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Remembering Tod Friend of Tomales Bay Oyster Company

We are saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and fellow industry member, Tod Friend of Tomales Bay Oyster company. Tod, who was 70, disappeared the afternoon of July 18th, 2017 while on his boat in Tomales Bay. A co-worker spotted the boat adrift and empty. Friend’s body was found…...

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California Aquaculture Association Member Meeting and Workshop Recap

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) would like to thank all those who attended our recent member meeting and workshop at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, California. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to interact more closely with our members and to provide important industry information and updates. Additionally, CAA would…...

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A Message from the California Aquaculture Association President

By Tony Schuur During the past year we have realized several CAA objectives including:   Successfully conducting a major aquaculture presentation for the California Legislature Joint Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) and recommending several actions to improve the governance of California aquaculture.   Creating and distributing to CAA membership…...

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Public Perceptions of Aquaculture: Evaluating Spatiotemporal Patterns of Sentiment around the World

Aquaculture is expanding quickly worldwide, and marine-based production may have potential in helping meet the needs and demands of the ever-expanding appetite of the human population. Indeed, capture fisheries appear to have stagnated or declined, while aquaculture continues to be one of the most rapidly growing industries on the planet.…...

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NCCOS Releases Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) program has announced the launch of a Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP), a tool designed to assist in the planning and siting of sustainable coastal aquaculture facilities. Developed in partnership with the Office of Coastal Management’s Digital Coast, the CAPP features more…...

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Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing and CAA Reception

On October 4th, 2016, the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) held a hearing on modern aquaculture in California. The hearing was held at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay and shared time with presentations on the 2016-17 crab season outlook. Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of…...

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Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Below is an introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of California. As this will affect producers throughout California, we ask that you review this information thoroughly and contact us with any questions. To view this information as a PDF (for printing), click here. Overview of SGMA The Sustainable Groundwater Management…...

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A Message from CAA President, Tony Schuur

It has been about six months since my last newsletter article.  Since that time we continue to conduct the business of the association using frequent meetings of the Executive Committee, the weekly newsletter, and polling the board of directors whenever necessary.    I think we have been very successful at keeping…...

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The New GMO Law Simplified

Vermont’s GMO law has been erased by Federal law signed by President Obama on July 29th.  You can completely ignore the Vermont GMO disclosure law for all time. New Federal GMO Law: New Federal Law provides: All state GMO labeling laws are void. Industry can ignore Vermont’s and other state…...

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Fish Consumption Played a Vital Role in Human Evolution

Between 1.9 and 2 million years ago, the brain size of our human ancestors increased dramatically. Now a trove of 1.95-million-year-old bone fragments from various animals adds evidence to a theory that these pre-humans owed this brainpower boost to fish. The fossils, found in northern Kenya, bear cut marks from…...

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments: Includes Two New Fish and Game Commissioners

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: Zolaikha Taghvaei Bayar, 59, of Davis, has been appointed assistant deputy director of the Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Bayar has been project delivery procurement manager at the California…...

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California Fish and Game Commission Hires New Executive Director

The California Fish and Game Commission announces the hiring of Valerie Termini to serve as its executive director. Ms. Termini comes from California Ocean Protection Council staff where she has served as the fisheries policy advisor and as interim executive director. “We look forward to Ms. Termini’s guidance at the…...

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Fish Story, A Film by the Aquarium of the Pacific

The United States has a $14 billion per year seafood trade deficit. View this inspiring video from the Aquarium of the Pacific, which details the vast opportunity for marine aquaculture to reduce this deficit and help solve the United States’ lingering problems of obesity and poor health. Our limiting regulatory and political climate,…...

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Governor Brown To Sign $15 California Minimum Wage on Monday

Senate Bill 3 (Leno), that increase California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, was approved by both houses of the Legislature and will be signed by Governor Brown in a signing ceremony on Monday. Senate Bill 3 ties future increases to inflation and provides small businesses (25 or…...

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Video: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Feb 11, 2016

View the video of the aquaculture agenda item from the 43rd annual Zeke Grader Fisheries Forum held on February 11, 2016. The California Aquaculture Association was represented well at the forum with speakers including: Tony Vaught, Professional Aquaculture Services (California Aquaculture Association Director) Michael Graham, Sustainable Seafood Technologies (California Aquaculture Association Member)…...

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Fred S. Conte, PhD Receives National Award for Contributions in Aquaculture

Fred S. Conte, PhD, the Aquaculture Specialist at UC, Davis and an Advisor with the California Aquaculture Association, has received the 2016 Joseph McCraren award for his outstanding contributions in promoting the growth of aquaculture. This highly prestigious, national award was presented to Dr. Conte at the World Aquaculture Society…...

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Seafood Consumption May Play a Role in Reducing Risk for Alzheimer’s

Eating at least one serving of seafood a week could help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study. A strong case has been building for the role that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish could play in protecting against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But questions remained about…...

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2016 California Aquaculture Association Board of Directors Election Results

As the Executive Director of the California Aquaculture Association (CAA), I am pleased to announce the results of the 2016 CAA Board of Directors election. Thank you to all CAA members for your participation in this election. Please join me in thanking and congratulating all of those individuals who have…...

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CSU Collaboration to Strengthen California Aquaculture

A view into what was dicussed in our recent COAST meeting held at MLML: Industry experts, nongovernmental organizations and lawmakers joined researchers from throughout the 23-campus California State University system at the CSU’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in central California Jan. 13-14 to discuss leveraging the CSU’s expertise in aquaculture.…...

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Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO – Warning of the next inevitable recession and the “zigzag of spend-cut-spend” budgeting, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, choosing to lay out a clear, focused case for his top priority – continued fiscal discipline – rather than “talk today about…...

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Offshore Aquaculture and the Future of Sustainable Seafood

An interview with Dr. Michael Rubino, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture For many people, aquaculture near the coast is a familiar sight—think of oyster and mussel farms in Washington State or salmon farms in Maine. But U.S. aquaculture will soon be expanding to the open ocean. With a…...

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NOAA Expands Opportunities for U.S. Aquaculture

Gulf of Mexico rule opens the door for seafood farming in the open ocean On January 11, NOAA published a final rule implementing our nation’s first regional regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters. In doing so, NOAA is expanding opportunities for U.S. seafood farming in the open ocean.…...

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First-Ever Federal Rules for Offshore Fish Farming Issued

The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper. The new rules allow the farming of fish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The…...

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Seafood Consumption Advocated in Updated Dietary Guidelines

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Department of Human and Human Services released today the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that provide updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent…...

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Sonke Mastrup Resigns from California Fish and Game Commission

Sonke Mastrup, the Executive Director of the California Fish and Game Commission has resigned. This resignation is met with sadness from the aquaculture and fishing industry as Mastrup, an avid hunter and abalone free diver, was a supporter of our industry and its members. Over the past four years, Mastrup has…...

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Eat fish, live longer

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish can add five years to a person’s life, according to research carried out at Columbia University, New York. The study found that older people who followed a diet consisting of fish, vegetables, fruit, cereals, nuts and oils had a larger brain volume than…...

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Video: Wild-Caught Fish vs. Farm-Raised Fish: An Interview with Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, University of Maine

Wild-Caught Fish vs. Farm-Raised Fish What exactly are the differences between fish that is wild caught versus fish that is farm raised? A Q&A with Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS sheds some light on this topic. Q: What is the difference between wild-caught and…...

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US marine aquaculture growing at 8% per year

US marine aquaculture is growing at 8% per year, according to a new infographic release as part of the Fisheries of the United States (FUS) report — see the end of the story for a full image. Aquatic farmers produced 594 million pounds of seafood in 2012, valued at $1.2…...

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Speaker Atkins’ Pacific to Plate Bill Passes Senate

A bill by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would make it easier for communities to hold outdoor markets that feature locally sourced seafood – similar to farmers markets – passed the Senate floor today. AB 226, the Pacific to Plate bill, would keep red tape from preventing consumers from buying…...

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Video: California Drought-A Changing Landscape

The second of four videos in NOAA Fisheries’ California Drought Series conveys what some California water suppliers are doing to serve their agricultural customers while helping to keep water in streams for endangered fish. View the video here....

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Are You Eating Enough Fish? – San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

Many Americans are missing out on the nutritional benefits of fish and shellfish because they are falling short of weekly recommendations for seafood servings, according to USDA researchers. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americansrecommend people eat two servings of seafood per week. Theresa Sinicrope Talley, California Sea Grant Extension specialist…...

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Don Kent Details Benefits of Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast

Don Kent peers into a water tank about the size of a backyard swimming pool and watches as a school of 10 yellowtails swim by, each about 4 feet long. “There are some big guys in there. There they come,” he said. “That’s a big fish right there.” I ask…...

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Peace prize winner urges investment in aquaculture to solve global hunger

One of the winners of a major new international peace award on Friday urged global leaders to invest more heavily in aquaculture to address the rapidly growing challenge of hunger in developing countries. In accepting the first-ever Sunhak Peace Prize, Indian fisheries scientist Dr. M. Vijay Gupta told a prestigious…...

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Omega-3 study finds fish oil may play a part in schizophrenia prevention

Emerging research from Australia reveals that there could be a link between fish oil/omega-3 intake and the prevention of psychosis/schizophrenia in at-risk teens. A report featured in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications recounts the experiments conducted by University of Melbourne researcher G. Paul Amminger and his team,…...

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Humboldt Bay Oyster Farm Tour in Pictures

On August 2nd, 2015, The California Aquaculture Association, in coordination with Greg Dale (Coast Seafoods and CAA Director) and California State Aquaculture Coordinator, Randy Lovell, hosted a tour of the Humboldt Bay and its shellfish farms. The tour brought together local oyster farmers from Hog Island, Taylor United, and Coast…...

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Fish and Game Commissioners Mike Sutton and Richard Rogers Replaced by Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams

Governor Brown announced today the appointment of two new Fish and Game Commissioners, Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams, who are to replace Commissioners Mike Sutton and Richard Rogers. From the Governor’s office: Eric Sklar, 52, of St. Helena, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Sklar has…...

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Forbes: Dietary Guidelines Committee Says Eat Fish–Including Farmed

While the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently made headlines for factoring in a food’s sustainability as they debated what should be included in a healthy diet, one section of the DGAC’s Scientific Report (a precursor to the final guidelines) reaped little press: what the committee recommends when it…...

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SENA15: Farmed fish for the next 2 billion people coming to dinner

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: Figures for the expected population growth on Earth are eye-popping: A total of between 9 and 10 billion people roaming the planet by the year 2050, up from the approximate 7 billion today. An obvious concern is how to feed all these newcomers. The answer is complicated,…...

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4 reasons why aquaculture can aid global food security

Courtesy of Michelle McNickle, SeafoodSource.com Blog: When comparing aquaculture to land-based farming, it’s clear which the more environmentally responsible choice is. However, scrutiny remains over aquaculture, and it begs the question “Why?” In the whitepaper, “Aquaculture’s Prominent Role in Feeding a Global Population,” contributors Michael Tlusty, Ph.D, director of Ocean…...

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California Aquaculture Association Proudly Announces Approval of Additional Aquaculture Specialist Position at UC, Davis

For immediate release:   The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) would like to thank all of its members and industry members who provided input in support of the proposed Aquaculture Specialist position at UC, Davis. As a result of this support, as well as the efforts of CAA Director, Tony Vaught,…...

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