ...

Gas supersaturation gives fish bubble disease
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – Have you ever noticed that a cold glass of water will get tiny bubbles on the inside surface as it warms up? Bubbles form because dissolved gas – primarily nitrogen and oxygen – in the water com...

Healthy aquaponics is a balancing act between fish and plants
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell ITHACA, NY – While I was preparing a lecture for Dr. Mike Timmons’ recirculation aquaculture class this spring, an article appeared in the New York Times describing the delights of starting an aquaponics syste...

Mussels may alter salmon farm disease dynamics
FISH HEALTH NOTES by Rod Getchell PLYMOUTH, MA – During the 2010 Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) held Dec. 1-3 here in Plymouth, researchers from the University of Maine (UMaine) showed evidence that blue mussels filter ...

 

 

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